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MCS News Update

MCS Hosts African American Cultural Celebration

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.

MCS News Update

Winter Weather


For school closing information, please be sure phone numbers and information in parent portal is correct. The initial information regarding inclement weather closings will appear on Twitter @MCScommunicates and Facebook @MurfreesboroCitySchools, followed by WGNS, City TV, Nashville media and an all-call to parents.

ESP will follow the inclement weather policy posted on the ESP website homepage. (

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Inclement Weather Meal Sites Announced

MCS is happy to announce the opening of Inclement Weather Meal Sites on snow days. When school is out for snow or other inclement weather, several cafeterias will be open to children age 18 and under for free lunch or snack.

Cafeterias will be open at:
Black Fox Elementary – lunch served 12-12:30, snack served 3:30-4
Bradley Academy – lunch served 12-12:30, snack served 3:30-4
Hobgood Elementary – lunch served 11-11:30, snack served 2:30-3
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary – lunch served 12-12:30, snack served 3:30-4
Northfield Elementary – lunch served 11-11:30, snack served 2:30-3
Reeves-Rogers Elementary – lunch served 12-12:30, snack served 3:30-4
Scales Elementary – lunch served 11-11:30, snack served 2:30-3
Patterson Park – lunch served 12-12:30, snack served 3:30-4

See the attached flyer for details.

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MCS News Update

Black Fox Elementary addition approved by Council

The Murfreesboro City Council approved a request by Murfreesboro City Schools for a $2.26 million toward the construction of a 10-classroom expansion of Black Fox Elementary School located at 1753 South Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Funding for the expansion will be from bond proceeds shared by Rutherford County.
The 14,400 square feet expansion also includes two material storage spaces. The 10 additional classrooms will increase the educating capacity of Black Fox Elementary from 800 to 1,000 students upon competition, according to school officials.

The Murfreesboro City School Board previously approved contracts with Johnson + Bailey for architectural services and Romach Inc. of Franklin for construction. Romach was judged to be the best and lowest bidder of four submitted bids on Oct. 6.

Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks of Council approval with completion of the project expected by the start of the new school year next August.

For more information on Black Fox Elementary, visit
For more information on Murfreesboro City Schools, contact Lisa Trail, Director of Communications at MCS webpage

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Excellence in Education – Feb. 3, 2017

The City Schools Foundations announces the 10th Annual Excellence in Education event to be held Friday, February 3, 2017.

“This year’s event will highlight Cason Lane Academy,” says Board Chair Ben Parsley. “At this 10th year celebration, we are also thrilled to honor one of the charter members of The City Schools Foundation — Mr. John Floyd.”

Reservations for the Celebration will be available in November with individual tickets at $250 and sponsorships beginning at $1,500.

The City Schools Foundation is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade students. Most recently, The Foundation recently gave over $52,000 in grants to MCS teachers.

The gala will be held at Stones River Country Club beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information, please call 893-2313 or any member of The City Schools Foundation Trustees.

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School Cafe Now Available

MCS is proud to offer SchoolCafé to our parents.  School Cafe is a great way to access your account balance and know what’s on the menu. Check out what’s available each day and view the nutritional and allergen information to help you make healthy decisions. Use “Make a Tray” to build your meal for the items available that day and see the combined nutrient information. Give your feedback to the school caferia by rating items. Favorite specific items on the menu so that you can know when they’ll be available that day.

Take time to login and become familiar with the many options now offered through School Cafe.


2016 Foundation Grant Winners

Foundation Awards $52,000 in Grants

The City Schools Foundation is proud to announce $52,774.76 in grant funding has been awarded to teachers for the 2016-17 foundation grant cycle. 27 grants were awarded to far-reaching and engaging grants focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Funded grants ranged from $99.95 to $9,999.00.

This year, four of the awarded grants will be utilized across the district. “Grab Your Passports,” a grant written by Technology Coaches Micky Brooks and Trent Cheeves will use Google Expeditions virtual software to take students on virtual field trips around the world. Teachers will be able to pick from hundreds of expeditions including ecological systems, outer space and the Egyptian pyramids. Teachers will use state standards to tie the field trips into the existing curriculum.

Funds for this round of teacher grants were raised from the “ Excellence in Education” dinner honoring community members Ed and Andrea Loughry, and the 2015 Foundation & Fashions.

