2018

  • 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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  • Book Discussion: “The Gift of Failure,” Oct. 18

    Join the MUS counselors for coffee and a discussion of Jessica Lahey’s book The Gift of Failure Thursday, October 18, at 8:15 a.m. in the Campus Center Dining Hall. A teacher and a writer, Lahey focuses on the critical school years when students must learn to tolerate disappointment and frustration so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Laying out a blueprint for ways parents can support their children, this book gives targeted advice for embracing mistakes and handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports.

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  • Important College Counseling Dates

    The College Counseling team reminds seniors and their families of these important upcoming dates:
    • Sunday, October 14 - Free College Application Boot Camp, Upper School Computer Lab, Room 310, 3-5 p.m. Laptops are optional.
    • Monday, October 15 - The first early college-application deadline, so this weekend is the last opportunity to work on those applications.
    • Thursday, November 1 - The financial aid and scholarship application deadline for UT Knoxville. Don’t let it sneak up on you!
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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:
     
    Tuesday, October 9
    New York University
    The George Washington University

    Wednesday, October 10
    Hampden-Sydney College
    The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Thursday, October 11
    University of Vermont
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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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  • Admissions Open House, Oct. 28

    Do you know any boys who would thrive at MUS? Send us their contact information, and we will send them personal invitations to Open House, which is Sunday, October 28, beginning at 2 p.m. 

    We can also schedule half-day visits. Call the Admissions Office at (901) 260-1304. The Admissions Priority Application Deadline is December 10.
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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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  • Morning Joe College Chats

    Our college counselors host regular Morning Joe College Chats; parents can ask questions and learn about topics related to the college selection process. The first session is Monday, September 10, 8-9 a.m., in the Upper School Conference Room of Humphreys Hall. This session is limited to 25 parents. Contact Mrs. Kim Justis Eikner at (901) 260-1332 or kim.justis@musowls.org to register.
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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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  • Evening Study Sessions Are Underway

    MUS offers a year-round nightly study hall Monday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in Hyde Library. You may sign up for 1, 2, or 4 nights per week. Contact joe.abrahams@musowls.org if you are interested. Here are the details:
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  • Hyde Library News

    The Hyde Library staff needs parent volunteers who can pitch in weekly to process and shelve books, assist in the Harkins Archives, and work on special projects. The staff also needs parents who can help occasionally by bringing cookies and other goodies for our special events. If you would like to become part of the crew, email bonnie.barnes@musowls.org.
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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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  • Students Pledge Honor at Convocation

    Themes of scholarship, service, humility, and honor highlighted Opening Convocation for the 2018-19 school year. Seniors Loyd Templeton, Smith McWaters, William Quinlen, and Sloan Miles, pictured above, shared their thoughts on the important character traits MUS works to instill.
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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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  • Mandarin Chinese Program

    We will offer an after-school program in Mandarin Chinese for students in Grades 7-12 beginning September 19. Held on most Wednesdays for 10 sessions, the class is open both to beginners and those with previous Chinese experience. Please notify Mr. Eikner at flip.eikner@musowls.org if you would like to enroll.
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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Seventeen Owls have reported achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017-18. Seniors Tate Bailey, Mack Bethell, William Dellinger, Thompson McDonald, Jackson Moody, Peter Raves, Stan Smythe, Landon Springfield, and Jason Wang; juniors Bailey Keel, Stillman McFadden, Matt Rhodes, and Warren Turner; sophomores Robert Dickinson and Alex Warr; freshman Griffin Hood; and eighth grader McRae Dickinson have achieved the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
     
    This rank requires years to fulfill; the scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, pass a lengthy review process, lead a community service project, and demonstrate an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. The Eagle Scout program is over 100 years old, and historically only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.
     
    Send your 2017-18 or 2018-19 Eagle ceremony information to Mrs. Rebecca Greer at rebecca.greer@musowls.org, and let her know which of the two school years the rank was achieved.
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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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