Category Archives: Elementary School

MCS Continues Relationship with Comer Yates and Atlanta Speech School

IMG_2861Marietta City Schools continued its commitment to advocating for strong practices to enhance literacy development in young learners during the month of March.

The district welcomed Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, to collaborate with leaders from across the district during visits to Park Street Elementary School and Burruss Elementary School.

Mr. Yates and his team of experts spent the day conducting learning walks, reflecting and leading powerful conversations around language acquisition, and the building of the reading brain. Mr. Yates commented on the positive rapport between teachers and students evident in his walks at both schools.

He also congratulated administrative teams at both schools on the strong foundations built around phonological and phonemic awareness. Mr. Yates has been an active part of the conversation on best practices around the phonics and reading classrooms. He was the keynote speaker on the professional learning day on January 4, 2019, and spoke to all kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals about the importance of building a phonological map for all students. He was a featured speaker at the district’s Get Georgia Reading Summit also held during the month of March.

Mr. Yates has been an incredible addition to the Blue Devil family, helping to plan and develop teaching strategies at the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center, as well as the development and next steps for “phonics matters” and reading initiatives currently in place in the district. Marietta values this strong partnership as we continue to provide the best instruction for all our students.

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Marietta City Schools Kicks Off Groundbreaking of New Park Street Elementary School

Marietta City Schools had their official Groundbreaking Ceremony  March 21, 2019 to kick off the construction of the new Park Street Elementary School. Funding was received from 2018 Bond Proceeds and E-SPLOST V to rebuild the school, located at 105 Park Street in Marietta. Park Street Elementary is the oldest school in MCS district, and due for a much-needed upgrade. Park Street first opened its doors to students for the 1942-43 school year. Park Street underwent a facelift in the mid-80s at a cost of $2.4 million funded by taxpayers.

“We are excited to sling the first shovels as we build a new school for the students, staff, and community of Park Street Elementary. Our design team has been committed to both honoring the history of this school while, at the same time, being future-focused as we integrate the very best learning spaces, resources, and technology. A special thank you to all the voters of Marietta and Cobb who supported the E-SPLOST referendum in 2017 – our new elementary school is made possible because of you!”

The original building will be taken down after the new building is constructed on the same property, the name will remain the same. Parking for staff and parents will be erected where the old building now stands.

The new facility will be approximately 70,000 square feet and have three stories. Cost is estimated at $17 million, R. K. Redding Construction, Inc. of Bremen was awarded the contract.  Breaux & Associates of Alpharetta are the architects on the project. The completion of the new school is scheduled for July 2020 with the opening to students in August 2020.

Architectural renderings show that great care has been taken to incorporate elements of the original school into the new design.

 

How to Access Your Child’s MAP Scores

In Marietta, we believe in empowering families, allowing home to become an extension of a child’s classroom.  In an effort to better engage families, Marietta City Schools has updated the district’s assessment webpage with a new video that explains both how to access Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores and how to leverage such scores to better support students.

Marietta City Schools invites parents with students in grades K-9 to learn more about this assessment, which is given up to three times per year and gives valuable information to MCS staff and families about how best to support children. MAP is a state-aligned, computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Marietta City Schools educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and to make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.

With the help of Sarah Pulley, West Side Elementary School’s TOTY this past year, we offer this video resource to answer two basic questions: 1) where do I find my child’s MAP results, and 2) what should I be doing at home with these results?

View the MAP Parent Toolkit: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Learn more about assessments in MCS: https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/776

Devan Smith: MCS February Student of the Month

The Marietta City Schools February Student of the Month, Devan Smith is an exemplary student with stellar academic achievement. Devan, a senior at Marietta High School, is a standout scholar due to his commitment to learning and his drive to succeed. Devan moved to MCS at the beginning of his junior year and immediately jumped into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Despite not having previously taken pre-IB classes, Devan was determined to challenge himself in the most rigorous courses offered at Marietta High School.

When facing a challenge, Devan rises to the occasion by pushing through adversity and not letting roadblocks deter him. At the age of five, Devan was placed in the foster care system, where he lived in six different foster homes until he was adopted at age 12.

“At an early age, I decided to be more, provide for my future family, and provide a much better life and childhood than that of which I received growing up,” Devan said. “The desire of wanting to be a better future parent and positive influence on as many people as I can be has been the motivation for my efforts this far.”

