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MCS is closed Wednesday, February 1st

MCS is closed Wednesday, February 1st

Middle Tennessee including Murfreesboro is under a Winter Weather Advisory overnight. Based on the prediction of freezing rain during the early morning hours and the expected hazardous travel conditions for our buses tomorrow morning, Murfreesboro City Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. At this time, ESP will be open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the inclement weather sites. If any changes are made with ESP, we will notify parents.

MCS Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year Announced

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce that Stephanie Fontaine, fifth grade teacher at Erma Siegel Elementary and Catrynia Gannon, kindergarten teacher at Overall Creek have been selected as District Teachers of the Year.

Teachers were chosen for this honor based on their commitment to teaching excellence. The 2022-2023 School Level Honorees include:

Black Fox Elementary

Carrie Newberg, Warren Frye

Bradley Academy

Marina Dupes, Stephanie Robinson

Cason Lane Academy

Trisha Lunte, Laura Caylor

Discovery School

Amy Ritter, Kaitlyn Campbell

Erma Siegel Elementary

Ashley McCarver, Stephanie Fontaine

Hobgood Elementary

Megan Mayton, Angela Wilson

John Pittard Elementary

Jenny Beets, Tonia McLane

Mitchell-Neilson Primary

Shareen Staples

Mitchell-Neilson Elementary

Elizabeth Truestell, Monica Amos

Northfield Elementary

Donna Karrh, Luke Dickerson

Overall Creek Elementary

Catrynia Gannon, Miranda Good

Reeves-Rogers Elementary

Lauren Hill, Riki Webb

Salem Elementary

Joy Gallagher, Lucie Abbott

Scales Elementary

Jessica Euverard, Richard Alexander

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career, and to encourage public involvement in education.

MCS Hosts Upcoming Job Fair

Murfreesboro City Schools will host a district wide job fair from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 at Scales Elementary School. The fair is designed to match qualified candidates to upcoming teaching and support staff openings. 

The comprehensive job fair will include teaching positions for the 2023-2024 school year as well as for classified positions, such as cafeteria, transportation, extended school program, substitutes, and educational assistants. 

“All applications will meet with principals, peers, and other support area administrators at the job fair,” says Maria Johnson, Human Resources Director. “We are excited about combining the teacher recruitment fair and classified job fair to host one large job fair.” 

Applicants are encouraged to bring multiple resumes, licensure documentation, portfolios, and any additional relevant materials. including scores to the job fair.  

Scales Elementary is located at 2340 St. Andrews Dr. in Murfreesboro, TN. 

With its unique focus on pre-kindergarten through sixth grade learning, Murfreesboro City Schools is creating a vision that embodies the highest levels of collaboration, professionalism, and excellence. The district strives to meet the needs of the whole child and is committed to the personal and academic success of each child within the district. 

Mental Health Professionals

MCS Adds New Mental Health Professionals

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) welcomes three transitional coaches to assist in responding to growing mental health needs for students.

Ashley Adams, Derica Cole and Emma Collins will serve as transitional coaches at Bradley Academy, Reeves-Rogers Elementary and Mitchell-Neilson Schools respectively. These mental health professionals will be joining the MCS Mental Wellness Team including Stephanie Stavinoga and Aimee Garsnett. Together, with MCS social workers and counselors, the team will work to provide prevention and intervention in mental health services for Pre-K through 6th grade students in Murfreesboro.

“Adding the transitional coaches is one additional approach to creating a safe and effective learning environment for all students. We can’t have a whole child approach and ignore the mental health needs of our children,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “Our mental wellness team works directly with students to help create lifelong coping skills, healthier attitudes and better social and behavioral outcomes.”

The transitional coaches are trained to develop effective therapeutic relationships with students and foster partnerships with parents and staff. The coaches will work with school administration and staff to assure students are receiving the support needed for their success.

The Transitional Coach Program is funded by the School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network (SBHSN) as part of a 5-year grant. Across the country, schools are seeing a greater need for mental health services for children and adolescents. The SBHSN grant helps MCS fill the gaps for preventive as well as supportive care for students.

Additionally, MCS works with local behavioral health providers like Centerstone and STARS to provide a continuum of support services for students.

