• February - 2018
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    Mercedes C Parham

    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.


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    Mercedes C Parham

    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:

    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Carver High School
    Neighborhoods: Avalon Apartments, Holly Hills, and Mt. Vernon

    Schools: Carver High and Spencer High

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Magnet Academy
    Neighborhoods: Bunker Hill and Washington Heights

    Schools: Dorothy Height and St. Mary’s Magnet Academy

    • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Double Churches Elementary School
    Neighborhoods: Heiferhorn, Timber Creek, and Twin Chapel

    Schools: Double Churches Elementary and North Columbus Elementary

    The primary objective of this initiative is to uphold the District’s commitment to make decisions that benefit student achievement, are fiscally responsible with an eye on return on investment, invest in stakeholders, and promote equity and access.

    “The opening of the new William Henry Spencer High School and student enrollment patterns were the impetus for this rezoning proposal,” said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis. “For example, when North Columbus Elementary, Veterans Middle, and Northside High were constructed more than a decade ago, students were zoned to these schools from the Double Churches area. Since then, many homes and multi-family dwellings have been built in north Columbus and these schools are near or at capacity. Likewise, many of our students currently attending Dorothy Height Elementary and Carver High actually live closer to St. Mary’s Magnet Academy and the new Spencer High, respectively.”

    The District consulted the City’s planning department, to review upcoming housing development projects, that could result in further enrollment shifts, prior to providing the plan to the Board during Monday’s work session.

    “Now that the City’s planning department has substantiated our analysis, my staff and I look forward to presenting this spot rezoning proposal to the community as a common sense approach that will ultimately promote greater efficiency and educational effectiveness by returning students to schools in closer proximity to their neighborhoods, which will in turn ease transportation constraints and associated costs.”

    Stakeholders should direct questions or concerns to the Office of Student Services, 706.748.2223.

    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—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:

    • Davis Elementary
    • Double Churches Elementary
    • Eagle Ridge Academy
    • Forrest Road Elementary
    • Fox Elementary
    • Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Mathews Elementary
    • Rigdon Road Elementary
    • South Columbus Elementary
    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:

    • Wednesday, February 21; 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Rigdon Road Elementary
    • Thursday, February 22; 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Lonnie Jackson Academy
    • Tuesday, February 27; 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Double Churches Elementary
    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.

  • January - 2018
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    Mercedes C Parham

    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:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Stay away from people who are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
    • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces or objects that might be contaminated with germs by wiping them down with a household disinfectant, according to directions on the product label.
    “The best prevention method is to wash your hands with soap and water,” said Jeananne Polhamus, Lead Nurse. In addition to following CDC preventative measures, Polhamus is advising parents to monitor children to determine if they have flu-like symptoms before arriving to school.

    “If your child presents any flu-like symptoms such as a headache and/or stomachache, body aches, or fever, call a doctor. Do not send them to school if you notice your child displaying any flu-like symptoms.”

    The Health Services division has also worked in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and the Plant Services and Facilities divisions to take extra precautions, which include wiping down surfaces daily with antibacterial solution, sending all children who present symptoms to on-site clinics, and immediately notifying parents of any reported illnesses.

    The peak of flu season typically occurs November through March, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website. The District’s Health Services division partnered with the Columbus Health Department, October 2017 through January 2018, to conduct on-site clinics, providing access to the flu vaccine.

    The District recognizes the importance of the health and safety of our students and staff. Our primary objective during this flu season is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and remove as many health-related barriers to learning as possible. We encourage parents and employees to take extra precautions given the severity of the year’s flu season thus far.

    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-- 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, courtney.nelson@gohs.ga.gov; Office: 404.463.0364; Cell: 603.305.4774.

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    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.

    Important Information

    The Form W-2 details the employee’s compensation and tax withholding amounts for the calendar year.
    As an alternative to the paper Form W-2, MCSD employees may elect to receive their Form W-2 electronically online through Employee Online.

    Action Required

    Click the link below if you:

    You can also find the link on Employee Online.

    The Deadline for making this election is Sunday, January 21, 2018.
    If you signed up to receive your Form W-2 online last year and wish to continue, it is not necessary to sign up again.

    : Contact the Payroll Department if you have questions.
    (706) 748-2345

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    Mercedes C Parham

    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 education@truecolorstheatre.org.

  • December - 2017
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    Ronald E Pleasant

    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

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    Mercedes C Parham

    Mercedes Parham
    Director of Communications and Open Records Officer

    December 15, 2017

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    Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District was recently honored for meeting nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) named the District as a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recipient in a release earlier this month. More than 1,600 entities participate in the GFOA Budget Awards Program annually. This is the first time the School District has received this prestigious award.

    Award recipients are noted for demonstrating four guidelines that determine how well the entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. Reviewers marked the Superintendent’s Initial Assessment and Recommendations Report as a noteworthy example of long and short term planning from leadership.

    “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity,” said the Association in a release. “Budget documents must be rated ‘proficient’ in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.”

    GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

    “We highly commend the Division of Financial Services for their hard work and conscientiousness leading to this first-ever national recognition for our school district. The fact that this prestigious award is based upon the highest principles of governmental budgeting is a testament to our district’s commitment to ensuring a comprehensive and effective budgeting process,” said Dr. Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    The District also recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA and Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), respectively, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. This marks the thirty-first and twenty-fourth consecutive year that the District has submitted and successfully received these two awards.

    For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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  • November - 2017
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    Ronald E Pleasant

    School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 13–17, 2017.