To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child


MCS MTSU Collaboration 2022

MCS Spearheads New Partnership

Murfreesboro City Schools and the MTSU Assessment, Learning, and Student Success (ALSS) Ed.D. Program announces a new collaboration to leverage expertise and resources through a research-practice partnership agreement. After months of planning, this formal collaboration will become a reality for MCS and MTSU doctoral students this fall enabling research and planning for MCS initiatives.

“The MTSU ALSS Ed.D. develops doctoral-level expertise through systematic, sustained cycles of inquiry in real-world educational environments. This collaborative partnership exemplifies and amplifies this applied learning with reciprocal benefits. We are very excited about this journey together,” says Dr. Kevin S. Krahenbuhl, Program Director of the ALSS Ed.D. Program.

Doctoral candidates now have the opportunity to center their learning specific to a local, real-world environment and have access to relevant and timely topics and schools to complete this research.

“This agreement allows the doctoral candidates to work on actual issues we are considering and allows us to apply the findings to today’s teaching environment in our district,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “Research data will be shared with MCS leaders to help with strategic planning within our schools.”

Examples of the research may include topics around the effectiveness of one-on-one tutoring as it relates to student gains, or the effects of an aggressive truancy plan on absenteeism rates.

Additionally, MCS employees who enroll in the ALSS Ed.D. program will experience course topics and assignments that are relevant to their classrooms and daily work.

Murfreesboro City Schools is the 22nd largest school district in Tennessee with 13 schools serving over 9,500 students. Known. Safe. Challenged. Empowered.

(Photo from MCS School Board Meeting: Dr. Trey Duke, Ms. Sheri Arnette, Dr. Angela Hooser, Dr. Kevin Krahenbuhl, Dr. John L. Carter, MCS Board Chair Butch Campbell)

MCS MTSU Collaboration 2022

MCS Children’s Book Drive

MCS is hosting a new or gently used children’s book drive. Help us stock up BOB the Book Bus before it hits the road this Summer.
You can drop off books at MCS Central Office all summer or Wilson Bank & Trust and Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics May 23 – 31st.

Questions? Email

Chow Bus

Summer Food Service Program Schedule Announced

Murfreesboro City Schools Nutrition Department is feeding children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program during June and July.

The CHOW Bus will be hitting the pavement in an effort to provide easier access to healthy and nutritious meals for children ages 18 and under during the summer break. In addition to designated school cafeterias, Patterson Park, McFadden Center, and Discovery Center will serve as summer feeding sites for breakfast and lunch.

“The school year isn’t the only time children get hungry,” says Sandy Scheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “The summer food service program allows us to effectively reach our students all year.”

Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by one of the locations at the designated times to enjoy a healthy meal.  Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of thirteen schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.

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.

See below for a complete list of participating locations, dates, and times of meals.

Cason Lane Academy 7:15-8:00 10:45-12:00
Hobgood Elementary 7:15-8:00 10:45-12:00
Northfield Elementary 7:15-8:00 10:45-12:00
John Pittard Elementary 7:15-8:00 10:45-12:00
The Discovery Center 8:30-9:00 12:00-12:30
McFadden Center 9:00-9:30 12:00-12:30
Patterson Park 9:00-9:30 12:00-12:30
Chariot Pointe Apartments 8:00-8:15 11:00-11:20
The 902 Apartments 8:25-8:40 11:30-11:50
Rolling Acres Apartments 8:50-9:05 12:00-12:15
Spring Valley Apartments 9:10-9:25 12:20-12:35
Abbington Apartments 9:30-9:45 12:40-12:55
Green Meadows Apartments 8:30-8:45 11:20-11:35



New STEM Schools

MCS Schools Earn TN STEM/STEAM School Status

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is thrilled to announced that Black Fox, Hobgood and Salem Elementary were named Tennessee Designated STEM/STEAM Schools during the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit in Nashville today. These schools were three of only twenty-seven schools in Tennessee to receive this designation in 2022.

Black Fox, Hobgood and Salem join Overall Creek, Discovery, Bradley Academy, Cason Lane and Erma Siegel Elementary in achieving the coveted STEM designation making MCS one of the leading districts in STEM accreditation in the state. STEM or STEAM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

The Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council developed this designation to identify and recognize schools in their commitment to teaching STEM and integrating strategies that ultimately prepare students for success in the 21st century. The Tennessee STEM School Designation denotes that a school meets the highest standards of science, technology, engineering, art, and math instruction and is a model for schools across the state.

