Muscle Shoals City Schools

March 1, 2022

School Spotlight: Muscle Shoals Career Academy

Muscle Shoals Career Academy - Highlight Video

Kelli Nichols Will Become Assistant Superintendent June 1

Muscle Shoals High School Assistant Principal Kelli Nichols will take the curricular and instructional lead in the Muscle Shoals City Schools when she becomes the district's assistant superintendent on June 1. She will replace Dr. Denise Woods who will officially retire June 1. The Board of Education on Monday approved Superintendent Chad Holden's recommendation to appoint Nichols.

Mrs. Nichols is a graduate of Buckhorn High School and the University of North Alabama with a B.S. degree in English Language Arts. She holds graduate degrees in leadership from Middle Tennessee State University and UNA. She is currently a doctoral student at Samford University.

She started her educational career as an English teacher at Oakland and Siegel High Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She also served as the technology specialist at Siegel for four years. In 2012, she returned to Alabama as an Instructional Partner at James Clemens High School in Madison City. After one year as an IP, James Clemens High promoted her to Assistant Principal. Two years later, she became the district's secondary instructional specialist.

Mrs. Nichols joined the Muscle Shoals High School faculty as assistant principal in 2016. In that role, she leads the school in areas of curriculum and instruction, Advanced Placement, problem solving team (PST), professional learning, technology, as 504 liaison, and is responsible for programs such as Ambassadors, Freshman Orientation, and enrichment.

She is married to Chad Nichols, and they have three sons, Cameron (9th grade), Asher (6th grade), and Deacon (6th grade).

Chief Financial Officer Langley Receives National Recognition

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to announce that Sherry Langley, Chief School Financial Officer of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education has earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations. School business professionals who earn SFO certification have proven that they have the required knowledge, expertise, and fiscal credibility to lead their school district and effectively manage their district's finances.

The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating certification eligibility through work experience and education; passing a comprehensive two-part examination; and adhering to the ASBO International Code of Conduct. School business officials who have earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development, renewing the certification annually, and undergoing recertification every three years.

Hood Appointed Band Director

High school Assistant Director Jessica Palmer Hood will become the next Director of Bands for Muscle Shoals City Schools effective May 1. She replaces Director David Waters who is retiring. The Board of Education approved the recommendation to promote Hood at the regular monthly board meeting on Monday.

Mrs. Hood has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Muscle Shoals High School for the past 5 years. She attended the University of Alabama for her undergraduate degree, where she was drum major for the Million Dollar Band, and the University of North Alabama for her master’s degree.

Mrs. Hood grew up in Muscle Shoals and is a graduate of Muscle Shoals High School. She has always dreamed of giving back to the community that gave so much to her. She is married to Griffin Hood who works for Gadsden Music. Mr. Hood has also assisted with the band for the past 5 years.

Mrs. Hood is filled with enthusiasm to further the music education programs at Muscle Shoals as Director of Bands, while working with the band director team to provide her students the best musical opportunities and experiences.

Hood will become the first woman to lead the band program.

Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website

Go to this link anytime to view past meetings of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education or to read the minutes of each meeting.

February Meeting of the Board of Education

Board Meeting - February 2022

An Eye Opening Experience

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Muscle Shoals City Schools Hosts AASB Poverty Simulation

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman

MUSCLE SHOALS — Employees throughout the city school district participated in a simulation on (February 22) that drove home the reality of living below the poverty line.

Hosted by the Alabama Association of School Boards in Montgomery, the simulation was designed to present a realistic picture of how many of Alabama's students live in poverty, according to facilitator Phyllis Wyne.

Employees were divided into families with each person playing a role within the family. They were charged with keeping utilities on, keeping the family's home secure, providing adequate food, making loan payments, getting children to school and getting adults to work.

"We want our educators to realize what our students go through on a daily basis," Wyne said. "This activity also makes educators better able to find resources for students in need. They're learning there are resources out there and when to refer students to counselors for that help, be it food insecurity or any other basic need."

To read the full article, click here.

Community Partners Who Volunteered to Help Present the Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulation

Alabama School District Financial Snapshots 2022 Edition

The Alabama Association of School Boards is pleased to release the 2022 edition (reflects FY20 data) of the School System Snapshot tool, which provides an individualized look at each Alabama school system's state and local resources - funding and spending.

The School System Snapshots are designed to offer schoolboard members a starting point for discussions with state lawmakers and constituents about the unique funding needs facing their school systems. The Alabama Department of Education provided much of the data used to compile the School System Snapshots, which are an extension of the ALSDE's annual QuickFacts document.

MSEF T-Shirt Sale

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BOE Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Our students are extremely talented...

MSPA Presents "Second Chance" Cover

MSCS will expand its Pre-K program in 2022!

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Did you know that the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation invested over $90,000 into our schools in 2021? Please consider donating today.

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Next Regular Monthly Meeting

March 31, 2022
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule

MSCS Scores Big on Niche Rankings

Muscle Shoals City Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in MUSCLE SHOALS, AL. It has 2,828 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.
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