Columbus, GA- As participation in Advanced Placement
(AP) exams increases across schools in Georgia, the College Board has reported,
to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in a release today, that Georgia
ranks 15th in the nation for the percentage of students passing AP
exams. Locally, Muscogee County District Schools have surpassed both the state
and national student AP exam pass rates.
“The percentage of students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams in the District is at 54.3 percent for 2017, which is above the state (23 percent) and national (22.8 percent) pass rates,” said Patrick Knopf, Director of Research, Accountability, and Assessment.
More than 40 percent of eligible students in Georgia participate in the AP program, which is the 12th highest participation rate in the nation, according to the release provide by GaDOE. Students who obtain AP scores of 3 or higher earn college credit.
“The students and educators responsible for these superior results are to be commended for their commitment to the high standards and rigorous expectations associated with Advanced Placement coursework and exams,” said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis. “Our students’ success on these internationally recognized exams indicates that they are indeed college-ready and considered highly competitive in the college admissions process. Likewise, I am grateful to our educators for their dedication and willingness to take on the additional training and preparation required to teach courses at this level.”
The District is committed to providing advanced learning opportunities such as the Advanced Placement program in an effort to ensure a high-quality return on investment for all stakeholders, which includes our students.
Columbus, GA- After reviewing areas of concern with student enrollment numbers, building capacities, and the construction of the new Spencer High School, the District presented a draft proposal for spot rezoning to the School Board Monday, February 12. The proposal outlined which schools and neighborhoods would be impacted, potential shifts in enrollment, and provisions for specific groups of students. In preparation of final recommendations to be presented during the Board’s voting session in March, the District will host several public forums for the stakeholders who could be affected by the proposed rezoning plans.
The public forums will provide opportunities for parents, students, and community participants to review the current plans, ask questions, and give feedback to District leadership in advance of the voting session. The current plan includes zoning changes for specific neighborhoods currently assigned to Carver High, Dorothy Height Elementary, Double Churches Elementary, North Columbus Elementary, St. Mary’s Magnet Academy, and Spencer High schools.
The forums will address the concerns of specific neighborhoods and schools listed in the following schedule:
Columbus, GA—This year marks the 25th anniversary of the State’s effort in preparing children for success in Kindergarten and later school years through its Pre-K Program, a state lottery-funded educational program for all age eligible four-year-old children in Georgia. The Muscogee County School District is encouraging parents to take advantage of this resource of high-quality early learning. Parents interested in the District’s Pre-K program can apply online and at select locations February 26-March 9, 2018.
Students who are four years of age on or before September 1, 2018 are considered eligible for application. Online applications will open February 26 on the District’s website: https://muscogee.k12.ga.us/p/Divisions/TeachingandLearning/EarlySuccessCenters/Information. Parents can also access the application at the District’s Public Education Center and Early Success Centers:
Acceptance into the program is based on available funding and space. All applications submitted by March 9 will be entered into a lottery drawing with equal chances of random selection for a Pre-K seat, regardless of the application date. Parents will then be notified, by mail, of acceptance or waiting list status by March 16, and must accept their students’ assignment no later than March 23, 2018 to be officially entered into the program. Priority will be given to students living in the assigned school attendance zone and applications submitted during the application period.
The District, in alignment with the State’s effort to increase academic success measures, is a proponent of high-quality early education. We have observed significant positive impacts on our children’s learning capacities, social development, and school readiness when they participate in Pre-K programs. According to a longitudinal study, evaluating short-term and long-term learning outcomes of children who attended Georgia’s Pre-K from 2013-2018, researchers found that children who attended Georgia Pre-K showed more significant growth on most measures of learning versus those who did not attend Pre-K.
The study, conducted by national experts at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, indicated that children who attended Georgia’s Pre-K made significant gains in the areas of language/literacy skills, math skills, self-knowledge, and social skills. Moreover, children who attended public-school settings in Pre-K exhibited greater growth on some language and literacy skills compared to children who attended private settings; language and literacy scores were lower at entry into Pre-K for children who attended public-school settings, but generally were similar to those who attended private settings by the end of kindergarten.
Parents who would like more details about the Pre-K program and the application process can gain insight during the following information sessions:
Tours of each facility will follow each of the informational sessions. Parents should choose the date and location most convenient to them as each session will present the same information.
For more information about the District’s Pre-K services, please contact the office of Early Success Centers at 706-748-2118 or 706-748-2139.
Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District, in response to widespread influenza activity throughout the state and nation, is implementing additional precautions on campuses and providing guidelines for outbreak prevention in District schools.
The District is following recommendations provided by the CDC, which include a three-step approach to fighting the flu. According to the CDC, the first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. Secondly, if you get the flu, the next step is to seek early treatment from medical professionals. Finally, the CDC recommends using everyday preventive actions to slow the spread of the flu:
Columbus, GA-- In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers, the Muscogee County School District is proud to announce that three high schools have been named as recipients of a $6,000 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
Carver High School, Early College, and Kendrick High School were each awarded the $6,000 SADD grant to enhance their chapter’s activities. The grant will enhance each awarded SADD chapter with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of teen driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the SADD students can help us achieve the goal of lowering teen driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers of teen driving than teens themselves? I’m confident these SADD students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers.”
The District’s SADD chapters plan to conduct seatbelt checks and driving simulations, in partnership with the Columbus Police Department, implement prom safety campaigns, and other highway safety activities using grant funds.
For more information on how to obtain a SADD grant, contact: Courtney Nelson, Programs & Planning, email@example.com; Office: 404.463.0364; Cell: 603.305.4774.
Please see details below regarding the Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement Notice.
***Please read the notice below and direct all questions to the Payroll Department.***
Muscogee County School District (MCSD) is required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to furnish all employees with a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement to be used when completing their annual federal and state tax returns.
George Washington Carver High School will host citywide preliminary auditions for the 11th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, a national scholarship effort coordinated by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, on site January 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. The competition is open to all students, in grades 9-12, within the Greater Columbus Georgia region. Students must submit an application by January 15, 2018 in order to compete.
The competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s "American Century Cycle," which chronicle the African American experience throughout the 20th century. The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler. Kenny Leon, the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, worked closely with Wilson; directing most of the "American Century Cycle" plays on Broadway and at regional theatres. Todd Kreidler, former Associate Artistic Director for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, was Dramaturge for Wilson’s last play and Director of his one-man show.
Each student will perform a one to three minute monologue of their choice from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s "American Century Cycle." Contestants will be judged by a panel of Atlanta theatre professionals on the basis of preparedness, understanding of the text, emotional connection to the material, and commitment to the performance. The District encourages students of all cultural backgrounds to participate.
Students who advance beyond the citywide competition will have an opportunity to compete in the semi-final rounds in Atlanta. The top two winners in Atlanta will be provided an all expenses-paid trip to New York City, with free airfare and hotel accommodations, to compete in the final round at the August Wilson Theatre, May 7, 2018. Each competitor in the final round will attend a Broadway play, perform in front of college recruiters, and compete for a national scholarship.
Applications are currently available online at tinyurl.com/AWMC2017-18app. For more information, visit truecolorstheatre.org or contact Adrie Keaton, Education Coordinator at (404) 532-1901, ext. 214 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we prepare for
the 2018-2019 school year, we would like to include your feedback regarding our
current District Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Input from our
parents is extremely important to us as we consider policies that affect
students, parents, and personnel. Please take a few minutes to complete this
survey in the link below. Your responses will be recorded anonymously.
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct Feedback Survey
School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 13–17, 2017.