Music teachers and students from all 12 Murfreesboro City Schools will be participating in the 5th Annual MCS Festival Choir concert Thursday, March 9th.
Family, friends and community members are invited to attend the free performance at 5:45 pm in the Erma Siegel Elementary School Gymnasium. Students and teachers are excited to perform as part of Music in Our Schools Month.
The combined choir totals over 300 students and will feature performances from John Pittard’s Steel de Boro and Reeves-Rogers Drumming Ensemble. The Bradley Academy Musical Theater will also be performing an excerpt from their upcoming production, “Seussical Jr.”
John Pittard Elementary and Discovery School have been selected as a Silver Level RTI2-B Model of Demonstration Schools by the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at Vanderbilt University. Of the 1800 schools across Tennessee, only 25 schools are Model of Demonstration Schools.
Response to Instruction and Intervention-Behavior (RTI2-B) is an evidence-based approach for meeting behavioral and social needs of students. TBSP provides professional development and support to schools on addressing the behavioral and social needs of students. Schools must first complete the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project’s RTI2-B training before applying to be an RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School.
Model Schools have worked tirelessly to implement solid plans with the end goal of improving student outcomes and overall school climate.
John Pittard and Discovery School were recognized at the 2017 Partners in Education Conference and will be recognized at the Superintendent Study Council Conference in September. In addition, the 8 Model of Demonstration Schools from Middle Tennessee will be highlighted by Vanderbilt at the RTI2-B Summit in June.
TBSP is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education and consists of three regional support contracts: University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus, Vanderbilt University, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Students at John Pittard Elementary were outside mapping house plans last week after spending weeks focusing on ratio and proportional relationships in real-life form. This hands-on project is part of the 6th grade curriculum standards for mathematical practice and brings engineering to life.
During this project, JPE students focus on the importance of teamwork while designing their dream homes. Students bring their designs to life from original sketches drawn on graph paper. This four-step project starts with the basic sketch, which goes to a blue print where they choose their scale and proportion, then students stake out their house plans on the lawn outside the school. In the final phase of the project, students work on spatial reasoning and go back to the classrooms to take their 2D drawings to 3D design.
“What’s great about this project is that you can take students who may be struggling in math and they still get a huge lesson out of this. They get to see that they can do math. It’s hands on and much more concrete. It’s a true confidence builder,” says sixth grade math teacher Molly Oliver.
When the students are staking their house plans, they grasp the concept of engineering and architecture. Students learn that right angles are much easier to draw on graph paper than to create with stakes and structures. Oliver teaches the students the 3-4-5 method to show the importance of a perfect right-angle, otherwise known as the Pythagorean Theorem.
“This project gives students the freedom to dream and think about what they would really love to have in a house, and then build it,” says Oliver. “If your walls aren’t straight, when you get to the doorway, those walls aren’t going to meet. The right angle is going to determine whether the wall is going to be straight or not.”
Murfreesboro City Schools is pleased to have three choice schools as options for our students and parents. Choice school applications will be accepted April 3 thru April 28. For additional details, please see the attached document.
Our choices include:
Bradley Academy – Arts Integrated School
Bradley Academy is recognized for excellence in arts — creative writing, drama, instrumental music, theater, visual arts and vocal music. Coupled with a strong academic program, Bradley develops both the artistic and academic talents of its students.
Hobgood Elementary – STEM School
The STEM program shows students the value of learning skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students learn to become critical thinkers through hands-on academic experiences that involve innovative new technologies.
Mitchell-Neilson – Leadership Academy
Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. The development of good habits, grounded in the values of citizenship and leadership, is a fundamental part of this philosophy.
These campuses are part of a strong portfolio of schools within our district.
The newest greenhouse in Murfreesboro City School’s grant-funded Farm to School program is now at Discovery School. The greenhouse provides students a protected and secure environment to learn about the growing process.
Murfreesboro City School’s Farm to School program began in 2015. MCS students have gained access to healthy, local and regionally sourced foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, tower gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.
“Farm to School continues to grow in size, scope and enthusiasm in our schools,” says Meri-Leigh Smith, Coordinated School Health. “Our farmer educator works with teachers and students to enhance curriculum and experiential learning opportunities.”
The Farm to School approach is a nationwide movement that helps students understand where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment and the community. Gardening allows students to learn about basic plant structure and life cycles with a hands-on perspective.
Cason Lane Academy and Hobgood Elementary currently have working greenhouses. Future greenhouse sites include Overall Creek, Northfield, Reeves-Rogers and Erma Siegel Elementary.
“In the days of digital media and electronics, it’s nice to see students excited about getting their hands a little dirty,” says Kristina Maddux, Discovery School Principal. “Discovery School has several raised bed gardens located on our campus. The greenhouse is a wonderful addition to our program.”
The greenhouse at Discovery School is equipped with a solar exhaust fan to allow for the best environment for the plants and student interaction.
MCS is proud to recognize the MCS 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding teachers in Tennessee and across the nation.
District Teachers of the Year
Tony Hartman – Scales
Rebecca Sublett – Overall Creek
2016-2017 Teachers of the Year
Black Fox Elementary
Cason Lane Academy
Overall Creek Elementary
John Pittard Elementary
Erma Siegel Elementary
Murfreesboro City Schools will host a job fair on Saturday, March 18 at Scales Elementary from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Prospective teachers are encouraged to bring resumes and/or portfolios and be prepared to interview.
Scales Elementary is located at 2340 St. Andrews Drive in Murfreesboro.
Black Fox Elementary recently broke ground with a $2.2 million expansion project which includes ten additional classrooms, storage and parking. The project is estimated to be completed this fall and will add capacity for up to 1,000 students.
This is the first major addition for Black Fox Elementary since it was opened in 1990. The expansion includes 15,039 square feet bring the total of the school to 122,539 square feet. Six classrooms will be added to the East side of the building, nearest Kensington Drive, and four classrooms will be added to the West side.
“We are excited to see the completion of this renovation,” says Joe Thompson, Black Fox principal. “The school’s core was initially built to accommodate 1,000 students so this project just makes sense. The residential area around us is growing and we want to be able to welcome new students to our school.”
Black Fox is located at 1753 South Rutherford Blvd. The school currently has an enrollment of 812 students and was recently recognized with the Value Added Achievement Award.
Johnson + Bailey Architects has designed the project, with Romach, Inc as the general contractor.
African American art, cuisine, dance and more will be featured Thursday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m., as Murfreesboro City Schools and Patterson Park Community Center celebrate The African American Cultural Celebration. The event will be held at Patterson Park Community Center located at 521 Mercury Blvd.
“We invite the community at-large to join us as we celebrate through art, cuisine, history, and music. It speaks volumes for a community that can come together to celebrate its diversity in a spirit of unity,” stated City Schools Outreach Coordinator Greg Lyles.
The 2017 theme is the African American Expression. The free celebration will recognize several aspects of African American history and culture through song, performances, artistic expression and interactive exhibits. This year students will participate in a live wax museum honoring local heroes.
For more information contact Tori England at 615-893-2313.
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