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Students singing

Music Festival – March 9

Murfreesboro City Schools invites the public to the MCS Music Festival on Monday, March 9. The performance will take place at 6:00 p.m. at World Outreach Church and includes over 450 students singing in celebration of Music in our Schools Month.

The concert showcases students from Black Fox, Bradley, Cason Lane, Discovery School, Erma Siegel, Hobgood, John Pittard, Mitchell-Neilson, Northfield, Overall Creek, Reeves-Rogers, Salem and Scales. The performance features pieces from a wide array of composers ranging from classical to contemporary and will be narrated and conducted by the MCS music teachers.

The evening promises to be a spectacular event showcasing the vocal talent of MCS students. Additionally, the choir’s voices will be accompanied in select songs by the music of Scales Steel de Boro and the Northfield Drumming Ensemble.

For more than 30 years, Music in our Schools Month has been recognized and sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. The observance brings music education to the forefront of schools across the nation.

Parents and guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to ensure ample time for seating. World Outreach Church is located at 1921 Hwy 99 (New Salem Highway) in Murfreesboro. The performance will be held in the Three Crosses Sanctuary.

Boro Book Battle photo 2019

Boro Book Battle – March 26

Join MCS at the sixth annual Boro Book Battle on Thursday, March 26. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Hobgood Elementary gymnasium. Students from across the district will compete against one another in a quiz-bowl-style tournament to test their knowledge of books on the Volunteer State Book Award list.

Librarians from MCS work with the student teams throughout the school year to prepare for this friendly competition. Teams are formed from 4th-6th grade students who expressed interest in being a part of this core group of readers.

Four team members compete in each tournament category. Students are responsible for individually reading each of the books and school librarians help prep the students for the competition.

March Math-ness – March 19

MCS invites families to join the madness during March Math-ness at Patterson Park on Thursday, March 19. This exciting free event engages families and students through the use of math games and strategies.

“Students and their families will have the opportunity to visit over 70 booths and learn new card and dice games and other great ways of making math come to life,” says Cindy Cliche, MCS Math Coordinator. “Games will be classified by grade level to allow everyone to find plenty of opportunities to join the fun.”

Logic, thinking, and math meets fun and games during this inaugural March Math-ness event. MTSU’s Department of Education students along with MCS teachers will provide the staging for this interactive game night which will run from 5-7 p.m.

Families are encouraged to wear their favorite sports gear and compete for prizes. Each family that attends will receive a family math game packet for their home use.

Tree Tapping at Hobgood

Hobgood Students Tap Maple Trees

February is the perfect time for tree tapping and when you have a school campus with healthy Maple trees, a lesson plan is soon to follow. As part of a first grade STEAM project, Hobgood Elementary students tapped Maple trees on the school grounds this week to begin the harvest of Maple syrup.

Hobgood first graders began their unit of study with a visit from a community partner who introduced the concept of tree tapping in Middle Tennessee. Students continued to learn the science behind Maple syrup through identifying healthy trees, collecting weather data, assembling the correct harvesting equipment and finally making the first taps on the trees this week with first grade teacher, Martin Ridgley’s assistance.

“This was definitely an experiment,” says Ridgely. “We measured, discussed and planned for weeks but until the sap actually started flowing, we were all a little on edge.”

Over one hundred students participated in this hands-on experience. Students identified healthy trees, drilled the initial hole and finally tapped the tree and inserted the tapping instrument.

Sap generally flows for four to six weeks.  The first graders will watch and document the process of collection including changing out the collection jugs and demonstrating the experience throughout the month to all grade levels.

“Students were engaged and amazed at the rapid reaction of the tree and the sap collection,” says Hobgood Principal Quinena Bell. “This was definitely a new experience for our students and many of our staff members.”

The final stage of the process will be to create maple syrup by filtering and boiling the collected sap.



Teacher of the Year Winners

MCS Announces Teachers of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2020 Teachers of the Year. Teachers from each school were nominated for the prestigious education award given by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Teachers from each school were nominated for the prestigious education award given by the Tennessee Department of Education. Twenty-six teachers were chosen by their peers for the honor based on their commitment to teaching excellence both in and outside of the classroom.

School Level Teachers of the Year are:

Discovery School – Teresa McCarthy, Kelley Kleppinger
John Pittard Elementary – Deborah Collier, Molly Oliver
Cason Lane Academy- Shay Wilson, Latasha McFarland
Salem Elementary – Kinsey Johnson, Cynthia Martin
Overall Creek Elementary – Sara Brown, Christy Honey
Scales Elementary- Kimberly Hix, Isormari Pozo
Bradley Academy – Abbey Sanders, Regan Clark
Erma Siegel Elementary – Brandy Cheatham, Margaret Lane
Reeves-Rogers Elementary -Renee Maurtua, Danielle Johnson
Black Fox Elementary – Kim Gambill, Meredith Patrum
Northfield Elementary – Judy Gritton, Rachel Bjork
Hobgood Elementary – Terri Guess, Corynn York
Mitchell-Neilson School – Heather Konyar Curry, Beverly Sanford

Two educators were selected as System-level honorees and will represent MCS at the regional level. The 2019-2020 MCS System-level Teacher of the Year recipients are: Rachel Bjork from Northfield and Teresa McCarthy from Discovery.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career, and to encourage public involvement in education.

