2021

Owl News

  • Lower School Golf Tryouts

    Tryouts for Lower School golfers will be at Irene Golf and Country Club Wednesday-Thursday, August 25-26, at 4 p.m.
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  • Meal Plans Are Now Available

    Sodexo, our food-service provider, 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.
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  • Lower School Tennis Tryouts

    The Shelby League has moved middle school tennis to a fall sport beginning with the 2021-22 school year. MUS Lower School tryouts will take place Thursday-Friday, August 12-13, 1-3 p.m., at the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center. There will be a tryout make-up day August 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
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  • Happy July 4! Offices Closed July 2-5

    MUS will be closed July 2-5 in observance of Independence Day. Have a wonderful holiday!
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  • Loden Wins Innovator Award

    Science Instructor Lee Loden was one of 10 grand prize winners of the Teacher Innovator Awards presented by the Emmy-winning show “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.”
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  • 2021-22 Dress, Grooming Code

    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.
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  • Peng Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

    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.
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  • Five Owls Rise to Eagle

    Five Owls reported achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Scouts Boy Scouts of America, during the 2020-21 school year.
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  • Alumni in the News – June 4, 2021 Edition

    MUS alumni are constantly making headlines. See who’s been making moves this week.
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  • Owl Earns Highest French AP Score in State

    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.
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  • Six Latin ‘Scriptors’ Win Awards

    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
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  • Interested in Music?

    If you are interested in studying music in the new school year, see these letters from Instructor in Music Chris Piecuch.
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  • Summer Academic Assignments – Start Early!

    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.
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  • We’re Gathering Eagle Owls!

    Did an Owl become an Eagle Scout this school year? We want to know so that we can celebrate his accomplishment! We highlight our MUS Eagle Scouts in Inside MUS and in our website news.
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  • Summer Hours, Memorial Day

    The last day of school is Friday, May 28! We hope everyone has a wonderful summer break! Offices will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Summer office hours, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Fridays), will begin Tuesday, June 1.
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  • Help Landry/Valk ’12 Molecular Biology Research Project

    Ms. Laura Landry’s Molecular Biology class is working with Henry Valk ’12 on three research projects - and they need the MUS community’s help!
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  • NHS Inducts 37 Owls

    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.
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  • 10 Owls Named National Merit Finalists

    Ten seniors have been named Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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  • Book Returns Exam Week

    We hope you have benefited from the book rental program we instituted in August – $50 rental fee versus purchasing textbooks. We will continue this program in 2021-22. As we close out the year, we need to collect all the books rented at the last Book Sale.
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  • Half-Day: May 20, Exam Info

    The last day of Fourth Quarter is Thursday, May 20, a half-day ending at 11:55 a.m. No lunch will be served. ASAP is available until 5:30 p.m.

    Underclassman exams are Friday, May 21, through Thursday, May 27. Exam times are 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. No lunch will be served. ASAP is available until 5:30 p.m. 
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  • Library Exam-Week Treats

    The Hyde Library team will offer breakfast treats and drinks on the library porch each morning before exams. Students and faculty can stop by for an energy boost and a good luck wish. The library will be open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., except for June 30 and July 7.
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  • Spring Reading Contest Results

    The results for the 2021 MUS Reading Challenge are in! Congratulations to the MUS community for reporting 321 books during the fourth quarter and 276 books during the third quarter, combining for a total of 597 books reported for the spring semester.
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  • Summer Book Check Outs

    Books can be checked out for the summer when the last exam is over; we will hold requested books in the meantime. The Hyde Library will be open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., except for June 30 and July 7. Check out the Library Services Resource Board in OwlHub to see all that the library team has to offer!
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  • Vaccinations Now Available for 12 and Older

    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.
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  • Alumni in the News – May 14, 2021 Edition

    MUS alumni are constantly making headlines. See who’s been making moves this week.
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  • Give to the Annual Fund

    It’s not too late to make an Annual Fund gift for the 2020-21 year. Remember that your gift can be made in honor of your son(s) or a favorite teacher.
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  • Owls Read 2021: Memphis

    Owls Read is an annual school-wide reading program in which everyone in the MUS community reads a work selected by the headmaster and a faculty committee. 
     
