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District Names 2015-16 Teachers of the Year For Elementary, Middle & High

Ginny Lyon

Carol Mickus (right)

1SG. Kathryn Burns

It's an exciting time for Cobb teachers: the start of school is just a week away. Adding to the celebratory air in schools is the recognition of the District's Teachers of the Year (TOTYs). Today, three of the best are being honored as 2015-16 Teachers of the Year for Cobb Schools. The elementary level winner is Ginny Lyon, Kindergarten teacher at Chalker Elementary in Kennesaw. The middle level winner is Carol Mickus, a 7th grade science teacher at Cooper Middle School in Austell. The high school level TOTY is First Sergeant Kathryn Burns (US Army), who teaches JROTC at Campbell High School in Smyrna. All were greeted by a team of Cobb Schools’ leaders, including Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, who broke the news that they are now joining an elite and distinguished group of educators, identified as going above and beyond as teachers and leaders. For coverage from across the district on Twitter, visit #engagecobb.

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Posted: 7/27/2015

Official Notice of IE2 Public Hearing

Pursuant to official notice, on Thursday, July 30, 2015, the Cobb County Board of Education will convene at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room, 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA for a Public Hearing for the Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) Contract Amendment.

Posted: 7/27/2015

Cobb School Bus Ride Along July 31, 2015

All Cobb County Kindergarten students and NEW 1st grade students can do a practice ride on their bus on Friday, July 31, 2015. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to ride along however, we cannot include siblings on the ride. The busses will roll out Friday morning and arrive at the normal time at assigned bus stops. Students will be able to meet their bus driver and make a round trip to and from the school. Click the following link to find your bus number, route and stop time: Bus Routes 2015-2016.

Posted: 7/27/2015

Cobb Teachers Return Ready for a New Year


Cobb teachers are reaching for the sky as excitement fills the halls of elementary, middle and high schools across the district. At Cooper Middle School, new teachers were welcomed with a celebration walk down the main hall, complete with cheers and high fives from tenured teachers happy to see them joining the Cobb team this year. All this week, teachers are setting up classrooms, engaging in district professional training and learning about their student rosters. New teachers are fresh off of a week’s training at New Teacher Institute (NTI). On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, all teachers – novice and veteran - will gather at the Concert Hall at Lassiter for the annual Teacher Kick-off (TKO), including special keynotes from Dr. Russ Quaglia and the 3 leveled KiDtalk Student Voice Contest winners. Students return to school in a week, on Monday, August 3, 2015. For coverage from across the district on Twitter, visit #engagecobb.

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Posted: 7/27/2015

New Teacher Institute (NTI)

Hundreds of new teachers to Cobb are talking, training and trailblazing their way at the District’s 2015-16 New Teacher Institute (NTI). With a music-filled kick-off at Hillgrove High School, and a dignitary-laden program that included Teacher of the Year, Allatoona HS’ Tyler Gwynn, new teachers are excited and prepared to begin the new academic year in Cobb Schools. For coverage from across NTI on Twitter, visit #engagecobb.

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Posted: 7/22/2015

Flags Fly at Half-staff by Governor's Order for Marine Lance Cpl. Squire (Skip) Wells

In honor of slain U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Squire (Skip) Wells, Governor Nathan Deal has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Capitol grounds and at state and local facilities in Cobb County until July 30, 2015.

The 21 year old Wells was a Cobb Schools graduate of Sprayberry High School. The public was welcome to all of his memorial ceremonies, including his funeral on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, which early five thousand people attended. Lance Cpl. Wells was interred with military honors at Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton.

Nearly ten thousand people attended a memorial service on the Sprayberry campus honoring Wells on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Click here to watch the Skip Wells Memorial video.

Posted: 7/21/2015

Leadership Kick-off 2015-16

Above: Author and former
Disney executive, Lee Cockerell 

Cobb Schools leaders are focused on District priorities to set the agenda for the 2015-16 school year. District leadership is gathered at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs this week for the CCSD Leadership Kick-off event. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale told the packed auditorium on Day One that customer service and team goals centered around student success help define the upcoming year. Superintendent Ragsdale told administrators from across Cobb County to "ensure that Cobb is the best place to Lead, Teach, and Learn."

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Posted: 7/17/2015

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2015-16 Need to Know

First Day of School August 3, 2015
Labor Day Holiday September 7, 2015
Fall Break September 21, 2015

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