Hutchison and MUS will continue offering voluntary COVID-19 testing as a courtesy to our families and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The next date for testing is Wednesday, September 16, at MUS in Ross Lynn Arena.
As we continue following local health department guidelines, we are not able to gather this September to celebrate reunion activities for our 0 and 5 graduates. As we set dates and plans for our 2021 Homecoming weekend, they will be communicated - and we look forward to having twice as many Owls on campus next fall!
The Purple Wave hosts the varsity football Owls Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m. in Tom Nix Stadium. No tickets will be sold for this game because of capacity limits and social distancing guidelines, but it will be broadcast on CW30 TV.
Many thanks to the parent volunteers who helped with our Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Buckets, as well as this month’s Book Sale, Blazer Sale, Membership Drive, and Spirit Sale. If you have not yet joined the Parents’ Association this year, you can do so HERE.
Last fall the English Department decided to launch the all-school Owls Read program, a required summer reading assignment for all students in Grades 7-12. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and the “I Have a Dream” speech were selected for the inaugural assignment.
Fencing practice begins the week of August 24. Due to health and safety protocols, practice will be once a week for each weapon: Tuesday, foil; Thursday, epee; and Saturday, saber. Email Coach Sergey Petrosyan to sign up.
It is time for last year’s lettermen to order their jackets! All athletes who earned a varsity letter during the 2019-20 school year should complete this order form and return with payment to Mrs. Beth Taylor in the Business Office by September 15.
During Convocation Days, August 17 (Grades 7, 11, 12) and August 18 (Grades 8, 9, 10), the boys should arrive wearing coats, dress shirts/ties, and long pants, and they should be groomed according to U Book standards (page 67). Face masks and water bottles are required. The boys will take their yearbook photos and summer reading tests.
Summary/at-a-glance information about first days of school can be found on the Re-Opening Resource Board. Log in to OwlHub, click Resources, and take a look at the Re-Opening board. From there, you’ll find general information and a link to more detailed information.
We require students, faculty, and staff to wear properly fitting face coverings that cover the mouth and nose.
Students should bring at least two masks with them to school every day so they can change after several hours. If a student comes to school with no mask or an unacceptable mask, we will provide masks for that day. Continued failure to wear a proper face covering will be treated as a dress-code violation.
Auditions for music ensembles are beginning. If you’re interested in singing in the a cappella group Beg To Differ or playing in Studio Band (a contemporary pop/rock ensemble) or Jazz Band, send your audition recording (preferably video) to Mr. Chris Carter AND Mr. Matt Tutor. Those continuing in ensembles from last year do not need to re-audition.
Our food service provider, Sodexo, has announced a meal plan for Concurrent Learning this semester. The first semester lunch plan is $250, and it provides an average 10-20 percent discount over purchasing items a la carte.
School supply lists are now available. All students will need loose-leaf notebook paper, No. 2 pencils with erasers, blue or black ink pens, and red ink pens. See the Upper School list HERE and the Lower School list HERE.
Our socially distanced graduation exercises will take place in Stokes Stadium June 20 at 7 p.m. Because our capacity is limited per Shelby County Health Department restrictions, this is an invitation-only event, with each senior household entitled to three guest seats.
Phil Chamberlain steps in as head tennis coach upon the retirement of Head Coach Bill Taylor. Chamberlain has been head coach at Hutchison and an MUS varsity coach for 12 years. He has served as director of the school’s Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center since 2008. During his playing career, he won the Australian National Team Championships as a junior and played No. 1 singles and doubles for the University of Memphis from 1973-76, while achieving a Bachelor of Science in human movement and biology.
The academic year did not end as we anticipated. Our community was hit with an incredible challenge as we watched the entire world stagger from the pandemic. But as we adapt and move forward, we hope this short video recap of the year gives you joy and encouragement. We accomplished so much and experienced a lot of wonderful moments! For this, and for you, we give thanks.
As a part of our testing support for rising seniors, MUS is partnering with Ashland Prep, an online tutoring company that specializes in one-on-one and small group standardized test instruction. As part of their service, Ashland will a host free practice ACT Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m. and a free practice SAT SaturdayJune 20, at 11 a.m.
Junior Mock Interviews have gone virtual and global! This June and July we will host our annual Junior Mock Interviews – but in a new and exciting format. Alumni from throughout the country are already signing up to interview our rising seniors. Their response has been instant, robust, and exciting – so we need every member of the Class of 2021 to get on board.
In Part I of the sports banquet held April 27, we recognized our seniors and presented the four 2019-20 MUS athletic awards. Monday, May 18, at 6 p.m., we will host Part II by celebrating team lettermen.
Book Buy Back and locker cleanout sessions will be May 26-28, per the schedule outlined in Mr. Rankin Fowlkes recent email. See the book list and important instructions for assigned dates and times in the email HERE.