    The annual selection encourages discussion among students, faculty, and staff for the following school year. The selection is included in the Summer Reading list for all grades.
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  • Schedule Class of 2022 Portraits

    It is time to schedule senior portraits. Available for purchase for family copies, these portraits are used for the class composite and will hang permanently in the halls of MUS. They are also used for the yearbook, the school website, news, and social media. Please call Holland Studio as soon as possible to set up your appointment; a representative will answer any questions you may have. Portraits should be completed before the end of August.
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  • School Holiday: May 17

    MUS will be closed Monday, May 17.
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  • 2021 Ambassadors Announcement

    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.
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  • Gates Earns April Owl Ovation

    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.
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  • MUS in Europe 2022

    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.
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  • Springfield Society Inducts 12

    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.
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  • Join the Fall Stage Crew

    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.
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  • 39 Owls Honored During Virtual TJCL

    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.
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  • Alumni in the News – May 7, 2021 Edition

    MUS alumni are constantly making headlines! See who’s been making moves this week:
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  • Fall Musical Auditions: May 13

    MUS Theater Company is seeking actors for the 2021 fall musical to be directed by Mr. Flip Eikner. No experience is required. Auditions are Thursday, May 13, 4-6 p.m. in Hyde Chapel.
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  • JV and Varsity Golf Tryouts: June 15-16

    Tryouts for the 2021-22 JV and varsity golf teams will take place June 15-16 at Timber Truss Golf Course.
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  • Sign Up for Summer Basketball Activities

    Varsity Head Coach David Willson will offer three upcoming opportunities for basketball players. Check your email for details about the following events.
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  • Graduation 2021 Information

    Class of 2021 Graduation is fast approaching - Sunday, May 16. Mark your calendars! If you missed the recent email updates, see them HERE and HERE.
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  • Last Art Showdown of 2020-21: May 21

    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.
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  • Owls Score High on NSE

    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.
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  • Reading Challenge Deadline: May 10

    The MUS Reading Challenge will conclude Monday, May 10. Students should enter the books they’ve read this quarter by noon Monday.
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  • Six Seniors Sign NLI

    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.
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  • Three Seniors Make Perfect ACT Scores

    Seniors Wesley Butler, Ryan Peng, and Samy Paul each scored a perfect 36 on their ACT.
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  • All-Sports Banquet Honors Athletes

    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.
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  • Owls Earn YIG Tristar Honors

    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.
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  • Six Musicians Named to All-State

    The West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association named six Owls to its All-State Band and Orchestra.
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  • Two Chess Owls Earn State Honors

    Two Owls, sophomore Jeffrey Liu and freshman Evan Wu, earned honors at the Tennessee State Chess Tournament held online April 10.
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  • CSO Executive Committee Announced

    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.
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  • Senior Academic Award Recipients

    Seniors and family members gathered in Hyde Chapel for the Senior Academic Awards Program on April 21. Faculty members presented the following awards to 19 deserving seniors.
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  • April Animal Art Showdown Winner

    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!
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  • Three Earn Honors in Writing Contest

    Senior Latin students Ryan Peng, Will Schuessler, and Max Shackelford earned recognition in the 34th annual Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest sponsored by Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL.
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  • Book, Society Honors

    Nine students received special honors and collegiate book awards this month at the annual Special Awards and Honor Society Induction.
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  • Eight Owls Earn Perfect Scores on NLE

    Latin Bubones performed well on the 2021 National Latin Exam, earning a total of 151 lauds with eight perfect scores.
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  • Student Council Executives Elected

    The election process concluded this week with seven students named 2021-22 Student Council officers and commissioners.
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  • Academic Progress Check Reminder

    The midpoint of Quarter 4 arrives Friday, April 16. Parents should be sure to log in to OwlHub and review their sons’ academic progress periodically.
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  • MATHCOUNTS Stars Excel

    Out of 38 competitors at the MATHCOUNTS state competition, three Owls have placed in the top 12, and one will advance to the state team for national competition.
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  • PSAT 8/9 Scores Now Available

    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.
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  • CSO President Announced

    Congratulations to junior Matthew Mellone. He has been selected to lead the Civic Service Organization as president in 2021-22.
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  • National Honor Society Induction Link

    We are pleased to announce the latest inductees to the MUS Chapter of the National Honor Society. See the event HERE.
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  • Student Book Signing: April 18

    Senior Tamaz Young will be having a book signing for his new book of poetry titled Unrequited Expressions Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Dining Hall.
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  • LS Art “Do Your U” Deadline: April 19

    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.
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  • Sellers Earns Selective NEH Grant

    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.
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  • Betapudi Records History Day Win

