To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child


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Bobcats Sweep Tournament

Congratulations to the Bradley girls’ and Bradley boys’ for winning the Murfreesboro City Schools’ basketball tournament. Great job Bobcats!

Reeves-Rogers boys and Scales girls placed 2nd in the tournament.

Thanks to everyone for making this season an enjoyable one for the students, parents, communities, and staff!

Bradley Boys Basketball

Bradley Girls Basketball


Perfect Attendance Day – Dec. 6

Murfreesboro City Schools will hold its first “Perfect Attendance Day” on December 6, 2016.  Perfect Attendance Day is designed to promote regular attendance and reduce chronic absence.

All twelve schools are working to promote the day with special incentives and rewards for good attendance on December 6 and throughout the school year.  Principals and teachers are focused on creating a culture of attendance every day.

“Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s success,” says Joe Marlin, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “We know some absences are unavoidable but when students miss too much school, they inevitably fall behind. On December 6th, we want to take time to reemphasize and celebrate the school day.”

  1. Attendance matters as early as kindergarten! Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years.  They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
  2. Additionally, occasional absences can be just as disruptive as missing consecutive days of school – just two to three days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
  3. Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress.
  4. Families make a difference.  From a child’s first day of formal schooling, please set expectations that school attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.
  5. Good attendance in elementary school will help children do well in high school, college and at work.

“Attendance in kindergarten through 6th grade directly relates to high school and college graduation,” says Marlin. “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.”

MCS encourages the community to unite as we help build the habit of good attendance.  Because…Every Day Matters.


Research shows:

Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

MCS News Update

Black Fox Elementary addition approved by Council

The Murfreesboro City Council approved a request by Murfreesboro City Schools for a $2.26 million toward the construction of a 10-classroom expansion of Black Fox Elementary School located at 1753 South Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Funding for the expansion will be from bond proceeds shared by Rutherford County.
The 14,400 square feet expansion also includes two material storage spaces. The 10 additional classrooms will increase the educating capacity of Black Fox Elementary from 800 to 1,000 students upon competition, according to school officials.

The Murfreesboro City School Board previously approved contracts with Johnson + Bailey for architectural services and Romach Inc. of Franklin for construction. Romach was judged to be the best and lowest bidder of four submitted bids on Oct. 6.

Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks of Council approval with completion of the project expected by the start of the new school year next August.

For more information on Black Fox Elementary, visit
For more information on Murfreesboro City Schools, contact Lisa Trail, Director of Communications at MCS webpage

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Excellence in Education – Feb. 3, 2017

The City Schools Foundations announces the 10th Annual Excellence in Education event to be held Friday, February 3, 2017.

“This year’s event will highlight Cason Lane Academy,” says Board Chair Ben Parsley. “At this 10th year celebration, we are also thrilled to honor one of the charter members of The City Schools Foundation — Mr. John Floyd.”

Reservations for the Celebration will be available in November with individual tickets at $250 and sponsorships beginning at $1,500.

The City Schools Foundation is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade students. Most recently, The Foundation recently gave over $52,000 in grants to MCS teachers.

The gala will be held at Stones River Country Club beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information, please call 893-2313 or any member of The City Schools Foundation Trustees.

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School Cafe Now Available

MCS is proud to offer SchoolCafé to our parents.  School Cafe is a great way to access your account balance and know what’s on the menu. Check out what’s available each day and view the nutritional and allergen information to help you make healthy decisions. Use “Make a Tray” to build your meal for the items available that day and see the combined nutrient information. Give your feedback to the school caferia by rating items. Favorite specific items on the menu so that you can know when they’ll be available that day.

Take time to login and become familiar with the many options now offered through School Cafe.


2016 Foundation Grant Winners

Foundation Awards $52,000 in Grants

The City Schools Foundation is proud to announce $52,774.76 in grant funding has been awarded to teachers for the 2016-17 foundation grant cycle. 27 grants were awarded to far-reaching and engaging grants focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Funded grants ranged from $99.95 to $9,999.00.

