Monthly Archives: February 2019

How to Access Your Child’s MAP Scores

In Marietta, we believe in empowering families, allowing home to become an extension of a child’s classroom.  In an effort to better engage families, Marietta City Schools has updated the district’s assessment webpage with a new video that explains both how to access Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores and how to leverage such scores to better support students.

Marietta City Schools invites parents with students in grades K-9 to learn more about this assessment, which is given up to three times per year and gives valuable information to MCS staff and families about how best to support children. MAP is a state-aligned, computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Marietta City Schools educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and to make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.

With the help of Sarah Pulley, West Side Elementary School’s TOTY this past year, we offer this video resource to answer two basic questions: 1) where do I find my child’s MAP results, and 2) what should I be doing at home with these results?

View the MAP Parent Toolkit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Learn more about assessments in MCS: https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/776

Marietta City Schools Wins National Award for New Mobile Bus Application

Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2019 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winner. The award is for the district’s focus on student safety through the implementation of “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives MCS families the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology.

“Marietta City Schools Transportation Department is committed to safety and customer service and we are thrilled to be able to offer this new tool to our students and parents,” said MCS Director of Transportation, Kimberly Ellis. “We are grateful to our Board Education for approving this project and keeping student safety as their top priority.”

Marietta City Schools was the second school district in Georgia to offer this transportation service after months of research and development by transportation and operations employees. Launched in November of 2018, the application has enrolled 1,227 users in only four months. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.  Learn more about the technology here.       

The MCS Department of Transportation will attend the Tyler Connect 2019 conference in April to receive the award.

Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards recognizes public organizations for their significant commitment to public service and striving for greater efficiency and effectiveness in serving their community.

Marietta High School Students Place 3rd in Regional Reading Bowl

Marietta High School’s reading bowl team placed third in the Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition, Saturday, February 9th.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a rigorous reading competition in a game format created by former Dekalb County media specialist Helen Ruffin as a way to use books to encourage students to read.  Teams from schools throughout the state of Georgia compete to show off their knowledge of the selected books.

MHS students competed against 5 other area high schools, including Walton, South Paulding, East Paulding, Griffin, and  South Cobb.

Beginning in September, the students read 10-20 Georgia Peach Award nominated books and were quizzed on their knowledge during the six-round competition. The MHS Reading Bowl Team consist of 6 students, Bennett Lindsley-Smith (Freshman), Isabel Hardy (Sophomore), Amelia Floryance(Senior), Abigail Creyts(Sophomore), Laurel Thornton(Senior), and Chinemerem Amechi(Sophomore).

Congratulations on an impressive showing at regionals, and demonstrating what makes Marietta special, different, better.

A Perfect ACT Score for MHS Junior, Emily Howard

BOE_February_2019_00086A Marietta High School student has achieved a perfect score on the ACT – something that less than one percent of students in the United States can add to their resume.

Emily Howard, a student at MHS, recently scored a perfect composite score of 36 on the American College Test or ACT. According to ACT statistics, only 0.195 percent of all test takers earn a perfect score, putting Emily in the top one percent of all test takers in the nation.

Emily first took the ACT her sophomore year and scored a 33. But, when she learned of her most recent score she was shocked, to say the least.

“I was sitting on my couch when my mom mentioned the scores had come in,” Emily explained.  “I quickly logged in and checked.  When I saw the scores, the only thing I could say was, “What?!”  I was in total shock and even started crying. The score was so much higher than I was expecting, and I was thrilled.”

Melanie Myers, Emily’s mother, said Emily was hoping to get a score high enough for some potential international college applications, so it was wonderful to see her reaction to not only meeting that goal, but exceeding it.

Emily is a well-rounded student who participates in several extracurricular activities, including serving as a member of Beta Club and Interact Club. She is also a founding member of the MHS Science Club. Emily is excited about the opportunities her score will provide.

“It opens many doors for me both academically and financially,” Emily said. “My score qualifies me for many scholarships, and I can also apply to more summer programs and colleges with better chances of getting accepted. My score is a step towards my future and it means a lot to me.”

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

Emily also has some advice for students who are striving to score high on the ACT. She says you have to be willing to put in the work.

“If you have resources open to you, use them,” she explained. “Take the official exam freshman or sophomore year to get a starting point.  Don’t let that score discourage you! Remember it is a baseline and you will improve.  Before you take the official exam again, sit for some practice exams and build up your testing stamina.  Always get a solid eight hours of sleep the night before the exam, and eat a good breakfast the day of the exam. In the end, if you put the work into it, you will do well.  I wish everyone luck in any future testing!”

