Discovery School and Salem Elementary received the designation of Tennessee Reward Schools with Bradley Academy and Black Fox Elementary missing the designation by mere fractions of a point. Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee.
The annual Reward School designation identifies schools that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups. This is the sixth consecutive year that the state has awarded the Reward School distinction to Discovery School and the first year for Salem. Approximately 20% of the schools in the state have earned reward status historically.
“These designations are in direct response to the concentrated focus on student learning by our teachers and administrators,” says Dr. Trey Duke, director of Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS). “Our clear focus on reading and literacy proved to be a highlight in scores across the district. I am extremely proud to see these scores considering the tremendous disruptions our teachers and students faced last school year due to absenteeism caused by illnesses.”
Additionally, MCS has been named an Advancing District by the State of Tennessee. MCS showed a 5.84% increase in English Language Arts (ELA) and the highest rates in ELA proficiency since the standards were changed in 2017. Furthermore, students at MCS outperformed the state average by nearly 13 percentage points and included an approximate 3% increase in proficiency.
MCS educators are evaluating the needs of the individual student and using their talents to support children. However, there is more work to do. MCS is asking parents to make daily attendance for students a priority. When students are not in school, they are missing the opportunity to learn.
Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) excelled at the Tennessee Department of Education Excellence in Education banquet. MCS teachers were prominent as the state recognized the 2022-23 Teacher of the Year finalists, Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and the Milken Award Educators. MCS was the only district with winners in all three categories.
“I was so proud as people from across the state continued to hear our district’s name as we celebrated the top educators in Tennessee,” says Director of Schools Dr. Trey Duke.
Overall Creek Elementary School science teacher Erin Nunley was recognized as one of three state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching award. The award recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning, along with their ability to help students make progress in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Black Fox second grade teacher Raeven Brooks was recognized as a Milken Award Winner. With the national recognition, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, 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.
Kim Inglis, a fifth grade teacher at Black Fox Elementary, was recognized as the 2022-23 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Grand Division Winner for Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program recognizes and celebrates the wealth of excellent teachers that exist across the state.
“We are unbelievable proud of these educators and what they represent,” says Director of Schools Dr. Trey Duke. “And thank you to all of our other amazing educators who just like Erin, Raeven, and Kim get up each morning, grab an extra cup of coffee and work tirelessly to make a difference in the life of a child.”
Earlier this year, MCS was awarded the status of Best for all District by the State of Tennessee. The MCS strategy ensures that every student is known, safe, challenged, and empowered.
The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2022-23 school year by joining forces with The Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run on September 10, 2022. Together the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run and Back to School Dash will raise funds and awareness for our unsung heroes and create a run experience like no other in the area.
Registration is open and can be found at https://911heroesrunmurfreesborotn.itsyourrace.com/register/.
Race Day will feature a 5K run, 5K RUCK and one-mile fun run/walk. The race will begin and end at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza in downtown Murfreesboro with an 8 a.m. start time.
“Things are definitely looking extraordinary this year,” says Dr. Joe Faiz, Foundation Vice Chair and Race Committee Member. “The student’s needs and our Foundation’s goals haven’t changed. However, our Foundation Board agreed that partnering with the Travis Manion Foundation is an absolute win/win.”
Money raised by The City Schools Foundation benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students through parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math, and other programs.
The 9/11 Travis Manion race series is dedicated to uniting communities to remember the lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who dedicate their lives to serving others.
Funds raised by the Murfreesboro 9/11 Heroes Run honors the service and sacrifice of first responders and military heroes and supports programs and initiatives, like Character Does Matter, which ensure that veterans, military families of the fallen, and their communities prosper.
“Murfreesboro City Schools and the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) partnered several years ago, allowing School Resource Officers to replace the DARE curriculum with the TMF Character Does Matter program,” says Larry Maples, Race Coordinator. “Combining both races for a common cause of honoring our everyday heroes was just the right thing to do.”
For the 2022 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with GORUCK for a ruck division of 9/11 Heroes Run. Rucking is moving with weight on your back and combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity.
Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) received a $25,000 donation from The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation in conjunction with the Nissan Neighbors Program.
The $25,000 grant will be used for current STEM schools and schools seeking STEM designation. MCS has eight schools with the designation of Tennessee STEM/STEAM School by the TSIN organization. This competitive and in-depth process identifies schools for their use of STEM teaching and learning strategies and holds them up as a model from which other schools may visit and learn.
“At Nissan, we are pleased to support STEM programs in Rutherford County and believe that this investment in our youth is an investment in our state’s future,” said Parul Bajaj, senior manager of philanthropy at Nissan. “A solid STEM education develops versatile skills that are in high demand in the ever-evolving, increasingly global workplace.”
STEM education is a transformative approach to traditional teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. An integrated STEM approach teaches students not to think in a silo, but shows them that problem-solving skills and critical thinking are necessary across all disciplines. Through STEM integration we are developing a workforce able to compete and succeed in the current and emerging global economy. – Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
“Our MCS five-year strategic plan calls for all schools to receive STEM or STEAM designation,” says Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Schools. “This is a proven approach to teaching and I’m proud that we are embracing, not just the acronym, but the practice of hands-on instruction as a model for success across our district.”
