Owl News

List of 84 news stories.

  • Blazer Consignment Collection

    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.
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  • Celebrating Our Eagle Owls

    Fifteen 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, Landon Springfield, and Jason Wang; juniors Bailey Keel, Stillman McFadden, and Matt Rhodes; 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 rank is over 100 years old, and historically only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.
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  • Bookstore Open May 24

    Schaeffer Bookstore will be open one more day, Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m. - noon.
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  • Owls Take Second in Physics Bowl Region

    Twenty-one Owls competed against the best physics students from 11 states in the annual Physics Bowl, taking second place in Division II for the third year in a row.
     
    The contest is split into two divisions of first-year and second-year physics students. Our top five second-year students were Chang Yu, Jeremy Jacobs, Jackson Moody, Rick Reinhard, and Brad Kerkhof. Their combined score of 124 beat such prestigious schools as Oak Ridge High School and Randolph School in Alabama. Yu took first place among all individuals in the region.
     
    MUS competitors were seniors Benjamin Freeman, Jacobs, Kerkhof, Aidan Lonergan, William Miller, Moody, Sam Payne, Rick Reinhard, Jon Staffel, John Ross Swaim, Matthew Temple, Jacob Webb, Cameron Wyatt, and Yu; and juniors were Tareq Alyousef, Eddie Field, Grayson Kendall, Jory Meyers, Kayhan Mirza, Caleb Riggs, and Ty Williams.
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  • Coach Jerry Peters Arrangements Set

    We are sad to report that former teacher and basketball Head Coach Jerry Peters passed away early this morning, May 14. Coach Peters was an MUS icon and legend, arriving on campus in 1960 and serving 52 years at the school. He was our varsity head coach from 1964 until his retirement in 2012, and under his leadership the program was one of the best in the state. Peters crowned his career with more than 1,000 wins – more than any coach in the Shelby-Metro area – as well as the 2007 state championship. 
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  • Colorado College Tour, October 4-6

    Mark your calendars for the fall college tour, October 4-6. See the flyer here.
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  • Half-Day Wednesday, May 16, Then Exams

    We follow a half-day schedule Wednesday, May 16. Students are dismissed at 11:40 a.m. Underclassman exams are Thursday, May 17, through Thursday, May 24, 8:30-10:45 a.m. Monday, May 21, is a holiday. The last day of school is Friday, May 25, a half day, ending at 11:10 a.m.

    Here is the schedule we will follow for Friday, May 25 (the day after the last exam). Each class period will be 20 minutes in length. Homerooms will not meet. Upper and Lower School Dress Code for May 25:
    • Faculty and Staff: Business casual (no coat or tie), no jeans or T-shirts
    • Students: Shorts with collared shirt, tennis shoes allowed
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  • Interested in Making Music Next Year?

    Please email one of the music instructors to express interest or ask questions. They also can help anyone looking for private lessons: Mr. Matt Tutor for Upper School vocal or instrumental music, Mrs. Stephanie Hancock for Lower School instrumental music, and Ms. Kim Trammell for Drum Corps.
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  • Library News

    Each morning before underclassmen exams, breakfast items and drinks are served on the library porch from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. The library will then be closed until 1 p.m. From 1-3 p.m. the library will be open for faculty and students who need to make copies. Students who wish to study on campus should go to the Dunavant Lecture Hall in Hull Lower School for ASAP from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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  • Latin Owls Victorious 11th Year Straight

    Bubones took first place overall for the 11th consecutive year at the 62nd Annual Tennessee Junior Classical League State Convention, thanks to a strong showing in individual awards, first place finishes in Intermediate and Novice Certamen, and a second-place award in Advanced Certamen. The Owls competed among approximately 600 students from 38 schools throughout Tennessee at the convention, held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville April 20-21. A total of 42 Upper and Lower School Owls earned a combined score of 1,423 points. University School of Nashville finished second, and Hume-Fogg finished third.
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  • Order of the Owl Inducts 26

    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.
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  • Youth in Government Owlcolades

