School and Community Newsletter

September 22, 2021

School start and end times are as follows:

Elementary Schools: 8:15 am to 3:15 pm

Middle and High Schools: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm

All Mt. Pleasant Schools: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm.

Culleoka Unit School: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm
Hampshire Unit School: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm

Santa Fe Unit School: 7:45 am to 2:45 pm

Please be careful in school zones!

Important Dates

End of First Nine Weeks

The end of the first nine weeks is Friday, October 1.

Fall Break

All Maury County Schools will be on Fall Break the week of Monday, October 4, returning on Monday, October 11. Central Office will be open.

Report Cards

The first nine weeks report cards will be issued on Thursday, October 14

Upcoming Community Events from Coordinated School Health

  • Big Bigby Bolt- September 25 – sign up and more information on their website
  • October 18, 2021, Helping Hands Ministries Food Giveaway from 10:00 to 1:00 at 870 Mooresville Pike, Columbia, TN
  • Mule Kick 5K and 1-Mile Trot at Riverwalk Park, Columbia, TN Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 am.

Light Up the Darkness Walk

Help support Cowboy Up. Please consider attending the Light Up The Darkness Walk tomorrow, September 23, at 7 pm. See Cowboy Up President Regina Peery’s newsletter below. The walk will take place at Riverside Park in Columbia.

CHS Lions -vs- MPHS Tigers

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Rumble in the Jungle

Columbia Central High School and Mt. Pleasant High School will face off on the gridiron.

The momentous match-up has been given the moniker "Rumble In The Jungle."

Both schools are building the hype in anticipation of the game through social media, a game-day flyer with a special logo and a promotional video, featuring the Mt. Pleasant High School principal dressed in Rambo-like gear holding a flamethrower to "build the heat."

Sponsored by the U.S. ARMY and supported by the Tennessee National Guard, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines, the event is being touted at the most significant game of the decade for Maury County's high school athletics.

The game, set for Friday, Sept. 24 will be hosted by Mt. Pleasant.

Tailgating will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the kickoff at 7 p.m.

Coffee County -vs- Spring Hill

It's Homecoming at Spring Hill High School. Game time is 6 pm. Be sure and get there early to get a good seat!

Educator Appreciation Day - Vanderbilt Football

Certified and Classified Staff of Maury County,

In recognition of your devotion to education and the youth of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Athletics would like to invite you and your loved ones out to our football game against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, October 2 as part of our Educator Appreciation Day! We are offering a special discounted rate of just $20* per ticket to show our appreciation.

Click here to access your discounted tickets!

Please share the link with your fellow faculty, staff, and family members to help spread the discount! (*fees not included)

Here is what you and your colleagues can expect to enjoy during the event:

  • Live music
  • Lawn games
  • Food trucks
  • A kids’ zone
  • In-game recognition
  • And more still to be announced…

Please reach out to Vanderbilt Athletics Ticket Office directly if you are interested in booking tickets as a group. See contact info below.

Looking forward to seeing you and your colleagues on game day!


Austin Tyrrell

Account Executive

Vanderbilt Athletics Ticket Office

2601 Jess Neely Drive

Nashville, TN 37212

P. 615-343-1409



Kiwanis of Columbia is proud to serve the Columbia Central High School Lions community by providing parking directions at the home football games this season. The Kiwanis volunteers wish the team a safe and winning season!

Write a 500 Word Essay - Win a PS5

Write a 500-word essay and get a chance to win a PS5 with the video game Madden 22. The topic is how did Covid impact your education! The deadline to email your essay is Tuesday, September 28. The PS5 and game will be awarded on Friday, October 1. See flyer for details. Two consoles will be awarded, one at a middle school and another at a high school.

Send your essay to:

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Fall STE(A)M Resource Hub

Fall STE(A)M Resource Hub Themes and Descriptions for September

The Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) have released the Fall STE(A)M Resource Hub themes and descriptions for September. The Fall STE(A)M Resource Hub engages students with challenges around design activities, critical thinking, and career exploration throughout the month of September. For more information click the following link.

Sept. 20 - 24: National Construction Week

· National Construction Week occurs on the 3rd week of September every year! This is a relatively new celebratory week, established in 2016. This special week, students will explore the work of dedicated people who develop the infrastructure we depend upon. Experiment with how infrastructure is created and maintained. Imagine how important construction is to our everyday life. We depend on it for transportation, manufacturing, commerce, and more.

