Board Recognitions – January 25, 2018

Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on January 25, 2018. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the Board for special recognition. Excerpts from the recognition announcements are included with the photos below.

Football Players of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association

Two Cobb high school students made the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s list of top football players. Harrison High School’s Justin Fields was named Offensive Player of the Year for Class 6A.

The Class 7A Defensive Player of the Year is Trey Pinkney from Pebblebrook High School.

During the January 26 board meeting, the Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale congratulated Trey for his success on the football field. Pebblebrook Coach Kevin Saunders and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Leslie Ellis joined Trey for the recognition. Unfortunately, Justin was unable to attend.

 

Class AAAAAAA One Act Play Best Actor State Champion — Carson Colenbaugh, Kennesaw Mountain High School

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale honored the Class 7A One Act Play Best Actor State Champion, Carson Colenbaugh, from Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Kennesaw Mountain Principal, Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit, and Fine Arts Department Chair Coy Dunn joined Carson for the recognition.

Admission to MENSA –The Kumar Brothers

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized three Cobb students from the same family for being recently admitted to MENSA.

  • Ajay Kumar, Lost Mountain Middle School
  • Vijay Kumar, Due West Elementary School
  • Sanjay Kumar, Due West Elementary School

In order to join MENSA, the brothers had to score in the top two percent of the general population on an accepted standardized intelligence test.

The Kumar brothers were accompanied by the following school staff members: Lost Mountain Principal, Candace Wilkes; Due West Principal, Ladonna Starnes; and teachers Mary Roberts and Kristen Waddell.

Osborne High School Army JROTC Boys Team

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale congratulated Osborne High School’s Boys Army JROTC team for not just one award but two championship titles:

The boys JRTOC team earned the 2017 National Champion title for the 5k Run. They are also the Army JROTC Boys 2017 State Champions. The athletically-challenging Raider events are designed to teach cadets about leadership, citizenship, and physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Joining the Osborne Boys Army JROTC State and National champions were Chief Warrant Officer Rodney Fagan; Sergeant First Class Deborah Trice; Osborne Assistant Principal Sheldon Bulluck; and Jackie Brown, CCSD Supervisor of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education.

Army JROTC Girls 2017 National Champion for the 5k Run — Osborne High School

The girls Osborne High School Army JRTOC team were also named national champions for the 5k run.

The Osborne girls team was the defending 2016 state champions. The female team and the co-ed team won the state 2017 runner-up titles. Osborne was the only school in Georgia with three teams placing first or second at the state championships.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale congratulated Osborne’s girls Army JROTC National Champions along with Chief Warrant Officer Rodney Fagan; Sergeant First Class Deborah Trice; Osborne Assistant Principal Sheldon Bulluck; and Jackie Brown, CCSD Supervisor of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education.

The 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Awards for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

Three Cobb teachers earned 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Awards, sweeping all three levels: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

The Math Awards are given to excellent teachers who have strong content foundations in mathematics appropriate for their teaching level, show evidence of growth in the teaching of mathematics, and show evidence of professional involvement in the state and national Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

  • Elementary School Level — Karen Harrison, Nickajack Elementary School, accompanied by Principal Adam Hill
  • Middle School Level — Renate Davis, McClure Middle School, accompanied by Principal Kelly Metcalfe
  • High School Level — Karen Kline, Kennesaw Mountain High School, accompanied by Mark Trachtenbroit 

The 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Dwight Love Award —Ashley Clody, CCSD Math Department

In addition to the three teacher awards, the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics also presented the 2017 Dwight Love Award to CCSD Mathematics Professional Learning Specialist Ashley Clody.

This award is presented to a teacher in Georgia who models excellence in the profession and in life and gives much to others beyond the classroom as mentor, teacher and leader. The awardee is a master teacher, professionally active, and promotes the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and its mission.

The Board and Superintendent congratulated Ashley and her supervisor, Michelle Mikes, for contributing to student success.

Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

The Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance named Teasley Elementary School’s Eric Homansky the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

To celebrate Eric’s success at keeping kids active and healthy, the Board and Superintendent honored Eric Homansky; Leslie Mansfield, Teasley Principal; and Mark Anderson, CCSD Health and Physical Education supervisor.

America’s Best Technician by the National Association of Pupil Transportation — Jeremiah Bradberry, CCSD Transportation Department

Cobb Schools’ dedicated Transportation Department employee Jeremiah Bradberry was recently crowned America’s Best Technician.

Bradberry won the America’s Best Technician title in November when he competed in the National Association of Pupil Transportation technician contest also known as the America’s Best Training and Skills Challenge.

To celebrate Jeremiah’s success at keeping Cobb buses rolling, the Board and Superintendent recognized Jeremiah and Rick Grisham, Executive Director of Transportation, during the January 26 board meeting.

2017 Leadership Award by School Transportation News — Rick Grisham, CCSD Transportation Department

Executive Director of Transportation, Rick Grisham, continues to expand the national legacy of the Cobb Transportation Department. He was recently named to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Pupil Transportation. As a Board member, Rick will represent the eight southeastern states for a three-year term.

Rick also earned the 2017 Leadership Award from School Transportation News and was featured in the organization’s magazine cover story in November.

During the January 26 board meeting, the Board and Superintendent congratulated Rick for his successful leadership of the Cobb Transportation Department.