This $25,000 gift is from Nissan’s Nissan Neighbors Program in cooperation with the Business Education Partnership (BEP). Nissan Neighbors is a community relations program that focuses on Education, Environmental Stewardship and Humanitarian Relief. The Business Education Partnership (BEP) was founded in 1988 to foster meaningful collaboration between educators and local businesses. The BEP mission is to promote and support programs in the public schools in the City of Murfreesboro and in Rutherford County.
Dr. Trey Duke is proud to announce the appointment of Sonya Cox and Kimberly Hix as principal and assistant principal of Cason Lane Academy respectively.
Ms. Cox has served as assistant principal at Cason Lane for the past 3 years. Prior to joining Cason Lane, Ms. Cox served as an instructional coach at Erma Siegel Elementary and has 18 years of experience as a classroom teacher.
“Ms. Cox helped create the vision of Cason Lane and was a vital part of the school receiving STEM accreditation,” says Duke. “As principal, she will provide a near seamless transition for students, staff, and families and will continue the great work occurring at Cason Lane.”
Ms. Kimberly Hix will transition to the role of Assistant Principal at Cason Lane. Hix has been a teacher at Scales Elementary for the past six years. Hix has served in various leadership roles at throughout the district including serving as the STEAM Accreditation Team Lead at Scales Elementary and a district mentor teacher.
“Ms. Hix is well known within our district for being an outstanding instructional leader, and I know she will continue this reputation serving alongside Mrs. Cox,” says Duke.
Cox and Hix will welcome families to Cason Lane on Thursday evening for an open house prior to school beginning on Friday, August 5.
Murfreesboro City Schools seeks nominations for the inaugural MCS Hall of Fame. The MCS Hall of Fame will recognize and honor exceptional career individuals (teachers and non-teachers) that have made significant contributions to Murfreesboro City Schools and its students.
The MCS Hall of Fame will help preserve the history and impact of Murfreesboro City Schools. Community members and staff are encouraged to nominate a teacher, bus driver, education assistant, cafeteria worker, maintenance staff, administrator or any employee that has made an impact on our community.
Up to ten individuals will be selected annually for this recognition. To be eligible for nomination, individuals must have been employed with MCS for a minimum of 10 years and retired for at least five years. Inductees can be living or deceased.
MCS has a rich history of serving Murfreesboro for over 125 years. Through this time, schools have changed in name and size. School reports from 1895 show two schools with 641 students, and twelve teachers. From that time, MCS has grown to become one of the top twenty-five school districts in Tennessee with 13 schools serving over 9,500 students.
“The Hall of Fame is a unique opportunity to recognize citizens that have shaped education and individuals in Murfreesboro,” says Duke. “Whether the nominee served in 1895 or 2005, we want to celebrate their contribution to education through this recognition.”
Nominations can be submitted online or through a paper application. Both the online document and paper applications can be found by clicking on the links below. Nominations are currently open and will be accepted through August 15.
Nominations can be submitted in the following categories:
- Heritage – Retired Pre-1970
- Tradition – Retired 1971 – 2000
- Contemporary – Retired 2001 – Present
Click the link below for the online application.
Click here for the printed version (PDF) of the application. Call 615-893-2313 to have a nomination form mailed to you.
A selection committee including retired educators, current staff members, and community members has been formed to oversee the MCS Hall of Fame. The committee is comprised of Sandra Parks, Minerva Smith, Margie Jennings, Quinena Bell, Roseann Barton, David Scott, Dr. Max Moss, Jeanne Bragg, Maria Johnson, Dr. Trey Duke, and Lisa Trail.
Committee members will review all nominations and select the inaugural class of honorees. A celebration will be held in September to recognize Hall of Fame members.
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)
Dr. Trey Duke, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS), is proud to announce the appointment of Ranesa Shipman as Principal for Scales Elementary School. Shipman will replace Maria Johnson who is transitioning to an administrative position at MCS.
Shipman has over ten years of experience as a teacher and assistant principal with Wilson County Schools. She has served as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
“Ranesa is an incredible motivator and brings a wealth of talent to MCS. She is committed to excellence and has a passion for students,” says Duke. “I look forward to the creativeness she will bring to Scales Elementary and our district.”
Shipman received her Educational Specialist Degree from MTSU and is currently a doctoral candidate projected to graduate in 2023. She received her master’s in education from Cumberland University and her bachelor’s degree from Alabama A & M.
Shipman is skilled in developing differentiated learning content to promote inclusive learning for students and staff with diverse learning abilities. Her background includes curriculum management, continuous improvement, and operational management.
“Shipman stands out as an exceptional administrator,” says Maria Johnson. “I know our Scales Superstars will embrace her leadership.”
Scales Elementary School was built in 2005 and is located on St. Andrews Drive. Scales is one of the largest elementary schools in Murfreesboro with a population of approximately 950 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to a history of excellence in education, Scales also has dynamic music, art, and drama programs.
“Scales has a rich history within the community, and I am honored to follow the legacy of the administrators that served before me,” says Shipman. “This is a tremendous school and I’m looking forward to meeting the staff, students and families that are the Scales Superstars.”
Shipman will join the leadership team of Murfreesboro City Schools beginning July 2022.
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|
|John Pittard Elementary||7:15-8:00||10:45-12:00|
|The Discovery Center||8:30-9:00||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|
|Green Meadows Apartments||8:30-8:45||11:20-11:35|
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