CBHS hosts the Owls Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m. This rivalry, the 14th-oldest high-school rivalry in the nation, always packs out the stands - so get there very early! You can buy tickets online here: https://gofan.co/app/events/24596
If you can't be there in person, you can follow the action on Twitter @OwlBuzz, listen to ESPN (AM 790) to hear Mr. Jeffrey Wright '07 and Mr. Barry Ray call all the action and provide commentary, or watch the free live stream here: https://gofan.co/app/events/24596
Seniors Jack Dabov, Call Ford, Ben Gilliland, Bailey Keel, and William Quinlen recently participated in the 2018 SCRIBO Latin Composition Contest, an international creative-writing contest sponsored by the Ascanius Youth Classics Institute. Keel earned a medal for scoring in the top-20 percent of all students in the competition and the Fabula Optima ribbon for having the highest-scoring composition for all Owls.
To learn more about the contest, go to their website HERE.
MUS presents 1776, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, October 20-23 in Hyde Chapel at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online HERE or at the door for $10 each for MUS students and $15 for general admission.
It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! A nation springs to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits, a witty, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and a legendary book. 1776 puts a human face on American history as we see the men behind the icons: proud, frightened, irritable, charming, often petty, and ultimately noble figures, struggling to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
1776 follows the lives and loves of John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to persuade the Second Continental Congress to break the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
A rousing, romantic, and riotous musical, 1776 is sure to delight. Welcome to the Revolution!
Mrs. Elizabeth Pounders Howorth joins the faculty as interim instructor in French. During Mrs. Rebecca Keel’s maternity leave, Howorth will teach Honors Accelerated French I, Honors and Honors Accelerated French III, and AP French IV.
Mrs. Howorth received a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Vanderbilt. She taught French at St. Mary’s from 1997-2002, she served as a Good Morning America consumer trends associate and a media marketing manager for Reuters News, and she was a senior global communications, marketing, and sales advisor for FedEx. Since 2012 she has owned and operated ep communications.
Air Force Lt. Terrence Cole ’11 said he did not want to leave Cordova Middle School to come to MUS, but his mother insisted. Now, he says, “it was the best decision of my life.”
A senior systems operator based in Wyoming overseeing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and crew members, Cole spoke to Lower School students during a recent visit. He said he had a rocky start at MUS – three Fs and an Honor Code violation – but his mother supported the system, and the teachers worked with him to get him where he needed to be.
Mid-South Chess is holding three tournaments in our Campus Center Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tournament A is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tournament B is 1-3 p.m., and Tournament C is 3-5 p.m. Registration for each is 30 minutes before start time. Register online HERE. For prices and more information click HERE or call (901) 276-4663.
Students in Grades 9-11 will take the PSAT test Wednesday, October 10. They should be well rested and have a good breakfast. The senior class will be in a program with College Counseling during the test period.
MUS will celebrate Teen Read Week in the Hyde Library the week of October 9-12. Students are encouraged to check out a book and come by the library for cookies and snacks after lunch on Tuesday and Thursday. Lower School students are encouraged to enter the Battle of the Books contest!
Reading widely and deeply is a highly effective way to prepare for college and life, so encourage your son to read!
The National Merit Scholarship Program has honored eight Owls with the designation of National Merit Commended Student. Seniors James Blatchford, Call Ford, Kyle Gan, Ben Gilliland, Ethan Lam, Ev Nichol, William Quinlen, and Brandan Roachell are among 34,000 U.S. students honored for their outstanding academic performance on the PSAT.
Seniors Eddie Feild, Ethan Hurst, and Hudson Miller have been named Semifinalists in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 16,000 U.S. students honored as Semifinalists for their outstanding academic promise, now competing for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of those will win Merit Scholar titles and financial awards.
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Memphis University School, we designate September 13 as Founders Day to commemorate the opening day of the original school in 1893 and to honor the two teachers whose vision brought it to life, James White Sheffey Rhea and Edwin Sidney Werts.