Sept. 27 – Oct. 1: Welcome Fall!

· Welcome Fall! It’s nearly time for sweaters, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and falling leaves. Autumn is nearly upon us and that means changing temperatures as well as shifts in the crops farmers grow, the movement of the sun, and changes in plant life. This week, students will learn more about the science of seasonal changes, record and predict effects of seasonal changes, and consider what careers might be affected.

TN Promise Scholarships!

The Class of 2022 TN Promise application deadline is November 1, 2022! Students must complete the TN Promise application at in order to become eligible for the scholarship. Students that fail to complete the application prior to the deadline will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Every student who completes a TN Promise application and the 2022-2023 FAFSA will be paired with a tnAchieves volunteer mentor in an effort to ensure students are supported both financially and non-financially in the college-going process. Mentors represent a critical layer of additional support for students who may need a little extra help in navigating the college-going process.

Every year, tnAchieves recruits more than 9,000 volunteer mentors statewide to ensure student demand is met! Community support is an important factor in meeting this goal each year and our K-12 partners are often among our greatest advocates in sharing this need locally!

If you are interested in learning more about mentoring in 2022 or sharing this opportunity with others in your community, click here!

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts, and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.


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Rainbow at Hampshire Unit School

This picture was taken by Molly Gilliam. Molly is a Sophomore student at Hampshire Unit School. She took it late Monday, September 20 in the afternoon after a day of flooding in their community. The location is the corner of Hwy 412 (Hampshire Pike) and Hwy 166 where you turn to go to the school. What a beautiful photo!

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September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

Blood Assurance is offering Sickle Cell trait testing to blood donors who give between Sept. 13-30. There will also be special Sickle Cell-themed shirts.

  • Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red cells are round. Their job is to carry oxygen throughout the body. In people with Sickle Cell Disease, the red blood cells are sickle-shaped and become hard and sticky
  • In the United States, Sickle Cell Disease predominately affects African Americans. More than 100,000 Americans have Sickle-Cell Disease.
  • Sickle Cell Disease is the most common inherited genetic disorder in the United States.
  • The sickle cells die sooner than normal healthy red cells would. This causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. When they flow through small blood vessels, they can get stuck and clog. This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome, and stroke.
  • Ensuring the diversity and availability of the blood supply is essential to treating Sickle Cell patients.
  • Many Sickle Cell patients require frequent blood transfusions sometimes even once or twice a month. These transfusions help add more healthy, normal-shaped red cells into their blood.
  • Many recipients, such as those with sickle cell, struggle to find matches that are genetically similar and have to wait until a suitable donor can be found. That is why it is important for African-Americans and people of all ethnicities to donate blood.
  • 1 in 3 African-American blood donors is a match for a Sickle-Cell patient.
  • A great way to help Sickle Cell patients is to encourage blood donation in your community.

Visit Blood Assurance in Columbia at 1412 Trotwood Ave Suite 69, Columbia, TN 38401

Visit Blood Assurance in Franklin at 600a Frazier Dr Suite 110, Franklin, TN 37067

Covid-19 Health Tip

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When my child is sick with Covid-19, what are the processes I need to follow?

First, contact your school principal for additional assignments and to assign your child a CREST teacher to implement the following.

For students in grades Pre-K through 12, this may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • Student submission of an assignment;
  • Student completion of an online assessment;
  • Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
  • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
  • A student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and or other digital communication or response to teacher e-mail;
  • And or other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.

Students who participate in remote instruction will be counted present if the student is engaging in remote instruction.

To be considered “in attendance,” students in grades 5 through 12 will be required to engage in some type of meaningful student engagement or interaction for each individual class scheduled for that school day.

If teacher expectations regarding remote instruction are not met, then the student may be marked absent.

Past Issues of the MCPS News

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August 25, MCPS New:

July 30, MCPS News:

Maury County Resource Guide

About MCPS

Maury County Public Schools (MCPS) is a pre-K through 12 school district in Southern Middle Tennessee operating 21 schools, one virtual academy, one non-traditional high school, and one alternative school. MCPS employs more than 900 teachers and 500 staff members who serve over 13,000 students. We will provide the educational instruction, tools, and environment for every child to succeed in LIFE as Life-long Learners, Independent Thinkers, Fearless Innovators, and Exemplary Citizens. Our vision: Educating every child for LIFE!

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