Kennesaw ES Student Named Distinguished Elementary Gifted Student of the Year


Amelia McCarthy was chosen as the ‘Distinguished Elementary Gifted Student of the Year’ by the Georgia Association of Gifted Children. Amelia is a second grader at Kennesaw Elementary and was nominated by her teacher, Valerie King.

“Amelia is one of the most empathetic kids I’ve ever known,” King said. “She truly understands the human spirit and is always looking at the world to determine how she can help others.”

King said Amelia’s proactive, caring nature is also a big part of how she learns. Recently, Amelia sent King a message about a project that she felt compelled to start. Amelia has launched a company called, “Stick Up.” In simple terms, Amelia takes pretzel sticks and coats them in various chocolates and a variety of nonpareils to suit the season or the holiday. Specifically, Amelia sells these creations and all of the money collected goes to charity organizations of her choosing. They encompass the March of Dimes and certain animal organizations, for she is passionate about both humans and animals.

King says philanthropy is, no doubt, in Amelia’s future.

“Amelia believes in sticking up for those people and animals that need support and does so through her word and her work,” King said. “She truly is ‘one in Amelian.’”

Cobb County School District Celebrates “Read Across Cobb” as a Part of “Read Across America”

Read Across AmericaStudents in the Cobb County School District will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the eighteenth annual Read Across America Day on Monday, March 2, 2015. Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.

To honor the good doctor and celebrate the fun and value of reading, members of the CCSD administration, board and staff will “Read Across Cobb” in hopes of building a nation of readers together under one hat-the red and white stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the Hat!

CCSD Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale, visits Smyrna Elementary as a part of “Read Across Cobb” and read “Green Eggs and Ham” to a class of second grade students.

CCSD Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Angie Bacon, reads to the Kindergarten students of Ms. Helen Wilcox at Powers Ferry Elementary

CCSD Chief of Staff, Dr. Angela Huff, reads to the students at Mountain View Elementary

Chief Accountability & Research Officer, Dr. Greg Ewing, reads “If I Ran the Circus” to an enthusiastic Kindergarten class at Belmont Hills Elementary.

Dignitaries read at Acworth ES students including Cobb County firefighters and Debbie Scamihorn, wife of CCSD Board Chairman.

Fun times at Dowell Elementary celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss and “Read Across Cobb” as a part of the nation-wide “Read Across America” program.

John Adams, CCSD Chief Human Resources Officer, reads to the students at Ford Elementary

Dr. Doug Daugherty, Principal at Norton Park Elementary, celebrates Read Across Cobb day Cat-In-The-Hat Style

College Credit Now Summit Thursday, March 12th at Campbell High School

CCN Invitation 2015 Campbell HS



For more information about dual enrollment, including testimonials from current Cobb students, click here.

Harmony Leland ES Hosts International Night

Harmony Leland Elementary recently hosted its International Night. The event featured food, fun and entertainment from countries around the globe, sponsored by the school PTA.

Floyd Middle School Hosts Career Day

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Eighth grade students at Floyd Middle School recently presented their research on various careers to the school community.  The students met the goals with success by conducting research projects to answer a self-generated question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allowed for multiple avenues of exploration.

Additionally, students gathered relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively.

They also assessed the credibility and accuracy of each source and quote.  During the Career Fair, students shared the required skills, required education (high school classes and college), working conditions, job duties and responsibilities, and interesting research related to their chosen future careers.  They also dressed the part and did an excellent job discussing their research and prepared visual displays with all guests.

We are proud of our students and the great scientists, musicians, military officers, doctors, engineers, game developers, publishers, artists, designers, physical therapists, chefs, lawyers, and outstanding citizens they will become!

Piedmont Church Donates $12,000 to Cobb Schools
From left, Steve Crowley from Piedmont Church, Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, Area 4 Assistant Superintendent James Carter, Post 3 Board of Education Member David Chastain, Ike Reighard, Senior Pastor from Piedmont Church and Associate Pastor from Piedmont Church, Marlon Longacre.

From left, Steve Crowley from Piedmont Church, Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, Area 4 Assistant Superintendent James Carter, Post 3 Board of Education Member David Chastain, Ike Reighard, Senior Pastor from Piedmont Church and Associate Pastor from Piedmont Church, Marlon Longacre.

On February 5th, Piedmont Church presented the Cobb County School District with a check for $12,000 to be used by local schools for scholarships. The money was collected during a two-day fundraising event in December, called “Christmas at Piedmont”, held at Piedmont Church. More than 10,000 people attended, raising thousands of dollars to support 19 schools within the Cobb County School District.  

STAR Student Spotlight: Lassiter’s Courtney Werner

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Courtney Shea Werner is the Lassiter High School STAR Student.  Her parents are Suzanne & Damon Werner.  Courtney ranked number one in her class for three years. She is a National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, Carson Scholar, Georgia Certificate of Merit and received the Harvard University Book Award. She has earned Varsity Letters for the past three years in academics, athletics and fine arts.  She is the Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading team, the Concertmaster for the Orchestra, Community Service Coordinator for the Tri-M Society, President of National Honor Society and Vice-President of the Science Honor Society. Outside of school she gives back to her community tutoring students and being a leader in her church youth group.

