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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: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Learn more about assessments in MCS: https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/776

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!

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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Photo Credit: MileSplit.com

“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.

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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MCS Central Office Conference Room Named for Lemon Street Principal

Willie Hill_2018_00031On Friday, December 14, Marietta City Schools honored former Lemon Street High School Principal Willie Hill with a dedication ceremony. The district named the main conference room at the Marietta Central Office after Mr. Hill to honor of his legacy as long-time school and community leader.  

Speaking to the audience of 75 guests were his wife, Nellie Swint Hill, his daughter, Yolanda McGhee, Earnest Williams Chapter President of Omicron Mu Lambda/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Don Johnson representing Mount Zion Church, and former Marietta High School Assistant Principal and first African American leader at Marietta City Schools, Josetta Walker.

A native of Brooks County, Georgia, Mr. Willie Hill served as principal of Marietta’s high school for Black students, Lemon Street High School, from 1965 – 1967. He was the school’s final principal prior to its integration with Marietta High School.

Post-integration, Mr. Hill was named assistant principal of Marietta High School and later became principal of Marietta’s Wright Street Elementary and Park Street Elementary schools.

During the event Superintendent Grant Rivera addressed the Hill family, along with various community members in the audience,  “When I look up at this inscription on the wall and his picture, it’s a reminder to me as superintendent and as an educator in this community to live up to the values of Mr. Hill.”

Upon his retirement as a school leader, Mr. Hill worked as Director of Educational Planning and System Development for Marietta City Schools. A long-time member of Zion Baptist Church, Mr. Hill was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eden Lodge #46, the NAACP, and Board Member for the MACO Credit Union.

Mr. Hill was married to Nellie Swint Hill for thirty-eight years. To this union two children were born: Yolanda Hill McGhee and William Bernard Hill.

Mr. Hill departed this earthly life in 1997, but his legacy in the Marietta City Schools lives on in the fortitude of our students, teachers, and staff.

His picture and biography will now hang at the  entrance of the district’s main conference room

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