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VIDEO: Watch the superintendent's latest project update: July 12, 2017 -- Within minutes of students and teachers starting their summer break in late June, movers and contractors descended on campus to begin the initial stages of the capital project and the related relocation of staff, offices, classrooms and lots and lots of boxes. In her latest video, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner offers the latest update on the work already underway and a peek at what's to come.   more >>
Marcellus is No. 3 in SAT test scores: July 11, 2017 -- Marcellus students earned the third-highest SAT scores among all 43 school districts in the Central New York region in 2016, and 12th in the entire state, according to data published online. A searchable database of statewide college aptitude test scores published on Syracuse.com shows the 80 Marcellus students who took the exam last year earned an average combined score of 1120 on the SAT – 567 in reading and 553 in math. That’s also the third best of all 17 districts in Onondaga County.   more >>
Board of Education President Ryan Riefler steps down: Ryan Riefler July 7, 2017 -- Ryan Riefler, who was re-elected to his second term on the Marcellus Board of Education last year, has resigned. In a June 27 letter to district Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio, Mr. Riefler said he was stepping down in an effort to rebalance his life and make his family a priority. Mr. Riefler and his wife, Ryann, a teacher at Driver Middle School, have two young children who attend K.C. Heffernan Elementary School. First elected to the Board in 2012, he has served as the body’s president since 2013. The Board is scheduled to officially accept his resignation at its July 10 meeting, when incumbent Dr. David Locastro and newcomer Mrs. Margaret Vensel will also be sworn in and new officers elected. “Through the ... more >>
Summer locations chart now posted: Printer-friendly chart June 29, 2017 -- Although students and teachers won't be relocating for the capital project until they return in September, many employees who work yearround on campus have already been shifting to new locations. As Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner promised in her most recent video , here is a chart indicating where those folks are now situated. Middle school office (Grades 5-6): Secretary Christine Kawryga before: DMS main office NOW : DMS counseling office suite/673-6200 Middle school office (Grades 7-8): Secretary Joyce Quance before: DMS main office NOW: SHS main office 673-6200 DMS Principal Janet O’Mara/Assisant Principal Jean Sharlow (they will rotate between 2 ... more >>
Search for new elementary principal nears end: June 1, 2017 -- The search for a new, permanent principal at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School has entered its final stages. Marcellus received a total of 42 applications for the position to lead the 430-student, K-3 building. The pool was culled to 15 candidates. After a series of screening interviews, the list was further narrowed to three finalists, who were being interviewed today by parent, staff and administrative committees. Next, feedback from the committees will help the district winnow the applicant pool to one or two finalists to deliver presentations at a June 6 faculty meeting. Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner hopes to deliver a final appointment recommendation to the Board of Education at its June 19 meeting. “I’m very pleased ... more >>
Senior Kyle Myers wins top prize in statewide welding competition: Kyle Myers May 3, 2017 -- Marcellus High School senior Kyle Myers won first place in a statewide welding sculpture competition during the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships held April 27-29 at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse. He will now advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in June. According to his SkillsUSA adviser at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Myers had to create a sculpture using various welding techniques and develop a portfolio outlining each step of the process. He competed against 10 other students in his category. “I can’t think of a more deserving student to have won,” OCM BOCES adviser Danielle Curtis said. Marcellus Board of Education members and administrators paused to recognize Myers’ ... more >>
Residents to vote on proposed 2017-18 budget on May 16: April 27, 2017 -- On Tuesday, May 16, Marcellus Central School District residents will vote on the district’s proposed $34,392,500 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 2.97 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.98 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the spending plan to pass with a simple majority. The fiscal plan includes no program reductions, adds some staffing, creates a more efficient, centralized copying center and includes a $200,000 capital outlay for sidewalk repairs, replacement of concrete stairs leading from DMS to the upper field and replacement of the high school bleachers. Capital outlay projects receive approximately 81 percent state reimbursement. Polls are open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, ... more >>
