1. The testing window
EOG Testing April 8-23
EOC Testing April 22-May 7
2. What GMAS measures
The GMAS is an annual test given to students in grades 3-12 to measure how well they have mastered the skills outlined in the state-adopted standards for English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3-8 take an End-of-Grade (EOG) test in ELA and math, with only grades 5 – 8 taking science and social studies.
3. The difference between the new and old GMAS tests
The Muscogee County School District Teacher of the Year honorees have been narrowed down.
The Top Three honorees are: Dacia Irvin from Baker Middle School, Shalon Gillespie from Blackmon Road Middle, and Natalie Teasley from Northside High.
The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) selection committee will observe each of the Top Three Honorees in their respective classrooms. MCSD's Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Gala on Thursday, April 25 at the Trade Center.
Congratulations to the Top Three Honorees!
All District schools will open at the regularly scheduled times tomorrow, March 4, 2019. We are aware of road closures affecting specific areas to include Biggers, Hubbard, River, Smith, and Whitesville roads. Please exercise caution and/or discretion, as necessary, in consideration of the reported road closures.
Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District is one of 14 school districts participating in a national effort to provide teachers with a unique STEM-focused professional development opportunity with the SETI Institute. As a result, two Columbus High teachers, Luther Richardson and Laura Solomons, have been named to the 2019 class of the SETI Institute’s NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program.
Richardson and Solomons will join 26 other high school science teachers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Hangar 703, in Palmdale, California, for a week-long immersion in astrophysics and planetary science as well as content and pedagogy. The program will culminate with flights onboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft.
According to the SETI Institute, the NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program was one of the 27 organizations from across the United States selected by NASA for cooperative agreement awards to implement a new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities.
About the SETI Institute
Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies. The SETI Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF.
About the Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program
The SETI Institute’s NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program was one of the 27 organizations from across the United States selected by NASA for cooperative agreement awards to implement a new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities. Selections were made by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington, DC, through the Science Education Cooperative Agreement Notice. Selectee activities will support Earth science, astrophysics, planetary science and heliophysics. AAA is funded by NASA SMD NNX16AC51A.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Columbus, GA—The Muscogee County School District encourages parents preparing for early learning success to apply for the District’s Pre-K program online and register early for Kindergarten. The Pre-K application will be available online and at select locations, March 1-14, 2019. The Kindergarten registration will occur March 4-29, 2019 at each student’s assigned school or the Public Education Center.
Pre-K Application and Enrollment
Students who are four years of age on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible for Pre-K application. Online applications will open March 1 on the District’s website: http://apps.muscogee.k12.ga.us/prek. Parents can also access the application at the District’s Public Education Center or the following Pre-K centers:
Nine Muscogee County School District teachers have been selected for the 2019 Harvard Fellows Program.
These teachers will have the opportunity to attend the prestigious Harvard University Graduate School of Education from July 22- July 26, courtesy of the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF).
“MEEF’s Harvard Fellows increase the capacity to improve learning for all children by bringing back what they learn at Harvard and sharing it with other teachers,” said Marquette McKnight, MEEF’s Executive Director. “Their classrooms become models based on what they learned; they share with their colleagues at their own schools and others; and they are now the advisory council to Superintendent David Lewis.”
The Fellows are selected from a pool of MCSD Top Ten honorees from the last 10 or more years. Each of the selected teachers will attend the Harvard Graduate program and the “Project Zero Classroom” where they will spend a week with distinguished scholars and innovative teachers from around the world.
The Muscogee County School District has announced its Media Specialist of the year – Mrs. Marissa Brookins.
Mrs. Brookins, who is a media specialist for East Columbus Magnet Academy, has been with the school district for eight years. Knowing that she has an opportunity to make a positive impact on students and staff members inspires her to do her job well every day.
“It’s my way of making a difference in others’ lives; whether it’s teaching a class in a fun new way, helping a teacher edit video for a project, finding the right book for a student, locating resources a teacher needs for a lesson, or just simply being the person a student can rely each day,” she says.
But it’s not always an easy task as Mrs. Brookins serves as a resource for up to 600 students and 60 staff members. While it can be a challenge, she says her role is very rewarding.
Some of her responsibilities include teaching a class in a new fun way, helping a teacher edit a video for a project, finding the right book for a student, and locating resources a teacher may need for a student.
Mrs. Brookins was the first media specialist to renovate her fiction section and the first to start building a collection for a makerspace.
“My absolute favorite thing [about this job] is when I can spark or continue a love of reading in a student,” Mrs. Brookins says. “I enjoy what I do and I’m proud to be one among many classroom teachers and media specialists who wake up each day with the opportunity to impact others in meaningful ways.”
Marissa Brookins was selected based on the criteria set forth by the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA). The applicant had to have at least three years of experience as a certified library media specialist, be a member of GLMA, and have reference letters.
Congratulations Mrs. Brookins!