Rhea, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, and Werts, a graduate of the University of Virginia, were experienced young teachers who had become friends and colleagues as instructors at the Knoxville Classical School. Keen to open a prep school of their own, they were advised by an exceptional educational mentor, President of the University of Tennessee Dr. Charles W. Dabney, to consider Memphis as the location.
An advertisement that appeared May 14, 1893, in theMemphis Appeal-Avalancheannounced their school would open in September with the goal being “to prepare boys and young men for Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Virginia, and other colleges and universities.”
The 2019 Spring Formal will be held on April 13, 2019, from 8-11 p.m. at The Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown. All Upper School students are invited to attend with a guest or date. More information will be available later in the school year. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Judd Peters at email@example.com.
MUS hosted representatives from Freedom from Chemical Dependency, the leading international provider of school-based substance-abuse prevention services, last week. MUS and FCD have a long-standing relationship, and the representatives who visit our campus are authentic, approachable, and engaging. They provided programs tailored to specific grade levels.
The library invites students to check out a test prep book for the PSAT, ACT, or SAT. The school also subscribes to two online test prep sites. Students can learn more by visiting the library welcome desk.
Our college counselors host regular Morning Joe College Chats; parents can ask questions and learn about topics related to the college selection process. The first session is Monday, September 10, 8-9 a.m., in the Upper School Conference Room of Humphreys Hall. This session is limited to 25 parents. Contact Mrs. Kim Justis Eikner at (901) 260-1332 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Hyde Library has updated the Birthday Book Program, which allows you to celebrate your son’s special day by adding a book in his honor to the library collection. Here’s how it works: You may donate at any time, and we select a new book in a topic of interest to the honoree and add a bookplate inscribed with the names of the donor(s). The Development Office records the gift and issues a receipt for tax purposes. During your son’s birthday month, we send him a card indicating your gift and display the book in the library foyer, where it can be checked out. You may choose the amount of your gift (the average cost of a hardback book is about $30). For your convenience, we have streamlined this process on our library website. Feel free to share this link with friends or family members who might also like to give a birthday book.
MUS offers a year-round nightly study hall Monday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in Hyde Library. You may sign up for 1, 2, or 4 nights per week. Contact email@example.com if you are interested. Here are the details:
The Hyde Library staff needs parent volunteers who can pitch in weekly to process and shelve books, assist in the Harkins Archives, and work on special projects. The staff also needs parents who can help occasionally by bringing cookies and other goodies for our special events. If you would like to become part of the crew, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Upper School Writing Center is open Monday-Wednesday from 8:15 a.m. until classes end each day. The center provides support for all types of writing endeavors, so take advantage of this new resource. Upper School math and science labs are listed HERE. Both Upper School resources are located in the Counseling Center.
The schedule for the Lower School English and Math labs is posted in numerous locations throughout the Lower School and HERE.
Parents’ Association Membership Chairs Vicki and Kurt Nelson invite all parents to join the Parents’ Association. The group’s purpose is to support extracurricular activities and special events, to show appreciation to the faculty, to provide communication between school and home, and to offer social and educational opportunities.
College information night for sophomores and their parents is Tuesday, August 21, at 7 p.m. in Hyde Chapel. The College Counseling team is excited about sharing this time with students and their families, and we intend to use Tuesday as a launching point for several elements of the college process. This is a required event, and roll will be taken.
Happy Quasquicentennial! This year we mark the 125th anniversary of the school's founding in 1893. We’ve decorated campus to recognize this historic milestone, and we hope you will join us this year as we celebrate our legacy in Memphis and tradition of excellence in education for boys. Go, Owls!
Themes of scholarship, service, humility, and honor highlighted Opening Convocation for the 2018-19 school year. Seniors Loyd Templeton, Smith McWaters, William Quinlen, and Sloan Miles, pictured above, shared their thoughts on the important character traits MUS works to instill.
