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Covid-19 Update

Back to School

We know that school will look different for our students and staff in the fall. As we work on a plan to ensure high quality instruction for every student while prioritizing the health and well-being of students and staff, we want to hear from you.

Please know that there is no playbook for a pandemic and we ask parents to be patient and flexible as we make decisions with the safety of students and staff at the forefront.

(1)  Traditional (in-person) classes and Choice Distance Learning – Pre-K through 6th grade students will attend full day classes at school with the exception of students whose parents/guardians choose the choice distance learning option.

A few of the many steps being taken when school opens for traditional classes include:

*  Temperature checks of students and staff daily.

*  Frequent handwashing/sanitizing required.

*  Physical distancing will be encouraged.

*  Students will be contained to one classroom/hallway when possible.

*  Students will have their own school supplies and manipulatives.

*  Teachers will wear masks or face shield when six-foot social distancing is not an option.

*  Water fountains will be utilized for filling water bottles or cups, no direct drinking.

*  Strict cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout the day.

*  Students wearing masks is highly recommended and encouraged.

Choice Distance Learning – As the school year begins with the Traditional Classes, we realize some parents will want to select the Choice Distance Learning option.  This option will include 6 1/2 hours of instruction delivered via Zoom, other on-line platforms and hard copy instruction.

Parents/guardians may reconsider schooling options at the end of a 9-week grading period.

Choice Distance Learning Agreement

Preschool Registration Sign

MCS Preschool Program

Thank you for your interest in the Murfreesboro City Schools Preschool Program.

The MCS Pre-K program is funded by a grant for low income or at-risk children. We serve four-year old children who are zoned for a city school. Your child must be 4, but not yet 5, years old on August 15th, 2020.

UPDATED to begin April 13, 2020

Due to COVID19, Pre-K Registration procedures have changed. Please read the requirements of the program and follow the instructions below to submit an application.

  • • Children must be 4 years old by August 15, 2020.
  • • Children must live within the Murfreesboro city limits.
  • • Eligibility and tentative placements will be determined following the completion of the application process. You will receive a letter on or before July 15th letting you know about your child’s acceptance. 
  • • If you have specific concerns or questions, you may email preschool@cityschools.net.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING FOR PRE-K

The Application should be filled out completely and attach the following documentation.

  • • Proof of income – might include current pay stubs, W2, or a 2019 tax return, and public assistance verification like SNAP. Please submit a W-2, 2019 tax return, or current pay stubs to expedite the processing of your application and ensure determination of eligibility for all Preschool Programs including partnership slots with CDI – Head Start serving Mid-Cumberland.
  • • Proof of your address.  The only documentation that will be accepted is copy of an electric, water, or gas bill or lease with the parent’s name and the service address on it. These bills may be no more than 60 days old.
  • • Copy of Official Birth Certificate.

If you have concerns mailing the documentation due to the confidential nature of these items, you may submit only the application at this time. Our preschool staff will contact you at a later date to obtain the documents. Eligibility cannot be determined until all documentation is submitted.

Mail the application and/or documents to:

Murfreesboro City Schools
Attn: Preschool
2552 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

Preschool staff will contact you for any additional information needed via phone or email. If your address, phone number, or email changes, please send the updated information to preschool@cityschools.net.
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Our preschool classrooms will be located in several schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The school locations for the preschool classrooms will be based on the space available. We will continue to offer classrooms at our off-site location at Mercury Court. Children who reside within the Murfreesboro city limits and meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of your child’s zoned school, may be placed in a classroom based on location, zones, and proximity as long as space is available.

***Please follow the instructions for applying and guidelines for documentation carefully so that your application may be considered as complete.

If after reading the information on submitting an application, you have further questions you may email preschool@cityschools.net or call 615-904-1015.

Applications can be picked up outside any MCS school location in a crate titled Pre-K Applications after April 13 or simply download and complete both application forms below. Forms should be mailed to Murfreesboro City Schools at the address provided at the top of this page.

Additional details will be added soon.

Did You Know?

Every child in Tennessee, birth to age five, is eligible to receive high-quality, age appropriate books in the mail monthly at no cost to families. Enroll in the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties.

Enroll Now for Free Books

****  Integrated Preschool is separate from PreK. This information is not intended for the Integrated Preschool Classroom. For further information regarding the Integrated Preschool contact the Special Education Department.

