• February - 2020
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    Mercedes Parham

    What you need to know:

    1. There have been no confirmed cases for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our schools or community.
    2. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is working closely with the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH), and other agencies to ensure local school districts, parents, and students have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
    3. There are several types of the common human coronavirus that are similar to the human cold, which many of us get infected with at some point in our lives. However, this should not be confused with coronavirus disease 2019.
    4. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    5. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health are constantly updating their interim guidelines, recommended actions, and important information related to COVID-19 to minimize the spread of illness. The District will follow the recommended preventative actions as advised.

    The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures to prevent the spread of illness:
    • Clean your hands often

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact

    • Stay home if you’re sick

    • Cover coughs and sneezes

      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
      • Throw used tissues in the trash.
      • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Wear a facemask if you are sick

      • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
      • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
    • Clean and disinfect

      • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
      • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

    Helpful resources and links:
    Georgia Department of Public Health:
    Office of Safety and Health Administration:
    National Association of School Psychologists:
    National Association of School Nurses:
    National School Boards Association:

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    Mercedes Parham

    The Alabama State University Presidential Tour made a stop in Columbus February 26, 2020. During the assembly, students were announced, in a surprise presentation, as academic scholarship recipients. Three students from Shaw High School along with a student from Kendrick High School were named.

    Shaw High School

    • Syniah Hood
    • Jordyn Moody
    • Genesis Winston
    Kendrick High School
    • Daron Johnson
    Two forms of scholarships were awarded:
    • Academic Excellence - $50,672: includes full tuition for four years, books, and fees.
    • Academic Incentive - $37,312: includes full tuition for four years and $500 for textbooks each year.
    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

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  • 25
    Mercedes Parham

    Columbus, GA—The Muscogee County School District encourages parents/legal guardians 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 2-20, 2020. Kindergarten registration will occur March 9-27, 2020 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, 2020, and residents of Muscogee County are eligible for Pre-K enrollment. Online applications will open March 2, 2020 on the District’s website:

    Parents can also access the application at the District’s Public Education Center or the following Pre-K centers:

    • Brewer Elementary
    • Clubview Elementary
    • Dawson Elementary
    • Dorothy Height Elementary
    • Double Churches Elementary
    • Downtown Magnet Academy
    • Eagle Ridge Academy
    • Forrest Road Elementary
    • Fox Elementary
    • Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Mathews Elementary
    • Midland Academy
    • Rigdon Road Elementary
    • River Road Elementary
    • South Columbus Elementary
    • Wesley Heights Elementary
    Submission of the application does not guarantee a seat in the Pre-K program. Acceptance in to the program is based on available funding and space.

    All applications submitted by March 20, 2020 will be entered into a lottery drawing with equal chances of random selection for a Pre-K seat, regardless of the application date. Each parent/legal guardian will receive an email notification on March 27, 2020 detailing his/her application status. Students who are not selected during the lottery process will be placed on the waiting list.

    For more information about the Pre-K application and enrollment processes, contact:

    Aubrey Cobb,, 706-748-2118.

    Kindergarten Registration and Enrollment

    Students who are five years of age on or before September 1, 2020 are eligible for Kindergarten registration. Parents can enroll students on site at his/her students’ neighborhood school or the Public Education Center, March 9-27, 2020. To register, parents/legal guardians should bring:

    1. His/her state-issued photo I.D. (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport, Military I.D.)
    2. Two proofs of residency:
      1. lease and/or mortgage
      2. current utility bill
    3. Each student’s birth certificate
    4. Each student’s social security card
    For more information about the Kindergarten registration and enrollment process, contact:

    Central Registration,, 706-748-2000.

  • 21
    Mercedes Parham

    Eric Crouch, a fifth-grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School, was named a national 2019-2020 LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize finalist in a surprise announcement during a school-wide assembly February 21, 2020. As a finalist, Crouch will receive $5,000; $2,500 as an individual prize and $2,500 as a donation to Double Churches Elementary School. Crouch was selected as a LifeChanger of the Year winner out of more than 850 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated for the award from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
    The award was presented by LifeChanger of the Year director Mallorie Manosh.

