Campbell Spartans To Salute Military

spartan-10-IMG_1134The Campbell Spartans Football Team will celebrate Military Appreciation Night on Aug. 28, as they take on the Stone Mountain Pirates.

All Veterans, current Military Personnel, and a guest, will be admitted free with a VFW, American Legion or Military ID. In addition to free admission, all Service Personnel who attend will receive a ticket for a free hot dog and drink.

There will be special recognition for the Service Members in attendance during halftime.
Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear Red, White, and Blue to show their support.

Those current and former Military Members interested in participating in the ceremonies of the game, are encouraged to arrive at the stadium at 6:30. We will have a check-in tent behind the end zone near the field house. Veterans and Current Personnel, RSVP or contact for further info via email at Please include your name, rank, years of service and military affiliation.

Enjoy an exciting night of High School Football and show your support for those in attendance, as we salute them for their service to our Country.


Meet Campbell’s New Principal, Dr. Jeanne Walker

Campbell July D 2015 040Jeanne Walker, new principal of Campbell High School, is looking forward to leading the school in a vibrant time of change.

“Smyrna is booming and we will be working to build community buy-in,” she said. “It’s an exciting time to be in Smyrna.”

“I am committed to ensuring our school excels as a cornerstone of the community,” she said.
A resident of Smyrna for 24 years, she has 20 years’ experience in education. She comes to Campbell from being principal at Tapp Middle School for 3 1/2 years.
A DeKalb County native, she graduated from Briarcliff High School and has attended Berry College, University of Kentucky, and University of Southern Mississippi.

Walker expects some 2,500 students to enroll at Campbell in the fall. Some 350 to 400 will be in the International Baccalaureate program and 250 are enrolled in the Junior ROTC program.

Dr. Walker began her new role June 1 after former Principal Denise McGee was transferred to Lindley 6th Grade Academy.

“There are a lot of good students who come here for the IB program,” she said. “We want to build on the service component. We also want to increase the AP (advanced placement) enrollment in the general student population.
She and her husband, Doug, have two children: Jessica who graduated Campbell in 2013 with an IB Diploma and attend the University of Georgia, and Davis, a senior in Campbell’s IB program.

“Our graduation rate is lower than it should be,” she said with the state ranking it at 66.7 percent. “But we are getting 90 percent through in four years.”

“We will work to improve and there are a lot of opportunities with virtual learning.”
School must play a pivotal role in developing leadership for the future.

I encourage each of you to support our students by actively participating in the school and helping our students to make a difference in the community.

She said the school would work to build a welcoming environment among students, facility and the community.

“The involvement (by students and parents) is important to the school,” she said. There are plans for some days of service before school starts “to put our best foot forward.”

“I feel very blessed to be leading a school with such a rich history of educational excellence and community involvement,” Walker said. I will strive to expand our students’ opportunities to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts.”

From the July 2015 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Meet Pebblebrook’s New Principal, Travis Joshua

Pebblebrook July D 2015 032BTravis Joshua, new principal at Pebblebrook High School, is working to continue the community school tradition there and urges incoming students to make the most of their high school experience.

Enrollment is projected at 2,200 for the fall, he said. “I’m excited about this opportunity.”

The Performing Arts Academy of the Magnet school draws students from throughout the county, adding energy to the student body.

“In performing arts they declare a major but they still have the responsibility for core courses,” he said. Students can add a fifth period at the end of the regular school day for other academics.

In addition to the performing arts, “We have a number of Advanced Placement offerings,” he said. “The goal is to get ninth grade students into AP. We are always s looking to increase the number of students in AP.”

A native of Pasadena, Calif., this is Joshua’s 18th year in education. He received degrees at Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State and taught in Fulton County. He came to Cobb County 12 years ago and most recently was principal at Lindley Middle School Sixth Grade Academy.

Among his goals for the year are to increase parent involvement in education. As a benefit of being at Lindley, he knows many of the students and parents at Pebblebrook will work to continue their involvement in the “Falcons Family.”

While the state graduation rate for the school is in the low 60s due to a 30-35 percent transient rate, Joshua said he plans to improve that, as graduation rate among students who are at Pebblebrook for all four years is at 87 percent.

As advice for incoming freshmen, Joshua said, “Your high school years should be the most exciting time of school, making fun-fill memories of academics and athletics.”

“Before you let this four years come and go, get as much as you can of every opportunity,” he said. “Enjoy the ride, these are precious memories.”

He also advised parents to find ways to get involved in the life of the school and their student.

“I’m encouraged by the buzz at Pebblebrook High. Let’s figure out a way to use those talents to start something new,” he said.

Joshua took over at Pebblebrook June 1, following the retirement of Zinta Perkins. “There hasn’t been a dull moment since then,” he said.

“I truly feel that this is a community school,” the principal said. “With the efforts of teachers, students and stakeholders we can soar to new heights.”

From the July 2015 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.