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August 31, 2006

Location & Contact Information

Mabry Middle School
2700 Jims Road
Marietta, GA, 30066

770-928-5546

Principal: Dr. Tim Tyson
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Mary Dixon
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Wendy Pettett

School Secretary: Mrs. Mary Rosengren
Attendance Clerk: Mrs. Beth Decker
Bookkeeper: Ms. Diane Osterholt

Special Education Lead Teacher: Mrs. Betty Parker

Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:42 PM

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 not 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.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:02 PM

August 30, 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!

Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:46 PM

School Mission Statement

Dear Students and Parents,

Mabry Middle School has one singular focus, our mission, our goal: Maximize student academic achievement in a culture of caring. All of our resources, planning and preparation, instructional activities, homework, assessments, and curricular activities are designed to help us attain this goal. At Mabry we seek to provide our students with engaging and meaningful instructional activities that will maximize achievement and retention of the Georgia Performance Standards.

Parents and students are invited to be active in working to attain our school goal. Many of our students are bright and creative. For some, making "A's" is not their best academic performance. We want to encourage all of our students to focus more on competing with themselves, to do their very best work, to do better today than they did yesterday, to strive and attain by working hard.

I encourage our students to join with teachers and administrators to make our school mission a reality for yourself. And I invite our parents to support and encourage all of your child's efforts to reach beyond to see how far they can go. To do one's best while working hard to strive for a difficult and challenging goal not only builds character and solid work ethic, but, perhaps most importantly, builds self-esteem.

I am not asking everyone to make straight "A's;" I'm asking everyone to consistently do his or her best work. If I can assist you, please let me know.

Your Principal,
Dr. Tyson

Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:42 PM

August 18, 2006

Student Achievement Data from May, 2006

Our school mission is to maximize student achievement in a culture of caring. Mabry Middle School has a rich tradition of academic excellence spanning more than 25 years. Our students are successful because students, parents, and teachers partner together to ensure academic success.

The Georgia CRCTs, a criterion reference test based on the state curriculum, are one of the more important measures of student academic success in middle school. Mabry students do very well on these tests.

This year's data can easily be misinterpreted for two reasons: some of the tests have been changed to reflect the new Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), but some of the tests have not yet been changed as the older curriculum (QCC) has not yet changed to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The tests that were re-written have been re-normed and cannot be compared with test data from previous years. The tests that were re-written and re-normed have different cutoff scores for Below Grade Level, On Grade Level, Above Grade Level than the tests that have not been changed yet.

Perhaps this chart will be helpful:

Subject
QCC or GPS
On Grade Level Cut Off Score Above Grade Level Cut Off Score Can Compare Previous Years' Data?
6th Grade in May, 2006
Math
GPS
800
850
No
Reading
GPS
800
850
No
Language Arts
GPS
800
850
No
Science
GPS
800
850
No
Social Studies
QCC
300
350
Yes
7th Grade in May, 2006
Math
QCC
300
350
Yes
Reading
GPS
800
850
No
Language Arts
GPS
800
850
No
Science
GPS
800
850
No
Social Studies
QCC
300
350
Yes
8th Grade in May, 2006
Math
QCC
300
350
Yes
Reading
GPS
800
850
No
Language Arts
GPS
800
850
No
Science
QCC
300
350
Yes
Social Studies
QCC
300
350
Yes

Here is a highly scientific way to interpret the data presented in the charts below: We want more purple (above grade level) and no yellow (below grade level).

A summary of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade CRCT scores from May, 2006:
2006CRCT - 1 2006CRCT - 7 2006CRCT - 13

A comparison of our 6th grade CRCT scores from May, 2006, to the County and State scores:
2006CRCT - 2 2006CRCT - 3 2006CRCT - 4
2006CRCT - 5 2006CRCT - 6

A comparison of our 7th grade CRCT scores from May, 2006, to the County and State scores:
2006CRCT - 8 2006CRCT - 9 2006CRCT - 10
2006CRCT - 11 2006CRCT - 12

A comparison of our 8th grade CRCT scores from May, 2006, to the County and State scores:
2006CRCT - 14 2006CRCT - 15 2006CRCT - 16
2006CRCT - 17 2006CRCT - 18

Posted by Tim Tyson at 02:19 PM

August 09, 2006

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: Sixceed! (Click on the name to view their site.)

Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:33 PM

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 Podcast Central. 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 clicking here. (Requires current version of iTunes)

You will also want to visit Sixceed 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

Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:21 PM

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