This collection of podcasts is produced by the students, teachers, and administration of Mabry Middle School to enhance communication among all of the stakeholders in our school community. We hope you enjoy keeping up with our school.
The Pythagorean Award at Mabry (VP)
Dr. Tyson began the Pythagorean Award at Mabry during the 2002 - 2003 school year to recognize the highest math achievement at our school. The trophy itself, pictured to the left, is an original work commissioned by the renowned Hans Gobo Fräbel studios. The giant "greater than" mathematical symbol reads, "Math Achievement: We're greater than!" and holds the name of each year's winner.
Our math students in 8th grade are invited to come to school early to take a very difficult math test. The top three winning students then compete in front of their entire 8th grade class solving math problems based on time and accuracy. The winning student receives a Pythagorean Award Plaque and this highest math honor at Mabry.
The three bright young finalists in the 2007 competition: Emily, Eli, and Conrad. The winner of the 2007 Pythagorean Award is Conrad. Congratulations!
Kid Capacity: Podcast with Mica (VP)
Earlier in the year I was delighted when Mica's parents shared with me that she was selected to be a Page for State Senator Chip Rogers! In this podcast Mica and I talk about this experience, how she was selected, what her goals and aspirations are, and what this experience meant to her. You will not want to miss getting to know this wonderful Mabry student who has a very bright future ahead of her!
Celebrating Our Professionals of the Year (VP)
Three years ago Cobb County School District began an annual recognition program for the Professional of the Year in which each school staff elected a staff member in a non-certified position for special recognition. We wanted to do something special for these three employees, elected over the last three years, to honor their service to our school. Therefore, we created this podcast to highlight their contributions to Mabry Middle School. You may watch the podcast in your browser by simply clicking on this link.
Dr. Tyson Announces New Beginnings (VP)
In this podcast Dr. Tyson celebrates some of the many achievements of the students, parents, and staff at Mabry Middle School over the past 6 years. He announces the new principal that will begin working at Mabry on July 1st.
2007 Best Teaching & Learning (VP)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 6th Annual Mabry Film Festival. We begin our evening extravaganza with students from the Mabry Orchestra performing Celtic Fiddle Tune. Please welcome our Celtic Fiddlers!
Orchestra performs: “Celtic Fiddle Tune”
In May of 2001 Mabry Middle School held our first Film Festival. We did something really new: All of our movies were produced on the computer. At that time we did not realize that this simple idea, to have students and teachers use more technology in class, would lead Mabry Middle School to set the standard for technology innovation in public schools.
As a result of this plan, last year Mabry was awarded Scholastic and Intel Corporation’s prestigious School of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation, an award that brought over a quarter million dollars worth of technology to our school. Amazingly, by leveraging connectivity through the iTunes store and MabryOnline.org’s Podcast Central, our students’ and teachers’ work has been seen all over the world.
Our website has served up over 300 gigabytes of data to users the world over. And this figure does not include a single digital media file! We have actually received emails from every continent on earth. And hundreds of visitors from all over the United States as well as the United Kingdom, the Republic of Georgia (the former Soviet Union), and Australia have come to Mabry to see how we accomplish the amazing work we do with digital media. Tonight we have the privilege and the pleasure to present to you the 6th Annual Mabry Middle School Film Festival.
Tonight we celebrate our theme: “Making Our World a Better Place.”
Best Teaching & Learning
Our first category for the evening is Best Teaching and Learning. The objective for these movies was to create a movie that would be the best representation of curricular significance.
The nominees are:
• Clase de Español
• Immigration Past and Present
• Who Is An American
• Who Lives and Who Dies
2007 Best Documentary (VP)
I am not sure that people realize what a distinguished panel of judges we have used over the years, people who work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, and film, as well as people in technology, education, and even the state department of education. During the judging this year, one of the judges asked “How do your students and teachers do it? They just get better and better when I think they can’t get any better!”
The movies in our next category, the Documentary, were to strive to be the best presentation of political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner.
The nominees for Best Documentary are:
• Is It You?
• Living Hope
• Nothing But Nets
• Through Technology 6th Graders Can Change the World
I like the podcast and the theme song but it needs to be updated more. Aren't the iMovies supposed to be up now?
Mabry Middle School
When I first saw these video podcasts, I was blown away. They are absolutely inspiring. Students and teachers together with technology are capable of creating amazing products that will change our world.
go Dr. Tyson...... i love going to this school and listning to the awesome podcast