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MCS News Update

MCS Closed Thursday, January 18

Murfreesboro City Schools will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 18. ESP will be open at designated snow sites between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. which include Black Fox, Scales, Northfield and Mitchell-Neilson Primary.

These sites are also available for any child under the age of 18 to have lunch and a snack during the day.
BF and MN – lunch from noon-12:30, snack 3:30-4:00
NF and Scales – lunch 11-11:30, snack 2:30-3:00

Enjoy the snow day but stay safe and warm.





African American Celebration

An African American Celebration will be held on January 25 from 4- 7:30 p.m. at Patterson Park.  This free celebration is open to the public and sponsored by MCS and Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation.

The 2018 celebration titled “African American Roots: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture”, will feature displays, exhibits, performances and food tasting.  Student performances from Bradley Academy and Northfield will begin at 6 p.m.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Displays & Exhibits
4:15 – 5:30 P.M. – Food Tasting
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Student performances

African American Celebration 2018


Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Is it a cold or is it the flu?

You just know when your child isn’t feeling well, but how can you know when coughs and sniffles mean it’s time to keep your child home from school? Or when to call the doctor? Since school-aged children get up to 10 colds a year, it can be a puzzle for many parents.

You may also want to print the attached cold and flu guide.

Cold and Flu Guide

Flu Poster

Grant Recipients 2017

Foundation Awards $52,000 in Grants

The City Schools Foundation distributed over $53,000 in grants to teachers in Fall 2017.  Twenty-six grants were selected for funding out of 53 grant applications.

“The grant committee is extremely pleased with the quality of grants submitted.   The range of requests from math and science to the arts were outstanding,” says Brook LaRoche, Grant Committee Chair, The City Schools Foundation. “It is remarkable to see how educators are utilizing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.”

Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee. The funding for grants ranged from Mat is Lit! at $214 to Creative Coding, Creating Careers at $8,048, with nine grants receiving over $2,000 in disbursements.


  • Math Alive! – Felicia Jackson, Cason Lane
  • “ROK”ing and Rolling with Mobile STEM Labs – Angela Bunyi, Discovery
  • Snapping into a Learning Circuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – Karen Tyson, Discovery
  • Crosscutting Science Standards Across the Curriculum –Rachel Everett, Scales
  • Engineering & Technology Explorers – Teresa McCarthy, Discovery
  • STEAM Tools for Second Grade Engineers – Amberly Sandberg, Erma Siegel
  • Power Up! Access to Quality Text and Primary Sources – Kaycie Jones, John Pittard
  • All Senses Aboard the STEAM Engine – Shiloh Siegle, Reeves-Rogers
  • Math is Lit! – Sondra Smith, Scales
  • Engaging Students with Math Manipulatives – Amber Kelly, Scales
  • STEAMing to Success – Wendy Manning, Bradley
  • Legos, Robotics, Engineering: Launching Innovation and Creativity to the Next Level and Beyond – Angela Bunyi, Discovery
  • Ramble On – Rueby, Alexander, Hartman, Stewart , Scales
  • Creative Coding, Creating Careers – Kristy Mall & Debra Kaiser, Discovery
  • Math Facts to Math Fluency – Gail Boyd, Bradley
  • Laptops for Early Learning – Kayla Mullen, Discovery
  • Space for All – Dana Stem, Bradley
  • Drums Heard Around the World – Rachel Bjork, Northfield
  • Madame Tussauds Museum Goes to School – Sasha Burnette & Sara Roediger, John Pittard
  • Music Instruments: Upkeep, Updates, and Scholarships – Tony Hartman, Scales
  • We Don’t Have to be Great to Get Started, but WE DO Need a Start to be Great! – Karen Tyson, Discovery
  • Lego Builder, What Can You Build? – Rachel Prater, Mitchell-Nielson
  • Eggcited About Science- Kathy Latrondress, Cason Lane
  • iPads Across Special Area – Valerie Rains & Donna Wehofer , John Pittard
  • Classroom Easel – Amber Robinson, John Pittard
  • Communication for the Class – Anita Spann, Overall Creek

Trustees for The City Schools Foundation include:  Minerva Smith, Ben Parsley, Rebecca Upton, Sandra Parks, Brook LaRoche, Lana Seivers, Ben Weatherford, Kristi Gaines, David Scott, Charlie Baum, Joe Faiz, Justin Burris, Stephanie Roach, Travis Lampley, Kimberly Robertson, Andy Jakes, Vicki Eastham, Chris Jackson, Liz McPhee, Charlie Patel, and Shavon Davis-Louis.  Additionally, Dr. Linda Gilbert and School Board Member Wesley Ballard serve as non-voting members of the Foundation.