Email: Integrated.Preschool@cityschools.net

CHOW BUS SCHEDULE

CHOW bus schedules – buses will be CHOW buses plus traditional school buses

The Chow Buses will continue running through the summer.  Buses will run one time per day delivering both lunch and breakfast for the following day.  We will not be feeding on the buses, we will be distributing meals as pick up and go options.

The Food Service Program is funded by the USDA and is open to any child birth to eighteen.

Please note the times and locations as well as the type of bus that will be used at each site in the information below. Sites may change slightly, please be sure to view the Feeding Site list weekly.

You can view the current CHOW buses schedule at the following link. (Download the MCS Feeding Sites Flyer)

MCS News Update

Focus on the Whole Child

Recent tragic events in our country have put the anguish of senseless injustice and inequality at the center of our national discourse.  As individuals, each of us have had strong personal and emotional responses to the shocking and heartbreaking death of George Floyd.  Our grave concerns regarding racism, prejudice, and discrimination should never be far from our minds and should motivate action in promoting respectful, fair and compassionate behavior every single day.  At Murfreesboro City Schools, the faculty, staff and administrators work continuously to do so.

As one of the ten most diverse school districts in the state of Tennessee, we strive to be a haven where education, acceptance, support, and inspiration thrive.

Over the past decade, Dr. Linda Gilbert built a family that includes everyone in our school system with a focus on the whole child and meeting their needs as a valued, respected person. When one of us hurt, she hurt with us.

Today, we are hurting for those in our community, state and country who are feeling alienated, marginalized, and frustrated by a system that has failed them.

I want to assure you Murfreesboro City Schools will not fail you. It is my personal goal – and the mission of our system — to provide a safe and nurturing environment for each of you, our family.

Let’s unite in our determination to look for and actively create better days tomorrow.

 

Ralph Ringstaff
Interim Superintendent
Murfreesboro City Schools

Ralph Ringstaff

Ralph Ringstaff Appointed Interim Director

The MCS School Board has appointed Ralph Ringstaff to serve as the interim director of schools until a new director is appointed. Ralph Ringstaff will work with the current leadership team to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year. Mr. Ringstaff currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and ESP.

A search for the new director will begin immediately.

Northfield Principals Mark Gonyea and M'Lisa Bryant Miffleton

MCS Announces Northfield Administrators

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS), is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Gonyea and Mrs. M’Lisa Bryant Miffleton as principal and assistant principal of Northfield Elementary respectively. These appointments come following the retirement of the current leadership team of Dr. Gene Loyd and Mrs. Julia Williams.
Gonyea and Bryant most recently served as administrators with Rutherford County Schools. Gonyea has over twenty-five years of experience in education and Miffleton joins the team with over 20 years of experience.
“I am honored to be named the new principal at Northfield Elementary,” says Gonyea. “Northfield is a school with strong traditions, an enthusiastic faculty, and a rich history in Murfreesboro.”
Gonyea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Literacy from Middle Tennessee State University, and Education Specialist and Doctorate of Education degrees from Carson Newman University. He is a member of the 2019 Governor’s Academy for School Leaders Cohort.
“As an administrator, my goal is to inspire faculty and staff to do their jobs with the highest levels of excellence and enthusiasm. This journey is one of constant learning and a realization that mistakes will be made, and things may not always go as planned. However, if the primary lens is on what’s best for students, we will not falter,” says Gonyea.
Gonyea believes that all students can learn at high levels given the proper supports and motivation. “As educators, it is our job to meet the needs of the students where they are and take them to where they have never been. Education is more than imparting knowledge to students, it is igniting a passion in them to desire life-long learning,” says Gonyea.
Miffleton joins MCS with a wealth of classroom and administrative experience. Miffleton holds her Master’s and Educational Specialists degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Martin Methodist College.
“I believe in building strong relationships while encouraging others to focus on their passions and strengths,” says Miffleton. “I look forward to continuing the strong collaborations that are part of the Northfield experience and working with students, staff, parents and the community.”
These leaders will join the existing leadership team of Murfreesboro City Schools as the district moves forward in creating an environment of success for each of our 9,200 school children. Murfreesboro City Schools is an exemplary district of thirteen schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.

M'Lisa Miffleton

Mark Gonyea

Bradley and Erma Siegel Earn STEM School Status

Bradley and Erma Siegel Elementary Earn Tennessee Designated STEM School Status

Bradley Academy and Erma Siegel Elementary have been named Tennessee Designated STEM Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education in partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. The Tennessee STEM School Designation denotes that a school meets the highest standards of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction and is a model for schools across the state.

