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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.”


Bryce Woods: MCS Student of the Month

Student of the Month Bryce Woods is a fifth-grade student at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. Bryce is a high achieving student, who puts forth 100% effort in all that he does. He works extremely hard to keep his grades up, never giving up or showing frustration. Bryce never hesitates to ask questions when he needs help. Bryce is a compassionate student who always puts his classmates and others ahead of himself. His teachers describe him as fair, collaborative, creative and sensitive, and a student who creates a team feeling in his small groups.

Whether on the football field or on the basketball court Bryce is a natural leader.
He has shown great maturity at this young age, letting others shine while he steps back and is proud of what they accomplish.

One example of Bryce’s character was during an activity called “Kindness Rocks” the
MCAA students collaborated with the Early Learning students. They painted Kindness rocks with the pre-K students. Bryce befriended a pre-K student and they made an instant connection, he showed extra patience and kindness working with this student.
“He is a leader in the classroom, throughout the building and on the field as QB of
his football team,” said Dr. Tricia Patterson, principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.

Congratulations to Bryce Woods, the Marietta City Schools Student of the Month!

Dr. Comer Yates, Schoology both Featured During MCS Professional Development Days


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.

Marietta Girls Cross Country Secures State Championship


Bringing home a back-to-back GHSA State Championship is the Marietta Girls Cross Country Team. The team and coaching staff proved their abilities at Carrollton High School this weekend.

The 7A State Champions were led by the runner-up finish of Ellie Hall who led the majority of the race securing Marietta the team win.

The squad also celebrated a 7A State Championship in 2017.

Congratulations Lady Blue Devils!


Marietta Launches New ‘Uber-Like’ Bus App

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Marietta City Schools introduces “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives an MCS family the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.        

“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”

Parents and guardians will also be able to share the information with others if they so choose. “Marietta City Schools is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools.  Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”

Parents with questions about the new service can call the MCS transportation office at 770-429-3110. Visit for more details.


Marietta Reads! 16th Annual Kick-off Literacy Event

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Join the Marietta community this Saturday, October 27, for a book-filled morning of fun on the Marietta Square during Marietta Reads!

WHO:             Marietta City Schools

WHAT:           Marietta Reads! 16th Annual Kick-off Event

WHEN:           Saturday, October 27, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:        50 N Park Square NE, Marietta Square, Marietta, GA 30060

MR MascotLogoWithTitle   Marietta Reads! encourages Marietta City Schools students to read more, read better and read widely. This year marks the 16th Annual Kick-off for Marietta Reads! on the historic Marietta Square.  Join us for performances from Marietta Schools groups, crafting, face painting, storytelling, balloon artists, appearances by literary and partner mascots, and the unveiling of this year’s One Book, by Superintendent Grant Rivera.

The One Book Marietta project was created to provide the entire Marietta community with a common experience of reading the same book, encouraging impromptu book discussions and shared inquiry between students, schools, and the general public. 

Marietta Reads! activities throughout the year, such as the Annual Reading Bowl and daily reading incentives for meeting reading goals are supported through the generosity of donors and supporters. Sponsors can give the gift of literacy through donations that contribute toward the purchase of books, literacy supplies, and literacy programs in MCS schools. 



Marietta Reads! is Celebrating 16 Years of Fostering Reading and Literacy in the Community

Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools (MCS) citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, is celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. Annually, schools district-wide join in a kickoff celebration offering a variety of literacy activities including school performances, free books, literacy based crafts, balloon artists, face painting, a mascot dance-off, and guest appearances. A highlight of the kick-off is the unveiling of the One Book Marietta. The Marietta Reads kick-off will be held on the Marietta Square on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00-2:00.



TOTY Hand Prints – Marietta Teacher of the Year Continues Tradition in the Square

Marietta 2nd grade teacher, Kristin Lincoln, surrounded by her students, family, and fellow Sawyer Road Elementary School educators, ‘cemented’ her place in history this week when she added her handprints to the sidewalk on the Marietta Square.

Hosted by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce at the Earl Strand Theatre, this event is one of three held annually to honor extraordinary teachers who make a difference in the lives of students. “My heart is happiest when I’m in the classroom with my students, collaborating with other educators, or standing in the hallways laughing with my colleagues,” said Lincoln.

A true believer in the importance of social-emotional learning in the classroom, Lincoln shared, “Students must know that they are loved, valued, and accepted. Taking the time to build their trust and respect is where the real value in education begins.” As a teacher, Ms. Lincoln let the audience know that she values her unique position to influence, guide, and encourage students to become lifelong learners.

Ms. Lincoln is in her 15th year of teaching and holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a master’s degree in Urban and Multicultural Education. Kristin has been with Marietta City Schools since 2002 and at Sawyer Road Elementary since 2005. “When I entered college, I knew I wanted to follow the path to becoming an educator,” Kristin said. She has taught in Marietta City Schools for eleven years and proudly represents her fellow educators around the district.

As an active and supportive member of her community, she has served in various leadership capacities in her church, she loves to travel, and spend time with her daughters Caroline and Sarah Anne.


Superintendent Grant Rivera Appointed to Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission 

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Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Grant Rivera was recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission.  Rivera was appointed along with 24 other leaders from across the state, to Boards by the Governor. See a list of all of the board appointees below.

Marjorie J. “Betts” Berry, Center for Rural Prosperity and the Georgia Rural Development Council

Jim Matney, Center for Rural Prosperity and the Georgia Rural Development Council

Jim Pannell, Center for Rural Prosperity and the Georgia Rural Development Council

Dr. Stuart E. Rayfield, Center for Rural Prosperity and the Georgia Rural Development Council

Dr. Tracy W. Gay, Georgia Board of Dentistry 

Dr. Parag Soni, Georgia Board of Dentistry

Dr. Clayton Brent Stiehl, Georgia Board of Dentistry

Henry Bert Yeargan, Georgia Board of Dentistry

Brian Dill, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Mary Ellen Imlay, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission 

Scott Justus, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission
Camila Knowles, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Jerald Mitchell, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Hala Gaines Moddelmog, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission 

Dr. Grant Rivera, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission

Victoria Agyekum, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Ryan Blythe, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Mollie Cohen, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Karen Gilbert, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Toby R. Hinton, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Holly Kirbo, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Norma Nunez-Cortes, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Amanda Shailendra, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Robert Lee Todd IV, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Dr. Arthur D. Vaughn, Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission