The 2019-20 school supply lists for Upper and Lower School students have been posted and may be found on the Parent Quicklinks Resource Board when you are logged into the website. Here is information for upcoming tax-free holidays:
Eighth grader Varun Krishnamurthi and seventh graders Bryan Ding, Evan Wu, and Jerry Xiao advanced to the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Nashville in early March where the fearsome foursome took third place, and Ding, as an individual winner, earned the chance to play on the Tennessee team at the national competition in Lake Buena Vista, FL, this May.
The American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Owl’s Hoot staff a 2018-19 Scholastic Newspaper-First Place Award. The students were commended for their October and February issues, two entry among 900 submissions in seven categories covering content and design.
Surrounded by the family members, friends, and teachers who supported them along the way, the Class of 2019 celebrated graduation on Sunday, May 19, at Second Presbyterian Church. Click here to see selected photos from the event. Kathy Daniel Patterson took photos during Commencement, and the images should be loaded on her website by May 23. Under Client Viewing, enter the Event ID MUS2019.
We will mail the parents of each graduate a complimentary flash-drive copy of the Commencement video.
Junior Arjun Puri earned a Gold Medal for his performance in the 2019 Physics Olympiad and has been named a USA Physics Olympiad finalist. Approximately 6,000 students participated in the first round of the competition hosted by the American Association of Physics Teachers in late January. Less than 7 percent of those students qualified as semifinalists, advancing to the next round in late March.
Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy welcomed families as Order of the Owl and National Latin Honor Society inductees were celebrated Friday, May 10, 2019. Order of the Owl eligibility demands high academic performance and demonstrated excellent citizenship in accordance with the school Honor Code and Community Creed. In order to qualify for the NLHS, a student must be a member of Junior Classical League, must attend one of the Latin conventions during this school year, must maintain an A average, and must gain approval from his instructors.
Ten eighth graders joined the Springfield Scholars May 9 in an evening filled with moving testimonials, proud parents, and crisp new ties. During the 13th annual dinner, Jack Blackwell, Vince Boberski, Jaxon Hammond, Frederick Huang, Varun Krishnamurthi, Kevin Ma, Jackson Oswalt, Alyaan Salman, Jack Zaptin, and Lou Zhou each received a commemorative tie, certificate, and lapel pin, and a favorite teacher spoke in his honor.
A total of 26 students earned recognition on the 2019 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Latin Translation Contest. Competing against 1,000 or more students from Virginia to Colorado, Owls earned cash, books, or certificates for their performances. Cash award winners scored in the top 2-3 percent in their grade level, book award winners scored in the top 5-6 percent, and certificates of commendation winners scored in the top 20 percent.
Spanish students collected a ton of hardware for their performances on the 2019 National Spanish Examinations. Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile for their grade level nationally earned Gold; 94th-85th percentiles; Silver; and 84th-75th, Bronze. A 50th percentile score equals the national average.
Director of Admissions Buck Towner announced the biggest class of ambassadors to date this week: 30 sophomores will join the current 26 junior ambassadors as official school hosts for 2019-20, leading tours of campus for prospective families and representing MUS at a number of additional events throughout the year.
Mr. John Knaff, instructor in economics, lead the team of seniors Sonny Charbonnet, Wood Davis, Alden Southerland, and junior Jack Fernandez in the Personal Finance Challenge in early April. The Owls took third place out of 127 teams in the Wild Card Division.
Our Latin scholars won first place – for the 12th consecutive year – this weekend in the 63rd annual Tennessee Junior Classical League convention in Chattanooga. A total of 32 schools from across the state competed in the event. MUS fielded a delegation of 41 Upper School and Lower School scholars, all of whom contributed in some way to the 1,421 points scored by the team. University School of Nashville came in second.
Seventeen seniors received the following special honors recognizing their academic, artistic, extracurricular, and community service efforts during their time at MUS. Opening the awards chapel ceremony today, Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray said, “This is a very nice honor for our young men who’ve worked awfully hard in a variety of areas.”
MUS will co-host the Future Leaders in American Government conference with Rhodes College this summer. FLAG is a three-day, two-night political debate conference to be held at Rhodes from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21. It is open to 2019-20 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors; tuition is $250. The deadline to register is July 1, 2019. For more information, visit musowls.org/flag.
Take advantage of our Exam Study Sessions, which began April 29, to finish the fourth quarter well and prepare for finals. You still have time to attend. The program meets at night in Hyde Library, providing a quiet, distraction-free setting in which students can study. The cost is $200, and the schedule is as follows: