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    Descriptive info: .. Get the Flash Player.. to see this player.. Skip navigation.. Staff.. Blogs.. Curriculum.. Student Info.. Parent Info.. Calendar.. MABRY NEWS ».. May 23, 2007.. The Pythagorean Award at Mabry.. Dr.. Tyson began the Pythagorean Award at Mabry during the 2002 - 2003 school year to recognize the highest math achievement at our school.. The trophy itself, pictured to the left, is an original work commissioned by the renouned.. Read more.. May 22, 2007.. Mica Serves as Page for Senator Chip Rogers.. Earlier in the year I was delighted when Mica's parents shared with me that she was selected to be a Page for State Senator Chip Rogers! In this podcast Mica and I talk about this experience, how she was.. May 16, 2007.. Celebrating Our Professionals of the Year.. Three years ago Cobb County School District began an annual recognition program for the Professional of the Year in which each school staff elected a staff member in a non-certified position for special recognition.. We wanted to do something..  ...   team for one common goal: maximize student achievement.. Data Center.. Helping Your Child.. SUPPORT RESOURCES.. The county provides these support resources for parents and students.. Parent Support.. Student Support.. TECHNOLOGY.. We have a significant emphasis on using technology to enhance learning and achievement.. Syndication Setup Help.. Subscribe to Mabry's Calendar.. YOUR SPLOST DOLLARS.. Your tax dollars are hard at work.. We are now completing about $8.. 8 million in additions and rennovation at Mabry.. Learn more.. See the School.. Project Details.. NEW TO MABRY?.. If you are coming to Mabry for the first time, you will definitely want to read this.. To Register.. Sixceed.. PARTNER WITH US.. The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce sponsors Partners in Education.. Working with Mabry Middle School will make a difference in the lives of our students.. Mabry's Present Partners.. Technology Sponsorship.. Celebrating over 25 years of academic excellence.. Working to attain world-class student achievement.. |.. School Calendar.. About Us.. Contact Us.. Tyson's Desk.. Partners in Education.. iParent.. School Store.. Cobb County Public Schools..

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    Descriptive info: Tyson.. Tim Tyson is the Principal of Mabry Middle School.. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois and has been in the field of education for over 25 years.. A technology enthusiast, Dr.. Tyson began the Mabry Film Festival, when he arrived at Mabry in 2001, as a way to help teachers and students infuse technology into highly engaging learning practices for students.. When he is not traveling, reading, dabbling with photography, digital video, or on the computer, he enjoys arranging and composing music.. In fact, most people don't know that he is a published composer.. He values creating more beauty in our world in all of the many different forms it can take.. He believes that the most beautiful thing in the world, which is closest to his heart, is helping children reach their highest potential.. He challenges students to work hard and do their very best, to strive, to learn and to achieve, to create knowledge and solutions, and to rigorously pursue goals with the utmost integrity so that our world will be a better place for everyone.. Email Dr.. Visit Dr.. Tyson's Blog.. Mr.. Doemel.. Chris Doemel is the Orchestra teacher at Mabry.. He does an excellent job of preparing our students to participate in the Lassiter Orchestra Program.. It just so happens that Mr.. Doemel's wife is the orchestra director for Lassister High School.. Doemel was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeast Missouri State University and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University.. He spent 4 years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft.. McPherson in the Forces Command (3rd Army) band.. Doemel has been a professional musician for 25 years now, playing french horn for his 18th season with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.. He has taught a total of 13 years, all in Cobb County, at Nash, Campbell, Dodgen, and Mabry middle schools.. This is his 5th year at Mabry.. Under his leadership, the Mabry Symphony has received an invitation to perform at the 2006 Georgia Music Educators Conference, which is a notable honor.. He has arranged for the commission of a new work for full orchestra to be premiered at the Georgia Music Educators' Association Conference this year.. Outside of the school day Mr.. Doemel stays busy with family activities including traveling and sports.. Other interests include coaching youth baseball, teaching religion classes and playing in a community band.. When asked for a little-known fact about himself, Mr.. Doemel responded, "I used to have really killer hair.. ".. Email Mr.. Visit the Orchestra Blog.. Graber.. Tim Graber is one of Mabry's Physical Education coaches.. He also teaches Health.. He has been a teacher in Cobb County for 9 years, all of them at Mabry.. Coach Graber, who grew up in Opelika, Alabama, had two loves in High School: playing offensive tackle for the Opelika Bulldogs and playing lead trumpet in the Opelika High School Jazz and concert bands.. He says that it was a blast being able to do Music and Sports.. Coach Graber attended Auburn University and earned two education degrees: a Bachelors Degree in 1994, and a Masters in 1997.. As an undergraduate he was a member of The Auburn University Marching Band where, as a freshman in 1989, he got to march in the Inaugural Parade for President George H.. Bush.. Graber's wife is Trellys Graber, one of our 7th grade math teachers.. They are the proud parents of twin sons born November 5, 2004.. Naturally they spend most of their spare time with them.. Coach Graber is very active with our Intramurals program.. He loves team sports.. Visit the PE and Intramurals Blog.. Howard.. David Howard has taught 28 years in Cobb County with 5 of those at Mabry.. He presently teaches 7th grade Social Studies on team 7C.. He believes that the world is the true classroom for learning and bringing technology into his Social Studies classes allows exploration into all corners of the world.. With both parents in education and great teachers in his life, Mr.. Howard became a life long learner at an early age.. His wife, Angela, is also a middle school educator in Cobb County and he has two sons both in college.. Matt is a senior at North Georgia Military College, while Peter is at N.. Metro Tech.. Howard loves working with the Boy Scouts (ask him if you need help) and both of his sons have earned their Eagle Scout Award.. His undergraduate degree is from Troy State University and he began his teaching career twenty eight years ago in Cobb County.. Howard has earned his Master's in Middle Grades Education from West Georgia College and his Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.. He is a member in the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Fraternity and was the past president of the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter.. Howard is an active member of the Presbyterian Coalition for Habitat for Humanity and has just completed helping build their 20th house in Cobb Co.. All of the homes have been for families that have children that attend Cobb County Schools and Marietta City Schools.. He really enjoys seeing the families move into a home that provides a safe and stable environment for the children.. He loves to travel, read biographies , and do wood working.. He has a thirst to learn new teaching strategies, new uses of technology, and collaborating with the wonderful Mabry teachers.. Howard has a large collection of ties that the students find interesting.. He is eager to lend a helping hand at Mabry with anything that is needed to assist students and staff.. He enjoys being part of the school community at Mabry and is proud to be a Charger.. Visit Mr.. Howard's Blog.. Jakaitis.. Jakaitis begins his teaching career teaching 8th grade Social Studies at Mabry Middle School.. Having been a student at Mabry and Lassister, he is thrilled to be returning to Mabry as a teacher.. He is the head freshmen and assistant varsity coach for the Lassiter Men's Basketball team.. On Sunday mornings, Mr.. Jakaitis enjoys working with preschool children at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta.. Jakaitis graduated in 2005 from Kennesaw State University.. He enjoys golf, basketball, back packing, and camping.. Jakaitis' Blog.. Johnson.. Lamar Johnson teaches Business Education and is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he earned his B.. S.. in Accounting and a teaching certificate in Business Education.. He comes to Mabry Middle School from Alpharetta High School in Fulton County where he taught EXCEL and Computer Applications.. The Computer Applications course introduced keyboarding techniques, Internet activities, basic computer applications, and skill-building in the areas of Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, and Graphics and Integration.. The EXCEL program was a unique motivational class designed to help students reach their academic and personal potential.. Before going to Fulton County, Mr.. Johnson taught at Woodstock Middle School, and was the head coach of the Woodstock High School Cross Country team.. He even formerly taught middle school Business Education in Cobb County.. When he's not running long distances, or running a marathon (he's completed 8 already), he enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his new wife, Sabrina.. Johnson's Blog.. Kornegay.. Charlie Kornegay is one of the outstanding special education teachers at Mabry Middle School.. He has been a teacher at Mabry for over 12 years.. Kornegay works with students who have difficulties successfully meeting school expectations or progressing as expected academically.. He is adept at matching school requirements with student abilities to assure adequate student learning.. Kornegay also works collaboratively within the faculty to develop and implement individualized student behavior management plans.. Before joining the Mabry faculty, Mr.. Kornegay was a career Air Force Officer.. During his Air Force career, he was primarily involved with intercontinental ballistic missile operations, providing technical instruction to other officers, and managing major aircraft procurements.. Kornegay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University with concentrations in secondary education, political science, and economics.. He holds graduate degrees in Public Administration and Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and the State University of West Georgia.. He is also a graduate of the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.. Kornegay's Blog.. Tartaro.. Marc Tartaro is the newest addition to the Physical Education coaches at Mabry.. This is his third year teaching in Cobb County.. Coach Taratro has spent nearly his entire life in North Georgia, attending Teasley Middle School and Cherokee High School.. He taught P.. E.. the past two years at Sprayberry High School and head coached the Swim Dive team (producing 3 state champions) as well as JV Women's Soccer.. Coach Tartaro currently head coaches the Walker Swim Dive program and is still involved with high school sports.. Coach Tartaro has a pair of undergraduate degrees from Kennesaw State University, which include Psychology and Education.. He is also Early Childhood Education certified.. He will be beginning a Masters program at the same institution in the spring of 2007.. During his tenure at KSU, Coach Tartaro participated in collegiate athletics as a member of the KSU coed Cheerleading Squad, who placed 4th in the nation in competition.. Coach Tartaro has been interested in the pursuit of fitness and a healthy lifestyle for more than a decade.. He enjoys sharing his knowledge in this subject area and helping people become healthier.. Coach Tartaro has obtained national certifications in both Group Exercise and Total Body Conditioning.. During the summer he has been a personal training for a local fitness center.. Coach Tartaro was recently rewarded for his efforts by being nominated by students and chosen to be in the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.. He is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum Nominating Committee and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association as well as several other state associations.. Coach Tartaro has been married to his wife, Ann, for two and a half years.. The couple currently has one child, Rory, an English Bulldog tipping the scales at 65 pounds.. Unfortunately, Rory still believes that she is a lap dog.. Coach Tartaro and his wife spend their time playing tennis and traveling to places like the Caribbean and Mexico.. Tartaro's Blog.. Vernie.. Kevin Vernie is one of our 6th grade Social Studies and Math teachers.. He grew up in Miami, Florida.. After living in Miami for twenty years.. Vernie attended the University of South Florida, majoring in education, and after graduation, he taught sixth grade math, science, social studies, P.. and coached football in Tampa, Florida, for three years.. In 2002 Mr.. Vernie moved to Atlanta,Georgia, to be closer to his family.. Some of his hobbies include carpentry, automotive restoration, U.. history (particularly World War II and the Cold War), and he is a huge University of Miami fan.. Vernie truly enjoys working and preparing sixth grade students.. He has trained and worked on I-movie projects and enjoys helping students with technology.. In fact, the two different 6th grade imovie teams he has coached over the past three years took home trophies at the Mabry film festival, including winning the Best Picture category.. Vernie.. Vernie's Blog.. Welborn.. Welborn has taught bands at Mabry since 1993.. Under his direction Mabry bands have enjoyed consistent superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators District 12 Band Festival.. Additionally, Mabry regularly places students in the Georgia All State Band and District Honor Bands.. In both 1997 and 2000 the Mabry Band received and accepted invitations to perform at the National Festival of States in Washington D.. C.. Most recently the band has been invited to perform at the 2007 Georgia Music Educators Association's annual conference in Savannah, GA.. Welborn received his Masters in Leadership Administration from Georgia State University (2000) and has Bachelors of Music Education from the.. University of Southern Mississippi (1993).. A french hornist, he has performed twice at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL; once with the Tara Winds Community Band (2001), and once with the Cobb County Community Band (2003).. He is also an FAA certified flight instructor and commercially-rated pilot.. He and his wife Kerry have one child, Ryan.. Visit the Mabry Band Blog.. Woolsey.. John Woolsey is new to Mabry Middle School.. He teaches 6th grade science.. Woolsey was born in Northern California and grew up in a small town in the middle of the Monterey Bay.. His father was an attorney, surfer, back packer, and shared his love of the natural world with him since he was old enough to walk, and swim.. Woolsey was fortunate enough to grow up with two parents who were fascinated by the world around them and had very diverse interests.. He has always been fascinated with new things and how they work.. He went to UC Berkeley and worked as a California Licensed Registered Professional Forester for the last 20 years.. The former licensing is the highest status one can be acquire as a forester in the state of California.. Woolsey has always enjoyed teaching the knowledge that he has acquired through his interactions with other professionals in all their specific areas of expertise, and now would like to pass on his extensive knowledge of the natural sciences not only with your sons and daughters but also with the students in his classes.. Woolsey has a 3 year old son, and is married to Dr.. Laura Gould, a practicing veterinarian in the state of Georgia.. He gets excited by making the sciences come alive for his student, making enquiry real, exciting, and fun.. Woolsey's Blog.. Mrs.. Abrams.. Ilene Abrams teaches 7th grade Language Arts.. She is also our Reading Coordinator at Mabry Middle School.. We affectionately call her the Reading Diva for the state of Georgia.. Abrams has been nominated by teaching colleagues and and has therefore served on:.. National Faculty to CNN News.. National Faculty to USA Today.. Atlanta Journal Constitution Honor Teachers.. She was presented to the Cobb County Board of Education for each of the above honors.. Abrams says, "Teaching has always been a passion for me, even at the tea parties I had with my dolls when I was a little girl.. And today, making a difference with our future leaders and productive citizens (both students and teachers) is paramount in my professional life.. " And she certainly brings her passionate commitment to achieving that goal to her classes every day.. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading (naturally), and cooking and entertaining her friends and family.. We are delighted that Mrs.. Abrams has been a part of the Mabry family for 3 years.. Email Mrs.. Visit Mrs.. Abrams' Blog.. Albertson.. Krissie Albertson teaches 7th grade math.. She was born in Bronx, New York, and came to Atlanta at the age of two.. Not only was she raised in Cobb County, but she also attended Mabry Middle School, and Lassiter High School, even though she graduated from Pope High School.. Albertson has a B.. in Secondary Math Education from Auburn University and a M.. Ed.. in Educational Leadership from West Georgia.. This will be her 12th year in education.. She taught eight years at Dickerson Middle School, two years at Mabry Middle School, went back to Dickerson for one year (because of teacher allotment reductions at Mabry), and now is coming back to Mabry!! Not only is she thrilled to be coming back to Mabry, but everyone in the Mabry family is equally delighted to have her back home where she belongs!.. Albertson just celebrated her 10 year wedding anniversary with her husband, Michael.. They have two children: Katie, who is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten at Davis Elementary this year; and Max, who is 2.. The Albertson's also have "Pete the Dog," their 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier!.. Albertson says, "I am all about math and logic! I love to do logic puzzles!! I also enjoy sewing, smocking, and reading!!".. Albertson's Blog.. Armijo.. Jill Armijo is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals.. She is a certified teacher and even attended the summer institute hosted by Cobb County for administrators and teachers all around the county.. She is always smiling and eager to help.. She assists our teachers and students to help them maximize their academic achievement.. Aycock.. Aycock is one of our outstanding special education teachers.. Georgia born and raised, she followed family tradition and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in the area of special education.. She began teaching immediately after graduating from college and furthered her education by obtaining a masters degree from Georgia State University.. Aycock taught for several years in Cobb County, at Daniell Middle School and at Mabry Middle School, before moving to Germantown, Tennessee.. She was happy to move back to Georgia and to begin teaching again in Cobb County in the year of 2004.. Aycock is currently certified in special education and middle school reading.. She has always taught in middle schools, valued her students, and she still enjoys seeing students grow both academically and emotionally.. Her immediate family consist of her husband of 21 years, her son, her daughter, and the family dog, Mattie.. Aycock enjoys working on house projects, with her church functions, and spending time with close friends.. Aycock's Blog.. Baylor.. Baylor is beginning her 22nd year at Mabry.. She began her twenty-six year devotion to the education of our youth, teaching 3rd grade in Washington County, Maryland, after receiving her Bachelor of Science from Towson State University, University of Maryland System.. Few people know that during her first year of teaching, she was asked to mentor a student teacher from her alma mater and that her county supervisor at that time had been her Mrs.. Baylor's first grade teacher! She taught for four years in Maryland before moving to Georgia with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Jennifer.. Once in Atlanta, she took time off for the joyous rigors of raising her 2 children, Jennifer and newborn, Adam.. Once her youngest had reached pre-school age, she re-entered the workforce in the spring of 1984 at Mabry teaching 7th grade Math.. During her rich tenure at Mabry, she has had the joy and courage to teach all subjects: 6th and 7th grade Language Arts/ Reading, and 6th and 7th grade Social Studies, and she could even teach Science if needed.. A veteran teacher with an extensive career at Mabry and a passion for learning, she has participated in or spear-headed the School Improvement Plan, Building Leadership Team, Site-based Management Team, and was selected for a Demonstration Team in Writing.. Over the last ten years, she has supervised the writing, publishing and sale of Mabry's agenda.. Baylor has managed Mabry's summer school program for rising sixth graders; and she taught the before school STAR program.. Baylor has been actively involved with the professional interests of her occupation by serving several times on the Committee of 100 for Cobb County, has been the Social Studies Subject Area Coordinator, is on the 2007 Textbook Adoption Team for Cobb, and has worked with McGraw Hill Publishing as a textbook editor.. She is a 2006 Who's Who Among American Teachers, past member of Phi Beta Kappa, and had the honor of being the 2005 Georgia Association of Educators escort for the state spelling bee winner to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.. Baylor has a special place in her heart for the Spelling Bee; since 1985 she has been involved at the school level, later moving on to pronounce and judge county competitions; and has been the Georgia Association of Educators District 2 Spelling Bee Consultant for the last five years.. In her spare time, she is the editor for the Cobb County Teachers Association Newsletter and Area Representative.. Her students and colleagues view her as a wealth of knowledge and continuously call upon her as a mentor and resource.. Her expertise and wisdom have guided many young minds both in and outside of the classroom.. Not too long ago she was visited by one of her students who had recently graduated from college.. When asked what was his major, he replied," Political Science.. " He said that her enthusiasm for an election's unit was the catalyst for his career.. In her zest for learning new technology with her students, she piloted the use of the Promethean Board.. Her students were enthralled with Google Earth and the interactive map puzzles that she used to practice their map skills.. Quickly adapting to using the white board she produced an interactive Venn diagram on the three major religions.. She was asked by the Promethean Representative if he could use it for his demonstrations! Mrs.. Bayloy and her students were so excited about the technology that the school ordered one for each of our new classrooms.. Baylor is particularly good at producing i-movies.. Her students' first attempt was an award winner, "Children: Zones of Peace.. " A future Steven Spielberg found his passion, and she hopes he will come back and visit her when he is famous.. This past year her team won best documentary for "Got Water?" which focused on the areas of the world today that are water stressed and how that can effect everyone in our world in the very near future.. Both videos may be viewed on the Mabry website.. She has mentored student teachers and fledgling professionals including her daughter, Jennifer, who is following in her mother's footsteps.. Her strength, love of education, unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and ever constant ability to change and adapt has kept Mrs.. Baylor at the forefront of her professional community and her TiVo forever full of educational programming.. Baylor's Blog.. Beals.. Kay Beals is one of Mabry's outstanding special education teachers.. She has been a teacher and an administrator in private schools, in the metro suburbs as well as in downtown Atlanta.. In fact, Centennial Park was their playground.. Everyone loves her kind spirit combined with her deeply held belief that every child can excel.. Beals' first field of study was science.. She still marvels at the wonders of the earth, life, and the universe; however, she also loves teaching Reading and Math.. When asked what her favorite grade or subject is, she responded, "It's always the one I'm currently teaching.. " She has taught kindergarten through high school and is certified in both regular education and special education with degrees from Brigham Young and Kennesaw State University.. Beals has been at Mabry 4 of her 14 years in education.. But teaching is actually her second career, her first was raising her five children – never a boring moment! She has also been very active in community service: helping coordinate and provide training for volunteer tutors (for 5 years) for an Atlanta reading program; directing a week-long primitive camping program for girls 12 to 18 for many summers; establishing, for the City of Smyrna Library, academic resources for home schooling parents, and a monthly, Kids-Sharing-With-Kids program for home schooled children.. She has taught a daily high school early morning Seminary (scripture study) class for six years and currently serves in her church's regional Young Women's program (girls 12 to 18).. Mrs Beals loves most anything out of doors, especially travel.. She has ‘survived’ following her husband on many backpacking trips, although she much prefers traveling by horse while he walks/hikes.. Some of her more memorable adventures included spending 5 days (50 miles) with a delightful mare, her four month old colt, and a gelding in the high Unita Mountains (8,000-12,000 ft) in Utah, traveling in Costa Rica (during the 9/11 tragedy), and last year, she and her husband climbed down a cliff to get to the bottom of a 200 foot waterfall in Havasupi Canyon, AZ.. This fall they will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.. Her present interests include pottery on the wheel.. In fact, she said, "Opening the kiln is like opening presents, you never know what you’re going to find! The same goes for children.. I must say that Mabry is an amazing community, filled with devoted professionals who have made my years here the best ever.. Beals' Blog.. Bowman.. When Mabry opened its doors in 1978, Mrs.. Lisa Bowman was here as a student.. Six years later, she graduated from Lassiter High School.. She then earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education at what is now Kennesaw State University.. Bowman taught at Floyd Middle School for 4 years, got married and transferred here to Mabry.. This will be her 15th year at Mabry (her 19th year of teaching).. Bowman is such a homebody that when her husband and she bought a house, they ended up moving just 2 miles from the house that she grew up in.. She has attended the same church (Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church) since 1978 and has always been an active part of the congregation by teaching Sunday School, volunteering for Vacation Bible School, being on various committees, helping and/or running the children's ministry programs, ushering, etc.. Bowman's family consumes the majority of her free time.. She has been blessed with a fantastic, fun-loving husband, and two wonderful daughters.. Her parents live close by, too.. They are all very important to her and help make her who she is.. They spend a lot of time together participating in all kinds of activities and sharing their lives with each other.. They especially enjoy spending time in the mountains and at the beach whenever they have the chance.. In Mrs.. Bowman's "ME" time, she is an exercise enthusiast, she loves to read, enjoys shopping, cooking and surfing the net.. She enjoys relaxing on her screened-in porch, watching the beautiful pigeons her husband raises while they fly around her back yard.. As an 8th grade teacher, Mrs.. Bowman enjoys her job.. Her day is spent helping students learn the math they need to know to be successful, while working with a group of teachers who are caring, enthusiastic and good-humored.. She is looking forward to continuing to improve her technology skills this year as she learns more about the Promethean Board in her classroom.. Bowman's Blog.. Brown-Curry.. Jil Brown-Curry teaches 6th grade Science.. This is her 11th year teaching and her 9th teaching here at Mabry.. