Category Archives: Board of Education
Congratulations to Anderson (Andy) Chinuntdet, a student at MHS, and Luke Burch, a teacher at MHS, for being recognized as a Georgia STAR student and teacher.
Wyatt is always willing to take on new challenges and exhibit his leadership skills. Wyatt participates in his book club as a “book club leader.” This is where he meets with three other students each morning to read, complete tasks, and dive deeper into understanding of texts through discussion. His role is to check what the activity is for his book club and make sure all members are on task as well as cooperative. During Book Blub, he stays focused and encourages others to do their best. Wyatt is always so proud to explain to his small group in detail the strategies he is using to help him become a better reader, as well.
Stephanie Grogan serves as a paraprofessional at Park Street Elementary where she has a continuous impact on the lives of students, staff, and families. Stephanie has a kindhearted and genuine spirit, and her love and commitment for MCS runs deep.
“Ms. Grogan works very hard for Park Street,” said Diona McIntire, the principal at Park Street Elementary. “She goes above and beyond and consistently does all she can to meet the needs of students. Not only is she a Park Street alumna, but she regularly serves the Marietta City community. Ms. Grogan’s care and passion for education shows in her work every day. She is a role model for students and staff and is always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. We are truly blessed to have Ms. Grogan as part of our Park Street Family.”
Stephanie has worked at MCS for 33 years, but MCS has always been a huge part of her life and who she is. She, along with her family, have all attended Marietta City Schools.
“After graduating from college I came back to Marietta to put back what Marietta gave me–a solid foundation of encouraging students and teaching them that they can do and become anything they want to,” she explained. More than anything, Stephanie loves the students she gets to interact with and impact every day. She enjoys seeing their progress inside and outside the classroom, and she is always excited to go to a game or see a play that her students are performing in at MCS.
Stephanie often goes above and beyond, lending a helping hand beyond the parameters of her role. One example of this is when a child was choking in the cafeteria during lunch and Stephanie immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver. Now, every day when the child sees her he thanks her for helping him.
In her free time, Stephanie is very involved in her church and community. She serves as a Daughter of Zion, a member of E.L. Keys, Zion Women’s Ministry, The Pastor’s Aid, the Food Ministry, Transportation Ministry, and the sick and shut-in ministry.
“It is truly a great honor to be selected as employee of the month for Marietta City Schools,” Stephanie said. “I attended Marietta City Schools which makes it an even greater honor. I have seen many changes throughout Marietta City Schools as a student and as an employee. I would like to say thank you to Marietta City Schools and the community at large. Go Big Blue because we are #AllIn !”
We congratulate Stephanie Grogan for being recognized as the March District Employee of the Month!
The Marietta Board of Education approved the purchase of the Pearson Math Program for kindergarten through 11th-grade students. 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 in 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. This collaborative team worked to ensure alignment of the MCS Balanced Mathematics Framework and the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).
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. In the next phase of the adoption process, 40+ MCS staff (including but not limited to teachers, coaches, assistant principals, principals, and district leaders) viewed formal presentations by each of the three vendors.
The review committee selected two vendors for public review: Pearson and McGraw Hill. Student and teacher math resources from both vendors were made available for public review from February 4-15, 2019.
All stakeholders were invited to complete a survey (see results below). Survey results from both the math committee and community members support the adoption of the Pearson Math Program.
Grades K-5 – Math Curriculum Overview<https://www.boarddocs.com/ga/mcs/Board.nsf/files/B9QRHT570D64/%24file/enVision_K-5_OverviewBrochure_1.pdf>
Grades 6-8 – Math Curriculum Overview<https://www.boarddocs.com/ga/mcs/Board.nsf/files/B9QRHX570EDB/%24file/enVision_6-8_OverviewBrochure_1.pdf>
High School – Math Curriculum Overview <https://www.boarddocs.com/ga/mcs/Board.nsf/files/B9QRHZ570FD9/%24file/enVision_AGA_OverviewBrochure_1_.pdf>
Math Committee Voting Results – Math Results<https://my.visme.co/projects/jwvrpewv-ke7lp9q363wg29mw>
Math Community Voting Results – Community Math Adoption<https://my.visme.co/projects/z4yroo6o-18r27v38zyen26qz>
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
The Board of Education of the City of Marietta unanimously voted to elect members Jason Waters, Chair and Allison Gruehn, Vice Chair, during the Board’s January 8 work session.
Waters, a Cobb County native, was elected to the Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. “I am honored that my fellow Board of Education members have trusted me to hold this position for another year,” said Waters.
Professionally, he works as a Chief Financial Officer and Licensed Mortgage Originator and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™. Mr. Waters earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. He and his wife Katie have three children, with the oldest two attending Marietta City Schools.
Allison Gruehn, a 1991 graduate of Marietta High School, first joined the Board in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. Representing Ward 4, Gruehn and her husband Chris have
two children attending Marietta City Schools. A graduate of Davidson College, Mrs. Gruehn is an agent with Johnny Walker Realty.
Board member Angela Orange will serve as the district’s Legislative Liaison and Kerry Minervini will continue for a second year as the Board’s liaison to the Marietta Schools Foundation.
In her capacity, Orange will work with the district’s legislative delegation to advocate for Marietta’s legislative priorities. She will also work closely with the Georgia School Board Association to better understand legislative policies that may impact the district.
Minervini continues to support the Foundation, which provides much-needed support to the district’s students and staff, updated monthly on decisions made by the Board and also informs fellow BOE members about the activities at the Foundation.
“As superintendent, I am grateful for our Board of Education and their continued commitment to the students, families, and staff of our district,” remarked Superintendent Grant Rivera. “I am honored to serve and support our Board officers as we continue to make MCS special, different, and better.”
The current slate of officers will serve for one year.