This year, four of the awarded grants will be utilized across the district. “Grab Your Passports,” a grant written by Technology Coaches Micky Brooks and Trent Cheeves will use Google Expeditions virtual software to take students on virtual field trips around the world. Teachers will be able to pick from hundreds of expeditions including ecological systems, outer space and the Egyptian pyramids. Teachers will use state standards to tie the field trips into the existing curriculum.

Funds for this round of teacher grants were raised from the “ Excellence in Education” dinner honoring community members Ed and Andrea Loughry, and the 2015 Foundation & Fashions.

  • 1. Darlene Thomas | Erma Siegel | PLANTING THE SEEDS OF BUDDING ENGINEERS
  • 2. Dr. Kristy Mall | Discovery | ENGINEERING OUR FUTURE: THE FUTURE IS HERE
  • 3. Meredith Gilliland | Hobgood | CULTIVATING KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
  • 4. Jessica Jacobs | Scales | MATH FUN: BRINGING MATH ALIVE
  • 9. Shae Miga, Iliana Senior, Tonya Cannon | Reeves-Rogers | MIGHTY MATHEMATICIANS
  • 10. Micky Brooks & Trent Cheeves | District-wide | GRAB YOUR PASSPORTS
  • 11. Kelly Adams Harris | Northfield | RAPUNZEL , RAPUNZEL, THE TOWER OF SILKY ROOTS
  • 12. Tara McKinney | Erma Siegel | REAL LIFE ROLE PLAY
  • 13. Tara McKinney | Erma Siegel | LAS CIENCIAS PARA TODOS! / SCIENCE FOR EVERYONE!
  • 14. Leah Bartch | District-wide | EV3 SOLUTIONS: ALERT THE REBELS
  • 15. Meri-Leigh Smith | District-wide | SUCCESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
  • 16. Cindy Cliché | District-wide | MATH 2 GO
  • 17. Anna Buchholtz | Cason Lane | STEM ROOM MATERIALS
  • 18. Beth Carter | Reeves-Rogers | FOR THE LOVE OF AQUAPONICS
  • 19. Neely Embree | Mitchell-Neilson | “TWENTY-ONE DAYS TO EGG-CELLENCE”
  • 20. Debbie Hickerson | Cason Lane | STEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
  • 21. Felicia Jackson | Cason Lane | MATH ALIVE!
  • 23. Sarah Chumney & Taba Karna | Cason Lane | GOT ROOM FOR MATH
  • 24. Michelle Eaton | Erma Siegel | BREAKOUT CRAZE
  • 25. Rachel Prater & Jennie Bucaro | Mitchell-Neilson | TO STEMFINITY AND BEYOND
  • 26. Rachel Prater | Mitchell-Neilson | MAKING MATH MAGNETIC
  • 27. Bess Turner | Discovery | BREAKOUT EDU: WILL YOU ESCAPE


Foundation Grant Winners 2016

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Why a Student-Led Conference

Thursday, October 27 is set aside for student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Here’s what researchers and MCS teachers say about a student-led conference:
· Actively engages students in their learning process
· Opens up communication between school and home
· Teaches self-reflection, self-evaluation skills
· Practices real life skills—communication, organization, leadership, etc.
· Increases parent attendance
· Is an opportunity for students to produce positives that may not show up on a report card grade (an art project, an essay)
· Is authentic assessment
· Is an opportunity to see work in progress
· Can increase student accountability. The student is talking about the “why” of their progress based on student action—not just teacher action.
· Puts students at the center

“When students are well-prepared over an extended period to tell the story of their success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success.” Rich Stiggins


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Newell is Principal of the Year State Finalist

Newell named Middle Tennessee Grand Division’s Principal of the Year!

Middle Tennessee Grand Division includes school districts from Cheatham, Metro Nashville, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Murfreesboro City, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson, Franklin Special, Wilson, Lebanon Special, Bedford, Coffee, Manchester City, Tullahoma City, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Fayetteville City, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne, Tennessee School for the Blind, York Institute, White, Warren, VanBuren, Trousdale, Smith, Putnam, Pickett, Overton, Macon, Jackson, Fentress, DeKalb, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Clay, and Cannon,


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.

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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.”

Help Your Child Succeed In School – (Download the PDF) (Descargar en español)

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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