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Marietta City Schools Recognizes Exceptional Children’s Week 2019

Marietta educators and parents partner to provide opportunities for students with exceptionalities

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recognizes March 4-8, 2019 as Exceptional Children’s Week across the country. This year’s theme is Building Blocks for Successful Students.  The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional organization of educators, parents, and students dedicated to advancing the success of children with disabilities.

The Department of Special Services (DSS) of Marietta City Schools serves 924 students with disabilities in grades Pre-school through 12, ages 3 through 22. MCS offers services in every area of exceptionality, including visual impairments, autism, blindness, deaf hard of hearing and learning disabilities. The district provides assistive technology at all grade levels, enabling students to better participate in the general education setting.  

“Our primary goal involves the use of system, school, grade level, and student-specific data to meet the needs of all learners, helping to grow the experiences and opportunities of students with exceptionalities while in school and after graduation,” said Ms. Michele Bealing Sayles, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services at MCS.

Working closely with students, their parents and guardians, and educators, DSS works to create “Building Blocks for Successful Students” through the enhancement of transition programs designed to provide soft skills, work, career and employment-training opportunities that allow students to graduate from high school better able to be successful citizens.

Additionally, DSS works closely with CEC to improve public policy affecting youth and the professionals who work with them.

During Exceptional Children’s Week, MCS will use social media platforms to celebrate the successes of its exceptional students. Follow the district on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Marietta Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on ‘Read Across America Day’

Students and staff in Marietta City Schools joined millions of their peers across the country this week to celebrate the sixteenth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, encourages citizens to pick up a book and read (while wearing a silly hat and socks if you choose). The special day also continues the district’s commitment to the initiative Marietta Reads!, which encourages Marietta City Schools students to read more, read better and read widely.

Take a look at these photos from around the district of classroom celebrations that remind us that you’re never too old, too wacky, or too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.

For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross and www.readacrossamerica.org and learn of other reading celebrations that are happening from coast to coast.

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Marietta City Schools Wins National Award for New Mobile Bus Application

Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2019 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winner. The award is for the district’s focus on student safety through the implementation of “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives MCS families the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology.

“Marietta City Schools Transportation Department is committed to safety and customer service and we are thrilled to be able to offer this new tool to our students and parents,” said MCS Director of Transportation, Kimberly Ellis. “We are grateful to our Board Education for approving this project and keeping student safety as their top priority.”

Marietta City Schools was the second school district in Georgia to offer this transportation service after months of research and development by transportation and operations employees. Launched in November of 2018, the application has enrolled 1,227 users in only four months. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.  Learn more about the technology here.       

The MCS Department of Transportation will attend the Tyler Connect 2019 conference in April to receive the award.

Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards recognizes public organizations for their significant commitment to public service and striving for greater efficiency and effectiveness in serving their community.

Marietta High School Students Place 3rd in Regional Reading Bowl

Marietta High School’s reading bowl team placed third in the Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition, Saturday, February 9th.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a rigorous reading competition in a game format created by former Dekalb County media specialist Helen Ruffin as a way to use books to encourage students to read.  Teams from schools throughout the state of Georgia compete to show off their knowledge of the selected books.

MHS students competed against 5 other area high schools, including Walton, South Paulding, East Paulding, Griffin, and  South Cobb.

Beginning in September, the students read 10-20 Georgia Peach Award nominated books and were quizzed on their knowledge during the six-round competition. The MHS Reading Bowl Team consist of 6 students, Bennett Lindsley-Smith (Freshman), Isabel Hardy (Sophomore), Amelia Floryance(Senior), Abigail Creyts(Sophomore), Laurel Thornton(Senior), and Chinemerem Amechi(Sophomore).

Congratulations on an impressive showing at regionals, and demonstrating what makes Marietta special, different, better.

A Perfect ACT Score for MHS Junior, Emily Howard

BOE_February_2019_00086A Marietta High School student has achieved a perfect score on the ACT – something that less than one percent of students in the United States can add to their resume.

Emily Howard, a student at MHS, recently scored a perfect composite score of 36 on the American College Test or ACT. According to ACT statistics, only 0.195 percent of all test takers earn a perfect score, putting Emily in the top one percent of all test takers in the nation.

Emily first took the ACT her sophomore year and scored a 33. But, when she learned of her most recent score she was shocked, to say the least.

“I was sitting on my couch when my mom mentioned the scores had come in,” Emily explained.  “I quickly logged in and checked.  When I saw the scores, the only thing I could say was, “What?!”  I was in total shock and even started crying. The score was so much higher than I was expecting, and I was thrilled.”

Melanie Myers, Emily’s mother, said Emily was hoping to get a score high enough for some potential international college applications, so it was wonderful to see her reaction to not only meeting that goal, but exceeding it.

Emily is a well-rounded student who participates in several extracurricular activities, including serving as a member of Beta Club and Interact Club. She is also a founding member of the MHS Science Club. Emily is excited about the opportunities her score will provide.

“It opens many doors for me both academically and financially,” Emily said. “My score qualifies me for many scholarships, and I can also apply to more summer programs and colleges with better chances of getting accepted. My score is a step towards my future and it means a lot to me.”

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

Emily also has some advice for students who are striving to score high on the ACT. She says you have to be willing to put in the work.

