This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter



September 23, 2016



Marietta Middle School Students Selected

as REACH Georgia Scholars


Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen


During a recent Statewide Signing Day, Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed two Marietta City Schools (MCS) students to the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education. The Marietta Middle School (MMS) students chosen to join REACH Georgia are: Ashanti Blackshear, Gabriel Durham-Campbell, Bryan Lugo-Capulo, Juliana Ramirez, and Viviana Rodriguez. More>>


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Spotlights of the Month

September Student of the Month

Student of the Month Sean MacPhersonSean MacPherson – is a 5th grade all “A” honor student at Hickory Hills Elementary School. Sean is an exceptional student; fully engaged, being prepared each day, listening, following directions and being an active learner. For example, while learning about cells, he went home and researched educational videos on cells and shared his findings with his class. He is an avid lover of history as well and gets excited about completing projects that are hands on and tells a story about the past. In addition, Sean always shares what he discovered with his peers. Last year Sean helped the stage crew during the Hickory Hills Dragon Players performance. He was responsible for attending rehearsals and committed to working back stage for all of their shows. Sean did his job with complete seriousness. He is kind and acts as a leader, setting a good example for his peers. Additionally, Sean plays for the Marietta Lacrosse Program. When not playing Lacrosse he enjoys Ice and Roller Hockey; and his guitar lessons. He goes to St. Joseph’s Church with his family and attends classes on Wednesdays. Sean is an outstanding role model for other students, by being a true thinker, learner and caring student.


September Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month Tootie BerniardTootie Berniard – has been with Marietta City Schools since, August 2011. She has boundless energy and an award winning smile to match. Ms. Berniard single-handedly operates the front office with amazing tact, efficiency and a very high level of professionalism. Every day she kindly greets students, parents, substitutes, and anyone else who walks through the doors. After leaving for the day, she heads to Marietta High School to coach JV Cheerleading. Teachers will often go to Ms. Berniard for help and support with grades, ASPEN technical issues, parent contact information, or advice. She works collaboratively with school administration, and support staff to accomplish some very important schoolwide goals. Ms. Berniard is always available to give assistance to others, and if she can’t she will direct you to someone who can. Additionally, Ms. Berniard volunteers and supports all of MSGA’s Theatre/Drama productions. She attends many events associated with Marietta City Schools and is a “True Blue Devil,” having honorably served as The Blue Devil Touchdown Club president in past years and can be seen at Friday night home games and most away games. Ms. Berniard has earned the respect and admiration of the MSGA family and so many others across the Blue Devil nation, going above and beyond each day. She is a true asset to Marietta City Schools and deserving of this recognition.

Graduate Marietta Student Success Center

Click the image below to view a video about the difference that the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center is making in the lives of MHS students.




The Georgia Department of Education Back to School GaDOE newsletter is now available. This newsletter is intended primarily for parents and other stakeholders who may not receive other communications from the GaDOE. 


Mark Your Calendars

Schools Closed for Fall Break, September 26 - 30Happy Fall


All Marietta City Schools are closed for Fall Break, September 26 - 30. Marietta City Schools' central administrative offices, including the Department of Special Services, Transportation and Food Service offices will be open. Classes and regular operation hours resume at these locations Monday, October 3.


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