• December - 2018
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    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The 2018 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools Greatest Gains and Highest Performing Award winners were recently announced by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). Two District schools were listed for this achievement. In addition to the SSAS awards, GOSA released the list of schools designated as “Beating the Odds.”Twenty District schools were included in that listing.

    “I am very pleased with the tremendous work being done by these school communities. This recognition distinguishes them as leaders within schools having similar characteristics throughout the state for which they and we, as a community, can and should be very proud,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.


    2018 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools

    Greatest Gains and Highest Performing Award

    According to GOSA, the SSAS awards are conducted in compliance with state law, O.C.G.A 20-14-37, and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01. Awards are given to schools with high academic performance and/or high academic growth. In 2018, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) revised the indicators included in the CCRPI, which adjusted the previous award eligibility criteria for the SSAS awards. GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the three most recent school years to determine SSAS awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing*. Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

    School Name

    Greatest Gains Award

    Highest Performing Award

    Britt David Magnet Academy

    Silver

    Platinum

    Columbus High

    Bronze

    Platinum



    *GOSA used CCRPI data from the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years to determine Greatest Gains and Highest Performing SSAS awards. Each award category has a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tier. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile. Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Content Mastery Score in at least the 93rd percentile. For more details on how awards are calculated, click here. This list does not take into account school closures and mergers effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Beating the Odds

    “Beating the Odds” is a statistical analysis that compares a school’s actual performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) with the performance of schools with similar characteristics across the state. Schools that perform higher than similar schools are considered “Beating the Odds.” GOSA released the Beating the Odds Revised Model and Technical Document, which outlines the changes, on August 20, 2018.

    School Name

    Aaron Cohn Middle School

    Carver High School

    Clubview Elementary School

    Columbus High School

    Double Churches Elementary School

    Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy

    Early College Academy of Columbus at Waverly Terrace

    Eddy Middle School

    Fox Elementary School

    Gentian Elementary School

    Hardaway High School

    Lonnie Jackson Academy

    Mathews Elementary School

    Midland Middle School

    Richards Middle School

    Rigdon Road Elementary School

    South Columbus Elementary School

    St. Marys Elementary Magnet Academy

    Veterans Memorial Middle School

    Waddell Elementary School


    For more information, visit https://gosa.georgia.gov/.

    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: Wednesday, December 5 | 12:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Carver High School

    3100 8th St.

    Columbus, GA 31906

    WHAT: The Carver High School Fine Arts and Theater program will host a workshop for area high school students to prepare for the August Wilson Monologue Competition—a national scholarship program presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. The workshop will feature acting lessons and one-on-one sessions with the competition’s coordinator, Nikki Toombs, Director of Education, True Colors Theatre Company. Following the workshop, Carver High will host a citywide competition on February 1, 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with the national preliminary rounds held for the Atlanta area.

    The competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which chronicle the African American experience through the 20th century. The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler.

    “The goal of this workshop is to make a competition of this magnitude accessible to all of our students who are interested in pursuing unique scholarship opportunities,” said Tamara Curry-Gill, Fine Arts Chair and Theater Teacher at Carver High School.

    Gill added that she is excited about the students’ opportunity to work with an experienced actress and accomplished educator. Toombs has performed in several theatres across Georgia and Alabama.

    Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue of his or her choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. The selection can be a written speech or dialogue taken from one character within a scene, but should include a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.

    The three finalists from each regional city will compete, and the top contestants will be chosen to perform on the August Wilson Stage at the National Finals. The top three contestants from the national competition are awarded college scholarship opportunities in addition to monetary awards and the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, the runner-up a $750 cash prize and the honorable mention a $500 cash prize. Each of the winners will also receive college scholarships of $1,500, $1,000, $500, respectively.

    Registration for the 2018-2019 competition is currently open and will end on January 18, 2019.

    For more information, please contact the True Colors Theatre Company education department at education@truecolorstheatre.org, (404) 532-1901, ext. 214.

  • November - 2018
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    Mercedes C Parham
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    Mercedes C Parham

    Pictured (l-r):
    Front row: Melanie Klema, Teshawnia Thompson, Monica Cross, Barbara Lewallen
    Back row: Mizpah Achampung, John Holcombe, Ashley Walker, Ross Schlosbon, Karyn Legett, Alan Hamilton,
    Ketreia Moore, Jessica Stone, and Emilie Menser Parham

    Not pictured: Shari Britton and Karen Thorne

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    Mercedes C Parham
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    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced Columbus High School as one of six schools selected as a winner of the new Military Flagship School Award today. The Military Flagship School Award recognizes schools for going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. All schools were eligible to apply for the Military Flagship School Award; applications were evaluated by a committee including active members of the military, School Liaison Officers, school district staff, and members of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

    According to GaDOE, every school selected as a winner includes excused absences for students during their parents’ overseas deployment departure or deployment arrival day, online or phone registration for incoming military members from overseas Department of Defense military bases, and a military buddy system linking incoming military students with other military students during the first weeks of school.

