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.
We will provide each graduate with a complimentary flash-drive copy of the Commencement video. This is our gift to your family, and it will be mailed a few weeks after graduation. Kathy Daniel Patterson will be taking photos during graduation. We will email parents when the photos are available for viewing and purchase.
We are currently registering students for all 2019-20 music ensembles. If you have not spoken to a music teacher about your interest, please do so as soon as possible. Student schedules will be finalized very soon!
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.
Book Buy Back will take place May 23-24 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Owl Room of the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center. We will pay cash for selected books in good condition that were purchased at MUS, provided they will be used again next year. Click HERE for a list of those books/prices or see the link in the calendar.
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.
Remember to check Lost and Found before the last day of school, May 24. See the Upper School or Lower School offices for glasses, electronics, or the key to the Lost and Found room. Items left after the end of May will be donated.
Rising eighth graders and incoming seventh graders: This is your invitation to play in the 2019-20 season. We will have two squads of combined grades, the Lower School Red and Lower School Blue. After the first week of evaluation in early August, players will be divided into two equal teams. We will send out evaluation dates and equipment information later this summer. Returning eighth graders: The equipment you have from last year will be fine for next season. Email Coach Bobby Alston with the candidate’s name and grade. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to send an email or call him at (901) 260-1372.
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.
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.
If your son has outgrown his blazer, sell it and purchase a larger one at the Parents’ Association annual Blazer Consignment.
The final consignor drop-off will be Book Buy Back in the gym lobby. A form must be signed – so if you send the blazer with your son, we will trust he has your permission to sign off on the consignor process. The proceeds from your blazers are credited to your son’s 2019-20 school account.
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.
Help us spread the word about our summer SLAM program, and pass along the names of high-achieving middle-school boys who would be great candidates. Now in the 15th year, SLAM is a full-day program involving academics, leadership, and athletics for boys entering Grades 5-9.
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.
These days race along a bit faster than the rest of the school year, so be sure to keep an eye on the Academic Calendar. Senior and Advanced Placement exams begin Monday, May 6. Underclassman exams begin Thursday, May 16. Baccalaureate and Graduation are Sunday, May 19.
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.
Mr. John Knaff, instructor in economics, lead the team of seniors Sonny Charbonnet, Wood Davis, Alden Southerland, and junior Jack Fernandez in the Personal Finance Challenge in early April. The Owls took third place out of 127 teams in the Wild Card Division.
Our Latin scholars won first place – for the 12th consecutive year – this weekend in the 63rd annual Tennessee Junior Classical League convention in Chattanooga. A total of 32 schools from across the state competed in the event. MUS fielded a delegation of 41 Upper School and Lower School scholars, all of whom contributed in some way to the 1,421 points scored by the team. University School of Nashville came in second.
Seventeen seniors received the following special honors recognizing their academic, artistic, extracurricular, and community service efforts during their time at MUS. Opening the awards chapel ceremony today, Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray said, “This is a very nice honor for our young men who’ve worked awfully hard in a variety of areas.”
MUS will co-host the Future Leaders in American Government conference with Rhodes College this summer. FLAG is a three-day, two-night political debate conference to be held at Rhodes from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21. It is open to 2019-20 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors; tuition is $250. The deadline to register is July 1, 2019. For more information, visit musowls.org/flag.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate these college decision makers today: Jalen Hollimon will play football for Millikin University, Warren Turner will swim for United States Naval Academy, Sellers Shy will play football for University of Mississippi, and Billy Weiss will join the lacrosse team for Loyola University Maryland.
Take advantage of our Exam Study Sessions, which began April 29, to finish the fourth quarter well and prepare for finals. You still have time to attend. The program meets at night in Hyde Library, providing a quiet, distraction-free setting in which students can study. The cost is $200, and the schedule is as follows:
Four eighth graders traveled with Mr. Garrett Smithson to Middle Tennessee State University Saturday, April 13, to participate in the You Be The Chemist Challenge. Aaron Barawid, Vince Boberski, Varun Krishnamurthi, and Nickolas Mathews earned a place at the competition by making the top four scores on the school placement test given in late March.
Assistant Director of College Counseling Curtis Johnson will be on campus Tuesday, April 23, to meet with parents in Wiener Hospitality Room from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Drop by and say hello to our newest member of the team!
We host colleges and receptions throughout the year in Morgan Foyer of Humphreys Hall. These opportunities offer students a valuable opportunity to learn more about the schools, and for the schools to learn more about our students. The next reception is Tuesday, April 16, at 3:15 p.m. Come meet representatives from University of Mississippi and The University of Alabama.
Senior College T-Shirt Day is May 1 with a photo in Thomas Amphitheater at 10:40 a.m. Seniors should wear T-shirts from the colleges they will attend in the fall, or they need to wear a solid white T-shirt. Can you believe we’re almost at the end of the school year?!
Something is amiss at the home of the world’s greatest fortune cookies. For years customers have flocked to the Dragon restaurant to enjoy delightful predictions with a knack for coming true. But now the fortunes have taken a sinister turn, foretelling disaster, and, one by one, customers are dropping dead.
Mrs. Jenny Pratt and Mr. Davis Smith took 46 students to the YMCA Youth in Government Conference April 4 in Nashville. The 8 officers and 38 delegates won four awards, two top-20 delegate recognitions, and seven 2020 leadership roles. Award winners:
Seventh graders through juniors: Apply by April 12 for Bridge Builders COLLABORATE 2019-2020! Bridge Builders brings together young people from across Greater Memphis for leadership and diversity training, community action, and fun!
