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 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!
posted on: May 23, 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 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!
posted on: May 22, 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 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 this link. You may also visit this permalink at Mabry's own Podcast Central to download the podcast to your video iPod.
posted on: May 16, 2007
Dr. Tyson Announces New Beginnings
In this podcast Dr. Tyson celebrates some of the many achievements of the students, parents, and staff at Mabry Middle School over the past 6 years. He announces the new principal that will begin working at Mabry on July 1st. You may watch the podcast in your browser by simply clicking on this link. You may also visit this permalink at Mabry's own Podcast Central to download the podcast to your video iPod.
posted on: May 09, 2007
Mabry Band Accepts Invitation to Perform for The Midwest Clinic!
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.
Congratulations students and teachers. We are very proud of you!
posted on: 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!
posted on: 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. Dr. 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!
posted on: 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.
posted on: 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.org. On the list of all of our teacher's blogs located at this link, you will notice this new graphic appears by each blog title:
If you have already set up a free account at Bloglines, clicking on the graphic next to each blog's title will take you to your Bloglines 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? Click here to learn more!
posted on: 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.
posted on: 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.
posted on: 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.
posted on: September 27, 2006
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.
posted on: September 14, 2006
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 on: 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!
posted on: 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 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.
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!
Moms and Dads, I encourage you to listen to one of our parents talk about Mabry from a parent's point of view!
posted on: August 09, 2006
Pythagorean Award Winner
Today our three math finalists competed for the Mabry Pythagorean Award. The competition was very challenging. In fact, you too can try to solve the same math problems to test your own math skills. These two links provide you with the questions on one slide followed by the answers on the next. Simply click on the slide to advance it to the next slide.
Our winner for the 2006 Mabry Pythagorean Award is David!
posted on: May 18, 2006
Pythagorean Finalists Compete
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 below, 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 highest math achievers in 8th grade, based on standardized tests, are invited 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.
In amazed silence, all of 8th grade class gets to see live and on demand how quickly these brilliant young mathematicians solve complex math problems. Math achievement is highly valued at Mabry Middle School. Today I want to honor all of the students who accepted the invitation and came out to take the invitation-only demanding test.
Additionally, we will host a podcast from the three bright young finalists in the 2006 competition: Gabrielle, David, and Kevin. One of these student's name will appear on the trophy at the end of the week! Good luck!
posted on: May 17, 2006
Film Festival Pictures
We would like to post additional pictures from the film festival event. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send them in on a CD to Dr. Tyson's attention. We can not guarantee we will add them to our site, but we are interested in expanding this photo collection from the evening. Each picture is a thumbnail link to a larger version.
posted on: May 08, 2006
And the Winner Is...
I have just finished the screening of the 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival movies for our distinguished panel of judges. I think that some people who are not familiar with the quality of our students' work in the festival may think, "Oh, isn't that nice. They make some little movies." Let me tell you some of the comments made by our judges! Historically our judges feature people who work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, radio, and film, as well as people in technology, education, and the state department. In fact, one of our judges had to fly out to work on location for a television shoot in California.
Today, during the judging, I had the opportunity to sit next to the Operations Manager for Georgia Public Broadcasting. After, what turned out to be, the winning movie in the Best Picture Category was played, she turned to me and said emphatically, "Dr. Tyson, that movie is excellent! It is every bit as good as any professional work that has ever been submitted to me to be considered for airing on GPB!" What a compliment to the fine work of these 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students!
For those who may not realize it, some of our students' movies have already been aired on GPB. And winning movies from this year's festival will be aired after the festival has passed.
Here are some quotations from the judges today about several of the different movies in this year's submissions: "As good as anything I've ever seen!" "Awesome and powerful!" "This movie really affected me the most." "Wonderful, wonderful! I wish all of these could win!" "This was just overwhelmingly powerful! WOW!" "This movie was deeply thought-provoking and emotionally rich!" "A great, important message delivered with emotional impact." "I loved this. It had maximum impact and great pacing!" "This year's movies are just so refined and polished. They're just the most sophisticated yet!"
As your principal, yet once again, I just can not wait for you to see the amazing work our students are doing at Mabry! And in addition to my excitement about our students' work, I just can't wait to give away, in addition to the hundreds of trophies these movies command, an Apple iBook computer and two 60 gigabyte video iPods to deserving students! We are able to make these awards available to our students because of the generous anonymous donations of people in our extended learning community. Thank You!
See you at the 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival!
posted on: April 17, 2006
Still Reading Voraciously*!
On November 3, 2005, I did a podcast with Chelsea, one of our seventh graders, who had read 83 books at that time. I wanted to follow up with Chelsea to see how many books she has read as of today: 133! Chelsea has done an excellent job of keeping up with her reading log and carefully documenting her reading. When asked what her favorite book was thus far, she replied that she couldn't pick just one but would recommend:
Describing the plot of the book, she said that "even though it would never happen, it was very exciting and cool."
*By the way, check out the definition for the word "voracious" so you can add it to your vocabulary!
posted on: March 10, 2006
State Technology Fair Winners!
Mabry is proud of our State Technology Fair winners. Several of our students competed against 600 students from around the state. I am so proud to announce that Kyle and Conrad won first place in the 7-8 grade Digital Video Editing category! Mary also did an excellent job and won 2nd place in the Multimedia category! Congratulations guys; we are all very proud of you! Their winning brings additional resources to Mabry!
As a proud sponsor of the 2006 Georgia State GaETC Technology Fair, Mast Networks will be providing 1st and 2nd place awards for the Digital Video Category (awards for grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12).
