Anti-Bullying Program

Yesterday, January 28, 2015, Awtrey was pleased to have Marc Mero and his team of Champion of Choice! Marc talked about how he turned his life from living in one of the poorest areas of New York, to becoming a WWE Champion. As a child, he wrote down his goals for life (a document he still has). He faced tragedy in life with his parents divorce, the death of his sister, then later the death of his mother and two weeks later the death of his brother. Marc became addicted to drugs and alcohol, an addiction that lasted more than ten years. He overcame the addiction and became a professional wrestler. But later became addicted again to prescription drugs. He lost everything and had to start over.

Marc also talked about being bullied in school because of the garage sale clothes that he wore. And in turn, how he bullied and pushed his family away. He later regretted that when his family members were no longer here to be with him.

It was a wonderful assembly with dancers from America’s Got Talent Semi-Finals, acrobatics and a singer.


If you would like to see the presentation in person, they will be performing at:

Mount Paran North Marietta
January 30 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
1700 Allgood Road, Marietta, GA 30062 United States


Robotics 2015

Good Luck Robotics Team!

Saturday, January 24, 2015, Awtrey’s Robotics Team will compete in the FIRST LEGO League State Level Competition. The first place Champions Award winner in this competition will have the opportunity to be invited to compete in the FLL World Festival, this year in St. Louis, MO.  On Saturday, we will be competing against 52 other teams from throughout the state for the chance to advance to this next level.  The robot game is free and open to the public.  The Robot Rounds will take place from 1:30 – 3:30pm. There is a $7 parking fee.  Please wish these incredibly talented students the best of luck as they endeavor to make a difference! If you would like to come out and support our students, competition location and details are as follows:


Location: G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
266 Fourth St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Concessions: Teams are welcome to buy food from Student Center vendors, bring sack lunches and order delivery.Student Center
– Dunkin’ Donuts, 8:00-2:00
– Chick-fil-A, 11:00-3:00

Clough Learning Commons
– Starbucks, 8:00-4:00





Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Saturday, January 18, Fifty-four teams from across Cobb County came to North Cobb High School to compete in the 2015 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The students have been reading book since they book list was announced last April. They have been writing questions, to practice and review and the culmination is the six rounds of ten questions that will quiz them on their knowledge. Awtrey did not place in the top three, but we are very proud of the hard work and dedication these students have to reading. Thank you parents and family for taking time out of your busy Saturday schedule to support your child’s love of reading!

2015 Team: Rora, Madison, Spencer, Cassidy, Desarai, Emily
Coaches: Anita Foster, Pam Peck, Brenda Eidson, Mary Felts



2015-16 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.  For more information, please see our 2015-16 School Choice webpage.

Middle School CCRPI Information

When the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores on December 8, district administrators noticed that specific information for calculating a portion of the score was not included in the released score for each middle school.  Therefore, the middle school CCRPI scores showed an inaccurate drop across the district.  The issue was immediately addressed on December 9 by the district with the GaDOE Accountability and Assessment Department and is currently being resolved. 


Once the new data is incorporated into the recalculation, correct scores for CCSD middle schools will be released and published by the GaDOE at the end of January.  Based on internal preliminary calculations by district administrators, the results show that the CCRPI score at every middle school, as well as the overall district score, will increase.  The corrected scores will be issued by the State within the next 45 days.

MakerSpace Lab - New 3D Printer

3D Printer – Monthly Contest Information

MakerSpace Lab – New 3D Printer

We are up and running with the MakerSpace Lab and our 3D printer. Thank you to the wonderful donors and the Awtrey Foundation for supporting this project! We are happy to announce that Cobb County has approved us to use Inventor Professional 2015 as our design software. Here is a link that you can choose to download at home and begin designing over break. The software is free for education. Just click “secondary” then student and list Awtrey Middle School as your school.

Starting in January, we will begin monthly design contests. The students will be able to create a 3D design that goes with our monthly contest. They will submit their designs and then the MakerSpace Lab Board of Directors will decide on the top three designs. Then all students will be given a chance to vote on their favorite design. The winner each month will have their product printed for them to have and then the product will be sold in the school store the following month in order to purchase supplies and more items for the MakerSpace Lab. January’s design challenge: design a piece of jewelry (charm, earrings, ring, necklace, bracelet, watchband) that is unique, creative, has structural support (not too thin). If you are looking for ideas, visit You are not allowed to submit a design that is not your own, so don’t submit one you find at Thingiverse or another website!


We have also had a donation of some K’Nex and balancing rods for the MakerSpace. Thank you for your donation. Our wish list is available on the Awtrey Foundation page if you would like to purchase other items for our student to use as they imagine, design and build their creations.

Race 5k



The Kennesaw Big Shanty and Awtrey Foundations are teaming up to host the inaugural Spring Into Education 5K on Saturday, March 7, 2015. We want you to be a part of this exciting event! Together, the two school Foundations and you can help make a direct and positive impact on young lives within our community!

Purpose of this special race for our community:

Proceeds generated from the race will be reinvested back into each of the schools equally with the goal of funding various programs and projects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives that would better equip our students as they face the challenges of the future.

Please click on the application link at the bottom of this page, or you can also register for the race online by going to We look forward to seeing you during the morning of March 7th and thank you in advance for your ongoing support of our schools and students.

Spring Into Education 5K Race Application



CLC MakerSpace Lab 3D Printer

3D Printer is HERE!

Thanks to the generosity of the Awtrey Foundation, and donations from our Awtrey family, we now have a 3D printer in our new MakerSpace Lab!

We have been learning how it works for the past few days and can’t wait to show you some of our printed objects. Look for the 3D printer on display in the front lobby during the music concerts the next few weeks.

Setting up the MakerSpace Lab is still in progress. We need many supplies which you can find on our Amazon Wish List or you may donate through the Awtrey Foundation page.

If you can imagine it, you can build it!

Civil Rights Simulation Comes to Awtrey


Before Thanksgiving, our 7th grade students began reading the Rock and The River. This book is based on the Civil Rights struggles of one family in Chicago during the 1960’s. To show the students what it might have felt like during this time, we staged a simulation. Students were asked on Monday, what college football team they supported. Mrs. Foster who suggested this idea, is a huge Florida Gator fan, and she knew that not many of our 7th graders were Gators, there were 11 in total.

On Wednesday, we had the 11 students report to the CLC at the end of 2nd period, and she explained what was about to happen. All students parents were informed of the plan that morning, and agreed that this would be a good exercise. The students were told that they were the Florida Gator 11 (instead of the Little Rock 9) and based on their choice of Florida, the other students did not want them in their classes. But, Mr. Crawford had ordered them to end segregation and they would be escorted to class by our campus officer. The other students lined up in the hallways and when they saw the students, they began saying things and yelling at them (that their team wasn’t as good as the others, that Gators don’t belong here… etc.), much like it was in Little Rock and other locations when segregation ended. The Florida Gator 11 were not allowed to comment back, because they were told that if they reacted, it would look poorly on them and the end of segregation.

Later in their classes, the teachers discussed with them what happened and they talked about how they felt while the simulation was going on. It was truly a wonderful, eye opening experience for all involved.


The Awtrey Giving Tree

Attached you will find information for the annual Awtrey Holiday Giving Tree. If you are an Awtrey families and you would like assistance during this holiday season, please take a moment to fill out the form. If you would like to help families in need, please fill out the form. Deadline for requesting assistance is December the 3rd.

Giving Tree Letter