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida A M University and completed teacher certification requirements at the University of Central Florida.. She holds certificates in middle grades science and Biology (6-12) in Georgia and Florida with concentrations in math and social science.. Brown-Curry taught all grade levels and all branches of middle school science at least once in her career.. She also has a strong math background.. One can tell that Mrs.. Brown-Curry is passionate about her field by simply stepping into her classroom or joining one of her class discussions.. She is an energetic, optimistic and enthusiastic instructor with the gift of extrinsic motivation.. She respects and values her students' input and opinions.. She believes that all children can and will learn and has made it her personal mission to help each child strive to reach his/her maximum potential.. Brown-Curry's Blog.. Burke.. Barri Burke teaches 6th grade Language Arts.. She has been teaching for a total of 12 years, with six of those years being at Mabry.. She taught all subjects in elementary school and has taught Language Arts and Social Studies in middle school.. Burke has a degree in secondary Language Arts as well as her gifted endorsement.. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the field of journalism.. In fact, Mrs.. Burke was one of Ted Turner's original employees at CNN, Cable News Network (from 1983-1986) where she helped man the International News Desk.. She eventually became a production assistant for the Business News Desk.. This valuable experience greatly contributed to her teaching style.. During the summer Mrs.. Burke enjoys working out every day, reading, and taking her six-year-old daughter to the pool.. Her family spent time in San Destin this summer where she "kept a sharp eye out for sharks!".. Burke's Blog.. Carroll.. Leslie Carroll comes from a family of educators and in her over twenty-five year career has taught most of the sciences in middle and high school.. Moving a few times with her husband Rob has provided her with experiences in teaching in diverse environments in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina.. She is beginning her fourth year at Mabry teaching seventh grade advanced content Life Science and will serve this year as the Science Department Coordinator.. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education (Secondary Science) from the State University of West Georgia.. Carroll is also gifted certified.. She has continued her education throughout her career with interesting coursework: aeronautics through NASA in Houston, learning about sea turtles as an intern on St.. Catherines Island, learning about the advancing field of biotechnology at GSU, and lichen ecology at UGA- just to name a few.. She traveled to Los Angeles this spring with other Mabry educators to present at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.. It was a thrill to share how Mabry students are using their research and techno-skills to create awesome wildlife documentaries.. In defining her philosophy of science education, Mrs.. Carroll states, "To best comprehend science, students need to learn how to think like a scientist and participate in the scientific process.. I am very lab based and think that the most memorable learning experiences are hands-on, both in the classroom and in the environment in which we live.. Learning styles are different and by offering diverse learning opportunities, hopefully each student can find the spark that will generate a lifelong appreciation and quest for scientific understanding.. Carroll was honored as the system-wide Teacher of the Year in Floyd County Schools in 1998-99.. While living in Rome, she earned recognition from the community and state (Georgia Department of Natural Resources Outstanding Educator Award) for her work in programs that involve students in environmental education.. Carroll has since worked to involve Mabry students in environmental activities through her classes and the science club.. She is proud of the recognition that Mabry students earned in 2005 as statewide winners at the Youth Environmental Symposium sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy.. Their project to educate others about issues in Sweat Mountain Park was creative and fun.. This past year the Mabry Rivers Alive event was recognized as best in the state in the largest event category!.. Carroll's hobbies include "anything science", tennis, and her new passion, golf.. This summer she has been working on her golf game, traveling, and enjoying playing on many interesting and challenging courses.. Carroll and her husband Rob have two wonderful sons, Robert and William.. William is in graduate school studying chemistry and Robert is working in Atlanta.. Carroll's Blog.. Cason.. Jonie Cason teaches 8th grade science and has been involved with some form of education for the past 27 years.. Most recently, she taught chemistry and biology at Paulding County High School.. Cason received her BS degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin and her MEd degree from the University of Memphis.. She spent her first summer out of college working as a laboratory assistant at the University of Tennessee Medical Center researching dental toxicology before beginning 12 years of teaching there.. Cason helped open a magnet school for medicine and engineering with the Memphis City School System.. She enjoyed working in the Memphis Wildflower Garden and with the Sierra Club and Audubon Society on environmental projects.. Her work saved a large urban park from becoming an interstate highway.. Cason met and married her husband, Will, in Memphis and when their son, Kevin, was born she taught chemistry, anatomy and biology at Shelby State Community College in the AD nursing program.. In 1985 they moved to Chicago as a result of Will's agri-business job.. Kevin was in kindergarten and Mrs.. Cason was a volunteer at his elementary school and at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.. She was a substitute teacher and became a biology and physical science teacher at North Community High School in Downers Grove.. To not see the ground for 3 months in winter was a shock to this southern belle.. When Will's job took them to Kansas, she was glad that winter was 2 weeks shorter there.. In Kansas City Mrs.. Cason worked at an inner-city, alternative high school for former dropouts, where she taught high school science to grades 9-12.. Cason developed the hands-on, self-paced curriculum for the school.. After a short stay in Tampa, Florida, Will's company moved us to Georgia.. Kevin was able to spend all 4 years of high school at Marietta High School.. Cason's husband and she worked in the touchdown club and the takedown club as a result of Kevin's love of football and wrestling.. For 2 years she was a private tutor for On Location-Education which works with young people in the entertainment profession.. It was a fun job that often took her to a recording studio.. Shortly afterward she began teaching at PCHS.. Cason is an avid reader and belongs to a women's book club which has been together since 1985.. She lives near the Kennesaw battlefield where she enjoys gardening and birding.. She has a small greenhouse that allows her to work with plants in the winter, and for several years she was supplier of the indoor plants at her church.. We are glad Mrs.. Cason joins our Mabry family.. Cason does not yet have Email.. Coming soon: Visit Mrs.. Cason's Blog.. Castro.. Anne Castro, a certified teacher, is one of our dedicated Special Education paraprofessionals.. She has been with Cobb County for 12 years; this being her 3rd year at Mabry.. She lived in California most of her life.. During those years in beautiful Southern California, she taught Special Education (20 years) including Orthopedically Handicapped, Autism, and Deaf/Blind.. She loves traveling, gardening, tennis, volleyball, and reading.. In California, she played competitive tennis for years and won many tournaments.. One of her faviorite wins was the time the celebration was on the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor.. Her picture was even in the paper the next morning!!.. She has been married for 37 years to her high school sweetheart, and has 3 grown children.. The true pride and joy of her life are her 5 grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan Anne, Madison, Peyton, and Hannah Grace (1 month).. Keeping up with them keeps her young!!.. Castro feels that working in Special Education is a privilege, and she states that she is blessed to be able to do this at a great school like Mabry, with such a dedicated staff.. She says that, "Meeting the challenges of a Special Education student makes me a better person.. Collins.. Romaine Collins grew up near the South Carolina coast in Dillon, South Carolina.. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree specializing in specific learning disabilities and behavior disorders k-12.. The irony of her major is that she began her career as a pre-med major and was turned onto education by none other than, you guessed it, a dynamic educator!! She has taught for 20 years in the special education field in a variety of settings.. rural Georgia and South Carolina, inner-city Dekalb County, and at Mabry for 8 years.. Her professional passions include writing and character education.. She states, "In developing a student ready to face the challenges of this new millineum, a student must be well-rounded not only academically, but be able to communicate and develop a positive social conscience.. We often underestimate the capacity for change that our students can exert upon our world, and I am forever fascinated by the untapped gifts that our students bring to the classroom.. It is my job to tap these valuable resources and make the students aware of their strengths at a tender age when they are unsure of what their contribution may be to our school and world.. When not in the classroom, Mrs.. Collins enjoys playing tennis on both her USTA and ALTA teams.. She also enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her friends and two girls, Mim and Jada.. Her children are the lights of her life!.. Professionally, Mrs.. Collins states that she has been blessed to have been chosen by her collegues as Mabry's Teacher of the Year for 2004-05.. However, her most meaningful accolades were to be selected by former Mabry students for the Who's Who Among America's Teachers for the years 2001 and 2005.. Such recognition proves to her that a positive educator can have a tremendous impact on a student's life, and it continues to be not only her job but, as she says, "an honor" each year.. Collin's Blog.. Cushman.. Cushman is one of our 6th grade LA teachers.. A veteran teacher with a rich 20 year history, she is passionate about teaching children the arts of language.. She has been on the Mabry staff for four years and a Cobb County teacher for 15 years.. Cushman has lived in the Mabry community for 22 years.. Her two children attended Mabry and graduated from Lassiter High School.. Her son is a Georgia Tech graduate and her daughter is a senior, chemistry major, at Kennesaw State.. As the daughter of a Navy Captain, she spent two years in Pearl Harbor and learned to swim with the dolphins at Waikiki Beach.. Her family was there to celebrate Hawaii becoming the 50th state in our union.. After her father's retirement, the family settled in New Bern, North Carolina, where she enjoyed New Bern's rich, colonial history.. Her family participated in water sports of all kinds-she even had her own sailboat!.. Cushman received an Associate of Arts degree from Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Caroline University in Greenville, North Carolina.. Cushman enjoys working in her yard and loves curling up with her cat to read a good book.. Cushman's Blog.. Davis.. Elizabeth Davis is a 6th grade science teacher.. She has been teaching for 9 years, all of them at Mabry.. She also serves as Mabry's Performing Arts Coordinator and mentors KSU students for future teaching positions.. Davis loves technology and hands-on learning experiences for her students in science.. She even has produced an iMovie for parents and students that presents an overview of her curriculum.. Davis loves to show students a picture she had taken with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, at the NSTA conference that was held in Atlanta.. Having the picture taken made her feel like a real science geek teenager! Mrs.. Davis has taken students to the Grand Canyon and this past summer, she took a group to Yellowstone National Park.. They enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife such as wolves, bears, bison, coyotes, elks, and moose.. Students hiked the geysers, Continental Divide, and the Grand Teton mountains.. They also enjoyed shopping at Old Faithful and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.. Look for the podcast in the future.. Davis volunteers as the awards coordinator for the Strong Legs Run, for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.. One of her hobbies is scuba diving, and she have been diving in Negril, Jamaica, Panama City, Florida, and in the Living Seas Tank in the Epcot Center of Walt Disney World,  ...   and sold computers for Burroughs Corporation before the advent of the personal computer.. After the birth of her two sons, she remained a stay-at-home mom while teaching aerobics, substitute teaching, and teaching preschool.. She has taught in Cobb County for 13 years with nine of these years spent as an instructional technology specialist.. She loves curriculum and sees marketing and teaching as closely related - with teaching selling the excitement of learning.. Pettett enjoys riding her bike and can be found on the Silver Comet Trail on the weekends.. She also enjoys walking her dogs, camping and gardening.. After her yearly camping pilgrimage to the Great Smoky Mountains, with her husband of 27 years, she eagerly looked forward to joining the Mabry staff.. Preston.. Jo-Anne Preston spent 27 years with BellSouth and retired as a Staff Manager from the Network Department in June, 1996.. She has been involved with technology with the Cobb County District for the past 9 years and has been at Mabry since 2001.. She manages all of our technology at Mabry, which is no small task.. Not only does she keep up with what is where and when, she also keeps all of our desktops and laptops happy.. She works miracles.. She is married to Jerry for 22 years and has two sons, Christopher who is a sophmore at KSU and Tim who is a senior at Woodstock High School.. Both boys have kept Jerry and Jo-Anne very busy with baseball over the last 15 years.. When she is not at school, Mrs.. Preston enjoys gardening and vacationing at the beach.. She hopes to.. really.. retire to the beach someday!.. Rand.. Jackie Rand is one of outstanding special education teachers.. She graduated from Jersey City State University with a BA in Special Education and from Georgia State with an MA in School Counseling.. This is the beginning of her 15th year teaching Special Education.. Rand taught 2 years in New Jersey and 12 years in Cobb County and is beginning her 3rd year at Mabry.. She says that, "I know my best years of teaching are still ahead of me.. Teaching Special Education is Mrs.. Rand's passion.. She enjoys her students immensely and looks forward to coming to work everyday , knowing that she will make a positive diffference in a child's life.. Both of her children, Michael and Jennifer, were very athletic.. Many of her best times were spent in school gymnasiums, on the baseball, softball, and soccer fields, as well as on the tennis courts.. She says that she could never tell anyone where the main office was in any school, but she always could give directions to where the particular sport was being played.. The summer of 2006 has been a memorable one for Mrs.. Rand’s family.. Her son, Michael, was recently married in July to Meredith, of Alpharetta.. And her daughter, Jennifer, graduated from nursing school at Kennesaw State University.. Rand and her family have enjoyed participating in many community activities, to list a few: Pinch Hitters, The Jewish Home, The Homeless Shelter and Project Openhand.. It was important to Mrs.. Rand that we list her dog's names-----Lexi and Bentley and I have 3 grandpups.. Their names are Chanel, Charley and Maggie.. She wants them to be able to see their names up on the internet! :o).. When she is not in the classroom, Mrs.. Rand enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her pet children, reading, music , tennis and traveling.. Rand has been heard saying, that her 3 years at Mabry have been her "happiest years of teaching.. " She has always been happy working at other schools, but she has felt a great sense of pride being an instrumental part of beginning a new program at Marby Middle School.. She has always held dear the "love letters" from her students and parents.. And when she didn’t think things could get any better, her peers voted her 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year.. What an honor!.. Rand's Blog.. Ridlehoover.. Lynn Ridlehoover has been in education for over twenty-five years and has worked in grades K-10.. She has been an Academic Bowl Coach, and her team won two years in a row and participated in Washington D.. finals.. Ridlehoover has also coached Science Olympiad at elementary and middle school levels.. She was raised in a suburb outside of New York City.. She has also lived in upstate New York, Bucks County Pennsylvania, the Virginia-Appalachian area (even had a dairy farm!), Sanibel Island, and now Marietta,Georgia with her husband, Ed.. She has one child, Jonathan.. Ridlehoover is a member of Golden Retriever Rescue, and has volunteered at the Cobb County Humane Society.. She is the co-Publisher of the Bi-Centennial History in New Britain Township, Pa.. , and has volunteered for Caretta Re-search.. Ridlehoover's Blog.. Rosengren.. Mary Rosengren is the Mabry Middle School Secretary.. She has been working for Cobb County schools for 25 year and began as a substitute teacher in the 80’s.. She has been a special ed parapro at Kincaid Elementary, worked at the “The Children’s Center” in Marietta, which was later named The Hawthorne Center in Smyrna and is now called Haven Academy.. After working there for several years, Mrs.. Rosengren transferred to Central Alternative.. In 1996, she became the secretary for Mabry Middle School and has called Mabry home for 10 years.. Rosengrean and her husband of almost 40 years, Erik, employed with IBM for 36 years have three children, twin boys who were born in Germany and a daughter who was born in New Jersey.. The Rosengrens moved to Marietta from New Jersey 27 years ago.. She says that she will never return and states, "In fact, I am still trying to lose the Jersey accent!".. Rosengren has three grandchildren and one great grandchild.. The eldest child is Erik (yes, another Erik in the family) is 20 years old and in the National Guard for training; he has a daughter, Ansley, Mrs.. Rosengren's great granddaughter, who is 2.. Her next grandchild is Isabella (named after her great great grandmother), she is 8, and she resides in North Caroline with her mother.. Last, but not least, is Tyler.. He is Mrs.. Rosengren's daughter’s son.. He is 5 years old and beginning school this year.. He says he really enjoys riding the “big boy’s bus” to school.. What a fun time it is at the Rosengren house during the Christmas holidays.. Rosengren loves spending time with her family, watching the Braves and Falcons with Tyler, who calls her “His GaGa”, and shopping with her daughter and grandson.. Rosengren also enjoy reading, gardening, and working on the computer.. Rosengren's father-in-law, Erik, who she refers to as her dad, is still living.. As a result, they have 5 generations of Rosengrens.. They take good care of their dad.. Rosengren states, "I take great pride in Mabry, telling anyone who is willing to listen just how great our school is, not just our test results but also our technology.. Our staff is the best, willing to help out anyone at anytime.. Our students are the best, for their eagerness to learn, and of course, our parents who pitch in at a moment’s notice to make Mabry the Super School it is.. Shockley.. Shockley teachers 8th grade Science.. Born in Macon, Georgia, many years ago, Mrs.. Shockley is a native Georgian.. Although, she spent many years away in school and following her navy husband, Mrs.. Shockley returned to Marietta in 1985 where she and her husband raised their two sons.. It was during this time that Mrs.. Shockley decided to become a teacher and went back to earn her middle school science/math degree.. After completing this degree at KSU, she taught Eighth Grade Earth Science in Cobb County from 1993-1997.. She spent three years at Smitha Middle School and one year at East Cobb Middle School.. In 1997, Mrs.. Shockley moved to Canberra, Australia, where she first taught as a graduate assistant and finished her masters at University of Canberra.. She spent her last two years there teaching grades 7-10 science and math in a private school.. After leaving Australia, she moved to Texas and taught science for four years.. And, now she is thrilled to be back in Georgia teaching at Mabry.. When not teaching, Mrs.. Shockley enjoys hiking, tennis, wildlife studies (and other geeky science stuff), antiquing, family/friend times, driving old cars, reading, and traveling.. She especially likes to go to Australia to visit her granddaughter!.. Shockley's Blog.. Simpson.. Candice Simpson is one of our outstanding special education teachers at Mabry.. She has had the pleasure of teaching in Cobb County since 1985 and has both a B.. and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin.. After graduation, Mrs.. Simpson taught in Wisconsin and Houston, Texas, before moving to Atlanta.. She states, "Teaching at Mabry is a joy.. I love my team and the wonderful kids at our school.. When I am not teaching, I love to go boating, camping, and hiking.. I am married with no children, but have a puppy named Cody Ann.. I feel very blessed at Mabry and could not have picked a better school.. " Mrs.. Simpson has been a teacher for 25 years.. Simpson's Blog.. Slater.. Catherine Slater is one of our hard-working and dedicated paraprofessionals.. This will be her sixth year at Mabry but her first with her new last name.. She was married last Thanksgiving.. Slater is from Upstate New York where she worked as a Certified Teacher Assistant.. There she worked at a private school for 7 years and a public school for 6.. She brings to Mabry not just her experience with children but also her love for working with them.. Slater enjoys spending time with her two daughters, and her two grandsons keeps me very busy.. She spends time reading, and camping, and traveling throughout the United States.. She especially enjoys sharing with students information about places she has visited.. Smith.. Irene Smith is the Chorus and General Music teacher at Mabry.. She has been teaching for 17 years, this being her 18th year in education.. Immediately after graduating from college Mrs.. Smith taught at several elementary schools in Florida for five years.. She has been teaching private voice and piano lessons both in Florida and here in Georgia since college graduation.. This will be her 13th year teaching at Mabry.. Smith was born in Brooklyn, N.. Y.. She and her parents moved to Ft.. Lauderdale, when she was four years old, where she lived until she met her husband, Tom, and moved to Georgia (22 years ago).. She went to college on a full music scholarship and graduated from Florida Atlantic University.. She added on her K-5 Classroom Education Certification from Kennesaw State University when she moved to Georgia.. As everyone can tell, Mrs.. Smith loves teaching.. She has two children, Julie (28) and Ryan (21), who is a senior at Clemson University.. They too, like to sing and are involved with music.. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking trips, attending Clemson football and basketball games (GO TIGERS!), and singing in the Mt.. Bethel UMC adult choir.. She has been a choir director/organist for numerous churches both here in Georgia and in Ft.. Lauderdale, Florida, since the age of fourteen.. She has enjoyed playing duets at her church and has accompanied the GMEA Honor Chorus for the past ten years.. She also enjoys going to their lake house, on Lake Hartwell, overlooking the Clemson Stadium.. It is very relaxing.. Her Mabry choruses have always received Excellent and Superior ratings at GMEA Choral Performance Evaluations.. They have also been invited numerous times to sing at the All Star Music Festival in Orlando, Florida, where they have received Superior ratings.. The Georgia Six Flags Chorus Festival has been another favorite for the chorus to attend when they are not going to Florida.. Every year she has taken her chorus students to All State Chorus in Savannah.. They represent our school well and perform in a fabulous concert.. Smith hosts the Mabry Talent Show each year and has staged two musical performances of The Music Man in the past four years.. She hopes to present another musical this year, either.. Cinderella.. or.. Into These Woods.. Our eighth grade chorus students go on to be great leaders in the choral department at LHS when they leave us.. Smith was teacher of the month at Mabry Middle School in 1999-2000 and Teacher of the Year at Mabry for 2000-2001.. She has had the honor of being in the Who's Who Among American Women, 24th Edition, and will be in this year's edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.. She has written spirit songs for her elementary schools in Florida and wrote some for Shallowford Falls Elementary, Tritt Elementary, and Rocky Mount Elementary when they were the Warriors.. Last but not least, she took her first on-line technology course this summer and had a great time!.. Smith said, "It has been a pleasure teaching at Mabry, and I look forward to meeting many more talented choral students in the years to come.. Smith's Blog.. Spannagel.. Barb Spannagel is one of our Physical Education coaches at Mabry.. She is also the PE Coordinator.. Spannagel was the Mabry Teacher of the Year in 2000 - 2001 and Cobb County's middle school physical education teacher of the year in 2001.. She graduated from a small, private college in South Carolina which practically no one has ever heard of, Coker College.. She has been teaching in public schools in Cobb County since 1987 and has been at Mabry for the last 17 years.. Spannagel loves to travel (and since her husband is a commercial pilot, they get to do that rather often).. She reads voraciously, likes to garden and is into sports with an emphasis on tennis.. A little-know fact about Mrs.. Spannagel: when she was in the 6th grade, the Russian Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet Company) came to Washington, D.. where she was living, to do a winter performance of the Nutcracker.. Since the Russian children were back home in school during that season, they auditioned local children to perform the children's parts of the ballet.. Spannagel was selected to join with the Bolshoi, but the costume for the part she was to play didn't fit her because she was too tall.. So, she missed out on her chance for stardom.. The Spannagels have two grown daughters, one of whom recently made Mrs.. Spannagel a grandmother.. Morgan is four months old as of this writing and is changing weekly.. Visit The PE and Intramurals Blog.. Stephens.. Stephens teaches 8th grade Social Studies.. She has been in the field of education for 21 years, and her background is filled with a variety of teaching experiences and educational training.. She is very excited to finally return to her childhood roots, since she is a Mabry (her maiden name being Mabry, after whom the school is named).. She received her undergraduate degree in special education and began her teaching career as a learning disabilities resource teacher.. She later completed her Master's Degree from Georgia State University and Specialist's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southwestern University.. She has taught middle school language arts, life science, and social studies.. Stephens is passionate about history and strives to make history come alive for all students.. One of the highlights of her teaching career was when she received training in gifted education - she states that it truly changed the way she teaches all of her students.. This background has enabled her to differentiate instruction and challenge all students to their highest potential.. Stephens currently is a Gifted Endorsement Class Instructor for North Georgia RESA and finds that working with teachers is greatly rewarding and gives her innovative ideas to use in her own classroom.. She has also conducted teacher training workshops in Differentiation of Instruction and Heritage Education for Cherokee and Cobb County teachers.. The achievements of which she is proudest are the ones that directly impact student achievement.. She developed and submitted lesson plans for integrating technology in her classroom while working for Cherokee County and was the recipient of a technology grant; she subsequently received a mobile station of laptops to use with her students.. "The motivation of students and challenging, rewarding assignments increased dramatically in my classroom when students used laptops on a daily basis.. The insights and connections students made in history were very powerful," stated Mrs.. "I am elated to have the opportunity to use a Promethean Board and the advanced technology that Mabry offers.. On the personal side, Mrs.. Stephens is unique in that she is a Mabry and still lives on the 70-acre farm on Wesley Chapel Road that has been in her family for over 100 years.. In 2004, the governor awarded the Mabry family a Centennial Farm Award from the State of Georgia.. Although Mrs.. Stephens still loves to travel, she is very happy to have built her dream house on her great-grandfather's land, where she enjoys gardening and creating flower landscapes.. What excites her? Art and music in all of its forms.. She actually wanted to be an artist when she was young and was encouraged by an art professor to change her major to art education.. Her father did not think it would be very practical, so painting is something she now does for pleasure.. She also plays the piano and dabbles with interior decoration for family and friends.. These are among two of Mrs.. Stephens favorite quotes: "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.. " --Franz Kafka, and: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.. " --Eleanor Roosevelt.. Stephens will inspire her students to see the beauty of their own dreams while challenging them to be lifelong learners.. Stephens' Blog.. Suggs.. Amy Suggs is an 8th grade Social Studies teacher.. She has taught for 15 years teaching, all of them at Mabry Middle School.. She attended public school in Cobb County Schools, in fact, she attended Mabry and Lassiter!.. Suggs is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan with her Masters degrees in both Math and Social Studies.. She is married with 2 children (One is a dedicated swimmer and baseball player, and the other is a ballerina.. ).. Suggs hobbies include reading, tennis, and scrapbooking.. Her professional passions: "to see the "lightbulb" come on above children's heads as they piece together all of the pieces of history.. I also love to see children be successful - it kills me when children don't try their best, and therefore don't make the best grade possible.. At the same time, I don't like to give away grades.. I feel students should earn every grade - effort goes a really long way with me!!!".. Suggs' Blog.. Sumrell.. Carol Sumrell is one of our 8th grade science teachers.. Her family moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina, over 17 years ago.. Both of her girls were very young at the time, 3 and under.. Marietta, East Cobb, is all they have known.. Sumrell was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina in the heart of tobacco county and the pork barbeque with a vinegar based sauce her husband has now made famous among their friends.. As a teenager, as many teens did, they primed, (picked) and barned tobacco to be cured and then made it into what she now considers an evil subtance, cigarettes.. It was a hot, dirty, sweaty job, but Micky D's and other fast food places were not on every corner.. Sumrell's high school days involved cheering and being homecoming queen and meeting her husband of 26 years.. On July 29, 2004, their 25th wedding anniversary, she and her husband fulfilled a promise they made the first year they were married.. They had Elvis remarry them in Las Vegas! It was all it should have been and more! The whole experience was fun, exciting and just a really good time.. The Sumrell's children and friends were able to attend via the internet.. After the true-to-Elvis ceremony was complete, they dined at the exquisite Venecian Hotel to find that their waiter was a former Cobb county resident and graduate from Wheeler high school many years earlier.. Small world.. Sumrell is a BIG fan of roller coasters and, while her husband leaves them with white knuckles that she has to pry from the handles, Mrs.. Sumrell relishes each and every turn and scream with excitement, dreading the end.. Life this year has also been a roller coaster in that her first born left to go to college and now has returned to study locally.. Her youngest is a senior in high school; the Sumrells are moving to a new home, and Mrs.. Sumrell is working toward her Masters in Science Education at Kennesaw State University.. Sumrell has an Associate Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology, a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades education and, as mentioned earlier, is working on her Masters.. She considers herself to be a Jack, or as she says, a Jill of all trades.. She loves to sew, can use a chop saw with the best of them, paint (standard and faux), wallpaper, recover furniture, lay flooring, tear out doorways and kitchen cabinets, and she has just fixed the first hole in her ceiling after very graciously putting her foot through it while in the attic.. Sumrell even possess a commercial drivers license (without air brakes, no school bus driving for her), but she has yet to tackle plumbing or electricity.. She will save that for the new house.. She has always been the free spirit in her family being the youngest of three.. It seems odd to her family and friends, as well as her childrens' friends, that she would be stern enough to be an effective ISS teacher.. But, for whatever reason, she was a strong disciplinarian in the science classroom, and the ISS position just seemed to fit for her last year.. This year she is returning to the Science class, her passion.. Sumrell's Blog.. Treadwell.. Nancy Treadwell is one of our 7th grade math teachers.. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Speech with an emphasis in Public Relations.. She earned her BS in Education from Kennesaw State University.. She is now beginning her 14th year of teaching, and this year is her third year at Mabry.. She has been one of the pioneers at Mabry with the Accelerated Math program, an excellent tool all of our math teachers use to assess current student math skills.. The program also promotes continuous review of essential math skills.. When asked what her professional passion is, Mrs.. Treadwell said, "To facilitate each student's achieving his or her personal best.. I believe each child.. can.. be successful in the area of mathematics, and I strive to help each child find the way that he or she "learns best.. Treadwell has an unusual hobby, horseback riding and equestrian activities.. She has had her own horse, Gold 'n Glory, for 8 years.. They trail ride and participate in local horse shows.. She is an active member of Georgia Equine Rescue League, a volunteer organization that helps starved and abused horses throughout the state of Georgia.. Treadwell's Blog.. Worthington.. Cathy Worthington is one of our 7th grade Language Arts teachers.. She has a rich career as an educator, having taught for over 33 years! She brings a wealth or perspective and expertise to Mabry and is also our Language Arts Coordinator at Mabry.. Worthington is presently working on her doctorate in education and is often doing homework and research in the evenings.. She enjoys being a teacher during the day and a student in the evenings and on weekends.. In her free time, you will often catch Mrs.. Worthington with a calligraphy pen in hand as she pens quotes, poems, awards, and posters for her classroom.. (By the way, if you are interested in learning calligraphy this year, you might be able to persuade her to have some morning sessions!) You will rarely catch her without a book in hand, and she challenges her students to join her to reach way above the 25-book goal.. On the weekends, you will often find her visiting local bookstores.. The trip is a special success if she finds a new book for the classroom; each Monday she does a book chat for the new book addition for the classroom library.. You might say she is a bit book crazy and proud of it!.. Collections abound in the Worthington house: quotable quotes, picture books, humorous monster characters, calligraphy pens, bookmarks, logic puzzles, word-play activities, interesting words, and tidbits of trivia are just some of the things she likes to collect.. When asked who her favorite authors are, she will, without hesitation, say: “My talented young authors at Mabry Middle School, of course!”.. Worthington's Blog.. Crawford.. Crawford has been teaching for ten years in Philadelphia, Hawaii and Georgia.. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher and eventually a principal since she was five years old.. During her teaching career, she has had the pleasure of teaching Spanish, English as a Second Language, Business Technology, and Special Education (Math, English and Economics) in elementary school, middle school, high school and at the adult education level.. Crawford grew up bilingual (Spanish and English), her father is from Puerto Rico and her mother from Philadelphia, PA.. She attended an international high school where she had the opportunity to travel and meet ambassadors and other global leaders, do research and discuss international affairs.. She received here B.. in Secondary Education and Spanish from Pennsylvania State University and studied abroad in Puerto Rico.. She also received her M.. A.. in Curriculum Instruction and Adult Education from Central Michigan University and is currently interested in pursuing her Ed.. D.. Crawford has a daughter named Zya who is six years old and enjoys spending time with her daughter.. She also enjoys hiking, camping, speaking more than one language and traveling.. Crawford has traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Canada and Brazil.. Currently, she is learning how to speak Portuguese, Hindi and Hawaiian.. Her motto is: "Being multilingual is like a super power to communicate to anyone in the world.. Crawford's Blog.. Hansard.. Deana Hansard is our In School Suspension teacher.. She is also in charge of our morning Study Hall, which begins at 8:15AM this year.. She is one of a few: she was born here in Marietta at Kennestone Hospital and remains in Cobb County today.. She graduated from Sprayberry High School, a Lassiter rival.. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Kennesaw College in Middle Grades Education, with a major in Math and a minor in Language Arts (which her students will verify since she is consistent in helping them with their correct grammar).. Hansard is following in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, 2 aunts and 1 uncle by entering the classroom.. This is her 22nd year; her first 14 years were at Tapp Middle, and this is her 8th year as a Mabry Charger.. Many years ago Ms.. Hansard worked with Dr.. Tyson at a different middle school in Cobb County for six years when he first became an administrator.. Her dedication to the profession has been blessed, often, but being named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers three times by former students makes it even more rewarding.. Her spare time involves a love of football; as her classroom displays, she is an avid fan of the UGA "Dawgs.. " She, also, enjoys singing in the church choir, working in the yard and country music.. [She went to SHS w/ Travis Tritt.. ] Ms.. Hansard's free-time does not involve as much travel as she'd like, but when able, she "does it up well.. " In the last few years, she enjoyed a week in Hawaii and a cruise to Alaska, which evolved from the generosity of a former student who played professional football.. Her time at Mabry involves the Charger Club and assisting in fund-raising.. In one fund-raiser, she was fortunate enough to "win" the opportunity to kiss Wilbur, a live pig! Her Math classes always bring in over 3,000 box tops each year; this, alone, helps our PTSA add over $300 to money they raise for our school.. Hansard's Blog.. Kelly.. Rebecca Kelly was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.. She began her teaching career at Mabry Middle School in 2003 and is thrilled to be returning to Mabry this year.. Kelly teaches 8th grade language arts and has undergraduate degrees in English and English Education.. She received her Masters in Professional Writing in 2004 from Kennesaw State University.. Kelly's hobbies include reading, horseback riding, traveling, and scuba diving.. She spent half the summer studying Portuguese in Brazil and the other half traveling through Europe.. She has been scuba diving in the Bahamas, Bonaire, Greece, Hawaii, Brazil and Costa Rica.. "I am so thankful to have a job that I look forward to each and every day.. I was lucky to have great teachers growing up.. That was a strong factor influencing my decision to become a teacher, and I hope that my students will look back on their time in my classroom with the same fond memories.. Kelly's Blog.. Larkin.. Ingle Larkin teaches 7th grade Life Science at Mabry.. No one would ever guess that last year was only her 2nd year in teaching as she is a natural-born teacher.. Larkin came to us from Dr.. Tyson's hometown, Pensacola, Florida.. In fact, she was raised on the beach and spent some time actually living on a boat.. Larkin used to swim with wild dolphins in her backyard, the Gulf of Mexico.. Another way cool fact about Ms.. Larkin is that her dad, a high ranking military officer, used to drop his kids off at school in a helicopter.. He'd land on the blacktop or the playing fields!.. Larkin has been a lifeguard for 11 years, and is now a Red Cross Instructor for lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR.. Her best childhood memories, aside from the beach, are of National Wildlife Camp, a wilderness survival summer camp sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.. The camp is located in North Carolina.. She was a camper for 8 years.. Her experiences with plants and animals at this camp are what lead her to become a science teacher.. In fact, when Dr.. Tyson interviewed Ms.. Larkin for her teaching position at Mabry, he had to wait for her to come up out of the caves before he could reach her on the phone!.. In her spare time she is a counselor at Camp Greystone in North Carolina, teaching swim lessons and working with the children and youth at her church.. Her community passion is working in homeless shelters and tutoring homeless children.. Larkin's best friend is her 10 month old Pug puppy, Chica.. She likes Life Science because it is gross, fun, interactive, and relevant to the real world all at the same time.. Plus, the kids are.. into gross and fun! This school year she says that she is looking most forward to iMovie (her team took home a coveted statue), Jekyll Island, and Piggy Week!.. Larkin's Blog.. McCall.. Tracy McCall is one of our Physical Education coaches and the yearbook sponsor at Mabry.. She came to Mabry 3 years ago after teaching in the state of Florida for 17 years.. As a matter of fact, all of her teaching experience has been at the middle school level.. Coach McCall is a third generation teacher.. Her grandfather taught history and was a basketball coach.. Her mother was also a PE coach.. Before coming to Mabry, Ms.. McCall was the Teacher of the Year at 2 different schools in Florida: Gifford Middle in Indian River County, and Westwood Middle in Alachua County.. Most people don't know that notaries in the state of Florida can perform marriage ceremonies.. McCall, once a notary in that state, performed 5 weddings to couples who remain married to this day.. Of the five weddings, she performed one on a sandbar, and another on a barge, both at sunset!.. Miller.. Patricia Miller is teaching Seventh Grade Language Arts this year at Mabry.. She earned her undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University.. After attending Graduate School at San Diego State, Cornell University and Sam Houston University, she received her Masters in Education from Kennesaw State University.. After completing another 36 hours of Graduate work, Mrs.. Miller completed the requirements for certification in Educational Leadership in Texas.. She is definitely a life-long learner!.. The last few years she has worked at the Intermediate level in The Woodlands, Texas, and recently returned to the Atlanta area.. Miller has been employed in the field of education for over 20 years and still looks forward to the beginning of school each year.. She enjoys teaching as much as she does learning.. She believes that her job is more than teaching a subject area, but to make a difference in student's lives.. Students will not remember what they learned, as much as they will remember the connections they made during middle school.. Miller is married and has two daughters in college.. Jessica is at the University of Houston and Sarah is attending the University of North Texas.. Miller stays busy volunteering and supporting numerous charities, cooking, watching football and planning her next beach vacation.. Miller's Blog.. Mitchell.. Amanda Mitchell has been teaching 6th grade Math for 6 years, all of them at Mabry.. She loves to see students’ faces light up when they finally get it, and she likes to try and find ways to make math easier to understand, and to help relieve math anxieties for sixth graders.. No one should be scared of math!.. Mitchell is a southern girl from Albany, Georgia, where she lived her entire life until going to college at Valdosta State University.. She moved up to the big city about 7 years ago and recently got her Master’s degree in Adolescent Math Education at Kennesaw State University.. Her "most favorite thing to do" is lie on the beach and read a good book!.. Mitchell's Blog.. Moncrieff.. "I love my job! I love math! If you don't now, hopefully when you enter my room we can change that!" Ms.. Moncrieff has a theory that anyone can learn math when it is explained in a manner that they understand.. All of a sudden math actually becomes fun!.. Moncrieff has taught for 13 years in the Cobb County system, all grades from 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th and all subjects from Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies to Math.. However, she