The Columbus Falcon

A Columbus Municipal School District Publication

Counting down the days!

The 2022-2023 school year is coming up fast! Keep reading to see our school schedules, supply lists, upcoming parent meetings, resources for CMSD students, a glimpse of our Falcon summer and more.

School Schedules

Early Dismissal once a month

This school year, our elementary and middle school classes will release early one day each month. The goal of the monthly early dismissal is to help provide our classroom teachers with more planning time and professional development throughout the school day. Columbus High School, McKellar Technology, and Union Success Academy will dismiss at their regularly scheduled time during these days. The early dismissal days for this semester will be Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16.

School Supply Lists

Upcoming Parent and Community Meetings

Freshman Orientation

Upcoming Freshman, come to Columbus High School July 26 from 4-6 p.m. for Freshman Orientation! Come meet our CHS administrators and teachers. This is a great chance to come to CHS and see the opportunities that await you for the upcoming school year!

Parent Meetings

CMSD is hosting three community meetings next week to discuss our new school year. We invite all parents to join us as we review our bus transportation department, COVID-19 protocols, after-school programs, tutoring opportunities, visual & performing arts, at-home literacy lessons, social and emotional learning, college, career, and technical opportunities, and more.

Operation Graduation

Columbus High School will host our Operation Graduation meetings Aug. 1-3 at 4:30 p.m. Students with last names starting A-G will meet on Aug. 1., H-N will meet Aug. 2., and O-Z will meet Aug. 3. Each student will receive individual folders with his or her current graduation status, state test scores, work keys, current number of credits completed and needed to graduate. This is a great opportunity to speak with CHS administrators and counselors about your student and their path to graduating high school.

Open House

Join us for our open house on August 4! We can’t wait to see our Falcons in class Friday, August 5 for the first day of school. Before we start the 2022-2023 school year, we hope our parents and students join us for our open house to meet our staff and visit our schools!


Our Adopt-A-Block program continues to grow! We are thankful for our area faith organizations that have adopted blocks and are making a difference. We are thankful for the Columbus Block Stars that continue to make Columbus a better place, but we need more help! We invite any faith organization in the area interested in adopting a block, please come to our next meeting on August 15 at 6 p.m. at Central Office.

SMART Academy Summer

Our SMART Academy students closed the summer out with a trip to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Thank you to all the staff and faculty that helped make this year’s SMART Academy a success!

Summer Fun!

Our Falcons Little League camp was a success! Our Columbus High Football staff and high school football players worked with students on conditioning and drills in June. CHS Football Coach Joshua Pulphus said he was excited to see his players grow into mentors and was happy to see the young, Falcon talent brewing in Columbus.

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day was sweet! We have several entrepreneurs who spent their summer learning about the world of business at our SMART Academy. Our entrepreneurship class taught students the fundamentals of owning a business, saving money, spending money, customer service and so much more. As a final project, our students put their skills to the test by hosting their own lemonade stand at Columbus Middle School.

New Assistant Superintendents!

Welcome to CMSD, Mrs. Wilson

To start the 2022-2023 school year, CMSD has hired two new Assistant Superintendents. We would like to welcome Shernise Wilson to our district! Mrs. Wilson has 25 years of experience in education, serving as a math teacher, math interventionist, assistant principal, principal, and curriculum director. Mrs. Wilson is looking forward to working, supporting, and collaborating with CMSD and its stakeholders. Mrs. Wilson is married to Pastor Horatio Wilson and they have one son, Horatio Wilson Jr. We’re glad to have her on board!

Welcome Mr. Chapman

To start the 2022-2023 school year, CMSD has hired two new Assistant Superintendents. We would like to welcome Craig Chapman to Central Office! Mr. Chapman has served at CMSD for the past six years, most recently as the Columbus High School principal. Mr. Chapman is a dedicated lifelong learner and is excited to join the CMSD staff at Central Office. His vision is to serve the Falcon Family by establishing multiple pathways and opportunities for students. He is married to Christina Shumpert-Chapman, CMSD’s behavioral specialist, and they have a son named Carter. Welcome, Mr. Chapman!