WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!

Welcome to the Mount Paran Christian School family. We are so excited your family has chosen to join ours! We have organized this information in order to help answer your questions to begin the new school year with a smooth transition. Be sure to visit NEWS AND EVENTS in the top tab to see recent announcements and up-to-date news updates.

 

GETTING STARTED

Check out this general information to help prepare you for the first day of school.

FACILITIES ON CAMPUS
  • Murray Arts Center  
  • Mulkey Building (lower and middle school)  
  • Dozier Hall (high school)  
  • Sewell Cottage (preschool)  
  • Rowland Cabin  
  • Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium  
  • Knox Athletic Performance Center (training and weight room)  
EAGLE FAMILY TIPS

Learn more about how the different areas of school function during the school year.

GETTING INVOLVED

We encourage you to get involved in the life of our school as students, athletes, artists, servant-leaders, and volunteers.

STAY CONNECTED

Please visit EAGLE LINKS at the top tab for all information pertaining to current families. The BACK-2-SCHOOL NIGHT information page is a great resource for preparing for the first day. Also check NEWS AND EVENTS for the latest information on upcoming school events and announcements. MPCS will also communicate with you through these methods:

  • Teachers will relay important classroom information through email, daily/weekly folders (grades PK-5), texts, and Google classroom.
  • Be sure to read the Weekly Word e-newsletter sent via email to families with all weekly updates.
  • Follow our social media pages for fast updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You may also follow our other Twitter accounts for each school or area division.
  • When necessary, school-wide announcements will be sent via e-blast, texts, and CallingPost phone messages.
  • MPCS also sends families the annual magazine, Wingspan two times per year.

 

Still have questions? Feel free to call the admission office at 470-250-0008, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started at MPCS. Welcome to the family!


MPCS Lingo

Learn these common terms used on campus by staff and students:

  • 11:1 - High school mentorship program with lower school
  • Black Box - The Black Box Theater on the 2nd floor of the Murray Arts Center
  • Blue & Black Bash - Sports pre-game tailgate festivities
  • The Cabin - Rowland Cabin, Directed Studies high school classrooms
  • CLP - Connected Learning Program (1:1 Device and Google Classroom curriculum)
  • CommUNITY - The diversity and inclusion initiative to encourage school community
  • The Cottage - Sewell Cottage preschool building
  • CRR - Choral Rehearsal Room in the 1st floor of the Murray Arts Center
  • DS - Directed Studies program
  • Eagles Nest - School store
  • Guard House - the security guard building at the front gate entrance
  • Grand Lobby - 2nd floor main lobby area of the Murray Arts Center
  • Imagine Tomorrow - the final phase of the capital campaign to build the Murray Innovation Center
  • KLT - Kristi Lynn Theatre of the Murray Arts Center
  • Knox - Also known as the "barn," the Knox Athletic Performance Center (sports medicine, training, and weight room)
  • Lake McDonald - the MPCS 6-acre lake
  • The Landing - the turf play area next to the football field
  • MAC - Murray Arts Center
  • MIC - "Future" Murray Innovation Center, high school addition
  • Morning Devotion - Every morning staff and students share announcements and devotion to begin the school day
  • MPAC - Mount Paran Arts Council, parent arts group
  • MPC - Mount Paran Christian (acronym used in athletics)
  • MPCS - Mount Paran Christian School
  • PK, LS, MS, HS - Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, High School
  • PMI - Peer Mentor Initiative, high schoolers mentoring freshmen and new students
  • PromRED - High school group supporting the End-it movement through prom
  • PTF - Parent Teacher Fellowship, parent group supporting academics and fellowship events
  • Shelton - The MPC Eagle mascot name
  • Shelton Circle - the circular drive on the middle school side of the Mulkey building near the double-eagle statue
  • Weber Collaboratory - the upstairs media center and collaboration space 

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Each school year kicks off with a school-wide “Back-2-School Night.” Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions on crowds at events, we cannot host our traditional Back-2-School Night. However, we will be offering other opportunities for new families to meet with teachers and get acquainted with MPCS before the first day.

You will be receiving email communcations from the school in late July concerning all school-wide activities to learn more about every area of MPCS. Formal grade-level orientations typically take place after school begins, with some being rescheduled as virtual information sessions for your grade.

Click here for more information about Back-2-School plans.

Learn more about the MPCS Network and how to join:

School Hours

Morning carpool drop-off begins at 7:20 a.m.

Early Care (PreK-5th): 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Preschool (half day): 7:50 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Preschool (full day): 7:50 a.m.-2:45/3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: 7:50 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Middle School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
High School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Wednesday Late-Start:
8:35 a.m. for all students (learn more)

The Zone (middle school) and Eagle Adventure Zone (grades PK-5) Extracurricular (Extended Day) Programs:
3:15-6:00 p.m. (learn more)

Click here for full details about MPCS Uniforms, spiritwear and online pre-orders of outerwear, tailgate shirts, and Back-2-School essentials.


Key Dates

*Note: Some dates are subject to change in case of CDC distancing requirements in the future.

December 1 - ParentEd.: "The Blessing of a B-Minus"

7:00 p.m., Pre-Event Book Review

December 3 - Lower School Open House

9:00 a.m., For Prospective Families

December 3 - Band and Orchestra Christmas Concert

6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (Parents Only)

December 4-5, 11-12 - Elf Jr.

Middle School Musical, Online Performances
Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m.

December 7 - Ask the Experts

6:00 p.m., Virtual Webinar

December 10 - Christmas Choral Concert

6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (Parents Only)

December 11 - Rising Sixth-Grade Parent Meeting

8:15 a.m., Kristi Lynn Theatre, Murray Arts Center

December 14-17 - High School End-of-Semester Testing

December 18 - Make-up Test Day

December 15 - PreK Christmas Chapel

Preschool Conducts Lower School Christmas Chapel Program (PK4 Parents, By Reservation)

December 16 - No Late Start

December 17 - Campus Preview (All Grades)

6:00 p.m., For Prospective Families

December 18 - Early Release

December 21-January 4 - No School

Christmas Break

January 5 - Classes Resume

Students return to campus

January 9 - Preschool Peek

10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., For Prospective Families

January 11 - ParentEd.: "The Blessing of a B-Minus"

7:00 p.m., Virtual Author Event

Summer Checklist

Here’s a few items to help you prepare for the upcoming school year:

  • Complete registration and provide all required documentation to the Admission Office
  • Sign up for MPCS Summer Programs
  • Arrange placement testing for middle and/or high school course scheduling with the Admission Office
  • Purchase uniforms (see Uniform Guide)
  • Check the summer reading lists for rising grades 1-12
  • Schedule a sports physical for students in grades 5-12 who will participate in MPC sports
  • Bookmark the school calendar on the website
  • Mark your calendar for the 101 student orientations for your child’s grade level
  • Mark your calendar for Back-2-School Night, (cancelled for 2020)
  • Plan to attend the Head of School Breakfast with Dr. Wiens at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of school
  • Mark your calendar for Parent Orientation dates listed above, which occur in the first few weeks of school
  • Join the Parent Teacher Fellowship each year