Monthly Archives: March 2019

Letters of Love from MHS’ Air Force JROTC to Veterans

Valintines 2Learning about what is really important. . . . What an amazing experience for the Marietta High School Air Force JROTC cadets who wrote letters to our Veterans at the Greenwood Assisted Living Facility last month.

The 165 cards that were delivered and read to the Veterans brought tears of joy and happiness to everyone in the room, including the cadets.

Quoting Master Sgt. Victor Graham, 92 years old, who Landed on Omaha Beach (AKA Bloody Omaha) on June 6th, 1944 (D-Day)……..”young people have just made my day!”
He and the other Veterans were grateful for the visit from the high school cadets and had many memories to share with the students.
Our Marietta community is better because of these brave men and women who call it Valentine's Day 3home.
The mission of Marietta’s AFJROTC program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The goal of the program is to instill in high school cadets the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.
The JROTC program will educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. AFJROTC is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.
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MCS Continues Relationship with Comer Yates and Atlanta Speech School

IMG_2861Marietta City Schools continued its commitment to advocating for strong practices to enhance literacy development in young learners during the month of March.

The district welcomed Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, to collaborate with leaders from across the district during visits to Park Street Elementary School and Burruss Elementary School.

Mr. Yates and his team of experts spent the day conducting learning walks, reflecting and leading powerful conversations around language acquisition, and the building of the reading brain. Mr. Yates commented on the positive rapport between teachers and students evident in his walks at both schools.

He also congratulated administrative teams at both schools on the strong foundations built around phonological and phonemic awareness. Mr. Yates has been an active part of the conversation on best practices around the phonics and reading classrooms. He was the keynote speaker on the professional learning day on January 4, 2019, and spoke to all kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals about the importance of building a phonological map for all students. He was a featured speaker at the district’s Get Georgia Reading Summit also held during the month of March.

Mr. Yates has been an incredible addition to the Blue Devil family, helping to plan and develop teaching strategies at the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center, as well as the development and next steps for “phonics matters” and reading initiatives currently in place in the district. Marietta values this strong partnership as we continue to provide the best instruction for all our students.


Trae Busby: March Student of the Month

BOE_March_2019_00104The Marietta City Schools March Student of the Month, Trae Busby, is a quiet leader and a 5th grader at Lockheed Elementary. He encourages others to do well and takes on tasks that he sees need to be accomplished without being asked. He is a committed student who strives to do his best in all classes, including MILE and specials, and on Lockheed’s school news show, WJET.

Trae is always willing to take on new challenges. He was uncertain about being an anchor and publicly speaking for the school broadcast in front of the whole school, but he confidently rose to the challenge when the main anchor was absent. He has since learned how to independently operate the broadcast equipment including the teleprompter, sound, and the tricaster. When new students join the news team, Trae is encouraging and helpful, and always willing to “show them the ropes.”

A straight-A student, who reads above grade level, Trae is an avid reader who continues to push himself, increasing his Lexile level by 220 points from the Fall to Winter MAP reading assessment.

“Trae puts forth his best effort in and out of the classroom,” said Coretta Stewart, the principal at Lockheed Elementary. “He mentors and coaches other students with reading, and teaches others how to operate the equipment for our broadcast news show. Trae recently earned the SOAR award for outstanding model behavior, as well as the Drama and Art Specials awards for exemplary work ethic and performance.”

Outside of the classroom, Trae is an active member of his church. Along with his family, he helps younger children participate in events at the church, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Trae leads by example and models appropriateness for other students, and he continuously seeks opportunities to learn. He is quiet, humble and always respectful towards others, in words and in actions. He treats each new situation with a positive attitude, pushes himself daily, and believes that school is valuable.

Congratulations to Trae Busby, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!
Please note that during the month of March, Marietta honored two deserving students with this special award.

Marietta Middle Orchestra Plays a Sweet Song at District 12 Competition

MMSOrchestra2.pngNAfME (National Association for Music Education) designates March as “Music in Our Schools” month, so it is only fitting that we honor our orchestras at Marietta Middle School this month.

