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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

Bailey Chooses Tennessee

Today, Marietta High School four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey committed to continuing his football career at the University of Tennessee. Only a Junior, the Blue Devil signal-caller has received offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama and Miami. One of his teammates, four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton, is committed to UT’s 2019 class. Bailey will be in UT’s 2020 class.

Bailey, who holds every Marietta High passing record, entered the MHS auditorium this afternoon to cheers from teammates, classmates, staff, and Marietta community members. With hats from both Michigan and Tennessee on the table in front of him, the crowd went wild as he picked up the Tennessee Orange hat and placed it on his head.

Bailey’s talent on the field led Marietta to the state playoffs in 2017 and 2018. He will play in the 2020 Adidas All-American game and carries a 3.6 gpa.

Why did Harrison choose Tennessee? His coach Richard Morgan gave us some insight. “Harrison was looking for a school that could not only provide an opportunity to use his athletic talents, but one where he could continue on a rigorous academic path like what we have here in Marietta. School atmosphere, the coaching staff, the school’s location and the opportunity to develop into a champion player all played into his choice today,” said Morgan.

And what about all of those school records Bailey has been busy shattering? Earlier this school year Coach Morgan told the Marietta Daily Journal this about the pro-style quarterback, “He breaks a record and it’s just, ‘OK’. That’s nice. On to the next challenge. None of it really affects him. None of it is anything he dwells on.”

Harrison Bailey’s 2018-2019 Stats:

212 completions / 335 attempts / 2809 yards and 29 Touchdown Passes in only 9 games played

In 3 years – Harrison holds every Marietta Passing Record:

TD Passes in a season – 29           Pass Completions in a Season – 212        Passing Yards in a Season – 2,812

TD Passes in a Game – 6               Pass Completions in a Game – 37            Passing Yards in a Game – 480

TD Passes in a Career – 71           Pass Completions in a Career – 546         Passing Yards in a career – 7,445

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.

 

Marietta Swimmers Advance to County and State Meets

MHS Swim & Dive Team with Trophy 2018Congratulations 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

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Marietta Launches New ‘Uber-Like’ Bus App

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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.

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Marietta Reads! Announces Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair as this Year’s ‘One Book’

OneBook.2018.JPG“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.

 

Marietta High School Theater Department Wins 2nd Place in Regional Competition

Anatomy of GrayThe Marietta High School Theatre Department can’t stop winning – bringing home multiple awards this weekend during the Regional One Act Competition and a cash prize for their recent award-winning jingle.

This weekend, the cast of “Anatomy of Gray” competed at the Georgia Regional One Act Competition, winning Best Ensemble, Best Costumes, Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Napier), 2 All-Star Cast members (Calvin Rausch and Katie Lloyd), and 2nd place OVERALL in the Region.

Thanks to an overwhelming amount of support from the community, the Marietta High School’s Theatre Department also recently won third place in the statewide Hope for Jingle Contest.  The department was awarded $1500 based on a combination of their creativity and number of votes cast by the community.
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