This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter


January 23, 2015   



Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was a joyful one spent with family and friends!


As we start the second semester of the school year, we reflect on all of the achievements and goals that were accomplished within Marietta City Schools (MCS) thus far. In particular, we are proud to see the advancement and collaboration of the Graduate Marietta Campaign, which fosters community collaboration in equipping MCS students with the knowledge to graduate prepared. This initiative is one that touches all students in grades K-12.


MCS implemented systematic phonics to poise our students for improvements in literacy. In addition, we will continue working on Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and Georgia Milestones so that our students can demonstrate success. We also continue to build community partnerships between the Marietta Performing Arts Center and the Georgia Ballet and Georgia Dance Conservatory; and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, which is also a residency partner.


This year, we welcome a new school board member, Alan Levine, representing Ward 1. Our school board recently earned designation as a 2014 Georgia School Boards Association Quality School Board for best practices in school governance and leadership. Also, our school board approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar, which received a unanimous vote from our School Governance Teams. These are a few system-wide highlights.


The following are some advances that were celebrated in our schools More>>





Employee of the Month

Ann Booker is an Early Intervention teacher and Professional Learning Community Leader at Sawyer Road Elementary. Mrs. Booker recently filled in for the Assistant Principal while she was out on maternity leave; successfully managing administrative duties along with Early Intervention (EIP) and Professional Learning Community Leader (PLC) responsibilities.

Ann is a true leader, as she mentors all of the teachers she works with and provides sound instructional and professional advice to any teacher seeking her expertise. Mrs. Booker analyzes data to support a rigorous learning environment, and helps plan classroom instruction, including all IB meetings. She is considered an IB leader in the school and has been part of the IB implementation and original leadership team that attended training in Texas. The concentration in technology Ann possess has afforded her the opportunity to serve on many committees for the district including; School Fusion, Aspen, SmartBoard training, and laptop purchases. She is a Marietta High School alumnus and is committed to giving back to the Marietta Community. Mrs. Booker is a true asset to Marietta City Schools.


Student of the Month

Juanita Londono is a senior at Marietta High School, on track to graduate in the top 5% of her graduating class while also earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Juanita carries an extremely rigorous academic schedule in Advanced Placement and IB classes, and has earned a 4.1 GPA. Ms. Londono has been in AFJROTC since her freshman year and is also involved in; Beta Club, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, Kitty Hawk (ROTC) Honor Society, AFJROTC Logistics, Commander of Preparation for Summer Leadership Camp, Armed Exhibition Drill Team, and served as Flight Commander to name just a few. She also received numerous medals and awards.


Ms. Londono received an invitation from the United States Military Academy and was provided a scholarship to participate in official visits to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy.She has been part of the Varsity Track and Varsity Cross-Country Teams since ninth grade both of which are Regional Champions and has lettered in each for several years. These teams train year round and require a high level of commitment.


Juanita has participated in several community fund raisers including; the Empty Stocking fund and Santa’s Village, both through ROTC, and was the student coordinator for Fundraising for Ella Mae’s Courage Mission. Ms. Londono is a mature accomplished teen of significant impact and potential.


Marietta Schools Foundation Awards $10K to Marietta City Schools

Foundation Sponsors Graduate Marietta and REACH GA Scholars

Marietta Schools Foundation (MSF) recently presented two checks totaling $10,000 to Marietta City Schools. One check for $5,000 was donated to Graduate Marietta, a campaign that promotes the culture of excellence through strategic K-12 academic initiatives focused on high school graduation. The additional $5,000 will fund one of five students selected in Gov. Nathan Deal’s Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia, a key component of the governor’s Complete College Georgia initiative.  More>>

Marietta High School Theatre Department Production

Peter Pan


Marietta High School Presents Peter Pan, Broadway's Timeless Musical, at the Marietta Performing Arts Center(MPAC). 


      $8 for Students & Teachers (K-College) 
      $12 General Admissions
Performance Times:
      January 22 @ 7:00 pm
      January 23 @10:00 am ($5 Tickets)
      January 23 @ 7:00 pm
      January 24 @ 2:00 pm
      January 24 @ 7:00 pm
      January 25 @ 2:00 pm

 Marietta Reads! One Book Challenge

Individuals from Marietta have stepped up to the challenge. 

Have You taken the Marietta Reads! One Book Challenge?


The One Book Challenge Guidelines are as follows:
  • Read this year’s selected book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
  • Post a “selfie” with the book and nominate/tag three people or organizations to read the book or donate to Marietta Reads!
  • In the social media posts, use the hashtags #mronebookchallenge, #mariettareadsonebook, and #onebookmarietta.

 STEM Magnet Program


District Application Window for the STEM Magnet Program 


Enrollment to the STEM magnet program at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, and Marietta Middle School for students currently residing in the Marietta City Schools district is now open. Enrollment for tuition students residing outside of the Marietta City Schools district commences the second Monday in February. More>>


Marietta Kiwanis 2015 Scholarships Available – March 15 Deadline

Marietta Kiwanis has nine Scholarships available, and encourages all qualified individuals to apply for one of the scholarships by the March 15, 2015 deadline. Information on each scholarship and application forms are available on the club's website www.mariettakiwanis.org/Page/13472


 Mark Your Calendars


  • January 22 - 25th        Peter Pan Musical at MPAC


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