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The use of technology in education isn’t exactly a new concept, but in recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of students who are leaving the traditional classroom and trading it for a virtual one. It’s a concern for Marietta Public Schools, who have some of their students leaving to give virtual schools a try. Supporters of online education believe that using public monies to fund virtual schools could transform the educational process by reducing the cost of traditional education while increasing accessibility. However, researchers have expressed concern about their efficiency and cost-effectiveness, among other things. Even as enrollment in virtual schools grows, evidence shows that their students do not perform at the same level as those in public schools. Oklahoma State Department of Education statistics showed that EPIC Charter Schools, the most popular virtual school in Oklahoma, graduated only 36 percent of their students compared to the 85 percent rate in Oklahoma’s traditional public schools.
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A recent 60 Minutes segment called “Cracking the Code” about the field of computer programming provided a basis for comparison to a local teacher, Chris Dobbins, who was featured in a previous Monitor “Teacher Feature.” Dobbins is something of a trailblazer, and not just in Love County. Dobbins teaches STEM classes at Marietta Middle School. STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, seeks to expose students to subjects considered necessary for school systems to turn out graduates who have a basic understanding of these areas considered vital to filling the large number of high-paying tech jobs in our economy. The 60 Minutes episode focused on the male-dominated computer-programming field, and particularly on the efforts of an organization called Code.org to close the gender gap. According to experts on the show, during middle school, girls often turn away from STEM fields. However, Code.org is trying to draw all students into computer coding by teaching programming to students across the country. Currently, 25 percent of all U.S. students have accounts on Code.org, which can also train teachers to teach computer science.
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The Marietta Indians opened play in the area tournament Thursday, February 28, against Kansas at Okemah, easily shooting the Comets down by a final score of 63-50.
The Indians led from the first quarter and never let up, outscoring the Comets in every quarter.
Trace Stewart had 22 points, Coleton Taylor had 17 points, and Zane Nutter had 11 points in the win.
Thursday’s win sent the Indians to the second round of area on Friday, March 1, where they met the Hugo Buffaloes. The Buffaloes had defeated the Indians narrowly in regional play at Hugo just a few days before.
The second meeting also ended with a loss for the Indians, this time by a wider margin, 64-50, ending Marietta’s successful season.
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Last Wednesday, February 27, shortly after 2:30 p.m., Marietta Public Schools’ officials were notified by courthouse personnel of a phone call regarding the possibility that an unidentified high school student had a gun on campus.
Administrators immediately notified the police, and school resource officer Brett Harris began to investigate the threat.
“Because of the way the information came to us, we were not able to confirm nor deny the validity of the information,” said Superintendent Brandi Naylor, “so we had no choice but to treat it as a serious threat.”
By 2:40 p.m., the school was on lockdown and representatives from the Love County Sheriff’s Office and Marietta Police Department were beginning to arrive on campus.
“The response from law officers in both time and manpower was overwhelming,” Naylor remarked, “and we are so grateful.”
The situation was turned over to law enforcement officers, who devised a plan to mediate any possible threat. While some officers searched students’ backpacks in the high and middle schools, others were dispatched to the elementary to assist in dismissal of those students who are picked up by parents.
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At the regular board of education meeting held Monday, March 4, the Marietta Board of Education commended the actions of School Resource Officer, Brett Harris, during last Wednesday’s lockdown.
Citing his cool head and quick thinking during a potentially chaotic situation, and his care and concern for the safety of the students, Superintendent Brandi Naylor expressed the district’s appreciation for Harris’s service to the district.
The board also heard a presentation from Sharon Dean, a representative from the K20 Center/OSSBA Associates. Dean has acted as a liaison for the district in the formation of their Continuous Strategic Improvement plan.
The plan, formulated in phases with the input of the community, parents, and representatives from the school, needed the board’s approval to begin implementation of goals and objectives, which it received.
Additionally, Naylor and the board recognized several community members and parents for their service on the project, including Dustin Scott, Ashly Martin, Kathy Frazier, Ann Rutledge, Judy Sanchez, Allen Woody, Dana McMillin, Carrie Tucker, Brett Harris, Sunni Bridgman, and Misty Kirk.
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