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MCS Communications Team Earns Ten National Awards from NSPRA

The Marietta City Schools Communication Team earned 10 awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). For more than 50 years, NSPRA has recognized exceptional work in school communications, and is currently the national governing body for school district communicators.

NSPRA’s Publication and Digital Media awards recognize exceptional work in educational communications: print, digital, video/TV/radio programs, audio, e-newsletters, websites, social media, infographics, and blogs. The submissions are judged on overall excellence, including quality as compared to other entries in each category. Top awards are Award of Excellence, Awards of Merit, and Honorable Mention.

Marietta City Schools Communication Team earned the following awards.

  • Award of Merit – E-Newsletter (internal audience) – Board Notes
  • Awards of Honorable Mention:
    • School District Blog – for Blue Devil Blog
    • Branding/Image Package – for Park Street Elementary
    • Branding/Image Package – for Mayor’s Award
    • Marketing Materials (electronic) – for Welcome to Marietta City Schools
    • Excellence in Writing – for MHS Exceptional Students Manage Successful Coffee Cart for More Than a Decade
    • Social MediaKeeping the Community “In the Know” Using Instagram Stories
    • Special Purpose Publication Technology Plan 2018 -2020
    • Video (produced in-house) – for Marietta Honors Veterans in Its Classrooms
    • Video (produced in-house) – for Musical Theatre at Marietta High School

 “An award from the National School Public Relations Association is the highest honor that can be received by communications offices that work on behalf of school districts,” said Tammy Garnes, the district’s outgoing Executive Director of Communications. “During the 2018-2019 school year, our office made an effort to broaden the district’s social media reach with Instagram posts and stories, increase storytelling through video production, and communicate to stakeholders using a new blog and newsletter. Being recognized with ten awards was unexpected, but a testament to the hard work of our communication and public relations team.”

To see all of the award winners and to find out more about the NSPRA, visit their website at www.nspra.org.

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Susan Coviello, Natalie Roush, Tammy Garnes

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.

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!

STAR Student and STAR Teacher: Andy Chinuntdet and Luke Burch

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.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.
Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program has honored nearly 26,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
“This award means a lot to me; it’s more than just something I can put on my resume,” Andy explained. “My favorite thing about it is that I got to honor a teacher who’s been so influential in my school work and life the past couple years.”
In addition to his academic success, Andy has also played basketball for three years, he serves as the president of the National Honor Society, he volunteers to plan and manage events for elementary students at his church, and he serves as a student leader in his youth group.
Andy plans to attend Georgia Tech next year and study aerospace engineering, as he aspires to pursue a career at NASA, SpaceX, or Lockheed after college.
Andy’s teachers describe him as a rare student who combines great intelligence with a hard work ethic while remaining humble and always willing to help anyone.
“Andy not only works hard and, through his hard work, earns incredible grades and scores on tests but he also exemplifies our MHS values,” said Mr. Burch, Andy’s physics teacher. “He is reflective; humble, willing to help others, and always striving to do his best.”
Each high school STAR student is asked to name his/her STAR teacher, and Mr. Burch, a physics teacher at MHS, was honored that Andy nominated him for the prestigious recognition.
Andy says he nominated Mr. Burch because he helped to make one of the hardest classes for students, manageable and enjoyable for students, while also caring about their wellbeing inside and outside the classroom.
“He isn’t just a good teacher; he’s an amazing man,” Andy said. “He’s taught me how to manage my time well, take good notes quickly, and think outside the box to solve difficult problems. He’s also inspired me to be a better person and a harder worker in all aspects of my life.”
Mr. Burch says that seeing the excitement and getting high fives from a physics student who didn’t understand a concept, but then worked with the concept more and got it, are his favorite moments as a teacher at MHS.
“Every day as teachers we strive to touch students’ lives and make an impact,” Mr. Burch explained. “Often times we do not get to see the fruits of our labor, but occasionally for each of us, we get a glimpse that our work is impacting students. I am no different than the rest of the teachers here in MCS, simply working hard and doing my best to help shape the future of my students. I am humbled and grateful for each moment such as this where I am able to see that what I am doing is having an impact.”
When asked what he loves most about teaching at MHS, Mr. Burch explained that he loves the diversity that MCS and MHS provide, and he enjoys working with students from all different backgrounds, in all different places educationally, all with different needs.
Locally, STAR students and STAR teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local STAR sponsors.

 

Wyatt Almy: April Student of the Month

The Marietta City Schools April Student of the Month, Wyatt Almy, is an outstanding student and a 1st grader at West Side Elementary.
One thing that shines about Wyatt is his motivation to always give his best efforts towards his work inside and outside of the classroom. When any task is assigned, Wyatt is quick to jump in and ready to participate to show what he knows. He is a MILE student and catches on easily to concepts he learns in class, but he is always eager for a challenge and to better understand the material that is presented to him.

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.
Outside of the classroom, Wyatt plays sports in the community and is an avid college basketball fan.
A recent time that Wyatt persevered through a challenge was when he was involved in a skiing accident during mid-winter break. He broke six ribs and punctured a lung, which left him in the hospital for days and at home recovering. He FaceTimed with his teacher several times over the span of two weeks, and he was so eager to get back to class to see his friends. He also was excited to share about his favorite college basketball team, South Dakota State.
During this time, he took on a challenge his teacher gave him to work on while he was home and resting. She suggested he try writing a letter to his favorite basketball team, introducing himself and letting them know why he thought they were incredible. Little did he know that in a few short weeks he would receive a personal letter from his favorite player and an autographed poster in the mail.
“If you saw Wyatt today in class you would barely recognize that he was recently involved in an accident,” said Christina Wagoner, principal at West Side Elementary. “He is still just as eager to learn and participate in class. We are all so very proud of his positive attitude and motivation to recover.”
Congratulations to Wyatt Almy, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Jordan Lyons: April Student of the Month

The Marietta City Schools April Student of the Month, Jordan Lyons, is an outstanding student and a Pre-K scholar at the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center (ELC).
Jordan is a well-rounded student who exemplifies all of the character traits that are championed at the ELC. He works hard and practices his schoolwork while helping and encouraging others to succeed. Jordan always follows directions and is willing to help any child or teacher without even being asked. He is also a fun student to be around, he works well with others, and he is kind to all.
If Jordan needs help with anything he asks for it then attends to the task diligently until he has it mastered. He is always up for a challenge, and he enjoys learning how to write about pictures that he draws.
Jordan leads by example because he is continually doing the right thing. He’s helpful to both teachers and students and encourages his fellow students to do the right things, as well.
Recently, when Jordan’s class was lining up to go inside from recess, Jordan saw a fellow classmate who had not heard the direction to line up. Jordan called out his name, ran over to him, and very excitedly called to the boy saying, “Come on ‘Friend’ we are lining up!”
Outside of the classroom, Jordan enjoys playing sports and is active in community events.
Congratulations to Jordan Lyons, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Stephanie Grogan: March Employee of the Month

EOM2Stephanie 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!

 

Board of Education Approves K-11 Math Adoption

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>

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