is happy to say that she is doing exactly what she enjoys the most: teaching 8th grade math!! She loves the feeling of seeing the "light go off" in a student's head when he or she finally understands something with which they have struggled.. *.. Moncrieff has also tutored extensively from home for eight years in all levels of math through high school.. She believes that this experience has had an incredible impact on her teaching.. She was fortunate to be awarded the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for 2005, a tremendous award, since it is a result of student nominations.. (And yes, she now even has her very own blue vest.. And for fun? Well, this summer, Ms.. Moncrieff has completed some projects around the house, traveled to Montana, Canada, Washington State, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.. She has visited friends from college, and friends she met in the third grade!! She has even managed some pool time! You can catch her most days fitting in time for the gym, working in the yard, cooking or just enjoying life with two teenagers!.. Moncrieff is quick to say that "Life is fun*.. Life is good*Anyone a Gamecock fan?" She went to the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree and attended Georgia State for her Masters in Education.. This will be her 6th year at Mabry, and she is looking forward to a great year!.. Moncrieff's Blog.. Osterfeld.. Diane Osterfeld is the new Bookkeeper.. She can assist you with questions about payments to the school for such things as yearbooks, lost and damaged textbooks, etc.. Prior to joining Mabry, she worked 18 years for a software company in various positions supporting, designing, and testing financial and investment accounting systems.. She graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in Economics.. In her spare time she volunteers with Children's Restoration Network, which helps children that are homeless or are in group homes.. She also enjoys gardening, reading, and walking her shelter-adopted dog, Molly.. You can reach Ms.. Osterfeld at 770-928-5546, extension 227.. Scott.. Suzanne Scott was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and grew up the youngest of 2 in an army family.. After living in Germany, Alabama, Kansas, and Long Beach, California, she and her family decided to move to Douglasville, Georgia, where she completed her high school career.. Scott earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Georgia State University, and just completed a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois.. Scott came to Mabry in 2000, and this is now her 7th year of teaching!.. Scott began her musical career at a bright and early age of 4, with piano lessons.. Several years later she began playing the trumpet (it was in the house, left by an older cousin, and she began teaching herself!) and was immediately hooked! She's performed in jazz bands, brass ensembles, community bands, funk, soul, and ska bands all before the age of 20.. Although her sights were set on performance, she fell in love with teaching and discovered the joys of working with young musicians.. During the school year she does everything she can to maximize her students' potential, but even when the academic year is done, she is found working with other young musicians in music camp settings.. Although Ms.. Scott loves relaxing at home with her two dogs-Ella and Pa-Du-Gee-she will attempt to accomplish two of her "life's goals" in the near future: complete a triathlon and run a marathon.. Shaw.. Karen Shaw is one of our 6th grade math teachers.. She is also one of our 6th grade advanced content teachers.. Shaw has been teaching for 20 years, all of them at Mabry.. She has received three degrees: a Bachelors Degree, a Ministerial Degree, and a Masters Degree.. Shaw has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002 and 2005.. Shaw feels it is important to reach out and help others less fortunate.. She has been the Charger Club Sponsor (a community service club) for 14 years.. Our activities include collecting food, toy, school supplies, and clothes for the needy and pet food for endangered dogs and cats.. Shaw is active in the community and has received several community service awards for work performed.. Shaw is a Georgia Tech fan and loves the rivalry with her "Georgia" colleagues.. Shaw's Blog.. Search.. Search the staff:.. Categories.. Core Subject Areas.. Language Arts.. Math.. Reading.. Science.. Social Studies.. 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  • Title: MabryOnline.org: Teacher Blogs: Teacher Blogs
    Descriptive info: Below is a list of all of the teacher blogs that are available on the MabryOnline.. org server.. Regrettably, at the present time, this list can not be accurately alphabetized.. (The reason is long, ugly, and complex--trust me!) To quickly find a teacher's name in this long list, simply use your browser's normal find command, which is typically located under the [Edit] menu at the top of your screen.. You are encouraged to.. subscribe to the RSS feeds.. for each of your teacher's blogs, making returning to this page then.. superfluous.. We have made subscribing through.. Bloglines.. easy.. Simply set up your free account at.. and.. then.. click on the Bloglines button next to each of the blogs below to which you wish to subscribe.. Our list of Mabry blogs begins with some special blogs to which most parents will want to subscribe and is followed by a complete list of teachers' blogs.. Click on the blog's name to visit that blog.. The special blogs include:.. •.. From the Desk of Dr.. The Counselors' Corner.. The Mabry Band Blog.. The Media Center Blog.. Our Nurse's Corner.. The PE Intramurals Blog.. The Mabry Café.. PTSA Blog.. Once you go to a teacher's blog, you can use the search feature in the sidebar on the right to quickly search the contents of the teacher's entire blog.. We want you to stay "in the know.. " Visit your teachers' blogs or their RSS feeds regularly!.. Teacher's Name (click).. # Posts.. Updated On.. Teacher Blogs.. 1.. Aug 10, 2005.. Welcome!.. (1).. 528.. May 21, 2007.. Aerobics of the Mind.. (4).. Book Chat.. (8).. Content.. Learning Links/Tutorials.. (13).. Lesson Plans.. (374).. Reading in the Content Areas.. (11).. Skills and Assessment.. (5).. Student Scribes.. (54).. Student Stuff/Examples.. (36).. Work in Progress.. Writing Guidelines and Checklist.. (2).. 115.. Aug 27, 2007.. Announcements.. Assessments.. Classwork/Homework.. (65).. Current Events/ News Media.. Extension Activities.. (9).. General Information.. 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  • Title: Curriculum
    Descriptive info: June 20, 2005.. 6th Grade Health.. In 6th grade Health, students study Nutrition and the function and benefits of the six nutrients.. Students will learn to choose eating patterns that enhance energy, growth and heatlh.. Lessons on Safety enable the student to identify threats to personal safety, identify and explain hypothermia and the approproate strategies for prevention and treatment.. In the unit on Drug Abuse, students will analyze the impact of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on the individual and the community.. The Disease unit covers communicable and non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.. Family living and Mental Health topics help the student resist persuasive tactics and learn to build healthy relationships with peers, parents and others.. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students will be able to identify methods to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.. They will be able to identify basic anatomy and learn about abstinence.. Parents will have an opportunity to preview Human Growth materials during Parent Conference Week in the Fall.. 7th Grade Health.. The 7th grade curriculum is designed to teach students good health and safety habits and how to assume resposibility for their own health decisions.. In the Drug unit, students will analyze the effects of drugs on the immune, nervous, and reproductive systems.. Students will develop counter arguments to tobacco, alcohol.. and other drug advertisements.. The Disease Prevention unit identifies HIV/AIDS as a sexually transmitted disease and explains ways HIV is transmitted.. The Safety unit concentrates on first aid procedures and students will have the opportunity to become CPR certified through the American Red Cross portion of the class.. When learning about Mental Health and Family Living, students will discuss strategies to manage stress, resolve conflict, recognize peer pressures, and promote positive self-images.. The Human Growth section at this grade level covers abstinence, prevention methods of pregnancy and std's, and the names and functions of the parts of the reproductive system.. This information is available for parental preview during the Fall Parent Conference Week.. 8th Grade Health.. The eighth grade Health curriculum builds on the topics taught in prior years.. The depth and detail of these units is quite extensive at this level.. The Drug Abuse unit assesses the consequences on the fetus and child of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.. Students will practice countering aggressive behavior by refusal skills.. The Disease Prevention unit enables the students to describe the cause, effects, an prevention of communicable diseases.. Learing ways to identify persuasive tactics and analyzing physical, social and emotional changes that occur during maturation will be covered in the Family Living and Mental Health units.. Suicide prevention is also a part of this curriculum.. The Human Growth and Development section covers HIV/AIDS transmission and associated myths, recognizing the importance of abstinence, effectiveness of prevention methods, effects of dating, and setting personal goals for improving health and lifestyle.. This material is available for parent preview during the fall Parents Conference Week.. Posted by Dr.. Tyson.. June 11, 2005.. In 2003, the state of Georgia eliminated requiring a specific course of study in reading from the middle school curriculum.. However, at Mabry, reading education is alive and well.. In fact, improved literacy skills is one of our school's academic achievement goals.. We have a reading skill that is announced every 2 weeks.. Teachers focus on that reading skill in every subject.. When the state eliminated the reading course requirement, they implemented a new requirement: all students in grades 6 - 8 are required to read 25 books (150 pages qualify as a book) or 1,000,000 words per academic year.. The emphasis is placed on reading non-fiction.. This requirement went into effect for the 2005 - 2006 school year.. At Mabry, we began implementation of the required reading during the 2004 - 2005 school year.. At Mabry, students are required to read 3 books during the summer (.. see the summer reading list requirements.. ).. These books will count toward the 25 book requirement.. Additional summer reading is encouraged and will count toward the 25 book reading requirement if documented correctly on the student's reading log.. At the end of this school year, the top reader in each grade level was awarded an iPod.. Combined, these 3 students read a total of 307 books in the 2004 - 2005 school year!.. See their picture and read all about their accomplishment.. If you have questions about the reading program or how parents can support developing their child's reading skills, feel free to contact.. , Mabry's reading coordinator.. Presidential Fitness Award.. Add Info Here.. Fitness Lab.. Mabry received a grant in 2003 which brought a state of the art fitness center to our school.. LA Fitness doesn't have anything on us!.. 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to use the Fitness Lab as part of the Physical Education program.. Under close supervision, students rotate through the Fitness program.. They learn correct form and how to use the workout equipment appropriately.. Each student's physical fitness and progress are closely tracked through a computer system.. 6th grade students do not use the Fitness Lab.. For more information on this unique middle school program, contact.. Coach Jones.. In Cobb County, students may begin instrumental music (band or orchestra) in 6th grade.. Unfortunately, we do not offer beginning instrumental music in 7th or 8th grades.. About 75% of our 6th grade students participate in the band or orchestra programs.. During the first several days in 6th grade, students are introduced to these programs and get to see, hear, and try a variety of these instruments to see if they would be interested in learning to play an instrument and which instrument would be best suited to them.. Detailed information about these programs is given to all sixth grade students at the beginning of the 6th grade year.. Additionally, a information meeting is held in the evening at the beginning of the school year for parents.. The meeting provides parents with all of the information they need to know to make decisions about their child's participation in these programs.. One final note: Symphony meets in the mornings before school.. The orchestra director,.. , will communicate more information about this program to students and parents once the school year is under way.. The PE/Connections Block.. At Mabry we offer instrumental music, choral music, general music, and the visual arts as part of the Connections classes.. Additionally we offer Business Education, which, while not generally considered arts or music education, is offered in this same block of time.. The instrumental music classes offered at Mabry are Band and Orchestra.. A student can only participate in one.. Each of these programs meet all year.. A typical 6th or 7th grade student will spend 4 periods in academic classes and 2 periods in Connections and/or PE classes each day.. In 8th grade a typical student will spend 5 periods (because of the possibility for Foreign Language study) in academic classes and 2 periods in Connections and/or PE classes each day.. Health is offered for 1 nine weeks.. When a student is not taking health, most students participate in Physical Education.. A typical student's schedule during the PE/Connections block would be:.. Health and Physical Education for 1 period.. Connections (rotating through nine weeks of study in non-instrumental music, Art, and Business).. or.. participating in instrumental music all year for 1 period.. June 10, 2005.. Student Assessment.. Students in Cobb County have a variety of assessments of progress.. Sometimes understanding all of the assessment types and the information they yield can be a bit overwhelming.. Here is a broad-strokes overview of the kinds of assessments.. Nationally Normed Tests.. We have two types of nationally normed tests:.. tests that measure how much you know about a subject area.. what your ability is.. These two types of nationally normed tests compare student progress or ability to other students in the nation as a whole.. One typically gets results like: "I scored better than 82% of the students my age that took this test.. " For ability tests, one might get a result that indicates "I have slighlty better ability than the average student.. " I just made up these examples.. Our students typically take 2 nationally normed tests:.. the ITBS, which measures achievement (or how much you know in a given subject).. the CogAT, which measure cognitive ability (aptitude).. Remember that nationally normed tests offer a good comparison with how an individual student compares to students of the same age on a broad national level.. Criterion Referenced Tests.. These tests test how much students know related to a specific criteria: the state-mandated curriculum.. The test given in Georgia is the CRCT.. This test is very important as the results determine if a student is below grade level (a score less than 300), on grade level (a score between 300 and 349), or above grade level (a score of 350 or higher).. These tests are given each year in middle school in each subject.. Presently, if a student in 8th grade does not earn a score of 300 or higher, by state law, the student will be retained in the 8th grade.. These scores are used by the federal government to determine what schools are labeled as "passing" or "failing.. Local Assessments.. The final type of assessment are tests that are given locally.. These tests and quizzes are most frequently made and  ...   vouchers for their private schools, to an assault on "the soft bigotry of low expectations" for minority groups and the economically disadvantaged, to "either the most brilliant idea or most absurd nonsense to ever come out of Washington.. We just don't know which yet.. ".. Regardless of one's personal views, the law is without doubt a complete overhaul of our nation's concept of public education and school accountability with implications that are substantive and long-term.. The Criteria.. As I understand the law at present, and I hear and read conflicting information almost daily as people try to make sense of all of the facets of the legislation, NCLB required individual states fashion accountability legislation that meets federal criteria.. The federal criteria includes: All students in all public schools in the United States have to be on grade level by the year 2014, and all states are required to grade all middle schools (the criteria differs based on grade level) as either passing or failing based on:.. 95% participation in a standardized criterion reference testing program related to state curriculum In Georgia the CRCT is used for all middle schools.. Demonstration of Acceptable Yearly Progress (AYP) for Academics based on the results of the standardized criterion reference test for all students who meet an enrollment criteria referred to as Full Academic Year (FAY) The AYP is measured not by school but by subgroups with 40 or more students within the school.. One additional criteria.. The second criteria, as chosen by the state of Georgia, is attendance: having less than 15% of the school absent 15 days or more.. Subgroups.. An interesting and novel facet of the federal legislation is the requirement that all of the above indicators for passing and failing be measured by subgroups within the school and not the school as a whole.. In other words, if the entire school meets the AYP indicators and the attendance requirement devised by the state, but the Hispanic student population or the students with disabilities do not, then the school is labeled a failing school.. Success is measured at the individual subgroup level.. If the subgroup has a population of 40 students or more within the school, the subgroups listed below are the subgroups used to determine if a school passes or fails:.. Asian/Pacific Islander.. Black.. Hispanic.. American Indian/Alaskan.. White.. Multi-Racial.. Students with Disabilities.. Limited English Proficiency.. Economically Disadvantaged.. Below is more detailed information about each of the three criteria used by the state of Georgia to meet the requirements of the federal legislation.. 95% Participation.. This indicator is rather self explanatory.. Each school is required to test at minimum 95% of the students who attend the school by subgroup.. If 40 or more students are enrolled in a school subgroup and fewer than 95% of the students in that subgroup take the test, then the school is labeled a failing school regardless of success in all other indicators.. For example, if a school with 1,200 students has 42 students in the subgroup "multi-racial" and 3 of those students are absent during testing, the school would be labeled a failing school even if those were the only 3 students absent in the entire school because those 3 students represent 7% of the multi-racial subgroup (only 93% of the subgroup would have been tested).. Even if every student in the school exceeded all of the AYP criteria, the school would be labeled as failing based on this indicator.. Demonstration of AYP for Academics.. In 2003 each middle school is required by the state of Georgia to meet the following criteria by subgroup for all subgroups with 40 or more students if the school is to attain a passing grade on the Demonstration of AYP for Academics criteria:.. 60% or more of the students in all subgroups of 40 or more students must attain scores on both the Reading and the Language Arts CRCTs of 300 or higher.. A score of 300 - 349 is considered "on grade level" by the state.. A score of 350 or better exceeds the state definition for on grade level academic performance.. I am told that the Reading and Language Arts CRCTs are averaged together to determine if the criteria is met on this indicator.. 50% or more of the students in all subgroups of 40 or more students must attain a score on the Math CRCT of 300 or higher.. The same scoring criteria for on grade level performance are used on this test as are used in Reading and Language Arts.. The above percentages, 60% for Reading and Language Arts, and 50% for Math, will increase each year (about 4% for Language Arts and about 5% for math per year) so that the state of Georgia will have every child on grade level within 10 years.. In other words, next school year all middle schools in the state must have about 64% of all students in every subgroup with 40 or more students at or above grade level in Reading and Language Arts and 55% of all students in every subgroup with 40 or more students at or above grade level in Math on the state CRCTs in those subjects.. The following year the criteria will be about 68% for Language Arts and Reading and about 60% for Math.. The criteria will go up every year until 100% of all students are expected to be on grade level in all subgroups of 40 students or more if the school is to be labeled a passing school.. School Attendance Criteria.. The present attendance criteria is rather straight forward: less than 15% of a school's student population for every subgroup of 40 or more students can be absent 15 days or more.. If a school does not meet these basic criteria as defined above, then the state applies a set of alternate criteria to the school's data to see if it will pass using one of these alternate criteria.. If the school does not pass based on the standard criteria but could answer "yes" to any of the questions below (by subgroup of 40 or more students), then the school is labeled passing.. Confidence Interval: Using the standard error of measurement for the CRCT would the school pass?.. Multi-year Averaging: By averaging the data for the past three years would the school pass?.. Safe Harbor: Did the school make 10% or more improvement over last year's data?.. Mabry's Data.. How then did Mabry do with these criteria? Well, I am please to report to you that our school, without the need for using any of the alternate criteria, was labeled a passing school.. Our students met all of the criteria set by the state and federal governments.. We were among a minority of middle schools in the county that were labeled passing.. About 48% of the schools in the entire state were labeled as failing schools.. As you saw above, the criteria are many and stringent.. If your school is labeled failing in only one criteria, the school is labeled failing overall.. For detailed state reports about Mabry on each of the criteria, visit the State Department of Education links below.. 2003 State Summary Report for Mabry Middle School.. 2003 95% Participation Report for Mabry Middle School.. 2003 Adequate Yearly Progress in Reading and Language Arts Report for Mabry Middle School.. 2003 Adequate Yearly Progress in Math Report for Mabry Middle School.. 2003 School Attendance Report for Mabry Middle School.. Lest we become too confident, in 2003 about 12% of our white students, a subgroup that counts at Mabry, missed the attendance criteria.. This is much too close to the 15% criteria set by the state for failing.. More importantly to me, when students are not in class, they tend to not learn the QCCs that the CRCT measures.. Implications for the Future at Mabry Middle School.. As one can easily see, students at Mabry Middle School score exceptionally high on the CRCTs.. Our lowest scores are in the students with disabilities subgroup for math where 76% of the 99 students met the 50% criteria.. About 24 children are below gradelevel in this subgroup.. Additionally, I would like to point out that the data reported by the Georgia Department of Education in the above links represents only 2 grade levels that were tested on the CRCTs.. Many of our subgroups had fewer than 40 students and therefore were not counted toward labeling our school as passing or failing.. However, some of these subgroups may have 40 or more students in them when all 3 grade levels are tested this year on the CRCTs.. At Mabry, the NCLB criteria are not our impetus for accountability.. We would want every single child, whether there are 39 other students in their subgroup or not, to achieve at his or her highest levels.. Labeling our school as passing or failing is not our motivation for helping every child attain.. Our motivation is our unparalleled professionalism, our love for children, our passion for our subject areas, and our commitment to making the future so bright, ya gotta wear shades!.. June 2007.. Sun.. Mon.. Tue.. Wed.. Thu.. Fri.. Sat.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16.. 17.. 18.. 19.. 20.. 21.. 22.. 23.. 24.. 25.. 26.. 27.. 28.. 29.. 30.. Search Curriculum:.. Assessment.. The Arts.. Recent Entries.. Archives.. June 2005.. May 2004..