Five Owls earned honors at the University of Memphis Foreign Language Fair March 30. Junior Rob McFadden won second place in Spanish Writing for juniors; sophomores Ahmad Alsafwah and Matthew Jones won first and second place, respectively, in Spanish Writing for their grade levels; and freshmen McRae Dickinson and Scott Ledbetter won second place for their poster “Les Pause-Cafes” – a contest that was open to all grades.
Junior Ben Spiegelman has been elected president of the Honor Council for the 2019-20 school year. The Honor Council president is always the first leadership position elected for the coming school year. As Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray reminded students before the nominees’ speeches March 28, the Honor System – a basis of the school’s founding 125 years ago – is the most sacred tradition MUS has.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoyed a beautiful day outside the classroom on their annual STEM field trip to the University of Tennessee’s Lone Oaks Farm in Middleton, TN. Guided by a team of UT’s educators, the boys calculated the slope of a field, used a compass and paper map (rather than a cell phone!) to find locations, improved their collaboration skills, and learned about the tremendous amount of science involved in cotton production and watershed restoration.
MUS will host free physicals during the evening of Monday, April 22, for all rising Upper School students. Current physicals (received after April 15, 2019) are required for participation in sports and physical education classes. Log in to the website and see details on the Health Records board under your Resources tab.
Owls competed in the 2019 WordSmith Writing Olympics in late February with four earning honors in their grade-level competitions. Seventh grader Jerry Xiao earned a school trophy and an individual Silver Medal for taking Second Place in the 400-Word Main Event and Third Place in the 80-Word Dash for his grade level.
Keepsake versions of the quarter and semester Honor Rolls are stored on the Honor Roll Resource Board under your login. Check them out under Resources when you are logged in to the website. Go, Honor Roll Owls!
Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., author and founding partner of Southeast Psych in Nashville and Charlotte, NC, spoke to parents and faculty February 27 about “Raising Resilient Kids.” Although the internet-fueled, 24-hour news cycle feeds the perception that the world today is more dangerous than in times past, Verhaagen provided evidence that the opposite is true.
Mr. David A. Willson has been named head basketball coach at Memphis University School. Willson, a 1999 graduate of MUS, has served as head basketball coach at Emory & Henry College in Virginia since 2013. He takes over for Coach Matt Bakke, who is stepping down from coaching after 20 years with MUS basketball and seven years as head coach.
The man responsible for much of the architectural look of the MUS campus, Met Crump ’60, spoke in chapel February 22 about his life and work. The Crump Firm Architects, which he founded in 1970, is responsible for the design of the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center, Dunavant Upper School, Campus Center, Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center, Field House, and Stokes Stadium.
John Hiltonsmith, music instructor from 1984 until his passing in 2014, was memorialized with speeches and music as his portrait was unveiled in the Dining Hall February 21. The painting is the 14th in the Alumni Executive Board’s Faculty Portrait Series. Family and friends shed a few tears listening to touching – and amusing – remembrances and to the a cappella choir he founded, Beg To Differ, led by Director of Music Matt Tutor ’91. Tutor described how his former teacher convinced him, fatefully, to stay with music in college, rather than changing his major.
Of the three Semifinalists recognized by the 2018-19 National Merit Scholarship Program, two seniors have advanced as National Merit Finalists: Ethan Hurst and Hudson Miller. Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray congratulated the Finalists during chapel assembly Tuesday, February 19.
Family and faculty celebrated 20 juniors and seniors during the school’s annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony February 15, 2019. An organization modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude represents the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can achieve.
Bubones have risen to the challenge of the National Classical Etymology Exam with 12 students earning medals during the November portion of the competition. The exam tests a student’s ability to handle Latin and Greek derivatives and their usage in the English language.
Want to recognize your student with a commemorative book sponsorship? Follow these easy steps. The library team will select a book appropriate for your student’s grade level and interests and affix a bookplate commemorating your Owl's milestone. The book will be displayed in the library foyer for a few weeks and made available for students to check out. The honoree will receive a note informing him of this gift given in his honor.
Faculty, family, and friends celebrated the school's first National Letter of Intent signing day of the year with these seven seniors: Walker Crosby will golf for Furman University, JoJo Fogarty will play lacrosse for Sewanee: The University of the South, Maurice Hampton will play baseball and football for Louisiana State University, Dorian Hopkins will play football for The University of Tulsa, Bailey Keel will play football for Washington and Lee University, Ev Nichol will swim for Williams College, and Matthew Rhodes will play football for The University of Memphis. Download photos from the event HERE.
The American Mathematics Competition honored AMC-8 mathletes at the end of December, and four Owls achieved notable scores nationally. Seventh grader Bryan Ding and eighth grader Varun Krishnamurthi ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation, and eighth graders Reid Chauhan and Henry Yu ranked in the top 5 percent. Pictured, from left, are Chauhan, Ding, Krishnamurthi, and Yu.
Math instructors Mrs. Leigh Packard, Mrs. Nancy Gates, and Ms. Heather Davis took two four-man teams to the 7th Annual Collierville Math Bowl January 26. The A Team, from left, eighth grader Henry Yu, seventh graders Jerry Xiao and Gabe Chen, and sophomore Arjun Puri took third place after battling 19 other teams in the competition. Also pictured are Collierville High School instructor Dr. Matthew Holmes, far right, and the competition reader, Alex Zhang, a CHS sophomore.
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