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Marietta Students Compete in Annual District Spelling Bee

Marietta City Schools hosted its annual Spelling Bee Friday, January 11 at the MCS Administrative Offices. Students from each MCS elementary school, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and Marietta Middle School competed for an opportunity to represent the district at the District 2 spelling competition. This year, the Cobb County Association of Educators sponsored the event.  

Drumroll Please……The winning word was amnesia!

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Emmanuel Cooper, a 5th-grade student at Dunleith Elementary spelled the winning word correctly, and Charlotte Common, a 5th-grade student at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics placed as the runner up.

Throughout the school year, schools across the district have hosted school-level spelling bees.

The school-level winners advanced to the district spelling bee. School-level winners who competed in the district spelling bee included:

A.L. Burruss Elementary: Lillian Burkhead

Dunleith Elementary: Emmanuel Cooper (District – Winner)

Hickory Hills Elementary: Roman Crider

Lockheed Elementary: Jordyn Simpson

Park Street Elementary: Aryianna Griffin

Sawyer Road Elementary: Imani McIntyre

West Side Elementary: Chloe Herrero (District – 5th Place)

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics: Charlotte Common (District – Runner Up)

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy: David King (District – 4th Place)

Marietta Middle School: Summit Troutman (District – 3rd Place)

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“We are appreciative of the Cobb County Association of Educators who planned and led the MCS district spelling bee this year,” said Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of Academic Achievement. “Events like this give students the opportunity to represent their schools while also gaining competency in spelling and vocabulary that positively impacts all subject areas.”

The objectives of the MCS Spelling Bee are to help students spell quickly and accurately; to promote students’ correct word usage in meaningful activities; to help students learn to compete; and to provide an environment to promote students’ self-esteem, character development, and sportsmanship.

Marietta Senior Headed to Brandeis University on Full Scholarship as a Posse Scholar

Posse_2019_00138Over 1500 Metro Atlanta students were nominated to receive the prestigious Posse Scholarship. Marietta High School’s Judith Borraz Martinez is one of 60 in the metro Atlanta area who were awarded the four- year, full tuition scholarship as a part of the Posse Foundation program and honored at the Fox Theater during a recent ceremony.

Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation looks for students with “demonstrated leadership ability, communication, and team building skills” who may have been overlooked by top colleges,” according to the organization.

Judith, a member of the class of 2019, said the thought of being able to go to college is something she often dreamt of but questioned the possibility of it actually happening because of financial reasons.

“Winning the POSSE scholarship means that all of my doubts about attending a college no longer exist. It means that I will be able to continue developing my academic and leadership skills throughout college while also forming relationships that will last a lifetime. It means that all of the sacrifices my parents made were not in vain.”

She will attend Brandeis University in Massachusett, and although she hasn’t declared a major, she has an interest in health and would like to one day become a doctor.

Judith chose Brandeis because it has proved to be one of the best campuses in the country for diverse students like herself. She shared that she grew up and currently lives in a city that is rooted in tradition, values, and purpose and that she considers this diversity a crucial part of her lifestyle, much like Brandeis.

“The fact that Brandeis is nonsectarian and liberal while also rigorous lets me know that it is a university that will allow me to express myself academically, culturally, and emotionally, said Judith.

During her time at MHS, she has remained at the top of her class academically, served as the French Honors Society Vice President, and served as a leader within the PROSTART culinary program, placing 2nd and 3rd in past competitions. Additionally, Judith has been involved with Mentoring for Leadership, Key Club and Beta Club.

“I am so excited for Judith and this opportunity that she has been awarded,” said Ebonee Todman Mahone, Marietta High School’s scholarship coordinator. “I’ve had a great time working with her through the POSSE process, and she deserves this and has worked so hard for her success.  This is just the starting point for amazing things to come.”

In addition to scholarship funds, Posse Scholars receive pre-college training, a “posse” of peers at their university, staff support during college, and career coaching and workshops.

Judith is thrilled to have her “posse” as a  support system when she arrives on campus.

“It is such an honor to be able to say that I am a Posse scholar, and I could not be more excited to begin this new chapter of my life with my posse.”

One year ago Marietta celebrated Peyton Wilson, a member of the class of 2018, as she accepted has Posse Scholarship. Peyton is enrolled at The George Washington University.

Judith begins her college journey this fall.

Marietta’s Choice Window for Elementary Schools Closes January 18; Tuition Closes March 11

CHOICE ACADEMIES

The Choice Academies program in Marietta City Schools provides parents and guardians an opportunity to choose, within a clearly defined window of eligibility, the elementary school best suited to their child’s talents and needs. Space must be available at the school and within the grade level requested before a Choice application is eligible for approval.

