To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child




Murfreesboro City Schools has embarked on an early reading initiative funded through a grant titled Ready, Set, Grow!  The grant helps fund two programs targeted at children from birth to age 5.

Ready! for Kindergarten includes parent workshops and toolkits. Ready! for Kindergarten workshops assist families in learning how to nurture their child’s development from birth to kindergarten to help them succeed.  The series of three workshops has toolkits for parents to take home for interaction with their children.  The primary focus is to help parents become their child’s first teacher.

The second part, Read20, kicked off as part of Read with a Child Week. The simple act of reading with a child every day has a lasting positive effect on children, families and communities. When we read, talk and play with a purpose with children from birth, their minds grow strong and bright and build the necessary skills for success in school and life.

“Every year 40 percent of children across the nation enter kindergarten one-to-three years behind and that’s just not acceptable,” says Dr. Caresa Dodson, Coordinator of Reading & Instructional Interventions. “Some children only have the skills of a 3-year-old while others read like an 8-year-old.  This is a large gap which makes it difficult for our youngest students to catch up.”

From birth to age 5, a child learns at a speed unsurpassed the rest of his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond. When you read with a child for 20 minutes each day from birth through third grade you help develop critical brain connections that shape how children will think, learn and grow.

Waiting until preschool limits a child’s potential.  Regardless of the book, or language, reading and talking to infants and toddlers can make a huge difference in raising a reader.

“We want to create a community of readers,” says Dodson.  “We are thrilled to join Read20 programs across the state and nation in committing to the basics of early literacy. The more words a child hears from infancy to age five, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. Words are powerful.”


MCS earns Exemplary Status

Murfreesboro City Schools received the designation of an “Exemplary” school district by the State of Tennessee. This designation is given annually by the Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen also announced the 2016-17 Reward Schools including two Murfreesboro City Schools. Scales Elementary and Discovery School were honored for scores in the top 5 percent of schools in Tennessee for performance.

“Murfreesboro City sees each individual child, and teaches that child skill by skill while recognizing that children are more than test scores.  We are elated at the Exemplary district status,” says Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools.  “Certainly, we are very proud of Discovery and Scales for receiving Reward School status.  These designations are the direct results of an intentional focus on student learning by the entire Murfreesboro City Schools family.”

MCS teachers and support staff have persevered in looking at the needs of individual students under their care and are concentrating on serving the whole child.

“The news affirms the leadership of the School Board, dedication of school employees, partnerships with parents, and support of the community,” says Gilbert.

Murfreesboro City Schools is a district committed to the academic and personal success of each child.


Erma Siegel Students Bowling in Smyrna

Special Olympics – Smyrna Bowling Alley

On Wednesday, October 18, over 75 MCS students competed in The Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley. Each student was able to bowl 2 games, and were placed in teams based off of their practice scores. This event is made possible in part by grants from the Richard Siegel Foundation, Schneider Electric North America Foundation, and the Nashville Predators Foundation. Students will compete on April 13 in the Spring Special Olympics held at MTSU.

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

Erma Siegel Students Bowling in Smyrna

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Is it a cold or is it the flu?

You just know when your child isn’t feeling well, but how can you know when coughs and sniffles mean it’s time to keep your child home from school? Or when to call the doctor? Since school-aged children get up to 10 colds a year, it can be a puzzle for many parents.

You may also want to print the attached cold and flu guide.

Cold and Flu Guide

Flu Poster

School Attendance

Attendance Awareness Month

Too many absences–excused or unexcused–can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life.  Make a difference during Attendance Awareness Month.

Attend today, achieve tomorrow

MCS News Update

Town Hall Meetings

Parents and the community are invited to participate in the MCS strategic planning sessions.

September 19 – 6:30-7:30 at Mitchell-Neilson Elementary

October 17 – 6:30-7:30 at Hobgood Elementary

Town Hall Meetings 2017

MCS News Update

New Student Registration

Registration information regarding your child’s school may be picked up at the school ESP welcome desk throughout the summer.  Beginning July 24 – August 3, schools will be open for registration during the school day.  Parents are encouraged to register their students in advance of school beginning on August 4.  An open house will be held at each school on August 3.  Please consult your child’s school website, marquee or social media for exact times.

Kindergarten Registration

All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.

To register new students parents should bring:

  1. Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
  2. Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
  3. Proof of Physical within the last year
  4. Verification of Your Address. This must be a current utility bill with your name and address on it.  (Example: Water, Electric, Gas).

If you live outside the city limits of Murfreesboro and want to attend a Murfreesboro City School you will need to contact the Central Office at 615-893-2313 to request and fill out an OUT-OF-CITY application form. If approved, you will need to bring the OUT-OF-CITY ASSIGNMENT SHEET mailed to you, showing the school to which your child has been assigned.


Preschool and kindergarten are wonderful years to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  We are honored to welcome you and your child to Murfreesboro City Schools.

(Student Registration Card Download)

(Home Language Survey Download)

(Military and Sibling Data Collection Download)

(Occupational Survey (English) Download)

(Occupational Survey (Spanish) Download)

(Transportation Kindergarten Form Download)

Supply Lists

Supply lists for 2017-18

Supply lists may not be on the high priority list as of yet.  Nevertheless, for the industrious planner, below is a list of supplies needed by grade level for the 2017-18 school year.  Individual teacher lists may vary slightly, however, this list includes the basics for each grade level.

Enjoy the summer.

Supply Lists

Bryson, Adam

MCS Announces Administrators

Dr. Linda Gilbert is proud to announce the appointment of Adam Bryson as Principal for John Pittard Elementary.  Bryson has served over ten years as a teacher and assistant principal with Metro Nashville Public Schools and has most recently served as principal of Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.

“Adam is an incredible leader.  He is committed to excellence and has a passion for students and the community,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools.  “I look forward to the contributions he will bring to our district.”

Bryson received his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s Principal Leadership Academy of Nashville. Additionally, Bryson is a Certified Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP) Trainer and a Tennessee Department of Education Leadership Coach.

Bryson is experienced with new teacher development, school security and safety, budget development, teacher mentoring and data-driven decision making.

Cherrye Robertson has been named Assistant Principal at Bradley Academy. Robertson joins MCS from Hamilton County Schools.  Robertson has served as principal for Calvin Donaldson Academy since 2013.  Previously, she served in the roles of assistant principal, literacy coach and classroom teacher.

Robertson received her Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) and Masters from Lee University.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Carson-Newman University.

Additionally, two assistant principals, Natalie Hopkins and Christy Robinson, are transitioning to new schools this school year.  The school administrative teams for the 2017-2018 school year are:

  • Black Fox:  Joe Thompson and Beverly Johnson
  • Bradley:  Jenny Ortiz and Cherrye Robertson
  • Cason Lane:  Shavon Davis-Louis and Tiffany Strevel
  • Discovery:  Kristina Maddux and Natalie Hopkins
  • Erma Siegel:  Emily Spencer and Crystal Farris
  • Hobgood:  Tammy Garrett and Quinena Bell
  • John Pittard: Adam Bryson and Christy Robinson
  • Mitchell-Neilson:  Robin Newell, Terrance Haynes, and Christa Campbell
  • Northfield:  Gene Loyd and Julia Williams
  • Overall Creek:  Don Bartch and Raeshon Torres
  • Reeves-Rogers:  Kimberly Osborne and Sia Phillips
  • Scales:  Maria Johnson and Kevin Templeton


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