JV and varsity golf tryouts will be held June 24-25 at Windyke Country Club. The cost will be $70 (no charge for Windyke members) - payable to Windyke. There will be eight varsity and five JV spots open. Those interested in trying out should text Coach Cliff Frisby at (901) 212-0606.
On May 4 the Ambassador Selection Committee announced the Class of 2022 Student Ambassadors for the coming school year. These 26 rising juniors join 30 rising seniors who were selected as ambassadors last year. “Becoming an ambassador at MUS is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed upon a rising junior,” said Admissions Director Buck Towner ’07. “We are confident in this group of young men and applaud their academic success, exemplary commitment to the Honor Code, and involvement in a variety of activities both at school and in the community. Their genuine love for MUS will make them great ambassadors for the school!”
During the last week of May, students can check out library books for the summer by using an online request form. Go to the Library Services Resource Board under the Resources tab when you’re logged in to the website.
The Civic Service Organization has announced the Upper School leaders for next year. These leaders are committed to participating in a variety of community service projects each school year. The two major categories of activities are fundraising for charitable purposes and service to various community organizations and agencies.
Friday News Flash is a web news compilation of general business reminders and due dates. It does NOT include our many accolades and other celebratory news items. To see those, simply check the News tab when you are logged in to the website.
We will recognize Springfield Scholars and inductees into the Order of the Owl and Lower School Latin Honor Society with virtual events. Families have been notified by email if their sons will be honored, and email reminders will be sent the day before each event.
The SAT, administered by the College Board, and the ACT, administered by the American College Testing Service, serve as baseline measures for almost all seniors in America applying for entrance into college. We normally provide registration and testing dates on our website, but these schedules have been in flux since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Our celebrations continue with the annual MUS Book Awards and language and service society inductions. We will celebrate these UPPER SCHOOL honorees with a video HERE Thursday, May 7, beginning at noon.
Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors a high school student can attain. We will celebrate our new inductees with a video on our website Tuesday, May 5, beginning at noon HERE.
Student leadership is vitally important at MUS, and we are excited that 2020-21 elections are underway. Upper School Student Council campaigning has begun; go to the Student Council Resource Board to see the ballot. Posters and video speeches will go live Monday, May 4, at 8 a.m. Voting will open on the board Thursday, May 7, at 3 p.m. and close Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m.
Congratulations to rising senior Drew Burnett, the 2020-21 Honor Council president. The Honor Council, composed of two boys elected from each class in the fall and a president elected by the student body at the close of the previous school year, is charged with the responsibility of seeing that the Honor Code is upheld and that any violation is dealt with fairly and justly.
Congratulations to seniors Arjun Puri (right) and juniors Akbar Latif (left) and Matthew Phillips for receiving Honorable Mention for their work in the Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest, an annual competition sponsored by Monmouth College (IL). Each year this contest selects just one overall cash prize winner but also recognizes a small number of runners-up with the Honorable Mention designation.
We sent an email this week to let parents know that the Magnus online health management system is open for updates. You will see that the target date for completing all required forms – including some new sections – is June 15. We ask that you try to complete the requirements by this date, but we realize obtaining an updated physical for PE and sports might be a challenge now, as medical offices may be operating with limited staffing and hours.
The ticket is set for the Upper School Honor Council General Election Thursday, April 30 – juniors Drew Burnett and Jacob Rickels will face off for the important role of president. On Wednesday, April 29, their speeches will be posted on the Honor Council Resource Board, found under the Resources tab when you are logged in to the website. Listen to their messages, make your decision, and vote Thursday (on the Honor Council Resource Board).
Our campus life continues, even if our campus isn't open. Among the many recent web news posts, we announced new faculty appointments, winter athletic accolades, the 2020-21 cheerleaders, and the kickoff of student elections. These news items and much more are located under the Featured Content tab of the website when you are logged in.
The fourth quarter has not resembled any other in our school history, but our love for the Class of 2020 remains constant. This week we sent THIS VIDEO to them from faculty and staff and began delivering yard signs. This is a bittersweet time as we look for ways to tell our seniors how proud we are of them, but we resolve to keep our heads up and stay U Strong.
In his latest email update, Headmaster Pete Sanders writes about plans for finishing the school year and preparing for the summer and fall, honoring our seniors, and addressing financial concerns. The message includes links to end-of-year dates for Upper School, Lower School, and the Class of 2020.
We are looking forward to celebrating our 2019-20 varsity lettermen Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. We will honor our senior athletes online and present the Al Wright Christian Character Award, the Paul T. Gillespie Scholar-Athlete Award, the Lee Murray Spirit Award, and the James R. Haygood III Best All-Around Athlete Award. Click on the Watch Live link on the main Athletics page beginning at 6 p.m. Monday.
