Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to welcome Mr. Wesley Ballard and Mr. David Settles to the school board. Mr. Ballard and Settles will be sworn in tonight at the beginning of the school board meeting. Additionally, Mr. Butch Campbell and Mr. Jared Barrett will resume their positions on the board.
Mr. Ballard is serving his first term on the School Board. He is a retired executive of Nissan North America, Smyrna Manufacturing. There he held engineering and management positions in quality assurance, product engineering and purchasing. He has served on the board of the United Way, served on the Nissan Corporate Contribution Committee, Nissan Directors Council and Nissan Corporate Management Committee. He is a graduate of MTSU and has lived in Murfreesboro since 1983.
Mr. Settles is serving his first term on the School Board. He pastors the Living Word Worship Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Murfreesboro. He also serves as the Chairman of the Legal Redress Committee of the local branch of the NAACP. He is a licensed Pastoral Counselor and the co-founder of the nonprofit agency, Integrity Counseling and Family Solutions. He has lived in Murfreesboro since 2003.
Parents who utilize the MCS Extended School Program (ESP) should find more benefits than just the convenience of after school care.
According to youth.gov, effective afterschool programs can bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities including boosting academic performance, reducing risky behaviors, promoting physical health, and providing a safe, structured environment for children of working parents.
Over 150 ESP staff members came together to learn about creating magic in after school enrichment activities for the 2016-17 school year.
“Parents know the importance of school,” says Ralph Ringstaff, MCS Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and ESP. “However, we also want to stress the benefits that happen before and after the bell rings.”
ESP continues to offer traditional help for homework and tutoring. However, the enrichments range in scope including piano lessons, coding, foreign language, cooking and sports. Afterschool programs introduce MCS students to math and science in a hands-on, fun atmosphere and broaden the school day experience.
“We want ESP to be a fun learning encounter for our students,” says Ringstaff. “Whether students are playing card games for math experience or sports for their health and physical well-being, they are engaged and learning.”
MTSU Professor Dr. Jeremy Winters and Cindy Cliche, MCS Math Coordinator, demonstrated fast math learning skills through card games for staff members to implement during ESP. Students enjoy card games for the challenge and competition, however, practicing math skills through card and board games is great for student achievement.
Are students learning? Yes. Are they realizing that card games help with math skills? Probably not.
ESP Site Director Maurie Lewis described the day as refreshing and motivating. “This is a great day to learn new avenues to engage our students, from new learning apps for our iPad to being introduced to new interactive tools. Today is about making sure our students across the district enjoy their after school activities but are also better prepared in the classroom the next day.”
National studies conclude that students who regularly attend quality afterschool programs consistently demonstrate better academic performance and behavior in the classroom.
The MCS Extended School Program is open to all students in Murfreesboro City Schools and operates around the school day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information regarding ESP, please visit www.cityschoolsesp.net or call 615-893-2313.
The entire Murfreesboro community is invited to celebrate the growth, diversity and culture of our city at ‘Boro International on September 10, 2016 from 10am to 3pm. The family friendly event offers free admission and activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to enjoy food, music, cultural displays, games, vendor booths and art that display the rich diversity of Murfreesboro and our surrounding community.
The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a 5K/10K run on September 17, 2016. This new fundraiser will begin at Overall Creek Elementary and run a relatively flat terrain on Veteran’s Parkway. The race is certified and timed.
To date, The Foundation has raised over $700,000, with proceeds being directed towards parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math and art programs. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to teacher and parity grants for Murfreesboro City Schools.
Join in by entering or sponsoring the race today! (Sign Up Today!) For additional information, click the link below.
Bradley Academy and Hobgood Elementary have been very busy over the summer with all of the renovations taking place at each of the schools. Principals Jenny Ortiz and Tammy Garrett recently gave a tour of the renovations to Channel 3 and you can now view that tour here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhUehnMel50&feature=youtu.be
Murfreesboro City School students received a lesson in leadership this summer. Over 20 community establishments were explored as part of a two week long MCS leadership camp. The Leadership Academy, led by teachers Tamara Cosby and Shiloh Siegle, is a camp for rising 5th grade students that teaches leadership and analytical skills to students through direct interaction with local businesses.
Students toured business facilities and spoke directly with company officials about organizational practices as well as how leadership plays a role in making a business successful.
