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Build the Habit of Good Attendance

Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. Throughout September, Murfreesboro City Schools will work with teachers, students and families to ensure everyone knows they have a role to play in ensuring children attend school regularly.

“We are using this month to build awareness as we kick off our Every Day Matters Campaign,” says Joe Marlin, MCS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “Attendance in kindergarten through 6th grade directly relates to high school and college graduation.”

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Back to School: Help Kids Keep Their Attendance Up – Video Feature

Just as parents have a duty to focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance. Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress.

Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance. This video is a must see video for everyone who has a child in school.

A great website to visit is

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9th Annual Foundation & Fashions

The 9th Annual Foundation & Fashions will return on Thursday, October 13 to Stones River Country Club. The fashion show, a fundraiser for The City Schools Foundation, will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Runway action will commence at 6:15 p.m.

The signature fall event will feature upcoming collections from local favorites Bella’s Boutique, e.Allen, Sugaree’s, Trendy Pieces, Penny’s Closet, and The Perfect Piece. Murfreesboro’s newest boutique, Lizard Thicket joins this year’s lineup, which also boasts the return of Dillard’s Department Store.

Foundation & Fashions is sponsored by Children’s Dentistry, e. Allen Boutique, LaRoche Family Foundation, St. Thomas Rutherford, Dr. Edward and Vicki Eastham, Franklin Synergy Bank, Goco Center for Aesthetics, Stones River Dermatology, and U MediSpa.

Tickets are available for $35 in advance and will increase to $40 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Office of Murfreesboro City Schools, Foundation Trustees, and online at For more information on ticket purchases or for a list of retailers visit or call 615-893-2313.

Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students. To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $693,000 in parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math and other programs. The Foundation’s goals are to boost the school system’s financial support and to address financial parity in all schools.


Foundation to Host 5K/10K (Results Posted)

To view the results of the Back to School Dash click the links below.

5k Back to School Dash Results

10k Back to School Dash Results

The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a 5K/10K run on September 17, 2016. This new fundraiser will begin at Overall Creek Elementary and run a relatively flat terrain on Veteran’s Parkway. The race is certified and timed.

To date, The Foundation has raised over $700,000, with proceeds being directed towards parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math and art programs. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to teacher and parity grants for Murfreesboro City Schools.

Join in by entering or sponsoring the race today! (Sign Up Today!) (Download the Sign Up Form)

For additional information, click the link below. T-shirts and chips are not guaranteed for race day sign-up.


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Newell is Principal of the Year State Finalist

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the finalists for the 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award this week. The nine finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division, West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced on Oct. 25, 2016, during the department’s LEAD Conference.

Robin Newell, Principal, Mitchell-Neilson School, is one of three principals representing the Middle Tennessee Region.

“I was deeply humbled to even be nominated. However, this award is about our whole school, not just me,” says Robin Newell, Principal. “Mitchell-Neilson had a huge paradigm shift three years ago when we adopted The Leader in Me. This mindset—for both children and adults–is key to the culture of our school and what makes it such a great place to be!    Both educators and children serve on committees, plan grade-level and school-wide events, and present information to community organizations. I’m just one piece of that great puzzle.”

“Leadership matters. As I’ve traveled around the state, I have seen the significant impact a strong school leader has on teachers’ successes and students’ progress,” Commissioner McQueen said. “Principals set the tone and expectations that drive student learning in their buildings, and I commend these finalists for the ways in which they have set a high bar for the profession.”

The nine finalists for 2016-17 Principal of the Year are:

West Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Shelby/Municipals Docia Generette-Walker Middle College High School Shelby County Schools
Southwest Lillie Treadway Ripley Primary School Lauderdale County School System
Northwest Charlotte Shivley East Elementary School Humboldt City Schools

Middle Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Mid Cumberland Robin Newell Mitchell-Neilson Schools Murfreesboro City Schools
South Central Tina Weatherford Joseph Brown Elementary School Maury County Public Schools
Upper Cumberland Grant Swallows White County High School White County Schools

East Tennessee

CORE Region Principal School District
Southeast Glen Puryear Rogers Creek Elementary School McMinn County School System
East Tennessee Beth Roeder Andersonville Elementary School Anderson County Schools
First Tennessee Susan Trent Surgoinsville Elementary Schools Hawkins County School District

“Robin is a shining example of a principal who believes in the whole child approach. She understands the vision of this school district and its focus on children. She has the respect of her students, faculty and parents,” says Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “Robin’s knowledge and passion for children shows in her daily work. We are extremely proud of Robin and this nomination.”

The Tennessee Principal of the Year award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of three years’ experience as a principal and a minimum of five years’ experience in Tennessee public schools. In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

MCS News Update

MCS Announces Leadership Changes

Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools, announces the appointment of key individuals in leadership positions effective immediately.

Laurie Offutt will be appointed the Coordinator of Instructional Effectiveness and Assessment for Murfreesboro City Schools. Offutt assumes this position after serving as the principal of Reeves-Rogers since 2014 when the school reopened as a traditional elementary campus. Offutt received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University, her Masters and EdS degrees from MTSU and is currently working on her doctorate studies.

