Downtown Elementary School

Downtown Elementary School


Our student body is aging FAST!! They are all 100 years old!! Looking good grandpas and grandmas! 🀣❀️
Our Kindergarteners are scoring high celebrating Black Excellence in Memphis!! I think they made some phenomenal choices! Don’t you agree?! ❀️❀️❀️ Shelby County Schools - SCSMichelle Robinson McKissack
Kuddos to our Skyscrapers for participating in the SCS District-Wide Days of Service activity. Donations can still be sent in tomorrow.
Happy MLK Day DES Families!!
Let’s get involved DES Families!! It’s the DES WAY! ❀️❀️❀️ Shelby County Schools - SCS
January 2022 Calendar!
Stay warm and safe Skyscrapers !!
This will be streamed through TEAMS on Friday at 1:45pm. The link can be found on our website.
Here’s a great engaging literary opportunity for students in PreK, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades! Students who participate can earn prizes while they master literacy. πŸ“š
The first two filming session have been so fun! Thank you so much to the parents that have been willing to bring their students out to meet us! It’s going so well, we have decided to invite ALL 1st-3rd students to all remaining dates! Come one come all, we are having a blast! And remember you can wear holiday attire to school on Monday the 29th for the school day filming. πŸ₯°
1st, 2nd and 3rd graders double check the flyer we sent home about Holiday Program recording! It starts this week 😍

Downtown Elementary is an Enriched Academics optional school with a strong academic program for both All teachers are certified in the state of Tennessee.

Downtown Elementary is an Enriched Academics Optional School (State of TN Reward School) with a strong academic program for both optional and non-optional students. With its distinctive architecture and bright, spacious interior, Downtown Elementary is a lesson in how design can enhance the learning environment. Our facility features computers in every classroom, as well as a computer lab with sta

Operating as usual

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/25/2023

DES is on the move… Introducing our 23-24 Cheer Team and their Coaches!!


Let’s get ready for Wear it With Confidence Wednesday at DES!!! ❀️

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/16/2023

We are ready for school in 1st grade! Keeping the main thing, the main thing!! Going for broke for our children! πŸ’ͺ🏾πŸ’ͺπŸΎβ€οΈπŸšŒπŸ“ Great day of school at the DES!


The votes are in!! We have chosen our school-wide theme for the β€˜23-β€˜24 school year!! WE WILL move the academic needle for ALL children by any means necessary! This time it’s personal! We are GOING FOR BROKE for our boys and girls! Staff shirts coming soon!! πŸšŒβœοΈπŸ““πŸ“β€οΈ

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/08/2023

We had a STELLAR first day of school at THE Downtown Elementary!! Our boys and girls were eager to learn and did a fantastic job of learning and practicing routines and procedures! We are sure to have a WINNING year as we have the best students in Memphis Shelby County Schools! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰β€οΈβ€οΈ


We are having a great 1st day of school! We will resume registration support tomorrow from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Please come to the cafeteria for assistance. Thank you!


It’s the first day of school! β€οΈπŸšŒπŸ“ Doors open at 8:00 a.m.! Class lists are posted in the rotunda and in the hallway by the computer lab. Kindergarten students will attend school this week on their assigned staggered entry day (1 day) this week. See you soon!

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/06/2023

The first day is almost here! We are looking forward to a fantastic first day of school!! This is our WINNING season, where we go for BROKE for our children!! πŸŽ‰πŸšŒβœοΈπŸ“ Please review the reminders about morning arrival, dismissal procedures, and registration support. See you soon!


Children come first at Downtown ES!! We are ready for a PHENOMENAL 1st day of school!! πŸ““πŸ“–πŸŽ“

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/04/2023

Downtown teachers are THE BEST! ❀️❀️ Our classrooms are READY for learning and building the confidence of ALL DES scholars!


We are READY for our boys and girls! ❀️ Our teachers have been hard at work preparing warm and engaging classroom environments! This year, it’s personal for us. We are going for BROKE for our children! It’s our WINNING season! πŸŽ‰πŸ“πŸŽ“βœοΈπŸ“–πŸ““


Registration support will resume on Monday, August 7th @ 8:00 am.


GEAR Up Day will resume at 4:00 p.m. today, Aug. 1st.


The Future is looking bright...see you Monday, August 7th at 8:15 am !!

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/01/2023

MSCS Back to School Family Festival !!

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/01/2023

Additional immunizations and physicals provided by
Christ Community Health Services.

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/01/2023

Does your student need immunizations or a school physical? Check out the following locations for free immunizations and physicals at the TLA.