If you missed Book Sale this week, Schaeffer Bookstore will be open Monday, August 13, from noon - 2 p.m. for purchasing books, spirit wear, and supplies. After Monday, the bookstore will begin regular hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at 8-9:30 a.m.
The days of “Where’s my sports pass?” are gone! They’ve gone digital and mobile! This year you can purchase individual game tickets or an all-sports season pass online, and your ticket/pass will be accessible on your mobile phone. Simply show your phone pass when you get to the gate, and the gate worker will activate your pass for entry. Click here to purchase a sports pass for $80 or individual game tickets at $7 each. The season sports pass provides admission to regular-season home games for all sports. Students are admitted to all regular-season home games with their U Card. TSSAA playoff games are not included.
We will offer an after-school program in Mandarin Chinese for students in Grades 7-12 beginning September 19. Held on most Wednesdays for 10 sessions, the class is open both to beginners and those with previous Chinese experience. Please notify Mr. Eikner at email@example.com if you would like to enroll.
Beginning August 1 Naviance, a resource used in College Counseling, will have a new interface for students and parents. The login credentials will remain the same, and the link has been updated on our website and the College Counseling Resource Board. Students and families will use the following address going forward: student.naviance.com/mus.
We encourage parents to sign the Safe Home Pledge. By signing this pledge, parents publicly promise that their sons’ parties and gatherings will be supervised, alcohol-free, drug-free, and tobacco-free, and that they will welcome inquiries from other parents about parties or gatherings. If you wish to make the pledge, please log in and sign on the Safe Home Pledge Resource Board under your Resources tab. You will see the message confirming your submission, but your name may not appear until we update the list at the end of each week. Parents must sign the pledge each new academic year for their names to appear. Thank you for keeping our boys safe!
The goal of the Safe Home Pledge is to encourage communication throughout our community and to provide your sons an environment in which they are comfortable abstaining from illegal drug and alcohol consumption. The school’s expectation for all MUS parents is that they will support this pledge.
As a parent of an MUS student, I agree to support the following general guidelines which have been affirmed by MUS and the MUS Parents’ Association concerning out-of-school activities:
State Assembly Representative Martin Daniel ’75 visited the campus Monday, July 30. Pictured, from left, Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray, Daniel, Headmaster Pete Sanders, and Academic Dean Flip Eikner ’77.
The College Counseling Office has negotiated with Princeton Review to offer a discounted PSAT/SAT prep course. It is open to MUS Upper School students as well as high school students from other schools. (Note: Many options exist for test preparation, and we do not endorse any company as the best fit for all students.) The course includes 15 hours of instruction and 4 practice tests over the course of two weeks, July 23-August 3, at the cost of $250 per student (compare that to the $900 regular price for this class).
To make this happen, we need to know how many students are interestedby July 2. The class iscapped at 35 students and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to MUS students.Feel free to share this with other students and families.
Representatives will be at Book Buy Back May 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to accept blazers for consignment. Book Buy Back will be in Owl Room in the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center. The consignment sale will be in August – after the summer growth spurt! Blazers should be in good condition with no rips or tears, must have all buttons, and should be on a hanger. Proceeds from your sold blazers will go toward your 2018-19 school account. Remind your sons to check lost and found for their blazers. Any uncollected items left after school is out will be sold "as-is" by the Parents' Association.
Seventeen Owls have reported achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017-18. Seniors Tate Bailey, Mack Bethell, William Dellinger, Thompson McDonald, Jackson Moody, Peter Raves, Stan Smythe, Landon Springfield, and Jason Wang; juniors Bailey Keel, Stillman McFadden, Matt Rhodes, and Warren Turner; sophomores Robert Dickinson and Alex Warr; freshman Griffin Hood; and eighth grader McRae Dickinson have achieved the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
This rank requires years to fulfill; the scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, pass a lengthy review process, lead a community service project, and demonstrate an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. The Eagle Scout program is over 100 years old, and historically only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.
Send your 2017-18 or 2018-19 Eagle ceremony information to Mrs. Rebecca Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let her know which of the two school years the rank was achieved.
