BOARD NOTES MARCH 2024

Dear MCS Family,

Looking back on last night's board meeting, I'm thankful to each school for helping us celebrate our board members. Your gifts and heartfelt words added a meaningful touch to School Board Appreciation Week. The thoughtful gifts and sincere expressions of appreciation truly underscore the sense of unity and mutual support that characterizes our community. It's this spirit of collaboration and care that drives our district forward.

Looking ahead, please remember our schools and the central office will be closed from April 1 through April 5 for Spring Break. I hope this time off allows everyone to recharge so we can all return with renewed energy to close out the school year on a high note.

Thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to excellence.

With gratitude,

Grant

Marietta City Schools

Summary - Board of Education Meeting

March 12, 2024 | Combined Work Session-Regular Monthly Meeting

Student Of The Month

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize Penelope Pincus, a fourth-grade student at West Side Elementary, as the Student of the Month for March.

Penelope has distinguished herself as an academic achiever and an innovative inventor with her latest creation, "Burns No More – Animal Friends." Designed to protect children from burns while engaging with household craft supplies, her invention addresses a common yet overlooked problem. This remarkable project has propelled Penelope to the prestigious state-level InVenture Prize competition at Georgia Tech, where she stands out as the only individual contestant. Penelope excels in her advanced ELA, math, and MILE classes. Her unique blend of intellect, creativity, and character makes her a standout student.

Congratulations to Penelope Pincus for her recognition as the March Student of The Month.

Student Of The Month

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize Chelsea Guerrero, a fourth grader at Sawyer Road Elementary, as the Student of the Month for March.

Chelsea embodies the spirit of an IB learner and a student with a "Be Somebody" mindset. Her principled nature and commitment to going the extra mile for others, including her teachers, is commendable. Her infectious smile and her role as a volunteer for newcomers in the MCS community exemplify her thriving spirit. We also applaud her participation in the winter production of The Grinch, which showcased her diverse talents.

Congratulations to Chelsea Guerrero for her recognition as the March Student of The Month.

Employee of The Month

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to congratulate Catherine Hettrich, a Reading Specialist at Sawyer Road Elementary, on being named Employee of the Month for March.

Catherine notably uses her planning time to examine academic data to analyze areas for literacy improvement and ways to help make student goals achievable. She collaborates with her fellow teachers to ensure she takes the best approach. Catherine sets high expectations, and with her help, students have improved their literary performance. She expects nothing short of excellence in academic products, which shows through student success.

Congratulations to Catherine Hettrich for her recognition as the March Employee of The Month.

Employee of The Month

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to congratulate Sara Kany, a Reading Specialist at West Side Elementary, for being selected as the Employee of the Month for March. Through the Science of Reading journey, Sara has been a critical supporter and leader for the West Side community. She is also striving to be a district leader, stepping into a new role as Office of Academic Achievement ELA Coordinator.

Congratulations to Sara Kany for her recognition as the March Employee of The Month.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize and thank North River Church for its contributions throughout the MCS community. North River Church provides dozens of meals for families during the holidays and school breaks. Members have also succeeded in raising $7,000 to start food pantries for two of our schools and work with MCS to gift books to children in the community.

Congratulations to North River Church for its outstanding support, and thank you to Jasmine Jackson, Noelle Broyles, and a host of volunteers for receiving this special recognition.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize Lidl's contributions to the MCS community. Lidl customers registered to give points to a local high school, and the community raised enough money for Marietta High School to receive the most points. In return, Marietta High School's Student Life Center was awarded $7,500 toward its Come and Get It program, which provides food to students before extended school breaks.

Congratulations to Lidl for their recognition, and thank you to Tyler Watson and Amanda Jones for receiving this special recognition.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize Simple Needs Georgia for its contributions throughout the Marietta City Schools community.

Simple Needs is an organization dedicated to fulfilling the necessities of vulnerable populations, including children and individuals facing homelessness. Beyond meeting immediate physical needs, the organization brings joy to social worker-referred families through thoughtful gifts for birthdays and holidays. Simple Needs annually contributes thousands of dollars in gift cards to our social workers, further supporting families and reinforcing the community's role in bridging gaps and fostering a culture of generosity and support.

Congratulations to Simple Needs, and thank you to Brenda Rhodes and Stacy McIlwain for receiving this special recognition.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize SA Recycling for its contributions throughout the Marietta City Schools community.

SA Recycling sponsored the MCS Department of Special Services' 2024 Yes I Can Awards, which celebrated the achievements of students with disabilities and the staff workers who support them. SA Recycling has also become another proud sponsor for the new Lockheed Literacy Flight Path, which displays 16 stations for students to read along a walking trail and continues to help with the district's Lunch Angels program.

Congratulations to SA Recycling, and thank you to Tre Binner and David Clark for receiving this special recognition.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize The Marietta Police Department's contributions to the MCS community.

MPD officers and employees spent time accompanying students for the annual "Shop with a Cop" event on December 12, which hosted 60 students from across all MCS schools. Each student was awarded a $200 spending budget to buy products they might have needed, gifts for their families, and toys for themselves for the holidays.

Congratulations to the Marietta Police Department, and thank you to Major Mike Goins for receiving this special recognition.

Special Recognition

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education would like to recognize Marietta Sixth Grade Academy's Advanced Drama program for its achievements during the January 2024 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta.

The group earned the prestigious Excellence in Ensemble award. Students Amir Smith and TJ Lowe were recognized as performance all-stars among the standout performers, while Director Josh Waters was honored with the 2024 Freddie G. Fellowship. This prestigious accolade recognizes his exceptional talent and dedication. This award includes an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, where he will collaborate with Broadway professionals, and a $5,000 scholarship to support the MSGA Drama program for the 2024-25 school year.

Congratulations to the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy's Advanced Drama program, and thank you to Director Josh Waters and TJ Lowe for receiving this special recognition.

Board Meeting Approvals

  • Approval of Minutes - 2/13/2024 Combined Work Session-Regular Monthly Meeting (7/0-Approved)
  • Approval of Minutes - 3/1-2/2024 Board of Education Training/Planning Retreat (7/0 - Approved)
  • Adoption of Agenda (7/0 - Approved)
  • Summer School/EXCELerate Academy - Marietta High School (7/0 - Approved)
  • Fast Start Academy - Kennesaw State University (7/0 - Approved)
  • Orton-Gillingham Training - Classroom Educator (7/0 - Approved)
  • Adoption of Reading Curriculum (7/0 - Approved)
  • Flooring Replacement - Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center (7/0 - Approved)
  • Resolution - Adoption of Local Facilities Plan (7/0 - Approved)
  • Field Trips (7/0 - Approved)
  • Executive Session (7/0 - Approved)
  • Approval of Personnel Action (7/0 - Approved)
  • Approval of Administrative Personnel Action (7/0 - Approved)
  • Approval of Administrative Contracts (5/2 - Approved)