MCS Names Hall of Fame

The MCS Hall of Fame committee is honored to announce the inaugural inductees for the 2022-23 school year.  The inductees represent educators and support staff that made significant contributions to Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS), its students, and the Murfreesboro community.

“This Hall of Fame will help preserve the history and impact of Murfreesboro City Schools,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “I hear stories routinely about a favorite teacher, bus driver or support staff member. We want to honor these individuals who have not only impacted students but also our community.”

Inductees for the 2022-23 year represent outstanding individuals varying from educators who assisted with the desegregation of schools to administrators bringing new national ideas like the Paideia method to our city. Inductees for the inaugural year include:

Ruth Bowdoin – Teacher – Known for the development of the Classroom on Wheels, a program for at-risk preschoolers, Bowdoin inspired students and parents for early education. Bowdoin was honored for her insight by President Bill Clinton and was the first inductee to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame. The Bowdoin Method inspired preschool programs across the nation.

Dr. Delores “Dee” Doyle – Principal – Doyle served in Murfreesboro City Schools from 1972 -2000 as a classroom teacher and later as a welcoming and inclusive principal at Reeves-Rogers Elementary.  Doyle was recognized for her classroom contributions as the 1992 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

Baxter Hobgood – Superintendent – As superintendent, Hobgood sought progressive improvements in public education including the integration of schools.  He was known to be pro-active in communication among staff, students, and parents. Hobgood possessed a love of knowledge and a vision for education. Hobgood served his community in many roles including MTSU Alumni President early in his career and 40 years later served on the executive committee to develop Cannonsburgh. Before his passing, Hobgood published “Little Bits of ‘boro Lore”, a collection of reminiscent stories of Rutherford County.

Dr. John Hodge Jones – Superintendent – From teacher to Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, Jones has been a strong advocate and leader in education. With over 30 years of service at Murfreesboro City Schools, Jones committed his career to the education of the youth of Murfreesboro. His accomplishments included the development of ESP for working parents and the opening of Cason Lane Academy as a Paideia school. Jones served as the Chair of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning, was chosen as Tennessee Superintendent of the Year, and served on numerous state and national committees for education.

Emma G. Rogers Roberts – Principal – The first African America educator named to the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame, Roberts served with distinction and provided leadership as principal of Bradley Academy from 1955-1972. Roberts was instrumental in establishing the school’s high standards of academic excellence and its tradition of serving the wider community.

Helen Margaret Salisbury – Supervisor of Instruction – Salisbury was known for her support of teachers and her desire for them to be not just good teachers but stellar individuals. Salisbury is a recipient of the Kathleen Wright Education Supervisors Award, Bethel College Distinguished Service Award and named an Outstanding Educator by the Academy of American Educators.

Mary Katherine Simpson – Cafeteria Manager – Simpson served as the cafeteria manager for Reeves-Rogers Elementary for over 30 years before retiring in 2001. Simpson had an uncommon devotion to every student and teacher and pure enthusiasm about feeding them each day. Her holiday feasts were made from scratch and fed nearly 1,000 students and families annually.

Bertha Snowden – Principal – As principal of Mitchell-Neilson, Snowden was admired by teachers, colleagues, students, and parents. A voice for all children, Snowden was one of the leading advocates for inclusion for students with special needs. Snowden was known for her leadership and inspiration in mentoring new teachers. Under her leadership, Mitchell-Neilson Primary was expanded to include a new gymnasium and classrooms.

Mary Scales – Teacher – Scales began her teaching career at Bradley during segregation. Her love of math, and her ability to inspire others, propelled Ms. Scales to additional platforms including being the first African American faculty member hired at MTSU, and later serving as a member of the Murfreesboro City Council. Scales is a member of the Tennessee Teacher’s Hall of Fame, was named Citizen of the Year by Bradley Academy Historical Society and received the NAACP President’s Freedom Award.

Mary Wade – School Board – As the first African American elected school board member in Murfreesboro, Wade made history with her impactful contributions to public education.  Wade was elected Board Chair for five consecutive years and used her talent to serve locally on the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce BEP Board, MTSU Access and Diversity Board, and served as a board member of the Tennessee School Board Association.

