Murfreesboro City Schools invites students and families to celebrate the return of the school year at the annual Blast Back to School. The event will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village, located at 312 S. Front St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.
This year over 18 community agencies will combine with several emergency responder vehicles, the mobile library, mobile health unit and snack stands to celebrate the new school year.
“We had over 1000 visitors at last year’s event,” said Greg Lyles, Coordinator of Community Initiatives for Murfreesboro City Schools. “Students and parents always have fun at the event. There are games, giveaways and food to enjoy. They can also speak with community agencies about a range of topics that can help everyone have a great school year.”
This year MCS is partnering with Read to Succeed to incorporate Literacy Day activities into the Blast. The annual Literacy Day March will start at Central Magnet School and end at Cannonsburgh as part of the Blast Back to School. The first 500 people to register for the march will also get a free t-shirt.
“This event has so much to offer and we really encourage our families to come out and enjoy the day with us,” finished Lyles.
Murfreesboro City Schools is also offering a New MCS Parent Expo on August 4, from 2-5pm for parents of 1st-6th grade students who will be entering the district for the first time. There will be over a dozen booths for parents to visit where they can get information on district departments, the nutrition program, curriculum and much more. This event was created to serve parents who are entering the district from another state or system so they can learn about the services available to help their child have a great school year.
Blast Back to School is sponsored by the Community Outreach Team at Murfreesboro City Schools, the City of Murfreesboro, and Murfreesboro Parks and Rec.
The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a 5K/10K run on September 17, 2016. This new fundraiser will begin at Overall Creek Elementary and run a relatively flat terrain on Veteran’s Parkway. The race is certified and timed.
To date, The Foundation has raised over $700,000, with proceeds being directed towards parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math and art programs. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to teacher and parity grants for Murfreesboro City Schools.
Join in by entering or sponsoring the race today! (Sign Up Today!) For additional information, click the link below.
Bradley Academy and Hobgood Elementary have been very busy over the summer with all of the renovations taking place at each of the schools. Principals Jenny Ortiz and Tammy Garrett recently gave a tour of the renovations to Channel 3 and you can now view that tour here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhUehnMel50&feature=youtu.be
Cason Lane Academy teacher Debbie Hickerson is scheduled to present today at a national conference on how to implement parts of a new federal education law. Hickerson was interviewed by the Daily News Journal regarding the presentation. You can read the interview here. http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2016/07/21/cason-lane-teacher-present-chicago-friday/87361592/
The event will be live streamed today and can be viewed at the following link. http://cmcgc.com/DVD/lf/index.html
Murfreesboro City School students received a lesson in leadership this summer. Over 20 community establishments were explored as part of a two week long MCS leadership camp. The Leadership Academy, led by teachers Tamara Cosby and Shiloh Siegle, is a camp for rising 5th grade students that teaches leadership and analytical skills to students through direct interaction with local businesses.
Students toured business facilities and spoke directly with company officials about organizational practices as well as how leadership plays a role in making a business successful.
After each visit, the students returned to the leadership camp headquarters to discuss what they learned, how to apply the lessons and how the industries might be interconnected.
“This has been an eye opening experience even for me,” stated 4th grade teacher Tamara Cosby. “We wanted students to see what leadership looks like in all different capacities and understand that you do not have to be elected into a leadership position to be a leader. When touring these facilities we got to see just how varied that can look, how important leadership was in every situation and how everyone works together,” she concluded.
During the visits students brought notebooks to detail their trip and note answers to questions. After touring the city for two week the students were required to create a presentation that they would share with parents and community partners on the last day of camp.
Student Shelleah Stephens has a composition book full of notes she took from each trip. “We learned about respect and setting a good example for others. We also learned that even if you make a mistake you can turn it into an accomplishment if you learn from it,” she said. “I look at leadership differently now. It’s not about being bossy or only trying to do your idea. It’s about passing ideas along and working together to get things done,” she affirmed.
The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation provided funding for this Leadership Academy.
Murfreesboro City Schools will host a new parent welcome event on Thursday, August 4, from 2-5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Patterson Park Community Center. This welcome party is designed for parents of students new to MCS entering grades one through six.
“Entering a new school district is a big transition for students and parents,” says Greg Lyles, Director of Community Outreach. “The change can be relatively smooth for many families but can be a significant barrier for others. This welcome event is designed to help families begin the school year with the tools they need to have a great year.”
