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Welcome Students

Welcome to Murfreesboro City Schools.

We are thrilled to welcome new and returning students to the 2014-15 school year.

Registration for new or transferring students will be held at each MCS elementary school on July 23-25 and July 28-29, 2014.

You may wish to print and complete the new student registration form in advance.

New Student Packet

You may also want to visit the school zone map to identify your zoned school. If your child is zoned for Overall Creek Elementary, registration is being held at the MCS Central Office at 2552 S. Church Street.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 615-893-2313 or click the Ask MCS button on the webpage below.

 

Camp PRiSM Week 1 May 27-30 group photo

Camp PRISM – MTSU and MCS partnership

MTSU, City Schools alliance promotes STEM at Camp PRiSM

McKyla Carter, just 9, liked all the learning so much at the recent Camp PRiSM that it “made me upgrade what I think about what I want to do in life.”

This is the kind of impact Camp PRiSM — Practices in Science and Math — can have on the Murfreesboro City Schools children who attend each year.

Camp PRiSM is a partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and Middle Tennessee State University. For two weeks, two separate groups of students from Mitchell-Neilson School and other city schools gain an increased awareness of the STEM areas, which include science, technology, engineering and math.

“Camp PRiSM is a camp that we focus on science and math practices, integrating technology and engineering as well,” said Kristy Lewis, fourth-grade teacher at The Mitchell-Neilson Schools. “The students that come into Camp PRiSM have a love for math and science already. I feel that they gain a lot of experience and a lot of exposure of integrating the technology in the engineering part into the science in the STEM activities.”

The gleam in Carter’s eyes expressed how much she loved learning about chemistry — and the periodic table — and the field trip to the airport.

“It has some of my favorite teachers and friends,” she said. “I don’t want it to be over with. This is the best camp I have ever been to.”

You could say a strong family tie has Tristan Moore, 11, a rising sixth-grader at Siegel Elementary School, on fire for a career in aviation and already committing to attend MTSU. His late father, David J. Moore, was a pilot and MTSU alumnus who died in May 2013.

Tristan Moore enjoyed the total experience of the Jean A. Jack Education Center and Flight Operations Center adjacent to Murfreesboro Airport.

“Their flight program is why I’m going to come here,” he said. “Their flight simulators are great, and when I’m 18, I want to be a flight instructor.”

“This has been wonderful,” MTSU chemistry professor Pat Patterson said after leading a two-hour session, which included making Oobleck. “It’s cornstarch and water, just a physical change.” For a second activity, the children made slime — from glue and borax — which shows a chemical change, she said.

A number of MTSU faculty and others assisted with the camp both on and off campus. The camps were held May 27-30 and June 2-6.

Fellow fourth-grade Mitchell-Neilson Schools teacher Alison Murphy worked alongside Lewis at the camp.

 

Article written by:  Randy Weiler

News and Media Relations contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-5616 or Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu

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Summer Feeding Program – May 27 thru Aug 1

Murfreesboro City Schools announces its sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at sixteen locations.

The program offers free healthy meals including breakfast and lunch for children 18 years of age and under. Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by any of the locations at the designated times to enjoy a healthy meal.

Please click link below to see site locations and times.

 

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The 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

MCS News Update

School Zones 2014-15

A district rezoning will occur for Murfreesboro City Schools in the 2014-15 school year.  Complete information will be sent to parents who currently have students enrolled in a MCS school in the upcoming weeks.

The rezoning reestablishes Reeve-Rogers as a traditional zoned K-6 campus, moves pre-k classrooms to school campuses and reestablishes Bellwood as a K-6 campus for Discovery School. The rezoning overrides any past zone waivers, grandfather clauses, etc.

Link to Street Index in Alphabetical Order 

2014-2015 Street Index

Maps of New Zoning – (Some streets are not reflected in the maps, the street index is the most reliable source.)

Final Zones 2014-15
Proposed Black Fox Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Bradley Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Cason Lane Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Hobgood Zoning 2014-15
Proposed John Pittard Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Mitchell-Neilson Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Northfield Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Overall Creek Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Reeves Rogers Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Scales Zoning 2014-15
Proposed Siegel Zoning 2014-15

Grandfathering and Sibling Attendance Policy

  • If rezoned to a new school location, rising 5th and 6th grade students can choose to remain in their current school.  No transportation service will be available for this option. However, students can complete their elementary schooling at the school if they can provide their own transportation.
  • Younger siblings who have a brother or sister taking advantage of the rising 5th and 6th grade grandfathering option can attend the school along with the sibling as long as both were in the school when during the 2013-14 school year. No transportation service will be available for this option.

 

Choice Schools 

Bradley Academy, Hobgood Elementary and Mitchell-Neilson Schools will be zoned plus choice schools. The three campuses will accept limited student applications outside their zones for students interested in their focus areas.

  • Bradley Academy – Arts Integration
  • Hobgood Elementary – STEM
  • Mitchell-Neilson – Leadership

Choice School Application

 

The 2014-15 school year rezoning overrides any previous zone waivers and grandfather clauses.

Additional information on school registration for Pre-K through 6th grade will soon be available.

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When is registration for the 2014-15 school year?

1st through 6th grade

Returning MCS students – Rising 1st through 6th (current k-5) student registration will occur on March 24. Registration will coincide with the Parent Teacher Conferences from 11 am – 7 pm. Parents should bring documents (water bill, electric bill, gas bill) to verify their current address. Parents should register students at the school they currently attend. Complete registration material will be sent home with your child during the week of March 17.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration will be May 8 & 9.  On May 8, registration will occur during the school day with extended hours through 5 p.m.  On May 9, registration will be open during the regular school hours.  Students should register at their 2014-15 zoned school.  Overall Creek students will register at Scales. Reeves-Rogers students will register at Pittard Elementary.

