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Loughrys Honored by City Schools Foundation

Loughrys Honored by City Schools Foundation

Ed and Andrea Loughry join an elite group of civic leaders to be honored by The City Schools Foundation for their support of public education at the 9th Annual Excellence in Education Celebration on Feb 5, 2016.

Ed Loughry is a 6th generation native of Murfreesboro. Ed is a graduate of Central High School and the University of Tennessee. His banking career spans 50 years. Ed is a long time member of the Christy-Houston Foundation Board where he has served as chairman.

Andrea Loughry has taught on the secondary and college level. She left her tenured position at MTSU to start a full service independent insurance agency, Miller-Loughry-Beach Insurance Services. Over the last several years, Andrea has focused on higher education governance and foundation leadership including positions on the UT Board of Trustees, UT Foundation, and MTSU Foundation. Currently, she sits on the Jones Foundation and Siegel Foundation boards along with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Former honorees include Tommy and Jeannie Bragg, Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee, Dr. Susan Andrews, John Hood, Rhea Seddon and “Hoot” Gibson, Gloria and Ted LaRoche, Joyce Taylor and Bart Gordon.

This yearʼs event will highlight the numerous cultures now represented in Murfreesboro City Schools. Reservations for the Celebration are now available including individual tickets at $250 and sponsorships beginning at $1,500.

Discover the world during the Celebration as various cuisines and entertainment are highlighted throughout the evening.

The event will spotlight Black Fox Elementary on its 25th year anniversary. Black Fox Elementary boasts over 800 students and is located on S. Rutherford Blvd. Joe Thompson, Principal and Beverly Johnson, Assistant Principal serve as the administrative team for the school.

Hosting organization, The City Schools Foundation, is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schoolsʼ pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade students.

The gala will be held at Stones River Country Club. Chairs for the event are Ben and Maggie Parsley.

For additional information, please call 893-2313 or any member of the City Schools Foundation Trustees. Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.

Loughrys Honored by City Schools Foundation

Discovery Advances to Regionals

Discovery School Advances to Regionals

Discovery School at Bellwood scored a consecutive third place win in this year’s Music City BEST robotics competition and has advanced to the South’s BEST Championship at Auburn University.

The team earned high marks in several areas including fifth place robot, first place marketing presentation, best middle school robot, most photogenic robot and best use of CAD technology and programming, which led to their third place overall win.

16 Middle Tennessee teams participated in this year’s “Pay Dirt” themed tournament where they were required to build a robot with the ability to complete mining tasks. The Discovery School was the only elementary school competitor. The team completed over 100 hours of work including time after school, on weekends and during fall break to design, program and prepare for the competition.

Students will compete against 55 teams from five surrounding states at the South’s BEST Regional Robotics Championship on the campus of Auburn University December 5-6.

The BEST competition aims to increase interest in science, technology, mathematics and engineering careers.

Discovery Robotics Group Photo
Robotics Team

MCS News Update

Parents – Learn More about TNReady

TNReady is the state’s new TCAP test for English language arts and math in grades 3-11. The new TNReady TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. TNReady will measure student understanding of our current state standards in English language arts and math, not the previous SPIs.

For additional information, practice tools, sample questions and more, please go to A parent guide to TNReady is a great place to begin.

MCS News Update

Rezoning Meetings

Parents of students attending John Pittard, Hobgood, Northfield and Reeves-Rogers Elementary Schools are encouraged to attend an informational rezoning meeting modifying the school zones for the 2016-17 school year.

Parent Informational Meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • Hobgood Elementary Library, Thursday, October 29,  5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Northfield Elementary Cafeteria, Tuesday, November 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend the meetings and review the rezoning map and the proposed “Grandfather and Sibling Policy.” Board members, principals and central office staff will be in attendance to discuss the plan. If you cannot attend the meetings, maps can be viewed at Hobgood, Reeves-Rogers, Northfield and John Pittard.

Proposed Rezoning Map 2016-17


BEST Engineering Competition

On October 31, 2015, the Discovery School Robotics Team will return to Lipscomb University to participate in the annual Music City BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) engineering competition.

Designed as a competition for middle and high school students, Discovery school continues to be the only elementary school and the youngest collective team to participate in the event. This will be their 8th year entering the contest.

“This is a powerful experience for young students,” remarked Sarah Svarda, librarian at Discovery School. “It exposes students to challenges they have never faced and engages students at an analytical level.”

During the six-week competition students are charged with researching, designing, programming and presenting a robot that can complete specific tasks. This year’s tasks feature a mining challenge with a stock twist on mined commodities.

“For many students this competition leads them to explore a future in math and science,” Svarda continued.

In addition to the robotic engineering aspect of the game, student teams are required to create a team exhibit, conduct a 20-minute marketing presentation, write a 30-page engineering notebook and are judged on spirit and sportsmanship.

Last year Discovery school scored 2nd overall and advanced to the regional competition at Auburn University where they placed 12th.

“We would love for our community come out and support Discovery School’s team as they defend their second place win,” said Svarda.

The event is free and open to the public. Competition starts at 8 a.m. at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University.

Robotics Press Release




Grant Winners and Foundation 2015

$50,000 in 2015

The City Schools Foundation will distribute over $50,000 in grants to teachers in 2015.  Sixteen grants have been selected for funding out of 75 grant applications. The Foundation will award the largest grant in its history, $22,995, to Northfield Elementary Music Teachers to fund “Tickling the Ivories” combining music and technology in the classroom.