“I am delighted that these three schools received this well-deserved honor. This achievement is the result of hard work and planning by our administrators, teachers, and students,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools.  “The schools are engaged in real-world learning across content areas connecting today’s STEM learning to our future workforce.”

STEM education is a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them.

“MCS educators are incorporating the STEM model into their daily teaching. Ultimately, our five-year goal calls for all thirteen MCS schools to receive this designation,” says Duke. “As a district, we are committed to ensuring our schools are preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow, today.”

To receive this momentous designation, Black Fox, Hobgood and Salem successfully completed the designation rubric including five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and post-secondary partnerships. As part of the process, schools were required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM education for the next five years.

“The teams that led this application process were diverse and diligent in making the STEM process individualized for their school’s success,” says Lea Bartch, MCS Science Coordinator. “No two STEM schools look alike. Strong STEM teaching and learning is grounded in inquiry, technology, and project-based learning activities.”

Murfreesboro City Schools is a proud district of 13 schools serving over 9500 students.

MCS Announces Art Show Winners

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2021-2022 winners of the Murfreesboro Student Art Show. The 32nd annual art show, held at the Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, highlights student art selected by each school’s art teacher as the Best of MCS in art and design.

The complete art show can be viewed at CityTV’s

The 2021-22 winners include:
Best of Show:
Morgan Lee, Hobgood

1st – Emmerson Brownlee, Reeves-Rogers
2nd – Rhodes Fisher, Northfield
3rd – Hudson Stroop, Overall Creek

First Grade:
1st – Addison Acuna, Hobgood
2nd – Iris Cook, Overall Creek
3rd – Roen Napier, Cason Lane

Second Grade:
1st – Simon Ha, Black Fox
2nd – Savannah Lee, Reeves-Rogers
3rd – Sophia McNeal, Erma Siegel

Third Grade:
1st – Payton Davis, Hobgood
2nd – Emily Villatoro-Mancia, Black Fox
3rd – Gianna Langley, Cason Lane

Fourth Grade:
1st – Khloe Edgell, Overall Creek
2nd – Ruby Denton, Erma Siegel
3rd -De’Ricko Ferguson, Cason Lane

Fifth Grade:
1st – Corine Malcolm, Overall Creek
2nd -Lauren Sawmha, John Pittard
3rd – Jude Austin, Overall Creek

Sixth Grade:
1st – Ali Bautista-Ortiz, Black Fox
2nd – Bella Zmuda, Cason Lane
3rd – Sophia Dang, Black Fox

Gifted Academy Grads

Teachers Receive Gifted Endorsement

Eighteen teachers from Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) received their Tennessee Employment Standard for Gifted Teaching on April 23 after completing the Middle Tennessee State University/Murfreesboro City Schools Gifted Academy.  Since its inception in 2015, almost 200 teachers have graduated from the academy.


The Gifted Academy, sponsored by The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation, MTSU and MCS, aims to expand gifted education programs by equipping teachers with tools to identify and engage gifted students. The program presents teachers with advanced training to assist in planning higher level thinking activities and detailed tasks for gifted learners.


The 2022-23 Gifted Academy Cohort Graduates are: Michael Hebron, Marina Dupes, Christina Barnes, Kaitlyn Campbell, Charlotte Young, Crystal Landis, Nicole Jones, Kristin Bowers, Megan Mayton, Jennifer Beets, Amber Robinson, Katherine Tennant, Deming Wehby, Janice Michelle Grande, Alexandria Thornton, Emma Arnette, Kayla Stephens, and Kelsey Faye Bond as well as James Scannell from RCS.


The Academy allows classroom teachers to participate in professional development to learn additional approaches of delivering instruction to address the unique needs of advanced students.  Additionally, MCS has Gifted Specialists working in the schools with teachers and parents to assure that gifted and talented students are connecting to thought-provoking learning experiences.

District Teachers of the Year

MCS Announces Employees of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2021-2022 Employees of the Year including teachers and support staff. Teachers and staff were chosen by their peers for the honor based on their commitment to excellence. These honorees were recognized for their outstanding abilities and their willingness to devote their professional lives to enrich the lives of students.

