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Friday, February 26, 2010

Magnet Schools Lottery Opens

Columbus School District offers parents a choice! The only school district in Mississippi to offer parents the choice of 5 elementary schools and unique magnet themes. They are given an opportunity to select the school that is the best fit for their child through our magnet school lottery.

CMSD will take applications for the lottery today through 4:00PM - March 26, 2010. Parents can bring or mail the application to Central Office over the next month. You can pick up a lottery application from any magnet school, central office, or online.

K-4th grade students who are already enrolled in a magnet school are guaranteed a seat for the next school year in that school. If a parent wishes to attend a different school, they must reenter the lottery by filling out a lottery application.

An open house will be held at every magnet school open to all prospective parents and students. Please visit the Columbus School District website for the Open House & Expo Dates.

Parents of students who wish to attend Pre-K at Stokes-Beard must fill out a lottery application by March 22, 2010. All Pre-K applicants must be tested.

For more information an application, or important lottery dates - please visit us at : http://www.columbuscityschools.org/ParentalChoice.html

Friday, February 5, 2010

"Dear Edwina" at Cook Elementary

Dear Edwina Junior, a part of The Broadway Junior Collection is being presented by 3rd and 4th graders of Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:00 in the school theater. Admission is free. This is a one-act play 70 minutes in length.

Plot synopsis: Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-Palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof "up on the fridge" of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, she trots out her musical advice-giving show live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight.

There are approximately 90 students in the cast and most of the props were made by students assisted by art teacher Nan Bolin. Heather Rowland is the director of the show, with choreography done by Courtney Langford. Co-musical directors are Dawn Doughty and Tina Morgan.

Please come out to see this sure to be fantastic performance!