Muscle Shoals City Schools

December 16, 2022

Passarella and Grinnell selected as District Teachers of the Year

Highland Park's Kayla Passarella (1st grade) and MSMS's Anna Grinnell (art) were selected by an outside committee as the Muscle Shoals elementary and secondary "Teachers of the Year."

Mrs. Passarella has 12 years in education, all in Muscle Shoals. She says, "Looking back, there are certain teachers who had a profound impact on my life. While they were all great teachers, what I remember most is their passion and love for the students."

Mrs. Grinnell has 13 years in education with three of those years at Muscle Shoals Middle School. She says, 'What I love most about teaching is that I get the opportunity to provide a safe and happy room for students to come to. I love that I can introduce students to a variety of creative outlets while speaking positivity into them everyday."

Other school nominees included Derek Weaver (MSHS), James Miller (MSCA), Nancy Winkle (MES), Ginni Ogletree (WES), Starkey-morgan Butler (HGP), and Ashley Irons (ELC).

BOE approves 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

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Muscle Shoals junior aims for 2nd perfect ACT score

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman

MUSCLE SHOALS — If 11th-grader Brady Bolding could get one message out to other students, it's that hard work pays off.

The 17-year-old made a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, but he's not letting up. In fact, he has to take the ACT once again, this spring, fulfilling a state requirement of all Alabama public schools for 11th graders.

"I'm going to do my very best on it and this time I'll do the writing portion which I need for college," he said. "I'm sure going to try to make another 36 because I know it's possible."

To put Bolding's accomplishment in perspective one must consider that less than 0.5% of test takers earn a 36 on the ACT.

To read the full article, click here.

Shoals Chamber and NWSCC Launches Teacher of the Month Program

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”- Henry Brooks Adams

Beginning in 2023, Shoals Chamber has partnered with Northwest-Shoals Community College to recognize the incredible teachers in our community!

Nominate your favorite teacher for this school year now, and help us show them some love and appreciation! We have all sorts of surprises planned for the winning teachers thanks to our sponsors Lost Pizza and Singing River Dentistry!

Nominate here:

MSCS Character In Action Nominees

MSCS is so proud of these students and the character they exhibit each day.

K-3: Arlett Ricks (McBride- Nominated by Brooke Davis)

4-6: Rosilyn Garry (McBride- Nominated by Stephanie Pless)

7-8: Mason McBride (MSMS- Nominated by Molly Beth Chapman)

9-12: Ella Anderson (MSHS- Nominated by Kevin Davis)

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O'Steen and Gifted Program Awarded $20k

The McBride gifted class, also known as the C.A.P.S. Academy, recently learned that they would be receiving a $20,000 grant from the Alabama State Department of Education for a 3-D printer and other classroom resources. This is the second year in a row that Mrs. Catherine O'Steen's class has applied for and received a sizeable grant. Last year, the class utilized $30,000 to redesign their learning space. Congratulations, C.A.P.S. students and Mrs. O'Steen!

Congratulations to Sarah Whiteside for being selected as the McBride Spelling Bee Champion! #gamechangers #BringYourAGame

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MSCS Celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to the following teachers who either renewed their National Board Certification or recently achieved this distinction for the first time.

New National Board Certified Teachers
Gina Carr, Early Learning Center Pre-K

Julie Achord, Highland Park Elementary

Andrea Young, McBride Elementary

Renewed National Board Certified Teachers

Kristin Grider, Highland Park Elementary

MSMS Cheer at State Competition

Our cheerleaders represented us well at the AHSAA State Cheer Competition on December 6. Their hard work and dedication this year has paid off big-time. They finished in the top eight in the state and we couldn’t be more proud! A big thanks to our cheer sponsor, Kimberly Parrish, for her vision and helping them set goals and achieve things they have never done before. Great job ladies! #GameChangers #NoMatterWhat #TheNextLevel

Jamir Goodloe named Class 5A-7A Player of the Year at "Football in the South" Awards Banquet sponsored by Singing River Media Group and MarMac Real Estate-1st and Sold

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Trojans Selected for Alabama-Mississippi All Stars and North-South All Stars

Alabama-Mississippi All Stars
Bentley Basden and J’yheam Ingram
Coach Scott Basden

North-South All Stars
Isaac Rue

Stoddard and Basden nominated for Bryant-Jordan Awards

Game photos above captured by Todd Thompson, RiverCat Photography

December Meeting of the Board of Education

Board Meeting - Decmeber 2022

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.

Next Regular Monthly Meeting

January 23, 2023
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule


Monday, February 27

Monday, March 20

Monday, April 24

Monday, May 22

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State Trumbauer Theater competition results are in!

Sara Beth Davis, 1st Place with her monologue

Lilly Goodwin and Leah Strickland, 3rd Place with their musical theater duet

Mary Graham, 3rd Place with her comedic musical theater piece

Students Contribute to City's Comprehensive Planning

Muscle Shoals High School students met with city planners at City Hall on Dec. 6 as part of the comprehensive plan process #GameChangers #TheNextLevel Great ideas!

MSMS Art Show

CTE Month is Coming!

February is Career & Technical Education Month

We look forward to highlighting the awesome programs that are thriving in the Muscle Shoals City Schools!

Get involved in the Muscle Shoals City Schools!

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2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Consider a "Helping Schools" tag when you renew!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!