School and Community Newsletter

September 15, 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

Technology Job Opening

Maury County Public Schools needs a Technology Specialist!

Learn more and apply online at

Below are pictures from an entry for the - There’s a Lot to Live For Contest - from Culleoka Unit School. The Cowboy Up Fred was created by Leslie Cole’s Health and HOSA students!

Visit the Culeoka Unit School Website here.

Special thanks to Sherwin Williams for donating the paint!#cowboyup #theresalot2live

From Cowboy Up:

Thank you, Culleoka! We LOVE Cowboy Fred!

Cowboy Fred wants to remind y’all….There’s A Lot to Live For!

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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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Columbia Youth Mayor Council
Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder swore in the first class of the Columbia Mayor’s Youth Council (CMYC) at the initial kickoff meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Columbia City Hall. The CMYC is composed of 21 members from various Maury County high schools who value academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership. The goal of the CMYC is to foster leadership and community involvement among Columbia’s diverse high-school population and to encourage students to become further interested in local government. CMYC meetings are held monthly and the group has community and volunteer projects. The students selected to serve on the 2021-2022 CMYC are: 12th Grade: Keyton Kodatt – 2021-2022 Chair, Columbia Academy; Abigail Burgess – Columbia Academy; Caroline Cox – Columbia Academy; Maddy Hayes – Zion Christian Academy; William Jackson – Columbia Academy; Kanvas Phelps – Columbia Central High School; Kennedy Pollard – Columbia Academy; Patton Powers – Columbia Central High School; Ann Sowell – Columbia Academy; Ryan Wilmore – Columbia Central High School; Sullivan Wyndham – Columbia Central High School. 11th Grade: Helayna Garlett – Spring Hill High School; Savannah Honea – Columbia Central High School; Alexander Maner – Spring Hill High School; Sara Martin – Columbia Academy; Allise Moran – Columbia Academy; Emily Maquiling – Zion Christian Academy. 10th Grade: Caroline Cashion – Columbia Central High School; Patton Duvall – Columbia Central High School; Lily Tweedy – Spring Hill High School. 9th Grade: Carter Lawrence – Columbia Central High School.


Search for the hashtag #TNReadingForALL to follow Riley on social media throughout the month to learn Riley’s favorite book and your favorite place to read and why Riley loves reading.

You, too, can participate in Tennessee Literacy Month by tagging #TNReadingForAll in a photo of your favorite place to read!
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Call 931-487-0027 to register
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2021-22 United States Senate Youth Program Application Opens

The application for the 2021-22 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is open. This opportunity is open to junior or senior high school students. Two students will be selected as Tennessee delegates to participate in the annual Washington Week experience which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of the United States government.

The program sponsor, the Hearst Foundation, also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship.

Additional information, including the application link, can be found here. Student applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on October 15, 2021.

TN Dept of Education Opportunities for Students Page

There are many extracurricular opportunities available to Tennessee students and teachers, such as grants, scholarships, and experiences. Click above for details!

Pinewood Springs Grand Opening is this Friday

Mental Health Hospital in Maury County

TriStar Health and Maury Regional are proud to partner in the development of a new mental health hospital in Columbia, TN. Pinewood Springs is dedicated to the mental health needs of patients across Middle Tennessee. We offer a broad range of inpatient services to treat patients with mood, thought, and co-occurring disorders within a supportive and therapeutic environment.

Join Pinewood Springs on Friday, Sept 17 for their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with Maury Alliance. Or just stop by for ice cream.

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Car Seat Check-Up this weekend, Saturday, Sept 18!

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Covid-19 Health Tip

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On the fence about getting the vaccine?

Pfizer is now FDA approved. Read more about the ingredients, research, safety data, clinical trials, and more HERE

Past Issues of the MCPS News

September 3, MCPS News:

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!

If you would like to submit an article for the MCPS News, please email here!