MCSD News

  • September - 2019
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    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Columbus, GA – Columbus High School math teacher, Storie Atkins, was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top math teachers by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

    Ms. Atkins was named a winner of the Edyth May Sliffe Award, which is given annually to approximately 20 teachers in the United States who have had students perform well in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). Award recipients were selected from nominations received from the three students of each of the 60 highest scoring teams on the AMC 12. These student were asked to recommend a teacher who in their opinion was most responsible for his or her success on the AMC 12.

    Each winner is awarded $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the MAA MathFest in Philadelphia, PA from July 29 – Aug. 1, 2020.This is an annual conference for mathematics education and research that draws mathematicians from across the country.

    The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts.

    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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    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Did you know? Children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days. That is a couple days each month.


    Why is this important? We cannot teach an empty seat. Absences add up---whether excused or unexcused.

    What you can do to help: This month, please join the Muscogee County School District Social Workers in celebrating school attendance by working together to help all our children attend school today so they can achieve success tomorrow.

    Parents with elementary students (Pre-K-5)

    • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

    Parents with middle and high school students (6-12)

    • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
    • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
    • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
    Need help? Do not hesitate to contact your child's school counselor or the Muscogee County Department of School Counseling Services, 706-748-2226.


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    Jasmine S Agyemang

    WHEN: Thursday, September 12 | 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Fort Middle School

    2900 Woodruff Farm Road

    Columbus, GA 31907

    WHAT: The Muscogee County School District is hosting an informational meeting for anyone interested in transitioning into a career in teaching. The requirements include having a bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This meeting is for career changers interested in teaching as well as current substitutes, para-pros, and instructional assistants who may want to become a teacher.

    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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  • 5
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Columbus, GA—The Muscogee County School District has officially launched the first phase of its district-wide Personalized Learning initiative. As part of this first phase, all middle and high school students will receive Google Chromebooks to support classroom instruction. The District will provide more than 15,000 devices as part of the one-to-one (1:1) student-learning device rollout by mid-October. The device rollout marks the beginning of a multi-year plan to transform instructional practices, district-wide, in order to meet the learning needs of the modern student.

    Personalized Learning is a widely-practiced approach that focuses on providing individual support and ensuring mastery based on each student’s strengths, needs, and interests. The District has been utilizing differentiated instructional approaches to address individual learning needs for students. Differentiated Instruction is an approach included within the Personalized Learning curriculum.

    According to a 2013 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers seek specific skills such as the ability to work in teams, plan, organize, and prioritize work, communicate verbally, obtain and process information, make decisions, and analyze data. In order to meet the demands of the continually transforming workforce, the District will use Personalized Learning to build student agency through digital literacy and citizenship. The overall goal is for each student to understand how to develop into independent thinkers and doers with ownership of his/her learning process. This enables student voices and choices in what, how, when, and where they learn.

    Although the 1:1 student-learning device component is new, the concept of Personalized Learning is not new for the District. During the 2018-2019 school year, three elementary schools (Dorothy Height, Martin Luther King Jr., and Brewer) received funding from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) to begin implementing Personalized Learning in grades two and three. After seeing many benefits for teachers and students, those schools have expanded to grades four and five this school year. GOSA has also expanded support for Personalized Learning to J.D. Davis Elementary and Rothschild Leadership Academy.

    Each school will embrace its own design to incorporate Personalized Learning while adopting District policies and best practices. All students will be required to submit documentation authorizing use, as permitted by the District, and complete an online course focused on proper device use and digital citizenship. Devices will be provided at specific times during the school day for middle school students. As high school students complete the required course, they will be allowed to use the devices under a take-home policy administered by their assigned schools.

    More information about the Personalized Learning initiative, can be found here: http://bitly.com/mcsdpl.
    To watch the Personalized Learning video, click here: Video.



    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.

  • August - 2019
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    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Message from State School Superintendent Richard Woods:

    Dear Georgia education stakeholders,

    I continue to hear questions and concerns about our K-12 standards from parents, educators, and students. Many are concerned about whether the standards are age- and developmentally appropriate, and whether they present a realistic amount of content for teachers to deliver in one year.

    Along with Governor Brian Kemp, I am committed to ensuring the best possible standards in our classrooms. Today, the Georgia Department of Education is launching a survey to seek feedback on the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Mathematics and English Language Arts.

    Click here to complete the mathematics survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KVBDY86

    Click here to complete the ELA survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Q6ZFDY

    Together with the Governor’s Office, our goal is to lead an open, collaborative process with true feedback offered by all stakeholders – including classroom teachers and other educational leaders, parents, students, business and industry, and higher education. We ask that you answer the survey questions based on your experience with the K-12 Georgia Standards of Excellence for Mathematics and ELA.

    My deepest thanks for your support of Georgia’s public schools and your honest feedback.

    Sincerely,

    Richard Woods
    State School Superintendent


  • 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.

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    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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    Ronald E Pleasant
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    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.

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