After each visit, the students returned to the leadership camp headquarters to discuss what they learned, how to apply the lessons and how the industries might be interconnected.
“This has been an eye opening experience even for me,” stated 4th grade teacher Tamara Cosby. “We wanted students to see what leadership looks like in all different capacities and understand that you do not have to be elected into a leadership position to be a leader. When touring these facilities we got to see just how varied that can look, how important leadership was in every situation and how everyone works together,” she concluded.
During the visits students brought notebooks to detail their trip and note answers to questions. After touring the city for two week the students were required to create a presentation that they would share with parents and community partners on the last day of camp.
Student Shelleah Stephens has a composition book full of notes she took from each trip. “We learned about respect and setting a good example for others. We also learned that even if you make a mistake you can turn it into an accomplishment if you learn from it,” she said. “I look at leadership differently now. It’s not about being bossy or only trying to do your idea. It’s about passing ideas along and working together to get things done,” she affirmed.
The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation provided funding for this Leadership Academy.
Murfreesboro City Schools will host a new parent welcome event on Thursday, August 4, from 2-5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Patterson Park Community Center. This welcome party is designed for parents of students new to MCS entering grades one through six.
“Entering a new school district is a big transition for students and parents,” says Greg Lyles, Director of Community Outreach. “The change can be relatively smooth for many families but can be a significant barrier for others. This welcome event is designed to help families begin the school year with the tools they need to have a great year.”
From social support interventions to after school care, the MCS district staff will be highlighting the parent and student support areas that are available throughout the district. This welcome exchange is in addition to individual school open houses and tours and allows parents the opportunity to meet the district staff and receive additional information regarding their child’s education.
“Unlike a school open house, the district welcome event is designed for parents to be exposed to programs offered throughout our district including school nutrition, special education, gifted services, transportation and much more,” says Lisa Trail, Director of Communication.
New parents are encouraged to come prepared with questions. Representatives from school nursing, coordinated school health, gifted, special education, curriculum, transportation, outreach, student registration, technology, nutrition, after school care and more will be available. Parents will also be offered the opportunity to register for parent portal and other communication tools utilized by Murfreesboro City Schools.
Although this event is designed for parents of first through sixth grade students transitioning to Murfreesboro City Schools, parents of kindergarten and preschool students are welcome to attend.
“There has been over three thousand new residential units created in Murfreesboro since 2015. With that number in mind, MCS expects hundreds of new families to begin the school year in 2016-17. It is essential that we create a school climate where students and families want to be involved,” says Gary Anderson, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Support Services.
The new school year begins with a half day for students in grades one through six on Wednesday, August 3 and the first full day on Monday, August 8. Preschool and Kindergarten will begin with a phase-in calendar. The welcome party for parents is Thursday, August 4.
Murfreesboro City Schools is district of twelve schools, focused on preschool through sixth grade, committed to the academic and personal success for each child. Over 8,700 students are expected to attend a Murfreesboro City School during the 2016-17 school year. For additional information, please visit www.cityschools.net.
The event will be held at Patterson Park, located near downtown Murfreesboro, 521 Mercury Boulevard, adjacent to Bradley Elementary School.EndFragment
Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Shavon Davis-Louis as the principal for Cason Lane Academy.
Davis-Louis currently serves as the District Coordinator for Instructional Effectiveness & Professional Development. Prior to this role, Davis-Louis has served MCS in the roles of assistant principal, teacher and instructional technologist. Davis-Louis has also served as an adjunct instructor as well as a consultant with The New Teacher Project.
“Shavon is highly respected across the district,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “She understands the vision of the school district and its focus on children. She has the experience and intellect to continue moving Cason Lane Academy forward.”
Cason Lane Academy, home of the Chargers, located at 1330 Cason Lane, is home to over 800 students ranging from preschool to sixth grade and boasts nearly 90 teachers and staff members.
“I am truly honored to be the new instructional leader of this great school community. My main goal is to ensure every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and positive learning environment. Working together as a team with staff and parents, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best,” says Davis-Louis.
Davis-Louis received her Bachelor’s Degree from Alcorn State University, Master’s Degree from University of Southern Mississippi, and her Education Specialist (EdS) from MTSU.
Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.