Emily Howard was recognized at the February Board of Education meeting for her perfect ACT score.

Marietta Basketball Teams Head to Westlake for First Round Playoff Matchup

Marietta High School’s Boys and Girls basketball teams head to Atlanta on Friday, February 15th for a first-round state playoff matchup against the Westlake Lions.  

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased with cash at the gate or online using this link.  Students can reserve a spot on the spirit bus for $5 in the front office

Tip-off for the boys game is 7:30 PM, immediately following the girls game.

For more information and updates follow @MariettaHSHoops on Twitter.

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Katy Phillips: MCS Employee of the Month

Katy Phillips serves as a secretary at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, where she looks forward to interacting with students, families, staff and community members every day. Katherine has a bright personality and welcoming demeanor that enables her to make lasting connections with everyone she comes in contact within the front office at MCAA.

“Katy is a friendly smile and warm welcome to anyone who comes into the school,” said Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. “She works 24/7 to make sure MCAA is seen, and heard, as the best school around. She is also a joy to work with and reminds us all to stop and enjoy the little things all the time.”

Katy has worked at MCS for nearly 3 years, but MCS has always been a huge part of her life and who she is. She, along with her grandmother, father, brother, and her children have all attended Marietta City Schools. Additionally, her mother has worked at the same school in MCS for the past 30 years. MCS plays a tremendous part in Katherine’s family and life!

“I love having the opportunity to continue to invest in a city and school system I care so very much about,” Katy explained. “What I enjoy most about working at MCS is building relationships with those who have entrusted their children to our care and seeing needs and goals being met. Of course, I also enjoy watching my boys grow and thrive in their own academic environments around me.”

A positive impact from Katy can be seen daily, and she often goes above and beyond, lending a helping hand beyond the parameters of her role. A few months ago the kitchen at MCAA had a pipe leak. The kitchen staff had left for the day, and Katherine jumped in to help. Although out of her job description, she graciously fixed the issue without question or comment. She is always committed to doing what is needed to ensure MCAA is a great place for the students, staff, and the community.

In her free time, Katy enjoys spending time with her family; her husband (Nick), their 3 boys (Isaac – 12, Enoch – 10, and Kohen – 8), and their Doberman (Merle). From the boys’ baseball games and drama productions to walking to the square for dinner and fun, her family enjoys all the things that come with their day-to-day life in Marietta.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as employee of the month,” said Katy. “To know that you are valued is a gift in and of itself, and to be recognized for doing what you genuinely love truly means so much.”

We congratulate Katy Phillips for being recognized as the February District Employee of the Month!

 

Devan Smith: MCS February Student of the Month

The Marietta City Schools February Student of the Month, Devan Smith is an exemplary student with stellar academic achievement. Devan, a senior at Marietta High School, is a standout scholar due to his commitment to learning and his drive to succeed. Devan moved to MCS at the beginning of his junior year and immediately jumped into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Despite not having previously taken pre-IB classes, Devan was determined to challenge himself in the most rigorous courses offered at Marietta High School.

When facing a challenge, Devan rises to the occasion by pushing through adversity and not letting roadblocks deter him. At the age of five, Devan was placed in the foster care system, where he lived in six different foster homes until he was adopted at age 12.

“At an early age, I decided to be more, provide for my future family, and provide a much better life and childhood than that of which I received growing up,” Devan said. “The desire of wanting to be a better future parent and positive influence on as many people as I can be has been the motivation for my efforts this far.”

Devan continues to succeed in his honors and IB classes and maintains a 3.3 GPA. He is very involved in the theater program, where he has held lead roles in many productions, in addition to also serving as stage manager and director for other productions. Devan was accepted into the Broadway Artist Alliance Program in New York, he won the 2018 Best Performance as Lead Actor, and was named the 2017 City Champion for the National Baptist Oratorical Contest. Devan has also received three Outstanding Character Awards from the Kiwanis Club.

Devan has served as the President of YOUTH (Young Organizers United to Help) where he has been involved in canned food drives, homeless outreach projects, and providing a play therapy room for elementary students who have had traumatic experiences. Devan has also served as a Blue Devil Buddy, mentoring 9th-grade students through their first year of high school.

In addition to all of the time he devotes to his academics, theatrical endeavors, and community service, Devan has maintained two part-time jobs. Devan is a role model inside and outside of the classroom, and his teachers describe him as a model student with exceptional character.

