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Discovery School Applications Open

Discovery School is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.  A school information meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 6 p.m. for parents interested in learning more about the admission process. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Discovery School, founded in 2005, was created to serve high achieving students in Murfreesboro. Discovery was named a Tennessee Reward School and a Tennessee Designated STEM School in 2019. The Tennessee State Board of Education also recognized Discovery School in 2018 as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Optional school tours will be held on Monday, November 18 at 9 a.m. and Friday, December 13 at 9 a.m.  Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels. Students must be five years of age by August 15, 2020 to apply to kindergarten.

Information and applications can be found on the Discovery website at or by calling the Discovery School at 615-895-2123.

Discovery School is located at 1165 Middle Tennessee Boulevard.

Bradley Drama Students Join Murph's Adventure

Bradley Drama Students Join Murph’s Adventure

Bradley Academy drama students joined forces with award winning children’s show “Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow” for the 2019-20 school year. Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow is a unique educational initiative between the City of Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro City Schools that began in April 2004.
“In this first year of the collaboration, we will be working with the students at Bradley on four separate taping occasions,” says Nancy Phillips. “Our first collaboration was a real success and I look forward to the extraordinary moments with the students.”
Bradley drama students are collaborating in four upcoming episodes this school year through monologue, jokes, fact gathering and on-air educational dialogue. The first collaborative episode aired in October 2019 to great reviews. The new collaboration allows Bradley drama students a real-life experience with television production and editing through CityTV.
“Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow,” is a monthly educational adventure designed to showcase local and regional leaders, literacy, arts, and sciences in a fun format. Former School Board Member Nancy Phillips is the creator of the city’s most famous rabbit, Murph. She serves as voice, producer and creative director of “Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow”. The show is edited and directed by John Padgett, Multi Media Producer with CityTV.
“We are excited to have this great opportunity for our drama students,” says Raeshon Torres, principal. “Television performance allows a new media experience for students and they are extremely excited to demonstrate and hone their talents.”
Bradley drama students will participate with Murph in science experiments, art projects and cultural enrichments throughout the year.
“The initial conversations about this collaboration began prior to the school year,” says Eric Grim, Bradley Drama Teacher. “Our students are thrilled to be a part of this award-winning production.”
Bradley Academy is recognized for excellence in arts — creative writing, drama, instrumental music, theater, visual arts and vocal music. Coupled with a strong academic program, Bradley develops both the artistic and academic talents of its students.

October episode of Adventures in Murphry’s Burrow:

Bradley Drama Students with Murph

Drama students at Bradley performing.

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Reaching Out through Skype

Dinosaurs are aligning reading with science, art, math and engineering in Hobgood Elementary’s second grade classrooms.  While studying the life of English fossil collector Mary Anning and reading the children’s book about her life, “Stone Girl, Bone Girl”, students were introduced to the study of paleontology.

World-renowned paleoartist Julius Csotonyi joined the Hobgood classrooms through an activity-based Skype session.  Csotonyi is a Canadian paleoartist and natural history illustrator.  His work is featured in museums across the world and preserved on US Postage Forever T.rex Stamps.

“We are extremely excited to have this famous paleoartist working with our students as he demonstrates how he takes a sketched image of a dinosaur skeleton and turns it into a more animated lifelike representation,” says Alisha Herbison, Hobgood’s Instructional Coach.

During the Skype presentation, students began with a skeleton sketch, then engaged in a simple flesh reconstruction to learn how paleoartists add soft tissues to bones to bring prehistoric animals to life. Students learned how specific features like flippers or wings tell you about the dinosaur’s habitat.

For their culminating project, students will become “experts” on a chosen animal, learn about their adaptations, and generate scientific drawings of them. They will then complete the project by creating that animal utilizing 3-D printing and other mediums.



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Knox Receives Presidential Award

Dr. Heather Knox, a former fifth-grade mathematics teacher at Northfield Elementary, now serving as a MCS Gifted Specialist, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
The PAEMST award is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“Heather is a gifted teacher who inspires students to achieve their highest potential,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “She exemplifies the spirit of learning.”
Each year, a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards. Up to two teachers – mathematics or science – from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories as a group, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity receives the award.
Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from NSF and a Presidential certificate.
Knox received her Doctor of Education from Carson-Newman University and her Master of Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught with Murfreesboro City Schools since 2012.


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Foundation Awards $73,000 in Grants

The City Schools Foundation will distribute over $73,000 in grants to Murfreesboro City School teachers in 2019.  The Foundation asks educators to submit proposals for funding that will help acquire resources for classrooms not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars.

“Reading and scoring the grants is one of the most rewarding jobs. The Foundation is thrilled with the range of requests we received from math and science to technology and arts,” says Kevin Grisham, grant committee chair. “It is incredible to see how educators are utilizing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.”

Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee.

Twenty-five grants, representing all thirteen schools, have been selected for funding and range from $300 for On a Rollercoaster with Isaac Newton to $7,000 for “Clearing” the way for STEAM.  Sixteen grants received over $2,000 in disbursements.

Grants included:

  • LET US RISE: Elevating Student Opportunities – Kristen Goodman & Tony Hartman
  • Robotics for Inquisitive Minds – Tammy Pirtle & Hope Padgett
  • Zoologists Needed…Storm Ahead! – Rachel Matthews, Betsy Lynch, & Denise Crumbaugh
  • Walk This Way! STEAM Walk, Listen, Do, Learn – Angela Bunyi
  • Completing the T in STEAM – Gretchen Campbell
  • EVOS for primary grades – Elizabeth Hurst
  • Clearing the way for STEAM – Emily Clark, & Gretchen Campbell
  • On a Rollercoaster with Isaac Newton – Mareen Pfeiffer-Hoens, Breana McClain, & Jennifer Stanley
  • Stellar STEM Studio – Suzanne St. John, Stephanie West, & Gina Graham
  • Creating Global Thinkers by Engineering Global Ideas – Kristy Mall
  • The Artists of 2050 – Evelyn Reed Burnett
  • Take a Walk on the Calm Side – Angela Huff
  • Technology for a SMART Future – Lauren Hundley
  • LittleBits: Electronic Programming and Design – Angela Bunyi
  • Catch Box: Student Engagement is Critical – Justin Lattimore
  • An Apple a Day – Sarah Chumney
  • We Will Rock You – Richard Wood & Lance Pearcy
  • STEAMING Through the Day! – Bippy Tidwell
  • Clear Touch – Tracy Earnheart
  • STEAMing Through the Day – Elizabeth Owens
  • Never Fear: We’ve Got Makergear – Angela Pope
  • Share the Music – Luke Hill
  • Full STEAM Ahead! 3D Printers – Jennifer Sego
  • Chick this Out – Beth Wood & Kathy Latondress
  • Cubelets for Primary Grade Coding – Kimberly Kahle


This year, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) was the overarching theme for the grant requests. Many STEAM projects involve teamwork and allow students to explore subjects utilizing hands-on activities and dialogue giving students additional ways to succeed in this rapidly changing technology-based world.

MCS News Update

A Taste of Latin America

Bradley Academy invites the community to A Taste of Latin America featuring Latin food, dances, art and activities for children and family.

The community wide event will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Patterson Park.  The celebration will be highlighted by a performance from the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra at 11 a.m.

Bring your family and friends to celebrate Latin traditions!

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Parent Engagement = Student Success

Parent engagement days empower parents with information to help children reach their full potential and thrive at school.  At Reeves-Rogers, parent workshops focus on grade level learning and give parents tools they can use at home to help their child be successful.
“Success at Reeves-Rogers is achieved by our school working closely with parents and the community for the success of the children,” says Dr. Cherrye Robertson, Principal. “We are proud of our Reward School status but that is only achieved by working together. Today’s expectations for grade level learning are much different than they were when today’s parents attended school.”
Like other schools, Reeves-Rogers has a focus on STEAM. However, in this case, the A in STEAM stands for Agriculture – Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math. Throughout the year, Reeves-Rogers partners with multiple organizations to bring a Farm to School focus to aspects of the classroom.
“When parents ask ‘What did you do at school today?’, we want our parents to understand the conversations and lessons that their child and teachers are actually having. If they say, ‘I planted a garden’, we want them to understand that the garden is part of our STEAM focus and aligns with our curriculum standards,” says Robertson.
Parents play a vital role in how well students do in school. Reeves-Rogers parent, Nyoka Duong says parent workshops allow for open conversations and equip parents with different strategies for individual children. These conversations help parents overcome road blocks that children may face. 
“We want parents to leave with strategies they can use at home,” says Natalie Hardiman, Vice Principal. “Parent workshops open dialogue that allows us to address learning strategies for children and parents.  Workshops also allow us to review overall readiness and testing standards like TNReady reports.”
Group meetings and grade level workshops allow opportunities for staff and parents to connect in support of their child’s education. 
Back to School Dash

Over 250 Participate in Dash

Over 250 people participated in The City Schools Foundation’s 4th Annual Back to School 5k/10k Dash. The 5k and 10k USATF Certified course conditions allowed for several personal best times by participants.

The Dash is one of two major fundraisers for The City Schools Foundation.  The Foundation, chartered in 2005, benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ 9,000 plus pre-K through 6th-grade students and serves as a venue for other foundations and corporations to make significant contributions that can impact the school system as a whole. The intent is to bring local resources to bear on local needs.

