Wednesday night, 7:00 p.m. in the Hyde Chapel, Upper School principal Mr. Barry Ray presents a very helpful parent orientation to the MUS Upper School. Please try to attend. Sorry, boys...parents only.
We are having a Come As You Are Coffee for seventh grade moms right after drop off Thursday morning, Jan 29. It is at Roberta Eason's home, 6558 Westminster Place, 38120. 7:45 a.m. start time. No RSVP requested.
This past weekend, MUS eighth grader, Jack Powell (pictured here with his coach Kieth Evans) was unseeded, yet he advanced to the gold having dropped only one (1) game in winning the 2015 Tunica National Junior Winter Championships tournament - Boys 14's.
In comparing the feat to, say, the weekly responsibilities in Mrs. Packard's Algebra 1 Honor's class, Powell reported that his Tunica run was much easier.
The budding student-athlete not only played well, but also he was a good sport. It was a solid win for him in a competitive environment, and that kind of success bodes well for the school tennis program.
We apologize for the MUS app not being available for download through the App Store or Google. If you already have it downloaded, it works fine, but new downloads are temporarily disabled. We're working on it.
That said, parents should require their sons to access assignments either through the assignments page or the app for assignment verification. Lower School students access their assignments, print them, and transcribe them by pen or pencil into their assignment books as a discipline, evidence of their having read through the various assignments. From there, parents can help students anticipate encroaching assignments by directing early confrontation of the boys' various responsibilities.
Eighth grader, Jacob Curlin, meets with #CoachJoeTyler in the principal's office in order to outline the particular student requirements with typing vs. handwriting the Rules of Civility. Curlin proposed what he thought was an "end-around" on the traditional curriculum adjustment, but when confronted with the particularities of the typing nuances for the fabled Lower School assignment, he retreated from his proposal in favor of writing by hand.
A historical sampling of previously completed Rules assignments resides safely under a genuine WWI Doughboy helmet for safe keeping. Students inquiring/challenging historical philosophy and practice are always granted their freedom of expression to speak freely given that they don the headgear of those who have gone before while doing so. #Respect.
The MUS Science Department announces this semester's STEM competition in the form of a twist on the classic EggDrop.Interested students should stay after dismissal from Monday, January 26 Lower School assembly if they are interested to hear more specifics about the competition.
These students achieved quarter and semester honors for their academics, and we are proud to announce their significant accomplishments, had work, and dedication to their studies...all the while being some great guys with strong conduct, passing physical education:
Download FHR Q2 2014-15 LS for the Faculty Honor Roll, Second Quarter. These students ended the second quarter with a weighted GPA of at least 3.25 for the quarter with no quarter grade below 80.
Download DL Sem 1 2014-15 LS for the Dean's List, First Semester. These students have earned a weighted semester GPA of at least 3.25 with no semester grade below 80.
Download DS Sem 1 2014-15 LS for the Dean's Scholars, First Semester. These students scored a 90 or above in every regular or honors course and 80 or above in every honors accelerated and AP course. These dudes have earned themselves a Second Semester holiday. Take it away, Madonna!
Our models Dorian Hopkins, Hewes Scull, and Sloan Miles display the classic Buzzards hoodies in our new shipment. $20 in the Lower School office for those interested, Buzzard basketball player or not.
We printed a limited number to be distributed today in Lower School assembly for our "Mid-Term Attaboys," public acknowledgement for boys who have demonstrated significantly improved effort and attitude in their schoolwork.
We will take orders for more sweatshirts if folks are interested.
‘Asking the brain to shift attention from one activity to another causes the prefrontal cortex and striatum to burn up oxygenated glucose, the same fuel they need to stay on task.’
If you want to hold court at the dinner table with the kiddos, consider discussing Why the modern world is bad for your brain. We live at the historical moment where the younger generation has no practical memory of the analogue, pre-Cloud world while the older generation, who has one foot standing in the emerging digital reality, has the other foot still squarely planted in the analogue.
"Back when I was a kid...," kind of stuff. And the boys roll their eyes, eyes more comfortable when affixed to their ubiquitous Instagram and Twitter feeds than locked in with a person in conversation or with a paragraph of prose.
Maybe civilization experienced similar inter-generational angst when oral tradition gave way to writing, when hand-made tools were supplanted by the Industrial Revolution, when the horse lost out to the automobile...shoot, when the first kid showed up to class with a calculator! In all epocs, humanity survived, even thrived. We will adapt and thrive again.
When we emerge in a half century from now having learned the good, the bad, and the ugly about (to pick a few hot topics) the risks of multitasking, the loss of handwriting, the new frontier of the Cloud and how it will support much of life as we know it, much by then will be settled and much will be learned about practical utility and proven methodologies. By then, those of us with that analogue foot will be long gone. The transition from one stage to another will be complete.
Until then, however, those of us who labor unto the breach wrestle with teaching an increasingly digitally-enamored boy how much concentration is required in order to compose a salient paragraph for a coherent character analysis. From there, he must string a few of those paragraphs together while handwriting legible class notes in support of said task, being able to read a fellow human's cursive pen from time to time, reading extended prose and capturing the author's tone, context, and purpose...these are skills enhancing our humanity, in any age, under any technology.
What the author warns us about today is that we are compromising both cognitive and physical performance when our children (and adults) constantly multitask. We risk creating conditions whereby we are unable to produce extended effort on a task that requires depth of concentration and prolonged, sustained effort. Good test scores, which a lot of our boys have, do not directly correlate with analytical skills and strong stamina, which a lot of boys do not have. They are often weak and not tough-minded.
But they are young works in progress, and we love them. We will continue to work long hours in support of their emerging abilities, volatile as their results can be in the short term. On our watch, the boys do gain confidence based upon their demonstrated effort (with parental patience), and that discipline leads to their happiness and personal power, ultimately feeding their ability to make a life for themselves of their own choosing having been nudged away from their avoidance and back into their daily responsibilities, benefiting our present community, and sharpening their personal character, one task at a time.
Former MUS Lower School student, Farrakhan Hall (0), wears the classic 1972-'73 Memphis State throwback jersey worn by the University of Memphis Tigers a few years ago.
It's Homecoming Week for the Varsity basketball team, and we celebrate by dressing up/down each school day as a means of showing support. How this works, who knows? We do it anyway!
Tuesday: Jersey Day. Wear any athletic jersey of your favorite team of any sport (Buzzards jerseys are a particularly cool option, just wear an undershirt on all sleeveless jerseys). Regular dress code otherwise, but you do not have to tuck in your jersey.
Wednesday: Pajama Day. Gross. Please take a shower at least. Must wear clearly identifiable PJs, or you risk not being allowed to participate in Grub Day. This means no PE shorts and a t-shirt. Pajamas. Robes. Slippers.
Thursday: 2015 MUS Basketball Homecoming T-shirt Day. 'Nuff said. Other than this year's t-shirt, regular dress code applies.
Friday: Grub Day. This is the only day where about anything goes for dress. As always, we will be fair if the boys are reasonable.