1,300 City Schools’ third-graders experience MTSU farm life.
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary School third-grader Taylor Vandenburgh did what many of her peers chose not to do: She scooped up some silage used to feed MTSU dairy cows, just to obtain a whiff of it.
Other students petted cows and calves, drank chocolate milk from the cows, made a craft out of dried beans and yarn and learned about tractors, honey from bees and other aspects of the working farm in Lascassas, Tennessee.
To view video from the event, visit https://youtu.be/vLom-CkECsw.
About 1,300 Murfreesboro City Schools’ third-graders visited the university’s Experiential Learning and Research Center — the farm and dairy — Wednesday (May 17) as part of the third “Farm2School” field trip in as many years.
The farm experience is part of a partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU.
In addition to Mitchell-Neilson, other schools participating on the warm and breezy day included Black Fox, Bradley Academy, Cason Lane Academy, Discovery
School, Erma Siegel, Hobgood, John Pittard, Northfield, Overall Creek, Reeves-Rogers and Scales.
Mitchell-Neilson’s Jasmine Dykes, 9, enjoyed “making butter and petting the cows.” After drinking chocolate milk, she said, “it was good.” The best part of making butter for her was that “I got to shake it.”
A number of MTSU and City Schools’ staff coordinated the four-hour event. Various MTSU students and staff shared about the dairy, garden and life on a farm.
Stations the children visited included tractor safety, educational craft, garden area pig display, honey bees, making butter and chocolate milk.
MTSU and Murfreesboro City Schools have collaborated to bring more than 35,000 students for five Education Days at MTSU women’s basketball games and teamed for many student-teaching events and educational and academic endeavors through the years.
Murfreesboro City Schools participates in the national Farm2School Network program.
Murfreesboro City School Students Bring Louisiana to Life
Have you ever wondered what Louisiana looked like before exploration? Third and Fourth grade students and teachers at Overall Creek Elementary designed and created a replica of Louisiana through different states of exploration.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) room was transformed into different eras through time as students created areas for pre-exploration and human inhabitants, the second area was plantation and cabins and how Louisiana started to adapt during the pre-civil war, up to 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, ending with a FEMA trailer. Student-led tours guided participants through time where they explained how human interaction affected the state through pollution and animal extinction.
“They were able to see what families went through during Hurricane Katrina, and have built a great replica of a FEMA trailer which was built entirely by students,” says fourth grade teacher Tamara Cosby.
Along with writing their research papers, students created a visual explanation of their findings on poster board and presented their results to the school.
“Students learn more than just the history of Louisiana,” says Cosby. “They learn how to present and do research. The students are extremely proud of the work they have done, and they should be. It looks great.”
“It’s a good learning experience for us. We aren’t just sitting and listening to our teacher tell us, we get to really walk through and understand what they are talking about”, says third grader, Evi Riley. “We had free reign, we got to help with building the animals after we finished our research project.”
Third-graders learned more about how environmental factors change over place and time while fourth-graders focused on the Louisiana Purchase.
“The freedom these students get and where their creativity takes them is truly remarkable. They have deadlines to meet, but they also get the freedom to create what they want. It’s exciting to see,” says third grade teacher, Katie Nanney.
Murfreesboro City Schools Announces Summer Food Service Program Schedule
As the school year comes to an end, the Murfreesboro City Schools Nutrition Department is gearing up to feed children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program.
Three buses will distribute food to 27 feeding sites over the summer months. The original Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus (CHOW Bus), Farm 2 School Bus and the CHOW Bus XL will be hitting the pavement in an effort to provide easier access to healthy and nutritious meals for students age 18 and under during the summer break.
“Hunger doesn’t know the school schedule,” says Sandy Scheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “We have children that are in need in our community. These buses allow us to effectively do our jobs and reach them all year round.”
The summer feeding program served around 48,000 breakfasts and 56,000 lunches last summer.
In addition to school cafeterias and several area churches serving as summer feeding sites for breakfast and lunch, the CHOW buses allow meals to be served to areas of Murfreesboro that are not within walking distance of a permanent site.
This will be the fourth year meals are provided via the “CHOW Bus” program and the 15th year for the MCS summer feeding program. The program will run May 30 through July 28. For a list of participating locations, dates and times of meals, visit the following link. CHOW Summer Feeding 2017
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.
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. Children should attend kindergarten registration. 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:
- Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
- Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
- 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.
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!
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.
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 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.
To find your school zone, visit Edulog at School Zones.
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.
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.
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