Mrs. MacPhail is a Top 3 Teacher of the Year!

Mrs. MacPhail is a Top 3 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. MacPhail for being chosen as Rainey-McCullers’ First Ever Teacher of the Year!

Thanks to Mrs. MacPhail and the River Center

6th Graders enjoyed an In-House Field Trip that engaged them in a workshop on creative writing for stage performance.

Young Author's Day

6th Graders Write Stories for Toma the Mime to Perform

On Friday afternoon it was announced that Kristan Macphail has been selected as our first ever Teacher of the Year and cheers resounded down the hall, “We love you Mrs. Macphail!” Mrs. Macphail is a phenomenal teacher. She wows her students with dynamic lessons that captivate their minds and hearts through arts-integrated instruction. She writes grants through Donorschoose.org to provide her class with the materials that they need to reach beyond the ordinary and makes every possibility imaginable. Mrs. Macphail is the assistant director of our upcoming theater productions and supports faculty development as the Infinite Campus specialist in our building. In the three short months that our school has been open, Mrs. Macphail has collaborated with the River Center of the Performing Arts to bring an indoor field-trip for our sixth graders to gain hands-on experiences writing for the stage and she was named a finalist in the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Innovation in Teaching Competition.

Our Super Star Science Teacher Wins Big!

Our Super Star Science Teacher Wins Big!

Mr. Ellis Wins Pratt & Whitney’s Inaugural STEM Education Grant!
On November 14th, Mr. Ellis’ science class at Rainey McCullers received a tremendous surprise. Pratt & Whitney awarded them with a $5000 STEM grant that included 10 I-PADS with cases and Apple Care warranties, 20 Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets and a three-year license for the mobile devices that will allow them to get apps through MCSD’s Volume Purchase Program. The students in Mr. Ellis’ science class were over the moon to have these tools to enhance their learning. Students in Mr. Ellis’ class enjoy learning science through music, drama, and art. He makes learning science exciting and uses technology to learning earth science a great adventure.
Mr. Ellis, known as the Big Bang Man to his students, is also a finalist in The Governor’s Innovation in Teaching Competition. The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes excellence in the classroom by rewarding Georgia’s exemplary educators and making examples of their practices available to Georgia’s teachers and leaders online. This year’s competition will focus on teachers that excel in one of the following priority areas: Blended Learning and Personalized Learning; Innovative Practice to Close the Achievement Gap; Language and Literacy; or STEAM Applied Learning. Mr. Ellis is a Harvard Fellow and was named a top-three finalist for MCSD’s Teacher of the Year in 2015.
Winners will receive; a $5,000 stipend for serving as a model educator, $10,000 grant to support innovative practices in his/her school, and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will film his/her classroom and make this video, along with his/her unit plan and supplementary materials, available online for other teachers.