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Sealed bids for Sale of Surplus Drivers Education Vehicles are being accepted by the Board of Education of the City of Marietta until 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014.
Invitation to Bid

Sealed bids for Custodial Services are being accepted by the Board of Education of the City of Marietta until 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Request for Proposal

Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month
Lela Horne is an ESOL Lead teacher at Sawyer Road Elementary.  Lela incorporates interactive journals, technology and graphic organizers into all aspects of her instruction as she differentiates learning for her students.  She has worked tirelessly helping her team gain a better understanding of the procedures and the organization required in fulfilling ESOL duties. Lela has shown her team great instructional strategies in teaching English Language Learners.  She is currently assisting the ESOL team and Sawyer Road prepare for a system-wide department audit.

Student of the Month

Student of the Month

Sarah Dickerson is a 12th grade full IB diploma candidate student at Marietta High School who recently won three state-wide culinary competitions. A member of a three-person team, she won the Management event at the Georgia ProStart Invitational, at the Georgia SkillsUSA competition she created an award winning dish within an hour from a prescribed set of ingredients and at the Georgia FCCLA STAR Event Competition, Sarah won the Applied Math in Culinary Arts. Sarah traveled to Lynchburg College in Virginia where she has been accepted into the Westover Honor’s Program. While there she participated in the Annual Scholarship Competition for outstanding students.

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America’s Most Challenging High Schools04/18 Marietta High School Named –
The Washington Post’s America’s
Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post recently ranked Marietta High School (MHS) among the nation’s top public high schools on its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Only 2063 schools out of over 20,000 U.S. public High schools managed to earn placement on the Washington Post 2014 National High School Challenge Index. “It is critical that we challenge our students to achieve at higher levels and I was really pleased to see that Marietta High School, for the 4th consecutive year, was included among the nation’s most challenging high schools. This follows the fifth year of being named one of the best high schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the best high schools in the Nation,” said Dr. Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools Superintendent. “Further, MHS increased in ranking to 1075 out of 2063 schools recognized, from 1248 out of 2068 in 2013.” More»
04/16 Park Street Educator Selected To Attend
2014 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academys

Park Street Elementary School educator Naomi Beverly is among the 150 highly qualified third through fifth grade teachers selected nationwide by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to participate in the 2014 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.  The panel selected teachers based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. More»
Apple for your Teacher Contest - Nominate Your Favorite TeacherAn Apple For Your Teacher Contest - Nominate Your Favorite Teacher
Superior Plumbing and the Marietta Daily Journal have teamed up to give local K-12 teachers working in kindergarten through 12th grade a chance to win an iPad during each week of the 2013-2014 school year. Parents and students can nominate a teacher online. The Marietta Daily Journal Staff will select a winner from the nominations received each week and will present that winner with an iPad. A photo of the teacher and the students will appear in the newspaper each week. This contest is open to any teacher whose primary residence is within a 60 mile radius of the Marietta Daily Journal. 
Board of Education Appreciation Week03/13 Special Week Honors
Georgia’s School Boards

Marietta City Schools (MCS) is joining in a statewide celebration the week of March 17-21, 2014, to salute the work of local school board members. The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has proclaimed March 17-21, 2014, as School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance recognizes the contributions of local boards of education and its members.

Recent Events

American Hero Math DayWest Side American
Hero Math Day, April 9
West Side third graders spent the day participating in integrated stations as part of their American Hero Math Day. Each station was run by parent volunteers and members of the Northwest Metro AT&T Life Member Pioneers. Students participated in activities such as creating arrays of grapes while discussing Cesar Chavez, estimating the number of people in crowds while learning more about Eleanor Roosevelt, and balancing equations for a deeper understanding of Thurgood Marshall’s Brown vs. Board of Education case.

Academy SingersMSGA Academy Singers
at Philips Arena, April 9
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Singers had the honor of performing the National Anthem at Philips Arena before an Atlanta Hawks home game. The Academy Singers, MSGA's Enhanced Chorus class, received VIP access to Philips Arena before performing on the court in front thousands of cheering basketball fans. View the video of this outstanding performance.

Book DistributionDunleith Students Receive
Books, March 28
Dunleith Elementary Over 700 students were provided books thanks to the Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County’s (CISMCC) Annual Book Distribution at Dunleith Elementary School. CISMCC received books from several suppliers, including Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, and dd’s Discount/First Books. Students were excited to receive these books to share with their families for Spring Break.

Chattahoochee Nature CenterWest Side Students Visit Chattahoochee Nature
Center, March 26
West Side Elementary students recently enjoyed a visit to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. They participated in a hands-on, interactive lesson focusing on the different Eco-regions of Georgia and the adaptations of plants and animals in the different habitats of these regions.

Kiwanis Read to ALBMarietta Kiwanis Read to A.L.Burruss students, March 25
On March 25 members of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta read Billy Bully to A . L. Burruss first graders. First graders enjoyed talking with their guest readers, and they learned more about being a friend to others.

