Monthly Archives: December 2018

Marietta High Graduates Largest Winter Class in School’s History

PLCWinter3.2018Marietta High School held Winter Commencement on December 20, 2018 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center. This was the largest winter commencement in the school’s history, with a total of 37 graduates.

“Our students have shown great perseverance this semester, not allowing potential obstacles to keep them from obtaining their goal of graduating from high school,” said B.J. Smith, counselor at the MHS Performance Learning Center. “They worked hard, became better students by communicating with their teachers, and have plans in place for their next steps in life.”

Makenzie Courts is one of the graduates who completed all necessary coursework a semester early and chose to participate in winter graduation.

“Makenzie will be starting classes at Georgia Highlands College in January where she will be working to complete an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene,” said Smith.

Another graduate, Vladimir Hernandez, will start classes at Chattahoochee Technical College in January. He will be working in the area of Design and Media Production Technology. A great choice, seeing that Georgia is now the number one film production location in the world, with film and television  productions generating $9.5 billion in economic impact last year.

“Our students are equipped to take on anything,” said Marietta High School Principal Keith Ball. “Some are graduating in winter to get ahead, others struggled in a traditional setting and needed more one on one attention, but they are all academically ready for what’s next in life.”

Others in this group of graduates will also be attending Chattahoochee Technical College taking classes in automotive technology, cosmetology, and nursing.

Congratulations to our graduates!

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MCS Central Office Conference Room Named for Lemon Street Principal

Willie Hill_2018_00031On Friday, December 14, Marietta City Schools honored former Lemon Street High School Principal Willie Hill with a dedication ceremony. The district named the main conference room at the Marietta Central Office after Mr. Hill to honor of his legacy as long-time school and community leader.  

Speaking to the audience of 75 guests were his wife, Nellie Swint Hill, his daughter, Yolanda McGhee, Earnest Williams Chapter President of Omicron Mu Lambda/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Don Johnson representing Mount Zion Church, and former Marietta High School Assistant Principal and first African American leader at Marietta City Schools, Josetta Walker.

A native of Brooks County, Georgia, Mr. Willie Hill served as principal of Marietta’s high school for Black students, Lemon Street High School, from 1965 – 1967. He was the school’s final principal prior to its integration with Marietta High School.

Post-integration, Mr. Hill was named assistant principal of Marietta High School and later became principal of Marietta’s Wright Street Elementary and Park Street Elementary schools.

During the event Superintendent Grant Rivera addressed the Hill family, along with various community members in the audience,  “When I look up at this inscription on the wall and his picture, it’s a reminder to me as superintendent and as an educator in this community to live up to the values of Mr. Hill.”

Upon his retirement as a school leader, Mr. Hill worked as Director of Educational Planning and System Development for Marietta City Schools. A long-time member of Zion Baptist Church, Mr. Hill was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eden Lodge #46, the NAACP, and Board Member for the MACO Credit Union.

Mr. Hill was married to Nellie Swint Hill for thirty-eight years. To this union two children were born: Yolanda Hill McGhee and William Bernard Hill.

Mr. Hill departed this earthly life in 1997, but his legacy in the Marietta City Schools lives on in the fortitude of our students, teachers, and staff.

His picture and biography will now hang at the  entrance of the district’s main conference room

Lockheed Elementary Awarded $70K STEM Innovation Grant

For several years, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has partnered with Lockheed Elementary to support STEM education through their Community Relations Department. This year, they wanted to increase their support to reach more students and to have a greater impact on the Lockheed school community.  Through the vision of Lockheed’s STEM teacher, Merrill Sperling, Lockheed recently received a $70,000 grant from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In the spirit of inspiring innovation and creating learning experiences through the use of technology, this grant will fund a new STEM Innovation Lab (iLab) at the school.

“What started out as a simple question has evolved into what will be an innovative place for the students, staff, and community of Lockheed Elementary to enjoy for many years,” said Merrill Sperling, the STEM teacher at Lockheed Elementary. “Lockheed Martin has been so kind and generous to Lockheed Elementary and is committed to assisting our great school, students, staff, and community.  We are truly blessed to have them as our partner.”

This Innovation Lab will be designed as an elementary school version of Lockheed Martin’s iLab, a place where their engineers and scientists create and collaborate with others around the world using advanced, cutting edge technology. The Innovation Lab will be a 21st Century learning environment where teachers and students have access to unique learning experiences and technology that promotes STEM education, which is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin.

“As an industry leader and community partner, Lockheed Martin is committed to supporting and collaborating with our school by providing programs and resources that enhance learning through innovative technology that will inspire our students to become scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the future,” said Coretta Stewart, principal at Lockheed Elementary.

The iLab will provide an amazing learning environment where students and staff can engage in innovative and collaborative learning experiences to explore, design, and create. Marietta City Schools is appreciative of the continued support of Lockheed Martin and their investment in our students.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to elevate our long-standing partnership with Lockheed Elementary School,” said ShaTonya Nicholson, Community Relations Manager at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA. “We are excited to expose young minds to the wonderful world of STEM and look forward to their future contributions as a result of this engagement.”

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MSGA Cheer Celebrates Big Win

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy cheerleaders were recently awarded first place at the Florida Police Athletic League Cheer Competition, December 1st, in Daytona Beach, FL.

The only non-Florida squad out of 16 teams, MSGA Cheer placed 1st in the 12U Cheer, Dance and Stunt division.  “We have a hardworking team and the girls represented their school and community very well,” said coach Demetria Walker. “I am so proud of them and thankful to our city for continued support of the team.”

Last school year the team placed first out of five teams in the same competition and has competed under the leadership of Coach Walker for more than five years. In 2017 they won their division and were crowned grand champions at the Inferno Cheer Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Congratulations MSGA!

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