    Ten Lower School Youth in Government delegates attended the YMCA Middle School YIG Conference in late April, and three seventh graders collected accolades:
    • Amar Kanakamedala: Outstanding Statesperson
    • Parth Mishra: Outstanding Statesperson
    • Jack Zaptin and Amar Kanakamedala: Outstanding Bill
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  • All-Sports Banquet Photos

    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.
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  • Howell Receives 1693 Scholarship

    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.
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  • Loyola University Names Kerkhof Ignatian Scholar

    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.
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  • Vo Earns QuestBridge College Match

    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.
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  • College Signing Day 05.11.18

    Friends and family congratulated our final batch of seniors who signed to play college sports Friday, May 11: Benton Ferebee, swimming for Brandeis University; John McBride, playing basketball for University of Mississippi; Bobby Wade, playing lacrosse for Duke University; and Bays Webb, playing football for University of Mississippi. You may download large versions of the photos here.
     
     
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  • Faculty Induct Nine Springfield Scholars

    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.
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  • Robert Fudge Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

    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.
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  • Kaltenborn Earns Free Ride

    This week Navy ROTC representatives presented senior Liam Kaltenborn with a full scholarship to the University of Southern California. Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray explained the offer and commended Kaltenborn for his decision.
     
    "When Liam finishes school, he will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Navy or join the Naval Reserves to complete his commitment," Ray said. "MUS is always proud of our students who willingly commit to service of our country."
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  • Eagle Owls Unite!

    Congratulations to these four Owls for obtaining their Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank: senior Tate Bailey, junior Matt Rhodes, sophomore Alex Warr, and freshman Griffin Hood.

    If you know an MUS student who has achieved his Eagle rank in either 2017 or 2018, send his information to Mrs. Rebecca Greer at rebecca.greer@musowls.org, and we’ll share the news!
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  • Library News

    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.
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  • Summer SLAM Program – Help Spread the Word

    Help us spread the word about our summer SLAM program and identify high-achieving middle-school boys who would be great candidates. Now in its 14th year, SLAM is a full-day program involving academics, leadership, and athletics for boys entering Grades 5-9. We host two sessions: June 4-22 and July 9-27. The program is a great way for students and families to get to know us. Each grade at MUS includes about 10 SLAM alumni, most from non-traditional feeder schools. Click here for more information and the application. Please share this with families who may have an interest, and contact Mr. Judd Peters, the program’s director, at judd.peters@musowls.org or (901) 260-1379 if you have any questions or leads.
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  • Transition of Student Leaders

    In chapel last week faculty recognized students who led publications and major organizations at MUS this school year:
     
    2017-18
    Lower School Student Council President: Edward Grinder
    Government Club Presidents: Omkar Hosad and Oyama Hampton
    CSO President: William Miller
    The MUSe Editors: Charlie Evans and Alexander Goodwin
    The Owl Yearbook Editors: Jackson Moody and Kayhan Mirza
    The Owl’s Hoot Editors: Barry Klug and Jackson Howell

    The new leaders who have been selected for the coming year were also announced:
     
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  • Zhang Nails AMC with Perfect Score

    Eighth grader George Zhang made a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competition 10-A exam in February. More than 41,000 students participated in the contest nationally; George was one of only 36 students (in Grades 7-10) to earn a perfect score. We consistently have outstanding math students at MUS, but the math instructors do not recall anyone before Zhang who made a perfect score on either the AMC-10 or the AMC-12.
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  • Auditions for Fall Musical, May 8-10

    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 ted.fockler@musowls.org.
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  • Sell Back Books

    Book Buy Back will take place on May 24-25 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Owl Room (in the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center). This is the only time students will be allowed to sell back their books. We will pay cash for any hardback books in good condition that will be used again next year. Click here for a list of those books.
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  • Summer Reading

    Summer reading lists are posted online here. Each student must read three books. On his honor a student should choose books that he has not already read. Students will be tested on all three books during the first week of school. Points are awarded, depending on the test grade earned, to the first-quarter English grade.
     
