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There's always something exciting happening at Marietta Public Schools, and we want to help you stay informed and involved. We will update this page regularly with important district announcements and news. Please check back often!

Congratulations to Trace Stewart

Stewart Signs with Naval AcademyStewart Signs with Naval Academy
by Public Information Officer Joani Hartin 

Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. marked the culmination of months of hard work for one Marietta High School senior. Trace Stewart, with family, friends, school personnel, and many other visitors in attendance, and with Bob Bates, liaison from the Naval Academy looking on, signed his letter of intent to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Please take a moment to read the entire article by Joani Hartin.

    Marietta Team Competes in Special Olympics
    Special olympic athlete throwing javelin

    The Marietta Special Olympics team, coached by Hope Willis, took to the field on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Durant’s multi-sports complex for the Area Track and Field events.

    Members of the team competed in events from walks to runs to long jump to turbo jav and softball throw. All six of the athletes qualified to compete in the state games in Stillwater in May. Please read Joani Harten's full article for additional details.

    Marietta Track Meet Brings Talent from Far and Wide
    track official

    On Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, 2019, Marietta Public Schools hosted their junior high and high school track meets. The meets, which have been off and on since the McClain era, attract schools from all over southern Oklahoma.

    Attending the junior high meet on Thursday were about 960 kids along with their coaches and parents from schools at Whitebead, Madill, Plainview, Elmore City-Pernell, Dickson, Lone Grove, Silo, Purcell, Grandview, Ardmore, and the hosting Marietta Indians.

    The junior high meet appears as organized chaos, with more emphasis on the chaos than the organized, but with eleven qualifying heats of seven runners each for the 100 meter dash and 38 qualifying heats of seven runners each for the 200 meter dash, that’s a lot to organize.

    Please read the track meet press release by Joani Harten for more information.

    New Staff Coming to Marietta Primary

    Marietta Primary Elementary will be welcoming some new staff members when school starts back in August. After losing longtime secretary Mary Jones to retirement, Primary Principal Ann Rutledge began the search to find her replacement. They chose Denise Balog.

    Balog has experience in the role, having served in the same position at Turner from 2010 to 2016. Balog and her husband Ronald, who works at WinStar, have a son, Marcus, who graduated from Turner in 2017. Balog insists that she loved her job and only resigned because she wanted to be free to enjoy her son’s senior year. Since then, she’s substituted at Turner. For more information, please read Joani Harten's full article.

    Online Schools Not a Magic Wand

    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.

    For more information, we invite you to read the entirety of Joani Hartin's story.