Lindley MS Teacher Awarded Georgia Power Grant


 Pictured from left to right are Lindley’s Principal Lisa Moore Williams, Mr. Randy Scamihorn, CCSD Board Vice Chair, Mr. Jeffrey Kaplan,  Mr. Alan Martin of Georgia Power, and CCSD Board Member Brad Wheeler.















Mr. Jeffrey Kaplan, a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University and a first-year social studies teacher at Lindley Middle School was selected to receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.  Nominations were received from each of the public colleges in Georgia that have Education programs.  Candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.  A selection committee made up of statewide education-related organizations, along with Georgia Power representatives, review the nominations and select the winners.

The grant in its 11th year, selected 42 recipients statewide.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage some of the state’s best and brightest new teachers by helping them purchase materials and supplies to add to their “classroom toolkits”.  Presenting the award on behalf of Georgia Power was Mr. Alan Martin.  Joining Mr. Kaplan are Cobb County Board Member Randy Scamihorn, Vice Chair and Board Member Brad Wheeler along with Lindley Principal Lisa Moore Williams.

South Cobb Graduate Becomes 2015 Rhodes Scholar

South Cobb High School graduate Ridwan Hassen (’12 C) has been named a 2015 Rhodes scholar by the Rhodes Trust.

Hassen is a senior at Dartmouth College, where he is majoring in Computer Science modified with Neuroscience. Before Dartmouth, he attended Emory University for two years. The child of refugees from Somalia and Ethiopia, he has always worked to help support his large family, up to 30 hours per week, all the while achieving a superb academic record and leading many campus and community activities. Ridwan founded a global development project focused on the Horn of Africa, was a volunteer coordinator for the NAACP and founded Emory’s first AIDS activist organization. He has done neurobiology research at UCSF, and on an implicated gene in Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is an active mentor of students and a community activist at South Cobb. He is a member of the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team and competes in many mid- and long-distance runs. Ridwan plans to complete a Master in Public Policy degree at Oxford.

Ridwan Y. Hassen

Ridwan Y. Hassen

About the Rhodes Scholarships

Each year, 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.”

Cobb Schools Foundation Announces 2014 Teacher IMPACT Grant Recipients

The Cobb Schools Foundation would like to congratulate the 2014 Teacher IMPACT Grant winners. Thank you to everyone who applied.  The Foundation received 87 amazing grant applications.  This year, the Foundation is awarding more than $22,000 in grants to teachers for creative and innovative ideas in education.

Congratulations to our IMPACT Grant recipients!


Jenny Taylor – Chalker ES “Portable Science Classroom” $309.57

Lori Kotarba – Kincaid ES “Calm Down Caddies” $500

Angie Dowling – Kell HS “Making Literature Alive for ESOL students” $650

Diana Bishop – Lassiter HS “American Sign Language Club” $2,265.67

Cynthia Pragovich – Nicholoson ES “Portable Writing Lab” $1,310

Sarah Dupuis – Keheley ES “Enlarging eBook Collection” $1,500

Angela Mack – Norton Park ES “There’s an App for That!” $1,000

Richard White – Griffin MS “Griffin’s Got Science” $2,500

Tida Bruce-Banfield – Mableton ES “Getting IN Gear – WeDo Robotics” $2,460

Deryl Heflin – Nickajack ES “Using Digital Microscopes in the K-5 Classroom” $2,040

Dr. Ellen Campbell – CCSD Special Student Services “DanceFit for Adaptive PE” $427 (In partnership with the Atlanta Hawks)

Wendy Astin – Sanders ES  “Creation Lab” $1,000

Dr. Joanne Jezequel – Kennesaw Mountain HS “A Box of Bones” $1,710

Dr. Scott Schomer – Harrison HS “Formative Assessment White Boards” $560

Kimberly Johnson – Harrison HS “TI Navigator System” $2,481.89

McKenzie Gay – Lewis ES “Making Chicken Soup for the Special Needs Soul” $500

Pam Thompson – Pickett’s Mill ES “Hard Work Pays Off – Book Publishing for Young Authors” $387

Nikki Brooks – Bullard ES “Reprogrammable Robots” $680.36

Since 2005, the Cobb Schools Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to teachers in Cobb County School District.  These grants are only made possible by business partnerships and fundraising efforts, including the Annual Gimme 5 for Education campaign, golf tournament, Leaders & Legends Ball and more!  For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

Cobb Students Win WaterSmart Art Competition



Eight student artists from Cobb County were recognized as winners in the WaterSmart Art Competition. This competition, sponsored by the Cobb and Paulding Water Authority, encourages middle school students in Cobb and Paulding counties to research why water is important and how they can be responsible citizens who support water conservation. These eight students have their artwork published in this year’s calendar and will be water ambassadors helping to educate their families, friends and peers. This year’s contest had the most participation ever from middle schools with hundreds of entries from our Cobb visual arts programs.







