Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2018 Teachers of the Year. Teachers from each school were nominated for the prestigious education award given by the Tennessee Department of Education.
24 teachers were chosen for the honor based on their commitment to teaching excellence both in and outside of the classroom. From those 24 teachers, two educators were selected as System-level honorees and will represent MCS at the regional level.
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.
The 2017-2018 MCS System-level Teacher of the Year recipients are:
· Jamara DeBerry, Bradley
· Angela Pope, Erma Siegel
Building Level Honorees for this year are:
Black Fox Elementary: Rhonda Melson, Kimberly Nelson
Bradley Elementary: Jamara DeBerry, Stephanie Turner
Cason Lane Academy: Michelle Follis, Nicolette Sanders
Discovery School at Bellwood: Bess Turner, Tiara Vance
Erma Siegel Elementary: Angela Pope, Patric Thomas
Hobgood Elementary: Amy Brooks, Judi Hinds
John Pittard Elementary: Sasha Burnette, Rebekah Take
Mitchell-Neilson Schools: Sydney Dewberry, Sayward Ratliff
Northfield Elementary: Janice Pharis, Karen Godwin
Overall Creek Elementary: Jessica Burns, Mallory Eaton
Reeves-Rogers Elementary: Alisha Byrd, Shiloh Siegel
Scales Elementary: John Harding, Liz Rueby
Murfreesboro City Schools will host a teacher recruitment fair from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10 at Scales Elementary School. The fair is designed to match qualified candidates to upcoming teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year.
“Applicants will meet principals, peers and other support area administrators at the job fair,” says Ralph Ringstaff, MCS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and ESP. “We encourage those attending to be prepared to interview.”
Attendees should bring multiple resumes, licensure documentation, portfolios and any additional relevant materials including scores to the job fair. Scales Elementary is located at 2340 St. Andrews Dr. in Murfreesboro, TN.
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.
January 21 through 27 is School Board Appreciation Week. Murfreesboro City Schools benefits tremendously from the hard work and dedication of our school board members who work to better our school system and community. As advocates for students, these elected officials devote their time, resources and expertise to strengthen our educational system. They make decisions affecting policy, budgeting and district goals.
Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Tennessee’s School Board Appreciation Week.
An African American Celebration will be held on January 25 from 4- 7:30 p.m. at Patterson Park. This free celebration is open to the public and sponsored by MCS and Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation.
The 2018 celebration titled “African American Roots: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture”, will feature displays, exhibits, performances and food tasting. Student performances from Bradley Academy and Northfield will begin at 6 p.m.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Displays & Exhibits
4:15 – 5:30 P.M. – Food Tasting
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Student performances
The City Schools Foundation distributed over $53,000 in grants to teachers in Fall 2017. Twenty-six grants were selected for funding out of 53 grant applications.
“The grant committee is extremely pleased with the quality of grants submitted. The range of requests from math and science to the arts were outstanding,” says Brook LaRoche, Grant Committee Chair, The City Schools Foundation. “It is remarkable to see how educators are utilizing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.”
Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee. The funding for grants ranged from Mat is Lit! at $214 to Creative Coding, Creating Careers at $8,048, with nine grants receiving over $2,000 in disbursements.
