Murfreesboro City Schools invites parents, students and families to its district-wide open house. All 12 Murfreesboro City Schools will be hosting an open house at their school on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Meeting school administrators, speaking with teachers, touring the school and asking questions are all part of the open house experience. Parents and students are encouraged to attend to get to know the school and its staff before the first day of school. Open house will also allow parents to receive important information such as procedures, rules and regulations specific to their school.
First through sixth grade students have a half-day of school on Friday, August 4, 2017, and their first full day back to school is Tuesday, August 8, 2017. For the Pre-K and Kindergarten phase-in schedule, please visit www.CitySchools.net.
Open house will be held at your school site at the following times:
- Black Fox 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Bradley 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Cason Lane 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Discovery 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Erma Siegel 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Hobgood 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- John Pittard 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Mitchell-Neilson 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Northfield 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Overall Creek 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Reeves-Rogers 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Scales 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Please be sure to check your school’s website for more information. Parents may also contact their school directly.
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.
All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.
To register new students parents should bring:
- Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
- Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
- Proof of Physical within the last year
- 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.
The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2017-18 school year with a 5K/10K run on September 16, 2017. The run will begin at Overall Creek Elementary and follow a relatively flat terrain on Veteran’s Parkway and continues on Mooreland Drive.
Registration for the 5K and 10K is $30 and $35. Race day registration is $40.
The race begins and finishes at Overall Creek Elementary School. The course is a USATF Certified Course and registration includes a timing chip, race bib and t-shirt. Race participants will run from Overall Creek to the predominantly flat Veterans Parkway and back with 10k runners continuing onto Mooreland. Racers will face an uphill grade on parts of the course. For safety reasons no wheeled devices, including strollers, or pets are allowed on the course.
Overall Creek is located at 429 Otter Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37128.The City Schools Foundation raises funds that are given directly to teachers and schools in the form of parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math, technology and art programs.
Register at: Back to School Dash
Supply lists may not be on the high priority list as of yet. Nevertheless, for the industrious planner, below is a list of supplies needed by grade level for the 2017-18 school year. Individual teacher lists may vary slightly, however, this list includes the basics for each grade level.
Enjoy the summer.
Dr. Linda Gilbert is proud to announce the appointment of Adam Bryson as Principal for John Pittard Elementary. Bryson has served over ten years as a teacher and assistant principal with Metro Nashville Public Schools and has most recently served as principal of Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
“Adam is an incredible leader. He is committed to excellence and has a passion for students and the community,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “I look forward to the contributions he will bring to our district.”
Bryson received his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s Principal Leadership Academy of Nashville. Additionally, Bryson is a Certified Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP) Trainer and a Tennessee Department of Education Leadership Coach.
Bryson is experienced with new teacher development, school security and safety, budget development, teacher mentoring and data-driven decision making.
Cherrye Robertson has been named Assistant Principal at Bradley Academy. Robertson joins MCS from Hamilton County Schools. Robertson has served as principal for Calvin Donaldson Academy since 2013. Previously, she served in the roles of assistant principal, literacy coach and classroom teacher.
Robertson received her Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) and Masters from Lee University. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Carson-Newman University.
Additionally, two assistant principals, Natalie Hopkins and Christy Robinson, are transitioning to new schools this school year. The school administrative teams for the 2017-2018 school year are:
- Black Fox: Joe Thompson and Beverly Johnson
- Bradley: Jenny Ortiz and Cherrye Robertson
- Cason Lane: Shavon Davis-Louis and Tiffany Strevel
- Discovery: Kristina Maddux and Natalie Hopkins
- Erma Siegel: Emily Spencer and Crystal Farris
- Hobgood: Tammy Garrett and Quinena Bell
- John Pittard: Adam Bryson and Christy Robinson
- Mitchell-Neilson: Robin Newell, Terrance Haynes, and Christa Campbell
- Northfield: Gene Loyd and Julia Williams
- Overall Creek: Don Bartch and Raeshon Torres
- Reeves-Rogers: Kimberly Osborne and Sia Phillips
- Scales: Maria Johnson and Kevin Templeton
The Extended School Program (ESP) has planned a summer filled with fun and learning including science, art and technology camps. These programs enable students to continue their learning adventures as they work with certified teachers to conduct science experiments, create art projects and experience a variety of technology tasks.
KinderCamp, which is open to children pre-registered for kindergarten at any MCS school, focuses on preparing upcoming kindergarteners for the transition to elementary school. Students attending KinderCamp will get the full ESP experience during the week of camp.
The Nashville Predators Summer Hockey Rules Tour will visit each ESP site. This interactive program teaches students the fundamentals of hockey and allows the them to participate in hockey activities and scrimmages.
The ESP program, which is open to all MCS students, is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. during summer months. During the 2016-17 school year, over three thousand of our students were enrolled in ESP.
