• August - 2019
  • 16
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County School District’s Purchasing Department of the Division of Financial Services has been awarded the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). The program has been in existence for 24 years. The District is one of 23 school districts in the United States and Canada and one of 12 agencies in the state to earn this prestigious award.

    The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. According to the NPI, this annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement demonstrated within the following criteria:

    1. Establishment of procurement ethics standards
    2. Published electronic procurement manual
    3. Established staff professional development program
    4. Maintenance of a continuous improvement program
    5. Centralized procurement authority based in law
    6. Organizational structure
    7. Utilization of electronic commerce
    8. Procurement (P) card system
    9. Use of term/requirements contracts
    10. Professional certifications
    11. Educational attainment
    12. Association leadership positions
    13. Participation at a national, state, provincial, territorial or regional conference or a seminar as a presenter or co-presenter on a public procurement topic or author of a published article on public procurement topic
    14. Adoption of Best Value Procurement Method
    15. Environmental procurement policy
    16. Cooperative procurement strategy
    17. Authority of the Chief Procurement Official to solicit and award contracts
    18. Continued pursuit of excellence

    In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI), the AEP is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Canadian Public Procurement Council / Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA). The AEP is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), OMINA Partners, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).

    Award recipients will be recognized at the National Procurement Institute’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 6-9, 2019.

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 16
    Mercedes C Parham

    WHEN: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 12:00 A.M.-Friday, September 30th, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

    WHO: Students in grades 1-12; Kindergarten students cannot be referred until the Spring window (January 15-February 29, 2020).

    WHERE: The link for the application can be found online under the "Families" page of the District website.

    Please note: Parents must have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal in order to submit a gifted application. Your child's home school can provide you with information on how to create and access that account. ALL gifted referrals MUST go through the online gifted application for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • 14
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA—The Woodall GNETS Program was recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for successfully implementing 100 percent of its strategic plan components.

    The review was conducted on-site by the GNETS state program manager in accordance with the end of year strategic plan compliance reviews assessed by GaDOE. Samples of evidence were required for the following components:

    • Program Leadership- Activities that support the implementation of the strategic plan initiatives.
    • Behavior and Therapeutic Supports- Activities and documentation that supports students’ participation in social-emotional/behavioral supports that meet their needs.
    • Instruction and Academic Supports- Lessons and activities to support students’ access to standards and skills-based instruction as well as data to monitor proficiency and growth.
    • Program Funding and Fiscal Management- Documentation of procurement procedures and fiscal management of GNETS grant funds.
    • Integration and Capacity Building-Documentation of activities of collaboration with external stakeholders to ensure opportunities for students to receive services and supports in the least restrictive environment.
    • Accountability- Documentation or activities to support stakeholders’ engagement in the expectations and outcomes of the strategic plan ratings and areas for improvement.
    • Facilities- Documentation of ongoing communication with key stakeholders to advocate for and maintain safe and healthful facilities for students.
    • Overall success with implementing components of the strategic plan:
      • Below 70%: Limited success with evidence of implementation
      • Between 70%-79%: Good success with evidence of implementation
      • 80% and above: Great success with evidence of implementation

    The sum of the ratings was divided by the maximum score that could be earned from each section of the plan to generate an overall percent.


    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 13
    Ronald E Pleasant
  • 6
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA –Muscogee County School District students, at specific sites, will receive special meal assistance through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, allowing schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students at CEP locations without collecting household applications.

    The CEP was authorized by Congress as a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and became available nationwide in 2014. CEP is a meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas.

    This alternative provision will provide meals at no charge to District students at the following locations:

    Allen Elementary School
    Arnold Magnet Academy
    Baker Middle School
    Blanchard Elementary School
    Brewer Elementary School
    Carver High School
    J.D. Davis Elementary School
    Dawson Elementary School
    Dimon Magnet Academy
    Dorothy Height Elementary School
    Double Churches Middle School
    Downtown Magnet Academy
    East Columbus Magnet Academy
    Eddy Middle School
    Forrest Road Elementary School
    Fort Middle School
    Fox Elementary School
    Gentian Elementary School
    Georgetown Elementary School
    Hannan Magnet Academy
    Hardaway High School
    Johnson Elementary School
    Jordan High School
    Kendrick High School
    Key Elementary School
    Lonnie Jackson Academy
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
    Midland Academy
    Midland Middle School
    Reese Road Leadership Academy
    Richards Middle School
    Rigdon Road Elementary School
    River Road Elementary School
    Rothschild Leadership Academy
    Shaw High School
    South Columbus Elementary School
    Spencer High School
    St. Mary’s Magnet Academy
    Waddell Elementary School
    Wesley Heights Elementary School
    Wynnton Arts Academy

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.


    Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.



    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.



    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:



    (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;



    (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or



    (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

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  • 5
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    As the first day of school approaches on Thursday, August 8, 2019, it is important to note the school start and end times below.

    School Name / Level

    Doors Open

    Start Time

    End Time

    Elementary Schools

    7:15 a.m.

    8:00 a.m.

    2:30 p.m.

    Middle Schools

    8:20 a.m.

    8:50 a.m.

    3:50 p.m.

    High Schools

    7:40 a.m.

    8:10 a.m.

    3:25 p.m.

    Eagle Ridge Academy

    7:00 a.m.