Earlier this month, both MMS orchestras attended the District 12 LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) and for an audience and a panel of judges.

The 7th-grade orchestra received a rating of superior from all 3 judges and a superior in sight reading,

The 8th-grade orchestra received an overall rating of excellent, receiving 2 excellent ratings and 1 superior rating, as well as a superior in sight reading.

LGPE is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association, and each middle school in Cobb County must take one ensemble to LGPE for evaluation.

The judges have score sheets for each ensemble. Each of the elements of judging criteria is based on the National and State Music Standards, and ensembles can receive a rating of superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor.

There are many elements that go into the evaluation, and it is no small feat to earn superior or excellent ratings. Congratulations to all Marietta Middle School orchestra students and directors for a job well done!


Grant Broeckelman: March Student of the Month

BOE_March_2019_00106.jpgThe Marietta City Schools March Student of the Month, Grant Broeckelman, models and embodies the qualities of a thinker, and he is open-minded, respectful, and reflective. He has a quiet confidence which leads him to consistently do the right thing even if it is not the most popular. He is often described by his friends as “principled,” and his teachers could not agree more. Grant, a 5th grader at A.L. Burruss Elementary, is always willing to help other students.
Grant sets high expectations for himself and looks for the best in others. He is kind and generous to all. He treats his teachers and the school with respect. When the school recently welcomed a new student, Grant volunteered to help make him feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
Academically, Grant is thoughtful and in tune with his strengths and weaknesses; he always gives his personal best. Through his successes, he recognizes that persistence pays off, and he quietly encourages others to be the same way.
Outside of school, Grant enjoys assisting with all kinds of tasks and chores regardless of size. For example, after a large rainstorm several months ago, he turned down an invitation to hang out with friends to help an older neighbor shovel her dirt-filled front walkway and clear out several large branches. Putting others before himself is something Grant instinctively does.
Grant is also very involved in his community and with organizations. He is a proud member of Scout Pack 144, and he has participated in countless activities throughout the community, including honoring fallen soldiers by placing flags at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day, packing dry meals to be shipped overseas, and cleaning up various parks. In addition, Grant is involved in his parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He participates weekly in Sunday School and helps his dad care for the church grounds several hours a month. He loves the outdoors and takes pride in improving outdoor spaces in any way he can.
Teachers, neighbors and scout leaders comment that he is a positive and creative self-starter who appreciates the differences in others, which is evidenced by his circles of friends in and out of school. He possesses a humility of someone well beyond his eleven years, and he represents his family, school, scout pack, and community with an endearing and gracious spirit that makes all, grateful to know him.
Congratulations to Grant Broeckelman, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Marietta Students Win Big at Local Art and Music Showcase

Marietta City School students participated in the Kiwanis Club of Marietta’s 4th annual Art & Music Showcase at the Marietta Performance Art Center on Sunday, March 17th.

The showcase provided students from the local community in grades 6-12 with the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a competitive atmosphere, along with the opportunity to win scholarships in recognition of their talent and effort.

48 students participated, and all first place winners were MCS students, collectively winning over a thousand dollars.

See a list of our winners below.


First Place – Nailah Williams, Senior – Vocal Solo

Second Place – Rebecca Goodwin, Senior – Violin

Third Place – Jocelyn Floryance, Junior – Vocal Solo)


6th grade – Holly Hudson

7th grade – Gabriella Kern

8th grade – Nicole Alexa Munoz

9th grade – Fiona Vanwinkle

10th grade – Luis Badillo

11th grade – Jenaya Scott

12th grade – James Welch

Marietta City Schools Kicks Off Groundbreaking of New Park Street Elementary School

Marietta City Schools had their official Groundbreaking Ceremony  March 21, 2019 to kick off the construction of the new Park Street Elementary School. Funding was received from 2018 Bond Proceeds and E-SPLOST V to rebuild the school, located at 105 Park Street in Marietta. Park Street Elementary is the oldest school in MCS district, and due for a much-needed upgrade. Park Street first opened its doors to students for the 1942-43 school year. Park Street underwent a facelift in the mid-80s at a cost of $2.4 million funded by taxpayers.

