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The Pythagorean Award at Mabry (VP)

Pathagorean AwardDr. 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. The winner of the 2007 Pythagorean Award is Conrad. Congratulations!

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posted on: May 23, 2007

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Mica (VP)

Mica David And Senator Chip Rogers 320-1Earlier 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!

You can watch this podcast in your browser window by clicking on this link, or you can download it to your computer (and for your video iPod) by clicking on the image below.


posted on: May 22, 2007

Celebrating Our Professionals of the Year (VP)

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.

posted on: May 16, 2007

Dr. Tyson Announces New Beginnings (VP)

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.

posted on: May 09, 2007

Dr. Tyson Talks with Jeff Dess

I recently became aware of a new energy drink called Cocaine when several of our students told us that they drank 5 of them in one sitting! They became very ill. I then began to investigate these drinks and was rather shocked by what I learned. I encourage our parents and students to listen carefully to this brief interview with Mr. Dess. Not only is what he says eye opening, I suspect it is also widely unknown.

posted on: March 20, 2007

State Superintendent & Guests Visit Mabry (VP)

On February 1, 2007, Mabry Middle School was honored to welcome our State Superintendent of Schools, Cathy Cox, with guests from the British Council, including the Director of Bilateral Programs, 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 Cathy Cox and Rosalind Morton as well as their impressions of their visit to our school.


posted on: February 02, 2007

Japan Global Collaborative Begins (VP)

Dr. Tyson is traveling to Japan as a guest of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund. As part of his 19 day itinerary, he will be visiting many places: Tokyo, Fukuoka, Arao, and Tamana to name a few. He will visit several schools in Arao in the Kumamoto Prefecture, learning about the culture and educational system of Japan, and sharing his travels with his 7th grade students here at Mabry (as well as students all over the world) who study this country. We look forward to exchanging information between our schools and countries.

This podcast introduces this project.


posted on: October 02, 2006

2006 CRCT Scores Released (VP)

We have created this video podcast of Mabry's CRCT scores from May, 2006. Sometimes data can be confusing, so here is a simple way to understand what you're about to see: We want more purple and no yellow. Each bar graph shows the percentage of students below grade level (yellow), on grade level and meeting expectations (blue), and above grade level and exceeding expectations (purple).

The first chart in each data set shows an overview of that grade level's performance in each subject. The next several charts show how our students compared to the students in Cobb County as a whole and the state of Georgia in each subject area.

You will notice that, in some subject areas, the data looks significantly different than it has in the past. These tests were renormed last year. For a more detailed explanation of the data, you can visit these two posts as MabryOnline: CRCT Data from May, 2006, Posted and Student Achievement Data from May, 2006.

If the data goes by too fast for you, simply click the Pause button.


posted on: September 05, 2006

2006 Open House: Did You Know (VP)

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

Before the Open House meeting began, this presentation, Did You Know, original concept by Karl Fisch, Arapahoe High School, Littleton, Colorado, was showing. We have turned it into a podcast. The presentation provides an overview of our Mabry resources and juxtaposes those resources against a backdrop of the global challenges our students face.


posted on: September 05, 2006

2006 Open House: Dr. Tyson's Presentation

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

This is a podcast of Dr. Tyson's Open House presentation--which he did on the interactive whiteboard. The presentation introduced the parents to how this technology can be used in the classroom with students and also provided Mabry with survey information to facilitate our future planning. Additionally he spoke of Mabry's mission statement and the role parents play in helping us continue our school's rich tradition of academic excellence.


posted on: September 05, 2006

2006 Open House: Survey Results (VP)

At the beginning of each school year Mabry welcomes parents to an Open House meeting. The meeting begins with a general session to introduce the PTSA and in which Dr. Tyson speaks about Mabry's direction and mission. Parents then start with their child's homeroom and actually attend each of their student's classes, meeting the teachers and getting a sense for what a day in the life of their child at Mabry is like.

In this podcast you will see the results from the ACTIVote survey from the Open House general meeting conducted by Dr. Tyson. Not only can teachers gain this type of insight from using this technology with their students in class, but, unlike the anonymous surveying done in our meeting, they can also gain immediate assessment data from each individual student in their classes.

After the meeting, a parent asked if Mabry accepted donations or corporate sponsorships to increase the availability of this technology for our students. Yes, absolutely. We want this type of technology to be used pervasively by students and teachers. Our long term goal, which regrettably is probably several years out, is to substantially reduce the amount of time teachers spend with clerical tasks (grading papers) and give them that time to do more data analysis (analyzing daily assessment data for students). Simplistically put, we want this technology to allow the student to take a classroom assessment and have that data appear in virtually real time on iParent.


posted on: September 05, 2006

Dr. Tyson's Student Challenge for 2007 (VP)

At the beginning of each year Dr. Tyson meets with all of our Mabry students to review important school rules and routines as well as to challenge our students to do their very best work. In this video podcast, he talks with Mabry students about character, persistence, commitment, kindness, and other important aspirations. If you are new to Mabry, you will certainly want to listen carefully to his hope for your future.


posted on: August 22, 2006

Mission Possible!

