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All about P.E.

Flag football, Baseball, Tae-bo, Hockey,
Basketball, Speedball, Dancing, Capture-the-Flag,
Handball, Rugby, Ultimate Frizbee, Gymnastics,
Volleyball, Self-defense, Raquetball, and Crazy Soft Ball

Dress Out:
There are girls' and boys' locker rooms with showers included.
Students change clothes before and after class.
Girls must have appropriate length shorts with no belly showing (1-roll for sophie shorts). Guys cannot have boxers hanging out of their shorts. No glass, food, or drinks, other than water, are allowed in the locker room.



posted on: March 16, 2006

Special Services

Welcome to Special Services Where we can give a helping hand.
Lead Teacher for Special Education

Mrs. Betty Parker is our Special Education Lead Teacher. She is an extraordinary resource for the parents of our special education students. She has worked in the field of education for 34 years and been at Mabry for 14. She taught special education students, self-contained, for 28 years before becoming our Special Education Lead Teacher.

Betty Parker interview:
Q: What are the qualifications for special services?
A: Many times the student support team will refer a student who is having problems at school for evaluation by the psychologist and me .
Q:What are the subjects thought?
A: All subjects are thought- reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.
Q:What do you do?
A: I oversee the department of 12 teachers and six paraprofessionals, evaluate students, work with the student support team, assist parents, and work with the administration.
Q: How is it different being the lead teacher ratehr than the regular special service teachers?
A: I am available to help all teachers with strategies to help students or any kind of problem.

Mrs. Rand

Mrs. Jackie Rand is one of our 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. Mrs. 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."

Mrs. Krodman
Mrs. Krodman interview.
Q: What are the qualifications for special services for students?
A: There is a procedure to be followed for students to receive special education services. This process is usually begun in elementary school, but sometimes students come to middle school and start having difficulty with the demands of so many different subjects. In this case, their teachers start to develop strategies to assist them so that they can achieve. For many students this is enough help to be successful. Other students need to be taught differently even though they are just as smart as their classmates. Sometimes this is organizational or study skills help; sometimes it is help with reading or writing composition skills, and sometimes it is help with math. Students who need special education services are students with average or above average intelligence that need multi-sensory instruction.
Q: What are the subjects taught?
A: In middle school, special education services are offered for every academic subject and occasionally foreign language and connection classes.
Q: What do you do?
A: This year, I teach sixth grade math, science, social studies and language arts, and in seventh grade math and language arts. Also, I prepare individualized education plans for students, perform duties assigned to me by the administrators, and teach a STARS class.
Q What are the requirements for your job?
A: Any teacher must complete a bachelor’s degree and pass certain tests. Additionally, I hold a teaching certificate with concentrations in every academic area I teach.

Seven of Mrs. Krodman's twenty years of teaching experience have been at Mabry Middle School. The remaining thirteen years were in three public school districts in three different states and one private school. Her experience covers first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Though she began her teaching career in regular education, her true passion in education is working with students who have special learning needs. Mrs. Donna Krodman is one of the outstanding special education teachers at Mabry. She says that this is the place where she feels her teaching really matters.
Click here to go to i-Parent.

posted on: March 16, 2006

"ILT/Ms.Preston/Mr.Swanson/Mr. Quinn"`

Welcome to our post. This Blog will teach you all about the school's technology and the teachers that know all about it.

He Trains teachers and students to use i-movie and podcasting. He uses wsimovie, iBookG4 and logitech microphones.

Click here for Mr.Swanson's blog.

Mr. Quinn teaches students and teachers to use podcasting, i-phtoto, i-movie, sixceed, blogs, etc. He uses the i-booksg4, cameras, DELLS, basically everything!


And Mrs. Preston pretty much just helps get computers to function right. She also programs new technology in the computers like Firefox and new versions of Garage Band.

Our school uses all types of technology such as:

-laptops -Macs -maclab -camcorders -cameras -podcasts
-promethean boards -iMovie -Dells -teacher computers

Mabry has the best technology in the best school of the state. Good luck next year sixth graders!

posted on: March 14, 2006

All About Intramurals

Intramurals take place before school from 8:00-8:45 A.M.
The sign-in time is from 8:00 to 8:15.

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posted on: March 14, 2006

All About Health

Classes are co-ed.
All units have tests and quizzes.



posted on: March 14, 2006

8th and 7th grade teachers


7th Grade Academic Teachers
Science-Larkin & Caroll
Marth-Tredwell, Hansard & Graber
L.A. -Baylor, Abrams & Worthington
Social Studies- Baylor, Howard & Glenn
Larkin is a great science teacher. She has a great personallity and a puts fun into the class.
Larkin's blog

Mrs. Caroll is a target science teacher. She has a lot of fun with her students.
Caroll's blog
Math is exciting and it is a new world to explore. In 7th you may take pre-algebra, algebra, or B.A.G.

