MCSD News

  • October - 2019
  • 14
    Mercedes C Parham

    1. The Application
    • Online magnet applications will open on October 14, 2019.
    • The online applications will close at 5:00 p.m., January 17, 2020.
    • Each parent and/or student will receive an email regarding his or her application status on February 14, 2020.
    • Decisions will include a status of acceptance, wait-list, or denial.
    • Middle and high schools will conduct open houses for students and parents to get a snapshot of their programs.
    2. Open House
    • Open houses will begin October 29, 2019 and conclude on December 17, 2019.
    Muscogee County School District

    Middle & High School

    Academy/Magnet Open House Schedule

    2019-2020

    Middle School

    Magnet Program

    Open House Date(s)

    Time

    Contact

    Information

    Arnold Magnet Academy

    Math, Science and Technology

    November 5, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Erika Gandy, Coordinator

    706-748-2436

    East Columbus Magnet Academy

    Gifted and Talented

    November 18, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Arlys Clayborn, Coordinator

    706-565-3026

    Fort Middle School

    Service Learning Academy

    December 17, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Elizabeth Bryan, Coordinator

    706-569-3740

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts

    (Middle and High School)

    Fine Arts

    October 30, 2019 & November 4, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Erica Witzke, Coordinator

    706-748-3304

    Richards Middle School

    International Baccalaureate

    Programme

    November 7, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Kimberly Casleton, Coordinator

    706-569-3697

    High School

    Magnet Program

    Open House Date(s)

    Time

    Contact Information

    George Washington Carver High School

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

    December 10, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Shannon Floyd,

    Coordinator

    706-748-2499

    Columbus High School

    Liberal Arts Magnet

    November 19, 2019 & November 21, 2019

    7:00 p.m.

    Priscilla Boswell, Coordinator

    706-748-2534

    Hardaway High School

    International Baccalaureate Programme

    October 29, 2019

    6:30 p.m.

    Ashley Snow, Coordinator

    706-748-2766

    Jordan Vocational High School

    Muscogee County Career Academy

    November 14, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Rhonda Lloyd and Timothy Vinson, Coordinator

    706-748-2819

    Kendrick High School

    Academy of Communication Arts and Design

    December 12, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Orithius Hardge and Lindsey Redondo

    Coordinators

    706-565-2960

    Northside High School

    Engineering and Biomedical Science

    December 5, 2019

    6:30 p.m.

    Denise Fuller, Coordinator

    706-748-2920

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts

    (Middle and High School)

    Fine Arts

    October 30, 2019 & November 4, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Erica Witzke, Coordinator

    706-748-3304

    William Henry Shaw High School

    Mass Communications Academy

    November 12, 2019

    6:30 p.m.

    Taylor Kinkade, Coordinator

    706-569-3638

    William Henry Spencer High School

    The Academy for Computer Science and Game Design

    December 3, 2019

    6:00 p.m.

    Tomacia Johnson, Coordinator

    706-683-8701


    3. Important Dates
    • October 14: Magnet applications open.
    • January 17: Magnet applications close.
    • February 14: Completed entrance exams and auditions are due.
    • February 14: Magnet decisions will be emailed.
    • February 21: Offer decisions must be made by 11:59 p.m. on this date.
    • All offers will be rescinded after this time.

    Apply or learn more HERE

  • 9
    Mercedes C Parham

    The Public Education Center, located on Macon Road, has been experiencing a phone outage since Monday, October 7, due to a service issue with AT&T. At this time, we have not received an estimated time for restoration from AT&T. We are unable to receive or place calls due to the unresolved issue that originated with AT&T.

    We apologize for the inconveniences this lack of connectivity has caused. We are working to address the issue with AT&T. In the meantime, we can be reached through all of our online connections to include email, social media, and our website's feedback section.

    Our school phone lines are not affected by this outage.

  • 4
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    The Muscogee County School District is excited to announce our first Girls Flag Football program. We are one out of eight counties to provide this program in partnership with the Atlanta Falcons.

    Please find below the 2019 Girls Flag Football schedule:

    Tuesday, November 5 at Kinnett Stadium:

    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Northside vs. Shaw

    6 p.m.

    Field A

    Spencer vs. Hardaway

    6 p.m.

    Field B

    Carver vs. Jordan

    7:15 p.m.

    Field A

    Kendrick vs. Columbus

    7:15 p.m.

    Field B






    Tuesday, November 12 at Kinnett Stadium:


    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Kendrick vs. Shaw

    6 p.m.

    Field A

    Hardaway vs. Jordan

    6 p.m.

    Field B

    Northside vs. Columbus

    7:15 p.m.

    Field A

    Carver vs. Spencer

    7:15 p.m.

