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Marcellus HS students compete in Spanish lip-sync battle: Eleventh-graders Ashley Gilmore, Mary Colella and Olivia Quick compete in the recent Spanish lip-sync battle. April 3, 2017 -- The Marcellus High School Spanish National Honor Society chapter this year organized the school’s second annual lip-sync competition on March 10. The contest was open to all students currently taking Spanish classes. About 30 students tossed their proverbial sombreros into the ring by choosing songs by Hispanic artists to interpret and then creating their own singing groups to perform them. The groups competing were: Los Locos, Las Estrellas de Shakira, Las Tres Amigas, Juanes’ Honeys and Dream Equipo. The groups spent time choreographing and perfecting their performance and introduction. First place went to Juanes’ Honeys for ... more >>
Marcellus alumna and employee wins film prize: March 31, 2017 -- Belated congratulations to Kelsey O'Brien McManus, a 2005 Marcellus graduate who now works in the maintenance department at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, for winning the prize for best comedy in the first-ever Marcellus Movie Madness Family Film Festival late last fall. The film, “Paw Patrol,” stars her dog, Toby, who is shown going on police patrol to catch bad guys and fight crime. McManus said she first developed an interest in film in high school, “when they used to hold the coffee house for people who wanted to show off their talents. So my sister and friend and I would make short movies and show them at the coffee house. Everyone loved them, and I just got more into it from there.” Check out the short film below.  ... more >>
District receives 'School Safety Excellence Award" for 2017: March 31, 2017 -- For the eighth consecutive year, Marcellus Central School District has received a “School Safety Excellence Award” from the Utica National Insurance Group. Marcellus was one of 136 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive a 2017 award from Utica National officials, during the group’s 37th annual school safety seminar, held March 22 in Watertown. Marcellus once again achieved the “Titanium level with honors,” which is the highest award level given in recognition of a district’s safety efforts and includes a $500 cash prize. The award program has three levels (titanium, platinum, and gold) in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction. Utica insures more than 300 school districts ... more >>
DMS team places sixth in Mid-State Science Olympiad: March 30, 2017 -- The Driver Middle School Science Olympiad team came in sixth place out of 22 teams and brought home 12 individual medals from the 2017 Mid-State Regional Science Olympiad, which was held March 4 at North Syracuse Junior High School. According to the organization’s website, Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate ... more >>
Mustangs win the Auburn Arsenal Winter Blast Tournament: March 29, 2017 -- Congratulations to the members of the Marcellus boys soccer team who won the seventh annual Auburn Arsenal Winter Blast Indoor Soccer Tournament on March 19!   Twelve school and club teams from around the region competed in the tournament, which was held at Auburn High School.   “As the third seed, we made it to the final where we won in overtime on a golden goal from Sam Grattan, assisted by David Bosak,” Marcellus teacher and coach Mark Sunheimer said. “The boys played very well against some quality teams and grew as they prepare for the fall season.”  more >>
Sophomore hopes to compete in national Biology Olympiad: Jeffrey Shi March 29, 2017 -- Tenth-grade AP biology student Jeffrey Shi is competing in the USA Biology Olympiad this year. On the exam portion of the competition, he scored 15 points above average. Next, he completed the semifinal exam on March 26. The students with the top 20 scores will then continue on to the national finals, which will further winnow the field to four students, who will travel to England for the International Biology Olympiad this summer.   For those keeping score at home, Jeff competed in the national Chemistry Olympiad last year, and is set to participate in The New York State Mathematics League this weekend in New York City   “Jeff has been intensively studying and is hoping to be chosen for the International Biology Olympiad,” ... more >>
Marcellus High School Math League adds up the honors: March 28, 2017 -- One of four Marcellus High School Math League teams that competed at the Onondaga County Math League meet Feb. 11 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School came in first-place in the small school division.   The team, comprised of Joe Riccardi, John Riccardi, Nick Roseboom Jeff Shi and Emma Stuart, received second-place overall for the season in the small school division. In addition, because he was the third-highest individually scoring member in the entire county, Jeff Shi was selected to join Team Onondaga at the state meet at Stuyvesant High School in New York City this weekend.   Congratulations, team, and good luck, Jeff! !   more >>
DMS gets ready for St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event: Team Jack is (top row, from left) Nolan Manahan, Nate Alexander and Peter Hubbard (bottom row, from left) Ryan Orr, Justin West and David Snook. (Not shown are Kevin Shea and Nolan Hammerschmidt.)  March 28, 2017 -- A team of Driver Middle School sixth-graders will once again brave the shave this weekend, surrendering their locks to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research during a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at the school.   The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 1) in the school’s old gymnasium.    “Team Jack,” formed in support of classmate Jack Brumfeld, is made up of Nate Alexander, Nolan Hammerschmidt, Peter Hubbard, Nolan Manahan, Ryan Orr, Kevin Shea, David Snook ... more >>
CTE students inducted into National Technical Honor Society: March 27, 2017 -- Nine Marcellus High School seniors were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES.   The society honors students enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program who have achieved academic excellence and good attendance and demonstrated good citizenship. Inductees are recommended for the honor by a teacher. Each of their diplomas will include a NTHS seal.   The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career and scholarship opportunities for members.   Congratulations to the following CTE students:  Alyssa Faciszewski, Casey Ezzo, Trinity Benyon, Cierra Kelley, Kyle Myers, Kevin Brown, Grace Donalds, ... more >>
Superintendent determines best option for capital project relocation: March 24, 2017 -- During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 20, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner explained her proposal for relocating students and staff during the upcoming capital improvement project scheduled to begin later this spring.   In early February, Mrs. Brantner laid out a timeline of meetings and communications that included the formation of a steering committee to look at possible options for the upcoming relocation. The work that has occurred over the past two months has led Brantner and the administrative team to a clear plan for relocation: Fourth-grade classes move back to KCH Fifth- and sixth-grade classes remain at DMS, with sixth-grade classes relocating within the building Seventh- and eighth-grade classes move to the high ... more >>