Instructor in English Dax Torrey '94 presided over the 2017-18 Order of the Owl induction May 11, as 26 new members were inducted, and nine eighth graders maintained their membership for a second year.
To be eligible for induction, eighth graders must have a weighted academic average of 90, and seventh graders must have a weighted academic average of 93 for the year. In addition, all inductees must demonstrate excellent citizenship in accordance with the school Honor Code and Community Creed. Second-year Order of the Owl eighth graders are Will Chandler, McRae Dickinson, William Gooch, Edward Grinder, Alex Li, Matthew Mellone, Johnathan Ray, Coleman Whitehead, and Christopher Yarbro. First-year eighth graders are Rithvik Giledi, Evan Jones, Cole Latkovic, Reece Needham, Cole Rutherford, Talal Siddiq, Jack Varner, Porter Webber, and Kollin White.
First-year seventh graders are Jack Blackwell, Vince Boberski, Lewis Butler, Clarence Chapman, Charlie Gamble, Jaxon Hammond, Joseph Keeler, Eli Lewis, Kevin Ma, Parth Mishra, Jackson Oswalt, Thomas Preston, Kyan Ramsay, Morgan Temme, Edward Wilson, Jack Zaptin, and Lou Zhou.
The Jake Rudolph All-Sports Banquet was April 30 in the Dining Hall. Coaches awarded letters to varsity players and congratulated their teams for the season. In addition, the school presented the top four student-athlete awards. Congratulations to the following recipients:
Lee Murray Spirit Award: Daniel Black
Al Wright Christian Character Award: Charlie Evans
Paul Trowbridge Gillespie Scholar Athlete: Bobby Wade
James R. Haygood III Best All-Around Athlete: Buchanan Dunavant
You may view some of the photos here, and all shots from the event may be purchased here soon.
The College of William & Mary 1693 Scholars Program has awarded senior Jackson Howell with the prestigious Girton and Bright Families 1693 Scholarship. The college's most selective scholarship program awards extensive benefits, including full tuition, and room and board annually to seven students per year. Finalists typically rank in the top 1 percent of their high school senior class, score a 1,500 or higher on the SAT (Critical Reading plus Math), and take the most demanding high school curriculum available to them.
Senior Brad Kerkhof has earned the New Orleans Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence at Loyola University. Ignatian Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and on-campus housing allowance, plus admission into the Honors Program. Scholars must also fulfill specialized service requirements as part of this cohort. Qualified applicants must complete a selective interview, achieve a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, and earn a minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score.
QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that connects the country’s most exceptional, underserved youth with 40 top-tier colleges and universities, has awarded senior Leon Vo a full, four-year scholarship to attend Colby College. Out of the 15,606 applicants this year, Vo is one of 918 outstanding students selected as a scholarship recipient. QuestBridge winners earned an average unweighted GPA of 3.92, received between 1350-1490 on the SAT and between 29-33 on the ACT, and ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, room, and board, and they require no parental contribution.
Students in the top 10 percent of the eighth-grade class earned the coveted title of Springfield Scholars May 10. The 2017-18 honorees are Simeon Betapudi, Collin Craft, Noah Emmert, Mark Hieatt, Dex Jack, Forest Rudd, Garner Uhlhorn, George Zhang, and Kerry Zhao. During an evening banquet with parents in attendance, teachers selected by each boy offered testimonials, describing their student’s outstanding attributes, plus a few amusing quirks. Springfield Scholars from the Class of 2018, Brad Kerkhof and Rick Reinhard, recalled their own induction as eighth graders and offered words of wisdom regarding Upper School opportunities and challenges ahead. Lower School Principal Clay Smythe ’85 presented each scholar with a commemorative tie, pin, and certificate.
Headmaster Pete Sanders has recognized Technical Director of Theater Robert Fudge as the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.
The Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Considered one of the most knowledgeable theater technical directors in the city, Mr. Fudge joined the staff in 2010 and has established a standard of excellence that is manifested every year in the school’s elaborate and beautifully designed stage productions. Known for his quiet professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile, he has also overseen independent study projects, guided students in producing the past three TEDxMemphis events, and expertly managed school and special events held in Hyde Chapel.
Students are encouraged to use the free test preparation sites offered by MUS and the Tennessee Electronic Library. Go to http://musowls.libguides.com/onlinelearning for all the choices we offer. From 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. each morning of Underclassman Exams, the Hyde Library will serve breakfast food and drinks to students.
Auditions for the fall musical, 1776, will be held in Hyde Chapel May 8-10. Attendance is required at one of these opportunities: Tuesday or Thursday, 6-8 p.m., or Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. In this treatment of a Tony Award-winning classic, casting and approach will be Hamilton-esque. Girls from locals schools are strongly encouraged to audition. Students do not need to prepare songs for auditions, just be ready to sing and read scenes on stage. Don't miss your chance to gain independence! For more information email the director, Mr. Ted Fockler '10 at email@example.com.
Headmaster Pete Sanders has announced that Barry Ray will assume a new role as assistant headmaster in the fall. Continuing as Upper School principal, Ray will work closely with Sanders on a variety of responsibilities, including school policy, planning, calendars, and day-to-day operations.
Ray, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of the South, came to MUS in 1978 as a Lower School social studies teacher and coach. In 1987 he earned his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Memphis. At various times he coached football, wrestling, track, and baseball, and for nearly two decades, he has provided radio color commentary during Owl football games.
In chapel this week Instructor in French Becca Keel recognized students for high achievement on Le Grand Concours, the National French Exam. Four students placed in the top-10 rankings in the state: Leo Campbell, 5th place rank in French I; Will Woodmansee, 10th place in French II; and Ryan Gorman, 8th place, and Liam Kaltenborn, 9th place, in French IV.
Madame Keel also recognized these medalists and honorable mention recipients for their achievements:
Director of Admissions Peggy Williamson and Assistant Director of Admissions Buck Towner recently announced the 26 sophomores chosen to serve as ambassadors for the coming school year. As official school hosts, they will lead tours of campus for prospective families and help represent MUS at a number of additional events throughout the year.
“We had 42 students apply, so it’s very competitive,” Towner said. “These ambassadors were chosen through an extensive application and interview process and will serve during their junior and senior years.”
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." – Ferris Bueller
The CSO is hosting a free movie night Friday, April 27, 7:30-9:45 p.m. in the Campus Center. The feature flick will be "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Per licensing rules, entrance is free; however, we will sell concessions and collect donations for Books From Birth. The event is open to everyone – so show up, bring friends and family, enjoy a cult classic, and donate wildly.
At the annual Special Awards and Honor Societies Induction, eight students received special honors and collegiate book awards in recognition of scholastic achievement, leadership, and community service, and 172 students joined honor societies. Faculty, MUS alumni, and special guests presented the awards. Special honorees were as follows:
Sewanee administrator Eric Hartman visited campus last week for a presentation to parents and seniors titled, “Managing What’s NOT on the College Tour.” Hartman, vice-president of risk management and institutional effectiveness at the university, offered valuable information and straight answers about the challenges students can face in college and ways parents can help prepare them.
A number of students received recognition at the Youth in Government Tri-Star Conference held this month in Nashville. Led by co-advisors Jenny Pratt (instructor in French and Spanish) and Davis Smith (instructor in history), 44 boys attended the event. The following honors were awarded:
Juniors Joshua Blackburn and Wood Davis: Outstanding Bill Team Sophomore Arjun Puri: MUS Delegation Award Sophomores Jack Fernandez and Vijdan Gill: Supreme Court “Final Case” Team Freshmen Harmon Colvett and Fawwaz Omer: Outstanding Novice Supreme Court Brief Freshman Griffin Hood: Outstanding Delegate
After five months of hard work and challenging city finals, the Mock Trial Team placed eighth in state competition in Nashville in March. Serving as attorneys for both the plaintiff and defense sides were seniors William Miller and Stan Smythe and sophomore James Smythe. Performing witness roles for both sides were seniors Smith Duncan and Barry Klug and junior Henry Duncan.
