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.
Mustangs wrestler places third at state championships:
Feb. 27, 2018 -- Congratulations to Cahal Donovan, who placed third in the NYSPHSAA Wrestling State Championships in Albany this past weekend. Cahal placed third in Division II (132 pound) weight class. Congratulations on an outstanding season!
How to talk to children about scary events:
Feb. 16, 2018 -- We were deeply saddened to learn of Wednesday’s tragedy at a Florida high school and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families impacted by this incident. As educators and as parents, we sometimes struggle to talk about these events and find the words to help children feel safe.
School support and administrative staff are ready to respond to children's concerns and needs as necessary and appropriate in the wake of Wednesday’s news. We are sharing a link to an excellent article from Parent Today, “When the news gets scary,” as well as tips from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to children about violent events (attached).
Please join us in keeping the families of Parkland, Florida, ...
‘Beauty and the Beast’ tickets on sale online now:
Feb. 13, 2018 -- Tickets to this year’s All School Show production of “Beauty and the Beast” are now on sale online at marcellusmusical.weebly.com and will be available for purchase until the night of each performance.
For those who prefer to pay by cash or check, tickets also will be available for purchase at the door of Groeling Auditorium at Marcellus High School before each performance.
Curtain rises 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1; 7 p.m. Friday, March 2; 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
Tickets cost $10 each.
Parenting Tips No. 3: Understanding children's developmental stages:
Feb. 13, 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:
Did you know it’s normal for your teenager to push you away one minute and want you nearby the next? You are not going crazy and you are not alone!
Children travel through different stages of development as they grow. Here are the stages children go through and some behaviors that go along with them:
Toddlers/Preschoolers (2 – 5 years)
Time for active exploration of their environment.
Language development takes a major leap, and the ability to say “NO!” is strengthened.
A major challenge is developing what psychologists call emotional regulation. “Meltdowns” ...
Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole return to Marcellus:
Feb. 13, 2018 -- The Marcellus Central School District is pleased to be welcoming back the Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) and Heart and Sole (Grades 6-8) programs to 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 Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for 10 weeks, beginning on March 12 and ending May 30. The culminating event is completing Paige's Butterfly Run in Syracuse on June 2.
Registration will be open until spots are filled. Flyers for Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole will be sent home with students today. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly ...
Math Night for grades 3 & 4 is Feb. 15:
Feb. 12, 2018 -- Parents, are you interested in finding out more about what your third- and fourth-grade students are learning in math? K.C. Heffernan Elementary School is hosting a math night this Thursday (Feb. 15) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include a presentation about some of the strategies being used in math, a chance to ask questions, math game stations and handouts for take-home play.
Interested? Please print and fill out the form below and return it to your child’s classroom teacher. Although reservations are not required to attend, they will help organizers get an idea of what headcount to expect.
Fourth-graders profile KCH in video series:
Feb. 8, 2018 -- Fourth-graders in Katrina Ercole’s class spent eight weeks this school year planning, writing, shooting and editing videos with one goal in mind: to offer Marcellians a behind-the-scenes peek at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School.
The student-led project was done during “What I Need” – or WIN time. The goal was to communicate to the Marcellus community about what is happening at KCH.
The students not only honed their interviewing skills, by sitting down with teachers and other studnets on camera, they also taught themselves the basics (and then some!) of video creation.
Check out their final videos below:
SNOW DAY: Schools are closed Wednesday, Feb. 7:
Feb. 7, 2018 -- Due to the snowstorm, Marcellus Central School District is CLOSED today, Wednesday, Feb.
Festival of the Bands, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.
Stay safe and warm and enjoy the day!
Parenting Tips: No. 2:
Jan. 29, 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:
“What’s for dinner?” you are asked on a daily basis. But,did you know gathering around the table is just as important as what is served?
According to the American College of Pediatricians (May, 2014), “When families share meals together everyone benefits--the children, parents, and even the community.”
Eating meals together as a family has many benefits including
Academic: Teens who have dinner with their families are likelier to get better grades in school.
Language Development is enhanced: children are hearing longer discussions and expand their vocabulary as they hear new words ...
Superintendent continues budget discussion with new video:
Jan. 26, 2018 -- In her latest video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner reviews the district's debt service projections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget proposal, the property tax levy limit and the initial 18-19 budget outlook for Marcellus.