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A Middle School of the Muscogee County Public Schools, Columbus, Georgia

PRINCIPAL-Mrs. Melanie Knight

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School Directory

Principal:
Melanie Knight
Library Media Specialist:
Gary Baxter
Teacher-Gr. 6:
Lori Benedict
Teacher-Gr.8:
Gwen Breazeale
Teacher-Gr. 6:
Becky Bristow
Teacher-Health:
Angela Buchans
Teacher-Gr.7:
Jessica Camp
Graduation Counselor:
Tammi Clarke
PTSA Pres:
Gail Clegg
Teacher-Gr.8:
Diane Crisp
Coach-P.E.& Health:
Chad Dean
Teacher-Gr.6:
Theresa Edwards
PTSA Treasurer:
Diane Edwards
Art Teacher:
Tami Fitts
Teacher-Gr.6:
Rachel Foor
Teacher-Gr.7:
Vicki Hamrick
Teacher-Gr.8:
Terri Hedger
Teacher-Grade 8:
Rosrico Howard
Teacher-Gr.7:
Ryan Hutson
Teacher-Gr.8:
Stephanie Jones
Teacher-Grade 8:
Jessie Jordan
Teacher-Gr.6:
Kathie Jones
Teacher-Gr.7:
Steven Julien
Teacher-Family and Consumer Science:
Brenda Long
Teacher-Gr.6,7,8:
Michele Lowe
Teacher-Business:
Pam Larsen
Teacher-Gr.7:
Glenn Newberry
Teacher-Gr.6:
Terri Nickerson
Teacher-Gr.7:
Michelle Peters
Band Director:
Lynn Pharris
Teacher-Gr.6:
Jackie Pugh
Teacher-Chorus:
Jymi Rafi
Teacher-Gr.7:
Julie Raines
Teacher-Gr.6, 7, 8:
Rhonda Remick-Burch
Teacher-Gr.6:
Kelly Roberts
Teacher-Gr.7:
Claudia Romo
Teacher-Gr.8:
Claudia Stevens
Teacher-Gr.6:
Christi Scarbrough
Teacher-Grade 8:
Cindy Schult
Teacher-Drama:
Crystal Soroken
Teacher-Technology:
Latecia Watley-Long
Teacher-Gr.8:
Katrina Williams
Athletic Director:
Jay Wilson
Counselor:
Tracy Wommack

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DATES TO NOTE 


June 9-20: The CRCT Summer Acceleration Program for eighth-grade students will be in session Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 2O.

June 16-20, VolleyBalll Camp

June 23, Monday: The eighth-grade reading retest will be administered.

June 24, Tuesday : The eighth-grade math retest will be administered.

July 9-Retest scores received in the system

July 23-CRCT Pass /Fail Notification

August 5: Registration for students

August 11: School begins for 2008-09


 
Dress Code

It is not the intent of the Muscogee County School District to dictate the quality or style of clothing worn, but rather an effort to encourage good habits and acceptable group behavior. Student dress and personal appearance should reflect dignity and pride in oneself and in the school.

Therefore, a student shall not dress, groom, or wear or use emblems, insignias, badges or other symbols where the effect thereof is to distract unreasonably the attention of other students or otherwise to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school.

It is prohibited for any student to wear clothing items which advertise alcoholic beverages, sex, tobacco, obscene, crude or suggestive messages or use of profanity. Designs or insignias that are part of a haircut, satanic symbols, gang-related badges, insignias and colors; logos or symbols with denigrate social or ethnic groups are also prohibited. "Fake" alcohol or drug advertisement is also disallowed.

Individual schools are permitted to designate uniforms or apparel for students to wear. The schools shall present their choice to the Board of Education for review. Students who have financial reasons and can demonstrate that they cannot afford to purchase or acquire a uniform shall not be denied admission to school for that reason. Bonafide religious attire will be permitted.

Grades 6-12 - Dress Code Summary

Shirts: All shirts should be tucked in. No undergarments are to be worn as outer garments. No midriffs should be exposed. No see-through shirts/blouses. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops. Nothing that advocates drugs, sex, alcohol, violence, gangs, hate, or profanity. Shirts that are made for females that cover the midriff but move when the students sits may not be worn.

