Dr. Linda Gilbert is proud to announce the appointment of Adam Bryson as Principal for John Pittard Elementary. Bryson has served over ten years as a teacher and assistant principal with Metro Nashville Public Schools and has most recently served as principal of Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
“Adam is an incredible leader. He is committed to excellence and has a passion for students and the community,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “I look forward to the contributions he will bring to our district.”
Bryson received his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s Principal Leadership Academy of Nashville. Additionally, Bryson is a Certified Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP) Trainer and a Tennessee Department of Education Leadership Coach.
Bryson is experienced with new teacher development, school security and safety, budget development, teacher mentoring and data-driven decision making.
Cherrye Robertson has been named Assistant Principal at Bradley Academy. Robertson joins MCS from Hamilton County Schools. Robertson has served as principal for Calvin Donaldson Academy since 2013. Previously, she served in the roles of assistant principal, literacy coach and classroom teacher.
Robertson received her Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) and Masters from Lee University. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Carson-Newman University.
Additionally, two assistant principals, Natalie Hopkins and Christy Robinson, are transitioning to new schools this school year. The school administrative teams for the 2017-2018 school year are:
- Black Fox: Joe Thompson and Beverly Johnson
- Bradley: Jenny Ortiz and Cherrye Robertson
- Cason Lane: Shavon Davis-Louis and Tiffany Strevel
- Discovery: Kristina Maddux and Natalie Hopkins
- Erma Siegel: Emily Spencer and Crystal Farris
- Hobgood: Tammy Garrett and Quinena Bell
- John Pittard: Adam Bryson and Christy Robinson
- Mitchell-Neilson: Robin Newell, Terrance Haynes, and Christa Campbell
- Northfield: Gene Loyd and Julia Williams
- Overall Creek: Don Bartch and Raeshon Torres
- Reeves-Rogers: Kimberly Osborne and Sia Phillips
- Scales: Maria Johnson and Kevin Templeton
The Extended School Program (ESP) has planned a summer filled with fun and learning including science, art and technology camps. These programs enable students to continue their learning adventures as they work with certified teachers to conduct science experiments, create art projects and experience a variety of technology tasks.
KinderCamp, which is open to children pre-registered for kindergarten at any MCS school, focuses on preparing upcoming kindergarteners for the transition to elementary school. Students attending KinderCamp will get the full ESP experience during the week of camp.
The Nashville Predators Summer Hockey Rules Tour will visit each ESP site. This interactive program teaches students the fundamentals of hockey and allows the them to participate in hockey activities and scrimmages.
The ESP program, which is open to all MCS students, is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. during summer months. During the 2016-17 school year, over three thousand of our students were enrolled in ESP.
For information about KinderCamp, S.A.T. Camp and The Nashville Predators Summer Hockey Rules Tour, as well as any additional costs per program, please contact your school’s ESP Site Director or central office ESP at 615 893-2313.
The Extended School Program (ESP) provides a safe, educationally enriching, fun and rewarding experience for all students of Murfreesboro City Schools. ESP offers a wide range of classes including sports, music, arts and crafts, woodworking, ballet, hip hop dance, cheerleading, cooking, journalism, science, technology, foreign languages, robotics, and many more. The program also provides homework assistance and tutoring in specific subjects.
Murfreesboro City Schools Nutrition Department is feeding children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program during June and July.
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 through July 28. For a list of participating locations, dates and times of meals, visit the following link.
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.
Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by any of the locations at the designated times to enjoy a healthy meal.
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 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.
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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.