For information about KinderCamp, S.A.T. Camp and The Nashville Predators Summer Hockey Rules Tour, as well as any additional costs per program, please contact your school’s ESP Site Director or central office ESP at 615 893-2313.
The Extended School Program (ESP) provides a safe, educationally enriching, fun and rewarding experience for all students of Murfreesboro City Schools. ESP offers a wide range of classes including sports, music, arts and crafts, woodworking, ballet, hip hop dance, cheerleading, cooking, journalism, science, technology, foreign languages, robotics, and many more. The program also provides homework assistance and tutoring in specific subjects.
Murfreesboro City Schools Nutrition Department is feeding children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program during June and July.
Three buses will distribute food to 27 feeding sites over the summer months. The original Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus (CHOW Bus), Farm 2 School Bus and the CHOW Bus XL will be hitting the pavement in an effort to provide easier access to healthy and nutritious meals for students age 18 and under during the summer break.
“Hunger doesn’t know the school schedule,” says Sandy Scheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “We have children that are in need in our community. These buses allow us to effectively do our jobs and reach them all year round.”
The summer feeding program served around 48,000 breakfasts and 56,000 lunches last summer.
In addition to school cafeterias and several area churches serving as summer feeding sites for breakfast and lunch, the CHOW buses allow meals to be served to areas of Murfreesboro that are not within walking distance of a permanent site.
This will be the fourth year meals are provided via the “CHOW Bus” program and the 15th year for the MCS summer feeding program. The program will run through July 28. For a list of participating locations, dates and times of meals, visit the following link.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services administers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Free meals will be available to children 18 years of age and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.
Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by any of the locations at the designated times to enjoy a healthy meal.
1,300 City Schools’ third-graders experience MTSU farm life.
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary School third-grader Taylor Vandenburgh did what many of her peers chose not to do: She scooped up some silage used to feed MTSU dairy cows, just to obtain a whiff of it.
Other students petted cows and calves, drank chocolate milk from the cows, made a craft out of dried beans and yarn and learned about tractors, honey from bees and other aspects of the working farm in Lascassas, Tennessee.
To view video from the event, visit https://youtu.be/vLom-CkECsw.
About 1,300 Murfreesboro City Schools’ third-graders visited the university’s Experiential Learning and Research Center — the farm and dairy — Wednesday (May 17) as part of the third “Farm2School” field trip in as many years.
The farm experience is part of a partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU.
In addition to Mitchell-Neilson, other schools participating on the warm and breezy day included Black Fox, Bradley Academy, Cason Lane Academy, Discovery
School, Erma Siegel, Hobgood, John Pittard, Northfield, Overall Creek, Reeves-Rogers and Scales.
Mitchell-Neilson’s Jasmine Dykes, 9, enjoyed “making butter and petting the cows.” After drinking chocolate milk, she said, “it was good.” The best part of making butter for her was that “I got to shake it.”
A number of MTSU and City Schools’ staff coordinated the four-hour event. Various MTSU students and staff shared about the dairy, garden and life on a farm.
Stations the children visited included tractor safety, educational craft, garden area pig display, honey bees, making butter and chocolate milk.
MTSU and Murfreesboro City Schools have collaborated to bring more than 35,000 students for five Education Days at MTSU women’s basketball games and teamed for many student-teaching events and educational and academic endeavors through the years.
Murfreesboro City Schools participates in the national Farm2School Network program.
Murfreesboro City School Students Bring Louisiana to Life
Have you ever wondered what Louisiana looked like before exploration? Third and Fourth grade students and teachers at Overall Creek Elementary designed and created a replica of Louisiana through different states of exploration.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) room was transformed into different eras through time as students created areas for pre-exploration and human inhabitants, the second area was plantation and cabins and how Louisiana started to adapt during the pre-civil war, up to 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, ending with a FEMA trailer. Student-led tours guided participants through time where they explained how human interaction affected the state through pollution and animal extinction.
“They were able to see what families went through during Hurricane Katrina, and have built a great replica of a FEMA trailer which was built entirely by students,” says fourth grade teacher Tamara Cosby.
Along with writing their research papers, students created a visual explanation of their findings on poster board and presented their results to the school.
“Students learn more than just the history of Louisiana,” says Cosby. “They learn how to present and do research. The students are extremely proud of the work they have done, and they should be. It looks great.”
“It’s a good learning experience for us. We aren’t just sitting and listening to our teacher tell us, we get to really walk through and understand what they are talking about”, says third grader, Evi Riley. “We had free reign, we got to help with building the animals after we finished our research project.”
Third-graders learned more about how environmental factors change over place and time while fourth-graders focused on the Louisiana Purchase.
“The freedom these students get and where their creativity takes them is truly remarkable. They have deadlines to meet, but they also get the freedom to create what they want. It’s exciting to see,” says third grade teacher, Katie Nanney.