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Discovery School Applications Due Jan 9

The Discovery School at Bellwood is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. A school tour is scheduled for Thursday, December 11 at 9 a.m. for parents interested in learning more about the admission process. Application deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015. Parents are not required to attend the school tour to apply for Discovery School.

Discovery School was created to serve high achieving students. At Discovery School, students quickly learn the basics and then move deeper into the curriculum.  Students also enjoy enrichment activities and use school electronics to enhance the learning experience.  In addition, students are offered unique opportunities for learning through partnerships with MTSU and other organizations.

Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels. Students must be five years of age by August 15, 2015 to apply to kindergarten. A copy of TCAP scores will be required for students applying for 4th-6th grades.

For additional information, visit the Discovery School website. 

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Foundation Funds $50,000

Thirty-six grant applications, with representatives from all twelve elementary schools in the district, have been approved by The City Schools Foundation and will be fully funded.

The Foundation asks educators from the Murfreesboro City Schools System to submit short proposals for funding that will help them acquire technology or resources not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars. “We were all very pleased to see that at least one grant was approved for each school in the system. Because grants are submitted anonymously, they are judged solely on their merit. It is a testament to the entire system that all of the schools are represented this year”, said Foundation chairman, David LaRoche.

The youngest school in the system, Overall Creek Elementary, was awarded $6,104 for a grant titled “Erasing Carbon Footprints via Lab Ecology.” According to the grant writer, Rachel Everett, “As a fifth grade teacher I am helping to create a science lab rich in hand-on material that would allow all students the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature’s bounty. A new lab is in need of basically everything – from test tubes, microscopes, stands with grow lights for plants, and safety equipment for the students.”

This year, two grants were awarded that benefit children throughout the entire system. Gifted Services Coordinator Lea Bartch will receive funding for new “M3” mathematics teaching materials. Sheri Arnette, coordinator of teaching and learning, will receive a new set of “Read Aloud” books designed to teach and reinforce students’ vocabulary.

The foundation will distribute approximately $50,000.00 in this round of grant approvals. The money was raised at the “Excellence in Education” dinner, honoring community volunteers Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee, as well as a celebrity fashion show, both held earlier this year

To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $400,000 in parity and grants to teachers to enhance science, math and other programs. 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.

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. Read the rest of this article from the National Association of School Nurses at

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

Cold and Flu Guide

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Healthy Me, Healthy You 2014

Healthy Me, Healthy You

Join MCS for a free day at the Discovery Center as we celebrate and encourage healthy lifestyles, Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

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Reading in Schools Day Is A Success

Hundreds on volunteers read to students throughout Murfreesboro City Schools today.  Retired teachers, bus drivers, school board members, MTSU athletes, firefighters and many more came to school with one thing in mind – READING – and the students loved it.  Thank you to all who took time to read their favorite books today.  We were honored to have you.

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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

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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.

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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


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.


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


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