MCSD News

  • September - 2023
  • 14
    Kathleen R Dickinson

    Thanks to our wonderful community for supporting MCSD’s SPLOST initiatives, we are at the forefront of technology integration to enhance our personalized learning approach. We take pride in achieving a 1:1 ratio with over 30,000 Chromebooks actively utilized by students daily. GoGuardian, a web-based application, has seamlessly integrated into our instructional management strategy.

    MCSD is pleased to offer our parents/guardians access to the GoGuardian Parent mobile App. The app is designed to help keep parents/guardians aware of their children’s activity on MCSD-issued Chromebooks and provide them with additional controls during out-of-school hours.

    What is included in this app:

    • Top 5 overview of a student's online activity
    • Any teacher interventions related a student's online activity
    • 30-day overview of a student's online activity
    • Ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours (4:00 pm to 7:00 am M-F, and all weekend)
    • Ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time
    Parents/Guardians can access the app:

    1. Download the app
      1. Download via Apple Store
      2. Download via Google Play Store
    2. After the app is successfully downloaded and installed, open it up and enter the email address registered with the school (this email needs to match the email used in Infinite Campus/Parent Portal) Note: If you forgot your registered email address, please reach out to your school administrator.
    3. Login/Check Email: Check your email on your phone for a link to log in to the app. Tap the "Verify your email", and it will take you straight to the app. Note: If you don't have access to your email through the device you used to log in, tap on "Login with verification code", and copy and paste the verification code from the email into the app.
    Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents/guardians and students that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.

    Additional Information

    GoGuardian Parent App Letter

  • 11
    Office of Communications

    September 11 - 5:00 p.m. - Tonight's Board Work Session Streamed Live. Click here: https://bit.ly/33GErzo

  • 9
    Office of Communications

    Mark your calendars!


    Graduation Ceremony Schedule

    Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts
    7:00 pm

    Thursday, May 16, 2024

    Kendrick High School
    5:00 pm
    Columbus High School
    7:30 pm

    Friday, May 17, 2024

    William Henry Shaw High School
    5:00 pm
    Hardaway High School
    8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 18, 2024

    Jordan Vocational High School College and Career Academy

    9:00 am

    George Washington Carver High School
    11:30 am
    William Henry Spencer High School
    2:00 pm
    Northside High School
    4:30 pm

  • August - 2023
  • 29
    Office of Communications

    To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, we have revised and will implement a series of safety procedures and guidelines effective immediately. These include:

    Enhanced Security

    • All attendees of varsity football events at either Kinnett or Odis Spencer Stadium will be screened for weapons upon entry to the stadium. Safety personnel will be stationed throughout the venue to monitor entrances, exits, and crowd behavior, ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all.
    • The District reserves the right to deny admission based on reasonable suspicion of illegal drug or alcohol use.
    • Middle school-aged and younger students will be refused entry without an adult, even if a ticket was previously purchased.
    Attendance

    • All middle school students and younger children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 21 years of age, who is responsible for them throughout the event. MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED AND YOUNGER STUDENTS WITH A TICKET WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY WITHOUT AN ADULT.
    • No more than five (5) students will be permitted per adult.
    • Once in the stadium, all spectators must remain on their respective sides and in the bleachers unless using the restroom or getting items from the concession stand.
    • The MCSD Code of Conduct, available online and provided to all students, parents, and guardians at the beginning of each school year, is applicable at any event hosted by the District. In addition, attendees exhibiting horseplay, insubordination, disrespect, and fighting are subject to removal and may be banned from future games.
    Bags

    • Bag Size Restrictions: Bags larger than 5 x 9 inches will no longer be permitted inside the stadium during Varsity Football Games. Attendees are encouraged to leave bulky bags at home to expedite entry and security checks.
    • Exceptions for Essential Bags: To accommodate essential needs, exceptions will be made by security personnel at their discretion for medical bags, diaper bags when accompanied by an age-appropriate child, and small, single-compartment clutches no larger than 5 x 9 inches. These bags will be subject to inspection upon entry.
    • Enhanced Security Measures: All bags, regardless of size, will be subject to thorough security inspections to ensure the safety of all attendees. The enhanced security measures align with our commitment to providing a secure environment for all guests.
    • Media personnel, photographers, student-athletes, athletic staff, trainers, band members, and band staff may bring bags subject to inspection before entry.
    Student Dress Code

