Marcellus hosts Skaneateles A Capella Choir Festival on May 25:
May 25, 2018 -- Marcellus High School tonight hosts the eighth annual Skaneateles A Cappella Choir Festival at 7 p.m. in Groeling Auditorium. Admission is $2 per person, and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The concert will feature performances by Skaneateles Middle School’s Middle C’s, the Skaneateles Middle School Select Choir, the Skaneateles Women’s Chamber Choir, the Skaneateles High School Madrigal Choir, The Guerrillas from SUNY Fredonia (directed by Marcellus alumnus Aaron Fern), Skaneateles Voice Box, Marcellus High School TrueSisters, Skaneateles Brotones, Marcellus High School Select Choir (TrueSound), Skaneateles NoteWorthy and combined ensembles directed by Jeff Welchner, directory of the Syracuse University Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Seniors earn the district’s first-ever Seals of Biliteracy:
Language teacher Shelly Marsh (far left) and Marcellus Director of
Staff Development and Training Deb Glisson (far right) pose
with New York State Seal of Biliteracy recipients Olivia Bird, Lauren
Lundrigan, Madeline Mahoney, John O’Hara, Patrick O’Hara, Rachel
Randall, Julia Stowell and Paige Tomeny.
May 24, 2018 -- Eight members of the Marcellus High School Class of 2018 will graduate next month with a New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) emblazoned on their diplomas.
Congratulations to Olivia Bird, Lauren Lundrigan, Madeline Mahoney, John O’Hara, Patrick O’Hara, Rachel Randall, Julia Stowell and Paige Tomeny.
Or… ¡Felicitaciones! Toutes nos felicitations!
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes ...
Voters approve $35.5 million budget; elect board members:
On May 15, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $35.5 million 2018-19 budget proposal and elected three Board of Education members.
Approved a $35,503,851 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 3.2 percent ($1,111,351), and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase ($385,511): 537 yes, 193 no.
Approved the purchase of four school buses at a cost no greater than $435,984: 553 yes, 176 no.
Re-elected two Board of Education members and voted in a newcomer: Patricia Sager (589 votes), Michael McAuliff (623 votes) and Kelly Rossiter (615 votes). Because they received the most votes, McAuliff and Rossiter will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. Sager will serve ...
District drafting new mission, vision and value statements:
May 15, 2018 -- Believe it or not, the school district's mission statement is 25 years old. That's why a steering committee of staff and community members has been meeting to take stock of where we are and plot the best path forward for our students. The fruits of the process, which began this spring and will continue into the fall, will be new mission, vision and values statements for Marcellus. Check out the video below to learn more.
Voters will elect three Board of Education members May 15:
May 10, 2018 -- Marcellus residents on May 15 will elect three members of the Board of Education. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. The candidate with the third-highest number of votes will serve out the one year remaining on former Board President Ryan Riefler’s unexpired term.
Kelly Rossiter, of Marcellus, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 28 years, she works with grades K-8 as a speech pathologist at a charter school in Syracuse.
A 1982 graduate of Marcellus High School, Ms. Rossiter holds a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Plattsburgh, a master’s degree in communication science from Syracuse ...
Save the date: Special Education Info Night to be held May 29:
May 9, 2018 -- The Marcellus Special Education department will host a parent information night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 29 in the Driver Middle School auditorium.
Attendees will be able to learn about:
Special Education programs
Navigating critical school transitions
Connecting more effectively with teachers
More topics of interest
New grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings begin July 1:
Image courtesy of Vecteezy.com
May 7, 2018 -- Families will soon need to comply with new grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings. Beginning July 1, all new students enrolling in the district for the first time – along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall – will be required to have a health exam.
These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam. The form can be downloaded below or accessed on the NYSED website .
Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, ...
Softball program dedicates season to Justin MacLachlan:
May 7, 2018 -- The Marcellus CSD softball program is dedicating its seasons to Justin MacLachlan -- "the toughest kid we know," who is also brother to JV player Katie MacLachlan, cousin to varsity player Emma MacLachlan and nephew to coach and KCH teacher Lisa MacLachlan.
Click here to read a story about the dedication on Syracuse.com.
Justin, who just completed chemo treatments in his battle against cancer, threw out the first pitch at Sunday's home opener against Cazenovia, which the Mustangs won 8-2.
Student artwork on display at Baltimore Woods:
May 7, 2018 -- Artwork created by 14 Marcellus students in grades 1-12 will be on display at Baltimore Woods Nature Center through May 25 as part of the park's Student Art Exhibit.
The show, which is free and open to the public, features work from students in grades K-12 from Auburn, Marcellus, Onondaga, Skaneateles and West Genesee school districts.
The following Marcellus artists have work on display:
Allison Gribnau, first grade
Luke Walters, fourth grade
Sara Welsh, four grade
Kyle Darminio, seventh grade
Lindsey Kent, seventh grade
Jack Brumfield, seventh grade
Emma Burnett, 10th grade
Sam DiMarco, 12th grade
Travis Kent, 10th grade
Tori Sayre, ninth grade
Shannon Stanek, 10th grade
Angelina VanCamp, 11th grade ...
