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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!

Curtain Up! MSGA Academy Actors Receive Coveted Junior Theater Festival Award – Aladdin Jr. Opens Tonight

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AladdinJr.jpgThe Academy Actors from Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, comprised of 25 student actors and actresses, represented MCS at the Junior Theater Festival last month. During the festival, these talented students won the coveted title of Outstanding Production in the elementary division for their performance of Aladdin Jr.

The Junior Theater Festival is a celebration of theater that brings together actors more than 120 performance groups from 40 different states and 6 different countries around the world.

This was the MSGA Academy Actors’ first Outstanding Production award. Additionally, Emilio Eraydin was named Best Actor for his performance as “Genie”, while Thomas Osorio and Libby Barnes were selected to the all-star cast group.

As one of nine Outstanding Production winners and the only one in the K-6 division, the MSGA Drama students were asked to perform one musical number in front of an audience of 6,500 guests at the festival.

MSGA Drama will present the full production of Aladdin, Jr. on February 8 at 7:00 pm and February 9 at 2:00 pm at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School. The performance is directed by Josh Waters, with music direction by Maya Keiser, and choreography by Katie Pilson. Tootie Berniard is the assistant producer for the show, and Sarah Martin serves as the parent liaison for MSGA Drama.

Congratulations to the Academy Actors from MSGA for their amazing talent and production!

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!

Marietta School Community Invited to Review Proposed K-10 Math Curriculum

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Marietta City Schools is in the process of reviewing K-10 math instructional resources that will be used to support teachers and students beginning in the 2019-20 school year.  To date, the district has:

  • Identified school needs articulated by Principals
  • Met with Instructional Coaches to discuss resources to support teaching and learning
  • Reviewed school and district math trend data
  • Developed an RFP and scored each of the proposals to narrow the vendor list
  • Formed a district committee comprised of representatives from all schools (administrators, teachers, support personnel) and district leaders that met with vendors, asked questions, reviewed product samples, and scored products based on school and district needs

As the next phase in the adoption process, Marietta City Schools’ parents, students, community members, administration, teachers, and staff are invited to participate in a review of proposed curriculum learning resources for K-10 mathematics courses.  Through a rigorous selection process, the district committee has recommended two vendors for further consideration: McGraw Hill My Math/Reveal and Pearson EnVision.   Stakeholders will be asked to review the vendors and score them using a rubric that encompasses the following:  curriculum features/content, student materials, assessments, and alignment to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). All data will be collected and compiled electronically.

We are inviting the public to participate in a review of the resources on Monday, February 11th from 8:00 am-11:00 am; Tuesday, February 12th from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm; Wednesday, February 13th from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm; and Thursday, February 14th from 8:00 am-11:00 am at the Marietta City Schools’ Central Office located at 250 Howard Street in Marietta.

Print resources will be available for review in the Small Meeting Room (SMR) during the review hours noted above. Based on input gathered from this multi-step review, a recommendation will be made to the Marietta City Schools’ Board of Education for the adoption of K-10 math curriculum learning resources.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Hernandez at JHernandez@marietta-city.k12.ga.us.

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.

MHS Classes of 2023 and 2026 Rally to Show their Marietta Blue Devil Pride During Operation Graduation

When we first spoke to Marietta High School principal Keith Ball about Operation Graduation he told us, “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. 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.”

So how did students respond to the school visits? This video tells the story! Congratulations Marietta High School on a successful Operation Graduation!

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