“This team made all of us quite proud in four rounds of intense competition,” said team advisor and English Department Chair Elizabeth Crosby.
The varsity fencing team swept the men’s events in foil, epee, and saber to win the Tennessee State High School Fencing Championships in Nashville in March. This is their first overall state championship since 2015 and the fifth overall state championship in program history. Seventeen Tennessee schools and associations participated in the competition, which included both individual and team competition, and MUS won 14 of 24 individual medals.
The following Owls were elected to leadership positions for the coming school year: top row, from left, Student Council President - J.J. Johnson; Student Council Vice President - Call Ford; Student Council Secretary-Treasurer - Trey Fussell; Student Council Commissioner of Student Welfare - JoJo Fogarty; bottom row, Honor Council President - Stephen Christenbury; Senior Class President - John Mann; Student Council Commissioner of Student Athletics - Devin Malone; Student Council Commissioner of Special Activities - Reagan Griffin; and Student Council Commissioner of Social Events - Emerson Manley.
Current members of the National Honor Society tapped 32 junior and senior inductees in a schoolwide ceremony March 23 highlighting the organization’s emphasis on scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Four seniors spoke on these Honor Society characteristics.
Coach Meredith McFarlin's team of eighth graders Alex Li, Samuel Lim, George Zhang, Forest Rudd, Mark Hieatt, and Kerry Zhao, and seventh graders Aaron Barawid and Parth Mishra won the regional MATHCOUNTS championship in early February at Southwest Tennessee Community College. The fearsome foursome of Hieatt, Rudd, Zhang, and Zhao then advanced to conquer the state competitions in March! The national championship in Washington, DC, will begin mid-May.
During a chapel program on banned and frequently challenged books, Chair of the English Department Elizabeth Crosby listed some surprising titles that have fallen into that category at one time or another – Where the Wild Things Are, The WonderfulWizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, The Canterbury Tales, The Red Pony, and many other classics.
As partners for Rhodes College’s Collaborative Chemistry Communities course this semester, MUS science instructors are working with Rhodes college science majors and providing them the opportunity for experiential learning by giving them teaching time in our classrooms. The Rhodes students are getting invaluable experience in high school science pedagogy and the dynamics of different classroom environments, interacting with our students and drawing from our faculty members’ experience teaching boys.
In the event of a school closing or change to school hours because of weather conditions, MUS will use Owls Alerts to notify you via email, phone message, and text. In addition, we will post pertinent information on our website, in our social media, and through local news stations. Coaches will text information to their teams about practices and games.
Are you making plans for 2018-19? Our Calendar At-a-Glance will help. Always check the Parents Quick Links resource board for helpful documents and information. You will find resource boards under Resources when you log in to the website.
Science Department Chair Analice Sowell recently spoke to Parents’ Association Board members about the school’s science program.
“MUS was doing STEM before STEM was cool,” Sowell said, describing the Science Department’s long tradition of preparing students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math pathways in college and careers. “We don’t buy into a pre-packaged curriculum that does not meet the needs of our students. We design the curriculum for our boys,” she said. “The success of our alumni in college and STEM fields supports our curriculum.”
Registration for 2018-19 Upper School classes will begin in February. Each student in Grades 8-11 will receive a registration form that he should complete in consultation with a parent and bring back to school with a parent’s signature. Next, each student will meet with a registration counselor to discuss and finalize course requests. Registration should conclude in April.
We know life is crazy, and there never seems to be enough time – but please drive slowly when you are on campus. Speedsters have frightened several groups of walkers and runners lately. Our campus is always jumping, so you must follow the speed limit – and stop at the stop signs – any time you are at MUS.