School Level Teachers and Staff of the Year are:

Black Fox Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Kim Inglis and Kristy Lewis

Educational Assistant of the Year – Taylor Puckett

Support Staff of the Year – Barbara Smith

Bradley Academy

Teacher of the Year – Macari Harrison and the late Donna Beers

Educational Assistant of the Year – Kashia Smith

Cason Lane Academy

Teacher of the Year – Amy Walker and Kristy Timberlake

Support Staff of the Year – Beth Velandra

Discovery School

Teacher of the Year – Kelly Holman and Melissa Carnes

Educational Assistant of the Year – Shanna Johnson

Support Staff of the Year – Tracy Giles

Erma Siegel Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Devontae Kelley and Jennifer George

Educational Assistant of the Year – Diedre Springfield

Support Staff of the Year – Shannon Helton

Hobgood Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Nichole Bell and Olivia Calvo

Educational Assistant of the Year – the late Jodi Stone

Support Staff of the Year – Shavon Thomas

John Pittard Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Francina Jackson and Stephanie Stephens

Educational Assistant of the Year – Lisa Thomas

Support Staff of the Year – Rebecca Haigh

Mitchell-Neilson Schools

Teacher of the Year – Amy Adcock, Ashlee Walker, and Clinton Staggs

Educational Assistant of the Year – Emily Sutherland

Educational Assistant of the Year – Andrew MacDavid

Northfield Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Rachel Davenport and Shirelle Ford-Jackson

Educational Assistant of the Year – Courtney Mobley

Support Staff of the Year – Lori Lemonds

Overall Creek Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Anna McDonald and Amanda Turnbo

Educational Staff of the Year – Mary Bailey

Support Staff of the Year – Jennifer Darling

Reeves-Rogers Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Malia Rankins and Brittany Davison

Support Staff of the Year – Chelsea Phillips

Salem Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Kimberly Kahle and Lance Pearcy

Educational Assistant of the Year – Tanya Estrada

Support Staff of the Year – Lacie Young

Scales Elementary

Teacher of the Year – Jessica Sorth and Kayla Embry

Educational Assistant of the Year – Dena Mabry

Support Staff of the Year – Cynthia Hamilton


District Level Recognition included:

Principal of the Year – Tiffany Strevel

Supervisor of the Year– Sheri Arnette

Central Office Support Staff of the Year– Rhonda Gore

Transportation Team Member of the Year – Joe Golden

Custodial Team Member of the Year – Robert Orr

Maintenance Team Member of the Year – Scott Nichols

ESP Staff of the Year – Connor Macneil and Jayla Hancock

ESP Assistant of the Year – Jami Parnell

Two educators were selected as System-level honorees and will represent MCS at the regional level. The 2021-22 MCS System-level Teacher of the Year recipients are: Lance Pearcy from Salem Elementary and Kim Inglis from Black Fox Elementary.

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.

Raeven Brooks Earns Milken Educator Award

Data-Driven Student Success Leads to a $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Murfreesboro Teacher Raeven Brooks

Brooks is seen as a school and district leader, opening up her Black Fox Elementary classroom to mentor other teachers

For the direct link to the video of Raeven Brooks’ reaction, visit

For full bio, photos and video, visit

Santa Monica, Calif., (April 7, 2022) — You could say Raeven Brooks was born to be an outstanding educator. Raised in a family of educators in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the second grade teacher is now giving back to a new generation in the community at Black Fox Elementary, teaching alongside some of the same teachers whose classrooms she learned in as a child. Brooks holds high expectations for each of her students, combining school data and differentiated instruction to build pathways to success based on students’ challenges and strengths. Brooks’ students regularly meet or exceed the school’s annual measurable progress on TNReady. Today, in a fitting celebration of Brooks’ accomplishments, she was recognized with a surprise national Milken Educator Award in front of appreciative colleagues, students, education officials and media.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn joined Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley to present Brooks with the national recognition, which includes a $25,000 cash prize that she can use however she likes. 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. She is the first recipient awarded in Murfreesboro City Schools.

“Through her talent and dedication, Raeven Brooks has made an indelible impact as a student – and educator – in the district and broader community she calls home,” said Dr. Foley, who is herself a 1994 Indiana Milken Educator. “Raeven’s use of data to inform decision-making, combined with her skill for keeping students challenged and engaged, create the ideal environment for each child to succeed. Her leadership is inspiring and serves as a model to follow.”

“Dedicated teachers ensure Tennessee students have opportunities to thrive in the classroom and beyond,” said Governor Lee. “I thank Raeven for her service to Murfreesboro City Schools and congratulate her for being recognized as an outstanding educator.”

“Raeven Brooks exemplifies the kind of teacher who does whatever it takes to serve not just their students and school, but their entire community,” said Commissioner Schwinn. “Like Ms. Brooks, I, too, come from a family of educators, and I understand the dedication and commitment it takes to both provide students with an excellent education and become a model of strong practice and leadership for fellow educators. Ms. Brooks chose to serve in the community where she was educated, and she has clearly chosen a path of service where she can have strong, positive, lasting impacts on student success. Congratulations to Ms. Raeven Brooks for being awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award in honor and recognition of her hard work and enthusiasm.”