    Junior Simeon Betapudi earned first place in the Senior Individual Paper division of the West Tennessee History Day regional competition March 6.
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  • Spring Break Art Showdown Winners

    Congratulations to senior Thomas Lusk and eighth grader Wills Frazer for winning the Spring Break Art Showdown.
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  • 2021-22 Cheerleaders Announced

    We are proud to announce the 2021-22 cheerleading squads!
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  • Honor Council President Announced

    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.
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  • WordSmiths Dash Out Winnings

    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.
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  • AIME Qualifiers Compete

    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.
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  • Animal Art Showdown: April 5

    The next Art Showdown is underway! Instructor in Art Laura Beck challenges everyone to make a 2D work, no smaller than 8.5” x 11”, showing one or more animals personified.
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  • Mock Trial Awards

    Three Owls won awards in the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Grand Division Competition, an event involving 60 teams and almost 600 students.
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  • Summer Fun Starts Here!

    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!
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  • Cheer Meeting, Tryouts Ahead!

    The cheerleading coaches will host pre-tryout clinics Monday-Tuesday, March 22-23, 6-8 p.m., and tryouts will be Thursday, March 25, 4 p.m.
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  • DECA Teams Win District 1 Events

    Two DECA teams took home first place from the Virtual District 1 Competition in the club’s inaugural year. The competitions required teams to create business and marketing plans for fictional clients.
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  • The Buzzard Bracket Battle has Begun!

    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!
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  • Owl Ovation goes to Joe Abrahams

    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.
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  • Black History Month Art Showdown Winners

    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.
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  • Prepare for Visiting Author Jerry Mitchell

    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.
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  • Spring Break Art Showdown: March 19

    Mrs. Laura Beck has announced the next in a series of Student Art Showdowns. The Spring Break Showdown is underway! Review the following rules and submit your art no later than Friday, March 19.
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  • Want to Play Freshman Football Next Year?

    All eighth graders interested in playing football next fall – now is the time to sign up! Email Coach Bobby Alston if you would like to be a member of the 2021 freshman football squad.
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  • Record 25 Owls in All-West Ensembles

    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.
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  • College, Career X-Blocks: March 2, 4

    Two career-oriented X-Block events are planned for Tuesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 4. Upper School students will have a chance to speak with alumni in STEM, engineering, and business fields!
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  • Campus Open Monday, Feb. 22

    After a week of record snow, we will have school on campus Monday, February 22, for all students, faculty, and staff who can make it here safely.
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  • Keel is January Owl Ovation Honoree

    Instructor in Modern Languages Rebecca Keel is the Parents' Association Owl Ovation honoree for January.
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  • Black History Month Programs Begin

    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.
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  • Phillips and Doughtie Earn Art Honors

    Two students earned honors in the Drawing and Illustration category of the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards hosted by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
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  • Spring Meal Plan - Now Prorated!

    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!
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  • Wrestling Results from Dawg Fights

    The wrestlers rolled up 176 points on their way to winning the Briarcrest Dawg Fights Saturday, January 23.
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  • Lower School Spring Sports Info

    Spring sports are ramping up, and Lower School tryouts are scheduled.
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  • Graham and Chapman Honored

    Two athletic awards were presented to students in early December during a virtual chapel presentation.
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  • AMC 8 Owls Earn National Honors

    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%.
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  • December Owl Ovation Honors Large

    Ross McCain Lynn Chair of History Jonathan Large is the Owl Ovation honoree for December.
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  • Next COVID Testing Date: Jan. 13

    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.
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  • Owls Earn All-State Football Honors

    The Tennessee Football Coaches Association named seniors Elliot Allen and Roderic Lewis and juniors Hunter Barnes, Kyler Herring, and Clarkson Shoaf to the All-State team for Division II-AAA.
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  • Smithson to Attend Notre Dame STEM Conference

    The Notre Dame Club of Memphis selected Instructor in Science Garrett Smithson to attend the Excellence in Teaching Conference hosted by Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education.
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  • National Language Week: Jan. 11-15

    The Department of Classical and Modern Languages will celebrate National Language Week January 11-15, 2021 with a host of activities, including a trivia contest, film festival, and more.
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Communication, Media Requests

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.

Communications Team

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    Liz Copeland 

    Communications Dir.
    (901) 260-1357
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    Rebecca Greer 

    Communications Asst. Dir./Webmaster
    (901) 260-1348
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    John McBride 

    Communications Specialist

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