“If you have resources open to you, use them,” she explained. “Take the official exam freshman or sophomore year to get a starting point.  Don’t let that score discourage you! Remember it is a baseline and you will improve.  Before you take the official exam again, sit for some practice exams and build up your testing stamina.  Always get a solid eight hours of sleep the night before the exam, and eat a good breakfast the day of the exam. In the end, if you put the work into it, you will do well.  I wish everyone luck in any future testing!”

Emily Howard was recognized at the February Board of Education meeting for her perfect ACT score.

Marietta Basketball Teams Head to Westlake for First Round Playoff Matchup

Marietta High School’s Boys and Girls basketball teams head to Atlanta on Friday, February 15th for a first-round state playoff matchup against the Westlake Lions.  

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased with cash at the gate or online using this link.  Students can reserve a spot on the spirit bus for $5 in the front office

Tip-off for the boys game is 7:30 PM, immediately following the girls game.

For more information and updates follow @MariettaHSHoops on Twitter.

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Katy Phillips: MCS Employee of the Month

Katy Phillips serves as a secretary at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, where she looks forward to interacting with students, families, staff and community members every day. Katherine has a bright personality and welcoming demeanor that enables her to make lasting connections with everyone she comes in contact within the front office at MCAA.

“Katy is a friendly smile and warm welcome to anyone who comes into the school,” said Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. “She works 24/7 to make sure MCAA is seen, and heard, as the best school around. She is also a joy to work with and reminds us all to stop and enjoy the little things all the time.”

Katy has worked at MCS for nearly 3 years, but MCS has always been a huge part of her life and who she is. She, along with her grandmother, father, brother, and her children have all attended Marietta City Schools. Additionally, her mother has worked at the same school in MCS for the past 30 years. MCS plays a tremendous part in Katherine’s family and life!

“I love having the opportunity to continue to invest in a city and school system I care so very much about,” Katy explained. “What I enjoy most about working at MCS is building relationships with those who have entrusted their children to our care and seeing needs and goals being met. Of course, I also enjoy watching my boys grow and thrive in their own academic environments around me.”

A positive impact from Katy can be seen daily, and she often goes above and beyond, lending a helping hand beyond the parameters of her role. A few months ago the kitchen at MCAA had a pipe leak. The kitchen staff had left for the day, and Katherine jumped in to help. Although out of her job description, she graciously fixed the issue without question or comment. She is always committed to doing what is needed to ensure MCAA is a great place for the students, staff, and the community.

In her free time, Katy enjoys spending time with her family; her husband (Nick), their 3 boys (Isaac – 12, Enoch – 10, and Kohen – 8), and their Doberman (Merle). From the boys’ baseball games and drama productions to walking to the square for dinner and fun, her family enjoys all the things that come with their day-to-day life in Marietta.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as employee of the month,” said Katy. “To know that you are valued is a gift in and of itself, and to be recognized for doing what you genuinely love truly means so much.”

We congratulate Katy Phillips for being recognized as the February District Employee of the Month!

 

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!

Marietta’s Ellie Hall Selected as 2018-19 Gatorade Runner of the Year

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“Ellie Hall is by far the best female athlete I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Jack Coleman, Head Cross Country Coach at Marietta High School.

Marietta High School’s Ellie Hall has been selected as the 2018-19 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The most prestigious award in high school sports. This is the Gatorade Company’s 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, and the award distinguishes Hall as Georgia’s best high school girls cross country runner. The award recognizes Hall, not only for athletic excellence, but her commitment to academic success, and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse.  

Candidate selections are determined by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee which consists of an elite group of high school sports evaluators with strong experience in assessing thousands of student-athletes in the country based on their statistics, GPAs and community service.

Hall is the state’s only girl to qualify for a national championship meet, placing 3rd at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships this past season, crossing the line in a personal-best time of 17:48.40—one of three times she clocked a sub-17:53 over 5K last fall.

She also led her team to a state class title rounding off her campaign with a top-100 finish at the national NXN Final (89th in 18:36.40).

“Ellie Hall is by far the best female athlete I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Jack Coleman, Head Cross Country Coach at Marietta High School. “Ellie trained herself into the runner she is through consistent work in-season and offseason. She paid particular attention to doing the little things to make progress, and she never had a year in which she did not show significant improvement. She’s a role model for the team on and off the racecourse.”

Hall has maintained a 4.46 GPA in the classroom and has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at the University of Georgia this fall.

BOE_December_2018_00048 (1)Active in a number of school and community organizations, Hall is a member of the Beta Club and the Marietta High Athletic Council. She’s also a member of Marietta’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team and was selected for a scholarship-supported summer leadership camp through her church community.

Hall make’s history as Marietta High School’s first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and is now in the running for the national award to be announced in February. Past winners in include top nationally celebrated athletes such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Derek Jeter.

Weather Alert: Marietta City Schools Closed Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dear MCS Family,

We have been in contact with the National Weather Service (NWS) and surrounding school districts throughout the morning. Based on predicted inclement weather to hit our area tomorrow, all Marietta City schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, January 29, 2019. All after-school activities, practices, and events are also canceled.

All after-school activities and practices for today, Monday, January 28 will continue as normal (unless otherwise noted by the coach/sponsor).

Look for additional updates tomorrow regarding Wednesday, January 30. At this point, it’s too early to tell; however, please know we will notify you as early as possible.

Be safe, stay warm, and read with your kids tomorrow…

Grant Rivera
Superintendent

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