Welcome Back to our students

Welcome back Marietta! Wednesday our doors opened to our students and staff who are eager to start an exciting, new school year. Thanks to the efforts of all our staff, our buildings are polished and ready for action.

The Marietta City School District has been working very hard to make changes that are meant to help our families and students excel. Even though we are in the same locations, we are definitely moving forward. Our spring and summer has been filled with lots of exciting change.

Website — Throughout the summer we have been working to revise our website. It didn’t take long to understand that it was going to take more than a revision to get it where we need it to be. A new fresh look is just what the doctor ordered. Our links have been changed, and we hope that you find the information easier to locate and have a much more positive experience. We have also added photos of students and staff and will continue to add more to the site throughout the year.

Final Forms — MCSD has been using Final Forms for two years now in our athletic programs. Earlier this spring we heard of other groups that wanted access to the program as well so we began looking into expanding the service. Eventually we decided that the benefits of the program extend through the entire district. Final Forms will allow us to create groups of students quickly and assign them to coaches, teachers or bus drivers. This will allow those specific adults access to the necessary information for each student they are supervising. It will also allow you to receive notices through an email about the trip. Information about your child will be prepopulated onto the forms so that you no longer have to fill in the same information repeatedly. This is new for many families and for MCSD at a district-wide level, so there will obviously be questions and the occasional hiccup. Your patience as we work through this process is appreciated.

Logo — If you have checked out our new website you’ve seen our new logo. When we initially started to discuss the creation of a new logo, we talked about who could possibly lead this project. After a conversation with Mike Elliott, director of the Washington County Career Center, he recommended that I talk to Ciara Sims. Ciara had just completed her Graphic Design program at WCCC and is now headed off to college. She happens to be a Marietta kid of whom we are very proud.

Training — This summer we have spent more time, energy and resources than ever on our new Language Arts curriculum adoption. Our heavy investment in literacy skills will pay dividends across the curriculum. Central office was a very busy place from the start of summer, as language arts teachers spent days sharpening best practices and learning new skills. It was an exciting and exhausting process, and our staff is now ready to put their efforts to the test.

Suicide Prevention Training — MCSD has partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide training and support to our students and staff on Suicide Prevention. Our first day was spent learning the basics and an overview of the signs of suicide and what you should do if someone begins to exhibit those signs. This is a long process, and we have other training sessions in place throughout the year at different grade levels. If you hear your child talking about suicide prevention training at school, ask questions and listen. If you have questions about the nature or content of the information discussed in the class please contact the building principal or guidance counselor.

Will Hampton is superintendent of Marietta City Schools.

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