“We are thrilled to receive this designation,” says Emily Spencer, Erma Siegel Principal. “This designation took the vision, leadership and hard work of a dedicated group of teachers. I am privileged to work with this outstanding faculty and staff.”

STEM education is a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analytical skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them.

“As an Arts Integrated School, I am extremely proud of our team embracing the STEM model while keeping arts in the forefront,” says Raeshon Torres, Bradley Academy Principal. “This designation is the result of years of hard work. We truly are a STEAM team working tirelessly for the Bradley students.”

STEM designated schools integrate STEM curriculum with project-based learning across all subject areas and programs both inside and outside the classroom. To receive this momentous designation, Bradley and Erma Siegel successfully completed the designation rubric including five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and post-secondary partnerships. As a part of the process, schools were required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM education for the next five years. From this process, a total of twenty-two schools received the Tennessee STEM School Designation.

This is the fourth STEM designation received by Murfreesboro City Schools including Overall Creek in 2018 and Discovery School in 2019. Strong STEM teaching and learning opportunities rest on inquiry, technology, and project-based learning activities. It is a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum where activities in one class complement those in other classes.

The Erma Siegel team is led by Principal Emily Spencer, Assistant Principal Crystal Farris, and teacher leaders Emily Clark, Kim Taylor, Devontae Kelley, Jenifer Scott, Amberly Sandberg, Brandy Cheatham, Rachel Pepper, Leigh Ann Weaver, and Gretchen Campbell.

The Bradley team is led by Principal Raeshon Torres, Assistant Principal Kennye Holt, Dana Stem, Abbey Sanders, Ginger Hazelbaker, Billie Jo Thompson, Taylor Witsaman, Regan Clark, and Evelyn Burnett.

“I am delighted that Bradley and Erma Siegel are receiving this well-deserved recognition. The schools are engaged in experiential, real-world learning, linking today’s STEM learning to tomorrow’s workforce,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “Both schools have worked tirelessly to expand the teaching and learning of STEM in their classrooms.”

The Tennessee STEM School Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. The Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network developed tools and resources to define the attributes of a comprehensive STEM learning environment for students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions & Other Information –

Online Education:
Activities for each grade level will be posted on your school’s webpage each Monday. The location will be on the right side of the webpage heading bar under your school’s initials and the words “at Home.” Information about Lexia and iReady as well as much more can be found at www.cityschools.net/home-school-information

Paper copies:
Crates are also placed outside your school’s front door on Mondays. Crates will include paper copies of the same information that is posted online, arranged by grade level. As with the online access materials, there will be ongoing activities as well as week-specific activities. The crates will remain in place Monday through Thursday. Additionally, each Monday and Tuesday, volunteers will follow the CHOW buses and hand out copies of the online activities.

On-air instruction:
MCS teachers are presenting lessons Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on CityTV. These lessons can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXjPQW-GeBG7NVNVk3YdQZoQ76JYtuX55.
Teaching Tennessee airs on PBS on Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tennessee teachers provide a virtual classroom lesson on English Language Arts or Math for grades 1-8. Four hours of content is also streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record.

ZONE WAIVERS
The zone waiver deadline has been extended to June 15. Waivers can be found at www.cityschools.net/student-info. Parents wishing to submit a waiver can print and mail a completed waiver to the MCS Central Office or scan and e-mail completed waivers to kim.fischer@cityschools.net. Parents who do not have the capability of printing a zone waiver at home can call 615-893-2313 and ask for a zone waiver to be mailed to them.

GRADES
No grades will be given for the 4th nine weeks.

LIBRARY BOOKS
During the week of the April 27th – a library bin will be placed outside the front door of each school for dropping off library books that you may currently have at your home.

REGISTRATION OF CURRENT STUDENTS
Families of current students should register online using the Skyward Parent Portal. If families have difficulty registering online, please contact your teacher or the attendance secretary at your current school.

PRE-K REGISTRATION
Pre-K registration applications can be found at www.cityschools.net/departments/preschool. Applications can be downloaded and printed, or paper copies can be found at the front of each school. Completed applications should be mailed to the MCS Central Office – Attn: Pre-K, 2552 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37127.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS
Kindergarten registration will begin May 7. Additional details will be coming soon. Current MCS Pre-K students can register online for kindergarten using the MCS Skyward Parent Portal.

QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNTY REGISTRATION
Parents should contact the principal of their zoned middle school or contact Rutherford County Schools at 615-893-5812 and ask to speak to Barbara Powers, Middle School Coordinator. There is not a form needed from Murfreesboro City Schools. All student records will be transferred electronically to the middle school.

STUDENT COLLECTION OF MATERIALS
Parents will be contacted by their school to coordinate a date in May to pick up student personal materials. This may include yearbooks and photos. This will be the time to drop any additional school items that are still at your home including library books, band instruments, etc.

ESP OPENS
Decisions about Murfreesboro City Schools must consider the natural actions of children as well as the contagion associated with COVID-19. Therefore, the Extended School Program (ESP) will remain closed until July 20.

CAFETERIA ACCOUNTS
Money left in cafeteria accounts will be rolled over to the 2020-21 school year. However, a refund request can be obtained through School Cafe or by visiting http://www.cityschools.net/departments/school-nutrition for the account refund form. Accounts with outstanding charges should be paid in full by May 20. Questions can be sent to sandy.scheele@cityschools.net.

If you have additional questions that are not covered in this overview, please email your teacher or principal. (Questions about an individual student should be sent first to the grade level teacher.)

Murfreesboro City Schools – 2552 South Church Street – Murfreesboro, TN 37127 – 615-893-2313

Home to School Information

Home to School Info & CityTV

Learning Resources

Click this link for instructional resources for families and children to use at home – Resources for Families. This information will be updated by the school district regularly.  Students have utilized Lexia and iReady throughout the school year and should be able to login and utilize these resources easily.

Watch CityTV weekdays at 9:30 a.m or the rebroadcast at 4 p.m. for fun and educational classes presented by MCS teachers.

CityTV can be viewed on: Comcast Xfinity channel 3 & 1094 | AT&T Uverse channel 99 | Roku | Apple TV via Cablecast Screenweave | YouTube

Visit the City of Murfreesboro YouTube Channel and click on the MCS at Home playlists for past episodes.

Little Free Libraries at all schools have been restocked.  Please take time to grab a book and read to your child and ask your child to read to you.

We will continue to update our Home To School information.  You can also find this information on your school’s website main navigation tab.

Talking with your Children about Concerns

Below is a quick link from Child Mind Institute that may help in talking with your child about COVID-19. https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Children act out for different reasons. The first step to dealing with tantrums, meltdowns and defiance is to understand what’s bothering a child. This link is a great resource from Childmind.org –

https://childmind.org/topics/concerns/behavior/. Childmind.org also has great ideas on the Power of Positive Attention and When Siblings won’t Stop Fighting.

CHOW buses schedule – buses will be CHOW buses plus traditional school buses

The Chow Buses will continue running through April.  However, beginning, April 6, buses will run one time per day delivering both lunch and breakfast for the following day.  We will not be feeding on the buses, we will be distributing meals as pick up and go options.

The Food Service Program is funded by the USDA and is open to any child birth to eighteen.

Please note the times and locations as well as the type of bus that will be used at each site in the information below. Sites may change slightly, please be sure to view the Feeding Site list weekly.

You can view the current CHOW buses schedule at the following link. (Download the MCS Feeding Sites Flyer)

Donate!

Accepting Donations

Donations:
Support our schools through The City Schools Foundation.




The Foundation is a 501(c)3 supporting Murfreesboro City Schools and can accept these donations. The Foundation will then utilize those dollars for relief purposes. Donations can be made by check, credit card or PayPal.

Checks should be mailed to The City Schools Foundation, Attn: Lisa Trail, 2552 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127 or simply click the button above for credit card donations.

Backpack Food:
Backpack food will be sent for weekend distribution on the CHOW buses. The list of items for the backpack program is below. We will limit our food distribution to the items listed. This list has been child and family tested for the past several years. We have the ability to store, pack and distribute. These items can be brought to the MCS Central Office.

  • Chili with beans, Beef & Macaroni, Beef Stew, Beans & Franks, Spaghetti & Meatballs (single serving, pop top cans) 7.5 oz.
  • Single serve microwavable Mac & Cheese
  • Single serve fruit cups
  • Juice box / pouch – 6.75 oz
  • Single serve cereal – .75 oz.
  • Snack Cracker Packages
  • Granola Bars

 

Books:

We are happy to accept new and gently used children’s books for distribution to our students at CHOW bus sites.  All books accepted will be quarantined for a period of 7 days prior to being distributed to students. Books can range from toddler to chapter books.

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