Hansard's blog
Graber's blog
Treadwell's blog
LA helps you excell in writing and grammar.
Baylor's blog
Wortington's blog
Social studies: uncovering the past, learning about the present and the future.
Baylor's blog
Howard's blog
Glenn's blog
8th grade Academic Teachers

Science-Shockley & Benzin
Math-Moncrieff & Bowmen & Klucsaritz
Social Studies- Suggs & Stephens
Language Arts- Kaplan, Hartnett & Collins
Foriegn Language- Rivera & Isreal Hiles
Reading- Isreal Hiles & Jennings
Earth science is fun and exciting when exploring the unknown.
Shockley's blog
Benzin's blog
8th grade math helps you get ready for high school math.
Moncrieff's blog
Bowman's blog
Georgia History is required history for eighth graders in the state of Georgia.
Suggs's blog
Stephens's blog
L.A. helps to improve your writing skills, grammar, and enjoy literature.
Hartnett's Blog
Kaplan's blog
Collins's blog
Foreign Language gives you a choice between French and Spanish.
Rivera's blog
Isriael-Hiles's blog
Reading helps students strengthen their analysis and comprehension skilss.
Israel-Hiles's blog


posted on: March 13, 2006


Stay out of I.S.S. if you really want success!

This is Ms. Sumrell, the ISS teacher.

How strict are you on the ISS students? Regular ed students?
I am much more strick on the ISS students due to why they are in there. In a regular education classroom, I am very structured but can joke around with the students. No joking goes on in ISS.

If you could give rising 6th grades one piece of advice, what would it be?
Unrelated to ISS, it would be to do your homework.

Ms. Sumrell is a former 8th grade teacher, but is now the ISS teacher. She is one of the nicest teachers at Mabry. She helps you understand what you did wrong and how to change it. Hopefully, you will only see her in the hallway!

posted on: March 13, 2006

P.E. & Health

Get ready to kick off the new chapter of your life with lots of fun and excitement!

Coach McCall

Coach Graber

Coach Jones

Coach Spannagel

(for more info be sure to view our P.E., Health, and Intramurals pages)

Welcome to Mabry, and we all hope you enjoy yourself. You are guaranteed a good time, so let loose, follow the rules, and most importantly, have fun!

posted on: March 8, 2006

6th Grade Teachers

Are you afraid of having a teacher that will fail you just because he or she feels like it? Here at Mabry, you should not fear something like that happening. The teachers at Mabry are nice and want you to have fun. This post will tell you what you need to know about your sixth grade teachers.

Fun Facts About Your New 6th Grade Teachers

Favorite Color
Beals-Blue and Green
Brown Curry- Purple and Yellow
Miceli- Blue

Favorite Food
Simpson-Fried Shrimp
Beals-Banana Cake
Brown-Curry- Seafood
Sneed-Filet Mignon
Burke-Chips and Cookies
Miceli- Lasagna

What inspired you to teach?
Vernie-My 6th grade teacher
Lippincott-My mother
Simpson-I wanted to help kids.
Beals-2 outstanding teachers
Mitchell-My 8th grade teacher
Ridlehoover-My 6th grade teacher
Brown-Curry- A talented teacher
Sneed-My love of learning
Burke-Enjoying poetry
Cushman-Being creative
Davis-My mother
Miceli- I always wanted to teach.

Pet Peeves
Lippincott-Smacking when eating
Simpson-Not trying
Mitchell-Pencil tapping
Ridlehoover-Abuse to animals
Brow-Curry- Unnecessary noises
Sneed-Tapping pencils
Burke-Chairs tilted back
Cushman-Clicking pens
Davis-Not doing homework
Miceli- Pencil tapping

Favorite Song
Vernie-Too many to name
Lippincott-Too many to name
Simpson-"Cross My Heart "
Beals-Classical guitar music
Mitchell-Too many to name
Ridlehoover- "Time for Living"
Brown-Curry- "You're All I Need"
Sneed-"One in a Million You"
Burke-"You're Beautiful"
Cushman-The love song from the movie, Titanic
Davis-"Unchained Melody"
Miceli- "In Christ Alone"

Favorite Movie
Vernie-Raiders of the Lost Ark
Lippincott-All the Harry Potter movies
Simpson-Steel Magnolias
Mitchell-The Goonies
Brown-Curry- Rudy
Sneed-Schindler's List
Burke-The Notebook
Cushman-Top Gun
Miceli- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Favorite Unit
Lippincott-Likes them all
Simpson- Persuasive Writing
Beals-Likes them all
Mitchell-Solving equations
Ridlehoover- Europe
Brown-Curry- Geology
Burke-Figurative language
Cushman-Parts of speech
Davis- My weather unit

posted on: March 8, 2006


Let's Get Down to Business!

