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Spring Break

Spring Break will be observed at Murfreesboro City Schools March 27-March 31.  ESP will be open and has numerous activities planned for the week.

Have a safe and happy Spring Break.

MCS News Update

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Applications for the MCS Pre-K program will be accepted April 3-13 at any Murfreesboro City School between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or April 17-28 at Oakland Court Preschool from 8:30-3:00 p.m. Children must be 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old, on August 15, 2017 to qualify for preschool.  Please follow the link preschool application link for additional eligibility criteria and the application documents.  Preschool Application 2017

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held on May 4-5, 2017.  All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.  Click the link for additional information. Kindergarten Registration 2017-18

 

To Register Students:

Go to the school office in the zone where you live and bring the following items with you:

  1. Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
  2. Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
  3. Verification of Your Address. This must be a current utility bill with your name and address on it.  (Example: Water, Electric, Gas).

 

If you live outside the city limits of Murfreesboro and want to attend a Murfreesboro City School you will need to contact the Central Office at 615-893-2313 to request and fill out an OUT-OF-CITY application form. If approved, you will need to bring the OUT-OF-CITY ASSIGNMENT SHEET mailed to you, showing the school to which your child has been assigned.

 

Preschool and kindergarten are wonderful years to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  We are honored to welcome you and your child to Murfreesboro City Schools.

MCS News Update

Choice School Applications Accepted in April

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.

Choice School Application 2017-18

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.

 

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Lights! Camera! Action!

On March 20, the Oscars came to Patterson Park! With red carpet interviews and golden statues, Murfreesboro City Schools’ Extended School Program kicked off its first Lego Stop Motion Movie Maker Awards.

The event began with an opening performance by the cast of Bradley’s Seussical Jr. Then, all of movies nominated for awards were presented. Each movie was made using a suite of tools that professional stop-motion animators use. But there was a lot of work involved! Students created a scene, took pictures of the scene, then changed the scene, and took another picture. This process continued until a movie resulted. And the quality of each movie proved that the work was worth it.

Following a performance by the Mitchell-Neilson Step Team, the winners were announced:

Best Set Design: Logan Davis, MN

Best Visual Effects: Asa Brown, MN

Best Sound Design: Chris Rogers and Mark Campbell, CL

Best Editing: Kaylynn Brooks, Emma Millican, Gabriela Harrelson, Kkalieya Brown, NF

Most Creative: Alan Mendoza, Serinity Mathis, Daxton Wilson, BR

Best Animation: Lily Powers, BF

Best Cinematography: Carter Shannon, Matthew Williams, Garren Thompson, JP

Best Screenplay: Abby Lugos and Abigail Postell, DS

Best Voice Acting: James Bush, Haiden Jenkins, Cadence Moss, Lydia Knight, OC

Best Directing: Brycen Louis, DS

Best Action Movie: Carter Gregory and Trent Alford, DS

Best Fairy Tale: Emma Pitts, Emily Palone, McKenzie Palone, SC

Best Comedy: Sarah Baumbarger, CL

Best Superhero Movie: Clay Johnson-Deckard, MN

Best Picture: James Adcock, Xavier Balbalosa, Cobyn Bright, Brandon Davila, Damon Demick, Lawson Lee, Nathan McCrery, Landon Millsap, Brandon Palmer, Trent Parker, Joshua Smith, Gatlin Snetsinger, Braylen Vanderbilt, Austin Webb, Jacob Elam, ES

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Students Receive Top Awards

Fifth grade Erma Siegel students, Kameryn Galland, Skye Roberts, and Erin Higgins, are headed to the National Invention Convention set for June in Washington, D.C. The trio received first place in the 5th Grade “Make Life Easier” category with an E-Z Swing Suit during MTSU’s 25th Annual Invention Convention. In total, fourteen MCS students received ribbons or trophies for their 2017 creations.

The E-Z Swing Suit allows students with balance issues to be supported in a traditional swing utilizing a vest that is hooked to the swing’s chains.

“To say that I am proud of these girls would be an understatement,” says Angela Pope, 5th grade teacher. “I have been taking groups to the Invention Convention at MTSU since 2003. This is by far one of the best inventions I have ever had anyone take. There is so much ingenuity in this invention.”

Pope says more important than ingenuity is the heart and compassion behind the idea. Pope’s 5th grade class does “Little Buddies” with Ms. Owen Davis’s 1st and 2nd grade Comprehensive Development Classroom (CDC) including reading on Fridays. After reading, the class takes a few minutes to play with the younger children on the playground.

“These girls noticed that when their little buddy wanted to swing, they had issues with balancing. It scared them because they worried the child might fall, so when Invention Convention started, they came up with an idea to alleviate this problem,” says Pope.

The Invention Convention process begins with groups brainstorming ideas for games and inventions. The ideas are narrowed based on whether the objectives are practical and reasonable for the time frame and budget allotted. One additional step narrows the project to the idea that students are most passionate about developing.

“These girls had one idea that they were set on, and it was the E-Z Swing Suit. This idea is a practical and directly applies to their lives. It is something they were immediately able to put to use. This idea shows the compassion that these girls have for their Little Buddies and the strength of the relationships that have been developed over the school year between the two groups of kids. It shows a special kind of sensitivity and empathy,” says Pope.

“We wanted our friends to be able to swing with us safely,” says Skye Roberts.

With over 340 entries, Murfreesboro City School students brought home multiple awards including:
• First Place, 5th Grade Make Life Easier: “E-Z Swing Suit” by Kameryn Galland, Skye Roberts and Erin Higgins, Erma Siegel Elementary
• State Farm Excellence Award, 5th Grade Make Life Easier: “Teacher’s Pet” by Rachel Ashby and Zeina Ahmad, Northfield Elementary
• State Farm Excellence Award, 6th Grade Games: “Surviving Ancient History” by Zachary Jones, John Pittard Elementary
• Best Presentation, 4th Grade Games: “Jungle Run” by Harrison Zolt and Austin Bragg, Erma Siegel Elementary
• Best Presentation, 5th Grade Games: “Laser Race” by Taylin Rischer, Kyleigh England and Marisa Phanthavongsa, Erma Siegel Elementary
• Best Presentation, 6th Grade Make Life Easier: “The Help N Sweeper” by Robbie Daniel, Scales Elementary
• Champion, 5th Grade Games: “Compounding” by Emilio Gomez Garcia, John Pittard Elementary
• Champion, 6th Grade Games: “Build a Band” by Wyatt Murphy, Scales Elementary

Roberts, Galland and Higgins will be conducting a fundraiser to help support their trip to D.C.

Read more about Invention Convention at mtsunews.

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2017 Earth Day Bee Contest

Murfreesboro City Schools is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration. Students across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are invited to participate in the Student Video Contest as part of the 2017 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration.

Do you have an idea to help save the bees? Have you created a bee sanctuary? Do you have a cool way to increase knowledge about bee decline? Form a team and complete a project that encompasses the theme “Nothing would sting more, than bee extinction”.

For additional details, click on the link below.  Winners will be announced during the Earth Day Celebration on April 22.

 

((Download the Contest Rules and Forms))

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MCS Job Fair – March 18

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.

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MCS Choir Concert

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.”

MCS News Update

Discovery & Pittard Named Demonstration Schools

John Pittard Elementary and Discovery School have been selected as 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.

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Mapping and Math

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.”

JPE students created a total of 15 house plans utilizing over 400 stakes and 10,000 feet of caution tape. Students at Discovery School also created house plans in a similar format.JPE Students - house plans JPE blueprint

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