Mabry MS Art Teacher Receives Georgia Art Education Award



















Kacie Kamins Mummert, art teacher at Mabry Middle School in Cobb County, received the Georgia Art Education Association’s Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award for 2015. She received her award at this year’s Fall conference in Macon. Kacie is a dynamic teacher who has worked to build an exceptional art program at her school. She also has helped to organize major art events in the county and has established collaborative partnerships with the High and Zuckerman Museums.

Cobb Mentoring Matters Partners with Cobb Churches

Cobb Mentoring Matters (CMM) the District’s school-based mentoring program, is excited to be working with several churches in Cobb County.  CMM is in its 3rd year of operation recruiting, screening and placing mentors in Cobb schools, with the caliber of mentors exceeding expectations.  Dr. Marvin Bynes, Principal at Austell Elementary School, was approached by the First Baptist Church of Austell requesting to provide mentors in the school. The church had a group of eight members who were initially trained through Kids Hope USA,  a national faith-based organization that seeks to develop one-on-one relationships, through the creation of church-school partnerships, which pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships. Dr. Bynes requested that they go through CMM as the principles of Kids Hope USA were a perfect fit with Cobb Mentoring Matters.

CMM worked with the church leaders and provided additional training and orientation to the volunteers to ensure compliance with CMM district policies and procedures. The CMM Mentor Coordinator collaborated with the teachers and parents to identify the students, and coordinate the logistics for a smooth matching process.   A group match was conducted in the schools Media Center in October, with some very excited students in grades K-4.

Other churches to “Join the Movement” have been, HopeBridge Fellowship Church in North Cobb. They were matched with students at Blackwell Elementary School. Faith United Methodist Church of Smyrna joined with King Springs Elementary School, New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, working at Tapp Middle School and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection at Wheeler High School. What is just as exciting is that the pastors of several of these churches have set the example for their congregants and were matched themselves with our students.

Russell Elementary Hosts STEM Night, LEGO Competition

Cobb EMC sponsored Russell Elementary’s first annual LEGO Competition.  Students in grades K -8 and parents competed against each other in two timed heats.  The final winners received a Star Wars LEGO kit and a LEGO gift card.  The LEGO Competition benefitted The Russell Foundation; with the funds raised through the competition and other fundraising efforts, the foundation will purchase a 3D printer for Russell’s technology lab.

Once the LEGO competition concluded parents and students attended STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) night.  Russell’s teachers assisted with STEM stations located throughout the building.  Stations included lava lamps, shadow makers, spaghetti structures and air zooka.  For the first time ever, parents and the community were able to tour the space shuttle Intrepid and  Mission Control.


Board of Education Approves IE2 Contract

The Cobb County Board of Education has approved the Cobb County School District’s initial Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) contract  and has authorized submitting it to the state Department of Education for final approval. The contract would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. The contract was approved unanimously at the school board’s work session meeting following an opportunity for the public to provide input on the proposal. Click here for more information about IE2.

Brumby Elementary Celebrates ‘Girls on the Run’

Brumby Elementary School’s Girls On The Run club ran a 5K race on Sunday, November 9 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta.  Girls On the Run is a national program established in 1996, to help girls recognize and embrace their strengths and be successful in their lives.  The 5K is the culmination of a 12-week program during which girls learn strategies for dealing with peer pressure and self-esteem issues among many other things.

McClure Students Plant Maverick Garden



Special Education students at McClure Middle School planted a Maverick Garden under the school’s marquee earlier this year. They returned earlier this week to examine its growth and beauty. The idea came from administrator Dr. Ansley Daniel. The students then bought the supplies and took the time to help beautify their school.

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