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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 >>
Marcellus HS students compete at regional Science Olympiad: Feb. 22, 2017 -- Congratulations to the 12 members of the Marcellus High School Science Olympiad team who came in 22nd place (out of 36) at the Mid-State Regional Competition of the New York State Science Olympiad, held Jan. 28 at Le Moyne College. In individual achievement, Nick Roseboom and Jeff Shi earned third place in chemistry; Maggie Brennan won sixth place in ecology; and Anna Perry came in seventh place in astronomy. Way to go!  more >>
March Madness at KCH: one for the books: Feb. 22, 2017 -- K.C. Heffernan Elementary School plans a weeklong celebration of reading that will include March Madness-themed activities, as well as the annual book fair.    Students and their families will have the opportunity to attend an evening Family Reading Event on Monday, March 6. The event will include story time in the KCH library (6-7 p.m.), and the book fair will be available for shoppers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students will also have an opportunity to shop at school Tuesday through Thursday of that week.     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 >>
Marcellus Schools are closed - Feb. 10: Feb. 10, 2017 -- Due to poor road conditions, Marcellus Schools are closed today. more >>
Capital project relocation planning underway: Feb. 7, 2017 -- With the approval of the capital project and work starting in late spring, plans are underway to determine where students will need to be re-located for the start of school in September 2017. After issues were discovered with initial plans made last year, Superintendent Michelle Brantner and members of the district administrative team brought forth a second relocation option. Currently, a steering committee is assisting Superintendent Brantner and the administrators in examining both options, generating problems and working together on possible solutions. After a recent meeting of the sub-committee, student representative Maddie Mahoney suggested she assist in getting information out to students after hearing several rumors circulating about the plans so far. As a ... more >>
Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole programs coming to Marcellus CSD: Feb. 9, 2017 - The Marcellus Central School District will be welcoming the Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) and Heart and Sole (Grades 6-8) programs to our campus this year. 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 on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00for 10-weeks beginning on March 20th and ending May 31st. The culminating event is completing Paige's Butterfly Run in Syracuse on June 3rd.   As there is a cost to the program, we are currently doing an online fundraiser to help families defray some or all of the expense.  Your generosity will help Marcellus ... more >>
VIDEO: Superintendent talks about debt service: Feb. 6, 2017 -- In the third in a series of videos about developing the 2017-18 school district budget, Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains how management of the district's debt service influences budget development and future capital project planning. She also addresses the governor's proposed budget, which was unveiled last month. more >>
Marcellus students win 54 CNY Scholastic Art Awards: Feb. 2, 2017 -- Marcellus student-artists won a total of 54 awards in the 2017 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including 20 prestigious Gold Key and 22 Silver Key awards, during an awards ceremony Jan. 12 at Onondaga Community College.     More than 5,400 pieces were judged in 14 categories for entry in national competition, as well as for local awards, cash prizes, and special recognition. Individual pieces and eight-piece portfolios were awarded Gold Key (highest honor), Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Gold Key award winners will be considered for national-level recognition. The competition is open to all students in grades seventh through 12 in the Central New York region. Students may submit individual pieces of art, which are judged in separate categories ... 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 >>
VIDEO: Superintendent reviews capital project relocation options: Jan. 26, 2017 -- During the Board of Education's regular meeting on Jan. 23, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner reviewed the two options the district is now considering for the temporary relocation of students and staff during the capital project renovations at the high school in 2017-18 and 2018-19. She also presented a proposed timeline for discussing and deciding on a plan (see at bottom of page). In the video below, Mrs. Brantner recaps the BOE presentation.   more >>
Marcellus schools, community to take part in Rachel’s Challenge: Jan. 24, 2017 -- Marcellus students in grades seven through 12 will attend a Rachel’s Challenge all-school assembly on Feb. 9 that is designed to motivate academic achievement and social-emotional learning by focusing on the connection between students, faculty and staff.   Using the remarkable story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, Rachel’s Challenge awakens individual hope, desire and purpose. That, in turn, promotes safer, more connected school communities.     High school student leaders also will receive training from a facilitator from Rachel’s Challenge, as part of an effort to equip all students with the ability to fulfill the purpose of Rachel’s Challenge.   The school district also invites ... more >>



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