Marcellus students participate in art show at Syracuse Gallery:
May 4, 2018 -- Four senior art students (Mackenna Caryl, Abigail Delaney, Kayla Fogg and Rachel Randall) participated in the 2018 Annual High School Senior Show and Competition at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse, where their work has been on display since April 20. During an awards reception held May 2, Kayla won the Outstanding 3-D Award and Abby won the Watercolor Award. Congratulations to all!
The show was open to high schools within a 30-mile radius of Syracuse. Each district was able to submit up to three pieces of two-dimensional work and one three-dimensional work.
Artist: Kayla Fogg
Artist: Rachel Randall
Artist: Mackenna Caryl
Artist: Abby Delaney
Rho Kappa Honor Society rededicated to honor retiring teacher:
May 4, 2018 -- During its annual induction ceremony on April 16, 2018, Marcellus Senior High School's Nine Mile Country Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society was rededicated to honor retiring social studies teacher Katherine DeForge (much to her surprise).
Congratulations and best wishes, Mrs. DeForge!
Latest capital project video posted:
May 3, 2018 -- Check out the latest video update about the ongoing capital improvement project with Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ nominated for three SHSTA awards:
May 3, 2018 -- Congratulations to student Jack McAuliff, teachers Michael Cirmo and Brian Ackles and the entire cast and crew of the Marcellus High School production of “Beauty and the Beast,” which received a total of three nominations in the Syracuse High School Theatre Awards.
Click here to read the full story on Syracuse.com.
Mr. McAuliff was nominated in the “rising male star” category for his portrayal of Lumiere. Mr. Cirmo, the school’s instrumental music teacher, and Mr. Ackles, the vocal music teacher, were nominated together for the show’s musical direction; and the student orchestra also received a nomination.
The Tony Awards-style ceremony will take place 6 p.m. June 3 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.
Board of Education adopts proposed 2018-19 budget:
April 19, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education on April 16 adopted the proposed 2018-19 school budget that district residents will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, May 15.
As proposed, the $35,503,851 spending plan calls for a 3.2 percent increase in spending over 2017-18 and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase, which is the maximum increase allowed for the budget to pass with a simple majority.
The fiscal plan includes no program reductions; adds one part-time school psychologist; eliminates two elementary teacher positions and converts one into a K-12 technology integration and innovation specialist to help coordinate instructional technology and provide classroom support; eliminates one full-time administrator position; and restructures the maintenance ...
Senior’s silent film wins contest, to be screened with live performance by Symphoria:
April 19, 2018 -- Marcellus High School senior Violet Moncavage has been announced the winner of the Symphoria Film Contest. Her silent film, "Make Your Change," was chosen from over 250 entries from 30 countries around the world and will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse , with Symphoria providing live musical accompaniment.
The contest focused on themes of freedom, liberty and, in particular, women as change makers. Violet’s film will be shown with live soundtrack, consisting of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon's “Sky Rising,” from her Sky Quartet, performed by the Symphoria String Quartet.
Click on this link to learn more about the contest ...
Despite connectivity issues, Marcellus students were able to take ELA tests:
April 11, 2018 -- A message from Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner about technical difficulties on the first day of Grade 3-8 state testing:
Today marked the beginning of this year's English language arts (ELA) and math testing in grades 3-8. Because the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has encouraged school districts to try computer-based testing, a record number of students across the state logged on simultaneously to complete tests. Unfortunately, the high traffic put some strain on a connectivity hub outside of our region that affected Marcellus students, as well.
Despite some delays, Marcellus was able to administer the tests today as planned.
Please know how proud we all are of our students in grades 3-8 and their resilience ...
Board of Education to consider proposed budget April 16:
April 11, 2018 -- In a new video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner and Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio offer an overview of the proposed budget the Board of Education will consider adopting at its meeting on Monday, April 16.
If board members approve the proposal, district residents will vote on it May 15 during the annual budget vote.
Bricks 4 Kidz® program combines science and Legos at KCH:
April 6, 2018 -- Students at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School this week embarked on an “in-school field trip” with Bricks 4 Kidz® that included hands-on lessons with Lego bricks that correlated to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives. In the photos below, third-grader participate in a building exercise that integrated force and motion concepts, which are part of the third-grade science standards.
The Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory and fun, creating a dynamic learning experience for students, according to the program’s website . Bricks 4 Kidz models are the centerpiece of the lesson, which includes an educator-scripted discussion designed to engage students in a discovery process.
Students in grades 2 and 4 also ...
Boomerang Bags project featured on News Channel 9's Cool Schools:
April 6, 2018 -- Did you see? The Marcellus Boomerang Bags project was featured on News Channel 9's "Cool Schools" segment this morning. Check it out!
In case you missed it the first time around, here's the district video about the Boomerang Bags project. Interested in donating items or helping to create more bags? Contact Marcellus High School teacher Ellen Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org .