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Marcellus High School art show is Friday, June 2: by Thomas Fiacchi May 30, 2017 -- A reminder that the Marcellus High School Art Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, June 2 . As in the past, the show will feature portfolio work from senior art students, wheel-throwing demonstrations and docent-led tours of the show for the K.C. Heffernan Elementary School students.   “We hope you can join us in celebrating the artistic endeavors of our students!” high school art teacher Tara Charles said.   Students win awards at Edgewood Gallery art show   Speaking of art, four senior art students from Marcellus participated recently in the 2017 Annual High School Senior Show and Competition at the Edgewood Gallery in ... more >>
KCH students celebrate Military Appreciation Month: May 26, 2017 -- May is Military Appreciation Month, and students in Suzanne Alexander’s kindergarten class and Brenda Bresadola’s first-grade class celebrated the nation’s armed forces by watching a presentation about life in the Army; participating in a combat training obstacle course; and sampling some meals ready to eat (MREs) like the ones eaten by soldiers in combat. Mrs. Alexander’s daughter, Army Spc. Roxana “Rox” Alexander, who plays in the 42 nd Infantry Division Army Band and is stationed at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor, served as the children’s tour guide to military life. “Rox puts her heart and soul into this,” Mrs. Alexander said.   more >>
KCH has a brand new blog: May 25, 2017 -- Acting Principal Katherine Cook recently launched a new blog devoted to news about K.C. Heffernan Elementary School. So far, Ms. Cook has posted entries about KCH students welcoming their Special Olympian classmates back from a local competition; the annual KCH art show; and visits from storytellers and goats. (Yes, goats!)   You can find a link to “KCH News & Notes” on the KCH page on the district website or by following this direct link . However you get there, be sure to bookmark it and visit often!     more >>
Marcellus HS students place second in national financial challenge: May 23, 2017 -- Students in Cathy Arvantides’ career and financial management class at Marcellus High School participated in a national online financial skills simulation during the spring semester – and came in second out of 2,418 teams competing nationally.   Through exposure to real-life personal finance situations, the H&R Block Budget Challenge equips teens with the skills, habits and confidence to manage their money wisely.   Throughout the 10 weeks of the challenge, the online simulation tool replicates real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making. By simulating an adult’s financial life – paying bills, investing in retirement, managing loans and more – students take a personal finance “road test.” ... more >>
DMS students and staff cheer on Special Olympics athletes: May 18, 2017 -- In a moving demonstration of school spirit, hundreds of students poured out of Driver Middle School shortly after 9 a.m. today, armed with hand-drawn signs and posters. They formed into two long lines that snaked all the way from DMS to K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, creating a special lane for the eight schoolmates (plus seven KCH students) who were heading out to compete in the Special Olympics. As the athletes made their way toward two waiting school buses, their cheering section gave them high-fives and waved signs scribbled with “You rock!” and “Let’s Go” and “Have fun.” They were off to Cicero-North Syracuse High School to compete with athletes from 11 other local school districts and OCM BOCES in track and ... more >>
Voters approve 2017-18 budget, propositions: On May 16, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $34.4 million 2017-18 budget proposal and elected two Board of Education members. Voters: Approved a $34,392,500 budget for the 2017-18 school year that increases spending 2.97 percent ($999,227), and carries a 1.98 percent tax levy increase: 527 yes, 213 no. Approved the purchase of four school buses and one passenger van at a cost no greater than $262,074: 545 yes, 195 no. Re-elected one Board of Education and voted in one newcomer: Dr. David Locastro (504 votes) and Margaret Vensel (612 votes). They will serve three-year terms starting July 1. Approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund to which the district may add surplus funds, up to $5 million, over a 10-year ... more >>
Two candidates seek seats on Marcellus Board of Education: May 9, 2017 -- Marcellus residents on May 16 will elect two members of the Board of Education to each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2020. Two candidates filed nominating petitions for the available seats. Their names will appear on the ballot in the following, randomly selected order: Dr. David Locastro , of Marcellus, is seeking a third term on the Board of Education. Dr. Locastro and wife Amy have four children: Maddy, 18, a 2016 graduate of Marcellus High School currently volunteering in South America; Katherine, 17, a junior at the high school; Lilly, 14, a sophomore; and Ben, 9, a third-grader at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School. Dr. Locastro has lived in the district for 20 years and works as a self-employed physician. ... more >>
