MCSD News

  • October - 2021
  • 15
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of October 12-15, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,802

    In-person student positive cases

    24

    *(.08%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    74

    *** (.24%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,603

    School-based employee positive cases

    3

    ** (.08%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    4

    *** (.11%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Click here to view last week's report.

  • 13
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- The 2021 American College Test (ACT) composite and subject results for the Muscogee County School District mark the highest set of scores for the District to date. The ACT is a college admissions test, administered by a non-profit organization, which measures English, Math, Reading, and Science to determine academic readiness for college.

    “As noted with the SAT administration this year, the administration of the ACT was met with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite those challenges, we are pleased to see once again our district matched the state in reading and surpassed national averages in all areas including overall composite scores,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

    “Due to the lack of available testing opportunities early in the pandemic, many colleges and universities do not require the ACT for admission. So, while testing opportunities were available, a large number of our students chose not to test leading to a reduction in the overall number of students tested. As with SAT, we expect to see the numbers to begin returning to pre-pandemic levels with the 2022 cohort,” said Patrick Knopf, Director of Research, Accountability and Assessment.

    Muscogee County School District ACT Reasoning Test

    FIVE-YEAR TREND

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS TESTED



    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2021

    Total Tested

    857

    902

    843

    775

    368

    Number of students Enrolled (from FTE 1)

    2006

    2061

    2053

    1,965

    1,987

    Percentage of Students Tested

    43%

    44%

    41%

    39.4%

    18.5%



    MEAN SCORES


    READING

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.4

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    20.9

    Georgia

    22.0

    22.1

    22.2

    22.5

    23.4

    MCSD

    20.2

    20.0

    20.7

    20.8

    23.4


    ENGLISH

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    20.3

    20.2

    20.1

    19.9

    19.6

    Georgia

    21.0



    20.9

    20.9

    21.3

    22.1

    MCSD

    18.9

    18.6

    19.0

    19.1

    21.7


    MATH
    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    20.7

    20.5

    20.4

    20.2

    19.9

    Georgia

    20.9

    20.7

    20.7

    21.0

    21.9

    MCSD

    19.5

    19.0

    19.1

    19.4

    21.5


    SCIENCE

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.0

    20.7

    20.6

    20.6

    20.4

    Georgia

    21.3

    21.2

    21.2

    21.6

    22.4

    MCSD

    19.6

    19.4

    19.6

    19.8

    22.2


    COMPOSITE

    Group

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2020

    Nation

    21.0

    20.8

    20.7

    20.6

    20.3

    Georgia

    21.4



    21.4

    21.4

    21.7

    22.6

    MCSD

    19.7

    19.4

    19.8

    19.9

    22.3



    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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  • 13
    MCSD Office of Communications

    To see all the details of the upcoming plans for the new school that will combine Dawson Elementary School and St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy, click here.

  • 8
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of October 4-8, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,858

    In-person student positive cases

    27

    *(.09%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    122

    *** (.4%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,649

    School-based employee positive cases

    7

    ** (.2%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    8

    *** (.2%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • 8
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Muscogee County Schools Police Department’s K9 Buddy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Buddy’s vest is sponsored by Rhonda Davis of Atlanta, GA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Ronny H. Blackstock, USMC”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

    Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,415 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

    The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

    Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

    Click here to see photos of Buddy and his handler, Officer Perkins.


  • 8
    MCSD Office of Communications

    As done with our first nine weeks progress reports, we will not print/distribute hard copy report cards District-wide.

    • Each student's first nine weeks report card will be available through the Parent Portal October 15, 2021.
    • How to access report cards (see the detailed guide HERE):
      • Log into Parent Portal.
      • If you have more than one student in your account, select a student using the drop-down list.
      • Click the “Documents” link in the menu.
      • Select "21-22" under the "School Year" drop-down list.
      • Select "Report Card."
      • IMPORTANT: If you experience difficulty accessing your student's report card, contact your student's assigned school for assistance.
    We will continue to provide progress and report cards via Infinite Campus on the following dates:

    • First nine weeks report cards: October 15, 2021
    • Second nine weeks progress reports: November 12, 2021
    • Second nine weeks report cards: January 11, 2022
    • Third nine weeks progress reports: February 7, 2022
    • Third nine weeks report cards: March 18, 2022
    • Fourth nine weeks progress reports: April 21, 2022
    • Fourth nine weeks report cards (elementary): May 24, 2022
    • Fourth nine weeks report cards (secondary): May 26, 2022

  • 5
    Ronald E Pleasant

    MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, mfrick@doe.k12.ga.us
    -Follow GaDOE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GeorgiaDeptofEd

    September 29, 2021 – The Georgia Department of Education has developed an ESSER funding dashboard that will provide a simple, transparent way for the public to see Georgia school districts’ use of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

    The dashboard is available on GaDOE’s COVID-19 resource site and allows the public to see the amount of ESSER funds a school district has received, the amount of submitted budgets approved, and time remaining in the grant period.