In sixth grade you will attend classes called "connections". One class you will attend is Mr. Johnson's business class. This class will teach you about typing and computers.

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This is Mr. Johnson your business teacher.

Keyboarding- Learn how to type faster.
Powerpoints- Create an All About Me.
Garage Band- Make up your own songs and share with the class.

Q: Do you find your business class useful for students?
A: Let's see, I find it very helpful seeing that students will be using computers for the rest of their lives.

Q: Are you a strict teacher?
A: I am.

Q: What are some fun activities you do with 6th graders?
A: They get to create their own personal business cards and get to do crash course on Garage Band.

We can promise that Mr. Johnson's class will be a class you will enjoy. You can actually get to know Mr. Johnson and interact with his class.

posted on: March 6, 2006

Media Specialists

The Media Center is the place to go for great resources and novels.
There are two media specialists at Mabry Middle School. They are Mrs. Hendrix and Mrs. Hiss.

Mrs. Hendricks

Q: How many classes do you teach in a week?
A: I will teach 20-25 students in a week, but for a double class, I teach 40 students.

Q: What happens when a book is lost or stolen?
A: If stolen, it will have to be replaced, or a student must pay a payment around $25. If the book is lost, a student will have to pay the cost that the book is worth.

Q: What work do you do?
A: I teach classes on the following subjects: research process, Cobb Virtual library, and internet searching safety.

Q: Do you enjoy working as a media specialists?
A: Yes, I love working with students because I love children.

Q: Are you looking forward to the upcoming 6th graders?
A: Yes, the new sixth graders will be well- prepared for the future years of school.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: My favorite book is Green Mansion by William Henry Hudson.

Q: What competitions do you enter?
A: I enter trivia contests, Reading for Medals, and Jingle Bells 12 Days of Reading.

Q: Can you tell us a little about the book fair?
A: We have a spring and fall book fair. Money from the fair goes towards buying new books for the school, and most of the Scholastic Books go to the classes.

Media Center Blog

Mrs. Hiss

Q: What do you do?
A: Well... I stock books on the shelves, check books out, help kids find books, and train parent volunteers.

Q: If you weren't a media specialist, what would you be?
A: I was once a social studies teacher, and I enjoyed that, so I would probably return to the classroom.

Q: What is you favorite book?
A: To Kill a Mockingbird

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Forest Gump

Q: What is your favorite t.v. show?
A: American Idol

Pictures of the Media Center

In conclusion, the Media Center is the place to go!

posted on: March 6, 2006

3 Music Teachers

Why do you need to know who the band and orchestra directors are? Well, if you join either of these groups, you will spend the next three years with these people while expanding your musical abilities.

Mr. Dan Welborn

Ms. Suzanne Scott

- trumpet
- oboe
- clarinet
- alto saxaphone
- baritone (a small version of a tuba)
- flute
- trombone
- percussion

*If you decide to join the band, you will need an instrument. If you do not wish to buy an instrument, you can rent an instrument from a local music store. Depending on the size of the instrument, you may be able to have the school lend you one. This applies only to large instruments. (Tuba, etc...)

Interview With Mr. Welborn
1. How did you come about being a band director?
- I started out as a business major at Tulane University. I was bored and missed band, so I transfered to USM and studied to become a band director.

2. Where did you study music?
- I studied at the University of Southern Mississippi.

3. What do you enjoy most about working with young musicians?
- I enjoy their enthusiasm and how quickly they learn.

4. What instrument(s) do you play?
- I play the French horn, piano, and trumpet.

5. How long have you been a band director, and where have you taught?
- I have been a band director 11 years, and all my experience has been at Mabry.

Interview with Ms. Scott

1. When did you begin studying music?
- I began studying music at the age of 4 with piano lessons. I've studied piano from ages 4-20.

2. What do you enjoy about working with young musicians?
- I find the process of introducing instrumental music to young students completely fascinating! It's so rewarding to see their eyes light up when young people discover their talent, musical interest, and are satisfied with their accomplishments. I prefer working with young musicians because they don't hold back!

