• October - 2018
  • 25
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA-The Muscogee County School District 2018 SAT results were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The results mark improvements in the District’s composite and reading and writing scores. The District’s reading and writing scores exceeded both the state and national averages for the first time. In addition, the District noted an increase in the number of test takers year-to-date.

    This is the second year’s results of the newest version of the SAT revised in 2017. The redesigned SAT features items to test higher-level logic and reasoning skills in reading, writing and math and a different scoring scale from previous versions.

    Each year there is a different cohort of students who take the SAT, which makes it difficult to draw a comparison from one year to the next. In addition, results are contingent upon the level of coursework students pursue prior to the test administration. Since the SAT and American College Testing (ACT) allow students to sit for the exam regardless of coursework, results can vary from year to year.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The updated data below reflects the performance of Georgia public-school students in the class of 2018 as provided by the Georgia Department of Education. In a previous version of this release, the District reported 2017 results that included all testers (public and private) nationwide in accordance with the manner of the reports provided in 2017.


    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    527

    529

    Georgia

    535

    537

    MCSD

    534

    539

    School



    Carver High

    481

    479

    Columbus High

    607

    624

    Early College

    508

    499

    Hardaway High

    510

    503

    Jordan High

    507

    463

    Kendrick High

    480

    498

    Northside

    520

    547

    Shaw High

    507

    493

    Spencer High

    472

    472

    Mean Math

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    517

    520

    Georgia

    515

    517

    MCSD

    517

    514

    School



    Carver High

    470

    438

    Columbus High

    607

    613

    Early College

    466

    457

    Hardaway High

    480

    472

    Jordan High

    501

    436

    Kendrick High

    446

    477

    Northside

    492

    515

    Shaw High

    481

    462

    Spencer High

    453

    460

    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    1044

    1049

    Georgia

    1050

    1054

    MCSD

    1051

    1053

    School



    Carver High

    951

    916

    Columbus High

    1214

    1237

    Early College

    974

    956

    Hardaway High

    990

    975

    Jordan High

    1009

    899

    Kendrick High

    927

    975

    Northside

    1013

    1062

    Shaw High

    988

    955

    Spencer High

    925

    932



    “We are gratified with the improved composite results on this college-readiness indicator, particularly in the areas of reading and writing that for the first time exceeded both the state and national averages. While we are pleased with the overall continued improvement, we fully recognize that we have work ahead of us in an ongoing effort to ensure that all students meet our expectation of becoming full-option graduates that are college and career ready,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent.

    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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  • 23
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District School Nutrition Program was honored with a silver level recognition during the 2018 Golden Radish Awards ceremony in Atlanta on Monday, October 22, 2018. The District was one of 84 school districts in Georgia recognized.


    During the ceremony the District received accolades for achieving excellence in Farm-to-School initiatives:

    • The District served more than 6.1 million meals featuring at least one local item. School menus featured daily local items from Southern Press and Packing of Blackshear, Moore & Porter Produce, Mercier Orchards, Bland Farms, Bimbo Bakeries, Herndon Farms, Dickey Farms, Mayfield Dairy, Proview Foods, Moore Farms, Bay Valley Foods, Tyson Foods, and Busy Bee Farms Midland.
    • Muscogee County 4-H members taught agriculture and gardening curriculum at 11 schools. Their "Farm to Fork Taste Test" engaged students in discovering the crops and Georgia Grown agricultural commodities through activities and taste tests.
    • The first Wellness Networking event was held with the District’s community partners, including UGA Extension, Georgia Organics, the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southeast Regional Office. Principals, teachers, parents, wellness teams, and school district leaders were present to foster partnerships and plan wellness events with the community organizations.
    The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm-to-school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating gardening and cooking activities in curriculum. The Golden Radish partners include Georgia Organics, Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture (GDA), Education (GaDOE) and Public Health (GDPH), the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension (UGA Extension).

    “Georgia Organics is delighted to recognize the innovative Farm to School initiatives that prepare our future farmers for economic prosperity. We are proudly celebrating certified organic food procurement, the teaching of organic growing methods and the involvement of Certified Organic farmers in programs throughout the state. We know that Farm to School and organic education is a great way to increase access to good food for all,” said Alice Rolls, President and CEO of Georgia Organics.

    For more information on the 2018 Golden Radish Awards, contact: Angel Mills, Communications Coordinator, Georgia Organics, angel@georgiaorganics.org, 586.744.5433.