Congratulations to the 19 Cobb County seniors selected for the 48th Annual STAR Student and Teacher Banquet. The celebration is a tribute to outstanding students and their most influential teacher. The group was recognized at the First United Methodist Church in Marietta. Each school nominated a student, who then chose a teacher to share the spotlight with them. Students are nominated on a number of factors, including their SAT score, their grade point average and even volunteer and community service. Campbell, Kell, Walton and Harrison all had ties for their top student this year, making this year’s list of honorees the largest in CCSD’s history.

CCSD STAR Students and Teachers:

Allatoona: Brittiny Slicker and Lori Maffe

Campbell: Guergana Ilieva and Ben Chen, Melyn Roberson (both students chose Roberson)

Harrison: Payton O’Daniels and Michelle Bowman, Nick Bell and Rachael Sanford

Hillgrove: Sarah Littleton and Christina MacIntyre

Kell: Lana Scott and David Morgan, Benton Sample and Scott Stephens

Kennesaw Mountain: Mitchell Johns and Kelly Ingle

Lassiter: Courtney Werner and Todd Henry

McEachern: Chris Uranga and Alan Mullet

North Cobb: Jack Dobkin and Carolyn Galloway

Osborne: Harrison Clark and Donald Hall

Pebblebrook: Maggie Markham and Robert Adams

Pope: Miles Rajchel and Brendan Widness

South Cobb: Divine Ogbuefi and Juan Mora

Sprayberry: Carter Sutherland and Phyllis Tschudi-Rose

Walton: Haroon Alam and Jennifer Phillips, Sanket Mehta and Amanda Edwards

Wheeler: Ryan Peck and Jimmy Carter

The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Metropolitan Mariettans.

Wheeler Students Finalists in International Math Competition

Math Competition winners 2015

Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies Magnet students, Karan Achtani, Henrik Boecken, Alissa Ji, and Paul Miloro were named finalists in the international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM)HiMCM offers students the opportunity to compete in a team setting using mathematics to present solutions to real-world modeling problems. 

 Wheeler’s team’s solution was deemed to be one of the top 40 submissions from more than 700 high school teams from around the world. The contest provides teams of up to four students a choice of one of two real-world problems to solve, with the stipulation that a team may not work on the solution for more than 36 consecutive hours. The team chose the problem that required them to create a model solution for optimizing the movement of crowds out of a commuter train station to minimize the time that it takes for passengers to exit the train-platform complex. In addition to providing a written solution for the problem, the students were also required to assess the strengths and weaknesses for their model.

 For more information about the contest, click here.

Murdock ES Pencils Reach Ethiopia
Former Murdock ES student Eli Gleason passes out pencils collected by Murdock students for their peers in Ethiopia.

PHOTO: Former Murdock ES student Eli Gleason passes out pencils collected by Murdock students for their peers in Ethiopia. (All photos courtesy of Katie Gleason)

Former Murdock ES students Eli and Isabelle Gleason recently distributed pencils collected by their classmates to students in their new home — Ethiopia. Eli and Isabelle moved with their family from Cobb County to Addis Ababa, Ehiopia earlier this year.

Students at Murdock were paired with students in Ethiopia, who became “pencil pals.” Through the experience, the students hope to learn more about Ethiopian culture and how students in the country learn.

For more information on the Gleasons and the Pencil Drive at Murdock, check out our story on CobbEdTV.

Cobb Students Excel at Piedmont Technology Competition
Sedalia Park Tech Competition Participants

Sedalia Park Tech Competition Participants

Several students from Cobb brought home high honors at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition held at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Ga. Students from Sedalia Park Elementary, Tritt Elementary and Hightower Trail Middle School participated in a wide variety of categories, ranging from 3D modeling to to graphic design and digital video production.

County winners are:

From Sedalia Park Elementary

Egan Donley- 1st place, Technology Literacy Challenge; 2nd place, Project Programming (5th-6th Grade Division)

Lydia Prince-1st place, Case Modification; 2nd place, 3D Modeling (3rd-4th Grade Division)

Emma Gale- 1st place, Non-Animated Graphic Design (5th-6th Grade Division)


From Tritt Elementary:

Anna Ranasinghe- 2nd place, Game Design (3rd-4th Grade Division)


From Hightower Trail Middle

Ethan Ranasinghe-1st place, Digital Video Production (7th-8th Grade Division)

Siblings Ethan (left) and Ann (right) Ranasinghe both brought home top prizes at the competition.

Siblings Ethan (left) and Ann (right) Ranasinghe both brought home top prizes at the competition.


1st place winners will now move on to represent Cobb in state-level competition.

Click here for more information on the competition.

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