    Field B



    Saturday, November 16 at Kinnett Stadium:

    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Carver vs. Kendrick

    10 a.m.

    Field A

    Hardaway vs. Northside

    10 a.m.

    Field B

    Spencer vs. Columbus

    11 a.m.

    Field A

    Jordan vs. Shaw

    11 a.m.

    Field B

    Carver vs. Northside

    12 p.m.

    Field A

    Kendrick vs. Hardaway

    12 p.m.

    Field B

    Columbus vs. Jordan

    1 p.m.

    Field A

    Spencer vs. Shaw

    1 p.m.

    Field B



    Wednesday, November 20 at Spencer High School:

    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Kendrick vs. Spencer

    6 p.m.

    Field A

    Northside vs. Jordan

    6 p.m.

    Field B

    Spencer vs. Northside

    7:15 p.m.

    Field A

    Kendrick vs. Jordan

    7:15 p.m.

    Field B



    Wednesday, November 20 at Kinnett Stadium:

    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Carver vs. Columbus

    6 p.m.

    Field A

    Hardaway vs. Shaw

    6 p.m.

    Field B

    Carver vs. Shaw

    7:15 p.m.

    Field A

    Hardaway vs. Columbus

    7:15 p.m.

    Field B



    Wednesday, December 4 at Kinnett Stadium:

    Schools

    Time

    Field

    Carver vs. Hardaway

    6 p.m.

    Field A

    Spencer vs. Jordan

    6 p.m.

    Field B

    Kendrick vs. Northside

    7:15 p.m.

    Field A

    Columbus vs. Shaw

    7:15 p.m.

    Field B


    The Muscogee County School District Championship game will take place at Kinnett Stadium on Monday, December 9. The first round will be at 5 p.m., the semifinals will be at 6:15 p.m., and the championship game will begin at 7:30 p.m.The Atlanta Falcons Champions Day at the Mercedes Benz Stadium will be on Wednesday, December 11.Here is a list of head coaches and players for each high school:

    School

    Head Coach

    Player

    Carver

    Markia Sellers

    Jalyn Tells

    Columbus

    Christian Grier

    Christine Vaughn

    Hardaway

    Michael Smith

    Kayla Short

    Jordan

    Cherine Cobb

    Jalynn Jones

    Kendrick

    Emmanuel Brown

    Shamari Clark

    Northside

    Chad Dean

    Mary Beth Cahalan

    Shaw

    Alicia Barton

    Michaela Brown

    Spencer

    Andrew Smith

    Aubriana Quick




  • 4
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    The Muscogee County School District is hosting several Parent Connection and Resource Centers to provide parents/guardians enriching information.

    At these centers, you will learn about different resources that support the success of all students including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Topics will include school readiness, sports preparation, and other educational information.

    The Parent Connection and Resource Centers also offer parents/guardians the space to share their concerns and ideas without the restriction of location and time. All parents/guardians of students in the Muscogee County School District are encouraged to attend.

    The Parent Connection and Resource Centers will be on the following days:
    • October 10 – Columbus Museum, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • October 17 – Columbus Public Library, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • October 29 – Mildred Terry Library, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    For more information, please contact the Division of Student Services at 706-748-3336.

  • September - 2019
  • 26
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County School District Division of Financial Services was recently recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation with the Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2018–2019 budget year. This marks the first year of the District receiving this award. Eight districts across the nation were named recipients; the District is the only award program participant in the state.

    According to a recent release from ASBO, the International’s MBA and Pathway to the MBA promote and recognize best budget presentation practices in school districts. Participants submit applications and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with the MBA Criteria Checklist along with other requirements. Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway to the MBA, an introductory program that allows districts to ease into full MBA compliance.

    ASBO is a non-profit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide.

    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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  • 25
    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County School District Nutrition Program was honored with a gold level recognition during the 2019 Golden Radish Awards ceremony September 17, 2019 in Atlanta. The District was one of 90 school districts in Georgia recognized.

    The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school. This work includes 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. LEAs are recognized at five levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze and Honorary.

    “School nutrition is not an ‘extra’ – it’s part of offering a well-rounded education to students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Kids who have access to fresh, healthy, locally grown foods are better equipped to learn.”

    The award highlights notable farm-to-school achievements from the 2018-2019 school year:

    • The School Nutrition Department served more than 614,000 school meals with food sourced from local farms, including Southern Press and packing, Bland Farms, Mercier Orchards, Herndon Farms, Dickey Farms, and many more.

    • Carver High School implemented an advanced course in food and nutrition, “Food for Life, ” which explores nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. The course offers a pathway into dietetics, consumer foods, and nutrition science careers.

    • South Columbus Elementary partnered with Georgia Organic’s Georgia food Oasis, Synovus Bank, and Home Depot to help establish and maintain their school garden.

    • Students from Veterans Middle School taste tested a variety of items from their school garden, including red, gold, and purple potatoes. Students also dried fresh mint leaves to make their own tea.

    “School Nutrition is proud of this prestigious award, but this is an award for the entire school district.Our schools are providing wonderful events and activities to educate our students on the importance of fresh products grown in Georgia, whether fruits, vegetable, or meats,” said Susan Schlader, Director of School Nutrition.

    Georgia Organics created the Golden Radish Awards in 2015 to raise awareness for Georgia’s emerging Farm to School programs and share the best practices among awardees. Georgia Organics’ chairs the Golden Radish Committee and facilitates the awards process annually to recognize Farm to School excellence across Georgia.

    “Like farmers, school nutrition directors take their responsibility to feed our community seriously,” said Alice Rolls, CEO and President of Georgia Organics. “Each are experts at maximizing resources, especially their own energy for the good of eaters. Farm to School brings them together in work that fosters community, environmental and nutritional wellbeing.”

    The Golden Radish Awards 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).


    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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  • 24
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA-The 2019 SAT results were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The results mark improvements in the District’s reading and writing, math, and composite scores. The District’s reading and writing scores exceeded both the state and national averages.

    “We are pleased to see continued improvement on this college-readiness indicator. Our district’s composite score exceeded the state and nation, which encourages us as we move forward to ensure our students are full-option, career-ready graduates,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    This is the third 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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: 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.

    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

    Group

    2018 Grads

    2019 Grads

    Nation

    529

    524

    Georgia

    537

    533

    MCSD

    539

    541

    School



    Carver High

    479

    479

    Columbus High

    624

    619

    Early College

    499

    496

    Hardaway High

    503

    508

    Jordan High

    463

    475

    Kendrick High

    498

    503

    Northside

    547

    537

    Shaw High

    493

    503

    Spencer High

    472

    458

    Mean Math

    Group

    2018 Grads

    2019 Grads

    Nation

    520

    515

    Georgia

    517

    515

    MCSD

    514

    515

    School



    Carver High

    438

    445

    Columbus High

    613

    606

    Early College

    457

    462

    Hardaway High

    472

    482

    Jordan High

    436

    445

    Kendrick High

    477

    468

    Northside

    515

    509

    Shaw High

    462

    461

    Spencer High

    460

    435

    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math

    Group

    2018 Grads

    2019 Grads

    Nation

    1049

    1039

    Georgia

    1054

    1048

    MCSD

    1053

    1056

    School



    Carver High

    916

    924

    Columbus High

    1237

    1225

    Early College

    956

    958

    Hardaway High

    975

    989

    Jordan High

    899

    920

    Kendrick High

    975

    971

    Northside

    1062

    1046

    Shaw High

    955

    965

    Spencer High

    932

    893


    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 S Agyemang

    Columbus, GA – In a recent announcement from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), six Muscogee County School District were named to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Student Advisory Council. The students were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants throughout the state. A total of 130 students will serve on the council.

    The Student Advisory Council consists of middle and high school students who will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies on the classroom. In addition, they will focus on issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects that benefit schools and students.



    School

    Student Name

    Grade

    Blackmon Road Middle

    Alexandra Greenfield

    7th

    Richards Middle

    Bay Chapman

    8th

    Richards Middle

    James Cummings

    8th

    Midland Middle

    Lillian Washington

    7th

    Columbus High School

    Alexis Hearn

    10th

    Columbus High School

    Tanner Nelson

    10th



    Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experiences.


    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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  • 18
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) graduation rate has surpassed the state for the sixth consecutive year. The rate is now 86.1 percent, a decrease of 2.8 points year-over-year, from 88.9 percent.

    “Although our graduation rate still remains well above the state and national averages, I am disappointed that we took a step backward after six consecutive years of improvement. Our ultimate goal of a 100 percent full-option graduation continues to be the focus of our work as a district. To that end, we have revised our tracking of transient students, who move out of our district without notice, to ensure that does not impact our rate in the future,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education, 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

    2017

    2018

    2019

    Muscogee County

    87.8

    88.9

    86.1

    State

    80.6

    81.6

    82.0

    Difference

    7.2

    7.3

    4.1



    School

    2017

    2018

    2019

    Carver

    87.1

    86.3

    88.5

    Columbus

    100

    99.3

    100.0

    Early College

    100

    100.0

    97.1

    Hardaway

    88.1

    91.6

    89.3

    Jordan

    75.4

    75.4

    69.2

    Kendrick

    87.7

    87.3

    82.6

    Northside

    91.9

    93.0

    94.4

    Shaw

    87.2

    87.9

    87.9

    Spencer

    85.8

    86.2

    76.6

















    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
    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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