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Integrated Preschool for 2017-18

Murfreesboro City Schools Integrated Preschool is a program that offers preschoolers, with and without disabilities, challenging experiences through a language-based curriculum.

We are currently looking for qualified candidates to serve as role models and helpers for our students who have special needs. Our peer models are placed in each preschool site and learn alongside our students with special needs. All of our preschool classes use a language-based curriculum emphasizing age appropriate developmental skills and kindergarten readiness skills. Emphasis is placed on transitioning from one activity to another, listening and following directions, social skills, and independent self-help skills.

Requirements: Your child must be 4 years old by August 15th 2017 and must have average to above average speech/language and cognitive skills.

If you are interested in your child being considered as a peer model, please contact Kelly Blanchard, Integrated Preschool Social Worker, as soon as possible to get started!

Tammy Garrett in the classroom as a student.

Hobgood Principal Trades Places with Sixth Grader

As Hobgood’s Principal, Dr. Tammy Garrett walked the halls as a 6th grade student; 6th grader, Antonesia Overton walked the halls as principal. Overton won an essay contest on “Why I Should Be Principal for a Day” and secured the role of principal.

“Some kids want to be followers instead of leaders. I wrote about why I want to be a leader,” says Overton. “I want to help students realize their strengths and show them they can fulfill their dreams.” As an aspiring law professor, Overton saw this as an opportunity to begin building her resume.

Dr. Garrett explained that this project was all about engaging with the students. She wanted to see learning through their eyes. “The kids worked so hard to make me feel like a student,” Garrett explained. “I told them to call me by my first name. I was able to interact with them on a personal level and really understand their individual personalities.”

“This experiment taught me more than I ever could have imagined.” says Garrett. The project was designed to understand if the students were engaged and learning and not just being taught to. “I checked out the culture in the classrooms, in the cafeteria, during ESP, everywhere. I wanted to make sure they were engaged.”

Student engagement is the golden rule of teaching. Engagement practices such as making activities meaningful, providing support, embracing collaborative learning and establishing positive teacher-student relationships prove invaluable in the classroom.

As for Overton, “I don’t think I want to be a principal tomorrow,” she told Garrett. “I didn’t realize how much you walk around.” Overton learned some of the struggles principals face. At the end of the day, she thinks being a student is a better fit for her right now.

When asked about an easy, unexpected take away from her day, Garrett says the next time she orders cafeteria tables, she will look for a larger size for her older students.

MCS News Update

School Zoning Information

Murfreesboro City Schools uses Edulog’s WebQuery to help you determine the school your child is eligible to attend including the available bus stops. Click on the Edulog link to find your zoned school.

 

MCS Edulog

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Kindergarten Preview Days

Students beginning kindergarten in 2017 and their parents are invited to kindergarten preview day. The day is designed to tour school campuses, ask questions and meet staff members prior to kindergarten registration.

Kindergarten Preview Days

Black Fox – April 13, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Bradley Academy – April 13, 9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Cason Lane Academy – April 12, 8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Discovery School – April 10, 9:40 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Erma Siegel – April 13, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Hobgood – April 11, 9:15 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
John Pittard – April 10, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Mitchell-Neilson – April 11, 9 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Northfield – April 11, 10 a.m. & noon
Overall Creek – April 3, 4 & 5, 9 a.m. until noon
Reeves-Rogers – April 11, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Scales – April 11, 8 a.m. & noon

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held on May 4-5, 2017.  All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.   Click the link to see additional information on Kindergarten Registration.

Zoning

To find  your school zone, visit Edulog at School Zones.

Kindergarten Preview Days 2017

 

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Applications for the MCS Pre-K program will be accepted April 3-13 at any Murfreesboro City School between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or April 17-28 at Oakland Court Preschool from 8:30-3:00 p.m. Children must be 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old, on August 15, 2017 to qualify for preschool.  Please follow the link preschool application link for additional eligibility criteria and the application documents.  Preschool Application 2017

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held on May 4-5, 2017.  All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2017.  Click the link for additional information. Kindergarten Registration 2017-18

 

To Register Students:

Go to the school office in the zone where you live and bring the following items with you:

  1. Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
  2. Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
  3. Verification of Your Address. This must be a current utility bill with your name and address on it.  (Example: Water, Electric, Gas).

 

If you live outside the city limits of Murfreesboro and want to attend a Murfreesboro City School you will need to contact the Central Office at 615-893-2313 to request and fill out an OUT-OF-CITY application form. If approved, you will need to bring the OUT-OF-CITY ASSIGNMENT SHEET mailed to you, showing the school to which your child has been assigned.

 

Preschool and kindergarten are wonderful years to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  We are honored to welcome you and your child to Murfreesboro City Schools.

MCS News Update

Choice School Applications Accepted in April

Murfreesboro City Schools is pleased to have three choice schools as options for our students and parents. Choice school applications will be accepted April 3 thru April 28. For additional details, please see the attached document.

Choice School Application 2017-18

Our choices include:

Bradley Academy – Arts Integrated School

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.

Hobgood Elementary – STEM School

The STEM program shows students the value of learning skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students learn to become critical thinkers through hands-on academic experiences that involve innovative new technologies.

Mitchell-Neilson – Leadership Academy
Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. The development of good habits, grounded in the values of citizenship and leadership, is a fundamental part of this philosophy.

These campuses are part of a strong portfolio of schools within our district.

 

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Lights! Camera! Action!

On March 20, the Oscars came to Patterson Park! With red carpet interviews and golden statues, Murfreesboro City Schools’ Extended School Program kicked off its first Lego Stop Motion Movie Maker Awards.

