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Dr. Dayton Hibbs
Associate Superintendent
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 268

Jody Drum
Assistant Superintendent for Special Services
250-B Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 238

Jill Sims
Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 228

Mark Lindstrom
Director of Transportation
145 Dodd Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 429-3110, ext. 103

Cindy Culver
Director of School Nutrition
145 Dodd Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 429-3107, ext. 114

Parent Resources

Welcome to the Marietta City Schools Parent Resource Center! You are your child’s first and best teacher and we support you in your efforts to help your child receive a quality education. This page has numerous online resources, parenting tips, and other helpful publications.

Marietta City Schools wants to partner with you to provide all students with a positive and enriching educational experience.


Aspen Family PortalAspen Parent Portal Link Updated
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Bus Stop ArmMCS School Bus
Stop Arm Initiative

Never pass a school bus that is loading or unloading school children at a bus stop! In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to permit counties to equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students. More»
Bus Stop Arm Safety VideoMCS Deploys School Bus Stop Arm Safety Initiative
This school year, Marietta City Schools (MCS) and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) are deploying CrossingGuard®, ATS’ new technology to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of stopped school buses that are boarding or disembarking children. In 2011, Georgia passed legislation to permit counties to equip school buses with video cameras to catch drivers who illegally drive by school buses when they stop to pick up or drop off students. More»
Stay Aware of Safety in your Neighborhood
The Police Email Notification System (PENS) is maintained by Cobb Police to enhance communication between the county’s five police precincts and the communities they serve. The objective of the program is the establishment of e-mail contact with official representatives of Cobb's homeowners associations (HOAs) and business leaders on matters of safety and security. The police will notify businesses and HOAs about crime updates, community rumors, tips on crime prevention and BOLO (Be On the Look Out) information. Visit the PENS Web site for more information.

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety can also deliver real-time emergency notifications specific to an individual’s geographic area via text and email using a web-based system called Nixle. These messages will go to you from the Public Information Office of the Cobb County Police Department and other public safety divisions within Cobb County. You can expect the following types of notifications from Nixle:
  • Armed or dangerous persons in their area
  • Missing person alerts to include Amber Alerts, Levi's Call and Mattie's Call
  • Fatality or severe injury accidents resulting in significant traffic delays
  • Other critical incidents that require real-time notification

Go to to sign up.

Title I Informational Video Highlights Marietta Reads! Literacy Initiative Support
Marietta City Schools (MCS) new Title I informational video is now online.

The video highlights Marietta Reads! created as part of an initiative to improve literacy throughout the Marietta City school district and community. Title One is a part of the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965”, a federal program that provides funds to develop supplemental instruction and resources for students who may be at risk of failing Georgia’s math or reading requirements. More»
Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals Online!
SchoolLunchApp Marietta City Schools (MCS) parents/guardians with children attending non-Provision II* schools can now apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! Visit to get started today.
The following MCS Provision II Schools are not eligible for the online program: Park Street, Dunleith, Lockheed, Sawyer Road, and Hickory Hills Elementary.
Georgia Releases List of Focus Schools, March 20
On March 20, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released a list of 156 schools that need additional attention to address gaps in achievement and graduation rates between groups of students. Those schools are designated "focus" schools, one of the three new designations required to be used by Georgia as a result of the waiver from federal No Child Left Behind accountability mandates. Marietta Middle School and Marietta High School are among the 156 “focus” schools named in the GaDOE list. What is a GaDOE Focus School?
Aspen Family Portal: Parent Tutorial VideoAspen Family Portal
Parent Tutorial Video

Marietta City Schools (MCS) parents/guardians now have access to an online tutorial video about the new MCS student information system parent support feature: Aspen Family Portal (AFP).
MCS Student Sexual Harassment Training
In accordance with Board Policy JAEB, Marietta City Schools (MCS) is required to conduct age-appropriate training and education for all students (grades PreK-12) regarding what constitutes sexual harassment, the school district's policy and disciplinary consequences for violating the policy, and procedures for reporting student sexual harassment. Preventing and remedying student sexual harassment in schools is essential to ensure a nondiscriminatory, safe environment in which all students can learn.
Parent Letter
Training Presentation (Grades 7-12)
Marietta City Schools Offers Internet Essentials
Marietta City Schools offers Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program recently launched by Comcast. Internet Essentials provides families with children eligible for a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program with Low-Cost Internet Service, Affordable Computers and Digital Literacy Training. Internet Essentials participants receive: Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus applicable taxes with no price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees. For more information, visit for English or visit for Spanish. Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376, or for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.
Internet Essentials Fact Sheet