- Math Alive! – Felicia Jackson, Cason Lane
- “ROK”ing and Rolling with Mobile STEM Labs – Angela Bunyi, Discovery
- Snapping into a Learning Circuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – Karen Tyson, Discovery
- Crosscutting Science Standards Across the Curriculum –Rachel Everett, Scales
- Engineering & Technology Explorers – Teresa McCarthy, Discovery
- STEAM Tools for Second Grade Engineers – Amberly Sandberg, Erma Siegel
- Power Up! Access to Quality Text and Primary Sources – Kaycie Jones, John Pittard
- All Senses Aboard the STEAM Engine – Shiloh Siegle, Reeves-Rogers
- Math is Lit! – Sondra Smith, Scales
- Engaging Students with Math Manipulatives – Amber Kelly, Scales
- STEAMing to Success – Wendy Manning, Bradley
- Legos, Robotics, Engineering: Launching Innovation and Creativity to the Next Level and Beyond – Angela Bunyi, Discovery
- Ramble On – Rueby, Alexander, Hartman, Stewart , Scales
- Creative Coding, Creating Careers – Kristy Mall & Debra Kaiser, Discovery
- Math Facts to Math Fluency – Gail Boyd, Bradley
- Laptops for Early Learning – Kayla Mullen, Discovery
- Space for All – Dana Stem, Bradley
- Drums Heard Around the World – Rachel Bjork, Northfield
- Madame Tussauds Museum Goes to School – Sasha Burnette & Sara Roediger, John Pittard
- Music Instruments: Upkeep, Updates, and Scholarships – Tony Hartman, Scales
- We Don’t Have to be Great to Get Started, but WE DO Need a Start to be Great! – Karen Tyson, Discovery
- Lego Builder, What Can You Build? – Rachel Prater, Mitchell-Nielson
- Eggcited About Science- Kathy Latrondress, Cason Lane
- iPads Across Special Area – Valerie Rains & Donna Wehofer , John Pittard
- Classroom Easel – Amber Robinson, John Pittard
- Communication for the Class – Anita Spann, Overall Creek
Trustees for The City Schools Foundation include: Minerva Smith, Ben Parsley, Rebecca Upton, Sandra Parks, Brook LaRoche, Lana Seivers, Ben Weatherford, Kristi Gaines, David Scott, Charlie Baum, Joe Faiz, Justin Burris, Stephanie Roach, Travis Lampley, Kimberly Robertson, Andy Jakes, Vicki Eastham, Chris Jackson, Liz McPhee, Charlie Patel, and Shavon Davis-Louis. Additionally, Dr. Linda Gilbert and School Board Member Wesley Ballard serve as non-voting members of the Foundation.
The City Schools Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Chartered in 2005, the Foundation was created by volunteers from the community who wanted to supplement the resources available to the Murfreesboro City Schools System. More information can be found at www.cityschoolsfoundation.com.
Murfreesboro City Schools has embarked on an early reading initiative funded through a grant titled Ready, Set, Grow! The grant helps fund two programs targeted at children from birth to age 5.
Ready! for Kindergarten includes parent workshops and toolkits. Ready! for Kindergarten workshops assist families in learning how to nurture their child’s development from birth to kindergarten to help them succeed. The series of three workshops has toolkits for parents to take home for interaction with their children. The primary focus is to help parents become their child’s first teacher.
The second part, Read20, kicked off as part of Read with a Child Week. The simple act of reading with a child every day has a lasting positive effect on children, families and communities. When we read, talk and play with a purpose with children from birth, their minds grow strong and bright and build the necessary skills for success in school and life.
“Every year 40 percent of children across the nation enter kindergarten one-to-three years behind and that’s just not acceptable,” says Dr. Caresa Dodson, Coordinator of Reading & Instructional Interventions. “Some children only have the skills of a 3-year-old while others read like an 8-year-old. This is a large gap which makes it difficult for our youngest students to catch up.”
From birth to age 5, a child learns at a speed unsurpassed the rest of his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond. When you read with a child for 20 minutes each day from birth through third grade you help develop critical brain connections that shape how children will think, learn and grow.
Waiting until preschool limits a child’s potential. Regardless of the book, or language, reading and talking to infants and toddlers can make a huge difference in raising a reader.
“We want to create a community of readers,” says Dodson. “We are thrilled to join Read20 programs across the state and nation in committing to the basics of early literacy. The more words a child hears from infancy to age five, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. Words are powerful.”
Murfreesboro City Schools received the designation of an “Exemplary” school district by the State of Tennessee. This designation is given annually by the Department of Education.
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen also announced the 2016-17 Reward Schools including two Murfreesboro City Schools. Scales Elementary and Discovery School were honored for scores in the top 5 percent of schools in Tennessee for performance.
“Murfreesboro City sees each individual child, and teaches that child skill by skill while recognizing that children are more than test scores. We are elated at the Exemplary district status,” says Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “Certainly, we are very proud of Discovery and Scales for receiving Reward School status. These designations are the direct results of an intentional focus on student learning by the entire Murfreesboro City Schools family.”
MCS teachers and support staff have persevered in looking at the needs of individual students under their care and are concentrating on serving the whole child.
“The news affirms the leadership of the School Board, dedication of school employees, partnerships with parents, and support of the community,” says Gilbert.
Murfreesboro City Schools is a district committed to the academic and personal success of each child.
On Wednesday, October 18, over 75 MCS students competed in The Area 16 Special Olympics at The Smyrna Bowling Alley. Each student was able to bowl 2 games, and were placed in teams based off of their practice scores. This event is made possible in part by grants from the Richard Siegel Foundation, Schneider Electric North America Foundation, and the Nashville Predators Foundation. Students will compete on April 13 in the Spring Special Olympics held at MTSU.
Too many absences–excused or unexcused–can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Make a difference during Attendance Awareness Month.