November Dinner Celebration
On November 15, 2005, Mabry Middle School paused to celebrate four significant accomplishments at our school:
- 27 years of outstanding service to our community
- Completion of $8.8 million in SPLOST renovations and additions
- Scholastic and Intel's prestigious Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation
- Georgia's Silver Award for Academic Achievement: Highest Percentage of Students At and Above Grade Level
We have published two podcasts (one video and one audio-only) of Dr. Tyson's presentation at the dinner celebration. He discusses each of the four achievements and ends the presentation by answering the question, "Where do we go from here?". The goal he sets before us at Mabry: "In order to meet the unfettered demands of the global job market our students will face when they graduate from college in 10 years, we need to turn school on its head by changing school from an information distribution system to a collection of collaborative knowledge fabrication systems, and let's start that shift here at Mabry." Listen to find out what he means by this significant challenge.
If you were unable to attend our celebration, enjoy either one of the "virtual celebrations" linked below from MabryOnline's Podcast Central.
- Click here to immediately listen to the audio-only podcast of our celebration dinner
- Click here to go to the post which includes the audio-only podcast of our celebration dinner
- Click here to immediately download the video podcast of our celebration dinner
- Click here to go to the post which includes the video podcast of our celebration dinner and instructions for how to listen
In addition to our students, parents, teachers and their families, we were delighted to host a number of other special guests at our dinner celebration. Click the image below for a list of our special guests for the evening.
posted on: December 04, 2005
Meeting with Senator Isakson
During our visit to Washington, DC, for the Scholastic and Intel's Schools of Distinction awards gala, we were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with Senator Isakson at his Dirksen Building office. He graciously had his picture taken with us and spoke very highly of Mabry Middle School.
Senator Isakson has mentioned to me before that he has several of our students in his Sunday school class. He congratulated our teachers and students for their hard work that earned our school this prestigious award.
Pictured (left to right): Chris Swanson, Mabry ILT; Janet McCrary, retired Mabry ILT; Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia Senator; Dr. Tim Tyson, Mabry Principal
posted on: October 25, 2005
Schools of Distinction Award Celebration
Mabry Middle School was honored in the Grand Ballroom of the Mayflower in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2005, by Scholastic and Intel Corporation as the recipient of the Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation. I was humbled by the spectacular event honoring 20 schools around the United States for exemplary work with the children in their care. Mabry received a check for $10,000 from the Intel Foundation as well as over $250,000.00 worth of donations from the following companies: Agilix, Blackboard, Dell, eInstruction, Future Kids, Microsoft, Pitsco, Primedia, Riverdeep, SAS, Scantron, School Net, and Smart Technologies. These companies, combined with Gateway, Intel, and Scholastic, gave over $5,000,000.00 to the 20 winning schools.
Mabry will be celebrating this incredible honor with a reception and catered dinner on November 15, 2005, in the new Mabry Cafeteria. Purchase your tickets from our bookkeeper, Ms.Osterfeld. Tickets for the evening are $10.00. Tickets will not be sold after November 10th. Guests from Intel, Scholastic, other corporate donors, the State Department of Education, local, state, and federal government will be invited. This will be a wonderful celebration. All of our parents and students received their dinner celebration invitations during Conference Week. This will be a "Sunday best" dress up event. Make your plans now to join us.
posted on: October 15, 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