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 30, 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
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 on: June 20, 2005