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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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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.

Listen Up! School Leaders Discuss What’s Working at Hickory Hills

HHPodcastBill Nowiki’s podcast ‘Marietta Stories’ caught up with Hickory Hills’ Kristen Beaudin and Natalie Wilson and spoke with them about how they are remaking the way they educate kids at Hickory Hills Elementary School.

“How can we better serve the needs of our children?” Find out how they answered this question and why the new Hickory Corner may be the key!

LISTEN HERE: https://www.mariettastories.com/taking-education-to-a-whole-new-level-kristen-beaudin-and-natalie-wilson-of-hickory-hills-elementary-school/?fbclid=IwAR214FRyR_i4-Kax0L8GUjDfTlBDFvI0u8fL-vJSXxF028JQwLaKiXORJrs

 

Marietta Volleyball Focused on Developing a Culture of Success

IMG_6396In his first year as the Marietta High School volleyball coach, Coach Jeffrey Black and his team made leaps and bounds to set up the program for future success.

Finishing the season with a 13 – 21 record, Black says his team showed amazing progress throughout the season and established a strong culture for new MHS volleyball.

“Our varsity team is really young and we have high expectations for a bright future ahead,” said Black.

Their season-ending loss was a 5 set thriller against North Paulding, preventing them from advancing to the state playoffs. The Lady Devils lost the first 2 sets, won the next 2 sets and lost 13-15 in set 5. Coach Black said he learned a lot about his team during that match. “The girls will never stop fighting and supporting each other, he shared. “If we believe we can win, we can beat anyone.”

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The Lady Devils now have their eyes set on the future with plans to compete on a higher level with a much stronger schedule next year.

With freshman setter and natural leader, Schuyler Parker; Sophomore pin hitters and key offensive weapons, Kendall Gazaway, Lauren Walker, and Grace Thompson; increased roles from backcourt threats, Katie Bonner and Caroline Hankins; and juniors Sarah (SK) Krivsky and Morgan Darby as senior leaders, the Marietta Volleyball team will be one to watch.

The Marietta community can also expect a focus on youth with plans to expand the middle school program and to host elementary school clinics next year.

To ensure the future success of Marietta volleyball, MHS coaches launched their own youth club called Marietta Volleyball (MVB).  

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Over 50 girls participated in middle school volleyball tryouts last year, not including Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. “We only had enough coaches to form one team, so many young athletes were cut,” said Black. “Unfortunately, at that age, when kids get cut they may never try the sport again. “

With the MVB program, there will be more coaches to accommodate every athlete that tries out for volleyball in grades 6 – 8.  If there isn’t enough room on teams, athletes can participate in the developmental program to build their skills with the goal to make the team the following year.

MHS Senior Captain, Sarah Beth Poston and Senior Manager, Katharine Smart will serve as assistant coaches in the program   

As a volleyball club director, Coach Black is a huge advocate for club volleyball and credits a lot of player development to participation during club season.  

“Our athletes participating in club is really crucial to our success. High school season is 3 months long, club is 6-7 months long, nothing can replace the consistent practice and team atmosphere that club volleyball offers,” said Black.  

IMG_6367 (1).JPGDuring his time as a club director, he has helped numerous athletes gain exposure and get recruited to play at collegiate level schools across the country.  “The goal is always to find the perfect fit for the athlete’s academic and social needs, then compliment that with volleyball, shared Black.

Another addition to the MHS volleyball program will be a focus on academics to ensure athletes are performing in the classroom.  Volleyball players are expected to sit in the front of the class and positively represent MHS Volleyball.

Coach Black says the goal is for Marietta High School to become a dominant name in the local volleyball community. “We are not making any promises on winning championships, but are building a championship program where athletes are passionate about the game and love coming to practice.”


In 2019, high school athletes will participate in several summer camps in preparation for next season.  MVB will also offer a summer camp for elementary and middle school athletes in 2019.

To learn more about Marietta Volleyball and to stay updated on events visit mariettavolleyball.com.

 

Dr. Comer Yates, Schoology both Featured During MCS Professional Development Days

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Dr. Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School addresses Marietta City Schools educators during November’s professional development sessions.