    We offer summer reading course options, which you can see at musowls.org.summer.
    • Prep for Success: Mastering Summer Reading is a three-week course that will satisfy the summer reading requirement if a student successfully completes the requirements.
    • Reading/Writing Enrichment courses are designed to build vocabulary, reading speed, and comprehension using summer reading books, but students must still take the summer reading test in the fall.
    All summer reading books can be checked out over the summer, and most are also available to be downloaded to your personal device; for instructions, see the library’s Axis 360 Guide
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  • Ray Named Assistant Headmaster

    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.
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  • Black Named Communications MVP

    Senior Daniel Black was honored with the Communications MVP Award in chapel April 30. This award recognizes one outstanding Twitter reporter who has gone over and above while representing the school online. In recognition of Black’s exceptional creativity, consistency, congeniality, trustworthiness, and accuracy, he received an encased commemorative baseball signed by the members of the varsity team.
     
    The Communications MVP Award is not necessarily given every year. According to Assistant Director of Communications Rebecca Greer, the last award was given in 2012.
     
    "The quality of our Twitter feed is directly proportional to the dedication of the volunteers who agree to do the reporting," Greer said. "Our thanks go out to each young man who has contributed this year, but especially to Daniel, who has covered more than one sport and has also written recaps for Inside MUS. He's been a lot of fun to work with, and he'll be missed."
     
    Students interested in reporting for the school's Twitter account, @OwlBuzz, should see Mrs. Greer in the Communications Office.
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  • Hunters for the Hungry Awards

    On behalf of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Dr. Jack Gayden presented the MUS chapter of Hunters for the Hungry with the regional championship trophy and the state School Harvest Award Monday, April 30. Members of the school Hunters for the Hungry team were seniors Wyatt Berry, Jordan Hays, Barry Klug, Bo McEwan, Hastings McEwan, Mathon Parker, Charlie Rhodes, Mac Robinson, Bobby Wade, and Will West; junior Bailey Keel; sophomores Edward Erb, Will McEwan, and Collins Robinson; and freshman Warren Barry. The program began in 2013, and MUS has won the regional award every year. This year the chapter donated about 100 deer for the Hunters for the Hungry initiative, providing 15,000 meals.
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  • National French Exam Honors

    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:
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  • "The Owl" Gallery of Excellence Induction

    Senior Jackson Moody presented Upper School Principal Barry Ray with the Walsworth 2017-18 Gallery of Excellence award for the school's yearbook, The Owl, in chapel Monday, April 30. The 2017-18 yearbook was inducted into the Gallery of Excellence as a "distinction awarded those yearbooks that consistently demonstrate superior quality," according to Walsworth Publishing. Editors of The Owl were seniors Kayhan Mirza and Jackson Moody. Senior Barry Klug was assistant editor.
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  • Admissions Ambassadors Named

    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.”
     
    The new ambassadors are as follows:
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  • Seniors Honored with Awards

    Fourteen seniors received the following special honors recognizing their academic, artistic, extracurricular, and community service achievements during this school year:
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  • Movie Time at MUS

    "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.
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  • Webb Gift Provides Studio Upgrades

    Thanks to the generosity of Bita and Jim Webb and their son, Jacob Webb ’18, the control room in Bloodworth Studio is now named in honor of the late John Hiltonsmith for his many years of service to the MUS music program. The family’s gift has made possible substantial upgrades in the Hiltonsmith Control Room. The Webbs along with Hiltonsmith’s younger daughter, Julia, and wife, Sherry, were on hand for the dedication on April 23.

    Standing, from left, are Jacob Webb '18, Director of Music Matt Tutor '91, Headmaster Pete Sanders, Bita Webb, Jim Webb, Julia Hiltonsmith, and Sherry Hiltonsmith. 
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  • Students Receive Special Awards

    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:
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  • Transitioning to College

    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.
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  • Delegation Honored at YIG

    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
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  • Mock Trial Team Reaches State

    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. 
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  • Owls Celebrate Signings

    We celebrated another college commitment day April 11 in Wunderlich Lobby as seniors Conner Hobbs (baseball, Southwest Community College), Rick Reinhard (swimming, Washington University, St. Louis), and Rucker Wilkinson (lacrosse, Sewanee) made their decisions known. Download large versions of event photos here.
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  • Johns Hopkins Visit, April 28

