Monthly Archives: November 2018

Andrea Archuleta: MCS November Employee of the Month

BOE_November_2018_00019Andrea Archuleta is the Gifted and Talent Development/MILE teacher at Dunleith Elementary School, joining MCS in 2017. During her first year at Dunleith, Andrea has made an impression on her students and fellow staff. A veteran educator with almost 20 years of experience, Andrea launched Dunleith’s MILE and Jr. Beta Clubs in addition to sponsoring the STEAM Day, You Be the Judge Mock Trial, Honors Day, and Dunleith’s Safety Patrols.

The Jr. Beta Club students are involved in several service projects this year. They have written letters to our Troops, hosted a cheer station at the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, and are partnering with Walton Village seniors in the community, along with donating toys with the seniors to children in need during the holidays.

She continuously attends workshops and trainings to deepen her professional and

personal growth. Andrea’s colleagues say she is a “shining star” and everyone is drawn to her high spirit. She works tirelessly to collaborate with teachers and support staff to extend themes and units into her classroom with the students she serves. One of her passions is serving others, which she does by volunteering at local shelters, senior citizens communities, and her church.

Andrea is crafty and enjoys doing “DIY” projects, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. Andrea has one daughter who attends the University of Georgia and is her “joy.”

We congratulate Andrea Archuleta for being our November District Employee of the Month!

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Two Marietta Students Named National Merit Commended Students

BOE_November_2018_00074The National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC) has announced the names of 35,000 Commended Students nationwide in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, two Marietta High School students, seniors Lily Grace Sheram and Andy Chinuntdet have received the honor of Commended Students. Both were recognized during the district’s November Board of Education meeting.

Commended Students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit – Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) used for the program entry.  Lily Grace and Andy received a Letter of Commendation from the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Lily Grace holds a 4.5 GPA and has shown interest attending Brown University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill or Emory University after graduation. Andy also boasts a 4.5 GPA and has plans to study aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Georgia Tech next fall.

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Bryce Woods: MCS Student of the Month

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Student of the Month Bryce Woods is a fifth-grade student at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. Bryce is a high achieving student, who puts forth 100% effort in all that he does. He works extremely hard to keep his grades up, never giving up or showing frustration. Bryce never hesitates to ask questions when he needs help. Bryce is a compassionate student who always puts his classmates and others ahead of himself. His teachers describe him as fair, collaborative, creative and sensitive, and a student who creates a team feeling in his small groups.

Whether on the football field or on the basketball court Bryce is a natural leader.
He has shown great maturity at this young age, letting others shine while he steps back and is proud of what they accomplish.

One example of Bryce’s character was during an activity called “Kindness Rocks” the
MCAA students collaborated with the Early Learning students. They painted Kindness rocks with the pre-K students. Bryce befriended a pre-K student and they made an instant connection, he showed extra patience and kindness working with this student.
“He is a leader in the classroom, throughout the building and on the field as QB of
his football team,” said Dr. Tricia Patterson, principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.

Congratulations to Bryce Woods, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Listen Up! School Leaders Discuss What’s Working at Hickory Hills

HHPodcastBill Nowiki’s podcast ‘Marietta Stories’ caught up with Hickory Hills’ Kristen Beaudin and Natalie Wilson and spoke with them about how they are remaking the way they educate kids at Hickory Hills Elementary School.

“How can we better serve the needs of our children?” Find out how they answered this question and why the new Hickory Corner may be the key!

LISTEN HERE: https://www.mariettastories.com/taking-education-to-a-whole-new-level-kristen-beaudin-and-natalie-wilson-of-hickory-hills-elementary-school/?fbclid=IwAR214FRyR_i4-Kax0L8GUjDfTlBDFvI0u8fL-vJSXxF028JQwLaKiXORJrs

 

Marietta Volleyball Focused on Developing a Culture of Success

IMG_6396In his first year as the Marietta High School volleyball coach, Coach Jeffrey Black and his team made leaps and bounds to set up the program for future success.

Finishing the season with a 13 – 21 record, Black says his team showed amazing progress throughout the season and established a strong culture for new MHS volleyball.

“Our varsity team is really young and we have high expectations for a bright future ahead,” said   Black.

Their season-ending loss was a 5 set thriller against North Paulding, preventing them from advancing to the state playoffs. The Lady Devils lost the first 2 sets, won the next 2 sets and lost 13-15 in set 5. Coach Black said he learned a lot about his team during that match. “The girls will never stop fighting and supporting each other, he shared. “If we believe we can win, we can beat anyone.”

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The Lady Devils now have their eyes set on the future with plans to compete on a higher level with a much stronger schedule next year.

With freshman setter and natural leader, Schuyler Parker; Sophomore pin hitters and key offensive weapons, Kendall Gazaway, Lauren Walker, and Grace Thompson; increased roles from backcourt threats, Katie Bonner and Caroline Hankins; and juniors Sarah (SK) Krivsky and Morgan Darby as senior leaders, the Marietta Volleyball team will be one to watch.

The Marietta community can also expect a focus on youth with plans to expand the middle school program and to host elementary school clinics next year.

To ensure the future success of Marietta volleyball, MHS coaches launched their own youth club called Marietta Volleyball (MVB).  

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Over 50 girls participated in middle school volleyball tryouts last year, not including Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. “We only had enough coaches to form one team, so many young athletes were cut,” said Black. “Unfortunately, at that age, when kids get cut they may never try the sport again. “

With the MVB program, there will be more coaches to accommodate every athlete that tries out for volleyball in grades 6 – 8.  If there isn’t enough room on teams, athletes can participate in the developmental program to build their skills with the goal to make the team the following year.

MHS Senior Captain, Sarah Beth Poston and Senior Manager, Katharine Smart will serve as assistant coaches in the program   

As a volleyball club director, Coach Black is a huge advocate for club volleyball and credits a lot of player development to participation during club season.  

“Our athletes participating in club is really crucial to our success. High school season is 3 months long, club is 6-7 months long, nothing can replace the consistent practice and team atmosphere that club volleyball offers,” said Black.  

IMG_6367 (1).JPGDuring his time as a club director, he has helped numerous athletes gain exposure and get recruited to play at collegiate level schools across the country.  “The goal is always to find the perfect fit for the athlete’s academic and social needs, then compliment that with volleyball, shared Black.

Another addition to the MHS volleyball program will be a focus on academics to ensure athletes are performing in the classroom.  Volleyball players are expected to sit in the front of the class and positively represent MHS Volleyball.

Coach Black says the goal is for Marietta High School to become a dominant name in the local volleyball community. “We are not making any promises on winning championships, but are building a championship program where athletes are passionate about the game and love coming to practice.”


In 2019, high school athletes will participate in several summer camps in preparation for next season.  MVB will also offer a summer camp for elementary and middle school athletes in 2019.

To learn more about Marietta Volleyball and to stay updated on events visit mariettavolleyball.com.

 

Dr. Comer Yates, Schoology both Featured During MCS Professional Development Days

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Dr. Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School addresses Marietta City Schools educators during November’s professional development sessions.

Professional development sessions were in full swing across the Marietta City School’s district on November 5th and 6th.  District and school leaders, as well as instructional coaches, teachers and support staff, were actively engaged in learning in an effort to grow their content knowledge and to be on the forefront of educational trends.

 
Dr. Comer Yates, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, was the keynote speaker for phonics training provided to kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals.  After hearing Dr. Yates’ powerful words on language acquisition, participants had the opportunity to attend multiple break-out sessions covering topics like:  integrating technology in phonics, interventions to support students and resources to share with families.
 
Schoology, the district’s new Learning Management System (LMS), delivered training to district Coordinators and teacherIMG_1951 leaders.  The group trained will assist with the roll-out of the new program and will help support teachers across the district.
 
Coy Dunn, the district’s new Fine Arts Coordinator planned multiple opportunities for his teachers including specialized sessions for band and orchestra.  Experts in the field led sessions for drama, visual arts, and general music.  Teachers had the opportunity to learn through hands-on methods and are excited to bring new practices back into their classrooms.
 
Select secondary English Language Arts (ELA) teachers met as grades 6-9 vertical cohort to examine and redefine instructional practices for reading in the content areas using research from Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher’s Rigorous Reading.  Teachers delved into data and developed next step action plans to support student learning.  Other 6-8 ELA teachers participated in a debrief and semester two planning session for the Engage New York curriculum.

Marietta Swimmers Advance to County and State Meets

MHS Swim & Dive Team with Trophy 2018Congratulations to the Marietta High School Swim and Dive Team, led by Coach Kristina Nesbitt, on their recent meet. MHS girls team placed 3rd and the MHS boys placed 2nd at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational.

The following swimmers earned 1st places and qualified for the State and County Meets:

  • Max Denney, Chris Castaldo, Alex Le, and Victor Osorio – 200 Medley Relay
  • Chris Castaldo – 500 Free, 100 Butterfly
  • Alex Le – 200 IM, 50 Freestyle
  • Eliza Reardon, Chloe Parker, KC Harper, Katharine Smart – 200 Medley Relay
  • Chloe Parker – 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke
  • Eliza Reardon – 100 Freestyle
  • KC Harper – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke

This is the fifth season for the MHS Blue Devil swim teams. Last year the teams had a total of 14 state qualifiers with the boys placing 15th at state and girls placing 26th at state, earning their highest place at last year’s GHSA State Meet in the school’s history.

Marietta Middle School students had the opportunity to also compete and bring home their first trophy at the same meet. The MMS boys’ and girls’ teams earned 1st place at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational. The following swimmers won their events:

  • Jack Vega – 50 Freestyle
  • Jessica Harper – 100 Freestyle
  • Sofia Etheredge – 100 Breaststroke
  • Lindsay Lavelanet, Ella Chevalier, Mikayla Moore, Kindle Martin – 200 Freestyle Relay

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Marietta Band Scores Big During Final Competition of the Season

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The Marietta High School Marching Band competed in the final competition of the season at the Old South Marching Invitational at Newnan High School this weekend, receiving all superior ratings in Drum Major, Guard, Percussion and Band.

In class AA Marietta High won 1st place in Guard and Band and 3rd place in Percussion.

The MHS band won the silver division of the competition as the best band of all 12 class A and AA  bands.

The Colorguard was once again the best at the show, scoring the highest of all 19 groups with a score of 95.10

“MHS placed 5th of all 19 groups in class A-AAAA with a score of 89.10, remarked Director of Bands, J. Michael Cahal. “This has been one of the most successful seasons of the Marietta Marching Band.  Congratulations to our band students on an amazing season” Follow the MHS Band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MariettaBands.

And in case you missed it, Marietta’s new band leader was featured in the MDJ last year after taking the reigns at the high school. Read more here: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/lifestyle/marietta-high-school-s-new-band-director-hits-all-the/article_abe1f108-0111-11e7-be44-d340488b46da.html

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Marietta Girls Cross Country Secures State Championship

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Bringing home a back-to-back GHSA State Championship is the Marietta Girls Cross Country Team. The team and coaching staff proved their abilities at Carrollton High School this weekend.

The 7A State Champions were led by the runner-up finish of Ellie Hall who led the majority of the race securing Marietta the team win.

The squad also celebrated a 7A State Championship in 2017.

Congratulations Lady Blue Devils!

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