Kimberly Osborne has been appointed Principal for Reeves-Rogers Elementary. Osborne currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Reeves-Rogers and served as the Assistant Principal for Hobgood Elementary since 2012. Previously, Osborne served as the district numeracy coach in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. Osborne has conducted extensive professional development in STEM, classroom management, and teaching strategies. She has served as a state math trainer, a member of Houghton Mifflin’s Elementary Science Tennessee Teacher Advisory Board, and was a member of the MNPS/Vanderbilt Leadership Academy. She received her Bachelors, Masters, EdS and EdD degrees from MTSU.

Sia Phillips has been appointed Assistant Principal at Reeves-Rogers Elementary. Phillips most recently served as an academic coach for Murfreesboro City Schools. Previously, Phillips served as a third grade classroom teacher at John Pittard and Reeves-Rogers Elementary. Phillips has eleven years of experience including serving as an ESL teacher prior to joining Murfreesboro City Schools. She received her Bachelors, Masters and EdS in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU.

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 8,400 school children.

MCS News Update

Grading changes for report cards

Attention Parents:

When parents receive their child’s report card at the end of the first nine weeks, the card will look a bit different this year especially for 2nd grade students. The first grading period ends on October 14 with report cards expected to be distributed on October 27.



This year, you will be seeing changes in your child’s report card.

For the behavior area of the report card, the following will denote progress:

M – Meets Grade Level Expectations

P – Progressing Toward Grade Level Expectations

N – Needs Improvement

× – Not Addressed During Grading Period

The academic area of the report card will remain the same as last year.


This year, you will be seeing changes in your child’s report card.

For the behavior area of the report card, the following will denote progress:

M – Meets Grade Level Expectations

P – Progressing Toward Grade Level Expectations

N – Needs Improvement

× – Not Addressed During Grading Period

For the academic area of the report card, progress will be noted by A, B, C, D and F.  The grades and their numeric equivalents are:

A               93-100

B               85-92

C               75-84

D               65-74

F                Below 65

MCS News Update

MCS Welcomes Newest Board Members

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to welcome Mr. Wesley Ballard and Mr. David Settles to the school board. Mr. Ballard and Settles will be sworn in tonight at the beginning of the school board meeting. Additionally, Mr. Butch Campbell and Mr. Jared Barrett will resume their positions on the board.

Wesley Ballard

Mr. Ballard is serving his first term on the School Board. He is a retired executive of Nissan North America, Smyrna Manufacturing. There he held engineering and management positions in quality assurance, product engineering and purchasing. He has served on the board of the United Way, served on the Nissan Corporate Contribution Committee, Nissan Directors Council and Nissan Corporate Management Committee. He is a graduate of MTSU and has lived in Murfreesboro since 1983.


David Settles

Mr. Settles is serving his first term on the School Board. He pastors the Living Word Worship Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Murfreesboro. He also serves as the Chairman of the Legal Redress Committee of the local branch of the NAACP. He is a licensed Pastoral Counselor and the co-founder of the nonprofit agency, Integrity Counseling and Family Solutions. He has lived in Murfreesboro since 2003.

ESP Math Game

After School Activities Help Performance

Parents who utilize the MCS Extended School Program (ESP) should find more benefits than just the convenience of after school care.

According to, effective afterschool programs can bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities including boosting academic performance, reducing risky behaviors, promoting physical health, and providing a safe, structured environment for children of working parents.

Over 150 ESP staff members came together to learn about creating magic in after school enrichment activities for the 2016-17 school year.

“Parents know the importance of school,” says Ralph Ringstaff, MCS Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and ESP. “However, we also want to stress the benefits that happen before and after the bell rings.”

ESP continues to offer traditional help for homework and tutoring. However, the enrichments range in scope including piano lessons, coding, foreign language, cooking and sports. Afterschool programs introduce MCS students to math and science in a hands-on, fun atmosphere and broaden the school day experience.

“We want ESP to be a fun learning encounter for our students,” says Ringstaff. “Whether students are playing card games for math experience or sports for their health and physical well-being, they are engaged and learning.”

MTSU Professor Dr. Jeremy Winters and Cindy Cliche, MCS Math Coordinator, demonstrated fast math learning skills through card games for staff members to implement during ESP. Students enjoy card games for the challenge and competition, however, practicing math skills through card and board games is great for student achievement.

Are students learning? Yes. Are they realizing that card games help with math skills? Probably not.

ESP Site Director Maurie Lewis described the day as refreshing and motivating. “This is a great day to learn new avenues to engage our students, from new learning apps for our iPad to being introduced to new interactive tools. Today is about making sure our students across the district enjoy their after school activities but are also better prepared in the classroom the next day.”

National studies conclude that students who regularly attend quality afterschool programs consistently demonstrate better academic performance and behavior in the classroom.

The MCS Extended School Program is open to all students in Murfreesboro City Schools and operates around the school day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information regarding ESP, please visit or call 615-893-2313.

ESP Math Game

MCS News Update

School Zoning Information

Murfreesboro City Schools uses Edulog’s WebQuery to help you determine the school your child is eligible to attend including the available bus stops. Click on the Edulog link to find your zoned school.


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