Muscle Shoals City Schools
October 26, 2021
School Spotlight: Muscle Shoals High School
Announcing the MSCS Teachers of the Year
Thank you, Tommy and Stacey Cummings
Muscle Shoals Middle School Special Education Wing
October 18-22, 2021 **** Bus Driver Appreciation Day **** Supervisor Bruce Daily, Nathan Berryman, Stephen Lawler, Elaine Powers & Kenny Powers
Student & Organization Achievements!
From the Superintendent's Report
National Merit Commendations: Hailey Tomlinson-Semi-Finalist; Anthony Rutherford-Commended Student
Cross Country achievements: At the Jesse Owens Classic on Oct. 2nd, Harper Branscome placed; in Decatur on Oct. 9th, the following athletes placed: Jonathan Irons, Liam McGuire, Charly Ann Wilbanks with JV Girls finishing 5th, also placing Harper Branscome and Mary Anna Trimble; at the Randolph Invitational on Oct. 14, the following JV runners placed, Brady Bendall, Jonathan Irons, Davis Wood, Liam McGuire, and Charly Ann Wilbanks with JV boys finishing 3rd and JV girls finishing 6th. The XC team will compete in sectionals this week.
Band Achievements: Northwest Alabama Marching Class (Russellville), all superior ratings, Grand Champion, Challenge Cup Award. The 29th annual Tennessee Valley Invitational held at James F. Moore Stadium was a success on Oct. 16 with 22 bands from all across the south competing. This past weekend, the band competed at the Hoover Invitational and placed 1st in their class in all but one category. The state championships are Oct. 30 in Pelham. Performance time is 6:45.
Middle School Service Projects
We are so proud of MSMS for their 2021 service projects. Each homeroom took on a different need in our community.
8th grade - The Healing Place for Grieving Children, Common Ground of the Shoals, Pets Are Worth Saving (P.A.W.S.), Isaiah’s Call, Hygiene Bags for Students at another school district, Florence Nursing Home and Rehab, Letters to Soldiers
7th grade - Waverly Junior High Flood Victims, Room in the Inn, Colbert Caring Center, Colbert Animal Shelter, Brentwood Retirement Community, Goodie Bags for CASA, Florence K9 Police Unit, Hats and Gloves to the Meal Barrel, Common Ground of the Shoals,
6th grade - Muscle Shoals Police Department, Muscle Shoals Fire Department, Hospital First Responder and Staff, North Alabama Cancer Center, Sunrise Center for the Homeless, NW Alabama Cancer Center, Crossroads Community Outreach
New Faces in the Muscle Shoals City Schools
Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website
October Meeting of the Board of Education
Presentation to Tommy and Stacey Cumming: 0:38
MSHS Feature Video: 3:10
Consent Agenda: 6:11
Personnel Report: 6:33
AASB Delegate Election: 9:22
Superintendent's Report: 11:03
Academic Update: 22:13
School Board Member Training Academy Awards
AASB's “school” for school board members provides ongoing training on important education, legal and governance issues. School board members are automatically enrolled in the School Board Member Academy and notified of face-to-face and online leadership development opportunities.
Academy participants can strive for four achievement levels (expand "Academy Level Requirements" below). Upon completing the academy, school board members who continue to develop their boardsmanship skills annually can attain the distinction of Master School Board Member and ultimately have their names added to the Master Honor Roll.
Master Board Member, Year 3; appointed to BOE in 2013, reappointed in 2018
Dr. Celia Rudolph
Master Board Member, Year 1; appointed to BOE in 2014, reappointed in 2019
Dr. Marilyn Davis
Level 1 (25 hours), Level 2 (50 hours); appointed to BOE in 2020
Masks Preferred Beginning Oct. 18
Due to a significant decline in COVID-19 cases among students and staff, as well as, a significant decline in COVID-19 cases in the community, Muscle Shoals City Schools will transition back to a "mask preferred" policy effective Monday, October 18, 2021. Masking on school buses is still required under federal regulations.
This week, we hit a low of three known positive student cases of COVID-19 across the school district and the community transmission over the last 7 days hit a low of 60 per 100,000. We have been trending in this direction since early September. For comparison, on Sept. 3, we had 75 known student cases and community transmission at that time was 337 per 100,000. We are in a much better place, but need to continue to be vigilant.
We will continue to closely monitor reported and known cases of COVID-19 within our schools, review the cases per 100,000 data on the ADPH dashboard, and consult with local physicians and hospital administrators.
While masking is no longer required inside our buildings, it is certainly still preferred that individuals do so. Students and staff should continue to keep one on their person for situations where distancing is more difficult. Facial coverings, distancing, good hygiene, and vaccination remain “best practices” for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
We, of course, reserve the right to reinstate any and all mitigation protocols if and when deemed necessary by our leadership and nursing staff. As always, thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and flexibility.
Dr. Chad Holden
Next Regular Monthly Meeting
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow
3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals