Monthly Archives: January 2019

Marietta Students Compete in Annual District Spelling Bee

Marietta City Schools hosted its annual Spelling Bee Friday, January 11 at the MCS Administrative Offices. Students from each MCS elementary school, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and Marietta Middle School competed for an opportunity to represent the district at the District 2 spelling competition. This year, the Cobb County Association of Educators sponsored the event.  

Drumroll Please……The winning word was amnesia!

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Emmanuel Cooper, a 5th-grade student at Dunleith Elementary spelled the winning word correctly, and Charlotte Common, a 5th-grade student at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics placed as the runner up.

Throughout the school year, schools across the district have hosted school-level spelling bees.

The school-level winners advanced to the district spelling bee. School-level winners who competed in the district spelling bee included:

A.L. Burruss Elementary: Lillian Burkhead

Dunleith Elementary: Emmanuel Cooper (District – Winner)

Hickory Hills Elementary: Roman Crider

Lockheed Elementary: Jordyn Simpson

Park Street Elementary: Aryianna Griffin

Sawyer Road Elementary: Imani McIntyre

West Side Elementary: Chloe Herrero (District – 5th Place)

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics: Charlotte Common (District – Runner Up)

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy: David King (District – 4th Place)

Marietta Middle School: Summit Troutman (District – 3rd Place)

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“We are appreciative of the Cobb County Association of Educators who planned and led the MCS district spelling bee this year,” said Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of Academic Achievement. “Events like this give students the opportunity to represent their schools while also gaining competency in spelling and vocabulary that positively impacts all subject areas.”

The objectives of the MCS Spelling Bee are to help students spell quickly and accurately; to promote students’ correct word usage in meaningful activities; to help students learn to compete; and to provide an environment to promote students’ self-esteem, character development, and sportsmanship.

Marietta Senior Headed to Brandeis University on Full Scholarship as a Posse Scholar

Posse_2019_00138Over 1500 Metro Atlanta students were nominated to receive the prestigious Posse Scholarship. Marietta High School’s Judith Borraz Martinez is one of 60 in the metro Atlanta area who were awarded the four- year, full tuition scholarship as a part of the Posse Foundation program and honored at the Fox Theater during a recent ceremony.

Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation looks for students with “demonstrated leadership ability, communication, and team building skills” who may have been overlooked by top colleges,” according to the organization.

Judith, a member of the class of 2019, said the thought of being able to go to college is something she often dreamt of but questioned the possibility of it actually happening because of financial reasons.

“Winning the POSSE scholarship means that all of my doubts about attending a college no longer exist. It means that I will be able to continue developing my academic and leadership skills throughout college while also forming relationships that will last a lifetime. It means that all of the sacrifices my parents made were not in vain.”

She will attend Brandeis University in Massachusett, and although she hasn’t declared a major, she has an interest in health and would like to one day become a doctor.

Judith chose Brandeis because it has proved to be one of the best campuses in the country for diverse students like herself. She shared that she grew up and currently lives in a city that is rooted in tradition, values, and purpose and that she considers this diversity a crucial part of her lifestyle, much like Brandeis.

“The fact that Brandeis is nonsectarian and liberal while also rigorous lets me know that it is a university that will allow me to express myself academically, culturally, and emotionally, said Judith.

During her time at MHS, she has remained at the top of her class academically, served as the French Honors Society Vice President, and served as a leader within the PROSTART culinary program, placing 2nd and 3rd in past competitions. Additionally, Judith has been involved with Mentoring for Leadership, Key Club and Beta Club.

“I am so excited for Judith and this opportunity that she has been awarded,” said Ebonee Todman Mahone, Marietta High School’s scholarship coordinator. “I’ve had a great time working with her through the POSSE process, and she deserves this and has worked so hard for her success.  This is just the starting point for amazing things to come.”

In addition to scholarship funds, Posse Scholars receive pre-college training, a “posse” of peers at their university, staff support during college, and career coaching and workshops.

Judith is thrilled to have her “posse” as a  support system when she arrives on campus.

“It is such an honor to be able to say that I am a Posse scholar, and I could not be more excited to begin this new chapter of my life with my posse.”

One year ago Marietta celebrated Peyton Wilson, a member of the class of 2018, as she accepted has Posse Scholarship. Peyton is enrolled at The George Washington University.

Judith begins her college journey this fall.

Marietta City Schools Elects Board Chair and Vice Chair

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Jason Waters, Chair

The Board of Education of the City of Marietta unanimously voted to elect members Jason Waters, Chair and Allison Gruehn, Vice Chair, during the Board’s January 8 work session.