    In particular, Columbus High was noted for their:

    1. Student 2 Student (S2S) student leadership program: welcomes new military transfer students by taking them on a tour of the school and serving as a lunch buddy, if needed.
    2. Peer Helper program: provides support to military students by offering peer tutors to assist students who are struggling academically and, through a partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), 24-hour, web-based tutoring services to all military students.
    3. Pre-registration night: a separate night observed specifically for transfer students, who are typically military.
    4. Attendance policy specifically for military families: administrators will individually consider military absence requests.
    Each 2018 winner will receive a special visit from State Superintendent Richard Woods and other officials and will receive a banner to display in their school advertising their status as a Military Flagship School. GaDOE plans to make the Military Flagship School Award an annual recognition, with a new cohort of schools honored each year.

    “As the child of a military family myself, it means so much to me to recognize schools that are doing an exceptional job caring for Georgia’s military students and families,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Being part of a military family is a lifestyle full of transition and sacrifice. As educators and public officials, one way we can show our gratitude and respect for those who serve is providing a welcoming, supportive school environment for their families. I commend each one of these schools for their service on behalf of military families and children.”

    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

    MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
    School Bus Safety





    Parents and/or Guardians:

    With the time change occurring this weekend, we want to make sure all of our students arrive safely to and from school. Please be mindful of students who are walking to school or at bus stops. Also, remember it is illegal and extremely unsafe for our children when a vehicle passes a bus while students are loading. When you see a bus with its red lights flashing and the stop arm out, stop. Thank you in advance for your assistance in considering these extra precautions.

    Sincerely,

    David F. Lewis, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Education

    Muscogee County School District

  • October - 2018
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    Mercedes C Parham

    Columbus, GA- The 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and School Climate Star Ratings were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The newly-revised CCRPI framework used for the 2018 results was implemented for the first time this year. However, several District schools demonstrated marked improvements according to the School Climate Star ratings, which is the only comparable year-to-year component of the data set.

    College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)

    The CCPRI is Georgia’s tool for annually measuring how well its schools, districts, and the state are helping students achieve their goals. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the index is meant to provide a comprehensive road map to help educators, parents, and the community promote and improve college and career readiness for all students. The newly-revised CCRPI utilizes multiple factors including graduation rate, performance on standardized tests, student attendance, academic growth, and success in closing student performance gaps. Overall scores for schools and the district level are made up of four to five major areas: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, College Career Readiness, and Graduation Rate (high school only).

    The 2018 results represent the first year this version of the newly-revised CCRPI system has been implemented. Due to the changes in CCRPI components and indicators, as well as the weighting of components, an apples-to-apples comparison of CCRPI scores from year to year cannot be derived.

    District CCRPI

    2018

    State

    76.6

    MCSD

    71.7

    Elementary CCRPI

    2018

    State

    77.8

    MCSD

    72.8

    Middle CCRPI

    2018

    State

    76.2

    MCSD

    68.0

    High CCRPI

    2018

    State

    75.3

    MCSD

    72.6



    “Each year the CCRPI has changed to some degree with the most significant changes occurring this year when the system was completely overhauled, making comparisons to prior years not possible. CCRPI now utilizes fewer data elements which will allow schools to focus even more intently on instruction,” said Patrick Knopf, Director of Research, Accountability and Assessment.

    The District will continue to focus on school improvement efforts and processes that involve progress monitoring resources such as:

    • School improvement plans
    • Live meetings that are conducted with school administration and facilitated by Superintendent Lewis with his senior staff via video conference
    technology
    • A new secondary math adoption
    • Expansion of early literacy intervention tools

    “Knowing the 2018 CCRPI results will be used as a baseline for future school performance metrics, we will continue to stay focused on our continuous systems of improvement framework, which is the backbone of the school improvement process for our schools and district,” stated Keith Seifert, Chief Academic Officer.

    “To help support these efforts this year, we are implementing new secondary Mathematics instructional curriculum resources: Go Math! and Algebra-Geometry-Algebra II (AGA). Also, a new online-digital literacy intervention resource, Lexia Core5, will be utilized in our early grades,
    Pre-K-2, to support reading.”

    School Climate Star Ratings

    The School Climate Star Rating assesses the climate of a school on a 1-5 scale. School climate refers to culture, quality, and character of school life. The calculation of the School Climate Star Rating is based upon the unique characteristics of each school. Therefore, a district score is not calculated.

    Each school in Georgia receives a 1-5 star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. Interpretations of each possible star rating are below:

    • 5-star: schools ranked excellent according to the school climate index
    • 4-star: schools ranked above average according to the school climate index
    • 3-star: schools ranked average according to the school climate index
    • 2-star: schools ranked below satisfactory according to the school climate index
    • 1-star: schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school climate index

    Overall, 20 District schools increased their Climate Star Ratings:

    • Forty-eight (89%) earned ratings of 3 stars or above, up from 75% in 2017.
    • Thirty-one (57%) earned ratings of 4 stars or above, up from 36% in 2017.
    • Six schools increased by two stars: Blanchard Elementary, Double Churches Elementary, Lonnie Jackson Academy, Mathews Elementary,
    South Columbus Elementary, and Waddell Elementary.
    • Six schools earned the highest School Climate Star Rating of 5 stars: Blanchard Elementary, Columbus High, Double Churches Elementary,
    Early College Academy, Mathews Elementary, and Rainey-McCullers School of The Arts.

