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.
New 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.
Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2018 Gold Level Golden Radish Award recipient! The Golden Radish Award salutes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating gardening and cooking activities into the curriculum. In its third year being recognized, the MCS Nutrition Department is proud to receive the gold level award for the first time. The nutrition department was recognized at the November 2018 Board of Education meeting.
MCS Nutrition Director, Cindy Culver believes the creativity and hard work of her team made the difference this year. “From school gardens to partnering with groups such as Atlanta United, they’ve gone above and beyond to introduce our students, parents, and teachers to the benefits of healthy eating.” Check out this video from Park Street Elementary and find out why our MCS Nutrition Department is #SpecialDifferentBetter.
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!
Thank you First Lady Sandra Deal for sharing your love of literacy with our Dunleith Elementary School students, as well as students around the state of Georgia. We appreciate you!
Congratulations to the Marietta High School Swim and Dive Team, led by Coach Kristina Nesbitt, on their recent meet. MHS girls team placed 3rd and the MHS boys placed 2nd at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational.
The following swimmers earned 1st places and qualified for the State and County Meets:
- Max Denney, Chris Castaldo, Alex Le, and Victor Osorio – 200 Medley Relay
- Chris Castaldo – 500 Free, 100 Butterfly
- Alex Le – 200 IM, 50 Freestyle
- Eliza Reardon, Chloe Parker, KC Harper, Katharine Smart – 200 Medley Relay
- Chloe Parker – 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke
- Eliza Reardon – 100 Freestyle
- KC Harper – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke
This is the fifth season for the MHS Blue Devil swim teams. Last year the teams had a total of 14 state qualifiers with the boys placing 15th at state and girls placing 26th at state, earning their highest place at last year’s GHSA State Meet in the school’s history.
Marietta Middle School students had the opportunity to also compete and bring home their first trophy at the same meet. The MMS boys’ and girls’ teams earned 1st place at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational. The following swimmers won their events:
- Jack Vega – 50 Freestyle
- Jessica Harper – 100 Freestyle
- Sofia Etheredge – 100 Breaststroke
- Lindsay Lavelanet, Ella Chevalier, Mikayla Moore, Kindle Martin – 200 Freestyle Relay
Marietta FastPitch set a new school record this year, sending four students to represent the school’s softball team on the 3-7A All-Region Team, the most the school has ever sent according to Head Coach Neal Sammons.
“Great things are on the horizon for Marietta Fastpitch,” said Sammons. “This is the first time we’ve had so many players represented on the All-Region team. If you see these young ladies in the Marietta High hallways, please say congratulations to them.”
The following students are representing Marietta Fastpitch in All-Region play.
1st Team All-Region Infielder – Zoe Adams (10th)
2nd Team All-Region Outfielder and Flex – McKenzie Walker (10th)
2nd Team All-Region Catcher – Talia Thomas (11th)
Honorable Mention Outfielder – MiKayla Duke (10th)
Check out a few photos from this fall’s Fast Pitch Season:
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 www.marietta-city.org/ride360 for more details.
“Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair,” a children’s book by Patricia Polacco, was unveiled this weekend by Marietta City Schools (MCS) Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera as the district’s Marietta Reads! One Book.
Marietta Reads!, the MCS citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, celebrates its 16th year anniversary this school year. 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. “Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair” was selected by MCS Media Specialists due to its simple message that encourages self-discovery and overcoming challenges.
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. District partner, The Credit Union of Georgia, presented a check of $500 during the unveiling to support literacy efforts in MCS.