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  • Title: Student Information
    Descriptive info: May 12, 2007.. Final Yearbooks Available.. We only have about 50 yearbooks that are still available for sale.. They are now being sold of $35.. 00.. Please help us avoid that last minute rush caused when everyone tries to purchase their yearbooks on the last two days of school.. If you have not already done so, please purchase your yearbooks this week.. Homeroom teachers have a list of who has purchased a yearbook.. Contact your homeroom teacher if you are unsure.. October 12, 2006.. School Hours.. Students,.. Please be aware of the rules regarding drop off areas and times for the morning for study hall, band, orchestra, chorus and intramurals.. Please do not use the circular driveway for drop off after 8:10.. To read more information about school hours and rules please click on the following link:.. Mabry School Hours.. Posted by Mrs.. Pettett.. October 10, 2006.. Conference Week.. Student's, please remember that conference week begins October 16 through the 20th.. You will be released early during this week at 2:15.. Please remind your parents of their scheduled time with your teacher.. August 30, 2005.. Congratulations, Alex.. I am pleased to announce that this fall, one of our outstanding eighth graders, Alex, and other eighth and ninth grade students from across Georgia will take part in a unique leadership development program in Atlanta.. Themed Courageous Leadership, the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC), sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), helps attendees take an introspective and highly personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.. The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.. Founded in 1985, the Council is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential.. More than 400 members of the U.. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors.. In addition, more than 40 embassies participate in the Council's Honorary Board of Embassies.. Congratulations, Alex! I know your parents could not be any more proud of you.. As your principal, I believe in my heart that you will in fact live up to my dream that our students will leave Mabry and go on to make the world a better place!.. August 17, 2005.. Congratulations, Gabrielle!.. Gabrielle, one of our 8th grade students, has been involved in track and field for about five years now.. She is a member of East Cobb Track Club which functions using Sprayberry H.. as their home track.. She ran during the spring season and continued during the summer.. While spring track is mostly for conditioning, summer track is extremely competitive, and you must be successful to advance through each level of competition.. She is a member of two track leagues: USA Track and Field Association (USATF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and competed in both this summer.. She is at the bottom of her age group (13 and 14 year olds compete together) and had a difficult season in her individual events.. So, Gabrielle tried something new this year and entered her competitions as a multi-event participant.. Mabry is very proud to report that Gabrielle has advanced to the Regional level (Georgia, NC, SC, Virginia and Potomac Valley) in USATF and is a finalist in the national Jr.. Olympic Competition for AAU.. So, she went to New Orleans at the end of July!.. Her mom and dad are so proud of her and want the world to know it.. Gabrielle is a Pentathlete, and doing five different track and field events is no easy task.. She runs the 100m hurdles, 800m run, high jump, long jump and shot put.. As a national finalist.. she has secured her place in the athletic hall of fame, and is ranked 22nd in the country.. ! This is indeed an accomplishment for her first time out as a Pentathlete and first time making it to the Jr.. Olympics.. Two years ago the administrative team made a movie to celebrate Mabry's 25 years of excellence.. I remember morphing Gabrielle's baby picture into her picture as a 6th grader at Mabry and then into Oprah.. We made that movie to celebrate shaping tomorrow today because, as you can see, we believe the future's so bright, you gotta wear shades! Through hard work and persistence, Gabrielle is shaping her destiny in incredible ways!.. June 21, 2005.. Lunches.. Let's talk about food! We have a new Mabry café.. You're going to love it! The food will be prepared hot and fresh right behind the serving line!.. You get to choose from a wide variety of foods at lunch.. The cafe offers several choices within each food group to provide vari-.. ety and encourage eating a balanced meal.. Our menu features 4 entre e choices, 4 fruit/vegetable side dishes, bread, and dessert, along with milk or calcium fortifies fruit drink.. In addition to the traditional lunch menu, our cafe also offers an a la carte menu along with ice cream, bottled water, non-carbonated fruit drinks and chips.. Make sure you have your lunch money every day because you can not charge for your lunch! So, make it easy--prepay for lunches for the week, month, quarter or year.. You can make your payments when you pick up your lunch.. You have to know your 6 digit Cobb County Student Identification number for all purchases made in the cafe.. You can ask the cashier how much credit you have on your account, or you can have your mom or dad call our Cafe manager at (770) 928-.. 5547 to check the balance.. If you forget your money, an alternate lunch will be provided.. Our goal is to have the best lunch possible for our students at a reasonable cost.. Lunch is only $1.. 75.. When compared to a home-packed lunch of equal nutritional value, school lunches are a bargain.. For information on our weekly menu and the current lunch prices please refer to the.. County Food and Nutrition Services web site.. Remember, it's hard to learn when you're hungry! Thanks for supporting our school cafe.. Lost & Found.. Lost Found is located in the locker rooms and in the theater.. Please be sure that all jackets, lunch bags, sweaters, PE clothes, etc.. are clearly labeled with your name.. Periodically, throughout the school year, everything left in the Lost and Found is donated to a charitable organization.. Announcements are made before items are donated.. We are very proud of our early morning intramural program.. The handball teams have won the Cobb Cup two years in a.. row! Other activities include basketball, tennis, dance, and much more.. The schedule of events will be announced to students the first week of school,.. The intramurals program begins at 8:00 A.. M.. Students who arrive after 8:10 A.. may not participate that day.. The PE department is looking forward to seeing lots of students from all grade levels participate in this program.. It's just a great way to get the day started!.. Homework Is Important!.. Homework assignments are given by your academic teachers.. Homework provides an extension to the school day.. and serves as reinforcement of material that you covered with your teacher in the classroom.. Frequently your teachers introduce you to new concepts in class and assign you homework as an opportunity to practice those new and important skills.. Don't hesitate to ask your parents to help you if you don't understand something.. And remember, your teachers will have information posted on their blogs that may help you with your work.. This year, rather than your teachers giving you zeros for incomplete work, poorly done work, or work that was not done at all, you will be required to stay with your teacher during your PE or Connections time and do the work.. If you have to stay back a 4th time in any 9 weeks grading period, you will be assigned ISS to allow you to catch up with your missed work.. Arriving to School.. Make sure you read the.. very important information.. on the front page of our web site about.. Mabry's new school hours.. Many things have changed this year.. Everyone needs to read this very carefully!.. When You Leave Something at Home.. Hopefully this will never happen to you.. But, if you accidentally leave something at home and your parent is bringing it to school, make sure you follow this procedure.. We do not want to interrupt your classes; so, you will be responsible for checking in the front office if something is being delivered for you.. Make sure you find out from your parent about what time they will deliver the item to school.. You can only check in the front office only between your classes.. Do your very best to stay organized so this never happens to you.. Field trips are considered an extension of the school curriculum and the regular school day.. Just like being in the school building, all school rules are in effect on field trips.. Students may not participate in a field trip unless they bring in a permission slip.. signed by a parent.. While field trips are funded through parent donations if insufficient funds are not donated to cover the cost of the trip, the field trip is canceled.. Emergency Drils.. We are required by state law to have a lot of safety drills.. These include fire drills and tornado drills.. Students are to follow the procedures as explained by their teachers.. Evacuation routes for fire drills are displayed in each classroom.. We take our drills very seriously.. We want to make certain that you know what is expected of you in the event of an actual emergency.. Leaving School Early.. Any student who needs to leave early must bring a note signed by a parent stating the time and reason for leaving.. If you are to leave school early with someone other than a parent, you must bring a note signed by your parent giving the name of the person you are to leave with as well as permission for you to do so.. The note must be presented to the front gffice upon arrival at school before homeroom.. Please make sure your parents know that they need to call before 3:30 P.. if there is a change in your routine dismissal plans.. About the Bus.. Bus Changes.. You must bring a note from your parents giving permission for you to ride a bus other than your own or to get off at a stop that is not your regular bus stop.. This note must be presented to the front office when you arrive at school before homeroom, and a bus pass will be given to you.. This bus pass must be given to the bus driver when you get on the bus.. No permissions to change buses are ever accepted over the telephone.. Missing the School Bus.. If you accidentally miss the bus in the morning, your parents are responsible getting you to school--yikes! Missing the school bus is not an excused absence.. Hopefully you will never miss the bus, but if you do, you need to call your parents immediately.. Bus Discipline.. The behavior of students on the school buses is considered an extension of classroom behavior.. Maintaining proper conduct while on the bus is the responsibility of the student, parent, bus driver, and school officials.. Students must observe the following code of conduct established by the Cobb County School District:.. Students must show proper respect to the driver at all times and obey all driver instructions.. Large toys, insects, glass bottles, animals, plastic bags, straight or safety pins, skateboards or objectionable and dangerous items are not permitted.. Tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol and weapons or look-alikes are prohibited.. Students will keep his/her arms and head inside the bus at all times.. Nothing is to be thrown in, out or from the bus.. The use of obscene language or gestures is forbidden.. Destruction or defacing school property is prohibited.. Fighting or physical play is prohibited.. Unnecessary noise is prohibited.. Food, gum or drinks cannot be consumed on the bus.. Drivers are required to assign seats to elementary and middle school students.. Students must be seated at all times unless otherwise directed by the driver.. Students must be quiet at railroad crossings.. When crossing a street is necessary, students  ...   chorus you can also sign up to sing in the Honor Chorus and audition for All State Chorus in Savannah, Georgia.. There are no auditions for the 8th grade chorus, just a love of singing.. You may sign up for all year 8th grade chorus in the spring of your 7th grade year or in the fall if you are a new student to Mabry.. Film Festival.. Every year Mabry puts on our huge Annual Film Festival.. Students work for months to create movies that compete to earn "Oscars" in various categories--just like the real Oscars.. Everyone dresses up.. We have the red carpet, pre-Oscars parties, and even the lights circling in the sky.. The movies are shown to 1,000 people and then are put on television, on DVDs, and on the internet.. Training for team participants usually starts in November.. Any student or group of Mabry students can submit a movie(s) for the competition in the Independent Film Category.. Or, you can participate on your team's official entry to compete in all of the categories!.. Since participation is completely voluntary, if you are interested in participating, be sure and let your teachers know! Your teachers will let you know all of the dates and requirements for submitting entries.. The requirements for each entry are.. stringent.. , so be sure to talk with your teachers.. We have a whole section of our website, called.. mTV.. (for Mabry TV) dedicated to the work of our students.. You can check out several of the movies that have been shown at the Film Festivals since 2003 by.. clicking here.. The Art Club is a fun and informal opportunity before school to explore a variety of visual arts media like painting, clay, sculpture, and drawing.. Students are free to design their own project, while recieving one on one tutorials in their selected areas of study.. Charger Club.. The Charger Club is a leadership organization developed to recognize students with leadership abilities and a desire to serve in their class.. The Charger Club assists the administration and Student Forum throughout the year with various projects.. The Charger Club plans service projects to benefit our school or community.. For example, we have done the following projects:.. The canned food drive in November, a project to collect items for the needy.. The licks and slurps campaign, where food and supplies are collected for the animals and the Humane Society.. Fundraisers for victims of natural or other disasters.. Care packages and letters for our soldiers.. Special fundraisers for special projects.. Environmental Club.. The Environmental Club is a service-oriented club that works on projects that focus on the environment.. In the past, the club has maintained the beauty of the butterfly garden.. This year, since the construction has finished, we will get to put the garden back together again outside the Media Center.. We sell T-shirts to earn money that helps preserve the rain forest, and we help plant flowers at Mabry.. Sometimes the Environmental Club plans a Clean-up Mabry Saturday with the PTSA.. Student Forum.. Student Forum is the student government body at Mabry Middle School that works closely with administration to bring innovative and creative ideas to the student body.. We often work to represent the entire student population.. When guests, for example, from SACS, or other visitors come to Mabry, Student Forum representatives are called upon to represent the students.. We are responsible for creating a festive atmosphere at the dances, and are often asked to give input into the decorations for events at our school.. We are also a major fundraising group for the school.. Our annual Valentines Day flower sales have brought additional monies to Mabry which have then been used to benefit the students at school.. Some years we have an actual convention, based on the United States Presidential convention, to elect the Student Forum president.. Congratulations, Brandon!.. Again this year we had an anonymous donor give a 12" Apple iBook to the school for the Fourth Annual Film Festival.. The judges* for the festival event select one movie, out of all of the movies that qualified for the Film Festival, as the movie to be awarded the computer.. Each team then decides who on their movie-making team will win the computer if their movie is selected by the judges.. Celebrate the Human Spirit.. , the movie submitted by the 7A team, was selected by the judges.. The 7A team chose Brandon to be the recipient of the computer.. I was very excited and pleased today to present Brandon with his computer, a carrying case, and a backpack for the computer.. The 7A movie was deeply moving and completely professional in every respect.. In fact, I have been approached by 2 organizations who wish to use these student's work in presentations around the world.. I can't wait to see the incredible work Brandon will produce with this amazing tool! You can hear Brandon speak about his movie and then watch the movie,.. Celebrate the Human Spirit,.. by.. (Click to enlarge).. The Annual Mabry Film Festival is one of the many highly engaging instructional activities here at Mabry Middle School.. Our students create compelling, significant, meaningful work in which they take great pride.. We then share their work initially at our annual Oscars-like Film Festival awards ceremony.. Professional DVDs are made available of our students' work.. And finally, we share their work with everyone in the world through the internet.. We just couldn't be any more proud of our students!.. *We had about 20 judges this year, including technology integration specialists, members from the Georgia Film Commissioner's office, members of the Georgia Department of Education, University Technology Specialists, Teacher Technology Trainers, executives from Apple Corporate Offices, a technology support specialist from a metro school district, and an attorney.. Each judge found the quality of our students' work exemplary.. June 19, 2005.. Charger Day.. What Is Charger Day?.. Charger Day is our effort to provide you the convenience of getting many of your beginning of school tasks done in one place at one time.. During Charger Day at Mabry, you may:.. Locate your homeroom and pod assignment.. See where your homeroom is located so you will know where to report on the 1st day of school (6th grade and new students only).. Find out your bus stop information.. Have your school picture taken.. Purchase your school picture package.. Pick up your child's individual CRCT report.. Join PTSA.. Purchase a PTSA school directory.. Sign up to be a PTSA volunteer.. Purchase your yearbook.. Purchase school lunches.. Purchase school supplies.. Purchase your school agenda.. When Is Charger Day?.. We have tentatively scheduled Charger Day for Monday, August 8, 2005, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM.. We coordinated the time so it will not conflict with elementary or high school events.. Please note that this is tentative--pending completion of construction.. Please continue to check this blog throughout the summer for confirmation of the date and time.. Where Is Charger Day?.. Currently, we plan to host Charger Day in the Mabry Covered Play Area and the new Mabry Cafeteria.. Parking is always an issue for school-wide events.. Parking is available behind the building (entrance from Steinhauer Road) and limited parking will be available in the front of the building (Jims Road).. I would suggest carpooling.. What Should I Expect on Charger Day?.. The doors will not be opened until 11:00AM.. Last year there was a long line to get into the building for those who came early.. Toward the beginning of Charger Day there were long lines at each station (PTSA, Pictures, etc.. Those who came later had shorter lines or no lines at all.. The PTSA will have a checklist for each parent when s/he arrives with his/her student.. The checklist will also be posted on this blog for download.. The checklist will assist you in making certain you get everything done that is available to you.. It will also help you find where things are located as we plan to spread stations out to avoid congestion and confusion.. The checklist will contain a list of the supplies you can purchase in the school store, which will be open during Charger Day.. Additionally, information as to whom checks should be made payable and for what amounts will be on this sheet.. Using the downloadable sheet as your guide, you may have your checks prepared in advance--made out to the correct organization (LifeTouch, Mabry Middle School, Mabry PTSA, etc.. ) for the correct amounts.. Pre-prepared checks will speed up the lines and reduce wait time significantly.. Volunteers will be "labeled" so you can seek them out to ask for assistance if needed.. Students are not to be dropped off at school or left unattended.. You will want your child to be dressed appropriately for school pictures.. Only sixth grade students and students who are new to Mabry will have the opportunity to find their homeroom in the building.. Why Is the Date for Charger Day Tentative?.. We are hopeful the construction inside of the building will be completed on time.. If it is, Charger Day will be held as scheduled.. Otherwise an alternate plan will be implemented.. June 18, 2005.. Attention All Rising 6th Graders & New Students!.. If you are about to be a sixth grader at Mabry Middle School, or if you will be a new student to Mabry, you will want to know everything there is to know about our school.. I suppose I could tell you, or our teachers could tell you, or maybe even your counselors could tell you.. But Mrs.. Hartnett, one of our 8th grade teachers, had a better idea.. Why not have all of the 8th grade students, at the end of their 8th grade year, tell you all about Mabry Middle School.. So, her students, as part of working on their expository writing, created their own entire website last year.. just for you!.. You will not want to miss reading what they have written for you as they move on to high school.. They have lots of advice and information that will help you fit in at Mabry and find success.. Even the name of their site is clever:.. ! (Click on the name to view their site.. June 13, 2005.. Mabry Dress Code, 2005 - 2006.. Plans for a wonderful 2005-2006 school year are already in the works.. As you and your students relax over the summer and then begin back-to-school shopping, the following information should assist you in our efforts to promote the most effective learning environment for our middle school students.. In middle school, students are making the transition from childhood to young adulthood.. Hair styles and clothing should not draw undue attention so as to distract from learning.. We want to have a dress code that is conducive to the formality of the school learning environment.. Our primary focus is maximizing student academic achievement.. Unacceptable attire:.. Sheer or see-through garments.. Clothing or ornamentation displaying or advertising substances illegal for minors.. Clothing or ornamentation displaying suggestive phrases, designs, markings or profanities.. Mini-skirts or short-shorts.. Midriff shirts or any blouses or tops that expose the stomach or waistline.. Any clothing that exposes cleavage.. Halter tops or spaghetti-strap tops.. Loose-fitting pants or shorts that ride low showing underwear.. Chains.. They may not be worn as ornamentation or used to secure wallets, etc.. Studded bracelets are not to be worn in school or on school grounds (JCDAC).. Jewelry that is distracting, unsafe, or symbolic of inappropriate school behavior.. Caps and hats.. They are not to be worn during the school day unless there is a special activity during which they are deemed appropriate by the administration.. This applies to both boys and girls.. Flip flops are not to be worn.. Shoes must be worn at all times.. We encourage closed toe and heeled shoes.. While we will allow sleeveless tops for girls only, the sleeve must cover the entire shoulder and not be loose so as to be revealing.. I appreciate your cooperation and support of the Mabry Middle School dress code.. Again, middle school students can so easily be distracted from learning.. Our focus in every regard must be academic performance.. Search Student Info:.. Clubs & Organizations.. Routines.. Sixceed!.. Written by students for students:.. Read Sixceed!.. May 2007.. October 2006.. August 2005..

