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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Bailey Chooses Tennessee

Today, Marietta High School four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey committed to continuing his football career at the University of Tennessee. Only a Junior, the Blue Devil signal-caller has received offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama and Miami. One of his teammates, four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton, is committed to UT’s 2019 class. Bailey will be in UT’s 2020 class.

Bailey, who holds every Marietta High passing record, entered the MHS auditorium this afternoon to cheers from teammates, classmates, staff, and Marietta community members. With hats from both Michigan and Tennessee on the table in front of him, the crowd went wild as he picked up the Tennessee Orange hat and placed it on his head.

Bailey’s talent on the field led Marietta to the state playoffs in 2017 and 2018. He will play in the 2020 Adidas All-American game and carries a 3.6 gpa.

Why did Harrison choose Tennessee? His coach Richard Morgan gave us some insight. “Harrison was looking for a school that could not only provide an opportunity to use his athletic talents, but one where he could continue on a rigorous academic path like what we have here in Marietta. School atmosphere, the coaching staff, the school’s location and the opportunity to develop into a champion player all played into his choice today,” said Morgan.

And what about all of those school records Bailey has been busy shattering? Earlier this school year Coach Morgan told the Marietta Daily Journal this about the pro-style quarterback, “He breaks a record and it’s just, ‘OK’. That’s nice. On to the next challenge. None of it really affects him. None of it is anything he dwells on.”

Harrison Bailey’s 2018-2019 Stats:

212 completions / 335 attempts / 2809 yards and 29 Touchdown Passes in only 9 games played

In 3 years – Harrison holds every Marietta Passing Record:

TD Passes in a season – 29           Pass Completions in a Season – 212        Passing Yards in a Season – 2,812

TD Passes in a Game – 6               Pass Completions in a Game – 37            Passing Yards in a Game – 480

TD Passes in a Career – 71           Pass Completions in a Career – 546         Passing Yards in a career – 7,445

MCAA Sees Gymnasium Updates

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Students were introduced to their new athletic space this week, where Coach Rivers reinforced the rules and guidelines of using the new space with students during P.E. classes. The hardwood floors featuring a newly redesigned MCAA rocket logo replaced carpet that had served as a gym floor for many years at the school.

“We are excited to update this space at MCAA,” said Marietta’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erick Hofstetter. “We have a big vision for our Marietta facilities, and providing students with top notch spaces to learn and play are a priority.”

During the October 2018 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the BOE approved new gym floors for three of the district’s elementary schools, including MCAA. The district expects to spend $114,900 on the improvements which are funded by E-SPLOST V.

 

A Golden Radish and a Garden for MCS

Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2018 Gold Level Golden Radish Award recipient! The Golden Radish Award salutes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating gardening and cooking activities into the curriculum. In its third year being recognized, the MCS Nutrition Department is proud to receive the gold level award for the first time. The nutrition department was recognized at the November 2018 Board of Education meeting.

MCS Nutrition Director, Cindy Culver believes the creativity and hard work of her team made the difference this year. “From school gardens to partnering with groups such as Atlanta United, they’ve gone above and beyond to introduce our students, parents, and teachers to the benefits of healthy eating.” Check out this video from Park Street Elementary and find out why our MCS Nutrition Department is #SpecialDifferentBetter.

MHS AFJROTC Films Salute to Service Flag Raising Ceremony for NFL

Marietta High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training (AFJROTC)  Cadets recently had the opportunity to film a Salute to Service video at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the National Football League. The cadets were invited to participate in honoring our U.S. Veterans with the Atlanta Falcons organization for their Salute to Service Game held this past weekend, Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Lt. Colonel James Wilson accompanied the cadets, Group Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Major, Vice Group Commander Andrea Badillo, Squadron Commander Cadet Major Alexandar Mares, and Commander Chief Master Sergeant Lesli Vazquez, to the stadium where each cadet was filmed raising a flag outside of the stadium; the American flag, the Georgia flag, and the Falcons and Atlanta MaUnited team flags. In addition, a flag for each branch of service was also raised.  Two of the cadets and Lt. Colonel James Wilson were interviewed in the video that aired during halftime during yesterday’s game.

Jamie Coder, Falcons Event Producer, also gave the cadets a tour of the Mercedes-Benz-Stadium and tickets to the game.

Salute to Service is the league’s year-round effort to Honor, Empower and Connect with our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. Salute to Service is highlighted in NFL games during Weeks 9 – 11 and other special events around the league, as fans and the NFL’s 32 clubs demonstrate their gratitude for the sacrifices of our heroes. Since 2011, Salute to Service has raised more than $26 million for military and veteran nonprofit organizations.

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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!
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