Gestalt Community Schools (GCS) builds better communities through education. Gestalt Community Schools is a network of K-12 public charter schools in Memphis, TN.
Gestalt provides strong academic outcomes for students and leverages community assets to empower scholars to be college-ready, career-ready, and community-ready. We partner with scholars, families, staff, and community members to help revitalize neighborhoods. Instead of debating whether education impacts the community or vice versa, Gestalt believes that the most effective method to support student achievement is an integration of education and community (a true "gestalt").
Mission: Gestalt Community Schools' mission is to build better communities through education.
There are only five days before the start of school. Our virtual school doors will open to scholars Monday, Aug. 3. For the first month, scholars will learn via our remote learning pathway. Listen to our CEO and co-founder, Yetta Lewis, as she welcomes your family back to our Gestalt Village. https://vimeo.com/442675811
Make sure to download your Family Guide to Reentry: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OgZgwoe30ZSd0pUUDoDpBbYL0nLFf-i0/view?usp=sharing
Welcome back, scholars!
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Our team has worked tirelessly in preparation for school reentry with one goal in mind – serving our scholars while also maintaining the health and safety of our entire Village. For the first month of school, all scholars will start solely in the remote learning pathway, which includes live instruction at home via the computer. When it is safe to do so, we will open up our buildings to families who indicated they are comfortable sending their child back to the classroom.
Watch this video for a visual guide on how we plan to welcome scholars back for the 2020-21 school year. See you (virtually) soon, scholars!
Enroll now! >> http://www.gestaltcs.org/scholars/admissions/
Our team has been working to prepare two different pathways for school reentry – with the health of your scholar as our top priority. On August 3, all of our Power Center Academy scholars will begin the 2020-21 school year on the remote learning pathway. Subject to our community's COVID-19 status, schools should plan to transition into the hybrid learning pathway after Labor Day. Read our reentry guide for detailed information on our Village's preparation for reentry. https://www.dropbox.com/s/q9393ljgo3i2na8/Gestalt.CV19.English.pdf?dl=0
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And, don't forget, if you haven't completed your family decision survey, please do so here: https://www.research.net/r/L5KQK6Y
We’re so excited to welcome new kindergarten scholars to our Village this fall. To best prepare our scholars and families, the SCS Department of Assessment and Accountability will conduct kindergarten screening July 13-17 and July 20-24.
🧸 If your child is turning five years old between August 16 and September 30, they may be screened for early kindergarten entry.
🧸 Children turning five before August 15 do not need to be screened, and children turning five after September 30 cannot be screened and must wait until the following school year to enter kindergarten.
🧸 Parents who wish to enroll their child in kindergarten early must set up a screening appointment with the Department of Assessment and Accountability.
Call 901-416-5450 or click here for more information. >> http://www.scsk12.org/registration/kindergarten
Attention, new PCA families! We can't wait for you to join our Gestalt Village in the fall. To prepare, we are hosting a drive-thru event Saturday, July 11, where families will receive a customized PCA registration package, which includes goodies and necessary information for the 2020-21 school year. Please register for this event by Monday, July 6 >> https://forms.gle/1SX4HkJFCqGhMhfK8
🚗 New PCA - Hickory Hill families: Drive through your school parking lot (5390 Mendenhall Mall) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive your package!
🚗 New PCA - Southeast families: Drive through your school parking lot (8146 E. Shelby Dr.) from 10 a.m. to noon to receive your package!
Do you know someone looking for a school for their son or daughter? They are welcome to attend, as there will be on-site registration! For more information, contact Tina Williams at [email protected]. We'll see you (from a distance) soon!
Our CEO, Yetta Lewis, discussed Gestalt's plan for reentry and remote learning with The Daily Memphian Read the full story below!
dailymemphian.com Southern College of Optometry, charter operator Gestalt Community Schools and St. George’s Independent School are among the institutions embracing new methods of education as they prepare for school year.
Join us via Zoom for a virtual Open House of Power Center Academy – Southeast. We'll provide you with information on how our unique education model will prepare your scholar to be college-ready, career-ready and community-ready, and we will show you our beautiful, NEW school building. Follow this link to RSVP. We can't wait for you to tune in! >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/35W5ZWX
Zoom information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4580697223?pwd=OVBkTEhnNVVJYll1NC9xTnM0NmdYUT09
Meeting ID: 458 069 7223
Father's Day flashback! At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, our PCA Elementary - Hickory Hill scholars kicked off the new year in their brand new building with a warm welcome. The men and fathers of our community formed a "Soul Train" high-five line outside of the school's entrance, showing their support of our scholars.
Happy Father's Day to all of the incredible father figures in our Gestalt Village! We are so thankful for your positive influence and for partnering with us in our mission to empower our scholars to be college, career and community-ready.
Today is Juneteenth, a day during which we commemorate the end of slavery, celebrate freedom and recognize the continued fight for a better America. Check out this article by Choose901 to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and how Memphis is celebrating the holiday.
Our CEO, Yetta Lewis, offers her thoughts on how our nation's shift to remote learning will impact the future of education. Check out her Memphis Business Journal column by clicking below.
bizjournals.com "As educators, we’re asking ourselves: What does this mean for the future of education? In my eyes, this disruption to our norm is a chance for us to rethink and reframe our approach," said Yetta Lewis, cofounder and CEO of Gestalt Community Schools.
Every scholar, family, faculty and staff member in our network is known, loved, valued and supported. We are a Village, and we are devoted to being part of the solution. If you need emotional support; are looking for resources; or want to learn how you can become involved, please reach out to us via [email protected] – we are here to help.