  • 1. Darlene Thomas | Erma Siegel | PLANTING THE SEEDS OF BUDDING ENGINEERS
  • 2. Dr. Kristy Mall | Discovery | ENGINEERING OUR FUTURE: THE FUTURE IS HERE
  • 3. Meredith Gilliland | Hobgood | CULTIVATING KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
  • 4. Jessica Jacobs | Scales | MATH FUN: BRINGING MATH ALIVE
  • 9. Shae Miga, Iliana Senior, Tonya Cannon | Reeves-Rogers | MIGHTY MATHEMATICIANS
  • 10. Micky Brooks & Trent Cheeves | District-wide | GRAB YOUR PASSPORTS
  • 11. Kelly Adams Harris | Northfield | RAPUNZEL , RAPUNZEL, THE TOWER OF SILKY ROOTS
  • 12. Tara McKinney | Erma Siegel | REAL LIFE ROLE PLAY
  • 13. Tara McKinney | Erma Siegel | LAS CIENCIAS PARA TODOS! / SCIENCE FOR EVERYONE!
  • 14. Leah Bartch | District-wide | EV3 SOLUTIONS: ALERT THE REBELS
  • 15. Meri-Leigh Smith | District-wide | SUCCESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
  • 16. Cindy Cliché | District-wide | MATH 2 GO
  • 17. Anna Buchholtz | Cason Lane | STEM ROOM MATERIALS
  • 18. Beth Carter | Reeves-Rogers | FOR THE LOVE OF AQUAPONICS
  • 19. Neely Embree | Mitchell-Neilson | “TWENTY-ONE DAYS TO EGG-CELLENCE”
  • 20. Debbie Hickerson | Cason Lane | STEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
  • 21. Felicia Jackson | Cason Lane | MATH ALIVE!
  • 23. Sarah Chumney & Taba Karna | Cason Lane | GOT ROOM FOR MATH
  • 24. Michelle Eaton | Erma Siegel | BREAKOUT CRAZE
  • 25. Rachel Prater & Jennie Bucaro | Mitchell-Neilson | TO STEMFINITY AND BEYOND
  • 26. Rachel Prater | Mitchell-Neilson | MAKING MATH MAGNETIC
  • 27. Bess Turner | Discovery | BREAKOUT EDU: WILL YOU ESCAPE


Foundation Grant Winners 2016

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Why a Student-Led Conference

Thursday, October 27 is set aside for student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Here’s what researchers and MCS teachers say about a student-led conference:
· Actively engages students in their learning process
· Opens up communication between school and home
· Teaches self-reflection, self-evaluation skills
· Practices real life skills—communication, organization, leadership, etc.
· Increases parent attendance
· Is an opportunity for students to produce positives that may not show up on a report card grade (an art project, an essay)
· Is authentic assessment
· Is an opportunity to see work in progress
· Can increase student accountability. The student is talking about the “why” of their progress based on student action—not just teacher action.
· Puts students at the center

“When students are well-prepared over an extended period to tell the story of their success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success.” Rich Stiggins


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Newell is Principal of the Year State Finalist

Newell named Middle Tennessee Grand Division’s Principal of the Year!

Middle Tennessee Grand Division includes school districts from Cheatham, Metro Nashville, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Murfreesboro City, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson, Franklin Special, Wilson, Lebanon Special, Bedford, Coffee, Manchester City, Tullahoma City, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Fayetteville City, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne, Tennessee School for the Blind, York Institute, White, Warren, VanBuren, Trousdale, Smith, Putnam, Pickett, Overton, Macon, Jackson, Fentress, DeKalb, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Clay, and Cannon,


Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the finalists for the 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award this week. The nine finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division, West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced on Oct. 25, 2016, during the department’s LEAD Conference.

Robin Newell, Principal, Mitchell-Neilson School, is one of three principals representing the Middle Tennessee Region.

“I was deeply humbled to even be nominated. However, this award is about our whole school, not just me,” says Robin Newell, Principal. “Mitchell-Neilson had a huge paradigm shift three years ago when we adopted The Leader in Me. This mindset—for both children and adults–is key to the culture of our school and what makes it such a great place to be!    Both educators and children serve on committees, plan grade-level and school-wide events, and present information to community organizations. I’m just one piece of that great puzzle.”

“Leadership matters. As I’ve traveled around the state, I have seen the significant impact a strong school leader has on teachers’ successes and students’ progress,” Commissioner McQueen said. “Principals set the tone and expectations that drive student learning in their buildings, and I commend these finalists for the ways in which they have set a high bar for the profession.”

The nine finalists for 2016-17 Principal of the Year are:

West Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Shelby/Municipals Docia Generette-Walker Middle College High School Shelby County Schools
Southwest Lillie Treadway Ripley Primary School Lauderdale County School System
Northwest Charlotte Shivley East Elementary School Humboldt City Schools

Middle Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Mid Cumberland Robin Newell Mitchell-Neilson Schools Murfreesboro City Schools
South Central Tina Weatherford Joseph Brown Elementary School Maury County Public Schools
Upper Cumberland Grant Swallows White County High School White County Schools

East Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Southeast Glen Puryear Rogers Creek Elementary School McMinn County School System
East Tennessee Beth Roeder Andersonville Elementary School Anderson County Schools
First Tennessee Susan Trent Surgoinsville Elementary Schools Hawkins County School District

“Robin is a shining example of a principal who believes in the whole child approach. She understands the vision of this school district and its focus on children. She has the respect of her students, faculty and parents,” says Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “Robin’s knowledge and passion for children shows in her daily work. We are extremely proud of Robin and this nomination.”

The Tennessee Principal of the Year award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of three years’ experience as a principal and a minimum of five years’ experience in Tennessee public schools. In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

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