The 2019-20 school supply lists for Upper and Lower School students have been posted and may be found on the Parent Quicklinks Resource Board when you are logged into the website. Here is information for upcoming tax-free holidays:
Eighth grader Varun Krishnamurthi and seventh graders Bryan Ding, Evan Wu, and Jerry Xiao advanced to the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Nashville in early March where the fearsome foursome took third place, and Ding, as an individual winner, earned the chance to play on the Tennessee team at the national competition in Lake Buena Vista, FL, this May.
The American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Owl’s Hoot staff a 2018-19 Scholastic Newspaper-First Place Award. The students were commended for their October and February issues, two entry among 900 submissions in seven categories covering content and design.
Surrounded by the family members, friends, and teachers who supported them along the way, the Class of 2019 celebrated graduation on Sunday, May 19, at Second Presbyterian Church. Click here to see selected photos from the event. Kathy Daniel Patterson took photos during Commencement, and the images should be loaded on her website by May 23. Under Client Viewing, enter the Event ID MUS2019.
We will mail the parents of each graduate a complimentary flash-drive copy of the Commencement video.
Director of Communications Liz Copeland received the Jean Barbee Hale Award for Outstanding Service, presented annually at the year-end faculty luncheon to a member of the staff. Headmaster Pete Sanders commended Copeland for her unwavering commitment to excellence and her expert oversight of print and digital communications for the school. Ben Hale endowed this award in honor of his wife – a valued member of the staff for 24 years – upon her retirement in 1998. Ben's son Steve Hale '84 and granddaughter Lauren were on hand for the award presentation.
Upper School Assistant Principal Mark Counce ’77 was recognized at the year-end faculty luncheon for 25 years of service at MUS. As an alumnus, Counce has school connections that began some 10 years before his teaching tenure (1983-1993 and 2004 until today). He has taught math, coached basketball, overseen discipline,and raised three alumni (Stephen ’07, Robert ’09; and Andrew ’14). As a token of the school’s appreciation, Headmaster Pete Sanders presented him with an Honorary Master of Arts.
Any current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are interested in being Peer Mentors for 2019-20 should complete an application and return it to Director of Counseling Joe Abrahams by the last day of school, May 24. Students may pick up an application on the desk outside Mr. Abraham’s office. Existing mentors are required to fill out a new application to serve next year.
Junior Arjun Puri earned a Gold Medal for his performance in the 2019 Physics Olympiad and has been named a USA Physics Olympiad finalist. Approximately 6,000 students participated in the first round of the competition hosted by the American Association of Physics Teachers in late January. Less than 7 percent of those students qualified as semifinalists, advancing to the next round in late March.
Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy welcomed families as Order of the Owl and National Latin Honor Society inductees were celebrated Friday, May 10, 2019. Order of the Owl eligibility demands high academic performance and demonstrated excellent citizenship in accordance with the school Honor Code and Community Creed. In order to qualify for the NLHS, a student must be a member of Junior Classical League, must attend one of the Latin conventions during this school year, must maintain an A average, and must gain approval from his instructors.
Department of Science Chair Analice Sowell was named the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Established in 1990 through a generous bequest by former Lower School Principal John Murry Springfield, the award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
Ten eighth graders joined the Springfield Scholars May 9 in an evening filled with moving testimonials, proud parents, and crisp new ties. During the 13th annual dinner, Jack Blackwell, Vince Boberski, Jaxon Hammond, Frederick Huang, Varun Krishnamurthi, Kevin Ma, Jackson Oswalt, Alyaan Salman, Jack Zaptin, and Lou Zhou each received a commemorative tie, certificate, and lapel pin, and a favorite teacher spoke in his honor.
A total of 26 students earned recognition on the 2019 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Latin Translation Contest. Competing against 1,000 or more students from Virginia to Colorado, Owls earned cash, books, or certificates for their performances. Cash award winners scored in the top 2-3 percent in their grade level, book award winners scored in the top 5-6 percent, and certificates of commendation winners scored in the top 20 percent.
Spanish students collected a ton of hardware for their performances on the 2019 National Spanish Examinations. Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile for their grade level nationally earned Gold; 94th-85th percentiles; Silver; and 84th-75th, Bronze. A 50th percentile score equals the national average.
Director of Admissions Buck Towner announced the biggest class of ambassadors to date this week: 30 sophomores will join the current 26 junior ambassadors as official school hosts for 2019-20, leading tours of campus for prospective families and representing MUS at a number of additional events throughout the year.
“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” - That’s a quote from Mark Twain. He knew about boys … and at Memphis University School, so do we.