The 2021-22 Phonathon has begun! Beginning Thursday, October 14, parent volunteers will be calling fellow parents to ask for an Annual Fund gift. Please say “yes” when they call you!
The Annual Fund is critical to our school’s success, assisting with many expenses not covered by tuition: faculty salaries, professional development, utilities, extracurricular activities, and some capital improvements.
Owls host CBHS at Stokes Stadium Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 each and available HERE if you don't have an Owl Pass or a U Card. The team will be in blue, so fans should deck out in red and blue – and be at the fan tunnel no later than 6:45 p.m. Overflow parking will be available across Ridgeway in the Primacy I parking lot.
The College Counseling team and experienced admissions professionals hosted a webinar September 30 to discuss the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, the CSS Profile, and other important topics related to paying for college. If you missed the event, check out the recording on the College Counseling Resource Board.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board recently recognized 21 students from the Class of 2022 for their strong performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Need academic help? Sign up for peer tutoring! The Peer Tutoring program is a valuable resource for academic support. The Counseling Department matches trained Upper School student tutors with fellow Owls based on needs and scheduling availability.
Instructor in Art Laura Beck has announced the winners of the Homecoming Poster Contest. Freshman Wills Frazer won the Upper School division and eighth grader Derrion Harris-Larkin won in Lower School.
Celebrate your student’s birthday (or any occasion) in MUS style by dedicating a book to the Hyde Library! Dedicated books are displayed during the year and include a special book plate honoring your Owl’s birthday or achievement.
OwlHub parent logins changed with a security update September 15. If you haven't updated your credentials, you will need to do that before you will be able to log in to OwlHub again. Your username and the email address we have associated with your account are at the top of a handout included in your Parent Back-to-School Day packet. Use those two pieces of information to complete the steps on THIS helpful document. Moving forward, your OwlHub username will be your full email address.
We have clarified a facility usage policy in the online version of our U Book. Please note that all guests must have permission or official agreements to use our campus facilities for teaching or training. The policy can be found on Page 61 of our online U Book.
Coach Chris Colbeck will be running optional skill sessions for Lower School guys interested in trying lacrosse or developing their skills. There is no cost to participate. In February the boys will have the opportunity to work with Coach Jeffrey Block and the Lower School lacrosse coaching staff.
In support of families of seniors as they navigate the college process, our college counselors have scheduled several family meetings to answer questions. The next parent meeting is Thursday, October 14.
OwlHub parent logins will change with a security update Wednesday, September 15 (Parent Back-to-School Day). OwlHub is our web login area for assignments, grades, calendars, and other resources. You will receive personalized instructions in your Parent Back-to-School Day packet.
Hutchison, St. Mary's, and MUS Upper School students and their families are invited to attend the annual College Fair on Thursday, September 9, 6:30 p.m., now moved to Morrison Courtyard. Mark your calendars now for this popular event. Over 20 colleges have signed up to attend thus far!
Jack Stokes ’79, pictured with Headmaster Pete Sanders, was the guest devotional speaker August 20 at U Prayer, the meeting of football parents and friends each Friday before varsity football games. Stokes and his wife, Carol, are the parents of two alumni, John ’07 and Will ’09. Together with Jack’s parents, Anne and John Stokes, the family led the fundraising effort to build the campus stadium that bears their name.
It is time to sign up for fencing! The team, open to Lower and Upper School students, will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the MUS Fencing Center (lower floor of the science building).
We encourage all parents to sign the Safe Home Pledge. By signing this pledge, parents publicly promise that their sons’ gatherings will be supervised, alcohol-free, drug-free, and tobacco-free, and that they will welcome inquiries from other parents about parties or gatherings.
The 2021-22 Opening Convocation, held non-traditionally in Ross Lynn Arena to allow for social distancing, included all the traditions that have marked the beginning of every school year for decades, including words of wisdom from the headmaster and Class of 2022 leaders. See photos HERE.
Opening Convocation is Monday, August 16, and required dress for the day is coat, tie, long pants, and dress shoes. Students will have their pictures made, so get a haircut and shave! See Convocation Day details HERE. School supply lists are HERE.
NEW POLICIES - PLEASE NOTE: Convocation will be in the Ross Lynn Arena, not Hyde Chapel. Also, while masking is required and locker rooms are closed, we will allow shorts and athletic shoes for regular school days (not Convocation) during August.
The school supply list is available on the parent Resource Boards in OwlHub or HERE. All students will need loose-leaf notebook paper, No. 2 pencils with erasers, blue or black ink pens, and red ink pens.
Sodexo, our food service, provides our breakfast and lunch services. Fall lunch meal plans are available for purchase at www.ezschoolpay.com, and prices range from $510-$670 for the semester. You may also load funds onto your son’s account so he can purchase items a la carte.
