• Holiday Hours, Grades Online Dec. 28

    Students will be off for holiday break December 20 - January 2. Administrative offices will be open December 12-19 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and December 27-28 and January 2 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Grades will be available online Friday, December 28. Classes resume Thursday, January 3. Happy Rahlidays!
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  • Bookstore Pre-Holiday Hours

    Looking for MUS-branded gear and stocking stuffers? Schaeffer Bookstore will be open a few more days this semester.
    Monday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 11: 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
    Wednesday, Dec. 13: 8-9:30 a.m.
    Monday, Dec. 17: 10 a.m. - noon
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  • Get Your Dance On!

    Several dances are scheduled for the new year, so mark your calendar and begin making plans:

    Basketball Homecoming Dance
    • January 11, after game until 11 p.m.
    • Campus Center Dining Hall
    • An Upper-School-Owls-only dance
    • A date or guest is required
    • Student Council will provide more details soon
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  • Exam Prep, Policies

    Exams are approaching, and it’s time to get ready. This week was the last week of regular classes. Wednesday, December 12, is a half day with dismissal at 12:05 p.m. Before Thanksgiving Lower School counselors distributed Lower School exam study calendars and have continued to offer study reminders and test-taking tips. Mrs. Amy Poag will have a list of additional Lower-School faculty review opportunities posted on her door after December 11. Upper School policies and exam information are here, and a host of exam preparation opportunities have been offered. Two key opportunities are still underway:
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  • Exam Study Sessions Continue

    Exam study sessions, hosted in Hyde Library, are designed to provide all MUS students with a quiet and distraction-free setting to complete homework, study for tests and quizzes, and prepare for semester exams. They are proctored by faculty members and will continue throughout exams. The fee for attending is $200 and includes all sessions available. The schedule is as follows:
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  • Exam Week Snacks

    Students can come to the foyer of Hyde Library each Exam Week morning, 7:45-8:15 a.m., for a pre-exam snack of baked items, fruit, chocolate milk, orange juice, and a good luck wish.
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  • Trap Tryouts Jan. 5, 7, 12, 14

    Coach Hamilton Eggers will host trapshooting tryouts for the 2018-19 team Saturday, January 5 and 12, 8-10 a.m. at Memphis Sport Shooting Association and Monday, January 7 and 14, 3:30-5 p.m. at Shelby Farms. Everyone must attend at least two sessions and shoot at least 100 targets. Tryouts are for Upper School students only. The top seven shooters will make the team. Contact Coach Eggers if you are interested or have questions.
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  • Alston in Football Coaches Hall of Fame

    Head Football Coach and Director of Athletics Bobby Alston was inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association fifth Hall of Fame class December 1 in Cookeville, TN. 
    Alston, who has been coaching at MUS since 1977, is in his 21st year as head football coach. His overall record, 170-74, includes four state championships in seven title-game appearances – including back-to-back state title wins in 2004 and 2005, 2008 and 2009, and runner-up showings in 2012, 2013, and 2018. Under his leadership, the school has had 19 consecutive football playoff appearances from 2000-2018.
    Alston is pictured at the TnFCA Hall of Fame presentation with two generations of players he has coached at MUS: the Burnetts and Christenburys.
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  • Juniors: College Counseling Reminders

    The deadline for juniors to sign up for spring Mock Interviews is Wednesday, December 12.  Also, juniors met during the week of November 26 to choose their College Day classes and counselors. Any junior who didn’t attend the OP meeting November 29 must check his email immediately and follow the instructions.
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  • Spring Meal Plans - And Free Money!

    Meal plans for next semester are now available – and you can earn $25 credit if you sign up before Friday, December 14!
    View or download the dining services brochure, then click here to purchase meal plans or to add money to your son’s U Card. All major credit cards are accepted. These links and instructions are always available on the school website under your login, the Resources tab, and either of the parent resource boards.
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  • Holidays Approach, Excused Absence Policies Apply

    As the holidays approach, please review the school policy for excused absences:
    Except for sickness, please use the Excused Absence Form to request an absence from school. Excused absences include a death in the family, medical procedures, observance of a religious holiday, attending school-sponsored activities and events, family vacations, non-school athletic competitions, and/or any other planned absences from school. Complete and return this form to the appropriate school office TWO DAYS PRIOR to the date of absence. Failure to complete this form can result in no academic credit issued for a student’s missed assignments.