With just a few weeks left in the school year, I want to remind all of our students to do their best work and to accomplish our school's mission statement, which I shared with you on the second and third days of school this year. In fact, I made our students a promise in those meetings at the beginning of the school year.

I stated that when you least expected it, I would post a podcast that would tell you how to compete to win an iPod Nano. This podcast, entitled Mission Possible, gives you the directions on how you can compete for the iPod Nano. Follow them carefully.

Good luck!

posted on: May 02, 2006

Science Fair Winners

I am proud of our students who participated in the District Science Fair. We had a number of students who placed and earned recognition for their work. This enhanced podcast features some of the students (Jeffrey, Kaleigh, Skylar, Chris) who won an award. Each student briefly describes his or her project. Enjoy!


posted on: March 04, 2006

7th Grade Jekyll Expedition: Meet Geo (EP)

I am at Jekyll Island with our 7th grade students. This field trip is just an awesome learning experience for our Mabry students. Be sure to keep up with the event "as it happens" at our Jekyll Blog, which features hundreds of pictures and important information related to the trip. This year we are even posting podcasts.

I have consistently been impressed with the quality of the instruction our students get from the instructors at the 4-H Center. These young men and women are knowledgeable, energetic and enthusiastic about environmental studies, and work very well with middle school students. Unexpectedly this year, one of the instructors is himself a former Mabry student.

Naturally, we did a podcast interview. Meet former Mabry student, Geo!


posted on: February 22, 2006

Mabry Celebrates and Gives Thanks (VP)

On November 15, 2005, Mabry Middle School paused to celebrate four significant accomplishments at our school:

  1. 27 years of outstanding service to our community
  2. Completion of $8.8 million in SPLOST renovations and additions
  3. Scholastic and Intel's prestigious Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation
  4. Georgia's Silver Award for Academic Achievement: Highest Percentage of Students At and Above Grade Level

In the video podcast below is Dr. Tyson's presentation at the dinner celebration. He discusses each achievement 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, 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 this "virtual celebration!"

Celebration Guests
To view a list of our special guests for the evening, click the image above.

The podcast below is a video podcast (which, once downloaded on a Mac or Windows machine, requires iTunes 6.x or Quicktime 7.x).

posted on: November 18, 2005

Mabry Celebrates and Gives Thanks

On November 15, 2005, Mabry Middle School paused to celebrate four significant accomplishments at our school:

  1. 27 years of outstanding service to our community
  2. Completion of $8.8 million in SPLOST renovations and additions
  3. Scholastic and Intel's prestigious Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation
  4. Georgia's Silver Award for Academic Achievement: Highest Percentage of Students At and Above Grade Level

In the audio-only podcast below is Dr. Tyson's presentation at the dinner celebration. He discusses each achievement 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, 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 this "virtual celebration!"

Celebration Guests
To view a list of our special guests for the evening, click the image above.

The podcast below is an audio-only podcast.


posted on: November 18, 2005

Best School in the World (VP)

Yesterday I went to 6 different classes with 1 simple question for the students: "If you were to walk into the best school in the entire world, what would you see?" I told the students that I wanted thoughtful answers, as in answers that are full of thought. I gave no suggestions, no ideas, no context whatsoever. I simply asked them the question.

I must admit to being stunned by the depth of their answers. Our students will tell us what an excellent educational setting is if we only ask. They get it.

Listen to their answers.

posted on: November 16, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Chelsea

Georgia law now requires every student in middle school read 25 books in a given school year. A book is considered 150 pages of printed text, and that's still a lot of reading. One of our students, Chelsea, has already read a total of 83 books. She got started this summer and has carefully documented her reading using our school reading logs. Obviously she is an avid reader.

I wanted to recognize her outstanding achievement and thought our Podcast Central listeners would want to hear from this sweet little 7th grade girl.

posted on: November 03, 2005

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On September 23, 2005, Mabry Middle School held an induction ceremony for our chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Parents attended this special event in which over 60 of our 7th and 8th grade students accepted the oath of Leadership, Scholarship, Character, Citizenship, and Service. The ceremony was followed by a reception for parents and students. This was a special event in the history of our school as this is our first group of inductees into our newly-formed chapter.

This short podcast illuminates the high ideas of the society to which the students made their pledge.

posted on: November 01, 2005

Student Forum Elections

This podcast features the four students that are running for student forum president. I decided to give them the opportunity to show everyone how quickly they can think on their feet. Unexpectedly, each student came into my office to record just one reason why they would be an excellent student forum president. Listen to this short podcast to get an important impression of each candidate.