“We are excited to sling the first shovels as we build a new school for the students, staff, and community of Park Street Elementary. Our design team has been committed to both honoring the history of this school while, at the same time, being future-focused as we integrate the very best learning spaces, resources, and technology. A special thank you to all the voters of Marietta and Cobb who supported the E-SPLOST referendum in 2017 – our new elementary school is made possible because of you!”

The original building will be taken down after the new building is constructed on the same property, the name will remain the same. Parking for staff and parents will be erected where the old building now stands.

The new facility will be approximately 70,000 square feet and have three stories. Cost is estimated at $17 million, R. K. Redding Construction, Inc. of Bremen was awarded the contract.  Breaux & Associates of Alpharetta are the architects on the project. The completion of the new school is scheduled for July 2020 with the opening to students in August 2020.

Architectural renderings show that great care has been taken to incorporate elements of the original school into the new design.


Marietta City Schools, First in the Nation with Stop the Bleed Kits on Each School Bus

In mid-March, all Marietta City School bus drivers and monitors attended a three-day training to become American Heart Association certified in CPR, First Aid and Stop the Bleed Certified. The training was organized and led by MCS Head Athletic Trainer, Jeff Hopp and Project Save at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched by the Georgia Trauma Foundation in 2017 to put the knowledge gained by first responders and our military into the hands of the public to help save lives by stopping uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. If bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators (AED), improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

“Marietta City Schools as a whole is 100% committed to student safety,” said MCS Director of Transportation, Kimberly Ellis. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve, and this is just one more tool we have available to keep our students safe.”

WellStar Kennestone Hospital initiated Stop the Bleed training with MCS educators in 2017. Jeff Hopp shared that he and Marietta High School Assistant Principal, Jason Meade were apart of that initial training and made a commitment to lead the training for the school system. Since then MCS has trained approximately 350 staff members including the bus drivers and monitors that completed the training in March.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital has also partnered with MCS by providing Stop the Bleed Kits for each of the district’s school buses making, Marietta City Schools the first in the nation to do so. Ellis said the plan is to have them on the school buses by the time students return from spring break in April.

MCS Board of Education Approves Math Adoption

MathAdoption2019 During its March work session meeting, the Marietta City Schools Board of Education approved the purchase of the Pearson Math Program for kindergarten through 11th-grade students. This adoption provides an opportunity for the district to support math instruction at all grade levels using a collaborative team to ensure alignment of the Marietta City Schools (MCS) Balanced Mathematics Framework and the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

In accordance with Policy IC, quantitative data and qualitative input were used to narrow the interested applicants to three vendors: Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Math, with the district and community ultimately choosing to partner with Pearson.

“We want every teacher and family to have access to a full menu of resources – traditional textbooks, teacher kits, consumables, and digital resources – so our children have every opportunity for success. I feel confident our math adoption committee, comprised of 40+ educators from every role in the district, did just that in their recommendation for Pearson Math,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera following Tuesday night’s meeting. “Our goal is to provide students, teachers, and families with the resources they need to support student learning.”

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Office of Academic Achievement and Programs worked with various MCS departments, administrators, teachers, and community members to recommend the purchase of a district mathematics program (K-11th grade). A Request for Proposal (RFP) was posted on October 2018 and interested vendors submitted proposals. These proposals were vetted by a review team comprised of school-based coaches, district coordinators, executive directors, and the deputy superintendent.

A community decision – teachers, parents, administrators, and even young students were encouraged to visit the district’s Central Office for a public review of vendors in early February.

District leaders have committed to putting the new resources in the hands of teachers by May 2019.

Survey results from both the math committee and community members support the adoption of the Pearson Math Program.

Learn more about the district’s new math adoption via the links below.

Grades K-5 – Math Curriculum Overview

Grades 6-8 – Math Curriculum Overview

High School – Math Curriculum Overview

Math Committee Voting Results – Math Results

Math Community Voting Results – Community Math Adoption

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