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Superintendent talks about technology initiatives underway: Sept. 12, 2017 -- In a new video, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner talks about the district's plan to have a portable computer (iPad or Chromebook) for every K-12 student by the end of 2017. more >>
DMS principal gives first week an A-plus: Sept. 11, 2017 -- DMS Principal Janet O'Mara gives students high marks for their handling of the first week of school -- and reminders for the days ahead, including this week's curriculum nights for grades 5-6 and 7-8.   more >>
Marcellus welcomes students to 2017-18 school year: Sept. 5, 2017 -- Marcellus Central School District welcomed most * of its 1,589 or so students back to campus Tuesday for the first day of the 2017-18 school year. Here's a slide show of photos from Day 1. Just 181 more to go! * The district's incoming kindergartners will have their first day on Wednesday. Sept. 6. more >>
So about that capital project...: Aug. 21, 2017 -- In a new video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner reports on all the progress that's been made with the district's capital improvement project over the summer months.   more >>
Marcellus students participate in Rotary Youth Leadership experience: From left: Natalie Caldwell, Lauren Lundrigan, Dan Posecznick, 2017 graduate Quimonei Bell-Hunter, Dan Wrona and Jane Stewart. July 19, 2017 -- Earlier this month, five Marcellus students and one graduate participated in the Central New York Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) experience: Natalie Caldwell, Lauren Lundrigan, Dan Wrona, Jane Stewart, Dan Posecznick and 2017 graduate Quimonei Bell-Hunter (who served as a volunteer junior staff member during the event). The students spent three days at Cazenovia College, where they engaged in team-building activities; attended interactive sessions with top inspirational leaders from the six counties around Syracuse; designed possible future service projects; shared their own unique talents; networked with peers; and supported ... more >>
Parent Today: Help your child avoid the dreaded summer slide: July 19, 2017 -- While the summer is meant to be a time for school-aged children to recharge their batteries before the start of a new school year, learning loss, sometimes referred to as “the summer slide,” can affect students when they’re not engaging in educational activities over the summer. Follow this link to read the full story about how to help kids skip the slide.   more >>
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 >>
K-4 parents: Transportation forms must be completed and returned by Aug. 1: June 29, 2017 -- The Marcellus Central School District Transportation Department is asking the parent of every student in grades K-4 to fill out a Student Transportation Information form and return it by Aug. 1. The form enables the district to have something on file for each child at K.C. Heffernan Elementary that indicates parents’ expectations of how their children will travel to school and, most importantly, back home at day’s end. All other students may use this form, as well, to let the district know their transportation needs.    Transportation will be planned to and from school unless this form is filled out and returned. So it’s important that parents complete and return the form in a timely fashion, so bus routes can be planned ... 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 >>
Marcellus bids farewell to Class of 2017: June 25, 2017 -- Marcellus Central School District graduated its 147-member Class of 2017 in a June 25 ceremony that looked back on the graduates' 13-year journey and celebrated the days still to come. The 124th Commencement drew a standing-room-only crowd to Marcellus High School’s Groeling Auditorium and included speeches from Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner, Senior Class President Andrew Marsh, Honors Graduate Sean Raymond and retiring teacher Joe Goss. A photo slideshow (produced by graduates Ryann Olp, Alyssa Faciszewski, Tristan Wiley and Michaela Tangredi), turned back the clock as baby pictures transitioned into snapshots of confident young men and women. Check out some Commencement Day snapshots in the slideshow below. more >>
District to livestream graduation ceremony Sunday on YouTube: June 22, 2017 -- Can’t make it to Commencement on Sunday? Marcellus has you covered!   The technology department will be livestreaming the ceremony on YouTube. Just grab your popcorn and tune in to this link at 2 p.m. Sunday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V6ywLyi_FA   A couple of items to note: Wait for it… If you tune in ahead of time, you’ll just see a picture of the high school. Be patient. The live video will begin when the ceremony does. Do not adjust your volume: Because some portions of the ceremony might include copyrighted material, the district’s tech gurus will mute music played during the processional, recessional and slide shows, just to avoid the risk of YouTube interrupting the stream. They’ll ... more >>
