Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is preparing to take reading on the road this summer. MCS will add a library on wheels to encourage reading during the summer months and throughout the year. The MCS mobile library is funded through Christy-Houston Foundation grant.
“Summer reading loss can be a big issue in the success of a student,” says Caresa Dodson, Reading and Intervention Coordinator. “Bringing a mobile library to neighborhoods will help children and families have easier access to books and the power of reading.”
Through the mobile library, children can receive books weekly during the summer. Additionally, staff members will provide literacy activities work with parents to model good reading habits and help select age appropriate books. The bus will contain an array of children’s favorite books as well as extra activities and a Wi-Fi feature. The bus will be used in the fall and spring to extend learning opportunities for parents—with topics such as how to develop healthy habits in their children and what learning to expect in various grade levels.
“A child’s summer learning experience in early years will make a difference in high school and college careers,” says Joe Marlin, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “We need to take down barriers as well as nurture and cultivate a child’s natural curiosity. To borrow a quote from Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go…with a book’.”
An out-of-service school bus will be repurposed to house the mobile library. The air-conditioned bus will include shelving and seating as well as tablets and a video presentation lab for enrichment programs. This literacy initiative aims to help children discover a passion for reading.
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 and be registered for prizes.
MCS is currently conducting a naming competition with students and staff to help name the mobile book bus. Additionally, a book drive will be held in April to help stock the bus’s library.
The Christy-Houston Foundation, Inc. is a private, health legacy foundation that strives to enhance the quality of life in Rutherford County, with special emphasis on health care, by distributing grants to local programs and projects that reflect their mission.
Murfreesboro City Schools Preschool Program is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.
Applications will be accepted March 5 through April 13, 2018 at any Murfreesboro City School between 9:00 and 2:00 or at our Oakland Court Preschool location, 318 East Lokey, 37130.
Only children who live within the city limits of Murfreesboro are eligible for the program and must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2018.
MCS preschool classrooms will be located in several schools for the 2018-2019 school year. The school locations for the classrooms are tentative and will depend on space availability. We will also continue to offer classrooms at our off-site locations at Mercury Court and Oakland Court.
Murfreesboro City Schools is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration. Students across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are invited to participate in the Student Video Contest as part of the 2018 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration.
Do you have an idea on how to stay aware in extreme weather? Want to help others be prepared? Form a team and complete a PSA that encompasses the theme “Extreme Weather: Stay Aware & Be Prepared”.
For additional details, click on the link below. Winners will be announced during the Earth Day Celebration on April 21.
Parents and guardians of MCS students in grades K-5 should update their child’s registration for the 2018-19 school year beginning Thursday, March 8th.
Parents can log into their existing account at Family Access before May 18th to update information. Updates cannot be made through the mobile app. If you do not have access to a non-mobile device to update registration, your school may be offering a date for you to access equipment to register. Please check with your school if you have questions.
If you prefer, you may request a paper packet from the school.
For update instructions, click the link below:
Registration information regarding your child’s school may be picked up at the school ESP welcome desk throughout the summer. Beginning July 24 – August 3, schools will be open for registration during the school day. Parents are encouraged to register their students in advance of school beginning on August 1, 2018.
All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2018.
To register new students parents should bring:
- Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
- Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
- Proof of Physical within the last year
- 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 invites the public to experience the music of the MCS Festival Choir on Friday, March 9. The performance will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Cason Lane Academy’s gymnasium.
This performance will include over 300 students singing in celebration of Music in our Schools Month. The concert will showcase students from across the district including performances from John Pittard’s Steel de Boro and the Northfield Elementary African Drumming Ensemble.
You just know when your child isn’t feeling well, but how can you know when coughs and sniffles mean it’s time to keep your child home from school? Or when to call the doctor? Since school-aged children get up to 10 colds a year, it can be a puzzle for many parents.
You may also want to print the attached cold and flu guide.
The MCS Competition Cheer Team has won their bid to the National High School Cheerleading Championship at Disney this weekend. Thirty-one students from across the district have trained, fundraised and cheered their way to the national championship scheduled for February 10-11. The MCS team will perform in the Junior Club Finalist Division on Feb 11 at 9 a.m.
This is the first year that Murfreesboro City Schools has sponsored a district cheer team. Thirty-one students from across the district have trained throughout the school year. The team comprised of students from 4th through 6th grade is led by coaches Jessica Jacobs, Amber Kelly and Megan Brewer. The final bid to Disney was won after placing first at the Tennessee Extreme Regional Competition.
“These girls have dared to dream and backed it up with hard work and wonderful sportsmanship,” says Amber Kelly. “As coaches, we could not be prouder.”
Team members are: Libby Lyles, Jorie Miller, Juliana Foley, Annalise Poplin, Morgan Burks, Bailey Todd, Sky Mendez, Madison Jones, Takera McCullough,, Samantha Loomis, Jordin Washington, Sameah Covington, Kylie Travis, Addy Neal, Kyniah Hall, Novah Chanthaphanh, Kamryn Cooker, Grace Deluca, Jaelynn Elliot, Sophie Gough, Norah Miracle, Genesis Muckle, Ana Hernandez, Kendall Skaggs, Bailey Culpepper, Mary Grace Taylor, MeKenzie Pack, Alex Sherril, Caris Thompson, Katelyn Donahue and Emma Brewer.
The National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The NHSCC is held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 5–9, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Thanks to our school counselors for all that you do!
The ESP Movie Makers celebrate the best in stop-motion film for student movie makers across Murfreesboro City Schools. Fifteen ESP awards were presented during the much-anticipated Movie Maker Celebration on Tuesday, January 30th. The event, held on stage at Patterson Park, represented teams from across the district.
The 2018 ESP Winners are:
BEST SET DESIGN
Hobgood Elementary – “Flappy’s Adventures” – Ally Duran, Alex DeRoche, Jordan Hawly
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Reeves-Rogers Elementary – “The Movie” – Zaire Pouncil
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Reeves-Rogers Elementary – “Blast Off” – Hunter Smith
Black Fox Elementary – “The Kidnap” – Ivonee Garcia
Cason Lane Academy – “Evil Computer” – Jaylen Webster-Heath
Black Fox Elementary – “The Accident” – Harley Parker, Olivia Richards
Scales Elementary – “A King is Betrayed” – Zoey Linkel
Northfield Elementary – “Proper Police” – Emma Millican, Abby Gibbs, AJ Gaines
BEST VOICE ACTING
Discovery School – “ASDF” – Jacob Cooper, Braylon Payne, Jack Grey
Overall Creek – “Secretly” – Luke O’Brien, Kayla Russell
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary – “The Robot and the Kid” – Liam Ogburn and Cartyr Morris
BEST FAIRY TALE
John Pittard Elementary – “The Princess” – Phoenix Frazier
John Pittard Elementary – “A Windy Day” – Jazmine Watkins
BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary – “Spider-Man” – Liam Ogburn
Cason Lane Academy – “Shark Attack” – Jordan Brooks
Extended School Program (ESP) students participated in a stop-motion, movie maker class as part of an after school enrichment program. To create the movie, students built and photographed Lego movie sets. Still photos were converted to become a stop-motion movie. Approximately fourteen photographs are needed to capture one second of motion. Students used patience and hard work to create movies that are approximately thirty seconds in length.
The awards were presented by a group of MCS notables including Director of Schools, Linda Gilbert, Board Chair Butch Campbell and Barney the Bus.
More than 2,700 students participate in the ESP program at Murfreesboro City Schools.