Professional development sessions were in full swing across the Marietta City School’s district on November 5th and 6th.  District and school leaders, as well as instructional coaches, teachers and support staff, were actively engaged in learning in an effort to grow their content knowledge and to be on the forefront of educational trends.

 
Dr. Comer Yates, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, was the keynote speaker for phonics training provided to kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals.  After hearing Dr. Yates’ powerful words on language acquisition, participants had the opportunity to attend multiple break-out sessions covering topics like:  integrating technology in phonics, interventions to support students and resources to share with families.
 
Schoology, the district’s new Learning Management System (LMS), delivered training to district Coordinators and teacherIMG_1951 leaders.  The group trained will assist with the roll-out of the new program and will help support teachers across the district.
 
Coy Dunn, the district’s new Fine Arts Coordinator planned multiple opportunities for his teachers including specialized sessions for band and orchestra.  Experts in the field led sessions for drama, visual arts, and general music.  Teachers had the opportunity to learn through hands-on methods and are excited to bring new practices back into their classrooms.
 
Select secondary English Language Arts (ELA) teachers met as grades 6-9 vertical cohort to examine and redefine instructional practices for reading in the content areas using research from Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher’s Rigorous Reading.  Teachers delved into data and developed next step action plans to support student learning.  Other 6-8 ELA teachers participated in a debrief and semester two planning session for the Engage New York curriculum.

Marietta Launches New ‘Uber-Like’ Bus App

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Marietta City Schools introduces “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives an MCS family the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.        

“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”

Parents and guardians will also be able to share the information with others if they so choose. “Marietta City Schools is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools.  Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”

Parents with questions about the new service can call the MCS transportation office at 770-429-3110. Visit www.marietta-city.org/ride360 for more details.

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Marietta Reads! Announces Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair as this Year’s ‘One Book’

OneBook.2018.JPG“Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair,” a children’s book by Patricia Polacco, was unveiled this weekend by Marietta City Schools (MCS) Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera as the district’s Marietta Reads! One Book.

Marietta Reads!, the MCS citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, celebrates its 16th year anniversary this school year. The One Book Marietta project was created to provide the entire Marietta community with a common experience of reading the same book, encouraging impromptu book discussions and shared inquiry between students, schools, and the general public. “Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair” was selected by MCS Media Specialists due to its simple message that encourages self-discovery and overcoming challenges.

Marietta Reads! activities throughout the year, such as the Annual Reading Bowl and daily reading incentives for meeting reading goals are supported through the generosity of donors and supporters. Sponsors can give the gift of literacy through donations that contribute toward the purchase of books, literacy supplies, and literacy programs in MCS schools. District partner, The Credit Union of Georgia, presented a check of $500 during the unveiling to support literacy efforts in MCS.

 

MHS Marketing Students Place at Fall Conference

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(L to R top photo): Dylan Schied, Abby Jacobs, Karena Grigenas, Maggie Smith, Faith Kumi, Allison Hidalgo, Sam Judd, and Nayna Shah (not pictured). 

Marietta High School’s marketing students recently competed at the DECA Fall Leadership Conference and received the 3rd-Place trophy in the Membership Recruitment contest.

Marietta students participating in the district’s DECA club have an interest in or are preparing for careers in fields such as management, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, and hospitality.  By participating in this pathway, students have the opportunity to create their own business ideas as well as assist local businesses with their marketing efforts. In doing so, they are able to build an impressive online portfolio and resume while also receiving money, scholarships, job placements, and internships.

Students can also compete in DECA marketing competitions and the annual Devil Tank competition for a chance to win money and prizes. The Marketing Communications & Promotions program is “industry certified” by the American Marketing Association (AMA). Marketing Communications & Promotions is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved as IBCP.

On the same day, MHS DECA members all made a perfect score on the DECA Statesman Exam at the leadership conference and entered a float in the homecoming parade.

The national organization has 200,000 members on over 3,500 high school and college campuses.

With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals since it was founded in 1946, according to the DECA national website.

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