    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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  • 17
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The 2018 American College Test (ACT) composite and subject results for the Muscogee County School District mark the second highest set of scores for the District to date. In addition, the number of students tested in Muscogee County has increased year-to-date. The ACT is a college admissions test, administered by a non-profit organization, which measures English, Math, Reading, and Science academic readiness for college.


    Muscogee County School District

    ACT Reasoning Test

    FIVE-YEAR TREND



    NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    Total Tested

    823

    839

    908

    857

    902

    Number of students Enrolled (from FTE 1)

    2011

    2171

    2083

    2006

    2061

    Percentage of Students Tested

    41%

    39%

    44%

    43%

    44%


    READING


    Group

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018



    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Nation

    21.3

    21.4

    21.3

    21.4

    21.3

    Georgia

    21.4

    21.6

    21.8

    22.0

    22.1

    MCSD

    19.3

    19.6

    19.9

    20.2

    20.0



    ENGLISH


    Group

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018



    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Nation

    20.3

    20.4

    20.1



    20.3

    20.2

    Georgia

    20.3

    20.6

    20.7

    21.0

    20.9

    MCSD

    18.0

    18.4

    18.7

    18.9

    18.6



    MATH


    Group

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018



    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Nation

    20.9

    20.8

    20.6



    20.7

    20.5

    Georgia

    20.5

    20.5

    20.6

    20.9

    20.7

    MCSD

    18.5

    18.8

    19.2

    19.5

    19.0



    SCIENCE


    Group

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018



    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Nation

    20.8

    20.9

    20.8

    21.0

    20.7

    Georgia

    20.7

    20.9

    21.0

    21.3

    21.2

    MCSD

    18.3

    18.8

    19.4

    19.6

    19.4



    COMPOSITE


    Group

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018



    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Mean

    Nation

    21.0

    21.0

    20.8

    21.0

    20.8

    Georgia

    20.8

    21.0

    21.1

    21.4

    21.4

    MCSD

    18.6

    19.0

    19.4

    19.7

    19.4


    “I am pleased with the increasing number of test-takers and the overall upward trend over time. However, we must continue to push students toward challenging coursework in order to prepare them for this and other important assessments as well as post-secondary readiness,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent.

    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

    Columbus, GA—The Muscogee County School District was recently recognized, by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, as an Economic Development Partnership district. The program is implemented through the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) who announced Muscogee County as one of five partnership districts in the state, during its conference on September 21, 2018, in Savannah.

    “We are so excited to receive the Economic Development Partnership District designation. It validates the work that our Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department and others throughout the District have done to understand workforce development and build relationships with businesses that will ultimately enable our students to be prepared for careers,” said Victoria Thomas, CTAE Director.

    In a recent release provided by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Muscogee County Schools is one of the first districts in the state to receive this recognition; the other honorees are Whitfield County, Marietta City, Newton County, and Wayne County. All five districts were selected as pilot participants in 2017 and have now satisfied the necessary requirements to be named Economic Development Partnership districts.

    The EDP program seeks to promote improved relationships between local school districts and business/industry. In participating school districts, district leaders complete economic development training courses and 100 percent of CTAE directors, CTAE teachers, and school counselors complete a business externship every five years. Participating districts also review local Career Pathway offerings for alignment to high-demand careers and must display evidence of business and community partnerships.

    “For the benefit of our students and our state, it’s essential that we forge stronger connections between the educational system and industry,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Muscogee County Schools is doing an excellent job of working in partnership with their community to provide the best possible opportunities for students.”

    “Under Dr. Lewis’ leadership, our District has learned that ‘schools cannot do it alone’ and the old model of education, where schools operate on islands without connection to the world of work, is antiquated. Our partnerships with Pratt & Whitney, TSYS, and W.C. Bradley, among others, are a testament to that. Additionally, District administrators have gotten more involved with the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, leading to the development of the annual industry bus tour for educators and enhanced support for a college and career academy to be added,” said Thomas.