Children turning five years old before August 15 are eligible for kindergarten.  Kindergarten registration packets will be available on-line in early April.

AGE GUIDELINES: Children entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year shall be five (5) years of age on or before August 15. Students that attended a state approved preschool during 2013-2014 school year and are five (5) years of age on or before August 30 are also eligible to attend.

New Student Enrollment Packet

Preschool

Preschool registration will be held during the school day from April 7 – 25 at Bellwood Bowdoin Preschool.  Testing times will be set at the time of registration. Additional details can be found at the Bellwood Preschool website or downloading the Preschool Application below.

Preschool Registration 2014-15

If you have questions about your zoning, please see street index located under the news tab or contact the district office by clicking on the icon “Ask MCS”.

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Offutt to Lead Reeves-Rogers in 2014-15

Laurie OffuttMurfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Laurie Offutt as the principal for the new Reeves-Rogers Elementary. Reeves-Rogers will reopen as a traditional kindergarten through sixth grade school in the 2014-15 school year. Offutt will assume her role in the spring and will oversee the opening and hiring for Reeves-Rogers for the next school year.

Offutt currently serves as Assistant Principal at John Pittard Elementary and has also served as the Assistant Principal at The Discovery School at Reeves Rogers.  Before serving in her role as Assistant Principal, she was the Media Specialist at Scales Elementary and taught at Central Magnet School in Rutherford County as well as MTSU.

The reopening of Reeves-Rogers as a traditional campus is part of the overall rezoning of the MCS district.  The students of The Discovery School, an academic magnet school, will be relocated to the current campus of Bellwood Bowdoin Preschool.  The preschool program will be located at school campuses across the district.

The Reeves-Rogers campus will become the school home of nearly 450 students. The school will include a Family Resource Center, an active Extended School Program and in-room technology

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200 Students Raise Voices in Harmony

Murfreesboro City Schools invites the public to appreciate the music of the MCS Festival Choir on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Erma Siegel Elementary gymnasium.

This performance will include 200 students singing in celebration of Music in our Schools Month. The concert will showcase students from Black Fox, Bradley, Cason Lane, Discovery School, Erma Siegel, Hobgood, John Pittard, Mitchell-Neilson, Northfield and Scales.

The concert features pieces from a wide array of composers ranging from classical to contemporary. MCS music teachers including Carolene Goff, Amy Swanson, Karen Blooding, Tony Hartman, Ryan Stewart, Michele Good and Melanie Mock will serve as conductors. The masters of ceremony are Cindy Peaster and Colin York.

The music of John Pittard’s Steel de Boro will serve as accompaniment to the choir in two performances.

Parents and guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:15 p.m. to ensure ample time for seating. Music in our Schools Month is recognized and sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

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Teachers of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the Teachers of the Year for 2013-14.

School Based Teachers of the Year 2013-14

  • Bradley – Allison Isom,  Ginger Hazelbaker
  • Discovery – Angela Bunyi,  Suzanne St. John
  • Scales – Cherry Ross, Cynthia Martin
  • Hobgood – Rebecca Sublett, Erin Phillips
  • Northfield –  Staci Young, Diane Lewis
  • Pittard – Leah Follis, Diane Byrd
  • Bellwood – Amy Adcock
  • Black Fox – Christy Robinson,  Zenobia Craig
  • Cason Lane – Keri Victory, Carolene Goff
  • MNS – Delores Brown, Gayle Porterfield
  • Siegel - Meg Reed, Margaret Lane

District Teachers of the Year 2013-14

Angela Bunyi & Suzanne St.John

 

Farm Credit helps Hobgood Greenhouse

Hobgood Greenhouse Receives Needed Funds

Farm Credit of Mid America presents Hobgood Elementary  Teacher Chick Knitter, Principal Tammy Garrett and students with a check for $1,500.  The check will cover the replacement parts needed to maintain the greenhouse currently located at Hobgood.

Each year, 6th grade students learn the science of plant growth through the process of growing poinsettias in the greenhouse.   “The highlight of our growing season is our field trip and distribution of our poinsettias to Community Care.  This is an opportunity for interaction between students and senior citizens that few encounter otherwise,” says Chick Knitter.

This year mechanical issues with the greenhouse caused a poor growth environment.  Farm Credit learned of the need and helped purchase the replacement parts to reestablish this hands-on learning environment.

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McPhees honored at Excellence in Education

McPhee PhotoFriends and colleagues will honor Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee at The City Schools Foundation 7th Annual Excellence in Education Celebration. The celebration, scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, January 24, will be held at Stones River Country Club and will feature John Pittard Elementary.

“Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee are strong leaders in education and our community. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor their service,” says Doug Young, Chairman, The City Schools Foundation.

Reservations for the Celebration are now available including individual tickets and sponsorships. A pre-party for sponsors will be held at the Jeff Hendrix Stadium Club at MTSU.

As the honorees, the McPhees join an elite group of public servants including Dr. Susan Andrews, John Hood, Rhea Seddon and “Hoot” Gibson, Gloria and Ted LaRoche, Joyce Taylor and former U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

John Pittard Elementary, home of the Pittard Lions, will be highlighted as the featured school for the celebration.

The City Schools Foundation is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools and has now contributed over $350,000 directly to the City Schools.

Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre- Kindergarten through 6th grade students. The Foundation’s goals are to boost the school system’s financial support in the areas of science and math, academic competition and excellence among students, and to address financial parity in all schools.

For additional information, visit www.cityschoolsfoundation.com.

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