Mt. Bethel Elementary 28th Annual Fun Run

Mt. Bethel Elementary School is proud to announce the 28th Annual Mt. Bethel Fun Run.  The Fun Run is a 5K event dedicated to promoting health and fitness for people of all ages, especially children.  Everyone is invited to participate, particularly the people of the East Cobb Community.  The Fun Run Team hopes to make 2014 the most successful Fun Run ever! Please make plans to register and participate!!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Mt. Bethel Elementary School
Registration Begins: September 5, 2014

Registration forms and other information can be found at

Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit the Mt. Bethel Elementary School PTA.

Floyd MS Students Participate In “GoIT” STEM Camp


Rising sixth grade students at Floyd Middle School eagerly participated in a “GoIT” STEM Camp on June 24-26 sponsored by Tata Consulting Services. Students were energized and encouraged to embrace learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math related careers through this highly engaging and rewarding experience.  They enjoyed learning how to build and program robots, code, compete, and prepare presentations.   Tata Consulting Services donated six EV3 Mindstorm Robots and a Nextbook Android Tablet to Floyd to continue its STEM promotion.  Additionally, students participating on the top three teams each received rewards for their team collaboration and presentations.  For example, the third place team of five students each received $25 Wal Mart Gift Cards; the second place team received $50 Wal Mart Gift Cards.  Finally, the first place team of five students each received a Nextbook Android Tablet.  TCS and volunteers from Home Depot facilitated the STEM Camp as a school partnership activity with Floyd Middle School.

Walton High School’s Band to Perform in Parade

Walton Parade

Mark your calendar. A Cobb County public school band will appear in a nationally televised parade.

The Walton High School Marching Raider Band will be officially invited to perform in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade on August 16th. The band will debut their program and perform for Tournament of Roses Association President Richard L Chinen and his wife Kimberly. The Band will march on New Year’s Day in front of a live audience of 1 million spectators and will be broadcast to approximately 400 million viewers in over 100 countries around the world.

The award-winning Walton marching band was chosen from a pool of more than 100 parade applicants nationwide. It will be one of 20 bands performing in the annual New Year’s Day event.

The band has performed in several parades including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Click here to read the full press release.

Art of the Art Teacher Show

The Art of the Art Teacher show, featuring mixed media works from Cobb County Visual Arts Teachers, will be on display in the gallery of the Big Shanty Art Station from August 6-29. This showcase is a celebration of both the teacher and the artist. The public is welcome.


Chris Ragsdale, Interim Superintendent Cobb County Schools on the Cover of East Cobber

ragsdale_eastcobberIn an effort to kick off the school year, East Cobber Magazine is featuring Mr. Chris Ragsdale, interim Superintendent of Cobb County Schools, on the cover of the August issue. Mr. Ragsdale previously served the District as Deputy Superintendent for Operations from 2011-2014 and Chief Technology Officer from 2006-2014, managing plant operations, safety, transportation, maintenance, and overseeing technology integration. He has also been responsible for planning and execution of capital projects approved by Cobb voters and funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). As interim superintendent of the second-largest school system in Georgia, Mr. Ragsdale states, “I will have a laser focus on work going on in the classroom. The success of the district rests on the shoulders of our teachers. The great work our teachers are doing has allowed our district to be successful and will continue to make it successful.”  Mr. Ragsdale’s term will run from May 2014 to May 2015.

Read the digital edition online!

AHA Names “Fit Friendly Schools”

Several Cobb schools were recently recognized as “Fit Friendly Schools” by the American Heart Association.The Gold Level Award Winners were: Bells Ferry Elementary, Big Shanty Intermediate, Blackwell Elementary, Griffin Middle, Mountain View Elementary. The Platinum Award Winner was:  Garrison Mill Elementary School, the only school in Cobb County to achieve Platinum level recognition.  Garrison Mill Principal Kyle Geisler and Coach John Bobo will be presented with a plaque in a meeting to be held soon.  This is a wonderful recognition and each of these schools are now listed on the AMA National Honor Roll. Congratulations to each of the winners for their continued efforts to become Fit Friendly and to partner with the AHA. Please click here for more information about the Fit Friendly Worksites Program.

100 Days 100 Mentors Campaign

School BannerCobb County School Districts school-based mentoring program is excited to launch our “100 Mentors in 100 Days Campaign “ for the upcoming school year! Cobb Mentoring Matters (CMM), the districts flagship mentoring program is campaigning to recruit individuals, businesses, and faith-based organizations to” join the movement” for the 2014-2015 school year. For one hour per-week, during the school year, you can change the life of a student.

A number of our schools will be displaying their own recruitment banners for visitors, family and friends of their school in hopes of developing interest to mentor a student at their school.

We will also ask those schools that have requested a “Recruitment Banner” to also place a message on their outdoor marque, requesting mentors.

Aarons, Inc. will be placing countertop displays in 25 stores in Cobb County for their staff and patrons to see and hopefully “join the movement”. With Aaron’s generous gift to Cobb Mentoring Matters we have created our very own recruitment training video and commercial that is visible on our website.

Please visit our website at and click on “I Want to Be a Mentor”. Or call Maryellen Gomes, Mentor Coordinator for more information at 770-819-5804 x 233, or email

Mentoring Works!

Assistant Superintendent Named 2014 GSCA Advocate of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Seay, Assistant Superintendent for Special Student Services, for being named the 2014 Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA) Advocate of the Year. Dr. Seay was selected because of her commitment, dedication, and passion for serving students through the Cobb’s School Counseling program.

She will be recognized at the GSCA annual conference in Augusta this November.


First Day of School, August 4, 2014

We will be posting photos from the first day of the 2014-15 school year as they become available! Keep checking back with CobbCast throughout the next few days for updates.

Teresa Reddish Clay ES Target teacher has been awarded NAGC Teacher Scholarship

Teresa Reddish, Target teacher at Clay Elementary School, has won the National Association for Gifted Children A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship.  The NAGC awards this Teacher Scholarship to teachers who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills. The scholarship is designed to reimburse/defray the costs of continuing education for up to two eligible teachers currently teaching gifted. Teresa will be presented with the award at the NAGC Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland this November.  She is one of only two teachers to receive this honor!

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