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Exploratory language students compete in dance contest Exploratory language students compete in dance contest: Dec. 4, 2017 -- Students in Audrey Misiano’s seventh-grade exploratory language classes at Driver Middle School recently participated in the program's fourth-annual dance contest. Twenty-three students competed, while more than 100 others sang along with them off-camera.   “In all, over 120 students made this dance contest possible, from the singing support, to the encouraging and voting,” Ms. Misiano said. Congratulations to the winners and all the students!   Best dancers: Ava Aupperle & Kara Wangsness   Student favorite and best humor: Eli Hart, Eliot Austin, & Joey Frost   Most spunky: Lila Kelly, Kieran Capozzi, & Kevin Shea   And now, in no particular order, the rest of the courageous ...
A behind-the-scenes peek at making the snow day decision A behind-the-scenes peek at making the snow day decision: Nov. 30, 2017 -- It is that time of year again: winds blowing, snow falling, temperatures plummeting. While every student’s dream is to hear the words “snow day,” a school district has only a finite number of days to use for emergency closings. If the district uses too many, it must then make up for it later in the year. Many Marcellians may recall the school district being in that very position last year after three large-scale storms hit the region, forcing the district to close six times. As a result, the district had to add a half-day of school on Good Friday.    As we contemplate the winter season, we wanted to draw back the curtain and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the decision to close school is made and communicated.     ...
KCH celebrates Thanksgiving KCH celebrates Thanksgiving: Nov. 29, 2017 -- Sad because all of your turkey leftovers have finally been gobbled up? Maybe these festive photos (courtesy of teacher Suzanne Alexander), showing kindergartners celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 21 at K.C. Heffernan Elementary, will brighten your spirits!
Marcellus High School musicians, vocalists kick off holiday concert season Marcellus High School musicians, vocalists kick off holiday concert season: Nov. 29, 2017 -- The Marcellus High School Symphonic Band, Select Choir and Concert Choir jumpstarted the holiday concert season Nov. 20 with an evening of stirring performances of "Ave Maria," "Christmas Time is Here," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and many more. The students were led by Director of Choirs Brian Ackles and Director of Bands Michael Cirmo. Miss it? Thank goodness for the Marcellus technology department, which captured it all on video! 
Board to hold public hearing Dec. 18 on Smart Schools Investment Plan Board to hold public hearing Dec. 18 on Smart Schools Investment Plan: Nov. 15, 2017 -- On Dec. 18, the Marcellus Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the district’s proposed Smart Schools Investment Plan, which outlines how Marcellus intends to use some of its $1.1 million allocation from the Smart Schools Bond Act for the 2017-18 school year. The plan, available online here , includes the purchase of instructional technology equipment to be installed as part of the ongoing reconstruction project at the senior high school. Equipment includes desktop computers, monitors and interactive displays for classroom spaces, digital signage for common areas and presentation equipment for the large-group instruction room. In November 2014, New York voters approved a $2 billion bond referendum to provide each school district with funding ...
Speaker: How do we teach in the Information Age? Speaker: How do we teach in the Information Age?: Will Richarson Nov. 8, 2017 -- While Marcellus students enjoyed a day off from school  on Nov. 7, district teachers explored the challenges of providing classroom instruction in an age where information is available anywhere at any time on any subject to anyone. “Kids can now do powerful things without us,” educator and speaker Will Richardson told faculty members during a presentation. His talk was part of a day of professional development sessions for teachers and administrators. “Learning is amazingly possible outside the building now,” he said. “My kids have libraries in their pockets.” Despite this new reality, schools continue to function as if the content and knowledge they provide are scarce commodities. What they ...
Students named finalists in photography contest Students named finalists in photography contest: Nov. 6, 2017 -- Three Marcellus students were among the 21 finalists recently announced in the annual Bousquet and Holstein Law Firm Photography Contest. This year's theme was  Seen and Heard.  The contest, open to Syracuse area schools, challenged student to use their photography as a means of expressing and engaging viewers in dialogue centered around the ideas of social activism, equality and civic engagement. The law firm posed the question: "What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make a difference?"   The following students were honored during a reception at the Everson Museum in Syracuse: Madison Kittelberger, 10th grade, Nicole Losito, 11th grade and Rachel Randall (12th grade). Rachel also won third place, ...
VIDEO: DMS principal offers 10-week wrap-up VIDEO: DMS principal offers 10-week wrap-up: Nov. 3, 2017-- Driver Middle School Principal Janet O'Mara reflects on the completion of the first 10 weeks of the 2017-18 school year and looks ahead.
What happens when inclement weather delays or closes school? What happens when inclement weather delays or closes school?: Nov. 2, 2017 -- It won't be long before snow creeps into the local forecast. So now is as good a time as any to remind students and their families about how the Marcellus Central School District handles weather delays and closures. When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations and news websites. Some news outlets, including  NewsChannel 9  and   CNY Central (Channels 3 and 5) , offer free mobile apps that will send text and email alerts about school closings to smart devices. In addition, recorded voice notifications will be sent to each household via telephone using SchoolMessenger. The primary contact phone number listed first in SchoolTool ...
Watch the latest capital project update Watch the latest capital project update: Nov. 1, 2017 -- In the video below, Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner introduces a slideshow of photos depicting recent work on the high school choral room addition and science classroom and boiler room updates.
