2020

Owl News

  • Evenings With Colleges: Oct. 13, 15

    The next Evenings With Colleges events feature schools with communication programs October 13, and visual or performing arts programs October 15.
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  • Owls vs. Tigers: Tonight

    The varsity football team is on the road to Arlington Friday tonight.
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  • Fall Model U.N.: Nov. 13-14

    MUS will host an on-campus Model United Nations event for MUS students November 13-14.
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  • Lower School Chats: Sept. 29, Oct. 1

    Lower School Counselor Amy Poag will host virtual parent events Tuesday, September 29, and Thursday, October 1, at 8:30 a.m.
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  • "Owl Afternoon" College Visits and Lunch Meetings: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

    College admissions virtual visits continue September 30 - October 2 with another exciting lineup for students.
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  • College Financial Aid Night for Senior/Families: Oct. 1

    The College Counseling team will host a session online for seniors and their families Thursday, October 1, at 6:30-7:30 p.m., “Understanding the FAFSA and CSS Profile.”
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  • Homecoming Week: Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

    Student Council reminds everyone of the activities and themes for next week.
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  • Juniors, Parents College Counseling Meeting

    Juniors and parents have a virtual college counseling meeting Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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  • Stay Safe During Fall Break: Oct. 7-11

    Fall Break is just around the corner. This annual pause in the first semester has always been a popular travel time for our community. We want to encourage families to take extra precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 while away from school.
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  • Make-up School Photos Order Deadline: Oct. 14

    Proofs for retake or makeup photos are available for viewing HERE. The deadline to place your order is October 14.
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  • Grades Are Available for Review

    We have reached the midway mark in Quarter 1 of the 2020-21 school year. Grades are available for your review in OwlHub. A guide for accessing grades is HERE.
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  • Quarter 1 Test Dates

    On-campus proctored testing days for Quarter 1 are October 2, 5, and 6.
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  • Sellers Distinguished Teaching Award Honoree

    Mr. Ryan Sellers, chair of the Classical and Modern Languages Department, received the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award at a virtual faculty meeting earlier this year. 
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  • Academy Day, Hosted by Congressman Kustoff: Sept. 26

    Congressman David Kustoff will host his annual Academy Day for West Tennessee Eighth District students Saturday, September 26, at 10 a.m.
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  • Government Conference Awards, Honors

    What do YIG students do when the world throws them a pandemic? They ZIG. Owls claimed 10 honors and awards at the 2020 YMCA Tristar Youth in Government Conference.
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  • Voluntary COVID Testing Continues

    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.
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  • Parents' Association Owl Ovations

    Parents, we need your submissions! With your help, the Parents' Association will honor the good works done by our faculty during this season of concurrent learning.
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  • Evenings With Colleges: Sept. 15, 17

    Next week’s virtual Evenings With Colleges programs feature engineering, architecture, and STEM programs September 15, and the liberal arts September 17.
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  • Swimming Season, Tentative Spring Launch

    The varsity swim season has been moved to early spring because of health concerns and protocols.
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  • 10 Owls Named National Merit Semifinalists

    Ten seniors have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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  • Jones Explores Power of Non-Violent Protest

    Dr. Jonathan Jones, chair of the History Department, presented the X-Block talk “Civil Disobedience: Dr. King, 1963, and the Power of Non-Violent Protest.”
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  • Reunions Planned for 2021

    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!
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  • Lower School Academic Support

    Lower School students have English and Math Labs available to them for academic support. Students may check out of study hall to attend labs.
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  • Johnson Explains DEI Committee Goals

    Assistant Director of College Counseling Curtis Johnson explained the goals of the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to students and faculty during X-Block today.
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  • Owls at Christian Brothers: Sept. 4

    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.
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  • US Owls – Join Baseball Phy D!