The Foundation asks educators from Murfreesboro City Schools to submit proposals for funding that will help them acquire resources not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars.

Grant Winners- Tickling the Ivories

Tickling The Ivories – $22,995 Grant Writers Melanie Noe and Diana Polk with Dr. Linda Gilbert

“It’s thought provoking to see how educators are using hands on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.  The range of requests from math and science to the arts were outstanding,” says David LaRoche, Grant Committee Chair, The City Schools Foundation.

The funding for grants ranged from Fun with Fractions at $117 to Tickling the Ivories at $22,995, with six grants receiving over $2,500 in disbursements.


  •      Little Bits Help Makerspace – Bess Turner, Discovery
  •      Exploration Through Life Cycles – Jessica Dozier, Scales
  •      Mozarts in a Minute – Kelley Kleppinger, Luke Hill, Tony Hartman, Ryan Stewart, Discovery, Overall, Scales
  •      Breaking the Code of the Future – Kristy Mall, Discovery
  •      Sphero Hero – Bess Turner, Discovery
  •      STEAM: An intefrated Approach to Art and STEM –  David Lockett, Mitchell-Neilson
  •      K-2 Maker Space – Kayla Mullen, Discovery
  •      Building Bridges – Heather Knox; Laura Caylor: Northfield, Cason Lane
  •      Fun with Fractions: Involve Me and I Learn – Rachael Slough, Scales
  •      Walking and Talking Math, Language, Science and Social Studies – Donna Beers, Bradley
  •      Tasks to Awesome Learners – Karen Godwin, Northfield
  •      Literally Math – David Lockett, Mitchell-Neilson
  •      Differentiated National Geographic Kids’ Explorer – Kimberly Carrell, Scales
  •      Tickling the Ivories – Diana Polk, Melanie Noe- Northfield
  •      Fundation Instructional Kit – Ann O’Boyle, Erma Siegel
  •      FabLab with LittleBits – Michelle Eaton, Erma Siegel


A grant like “Exploration Through Life Cycles,” brings the curriculum out of the book and into the classroom.  According to the grant writer, Jessica Dozier, “Life cycles are a very important standard when looking at plants and animals. The grant allows students to experience different life cycles from hatching chickens, to emerging butterflies and ladybugs.  It’s about deepening the student’s learning.”

This year, five funded grants cover the emerging technology of Makerspace, LittleBits and Spheros. This new technology puts the power of electronics in the hands of students and helps to create an atmosphere where students can gather to create, explore and discover using a variety of techniques.

The foundation will distribute $50,716 in this round of grant approvals.

Excellence in Education (scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2016) is the largest fundraiser for The City Schools Foundation.  This year’s event is chaired by Ben Parsley and will highlight Black Fox Elementary.

Trustees for The City Schools Foundation include:  Doug Young, Minerva Smith, Ben Parsley, Rebecca Upton, Sandra Parks, Anita Pirtle, Lana Seivers, Ben Weatherford, Kristi Gaines, David Scott, Charlie Baum, Ben Parsley, Joe Faiz, Jeannie Almon, Brook LaRoche and Shavon Davis-Louis.  Additionally, Dr. Linda Gilbert and School Board Member Jared Barrett serve as non-voting members of the Foundation.


City Schools Foundation logo

Foundation and Fashions

The City Schools Foundation is proud to present Foundation and Fashions on Thursday, October 1 at the Stones River Country Club. The event will begin at 5:30 with runway action beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

For additional information, visit

2015 Foundation and Fashions


Little Library

Little Free Library Design Competition

MCS is planning to install a Little Free Library in front of all schools this fall and we want our students to be involved in the process. Students can help create the miniature library by entering the Little Free Library Design Competition. All they have to do is sketch and color the provided template and return their design to the school librarian. Designs are due Friday, August 28th.

Read to Succeed will announce the winning designs for each school on Reading in the Schools Day, Friday, September 18th.

A Little Free Library is a book borrowing campaign that places free books directly in neighborhoods. They provide a space for free book exchange and everyone in encouraged to “bring-a-book, leave-a-book.”

Download Little Free Library Template

Timothy Lee

Kennedy Center Artist Visits Hobgood

Renowned artist Timothy Lee visited Hobgood Elementary School this week. Lee, the first prizewinner of the 2014 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, shared his story and artistic insights while instructing two 5th grade classes during his visit. The VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities. Lee was among hundreds of artists to enter in the 2014 competition entitled “The Journey,” and his work has been displayed in galleries around the nation, including the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian. Lee visited Hobgood as part of the ongoing partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU.


Back to School

School begins for students in 1st through 6th grades on Wednesday, August 5. Find a complete school calendar for 2015-16 by clicking on the link below.

School Calendar

If you have not registered your child for the upcoming school year, please do so as soon as possible at your child’s zoned school.

New Student Registration Form

Kindergarten Schedule

August 3 & 4 = Kindergarten Screening

August 11 & 12 = Phase-In Days

August 13 = All Kindergarten 1/2 day

August 14 = All Kindergarten full day

Where is my child zoned?

To find your child’s zoned school, please click the link below and type in your street address.

School Zone

School supply lists will be available on your school’s website.

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