Students "growing" kindness at KCH: From left: First-graders Sage Lunderman, Sophia Smachylo, Vivian Pilon, Charlotte Stasik, Fionnuala Hoey and Lucas Green. April 25, 2017 -- Did you know that April is Kindness Month at KCH?   Students have been celebrating the theme all month by growing a garden of kindness flowers. What's a kindness flower? Glad you asked. They're paper blooms on which students have written their acts of kindness. Flowers can be turned in until Friday, April 28th.  Let's keep the acts of kindness going!    more >>
Student-designed, engraved water bottles for sale: April 10, 2017 -- For the past couple of months, students from Cathy Arvantides’ computer apps classes, Andrea Sterling’s business math classes and Steve Walker’s foundations of technology classes have been hard at work to bring personalized, aluminum water bottles to the Marcellus High School community. And now, just in time for spring sports and concerts, they’re available to buy. Each satin red aluminum bottle comes standard with the student’s last name, graduation year and the classic Marcellus M logo. BUT --  students also have the option (at a small additional cost) to personalize their bottles even more, with one of several different activity/extra-curricular designs. Interested?  Orders may be placed during lunch periods at the ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Spanish students create movie posters: Feb. 17, 2017 -- A recent unit on television and movies in Sarah Cartmill’s Spanish III classes at Marcellus High School culminated with the 10th and 11th grade students creating their own movie posters and advertisements in Spanish. Below, behold the fruits – frutas? – of their labor!   Created by Rob LoBello and Michael Jarvi (grade 11)      Created by Katy Wangsness and Emma Hutchings (grade 10)   Created by Emma Holynski and Kenai Cameron (grade 10)   Created by Sydney French, Kendall Koloski and Anna Vetsch (grade 10)    more >>
Schools closed on Monday, Feb. 13: Feb. 13, 2017 -- Due to the winter storm and slick roadways, Marcellus Central School District will be CLOSED today, Monday, Feb. 13. Stay warm! more >>
When School Messenger leaves a message, please listen: Jan. 27, 2017 -- As a reminder about today’s early dismissal in grades K-8, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner sent out a recorded School Messenger message to the phone numbers the district keeps on file for all families. It seems some of the call recipients opted to use caller ID to return the call, rather than answer or listen to the new message that was left in their voicemail. When they did so, they were directed to an unused extension with an outdated message.   The outdated message has now been deleted. But in the future, administrators urge parents and guardians to listen to School Messenger voicemails. If, after listening to the message, families have additional questions, they are encouraged to call the main office of their child’s school. Thank you! ... more >>
Schools are on a two-hour delay Monday, Dec. 12: Due to inclement weather, Marcellus Central Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today, Monday, Dec. 12. Stay safe! more >>
Rookie DMS team wins First Lego League award: Nov. 29, 2016 -- Congratulations to the six students in grades 4 and 5 at Driver Middel School who participated in a First Lego League competition earlier this month and, despite their team's rookie status, WON the champions award for their qualifying tournament -- and now move on to the regional tournament on Dec. 11 at the University of Rochester! The six members of The Emojibots team are fourth-graders Allie Coombs, Cameron Stojkovski, Griffin Palen, Hailey Zabel and Xian Angotti and fifth-grader Lauren Zabel. Way to go! more >>
Superintendent describes work planned for instructional spaces: Oct. 27, 2016 -- With all the changes in recent months, have you lost track of the scope of work included in the district capital project? Superintendent Michelle Brantner breaks it down in a two-part video series. Here's the first video, which covers work planned for instructional areas. Stay tuned for Part Two in coming days. The community vote is Nov. 15.   more >>
Superintendent answers questions about Nov. 15 referendum: Oct. 26, 2016 -- About 20 residents attended a community meeting last night to listen to Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner describe and answer questions about the Nov. 15 referendum, in which voters will consider authorizing the district to spend an additional $2,689,404 on improvements planned for Marcellus High School. The additional expenditure will have zero additional impact on the local tax levy, Ms. Brantner explained, because state building aid will cover 82.3 percent ot the cost and the district has the remaining 17.7 percent (approximately $520,000) available in reserve funds. During the meeting, Ms. Brantner walked through the four-year history of the project, which so far has included: a voter referendum in 2014, in which residents rejected a proposed $18 ... more >>
Student finalists in photography contest: Three Marcellus students were finalists in the annual  Bousquet  and Holstein Law Firm Photography Contest. This year's theme was  Street Photography.  The contest, open to Syracuse area schools, was inspired by the Helen Levitt Photography exhibition at the Everson Museum. Students were challenged to capture the humanity in the people around them. Students and their families are invited to attend a reception at the Everson Museum on  Tuesday, October 25th , where their images will be on display. Winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will also be announced at that time. FINALISTS:   ... more >>



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