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    Descriptive info: Contact your child's homeroom teacher if you are unsure.. March 12, 2007.. Immunization Information.. Please read the following flyers concerning immunizations for rising 6th grade students and students new to Georgia's school system.. Back to school immunization information for kindergarten, sixth grade or new entrants to a Georgia school.. Immunization information for rising sixth grade students:.. Pettett |.. Comments (0).. January 08, 2007.. Signing Your Student Out.. Effective January, 2007, everyone signing a student out from Mabry will be required to present a valid picture ID, such as the GA Drivers' License.. Additionally, we will then check your child's registration form to verify that the person presenting the picture ID is on the list of people the registering parent indicated may check your student out of school.. We regret any inconvenience this may cause at the check out desk, but we are implementing this standard practice to enhance student security.. School Council Minutes.. The Mabry School Council met on September 22, 2006.. To view the minutes of the meeting, please click the document below:.. School Council Meeting Times.. Please read the schedule below for the School Council meeting times.. Please note that cars should not use the circular driveway to drop off students after 8:10 in the morning.. This driveway is reserved for buses after this time.. To read more about school hours and where to drop off your child for intramurals, band, orchestra, chorus and study hall, please click on the following link:.. Conference Week 2006.. Conference week is the week of October 16-20.. Students will be released at 2:15 to facilitate conference week.. Teachers will schedule conferences to begin every twenty minutes.. Please be on time so that we can discuss your child's progress.. We look forward to seeing you during conference week!.. September 26, 2006.. Picture Retake Day.. Thursday, September 28th is picture remake or retake day.. If your child did not have their picture made on Charger Day they need to have their picture made on Thursday, September 28th.. Prepaid envelopes are available from your child's homeroom teacher.. You must prepay and mark the package you are interested in for your child to have their picture made.. If you child needs to have their picture remade please have them bring their pictures back on Thursday.. If your child does not want to purchase pictures they still need their picture made for the yearbook.. Thank you for your assistance.. September 05, 2006.. Earth Science Textbooks for 6th and 8th Grade.. Last year Cobb County began implementing the new science curriculum developed by the State of Georgia.. This change requires a phase in period to make sure that all students receive Physical Science and Earth Science during middle school.. During the phase in period Earth Science will be taught in 6th and 8th Grade and share textbook resources.. Science teachers in 6th and 8th grade will share the Earth Science resources for one more year.. They were able to do this quite successfully last year.. Each teacher will have a classroom set of textbooks to use and Earth Science textbooks will not be issued to all students.. Homework assignments will not be dependent upon the use of the textbook.. The Prentice Hall Science Explorer textbook series has available an iText (online textbook) and the textbook on CD-ROM.. All students will register for the online textbook at school and be given information on how to access it at home.. This will require the use of the Internet at home.. The textbook on CD-ROM will allow students access to the text via computer without the need of Internet connections.. The CD will be issued like a textbook to students who request it.. The CD should be returned at the end of the year in useable condition in the original folder.. The replacement fee is $10.. The very limited number of textbooks available for student issue will be reserved for those students who do not have Internet access or a computer.. Parents should contact the science teacher to check on availability and make arrangements for a book to be issued.. For additional information please visit these websites:.. 6th grade GPS:.. http://www.. georgiastandards.. org/science.. aspx.. (grade 6).. 8th grade QCC:.. glc.. k12.. ga.. us/qcc/.. (grade-8, subject-science).. August 25, 2006.. Mabry Open House.. Please join us for Mabry's Open House!.. Sixth grade parents, please join us on Monday, August 28th at 6:30 in the theatre.. Seventh and eighth grade parents please join us on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30 in the theatre.. After a brief meeting with the principal, Dr.. Tyson, you will begin your night in your child's homeroom and follow their academic schedule.. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher and to learn about the wonderful things going on at Mabry.. We look forward to seeing you next week during open house.. August 11, 2006.. Bus Route Information.. Bus route information is posted at the school for your child, or you can check for your route information on the.. Cobb County website.. Just enter your street address, grade level and press enter and your school information will be posted.. Click on the school code and bus route information will be displayed.. Maps and route information are also posted on the front windows of the school.. It is helpful for your student to ride the bus to school the first day to make sure they know their bus number and to become familiar with bus procedures.. Make sure your student knows their street address and bus number as noted on the site.. June 27, 2006.. Send Us Your Money! :o).. As you do your back to school shopping, keep in mind that your purchases at Office Depot can send Mabry Middle School a percentage of your purchase total! It's easy, just tell the cashier when you are checking out that you want a percentage of the sales price to go to Mabry Middle School.. The cashier then scans in our number, and Office Depot sends us a check! If you are extremely attentive to detail, the number for Mabry is 70026213.. Trust me, our students will benefit from your money!.. Back to School Letter.. Dear Parents and Students,.. Welcome to the 2006 - 2007 school year at Mabry Middle School! In preparation for the new school year, I have some very important information to share with you.. At the beginning of August, this letter is being mailed to all registered students.. MabryOnline.. org.. Our website has met with an overwhelming response, serving over 1,000,000 files each month to people all over the world.. We have received emails as far away as New Delhi, India, Tasmania, and Australia.. You will want to visit our new site frequently as it contains a great deal of important information, including all of our teachers' blogs.. If you navigate to our old site on the Cobb County server, you will be directed to go to the new address:.. http://mabryonline.. Secured Information.. Additionally, we have also created a secured site to provide access to important information that I do not want to go beyond our immediate school community.. I am providing you with this access information and am requesting several things of you:.. Save this information in a safe place.. Please do not call the school to request this information as we will not give it out over the phone to anyone, at any time, for any reason.. If you stop by the school to pick this information up, you will need to be prepared to provide picture ID to demonstrate you have a child currently enrolled at Mabry.. Please do not share this access information with anyone, at any time, for any reason.. As you know, I take safety and security very seriously.. [INFORMATION DELETED FROM THIS ONLINE POST].. Charger Day, your convenient one-stop shopping experience for most of your back to school needs, is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2006, from 10:30AM to 1:00PM.. You will have the opportunity to conveniently take care of all of these back to school purchases:.. Join PTSA ($3.. 50 each).. Donate to PTSA (Your $40.. 00 family donation sustains their not doing fundraising!).. PTSA Membership Directory ($5.. 00 if available).. Selected School Store items (at significant savings!).. School Pictures (Package prices vary.. Click the picture to download the flier.. Have your student come with you dressed appropriately for school pictures!).. School Agenda ($5.. 00).. School Lunches.. School Yearbook ($25.. 00 now; $30.. 00 on January 1st; $35.. 00 on May 1st if available).. Performing Arts donations.. Additionally, we will:.. Post pod and homeroom assignments for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.. Post bus routes.. Allow all students to quickly find their homeroom so they will know exactly where to go on the first day of school.. Teachers will not be prepared to visit with parents or students as they will be extremely busy getting their classes ready for the first day of school.. Therefore, we are asking that everyone end their Charger Day by quickly locating their new homeroom and then exiting the building.. Please keep in mind:.. Last year, for those who came at the very beginning of Charger Day, this was a very congested and busy event that at times had long lines at different stations.. Those who came later had significantly less or even no wait time at all.. We are "closing up shop" promptly at 1:00PM.. All of our volunteers will be wearing red.. If you don't want people to think you have the answer to the meaning of life, don't wear red on Charger Day!.. Parking will be an issue, so please carpool.. Students must be accompanied by their parent.. No students are to be dropped off or left unattended.. Enter from the back of the school in the bus parking lot off of Steinhauer Road.. The main entrance will be for registration only.. You may enter the building from any of the 3 double doors under the back covered walkway in the bus parking lot.. These doors will not open until 10:30AM.. Read the important information related to Charger Day posted at MabryOnline.. Download, print, and bring with you the color-coded Charger Day Checklist and the color-coded Charger Day Map [use the information you received in the mail].. We can only provide you with black and white copies at the doors.. The color-coded maps will correspond with the color of the balloons located at each of the different stations.. These two items will help minimize confusion and facilitate your getting in and out quickly.. We do not take plastic (yet), only checks.. We will not be prepared to provide change for cash.. You will need to write several checks as money goes to different organizations as indicated on the Charger Day Checklist.. When possible, having your checks already made out before you arrive will help speed up this process.. The information you need to accomplish this is located on the Charger Day Checklist.. While a bit hectic, we hope that Charger Day will be a convenience for our school community, providing you with the opportunity to get most of the major school year purchases taken care of at one time while learning your team assignments and homeroom location.. Be sure to save all of your receipts.. Take the time to introduce yourself to me.. I will have 500 MabryOnline.. org magnets, suitable for hanging (on your refrigerator) which I will be giving out as I walk around.. I hope you join me in looking forward to a wonderful year full of academic success.. Sincerely,.. Tim Tyson.. Principal,.. Mabry Middle School.. May 11, 2006.. 2006-2007 Mabry School Council.. During the time period scheduled for parent/guardian nominations for the Mabry Middle School Council, the principal's office received only two names.. Both nominees meet the requirements to serve on the council and have agreed to serve.. With a total of two representative slots to fill and exactly two names proposed, the school can accept these individuals through acclamation, rather than through a formal election.. Consequently, we are canceling the parent/guardian election.. Congratulations to Ms.. Wendy Sullivan and Ms.. Ann Parker, our parent/guardian reps on the school council for the 2006-2007 school year.. Posted by.. April 21, 2006.. Mabry School Council Parent Election.. Thank you to Elysse Morrison and Beth Morgan for serving two years as Mabry's parent representatives on School Council.. As their terms have expired, it is time to elect two parent representatives for 2006-2008 school terms.. Parents or guardians of Mabry students may nominate a parent or guardian who'd like to serve for school council.. Nominees must be parents or guardians of students that will be students for the 2006-07 school year.. Nomination forms are attached or they may be picked up in the front office; nominations will be taken in the front office from April 24 through Friday, May 5.. Nominees will be placed on a ballot and will be available in the front office from Monday, May 8 through May 16 for you to vote during the school day.. Additionally, parents may vote at the school performances on May 9 and/or May 11.. Attached are the nomination form and school council information form.. Thanks for all who serve on the Mabry School Council!.. March 06, 2006.. PTSA Nominations for 2006-07.. Parents, please carefully consider the following nominations for next year's PTSA.. The slate will be presented and voted on during the April 11 PTSA meeting in conjunction with the Mabry Talent Show.. Co-Presidents: Ms.. Becky Johnson and Ms.. Belinda Heitmeyer; VP of Membership: Ms.. Chrissy Miletto; VP of Volunteers: Ms.. Diana Young; Secretary: Ms.. Kay Watkins; Treasurer: Ms.. Renee Plumley; Parliamentarian: Ms.. Kelly Dunlap.. December 19, 2005.. I received this notification from the county:.. iParent will be turned off Wednesday morning and will remain off until January 9.. We have found this to be effective in the past to allow teachers time to check their gradebooks and enter final exam grades.. October 15, 2005.. Changes in No Work Left Behind.. I want to thank everyone for the significant contributions that have been made to our new No Work Left Behind homework policy.. Our goal was to instill excellent work habits in our students so that Mabry has a work culture in which homework was expected, valued, and meaningful to the learning process.. We have seen a significant increase in timely homework completion.. Since we have successfully implemented this program for 9 weeks, we are hopeful that our students have developed strong work habits that will persist in helping them reach our school goal: maximized student achievement.. In an effort to maximize our teachers’ planning time and to minimize classroom disruption in PE and Connections, we are now transitioning the No Work Left Behind program.. Essentially, the goals for the program remain the same.. The structure, however, will be slightly altered beginning on Monday, October 24, 2005.. Students who do not turn in satisfactorily completed homework on the same day the assignment is due will:.. Be issued a slip to go home to the parent informing them that the child did not have satisfactory homework completion from the night before and are.. Required to attend an 8:15AM morning homework session in the theater on the next school day.. Students who attend this session.. and.. turn in their completed work by the end of the session will be given at least half credit for the work.. If a student does not attend the morning session.. does not turn in the completed assigned work by the end of the morning session at 8:45AM, the student will receive a zero for the assignment.. In order to avoid getting the zero for the work that was not completed on the day it was due, the student must have done.. two.. things: attend the morning session.. turn in the completed assignment to the morning homework session teacher by 8:45.. Work turned in after the 8:45 bell will not be given credit.. Students who fail to complete homework 3 times in a given 9 weeks will not be able to participate in the grade level block parties which reward students for good behavior and homework completion.. At the teacher’s discretion, the student may be required to come to the teacher’s classroom for instructional assistance rather than doing the work in the theater with the morning homework session.. In our effort to encourage greater responsibility for our students and have a less intensive intervention, students will no longer miss any classes as part of No Work Left Behind.. We look forward to your continued support of our efforts to maximize student academic achievement.. October 07, 2005.. Clubs and Organizations.. Mabry teachers sponsor wonderful co-curricular activities for our students.. Among the newest is the National Junior Honor society, which held its inaugural induction ceremony on September 23, 2005.. Students with the highest academic averages at Mabry were inducted making them a highly esteemed group.. Student Forum is being organized and will have elections organized through the Social Studies classes, culminating in an exciting "convention" where 8th graders listen to speeches and elect their President for the year.. If you've driven in the bus lot, you've noticed the tie-dyed van which is being enthusiastically painted by the Art club.. Other groups kicking off the year include the Foreign Language club, Charger club, Mabry News Team, and student editors for.. The Charging Times.. newsletter.. Mabry continues its tradition of fine music with Chorus, Orchestra and Band who meet continually as large groups and ensembles.. Our Intramural program reaches out to our students with an inclination for team sports and activity.. Science continues to contribute through the Environmental Club with new projects in planning which include a robotics competition team and a Future City competition team.. Mabry Middle School indeed sees the.. future so bright, you gotta wear shades.. as we lead students in limitless learning.. September 22, 2005.. Did You Know?.. Did you know that:.. If you click on a teacher's picture on their blog page, your email application will launch with the teacher's school email address in the "To:" field? (Disclaimers:.. This feature will only work.. after a teacher adds a post.. to their blog.. after September 22.. , 2005.. This does not work on the staff page.. You must use the email link provided on that page for each teacher.. If you click on the title, "Mabry News »" on the main MabryOnline page, you will get a page with every news item ever posted to this section of our website? In this section you can see pictures that may accompany the post but do not show up on the main page!.. Professors in colleges of education are requiring their students to do assignments based on our website?.. August 24, 2005.. Mabry School Council.. The 2005-2006 school year marks the fourth year of Mabry's School Council, designed by HB 1187 to bring communities and schools closer together for school improvement.. Our council meets four times a year (see attached yearly calendar) with Dr.. Tyson, Mabry's principal; two elected parent representatives--Ms.. Beth Morgan and Ms.. Elysse Morrison; two elected teachers--Ms.. Romaine Collins and Ms.. Carmen Hartnett; and at least two members of the community--Dr.. Michael Murphy of Southern Polytechnic University and Dr.. Traci Redish of Kennesaw State University.. Our thanks go to our members for their commitment to excellence at Mabry Middle School.. August 19, 2005.. Parent Meeting.. Parents of 6th graders who are interested in having their child participate in Band or Orchestra need to attend an important informational meeting on Monday, August 22nd, 2005, at 6:30PM in the Mabry Theater.. This meeting will be about band and orchestra instrument rentals and/or purchase.. This will be your best opportunity to have all of your questions about the Band and Orchestra programs at Mabry Middle School answered.. The directors look forward to seeing your Monday!.. August 10, 2005.. No Work Left Behind!.. Everyone is at least somewhat familiar with the new federal education law commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind.. Well, Mabry Middle School is introducing a new "law" of our own, No Work Left Behind!.. Based in the deeply-held belief in our school community that homework completion is essential to our school goal, maximized student  ...   will want to carefully review the dress code, but here are just two items of note as you purchase for school next year: no flip flops at school, and no tummies showing.. With hormones raging we want to focus on textbooks, not tummies, etc.. Join! Volunteer!! Make a difference at your child's school.. As I Close: School Mission Gains Increasing Recognition.. I want to reiterate our school mission: maximize student academic achievement in a culture of caring.. We are doing wonderful things here with students.. Children are finding success, and people around the metro area, the state, and the nation are taking note of what we do.. From the over 3,300 schools who applied, Mabry is one of 60 finalists nationwide for the significant National Schools of Distinction Model Schools Award.. I encourage you to read.. my post about the recent site visit.. This is a significant accomplishment and recognizes the wonderful things our students and teachers accomplish.. The.. Georgia Movie Academy.. , a statewide competition for students and teachers, designed to promote technology and information literacy, was started because of and patterned after the Mabry Film Festival.. They recently presented our students' work in the Best Picture Category at their statewide event.. This year we had a team of teachers and academic leaders from one of the most prestigious private schools in the metro area spend a day with us.. They want to replicate in their school setting some of the innovative, highly engaging and effective programs we have in place here at Mabry.. And, finally, last week we were invited to be featured in the.. National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.. Conference next year.. The recognition is wonderful.. But what really matters to me is that we keep our focus on what makes Mabry worthy of the recognition, working together every day as a team to achieve our mission: maximizing student achievement in a culture of caring.. I am delighted that you and your child will be joining us next year.. Parents will want to know the following important information:.. In this time of severe budget constraints (the "austerity budget" from the state), Mabry's resources have been significantly constrained.. In the past, parents have been able to drop students off as early as 7:45, which was 1.. 