Libertas awarded competitive priority school grant

Dear Families of Libertas School at Brookmeade: 

I am delighted to inform you that Libertas School at Brookmeade has been awarded a competitive priority school grant. This will support school improvement in alignment with the plans of the ASD and the state under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  In announcing the grant, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen emphasized the department’s focus on “investing in schools that show the most promise for improving student outcomes” in the grant’s key areas of strong leadership, talent management, effective instruction, and student support. 

You should be proud given that Libertas School at Brookmeade was 1 of only 10 schools awarded from across the state.  We are also proud that 4 of the 10 schools named are a part of the Achievement School District. 

The overall award of $8.25 million for 10 schools will be spread out over three years, with each school receiving $275,000 each year. This additional $825,000 will help each school strengthen leadership, talent management, effective instruction, and student support.

Your voice is needed.  We invite you to be part of the ASD Parent Congress, to weigh in on decisions and share ideas. Please contact your school’s office if interested. 

Thank you again for all you do to support Libertas School at Brookmeade.  We will get better together, and we appreciate your commitment. With children ALWAYS in mind,

Sharon Griffin, Ed.D.

Assistant Commissioner of School Turnaround & Chief of the Achievement School District

Now hiring part-time after school program assistant

Do you know someone with great teamwork skills who is available and interested in a part-time position working with children in our after school academic / enrichment program?

The schedule is between 3 to 5 days per week from 3-6pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and/or 2-5 pm Wednesdays. Pay is $18/hour. The position will continue through the semester in December or the whole school year in May. Interested applicants should send their resume, a brief cover letter, 2 references, and the days available to work to  kathy.zhou@libertasmemphis.org

The full job description is available here. Please share with anyone that might be interested!

Opening on board grievance committee

The Libertas Board of Trustees has an opening on the committee that hears grievances. We are fortunate to not have received any grievances to date, but our by-laws outline a structure and policy to ensure that any grievances are appropriately resolved. If you are interested in the position, please contact Head of School Bob Nardo by Monday, Mar. 21, and he will walk you through the process prior to a final election to be made by the Board. bob.nardo at Libertas Memphis dot org

8/27/15 Back to School Night & annual Title 1 meeting

Thanks to the over half of our families that were able to attend our inaugural back to school night! Families got to share their hopes and dreams for their children, know their teachers and children's classmates, and about our curriculum and school culture,. In addition, we presented some information about our school for our annual title 1 meeting - click here to see the presentation.

2015/16 Board and committee meeting schedule

Our 2015/16 schedule of standing meetings for the Board of Trustees and its committees is listed below, and can be downloaded here.

Board of Trustees meetings - 5:30 PM at 3777 Edenburg Dr:

  • 7/6

  • 8/24

  • 9/28

  • 10/26

  • 11/23

  • No December meeting

  • 1/25/16

  • 2/22

  • 3/28

  • 4/25

  • 5/23

  • 6/27 (Annual meeting)

Finance Committee meetings - at 11:30 via conference call (information made available to anyone upon request)

  • 7/16

  • 8/20

  • 9/17

  • 10/15

  • 11/19

  • 12/17

  • 1/21

  • 2/18

  • 3/17

  • 4/21

  • 5/19

  • 6/16

Performance Review Committee

  • TBA in January and June, 2016

For immediate release: Garden Groundbreaking at Libertas Public Montessori Charter School in Frayser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Adam Guerrero

adam.guerrero@libertasmemphis.org or (901) 275-5637

 

LIBERTAS PUBLIC MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL GARDEN GROUNDBREAKING

 

FRAYSER, Memphis  10 June 2015 - Libertas is an innovative, neighborhood-based public charter school opening this summer in the Frayser community. Members of the press and the community are invited to join our teachers, staff, and neighborhood partners for the groundbreaking of our school’s unique gardening and permaculture program -- just one step in the neighborhood-wide effort to return Frayser to being one of Memphis’ destination communities. The event will take place Tuesday, 6/23, at 10 AM, at 3777 Edenburg Dr.

 

Having won a grant through GrowMemphis and Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, this groundbreaking event will present our brand-new raised garden beds - but also launch and present our unique program to the Memphis community.

 

As an extension of our rigorous and holistic Montessori educational program (summarized below), daily student life will incorporate academic learning and hands-on skill-building with plants, animals, and care of the local environment - including gardening, composting, animal care, sustainable energy practices such as rainwater collection, and more. Furthermore, to increase student physical activity level and foster peaceful recreation, Libertas is creating an “adventure playground.”

 

MORE ABOUT LIBERTAS: Libertas offers a private school-quality education in a tuition-free neighborhood school, with the rich and personalized learning method of Dr. Maria Montessori. Students work in multi-aged groups and advance at their own pace, with two teachers in the classroom, and engaging materials in the classroom. As part of the Achievement School District, Libertas is opening in what was Brookmeade Elementary. We serve students in Frayser, as well as Raleigh and North Memphis, and are enrolling students for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade, and will grow up through 6th grade in the next 5 years. Classes start August 5th.

 

Libertas is the first Montessori charter school in Tennessee, and the site of the first in the nation urban Montessori Teacher Institute & Residency.

 

What:   Libertas School Garden Groundbreaking

Where: 3777 Edenburg Dr, Memphis TN 38127

When:  Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10 am

Who:    Frayser and broader Memphis community and media

Why:    Education reform, charter schools, Montessori, Frayser