    Upper School students interested in learning about Johns Hopkins University are welcome to meet university representatives Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Wunderlich Auditorium. Register here.
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  • Fencers Earn Fifth Overall State Title

    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.
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  • 2018-19 Student Leaders Named

    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.
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  • Exam Study Sessions

    Take advantage of our Exam Study Sessions, beginning April 30, to help your son prepare for finals. The program meets at night in Hyde Library, providing a quiet, distraction-free setting in which students can study. A faculty member will proctor the sessions. The schedule is as follows:
     
    Monday, April 30, through Thursday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. (4 sessions this week)
    Monday, May 7, through Thursday, May 10, 6-9 p.m. (4 sessions this week)
    Monday, May 14, through Thursday, May 17, 6-9 p.m. (4 sessions this week)
    Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23, 6-9 p.m. (2 sessions this week)
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  • Save the Date for Freshman Forum, August 7

    Families of rising freshmen: Please put Owl Freshman Forum on your calendar for August 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Wunderlich Auditorium. This fun and informative program orients new ninth graders to the Upper School environment. More details will come later this summer. Contact Director of Counseling Joe Abrahams at joe.abrahams@musowls.org with any questions.
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  • Underclassmen Exam Schedule

    All exams begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m.

    Thursday, May 17
    English
    Friday, May 18
    Science
    Monday, May 21
    School Holiday
    Tuesday, May 22
    Math
    Wednesday, May 23
    History
     
    Social Studies
     
    Grade 9 New Testament
    Thursday, May 24
    Classical and Modern Languages
     
    Grade 7 Old Testament
     
    Origins of Language
    Friday, May 25
    Last Day of School, Half Day
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  • Varner Lands Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected senior AJ Varner to receive a Cooke Scholars award. The scholarship, up to $40,000 annually, is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. Cooke Scholars additionally are eligible for graduate school funding of up to $75,000.
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  • AP Exam Schedule

    • Friday, May 18, European History, Noon
    • Thursday, May 24, Latin, Noon
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  • National Honor Society Inducts New Members

    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.
     
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  • MATHCOUNTS Champs

    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.
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  • 2018-19 Golf Tryouts in July

    Tryouts for the 2018-19 JV and varsity golf teams will take place during the United States Junior Golf Tour tournament July 17-19 at Windyke Country Club. There will be five open spots each for the varsity and JV teams. Questions? Email Head Coach Cliff Frisby.
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  • Challenged Literature Takes Center Stage

    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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, The Canterbury Tales, The Red Pony, and many other classics.
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  • Science Teachers Partner with Rhodes College

    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.
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  • Mid-South Chess Camp, June 10-15

    Mid-South Chess will offer a summer chess camp June 10-15 at MUS. Open to all ages and all levels, the camp features coaching from Grandmasters and International and National Masters. Information and registration at www.chesscamp.us.
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  • CSO Gives $500 to Make-A-Wish

    Seniors John McBride, left, and Benjamin Freeman, right, represented the MUS Civic Service Organization Monday, February 26, as they presented Ms. Elle Rist, development officer for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, with a $500 check. The gift was raised from the MUS Wish Bowl held in early December.
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  • Cum Laude Inducts 20 Members

    Twenty MUS juniors and seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, an organization modeled on Phi Beta Kappa that represents the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can achieve. 
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  • Summer Program Registration Open

    Online registration is open for Summer Programs! We offer a wide variety of academic, athletic, and leadership opportunities for boys, plus a handful of co-ed camps (AP History prep, essay writing, and drum corps). Click HERE to learn more and register.
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  • All-West Owls Take the Stage

    Six Owls performed at the Cannon Center All-West Tennessee Music Convention in Downtown Memphis February 9-10 after earning their places during the All-West Tennessee Band auditions in January and the All-West Tennessee Orchestra auditions in November. Hundreds of musicians from the western region of Tennessee auditioned for chairs in the concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestras.
     
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  • Latin Students Garner National Medals

    Seventeen Bubones earned medals at the 2017-18 National Classical Etymology Exam. In the Advanced Level, Latin IV, juniors Brandan Roachell and Loyd Templeton earned Silver Medals, and junior Ethan Hurst earned a Bronze.
     