Brooks is among more than 60 educators nationwide who will receive the recognition during the 2021-22 school year and the second recipient from Tennessee. Tyler Hallstedt, a social studies teacher at Mt. Juliet Middle School, was presented with the Award this morning. He is also the first Award recipient in his district, Wilson County Schools.

Hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching,” Milken Educator Awards inspire and uplift with the unique stories of educators making a profound difference for students, colleagues and communities. The Awards are not designated for lifetime achievement. Recipients are heralded while early to mid-career for what they have achieved — and for the promise of what they will accomplish given the resources and opportunities inherent in the Award.

Oprah, a longtime education advocate, shared her congratulations to this year’s recipients in a video message thanking “the most incredible educators around the country” and acknowledging her deep appreciation for the “tireless work” they do.

More About Raeven Brooks

Differentiated Instruction: Brooks builds a supportive community of learners where children believe they can reach any goal. Brooks is a cluster teacher whose classroom includes gifted students as well as those with learning and behavioral challenges. But when class is in session, every learner is fully engaged in the high-level tasks Brooks puts in front of them, which emphasize reasoning and problem-solving. She runs an intervention math group for students who are one or more years behind grade level.

Student Success: Murfreesboro City Schools administers benchmark assessments three times each year; Brooks’ students grow substantially while in her classroom, meeting or exceeding the school’s annual measurable progress on TNReady. With data in hand, Brooks develops action plans to tackle the areas where she and students need to improve. Strengths in data analysis, differentiated instruction and classroom management help her bring out the best in each student.

School Leadership: Brooks represents Black Fox’s second grade team in the district’s Math Network, which meets monthly to identify weaknesses in standards, develop lesson plans and professional development, and integrate math into other disciplines like literature. Brooks was an original part of the STEAM leadership team at the elementary school, working to build a culture authentic to the school and students. The school applied for STEM designation and will find out soon if they move forward with the designation process.

Beyond Black Fox: She co-leads and coordinates district-level data analysis for the school’s Response to Instruction and Intervention-Behavior (RTI2-B) team, and helps recruit new teachers with the Job Fair team. Brooks mentors new teachers in the school and district as well as student teachers from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She often invites educators from around the district to observe in her classroom. For two years, she participated in professional learning through Project Inspire, a joint project of Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU.

Learning Adaptation: Brooks values her community and has great rapport with parents. When COVID-19 closed school buildings in spring 2020, Brooks focused on connecting with families to ensure student participation, recognizing and celebrating parents for their hard work and collaboration. Students uploaded work to portfolios using the ClassDojo app, with Brooks providing near-instant feedback and Zooming with the class weekly to motivate pupils to continue learning. With a second grade colleague, Brooks shared a camping-themed video lesson incorporating reading and writing skills via Murfreesboro City TV, which aired televised lessons from local teachers while children were learning at home. For the 2020-21 school year, Brooks served as Hybrid Teacher for her grade level.

Education: Brooks earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. She is currently enrolled in the university’s Administration and Supervision Graduate Program.

More About the Milken Educator Awards: “The future belongs to the educated.
Along with the financial prize, Milken Educator Award recipients join the national Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,800 top teachers, principals and specialists. The network serves as a rich resource for fellow educators, legislators, school boards and others dedicated to excellence in education.
· In June, the honorees will attend an all-expenses-paid Milken Educator Awards Forum in Los Angeles, where they will network with their new colleagues as well as veteran Milken Educators and other education leaders about how to increase their impact on K-12 education. In addition, they will learn about how to become involved in the Milken Friends Forever (MFFs) mentoring program, in which freshman Milken Educators receive personalized coaching and support from a Milken Educator veteran on ways to elevate their instructional practice and take an active role in educational leadership, policy and practice.
· Over the years, more than $140 million in funding, including $70 million for the individual cash awards, has been devoted to the overall Milken Awards initiative, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients’ careers.
· Veteran Milken Educators frequently go on to serve in leadership roles at state, national and international levels.
· “We find you. You don’t find us!” Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Awards initiative has no formal nomination or application process. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then reviewed by blue ribbon panels in each state. The most exceptional candidates are recommended for the award, with final selection made by the Milken Family Foundation.
· The $25,000 cash award is unrestricted. Recipients have used the money in diverse ways. For instance, some have spent the funds on their children’s or their own continuing education, financing dream field trips, establishing scholarships, and even adopting children.
To get regular updates on the surprise Milken Educator Award events or to watch the award events unfold, follow and use the #MilkenAward hashtag on Facebook (@MilkenEducatorAwards), Twitter (@Milken), YouTube (/MilkenAward), Instagram (MilkenFamilyFdn), and TikTok (@MilkenAward).
For more information, visit or call the Milken Family Foundation at (310) 570-4772.