Shoes: No shower shoes, flip flops, or bedroom shoes. No heels higher than two (2) inches.

Pants: Pants are to be worn on or above the waist. No see-through pants. If pants can be worn properly on or above the waist, no belt is required. Sweat pants, wind pants, pants with holes are not to be worn. No pants are to be worn bound at the ankle.

Dresses and Skirts: Dresses and skirts may be worn with the length to be no higher than three (3) inches above the top of the knee cap.

Shorts: Shorts may be worn with the length to be no higher than three (3) inches above the top of the knee cap.

Coats: Hooded garments may be worn to school as long as the hoods are not worn indoors.

Hats: No head coverings i.e., bandanas, do rags, sweat bands.

Jewelry: No jewelry with reference to gangs, drugs, hate, violence, or sex is allowed. Items such as chains on a belt, wallet, etc. and items with spikes are not permitted. No oversized clothing is allowed.

Each school is expected to create a progressive discipline plan to address dress code violations using out of school suspension as the last intervention.

SOURCE: Muscogee County School District. 10 Oct.2007. 29 May. 2008 http://mcsdga.net

 DR. GARY SHOUPPE'S RETIREMENT


Dr.Gary Shouppe, Principal

Gary Shouppe, principal at Veterans Memorial Middle, will be retiring after working in education for 30 years and opening Veterans Middle School this year.

"It's been fun, really fun, opening a new school," he said. He said the school's staff has implemented several ideas in its first year, including block scheduling and "Ranger Camp," a program designed to help fifth-graders transition to middle school.

Shouppe, who is retiring because of his wife's medical issues, will take a job with more flexible hours teaching educational leadership at Columbus State University. He said the decision to retire was a tough one and he had mixed emotions about leaving the school.

"I'll miss the interaction with the kids," Shouppe said.

The current assistant, Melanie Knight, will become the principal.

He said he hoped the transition would be a smooth one, since the school was still new and fresh and Knight has been with the school since its inception.

"I see Veterans as becoming the flagship of all the middle schools," Shouppe said. "We're one of the top."

Source: Pauff, Sara. "11 area principals won't return to school next year." Columbus Ledger Enquirer 2008 1. 23 May 2008 .

 
School Assignment

School Assignment Letters- Approximately 7,000 letters will be mailed April 25 to the parents or guardians of rising sixth-grade and ninth-grade students and of students with new home addresses. These letters advise the parents or guardians of their children's school assignments for the 2008-2009 school year. In addition, those students who have been assigned to Rigdon Road Elementary from Edgewood Elementary due to rezoning of the Rigdon Road attendance area will receive assignment letters. Some students from Blanchard Elementary and Waddell Elementary will be assigned to Eagle Ridge Academy, and some students from Mathews Elementary will be assigned to Midland Academy. These changes are the second phase of the Eagle Ridge zoning approved by the school board in March 2007.

In most cases, if the parent or guardian does not receive an assignment letter, the student will attend his/her present school for the 2008-2009 school year.

School assignment is based on the home address of the parent or legal guardian. Proof of legal residency is required before a school assignment is granted.

Students Who Have Moved- Parents of students who have moved should report to the school of assignment or to Central Registration with proof of a current home address (current utility bill and lease agreement or home ownership document).

Students Who are New to MCSD- Parents of students new to the Muscogee County School District should report to the school of assignment or to Central Registration with proof of a current home address (current utility bill and lease agreement or home ownership document), the child’s birth certificate, certificate of immunization, eye, ear and dental examination, report card, and student’s social security card.

Students Who Are Leaving MCSD- The parents of students who will not be returning to the Muscogee County School District for the 2008-2009 school year should contact their children’s schools to complete summer withdrawal forms.

Hardship Student Transfers- The deadline to apply for a hardship student transfer for the 2008-2009 school year is May 16, 2008. No hardship transfers will be considered after May 16, 2008. Hardship Transfer Application Forms may be requested from school principals or at Central Registration at the Columbus Roberts Center, 539 Brown Avenue, after April 25. Each hardship transfer request must state a compelling reason for the requested transfer, list the child’s assigned school for the 2008-2009 school year, and list the requested school choice for the 2008-2009 school year. The applicant must obtain the signature of the principal of the school of assignment and return the completed request to the Central Registration office by May 16, 2008. Hardship transfer requests will be considered based on space available at the requested school and the validity of the stated reason for the transfer. Action on hardship transfer requests for the 2008-2009 school year will be made in June, 2008, and the parents will be notified by mail of the decision. Student Verification Day- Parents and/or students should report to their assigned schools for verification on August 5, 2008.

