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Marietta Middle Orchestra Plays a Sweet Song at District 12 Competition

MMSOrchestra2.pngNAfME (National Association for Music Education) designates March as “Music in Our Schools” month, so it is only fitting that we honor our orchestras at Marietta Middle School this month.

Earlier this month, both MMS orchestras attended the District 12 LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) and for an audience and a panel of judges.

The 7th-grade orchestra received a rating of superior from all 3 judges and a superior in sight reading,

The 8th-grade orchestra received an overall rating of excellent, receiving 2 excellent ratings and 1 superior rating, as well as a superior in sight reading.

LGPE is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association, and each middle school in Cobb County must take one ensemble to LGPE for evaluation.

The judges have score sheets for each ensemble. Each of the elements of judging criteria is based on the National and State Music Standards, and ensembles can receive a rating of superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor.

There are many elements that go into the evaluation, and it is no small feat to earn superior or excellent ratings. Congratulations to all Marietta Middle School orchestra students and directors for a job well done!


Meet Genesis: One of Many Exceptional Students in Marietta City Schools

Genesis_Exceptional students_00025Marietta Middle School student Genesis Juarez loves watching videos of her favorite boy band, Adexe y Nau, communicating with friends on Instagram and SnapChat, and socializing with her peers.  Normal behavior for most teen girls her age, but something that takes a little more effort for a student with Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects a person’s muscle tone and ability to coordinate body movements and control their muscles. Genesis requires a wheelchair and is only able to control her left leg and foot.

“Although CP impacts her speech, that hasn’t stopped Genesis from being able to communicate,” says Marietta Middle School teacher Susan Donlin. “With the use of communication software on a tablet, she can access the software she needs for class by either selecting the correct icons with her left big toe while the tablet is on an easel or by using a joy stick attached to her left foot plate.”

And her teacher also tells us that Genesis has a great sense of humor and enjoys making the other students laugh.

“Genesis’ positive spirit and perseverance are a daily inspiration to those lucky enough to know her,” said Donlin.

Genesis is bilingual and speaks Spanish to her family at home.  The school downloaded the same communication software in Spanish on her personal device so that she can communicate more effectively with her family.

This effort is in line with services provided to students with special needs in the district through the Department of Special Services (DSS).

“Working closely with students, their parents and guardians, and educators, DSS works to create building blocks for successful students,” said Michele Bealing-Sayles, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services at MCS. “Through transition programs designed to provide soft skills, work, career, and employment-training opportunities, we want students like Genesis to graduate from high school better able to be successful citizens.”

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, like the technology used by Genesis, enabling students to better participate in the general education setting

Marietta City Schools is using March 4-8, 2019, known as Exceptional Children’s Week across the country, to highlight our incredible and exceptional students and their teachers.

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Atlanta Braves Foundation Selects Six Marietta Educators for Grant Program

The Atlanta Braves Foundation has teamed up with the Marietta Schools Foundation to fund education projects for Marietta teachers that will provide a lasting and meaningful impact to MCS students through the Educator Grant Program.

Together, the two organizations committed $7,000 to fund professional development opportunities, classroom enrichment, field trips, and any other projects or programs that will improve the learning experience of Marietta students.

Numerous teachers submitted grant requests for their innovative project ideas to enhance student learning. Due to the overwhelming number of quality grant requests, the Marietta Foundation and the Credit Union of Georgia contributed additional funds to increase the planned $7,000 in funding to over $8,500.

Congratulations to the recipients below.

Candice Taylor –  Marietta Middle School
Dr. Kyra Caldwell – Marietta Middle School + Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Beth Silvey – Hickory Hills
Kaitlynn Washington – Hickory Hills
Barco-Paige – Central Office
Throop, Susie – Central Office

MCS thanks the Atlanta Braves Foundation and the Marietta Schools Foundation for supporting the creative energy and innovative mindset of the district’s teachers while advancing their educational programs.

Operation Graduation Launched in MCS


Before heading into winter break, Marietta High School principal Keith Ball launched a new program in the district called ‘Operation Graduation.’  This cooperative initiative focuses on building strong relationships between Marietta’s schools, inspiring the district’s youngest students to aim for a successful graduation from MHS.

“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,” says Ball. “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. Principals have selected VIG’s (Very Important Graduates) based on character, conduct, attendance and grades at each school and those VIG’s will receive a special gift during the event from MHS.”

During the pep rallies every 5th grader (Class of 2026) and every 8th grader (Class of 2023) will receive a rally towel. The rally towel is not only a cool gift, but is also the student’s FREE ticket in the door to two MHS’ upcoming basketball games.

Marietta’s Class of 2026 will be represented at the MHS January 18 basketball game against Kennesaw Mountain High School. Parents and guardians are required to purchase tickets, but every student in the class of 2026 gets in FREE to the game with their rally towel.  All students will sit in a reserved section designated just for the Class of 2026.

The Class of 2023 will have their special night during MHS’ January 11 basketball game against Hillgrove High School.


Five Marietta Middle Scholars Receive $50,000 in REACH College Scholarships

REACH_MMS_20191025_00058Marietta Middle School Students Christine Baker, Christopher Hernandez, Odalis Marcial, Naidellin Marquez Cordero, and Joanna Zarco Lorenzo joined a select group of distinguished eighth-graders this week when they were named REACH Georgia Scholars by Governor Nathan Deal.

The  Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program pairs each student with an academic coach and mentor throughout their high school career. Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, each student will receive a college scholarship worth up to $10,000. This award can be matched by Georgia HOPE-eligible post-secondary institutions for a total of $20,000 per student. This year’s awards to MMS students was made possible by contributions from East West Bank, Marietta Schools Foundation, Zaxby’s (John Silvey), and The Honorable Jim Morris, retired Cobb County Judge

The Marietta Mentoring for Leadership program facilitates the program and matches each student with a community member to mentor them through high school as part of the REACH Georgia program. Parents and guardians, in support of their children’s education, also sign the contract.

Representative Sam Teasley, Associate Superintendent Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile and Marietta Middle School Principal Dr. Dayton Hibbs all offered words of encouragement to the students and their families.