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September 23, 2005

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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:10 PM

September 13, 2005

National Schools of Distinction Award Winner

Technology InnovationI 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.

Dr. 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.C., 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!

Posted by Tim Tyson at 11:04 AM

September 12, 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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 11:50 AM

September 09, 2005

Mabry Science News

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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.m. until 11:00 a.m. Hot Dogs will be provided to volunteers starting at 11:00 a.m. 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.

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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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 11:36 AM

September 08, 2005

Lindblad Expeditions Joins Mabry

NewlogoWe 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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:45 PM

Monique Sets Example

Img 4119We 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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:16 PM

September 02, 2005

New Facility Now in Use

Below are some pictures of the newly completed SPLOST construction. These pictures were taken at the beginning of the 2005 - 2006 school year.

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 06:39 AM

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