First Class Day- Students report to their assigned schools for the first day of class for the 2008-2009 school year on August 11, 2008.

Year-Round Schools- Georgetown Elementary and Rigdon Road Elementary will verify assignments on Thursday, July 10, 2008, and the first day of class is Monday, July 14, 2008.

The Central Registration office is in the Columbus Roberts Center, 539 Brown Avenue. It is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For additional information, contact Ms. Jennifer Allen (706-748-2222 or jallen@mcsdga.net).

Source: Muscogee County School District. 10 Oct.2007. 21 May. 2008 http://mcsdga.net/

 MUSGOGEE COUNTY REGULAR SUMMER SCHOOL

June 24, 2008 (Tuesday).................................Report Cards Distributed for Semester Grades

June 25, 2008 (Wednesday)............................Begin Second Semester

July 4, 2008 (Friday).......................................Holiday July 21, 2008 (Monday)..................................Last Day of Class--Report Cards Distributed (18 school days)

July 21, 2008 (Monday)..................................Graduation at Shaw High School Auditorium - 7:00 PM

SOURCE: Muscogee County School District. 10 Oct.2007. 21 May. 2008 http://mcsdga.net/



Board Approved Traditional Calendar for Elementary/Middle/High Schools 2008-2009

Monday, August 4- Teachers Report

Monday - Friday – August 4 - 8, Pre-Planning

Tuesday, August 5- Students Report to Verify Assignments.

Monday, August 11, School Begins; 1st Semester Begins.

Monday, September 1, Labor Day: No School

Tuesday, September 9, Elementary Early Release Day

Wednesday,September 10, Progress Reports

Friday, October 10, 1st Nine Weeks Ends (44 days)

Monday, October 13, 2nd Nine Weeks Begins

Tuesday, October 14, Elementary Early Release Day

Wednesday, October 15, Report Cards

Tuesday, November 4, In-service Day: (Election Day) No School for Students.

Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day: No School.

Wednesday, November 12, Progress Reports

Tuesday, November 18, Elementary Early Release Day

Wednesday – Friday, November 26 – 28 Thanksgiving Break: No School

Tuesday, December 16, Elementary Early Release Day

Friday, December 19, 1st Semester Ends; 2nd Nine Weeks Ends (45 days)

Monday - Friday, December 22 – January 2, Christmas Break

Monday, January 5, In-service Day: No School for Students.

Tuesday, January 6, Classes Resume; 2nd Semester Begins.

Wednesday, January 7, Report Cards

Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: No School.

Tuesday, January 20, Elementary Early Release Day

Wednesday, February 4, Progress Reports

Monday, February 16, President’s Day: No School

Tuesday, February 17, Elementary Early Release Day

Thursday, March 12, 1st Nine Weeks Ends (46 days)

Friday, March 13, In-service Day/Weather Make Up Day, If Needed

Monday, March 16, 2nd Nine Weeks Begins

Tuesday, March 17, Elementary Early Release

Wednesday, March 18, Report Cards

Monday – Friday, April 6 – 10, Spring Break

Tuesday, April 21, Elementary Early Release Day

Wednesday, April 22, Progress Reports

Tuesday, May 12, Elementary Early Release Day

Friday, May 22, 2nd Semester Ends; 2nd Nine Weeks Ends (45 days) Last Day of School for Students

Friday – Saturday, May 22 - 23.

Graduations Friday, May 22, Report Cards for Elementary

Monday, May 25, Memorial Day

Tuesday – Wednesday, May 26 - 27 Post-Planning

Wednesday, May 27, Report Cards for Secondary

SOURCE: Muscogee County School District. 10 Oct.2007. 21 May. 2008 http://mcsdga.net/

 

2008-2009 PTSA Officers:

Gail Clegg-President

Brenda Reed-Vice-President

Julie Butler-Secretary

Diane Edwards-Treasurer



 
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