Monthly Archives: August 2018

First Blue Devil Spirit Night a Big Hit!

20180824_Pregame festival00071During our first official home football game this season, we hosted the district’s first School Spirit Night at Northcutt Stadium. If these pictures are proof – the event was a big hit. Students from Dunleith and Burruss Elementary Schools were the featured schools and helped bring the team onto the field with their families. August 31st’s Spirit Night schools are Hickory Hills and Lockheed!

Fly the Big ‘M’ for Marietta

20180830_flags00002Last week, the Marietta High School cheerleaders thanked the neighbors of Northcutt Stadium with “Marietta Game Day” flags to proudly fly in their front yards. The flags–compliments of LGE Community Credit Union–will be distributed in the coming days along Polk, Winn, Walthall, and surrounding streets, along with passes to a home football game.
The Lawton family, longtime Marietta supporters known for the ‘M’ mowed into their lawn, were honored with the very first flag, presented by Grant Rivera, MHS Principal Keith Ball, Athletic Director Andy Dorsey, and representatives from LGE, including President and CEO Chris Leggett.
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Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

20180829_EmilyLembeck_ribboncutting_00243Marietta City Schools held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 30, 2018, for the newly opened Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center. The center’s namesake, former MCS Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck, unveiled the center’s mascot, the ‘Lembeck Lory,’ and cut the ribbon with several preschool students, Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera, and members of the Board of Education.
Housed in the former Wright Street School, the 10,000 square foot facility underwent a significant renovation earlier this year. Marietta Community Schools, First Presbyterian Church, and Zaxby’s Owner/Operator, John Silvey, provided support. The Center features seven innovative classrooms, with two classrooms dedicated to the learning styles of special needs students.
Board of Education member, Irene Berens has been a long-time supporter of early education in the district and looks forward to the benefits kindergarten teachers will see from the district’s investment in early learning.
“I’ve dreamed of an early learning center for the students of Marietta for many years,” said Berens. “I can’t think of a better namesake for the school. Dr. Lembeck has made literacy a priority of her entire career, and today is a culmination of her work, the work of Superintendent Rivera, and the work of this Board of Education.”

Marietta High School Air Force JROTC Receives Top Awards

20180821_BOE Recognition00082.jpgMarietta High School Cadets were honored this month by the Marietta Board of Education for bringing home top awards from the Converse College Leadership School earlier this summer.
Forty-six Marietta High School Air Force JROTC cadets attended the Converse College Leadership School, where MHS cadets trained and competed against 375 cadets from 26 other schools from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
The MHS cadets completed the leadership school experience by winning numerous awards during the annual awards ceremony.
Cadet Khamari Chambers was named the “Distinguished Graduate” (the top cadet out of 26 schools and 375 cadets). His combined scores in drill, uniform inspection, room inspection, academic testing and physical training for the week were superior to all the other cadets attending the leadership school.
Cadets Anthonie Rodriguez, Diana Martinez, Maritza Lopez, Hayden Hicks and Brittany Perez were all selected as Outstanding Flight Cadet/ Honor Graduates. These cadets were in the Top 10% of their graduating class.
Cadets Anise Bonilla, Viviana Rodriguez, Jamila Hughes, Kerin Segovia, Jasmine Barker, Chiamaka Nwigwe and Vanesa Mijes were additional Honor Graduates.
Cadets Meagan Alfaro and Deaisa Lathan were named Outstanding Flight Cadre.
Cadets Khamari Chambers, Maritza Lopez, Hayden Hicks, Hector Barocio and Alondra Perez Bonilla were all selected in the category of Top Performer in Individual Drill.
Cadets Hayden Hicks, Maritza Lopez, Brittany Perez, Kerin Segovia and Jamila Hughes were all selected in the category of Top Performer in Physical Fitness.
Cadets Charlotte Hettrich, Devin Morrison, and Rebecca Napier were selected as Cadet Leadership School Outstanding Evaluators.
Cadets Andrea Badillo and Alexandra Mares won the Squadron Cadre Leadership Award.
Cadet Rory James was awarded the Advance School Leadership Award.
Cadet Andrea Gasca was awarded the Advance School Excellence In Action Award.
Cadets Brandon Reyes and Cristian Alcantara won the school Outstanding Logistics Officer Award.
Cadet Joseph Major won the Outstanding Group Commander Award.
Cadet Emmanuel Glaze won the Deputy Commandant Award.
Marietta High School’s rigorous Air Force JROTC program continues to grow, boasting one of the largest, most decorated Air Force JROTC programs in the southeast United States.
Over the past several years, they have won numerous awards, with cadets going on to college and to serve in various branches of the United States military after graduation.

Hickory Hills Dragon FIRE Receives ‘Bright Spot’ National Award

DRAGONSHickory Hills Elementary was recently honored with the Bright Spot Award by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), for their Dragon FIRE (Families Igniting Reading Excitement) reading initiative. The Bright Spot award recognizes innovative approaches to literacy and promising strategies that generate bigger outcomes for students. The Marietta City Schools Board of Education recognized Dragon FIRE during their August meeting.
Launched last October, the literacy group met once a month and continued through the remainder of the school year. It was such a hit, that Hickory Hills was able to offer it each week throughout the summer.
The Dragon FIRE reading initiative was initially started with 50 families. The night starts with dinner, then a craft or activity, and then a read-aloud that is focused on teaching an easy reading strategy that all parents can try to implement at home.
Dragon FIRE is one of three Bright Spots awarded in Georgia. The campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states, and communities across the nation to ensure that more children and families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Marietta High School Students Receive Technology Scholarship

20180813_Kiwanis Presentation_Mariettahighschool_00058This week, Marietta High School students were presented with laptops from the Kiwanis Club of Marietta.

As a part of the Kiwanis Technology Center initiative, Kiwanis, in partnership with MHS, focuses on raising the academic success of students by closing the digital divide between those that have access to technology at home and those that do not.

In addition to staff recommendation, students are expected to maintain a grade-point-average of at least 2.5 and stay on track for graduation.

During the ceremony, students not only received laptops but also received technology and software training.

Torey Bradley Approved as Director of Technology by Board of Education

As Chief Information Officer for Morehouse School of Medicine, Torey Bradley provides oversight of IT operations for Morehouse School of Medicine and its clinical affiliate Morehouse Healthcare including; management of the institution’s data center, infrastructure, technical support, vendor relationships, financial monitoring, and disaster recovery planning.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Bradley served as Director of Information Technology at Shorter University. He began his career in technology as a school technology specialist in Fulton County schools.
He earned both his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Business Administration at the University of West Georgia.

Board Appoints Tyler Gwynn, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Having spent almost two decades as a classroom teacher, department chair, and sports coach, former Cobb County Teacher of the Year Tyler Gwynn will transition from leading teacher recruitment for Cobb County Schools to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Marietta City Schools later this month.
Gwynn successfully developed a 21st century recruiting approach that helped expand Cobb’s efforts to every state in the southeast. He is currently a member of Leadership Cobb 2018.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from The American College of Education, Educational Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, and Leadership Certification from Kennesaw State University.