RMSOTA February Newsletter

Issued February 11, 2019

On the Horizon


  • Feb 8, 2019 - Progress Reports Were Issued

  • Feb 11, 2019 - Homeroom at 9:30 am Student 2019-2020 Course Registration Materials Submission

  • Feb 14, 2019 - Valentine’s Day (No deliveries of food/deserts, balloons, stuffed animals, flowers, etc.)

  • Feb 18, 2019 - No School (President’s Day)

  • Feb 19, 2019 - Local School Council Meeting at 5:45 PM

  • Feb 19, 2019 - Carson McCullers’ Birthday

  • Feb 19, 2019 - Dr. Norwood from CSU on campus to perform creative writing narratives

  • Feb 20, 2019 - GMAS Math Success Academy Orientation Session for Selected Students at 5:30 PM in the RMSOTA Concert Hall

  • Feb 22, 2019 - MCSD Magnet Admission Decisions Disbursed System Wide

  • Feb 22, 2019 - Activity Day; Lift Every Voice: African Americans in Civil War Navies (Dr. White Organizer)

  • Feb 22, 2019 - 4-A LIterary Meet Competition (GHSA)

  • Mar 1, 2019 - Last Day for families to accept or decline MCSD Magnet Admission

  • March 1 & 2, 2019 - RMSOTA Dance Department Recital Program

Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Places 4th in a First Appearance MCSD Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 the inaugural RMSOTA Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team participated for the first time in the district Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition. At the end of the course of six rounds of questions our Reading Bowl team earned a 5/1 win/loss record, accumulated 260 total points, and tied with two other teams for second place. Though the team went on to earn fourth place overall, it took eleven extra rounds of tie breaking questions before RMSOTA was defeated, and we count the entire experience as a victory. Andy Jung, Anna Jung, Jonathan Forte, Marcus Bass, Lore’Al Byrd, Aalicia Irvin, and R’Toria Burks all deserve congratulations for their hard work and dedication to the team effort. Kudos to our school's Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team Coaches Ms. Weathers and Ms. Martinez-Ross. Thank you for your awesome tutelage and leadership.

RMSOTA Students Selected to Participate in the GMEA All State Chorus at the University of Georgia

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Each year, the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) hold's auditions for students to participate in All State Chorus. GMEA is the statewide professional organization for music educators and music education in Georgia. All State Chorus provides an opportunity for students to be assessed on their individual singing and music reading ability through a first and second round audition process.Students who successfully complete the audition rounds are admitted to participate in state wide choir comprised of some of the best student choral musicians in Georgia. We are pleased to share with our community that three middle school students have successfully completed both rounds of All-State Choral auditions and will be admitted to participate in the GMEA All-State Choral festival at the University of Georgia in Athens.


The three students are Janice Jeon, Catalina Musa and Elizabeth Pearce. Congratulations to these talented students and their teacher Mr. Barbee for a job well done.



RMSOTA Advances To The 2019 MCSD District Social Studies Fair.

RMSOTA Students Participate in GMEA District III Honor Band

Saturday, February 9, 2019 seven students who were selected based on the quality of their audition, performed in the Georgia Music Educators Association District III Honor Band. These students spent two days in rehearsals with phenomenal guest clinicians. This was an excellent opportunity for our students to make great music with other students from this district, as well as for our students to learn more about music and their instrument while being taught by guest clinicians. We are very proud of these student musicians and their band director Mr. Agee.


RMSOTA Honor Band Participants: Stephen Slater (oboe), Elizabeth Pearce (Flute), Anika Hong (Clarinet), Maggie Slade (Clarinet), Kelly Patterson (Trumpet) and William Reed (Tuba)".
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Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Spring Dance Recital March 1st and 2nd, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

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Omega Psi Phi 2019 Annual Talent Hunt Competition

Each year, the Lambda Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. holds an annual performance competition (geared primarily to student musicians) for high school students in grades 9 -12 to compete for monetary prizes and scholarship dollars. This is a great community outreach and exposure opportunity for high school students in the Columbus, Georgia area and is a wonderful way for our students to showcase their talent. Please review the letter included in this news letter for competition details. If your child interested in competing, please be sure to first notify your respective arts program instructor for clearance and support with preparation to participate. Second, please be sure to work with the respective program director to acquire and submit the application materials.
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RMSOTA Students, Teachers and Parents Attend Ballet Hispanico at the River Center

Saturday, February 2, 2019 RMSOTA students, their families, and several teachers (Culpepper, Woodard, and Ferreira) enjoyed an evening at the Ballet, thanks to the River Center and the Ballet Hispánico. A special thank you goes to Mr. Rick McKnight (Director of Education at the River Center) for this dynamic experience through an existing partnership for our students. The RMSOTA students, parents and faculty enjoyed a rich cultural experience and watched a beautiful ballet in the best of company.



(Student Attendees Pictured) Juliana Maddox, Anna White, Syndey DeMines-Randolph, Myhia Thorne, Eliza Raines, Kiara Sanches, Tala Whittington, Lavinia Smith, Xay Davidson, Makayla Page, Christian Butler, Kennedy Sexton, Betsy Carwile, Cate Jones, Lydia Myers, Lauryn Smith

(Student Attendes Not Pictured) Sam Hinton, K.J. Wilson, Emma Hall, Darla Farrow, Breelyn Bush, De’Ja Brown, Andy Jung, and Anna Jung

School Check Out Policy Reminder - Please Review

This is a friendly reminder that school check outs end at 2:00 PM. Kudos to our parent community for ensuring that the number of student checkouts are drastically reduced from last year. Thank you for your support in that area. In an effort to ensure continuity, our parent community is asked to observe the following school checkout parameters:

  • Student checkouts will not be granted based on text message communication to student or on the basis of a note or letter only. All student checkouts must be conducted in person in our school's main office. Students will only be released to parents, guardians or authorized individuals as noted in the MCSD student information data base. An ID is required for check out.
  • Our shared goal is to protect and maximize on instructional time. Please be sure to conduct checkouts by 2:00 PM. The school day ends at 3:25 PM.
  • Please schedule all appointments where a check out is needed prior to the 2:00 PM check out time. To best ensure that your child is in school, it is best to schedule appointments outside of school hours or on weekends as best as possible.