• May - 2017
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    MCSD Department of Communications

    FORT SCOTT, KSJune 1, 2017 – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to 5th Grade Teacher, Eric Crouch, of Double Churches Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia. Eric Crouch will arrive in Fort Scott on June 18 for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

    The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

    Eric Crouch began his teaching career as a first grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia. During his five years in first grade, Eric had an extremely positive effect on the progress of his high-need, mostly military-family students, with 100% of them meeting or exceeding goals in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. His innovative ways of encouraging students to meet their educational goals and the celebrations of their accomplishments resulted in his first graders reading more than 35 million words and checking our nearly 50,000 books. Eric’s success continued in 2016 when he became a 5th grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary and creatively found ways to prepare his students to meet the rigor of state standards, helping 12 of his 13 below-tier students to reach those standards.

    In November of 2016, in recognition of his many achievements, Eric was given the honor of receiving the 2016 Milken Educator Award. Along with his outstanding work in the classroom, Eric has been a strong advocate for technology in the classroom, using it both for learning and to build bridges with families. In an effort to provide adequate technology for his students, he funded more than 50 projects through Donors Choose.org and received donations from Target, News Corp, and ESPN, enabling his classrooms to have photographic equipment, standing desks, iPads, and a 3-D printer. Eric has led workshops for teachers in the Muscogee County School District, has taught "Technology in the Classroom" as a guest instructor at Columbus State University, is a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Teacher Advisory Committee, and is a member of Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Teacher Advisory Panel.

    LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Eric is full of enthusiasm, energy and dedication. He fits the mold of a Lowell Milken Center Fellow. He is one of the finest young teachers in America.”

    While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

    2017 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

    Name: Eric Crouch

    School: Double Churches Elementary

    Subject: 5th Grade

    1213 Double Churches Elementary

    Columbus, GA 31904

    School Phone: 706-748-2660

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    Valerie L Fuller

    The Assistant Superintendent, Rebecca Braaten, resigns her position to pursue other career opportunities outside of the district.

    “I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Braaten in various roles for the past 15 years and appreciate the commitment she has demonstrated to the educational improvement in the MCSD for the past three and a half years in her role as assistant superintendent,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent.“During her tenure here, she has spearheaded many of the successful initiatives outlined in our Strategic Plan and my Initial Recommendations Report. I hope you join me in wishing her well in her future endeavors.”

    Braaten’s last day of employment with the District is scheduled for June 30, 2017.

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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications

    The Muscogee County Board of Education on May 15, 2017, will hold its first public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 General Fund Budget at 6:00 p.m. The Muscogee County Board of Education will vote on the tentative adoption of the FY 2018 General Fund Budget on June 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    The Muscogee County Board of Education on June 19, 2017, will hold its second public hearing on the FY 2018 General Fund Budget at 6:00 p.m. The Muscogee County Board of Education will vote on the final adoption of the FY 2018 General Fund Budget on June 19, 2017.

    All meetings will be held at the times referenced in the Board Room at the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia.

    General Fund Budget FY 2018
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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications

    Who: Camelot Academy of Escambia County

    What: Camelot Education Sponsors School Tour in Pensacola, Florida

    When: Monday, May 15, 2017, at 7 a.m.

    Why: To Tour/Observe the Camelot School/Model in Pensacola, Florida

    Where: Camelot Academy of Escambia County, 401 Brigadier Street, Pensacola, FL 32507

    How to Sign-Up:
    Interested participants are required to sign-up for the free tour by calling the Division of Student Services, Jackie Mosely, (706) 748-3217, by the deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017, at noon. The number of bus riders is limited to the first thirty (30) people who reserve/confirm a seat for the tour by contacting and receiving confirmation with Ms. Mosely. Please supply a name, phone number, and email address.The bus is expected to return to the Muscogee County Public Education Center by 5 p.m. Monday.