The College Counseling team has sent an email and an online meeting invitation to parents of seniors to discuss college decisions, waiting lists, deposits, and other last-steps in the matriculation process. We encourage you to attend the online meeting Monday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
Juniors: College Counseling virtual meetings with juniors are going well. If you haven’t had your meeting yet, be sure to check your calendar or email for the invitation. The team is here for you and ready to answer student and parent questions!
Counselor Amy Poag has shared THIS one-page document that you might find helpful in planning your academic day. You can always find it on the Counseling Services Resource Board under the Resources tab when you are logged in to the website.
Language students performed well on the 2020 National Latin Exam, earning 150 medals overall with 17 Owls achieving perfect scores.
Generally speaking, the top 10 to 15 percent of students nationwide earn Summa Cum Laude medals, the next 10-15 percent receive Maxima, etc. Everyone who scores above the national average qualifies for one of the four awards.
As noted in Academic Dean Flip Eikner’s email today, April 9, several academic updates have been announced:
Progress Reports will be published online as scheduled on Friday, April 17 (no copies will be mailed).
The academic year will conclude as scheduled Thursday, April 30, for seniors, and Friday, May 22, for underclassmen. We do not plan to make up school days in June.
After thoughtful deliberation, we are canceling end-of-semester exams to allow teachers more time through the last day of school to assist students in their academic development. The Semester 2 average will comprise Quarter 3 (50%) and Quarter 4 (50%) averages.
The College Board revised the previously published schedule, postponing the start of AP exams by one week to May 11 through May 22. Information on the new schedule is available here.
We are so proud of our boys, our families, and our faculty for the way they have responded to online learning during this challenging time. Per the governor's instructions, our campus will remain closed through the end of the school year.
Parents, as mentioned in Academic Dean Flip Eikner's April 9 email, we want to understand how we can better serve you and your family. Please take this Online Learning Survey for Parents. We also have emailed survey links to our students and teachers.
Current and future Student Council leaders remain hard at work making decisions and preparing for upcoming events. To better organize the upcoming activities and to keep everyone informed, we are launching a new Student Council Resource Board. You will be able to subscribe to announcements and see upcoming business there next week.
In acknowledgment of how hard everyone is working to adapt to online learning, we have added Monday, April 13, as a school holiday. Friday, April 10, is a previously scheduled school holiday in observance of Good Friday and the beginning of Passover. We hope you can relax and enjoy the four-day weekend!
Senior Arjun Puri’s thorough analysis of an ancient board game called Goose has been published in the Spring 2020 issue of UMAP, The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications. In fact, his article made the cover!
For the families of seniors, Sodexo Food Service is beginning to process refunds or transfers of credit to another sibling who will attend MUS in 2020-21. For returning students with unused meals from their plan or Declining Balance (DCB) accounts, balances will be credited to next year.
The library team has begun collecting fun activities to work out and relax your brain and body. From physical exercises to popular author readings and online events, items are coming from contributors throughout the school. Check them out HERE.
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its annual Founders Day Luncheon last month and honored four Owls for their faithful and enthusiastic support of the organization’s Angel Tree, Purdue Center, and Red Kettle initiatives.
The Counseling Department has created a new Resource Board to provide timely messages and resources. Their latest post includes eBooks available on a wide range of stress, grief, and other mental health topics.
Congratulations to Jonathan Huang upon his acceptance to the Morehead-Cain Class of 2024 at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study plus summer enrichment experiences, including travel abroad, in which students are encouraged to explore their interests. He joins a select group of scholars chosen for their leadership, character, academic achievement, and physical fitness.
Grace, and patience, and understanding all around – a parent emailed us to encourage the practice of these ideals as we navigate our new normal.
She is juggling seven different software programs to help her three children – Grades 7, 3, and 1 at three different schools – continue their education from home, while keeping up with her job responsibilities and being a mom.
Adhering to Gov. Lee’s recommendation, online learning will continue, and our campus will remain closed at least through Friday, April 24, making our earliest possible date for returning to campus Monday, April 27. However, this is a fluid situation.
The IT help desk has received a few reports of difficulty uploading assignments (files) within the onCampus academic portal. These issues have been reported to Blackbaud (the publisher of the site), and although technicians have not provided definitive solutions, they continue to troubleshoot the problem. We believe it may be the result of system overload, as other learning-management companies are having similar intermittent issues.
Downloadable versions of the Second Quarter Faculty Honor Roll and First Semester Dean's List are available on the Honor Rolls Resource Board under the Resources tab when you are logged in to the school website. Congratulations, Honor Roll Owls!
