Making Learning Irresitable for Over 25 Years.

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

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

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

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

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