RMSOTA Jan.-Feb. 9 2018 Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 2 (January - February)

Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Theatre Department Presents: A Night of One Act Plays February 2nd and 3rd, 7:00 PM in the RMSOTA Theatre

The Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Theatre Department will present a performance of two one act plays. The two plays being presented are The Actors Nightmare written by Christopher Durang and The Poet and the Rent written by David Mamet. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. Tickets may only be purchased before school and after school for general patrons and students have the additional option to purchase tickets during their respective lunch break. Seating is general admission.
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On the Horizon

February 5th – Student 2018-2019 Course Registration Begins

February 7th – Progress Reports Issued and Valentine Candy-grams go on sale. The RMSOTA Newspaper Staff will be selling Candy-grams to be delivered to students, faculty, or staff. They will include candy and a personalized message. More info on pricing and purchasing to come in the next week

February 12th – Student 2018-2019 Course Registration Ends

February 14th – Valentine’s Day: Please do not send flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, Valentine's Day food (cakes, etc...) or related items to the school. Students are not permitted to have these items in class. Candy-grams will be delivered Valentine's Day.

February 19th – No School in observance of President’s Day. Carson McCullers’ Birthday is also on President's Day.

Three Choral Students Selected to Participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association's All State Chorus February 15 - 17 at the University of Georgia (Athens)

Three members of the choral music program at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts have blazed another pathway in our year of excellence in history making. Jenna Carroll, Charlie Hearn and Jocelin Kent have earned seats in the Georgia Music Educators Association's 2018 High School and Middle School All-State Chorus respectively. The Georgia Music Educators Association selects students from across the state of Georgia to participate in a three day rehearsal and concert through an intensive two round audition process. During the first round candidates must perform a prepared solo, sight sing and sing scales during the first round audition process. If selected, students will then proceed to the second round audition. Singers are selected statewide through the same process to sing in a mass choir among some of the best singers in the state of Georgia. This is a remarkable accomplishment for our choral music program and our school. GMEA All State Chorus will be held February 15 - 17, 2018 at the University of Georgia in Athens. This is a testament to the great work that our choral director Mr. C. Barbee is doing with students on a daily basis.

Achievement in Achieve 3000 - Ms. Workman Represents RMSOTA with Highest Gains

Congratulations to Ms. M. Workman for acquiring the strongest gains district wide among secondary schools in the Muscogee County School District. Achieve 3000 is a program to support the growth and improvement of student reading levels and their lexile scores. As a result of the work that Ms. Workman, our faculty, and our students are doing at RMSOTA we have experienced a 70% growth in lexile reading levels.

Three RMSOTA Students Selected as State Winners for the Georgia All-State Art Symposium

Three students from Rainey-McCullers were selected as State Winners for the Georgia All-State Art Symposium. Shane Bailo (9th grade), Mckayla Hypes (10th grade), and Shiloh Perry (9th grade) will have their work exhibited at the All-State Art Symposium Exhibition at the Corn Center for Visual Arts at Columbus State University on March 10, 2018.

All State Winners in the exhibition will also be eligible for consideration for additional awards that will be presented at the symposium. Each high school art teacher is allowed to submit no more than 5 pieces, and our students competed against other students in grades 9-12 across Georgia Art Education District 8 to be selected. We are proud of their hard work, dedication, and contributions to our school. We are also proud of the work that Ms. Lovin does with our students to grow their artistic abilities. Ms. Lovin is truly a passionate educator.

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RMSOTA Middle School Semi-finalist Spelling Bee

On Thursday, January 16, 2018, RMSOTA held its first Spelling Bee. The student participants were selected based on their performance in an in class spelling bee, and progressed to the semi-final round. The next phase of the event is the district wide spelling bee. The families of the semi-finalists were invited to experience the event and our mayor. The Honorable Teresa Tomlinson was on hand to call the spelling bee words to our student competitors. The winners of the spelling bee are Kayla Griffin (1st Place) and Elizabeth Pearce (Alternate). Job well done to all of our competitors and our English team (Ms. MacPhail and Ms. Workman) for a great event.
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RMSOTA Hosts Its First Annual High School Curriculum Night

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts hosted the first annual High School Curriculum Night. The purpose of the curriculum night was to make our currently enrolled prospective 9th grade families and currently enrolled 9th - 10th grade families aware of our school's curriculum design and instructional vision for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Attending this event was very important in that it provided an insight on course offerings, AP and Honors course expectations, dual enrollment requirements, the course registration process and a discussion on the pursuit of college admission and scholarships for arts area majors. The event was led by our director of guidance Ms. Belt and supported by our school's learning support lead Ms. Thomas.

Current 8th Grade Student Intent to Return Survey

Reminder: All 8th grade students must apply for admission to the high school program. The deadline for Magnet Applications is February 2, 2018. Please be sure to complete an application for admission. Last week an intent to return survey was forwarded to all 8th grade parents via a connect-ed phone and email message. The deadline has been extended to Friday February 2, to increase the response rate. Please be sure to open the survey and respond to the questions being asked. Your feedback will better support us in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. The link to the survey is provided under this message post.


The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the Georgia Student Survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, provisions can be made by scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.


10th grade PSAT results were passed out to all sophomores during their individual graduation plan meetings January 11th-16th. All 8th grade students will receive their PSAT results February 7th. For additional practice, students can link their College Board accounts to khanacademy.com using the access code listed on their results sheet for individualized practice questions.


The Rainey-McCullers Guidance Department invites both students and parents to join grade level Remind.com accounts to receive guidance reminders, opportunities, and updates. Using your cell phone, enter the appropriate grade level text message into the text box and send to the phone number listed below:

Phone Number:81010

6th Grade Text: @guid6th

7th Grade Text: @guid7th
8th Grade Text:@guid8th
9th Grade Text: @guid9th
10th Grade Text: @guid10th