Instructor in English and Lacrosse Coach Chris Colbeck, sophomore Rob McFadden, and Headmaster Pete Sanders all spoke about gratitude and what they are thankful for in our annual Thanksgiving Chapel assembly. Our a cappella ensemble Beg To Differ performed The Star-Spangled Banner.
Mr. Colbeck shared his appreciation of music, MUS, and Memphis: “My profound thanks to all of you for welcoming me to Memphis – to a school with such a spirited English department, a proud lacrosse tradition, and above all else, a Hammond organ.”
Hundreds of musicians from the western region of Tennessee auditioned for chairs in the All-West Tennessee Orchestras Saturday, November 18. Sophomore Daniel Lim and freshman Ryan Peng earned coveted places in the High School Honors String Orchestra, sophomore Jacob Curlin earned a violin alternate chair, and eighth grader Samuel Lim made 10th chair violin in the Middle School Orchestra. All-West Band Auditions will be held in mid-January, leading to the All-West Tennessee Music Clinic and Concerts held at the Cannon Center in February.
There is a lot happening behind the login at musowls.org this year –news items posted by grade and by groups; practices, games, and other schedule notifications; teacher-page course content; campus-wide news, and much more. You control how you receive these communications – so turn on your notifications, or you’ll be missing essential information!
How?Review your notification settings. When you are logged in, select the dropdown button beside your name in the top menu, then click Settings, Notifications. Here you can review your settings for each communication tool. We recommend that you put a checkmark beside each “Type” under the E-mail column. This document will walk you through the entire process.
This process works for everyone who has an MUS login, so check it out today!
If a student is to get the most from his experience at MUS, he must attend class. Unexcused absences are major disciplinary offenses. A student may not participate in athletic practices, games, theater or music performances, or rehearsals if he has been absent during the course of the day. The principal determines any exception to this rule. Lower School adds an additional demerit penalty for any unexcused absence or tardiness. The policies are:
We encourage parents to sign the Safe Home Pledge. By signing this pledge, parents publicly promise that their sons’ parties and gatherings will be supervised, alcohol-free, drug-free, and tobacco-free, and that they will welcome inquiries from other parents about parties or gatherings. Your name will not appear until we update the list. Parents must sign the pledge every year for their names to appear.
We have a bounty of academic supports here at MUS, and our Counseling Department wanted everyone to know about them. So, we created a poster/brochure that highlights our support labs, study sessions, tutoring programs, NCAA eligibility counseling, and more. Check it out here – and help us spread the word!
There will be a lot happening behind the login on the MUS website this school year – school resource boards, grade postings (twice each quarter), news, announcements by grade, schedules, and the detailed school calendar. If you haven't logged in to check it out, we wanted to make sure you know the drill. If you have user name or password problems, click here for instructions.
Inspiring testimonials, proud parents, and handsome swag marked the 12th annual Springfield Scholars dinner mid-May. The 11 inductees – Warren Barry, Drew Burnett, Hart Gowen, Cooper Grinspun, Akbar Latif, Cullen Lonergan, Fisher Marks, Watts Miller, Fawwaz Omer, Samy Paul, and Edwin Shy – received a commemorative tie, certificate, and pin, as a favorite teacher spoke in each student’s honor.
Our team is co-champion of the 2017 WREG Knowledge Bowl competition, and seniors Brooks Eikner and Aneesh Ram and juniors Jackson Howell, Chang Yu, and alternate Omkar Hosad each will receive a college scholarship of $6,500.
Seven Latin students have been recognized in the 2017 Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest. Seniors Brooks Eikner and Henry Trammell earned finalist honors; and seniors John McBride, Rahul Mehra, and Aneesh Ram, and juniors Will Huffman and Chris Kerkhof were named semifinalists.
Cast and crew of Man of La Mancha have received 14 nominations in the 2017 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards, a participant in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the Orpheum awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m.
“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” - That’s a quote from Mark Twain. He knew about boys … and at Memphis University School, so do we.