    The form and explanation are found on both parent resource boards of our website. Log in to the website, click the Resources tab, and click on either the Lower School Biz or Parent Quick Links board.
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  • Science Students Tour Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Science Department Chair Analice Sowell and Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy took Sowell’s Materials Science class to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week. For the past four years, this annual field trip has provided our science students the opportunity to see firsthand how the best minds in STEM fields are working at world-class facilities - right here in Tennessee - to tackle some of the nation’s most compelling challenges in nuclear energy, advanced materials, national security, and supercomputing. 
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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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  • MUS Social Media Policy

    Have you read the MUS Social Media and Publishing Policies on page 69 of the student handbook? The Communications Office must approve any online use of the school's identity or logos (formal or informal, in name or imagery), including social media profiles and handles, online account names and URLs, and any other form of public representation. Most important, student online conduct must be in keeping with the school's ideals, philosophy, and mission. Violation of the social media policy is a disciplinary issue. Contact the Communications Office if you have questions.
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  • Ryan Sellers to Lead State Classical Association

    At the 40th annual Tennessee Classical Association meeting this month, Instructor in Latin Ryan Sellers was elected the organization’s president. TCA is the only professional organization in the state specifically for teachers of classical Greek and Latin. 
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  • Questions about Standardized Testing?

    College Counseling has prepared a letter, beneficial to all – but critical for juniors – answering questions about standardized testing. Preparing for ACT or SAT exams can be confusing, so check out this letter on the College Counseling Resource Board for help.
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  • Who Wants to Play Lower School Lacrosse?

    If you are a Lower School Owl interested in playing seventh or eighth grade lacrosse in the spring, or if you are simply curious about it, email Coach Jeffrey Block or call him at (901) 619-4236. The season begins in February.
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  • Murphy Confirmed Lower School Principal

    Headmaster Pete Sanders announced the appointment of Mr. Loyal Murphy ’86 as the principal of Memphis University School’s Lower School at a faculty meeting November 7. Murphy has been serving as interim principal since July 1.

    “After a review of Mr. Murphy’s work over the last four months and feedback from various sources close to the Lower School, it has become evident that he is the right person for the job,” Sanders said. “Creative in his approach to challenges, he has embraced the role with unwavering commitment to the students and with enthusiastic support of the school’s mission.”

    In Murphy’s 28-year career at MUS, he has served as a math teacher in both Upper and Lower Schools, soccer coach, Lower School advisor, and assistant principal of the Upper School in charge of discipline.

    “He knows MUS deeply, from the perspectives of student, alumnus, teacher, administrator, and parent,” Sanders said. “In his professional development of recent years, he has studied operations at other schools and focused on best practices in the classroom and in administration.”
    Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rice University, and he began teaching at MUS in 1990. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married 25 years, and their son, Patrick ’16, is a junior at Notre Dame University.
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  • Three Owls Honored at TAIS Biennial Awards

    The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools honored three MUS educators during the biennial awards dinner Sunday, November 4, at the Hilton Memphis. The Sawney Webb Award, honoring administrators who have made outstanding contributions to independent-school education, was presented to Headmaster Emeritus Ellis Haguewood and the Hubert Smothers Award, presented to teachers who have evidenced excellence and a deep commitment to the teaching profession, was given to Hyde Library Director Bonnie Barnes and Instructor in Latin Ryan Sellers.
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  • Hurst Named School Heisman Winner

    Senior Ethan Hurst, a varsity swimmer, has been named a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner for MUS. Applicants must be athletes in one of the 47 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or by the National Federation of State High School Associations. In addition, they must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and they also must be proven leaders and role models within their school and community.
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  • Sign Up Now for Rhodes Model U.N.

    Model U.N. advisor Mrs. Jenny Pratt is collecting participants for the upcoming Rhodes College Model United Nations Conference. No experience is necessary, and much fun is always had. Follow this link to be a part of our school delegation. Contact Mrs. Pratt with any questions. Sign-up deadline is December 1.
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  • Ma Wins First Bee Battle

    Last week Mrs. Michelle Crews and Mr. Dax Torrey officiated the first school spelling bee for the year. Approximately 20 students participated, and many competed valiantly, but the final three from this round were eighth grader Kevin Ma, first place; seventh grader Qasim Akbar, second place; and eighth grader Varun Krishnamurthi­­­. Ma took the day by spelling voltaic and munificent. The next round will take place November 14, so stay tuned for updates!
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  • MUS-CBHS Rivalry Cup