    Read Eric Crouch's LifeChanger of the Year Profile HERE.

    About LifeChanger of the Year

    LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

    LifeChanger of the Year nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school district's staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.

    Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

    • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
    • An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
    • A leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level
    • A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level
    • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere

    LifeChanger of the Year Media Contact:
    Ashley Chiu

    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

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  • January - 2020
  • 31
    Mercedes Parham

    WHEN: 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 12 | Jordan Vocational College and Career Academy

    Thursday, February 13 | St. Mary’s Magnet

    Thursday, February 20| Hardaway High

    Tuesday, February 25 | Arnold Magnet

    Tuesday, March 3 | Northside High

    Thursday, March 5 | Mathews Elementary

    Tuesday, March 10 | Columbus Public Library

    Thursday, March 12 | Fort Middle

    Tuesday, March 17 | Gentian Elementary

    Thursday, March 19 | Shaw High

    WHAT: We invite community members to hear details about the proposed 2020 E-SPLOST projects in a series of informational sessions. After each presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the meeting facility.

    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

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  • 29
    Mercedes Parham

    2020-2021 Elementary Magnet Dates to Remember

    NEW! Online application window: February 15-March 20,2020
    Access application:

    Important Dates


    February 15, 2020

    Online Magnet Application opens.

    February 1—March 13, 2020

    Elementary academy/magnet programs will conduct open houses.

    March 20, 2020

    Online Magnet Application closes at 5:00 p.m.

    April 17, 2020

    Academy/Magnet programs and students are required to have all magnet entrance exams and/or auditions completed.

    April 24, 2020 (After 5:00 p.m.)

    All parents/students will receive an email as to the acceptance, wait listed or denial to each program they applied.

    May 8, 2020

    Parents/Legal Guardians and/or students must have made a decision and accepted one offer by 11:59 p.m. on this date or all offers are rescinded.

    June 5, 2020

    Academy/Magnet Enrollment forms due to Central Registration.

    *Any students new to the Muscogee County School District may apply to any academy/magnet program after this date. Any acceptance must be sent to Christine Hull, Director of Advanced Learning and Gifted Programs.

    Elementary Magnet/Academy Open House Schedule

    Elementary School

    Magnet Program

    Dates and Details

    Contact Information

    Britt David Magnet Academy

    Computer Technology

    February 11, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.

    February 19, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.

    Jodi Head, Magnet Coordinator


    Clubview Elementary

    International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

    February 5, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

    February 11, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

    Kim Schorr, IB Coordinator


    Dimon Elementary


    February 3, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

    February 18, 2020 |11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

    Jacob Elliott, Magnet Coordinator


    Downtown Elementary

    Core Knowledge

    February 27, 2020 | 9:00 am—1:00 pm

    Open house, tour, and student gallery walk

    6:00 p.m.

    Parent night andtour

    Dr. Tujuana Wiggins, Principal


    Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy

    Program for Gifted and High Achieving Students

    February 25, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.

    Open house

    February 26, 2020 | 9:00—11:00 am


    March 3, 2020 | 9:00—11:00 a.m.


    Lisa Whitaker, Principal


    Reese Road Leadership Academy

    The Leader in Me

    March 10, 2020

    6:00– 7:30 p.m.


    Katrina Long, Principal


    St. Mary’s Magnet Academy

    Video and Communication Technology

    February 24, 2020| 5:30—6:30 p.m.

    Latonya Hamilton, Principal


    Wynnton Arts Academy

    Fine Arts Integration

    February 12, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.

    February 19, 2020| 9:00 a.m.

    Carolyn Mull, Principal


  • 15
    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

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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

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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.


    *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

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