Softball program dedicates season to Justin MacLachlan:
May 7, 2018 -- The Marcellus CSD softball program is dedicating its seasons to Justin MacLachlan -- "the toughest kid we know," who is also brother to JV player Katie MacLachlan, cousin to varsity player Emma MacLachlan and nephew to coach and KCH teacher Lisa MacLachlan.
Click here to read a story about the dedication on Syracuse.com.
Justin, who just completed chemo treatments in his battle against cancer, threw out the first pitch at Sunday's home opener against Cazenovia, which the Mustangs won 8-2.
Marcellus students participate in art show at Syracuse Gallery:
May 4, 2018 -- Four senior art students (Mackenna Caryl, Abigail Delaney, Kayla Fogg and Rachel Randall) participated in the 2018 Annual High School Senior Show and Competition at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse, where their work has been on display since April 20. During an awards reception held May 2, Kayla won the Outstanding 3-D Award and Abby won the Watercolor Award. Congratulations to all!
The show was open to high schools within a 30-mile radius of Syracuse. Each district was able to submit up to three pieces of two-dimensional work and one three-dimensional work.
Artist: Kayla Fogg
Artist: Rachel Randall
Artist: Mackenna Caryl
Artist: Abby Delaney
Rho Kappa Honor Society rededicated to honor retiring teacher:
May 4, 2018 -- During its annual induction ceremony on April 16, 2018, Marcellus Senior High School's Nine Mile Country Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society was rededicated to honor retiring social studies teacher Katherine DeForge (much to her surprise).
Congratulations and best wishes, Mrs. DeForge!
Latest capital project video posted:
May 3, 2018 -- Check out the latest video update about the ongoing capital improvement project with Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ nominated for three SHSTA awards:
May 3, 2018 -- Congratulations to student Jack McAuliff, teachers Michael Cirmo and Brian Ackles and the entire cast and crew of the Marcellus High School production of “Beauty and the Beast,” which received a total of three nominations in the Syracuse High School Theatre Awards.
Click here to read the full story on Syracuse.com.
Mr. McAuliff was nominated in the “rising male star” category for his portrayal of Lumiere. Mr. Cirmo, the school’s instrumental music teacher, and Mr. Ackles, the vocal music teacher, were nominated together for the show’s musical direction; and the student orchestra also received a nomination.
The Tony Awards-style ceremony will take place 6 p.m. June 3 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.
Board of Education adopts proposed 2018-19 budget:
April 19, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education on April 16 adopted the proposed 2018-19 school budget that district residents will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, May 15.
As proposed, the $35,503,851 spending plan calls for a 3.2 percent increase in spending over 2017-18 and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase, which is the maximum increase allowed for the budget to pass with a simple majority.
The fiscal plan includes no program reductions; adds one part-time school psychologist; eliminates two elementary teacher positions and converts one into a K-12 technology integration and innovation specialist to help coordinate instructional technology and provide classroom support; eliminates one full-time administrator position; and restructures the maintenance ...
Senior’s silent film wins contest, to be screened with live performance by Symphoria:
April 19, 2018 -- Marcellus High School senior Violet Moncavage has been announced the winner of the Symphoria Film Contest. Her silent film, "Make Your Change," was chosen from over 250 entries from 30 countries around the world and will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse , with Symphoria providing live musical accompaniment.
The contest focused on themes of freedom, liberty and, in particular, women as change makers. Violet’s film will be shown with live soundtrack, consisting of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon's “Sky Rising,” from her Sky Quartet, performed by the Symphoria String Quartet.
Click on this link to learn more about the contest ...
Despite connectivity issues, Marcellus students were able to take ELA tests:
April 11, 2018 -- A message from Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner about technical difficulties on the first day of Grade 3-8 state testing:
Today marked the beginning of this year's English language arts (ELA) and math testing in grades 3-8. Because the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has encouraged school districts to try computer-based testing, a record number of students across the state logged on simultaneously to complete tests. Unfortunately, the high traffic put some strain on a connectivity hub outside of our region that affected Marcellus students, as well.
Despite some delays, Marcellus was able to administer the tests today as planned.
Please know how proud we all are of our students in grades 3-8 and their resilience ...
Board of Education to consider proposed budget April 16:
April 11, 2018 -- In a new video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner and Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio offer an overview of the proposed budget the Board of Education will consider adopting at its meeting on Monday, April 16.
If board members approve the proposal, district residents will vote on it May 15 during the annual budget vote.
Bricks 4 Kidz® program combines science and Legos at KCH:
April 6, 2018 -- Students at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School this week embarked on an “in-school field trip” with Bricks 4 Kidz® that included hands-on lessons with Lego bricks that correlated to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives. In the photos below, third-grader participate in a building exercise that integrated force and motion concepts, which are part of the third-grade science standards.
The Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory and fun, creating a dynamic learning experience for students, according to the program’s website . Bricks 4 Kidz models are the centerpiece of the lesson, which includes an educator-scripted discussion designed to engage students in a discovery process.
