Owl News

List of 38 news stories.

  • “Little Shop of Horrors,” March 2-6

    Mark your calendar for the spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” in Hyde Chapel March 2-6 at 7 p.m. You don't want to miss this rock-and-roll love story about space-alien plants bent on world domination. Purchase tickets online HERE.
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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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  • Student Leadership Seminar Begins March 7

    Sophomores and juniors who are considering running for an MUS student leadership position in 2018-19 must attend the annual Student Leadership Seminar. The seminar begins Wednesday, March 7, and continues March 19, 20, and 21. Students interested in running for office and attending the seminar should see Mr. Judd Peters, director of student life and community relations.
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  • Lower School Tennis Tryouts

    Lower School tennis tryouts will be held Tuesday, February 27, and Thursday, March 1, from 3:30-5 p.m. In order to play on the team, attendance is mandatory.
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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 entering Grades 1-12. Plus, we have 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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  • Bridge Builders Application Deadline, April 13

    The Bridge Builders leadership program is accepting applications for students who will be in seventh-12th grades in the fall. The final deadline is April 13. Students may apply online or see Mrs. Anne Burruss in the Counseling Center for an application.
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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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  • Cheerleading Tryouts Clinic, Feb. 27

    Anyone interested in being an MUS cheerleader in 2018-19 should attend an interest meeting February 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sue Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center. Mandatory cheer clinics will be held March 19-20, 6-8 p.m., and tryouts will be held March 22, 4-6 p.m.
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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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  • Speaker: Helping Disorganized Boys, Feb. 28

    Noted author and teen expert Ana Homayoun will speak to parents about helping boys with organization, time-management, and personal purpose on Wednesday, February 28, at noon in Wunderlich Auditorium. Homayoun is the author of That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, which will be available for sale at the event. (A copy is available for check-out in Hyde Library.) For more information, visit www.anahomayoun.com. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. Register here by Monday, February 26.
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  • Grandparents Reception, March 2

    Grandparents of Lower School students are invited to a reception Friday, March 2, 9-10:45 a.m., in the Campus Center Dining Hall. This event is always a big hit, as students and their grandparents enjoy time together, refreshments, and tours of the Lower School. Headmaster Pete Sanders and Lower School Principal Clay Smythe will offer brief remarks. If you have questions, email Ann Laughlin.
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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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  • Metcalf Symposium Examines Human Trafficking

    More than 40 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, which the International Justice Mission defines as the use of lies or violence to force another person to work for little or no pay. For the 20th Robert M. Metcalf Symposium, MUS has invited IJM’s Philip Langford, vice president of international advancement, and Dawn Gary, director of strategic partnerships, to speak about the global organization’s efforts to stop this injustice. 
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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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  • Statistically Speaking, with Dr. Gadbois

    Simpson’s Paradox. Buffon’s Needle. The Gambler’s Fallacy. Dr. Steve Gadbois, instructor in math, piqued students’ interest in probability and statistics this week during an intriguing chapel presentation. 
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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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  • Owls Sign National Letters of Intent

    Faculty, friends, and family celebrated as three seniors made public their college commitments Tuesday, November 8. Wyatt Berry announced his intent to play golf for the Delta State University Fighting Okra, Buchanan Dunavant will play lacrosse for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, and Daniel Shumake will join the lacrosse team for the Mercer University Bears.

    Download pictures from the event here.
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  • Golf Team Wins State

    The golf team won the TSSAA Div II AA Golf State Championship this week, defending last year’s title and capturing the trophy with a final score of 594. Head Coach Cliff Frisby was named 2016-2017 State of Tennessee Boys' Golf Coach of the Year this week by the TSSAA. State team members were senior Wyatt Berry and juniors Walker Crosby, Call Ford, Hall Upshaw, Henry Wells, and Philip Wunderlich.
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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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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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