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.
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.
The MUS Fencing Team will compete in the 2018 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main Street, Memphis. Admission is free.
Saturday the Junior Men’s Foil team competition starts at 11 a.m. and Junior Men’s Individual Epee competition at 2 p.m., and Sunday the Junior Men’s Saber team competition starts at 2 p.m. Come out and show your support for the Owls!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The MUS Parents’ Association invites moms of ninth graders and their sons to a Rise and Shine Breakfast Friday, February 23, at 7:30 a.m. in the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center Wunderlich Lobby. This will be a time for your son to introduce you to his friends and for you to meet the Upper School counselors who work with freshmen. Regrets only: email@example.com
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 show about space-alien plants bent on world domination. (Note: Time has changed from the printed calendar.)
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.
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.
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. Printed invitations are going out now. If you need to update an address, email Ann Laughlin.
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.
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.
Science Department Chair Analice Sowell recently spoke to Parents’ Association Board members about the school’s science program.
“MUS was doing STEM before STEM was cool,” Sowell said, describing the Science Department’s long tradition of preparing students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math pathways in college and careers. “We don’t buy into a pre-packaged curriculum that does not meet the needs of our students. We design the curriculum for our boys,” she said. “The success of our alumni in college and STEM fields supports our curriculum.”
Registration for 2018-19 Upper School classes will begin in February. Each student in Grades 8-11 will receive a registration form that he should complete in consultation with a parent and bring back to school with a parent’s signature. Next, each student will meet with a registration counselor to discuss and finalize course requests. Registration should conclude in April.
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.