    “We are committed to using COVID-19 relief funds to improve student learning, address lost learning opportunities, and support students’ mental health and wellbeing,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We are also committed to being transparent as funds are spent, and this ESSER funding dashboard provides a clear, simple way for the public to access that information.”

    Georgia school districts have received three rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) funding – through the CARES Act in May 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in January 2021, and the American Rescue Plan in March 2021. The dashboard shows spending under all three rounds of ESSER funding.

    The funds distributed to school districts total $5,938,770,343. Twenty percent of the third round of funding must be used to address student learning loss; the remainder of the funds are flexible and can be used to support at-risk student populations, distance/remote learning, school meals, mental and physical health, supplemental learning, facilities and equipment, continuity of core staff and services, and more.

    Evaluation Work with Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

    GaDOE is also working with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) to examine the use of ESSER funds in Georgia to disseminate best practices throughout the state. Running through June 2025, the goals of the project are to:

    1. Understand how districts use federal relief funds and the impact they have on district practice and, where feasible, students
    2. Generate knowledge and lessons learned about student support strategies – academic and nonacademic – deployed by districts including a focus on those that boost staff and organizational capacity, leverage internal and community resources, and are embedded into district practice to maximize sustainability
    3. Surface information on factors that influence the selection and implementation of support strategies, which may include district capacity, leadership changes, external constraints, or community input
    4. Identify compelling stories from Georgia schools about the pandemic’s impact on students and how educators are meeting their needs
    5. Provide a shared-learning network for community leaders to learn from each other and raise awareness of best practice work already happening across the state of Georgia through GPEE’s established Rural Learning Networks

    The project will include surveys of all school districts in 2022, 2023, and 2024 to capture information on their use of federal COVID-19 relief funds; stakeholder interviews to more closely examine issues identified in the survey; developing case studies with an in-depth analysis of the use and impact of funds; and stakeholder roundtables, briefings, and presentations to lift up best practices and what’s working in Georgia school districts.

    “The Partnership is looking forward to leading this study to understand how school districts across Georgia are leveraging ESSER funds to elevate student learning in these unprecedented times,” GPEE President Dr. Dana Rickman said. “Ultimately, this information will help inform state and local policies and provide a shared learning network to support all districts.”

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    Meghan Frick

    Director of Communications
    Georgia Department of Education
    mfrick@doe.k12.ga.us | 404-416-2286
    Educating Georgia’s Future

  • 4
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Tonight's Board Work Session will be live-streamed here.https://bit.ly/3uG3UlO



  • 1
    MCSD Office of Communications

    Columbus, GA- In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.




    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of September 25- October 1, 2021

    Category Description



    #

    Total enrolled students



    30,854

    In-person student positive cases



    59

    *(.19%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    378

    *** (1.23%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,626

    School-based employee positive cases

    16

    ** (.44%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    16

    *** (.44%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



  • September - 2021
  • 24
    Alicia Noelle Lawrence

    Columbus, GA - In an effort to further increase transparency and provide clarity to its public stakeholders, the Muscogee County School District has updated its data points related to active COVID-19 cases to reflect school-based sites only. The data reflects information made available to the District from individual sources. Information is updated each Friday and accessible on the District’s COVID-19 website.


    Muscogee County School District
    COVID-19 school-based active cases
    Week of September 20- September 24, 2021

    Category Description

    #

    Total enrolled students

    30,812

    In-person student positive cases

    72

    *(.23%)

    Student self-quarantine or isolation cases
    (cumulative of last 14 days)

    491

    *** (1.6%)

    Total employees

    5,175

    Total school-based employees

    3,632

    School-based employee positive cases

    9

    ** (.25%)

    School-based employee self-quarantine or isolation cases (cumulative of last 14 days)

    13

    *** (.36%)


    * Percent of total student population

    ** Percent of total school-based employees

    ***Totals within each data set reflect active cases reported to the District within the specified week of each report with the exception of self-quarantine or isolated; with the weekly District report due to the quarantine or isolation period endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).