Marietta Sixth Grade Academy: 2013 Lighthouse School to Watch
by Lindsay Field
April 02, 2013 11:57 PM | 3261 views | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy students Ann Hollis Sanders, Terrell Ard, Stephanie Enes and Ben Gordon display a banner proclaming their school as a 2013 Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch during a celebration ceremony Tuesday for students, faculty, staff and students.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy students Ann Hollis Sanders, Terrell Ard, Stephanie Enes and Ben Gordon display a banner proclaming their school as a 2013 Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch during a celebration ceremony Tuesday for students, faculty, staff and students.
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Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Principal Gabe Carmona accepts the 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch award during the celebration.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Principal Gabe Carmona accepts the 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch award during the celebration.
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Marietta Sixth Grade Academy band member Shadborn James plays along under the direction of Director David Dover on Monday during the school’s 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch celebration.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy band member Shadborn James plays along under the direction of Director David Dover on Monday during the school’s 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch celebration.
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Marietta Sixth Grade Academy was the city school district’s shining star Tuesday afternoon as its students, staff, parents and school community celebrated being named among Georgia’s Lighthouse Schools to Watch.

MSGA was deemed a Lighthouse School by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in January. There are fewer than 20 Georgia schools, and about 400 nationally, that have received the honor since the program began in 2002.

“It is a humbling and proud moment as the principal at MSGA,” said Gabe Carmona. “I’m so proud of our staff, our students and our community. It truly, truly takes everyone, and we’re just honored to receive this state and national recognition.”

The school, which serves about 660 sixth-graders, celebrated with performances by the choral, band and drama programs, and speeches from guest speakers Bob Heaberlin and Linda Hopping, who are both middle school principals who have received this honor in the past.

Heaberlin said being a Lighthouse School is the highest honor that can be given to a middle school.

“If it was easy, every one would get one,” he said. “Becoming a Lighthouse School is not easy. Be proud of your accomplishments as students, parents, faculty and community, because you have arrived!”

Hopping presented the Lighthouse School trophy and banner to Carmona at the end of the ceremony.

“Just sitting here for the past 30 minutes, it’s very clear to me why you received this honor,” she said to the crowd.

She told them MSGA is one of five sixth-grade academies that have ever received the honor.

Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck, Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs and MSGA Assistant Principal Catherine Kacyvenski also addressed the crowd during the celebration.

“I share a great sense of pride in everybody in this room,” Lembeck said.

“All the educators, parents, board members, students and central office staff are all making a tremendous difference in making this school great.”

Hibbs explained what it takes to receive the honor.

Schools are recognized for academic excellence, having opportunities for all students to learn at high levels, creating an environment that prepares students for success and the entire school working together to focus on high-quality students.

Kacyvenski said MSGA helps students transition from elementary school to middle school. They serve students from eight elementary schools.

“Our school is committed to excellence and has high standards for all of its students,” she said. “It’s a privilege to be an administrator in this building and be influenced by all the people in it. May you all let your light shine.”

Carmona and members of his staff will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to be recognized nationally for the three-year designated honor.
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5th grade parents
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April 03, 2013
Our child will be there next year. So excited for her. I've heard from other parents how much they have loved the school.
anonymous
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April 03, 2013
Great Job- Anyone who leaves MCS for private, after 5th grade- has not done their homework. MSGA is truly a great school!
Barbara H
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April 03, 2013
My kids loved MSGA! So glad to read this.
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