    The MUS-CBHS football rivalry goes back to 1894, when the Owls beat the Brothers 20-0. Now the regular-season record is tied – 26-26-3. Both teams are hoping to break that tie this Friday, when they meet at Tom Nix Stadium at CBHS. A new trophy, The Rivalry Cup, will also be at stake. The trophy, engraved with the win-loss record, will be presented to the winning team at a school assembly after the game. It bears this inscription: “The Rivalry Cup was established to encourage service and leadership in honor of legendary hall of fame coaches Tom Nix and Jake Rudolph, all of the players, coaches, students, alumni, and fans of MUS and CBHS, and these two great institutions that have competed with dignity and respect since 1894.” Each year the host team will take donations at the game to contribute to a local charity, this year St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Pictured above, MUS seniors Lee Linkous and J.J. Johnson and CBHS juniors Will Fracchia and Jackson Herring show off the new Rivalry Cup.
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  • TMTA Recognizes 7 Owls

    Results from last year's Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association contest have arrived, and seven Owls placed in the Top-10 List for the state: From the Class of 2018 Jackson Moody and Chang Yu; junior Arjun Puri; freshmen Forest Rudd, George Zhang, and Kerry Zhao; and eighth grader Lou Zhou.
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  • Latin Composition Contest Results

    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.
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  • Basketball Tryouts for Grade 7-9 Teams

    Basketball tryouts will be held in Ross Lynn Arena on the following days:
    • Grade 7: Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, from 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Grade 8: Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Grade 9: Monday, October 29; Tuesday, October 30; and Wednesday, October 31, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
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  • Fall Musical "1776" Runs Oct. 20-23

    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!
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  • Meet French Instructor Elizabeth Howorth

    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.
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  • Lt. Terrence Cole ’11 Offers Encouraging Message

    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.
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  • Owl Afternoon College Visits

    We host colleges and universities as they visit our campus and meet one-on-one with our students. Receptions are held in Morgan Foyer of Humphreys Hall after school. The next visits are:
    Wednesday, October 31, 2:15 p.m.
    Eckerd College
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    Saint Louis University
    St. Lawrence University
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  • Mid-South Chess Day at MUS Oct. 13

    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.
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  • PSAT Testing Oct. 10

    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.
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  • Teen Read Week Oct. 9-12

    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!
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  • National Merit Commended Owls

    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.
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  • Owls Named National Merit Semifinalists

    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.
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  • Making Progress

    The end of the first progress report period was Friday, September 14, and reports will be posted online today. Parents, if you have not logged in to your online account yet and need help, click on this link for login instructions.

    Next week is Football Homecoming week, and T-shirts will be sold for $10 each in the Dining Hall during lunch.
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  • What a Week!

    Thanks to all the parents who made Parents Back-to-School Day 2018 a great success! And thanks to the Student Ambassadors who provided direction and answered questions. While PBTSD took place, many of our Upper School students participated in a CSO Day of Service, helping out at the various organizations throughout the city.
    Don't miss our pre-game tailgate gathering TONIGHT from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the fan tunnel at 6:45 p.m., and the kickoff at 7 p.m. as the Owls take on South Panola. Go, Owls!
    This week is full of events and deadlines, so please look carefully at this Friday News Flash. Be sure to scroll to College Counseling Corner, where you will find information on Evening with Colleges at MUS 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 18; a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, to help you plan for your son’s standardized testing; and a free ACT practice test 9 a.m. Saturday, September 22. Also, don’t miss the information (just below) about our free PSAT prep sessions.
    Did we say free? We meant priceless.
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  • Founders Day at MUS

    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 the Memphis Appeal-Avalanche announced 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.”
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  • Spring Formal Save the Date

    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 judd.peters@musowls.org.
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  • FCD Week: Talk About It

    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.
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  • Library Test Prep Help

    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.
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  • Happy Labor Day

    “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson

    September is on the horizon, and we wish you a happy Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 3.
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  • Library Birthday Books

    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.
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  • Writing Center and Study/Help Labs

    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.
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  • Board Chair Recalls Time-Tested Lessons

    “What stands the test of time?” To Diversified Trust CEO and MUS Board of Trustees Chair Sam Graham ’80, one answer to this question is easy: his MUS experience.