Marcellus Girls on the Run team participates in Paige's Butterfly Run: June 22, 2017 -- After 10 weeks of training, the  2017 Marcellus Girls on the Run team participated in Paige's Butterfly Run in Syracuse on June 3. The team consists of 32 girls in grades 2-6 and 13 coaches -- nine teachers and four Marcellus parents. According to Kelly O'Connor, a K.C. Elementary School teacher and team captain, the girls wanted to run in Paige’s Butterfly Run for a variety of reasons, including "a love of running, being able to run (and raise money) for children who have cancer and because they are healthy enough to be able to run." Paige's Butterfly Run is an annual event in downtown Syracuse that raises money for research on pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Way to go, runners!   more >>
Junior accepted into prestigious National Grid internship program: Madeline Mahoney (right) appears with Superintendent Michelle Brantner in a February 2017 district video about capital project relocation. June 21, 2017 -- The saying “Mom always knows best,” certainly rings true with Marcellus high school junior Madeline Mahoney. When Christine Mahoney learned about an internship being offered at her place of employment, National Grid, she knew it would be a great fit for her daughter. Already quite the Renaissance woman, Madeline touts a lengthy list of passions and accomplishments – including the successful completion of a tractor maintenance and operation course, building an amazing tack box for her horses and studying and teaching dance, all while maintaining excellent grades and serving as the student representative ... more >>
KCH students take Channel 9 meteorologist by storm: June 20, 2017 -- After recently visiting third-graders at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, Channel 9 meteorologist John DiPasquale told teacher Maria Healy in an email how impressed he was with the “attentive, sweet and great group.” “I had a blast with your third-grade class,” Mr. DiPasquale wrote. “They had really good questions, and I felt their passion for the weather, which indicates what a great job you and the other teachers have done teaching them about weather!” Nice job! more >>
Two dozen inducted into French, Spanish honor societies: June 19, 2017 -- Congratulations to the 24 students from Marcellus High School who were inducted into the National French and Spanish Honor Societies this spring. The French students included: Noel Burkett, Hanna Dellostritto, Lauren Lundrigan and Kailey Young. The Spanish students included: Emily Alexander, Olivia Bird, Mary Colella, Alyssa Cook, Trisha Curtin, Mikayla Cusick, Samantha DiMarco, Lily Henson, Quinn Kinsella, Katherine Locastro, Rebecca Nutting, John O’Hara, Patrick O’Hara, Rachel Randall, Madison Riccardi, Julia Stowell, Paige Tomeny, Briyana Vanhelsdingen, Daniel Wrona and Lauren Young. In order to be eligible for induction, students must earn a 90 or above average for each year of language study. Furthermore, they must continue their language coursework ... more >>
BOE to vote on new KCH principal appointment June 19: Robert "Bob" Montgomery June 15, 2017 -- After an extensive search, the school district has selected the next K.C. Heffernan Elementary School principal, whose appointment will be considered by the Board of Education at its June 19 meeting. Robert “Bob” Montgomery, current principal of William H. Seward Elementary School in the Auburn Enlarged City School District and a Marcellus resident, emerged as the top contender in a pool of 42 applications that eventually was narrowed to three finalists. The final three were interviewed last week by parent, staff and administrative committees. “Throughout the process, Bob’s passion for children and desire to become part of our school community made him stand out among our applicants,” Superintendent ... more >>
Michaela Tangredi receives CNY STEM Scholarship: Michaela Tangredi June 9, 2017 -- Marcellus High School senior Michaela Tangredi was one of several Central New York students named CNY STEM Scholars at a ceremony June 7 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. The CNY STEM Scholars program is a partnership between SRC, King + King, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, C&S Companies, Carrier Corporation, the CNY STEM Hub and Partners for Education and Business. The scholarships are designed to support the best and brightest students in the Central New York region in their quest to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in college. Michaela plans to study mechanical engineering at Clarkson University beginning in the fall. As a little girl, Michaela enjoyed watching her grandfather create ... more >>
First stages of capital project underway: June 8, 2017 -- In the video below, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner describes the work already underway for the district's capital improvement project, which kicks into high gear this summer. more >>

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