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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.

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 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.

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!

Run, Jump, Swing: MCAA Students are Ready to Play

MCAA_Playground_00009The cold weather isn’t stopping students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics from making the most of recess this week as they enjoy their brand new playground.

Recognizing the former playground was becoming too small, and outdated for intermediate elementary students, the Marietta Board of Education approved PlaySouth Playground Creators to build the new playground for $119,804 in October of 2018.

Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal at MCAA shared that the students had a voice in the project, helping her with the design by voting on the playground equipment and color.

“MCAA is excited to share our new playground, said Dr.Patterson. “We appreciate the MCS BOE recognizing that our students needed an upgrade to keep them safe and healthy.”

Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Marietta City Schools, Erick Hofstetter said the district is excited to construct playgrounds that will help students grow and make childhood memories.

“Play is an essential and important aspect to child development. Our focus is on providing a play environment that is comfortable, safe, and encourages children to interact.”

Take a look at some of the fun playground moments we captured below as the MCAA 5th graders used the equipment for the very first time.

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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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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MSGA Cheer Celebrates Big Win

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy cheerleaders were recently awarded first place at the Florida Police Athletic League Cheer Competition, December 1st, in Daytona Beach, FL.

The only non-Florida squad out of 16 teams, MSGA Cheer placed 1st in the 12U Cheer, Dance and Stunt division.  “We have a hardworking team and the girls represented their school and community very well,” said coach Demetria Walker. “I am so proud of them and thankful to our city for continued support of the team.”

Last school year the team placed first out of five teams in the same competition and has competed under the leadership of Coach Walker for more than five years. In 2017 they won their division and were crowned grand champions at the Inferno Cheer Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Congratulations MSGA!

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MCAA Sees Gymnasium Updates

47003330_1976422865995688_3292636110819164160_nNew gym floors greeted students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) when they returned from Thanksgiving break.

Students were introduced to their new athletic space this week, where Coach Rivers reinforced the rules and guidelines of using the new space with students during P.E. classes. The hardwood floors featuring a newly redesigned MCAA rocket logo replaced carpet that had served as a gym floor for many years at the school.

“We are excited to update this space at MCAA,” said Marietta’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erick Hofstetter. “We have a big vision for our Marietta facilities, and providing students with top notch spaces to learn and play are a priority.”

During the October 2018 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the BOE approved new gym floors for three of the district’s elementary schools, including MCAA. The district expects to spend $114,900 on the improvements which are funded by E-SPLOST V.

 

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