Waters, a Cobb County native, was elected to the Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.  “I am honored that my fellow Board of Education members have trusted me to hold this position for another year,” said Waters.

Professionally, he works as a Chief Financial Officer and Licensed Mortgage Originator and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™. Mr. Waters earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. He and his wife Katie have three children, with the oldest two attending Marietta City Schools.

Allison Gruehn, a 1991 graduate of Marietta High School, first joined the Board in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. Representing Ward 4, Gruehn and her husband Chris have

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Allison Gruehn, Vice-Chair

two children attending Marietta City Schools. A graduate of Davidson College, Mrs. Gruehn is an agent with Johnny Walker Realty.

Board member Angela Orange will serve as the district’s Legislative Liaison and Kerry Minervini will continue for a second year as the Board’s liaison to the Marietta Schools Foundation.

In her capacity, Orange will work with the district’s legislative delegation to advocate for Marietta’s legislative priorities. She will also work closely with the Georgia School Board Association to better understand legislative policies that may impact the district.

Minervini continues to support the Foundation, which provides much-needed support to the district’s students and staff, updated monthly on decisions made by the Board and also informs fellow BOE members about the activities at the Foundation.

“As superintendent, I am grateful for our Board of Education and their continued commitment to the students, families, and staff of our district,” remarked Superintendent Grant Rivera. “I am honored to serve and support our Board officers as we continue to make MCS special, different, and better.”

The current slate of officers will serve for one year.

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Operation Graduation Launched in MCS

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Before heading into winter break, Marietta High School principal Keith Ball launched a new program in the district called ‘Operation Graduation.’  This cooperative initiative focuses on building strong relationships between Marietta’s schools, inspiring the district’s youngest students to aim for a successful graduation from MHS.

“Operation Graduation works to welcome students to the final stop on their Marietta educational journey, well before they ever officially step foot on campus as a high school student,” says Ball. “Our high school team will visit all elementary schools and Marietta Middle School for a 30 minute pep rally – complete with MHS cheerleaders, student leaders, and a film crew. Principals have selected VIG’s (Very Important Graduates) based on character, conduct, attendance and grades at each school and those VIG’s will receive a special gift during the event from MHS.”

During the pep rallies every 5th grader (Class of 2026) and every 8th grader (Class of 2023) will receive a rally towel. The rally towel is not only a cool gift, but is also the student’s FREE ticket in the door to two MHS’ upcoming basketball games.

Marietta’s Class of 2026 will be represented at the MHS January 18 basketball game against Kennesaw Mountain High School. Parents and guardians are required to purchase tickets, but every student in the class of 2026 gets in FREE to the game with their rally towel.  All students will sit in a reserved section designated just for the Class of 2026.

The Class of 2023 will have their special night during MHS’ January 11 basketball game against Hillgrove High School.

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Marietta’s Choice Window for Elementary Schools Closes January 18; Tuition Closes March 11

CHOICE ACADEMIES

The Choice Academies program in Marietta City Schools provides parents and guardians an opportunity to choose, within a clearly defined window of eligibility, the elementary school best suited to their child’s talents and needs. Space must be available at the school and within the grade level requested before a Choice application is eligible for approval.

The application window for the 2019-2020 Marietta City Schools (MCS) elementary Choice Academies program will close January 18, 2019. Interested Marietta City residents seeking to apply for Choice Academies must submit their completed application no later than January 18, 2019.

All Marietta City elementary Choice Academies offer school tours by appointment. To arrange a school tour, please contact the school directly. Learn more about the unique academic programs offered at each Marietta City elementary school and more registriation details by visiting https://www.marietta-city.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2238

TUITION STUDENTS

Marietta City Schools also allows students in grades K-12, who reside outside the district, to attend our school system as tuition students. To qualify, interested parents must complete both a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement and be approved. The application must include the student’s most recent school record, including:

  • Academic grades and test scores
  • Attendance
  • Discipline

Completed non-resident enrollment applications with all required documents should be submitted to the principal at the school where your student is applying. Acceptance as a non-resident tuition student is valid for one school-year only. Applicants must complete a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement each school year. The superintendent approves all applicants based on the stated criteria and available space in school programs.

Tuition for all non-residential students is $1,500 annually and this year’s deadline for applications is March 11, 2019.

For more information on the tuition process, visit https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/725 and click on ‘non-resident enrollment.’

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