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Marietta Center for Advanced Academics Receives 2019 National Blue Ribbon Recognition

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) named Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Part of Marietta City Schools, MCAA is one of the 362 schools in the nation to be recognized in 2019 and was previously recognized in 2013.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced the list of schools today. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program celebrates school excellence and recognizes the overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. MCAA is recognized as an “Exemplary High Performing School” placing it among the state’s highest performing schools based on state assessments and nationally normed tests.

“It is my honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and community of MCAA,” said Principal Dr. Tricia Patterson. “Being named a National Blue Ribbon School gives all those who work hard to remain Above the Line the recognition deserved. As an innovative model of STEAM education, we focus on developing students to be able to communicate and collaborate as they think critically to solve real-world problems in a creative way.”

Profiles of the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found here: https://ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.

All of the recognized schools will be honored by the Secretary and the Department of Education at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

MCS Board of Education Recognizes Community Partner: Marietta Pizza Company

Marietta City Schools (MCS) is fortunate to have community organizations and individuals who continuously go above and beyond what is expected for our schools and students.
MCS recognized Marietta Pizza Company, at September’s Board of Education meeting, for continuously contributing their support to MCS students.
The Marietta Pizza Company, and owner Howard Wolfson, have been serving our school community and the city of Marietta for many years. For more than 13 years, the Marietta Pizza Company (MPC) has supported our District Student of the Month program, by donating a $20 MPC gift card to each Student of the Month.
MCS recognizes 13 students each year, one from each school, and even as the district has added schools and locations, like the Early Learning Center and the MAPS program, Marietta Pizza Company has not wavered on its commitment and support.
As an added bonus, Howard also awards each Student of the Month with a $10 gift card to Hawg and Ale Smokehouse in Marietta. This support of MCS students speaks volumes, and our students light up when they hear they have just been given a gift card to the Marietta Pizza Company and Hawg and Ale Smokehouse.
MCS is extremely appreciative of the Marietta Pizza Company of Marietta and Howard Wolfson for their continued support.

MCS Board of Education Recognizes Community Partner: Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home

The Board of Education is proud to recognize members of the Marietta community for their work and contributions in continually recognizing MCS staff.
MCS recognized Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, at September’s Board of Education meeting, for continuously supporting and donating funds to benefit MCS.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins is a family owned and operated business that has been in existence since 1923. Mr. Terry Pendley and his three sons have owned the business since the 1980’s.
At every regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, MCS recognizes an Employee of the Month by providing a plaque and check for $100. For more than 18 years, Mayes Ward-Dobbins generously donates this check to the MCS Employee of the Month.
In total, Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home has donated more than $16,000 to Marietta City Schools. MCS is extremely grateful to Mr. Chad Pendley, Director of the Marietta location, and Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home for their continued support of MCS staff.

Lockheed Martin Awards STEM Grant

Marietta City Schools (MCS) is proud to announce that Lockheed Martin recently awarded the MCS Office of Academic Achievement with a grant to provide funding for STEM projects for the district.
Last year, Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of the Office of Academics Achievements, wrote and received a grant from Lockheed Martin for $25,000 to strengthen the STEM pipeline. The grant focused on teacher professional learning and curriculum development.
And this year, Dr. Hernandez wrote and received a $10,000 extension to the grant, focusing on elementary STEM labs.
“The Office of Academic Achievement will collaborate with STEM lab teachers to create STEM resource boxes for school check-out that will be distributed to the STEM cohort of teachers for use on various projects,” said Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of Academic Achievement at MCS.
The resources boxes will contain curriculum and materials aligned to grade level standards, and the boxes will be available for school checkout in an effort to impact students at all schools.
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Charles “Chuck” Gardner Selected as New Chief Operations Officer

Chuck Gardner is a career educator committed to ensuring that every child receives a high quality education that prepares them for the life they choose. He served as Principal of Riverwood High School, Sandy Springs Middle School, and Frank McClarin High School in Fulton County Schools. Prior to being appointed principal, Chuck held positions as an assistant principal, and teacher including 8 years in the Cobb County School District.

Chuck grew up in the Marietta area and is a graduate of Lassiter High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master’s degree and Specialist in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.

Additionally, he is a regular presenter at national conferences, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Most recently, as Principal of Riverwood High School, Chuck oversaw the construction of a multi-phase new school construction project totaling more than, $100 million.Chuck and his wife, Kelly are excited to join the Marietta City Schools family. He assumes his role as Chief Operations Officer, July 1, 2019.

StoneBridge Church Donates $50,000 to Park Street Elementary

Marietta City Schools appreciates the contributions of community businesses and organizations that help make our schools a better place to learn and work.

StoneBridge Church serves as a wonderful partner, providing ongoing volunteerism and financial support for Park Street Elementary School.

As a partner with Park Street, StoneBridge encourages and supports the hard-working Park Street staff, students, and families.

StoneBridge Church staff and members raised and donated $50,000 to provide K-5 classroom libraries. Their employees and members help staff the Park Street PTA, implement the Soccer in the Streets program, coach basketball, and volunteer in classrooms.

Additionally, StoneBridge provides mentoring programs where volunteers spend time in classrooms doing various activities and interacting with students; gardeners to tend to the school’s sensory garden; reading opportunities; and prepares and gives teachers gifts and tokens of encouragement throughout the year.

We are so grateful for the continued support of StoneBridge Church, one of our valued partners in service to our students, families, and staff. View Video

The Future Home of Lemon Street Campus

Marietta City Schools (MCS) announced plans to relocate its Central Office to the site of the old Lemon Street High School, creating a new educational campus for the District (coming in 2021).