Each one of them did an excellent job with the podcast.

posted on: October 24, 2005

5th Annual Film Festival Theme Announced (VP)

Each year's annual Mabry Film Festival has a theme. Our themes from the past four years have been: Generations, Peace, Imagine, and Celebrate Achievement. Today we are announcing the 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival theme. We are exploring new technological horizons in the way we are making the announcement: a 23 second video podcast that can be downloaded and played on the new video iPods! Click the image above to download the podcast for your video iPods. Drop the file into iTunes and sync it to your video iPod! (Both Windows and Macs must have the latest version of Quicktime 7.0.3 or later installed!)

As with last year, we want our movies to be powerful, inspiring, and uplifting. We want to continue to give our students a powerful voice that matters for good in our world! So students, I want to challenge each of you to make movies that will astound the adults. And remember, the world is your audience!

posted on: October 17, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Stephanie

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We have such incredible students at Mabry Middle School. In fact, I believe they are the leaders of tomorrow. Each brings a unique set of skills and attributes into which we at Mabry want to instill maximum capacity for leadership. This category in Podcast Central, Kid Capacity, is a collection of interviews with Mabry students that gives voice to the leaders of tomorrow, today.

For our second interview, I have asked one of our 8th graders, Stephanie, if she would participate in Kid Capacity. Stephanie offers tips for teachers and students alike. She talks about learning styles and how she is working to make our community a better place.

posted on: September 19, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Stephen

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We have such incredible students at Mabry Middle School. In fact, I believe they are the leaders of tomorrow. Each brings a unique set of skills and attributes into which we at Mabry want to instill maximum capacity for leadership. This category in Podcast Central, Kid Capacity, is a collection of interviews with Mabry students that gives voice to the leaders of tomorrow, today.

For our first interview, I have asked one of our 7th graders, Stephen, if he would participate in Kid Capacity. He has done an excellent job in "setting the pace" for this new category of podcasts in Mabry's Podcast Central.

posted on: September 12, 2005

Parent Open House Podcast

During the second full week of school, Mabry hosted Open House for our parents. This time together begins with a general meeting with Dr. Tyson. He presents the vision for the school year, the mission for Mabry, general information and procedures. This regular podcast represents the substance of his presentation. After the general session, parents are dismissed to their student's homeroom where they get a copy of their child's schedule and proceed through their student's academic day, meeting teachers and being introduced to the various courses of study.

To listen to this podcast, simply click on the icon above.

posted on: August 29, 2005

Parent Open House (EP)

During the second full week of school, Mabry hosted Open House for our parents. This time together begins with a general meeting with Dr. Tyson. He presents the vision for the school year, the mission for Mabry, general information and procedures. This enhanced podcast includes the Keynote slides from that meeting as well as much of his presentation. After the general session, parents are dismissed to their student's homeroom where they get a copy of their child's schedule and proceed through their student's academic day, meeting teachers and being introduced to the various courses of study.

To both watch and listen to this podcast, click on the icon above to download the file. Then, drop the file into iTunes 4.9 or higher.

posted on: August 29, 2005

Dr. Tyson's Challenge to Students (EP)

This enhanced podcast is a summary of the beginning of the year meetings Dr. Tyson had with the students at Mabry. In it he goes over some of the important school rules, but most importantly, he sets forth a challenge for students. Since this is an enhanced podcast you can also see his Keynote Presentation in iTunes as you listen.

You can download this file and drop it into iTunes to listen to it as well as watch it.

posted on: August 23, 2005

Dr. Tyson's Challenge to Students

This podcast is a summary of the beginning of the year meetings Dr. Tyson had with the students at Mabry. In it he goes over some of the important school rules, but most importantly, he sets forth a challenge for students. Since this is a regular podcast, all you have to do to listen to it is click on the icon above.

posted on: August 23, 2005

What Is Podcasting?

Listen to find out! Just click on the icon above to listen to this podcast now on your computer. Since this is not an enhanced podcast, iTunes is not required. If you wish to download this podcast to your iPod so you can listen to it later when your computer is not close at hand, you will need iTunes. Start by reading the posts in the category, "About Podcasting." It's easy!

posted on: July 02, 2005

What Is Podcasting? (EP)

This is the same podcast as the one posted above. However, it's an enhanced podcast; notice the "EP" next to the purple antenna. Listening to an enhanced podcast on your computer requires using iTunes 4.9 and has an extra step or two not required when listening to a normal podcast. But it's much more cool! (For more information on the features of enhanced podcasts and how to use them, read the posts located under the category, "About Podcasting" in the gray sidebar on the right.)

To listen to this podcast on your computer, click on the icon above, which downloads the file instead of immediately playing it, like a regular podcast. Once the file has downloaded to your computer, drop it into the main iTunes window to play it. Now you can see the podcast as well as hear it!

posted on: July 01, 2005

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