    Photo (provided courtesy of the Georgia Department of Education) L-R: State School Superintendent Richard Woods, GEDA Chair Missy Kendrick, Georgia Department of Economic Development Regional Project Manager Anna Hurt, Muscogee County Schools CTAE Director Victoria Thomas, GEDA President Kevin Shea

    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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  • 12
    Mercedes C Parham

    The Muscogee County high school football schedule has been adjusted due to the recent storm. Please note the following times:

    Date
    Home Team
    Opponent
    Location
    Time
    Friday, October 12

    Shaw

    Columbus

    Memorial

    7:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 12

    Jordan

    Heard County

    Kinnett

    7:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 12

    Kendrick

    Jackson

    Jackson

    7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 13

    Americus

    Northside

    Americus

    12:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 13

    Callaway

    Spencer

    Callaway Stadium

    12:00 p.m.


    The following previously scheduled games for Saturday, October 13, are CANCELLED:

    Carver vs. Westover @ Memorial

    Dougherty vs. Hardaway @ Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany

    For more details, please contact:
    MCSD Athletics/ K-12 Health and Physical Education
    706-748-2595

  • 12
    Mercedes C Parham
  • 10
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District has announced that all District schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, October 11, 2018 due to inclement weather associated with Hurricane Michael.

    This decision has been made based upon the most recent weather advisories provided to the District. The District will continue with the schedule for today, as previously outlined, with a one-hour early release for all students and staff. We will continue to monitor the weather for any further developments and to determine our schedule for reopening.

    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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  • 9
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- In light of the recent weather pattern predictions, the District will observe a one-hour early release for all students and personnel tomorrow, October 10, 2018. All after-school activities and programs planned for tomorrow have been cancelled or postponed. This includes all school-based events, activities, and programs.

    We monitor weather events closely to determine the appropriate action to ensure the standard of safety is considered the highest priority.

    We will continue to monitor the weather patterns for Thursday, October 11, 2018. Any decisions regarding schedule adjustments or closures for Thursday will be announced tomorrow.

    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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  • 1
    Mercedes C Parham


    Columbus, GA
    — In a release provided by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Secretary of Education, Besty DeVos, announced Britt David Magnet Academy as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. The program recognized 349 schools nationwide. Britt David is one of 13 schools in Georgia to be honored for the 2017-2018 school year.

    The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is in its 36th year and accepts nominations from top education officials in all states and territories. Up to 420 schools can be nominated each year. Recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

    Schools selected for recognition are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:

    • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
    • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.
    Britt David was honored as an “Exemplary High Performing School.”

    “I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

    The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. On November 7-8, 2018, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    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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  • September - 2018
  • 19
    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 graduation rate to 88.9 percent, an increase of 1.1 points year-over-year, from 87.8 percent. This marks the fifth consecutive year of increase for the District, whose rate has increased by 2.8 percentage points over the last three years.

    “We are very pleased with our district’s sustained improvement on this important performance metric, which continues to outpace both the state and national averages. We can attribute this achievement directly to our students’ commitment to a brighter future as full-option graduates as well as dedicated teachers, administrators, support staff, and families who encourage and support them in attaining this educational milestone,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent, Muscogee County School District.

    The Cohort Rate is calculated using the data from students who graduate from high school within four years as required by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the indicators used in the calculation of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


    Graduation Rate

    2016

    2017

    2018

    Muscogee County

    86.1

    87.8

    88.9

    State

    79.2

    80.6

    81.6

    Difference

    6.9

    7.2

    7.3



    In addition to the District-wide increase, schools continued to see improvements in their cohort rates.

    • Six of the District’s high schools maintained or saw an increase in their cohort graduation rate: Early College, Hardaway, Jordan, Northside, Shaw, and Spencer.
    • Four of the District’s high schools achieved graduation rates above 90 percent: Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, and Northside.
    • Eight of the District’s high schools were above the State average: Carver, Columbus, Early College, Hardaway, Kendrick, Northside, Shaw, and Spencer.
    “We are gratified by the positive trend for our district and we will remain focused on our ultimate goal of 100 percent of our students graduating on-time and prepared for post-secondary education, training, the workforce or military service,” said Lewis.


    School

    2016

    2017

    2018

    Carver

    89.5

    87.1

    86.3

    Columbus

    99.6

    100

    99.3

    Early College

    100

    100

    100.0

    Hardaway

    90.4

    88.1

    91.6

    Jordan

    71.6

    75.4

    75.4

    Kendrick

    78.6

    87.7

    87.3

    Northside

    91.2

    91.9

    93.0

    Shaw

    85.2

    87.2

    87.9

    Spencer

    75.8

    85.8

    86.2


    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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