    “A lot about me was formed in these hallways,” Graham said during a chapel presentation August 17.
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  • Join the Parents’ Association

    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.
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  • Course Change Requests Due Aug. 20

    The deadline for requesting course schedule changes for first semester is Monday, August 20, at 3:20 p.m. Change request forms are available in the Upper School Office.
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  • Sophomore College Counseling Info Night

    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.
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  • Celebrating Our 125th

    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! 
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    We try to develop character. For, in the final analysis if you haven’t got character, it doesn’t really matter whether you know mathematics of history.” – Col. Ross M. Lynn, Headmaster 1955-1978

    With the 2018-19 school year, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our founding in 1893. We have a rich history, and as we welcome 630 boys Monday, a future full of character.

    Remember to finish up those summer reading and summer math packets.
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  • Bookstore Hours

    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.
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  • Sports Passes Go Digital

    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.
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  • New School Time, Don’t Be Late!

    Regular School Hours

    Tuesday, August 14, is a full day for everyone. School will begin five minutes earlier than in years past, with the first bell at 8:05 a.m., and homeroom period beginning at 8:10 a.m. Dismissal times are the same as before – 3:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
    Convocation Day
    The first day of school is Monday, August 13. The day will start with Convocation in Hyde Chapel at 8:30 a.m. Seventh- and eighth-grade students should arrive at Hull Lower School by 8 a.m., and Upper School students should arrive by 8:10 a.m. Dress for Convocation is coat and tie. Photos for the yearbook, onCampus (our school online information system), school publications, school ID cards, and the Faces book will be taken that morning – so look neat!
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  • Naviance Portal has New Link

    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.
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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. 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.

    The 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:
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  • State Representative Daniel Visits Campus

    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.
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  • Grade 7 BOS Email

