Download Open House Presentation 2015 LSPDF as a PDF file for a copy of Sunday's Lower School PowerPoint presentation. The links to the film shorts are provided in substitution for the movie files for copying and pasting in order to view on YouTube.
Here are the films for those who don't want to do that!
If you know of anyone interested in applying to MUS, please contact Mrs. Peggy Williamson, Director of Admissions as tours are in full swing.
Understanding and Supporting Your Son Through a Time of Transition presented by Laurin Maddux, LPC-MHSP and Amy Poag, LPC-MHSP, is an excellent, economical fly-over of the big issues that our boys face as they enter adolescence.
Thank you all for attending the annual parents Back-to-School day. Following the numerous conversations that ensued among parents and teachers, we want to clarify some areas.
In Mr. Smythe's lunch presentation, the distinguishing legal differences among public district schools, public charter schools, private schools and independent schools allowed for some interesting conversations. Clearly, the market is more diverse than ever, and it is not unusual for families to have children enrolled in more than one of these differently governed schools.
We want to emphasize a correction: just as MUS is an independent private school with its own legal governance entrusted to a sovereign board of trustees, so is St. Mary's Episcopal School, an independent Episcopal school.
Memphis has a long and storied tradition of providing single-sex, private school education to a market segment who clearly values the traditional model as an alternative to co-education. It will be interesting to monitor the developments of the growing number of area Charter Schools, to see if they join us in valuing a gender-specific enrollment. Given that we initiate enrollment in grade seven, and that we do so from a myriad of elementary and middle schools, we try to anticipate both common pedagogical and school cultural questions so we can better serve maturing students in their middle school years on their way toward high school college prep.
Remember: the boys need to learn what it takes for them to achieve Bs, joined by some As, as quickly and as often as possible if they want ultimately to earn a respectable GPA to join their SAT/ACT scores that reflect their true academic ability. It's a big, dynamic, and uncertain world out there, and the adjustment to our competitive environment is different for each boy...for each family. Priorities vary. However, character and citizenship can be a constant in support of better grades.
Each boy is a work in progress toward a more self-monitored, honorable, academically able end. We aim to see each boy as his own being, and we aim to get all these beings on the same page.
Last, a number of you requested information about entering your son into a sport, how one should consider going about the process now that a month is under your son's belt, and you want him more involved. Please email your son's PE coach with your specific idea for Junior. Maybe wrestling will catch his fancy? Swimming, Buzzards Rec League basketball...or maybe he should try-out for either the seventh or eighth grade interscholastic teams? See what Coach Bakke and his staff advise. There may be more opportunities here for growth than your son presently thinks.
Please mull over your numerous thoughts gleaned from Parents Day. We will gladly meet and discuss what needs tidying up.
Speaking for the faculty and staff, thank you for entrusting your sons to us.
For the entering seventh and all eighth graders, here are the math packs.
For the entering seventh and all eighth graders, here are links to reading lists.
All students should arrive to campus in August with this work completed to the best of their ability. Now that it is July...
Exactly. Get up, and get going! A little bit each day makes this deal tolerable. We suggest that boys enact a schedule so that there is no rush at the end.
We plan to see entering seventh grade parents (no students) August 4, 5:30 p.m. in the Hull Lower School for a parent orientation followed by the book sale the next morning August 5 (9:00-11:00 a.m.) and the Owl Camp load-up at 1:00 p.m. as we head to Camp Bear Track for our orientation.
Owl Camp runs from August 5-7 with buses returning to campus around 4:30 p.m. August 7. A letter detailing all that you need to know (Owl Camp packing lists, dates, requirements) will hit your mailboxes shortly.
Eighth graders should attend the August 5 book sale 1:00-3:00 p.m. and can go later in the week if necessary. We plan to see both returning and new eighth grade parents (no students) August 7, 5:30 p.m. in the Hull Lower School for a parent orientation. Please plan to attend as faculty will present expectations and be available for Q+A.
Download Open House Presentation 2013 LowerSchool is a PDF file of Sunday's Lower School Open House PowerPoint presentation in the Dunavant Lecture Hall. Please review and contact us as needed in order for us to try to answer questions and/or point you to people who can.
In order to encourage student responsibility both here at school and at home over Fall Break, we share this cleaning demonstration, brought to you by eighth grader Matt Fogelman whose Advisory Group served the school this week through their assignment of Campus Beautification.
Seventh grader, Justin Martin, engages one of the numerous broom and pan tandems, official regulation, standard-issue Campus Beautification cleaning instruments.