3. How did you get the opportunity to become a band director?
- I began studying to become a band director at Georgia State University. The education professors had taken an interest in me and encouraged me --daily-- to work with young musicians.

Being in the Mabry Band is a great way to make new friends! It is also a way to prepare a student for the Lassiter Band if a student chooses to continue. To be in the Lassiter Marching Band, a student will have to have three years of prior playing. If a student wishes to drop out of band, he or she will need to speak with Mr. Welborn and Ms. Scott.

Click to go to the Mabry Band Blog.

Click to see bios for these teachers on the Mabry Staff page.

Join the Mabry Band! It is an experience of a lifetime!!

Mr. Chris Doemel

Click to go to the Orchestra Blog
Orchestra is an ensemble of only string intruments. Being in the Mabry Orchestra is a great way to make friends. It is also a way to prepare yourself for the Lassiter Orchestra. The instruments that a student can play in orchestra are the following:

Interview with Mr. Doemel

1. When did you begin studying music?
-I began when I was 10 in 5th grade band in Cheboygan, Michigan. I started on the trumpet.

2. What do you enjoy about working with young musicians?
- Of course, I love to see them grow as musicians. But becoming a musician is so much more than just learning to play music and play an instrument. There is a huge social side to being in orchestra that I encourage. The kids in orchestra make friends they will have for the rest of their lives. The familiar routine of playing in the school orchestra makes transitions to high school and college easier.
Playing an instrument is an extremely high level of functioning. The fine motor muscle control necessary to operate your right and left hands independently of each another, reading AND interpreting the written language of music, controlling time and rhythm to perform as part of an ensemble, and all the extremely high level listening skills are exciting developments to observe in Mabry Orchestra students.

3. How did you get the opportunity to teach orchestra?
- I got certified to teach K-12 instrumental music in college but planned on a performing career. After I left the US Army, I was playing a lot in the Atlanta area and in regional orchestra in the Southeast US. Freelancing is not very lucrative, and my wife and I had our first child and didn't want to leave the Atlanta area. We both applied for teaching jobs in the Atlanta area and, luckily, ended up in Cobb. I originally applied for a band director position, but orchestra was all that was open in Cobb at the time. I was offered a position and took the orchestra director job at Nash (Campbell) MS in 1993. After 5 years there, I taught at Dodgen for 3 years. This is my 5th year at Mabry.

4. What is your favorite instrument to play?
- My major instrument, and the instrument I play professionally, is the French horn, and of course, I love playing it. I also enjoy playing the guitar. It's easy to get pretty good at and very portable.

In 8th grade you could have guitar techniques class. This is just a normal connections class that is nine weeks. The orchestras will combine to be one large orchestra.

These teachers will help you to explore your music ability. You do not even have to be able to read music. You will receive a form at the beginning of school to sign up for these specific groups. Band is supposed to last through the duration of your middle school years, but you can quit if necessary. Is there a viola in your future?

posted on: March 3, 2006

Art, Drama, and Chorus


The drama! The music! The masterpieces! Paint like Leonardo DiVinci, act like Ewan McGregor, sing like Shania Twain! Be a star! Think about it - those people had to start somewhere.
Mabry offers art and drama as connections classes (two extra-curricular classes that you go to daily for nine-week segments). Chorus, however, is not a connections class, and must be taken in the morning before school, and lasts for all three years.


Art, a fantastic way to show your creative side, is taught by Mrs. Evans. In this class, you get to do tons of fun things! Everything from tesselations to paintings - your big chance to show everyone what you're made of!
If you really like art, you can join the Art Club that meets every other Wendesday in the art room. This class is really worth attending! This year, we have painted a van, made tiles, and made Christmas cards.
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What's your favorite movie? What if you were the star? Wouldn't you like to be the next "scruffy-lookin' nerf-herder" or the new Luna Lovegood? Drama is the class of stars - the way to get to Hollywood! This class is taught by Mrs. Smith.
Unfortunately, there is no Drama Club at Mabry... maybe your class can start one!


Do re mi fa sol la ti do! Who watches American Idol? Who has ever wanted to be the American Idol? I know I have. Just grab the mike in this class, and you're on your way to stardom! Mrs. Smith will take you there with wonderful opportunities and concerts!
Chorus, or "Mabry Singers", meets every Tuesday at 8:15 to practice songs and make beautiful music together.


If you want to join the art club or chorus, just talk to Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Evans, or listen to the announcements; whatever works. So go forth and prosper, live life to the fullest! Adeiu, adeiu to yeiu and yeiu and yeiu!

posted on: March 2, 2006

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