The event began with an opening performance by the cast of Bradley’s Seussical Jr. Then, all of movies nominated for awards were presented. Each movie was made using a suite of tools that professional stop-motion animators use. But there was a lot of work involved! Students created a scene, took pictures of the scene, then changed the scene, and took another picture. This process continued until a movie resulted. And the quality of each movie proved that the work was worth it.

Following a performance by the Mitchell-Neilson Step Team, the winners were announced:

Best Set Design: Logan Davis, MN

Best Visual Effects: Asa Brown, MN

Best Sound Design: Chris Rogers and Mark Campbell, CL

Best Editing: Kaylynn Brooks, Emma Millican, Gabriela Harrelson, Kkalieya Brown, NF

Most Creative: Alan Mendoza, Serinity Mathis, Daxton Wilson, BR

Best Animation: Lily Powers, BF

Best Cinematography: Carter Shannon, Matthew Williams, Garren Thompson, JP

Best Screenplay: Abby Lugos and Abigail Postell, DS

Best Voice Acting: James Bush, Haiden Jenkins, Cadence Moss, Lydia Knight, OC

Best Directing: Brycen Louis, DS

Best Action Movie: Carter Gregory and Trent Alford, DS

Best Fairy Tale: Emma Pitts, Emily Palone, McKenzie Palone, SC

Best Comedy: Sarah Baumbarger, CL

Best Superhero Movie: Clay Johnson-Deckard, MN

Best Picture: James Adcock, Xavier Balbalosa, Cobyn Bright, Brandon Davila, Damon Demick, Lawson Lee, Nathan McCrery, Landon Millsap, Brandon Palmer, Trent Parker, Joshua Smith, Gatlin Snetsinger, Braylen Vanderbilt, Austin Webb, Jacob Elam, ES

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Students Receive Top Awards

Fifth grade Erma Siegel students, Kameryn Galland, Skye Roberts, and Erin Higgins, are headed to the National Invention Convention set for June in Washington, D.C. The trio received first place in the 5th Grade “Make Life Easier” category with an E-Z Swing Suit during MTSU’s 25th Annual Invention Convention. In total, fourteen MCS students received ribbons or trophies for their 2017 creations.

The E-Z Swing Suit allows students with balance issues to be supported in a traditional swing utilizing a vest that is hooked to the swing’s chains.

“To say that I am proud of these girls would be an understatement,” says Angela Pope, 5th grade teacher. “I have been taking groups to the Invention Convention at MTSU since 2003. This is by far one of the best inventions I have ever had anyone take. There is so much ingenuity in this invention.”

Pope says more important than ingenuity is the heart and compassion behind the idea. Pope’s 5th grade class does “Little Buddies” with Ms. Owen Davis’s 1st and 2nd grade Comprehensive Development Classroom (CDC) including reading on Fridays. After reading, the class takes a few minutes to play with the younger children on the playground.

“These girls noticed that when their little buddy wanted to swing, they had issues with balancing. It scared them because they worried the child might fall, so when Invention Convention started, they came up with an idea to alleviate this problem,” says Pope.

The Invention Convention process begins with groups brainstorming ideas for games and inventions. The ideas are narrowed based on whether the objectives are practical and reasonable for the time frame and budget allotted. One additional step narrows the project to the idea that students are most passionate about developing.

“These girls had one idea that they were set on, and it was the E-Z Swing Suit. This idea is a practical and directly applies to their lives. It is something they were immediately able to put to use. This idea shows the compassion that these girls have for their Little Buddies and the strength of the relationships that have been developed over the school year between the two groups of kids. It shows a special kind of sensitivity and empathy,” says Pope.

“We wanted our friends to be able to swing with us safely,” says Skye Roberts.

With over 340 entries, Murfreesboro City School students brought home multiple awards including:
• First Place, 5th Grade Make Life Easier: “E-Z Swing Suit” by Kameryn Galland, Skye Roberts and Erin Higgins, Erma Siegel Elementary
• State Farm Excellence Award, 5th Grade Make Life Easier: “Teacher’s Pet” by Rachel Ashby and Zeina Ahmad, Northfield Elementary
• State Farm Excellence Award, 6th Grade Games: “Surviving Ancient History” by Zachary Jones, John Pittard Elementary
• Best Presentation, 4th Grade Games: “Jungle Run” by Harrison Zolt and Austin Bragg, Erma Siegel Elementary
• Best Presentation, 5th Grade Games: “Laser Race” by Taylin Rischer, Kyleigh England and Marisa Phanthavongsa, Erma Siegel Elementary
• Best Presentation, 6th Grade Make Life Easier: “The Help N Sweeper” by Robbie Daniel, Scales Elementary
• Champion, 5th Grade Games: “Compounding” by Emilio Gomez Garcia, John Pittard Elementary
• Champion, 6th Grade Games: “Build a Band” by Wyatt Murphy, Scales Elementary

Roberts, Galland and Higgins will be conducting a fundraiser to help support their trip to D.C.

Read more about Invention Convention at mtsunews.

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2017 Earth Day Bee Contest

Murfreesboro City Schools is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration. Students across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are invited to participate in the Student Video Contest as part of the 2017 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration.

Do you have an idea to help save the bees? Have you created a bee sanctuary? Do you have a cool way to increase knowledge about bee decline? Form a team and complete a project that encompasses the theme “Nothing would sting more, than bee extinction”.

For additional details, click on the link below.  Winners will be announced during the Earth Day Celebration on April 22.

 

((Download the Contest Rules and Forms))

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MCS Job Fair – March 18

Murfreesboro City Schools will host a job fair on Saturday, March 18 at Scales Elementary from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Prospective teachers are encouraged to bring resumes and/or portfolios and be prepared to interview.

Scales Elementary is located at 2340 St. Andrews Drive in Murfreesboro.

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