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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>

Trae Busby: March Student of the Month

BOE_March_2019_00104The Marietta City Schools March Student of the Month, Trae Busby, is a quiet leader and a 5th grader at Lockheed Elementary. He encourages others to do well and takes on tasks that he sees need to be accomplished without being asked. He is a committed student who strives to do his best in all classes, including MILE and specials, and on Lockheed’s school news show, WJET.

Trae is always willing to take on new challenges. He was uncertain about being an anchor and publicly speaking for the school broadcast in front of the whole school, but he confidently rose to the challenge when the main anchor was absent. He has since learned how to independently operate the broadcast equipment including the teleprompter, sound, and the tricaster. When new students join the news team, Trae is encouraging and helpful, and always willing to “show them the ropes.”

A straight-A student, who reads above grade level, Trae is an avid reader who continues to push himself, increasing his Lexile level by 220 points from the Fall to Winter MAP reading assessment.

“Trae puts forth his best effort in and out of the classroom,” said Coretta Stewart, the principal at Lockheed Elementary. “He mentors and coaches other students with reading, and teaches others how to operate the equipment for our broadcast news show. Trae recently earned the SOAR award for outstanding model behavior, as well as the Drama and Art Specials awards for exemplary work ethic and performance.”

Outside of the classroom, Trae is an active member of his church. Along with his family, he helps younger children participate in events at the church, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Trae leads by example and models appropriateness for other students, and he continuously seeks opportunities to learn. He is quiet, humble and always respectful towards others, in words and in actions. He treats each new situation with a positive attitude, pushes himself daily, and believes that school is valuable.

Congratulations to Trae Busby, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!
Please note that during the month of March, Marietta honored two deserving students with this special award.
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Grant Broeckelman: March Student of the Month

BOE_March_2019_00106.jpgThe Marietta City Schools March Student of the Month, Grant Broeckelman, models and embodies the qualities of a thinker, and he is open-minded, respectful, and reflective. He has a quiet confidence which leads him to consistently do the right thing even if it is not the most popular. He is often described by his friends as “principled,” and his teachers could not agree more. Grant, a 5th grader at A.L. Burruss Elementary, is always willing to help other students.
Grant sets high expectations for himself and looks for the best in others. He is kind and generous to all. He treats his teachers and the school with respect. When the school recently welcomed a new student, Grant volunteered to help make him feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
Academically, Grant is thoughtful and in tune with his strengths and weaknesses; he always gives his personal best. Through his successes, he recognizes that persistence pays off, and he quietly encourages others to be the same way.
Outside of school, Grant enjoys assisting with all kinds of tasks and chores regardless of size. For example, after a large rainstorm several months ago, he turned down an invitation to hang out with friends to help an older neighbor shovel her dirt-filled front walkway and clear out several large branches. Putting others before himself is something Grant instinctively does.
Grant is also very involved in his community and with organizations. He is a proud member of Scout Pack 144, and he has participated in countless activities throughout the community, including honoring fallen soldiers by placing flags at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day, packing dry meals to be shipped overseas, and cleaning up various parks. In addition, Grant is involved in his parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He participates weekly in Sunday School and helps his dad care for the church grounds several hours a month. He loves the outdoors and takes pride in improving outdoor spaces in any way he can.
Teachers, neighbors and scout leaders comment that he is a positive and creative self-starter who appreciates the differences in others, which is evidenced by his circles of friends in and out of school. He possesses a humility of someone well beyond his eleven years, and he represents his family, school, scout pack, and community with an endearing and gracious spirit that makes all, grateful to know him.
Congratulations to Grant Broeckelman, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

MCS Board of Education Approves Math Adoption

MathAdoption2019 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

Marietta City Schools Elects Board Chair and Vice Chair

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Jason Waters, Chair

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

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Allison Gruehn, Vice-Chair

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.

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