"13 Reasons Why" – what parents should know: May 9, 2017 -- Marcellus Central School District administrators, teachers and counselors want parents to be aware of the popular Netflix original series, “13 Reasons Why,” which explores the subject of teen suicide. We urge parents to educate themselves about the series and talk to their children about it. Please read the letter below from the Superintendent of Schools that will be mailed shortly to the homes of students in grades 6-12, and also review the important talking points about the series: Letter from Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner Thank you.   more >>
Reminder: Friday, May 12, is half-day of school for students: May 3, 2017 -- REMINDER: The Board of Education voted Dec. 19 to make next Friday, May 12, a half-day of school for students to create additional staff development time for faculty and staff. Students in grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 10:20 a.m., and students in grades K-6 will be dismissed at 11:20 a.m.   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 >>
VIDEO: Understanding the role of state aid in 2017-18 proposed budget: May 2, 2017 -- In her latest video about the 2017-18 school budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains the different categories of education aid the district receives from New York state. Stay tuned for an additional video about the specific propositions that will appear on the ballot May 16. 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 >>
Marcellus students sample culture, cuisine and natural beauty of Costa Rica: April 27, 2017 -- Marcellus High School students of Spanish traveled to Costa Rica over the spring recess with three staff chaperones: teachers Shelly Marsh and Terry Hoey, and Director of Staff Development and Training Deborah Glisson. After landing in San José, the students visited a coffee plantation and tasted the local flavors. The group then traveled to La Fortuna where they learned to make their own cheese empanadas.  Students hiked the Arenal volcano, went kayaking in Lake Arenal and relaxed at the La Fortuna waterfall and a hot springs resort. While in Monteverde, the group went horseback-riding through the hills, zip-lined over the canopy of the cloud forest and did a night walk where they spotted sloths, snakes and various insects. Their next stop was ... 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 >>
VIDEO: Superintendent explains the 17-18 proposed budget: April 21, 2017 -- In her latest video about the 2017-18 school budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains what's included in the proposed spending plan adopted by the Board of Education on April 10. Stay tuned for additional videos about state aid and the specific propositions that will appear on the ballot May 16. more >>
Marcellus High School seeks shadowing opportunities for students: April 11, 2017 -- Marcellus High School is creating a database of community members who are willing and able to have high school students shadow them at their places of employment. If you are interested in having students shadow you, and your company will allow a student to spend some time with you, please let us know by completing this online form . Thank you for your time and dedication to our students. more >>
Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget proposal: April 11, 2017 -- On Monday, April 10, the Marcellus Board of Education adopted a $34,392,500 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 2.9 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.98 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law. District residents will vote on the proposal between  noon and 9 p.m. May 16 . The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for  7 p.m., Monday, May 8 , in the Marcellus High School auditorium. The fiscal plan includes no program reductions, adds some staffing, creates a more efficient, centralized copying center and includes a $100,000 capital outlay to replace the high school bleachers. On May 16, residents also will elect two ... 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 >>
Calendar change: National Junior Honor Society Induction will be May 4: April 10, 2017 -- Mark your calendars: The induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society that was originally scheduled for April 26 has been re-scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 4.  more >>
Board approves calendar change to add half-day April 14: April 4, 2017 -- During its regular meeting on April 3, the Marcellus Board of Education voted to adjust the 2016-17 school district calendar to add a half-day of school on Friday, April 14. Di smissal on April 14 will be at 11:20 a.m. that day for students in grades K-6 and 10:20 a.m. for students in grades 7-12.  Because it's a holiday for OCM BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Marcellus students who attend morning BOCES are not affected by this calendar change. The calendar change was needed after the Marcellus Central School District exceeded its annual allotment of five snow days for the year by closing six times for inclement weather this winter. The district is required by law to have a minimum of 180 school days each academic year. Superintendent of Schools ... more >>



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