This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter



November 20, 2015


Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Educators

Receives 2015 Unsung Heroes Award

Voya Financial Award and Grant for $2,000


 Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Teachers Nina Small, Shawnette Johnson, and Ashley Powell are recipients of the 2015 Voya Financial Unsung Heroes Award and collectively received a $2,000 grant for their education project “iFlow tablet Learning Lab.”
The team’s innovative teaching idea, “iFlow tablet Learning Lab,” focuses on increasing student achievement, motivation and engagement in the classroom by infusing technology into the learning environment. More>>


Recognizing Our MCS Angels

MCS Angels Award

Awarded to the Abiding Angels of Marietta First United Methodist 




The first MCS Angels Award is presented to the Abiding Angels of  Marietta First United Methodist Church. The Abiding Angels began its partnership with MCS over years four ago. It was initiated by Forrest Cate, Phyllis Clark and the late Jan Cofield - whose spirit lives through her husband (Gene Cofield’s) participation. The Angels coordinates a yearly Christmas Program for 150 identified students and Families each year. They have generously assisted us in Stocking our local Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, Provided water and snacks for the MHS school nurse and sponsored a Book Bag Fair for this school year. This year the Angels distributed thousands of Book bags complete with School Supplies.  Their giving spirit and partnership continue to grow each school year.

November Employee & Student of the Month


Jacob Garcia is the drama instructor at Marietta High School.  He has been with Marietta City Schools since August 2012. In that time Mr. Garcia has worked tirelessly to develop the performing arts program so it that reaches across the entire school district.   He has cultivated a learning environment that supports high expectations balanced with a climate of trust needed to increase student success. More>>


Noah David Taylor is an outstanding kindergarten student in all academic areas at Hickory Hills Elementary.  His reading and math skills are well above grade level and he has a thirst to learn more.  Noah David looks for additional challenges, frequently asking his teacher for extra homework and thrives on doing special projects. More>>

   Possibilities in Action Partner Award

Susan Donlin, a special education teacher at Marietta Middle School, is selected as a Possibilities in Action Partner – for making an outstanding difference in the lives of students at MMS as part of this national program. Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Possibilities in Action Partner program seeks to emphasize supporting the needs of the whole child in furthering positive school outcomes and to honor individual members of the school community who exemplify identification and promotion of the possibilities within each student. More>>


   Athletic Spotlight

Marietta High School Boys Cross Country


Two Consecutive Years in a Row

Marietta High School Boys’ Cross Country successfully defended the State Championship in 2015.  The team won a number of meets this season including the Adidas Challenge, Coach Wood Invitational, Cobb County Championship, Region Championship, and lastly the State Championship.  The team set a new record for the lowest score in a state meet for the largest classification by placing 4 runners in the top 6 places and had the individual State Champion in Carlos Torres and runner-up in Hayden Tullos.  The team is currently ranked 19th in the nation and will race for the Southeast bid to the national championship meet on November 28th in Cary North Carolina. 


The members of the 2015 Marietta Blue Devils are: Carlos Torres, David Savic, KhayVonn Benson, Ben Patterson, Hayden Tullos, Caleb Johnson, and Ben Gordon   


More from the Marietta Daily Journal

   Learn 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>>

   Choice Application Window is Now Open

District Opens Application Window

Elementary Choice Academies Program


Applications accepted: Nov. 9, 2015 – Jan. 22, 2016

The application window for the 2016-2017 Marietta City Schools (MCS) elementary Choice Academies program is Nov. 9, 2015 through Jan. 22, 2016. Interested Marietta City residents seeking to apply for Choice Academies must submit their completed application no later than Jan. 22, 2016. More>>

   Proposed School Calendars

School Governance Teams Solicit Input

Proposed 2016-2017, 2017-2018 School Calendars

Start dates range from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, offer different Teacher Work Day options


MCS School Governance Teams (SGT) will work with their individual schools to solicit input from all parents and guardians, and district employees, regarding two proposed calendar options for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. SGTs will submit their individual recommendations to the Superintendent by the deadline of Tuesday, December 1, 2015. More>>

   Mark Your Calendars

  • November 20, 2015                     John Berry Concert at MPAC
  • Nov. 9, 2015 - Jan. 22, 2016        Choice Application Window Open
  • Nov. 23 - Nov. 27, 2015               Thanksgiving Break


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