5 hours before school started.. Funding will no longer allow us to provide this service for this length of time.. We regret the inconvenience this may cause some of our families.. Times and Locations for Early Morning Student Arrival.. Morning Study Hall.. Students may not arrive for morning study hall until 8:15AM.. Parents should drop students off at the front entrance of the school for Study Hall.. Students who come to morning study hall can not enter the building until 8:15AM.. Morning Study Hall is a time for silent reading or silent study.. Students are not to be on school property before 8:15AM unless prior arrangements were made with a specific teacher for a specific event.. Other than the specific situations listed below, Mabry does not provide for student supervision before 8:15AM and can assume no liability should a student be at school prior to 8:15AM.. Students participating in Intramurals may arrive between 8:00AM and 8:10AM in the circular drive entrance nearest the gym doors.. Parents should enter the front parking lot and proceed down to the circular drive nearest the gym doors when dropping students off for Intramurals.. This entrance is locked promptly at 8:10AM.. Students arriving after 8:10AM may not participate in Intramurals that day.. Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Rehearsals or Passoffs.. These students may arrive between 8:00AM and 8:15AM.. in the back bus lanes.. These students will receive detailed information about this new procedure from their Band, Orchestra, or Chorus teachers.. We believe this will reduce congestion in the front of the school as well as reducing the time it takes to drop your student off.. This entrance is locked promptly at 8:15AM.. Students arriving after 8:15 must come in through the front entrance to the school.. Parents should drop their students off from the front parking lot after 8:15AM.. For safety reasons, no cars are allowed in the back bus lanes area after 8:15AM.. Early Morning Study Sessions with Teachers.. These students may arrive between 8:00AM and 8:15AM at the front entrance to the school.. These students can not be admitted into the building until the teacher with whom they are working arrives or until 8:15AM, which ever happens first.. The teacher will pick the student up from Study Hall, after 8:15AM, or at the front door, from 8:00AM until 8:15AM.. These study sessions must be arranged in advance with the teacher.. School Hours: 1st period begins promptly at 9:15.. School ends at 4:15.. Overview Information About Our New Website.. MabryOnline is our new web presence.. The site is really a collection of nearly 100 blogs designed with a front end that appears to be a web page.. We have done this in the hope that our staff will more easily be able to keep information on the site current.. Posting to a blog is substantially easier than having a web master who knows a lot about html, xhtml, css, asp, js, and blah, blah, blah.. We don't.. And even if we did, then the webmaster has to track everyone down to get their information to post it.. So, what is a blog? The term is an abbreviation for weblog and can be most easily understood as an online journal.. Teachers post journal entries (or posts) to their site (or blog).. The teacher assigns each post to a category that s/he has already created.. When the post is published on the site, it is automatically linked to the category (listed in the sidebar on the right), to the date it was posted (via a little calendar in the sidebar on the right), and also is placed in a monthly archive (which, you guessed it, is also listed by month in the sidebar on the right).. Finding information in a teachers site could not be any easier.. To read everything that has been posted to this blog about the Film Festival, simply click on the name of that category in the sidebar on the right.. To read everything related to the Beginning of the Year, click.. you have the idea.. You could also go to the archive links for July and August to read things that were posted in those months which might relate to the beginning of the year.. Aside from having a powerful organizational structure for content management, a blog also has a very powerful search feature.. Each teacher's site (or blog) has a "Search this site:" area in the sidebar on the right side.. Simply type in the string for which you wish to search, and the script will bring up everything in the teacher's site that matches your search parameter--powerful, fast access to content.. Every time the site is updated, the blogging system is programed to update the syndication files.. You can setup an RSS/Atom feed reader to automatically notify you when new content has been posted to the site.. Most feed readers provide you with a quick summary of the new information, which, if you find relevant to your need, can serve as a link to the entire post of new information.. We will find that RSS/Atom feed readers are going to have a huge impact on learning and research.. Rather than going out to find current, relevant information, you can set up a RSS/Atom feed reader to have the most current information about a research topic come to you.. Software is now coming available that will even automatically annotate in a bibliography the source from the major online libraries.. This is cutting edge and very powerful! The digital divide between those who know information literacy skills and those who do not is going to grow exponentially in the next few years.. And who thinks students do not need laptops?!.. And don't miss the Calendar link that appears at the top of the "front end" pages.. We will keep it current with important school-wide or grade-level wide information such as testing dates, picture days, holidays, early dismissal days, etc.. You can read more about how to subscribe to this site (Mac users only) by clicking here.. Hopefully you will find our new site helpful.. Visit us often.. Want to learn more? Read these links:.. RSS Feeds.. Syndication.. And, if you don't know about Wikipedia and Wikis, you need to check this out!.. Free Browser (for Windows and Macs) with RSS feed implementation: Firefox.. School Council.. The School Council consists of 2 business partners, 2 parents, 2 teachers, and the school principal.. The council meets 4 times per year.. The dates for these meetings, as well as their agenda, will be posted each year to the Parent Information link of MabryOnline.. School Mission.. Our mission at Mabry Middle School is to maximize student achievement in a culture of caring.. We have three school goals, two are focused on student achievement, and one on general school improvement.. Our school goal is to promote teachers as instructional leaders.. We have several strategies in place to accomplish this.. The most significant areas of this goal include continued training of our teachers in the new state curriculum standards, the Georgia Performance Standards, which are being phased in over time.. We are also continuing to train our teachers in technology implementation, data-driven curriculum planning, and vertical teaming through curriculum mapping.. Our two student achievement goals focus on increasing student achievement in mathematics, Mabry's area of lesser strength (which is a state-wide issue), and literacy (reading and writing).. We will continue emphasis on the Accelerated Math program, a computer-assisted, teacher-led program that identifies individual student achievement gaps while continuously reviewing previously learned skills to make that learning permanent.. We will also continue our emphasis on reading and writing across the curriculum, a school-wide focus on specific reading and writing skills, and increasing the number of students meeting the state expectation that all children will read 25 books (150 pages per book) or 1,000,000 words per year.. Our school improvement plan (SIP), which details the summary presented here, will be online when it is completed at the beginning of each school year.. The link will be placed on this post.. The Mabry Film Festival.. What is the Mabry Film Festival?.. Each year each team in our school is required to submit a 2 minute i-Movie based on a theme.. Our theme in 2004 - 2005 was Celebrate Achievement.. Student participation on the movie-making team is completely voluntary.. Once the movies are submitted in April, they are placed in categories, similar to the Oscars.. A panel of judges determines what movie wins in each category.. Our judges are not from Mabry Middle School and represent a significant amount of expertise in this area.. Individual students and groups of students independent of the 12 school teams may submit movies in the Independent Film category.. Movies entered in this category are not eligible to compete in any other category, including the Best Picture category.. However, all of these movies may compete for the iBook computer and digital video camera should one have been donated to the school for this award.. Because of the number of requests we have received, alumni of Mabry Middle School are also eligible to enter a movie.. Movies submitted by alumni are only eligible to compete in the Alumni Category.. All movies must meet rather stringent criteria set by the school in order to qualify for the film festival.. Why Does Mabry Do This?.. In 2001 Dr.. Tyson began the Mabry Film Festival to increase the use of technology at Mabry.. At that time Mabry only had 4 laptops and no digital video equipment.. How things have changed.. The intent is to increase technology and information literacy skills, to make the use of technology transparent in the learning process.. Just like placing a phone call, the user does not consciously think about the actual phone but uses the tool thoughtlessly to communicate.. Tyson wants teachers and students to focus on appropriate use of technology to enhance the learning experience of our students--to use technology to learn, not to learn technology per se.. Research indicates that when students use digital movie-making in the curriculum, they don't initially really learn any more than students who do not.. However, the retention of the material they learned is profoundly increased one year later.. The overwhelming majority of the learning moves into long-term memory and doesn't just stay in short-term memory.. How Are Students Trained?.. In late November each team selects one teacher, one student, and one parent to attend a one day training.. The training is comprehensive and covers all of the requirements, timelines for project development, and expectations for qualification.. The students seem to pick up the technical aspects of the project as if technology were second-nature to them.. All students who plan to use the digital video cameras must be camera-trained by their sponsoring teacher and earn their "camera license.. " Students may not check out a digital video camera without presenting their camera license to Mrs.. Throughout the 4 month project Mabry has been fortunate enough to have an actual director/producer come in and meet with the movie-making teams 5 times.. He provides suggestions related to concept development, artistic merit, and technical skill development to the teams who may choose to take his suggestions or not.. When Do Students Work on Their Movie?.. Most of the work is done before or after school.. However, each individual project is designed and scheduled by the teacher sponsoring and the students participating in the project in any given year.. In talking with students after they have submitted their movie, the average movie-making team member spends about 50 hours individually on this project.. May Students Check Out Equipment?.. Yes and no.. Equipment (computer and digital video camera only) is available for check out under limited conditions:.. Only a parent whose child is actively on the movie-making team may check them out after school is out and must check them in before school starts the next school day.. No equipment may ever come back to school or go home on a school bus.. The parent signs that they are assuming complete financial liability for the equipment should it be lost or damaged.. All county use policies apply to the equipment.. We have been very fortunate.. No checked out equipment has ever been lost, damaged, or used inappropriately.. As long as this continues, we will continue this practice.. Can My Child Participate?.. Absolutely.. However, participation is voluntary.. Students who choose not to work on this project are not required to do so.. If you want your child to participate, you should make sure his/her teachers are aware of your desire and that your child involves him/herself when the teachers start the project--typically sometime in November.. Creating a New iParent Account.. iParent Instructions for Creating a NEW Account.. If you have had an account in the past, continue to use that account.. All of your students will be listed for access.. Accounts are established for families, not individual students.. Type in the web address: www.. cobbk12.. org (site best viewed using Internet Explorer).. Click on “PICASSO”.. Click on “login” under iParent (you may want to bookmark this site for future access)Choose “I haven’t registered yet”.. Enter district # 0633.. Enter access key exactly as written with NO SPACES.. Enter birth date of your oldest child currently enrolled in the school district.. Create your own user name (at least 6 characters).. Create your password.. Answer password hint questions.. Log in.. You should see a screen with all of your students listed.. You will have the option to view attendance information, grade information, and the current schedule.. These choices are listed on the LEFT of the screen.. Information is available only for middle and high school students.. Be sure to always log out!.. (on the left).. After the above steps have been completed, you will need to do the following when you log in again:.. Enter web address.. Click on “PICASSO” then “iParent”.. At log in screen, enter district # (0633), user name and password.. Click log in.. If you need assistance, you may contact the Cobb County School District’s Technology Customer Care Center via e-mail at techhelp@cobbk12.. org.. 8/20/2004.. Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in Middle School.. From our counselors.. Middle School is a time of growth and transition, a time when students move from childhood to adolescence and toward a greater level of independence and self-reliance.. They want their parent’s help, support, and approval, but may not want to be seen in public with them.. They want to be different from their parents, but not too different from their friends.. In this time of life that often seems like controlled chaos, there are many things you can do to assist your child with his or her success in school.. Make sure they attend regularly and arrive on time.. Dealing with make-up work is stressful, and they will miss valuable instruction.. Have all the basic supplies ready for school and home the day school starts.. You don't want your child scrambling when the first assignment is given.. Check your student’s agenda every day at the beginning of the year.. Once they have proven that they are using it responsibly, you can use your best judgment about spot-checking.. However, the agenda may well be the best tool you have for monitoring your child’s understanding of his or her class work and homework.. Encourage your child to get phone numbers of friends in their classes.. Having someone to check with when confused, or to use as a study buddy is a good thing.. Register for iParent if you have not already done so.. Check it frequently, but remember that teachers do not post grades daily.. Some assignments take a great deal of time to grade and to assess thoughtfully.. Use the Mabry website, teacher blogs, homework hotline and agenda planners to keep up with the expectations for your child.. If you have concerns or questions, contact your child’s teacher.. Have a regular place and time for your child to do homework.. Often the kitchen is a good place since it allows for easy supervision of the other distractions (phones, TVs, iPods, instant messaging, etc).. Leaving a child alone in a bedroom with a computer does not always lead to productive use of time.. If you hear “but I don’t have any homework”, then require at least 30 minutes of reading.. Good readers also make better writers.. (Math homework is is almost always given; ask to see it.. Allow your child to struggle occasionally and to face logical consequences.. They are learning to accept responsibility for their own work and actions--not an easy process.. The sense of pride that comes with a job well done is often greatest when the success is hard-earned.. Failure is not a bad thing, either, if it provides a lesson learned and helps your child avoid a repeated mistake.. Adolescence is the time for students to take more responsibility, which is a gradual learning process through middle school, but they should check on missed assignments, keep a calendar of test and quiz dates, plan ahead for projects, keep track of homework deadlines, and ask teachers for help and guidance when necessary.. You are their backup, but make them the front line.. This is easier for some students than others as we all know, but it is not an unreasonable expectation.. Listen to your children.. Laugh with them.. Know their friends.. Know their friends’ parents.. Know what music they listen to and what TV shows they watch.. Know what they are doing on the computer.. They are still listening to you, even though they will go out of their way to tell you otherwise.. You are their most available role model, so use that power in the best way you know how.. Search Parent Info:.. Beginning the Year.. School Goals.. March 2007.. January 2007.. September 2006.. August 2006.. 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  • Title: MabryOnline.org: 2007 Film Festival
    Descriptive info: Mabry Band Accepts Invitation to Perform for The Midwest Clinic!.. Main.. Tyson Announces New Beginnings.. April 25, 2007.. 2007 Film Festival.. "Like the Oscars, but not lame".. --The George Lucas Foundation,.. Eudtopia Magazine.. "This is the first and only Level 6 Technology Implementation I've seen in the country.. This is the highest level of educational technology integration in the nation.. --Dr.. Moersch, principal investigator and creator of the internationally-recognized LoTi (Level of Technology Implementation) Project, and Director and Co-Founder of the National Business Education Alliance.. "A national treasure".. --Leslie Connery, Deputy CEO and Conference Chair for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).. "This is as good as anything I've ever seen.. --Patrice Weaver, Operations Manager for GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting).. "The Pied Piper of Educational Technology".. --Kathy Ishizuka, The School Library Journal.. Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation.. Scholastic and Intel Corporation.. 2007 Event Pictures:.. And the Winners Are.. The 2007 Annual Mabry Film Festival, our 6th such event, was nothing short of a stunning success.. In fact, this film festival was the best one yet.. The festival was launched by Dr.. Tim Tyson, Mabry's principal, six years ago as a means of propelling technology integration into engaging instructional activities for students.. Janet McCrary, retired Instructional Lead Teacher, and Mr.. Chris Swanson, former Instructional Lead Teacher's hard work and dedication to this event has propelled it into an international model for excellence in technology integration.. This year's sold out, black tie event is like the Oscars for education.. Student film maker teams arrived,  ...   to life on the big screen.. And cheer they did! This year, in addition to the winning movie in each category, because of the generosity of the International Society for Technology in Education, commonly referred to as ISTE, an Apple iBook laptop computer and a Digital Video Camera was donated to a deserving student.. Because of the generosity of Apple Incorporated, three students were awarded an 80 gigabyte video iPod.. While not every student could take home the gold, all of the students who participated in this one-of-a-kind event are winners! Every single movie was a shining testimony to the bright hope of tomorrow: the sincere desire of our children to make the world a better place!.. You may watch all of the movies from the film festival online through your browser by simply clicking on any image below.. Each image links to the movies in that category.. Or you can visit.. (Mabry TV) to see not only these movies, but many digital media products from previous years.. My heart-felt thanks to the many, many people who helped make this event the most extraordinary educational celebration children can experience!.. To view the different movies nominated in each category, click on the category links below.. QuickTime 7 must be installed properly on your computer (Windows or Mac).. If a movie was nominated in more than one category, the full movie only appears in its entirety in the first category in which it played the night of the Film Festival.. High speed internet access required.. Quicktime 7 required..