Devan continues to succeed in his honors and IB classes and maintains a 3.3 GPA. He is very involved in the theater program, where he has held lead roles in many productions, in addition to also serving as stage manager and director for other productions. Devan was accepted into the Broadway Artist Alliance Program in New York, he won the 2018 Best Performance as Lead Actor, and was named the 2017 City Champion for the National Baptist Oratorical Contest. Devan has also received three Outstanding Character Awards from the Kiwanis Club.

Devan has served as the President of YOUTH (Young Organizers United to Help) where he has been involved in canned food drives, homeless outreach projects, and providing a play therapy room for elementary students who have had traumatic experiences. Devan has also served as a Blue Devil Buddy, mentoring 9th-grade students through their first year of high school.

In addition to all of the time he devotes to his academics, theatrical endeavors, and community service, Devan has maintained two part-time jobs. Devan is a role model inside and outside of the classroom, and his teachers describe him as a model student with exceptional character.

Congratulations to Devan Smith, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Run, Jump, Swing: MCAA Students are Ready to Play

MCAA_Playground_00009The cold weather isn’t stopping students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics from making the most of recess this week as they enjoy their brand new playground.

Recognizing the former playground was becoming too small, and outdated for intermediate elementary students, the Marietta Board of Education approved PlaySouth Playground Creators to build the new playground for $119,804 in October of 2018.

Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal at MCAA shared that the students had a voice in the project, helping her with the design by voting on the playground equipment and color.

“MCAA is excited to share our new playground, said Dr.Patterson. “We appreciate the MCS BOE recognizing that our students needed an upgrade to keep them safe and healthy.”

Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Marietta City Schools, Erick Hofstetter said the district is excited to construct playgrounds that will help students grow and make childhood memories.

“Play is an essential and important aspect to child development. Our focus is on providing a play environment that is comfortable, safe, and encourages children to interact.”

Take a look at some of the fun playground moments we captured below as the MCAA 5th graders used the equipment for the very first time.

Burruss Elementary Students Win District Reading Bowl, Head to Regional Competition

 

Students from eight elementary schools competed in the annual Marietta City Schools Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, January 18 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a rigorous reading competition in game format created by former Dekalb County media specialist Helen Ruffin as a way to use books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage students to read.  Teams from different schools compete to quiz their knowledge on the selected books.

Today Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state of Georgia.

This year’s MCS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Winners include:

1st Place – AL Burruss Elementary

2nd Place – Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA)

3rd Place – West Side Elementary

The top two teams, A.L. Burruss and MCAA will compete in the regional competition on Saturday, February 9 at the University of West Georgia. The top two winners of the regional competition will advance to the divisional competition, and the winning teams from the divisional bowls will meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March to compete in the state finals.

Operation Graduation Launched in MCS

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Before heading into winter break, Marietta High School principal Keith Ball launched a new program in the district called ‘Operation Graduation.’  This cooperative initiative focuses on building strong relationships between Marietta’s schools, inspiring the district’s youngest students to aim for a successful graduation from MHS.

“Operation Graduation works to welcome students to the final stop on their Marietta educational journey, well before they ever officially step foot on campus as a high school student,” says Ball. “Our high school team will visit all elementary schools and Marietta Middle School for a 30 minute pep rally – complete with MHS cheerleaders, student leaders, and a film crew. Principals have selected VIG’s (Very Important Graduates) based on character, conduct, attendance and grades at each school and those VIG’s will receive a special gift during the event from MHS.”

During the pep rallies every 5th grader (Class of 2026) and every 8th grader (Class of 2023) will receive a rally towel. The rally towel is not only a cool gift, but is also the student’s FREE ticket in the door to two MHS’ upcoming basketball games.

Marietta’s Class of 2026 will be represented at the MHS January 18 basketball game against Kennesaw Mountain High School. Parents and guardians are required to purchase tickets, but every student in the class of 2026 gets in FREE to the game with their rally towel.  All students will sit in a reserved section designated just for the Class of 2026.

The Class of 2023 will have their special night during MHS’ January 11 basketball game against Hillgrove High School.

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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

47003330_1976422865995688_3292636110819164160_nNew gym floors greeted students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) when they returned from Thanksgiving break.

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.

 

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