    • Students should follow the dress code stated in the Muscogee County School District Student Handbook. The District reserves the right to remove students found to be in violation of the Student Dress.
    • Face coverings, other than medical-grade, are prohibited. Violations may result in removal from the event.
    Tickets and Entry

    • Arriving early will help facilitate a smooth and safe entry process for visitors.
    • Admission is via digital tickets that may be purchased at: gofan.co
    • Those who exit the stadium after initial clearance and entry will not be permitted to re-enter the event. Refunds will not be issued to anyone who has been denied admission, asked to leave, or has been removed from an event.
    • There will be no admittance or purchase of tickets after half-time of the game.
    Exiting the Stadium

    • We request your patience and cooperation as we facilitate an organized exit after the game. Please follow the instructions of the stadium staff for a safe departure.
    We realize that some requirements are not always convenient but absolutely necessary when protecting our students, schools, and community. We all play a critical role in school safety, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

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  • 22
    Office of Communications

    (Columbus, GA) - In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees at athletic events, the Muscogee County School District announces the implementation of a new bag policy effective immediately. This policy aims to streamline security procedures, minimize potential risks, and create a more secure and enjoyable experience for everyone.

    Key Features of the Bag Policy:

    • Bag Size Restrictions: Large bags will no longer be permitted inside the stadium during athletic events.
    • Exceptions for Essential Bags: To accommodate essential needs, exceptions will be made for medical bags, diaper bags, and small, single-compartment clutches no larger than 5 x 9 inches. These bags will be subject to inspection upon entry.
    • Enhanced Security Measures: All bags, regardless of size, will be subject to thorough security inspections to ensure the safety of all attendees. The enhanced security measures align with our commitment to providing a secure environment for all guests.
    We want to thank the community for your support in keeping our facilities safe for everyone.

    For more information, contact the Director of Communications, Kimberly Wright, at (706) 748-2034 or the Director of Athletics, Jeff Battles, at (706) 748-2595.







    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 communications1@muscogee.k12.ga.us.



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  • 21
    Office of Communications

    August 21st - 6:00 pm - Tonight's Board Meeting Streamed Live. Click here: https://bit.ly/33GErzo

  • 14
    Office of Communications

    August 14th - 5:00 pm - Tonight's Board Work Session Streamed Live. Click here: https://bit.ly/33GErzo

  • 3
    Office of Communications

    Parents, please be reminded of the New School Start Times for School Year 2023-2024

    All Elementary Schools
    Doors Open: 7:00 am
    School Day Starts: 7:45 am
    School Day Ends: 2:15 pm

    All Middle Schools
    Doors Open: 7:40 am
    School Day Starts: 8:10 am
    School Day Ends: 3:10 pm

    All High Schools
    Doors Open: 8:15 am
    School Day Starts: 8:45 am
    School Day Ends: 4:00 pm

    Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts will follow the High School Schedule.

    Marshall Success Center
    Doors Open: 7:45 am
    School Day Starts: 8:00 am
    Elementary School Day Ends: 2:30 pm
    Middle School Day Ends: 3:00 pm
    High School Day Ends: 3:30 pm

    The new schedule starts with the 2023 – 2024 School Year.

    NOTE: If you registered for School Bus Transportation for 2023-2024 before July 15, 2023, your bus passes are available at the school and available to pick up during your Schools Verification Days. Please check your bus passes when you receive them to know what time your student’s bus will arrive, as the bus times will be different than in previous years due to the new school start times

  • July - 2023
  • 28
    Office of Communications

    Friday, July 28 – Georgia Milestones test scores were released today for the Muscogee County School District and the state. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EoG) and End of Course (EoC) tests report student learning with four levels of performance. The designations aim to shift the focus away from test scores and aim to capture the progression of a student’s learning.

    Beginning Learners require significant support from home and school to succeed in the next grade level.

    Developing Learners have shown partially mastered their grade level standards but need additional home and school support to succeed in the next grade level.

    Proficient Learners have shown mastery of the grade level standards and are ready to move up to the next grade level.

    Distinguished Learners have shown mastery beyond the grade level, which indicates their readiness for advanced coursework.

    “The results released today are mixed across the spectrum and reflect the lingering impact of unfinished learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, students and schools who experienced comparatively minor disruption performed better than those with higher absences and/or staff shortages during and since the pandemic. However, we are encouraged by the response to our comprehensive P3-2025 plan developed and implemented this past year that yielded promising results in our primary grades, with the third grade exceeding anticipated benchmark targets”, said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis.

    Dr. David Lewis continued, “An integral part of the Plan included training 600 of our district’s educators in the research-based Science of Reading training provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy this summer. As a result of our district’s previously demonstrated commitment to literacy, it has been selected to continue this multi-year work with the Rollins Center. Coupled with our district’s personalized learning initiative that, as the name implies, assesses and strategically charts a personalized learning path for students, we are aggressively addressing these concerning gaps.”

    Grade 3

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 520L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 520L)

    2,190

    42.6

    57.4

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,190

    44.5

    28.9

    19.0

    7.5

    55.5

    26.6

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,189

    33.3

    37.9

    22.9

    5.8

    66.7

    28.7


    Grade 4

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 740L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 740L)

    2,174

    51.3

    48.7

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,174

    39.8

    32.9

    20.1

    7.3

    60.2

    27.3

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,175

    35.8

    34.7

    22.6

    6.9

    64.2

    29.5


    Grade 5

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 830L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 830L)

    2,217

    39.0

    61.0

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,217

    34.9

    33.7

    26.3

    5.1

    65.1

    31.4

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,217

    48.5

    30.3

    15.2

    6.0

    51.5

    21.2

    Science

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,211

    46.5

    24.3

    22.0

    7.2

    53.5

    29.2


    Grade 6

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 925L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 925L)

    2,161

    54.3

    45.7

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,161

    44.1

    28.7

    23.7

    3.6

    55.9

    27.3

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,157

    49.9

    35.2

    11.6

    3.3

    50.1

    14.9


    Grade 7

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 970L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 970L)

    2,135

    40.3

    59.7

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,135

    40.3

    32.7

    22.5

    4.5

    59.7

    27.0

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,131

    40.5

    39.1

    14.1

    6.2

    59.4

    20.4


    Grade 8

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 1010L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 1010L)

    2,228

    39.5

    60.5

    English Language Arts

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,228

    36.5

    32.5

    24.5

    6.6

    63.5

    31.0

    Mathematics

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,227

    47.2

    30.4

    15.2

    7.3

    52.8

    22.5

    Science Grade 8

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    1,906

    63.4

    19.2

    13.7

    3.7

    36.6

    17.4

    High School Physical Science Grade 8

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    318

    17.3

    23.0

    41.5

    18.2

    82.7

    59.7

    Social Studies

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,221

    43.7

    31.5

    19.8

    5.0

    56.3

    24.8


    American Literature

    Reading Status

    Number Tested

    Percent Below Grade Level (Lexile < 1185L)

    Percent Grade Level or Above (Lexile ≥ 1185L)

    2,010

    34.1

    65.9

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,010

    29.9

    35.9

    29.9

    4.3

    70.1

    34.2


    Algebra I

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,360

    48.0

    30.7

    16.7

    4.7

    52.0

    21.4


    Biology

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    2,249

    37.4

    24.4

    28.0

    10.2

    62.6

    38.2


    U.S History

    Number Tested

    Percent Beginning Learner

    Percent Developing Learner

    Percent Proficient Learner

    Percent Distinguished Learner

    Percent Developing Learner & Above

    Percent Proficient Learner & Above

    1,379

    36.8

    40.7

    20.2

    2.3

    63.2

    22.5



    “As we review the results of the Georgia Milestones assessment scores, there is no doubt the pandemic and its impact continue to be felt here and across the state. When we analyze the performance data and look at how the same group of students performed last year compared to this year, we see our district trends parallel with the state. There are clearly learning gaps and struggles that are unique to each of these student groups, which we will continue working to correct,” said Keith Seifert, Chief Academic Officer.

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    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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    Office of Communications

    July 17. 2023 - 5:00 pm - Tonight's Board Work Session/Board Meeting Streamed Live. Click here: https://bit.ly/33GErzo