The application window for the 2019-2020 Marietta City Schools (MCS) elementary Choice Academies program will close January 18, 2019. Interested Marietta City residents seeking to apply for Choice Academies must submit their completed application no later than January 18, 2019.

All Marietta City elementary Choice Academies offer school tours by appointment. To arrange a school tour, please contact the school directly. Learn more about the unique academic programs offered at each Marietta City elementary school and more registriation details by visiting https://www.marietta-city.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2238

TUITION STUDENTS

Marietta City Schools also allows students in grades K-12, who reside outside the district, to attend our school system as tuition students. To qualify, interested parents must complete both a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement and be approved. The application must include the student’s most recent school record, including:

  • Academic grades and test scores
  • Attendance
  • Discipline

Completed non-resident enrollment applications with all required documents should be submitted to the principal at the school where your student is applying. Acceptance as a non-resident tuition student is valid for one school-year only. Applicants must complete a Non-Resident Student Enrollment Application and an MCS Enrollment Agreement each school year. The superintendent approves all applicants based on the stated criteria and available space in school programs.

Tuition for all non-residential students is $1,500 annually and this year’s deadline for applications is March 11, 2019.

For more information on the tuition process, visit https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/725 and click on ‘non-resident enrollment.’

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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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Bailey Chooses Tennessee

Today, Marietta High School four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey committed to continuing his football career at the University of Tennessee. Only a Junior, the Blue Devil signal-caller has received offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama and Miami. One of his teammates, four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton, is committed to UT’s 2019 class. Bailey will be in UT’s 2020 class.

Bailey, who holds every Marietta High passing record, entered the MHS auditorium this afternoon to cheers from teammates, classmates, staff, and Marietta community members. With hats from both Michigan and Tennessee on the table in front of him, the crowd went wild as he picked up the Tennessee Orange hat and placed it on his head.

Bailey’s talent on the field led Marietta to the state playoffs in 2017 and 2018. He will play in the 2020 Adidas All-American game and carries a 3.6 gpa.

Why did Harrison choose Tennessee? His coach Richard Morgan gave us some insight. “Harrison was looking for a school that could not only provide an opportunity to use his athletic talents, but one where he could continue on a rigorous academic path like what we have here in Marietta. School atmosphere, the coaching staff, the school’s location and the opportunity to develop into a champion player all played into his choice today,” said Morgan.

And what about all of those school records Bailey has been busy shattering? Earlier this school year Coach Morgan told the Marietta Daily Journal this about the pro-style quarterback, “He breaks a record and it’s just, ‘OK’. That’s nice. On to the next challenge. None of it really affects him. None of it is anything he dwells on.”

Harrison Bailey’s 2018-2019 Stats:

212 completions / 335 attempts / 2809 yards and 29 Touchdown Passes in only 9 games played

In 3 years – Harrison holds every Marietta Passing Record:

TD Passes in a season – 29           Pass Completions in a Season – 212        Passing Yards in a Season – 2,812

TD Passes in a Game – 6               Pass Completions in a Game – 37            Passing Yards in a Game – 480

TD Passes in a Career – 71           Pass Completions in a Career – 546         Passing Yards in a career – 7,445

MHS AFJROTC Films Salute to Service Flag Raising Ceremony for NFL

Marietta High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training (AFJROTC)  Cadets recently had the opportunity to film a Salute to Service video at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the National Football League. The cadets were invited to participate in honoring our U.S. Veterans with the Atlanta Falcons organization for their Salute to Service Game held this past weekend, Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Lt. Colonel James Wilson accompanied the cadets, Group Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Major, Vice Group Commander Andrea Badillo, Squadron Commander Cadet Major Alexandar Mares, and Commander Chief Master Sergeant Lesli Vazquez, to the stadium where each cadet was filmed raising a flag outside of the stadium; the American flag, the Georgia flag, and the Falcons and Atlanta MaUnited team flags. In addition, a flag for each branch of service was also raised.  Two of the cadets and Lt. Colonel James Wilson were interviewed in the video that aired during halftime during yesterday’s game.

Jamie Coder, Falcons Event Producer, also gave the cadets a tour of the Mercedes-Benz-Stadium and tickets to the game.

Salute to Service is the league’s year-round effort to Honor, Empower and Connect with our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. Salute to Service is highlighted in NFL games during Weeks 9 – 11 and other special events around the league, as fans and the NFL’s 32 clubs demonstrate their gratitude for the sacrifices of our heroes. Since 2011, Salute to Service has raised more than $26 million for military and veteran nonprofit organizations.

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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.
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