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    Descriptive info: The trophy itself, pictured to the left, is an original work commissioned by the renouned Hans Gobo Fräbel studios.. The giant "greater than" mathematical symbol reads, "Math Achievement: We're greater than!" and holds the name of each year's winner.. Our math students in 8th grade are invited to come to school early to take a very difficult math test.. The top three winning students then compete in front of their entire 8th grade class solving math problems based on time and accuracy.. The winning student receives a Pythagorean Award Plaque and this highest math honor at Mabry.. Additionally, we host.. this podcast.. , which you can view in your browser window, of the three bright young finalists in the 2007 competition: Emily, Eli, and Conrad.. You may also download the podcast at.. this link.. or visit.. Podcast Central.. The winner of the 2007 Pythagorean Award is Conrad.. Congratulations!.. Emily Eli Conrad.. posted on:.. May 23, 2007.. Earlier in the year I was delighted when Mica's parents shared with me that she was selected to be a Page for State Senator Chip Rogers! In this podcast Mica and I talk about this experience, how she was selected, what her goals and aspirations are, and what this experience meant to her.. You will not want to miss getting to know this wonderful Mabry student who has a very bright future ahead of her!.. You can watch this podcast in your browser window by.. clicking on this link.. , or you can download it to your computer (and for your video iPod) by.. from Podcast Central.. May 22, 2007.. We wanted to do something special for these three employees, elected over the last three years, to honor their service to our school.. Therefore, we created this podcast to highlight their contributions to Mabry Middle School.. You may watch the podcast in your browser by simply clicking on.. You may also visit.. this permalink.. at Mabry's own.. to download the podcast to your video iPod.. May 16, 2007.. He announces the new principal that will begin working at Mabry on July 1st.. You may watch the podcast in your browser by simply.. You may also visit this.. permalink.. May 09, 2007.. The Mabry Middle School Band was invited to audition for The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference which is certainly one of the most prestigious school music honors in the United States.. Performance at the conference is by invitation only.. Our band students and teachers work very hard and are among the very best middle school bands in the country.. Being requested to audition and then accepted to perform at Midwest next December is an extraordinary and rare honor for a middle school band.. I am just astounded! Congratulations to these students and teachers!.. Below we are including two audio podcasts from their recent recording session.. These are among the recordings included in their audition package.. To listen to each podcast in your browser, simply click on each link.. Among the Clouds.. Miss Liberty.. Congratulations students and teachers.. We are.. very.. proud of you!.. April 09, 2007.. Mabry Orchestra in the News.. The Mabry Middle and Lassiter High School Orchestras recently had the opportunity to perform with the internationally-renowned.. Barrage!.. This multi-talented string ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire (music, song, and dance) of high-octane, energy-fueled music from varied genre, including jazz, folk, and contemporary world music designed to inspire string students the world over to practice and enjoy stringed music on steroids.. 11Alive featured a news story on the Barrage performance and their joint performance with our students.. 11Alive graciously granted permission for us to post these two podcasts on our website: their news story about the event, and our students' performance with Barrage! Enjoy!.. March 13, 2007.. World-renowned Surgeons Teach Mabry Students.. When Mabry students want to learn about organ transplants and organ donations, they go to the experts.. Larson, world- renowned kidney transplant surgeon, and Dr.. Csete, world-renowned liver transplant surgeon, held an interview for several hours with our students, providing them with current research information for their movie project.. These doctors as well as others at Emory University graciously shared their time and significant expertise with our Mabry students.. And while our students do not earn a grade for their movie projects, they were excited about learning in a real world context, the medical facilities at Emory University.. Even our parent chaperones were mesmerized by these two surgeons as they shared a wealth of learning.. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the medical professionals at Emory that made this rich learning activity possible for us!.. March 05, 2007.. Mabry Welcomes State Superintendent & Guests.. Yesterday Mabry Middle School was honored to welcome our State Superintendent of Schools, Kathy Cox, with guests from the British Council, including the Director of Bilateral Programmes in the School and Teachers Division, Rosalind Morton, as well members of the Georgia State Department of Education.. Cobb County School District Superintendent, Fred Sanderson, and Area 4 Assistant Superintendent, Lynda Martin, also joined us for a presentation of ways Mabry Middle School leverages meaningfulness and significance through technology implementation in our classes.. This podcast features a short greeting from Kathy Cox and Rosalind Morton as well as their impressions of their visit to our school.. You may.. download it from Podcast Central.. or watch it below in your browser.. February 02, 2007.. RSS Subscriptions Now Easier.. We want to make subscribing to each teacher's blog as easy as possible.. Therefore, we have added a new feature to MabryOnline.. On the list of all of our teacher's blogs located at.. , you will notice this new graphic appears by each blog title:.. If you have already set up a free account at.. , clicking on the graphic next to each blog's title will take you to your.. account and begin the simple subscription process! At that point you are just a few clicks of a mouse away from subscribing to that blog.. So go to.. this list of MabryOnline blogs.. , and click on the graphic next to each blog to which you wish to subscribe! It can't get any easier than this.. As each teacher posts to their blog, the graphic will begin to appear on each blog's right-hand sidebar.. When you see this graphic (except on this post) you can click on it to subscribe to the blog on which it appears.. Confused about RSS and subscribing to blogs? Don't know what this means?.. to learn more!.. December 06, 2006.. Mabry in National Media.. Mabry Middle School was mentioned in USAToday on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in an article, "Web-based Educational Tools Abound" by Ashley Bleimes.. The article mentions that our students' movies and podcasts are posted here on our website and can be found on the iTunes store for download onto an iPod.. I first found out about the article from a colleague in Cupertino, California, who called the office on Wednesday.. November 17, 2006.. Mabry Students Present to Cobb Leadership.. Yesterday four of our Mabry students had the opportunity to present to the Cobb Leadership Class of 2007, which is sponsored by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and is a leadership development program comprised of 45 leaders and potential leaders throughout business and industry in our county.. Yesterday's meeting was Education Day and focused on education in Cobb County and Marietta.. Cobb County School District Superintendent Fred Sanderson began the day followed by the presentation from Mabry students.. Marietta City Schools, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Chattahoochee Tech also represented.. The group also heard remarks about North Metro and Kennesaw State University.. Presenting to the Cobb Leadership Class of 2007 was a tremendous honor for our students.. They did an extraordinary job talking about the Mabry Film Festival and their desire to use what they learn in school to make our world a better place.. They received a standing ovation from this important group of leaders in our county.. I continue to be extremely proud of our students.. November 02, 2006.. Australian Visitors at Mabry.. Yesterday Mabry had two guests from Tranby College in Western Australia, Les and Nicole.. Les, an 8th grade teacher and soon to be the ITC director of the middle school (grades 7 - 9), and Nicole, a Kindergarten teacher, both very technologically literate, first became aware of Mabry through MabryOnline.. org, where they stated they watched, in utter amazement, the movies our students have made.. They attained a grant to come visit Mabry firsthand to learn more about our school and the ways we leverage global connectivity to maximize student achievement.. Both stated that their visit was very informative.. They asked many questions, and visited many classes.. They also talked with a number of our students (who served as international Mabry ambassadors), which they said was one of the most valuable aspects of their visit.. We will post a podcast of their meeting with our students.. They spoke of the friendliness of our staff and the politeness of our students.. Additionally they brought two specially framed photographs Les took in Western Australia.. He made a podcast which will be posted along with pictures of the pictures to MabryOnline, discussing the significance of their gracious and unexpected gift.. I am delighted that Mabry is providing a standard of professional excellence and best practices that is being recognized not only in the United States, but, through MabryOnline, even around the world.. September 27, 2006.. Browser Recommendation.. We actually make a significant effort to have our site appear clean, legible, easy to read, and standards compliant.. We have noticed that about 66% of our viewers are using Internet Explorer, which, in its present iteration, is not a standards compliant browser.. In other words, what you see on our site may well not be what we designed our site to look like.. We would encourage all of our Windows friends to use.. FireFox.. , which is a free standards compliant browser.. We suspect you will have fewer issues with our site not displaying as it is intended to be seen.. September 14, 2006.. Congratulations MabryOnline.. org!.. MabryOnline has now served up over 100 gigabytes of data, over 12,000,000 files, to users all over the world.. These figures do.. include a single digital media file on our server! We had a record number of hits this August (double last year's hits in August), serving up over 1.. 5 million files and 12.. 5 gigabytes of data, excluding all of our digital media files.. We have received emails from all over the world about our website: New Dehli, Tasmania, Australia, and all over the United States.. Our website is frequently discussed in school districts around the nation, education technology courses and teacher training courses at the university level, in the professional literature, and in conferences around the country.. I am delighted that our vision for technology integration serves as a model for best practices in education.. But our site does not accomplish its goal if you, our students and parents, do not use it frequently, even daily.. I want to encourage our parents and students to continue to use the teachers' blogs to review important subject matter content to help maximize student learning at Mabry.. We continue to enjoy sharing with everyone who we are, what we do, and what we value.. August 31, 2006.. Mabry Hosts Visitors from the Republic of Georgia.. Mabry was honored today to host visitors from the Republic of Georgia: Lasha, a University Math professor and curriculum designer; Shorena, a principal at one of their nation's premier schools in the capitol; Teona, who trains teachers; and Merab, from the Ministry of Education.. They were very familiar with MabryOnline and our work at Mabry Middle School.. We also welcomed Hoke Wilcox (Georgia's Educational Technology Training Center) and Cindy Papp (Georgia Department of Education), who were hosts for our guests' visit here in the state of Georgia.. We shared with our visitors information about many aspects of our school, including school governance, curriculum, professional development, technology integration, the textbook adoption process, and the PTSA.. They met with several of our students who shared with them information about our school from a student's point of view.. They were originally scheduled to spend only a couple of hours at Mabry, but they were so impressed with what we are doing that they reworked their schedule to spend the afternoon with us as well, visiting classes and seeing teachers teach and students learn.. Our 6th grade Social Studies students in Mrs.. Miceli's classes also had the opportunity to ask our guests questions about their country, which was a part of the former Soviet Union.. In the next few days, we will host 2 podcasts created as a product of their visit.. Stay tuned!.. August 30, 2006.. New to Mabry?.. If you will be a new student to Mabry Middle School this year, especially rising 6th graders, you will want to be sure to visit.. Make sure you learn about our instrumental music programs by listening to (and watching) their podcasts! Click on each of the links below.. I assure you, you will be amazed.. Band Podcast One.. Band Podcast Two.. Band Podcast Three.. Orchestra Podcast One (Video).. Orchestra Podcast Two.. You can also subscribe to Mabry's podcasts in iTunes (Windows and Mac) by.. (Requires current version of iTunes).. You will also want to visit.. and listen to these three podcasts from our students last year who will give you great advice about how to be successful at Mabry this year!.. Mission Possible One.. Mission Possible Two.. Mission Possible Three.. Moms and Dads, I encourage you to listen to one of our parents talk about Mabry from a parent's point of view!.. Parent Podcast.. August 09, 2006.. Pythagorean Award Winner.. Today our three  ...   In addition, student forum representatives collected money during lunch each day.. Our thoughtful students donated $320.. This money will be used to provided Christmas presents for a family who has recently experienced hardship.. The generosity of Mabry families is heartwarming!.. December 21, 2005.. Biogenetic Engineering at Mabry.. On December 1st, Ms.. Larkin's students took a DNA plasmid extracted from a jellyfish and inserted it into the DNA of a bacteria.. They are now growing this new microorganism in the lab.. They have completed a transgenic lab, designing a new species of bacteria which manufactures a protein that fluoresces under UV light, indicating that the new DNA has been successfully inserted into the DNA of the bacteria.. Our students are getting an authentic look at how genetic scientists are using new technologies to create treatments (and hopefully someday even cures) for diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia to name a few.. December 05, 2005.. Congratulations Mabry Teachers!.. Spannagel, PE Coach; Mrs.. Kaplan, 8th Language Arts; and Mrs.. Worthington, 7th Language Arts have each recently received different and significant recognitions about which our community should know!.. Our Subject Area Coordinator for Physical Education, Mrs.. Spannagel, was honored with the Outstanding Hoops for Heart Coordinator Award for the entire state of Georgia at the 2005 GAHPERD Convention in Columbus, Georgia, on November 13th.. Kaplan is now Mabry's first National Board Certified Teacher! Only 328 teachers in the entire state of Georgia have earned this distinction, the highest credential in the teaching profession!.. Worthington, our Subject Area Coordinator for Language Arts, has been selected for the National Writing Project, a national K - 16 teacher collaborative to promote teachers teaching teachers to be even better teachers of reading and writing.. Mabry teachers set the standard for excellence!.. Morgan Trains As Marine Biologist.. Sixth grader Morgan recently participated in Gulf World Marine Park’s Dolphin Trainer for a Day Program in Panama City Beach, Florida.. During this six hour program, Morgan had the chance to experience the daily responsibilities of the Marine Mammal Department at Gulf World.. Meeting the dolphins, sea lions, penguins.. and otters enabled Morgan to learn the daily care, husbandry, and training of these various animals.. Assisting staff in training sessions, watching medical inspections, helping with food preparation, and feeding some of the animals also gave Morgan a great opportunity to learn all about the different aspects of a trainer’s job responsibilities.. Morgan learned first hand about animals, their complex social structure and training techniques used by the Gulf World trainers.. This fun-filled educational experience ended with Morgan appearing on stage to perform a special segment of the Dolphin Show.. On a scale of one to ten, Morgan rated her experience a twelve!!! It was a chance of a life time and Morgan plans to continue her studies in Marine Biology.. Mabry Welcomes Author.. On November 14th, Mabry 7th grade Language Arts teachers welcomed author Scott Blumenthal to join Mabry students and parents for a book chat.. Our students, parents, and teachers had a wonderful time sharing in this reading enrichment experience.. This is one of the many ways that reading comes to life at Mabry Middle School!.. November 18, 2005.. Katie Makes Debut at Fox Theatre.. Katie didn't just experience a rigorous professional audition, she actually earned the incredible honor of performing the role of Clara ("The Nutcrakcer") in the Rockettes' Radio City Christmas Spectacular held this season at the Fox Theatre.. This is certainly the performance of a lifetime!.. Two years ago Katie danced her way into the hearts of everyone here at Mabry.. Now, with the poise and skill of a polished and professional dancer, our eighth grader will fill the Fox Theatre with the magic of her performance.. The show runs from November 17th through December 4th.. After her show closes, we will post a podcast interview with our superstar on MabryOnline's Podcast Central!.. Congratulations, Katie.. We could not be any more proud of you!.. November 17, 2005.. Mabry Named 2005 Silver Statewide Accountability System Winner.. Congratulations! Mabry has been named a 2005 Silver Statewide Accountability System award winner.. The Governor's Office of Student Achievement in collaboration with the Governsor's Office and the Georgia Department of Education is recognizing public schools across Georgia for improving and promoting excellence in student academic achievement.. Mabry is a 2005 Silver Award Winner for Hightest Percentage in meeting and exceeding academic standards.. This SSAS award provides recognition to the Mabry staff, district office, parents students and community for the hard work and dedication to academic excellence.. A banner has been delivered to Mabry to celebrate our hard word.. October 31, 2005.. School of Distinction Celebration Announced.. Mabry Middle School will be celebrating the incredible honor of being named a 2005 School of Distinction Award winner for Technology Innovation with a reception and catered dinner on November 15, 2005, in the new Mabry Cafeteria.. Be sure to read the School of Distinction Celebration posted to the main web page for more details.. School Canceled September 26th & 27th.. Governor Sonny Perdue has requested that all public schools in Georgia voluntarily close on Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27, 2005, to conserve fuel in anticipation of a possible fuel shortage due to Hurricane Rita.. Cobb County will honor this request.. All schools and facilities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for all students and staff.. This includes hourly-paid employees and 240-day staff members.. These two days are to be treated as early snow days.. All activities planned for Monday and Tuesday, including field trips, athletic events, practices, and evening meetings are canceled.. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.. September 23, 2005.. National Schools of Distinction Award Winner.. I am pleased to announce that Mabry Middle School has been named the winner of Scholastic and Intel Corporations' National Schools of Distinction for Technology Innovation! Over 3,300 schools around the nation applied for this incredible honor, and Mabry won the Technology Innovation category! I believe 20 categories of awards were given nationwide.. As a category winner, Mabry will receive a $10,000 cash grant.. In the past, category winners have also received about $250,000 worth of technology which supports the vision of a 21st century school.. We have been told to anticipate a similar award this year.. Tyson, principal, Mr.. Swanson, Instructional Lead Teacher, and Mrs.. McCrary, retired Instructional Lead Teacher who wrote the application, have been invited to attend a black tie awards gala in Washington, D.. , on October 6th.. At this event the details of the award will be announced.. Mabry students and teachers earned this extraordinary national recognition because of the innovative use of instructional technology at Mabry Middle School: the Annual Film Festival and the MabryOnline blogging system for instructional communication.. The quality of the student-created digital movies is noteworthy to say the least.. And the use of blogs to communicate to parents for instructional review is also exemplary.. I could not be any more pleased with the hard work of Mabry's teachers, who are literally defining best practices and what exemplary work looks like for public schools around the nation.. By building capacity in everyone to become ambitious, independent problem solvers and creators, our teachers are empowering students to have a significant voice that matters for good in our world.. Our students have risen to this challenge by creating powerful and compelling digital movies that cause other students, as well as adults, to pause and reflect.. Their work has deeply affected us, moving many to see that children can make a substantial contribution to our world, can have a voice in our world that makes it a better place.. Our students' insights have caused us to stop and think.. They are making a difference!.. Mabry students and teachers are working hard to define a whole new way of "doing school.. " They are leveraging pervasive connectivity with computing tools in ways that empower them to create persuasive, and compelling media that empowers us all.. Their exemplary work has been honored by Scholastic and Intel Corporations' National Schools of Distinction for Technology Innovation!.. Congratulations students and teachers! I and our school community could not be any more proud of you!.. September 13, 2005.. Student Katrina Donations.. In just 3 school days, last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Mabry students raised over $5,200.. 00 to support the victims of hurricane Katrina.. Their generous donation is only exceeded by their compassionate humanity.. Our students are building leadership capacity through kindness.. September 12, 2005.. Mabry Science News.. The Mabry Science Club is proud to once again host the.. 2005 Rivers Alive Watershed Clean-up and Educational Event.. The even it scheduled for Saturday, September 17th and will include free t-shirts, a wonderful raptor show, student-led activities, and games.. The day begins with check in and snacks at 8:30 a.. m.. , parents please remember to sign the waiver for your child.. Clean up is from 9:00 a.. until 11:00 a.. Hot Dogs will be provided to volunteers starting at 11:00 a.. The wildlife demonstration program, Hunters in the Sky, will be from 11:30-12:30.. Sponsors of the event include Cobb County Adopt-a-Stream, Cobb County Parks and Rec.. , and Keep Cobb Beautiful.. We are very proud of the Mabry Science Club for their environmental work here in our community.. Last year they created a movie about the importance of caring for natural spaces like our Sweat Mountain Park.. They shared their movie and led a sing-along for young students at two elementary schools on Earth Day.. The club also planned and participated in clean-up events and replaced a damaged bag dispenser station for dog walkers in the park.. Their efforts were recognized with the first place award in the Youth Environmental Symposium, sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy which was held in the spring.. September 09, 2005.. Lindblad Expeditions Joins Mabry.. We are pleased to announce that Lindblad Expeditions, a company specializing in natural history trips from the North Pole to the Antarctic, has agreed to donate the use of their extraordinary video library to our students for their study and use in student-movie productions.. Last year several Mabry 7th grade Life Science teams used footage from Africa and Central America to create their documentaries on various ecosystems and interactions between organisms.. The pilot of this new teaching model was so successful that Lindblad Expeditions has agreed to provide us with access to their entire video library.. Additionally, Mabry will work with them to make this footage available to teachers and students everywhere in the world through a searchable database via the internet.. We are honored to embark on a new partnership with Lindblad Expeditions that will help further define best practices for public schools, making learning more irresistible.. September 08, 2005.. Monique Sets Example.. We at Mabry are very proud of our students.. Last week Mrs.. Sneed talked with her homeroom students about the impact of hurricane Katrina on the children in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and how our students can contribute to meeting their needs.. One of our students, Monique, was very concerned for these children.. After talking with her teacher at length about the nature of this disaster, she personally went to work that evening at home and has brought in over $100.. 00 to help the children affected by this terrible storm.. I am very proud of Monique for taking such a personal interest in helping others.. I admire her initiative and outstanding character.. Her compassion for those in need make her a wonderful example for us all.. Over 1,000,000 Served!.. Tyson began writing MabryOnline at the very end of May, 2005.. The website did not "go live" until late June.. We have now served up over 1,000,000 requests from our site to places all over the world! In fact, we are serving about 28,000 successful requests per day! Dr.. Tyson is receiving emails about web site from all around the country.. We're a big hit!.. There are already thousands of pages posted to our website.. And there's a big secret project (Code named, "Phase Two") being developed at this very moment.. It will be officially unveiled sometime in September!.. August 23, 2005.. Mabry Symphony in the News!.. The Mabry Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Chris Doemel, has been invited to perform at the GMEA Conference on Friday, January 27th, at 7:30PM, at the new Conference Center in Savannah and will be performing the world debut of their newly-commissioned work for this special invitation-only appearance.. World famous composer Doug Spata recently completed the new composition, "Star of Valor," which is actually the second work the Mabry Orchestra program has commissioned.. We are proud to report that the first one has been published and is selling well to schools all over the world.. We are proud of the excellence in the performing arts that our orchestra program represents!.. August 16, 2005.. Not Business As Usual.. Normally, things at school slow down after school is out.. Not so this summer! If you have driven by the school lately, you have noticed that the construction crews have begun digging up the front parking lot.. The inside of the building is just not safe for guests as so much demolition and construction work is underway.. Dust and dirt abound.. Our poor custodians are not even attempting to work until "the dust settles.. " Access to the building is significantly restricted during this time.. When everything is finished, our facility will be incredible! Keep up to date by checking the See the School link on the main page!.. June 16, 2005.. posted by: Dr.. June 15, 2005.. What You Will Need for Registration.. For complete, accurate, up-to-the-minute information about what you will need to register at any school in the Coob County School District, please click on the image below.. June 14, 2005..

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