• January - 2019
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    Jasmine S Agyemang

    Columbus, GA - The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) has announced the MCSD Teacher of the Year honorees.

    The announcement was made at the River Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, January 30. These incredible teachers were selected by their individual schools.

    The following 57 teachers were named honorees:

    • Vicki A. R. Smith – A.I.M.
    • Danielle Cooper – Aaron Cohn Middle
    • David Hardegree – Allen Elementary
    • Katherine Culverson – Arnold Magnet Academy
    • Dacia Irvin – Baker Middle
    • Shalon Gillespie – Blackmon Road Middle
    • Amber Martin – Blanchard Elementary
    • Christian Grier – Brewer Elementary
    • Angela Cheal – Britt David Magnet Academy
    • Katherine Black – Clubview Elementary
    • Storie Atkins – Columbus High
    • Shyneeka Stephens – Dawson Elementary
    • Shanna Johnson – Dimon Magnet Academy
    • Namu Keys – Dorothy Height Elementary
    • Robyn Robinson – Double Churches Elementary
    • Elise Hancock – Double Churches Middle
    • Karen Cochran – Downtown Magnet Academy
    • Olivia Salgado – Eagle Ridge Academy
    • Michael Leggett – Early College Academy
    • Traveika Hunter – East Columbus Magnet Academy
    • Marcus McGinty – Eddy Middle
    • Tiffani Smith-Burch – Forrest Road Elementary
    • La Songi Terrell – Fort Middle
    • Phillip Crocker – Fox Elementary
    • Kunicko Byrd – G.W. Carver High
    • Lisa Norsworthy – Gentian Elementary
    • Patricia Gartman – Georgetown Elementary
    • Paula Rothfuss-Murphy – Hannan Magney Academy
    • Lindsay Sloggett – Hardaway High
    • Crystal Townsend – J.D. Davis Elementary
    • Cristina Comer – Johnson Elementary
    • Rebekah Atkinson – Jordan High
    • Carla Jones – Kendrick High
    • Krizia Delgado – Key Elementary
    • Lucretia Ringer – Lonnie Jackson Elementary Academy
    • Cassandra Beckford – Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary
    • Steven Ring – Matthews Elementary
    • Shantae Crawford – Midland Academy
    • Kathleen Waller – Midland Middle
    • Sharon DuFrene – North Columbus Elementary
    • Natalie Teasley – Northside High
    • Elizabeth Lovin – Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts
    • Valerie Jackson – Reese Road Leadership Academy
    • Dayeann Morrison-Willis – Richards Middle
    • Maria Webb – Rigdon Road Elementary
    • Hailey Hinson – River Road Elementary
    • Anthony Bell – Rothschild Leadership Academy
    • Monica Joanne Livingston – Shaw High
    • Tina Floyd – South Columbus Elementary
    • Timothy Rollier – Spencer High
    • Kelly Roberts – St. Elmo Center for the Gifted
    • Sasha Smith – St. Mary’s Magnet Academy
    • Dorothy McGrew – Veterans Memorial Middle
    • Yvette Thomas – Waddell Elementary
    • Amina Muhammad – Wesley Heights Elementary
    • Carlos Brown – Woodall Center
    • Paige Pirkle – Wynnton Arts Academy

    The 2019 Muscogee County School District Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Gala on Thursday, April 25 at the Trade Center.

    MEEF’s 2019 TOTY Selection Committee members include Dr. Tom Hackett-Chair, Scott Allen, Dr. Spencer Garrard, Geniece Granville, Jimmy Yancey, Shane Larkin, Sheryl Green, Dr. Stefan Lawrence, and Marquette McKnight.

    Congratulations to all of the teacher honorees!

    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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    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- National PTA® and Symantec have awarded the Reese Road Leadership Academy with a $1,000 grant to help build the next generation of digital citizens with The Smart Talk digital toolkit and to host Smart Talk Conversations throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

    Reese Road’s PTA is one of 25 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a grant through the PTA Connected initiative. The grant recognizes Reese Road’s leadership and commitment to foster open and honest conversations that instill healthy online habits in our families.

    With the grant from National PTA® and Symantec, Reese Road will host a “Smart Talk Conversation” in celebration of Safer Internet Day:

    February 5, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
    The Columbus Public Library, Auditorium

    The event will introduce families to The Smart Talk, a tool they can use to have honest conversations about digital well-being and device usage while creating a personalized family contract.

    The Smart Talk is part of a multi-year collaboration with National PTA® and Symantec, a leader in proactive identity theft protection, to encourage parents and students to explore the digital world together. For parents looking to begin the conversation today, tips and more information on device and internet accountability are available now at TheSmartTalk.org.

    “Our goal is for parents and students to have an open, evolving conversation about positive, safer decisions when using digital tools,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “The Smart Talk celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for good—good for themselves, their families, their friends and the world.”

    For more information about PTA Connected, visit PTA.org/Connected.

    About PTA
    National PTA® comprises of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

    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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  • 29
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA – Based on the most recent weather advisories, Muscogee County School District schools and offices will remain open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30. All activities will continue as regularly scheduled.

