This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter



April 22, 2016


Marietta City Schools is hosting its second annual invitation only “Teach Marietta” Job Fair on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Job fair invitations are based upon district needs and applicant qualifications. Individuals interested in joining the MCS team are encouraged to submit an online application and resume at its new recruitment website: www.teachmarietta.org



Statewide Recognition

Marietta High School Student

Wins Shuler Award

Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards


MARIETTA, GA – Marietta High School (MHS) junior Shelbea Owens wins a Shuler Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the MHS musical of Hairspray. Owen will represent MHS and the state of Georgia in theShelbea Owens Wins Shuler Awardnational competition for this category in the summer.

“I remember two years ago, I was standing in my living room watching the Shuler Awards and I told myself that I would be up on that stage someday, and two years later, I wasn’t just up on the stage, I won an actual award! I could not be more honored & humbled to be the recipient of this award,” said Owens.

MHS also received Honorable Mentions for Best Director by MHS Theatre Teacher Jacob Garcia who placed in the top eight in the state; Best Technical Execution by MHS senior Melesa Bennet-Wilson who placed in the top nine in the state; and Best Supporting Actor by MHS senior Calvin Gassmann who also placed in the top nine in the state. More>>

Marietta Middle School Students

Win 1st Place Honors and 4th Place Honors

68th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair


Jordan Mark (right) and Kruin Utschig (left) brought home awards from the recent 68th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held in Athens, GA Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2, 2016. Jordan Mark won first place honors in the Plant Science Division, and won several special awards for his project “Terraforming Mars with Moss”. More>>

Office of Digital Learning

Board Appoints Dr. Jennifer Hernandez

Director of Digital Learning, Marietta City Schools

Hernandez, Current Principal

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics


The Board of Education of the City of Marietta has named Dr. Jennifer Hernandez —the current Principal at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA)—as the new Director of Digital Learning for Marietta City Schools. She assumes the post July 1, 2016.


Hernandez brings eight years’ experience as a teacher, one as a science specialist, and ten years’ elementary grades administrative experience, including one as the principal of MCAA since 2011. She earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN; Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University; a Masters of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.


The Director of Digital Learning is a new position that will provide coordination between the Office of Technology & Information Systems, the Office of Curriculum & Instruction, and school administrators. In this role, Hernandez will lead digital transformation efforts. She will oversee the selection and continuous evaluation of digital learning software, including the implementation of a learning management system (LMS) and evaluation of technology pilot initiatives.


“I am excited about the opportunity to support the leaders, teachers, and students across our school district as we move forward with digital learning,” said Hernandez.

Sign Up for Light the Way 5K

The 2nd Annual Light the Way 5K
Saturday, May 7, 2016

at Marietta High School


Run, walk, or push a stroller in the 5K or 1-Mile and help the Kiwanis Club of Marietta raise funds to support literacy and “Light the Way” to Graduate Marietta!


Light the Way 5K  is a Peachtree Qualifier and is a project of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta to benefit Marietta City Schools' Graduate Marietta initiative.


Race Day Registration: 6:00 p.m.

Pep Rally:  7:00 p.m.

Tot Trot:  7:15 p.m.

1 Mile Fun Run: 7:30 p.m.

5K Run: 8:00 p.m.

Awards:  9:00 p.m.


For more information, go to: lighttheway5k.com 

Win an Apple for Your Teacher

Superior Plumbing and the Marietta Daily Journal have teamed to give a local teacher working in a kindergarten through 12th grade classroom an iPad each week of the 2015-2016 school year. The first winner will be announced the week of October 1 and each week through the end of the school year. Parents and students can go to mdjonline.com to nominate a teacher by clicking on the “Apple for Teachers” icon on the website and completing the online nomination form. The Marietta Daily Journal staff will select a winner from the nominations each week and present the iPad to the winner. A photo of the weekly winner with their students will appear in the Marietta Daily Journal print and online editions. Email your questions to Anappleforteachers@mdjonline.com

Mark Your Calendars

  • April 30, 2016             Teach Marietta Job Fair
  • May 3, 2016                 Sixth Grade Night at MMS
  • May 7, 2016                 Light the Way 5K


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