1st Place Awards for student's school
- 1 year CampusVP Starter Subscription for the student's school ($1,999 value)
- 2 Live Event Broadcasts ($299 value)
- Professional Consulting for Video use in education
2nd Place Awards for student's school
- 6 month CampusVP Starter Subscription for the student's school ($999 value)
- 1 Live Event Broadcasts ($149 value)
- Professional Consulting for Video use in education
posted on: February 28, 2006
Meaningful, Relevant Learning
At Mabry we talk a lot about providing students with meaningful, relevant, substantive learning experiences that go well beyond a minimum standards mindset. This is part of the philosophical basis for the film festival. In this year's festival, one of the student groups has chosen to create a science documentary on a rigorous and relevant topic: stem cell research.
Yesterday, permission slips in hand, these students had the opportunity to spend an hour-and-a-half at Emory University filming and interviewing Marie Csete, MD, PhD, The John E. Steinhaus Professor of Anesthesiology, the Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology, and Director of Emory/GaTech's Human Embryonic Stem Cell Core Facility. Our students had done their homework and prepared a number of questions for Dr. Csete, who graciously went into the details of her work, answered their questions, and did an excellent and informative, non-judgemental job of explaining some of the controversy surrounding some aspects of stem cell research.
The students were frequently overheard saying things like, "Wow!" "Amazing!". They toured the lab as Dr. Csete explained the ground-breaking work being done there, the processes involved, the current limitations, the implications, the potential of the work, the problems being addressed today and the "really big problems" to follow that are not yet understood. She spoke of the melding of mathematics, engineering, and biology to tackle the complexities of the "really big problems." The students even saw living stem cells from a rat brain and muscle tissue under the microscope. They were quizzed by Dr. Csete.
I was astounded at how much the students absorbed from this unprecedented learning experience. I was also touched by how generous Dr. Csete was with her time and knowledge. She had been working for 36 hours harvesting livers for transplantation when an emergency arose. Rather than canceling her meeting with our students, she had a colleague begin the emergency transplant procedure so she could share with our students her passion for her work in the hope that some of these students will take this work even further. As we said our goodbyes, she headed off to the operating room.
The film festival began five years ago. Who ever would have thought...
posted on: February 16, 2006
Eric Writes to J.K. Rowling
Our 6th grade students learn how to write a business letter. Eric chose to write his to author J.K. Rowling. His letter had to include the following parts:
- Inside Address
Additionally, the letter's politeness, neatness, grammar, and mechanics were part of the evaluation. Eric tells the author that her fourth book was his favorite and states, "I have been trying to make my own stories such as Harry Potter and the Rose of the Night." He thanks her "for writing such wonderful books."
You can only imagine Eric's delight when he received a letter back, on what appears to be "official" Hogwart's stationery! The signed letter and accompanying picture were exciting enough, but I am most pleased with how this author has excited so many of our young readers at Mabry. And now our readers are even trying their hand at writing stories in the style of J.K. Rowling!
posted on: January 31, 2006
Dr. Tyson's Interactive Desk
Dr. Tyson is experimenting with interactivity on his blog, "From the Desk of Dr. Tyson." His first interactive post is now on "his desk." You can read the details about how to comment to his blog by clicking here. His first interactive post is located at this link.
posted on: January 25, 2006
MabryOnline Goes Interactive!
This is huge news! I'm tremendously excited! Today we are launching a whole new educational dimension in this revolution that is pervasive computing and pervasive connectivity. Our original goal was to have these projects go online during the Fall of 2006. We are 8 months ahead of schedule!
We are leveraging technology, technology that didn't even exist just a few years ago, to enhance our students' academic potential and help us go even further in reaching our school goal: maximized student achievement. Two new projects begin!
The Mabry Global Learning Collaborative (MGLC)
You will notice the new graphic in the right sidebar, Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative. Explore! Learn! You will not be disappointed. We want to use technology to extend our students' learning experiences globally. We invite the participation of teachers and students around the world.
Several teachers in 7th and 8th grades will host guest authors on their classroom blogs: selected students who will act as class scribes. These students will take careful notes in class. They have committed to posting their notes to the teacher's blog as soon as possible. Once the notes are approved by the teacher, they go live (are published) to the world. Not only does this afford the class scribes with an unparalleled opportunity for classroom content review, but it also means every student has access to review information at the click of a mouse!
The training for the scribes is scheduled this week. They should begin posting (Do scribes scribble?) next week. To see if your teacher has a classroom scribe, ask him/her or simply go to his/her blog next week and click on the "Scribe" link in the sidebar.
posted on: January 09, 2006
Season of Giving
We wish to thank everyone for their generous support of the Student Forum Canned Food Drive. Mabry students collected 1737 total cans! Ms. Hansard's class had the highest total with 279 cans. All cans and food items will be delivered to M.U.S.T. ministries and a local food bank which serves families in need.
In addition, student forum representatives collected money during lunch each day. Our thoughtful students donated $320.00. This money will be used to provided Christmas presents for a family who has recently experienced hardship. The generosity of Mabry families is heartwarming!
posted on: 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.
posted on: December 05, 2005
Congratulations Mabry Teachers!
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. 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!
Mrs. 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!
posted on: December 05, 2005
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.
posted on: December 05, 2005
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!
posted on: 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!
posted on: 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.
posted on: 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.
posted on: October 15, 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 on: 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.
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 on: 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.
posted on: 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.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.
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 on: 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.
posted on: 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.
posted on: September 08, 2005
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.S. 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!
posted on: August 24, 2005
Over 1,000,000 Served!
Dr. 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!
posted on: August 23, 2005
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!
posted on: August 19, 2005
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.S. 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!
posted on: August 17, 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!
posted on: 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!
posted on: June 16, 2005
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 clicking here.
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.
posted by: Dr. Tyson
posted on: June 15, 2005
What You Will Need for Registration
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posted on: June 14, 2005