UPDATED: Schools to be open half-day on April 14 to make up for snow day: March 27, 2017 -- Because the Marcellus Central School District set aside five days for emergency closings in the 2016-17 school year and has had to close six times for inclement weather this winter, the district is now required by law to add a school day to the calendar. Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner is recommending the Board of Education approve a change to the 2016-17 district calendar that would add a half-day of school for Friday, April 14, which would have been the first day of spring break. If the change is approved by BOE members during their April 3 meeting, dismissal on April 14 will be at 11:20 a.m. that day for students in grades K-6 and 10:20 a.m. for students in grades 7-12. Because April 14 is a holiday for OCM BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Marcellus ... more >>
Two Marcellus HS students received national art awards: March 22, 2017 -- Marcellus High School junior Kayla Fogg and senior Abigail VanCamp, whose artwork won coveted Gold Keys in the regional CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition earlier this year, have been honored at the national level in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Kayla won a Silver Medal for her sculpture, “ The Strength of Decay, ”  and Abby won a Silver Medal for her art portfolio, “ Between the Lines.” More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for judging at the regional level – through the more than 100 local affiliates of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers ... more >>
Board approves district calendar for 2017-18 school year: March 21, 2017 -- During its March 13 meeting, the Marcellus Board of Education approved the district calendar for the 2017-18 school year. It can be viewed, printed or downloaded below.   more >>
Schools closed on Wednesday, March 15: Due to the continuing snowstorm, Marcellus Central Schools are closed today, Wednesday, March 15, and all after-school activities are canceled. Stay safe and warm! more >>
2017-18 Budget: Understanding how school budgets are balanced: March 9, 2017 -- Each year, school boards in New York must develop a balanced school budget proposal for the following school year and put it to a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. The requirement for a balanced school budget is challenging when a district’s anticipated expenses exceed anticipated revenue. Finding a balance might require budget reductions and/or tax levy increases or using excess fund balance. Here is a simple, graphic fact sheet that explains what it takes to balance the annual school budget: link to School Budgets 101 infographic . more >>
Girls on the Run update: Space available for girls in grades 3-5: March 7, 2017 -- Due to the level of interest among girls in Grades 3-5, the upcoming Girls on the Run program at  Marcellus Central School District has added another group for that age category. Registration is back open with space available. Girls who were on the original waiting list have been added to the new group. Girls on the Run is a national organization that provides opportunities for girls to realize their potential and build strong friendships, while also working toward completing a 5K race. The programs will run after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for 10 weeks, starting March 20 and ending May 31. The culminating event is completing Paige's Butterfly Run in Syracuse on June 3. Visit the GOTR website ... more >>
DMS students put global know-how to the test with National Geography Bee: From left: Dan Mitchell, grade 7, and Cameron Salder, grade 5. March 7, 2017 -- Students who earned perfect scores during Driver Middle School's National Geography Bee before the holiday break recently participated in an elimination round, to vie for a chance to go to Albany for the state competition. Hosted by Mr. Mango and Mrs. Pawlewicz, the local bee consisted of participating classrooms holding seven rounds of questions that ranged from regional to global geography. Classroom winners were acknowledged at a recent award ceremony, and students with a perfect score moved on to the elimination round last month.  Ava Aupperle, grade 6, was the third-place winner; Dan Mitchell, grade 7, took second place; and Cameron Sadler, grade 5, was the first-place winner. ... more >>
Marcellus Fire Department responds to smoke in high school: March 5, 2017 -- The Marcellus Fire Department responded to reports of smoke in the high school at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 5. Faulty bearings in a ventilation fan caused the unit to overheat, prompting smoke and soot to fill the girls locker room on the school's first floor and set off a smoke sensor inside the ductwork, district officials said. Firefighters set up fans to remove the smoke and cleared the scene at 11:30 a.m. A few students and staff members involved with the high school drama club were in the building, tearing down scenery from the weekend’s performances of “Pippin,” when crews arrived. They were evacuated, along with 10 adults playing basketball. No one was injured. The high school will be open Monday, but the affected locker ... more >>
Administrators answer more questions about capital project relocation: March 2, 2017 -- Plans are underway for the district’s upcoming capital project, with groundbreaking set for early June. Because so much of the high school building requires renovation, the district must relocate students during the 23-month construction period. As many of you know, a scenario was in the works last year, before bids came in over budget and the project was put on hold. Once the district received approval to go forward with the work, administration began to re-examine the original relocation plan and discovered serious issues with the feasibility of implementing it. That led to a second relocation plan option.   Over the past several weeks, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner has been working with the administrative team, as well as a steering committee ... more >>
Governor outlines school aid proposal and educational initiatives in Executive Budget Proposal: Feb. 23, 2017 -- New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. The governor’s plan includes targeted funding to support high-need districts with community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and discontinuing the use of the original Foundation Aid Formula in determining future state aid increases. Marcellus is not considered a high-need district. Therefore, its share of the governor’s aid proposal results in an overall increase of 0.81 percent, or $111,002. “While we recognize the struggles of students in high-need districts, we are concerned about the minimal aid increase Marcellus will realize ... more >>

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