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Stephanie Grogan: March Employee of the Month

EOM2Stephanie Grogan serves as a paraprofessional at Park Street Elementary where she has a continuous impact on the lives of students, staff, and families. Stephanie has a kindhearted and genuine spirit, and her love and commitment for MCS runs deep.

“Ms. Grogan works very hard for Park Street,” said Diona McIntire, the principal at Park Street Elementary. “She goes above and beyond and consistently does all she can to meet the needs of students. Not only is she a Park Street alumna, but she regularly serves the Marietta City community. Ms. Grogan’s care and passion for education shows in her work every day. She is a role model for students and staff and is always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. We are truly blessed to have Ms. Grogan as part of our Park Street Family.”

Stephanie has worked at MCS for 33 years, but MCS has always been a huge part of her life and who she is. She, along with her family, have all attended Marietta City Schools.

“After graduating from college I came back to Marietta to put back what Marietta gave me–a solid foundation of encouraging students and teaching them that they can do and become anything they want to,” she explained. More than anything, Stephanie loves the students she gets to interact with and impact every day.  She enjoys seeing their progress inside and outside the classroom, and she is always excited to go to a game or see a play that her students are performing in at MCS.

Stephanie often goes above and beyond, lending a helping hand beyond the parameters of her role. One example of this is when a child was choking in the cafeteria during lunch and Stephanie immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver. Now, every day when the child sees her he thanks her for helping him.

In her free time, Stephanie is very involved in her church and community. She serves as a Daughter of Zion, a member of E.L. Keys, Zion Women’s Ministry, The Pastor’s Aid, the Food Ministry, Transportation Ministry, and the sick and shut-in ministry.

“It is truly a great honor to be selected as employee of the month for Marietta City Schools,” Stephanie said. “I attended Marietta City Schools which makes it an even greater honor. I have seen many changes throughout Marietta City Schools as a student and as an employee. I would like to say thank you to Marietta City Schools and the community at large. Go Big Blue because we are #AllIn !”

We congratulate Stephanie Grogan for being recognized as the March District Employee of the Month!


MCS Continues Relationship with Comer Yates and Atlanta Speech School

IMG_2861Marietta City Schools continued its commitment to advocating for strong practices to enhance literacy development in young learners during the month of March.

The district welcomed Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, to collaborate with leaders from across the district during visits to Park Street Elementary School and Burruss Elementary School.

Mr. Yates and his team of experts spent the day conducting learning walks, reflecting and leading powerful conversations around language acquisition, and the building of the reading brain. Mr. Yates commented on the positive rapport between teachers and students evident in his walks at both schools.

He also congratulated administrative teams at both schools on the strong foundations built around phonological and phonemic awareness. Mr. Yates has been an active part of the conversation on best practices around the phonics and reading classrooms. He was the keynote speaker on the professional learning day on January 4, 2019, and spoke to all kindergarten teachers and paraprofessionals about the importance of building a phonological map for all students. He was a featured speaker at the district’s Get Georgia Reading Summit also held during the month of March.

Mr. Yates has been an incredible addition to the Blue Devil family, helping to plan and develop teaching strategies at the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center, as well as the development and next steps for “phonics matters” and reading initiatives currently in place in the district. Marietta values this strong partnership as we continue to provide the best instruction for all our students.


Marietta City Schools Kicks Off Groundbreaking of New Park Street Elementary School

Marietta City Schools had their official Groundbreaking Ceremony  March 21, 2019 to kick off the construction of the new Park Street Elementary School. Funding was received from 2018 Bond Proceeds and E-SPLOST V to rebuild the school, located at 105 Park Street in Marietta. Park Street Elementary is the oldest school in MCS district, and due for a much-needed upgrade. Park Street first opened its doors to students for the 1942-43 school year. Park Street underwent a facelift in the mid-80s at a cost of $2.4 million funded by taxpayers.

“We are excited to sling the first shovels as we build a new school for the students, staff, and community of Park Street Elementary. Our design team has been committed to both honoring the history of this school while, at the same time, being future-focused as we integrate the very best learning spaces, resources, and technology. A special thank you to all the voters of Marietta and Cobb who supported the E-SPLOST referendum in 2017 – our new elementary school is made possible because of you!”

The original building will be taken down after the new building is constructed on the same property, the name will remain the same. Parking for staff and parents will be erected where the old building now stands.

The new facility will be approximately 70,000 square feet and have three stories. Cost is estimated at $17 million, R. K. Redding Construction, Inc. of Bremen was awarded the contract.  Breaux & Associates of Alpharetta are the architects on the project. The completion of the new school is scheduled for July 2020 with the opening to students in August 2020.

Architectural renderings show that great care has been taken to incorporate elements of the original school into the new design.


A Golden Radish and a Garden for MCS

Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2018 Gold Level Golden Radish Award recipient! The Golden Radish Award salutes Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs, such as local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating gardening and cooking activities into the curriculum. In its third year being recognized, the MCS Nutrition Department is proud to receive the gold level award for the first time. The nutrition department was recognized at the November 2018 Board of Education meeting.

MCS Nutrition Director, Cindy Culver believes the creativity and hard work of her team made the difference this year. “From school gardens to partnering with groups such as Atlanta United, they’ve gone above and beyond to introduce our students, parents, and teachers to the benefits of healthy eating.” Check out this video from Park Street Elementary and find out why our MCS Nutrition Department is #SpecialDifferentBetter.