Please note the change in the MUS school code. The correct school code is
751-310JG. If you are registering online, you can simply enter Memphis University School, and the school code will appear. Also, I’m attaching a form with the list of
qualifying subtests and a list that details the differences in the ACT and SAT.
Students may take the ACT on either December 8 or February 9, and they may take
the SAT on either December 1 or January 26. Please call 260.1360 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Due to the football coaches needing to attend Parent Night for their own sons, Thursday practice timemoves up, 4:15-6:15 PM. Players will be dismissed from ASAP at 3:50. All players must report to ASAP for check-in, and then they will be dismissed. We strongly encourage players to report to ASAP early and knock out some homework before being dismissed. They could get in thirty minutes of study time if they are serious, and that's time they get back when they relax at home!
It's always nice to know who our readers are and what their interests are at school. Given the number of brothers scattered about our six different grades, we are curious to know about your son(s)'s grade level. Thanks for taking the time, and we always appreciate your feedback.
Not that our guys are attractive enough to be Mr. Teen U.S.A., not that there's anything wrong with it, but if a MUS lad ever happened upon the stage with the cameras rolling, we hope that he would be a bit more prepared to offer his extemporaneous opinion than this young lady, bless her heart.
Since we are beginning the third week of school for the eighth graders this week (second academic week for seventh graders), it is a good time for parents to sit down and review your son's organization and planning. First, he has been told numerous times to log on to his MUS account and enter his password from school first, not from home first. By logging on from school, he and you can then access the Assignment Grabber from home. If he does not log on at school, his account will not be accessible remotely.
Second, eighth graders have shown some understandable resistance to using the Assignment Book with regularity. The students were not required to use the Assignment Book en masse last year unless they were on Academic Warning. We changed the practice this year to incorporate all students in the hopes of improving individual performance and planning. We encourage parents to pass on their own personal wisdom to their sons with the Assignment Book as the common tool. Please let us know if you experience either improvement or frustration with this process. We want the boys to be on top of their work and schedule, not the other way around.
Suiting up a team with just a few weeks of practice under their belts, Coach Wade and his staff had our boys ready enough to pounce on our cross-town rivals from Poplar/Perkins, 28-0. Congrats to all who have labored in these dog days of August to produce a solid team win.
During assembly today, we heard a good presentation by Mr. Dent concerning the value of a wrist watch for our boys. Especially applicable for seventh graders, a wrist watch (not the cell phone or PDA clock) is a great aid towards punctuality. With the rotating schedule and our cherished freedoms we allow the boys, life at MUS can be challenging for those who have no sense of what time it is. Those with no watch (the large majority by the show of hands during today's assembly) are arguably at a disadvantage, especially if they struggle in the area of personal maturity and responsibility.
We would hate to see a boy get a demerit, and therefore Wednesday Morning School, for being tardy to class simply because he didn't think to look at his watch.
Come support the eighth grade Owls tonight in the stadium at 6:30 PM as they challenge the White Station Spartans. The forecast should be balmy with a slight percentage chance of dehydration. We've contracted some fan support with some heat tolerance in the event that it's just a little too warm for some of you.
A Detroit-area school district
is getting tough on students who use cellphones or iPods in school, punishing them with automatic
suspensions for breaking the rules. Instead of having the items confiscated or
serving a detention -- as most school districts do -- students in the
Plymouth-Canton (Mich.) Community Schools now will be suspended one day for a
first violation and up to five days for four or more violations.
thoughtful educators are of the opinion that schools, i.e., teachers, should be
finding ways to use their students' hand held electronic devices for learning as a practical point
of contact with their students. This assumes that students stay on the task at hand and display mastery of their grammar, English usage, and basic math skills. If students are deficient in these basics, it is difficult to instruct them and lead them toward deeper understanding, regardless of technology in the classroom.
The confiscation/suspension approaches are not
simple matters, and there is no doubt that the tenuous relationship of academic schools, college-bound students,
and motivated parents (with respect to a student's personal responsibility with technology) is much more complex today
than we may have imagined it would be.
The issue of MySpace/Facebook
and how its use by our students outside of school relates to the students'
lives inside of school is a separate but related discussion.
September 20 at Hutchison School's Wiener Theatre, MUS
parents are invited to join Hutchison parents for a presentation
entitled Raising Resilient Children in an Uncertain World, 7:00 p.m. The
featured speaker Bob Ditter, a senior level child, adolescent, and family therapist
from Boston, will discuss Internet safety, among a
range of topics, and the new online communities will be a subject of
discussion. I encourage you to attend.
I recommend clicking
through to USA Today and
reading the story. It is a well-written slice of school life of today, where
perhaps the biggest issue of technology is how to keep students from using it.
The final quotation is a good summary: "Some kids are guilty, but they're treating everyone like
they're guilty," says Jing Guan, 17, of Canton, Mich., a junior at Plymouth High School.
Below at the left of the page is where we will post various polls from time to time, and this week's poll concerns all seventh graders who attended Owl Camp. We always appreciate hearing from you, and our polls are one way for our community to keep tabs on our shared experiences in the Lower School.
Also, at the end of the "Useful links" column to the left of the page, there is a link to send Blogmail so that we can hear directly from you. As you become more accoustomed to using the blog, you may choose to add this page to Your Favorites. You can do so by clicking on the link below the poll.