    Head Baseball Coach John Jarnagin encourages all Upper School students not currently in a fall sport to join Baseball Phy D.
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  • After School “ASAP” Program Now Available

    ASAP is now available for all students every weekday in the Lower School Dunavant Lecture Hall from 3:40-5:30 p.m. No registration is required.
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  • National College Fairs Go Virtual

    NACAC is offering four virtual college fairs for students this fall.
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  • Sign Up for Basketball Phy D: Aug. 29

    Any Upper School student who is interested in trying out for one of our basketball teams (freshmen, JV, or varsity) is invited to join Coach David Willson’s fall physical development program.
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  • Library Resources Available

    The Library Services Resource Board on OwlHub provides valuable information for students, teachers, and parents.
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  • Parents’ Association Update, Thanks

    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.
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  • What is X-Block? Squidward Explains

    If you are still as squishy as 10-day old Krabby Patties about the new X-Block period, you aren’t alone. But Squidward Q. Tentacles is here to explain everything to us.
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  • Health Screening Form Moved to OwlHub

    The Student Health Screening form has been simplified and moved to an OwlHub Resource Board (behind your parent login).
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  • Yearbook Photos, Portrait Updates

    We have details about senior portraits, photo orders, and make-up/retake dates.
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  • Owls Read Features MLK Writings

    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.
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  • Fencing Practice Begins Aug. 24

    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.
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  • Letter Jacket Orders due by Sept. 15

    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.
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  • Convocation Day Arrivals, Dismissals

    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.
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  • Re-Opening Resource Board

    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.
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  • Face Coverings/Masks

    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.
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  • Music Program Auditions

    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.
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  • Honor an Owl with a Birthday Book

    Celebrate a student’s birthday in style by adding a book in his name to the Hyde Library!
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  • Thanks to Dr. Robinson '75

    Thanks to Dr. Wiley Robinson ’75, far right, for updating faculty and staff on the COVID-19 situation during in-service week.
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  • LS Parent Camps: Aug. 10, 13

    Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy will hold Lower School parent meetings to answer questions and get families ready for the school year. Parents may attend in-person or virtually.
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  • Sodexo Announces Concurrent Learning Meal Plan

    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.
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  • Book Rental Program and More Book Sale Info

    We are pleased to announce that we will offer a book rental program this year! Read this new email about the Book Rental Program, the Spirit Wear and Blazer Sale, Parking Decals, and more.
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  • Magnus Health – Resource Board

    The school's Magnus Health Resource Board has been enabled. You will find it under the Resources tab when you are logged in to OwlHub.
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  • Getting Ready for School!

    Click HERE to see the headmaster's email sent July 17 about Convocation and much more.
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  • School Supply Lists for 2020-21

    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
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  • New-Student Login, Placement Testing Instructions

    All new students need to activate their MUS email and website accounts. See detailed instructions in this recent email sent to parents of new students. 

    New students will also take course placement testing. See details and instructions in this recent email from Academic Dean Flip Eikner.
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  • Class of 2020 Graduation: June 20

    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.
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  • Chamberlain Named Varsity Tennis Coach

    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.
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  • Book and Blazer Business: June 4

    f you missed Book Buy Back, come to our makeup day Thursday, June 4, from 10 a.m. - noon in the Sue Hyde building lobby. The student (and one parent, if needed) will be allowed to do the following:
    • Sell books to MUS that will be used next year (see the book list here)
    • Pick up any remaining items from his school locker along with any items left in his PE or athletic locker rooms
    • Turn in blazers for consignment
    • Return library books
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  • Required Summer Reading

    Students are required to read three books over the summer. Everything you need to know about the Summer Reading Policy, Summer Reading Lists, and more can be found on this library Libguides page - also linked on our website under Summer/Placement Testing, Summer Reading and Math Packets.
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  • Giving Thanks for the Year

    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.
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  • School is Out, Summer is Here!

    Our regular academic year has concluded, and fourth quarter grades will be available online Friday, May 29. MUS will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 25.
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  • Please Consider an Annual Fund Gift

    It’s not too late to support the faculty who have gone over and above to get your son through the school year remotely. Make your gift to the Annual Fund in honor of our outstanding teachers today.
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  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

    The top two students from the 118-member senior class are Valedictorian Rob McFadden and Salutatorian Arjun Puri.
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  • Senior Class President Elected: Nash Stewart

    The Class of 2021 has voted Nash Stewart as their class president for next school year.
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  • Practice SAT and ACT for Rising Seniors: June 13, 20

    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 Saturday June 20, at 11 a.m. 
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  • Rising Senior Interviews: Do not miss this!

    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.
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  • All-Sports Banquet Part II: May 18

    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.
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  • Book Buy Back, Locker Cleanout: May 26-28

    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.
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  • JV and Varsity Golf Tryouts: June 24-25

    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.
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  • Varsity Cross Country Signup Extended

    If you are interested in participating in varsity cross country this fall, please email Coach Jonas Holdeman by 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.
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  • Admissions Office Announces New Ambassadors

    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!”
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  • Library Services: Checkouts Continue

    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.
     
     
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  • Student Council Officers Elected

    The results of the Student Council election are in! Congratulations to the officers for the 2020-21 school year.
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  • Upper School CSO Leaders Announced

    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.
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  • Blazer Consignment Collection

    Clean out those closets! Families will be able to consign gently used blazers during upcoming Book Buy Back and locker cleanout days May 26, 27, and 28. Blazers should be in good condition with no rips or tears, must have all buttons, and should be on a hanger.
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  • Did You Know?

    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.
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  • Lower School Honor Events: May 14-15

    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.
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  • Standardized Testing Information

    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.
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  • UPPER SCHOOL Book Awards, Honor Societies Video: May 7

    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.
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  • Headmaster’s Message to Class of 2020

    As we look forward to graduation, Headmaster Pete Sanders sends this video message to seniors.
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  • Try MackinVIA for Summer Ebooks and More!

    The MackinVIA Ebooks digital collection of classics, nonfiction, and reference material has been provided to the MUS community free of charge until September 30, 2020.

    To log in, see instructions on the Library Services Resource Board under the Resources tab when you are logged in to the website. You can read the MackinVIA materials in any browser.
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  • National Honor Society Induction Video: May 5

    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.
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  • Top MUS Athletic Awards Announced

    Three seniors and one coach received the school’s top athletic awards at the annual Jake Rudolph All-Sports celebration:
    • The Paul T. Gillespie Scholar Athlete Award: Vaught Benge
    • The James R. Haygood III All Around Best Athlete Award: Charlie Gilbert
    • The Al Wright Christian Character Award: Knox McQuillen
    • The Lee Murray Spirit Award: Head Tennis Coach Bill Taylor
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  • StuCo Campaigning Begins!

    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.
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  • Honor Council President Announced

    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.
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  • Three Commended in Latin Writing

    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.

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  • Magnus Health Portal Open for Updates

    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.
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  • Honor Council President Election April 30

    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).
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  • Campus Life Updates

    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.
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  • For Our Senior Owls

    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.
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  • Headmaster’s Update 04.21.20

    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.
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  • Morehead-Cain Nominee Application: Due May 8

    MUS faculty and administrators are allowed to nominate two rising seniors each year for the University of North Carolina Morehead-Cain Scholar program. To be considered, complete this application and submit to kim.justis@musowls.org no later than Friday, May 8. MUS nominee finalists will be interviewed via Teams or Zoom May 13, 14, and 15.
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  • Town Hall for Juniors, Families: April 27

    The College Counseling team will host a Virtual Town Hall for juniors and parents Monday, April 27, at 4 p.m. Find the meeting link and password on the College Counseling Resource Board.
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  • New Faculty Appointments

    Headmaster Pete Sanders announces the following faculty appointments for the 2020-21 school year.
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  • Owl Athlete Accolades, Winter Sports

    Local newspapers and sports associations have begun announcing athletic recognitions for winter sports. Congratulations to these Owls for their accolades:
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  • 2020-21 Cheerleaders Announced

    We appreciate all the talented athletes who participated in our cheerleading tryouts, and we proudly announce the 2020-21 squads by rising grade and school:
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  • All-Sports Celebration: April 27

    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.
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  • College Meeting for Parents of Seniors: April 20

    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.
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  • College Counseling Meetings, Juniors and Sophomores

    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!
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  • Study and Scheduling Help

    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.
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  • 17 Owls Make Perfect NLE Scores

    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.

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  • Important Academic Dates, Updates

    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 ThursdayApril 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.
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  • Online Learning Continues

    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.
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  • Online Learning Survey

    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.
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  • Student Council News

    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.
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  • Extended Holiday: April 10-13

    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!
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  • Puri Research Published in Journal

    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!
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  • Sodexo Balances

    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.
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  • Take a Break!