    Once confirmed, the riders must check-in to load the bus at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017, outside the front-entrance of the Muscogee County Public Education, 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31906. The bus will depart at 7:00 a.m. from the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Monday, May 15, 2017, for the tour.

    For More Information about Camelot Education
    Contact: Ray Rodriquez, rrodriguez@cameloteducation.org

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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications

    School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

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    MCSD Department of Communications

    The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) named Shane Larkin, a teacher at Early College Academy, the 2017 MCSD Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made in front of a record, sell-out crowd of more than 990 teachers and community leaders on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the Trade Center in Columbus, GA. The announcement was the culmination of the Teacher of the Year program for the Muscogee County School District, produced by MEEF.

    Larkin was chosen from 56 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) honorees representing each school in the Muscogee County School District. As a ten-year Army veteran, Shane says his military career proved to be a pivotal point in his decision to become a teacher. “I remember being in Bosnia and observing that, even in dangerous war zones, everything revolved around the schools where kids were still going, often walking long distances to get there … It was there when I realized that education is the greatest empowering institution in the history of the United States.”

    MEEF Chairman, Janet Davis, emceed the Gala, along with Superintendent Dr. David Lewis, Davis recalled that when Sean was named as one of the Top Three honorees, he took it as a teachable moment in his classroom, turning to his students and noting “Remember when I told you there were business leaders out in the community who cared about you and what you were learning?These are only a few of them and they all want you to succeed and are glad they’ve made the investment in your education.”

    The Selection Committee was impressed with Shane’s understanding of the impact a community can have on its school system. “Show me a thriving community and I’ll show you a thriving education system.” With multiple degrees from Columbus State University, Sean advocates for a variety of educational options. Mr. Larkin is the voice of logic, both in the classroom and out. He recognizes the needs of his students and relentlessly aims to meet them. “To improve education, we’ve got to invest in multiple paths including more opportunities for vocational education. The purpose of education is to empower students with knowledge and to create as many opportunities as possible for their future success. That’s our role as a community and it’s my mandate as a teacher.”

    Each school TOTY honoree received $100, the Top Ten honorees received $500, the Top Three received $1,000 and Larkin received $5,000 and will be featured on a billboard. In addition, all the honorees received tickets to a RiverCenter show; a $50 gift certificate from Buckhead Wine and Grill and an autographed copy of Sheryl Green’s book, Beyond the Classroom: Speaking Truth and Life into Kids. The book is a collection of weekly newspaper columns that Green has written for the Ledger-Enquirer.

    MEEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educational excellence by focusing on individual teachers who are innovative and exceptionally effective in their profession. The Foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million to innovative teachers through financial incentives in the TOTY program, the MEEF Grant program and the MEEF Endowment Fund.

    Davis noted that this year the sponsors were extremely supportive, “We are especially grateful for our generous supporters who enable MEEF to reward and recognize exceptional teachers including W. C. Bradley Company: Aflac; Kinetic: CB&T/Synovus; TSYS; Sharp Business Solutions; Brasfield & Gorrie; Judy Thomas; Georgia Power Foundation, Representative Richard Smith; Hall Booth Smith; RiverCenter for the Performing Arts; Buckhead Wine and Grill; Aaron & Clements, Inc; Alexander Electric; Batson-Cook; Burger King; Columbus Regional Health; Columbus Water Works; Columbus State University; Hecht Burdeshaw Architects; Hughston Clinic; Kelley Outdoor; Muscogee Retired Educators Association;; Liberty Utilities; McMullen Funeral Home; NCS Pearson; NetPlanner Pratt & Whitney; Superior Court Judge Art Smith; Spud Bowen & Associates; and Virtucom.

    Media, Marketing ... and More! Inc. serves as the administrator for the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation.