Students in grades 2 and 4 also ...
Boomerang Bags project featured on News Channel 9's Cool Schools:
April 6, 2018 -- Did you see? The Marcellus Boomerang Bags project was featured on News Channel 9's "Cool Schools" segment this morning. Check it out!
In case you missed it the first time around, here's the district video about the Boomerang Bags project. Interested in donating items or helping to create more bags? Contact Marcellus High School teacher Ellen Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Parenting Tips #5: Anxiety in children:
April 3, 2018 -- The last in a continuing series of tip sheets for parents, provided by Grades 4-6 math teacher Judith Walsh at Driver Middle School:
Anxiety: What is it?
Fear of something that will or might happen
Strong desire for escape or avoidance
Helpful in small doses
Partially based on genetics, so it can be inherited
Sometimes noticeable when very young
High sensitivity to changes, noise
Upsetting life events can bring out anxiety
Lack of predictable routines
Anxiety: When does it become a problem?
Marcellus students compete in Spanish lip-sync battle:
Winners of the third annual Spanish lip-sync battle, Los Sacerdotes.
April 2, 2018 -- More than 30 Spanish students at Marcellus competed March 16 in the school’s third annual Spanish lip-sync battle, which was organized by the Spanish National Honor Society. During the event, which was open to all Marcellus High School students enrolled in Spanish classes, the honor society accepted donations to help a Hispanic woman in need.
The students chose a song to interpret and created their own group name. The groups competing were: Las Reinas, Las Locas, Los Sacerdotes, Los Gringos and Sueño Equipo. The groups spent time choreographing and perfecting their performances and introductions – which paid off during the competition, Spanish teacher Shelly Marsh said.
High school students make global connections through art:
April 2, 2018 -- For the third year in a row, Marcellus High School artists have learned about making connections through art by participating in the Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art to build a bridge between American art students and children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents and extreme poverty.
This year, students in grades 9-12 in art teacher Donna de Monte classes at Marcellus High School received photographs of five children living in difficult conditions in the Philippines and five Syrian children living in refugee camps and used them to create portraits of the children.
In a note to Marcellus school administrators, Memory Project Communication Director Ryan Egan said the children “tremendously” ...
Superintendent talks capital project(s):
March 19, 2018 -- In her latest video update about the district's capital improvement project, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner talks about the demolition that's underway in the high school's first floor main corridor and second floor instructional spaces.
Board of Education to meet Monday, March 19:
March 15, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19. This was rescheduled from March 12.
Also note: Board meetings will now be held in Room 268 of Marcellus High School, because of ongoing construction.
Parenting Tips #4: How much sleep does your child need?:
March 15, 2018 -- The next in a continuing series of tip sheets for parents, provided by Grades 4-6 math teacher Judith Walsh at Driver Middle School:
How much sleep does your child need?
often wonder if my children are getting enough sleep, especially now that they are getting older and going to sleep on their own.
One of the reasons it's so hard to know if our children are getting enough sleep is that drowsy children don't necessarily slow down the way we do—they wind up. In fact, sleepiness can look like symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) (National Sleep Foundation, 2108). Sometimes children often act as if they're not tired, resisting bedtime and becoming hyper as the evening goes on because they are ...
Students hand-craft reusable “Boomerang Bags” for village shoppers:
Boomerang Bags handsewn by Marcellus students
and community volunteers.
March 7, 2018 -- A collaborative sustainability project undertaken by Marcellus students in grades 7-12 culminated this week with the presentation of a “Boomerang Bags” box at Nojaim Brothers Supermarket in the village of Marcellus.
The wooden box, constructed and painted by Marcellus faculty and students, is filled with reusable, fabric shopping bags that were hand-stitched by student and community volunteers. The sacks are free for Nojaim’s customers to use – with the hope they either return them to the store or continue using them in lieu of single-use, disposable plastic bags.
The first seeds for the project were planted last spring when Marcellus High School science teacher ...
Combined boys ice hockey team wins Section 3 championship:
March 5, 2018 -- Congratulations to the Syracuse combined boys ice hockey team, the Section 3 Division I champions! The team defeated Baldwinsville in the championship game and then headed March 3 to the NYSPHSAA Regionals in Buffalo, where the team fell to Niagara-Wheatfield 1-3.
The following Marcellus students play on the combined team (from left): Ryan Evanchak, Steven Matro, Hugh White and Emmett Barry.
Schools closed, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ musical postponed until Sunday:
March 2 -- Due to inclement weather, Marcellus Central School District is closed today, Friday, March 2, and tonight’s All School Show performance of “Beauty and the Beast” has been postponed until 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4.
Friday tickets will be honored as purchased (i.e., will reserve the same seats) on Sunday. Ticketholders who do not wish to attend Sunday’s performance may request refunds by completing a form available on the musical’s website at marcellusmusical.weebly.com . Organizers ask that those who seek refunds do so by 10 a.m. Sunday, so they have the opportunity to resell the refunded tickets and cover the production’s expenses.