About the Milken Educator Awards
The first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987. The awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. The initiative was created by the Milken Family Foundation, which celebrates 40 years of elevating education in America and around the world. Learn more at

Raeven Brooks and Governor Lee

Five Year - Empowering MCS

Enpowering MCS – a Five Year Strategic Plan

The Murfreesboro City School (MCS) five-year strategic plan known as “Empowering MCS” was endorsed by the MCS school board during the March 22, 2022 school board meeting.  This plan will guide MCS decision making into the year of 2027.

Murfreesboro City School leaders spent a year conducting research as well as receiving feedback from board members, parents, educators, community partners and administrators. Over two months was spent analyzing results to develop the plan’s component parts; and several weeks were devoted to turning those into high-quality communications focused on ease of understanding by our staff and community.

Empowering MCS outlines 39 objectives based on four student centered emboldened truths and 42 strategies to achieve the objectives.

Understanding the four student centered truths enables MCS to move forward with integrity and precision.

  • Known – Every student will be known through whole-child programs and support.
    • MCS will support the whole child by ensuring access to mental health staff, engaging in partnerships with high-quality providers, providing relevant classroom extension opportunities, supporting family involvement, and focusing on positive behavior supports.
  • Safe – Every student will be safe through equitable access to buildings, facilities and infrastructures that meet their needs
    • MCS will ensure operational excellence and prioritize safety, technology, resources, allocation, and facilities to meet the needs of our growing community.
  • Challenged – Every student will be challenged by learning from highly effective educators and employees.
    • MCS will recruit, retain, and train highly-qualified and culturally competent educators and employees to ensure MCS is the place where talented individuals choose to work.
  • Empowered – Every student will be empowered through academic success.
    • MCS will ensure all students, especially those who have been historically under served, grow and achieve at high levels in all content areas.

“The five-year plan recognizes that equity is key in meeting the needs of the whole child,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “Our goal is to give students tools for success that will last far beyond their years at Murfreesboro City Schools and to give our employees the support to ensure that MCS is a top workplace.”

Through Empowering MCS, MCS will continue to embark on a path of success through planning, implementing, and empowering our staff and students to succeed. Each student will engage in rigorous standards-based curriculum while receiving the wrap-around supports they need. The MCS workforce will be challenged, trained and culturally competent. Additionally, our community will have increased and intentional opportunities to partner with MCS for the success of students and staff.

Murfreesboro City Schools is the 22nd largest school district in Tennessee with 13 schools serving over 9,500 students.

Read the entire plan by clicking: Empowering MCS.

2022-23 Zone Waivers

For the 2022-23 school year, the State of Tennessee adopted new laws stipulating how school districts must consider zone exemption requests. Following the guidelines of this law, Murfreesboro City Schools will conduct the open enrollment period for zone waivers from April 1-May 1, 2022.  During this time, a parent or guardian of a student may seek to transfer their child to an open zoned school for the 2022-23 school year. (If parents submitted zone paperwork during the priority period in March, no further action is required.)

Zone waivers submitted during this zone waiver time frame are subject to approval through a lottery system as directed by this new state law.  To ensure your zone waiver is considered, it is important to submit your waiver between April 1 and May 1, 2022.  The waivers will be approved based on a lottery system using the open seats listed below.

  • Bradley Academy – 50 seats available
  • Erma Siegel Elementary – 50 seats available
  • Hobgood Elementary – 20 seats available
  • Mitchell-Neilson School – 50 seats available
  • Northfield Elementary – 50 seats available
  • John Pittard Elementary – 50 seats available
  • Reeves-Rogers Elementary – 50 seats available

The following schools have been designated as closed zone schools with no zone waiver option for 2022-23: Overall Creek, Salem, Scales, Cason Lane, Black Fox, Discovery School.

Parents may pick up a zone waiver at your school or download the waiver from this website.  Instructions on submitting zone waivers are included on the zone waiver form. After reviewing these documents, please feel free to call MCS central office with any questions.

(Download the 2022-23 Zone Waiver)


« Older Entries