Muscle Shoals City Schools

March 16, 2021

Spotlight on Webster Elementary School

Webster Elementary Board Video 2021

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 work session and meeting.

March Meeting of the Board of Education

MSCS March 2021 Board Meeting

American Rescue Plan Provides Money for Schools for Unfinished Learning

You may or may not be familiar with terminology like the American Rescue Plan, CARES Act, ESSER 1, ESSER 2, etc. In response to COVID-19 and the challenges placed on all aspects of American life, the U.S. Congress along with Presidents Trump and Biden have provided funds to stabilize our lives and bring us back to a sense of normalcy.

ESSER 2 (signed by former President Trump) and ESSER 3 (signed by President Biden) are funds that your school leadership team is currently prioritizing and budgeting in order to have maximum impact on our students. With these funds, the pillars to educational recovery include 1) high quality instructional materials, 2) high quality professional development, and 3) unfinished learning supports. The focus of unfinished learning will be on mental health, remediation opportunities, and targeted instruction and groups for student learning.


Did you know Muscle Shoals City School retiree Paul Parker (Colonel Mustard) is an international sensation?

Buck dancers Colonel Mustard (Paul Parker) and Skinny Santa (Paul S.), plus Flat Footer Dancer Cowboy (Dennis), have become celebrities on popular social media in “The Same Video of the Same Guys Dancing to a Different Song Everyday.” Scott from the United Kingdom created the page in March 2020. The videos rack up hundreds of comments and shares each day, and the page has over 200,000 followers.

The three men agreed the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation could sell a T-shirt with images of all three of them to raise money for enrichment projects in Muscle Shoals City Schools special education classrooms. In June 2021, enrichment projects began in the special education classroom at Muscle Shoals Middle School. The design included equipment that improves fine motor skill development, basic living skills, a computer area, and a speech board.

Mr. Parker taught special education/gifted classes at Howell Graves, Webster Elementary, and Highland Park Elementary Schools. He later taught science and Spanish at Muscle Shoals Middle and Muscle Shoals High School. Mr. Parker has been retired 22 years and continues to substitute in the Muscle Shoals School System a few days per week.

Please join us to celebrate “Paul Parker Day” and his 83rd birthday on April 29, 2021. A form to order a t-shirt for this occasion is attached. Please order a shirt and wear it in Paul’s honor.

T-shirt orders are prepaid and orders will be delivered to your school if indicated on the order form or they can be picked up at the Muscle Shoals Board of Education. You will be notified of the dates. Add $7.00 to have your order shipped anywhere in the Continental U.S.

  • Order online Click News/Events White T-shirt orders Click on Paul Parker for Black T-Shirt Orders Click Colonel Mustard.
  • Orders will be delivered to each school in the district.

If you have any questions, please contact Karran Sasser at or the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation office at 256-389-2698.

Mental Health Matters in Alabama Award

On March 12, the State Department of Education notified MSCS of a $5,625 grant award to support our plan to address mental health concerns in our district. Mental Health Services Coordinator Laci Lake (pictured) wrote the grant request on behalf of the school system. The plan is to use the grant along with CARES Act funding to implement the Rhithm program across the district. Rhithm is a social and emotional learning support that can be used in every class with every student to allow teachers, counselors, and administrators to check in on the social and emotional state of their students.

Superintendent's Report

  • MSCS staff has now had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Most had their second shots last week, and some had theirs Monday. It’s very much a sign that we are rounding the corner in this historic and unprecedented pandemic.

  • The governor extended the mask order and other restrictions related to COVID-19 until April 9. Districts across the state will look at health and safety measures and update those on or before April 9 so that stakeholders know what to expect going forward.

  • MSCS continues to take steps to keep the district safe from cyberattacks. Cybersafety has become more and more of an issue as school systems are now prime targets. We are training our employees how to spot what are called “phishing” attempts. So far, we’ve held a drill and have asked our employees to participate in a training module that has already made our folks more sensitive to questionable emails.

  • Thanks to the Shoals Home Builders Association for committing $10,000 toward the MSMS special education classroom renovation. Their support is a testament to the great partnerships we have throughout the Shoals area.


  • Band program had 21 students selected for the Alabama Bandmasters Association All State band happening live in April.

  • We also had 29 students selected for the Alabama Bandmasters Association District 3 honor band.

  • Percussion ensemble placed first at their last contest with the highest score of the entire contest. Angels and Demons is a show you definitely want to see live!

  • Music Performance Assessment will be recorded and submitted for judging virtually. That will happen this week.

  • From Mr. Waters: We are looking forward to continued improvement as far as Covid restrictions are concerned. Next year promises to be a year with more performances and for sure more competitions.

  • April 20th is our planned spring concert called A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE ! All movie soundtracks with students dressed as characters from the movies. STAR WARS, HARRY POTTER, WILLY WONKA and more.


  • Both varsity boys and girls finished the season in the regional basketball tournament.

  • Sara Puckett invited to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game on March 12

Student Achievement

  • Mallie Hester was elected as the State Director for Anchor Club


Why is Alabama testing students?

ADPH COVID-19 K-12 Schools Dashboard

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) launched its K-12 School Dashboard just a few weeks ago. On this site, parents can see the number of COVID-19 cases in their school district on a weekly basis. Also, you can always check out the MSCS website for updated information related to your child's health and COVID-19.
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