    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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  • 28
    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA – Based on the most recent weather advisories, Muscogee County School District schools and offices will remain open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29. However, all after-school activities, with the exception of the public forum scheduled at Jordan High School and the Dual Enrollment meeting at Northside High School, will conclude no later than 6 p.m.

    In addition, all high school basketball games will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date. We will continue to monitor the weather advisories to determine if any patterns will impact the District schedules for Wednesday, January 30.

    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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    Mercedes C Parham

    WHEN & WHERE:

    Tuesday, January 29; 6:00 p.m.

    Jordan High School, Auditorium

    3200 Howard Avenue, Columbus, GA 31904



    Tuesday, February 5; 6:00 p.m.

    Public Education Center, Boardroom

    2960 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31906


    WHAT:
    These forums are intended to present parents, students, and the community-at-large with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed Jordan College and Career Academy and the recommendation to consolidate Early College Academy with the wall-to-wall academy at Jordan. Information about the transition for both schools will be provided at both sessions. Each session will provide the same information; we encourage individuals to choose the location that is most convenient.

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    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District and Columbus State University announced a new initiative within their partnership today. All CSU College of Education graduates, who meet the necessary requirements, will be guaranteed a teaching contract with MCSD. The “CSU Teaching Contract Guarantee,” will become effective immediately.

    “Columbus State University and the Muscogee County School District have enjoyed a long and enduring symbiotic relationship. In light of our ongoing and growing partnership, we wanted to express our confidence in the graduates they produce through this tangible gesture, which we believe to be mutually beneficial for both institutions. In doing so, we hope to promote the development and retention of local teaching talent as well as attracting potential talent to our community,” said Dr. David Lewis, MCSD Superintendent of Education.

    CSU has proven to be the largest educational resource of teachers to MCSD; more than 70% of District educators hold one or more degree from the institution. This partnership will provide a unique opportunity to develop new and innovative ways of attracting candidates to the public education field.

    Under the new program, all graduates from CSU’s teacher education program will be guaranteed a teaching contract within MCSD, contingent upon the following conditions:

    • Candidates successfully pass the student teaching component of his/her degree.

    • Candidates meet Georgia Professional Standards Commission induction certification requirements.


    “We are honored that Muscogee County School District believes so strongly in CSU’s teacher education program that they are willing to guarantee virtually all of our education students jobs upon graduation,” said Dr. Chris Markwood, CSU President. “CSU prides itself on preparing tomorrow’s teachers for the classroom, and we are thrilled to see that MCSD recognizes CSU’s longstanding reputation of developing extraordinary teachers.”

    Other initiatives brought forth by partnership with MCSD and CSU include the annual one-day E3 conference, which has trained hundreds of MCSD educators (pre-K to doctoral) over the last two years in October. Short for Engage, Equip and Energize, E3 is a roadmap for transformative education in the 21st century. Additional professional development sessions have also been provided to MCSD educators throughout the year.

    “We are excited to have reached a level in our partnership that Muscogee County School District has established this job guarantee for our education students,” said Deidre Greer, Dean, CSU College of Education and Health Professions. “The confidence MCSD is placing in our graduates through this initiative is a testament to our commitment to preparing excellent teachers.”

    For more information about Columbus State University’s teacher education program, 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 communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • 11
    Mercedes C Parham


    Check & Connect Mentor Recruitment Fair

    What is Check & Connect?

    Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention
    designed to improve student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence.

    How was it developed?

    Check & Connect was developed through a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and Minneapolis Public Schools. Since its inception in 1990, Check & Connect has been studied and implemented with K-12 students with and without disabilities, in suburban and urban settings. Check & Connect is currently being implemented by schools and community organizations across the United States as well as abroad.

    How has it performed?

    Of the dropout interventions reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse, Check & Connect is the only intervention found to have strong evidence of positive effects for staying in school.



    Check & Connect has four components:
    1. A mentor who works with students and families for a minimum of two years;
    2. Check — regular checks, utilizing data schools already collect on students’ school adjustment, behavior, and educational progress;
    3. Connect —timely interventions, driven by data, to reestablish and maintain students’ connection to school and learning and to enhance students’ social and academic competencies; and
    4. Engagement with families — mentors engage with parents and strive to foster their active participation in their child’s education.


    Interested in becoming a mentor?

    Responsibilities:
    1. Mentor meets with one or more students weekly and connects with the students in a positive way.
    2. Mentor checks and monitors students’ attendance, behavior, and course grades/credits weekly and uses personalized interventions for students.
    3. Mentor interacts with students’ parents and teachers on a regular basis to check progress.

    Requirements:
    1. Ability to establish relationships with students and families.
    2. Persistence. A belief that all youth have the ability to learn.
    3. Must be able to pass background check.

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    Mercedes C Parham
  • December - 2018
  • 21
    Mercedes C Parham
  • 21
    Mercedes C Parham

    Muscogee County Christmas Tournament Schedule


    Tickets for games during December 27-28 can be purchased at the door.
    To purchase tickets for the December 29 games at the Civic Center, click HERE.