From social support interventions to after school care, the MCS district staff will be highlighting the parent and student support areas that are available throughout the district. This welcome exchange is in addition to individual school open houses and tours and allows parents the opportunity to meet the district staff and receive additional information regarding their child’s education.
“Unlike a school open house, the district welcome event is designed for parents to be exposed to programs offered throughout our district including school nutrition, special education, gifted services, transportation and much more,” says Lisa Trail, Director of Communication.
New parents are encouraged to come prepared with questions. Representatives from school nursing, coordinated school health, gifted, special education, curriculum, transportation, outreach, student registration, technology, nutrition, after school care and more will be available. Parents will also be offered the opportunity to register for parent portal and other communication tools utilized by Murfreesboro City Schools.
Although this event is designed for parents of first through sixth grade students transitioning to Murfreesboro City Schools, parents of kindergarten and preschool students are welcome to attend.
“There has been over three thousand new residential units created in Murfreesboro since 2015. With that number in mind, MCS expects hundreds of new families to begin the school year in 2016-17. It is essential that we create a school climate where students and families want to be involved,” says Gary Anderson, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Support Services.
The new school year begins with a half day for students in grades one through six on Wednesday, August 3 and the first full day on Monday, August 8. Preschool and Kindergarten will begin with a phase-in calendar. The welcome party for parents is Thursday, August 4.
Murfreesboro City Schools is district of twelve schools, focused on preschool through sixth grade, committed to the academic and personal success for each child. Over 8,700 students are expected to attend a Murfreesboro City School during the 2016-17 school year. For additional information, please visit www.cityschools.net.
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Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Shavon Davis-Louis as the principal for Cason Lane Academy.
Davis-Louis currently serves as the District Coordinator for Instructional Effectiveness & Professional Development. Prior to this role, Davis-Louis has served MCS in the roles of assistant principal, teacher and instructional technologist. Davis-Louis has also served as an adjunct instructor as well as a consultant with The New Teacher Project.
“Shavon is highly respected across the district,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “She understands the vision of the school district and its focus on children. She has the experience and intellect to continue moving Cason Lane Academy forward.”
Cason Lane Academy, home of the Chargers, located at 1330 Cason Lane, is home to over 800 students ranging from preschool to sixth grade and boasts nearly 90 teachers and staff members.
“I am truly honored to be the new instructional leader of this great school community. My main goal is to ensure every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and positive learning environment. Working together as a team with staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best,” says Davis-Louis.
Davis-Louis received her Bachelor’s Degree from Alcorn State University, Master’s Degree from University of Southern Mississippi, and her Education Specialist (EdS) from MTSU.
Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.
Murfreesboro City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program Schedule
As the school year comes to an end, the Murfreesboro City Schools Nutrition Department is gearing up to feed children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program.
Three buses will distribute food to 27 feeding sites over the summer months. The original Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus (CHOW Bus), Farm 2 School Bus and the CHOW Bus XL will be hitting the pavement in an effort to provide easier access to healthy and nutritious meals for students age 18 and under during the summer break.
“Hunger doesn’t know the school schedule,” says Sandy Scheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “We have children that are in need in our community. These buses allow us to effectively do our jobs and reach them all year round.”
The summer feeding program served around 48,000 breakfasts and 56,000 lunches last summer.
In addition to school cafeterias and several area churches serving as summer feeding sites for breakfast and lunch, the CHOW buses allow meals to be served to areas of Murfreesboro that are not in walking distance of a permanent site.
This will be the third year meals are provided via the “CHOW Bus” program and the 14th year for the MCS summer feeding program. The program will run May 31 through July 29. For a list of participating locations, dates and times of meals, visit www.cityschools.net
The Tennessee Department of Human Services administers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Free meals will be available to children 18 years of age and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.
Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by any of the locations at the designated times to enjoy a healthy meal.
Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.
MCS is celebrating 125 years of service. Whether you are new to Murfreesboro or lifelong resident, here are a few items of interest about our school district.
265 acres of campus
1,253,156 square foot of floor space
1,400 full and part time employees
19.9 to 1 pupil/teacher ratio for regular education
8.2 to 1 pupil/teacher ration of special education
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