New CRCT Common Core Study Guides, Parent Resources Available
Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) Study Guides available for teachers and families to help prepare students in grades three through eight for the CRCT. Revisions have been made to the CRCT Study Guides as a result of the transition to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in the content areas of Reading, English Language Arts, and Mathematics.
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)
Georgia joined with 47 other states well over a year ago to develop a set of core standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics. On June 2, 2011, the Common Core State Standards were released. These standards provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. These standards represent a common sense next step from the Georgia Performance Standards. More information about CCGPS. A Parents' Guide to Student Success in Common Core is available at
Whole Grade Acceleration
Marietta City Schools offers whole grade acceleration as an appropriate educational intervention for exceptionally capable second thru seventh grade* students. Parents/guardians interested in whole grade acceleration should first consult with their child’s teacher and/or counselor concerning the suitability of whole grade acceleration for their child. For more information, parents should contact their child’s school.
Move On When Ready Program
The Move On When Ready Program (MOWR) is a dual enrollment opportunity for Marietta High School students to attend a postsecondary institution on a full-time basis during their junior and/or senior year of high school.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a learning process that matches general education classroom instruction to each student’s learning needs. In other words, educators respond to a student’s academic and/or behavior challenge with the right amount of intensity in classroom learning supports.

School and Internet Safety

Web Photos Can Reveal Secrets
Parents may not realize that when they or their children upload photos to the Internet they can disclose where they live, work, and play. Geotags identify where the photo or video was taken.
• New York Times: Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live
• Birmingham science news | Geotagging photos endangers children
• NBC Chicago: Online Photos Could Give Strangers Your Exact Location (Video)
School Bus SafetyBus Safety Is Every Student's Responsibility
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "School buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States." However, proper student behavior while on the bus leads to a safe environment for everyone and plays an important role in bus safety.

play video Video: School Bus Safety is Every Student's Responsibility
New Law Places More Children In Booster Seats
More children must use car booster seats under the new state law. Under the measure, nearly all children ages seven and under will now have to sit in booster seats while riding in a car in Georgia.
Changes to GA Booster Seat Law
What you need to Know Booster Seat Law
MCS Response to National Terrorism Advisory System
National Terrorism Advisory SystemMarietta City Schools (MCS) uses the National Terrorism Advisory System to inform the public and our employees of changes in the terrorist threat level in the United States and its possessions. Comprehensive response procedures are contained in the district-wide safety plan and each local school safety plan. For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System or to receive NTAS alerts, visit
No Bully SignWhat is School Bullying?
Marietta City Schools and the Marietta Police Department have developed a useful video to educate parents about bullying in schools and how to recognize its signs and intervene appropriately. Visit our School Safety page for more helpful resources and information.
Cybersafety Booklet For Parents/Kids Now Available
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, a new booklet released by the Federal Trade Commission, tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues like cyber bullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer. The free booklet is available at, the federal government’s online safety Web site.
What Parents Need to Know About Social Networking and More
Cable in the Classroom has created short online videos illustrating the major elements of social networking, using MySpace as the example, and explaining the characteristics of Web 2.0.

Financial Aid

About, a free and powerful online resource for Georgians pursuing higher education is the official source for all information regarding state scholarships, grants, loans and other financial services. This powerful online resource is a one-stop shop that helps Georgians plan, apply and pay for college. GAcollege411 is a free service of the State of Georgia provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and many of its partners. For more information, visit
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and SB10
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship provides eligible special education students with the opportunity to attend another public or an approved private school. To apply for a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, click here.


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Food Recall Information
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Let's Move - Help Solve Childhood Obesity
Let's Move Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let's Move provides parents the support they need to provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.

Helpful Publications

Educational Terms in Everyday Language
Education, like all professions, has a specialized vocabulary that parents and others may have a difficult time understanding. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has assembled an online glossary, “A Lexicon of Learning,” which provides clear definitions of educational terms in everyday language.

View the Lexicon of Learning