Media Specialist and Technology Coach Amy Crandall of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) was recently recognized as a Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) Innovation in Teaching winner.
The statewide competition rewards teachers who utilize innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition focused on blended and personalized learning applied with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
As 1 of 3 winners from across the state, Amy will receive a $5,000 stipend, and MCAA will receive a $10,000 grant to support innovative instructional strategies. In addition, she will be highlighted by Georgia Public Broadcasting with an opportunity to discuss effective instructional strategies, management techniques, and the winning instructional unit. Amy’s video and teaching resources will be available online for other educators, educational institutions and the general public.
The cold weather isn’t stopping students at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics from making the most of recess this week as they enjoy their brand new playground.
Recognizing the former playground was becoming too small, and outdated for intermediate elementary students, the Marietta Board of Education approved PlaySouth Playground Creators to build the new playground for $119,804 in October of 2018.
Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal at MCAA shared that the students had a voice in the project, helping her with the design by voting on the playground equipment and color.
“MCAA is excited to share our new playground, said Dr.Patterson. “We appreciate the MCS BOE recognizing that our students needed an upgrade to keep them safe and healthy.”
Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Marietta City Schools, Erick Hofstetter said the district is excited to construct playgrounds that will help students grow and make childhood memories.
“Play is an essential and important aspect to child development. Our focus is on providing a play environment that is comfortable, safe, and encourages children to interact.”
Take a look at some of the fun playground moments we captured below as the MCAA 5th graders used the equipment for the very first time.
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.