The City Schools Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  Chartered in 2005, the Foundation was created by volunteers from the community who wanted to supplement the resources available to the Murfreesboro City Schools System. More information can be found at



Murfreesboro City Schools has embarked on an early reading initiative funded through a grant titled Ready, Set, Grow!  The grant helps fund two programs targeted at children from birth to age 5.

Ready! for Kindergarten includes parent workshops and toolkits. Ready! for Kindergarten workshops assist families in learning how to nurture their child’s development from birth to kindergarten to help them succeed.  The series of three workshops has toolkits for parents to take home for interaction with their children.  The primary focus is to help parents become their child’s first teacher.

The second part, Read20, kicked off as part of Read with a Child Week. The simple act of reading with a child every day has a lasting positive effect on children, families and communities. When we read, talk and play with a purpose with children from birth, their minds grow strong and bright and build the necessary skills for success in school and life.

“Every year 40 percent of children across the nation enter kindergarten one-to-three years behind and that’s just not acceptable,” says Dr. Caresa Dodson, Coordinator of Reading & Instructional Interventions. “Some children only have the skills of a 3-year-old while others read like an 8-year-old.  This is a large gap which makes it difficult for our youngest students to catch up.”

From birth to age 5, a child learns at a speed unsurpassed the rest of his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond. When you read with a child for 20 minutes each day from birth through third grade you help develop critical brain connections that shape how children will think, learn and grow.

Waiting until preschool limits a child’s potential.  Regardless of the book, or language, reading and talking to infants and toddlers can make a huge difference in raising a reader.

“We want to create a community of readers,” says Dodson.  “We are thrilled to join Read20 programs across the state and nation in committing to the basics of early literacy. The more words a child hears from infancy to age five, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. Words are powerful.”


MCS earns Exemplary Status

Murfreesboro City Schools received the designation of an “Exemplary” school district by the State of Tennessee. This designation is given annually by the Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen also announced the 2016-17 Reward Schools including two Murfreesboro City Schools. Scales Elementary and Discovery School were honored for scores in the top 5 percent of schools in Tennessee for performance.

“Murfreesboro City sees each individual child, and teaches that child skill by skill while recognizing that children are more than test scores.  We are elated at the Exemplary district status,” says Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools.  “Certainly, we are very proud of Discovery and Scales for receiving Reward School status.  These designations are the direct results of an intentional focus on student learning by the entire Murfreesboro City Schools family.”

MCS teachers and support staff have persevered in looking at the needs of individual students under their care and are concentrating on serving the whole child.

“The news affirms the leadership of the School Board, dedication of school employees, partnerships with parents, and support of the community,” says Gilbert.

Murfreesboro City Schools is a district committed to the academic and personal success of each child.


Erma Siegel Students Bowling in Smyrna

Special Olympics – Smyrna Bowling Alley

On Wednesday, October 18, over 75 MCS students competed in The Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley. Each student was able to bowl 2 games, and were placed in teams based off of their practice scores. This event is made possible in part by grants from the Richard Siegel Foundation, Schneider Electric North America Foundation, and the Nashville Predators Foundation. Students will compete on April 13 in the Spring Special Olympics held at MTSU.

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

Erma Siegel Students Bowling in Smyrna

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

Students at the Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley

School Attendance

Attendance Awareness Month

Too many absences–excused or unexcused–can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life.  Make a difference during Attendance Awareness Month.

Attend today, achieve tomorrow

MCS News Update

Town Hall Meetings

Parents and the community are invited to participate in the MCS strategic planning sessions.

September 19 – 6:30-7:30 at Mitchell-Neilson Elementary

October 17 – 6:30-7:30 at Hobgood Elementary

Town Hall Meetings 2017

MCS News Update

New Student Registration

Registration information regarding your child’s school may be picked up at the school ESP welcome desk throughout the summer.  Beginning July 24 – August 3, schools will be open for registration during the school day.  Parents are encouraged to register their students in advance of school beginning on August 4.  An open house will be held at each school on August 3.  Please consult your child’s school website, marquee or social media for exact times.

Kindergarten Registration

All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.

To register new students parents should bring:

  1. Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
  2. Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
  3. Proof of Physical within the last year
  4. 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.

(Student Registration Card Download)

(Home Language Survey Download)

(Military and Sibling Data Collection Download)

(Occupational Survey (English) Download)

(Occupational Survey (Spanish) Download)

(Transportation Kindergarten Form Download)

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