Evening of the ArtsMCAA Evening of
the Arts, March 24
Monday, March 24th, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics held its 8th annual Evening of the Arts at the Marietta Performing Arts Center. The standing room only crowd enjoyed student displays of STEAM education in action that focused on African art, music and culture. MCAA partnered with the Hidden Treasures Children Center that serves students in Uganda. MCAA raised over $1,700 for Hidden Treasures at the event to bring their total raised for the school to $2,700.

AladdinA.L. Burruss in Aladdin at The Strand Theater, March 23
A.L. Burruss students performed Aladdin at The Strand on the Marietta Square on March 23. Their practice paid off as they entertained the audience with their singing, acting, and dancing. An encore performance at a school assembly March 29 brought cheers and excitement.

Book PublishingA. L. Burruss and Marietta High School Students Publish Books Together, March 19
March 19 Marietta High School students shared Storyjumper with A .L. Burruss second graders. The high school students read a book they wrote using Storyjumper and then assisted the second graders with writing their own books using the computer program. Anyone can join the fun at!

Young GolfersA. L. Burruss, Young Golfers Outreach Program, March 17
A. L. Burruss beavers played a little golf in the gym the week of March 17. Through the Young Golfers Outreach Program students learned basic golf skills and etiquette.

College Career FairMarietta Performance Learning Center Students Attend College/Career Fair, March 13
On March 13, select Marietta PLC students attended a college fair sponsored by the National Alternative Education Association Conference at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Students visited many college, technical school and military display tables. Students completed free applications, and networked with representatives.

Student AmbassadorsMarietta PLC Students Serve as Ambassadors, March 13
During the recent NAEA (National Alternative Education Association ) Conference held at the Marriott-Marquis in downtown Atlanta on March 13th, Marietta High School students who attend the Marietta Performance Learning Center served as ambassadors. Students pictured from left to right are Anthony Moore, Alondra Ponce, Aleisha Dorinville and Carlos Arranda. They are currently in the Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County sponsored Ambassador Leadership Program at the MPLC.

What's happening at the schools:

A. L. Burruss Elementary Dunleith Elementary Hickory Hills Elementary
Lockheed Elementary Park Street Elementary Sawyer Road Elementary
West Side Elementary Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Marietta Middle School Marietta High School

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Medallion Winners
State Reading BowlMHS Students Place 2nd
State Reading Bowl, March 8

The Marietta High School (MHS) Reading Bowl team recently placed 2nd in the State Reading Bowl championship. The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl finals were held in Athens, GA.

MHS 2014 Reading Bowl Team (shown left to right): Elinor Fulcher, Meredith Duncan, Irazema Diaz Vicente, Asia Leonard, Keana Sherad-Smith, Tucker Hembree, Nick Rios, Selina Bassett, Denise Freeman, Nicole Diaz, and Demetrius Lathan.

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Marietta Reads!By becoming a Marietta Reads! donor/supporter, you can give the gift of reading to someone else. Your generous contributions will help purchase books, supplies, and other resources necessary for implementing sound literacy programs.
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For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Jill Sims at (770) 422-3500. Your support can make a difference.

Community School News

Marietta Community Schools Summer Enrichment Camps
This Summer the Marietta Community School will offer a wide variety of Summer Enrichment Camps. Camps include, but are not limited to, Art Around the World, Motor Mania, E.A.G.L.E. Jr. Golf, Georgia Premier Soccer, Movie Making, Chess Camp, STEAMmulating Summer Fun, Video Game Design, Performing Arts Camp, and much more! Enroll online today or call 770-429-3170 ext. 3306.
pdf file Summer Enrichment Camps Flier

Marietta Community Schools Afterschool Youth Classes, Spring 2014
This spring the Marietta Community School will offer a wide variety of Afterschool Youth Classes at A. L. Burruss Elementary; Dunleith Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Lockheed Elementary, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Sawyer Road Elementary, West Side Elementary, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, and Marietta Middle School. Classes include, but are not limited to, Lego missions to space, Cartooning, Chess Club, Jr. Golf, Sand Art, and much more! Enroll online today or call 770-429-3170 ext. 3306.

Marietta Cobb Drivers EducationMarietta/Cobb Drivers Education- Marietta Community School
The Marietta Community School offers Drivers Education classes for teens ages 15-18 in preparation for the Class D Driver License. The program consists of 30-hours of classroom instruction and 6-hours of driving instruction and meets the Joshua’s Law requirements and qualifies for the Teen Drivers Education Insurance discount.
pdf file Driver's Education Flier

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Stay Aware of Safety in your Neighborhood
The Police Email Notification System (PENS) is maintained by Cobb Police to enhance communication between the county’s five police precincts and the communities they serve. The objective of the program is the establishment of e-mail contact with official representatives of Cobb's homeowners associations (HOAs) and business leaders on matters of safety and security. The police will notify businesses and HOAs about crime updates, community rumors, tips on crime prevention and BOLO (Be On the Look Out) information. Visit the PENS Web site for more information.

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety can also deliver real-time emergency notifications specific to an individual’s geographic area via text and email using a web-based system called Nixle. These messages will go to you from the Public Information Office of the Cobb County Police Department and other public safety divisions within Cobb County. You can expect the following types of notifications from Nixle:

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