Muscle Shoals City Schools

November 18, 2022

Spotlight on Muscle Shoals Middle School

Muscle Shoals Middle School - Highlight Video

Board of Education approves the purchase of the Summit Daycare/Shoals Church Building that sits adjacent to Muscle Shoals Middle School and McBride Elementary

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In 2020, the Board bought the vacant property that sits behind the church all the way to Trojan Drive (directly in front of the middle school gym). Purchasing the church/daycare facility will take MSCS property all the way to Avalon Avenue and include a 20,000+ sq ft building and 2.59 more acres.

In recent years, the building has undergone $1 million in renovations.

In the short term, Shoals Church and Summit Kids Daycare will continue to operate as tenants. Buying this property will provide MSCS with several options for additional space in the years to come.

MSCS mourns loss of CNP manager

On Friday, November 11, Howell Graves cafeteria manager, Kelly Uhlman, passed away suddenly.

The Muscle Shoals City Schools faMily expresses our sincere condolences to Kelly's family and friends. The MSCS staff is devastated, and especially our district child nutrition program staff and the faculty at HGP, for the loss of one of our own. She was a tremendously loving and caring person who worked tirelessly for our students. She will be greatly missed.

Veterans Day Celebrated Throughout MSCS

MSCS Teachers of the Year

Good luck to the Trojans as they battle in Round 3 of the AHSAA Football Playoffs tonight at Gardendale!

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Dr. Henderson selected as one of two doctoral features in Samford's 2022 Research and Innovation in Education publication

MSHS teacher Dr. Nicole Henderson Explores Title I Teachers’ Roles in Supporting Students with Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Throughout her 14-year teaching career, Nicole Henderson ’22 observed that most teachers have or had students in their classrooms dealing with home-based trauma. And as these students struggle with burdens that no child should have to bear, their teachers struggle with how to help them.

“As teachers, we’re not trained in this,” Henderson said. “We’re not counselors, and we can’t diagnose anything, so a lot of times, we’re stuck not knowing what to do.”

As a doctoral candidate in Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education, Henderson chose a topic for her dissertation that explored teachers’ roles in helping students manage the traumatic circumstances they may be living with at home. She limited her research to Title I schools in Alabama.

Read the full article.

Last night, the Muscle Shoals Board of Education presented a resolution to the 2022 Trojan Band recognizing their accomplishments on an award winning marching season.

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Career Academy Students Collaborate with 2nd Grade Class

What a wonderful collaboration between Mrs. Coker’s class at Webster Elementary School and Mrs. Veal’s Family and Consumer Science class at MSHS/MSCA! What would your monster look like if it came to life? These creative 2nd graders found out today thanks to the sewing skills of our high school students.

Thank you, Sen. Larry Stutts and Rep. Andrew Sorrell

Colbert County Community Development Commission Grants Granted

Muscle Shoals High School - for special needs playground equipment

Muscle Shoals High School/CTE - for interactive technology

McBride Elementary - for renovating the school's Eco-Center

School Attendance Matters

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Mental Health Coordinators from area school systems work together to raise awareness in the community

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Mental Health Service Coordinators from Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Russellville, and Florence attended the Tuscumbia Fall Festival, to promote mental health awareness regarding local mental health resources. Information was disseminated to the public, along with a massive amount of candy.

"It was wonderful to see how many people from our community asked questions relating to mental health concerns and where they could find more information. At the end of the night, we were completely out of candy, and almost every flier/brochure on mental health had been taken. It was a great event, with wonderful collaboration among our local school systems." - Misty Reid, MSCS Mental Health Coordinator

MSCS Enjoyed Having Families Join us for Thanksgiving

Schools Will Be Closed Nov. 21-25 in Observance of Thanksgiving. Have a Great Week!

McBride's Canned Food Drive!

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State Board Approves CCR as Graduation Requirement Starting with Class of 2028

The State Board of Education voted 5-2 on November 10th to approve a College Career Readiness indicator (CCR) as a new graduation requirement. Gov. Kay Ivey, who has strongly supported the measure, urged a yes vote to help the state close opportunity gaps for students.

“Parents want their children to graduate from high school with the skills needed to excel in college and career,” Ivey said.

In 2021, 92% of students graduated, but only 76% earned a CCR indicator, creating a 16-percent gap. The CCR rate has lagged the graduation rate since 2016, compelling state leaders to act.

Proponents of adding a CCR indicator as a graduation requirement believe closing the gap will signal to employers, higher education institutions and companies looking to locate in Alabama that students are academically ready for college and/or career.

In 2021, 92% of students graduated, but only 76% earned a CCR indicator, creating a 16-percent gap. The CCR rate has lagged the graduation rate since 2016, compelling state leaders to act.

The new requirement will take effect with the class of 2028.

The SBOE work session following the meeting included presentations and discussion on first-grade readiness, Office of School Improvement supports, accountability reports, and the proposed new Career and Technical Education Course of Study.

Get involved in the Muscle Shoals City Schools!

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Report: Alabama leads nation in math, reading recovery after pandemic

By: Trisha Powell Crain

Alabama students led the nation in maintaining math and reading learning during the pandemic, according to a new national analysis.

The state is among the top 10 of states that either improved or lost the least amount of learning in math and reading.

Read the full article here:

Let the Education Foundation make your holiday gifting a little easier! Participate in the gift card fundraiser.

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November Meeting of the Board of Education

Board Meeting - November 2022

From the Superintendent's Report 11/17/22

  • We had more students than ever participate in the State Trumbauer Festival. There were too many students to even name here tonight, so I commend Mrs. Bradford and her students for continuing to raise the bar in growing our theatre/music programs.
  • The elementary show choir program just had 156 students audition for around 70-80 spots in Lion King, Jr. Mr. Wilder has definitely generated some excited in the program.
  • AHSAA North Super Regional Cheerleading Competition: Middle school cheerleaders placed 2nd
  • Congratulations to seniors Trey Stoddard and Cayla Smith. They were named High School Heisman award recipients.
  • The Trojan football team continues to battle in the AHSAA playoffs. The team will travel to Gardendale for Round 3 on Friday night.
  • Schools will be closed next week for Thanksgiving break.
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Alabama All State Chorus: Mallie Rae Legg, Kathryn Geise, Allie Jennings, & Laney Beth Tucker

MSHS "Trojans for Heroes" Club recognized local first responders at Cypress Lakes on Nov. 17

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.

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Next Regular Monthly Meeting

December 15, 2022
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule


Monday, January 23

Monday, February 27

Monday, March 20

Monday, April 24

Monday, May 22

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