This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter


December 12, 2014   

Marietta City Schools

Launches One Book Challenge

Marietta Reads! Initiative


Marietta City Schools (MCS) launches the Marietta Reads! One Book ChallengeSuperintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck kicked-off the campaign by challenging Marietta City Mayor Steve Tumlin, Cobb County Public Library System Director Helen Poyer, and two MCS board members – Vice Chair Irene Berens (Ward 7) and Jill Mutimer (Ward 4) to read one book selected by the Marietta Reads! Committee. This year’s book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. 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.
  • For those without a social media account, pictures may be sent to onebook@marietta-city.org.

“At Marietta City Schools, we continually stress the importance of literacy and one goal of Marietta Reads! is to have adults in our community serve as literacy leaders,” said Dr. Lembeck. “The One Book Challenge is an initiative to create a culture of reading in our community. We want all of Marietta to pick up this one book, read it, and pass it on to someone who would benefit from it.”


The One Book Marietta project was created to provide the Marietta Community a common experience of reading the same book so that impromptu book discussions, shared inquiry, as well as organized book clubs and events can spring up to connect us through a literary work. Adult readers can model reading and serve as literacy leaders to our youth.



 National Hour of Code

Elementary Schools Participate in Second Annual Hour of Code

A.L. Burruss, Lockheed, and Sawyer Road Elementary Schools, and Marietta Center for Advanced Academics participated in the Hour of Code this week.. They learned about what coding is and participated in coding activities on web sites. More>>


 State Championship Placement


MHS Places in Georgia High School State Dance Championship


Marietta High School Dance Ensemble received Third Place in the Performing Arts Division of the Georgia High School State Dance Championships


 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>>



 Join MCS - Special Services


Marietta City Schools is looking for substitutes who have worked successfully with students with disabilities and are proficient in ASL. To apply, please contact the Department of Special Services at 770-427-4631. 



 Learning Anytime - Anywhere 24/7

Virtual Learning Opportunities

A resource that provides opportunities for students to learn beyond traditional school hours. We strongly encourage parents and students to take advantage of these resources. More>>



 Mark Your Calendars


  • December 16                     BoE Regular Scheduled Meeting 
  • December 22 - January 2    Holiday Break (MCS offices & schools are closed)


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