MCSD News

  • January - 2020
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    Jasmine Agyemang

    Congratulations to Shaw High School’s Academic Decathlon team for being named the District champion.

    Here is a list of the overall team placement:
    3rd Place Team: G.W.Carver High School
    2nd Place Team: Columbus High School
    1st Place Team: 2019-2020 MCSD Academic Decathlon Champion: Shaw High School

    Top Individual Overall Scores by Category:

    Honors Category:
    1st: Brady Hampel - Hardaway High School
    2nd: Sierra Wilkerson - Shaw High School
    3rd: Ramon Xie - Columbus High School

    Scholastic Category:
    1st: Zachary Brundidge - Shaw High School
    2nd: Abigail Young - Columbus High School
    3rd: David Rivera - G.W.Carver High School

    Varsity Category:
    1st: Kalena Mangum - G.W.Carver High School
    2nd: Diamond Williams - G.W.Carver High School
    3rd: Galen Tice - Jordan Vocational High School

    Students from each of our area high schools also received medals for placing first, second, and third in each of the various events in the decathlon: Essay, Interview, Speech, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Literature, Economics, Music, and Art.

    Shaw High School’s Academic Decathlon team will go on to represent Muscogee County at the Georgia Academic Decathlon State Competition on February 28-29.

  • 14
    Mercedes Ciara Parham

    WHEN: Thursday, January 16 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Public Education Center

    2960 Macon Road

    Columbus, GA 31906

    WHAT: During this meeting, the District will provide military parents with information about the variety of service offerings. The informational session will also present an opportunity for parents to present questions to the Fort Benning school liaison officers and District personnel.

    For more information on how the District serves our military families, click here.

    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
    Mercedes Ciara Parham

    WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Muscogee County Public Education Center

    2960 Macon Road | Columbus, GA 31906

    WHAT: The purpose of this meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Board work session, is to take action on an employee due process hearing, a purchase request to Education Elements, and any other necessary business.

    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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  • December - 2019
  • 20
    Mercedes Parham

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    WHERE: District site/location

    WHAT: The Muscogee County School District in partnership with local law enforcement and public safety agencies will conduct a planned safety exercise at a District site. This exercise is meant for preparation in response to any emergency situation that could require the evacuation of students and staff.

    During those types of crisis situations, school districts enact a process to reunify students with their parents/legal guardians at an alternate location. This process of controlled release is called reunification. The exercise will involve a large public safety presence. The public should not be alarmed; this is a planned drill.

    VIEW OUR PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO:


    *REMINDER: District offices are closed in observance of Winter Break, Monday, December 23, 2019- Friday, January 3, 2020. Offices will re-open January 6, 2020. Students will return January 8, 2020.

    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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  • 19
    Jasmine Schetalia Agyemang

    The Georgia Department of Education recognizes schools at different levels of implementation with their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports frameworks. All of the District PBIS trained schools received an additional five points to their overall climate score, which potentially led to an increased School Climate Star Rating for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Each level includes schools that have completed GaDOE training, fidelity activities, and show declining or stabilizing discipline data indicators: office discipline referrals (ODR), in-school suspension (ISS), and out of school suspension (OSS).

    We are proud of our District schools that were recognized for their Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

    Emerging-third highest level of recognition.

    • Declining or stable discipline data since 2015-16 with two of three indicators
    • Tier 1 ODRs for all students: 0 -1 ≥ 75%
    • Declining or stabilizing discipline data with all three indicators.
    • Tier 1 ODRs for all students: 0-1 ≥ 85%
    • Declining or stabilizing discipline data with all three indicators.
    • Tier 2 score: ≥ 70%.
    Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) score: ≥ 70%

    Congratulations to the following emerging schools:

    • Allen Elementary
    • Arnold Middle
    • Davis Elementary
    • Dimon Elementary
    • Double Churches Elementary
    • Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy
    • Eddy Middle School
    • Georgetown Elementary
    • Hannan Magnet Academy
    • Midland Academy
    • Rothschild Leadership Academy

    Operational- second highest level of recognition.

    Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Tier 1 score: ≥ 85%
    Congratulations to the following operational schools:

    • Brewer Elementary
    • Dawson Elementary
    • Double Churches Middle
    • Forrest Road Elementary
    • Kendrick High School
    • Key Elementary School
    • Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
    • Rigdon Road Elementary
    • River Road Elementary
    • Woodall GNETS Program
    • Wynnton Arts Academy

    Distinguished-highest level of recognition.

    The state added the Distinguished school level as a new level of recognition for the 2017-18 school year.


    Tier 1 ODRs for all students: 0-1 ≥ 90%

    Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Tier 1 score: ≥ 90%

    Attended PBIS Classroom and PBIS Tier 2 training provided by GaDOE.
    Congratulations to the following distinguished schools:

    • Early College Academy of Columbus
    • Richards Middle
    • South Columbus Elementary

  • 11
    Jasmine Agyemang

    Congratulations to several District schools that placed in the First Lego League Regional Competition!

    Please find the winners of each category are below.