A selection committee including retired educators, current MCS staff, and community members carefully chose the inaugural members of the MCS Hall of Fame. Other nominees that were submitted this year will be reconsidered for the upcoming year. The committee is comprised of Sandra Parks, Minerva Smith, Margie Jennings, Quinena Bell, Roseann Barton, David Scott, Dr. Max Moss, Jeanne Bragg, Maria Johnson, Dr. Trey Duke, and Lisa Trail.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual must have met the following criteria: Regularly employed with MCS for a minimum of 10 years. Retired for a minimum of five years. However, once nominated, an individual will remain under consideration for a period of three years.

MCS has a rich history of serving Murfreesboro for over 125 years.  Through this time, schools have changed in name and size.  School reports from 1895 show two schools with 641 students, and twelve teachers. From that time, MCS has grown to become one of the top twenty-five school districts in student enrollment in Tennessee with 13 schools serving over 9,500 students.

A celebration of the Hall of Fame Inductees will be held on November 16, beginning at 5 p.m. at Bradley Academy.

Discovery and Salem Receive Reward School Status

Discovery School and Salem Elementary received the designation of Tennessee Reward Schools with Bradley Academy and Black Fox Elementary missing the designation by mere fractions of a point. Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee.

The annual Reward School designation identifies schools that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups. This is the sixth consecutive year that the state has awarded the Reward School distinction to Discovery School and the first year for Salem. Approximately 20% of the schools in the state have earned reward status historically.

“These designations are in direct response to the concentrated focus on student learning by our teachers and administrators,” says Dr. Trey Duke, director of Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS). “Our clear focus on reading and literacy proved to be a highlight in scores across the district. I am extremely proud to see these scores considering the tremendous disruptions our teachers and students faced last school year due to absenteeism caused by illnesses.”

Additionally, MCS has been named an Advancing District by the State of Tennessee. MCS showed a 5.84% increase in English Language Arts (ELA) and the highest rates in ELA proficiency since the standards were changed in 2017. Furthermore, students at MCS outperformed the state average by nearly 13 percentage points and included an approximate 3% increase in proficiency.

MCS educators are evaluating the needs of the individual student and using their talents to support children. However, there is more work to do. MCS is asking parents to make daily attendance for students a priority. When students are not in school, they are missing the opportunity to learn.

MCS Award Winners

MCS Teachers Receive State and National Awards

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) excelled at the Tennessee Department of Education Excellence in Education banquet. MCS teachers were prominent as the state recognized the 2022-23 Teacher of the Year finalists, Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and the Milken Award Educators. MCS was the only district with winners in all three categories.

“I was so proud as people from across the state continued to hear our district’s name as we celebrated the top educators in Tennessee,” says Director of Schools Dr. Trey Duke.

Overall Creek Elementary School science teacher Erin Nunley was recognized as one of three state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching award. The award recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning, along with their ability to help students make progress in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Black Fox second grade teacher Raeven Brooks was recognized as a Milken Award Winner. With the national recognition, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, Brooks will join the national Milken Educator Network of more than 2,800 exceptional educators and leaders across the country dedicated to strengthening K-12 education.

Kim Inglis, a fifth grade teacher at Black Fox Elementary, was recognized as the 2022-23 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Grand Division Winner for Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program recognizes and celebrates the wealth of excellent teachers that exist across the state.

“We are unbelievable proud of these educators and what they represent,” says Director of Schools Dr. Trey Duke. “And thank you to all of our other amazing educators who just like Erin, Raeven, and Kim get up each morning, grab an extra cup of coffee and work tirelessly to make a difference in the life of a child.”

Earlier this year, MCS was awarded the status of Best for all District by the State of Tennessee. The MCS strategy ensures that every student is known, safe, challenged, and empowered.

MCS Award Winners

Back to School Dash Joins 9/11 Heroes Run

The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2022-23 school year by joining forces with The Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run on September 10, 2022.  Together the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash will raise funds and awareness for our unsung heroes and create a run experience like no other in the area.

Registration is open and can be found at https://911heroesrunmurfreesborotn.itsyourrace.com/register/.