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 08/01/2023

Looking forward to seeing our Skyscrapers tomorrow !!

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 07/31/2023

We’ve had a wonderful first day of Inservice!!! The positive energy is on fire!!! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ This is our WINNING SEASON!!! πŸŽ‰πŸšŒπŸ“βœοΈβ€οΈ !! Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS


GEAR Up Day is Tuesday, August 1st from 8-2 and 4-6:30! We hope to see you there!

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 07/30/2023

We are READY! 1st day of Inservice β€˜23-β€˜24!! Building relationships to change the lives of our children!!! LET’S GOOOOOO!!!! β€οΈπŸšŒπŸ“βœοΈMemphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS


We are looking forward to seeing our Skyscrapers on August 7th !!


Get your DES spirit shirt today! We are looking forward to a WINNING year at THE Downtown Elementary! β€οΈπŸŽ‚βœοΈπŸ“πŸšŒ


DES Gear Up Day is Tuesday, August 1st from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm- 6:30 pm.


Calling all Skyscrapers!! πŸ“’πŸ“’πŸ“’ We have just 25 days before we BEAT THE CLOCK! ⏰⏰⏰. Will you be ready!?! We are looking for Math Fact All-Stars!! Be sure to study at least 20 minutes every night! See you soon! ❀️🚌😊

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 07/15/2023

We are looking forward to a STELLAR β€˜23-β€˜24 school year! Please see the school supply lists for grades K-5! See you soon Skyscraper Scholars! β€οΈβœοΈπŸšŒπŸ“πŸ“š

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 06/26/2023

Congratulations to the DES Beta Club for a successful trip to Louisville, KY where they represented Downtown Elementary Optional School in excellence! Our scholars β€œshowed up and showed out” at the Beta National Convention! We are Skyscraper proud of our Scholars! πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°

Photos from Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS's post 06/02/2023

Did your student forget to turn in their school device? Do you need to pay for a damaged device, damaged keyboard or charger? The Summer Device Service Center will be able to assist you. There will be no device support or payments at the school until school resumes in August.


We are also looking for an energetic, committed, and uplifting Pre-K Teacher! β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’š You must have Pre-K certification to serve in this role. Please submit your resume to [email protected].


Do you have a love for changing the lives of children? Well, we need your expertise and commitment to join our team! 😊 We are hiring! The available positions are:
1- 4th grade teacher
1- 5th grade teacher
If interested, please send your resume to [email protected]!


Happy Summer Skyscrapers! Let’s continue to keep our minds moving by reading! Please sign up for this great reading opportunity offered by Pizza Hut! ❀️πŸ₯°


We are hiring!! Are you a passionate individual who has a love for teaching and learning and children!?! Well, we are looking for you! 😊 We have the following positions available:
* 3rd grade
* 4th grade
* 5th grade (2 positions)
* Educational Assistants (2 positions)
* Specialized Educational Asst.
If you are interested, please send your resume to [email protected].

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 05/24/2023

Mayor Lee Harris kicked off his 901 Student Passport Program today at Downtown Elementary and surprised Principal Williams with a 2023 Shining Star Award for her leadership, dedication and commitment to serving the students of Downtown Elementary !! We are very proud of her and this well deserved award.


Happy Mother’s Day to all DES Moms! You are loved! Enjoy your day! πŸŒΈπŸ’œπŸ’β€οΈπŸŒΊπŸ’—

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 05/05/2023

Father-daughter / Mother-son dance was a huge success tonight !! Thank you to all the parents who attended tonight.

Photos from Downtown Elementary School's post 05/03/2023

Career Day was a huge success. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out and shared valuable career information with our students!!!


Happy National Principal's Day to our Amazing Leader, Principal Brandye A. Williams !!

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Today, Ms. Bavier teaches us how to create a foil sculpture.
Ms. Chandler presents a lesson on primary math strategies on addition and subtraction.
Since today is Cinco de Mayo, Coach Willis teaches us the Mexican Hat Dance !!!
Ms. Garrett shows how to make a math fluency check game that you can play at home with your family.
Ms. Aldridge shows how to identify adjectives in this primary ELA lesson.
Found object color wheel
Bowling with Coach Willis
Ms. Guttu teaches a primary math lesson using strategies for solving word problems.




10 N 4th Street
Memphis, TN

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Monday 8:15am - 3:15pm
Tuesday 8:15am - 3:15pm
Wednesday 8:15am - 3:15pm
Thursday 8:15am - 3:15pm
Friday 8:15am - 3:15pm
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