    Dear Seventh-Grade Parents and Students:
    I hope this email finds you well and enjoying your summer! My summer is moving WAY too quickly! The Charles Schultz character Charlie Brown said it best, “Summers fly, winters walk.”
    I would like to take the opportunity to say, “Welcome to MUS!” We’re glad that you have made the decision to send your son to school at 6191 Park. As an Owl myself (Class of 1986) and parent of Patrick (Class of 2016), I can attest that you’ve made a wise choice.
    One change has occurred on campus since your son’s acceptance; Mr. Clay Smythe, the previous Lower School Principal, has elected to return to the classroom full time to teach religion. In May I was honored when Headmaster Pete Sanders asked me to take the reins of the Lower School.
    I am excited about my new role as Lower School principal and look forward to working with your son this fall. I entered Hull Lower School as a student in the fall of 1980 under the guiding hand of John Murry Springfield, returned in 1990 and taught Algebra I-A and Pre-Algebra in the Lower School with Principal Barry Ray at the helm, worked with Principal Rick Broer during his tenure, and sent Patrick through the Lower School under Mr. Smythe. As the fifth principal of the Lower School, I have had the honor of knowing all four gentlemen and plan on using their best practices and continuing MUS traditions to make the 2018-19 school year wonderful for your son.
    As we prepare for his arrival on campus, we want to cover the following topics so we can get the school year off to a smooth start. I apologize for the length of the email, but all the content is important. Please read it carefully and begin to schedule accordingly.
    Our online information system, OnCampus, is where you will access school resources, the school calendar, and school news. Additionally, once school is underway, you will be able to view your son's schedule of classes, progress reports, grades, and attendance records. 
    Parents, visit www.musowls.org and log in (upper right corner).
    If you have forgotten your login or password or do not have one yet, click on the Forgot your login? link and follow the prompts. (Click here for detailed instructions.) Students, during the first week of school, we will assist you with your login; please wait until you are physically on campus this fall.
    Parents, you will find most everything you need under the Resources tab.
    You will also find interesting and fun items on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Links for these are located on the MUS home page. Please "Like" our pages to show your support and get our updates. 
    Summer Reading List and Math Requirements: 
    Visit www.musowls.libguides.com/summer for Summer Reading and Math Packet information. Math Packets are due Tuesday, August 14; tests on summer reading will be given during the first week of classes.
    Parent Camp: Monday, August 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    This important session is for seventh-grade parents only – no students or children. We will provide you with necessary information and attempt to anticipate your questions and concerns. Afterward, we are happy to address any questions. Please meet in Dunavant Lecture Hall, Hull Lower School building, north of the baseball field.
    Book Sale: Tuesday, August 7, 9-11 a.m.
    Seventh graders may buy their books Tuesday, August 7, from 9-11 a.m. in Ross Lynn Arena. Students should attend the Book Sale at this time not only to assist their parents but also to get their Owl Camp photos taken. Parents may also purchase books at any of the subsequent Book Sale sessions (Tuesday, August 7, 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Thursday, August 9, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Friday, August 10, 9:30-11 a.m.).
    If you are unable to attend one of the Book Sale sessions, you may send someone in your place. Class schedules, seat assignments, and locker assignments are distributed at Book Sale. We suggest that you take books and materials purchased home after the sale, and DO NOT place them in assigned lockers. Students should bring books to school on Tuesday, August 14. At home, take a few minutes to place your son’s name in his books and notebooks; seventh graders occasionally misplace items, and it is much easier to return a book with a name in it.
    • Student photos: 
      Please have your son’s picture taken in the lobby before entering the Book Sale session Tuesday, August 7, from 9-11 a.m. This photo will be used during Owl Camp so the faculty and administration can begin putting names with faces. It will also be the photo used for the MUS identity card (U Card). Casual clothing worn for Owl Camp is fine for this photo.
    • Reminders: 
      To be eligible to receive schedules and buy books, tuition must be paid in advance (according to your payment plan). During the week of Book Sale, we will accept credit and debit cards for payment on books, spirit wear, and season athletic passes. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are the cards we can accept.
    • Directions to Book Sale in Ross Lynn Arena: 
      Enter the Primacy Parkway gate on Ridgeway and park in the main lot facing the south doors of the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center. We will have plenty of friendly students around to help you find your way, and coffee will be provided. Visit www.musowls.org for a campus map (click on ABOUT).
    School Supplies: 
    Lower School supply lists are posted here and on an online Resource Board (see information for accessing in the sixth paragraph of this letter). There are a few items all our students need: paper (either loose-leaf or spiral notebooks), blue or black pens, red pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards, and a TI-30Xa calculator. You will buy an MUS assignment book at Book Sale. Teachers may have specific supply requirements, and the boys will receive that information during the first week of school. Both rolling and regular backpacks are acceptable. A large athletic bag is advisable for students with sports equipment; during the day, athletic bags are stored in the Lower School’s secure athletic closet.
    Dining Service:
    We contract with Sodexo for breakfast and lunch service. You may choose to buy a lunch Meal Plan either for a semester or for the year online at www.mus.sodexomyway.com (the account number is your son’s name) or at Book Sale. There is no semester plan for breakfast, but you can load funds in $25 increments on the U Card for breakfast or food purchases over and above Meal Plan options.
    Student Orientation, aka Owl Camp:
    We assemble at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, in front of the Lower School for the Owl Camp overnight orientation. The seventh graders, accompanied by a crew of faculty members (and me), leave for Camp Bear Track, Drasco, AR, at 1 p.m. We return Thursday, August 9, around 4:30 p.m. Attendance is mandatory. For more information about the overnight trip and forms needed, click here.
    The First Week: Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17:
    • Monday, August 13, is Convocation Day – the first day of school. Students should arrive by 8 a.m. in the Lower School, and we will get them to Hyde Chapel. Convocation Day is also the continuation of Owl Camp for the seventh graders – activities are designed to orient students new to MUS in a variety of ways. Dress coat and tie is required attire for Convocation Day; we will also take student yearbook pictures before lunch, so please make sure that your son is properly attired and groomed. Appropriate appearance includes a clean-shaven face and hair that is neatly groomed so it stays out of the eyes, above the midpoint of the ear, and above the collar in the back. Sideburns may not extend below the earlobe. Examples of inappropriate grooming are hair of extreme style or color, mustaches, and ponytails. We will serve lunch and then embark on our tours and other activities. Convocation Day ends at 2:30 p.m. The boys are to be picked up in front of the Lower School.
    • Tuesday, August 14, your son begins his regular academic schedule. Summer Math Packets are due this day.
    • Academic and Medical Evaluations: If you have academic and medical evaluation data to relay to the counseling office, Mrs. Amy Poag is your contact. She can be reached at amy.poag@musowls.org.
    Please email me at loyal.murphy@musowls.org if you have a question that cannot wait until August 6. We look forward to seeing you at Parent Camp and at Book Sale!
    Loyal Murphy
    Lower School Principal
    Memphis University School
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  • PSAT/SAT Prep Open to Owls and Non-Owls

    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 interested by July 2. The class is capped 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.
    Click here for the proposed schedule for the course. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Director of College Counseling Steven Johanson at steven.johanson@musowls.org.
    Excited about this opportunity and ready to sign up? Click here to register and learn about how to submit your payments! Registration and payment must be submitted by July 2.
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  • Owls Medal in National Spanish Exams

    Spanish students collected hardware for their performance on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations.
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  • Summer Life Starts Now

    And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    Friday, May 25, is the last day of school. The first bell rings at 8:15 a.m., and the last bell rings at 11:10 a.m. This is our last WEEKLY Friday News Flash until August, but we will send occasional missives in the coming months to remind you of required summer reading and math packets, college admission preparation tasks (mostly for juniors), and other news.