    7:45 a.m.

    2:15 p.m.

    North Columbus Elementary

    7:00 a.m.

    7:45 a.m.

    2:15 p.m.


    For more information on what you need to know heading back to school, click here: Back to School 2019-2020

  • July - 2019
  • 26
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has increased its percentage of students identified as Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 70.8% (17 out of 24) of the content areas assessed by the 2019 Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests. The District outperformed other Tier II comparison groups throughout the state in 17 out of 24 (70.8%) assessed content areas.

    “The hard work and dedication of all our students, teachers, and administrators is to be commended. We are pleased with the results overall and the gains with English Language Arts, in particular. Our focus on literacy continues to have a positive impact as reflected in the decrease of beginning learners and moving more students toward proficiency,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education, Muscogee County School District.

    “In addition, the overwhelming majority of our high school courses continue to trend upward with more students moving towards mastery across multiple subjects. We will continue to build on our foundation in literacy while we provide additional supports for the areas of math that have improved, but not yet realized our full expectations.”

    Georgia Milestones EOG and EOC tests report student learning with four levels of achievement:

    • Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
    • Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
    • Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
    • Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.
    Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) End-of-Grade Assessment (EOG) Highlights

    • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 12 of 16 (68.8%) areas.
    • MCSD decreased or maintained the number of Beginning Learners in 11 of 16 (68.8%) areas.
    • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 5 of 6 (83.3%) of grade levels in English Language Arts (ELA).
    • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 4 of 6 (66.7%) of grade levels in Mathematics.
    • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in both 5th and 8th grade Science, which represents 100% of grade levels assessed for Science.
    Comparison: 2018 to 2019*

    MCSD EOG

    State EOG



    Developing and above

    Increased

    8

    11

    Same

    3

    2

    Decreased

    5

    3

    Proficient and above

    Increased

    11

    14

    Same

    1

    2

    Decreased

    4

    0














    *These results include the combined EOG and EOC for math and science in 8th grade.


    2019 GMAS EOG Proficiency Levels

    GMAS End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment Highlights

    • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 7 of 8 (87.5%) areas.
    • MCSD decreased the number of Beginning Learners in 7 of 8 (87.5%) areas.
    • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in English Language Arts.
    • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in Math.
    • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in Science.
    • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 1 of 2 (50%) of courses in Social Studies.
    Comparison: 2018 to 2019

    MCSD EOG

    State EOG



    Developing and above

    Increased

    7

    6

    Same

    0

    1

    Decreased

    1

    1



    Proficient and above

    Increased

    6

    4

    Same

    1

    3

    Decreased

    1

    1



    2019 GMAS EOC Proficiency Levels

    “Our continued focus is on providing high-quality professional development and the implementation of key instructional resources tied to our Balanced Literacy Program, such as Achieve3000, Lexia Core5, and Fountas and Pinnell. That has been the key to the progress we are seeing in literacy,” said Keith Seifert, Chief Academic Officer.

    “While we are seeing progress in ELA, the results indicate that we need a constant focus on mathematics. We plan to continue to implementing our new math curriculum resources in middle and high schools to help teachers with targeted instruction and resource implementation.”

    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 18
    Ronald E Pleasant

    The July 15, 2019 Board Meeting was not streamed live to our Official YouTube Board Channel. This Board meeting was recorded for replay on the Columbus Consolidated Government Channel (CCG-TV) and is uploaded to a temporary YouTube channel at the following link: https://youtu.be/hd3lCbpcDo8

  • 18
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    MEDIA ADVISORY



    WHEN: Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25 | 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE: MCSD Public Education Center
    2960 Macon Road
    Columbus, GA 31906

    WHAT: The Muscogee County School District will host a meeting for employees and community members to provide feedback on the 2019-2020 Community Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan. Attendees will learn the overall focus and process of the plan. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback.


    The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 11
    Mercedes C Parham

    3 THINGS YOU NEED to know about BACK TO SCHOOL

    1. Registration vs. Verification: There’s a difference…

    • Registration is only for students who are not currently enrolled in the system or have had a change of address.
    • Registration and/or change of address processes can be completed at the assigned school. You can check your school assignment zone here: http://bit.ly/2XE5Iti
    • Verification is for currently enrolled students, who have received a school assignment and occurs at the school.
    • Registration should only occur at the Public Education Center if a student has an IEP, change of guardianship, needs ESOL services or needs McKinney-Vento services.

    2. Important dates

    • System-wide Verification Day: August 2, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Additional times and dates might be offered by your child’s school. Contact the school directly for details.
    • First day of school: August 8, 2019

    3.What you need to verify or register

    CURRENT STUDENTS

    • TWO proofs of address: 1. Lease/mortgage/property tax AND 2. A current utility bill stating name and service address
    • Withdrawal form from previous school or last report card during June and July
    • NOTE: If you are living with someone, that person must come with you and provide proof of address and a photo ID

    NEW STUDENTS

    • Your child’s Birth Certificate
    • Your child’s Social Security Card
    • GA Immunization Form (3231) or waiver form giving more time to get form 3231
    • GA Eye, Ear & Dental Form (3300) or waiver form giving more time to get form 3300


    Resources:
    2019-2020 Registration Packet.pdf
    MCSD Basic Supply Lists 2019-20.pdf