The Internet Archive just opened a collection of over 1 million books to support education and research during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s searchable by subject and has been added to the Library Services Resource Board.
Headmaster Pete Sanders sent this email today to remind everyone that online learning begins Monday, March 23.
In this message, you'll find training and instructional information, words of encouragement, and an overview of how business will proceed for the near future. Mr. Sanders also recorded a video message, which you can see on our COVID/Online Learning page.
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!
Instructor Lee Loden took Physics II: Robotics students on a field trip to Memphis Escape Rooms Tuesday, March 3. Escape rooms provide great examples of microprocessors and automation. After successfully completing the Parallax room, the group was given a behind-the-scenes tour of what it takes to make a room and the types of circuitry and microprocessors needed.
The day before Spring Break, Mrs. Shauna Miller’s Environmental Science students began calculating a water index score for the creek near Primacy Parkway. Some results were immediate, some will be developed over the next few days. The water in our creek comes from neighborhood surface runoff, so Miller anticipates a poor score.
Twenty-three juniors and seniors joined the MUS chapter of the Cum Laude Society today. Membership in the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can achieve.
English Instructor Spencer Reese ’94 spoke at the induction ceremony about knowledge and learning, reminding students that “the process of education requires us to become open, receptive, curious, and humble in the face of what we do not know.”
We are introducing an all-new MUS experience this summer. Camp U offers an immersive, high-energy day camp for boys entering first through seventh grades in 2020-21. Enjoy half- or whole-day, two-week sessions beginning June 1, June 15, and July 6. Get to know our campus, family of instructors, and camp counselors as you enjoy indoor and outdoor games, science experiments, makerspace activities, arts and crafts, and more. We’ll be on the go, eating well, getting creative – and sometimes wet. Are you in?
Fifteen Owls attended Rhodes Model United Nations, a conference simulating the business of the United Nations General Assembly. Sophomore West Loden earned the designation Honorable Delegate for his work on the Harry Potter Crises Committee.
Eight from the Class of 2020 were named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Churchill Akhigbe, Reid Chandler, Parth Dahima, Gregory Guo, Kyle Koester, Rob McFadden, Seth Richey, and Arjun Puri were among 305 Semifinalists in Tennessee and 16,000 Semifinalists across the nation.
MUS uses the online student health management system Magnus. After the initial registration, the system requires less input from parents in subsequent years and provides the school accurate and up-to-date online information.
Mark your calendar for Upper School Sports Physical Night, Monday, April 20. On this date MUS will offer free PE and sports physicals for all new and returning students who will be in Grades 9-12 for the 2020-21 school year.
This event gives Upper School students the opportunity to receive a convenient, no-cost physical exam conducted by local physicians who donate their time. It also offers athletes the opportunity to fulfill the TSSAA requirement of being medically cleared to participate in interscholastic athletics.
Owls won the TNFIRST FTC State and Regional Championship at Middle Tennessee State University Saturday, February 8. Competing against 26 other teams, juniors Omar Alyousef, Evan Boswell, Akbar Latif, Cullen Lonergan, Jack Morin and sophomores Will Chandler and Scott Ledbetter advanced through five qualifying matches and four final rounds to take the top trophy.
Please note upcoming dismissal-time changes: Tuesday, March 3, dismissal will be at 2:15 p.m.Wednesday, March 4, dismissal time will be at 3:15 p.m. Our regular proctored after-school study sessions (ASAP) will be available both days until 5:30 p.m. in Lower School.
CSO is hosting a drive to raise funds for their annual Students vs. Hunger event. The drive will take place February 3-14 in Upper and Lower School homerooms. There will be prizes for the most generous homerooms. The funds raised will support the CSO’s immensely popular meal-packing event Saturday, February 15, in the Dining Hall.
Join us for a financial forum led by college pros who will walk families through the financial aid decision-making process. The event is Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8 p.m. in Hyde Chapel. It is co-hosted by Hutchison, St. Mary’s, and MUS. Space will be limited. Register HERE.
Our college counselors host regular coffee chats where parents can ask questions related to the college-selection process. Our final chat of the year is just around the corner. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the chat has been moved to an online forum.
The Hyde Library subscribes to all of the major newspapers in the U.S. through our databases (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Commercial Appeal), as well as hundreds of thousands of journals, magazines, and ebooks.
We will offer an after-school program in Mandarin Chinese for students in Grades 7-12 beginning February 12. Held on Wednesdays for 10 sessions, the class is open both to beginners and those with previous Chinese experience. Please notify Mr. Flip Eikner if you would like to enroll.
It’s Language Week at MUS! We have internationally themed meals in the Dining Hall, a festively decorated language hallway, a language-related trivia contest online, and the MUS International Film Festival in Hyde Chapel, from 2:30 to 3:15 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.