    School Name

    2017-2018 School Climate Star Rating

    Aaron Cohn Middle

    4

    Allen Elementary

    3

    Arnold Magnet Academy

    4

    Baker Middle

    1

    Blackmon Road Middle

    4

    Blanchard Elementary

    5

    Brewer Elementary

    3

    Britt David Magnet Academy

    4

    Carver High

    4

    Clubview Elementary

    4

    Columbus High

    5

    Davis Elementary

    1

    Dawson Elementary School

    4

    Dimon Magnet Academy

    4

    Dorothy Height Elementary

    3

    Double Churches Elementary

    5

    Double Churches Middle

    4

    Downtown Magnet Academy

    4

    Eagle Ridge Academy

    4

    Early College Academy

    5

    East Columbus Magnet Academy

    3

    Eddy Middle

    2

    Forrest Road Elementary

    4

    Fort Middle

    3

    Fox Elementary

    3

    Gentian Elementary

    4

    Georgetown Elementary

    3

    Hannan Magnet Academy

    4

    Hardaway High

    3

    Johnson Elementary

    4

    Jordan High

    2

    Kendrick High

    3

    Key Elementary

    4

    Lonnie Jackson Academy

    3

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary

    3

    Mathews Elementary

    5

    Midland Academy

    4

    Midland Middle

    4

    North Columbus Elementary

    4

    Northside High

    4

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts

    5

    Reese Road Leadership Academy

    3

    Richards Middle

    4

    Rigdon Road Elementary

    3

    River Road Elementary

    4

    Rothschild Leadership Academy

    2

    Shaw High

    3

    South Columbus Elementary

    4

    Spencer High

    3

    St. Marys Magnet Academy

    1

    Veterans Memorial Middle

    4

    Waddell Elementary

    3

    Wesley Heights Elementary

    3

    Wynnton Arts Academy

    4



    “As evidenced by the significant increases in the Star Climate Ratings, our teachers and administrators have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the climate and culture of our schools, which directly correlates with student and school performance,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent.

    “And although this year’s CCRPI results are baseline and not comparable to those of previous years due to the total revision of the calculation methodology, they are meaningful in that they establish a foundation for identifying the grades, schools and groups of students that need more, differentiated support. Data points for each school are being reviewed and utilized to revise or adjust current school and district improvement plans. Going forward, we clearly have much work to do, but we are confident in our staff, instructional practices, and processes we have in place to meet the needs of all students.”

    For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Education by accessing www.gadoe.org or e-mail
    communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

    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-The Muscogee County School District 2018 SAT results were recently released in an announcement by the Georgia Department of Education. The results mark improvements in the District’s composite and reading and writing scores. The District’s reading and writing scores exceeded both the state and national averages for the first time. In addition, the District noted an increase in the number of test takers year-to-date.

    This is the second 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.

    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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The updated data below reflects the performance of Georgia public-school students in the class of 2018 as provided by the Georgia Department of Education. In a previous version of this release, the District reported 2017 results that included all testers (public and private) nationwide in accordance with the manner of the reports provided in 2017.


    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    527

    529

    Georgia

    535

    537

    MCSD

    534

    539

    School



    Carver High

    481

    479

    Columbus High

    607

    624

    Early College

    508

    499

    Hardaway High

    510

    503

    Jordan High

    507

    463

    Kendrick High

    480

    498

    Northside

    520

    547

    Shaw High

    507

    493

    Spencer High

    472

    472

    Mean Math

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    517

    520

    Georgia

    515

    517

    MCSD

    517

    514

    School



    Carver High

    470

    438

    Columbus High

    607

    613

    Early College

    466

    457

    Hardaway High

    480

    472

    Jordan High

    501

    436

    Kendrick High

    446

    477

    Northside

    492

    515

    Shaw High

    481

    462

    Spencer High

    453

    460

    Mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math

    Group

    2017 Grads

    2018 Grads

    Nation

    1044

    1049

    Georgia

    1050

    1054

    MCSD

    1051

    1053

    School



    Carver High

    951

    916

    Columbus High

    1214

    1237

    Early College

    974

    956

    Hardaway High

    990

    975

    Jordan High

    1009

    899

    Kendrick High

    927

    975

    Northside

    1013

    1062

    Shaw High

    988

    955

    Spencer High

    925

    932



    “We are gratified with the improved composite results on this college-readiness indicator, particularly in the areas of reading and writing that for the first time exceeded both the state and national averages. While we are pleased with the overall continued improvement, we fully recognize that we have work ahead of us in an ongoing effort to ensure that all students meet our expectation of becoming full-option graduates that are college and career ready,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent.

    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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