Attention, PCA parents! Christ Community Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing to ALL families in our Village. Check out the flyer below for more details⬇️
Even through challenging times, our team at Gestalt Community Schools is constantly reminded of the wonderful successes our Village has achieved. We are proud to share our network's accomplishments with you in our 2019 annual report, Kaleidoscope. This report highlights our overall impact, success and commitment to ensuring our scholars feel known, loved and educated. Enjoy! >> http://www.gestaltcs.org/gcs-news--events/2019-annual-report/
It's Teacher Appreciation Month! 🍎📚 Celebrate all your favorite PCA teachers with Teach901's Thank A Teacher Challenge. Through the end of this month, show how much you love your teachers by following these steps!
1. Shout out your favorite teacher on Instagram.
2. Tag @teach901.
3. Use the hashtag #ThankATeacherChallenge in your post.
Thank you to Tennessee Department of Education for celebrating the class of 2020 by sharing congratulatory video messages – like this one from Gov. Bill Lee! We couldn't be more proud our PCA senior scholars and the rest of our state's 2020 graduates. #Classof2020TN
Class of 2020, Governor Lee would like to take a moment to congratulate you and recognize you for your amazing achievements this year. #Classof2020TN
Our Power Center Academy - Hickory Hill fifth graders celebrated the end of the school year with a parade! Families drove through the school parking lot to receive their promotion certificates and class t-shirts. Congrats, scholars – good luck in the sixth grade!
We’re so proud of our senior class for keeping their spirits high as they round out the school year. Check out our PCA High School scholar, Jordan Tucker, in this Commercial Appeal roundup of high schoolers making the most of their at-home prom experience. Your accomplishments and positivity continue to shine, Class of 2020! >>
commercialappeal.com High school proms have been canceled around the nation because of COVID-19. But many teenagers will don their prom outfits and find ways to adapt and celebrate.
We loved seeing our seniors (at a distance) yesterday at our cap and gown distribution! We also passed out personalized yard signs and care packages filled with t-shirts, water bottles and cell phone chargers. We are so proud of the Class of 2020!
We are so proud of our Village during this transition into remote learning! Tennessee Charter School Center recently recognized our very own Mrs. Sara Wyatt and Mrs. Jasmine Clark for their continued dedication to our scholars and creative teamwork as they co-teach third grade math. Thank you for all you do! 💚
Happy National Charter Schools Week, Gestalt Village 📚🍎 This week, we celebrate public charter schools and our wonderful Gestalt community. This year's theme is focused on recognizing the many ways charter schools have continued to go above and beyond for their students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you have a teacher who has made a difference in your scholar's remote learning experience? Spread the love, and comment his or her name below! 🔽 #CharterSchoolsWeek #TNCharterLove #CharterSchoolsCare
Shout out to Ms. Tekita Beal – our Power Center Academy High School parent ambassador! Watch as she tells her Passion Story.
Calling all math teachers! Gestalt Community Schools is hiring ✏️🍎 If you're well-versed in Eureka math, math stories or geometry, we'd love to speak with you about joining our Village. Click here for more information >> http://www.gestaltcs.org/careers
Shout out to our Power Center Academy Elementary School parent ambassador – Mrs. Kendra Moses! Thank you for sharing your Passion Story with us.
Yesterday, our teachers picked up special care packages with tons of Gestalt goodies. We had the best time seeing our wonderful team (at a distance)! #TNTeacherHeroes #TeacherAppreciationWeek
Our partners at Christ Community Health Services are offering FREE COVID-19 testing today from 2-6 p.m.
✅ No appointment required
✅ You don't have to exhibit symptoms
✅ Testing is open to the public
✅ Please bring your ID and contact information for follow up instructions
✅ Residency and citizenship verification is not required
If you would like to pre-register, please text "test2020" to 91999 or call 901-842-3160.
We’re continuing our Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week celebrations with snail mail! Our educators will receive special handwritten letters letting them know how much they’re appreciated. 💌
This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, and we can’t wait to shower our educators with love! Check out our special (virtual) appreciation activities.
⭐️ Today, we surprised our PCA teachers and staff with virtual gift cards.
⭐️ Tuesday, our entire staff will receive handwritten thank you notes. 💌
⭐️ Wednesday, our teachers and staff will pick up a package curbside with special goodies.
⭐️ Thursday, we're hosting a virtual happy hour! Cheers to their hard work. 🥂
⭐️ Friday, we're hosting a virtual awards ceremony to honor our educators who exemplify our core values.
Happy National Principals Day! We would like to recognize our wonderful PCA principals:
🍎Michelle Jones-Wright (Power Center Academy Middle School)
🍎Antonio Ryan (Power Center Academy High School)
🍎Terri Gaston (PCA 9th Grade Academy)
🍎Ashley Moses (Power Center Academy Elementary School, K-2)
🍎Natalie Rooney (Power Center Academy Elementary School, 3rd - 5th)
🍎Antonio McKay (Power Center Academy Middle School - Southeast)
🍎Dorcas Kennebrew (Power Center Academy Elementary School - Southeast)
Thank you for providing exceptional leadership and guidance for our teachers and scholars!
Memphis teachers – we're hiring!
We're hosting virtual interviews and would love to speak with you about what life as a Power Center Academy teacher is like. We have a number of positions available at our five schools! Visit our website to see a full list of positions and to submit your application!
Join us in congratulating our PCA super star – Jamari Jackson! 🎉 Jamari will continue his basketball career and education at @Bethel University. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see where this next chapter takes you, Jamari!
Calling all PCA seniors! 🎓 The Commercial Appeal is displaying students from the Class of 2020 in a special gallery to honor and recognize your hard work this year. You can submit your senior photo and school information by clicking here >>
commercialappeal.com Submit a photo of your Class of 2020 senior.
Join us in congratulating our 2019-2020 salutatorian – Kaylyn 🎉 We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!
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