Standard dress and grooming requirements will return in the fall with one exception: Lower School students may wear athletic shoes. (Upper School students must wear non-athletic shoes.) Shorts will not be allowed during the school day. Coat and tie are required on Fridays.
Ryan Peng ’21 was among 625 semifinalists across the country to advance to the final round of the U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Peng was selected from nearly 6,500 candidates from the Class of 2021. He plans to attend Brown University in the fall.
Senior Leo Campbell scored exceptionally well on the National Advanced Placement French Exam administered this semester, landing in the 95th percentile nationally. He earned the highest score in Tennessee! A total of 33 Owls earned NFE honors, scoring above national averages.
Six Bubones, all seniors, received recognition in the 2021 Scribo Latin Composition Contest. This contest, which is sponsored by Excellence Through Classics, a division of the American Classical League, challenges students with the task of composing original poems, short stories, and comic strips in Latin. This year's theme was Famous Ancient Mediterranean
As summer kicks off, we offer this friendly reminder about summer academic assignments and programs. Each student must complete his summer reading and math packet assignments before classes resume in the fall.
Thirty-four juniors and three seniors joined the National Honor Society in a recorded ceremony broadcast to students, faculty, and parents. Before announcing the inductees, NHS Advisor David Jackson began by thanking the committee: English Instructor Lin Askew, Upper School Counselor Eddie Batey, Upper School Assistant Principal Mark Counce ’77, English Instructor Tim Greer, History Instructor Davis Smith, and Religion Instructor Clay Smythe ’85.
Vaccination appointments for those 12 and older are available now, and we strongly encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity for eligible students. To schedule a vaccine appointment in Shelby County, visit covid19.memphistn.gov or call (901) 222-SHOT.
The Ambassador Selection Committee has announced the Class of 2023 Ambassadors! As the face of the school to prospective families, ambassadors shoulder a tremendous level of responsibility. Earning this role is one of the highest honors a student can achieve.
This year the committee received over 70 applications and spent three weeks in interviews and deliberations.
The April Parents’ Association Owl Ovation goes to Instructor in Mathematics Nancy Gates. Mrs. Gates joined the faculty in 1998 and has held the Donald Bailey Wiener Chair of Mathematics since 1999. She currently teaches Honors Accelerated Precalculus and AP Calculus BC. Mrs. Gates was chair of the Mathematics Department from 1998-2018 before handing the title to Mr. Darin Clifft and Mr. Phillip Stalls.
MUS offers a summer program in Europe especially geared toward rising juniors and rising seniors who want to explore the European culture while studying abroad. The program, which includes seminars and travel, is conducted by our faculty and changes each year to reflect the various faculty members’ fields of interest and expertise. MUS contracts with Kipling Tours to facilitate the MUS in Europe program.
We are pleased to announce the MUS in Europe 2022 course that will be offered to the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2024.
Twelve eighth-grade scholars joined the esteemed Springfield Society during a banquet in their honor Thursday, May 6. These young men are in the top 10% of their class and demonstrate character consistent with the high standards of the school’s Honor Code and Community Creed. Each student invited a faculty member to speak on his academic achievements and character.
Are you interested in design, engineering, architecture, or entertainment? Consider joining the Fall Stage Crew! Applications are available HERE. Attend one of the upcoming information meetings: Thursday, May 13, in Hyde Chapel at 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Although the Tennessee Junior Classical League State Convention was a virtual event this year and did not grant any overall school awards, MUS Latin students still stood out with strong performances. A total of 39 different Upper School and Lower School students earned an award, including a large swath of first-place awards.
The theme of the last art contest for the school year is “Spaces.” Using the rules of perspective, draw an exterior or interior space. The contest is open to Upper and Lower School students, and the deadline is Friday, May 21.
One-hundred thirteen Upper School students took the 2021 National Spanish Exam. Of these students, 69% earned some type of recognition. There were 11 gold medal recipients (95th percentile or better nationwide), 23 silver medal recipients (85th to 94th percentile nationwide), and 14 bronze medal recipients (75th to 84th percentile nationwide), as well as 30 honorable mentions.
Six seniors signed on to continue their athletic careers in college during the April 28 National Letter of Intent Day. With these letters, a total of 13 students have signed letters of intent in the 2020-21 school year.
Varsity lettermen, managers, and senior athletes were recognized at the 2021 Jake Rudolph All-Sports Banquet on Monday, April 26. Seniors and parents attended in person, and the program was also broadcast live for others to view.
Thirty-one students participated in the virtual 2021 Youth in Government Tristar Conference on April 8-11, bringing home a handful of awards including four spots in the top 25 participants.
