Welcome to the 2014-15 school year. Every new school year brings many changes to a school district, and that is certainly the case this year for Marietta City Schools. We have nineteen (19) new teachers this year, many brought about by retirements and some by resignations for various reasons. Todd Caltrider is the new principal at Phillips Elementary. Brittany Schob is the new assistant principal at Marietta Middle School. In addition, Matt Dehmlow has been hired to be the new Director of Student Services, to oversee services to Special Education students throughout the district.
Improving technology is an important goal for the district. Among the improvements we have made is a new wireless network in all buildings, some new servers, many new computers and Ipads, and we have updated internet speeds. In addition, we have provided professional development for many teachers to help them improve skills and integrate technology throughout the curriculum.
Building Bridges to Careers has become an important initiative for Marietta City Schools. We are working with many area businesses and have expanded our Partners in Education program. We are in our second (2nd) year of offering a career class at Marietta High School with the goal of insuring that every student graduates ready for a career or ready for the next level of education.
This year will be the third (3rd) year we are offering Chinese as a foreign language. Xiangbo Zhang has returned as a visiting Chinese teacher for the district, and we continue to be excited about this course offering.
Marietta City Schools is fortunate to be a part of the Young Entrepreneur Consortium that has been funded through a Straight A Fund Grant from Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Through the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium, a group of 29 Ohio education, community, and business partners received a $13.6 million Straight A Grant from the Ohio Department of Education to lead a multi-year initiative to create an innovative model for community engagement and increasing the flow of young entrepreneurs in the state.
What is the goal of the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium?
The goal of the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium is to increase student achievement by building a robust education-to-employment model, impacting grades 6-14, exposing students to an array of business and technical pathways, work-based learning experiences, and leverage project-based learning that can prepare them to compete in the 21st century global economy.
What is the lasting value of the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium?
- Increase the flow of young entrepreneurs to grow local economies from Northeast to Southeast Ohio;
- Create a replicable template for a variety of business and technical pathways (grades 6-14) and work-based learning models that can be implemented in a similar manner as the entrepreneurial pathway models; and
- Establish and grow a sustainable consortium with significant community engagement to better share services and resources that will continue to enhance student achievement, ultimately from grades Pre-K-18.
There are many things to be proud about Marietta City Schools. We have excellent teachers and support staff, and we appreciate and enjoy the support of parents and the community. Thank you for helping make our district a great place to be.
Dr. Harry Fleming
Superintendent Marietta City Schools