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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications

    This is an important notice for all MCSD parents. We need your feedback on the Muscogee County School District Parent Involvement Policy. You can access the parent involvement survey link to read the policy and take the parent survey. Parent feedback helps us revise the policy for the 2017-2018 school year. Link Address: http://sites.muscogee.k12.ga.us/parentandfamilyengagement

  • April - 2017
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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications and Open Records Officer

    (Columbus, GA)-The 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranks Columbus High #1 of all high schools in Georgia (Gold Medal), #83 in the nation for Best High Schools and #21 in the nation for Magnet High Schools. Early College Academy of Columbus also made the list of Best High Schools and ranks #77 in Georgia (Bronze Medal).

    Since 2011, under Dr. Marvin Crumbs’ leadership, the focus has been to continuously seek and advance engaging and challenging opportunities to increase achievement and participation for all students who choose to apply, meet and exceed entrance requirements for acceptance into the Liberal Arts program.Columbus High School is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide and the only high school in Muscogee County and outside the Atlanta Metro area to implement the Advanced Placement Capstone (AP Capstone™), an innovative diploma program, which allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. The Columbus High School Liberal Arts College Preparatory Program is designed to develop a well-rounded student by offering a wide range of advanced college preparatory courses in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Computers, and Fine Arts. Students are expected to take courses in all areas through a core curriculum that is compacted, accelerated and one that exceeds state standards.

    “We continuously invest great efforts in building a comprehensive Advanced Placement® (AP) Program that encompasses the needs of all students to learn at a higher level,” said Dr. Marvin Crumbs, Principal of Columbus High School.

    In addition, the curriculum has the flexibility to meet individual academic goals and interests. Individual interests are met through diverse elective offerings, gifted classes, 32 AP courses, and the opportunity for students to develop an academic concentration in an area of their interest ranging from mathematics and science to English or the fine arts.

    “We extend our AP Program by adding additional AP Courses that students are seeking and providing field experiences that enriches the learning experience for the student,” added Crumbs. “
    Students learn to make decisions and to budget time by balancing homework, athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. 80% of the student body is involved in extracurricular activities.”

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    “We are also fortunate to have parental and community support from our active and generous Columbus High School Alumni Association,” said Crumbs.“Our active and generous Alumni Association has aided us by volunteering to pay for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) for all freshmen and juniors as well as the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for those students who are unable to afford it.”

    “We congratulate the Columbus High and Early College Academy school communities on their continued academic performance and ongoing recognition by this prestigious publication,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education. “The fact that Columbus High School achieved the number one ranking in the state is something for which they and our community can be justifiably proud.”

    The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data for more than 22,000 public high schools in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. For more information, contact communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us or access U.S. News & World Report listing of Best High Schools.


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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications

    The Muscogee County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a millage rate that will require an increase in property taxes by 1.00 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the third public hearing, as required, on this tax increase. This hearing is to be held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Board of Education, 2960 Macon Road on the following date and time: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 23.37 mills, an increase of 0.052 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 23.318 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $1.90 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $3.64. The millage rate for 2017 will be set at a meeting held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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    Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications and Open Records Officer

    Be There: MCSD and WTVM Live Stream 2017 GraduationsGraduation Live Streams

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    While we celebrate the joyous occasion of high school graduation on behalf of thousands of graduates, it is important to remember:
    *Supporters are asked to clap only after each row has been called (named) to allow for family and guests to hear the student’s name. Those who
    do not comply may be escorted out.
    *Pictures may be taken from an individual’s seat without interfering with others viewing the ceremony.
    *No one is allowed on the floor where graduates are seated.
    *No noisemaker devices, balloons, flowers are allowed inside the center or any item that would distract from the ceremony.
    *Gifts and/or exchange of items to graduates should be handled outside the center following the graduation ceremony, but not in the hallways as
    the hallways need to be cleared for other guests and graduates to enter for the next graduation.
    Time Schedule
    Each school has a scheduled time to line up, to walk-in, and to walk-out of the facility. Attendees and participants are respectfully asked to adhere to the rules while celebrating. Out of respect for graduates, all organizers, parents, families, and guests are asked to follow the rules outlined by each school.
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