    Robot Performance



    Team Number

    Team Name

    School

    2nd Place

    36515

    Arnold ProgRAMmers

    Arnold Magnet Academy

    3rd Place

    28740

    Dimon Dolphins

    Dimon Magnet Academy



    Project Award

    Tournament

    Team Number

    Team Name

    School

    A

    47714

    Tech Edge Rangers

    Veterans Memorial Middle School

    B

    47712

    Tigerbots Girls Team

    Mathews Elementary School

    C

    50097

    Aaron Cohn Robotics

    Aaron Cohn Middle School



    Robot Design

    Tournament

    Team Number

    Team Name

    School

    B

    28663

    Predator Programmers

    Blanchard Elementary School

    C

    36161

    Blackmon Road Eagles

    Blackmon Road Middle School



    Core Values

    Tournament

    Team Number

    Team Name

    School

    B

    42870

    DCE Wildcats

    Double Churches Elementary School

    C

    42877

    Fort Robotics Club

    Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy



    Champion’s Award (highest honor)

    Tournament

    Team Number

    Team Name

    School

    A

    35839

    Veteran’s Rowdy Rangers

    Veterans Memorial Middle School

    B

    42872

    Gentian Lego League

    Gentian Elementary School

    C

    42874

    Richards Robotics

    Richards Middle School



    The super regional competition will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

  • 9
    Jasmine Agyemang

    Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County School District is pleased to announce the approval of a $3 million grant, awarded by the Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), to officially establish Jordan High School as a College and Career Academy in partnership with Columbus Technical College.

    “I am extremely proud of the collective work contributed by everyone during the planning, writing and presentation phases of this competitive grant proposal. Building upon the rich tradition of Jordan Vocational High School, the funding provided through this grant award will serve to enhance and expand college and career opportunities for our students that align with the workforce needs throughout our community and the region,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    The District began forming a vision, led by the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program, around the concept of a college and career academy in November 2017. Jordan High School was added to the Georgia College & Career Academy Network after submitting the initial grant application in 2018.

    “There were several visits to career academies around the state. We met often to paint a picture of what a career academy could bring to our community. We received a significant boost in business and industry support thanks to the partnership of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Columbus 2025 Initiative,” said Victoria Thomas, CTAE Director.

    College and Career Academies represent a community partnership between a local school system, a technical college or post-secondary institution, and business leaders represented on the academy’s governing board, to ensure the fulfillment of its workforce development mission specific to each community.

    Georgia’s College and Career Academy Network offers high school students access to accredited college-level courses and technical certification programs. More than 20,000 students are already enrolled in College and Career Academies throughout the state.

    “The grant funds will be used to upgrade the College and Career Academy at Jordan Vocational High School. The renovations will focus on upgrading the facilities to reflect 21st-century workforce environments. The changes will complement Jordan's history through design enhancements that will expand opportunities for all students. The community will be engaged in the process through advisory committee and industry representatives. I want to thank everyone in our community for supporting this important project," said Tim Vinson, Chief Executive Officer, Jordan Vocational High School College and Career 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.


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  • 2
    Jasmine Agyemang

    Columbus, GA- In a recent release provided by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), two District fine arts schools have been named as Title I Achievement Awards schools. Each year, GaDOE honors K–12 Title I schools and school districts for significant progress in improving student achievement and/or making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

    Wynnton Arts Academy is recognized among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the state as a Title I Rewards School. The designation is for Title I schools who demonstrate the most progress in improving the performance of their total student population, over the most recent two school years, on the statewide assessments.

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts is recognized among the top five percent of Targeted Assisted Title I Schools in the state as a Title I Distinguished School (Title I Schoolwide). These schools demonstrate the highest absolute performance of their total student population based on the current statewide assessments.

    Title I Distinguished Schools are eligible to apply for the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program award sponsored by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators.


    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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  • November - 2019
  • 22
    Jasmine Schetalia Agyemang

    Columbus, GA – We are proud to announce that five Muscogee County School District Schools have been awarded a total of $88,746 in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Opportunities Equipment Grants for the FY20 school year by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). In addition, the District was awarded a $25,000 Computer Science for Georgia (CS4GA ) Computer Science Capacity Grant.

    The purpose of the CTAE Opportunities Equipment Grant is to provide funds for industry-standard equipment for CTAE labs and classrooms. The equipment will enhance the instructional opportunities for the students in the CTAE programs. This grant was available to high school and middle school programs and the Elementary Agriculture pilot programs.

    The following schools were awarded CTAE Equipment Grants:

    School Name

    Program Area

    Allocation

    Midland Middle School

    Audio, Video, Technology & Film

    $30,000

    Hardaway High School

    Healthcare Science

    $16,000

    Jordan High School

    Automotive

    $23,571

    Rothschild Middle School

    Business Management & Admin

    $11,175

    South Columbus Elementary

    Agriculture Elementary Pilot

    $8,000



    According to GaDOE, to be considered eligible, a program must:

    • Be a high school or middle school CTAE program or an Elementary Agriculture Pilot Program.
    • Have a significant need for equipment upgrades.
    • Have a current Advisory Committee to include industry and educational partners that meets two times per year
    The Computer Science Capacity Grant will provide funding for teachers across the District to participate in professional learning opportunities, including credential programs. Computer Science for Georgia (CS4GA) is a collective impact effort led by GaDOE and diverse stakeholders to bring quality Computer Science education to all children in K-12 statewide systems.

    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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  • 15
    Jasmine Agyemang

    The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has announced that MCSD was one of 34 schools awarded the CS4GA Computer Science Capacity Grant in the amount of $25,000.

    Computer science has become a high-demand career across multiple industries and includes skills all students need to learn. This grant will provide funding for teachers to participate in professional learning opportunities, including credential programs.

    The purpose of the grant is to support students that are traditionally missing from computer science classes and ultimately all students in Georgia. Districts serving a high number of underrepresented students were given priority in the grant solicitation. The Muscogee County School District was awarded the maximum grant amount.

    This Computer Science Capacity grant is part of CS4GA – an initiative focused on making Georgia a national leader in the computer science movement by developing and delivering high-quality courses, resources and professional learning, increasing the number of CS endorsements held by educators, and expanding the integration of CS throughout the K-12 curriculum.