The MUS mission statement, with bold emphasis reminding the boys of their larger purpose as student here: Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school’s Christian tradition.
The Lower School golf team won the Shelby League Senior Division Championship at Glen Eagle Golf Course. Individual honors: Henry Nickey (1st place), Daniel Russell (2nd place), and Jack Rogers (3rd place).
"This year's team lost three close matches during the regular season. However, we were able to redeem ourselves by playing our best golf of the season in the championship. I am very proud of their progress and determination," offered a satisfied Coach Jason Peters.
Pictured (L to R): Coach Peters, James Barton, Daniel Russell, Jack Rogers, Henry Nickey, Nelson Saenz, and Will Pittman.
Wednesday afternoon, MUS hosted the Fall Start-Up Math competition. Seventh grader George Zhang finished in the top 10% of all MUS Upper and Lower School students combined, a remarkable feat! Today in assembly, he received his "attaboy award," a genuine MUS seat cushion sure to ease his body as he labors from behind his homework desk.
George currently takes Geometry with Ms. Leigh Packard.
We thank MUS parent Mrs. Karen Fesmire who forwarded this thoughtful piece from the Washington Post published earlier this summer after having just dropped off her recent MUS grad Witt at Vanderbilt University.
It comes from Dr. Chris Alexander, associate Dean and professor of political science at Davidson College. He offers some sage advice for parents to their children/students when it comes to offering room for growth, healthy perspectives on school, and framing short-term situations in context of the big picture. Much of what he says applies to MUS parents encouraging their sons to adjust to a competitive environment as the lads grow in wisdom and stature.
Here's a sample:
[Parents] can help them maintain balance in their lives: Invest in people, not just school work. Remember that success and happiness in life depend on relationships. College gives most young people their first chance to begin building independent selves that connect to others. Learning to do this well and joyously is more important than any grade they will earn.
And bestowing your perspective from a distance might be the best strategy. Because perspective requires distance. You can’t help your young person see the big picture if you become a character in it. You surrender your vantage point when you climb down into the details of their daily lives (emphasis ours).
You can’t remind them that the world will not end when they get a “C” on a paper if you spent hours on the phone helping them write it. You can’t give good advice about managing a conflict with a professor or a roommate if you’ve become part of the drama. You can’t help them make choices that will be wise in the long term if your own vision gets constrained by their short-term view.
Wise words, indeed. Trust your son and his teachers to help him help himself as he authors his own successful path through school. He'll thank you just like Witt thanks his mom and dad for letting him grow up through MUS as he prepares to tackle Vandy!
Monday: Jersey Day. Wear an athletic jersey, any sport, any team. Regular dress code applies otherwise. No sneakers, no shorts. The Upper School's theme is America Day. Therefore, if the boys want to conform, we suggest that they wear either a USA or Mexico or Canada or any number of South American jerseys as we're all Americans on this side of the globe.
Tuesday: Pajama Day. Wear genuine PJs and/or a robe. Slippers. Bed-head. Either go all the way, or regular school attire. Do not come to school trying to get by with PE clothes that one may sleep in. No sir. No sneakers, no shorts.
Wednesday: Dress Like Your Teacher Day. This is your big chance to cross-dress, sport that beard, elevate your game. Go for it. Otherwise, regular school attire. PE teachers wear sneakers and shorts. Follow us? One has to sell it, however. Slackers risk demerits.
Thursday: 2016 MUS Football Homecoming T-Shirt Day. No sneakers, no shorts.
All of the submissions are due to Mrs. Analice Sowell on Thursday, 9/29. MUS senior Alex Wolf will weigh them, then we will gather to do the actual testing starting at assembly on Friday, September 30.
Download HutchisonFallFootballParty2016 The annual Hutchison School fall pre-game party this year for the seventh grade students is this Friday, October 21 at Hutchison. The attached flier is the t-shirt order form, and the t-shirts have been ordered and are now delivered.
All seventh graders are invited. The official T-shirts are not required for attendance. Our boys will join both Hutchison School and St. Mary's in this fun party.
This shindig is always a lot of fun for our guys, and we appreciate our neighbors being such gracious hosts.