Following in the steps of greatness (below), Roberto Olvera, Alex Carruthers, Kamar Mack, and Henry Liu give their best Abby Road pose, paying tribute to Memphis's own Booker T and the MG's pictured here:
A lot has changed since their 1962 debut album hit the airwaves, pumping Soulsville, U.S.A. to the world. The Memphis Leaders annual field trip to the STAX Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy would not be possible were it not for the visionary and charitable spirit of some entrepreneurial MUS alumni. We want our boys to experience up close the multiple layers of people and history that made Memphis and continues to make Memphis one of the more powerful American stories of different people of varying circumstances uniting over common ground, in this case American Soul music.
Reacting to their morning tour of STAX Museum, the Lower School fellas gain a sense of how the Soulsville, U.S.A sound, produced and performed largely by neighborhood folk, went out to have such a lasting impact on the world music stage.
Of particular interest to some boys was the significant influence upon modern alternative and college music credited towards the rock band, Big Star, and its link between STAX and MUS. Two of the original band members, Chris Bell and Andy Hummell, were MUS students who produced their music locally through Ardent Studios in association with STAX.
Who knows... maybe some guys in these guys will tap their inspiration and form a band of their own?
Red Sevens hoist the coveted Buzzard after defeating the Whites in the 2009 Championship Wednesday afternoon. A standing room only crowd, who was not charged admission, mind you, witnessed quite an entertaining game.
The Blues took the north court Championship, surviving a highly controversial officiating dispute pitting the majority of the White team protesting, respectfully, that their "time out" call went unheeded immediately following Josh "Detroit City" Hawkins's chilling three-pointer with seconds left in regulation. We all got over it when the refs quickly put their jackets on and left the building.
Congratulations to all the boys who participated in our intramural basketball league, especially the fathers/brothers/students who volunteered their time coaching. Lower School athletic director Matt Bakke is to be commended for his help securing our league and constantly encouraging our boys who play for the love of the game.
It may sound a bit overwhelming, but our society promotes different priorities for a school curriculum. The recent increase in the number of Tennessee Charter Schools, for example, demonstrates specialization in various fields, most of these schools offering both practical workforce preparation as well as some singular area of concentration. Clearly, some entrepreneurial efforts are being promoted through the public schools in the form of the new Charter Schools as state legislatures respond to federal challenges aimed to address local education needs.
Stepping away from the political discussion, it is a fair question to ask, "Out of what you learned in school, do you think that you learned the right things?" A recent article in Careerbuilder.com claims what should have been taught during the school years as seen through the eyes of business folk looking back on their careers as well as to their own days as a student. There are some very good points for us to consider, and we teachers and administrators chew on many of these topics often. Sometimes, we see opportunity to spell out deliberately why what we are teaching in class will have a practical effect later on. For example, here's one opinion from the article:
"Time management. I had no idea how to organize my time to prioritize what needed doing." - William Duke, president of Duke Computer Solutions
While this is just one of many points worthy of discussion, it is one that we think our boys learn swiftly. We think the daily rhythm of the rotating schedule, changing classes and classrooms, and being assigned different teachers with nuanced priorities help facilitate a practical development of personal time management. It also helps that we have an achievement culture which frames the whole affair. To help the boys learn how to plan and anticipate, we use the assignment book and each boys schedule. They learn how to appreciate their significant demands, and they learn that they are being held responsible for planning their work and working their plan.
One thing we can't do is accelerate time, and for some boys, it is just going to take some time before they develop a sense of urgency which directly correlates with the task at hand. Different styles. Different kids. Different family priorities. However, we think that the similarity of overall expectations within our school culture helps to foster an accelerated appreciation of time management.
That's just one of many potential areas for discussion. I would appreciate your opinions on the article's many suggestions.
Come support the Lower School intramural basketball championships, tip-off 2:30 p.m., side-by-side, simultaneously at the same time, Ross M. Lynn Arena. Music provided by the seventh grade band Tabula Rasa. Who knows, we may even have refreshments. I understand that there is a vending machine nearby just in case. Varsity practice for the playoffs begins promptly at 3:30 p.m., so we need to respect their schedule.
Seventh grade Buzzard Championship: Reds vs. Whites (first round bye)
Eighth grade Buzzard Championship: Whites vs. Blues (first round bye)
The recession and our youth is arguably one of the most important current event topics for the dinner table. I suggest everyone read and discuss this perspective as Don Peck paints an imposing picture of a significant cultural shift fundamentally reshaping both economic expectations and social realities. For example, Peck mentions some sobering statistics referring to the "lost decade" of the 1990s Japanese workforce which resulted in noticeable stress and even health-related issues of citizens. This is not fun to talk about, but at least presenting the potential for prolonged stagnation may open the door for some immediate practical adjustments, like saving money and attacking assignments with renewed vigor.
Our boys need to take seriously their unique academic and leadership opportunities afforded to them at MUS as they are graduating into some uncharted waters over the next ten years. For one, I don't think the sky is falling, but I am convinced that our boys may be blindsided by what "economic stagnation" means. For them to hone a broad array of skills with the flexibility to adjust to unpredictable circumstances is only part of the picture. Their competition from successful, degreed folks with experience will make for rougher sailing. Again, like Mr. Haguewood said so well to our boys in an assembly last week, the little things matter a tremendous amount, and now is a time for students to master little things. Like completing specifics in assignments. Like accomplishing multiple tasks in the face of impending deadlines. Like telling the truth. Like saving papers when they type them so that they can submit them when due. The little things.
So, let us all consider what little things our boys can work to achieve daily which will not only accumulate towards improved abilities, but more, towards improved character which the next generations will require for good leadership and an improved quality of life.
The seventh and eighth grade soccer parent meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m. right
after practice. Information and updates on practice schedules, matches, and
expectations of players will be covered at this time.
The Lower School teams finished first and second place Saturday at CBU taking 18 of 19 medals. Wow. The Upper School just missed the city Championship by 4 points, so it looks like the boys are in pretty good shape when it comes to their knowledge and application of Science. Both squads now head to Knoxville for the State Championships!
Here Jake Eissler and Nick Schwartz display their winning model airplane that hit the ceiling! Congratulations to coaches Sowell and Mullins for their dedication to our guys.
CJ Broady plans his work and works his plan. Maintaining an organized locker is part of his complete strategy towards negotiating both the rotating schedule and the precious five minutes between each class. Notice the officially sized milk crate providing increased surface area in the form of a shelf.
This, however, is your locker on drugs... so to speak.
This is a recipe for, well, you get the picture. We suggest that parents drop by Junior's locker every once in a while, and offer some Spring cleaning... especially now that it's almost Spring. Who knows what archaeological finds await!?
Our annual Downtown Memphis tour takes off Friday morning, February 26. To view and print the permission slip, please click the link below, read, sign, and have your son return it to the office. This is always a great field trip where our boys see not only the cultural and economic impact of the venues we visit, but also they learn how MUS alumni spearheaded and remain integral in the entrepreneurial development of our great city.