Race Day will feature a 5K run, 5K RUCK and one-mile fun run/walk.  The race will begin and end at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza in downtown Murfreesboro with an 8 a.m. start time.

“Things are definitely looking extraordinary this year,” says Dr. Joe Faiz, Foundation Vice Chair and Race Committee Member. “The student’s needs and our Foundation’s goals haven’t changed. However, our Foundation Board agreed that partnering with the Travis Manion Foundation is an absolute win/win.”

Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students through parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math, and other programs.

The 9/11 Travis Manion race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others.

Funds raised by the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run honors the service and sacrifice of first responders and military heroes and supports programs and initiatives, like Character Does Matter, which ensure that veterans, military families of the fallen, and their communities prosper.

“Murfreesboro City Schools and the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) partnered several years ago, allowing School Resource Officers to replace the DARE curriculum with the TMF Character Does Matter program,” says Larry Maples, Race Coordinator. “Combining both races for a common cause of honoring our everyday heroes was just the right thing to do.”

For the 2022 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with GORUCK for a ruck division of 9/11 Heroes Run. Rucking is moving with weight on your back and combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity.

 

Heroes Run:Back to School Dash

Nissan Neighbor Gift for STEM Programs

STEM Programs Receive a Nissan Neighbor Gift

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) received a $25,000 donation from The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation in conjunction with the Nissan Neighbors Program.

The $25,000 grant will be used for current STEM schools and schools seeking STEM designation. MCS has eight schools with the designation of Tennessee STEM/STEAM School by the TSIN organization. This competitive and in-depth process identifies schools for their use of STEM teaching and learning strategies and holds them up as a model from which other schools may visit and learn.

“At Nissan, we are pleased to support STEM programs in Rutherford County and believe that this investment in our youth is an investment in our state’s future,” said Parul Bajaj, senior manager of philanthropy at Nissan. “A solid STEM education develops versatile skills that are in high demand in the ever-evolving, increasingly global workplace.”

STEM education is a transformative approach to traditional teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. An integrated STEM approach teaches students not to think in a silo, but shows them that problem-solving skills and critical thinking are necessary across all disciplines. Through STEM integration we are developing a workforce able to compete and succeed in the current and emerging global economy. – Tennessee STEM Innovation Network

“Our MCS five-year strategic plan calls for all schools to receive STEM or STEAM designation,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “This is a proven approach to teaching and I’m proud that we are embracing, not just the acronym, but the practice of hands-on instruction as a model for success across our district.”

This $25,000 gift is from Nissan’s Nissan Neighbors Program in cooperation with the Business Education Partnership (BEP). Nissan Neighbors is a community relations program that focuses on Education, Environmental Stewardship and Humanitarian Relief. The Business Education Partnership (BEP) was founded in 1988 to foster meaningful collaboration between educators and local businesses. The BEP mission is to promote and support programs in the public schools in the City of Murfreesboro and in Rutherford County.

Nissan Neighbor Gift for STEM Programs

Cason Lane Leadership Team

Dr. Trey Duke is proud to announce the appointment of Sonya Cox and Kimberly Hix as principal and assistant principal of Cason Lane Academy respectively.

Ms. Cox has served as assistant principal at Cason Lane for the past 3 years.  Prior to joining Cason Lane, Ms. Cox served as an instructional coach at Erma Siegel Elementary and has 18 years of experience as a classroom teacher.

“Ms. Cox helped create the vision of Cason Lane and was a vital part of the school receiving STEM accreditation,” says Duke. “As principal, she will provide a near seamless transition for students, staff, and families and will continue the great work occurring at Cason Lane.”

Ms. Kimberly Hix will transition to the role of Assistant Principal at Cason Lane. Hix has been a teacher at Scales Elementary for the past six years.  Hix has served in various leadership roles at throughout the district including serving as the STEAM Accreditation Team Lead at Scales Elementary and a district mentor teacher.

“Ms. Hix is well known within our district for being an outstanding instructional leader, and I know she will continue this reputation serving alongside Mrs. Cox,” says Duke.

Cox and Hix will welcome families to Cason Lane on Thursday evening for an open house prior to school beginning on Friday, August 5.

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