    As the 2017-18 school year ends and summer begins, we offer hopes for days filled with rich experiences – whether you’re on the road or right here at home, immersed in a fantastic adventure or an adventuresome book.

    Happy Summer!
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  • 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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  • Getting the Work Done

    If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” – Dale Carnegie
    The 2017-18 school year will soon be a memory. But first, there is some work to be done – and some celebrating. Graduation exercises are Sunday, May 20. Underclassmen exams continue through Thursday, May 24. Monday, May 21, is a school holiday. And the last day of school is Friday, May 25, a half day, dismissing at 11:10 a.m. Here is the schedule we will follow May 25. Each class period will be 20 minutes in length. Homerooms will not meet. Upper and Lower School dress code for that day only: shorts with collared shirt; tennis shoes allowed. Summer hours for school offices are as follows:
    • Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Offices will be closed Memorial Day and Fourth of July.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stead Mind, Strong Finish

    “Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

    It’s time to stay strong and finish strong. Advanced Placement exams are in full swing, and underclassmen exams start Thursday, May 17. Graduation exercises are May 20, and the next day, Monday, May 21, is a school holiday – extra time for underclassmen to study!
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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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  • Eyes on the Prize

    Next week students will enjoy the finals of the Trigon tournament in Thomas Amphitheater. Trigon is an ancient Roman game that is revived every spring by our Latin instructors and students. Three toga-garbed Lower School finalists will battle it out Tuesday, weather permitting, for the coveted title. This year, several faculty members have volunteered to play an undercard match. Should be fun!
    On Monday, May 7, senior and AP exams begin. Underclassmen have a few more days to prepare for exams, which begin May 17. Lower School Counselor Amy Poag has created a study calendar here to help with planning and organizing. Click here for her tried-and-true study tips. And don't forget about our evening study sessions (see details in this email). It’s not too late to join in.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Be Prepared, Not Scared

    "Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi
    Next week is a big one for the Class of 2018, with the college T-shirt photo and senior picnic Wednesday and mock graduation and last day of classes Friday. Then it's examinations and preparation for commencement, May 20.
    Underclassmen have a few more days to prepare for exams, which begin May 17. Lower School Counselor Amy Poag has created a study calendar HERE to help with planning and organizing. Click HERE for her tried-and-true study tips. And don't forget about our evening study sessions (see details in this email).

    Artwork by sophomore Sean-Marc Taylor, featured in the newest issue of The MUSe published this week.
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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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  • After Progress Reports - Exams

    “All things are ready, if our mind be so.” ― William Shakespeare, “Henry V”
    Progress Reports will be available online Friday, April 20. These results can help students see where they may need to work harder or get help to finish the year strong. Our evening study sessions, April 30 – May 23, provide an excellent opportunity for distraction-free study time.
    Click here to see other support opportunities we offer.
    Countdown to exams:
    17 days – Senior and AP exams begin (May 7)
    27 days – Underclassmen exams begin (May 17)
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    Everyone in the MUS community should be aware of these important school policies:
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  • Road Trip to State Semis

    The school has secured a bus for any students who want to travel to Nashville this Friday, March 2, to cheer on the Owls in the state semifinal basketball game vs. Brentwood at 2:45 p.m. at Lipscomb University.
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  • See U at Beeline Bazaar, March 3

    Don’t miss the Schaeffer Bookstore Booth at Hutchison School’s Beeline Bazaar, Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This year's bazaar features local artisans and purveyors of handmade goods such as jewelry, art, food, textiles, stationery, pottery, and fashion, plus food vendors.
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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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  • Rogers Leadership Forum, Jan. 19

    MUS will host Mr. Anthony M. Flynn during our annual Rogers Leadership Forum for students January 19. Flynn is founder of The Gifted Education Foundation and author of “The Execution Pipeline: A Step-by-Step Guide to Moving Your Business Idea from Dream to Reality.”
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