    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.

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  • Salvation Army Honors Owls for Service

    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. 
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  • Counseling Services, Resources Available

    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.
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  • Huang Awarded Morehead-Cain

    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.

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  • Free Webinar: Parenting in a Time of Crisis

    Mark your calendars and register HERE for this webinar April 2, 6 p.m. Central Time, hosted on the Zoom video-conferencing platform.
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  • Message from Headmaster 03.27.20

    Dear MUS Family,

    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.
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  • Online Learning Continues

    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.
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  • Tech Tip: Difficulty Uploading Files

    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.
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  • Compass Webinar: College Admission Tests

    If you missed the presentation by Compass Education Group held Tuesday, March 24, and you are still interested in the information, click THIS LINK to watch a recording of the event.
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  • Honor Rolls Available Online

    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!
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  • Searchable Archive Available

    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.
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  • Counseling Services Letter 03.19.20

    The Counseling Department is here for you with open ears and words of guidance and encouragement as you discover your "new normal." Read their letter HERE.
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  • Getting Ready for Monday!

    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.
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  • College Counseling Team Message 03.19.20

    The College Counseling Team sends this update on activities, due dates, virtual meetings, financial aid, and more.
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  • Honor Roll Resource Board

    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!
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  • Physics II Escape Room Artists

    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.
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  • Swampy Science Lab

    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.
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  • Cum Laude Inducts 23 Owls

    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.”
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  • Think “Camp U” for Summer Fun!

    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?
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  • Pictured from left, Assistant Coach Jerry Peters (MUS senior), Bradley Snider, Assistant Coach Zack Street (MUS Class of 2018), Joakim Dodson, Andrew Ogbeide, Marcus Moore, Cooper Solberg, Milling Chapman, Caleb Ellis, Michael Ray, Hall Thompson, George Steffens, Jackson Peters, Thomas Craig, Head Coach Jason Peters (MUS Class of 1988)

    7th and 8th Grade Basketball Teams Win Shelby League

    The seventh and eighth grade basketball teams recently completed their seasons, with each capturing Shelby League Championship honors.
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  • West Loden Wins Honorable Delegate, Rhodes Model UN

    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.
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  • Eight Advance as National Merit Finalists

    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.
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  • Magnus Health System

    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.
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  • Sports Physicals: April 20

    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.
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  • Robotics Team Wins State Championship

    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.
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  • Dismissal Time Changes, March 3 and 4

    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.
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  • Students vs. Hunger Fund Drive: Feb. 3-14

    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.
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  • College Financial Forum: Feb. 20

    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.
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  • Owls Host Briarcrest: Jan. 24

    The Owls host Briarcrest tonight with JV playing at 6 p.m., and varsity taking the court at 7:30 p.m.

    East and west doors of Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center will be open, so we encourage Owl students to park in the Lower School lots and enter from the Campus Center area.
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  • Parents College Chat: March 23

    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.
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  • Wish Bowl: Jan. 25

    Come out and support the Civic Service Organization as they raise money for Students vs. Hunger Saturday, January 25, at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes from 1-3:30 p.m.
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  • Hyde Library Online Resources

    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.
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  • Mandarin Chinese Program Begins Feb. 12

    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.
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  • Re-Enrollment Letters Go Out Today

    A letter is going into the mail today from Headmaster Pete Sanders with re-enrollment instructions, reminding you that signed contracts and deposits will be due Friday, February 7.
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  • School Holiday: Jan. 20

    MUS will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Classes resume with regular hours Tuesday, January 21.
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  • Scholastic Art Owls

    Two students earned awards for their hard work and talent at the 2020 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards.
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  • Language Week Short Films

    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.
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  • LS Spring Sports Tryouts, Info

    Lower School spring sports are getting ramped up and ready to roll. You still have time to join the action. Some teams will have tryouts soon, others simply need you to sign up.
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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

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Copeland

    Liz Copeland 

    Communications Director
    (901) 260-1357
  • Photo of Rebecca Greer

    Rebecca Greer 

    Communications Assistant Director
    (901) 260-1348
  • Photo of Lisa Christopherson

    LeeAnn Christopherson 

    Graphic Designer, Creative Director
    (901) 260-1354

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