KCH Elementary celebrates Halloween KCH Elementary celebrates Halloween: Oct. 31, 2017 -- A chilly, dreary Halloween day was no match for the students of K.C. Heffernan Elementary, who gamely marched down the school's hallways to the gymnasium in front of faculty and staff instead of outdoors for friends and family. 
Marcellus High School presents “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” Marcellus High School presents “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer”: Oct. 30, 2017 -- In this year’s fall drama production, “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” Marcellus High School students will transport audiences back to the 1940s. Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3)  and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) .   Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie from the 1947 Oscar-winning film starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple, “The Bachelor” tells the story of artist-playboy Dickie Nugent (Jack McAuliff), who faces beautiful judge Margaret Turner (Trisha Curtin) on a charge of fighting at a nightclub. After Dickie charms the judge into dismissing the charge, he happens to deliver lecture at a high school attended by Margaret's 17-year-old sister, Susan (Sarah Schwable). First, things ...
Marcellus High School team competes today on 'Double Down' Marcellus High School team competes today on 'Double Down': Marcellus High School's "Double Down" team members (from left): Trisha Curtin, Justin Costa and Olivia Bird.  Oct. 30, 2017 -- A team of Marcellus High School seniors will compete today in “Double Down,” WCNY’s award-winning high school academic quiz show in which host Noah Eagle poses challenging questions in science, math, literature, current events and other topics. Follow this link to learn more about the show. The school’s team is made up of National Honor Society seniors Justin Costa, Trisha Curtin and Olivia Bird. English teacher Virginia Pskowski serves as their faculty adviser. The team first competed Oct. 21 in the qualifying round – along with 24 teams from across the region. Now the 16 teams that ...
High school math teacher Richelle Schettine named NYS ‘master teacher’ High school math teacher Richelle Schettine named NYS ‘master teacher’: Oct. 27, 2017 -- Marcellus High School math teacher Richelle Schettine was among the 214 educators across the state recently named “master teachers” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The incoming group of master teachers – which includes 26 teachers with certification in two STEM content disciplines and 14 teachers certified in technology education offering various courses in computer science and technology – brings the total number in New York state to 908. “I'm truly honored to be selected to join such a talented group of teachers,” Ms. Schettine said. “I look forward to collaborating with these individuals in order to grow, learn and become more innovative as an educator.” These newest master teachers are dedicated professionals ...
Colin Arnett featured as TV's 'Extraordinary Talent of the Week' Colin Arnett featured as TV's 'Extraordinary Talent of the Week': Oct. 25, 2017 -- Did you see? In case you missed it, Marcellus High School sophomore Colin Arnett was recently featured as NewsChannel 9's "Extraordinary Talent of the Week" and interviewed by reporter and news anchor Carrie Lazarus. Way to go, Colin! Follow this link to watch the video on the NewsChannel 9 website.
School Board Recognition Week is Oct. 23-27 School Board Recognition Week is Oct. 23-27: The 2017-18 Marcellus Board of Education (clockwise from left: David Locastro, Janine Lundrigan, Michael McAuliff, Patty Sager, Margie Vensel and Thomas West. Oct. 23, 2017 -- This week, please join the administration, faculty and staff of Marcellus Central School District in recognizing the six members of this community who have taken on an awesome responsibility: overseeing the education of our children as members of the Board of Education. Oct. 23-27 is School Board Recognition Week in New York state. Did you know school board members are unpaid volunteers who: complete mandatory training in fiscal oversight and governance skills; take time away from their families to attend early morning and evening meetings that can go into the night; set the direction ...
District seeks to hire substitute nurses, teacher assistants and teacher aides District seeks to hire substitute nurses, teacher assistants and teacher aides: Oct. 16, 2017 -- Attention, registered nurses or those who know them: Marcellus Central School District has immediate openings for substitute school nurses. To qualify, applicants must have the proper New York State (NYS) registered nurse certification and fingerprint clearance from the New York State Education Department. Those interested are asked to complete an application available online and send it to the Director of Special Education Kara Lux, 1 Mustang Hill, Marcellus, NY 13108. The district also is seeking substitute teacher aides and substitute teacher assistants. Teacher aides assist with non-teaching duties such as managing records, materials and equipment; attending to the physical needs of children; and supervising students. Possible work environments ...
DMS and SHS students collaborate on motion sensor activity DMS and SHS students collaborate on motion sensor activity: Oct. 5, 2017 -- Marcellus students in grades six, 11 and 12 collaborated this week on an activity that uses motion detectors to plot position graphs. Check it out!
Superintendent provides latest capital project news Superintendent provides latest capital project news: Oct. 5, 2017 -- In her latest update on the capital improvement project, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner describes the removal and replacement of a concrete slab beneath some classrooms, progress on the new choral room addition and a look ahead to another relocation of some students and staff early next year.
DMS Principal Janet O'Mara provides reminders in video DMS Principal Janet O'Mara provides reminders in video: Oct. 4, 2017 -- In a new video, Driver Middle School Principal Janet O'Mara reminds parents about the end of the first mid-marking period (Oct. 6) and upcoming parent-teacher conferences, and Assistant Principal Jean Sharlow explains a new schoolwide initiative called the Positivity Project. Check it out!



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