Juniors Vincent Ores and Christopher Yarbro and sophomores Parth Mishra and Kyan Ramsay were among the top 25 Tennessee delegates and were chosen for the Conference on National Affairs (CONA), the highest honor a delegate can receive.
The Civic Service Organization has chosen its Executive Committee for the 2021-22 school year. Rising senior Matthew Mellone was previously announced as president, and rising seniors Turner Bishop and Forest Rudd will join him as vice presidents. Senior executives will be rising seniors Collin Craft, Cole Latkovic, Alex Li, and Witt Smith. Rising juniors John Lee and Parth Mishra will be junior executives.
Eighth grader Owen Gooch has won the Animal Art Showdown for April. Students were challenged with creating personified animal art, and we can certainly relate to Owen’s creation of dogs shopping at the grocery store!
Students in Grades 7 through 9 who took the March 24 PSAT 8/9 should have received an email notification informing them that their scores are now available online. Printed copies along with original testing booklets were distributed Monday, April 19, to seventh and eighth graders during homeroom.
Mrs. Laura Beck is challenging Lower School artists in the next Art Showdown contest. In addition to the regular contest prizes, this winner’s art will be featured on the cover of next year’s school planner.
Mr. Ryan Sellers, chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture program June 21-25. NEH programs are highly competitive and include workshop participation and a stipend.
Congratulations to rising senior McRae Dickinson, the 2021-22 Honor Council president. In his campaign speech, Dickinson began by emphasizing the importance of the council and the meaning of the school motto, Veritas Honorque.
Dr. Eric Dalle ’93, instructor in English, organized a team of 11 students to compete in the 2021 WordSmith Writing Olympics, sponsored by the University of Memphis English Department, in February. The Owls competed in three events separated by length and grade level, and nine of the competitors were recognized in at least one event.
Two Owls qualified for the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME). Freshman Dannie Dong and seventh-grader James Jin compete this month to qualify for the even-more selective group competing in the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad in April.
MUS offers a wide variety of summer opportunities for boys entering Grades 1-12. This year we're featuring two new programs for younger guys: Camp U and Learn Like an Owl!
Camp U Camp U is a traditional, fun-filled day camp for boys entering first through seventh grade that will include sports, arts, STEM learning, makerspace adventures, and much more! Half-day and full-day plans available.
Learn Like an Owl Want to know what it’s like to be an Owl? Get a jump-start on the MUS academic experience with our classes for boys entering fifth or sixth grade. Students get to know our teachers, meet new friends, and learn about campus life!
Our first annual March Madness Buzzard Bracket Battle is underway! Open to all alumni and the Class of 2021, this event will benefit the Annual Fund. Compete against other classes for bragging rights and the chance to win a watch party!
The February Parents’ Association Owl Ovation goes to Director of Counseling Joe Abrahams ’96. A parent whose son has faced medical challenges described how Abrahams provided support and encouragement for the family, often on a daily basis. He helped the student formulate a plan for his academics, coordinated communication with instructors, and provided counseling. “It did a lot to lift [our son’s] spirit,” the parent wrote.
The Black History Month art contest has ended, and the results are in! Congratulations go to the Upper School winner, senior Matthew Phillips; and the Lower School winner, seventh grader Thomas Donahoe.
Our visiting author for the fourth quarter will be Mr. Jerry Mitchell, an investigative journalist who has helped solve multiple cold-case murders in Mississippi. He is also founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.
The West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association selected a record 25 Owls and three alternates for its 2021 All-West Tennessee ensembles. Auditions were virtual because of COVID restrictions, and students had to prepare two videos to submit for judging – one for an excerpt or etude and one for scales.
We kicked off Black History Month February 2 with an X-Block presentation featuring an introduction by Assistant Principal Barry Ray, student contributions, and a performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing by Director of Music Matt Tutor ’91 and Music Instructor Chris Carter.
Meal plans will be prorated now. The cost will be based on the first day you begin using it. Purchasing a plan versus a la carte saves you an average of 10-20%, so contact Ms. Sylvia Neely for a quote today!
Three Owls earned national mathematics honors in the November AMC 8 competition. Eighth graders Alan Cheng and Oscar Liu and seventh grader Albert Ding earned honor roll designations for their performances. Cheng scored in the top 1% nationally and Ding and Liu scored in the top 5%.
MUS and Hutchison will continue to host optional, on-site COVID-19 testing opportunities for asymptomatic students. The cost is $30 per test for students. The next testing date is Wednesday, January 13, in Hutchison Goodlett Gym Lobby from 1-5 p.m.
All media requests, including campus photography, videos, or student, faculty, or staff interviews must be sent to the director of communications at (901) 260-1357. Photographers, videographers, and media personnel must be accompanied by a member of the Communications Office.