Congratulations to Devan Smith, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Curtain Up! MSGA Academy Actors Receive Coveted Junior Theater Festival Award – Aladdin Jr. Opens Tonight

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AladdinJr.jpgThe Academy Actors from Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, comprised of 25 student actors and actresses, represented MCS at the Junior Theater Festival last month. During the festival, these talented students won the coveted title of Outstanding Production in the elementary division for their performance of Aladdin Jr.

The Junior Theater Festival is a celebration of theater that brings together actors more than 120 performance groups from 40 different states and 6 different countries around the world.

This was the MSGA Academy Actors’ first Outstanding Production award. Additionally, Emilio Eraydin was named Best Actor for his performance as “Genie”, while Thomas Osorio and Libby Barnes were selected to the all-star cast group.

As one of nine Outstanding Production winners and the only one in the K-6 division, the MSGA Drama students were asked to perform one musical number in front of an audience of 6,500 guests at the festival.

MSGA Drama will present the full production of Aladdin, Jr. on February 8 at 7:00 pm and February 9 at 2:00 pm at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School. The performance is directed by Josh Waters, with music direction by Maya Keiser, and choreography by Katie Pilson. Tootie Berniard is the assistant producer for the show, and Sarah Martin serves as the parent liaison for MSGA Drama.

Congratulations to the Academy Actors from MSGA for their amazing talent and production!

Marietta City Schools Named to the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

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MCS is one of only five school districts in Georgia to receive this honor

Marietta, GA –  Marietta City Schools has been named to the 9th annual AP® (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll by the AP College Board. Marietta is one of only 5 school districts in the state of Georgia to receive this honor and joins 373 total schools in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.

“To be recognized on the AP® Honor Roll is a tremendous accomplishment,” said MCS Superintendent, Dr. Grant Rivera. “This recognition from the College Board is an excellent metric of how our students and teachers in our Advanced Placement classrooms are succeeding, and I am incredibly proud of the success of our district AP Program, as well as our students who continue to show a high level of motivation and commitment to their learning.”

The annual AP® District Honor Roll recognizes districts for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Honor Roll Districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better.

“Marietta High School students are extremely fortunate to have some of the best AP teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with throughout my career,” said Marietta High School Principal, Keith Ball. “Three of our AP Teachers, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Vermilya and Mrs. Dejarnett, have more than 125 years of combined experience and tremendous success. I am excited to continue to build our AP program and to provide more access, and improved performance, for all students.”

According to the College Board, which awarded the distinction, reaching these goals indicates that Marietta High School is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work. In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

National Signing Day: 11 Marietta Student-Athletes Sign Letter of Intent

Marietta High School held their National Signing Day ceremony for 11 students signing their letter of intent for athletic scholarships on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Marietta Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

Usually held the first Wednesday of February, National Signing Day has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Only 2% of approximately 7 Million high school athletes get the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, making this a special celebration for student-athletes receiving scholarships across the nation.

“Signing day is always a special day for high school athletes who have committed to play at the next level,” said Marietta City Schools Athletic Director, Craig McKinney. “It symbolizes the moment where are all of their years of hard work result in the achievement of a dream.”

8 of the 11 students are scholar-athletes, with 5 boasting 4.0 grade point averages.  

McKinney shared that with the support of their parents and coaches, these young men and women have learned a valuable lesson that will serve them well in their transition to adulthood.  

“By setting goals, developing a plan and staying committed to that plan, success will follow no matter what the goal is.”

The following students signed their letter of intent during Marietta’s National Signing Day ceremony:

signing day_Marietta High School_2019_00010Ellie Hall, Cross Country/Track & Field
University of Georgia

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Ani Henderson, Cross Country/Track & Field
University of Georgia

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Karena Grigenas, Track & Field
University of New Orleans

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Josie Konigsmark, Track & Field
Kennesaw State University

signing day_Marietta High School_2019_00051Kevin Abrams-Verwayne,  Football
Garden City Community College

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University of Tennessee – Martin

signing day_Marietta High School_2019_00078CJ Swan, Football
University of Tennessee – Martin

signing day_Marietta High School_2019_00095Mac Thompson, Golf
Georgia State

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Rafaella Abbud, Soccer
Kennesaw State University

signing day_Marietta High School_2019_00106Kacie Banks, Tennis
University of New Haven

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Junmoke James, Tennis

Lehigh University

Congratulations to all of our Class of 2019 athletes!

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