Race participants began at Overall Creek Elementary.  Participants ranged from 10k runners preparing for the upcoming half marathon, to run clubs, and MCS staff and students enjoying the 5k run or walk.

Monies raised from the Dash will be distributed in the form of teacher classroom grants.  In 2018, The Foundation gave over $90,000 in grants and parity dollars to teachers and schools ranging from $199 to $10,000.  For additional information about The Foundation, please visit

Proud to be an exemplary district.

MCS & 9 Schools Receive Highest Rating in State

The Tennessee Department of Education has announced that Murfreesboro City Schools has received the designation of Exemplary District, the highest distinction school districts can earn in Tennessee.  In addition, the Department announced that nine Murfreesboro City Schools have received the designation of Tennessee Reward Schools, the highest distinction schools can earn in the state.

Murfreesboro City Reward Schools include: Black Fox, Cason Lane, Discovery, Erma Siegel, John Pittard, Mitchell-Neilson, Overall Creek, Reeves-Rogers, and Scales Elementary.  TNReady data indicate that these schools are significantly improving student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups.  Attendance and English language proficiency are also required measures in the designation.  This year marks the highest number of schools recognized in any individual year as Reward Schools for Murfreesboro City Schools.

In addition to the district Exemplary Status and nine schools’ Reward School Status, noteworthy results include:

  • 1 of only 20 districts across the state to receive Exemplary status; 1 of 3 districts (Williamson County, Wilson County, and Murfreesboro City) in the Mid-Cumberland CORE region, which comprises 15 school districts.
  • Level 5 (highest level possible) in Mathematics
  • Level 5 (highest level possible) in English/Language Arts
  • Number of schools that earned Level 5 (highest level possible)—10 out of 12
  • Level 5 (highest level possible) in 9 out of 10 possible subgroups
  • Level 5 (highest level possible) in 8 out of 10 grade level content areas (remaining were level 3 and level 4)
  • No schools on any of the “underperforming” lists (CSI, TSI, ATSI) which are easy lists for diverse schools to make.
  • Finally, in the Department of Ed’s public release, the district was cited in one of 3 bullet points from all districts in the Mid-Cumberland Region: “Murfreesboro City Schools all students in grades 3-6 improved their math score.”

“The news affirms the support of the City Council, leadership of the School Board, dedication of school employees, partnerships with parents, and support of the community,” says Gilbert. “While we are pleased with the test results, MCS teachers and support staff are focused on the needs of boys and girls under their care and are committed to growing the whole child.  We are preparing students for their futures and not simply one snapshot of memorized facts.”


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MCS Receives $100,000 Farm 2 School Grant

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is pleased to announce that they are one of only two school districts in Tennessee and one of 126 projects across the United States receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program. MCS received a $100,000, two-year implementation grant to enrich the connection students have with fresh, healthy food and allow students to experience the growing cycle of their food first hand.
 “Our aim is to consistently acquire locally or regionally sourced foods for our cafeterias and make it the norm for our students to receive a variety of freshly harvested vegetables to develop healthy eating habits,” say Sandy Scheele, Supervisor of Nutrition.
“This grant will continue the Farm2School program established in 2014 and allow us to grow together, not only seed to table, but also in knowledge of farming including introducing hydroponics,” added Scheele.
The MCS Farm to School Program includes community partners like MTSU Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Mid-America, UT-TSU Extension and the Rutherford County Health Department.
In a press release from the USDA, Secretary Perdue stated, “The farm to school grants announced connect schools with the farmers, ranchers, and producers in their communities. Everybody wins with Farm to School. USDA is proud to help the next generation better understand where its food comes from, while strengthening local economies.”
The MCS Farm 2 School program will continue to include applied learning and STEM opportunities like farm Saturdays, field trips, raised bed gardening, and greenhouses at school sites. A Farm Educator will work with teachers and students throughout the school year to add a hands-on approach to the Farm to School curriculum.  Additionally, Farm 2 School will introduce hydroponic tower gardens in each school cafeteria to increase the harvest of fresh vegetables.
In the second year of the grant cycle, Farm Bots will be introduced into the program as a STEM-based learning and research tool adding opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking and theories in the planting and harvesting process. 
In the announcement, USDA Director of Grants and Fiscal Policy, stated: “Hundreds of applicants across the country competed for a limited amount of funding. The overwhelming interest in this round of USDA Farm to School Grants was exciting but also made the selection process extremely difficult. Your application stood out because it demonstrated your strong experience and readiness to conduct farm to school initiatives; showed that you are thinking critically about opportunities and challenges; outlined goals that are closely aligned with FNS goals for the program; proposed a reasonable scope and budget; and gave us confidence that your farm to school program will be implemented with or without continued Federal support.
For additional information, please call 893-2313 or visit Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of thirteen schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.


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