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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!

 

Marietta City Schools Named to the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

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MCS is one of only five school districts in Georgia to receive this honor

Marietta, GA –  Marietta City Schools has been named to the 9th annual AP® (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll by the AP College Board. Marietta is one of only 5 school districts in the state of Georgia to receive this honor and joins 373 total schools in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.

“To be recognized on the AP® Honor Roll is a tremendous accomplishment,” said MCS Superintendent, Dr. Grant Rivera. “This recognition from the College Board is an excellent metric of how our students and teachers in our Advanced Placement classrooms are succeeding, and I am incredibly proud of the success of our district AP Program, as well as our students who continue to show a high level of motivation and commitment to their learning.”

The annual AP® District Honor Roll recognizes districts for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Honor Roll Districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better.

“Marietta High School students are extremely fortunate to have some of the best AP teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with throughout my career,” said Marietta High School Principal, Keith Ball. “Three of our AP Teachers, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Vermilya and Mrs. Dejarnett, have more than 125 years of combined experience and tremendous success. I am excited to continue to build our AP program and to provide more access, and improved performance, for all students.”

According to the College Board, which awarded the distinction, reaching these goals indicates that Marietta High School is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work. In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

National Signing Day: 11 Marietta Student-Athletes Sign Letter of Intent

Marietta High School held their National Signing Day ceremony for 11 students signing their letter of intent for athletic scholarships on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Marietta Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

Usually held the first Wednesday of February, National Signing Day has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Only 2% of approximately 7 Million high school athletes get the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, making this a special celebration for student-athletes receiving scholarships across the nation.

“Signing day is always a special day for high school athletes who have committed to play at the next level,” said Marietta City Schools Athletic Director, Craig McKinney. “It symbolizes the moment where are all of their years of hard work result in the achievement of a dream.”

8 of the 11 students are scholar-athletes, with 5 boasting 4.0 grade point averages.  

McKinney shared that with the support of their parents and coaches, these young men and women have learned a valuable lesson that will serve them well in their transition to adulthood.  

“By setting goals, developing a plan and staying committed to that plan, success will follow no matter what the goal is.”

The following students signed their letter of intent during Marietta’s National Signing Day ceremony:

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University of Georgia

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Ani Henderson, Cross Country/Track & Field
University of Georgia

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Karena Grigenas, Track & Field
University of New Orleans

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Josie Konigsmark, Track & Field
Kennesaw State University

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Garden City Community College

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University of Tennessee – Martin

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University of Tennessee – Martin

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Georgia State

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Rafaella Abbud, Soccer
Kennesaw State University

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University of New Haven

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Junmoke James, Tennis

Lehigh University

Congratulations to all of our Class of 2019 athletes!

GOSA Awards MCAA $15,000 for Statewide Innovation in Teaching Competition

MCAA_Innovationlab_elementary_20180918_00035Media Specialist and Technology Coach Amy Crandall of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) was recently awarded as a Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) Innovation in Teaching winner. The statewide competition rewards teachers who utilize innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition focused on blended and personalized learning applied with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).

“The winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition are model educators for teachers both in Georgia and across the country,” said Rebecca Ellis, Director of Innovation at the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. “We are excited to honor them for their continued dedication to the art of teaching and to their students’ academic achievement, as well as share their resources with educators across the state.”

As 1 of 3 winners from across the state, Amy will receive a $5,000 stipend, and MCAA will receive a $10,000 grant to support innovative instructional strategies. In addition, she will be highlighted by Georgia Public Broadcasting with an opportunity to discuss effective instructional strategies, management techniques, and the winning instructional unit. Amy’s video and teaching resources will be available online for other educators, educational institutions and the general public.

“MCAA is proud of Mrs. Crandall and we are excited about the future innovative practices that this grant will help her accomplish,” said MCAA principal Dr. Tricia Patterson. “Mrs. Crandall is leading the way in technology integration and we appreciate the Department of Education for recognizing her.”

The other two winners include; Kathleen Lanman of J.C. Booth Middle School in Fayette County, and Terra McMillan of Thomson Middle School in Houston County.

The competition was made available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund.

Possible Inclement Weather – Week of January 27, 2019

Dear MCS Families,

I wanted to give you an update regarding possible inclement weather that may hit our area Tuesday morning.

At this point, it’s too early to tell exactly what we will get and when; however, the chance of inclement weather impacting school on Tuesday is a strong possibility.

Please know we will continue to collaborate with various state and regional agencies as well as other metro-Atlanta school districts – our priority is to make a coordinated decision that shows the greatest degree of safety and consideration for your family, our students, and employees.

We have several conference calls Monday with the National Weather Service – look for us to provide you with an update as early in the day as possible.  At the very latest, I will update our MCS families via email and social media by 5:00 p.m. Monday.  If and when the decision is made to not open school as normal on Tuesday, we will send an email, text message, and automated call to all MCS families.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to predict the unpredictable.

Grant

Grant Rivera, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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.

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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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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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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