Teacher of the Year Teresa McCarthy

Teacher of the Year Rachel Bjork

MCS News Update

Teacher Job Fair 2020

Murfreesboro City Schools will host a teacher recruitment fair from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Saturday, February 8 at Scales Elementary School located at 2340 St. Andrews Drive in Murfreesboro. The fair is designed to match qualified candidates to the available teaching positions for the 2020-21 school year.

Applicants will meet principals, peers and other support area administrators at the event and should bring multiple resumes, licensure documentation, portfolios and any additional relevant materials to the job fair.

With its unique focus on pre-kindergarten through sixth grade learning, Murfreesboro City Schools is creating a vision that embodies the highest levels of collaboration, professionalism, and excellence. The district strives to meet the needs of the whole child and is committed to the personal and academic success of each child within the district.


Kyle Cantrell

Kyle Cantrell Named Extraordinary Educator

MCS and John Pittard Elementary are thrilled to announce that Fifth Grade Math and Science Teacher Kyle Cantrell has been named as an Extraordinary Educator by Curriculum Associates. Curriculum Associates named 31 members nationwide to their inaugural class of Extraordinary Educators.

Congratulations Mr. Cantrell on receiving this great honor! So proud you are part of the Pittard Pride.

The 31 selected teachers exhibit best-in-class use of i-Ready and/or Ready in their classroom, illustrate growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrate classroom innovation and engagement practices for students, are evangelists for high standards and student achievement, and have been teaching for at least two years. To learn about the 2020 Extraordinary Educators and meet other remarkable teachers like Mr. Cantrell, please visit

Kyle Cantrell

BOB the Book Bus

BOB the Book Bus

Murfreesboro City Schools takes reading on the road with BOB the Book Bus. BOB encourages reading during the summer months and throughout the year.

“Bringing a mobile library to neighborhoods helps children and families have easier access to books and the power of reading,” says Caresa Dodson, Reading and Intervention Coordinator.

Through the mobile library, children can receive an array of favorite books. Children from age two through sixth grade and their families can check out books, read and keep them in their home library, or return them to the bus for other families to enjoy.

BOB is an out-of-service school bus repurposed to house the mobile library. The bus includes shelves and seating.

This literacy initiative aims to help children discover a passion for reading. Research shows that students who read for more than 20 minutes a day score 90% better than their peers on reading tests. Twenty minutes per day exposes children to 1.8 million words a year.

BOB the Book Bus is funded in part through The Christy-Houston and Richard Siegel Foundations. Books have been donated by many individuals and are being accepted at the MCS Central Office.

Bradley Drama Students Join Murph's Adventure

Bradley Drama Students Join Murph’s Adventure

Bradley Academy drama students joined forces with award winning children’s show “Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow” for the 2019-20 school year. Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow is a unique educational initiative between the City of Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro City Schools that began in April 2004.
“In this first year of the collaboration, we will be working with the students at Bradley on four separate taping occasions,” says Nancy Phillips. “Our first collaboration was a real success and I look forward to the extraordinary moments with the students.”
Bradley drama students are collaborating in four upcoming episodes this school year through monologue, jokes, fact gathering and on-air educational dialogue. The first collaborative episode aired in October 2019 to great reviews. The new collaboration allows Bradley drama students a real-life experience with television production and editing through CityTV.
“Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow,” is a monthly educational adventure designed to showcase local and regional leaders, literacy, arts, and sciences in a fun format. Former School Board Member Nancy Phillips is the creator of the city’s most famous rabbit, Murph. She serves as voice, producer and creative director of “Adventures in Murphy’s Burrow”. The show is edited and directed by John Padgett, Multi Media Producer with CityTV.
“We are excited to have this great opportunity for our drama students,” says Raeshon Torres, principal. “Television performance allows a new media experience for students and they are extremely excited to demonstrate and hone their talents.”
Bradley drama students will participate with Murph in science experiments, art projects and cultural enrichments throughout the year.
“The initial conversations about this collaboration began prior to the school year,” says Eric Grim, Bradley Drama Teacher. “Our students are thrilled to be a part of this award-winning production.”
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.

October episode of Adventures in Murphry’s Burrow:

Bradley Drama Students with Murph

Drama students at Bradley performing.

Students skyping at Hobgood

Reaching Out through Skype

Dinosaurs are aligning reading with science, art, math and engineering in Hobgood Elementary’s second grade classrooms.  While studying the life of English fossil collector Mary Anning and reading the children’s book about her life, “Stone Girl, Bone Girl”, students were introduced to the study of paleontology.

World-renowned paleoartist Julius Csotonyi joined the Hobgood classrooms through an activity-based Skype session.  Csotonyi is a Canadian paleoartist and natural history illustrator.  His work is featured in museums across the world and preserved on US Postage Forever T.rex Stamps.

“We are extremely excited to have this famous paleoartist working with our students as he demonstrates how he takes a sketched image of a dinosaur skeleton and turns it into a more animated lifelike representation,” says Alisha Herbison, Hobgood’s Instructional Coach.

During the Skype presentation, students began with a skeleton sketch, then engaged in a simple flesh reconstruction to learn how paleoartists add soft tissues to bones to bring prehistoric animals to life. Students learned how specific features like flippers or wings tell you about the dinosaur’s habitat.

For their culminating project, students will become “experts” on a chosen animal, learn about their adaptations, and generate scientific drawings of them. They will then complete the project by creating that animal utilizing 3-D printing and other mediums.



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