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.

Kell High School Students Honor Teachers on ‘Off Day’

Kell Thank You

Students at Kell High School decided to give back during the recent Teacher Work Day by making signs and passing out gift cards to their teachers.

Click here for video of these students showing their appreciation for their excellent teachers!

More than $10,000 in Supplies Headed to Cobb Schools

Twenty-one teachers will be getting new supplies for their classrooms after Horace Mann Insurance Company completed funding on 22 projects in the Cobb County School District. is a website connecting teaches with donors. Horace Mann donated nearly $10,000 helping ensure classrooms in 19 schools will be getting things like iPads, writing centers, printers, a terrarium, books,  carpet, science tools and more.

 Horace Mann agent Cassandra Stiff says it’s great to see educators get these supplies. “So many school districts have had to cut back on their budgets, and allows educators a way to get the tools they need to help keep students engaged and learning,” says Stiff.

Blackwell Elementary School, Marietta

Let’s Get Together!

Barber Middle School, Acworth

Teach My Students to Fish: Blended Learning in Math!

Big Shanty Elementary School, Kennesaw

Classroom Terrarium

Bullard Elementary School, Kennesaw

America the Beautiful: Holidays and Symbols

Chalker Elementary School, Kennesaw

Reading is Relaxing!

STEM, Watch Our Learning Grow

Daniell Middle School, Marietta

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for iPads

Ford Elementary School, Acworth

New K Teacher-Need Leveled Reading Books

Hayes Elementary School, Kennesaw

Putting Technology in Their Hands…They Deserve It Too!

Keheley Elementary School, Marietta

Book Clubs for Kids!

Kennesaw Elementary School, Kennesaw

Oh, The Places We’ll Go!

Kincaid Elementary School, Marietta

It’s Time for…“TIME for Kids!”


Martin L. Lewis Elementary School, Kennesaw

Pictures Help Us Speak!

McCleskey Middle School, Marietta

Outsiders Novel Study Project

McClure Middle School, Kennesaw

iPad Tripod Mounts for Middle School Spielbergs

Collaborative Seating in the Media Center

Nicholson Elementary School, Marietta

Sensory Tubs for Little Explorers

Palmer Middle School, Kennesaw

Visual Engagement

Pine Mountain Middle School, Kennesaw

Visual Support for Visual Learners


Pitner Elementary School, Acworth

Setting Up an Organized Classroom Library!

Lights, Camera, Watch Us Learn! One Team, One Goal!

Sprayberry High School, Marietta

2015 Summer Earth Studies

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