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Local 6th Grader Named Macy's Spelling Bee Champion

Atlanta, GA--  Jules McNeice, a 6th grader at Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County,  spelled her way through 19 rounds of words to become the national champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee, held at Macy’s at Herald Square in New York City on Sunday, September 26th.  The 10-year-old from Marietta spelled the word  “antennae” correctly to win the bee.  

This fall, Macy’s held its fifth annual regional spelling bee competitions in 29 store locations across the country in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Kaplan and Scholastic.  One winner from each of the 29 local events received an all expense paid trip for himself/herself and a guardian to New York to participate in the Final Spelling Bee at Macy’s Herald Square, and other great prizes.  Jules was the winner of the local Macy’s Spelling Bee, held at Macy’s at Town Center at Cobb on August 7th, 2010.

Superintendent Hosts Coffee Talk at Burruss Elementary

MARIETTA, GA -- Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck will host Coffee Talk, a community dialogue, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at A.L. Burruss Elementary School (235 Manning Road, Marietta, 30064).

Coffee Talk provides parents and community members an opportunity for discussion about topics of interest and importance in the school system.

"The primary focus of these community dialogues is to provide our parents and guardians, and the community at large, with updates on school district accomplishments, strategic initiatives and our progress overall," said Dr. Lembeck. "Ongoing communication and dialogue with the community continues to be one of my goals."

For more upcoming Superintendent events, visit the MCS website.

Team Ford, Local Community Raise Up to $6,000 for Walton High School

MARIETTA, GA -- Ford Motor Company and Team Ford of Marietta are partnering to help raise money in support of Walton High School as part of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program.

Members of the local Marietta community will have the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for the Auto Technology program by test driving a Ford vehicle at Walton High School (1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, 30062) on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For every person who test drives a 2011 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or Sport, Mustang or Fiesta, Team Ford of Marietta will donate $20 to the school's program.

"We're excited to help raise money for Walton High School and, at the same time, introduce parents, teenagers and other drivers to the high quality lineup and innovative safe technologies," said Carl Yarber at Team Ford of Marietta.

Marietta Elementary Schools Host Kennesaw State Teaching Candidates

MARIETTA, GA -- Four Marietta City schools -- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Park Street Elementary and Sawyer Road Elementary -- are collaborating with Kennesaw State University to host a cohort of 27 teacher candidates.

53 Cobb Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Fifty-three seniors from nine Cobb County high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have the opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the Spring of 2011.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must maintain high grades throughout high school, earn a high score on the SAT and receive a recommendation from his or her principal. Each semifinalist must meet with a school guidance counselor to complete an application that includes a written essay and details about the student's involvement in the school and the community.

Cobb's finalists are:

Allatoona High School, Acworth
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School, Smyrna
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M.

8th Annual Marietta Reads! Promotes Literacy in the Community

MARIETTA, GA -- Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools (MCS) citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, celebrates its 8th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 25 in Glover Park on Marietta Square from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Marietta Reads! event offers a variety of literacy activities -- a book fair, book costume characters, celebrity readers -- and family-friendly entertainment, including a performance by the A.L. Burruss Unity Drummers and other MCS drama, dance and chorus performances, plus a special appearance by Marietta Reads! mascot Mari-Etta.

"We are proud of the impact Marietta Reads! has had on school and community literacy," said Dr. Debra Pickett, MCS assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "Since its inception in 2003, Marietta Reads! has provided over 30,300 grade-levels books to students across the district."

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