    In the Intermediate Level, Latin III, sophomore Kyle Koester earned a Silver Medal. Freshmen brought home the medals in the Intermediate Level, Latin II, with Will Schuessler earning Gold; Cooper Grinspun, Fawwaz Omer, Samy Paul, and Ryan Peng earning Silver; and Akbar Latif and Cullen Lonergan capturing Bronze. In the Novice Level, Latin I, eighth graders Mark Hieatt, Talal Siddiq, and Forest Rudd earned Gold Medals; eighth grader Simeon Betapudi took Silver; and eighth grader Alex Li and seventh grader Jack Zaptin earned Bronze.
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  • 12 Owls Advance as National Merit Finalists

    Twelve seniors have been named Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program – Graham Boswell, Benjamin Freeman, Eli Gruen, Jackson Howell, Jeremy Jacobs, Liam Kaltenborn, Brad Kerkhof, Jackson Moody, Rick Reinhard, Bobby Wade, Mason Williams, and Chang Yu.
     
    MUS had the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists (13) among independent schools in the Memphis area. Twenty-three percent of the Class of 2018 received recognition from the scholarship program, including 11 National Merit Commended students, some of whom missed the threshold to advance to the Semifinalist level by as little as 1 point.
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  • Inclement Weather Policy

    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.
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  • 2018-19 Calendar is Available

    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.
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  • Sowell Talks Science with Parents

    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.”
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  • Upper School Class Registration

    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.
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  • National Merit Program Honors 24 Owls

    The 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 24 Owls, which is 23 percent of the senior class.

    Thirteen seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists – the highest number of recipients among independent schools in the Memphis area. The Semifinalists are Graham Boswell, Benjamin Freeman, Eli Gruen, Omkar Hosad, Jackson Howell, Jeremy Jacobs, Liam Kaltenborn, Brad Kerkhof, Jackson Moody, Rick Reinhard, Bobby Wade, Mason Williams, and Chang Yu.

    They are among 16,000 U.S. students, or less than 1 percent of U.S. seniors, honored as Semifinalists for their outstanding academic promise. They now compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered beginning in the spring.
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  • Rhodes College President Speaks on Integrity

    We were delighted to welcome Rhodes College President Dr. Marjorie Hass to campus as our guest speaker on Friday. Hass noted an important commonality between MUS and Rhodes – the commitment to an honor code – and spoke to students in assembly about the concepts of honor and integrity in light of recent news stories about sexual harassment.
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  • Campus Speed Limit 15 mph

    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.
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  • Thanksgiving Chapel

    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.”
     
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  • Owls Earn Chairs in All-West Orchestras

    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.
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  • Are you in the know or missing out?

    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!
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  • Policy on Absences from U Book

    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:
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  • Safe Home Pledge

    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.
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  • Welcome Headmaster Sanders, Video

    Welcome to Headmaster Peter D. “Pete” Sanders and his wife, Tracey, who have been settling into Memphis and life at 6191 Park Avenue. Read more and watch a video interview here.
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  • You need help? We’ve got it!

    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!
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  • Parents: Have You Logged In Yet?

    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.
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  • Film Celebrates Ellis Haguewood

    Temple Brown '81 created a film celebrating Ellis Haguewood’s service as teacher since 1969 and headmaster since 1995. Mr. Haguewood retires from MUS in June. Watch it here.
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  • Springfield Society Inducts Eleven

    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.
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  • Knowledge Bowl Co-Champion

    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.
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  • Phaedrus Contest Honors Seven Owls

    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.
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  • 2017-18 Junior Ambassadors Announced

    Director of Admissions Peggy Williamson has announced the 2017-18 junior ambassadors:
     
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  • 14 Nominations for “Man of La Mancha”

    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.
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  • Book Award Honorees

    Eight students received special honors and collegiate book awards this month at the annual Special Awards and Honor Society Induction Night. Faculty, alumni, and special guests presented the awards.
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Archive

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.

Videos

  • 2016-17 Admissions - The Mom

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  • 2016-17 Admissions - The Senior

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  • 2016-17 Admissions - The Teacher

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  • "U" Marks the Spot

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