  • Central Office designed to replicate the c. 1930 Lemon Street High School building, which had been demolished in 1967.
  • Plans for Central Office include a new museum, developed in conjunction with Kennesaw State University’s Department of Museums, Archives,and Rare Books, to tell the story of MCS from 1892 to the present, including the segregation era, with a special exhibition on the surrounding community.
  • Marietta Performance Learning Center relocates into the c. 1950 Lemon Street Grammar School across the street.
  • The new Performance Learning Center will preserve the building’s exterior and key architectural features while rehabilitating the interior, making it conducive for today’s learning.

“We have always known, due to its unique history, that the Lemon Street Grammar School was worth saving. The question was whether we could afford to save the building while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We are pleased to say that,

after careful study, we will be able to do both.”

-Grant Rivera, Superintendent

Marietta City Schools Celebrates Teachers & Employees, Names 2020 Teacher of the Year

Marietta City Schools (MCS) honored teachers and school employees during its annual awards celebration, Tuesday, May 28. Barbie Esquijarsoa English to Speakers as Other Languages (ESOL) teacher at A.L. Burruss Elementary School, was named the 2020 System Teacher of the Year by MCS Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera.

“Barbie Esquijarosa, who has overcome many adversities in her life and persevered to become a teacher, wanting to better, not only herself and family, but all those around her.” said Dr. Rivera. “She has impacted the lives of all the children she has touched, holding high expectations for them and watching them excel. I am proud to name Barbie Esquijarosa Marietta City Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year.”

The event Platinum Sponsor was Ed Voyles Automotive Group. Gold Sponsors were Houze &

Associates, Marietta Power & Water and Zaxby’s; the Silver Sponsors were the Credit Union of Georgia and LGE Community Credit Union.  Marietta Schools Foundation sponsored and presented the Douglas A. Holder Awards to the Teachers of the Year for each school.

The Board of Education chair, Jason Waters, presented Board Appreciation Award to Sarah Martin, “Parent Liaison for Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA) Drama Program,” for her consistent selfless dedication to MSGA and MCS.

The Board Appreciation Award was also presented to StoneBridge Church for their generous donation to purchase books and ongoing volunteer support of Park Street Elementary School. John Silvey, owner of Zaxby’s, also received the Board Appreciation Award for being a key partner to MCS who “never says no.” The Georgia PTA, Middle Grades President, Krissty Foster also made a special presentation to John Silvey and presented him with an Honorary Georgia PTA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Rose Wing Jr. presented the Rose Wing Teacher of Promise Award to Blaise Bowman, a teacher at A.L. Burruss, in honor of her late mother Mrs. Rose Wing who taught for 42 years at Marietta City Schools. The award established in 2013 recognizes young teachers with two to five years of teaching experience who embody the extraordinary ability and spirit that Ms. Wing brought to the profession.

Other Award categories included the Customer Service Excellence Award presented to Marietta Middle School, Superintendent’s Awards, presented to Rachel Brown-Miller, Assistant Principal at Dunleith Elementary, Russ Henry, Technology Support Specialist at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, Marsha Durham, Front Office Clerk at Marietta High School, and Kim Ellis, Director of Transportation for the district.  The Employee of the Year Award was presented to Christine Ramirez, Director of the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center.

Marietta City Schools honors retirees with over 600 total years of service

Marietta City Schools (MCS) held its annual Retirement Luncheon, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Chicken and the Egg Restaurant in Marietta, Georgia, honoring 31 retirees with a combined 635 years of service.

Of the 31 staff members retiring, more than half were able to attend the luncheon, along with a guest of their choice, each staff member was joined by his or her supervisor that shared stories of their years at Marietta City Schools.

“It’s important to honor those who serve the community and, in many cases, gave their entire careers to the school system,” said MCS superintendent, Grant Rivera.

“It’s not only their years of contributing to our classrooms and our schools, but it’s the sense of family that we have in Marietta,” Rivera said. “Today is about us coming together to honor and celebrate them, and I think equally as important is inviting their family and including them in the celebration.”

Markus Hood: April Employee of the Month

Markus Hood serves as a PE teacher and Head Boys’ Basketball coach at Marietta High School.
Markus has worked in education for more than 19 years, and this is his first year at Marietta City Schools. Markus loves working with students and is committed to developing and building up the young men involved in the basketball program.
During the 2018-19 season, Coach Hood led the Blue Devils to the first Sweet 16 appearance in 7 years. If you ask Coach Hood if that is the most significant accomplishment in his first season, he would say “no way.”
What is most significant and why Coach Hood is being recognized as an MCS Employee of the Month is because of his positive impact on the lives of people. All students and staff benefit from Coach Hood.
“What I love most about my career is the people,” he said. “I enjoy the students and the people that I work with every day and seeing people do things they did not originally believe they could do.”
What Markus is most committed to is impact and having a positive impact on his students. He loves people and wants to see people smile and laugh, and he is passionate about finding ways to always enrich the lives of others.
The MHS boys’ basketball program strives to mold its players into responsible men. Markus does his very best to influence MCS student-athletes encouraging them to take their academics seriously and make good choices in life.
Together, Markus and his incredible coaching staff lead a book study with the basketball players, and the players read “Pound the Stone” by Joshua Medcalf. The young men have been thoroughly enjoying the book and are engaged with the text, leading to robust discussions and deep connections on and off the court. The philosophy of Markus and his staff is to “teach the game of life through the game of basketball.”
“There are so many tremendous employees and teachers at MCS, and it is very humbling and surprising to be selected for this honor,” he explained.
Markus is a man of integrity, honor and he exemplifies what it means to ‘Pound the Stone’ every day. Coach Hood is selfless and does all he can to be an example of goodwill at Marietta. Marietta City Schools and Marietta High School is Special, Different and Better because of Markus Hood.
We congratulate Markus Hood for being recognized as the April District Employee of the Month!
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