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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.

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:

Learn more about assessments in MCS: