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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

MMS Swim Team with Trophy

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.


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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Marietta City Schools Shows Continued Growth on Newly Designed CCRPI

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“At Dunleith…I made the commitment to support our staff’s professional growth opportunities and ‘get out of the way’ so that they had the opportunity to teach in ways they know will work for students. We treated our staff like professionals and our families like partners.” -Jeff Mosley, Principal, Dunleith Elementary School

Schools in Marietta City Schools (MCS) showed a continued focus on student achievement and growth on the newly redesigned Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), based on data released today from the Georgia Department of Education. Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) (95.9), West Side Elementary (90.5), Dunleith Elementary (83.4), Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (81.9), and Marietta High School (76.3) scored above the state average on Georgia’s education accountability tool that measures how well its schools, districts, and the state are helping students achieve their goals. MCS earned an overall score of 75.2.

“Our teachers, counselors, and principals have an exceptional commitment to supporting all students and closing the achievement gap,” said Grant Rivera, Superintendent of Marietta City Schools. “Getting better scores isn’t enough here in Marietta. We continue to meet the needs of the whole child through innovative classroom learning, family engagement, and a relentless focus on student achievement data.”

According to the Georgia Department of Education, the redesigned CCRPI is simpler and streamlined, measuring five components – Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness and Graduation Rate (high schools only). The number of indicators within each component was reduced in this redesigned version of the assessment. Due to the changes in CCRPI components and indicators, as well as the weighting of components, a comparison between CCRPI scores from last year to this year is not appropriate.

The real Marietta story of improvement lies in the progress scores, which show that MCS schools are significantly closing the achievement gap. Five schools demonstrated significant progress, proving that students are growing academically at a higher and faster rate than similar students throughout the state: Dunleith (99.0), MCAA (90.5), West Side Elementary (87.7), Marietta High School (87.4), and Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (86.0).

“At Dunleith we saw an increase in our CCRPI scores due to our intentional engagement with our students and their families,” said Jeff Mosley, Principal of Dunleith Elementary. “We made sure our teachers not only felt valued and appreciated but also empowered to do the work that needed to be done to improve the academic lives of their students. We focused on learning targets, maximizing instructional time and student engagement, and I made the commitment to support our staff’s professional growth opportunities and ‘get out of the way’ so that they had the opportunity to teach in ways they know will work for students. We treated our staff like professionals and our families like partners.”

Of the five schools recognized for progress, Dunleith (100.0), Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (100.0), and Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (100.0) had extraordinary Closing Gaps scores, which measures how all students and all student subgroups are making improvements in achievement rates. A total of five MCS schools outperformed the state in the area of Closing Gaps: Dunleith, MCAA, West Side, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, and Marietta High.

MSGA Principal Corey Lawson spoke to his school’s progress, “MSGA received the highest possible score on “Closing Gaps” – 100%.  The data is a glimpse into the ongoing and complex work of intentional and purposeful focus on growth for all of our students. Our achievement gains speak to the team effort, which includes all staff, students, and families, focused on the success of every child,” said Lawson.

Five Marietta schools received a five-star climate rating: A.L. Burruss Elementary, Lockheed Elementary, West Side Elementary, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, and Marietta Middle School. The school climate star rating is determined by a combination of criteria which includes discipline, attendance, survey data, and safe learning environment. Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating, which is calculated using data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey, Georgia Parent Survey, student discipline data, and attendance records for students and staff.

The Georgia Department of Education provides a more detailed explanation of CCRPI and individual school scores at www.gadoe.org/ccrpi.

Blue Devil Pride Shines Bright During 2018 Homecoming Parade

The Marietta High School Student Council brought the entire community together to demonstrate Blue Devil pride during the 2018 homecoming parade.

Dubbed the “crème de la crème” of MHS Homecoming events, the “GAME ON” themed event was the most successful parade yet with 25 float participants and 100% participation from Marietta elementary schools.

MHS Student Council faculty advisor Ms. DeJarnett says the winning floats were judged and selected according to the “technological theme integrated with Blue Devil Pride portraying School Spirit.”

Now for the winners:

Elementary Category

Distinguished Judges Award – West Side Elementary

1st Place – Hickory Hills  

2nd Place – Dunleith Elementary

3rd Place – Sawyer Road Elementary

Honorable Mention – Lockheed Elementary

The High School, Middle School, MSGA Category:

1st place – Marietta High School DECA

2nd place – Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Football Team

3rd place – Marietta High School Spanish Honor Society

Congratulations to the MHS Student Council, volunteers and the community for coming together to show support for our Marietta Blue Devils, who came out with an impressive victory against North Cobb on Friday night. See you this Friday when MHS takes on Hillgrove!

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.

Cliffhangers! Third Graders at West Side Learn Strategies for Engaging Writing (Video)

Watch as Mrs. Young’s Third Grade class at West Side Elementary discovers the excitement of cliffhangers while reading the book “Stone Fox.” Mrs. Youngs says that reading aloud helps students hear the same strategies out loud that they are using in their writing. “They have been really caught off guard by the cliffhangers that the author leaves each chapter with. And they are thinking, “Am I engaging my readers in the same way with my writing?”

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