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Three seniors earn firefighter certifications Three seniors earn firefighter certifications: Feb. 19, 2020 -- Three Marcellus HS seniors -- Emily Card, Megan Faulkner and Zach Sperling -- recently earned their New York state firefighter certification. In a new video, they talk about what drew them to the fire service, the arduous training and their plans for the future.
Kyle Brown signs letter of intent to play football at Dartmouth Kyle Brown signs letter of intent to play football at Dartmouth: Seated, from left: Kyle Brown's mother, Christina; Kyle; and father Lee. Standing, from left: brothers Tyler and Kevin. Feb. 18, 2020 -- Marcellus High School senior Kyle Brown has signed a commitment letter to play football next year at Dartmouth College.  A letter of intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student athlete and a National Letter of Intent member institution. By signing the letters, prospective student athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one year. Congratulations to Kyle on such an outstanding accomplishment!  
Marcellus wrestler is Section 3 champion Marcellus wrestler is Section 3 champion: Feb. 18, 2020 -- Congratulations to Carl Santariello, the Section 3, Division II, 106-pound wrestling champion. He wrestled his way through the brackets on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, beating the No. 8 seed from Adirondack in the finals. Carl's next competition will be at the NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships on Feb. 28 in Albany.
VIDEO: Superintendent provides the latest news on 2020 project VIDEO: Superintendent provides the latest news on 2020 project: Feb. 13, 2020 -- Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner brings community members up to speed on the latest progress on the 2020 capital project, and thanks them for their patience and cooperation with the stepped-up parking enforcement on campus.
Mustang selected for the Scholar-Athlete All-State football team Mustang selected for the Scholar-Athlete All-State football team: Feb. 13, 2020 -- The New York State High School Football Coaches Association has chosen Marcellus High School senior Kyle Brown for the 2019 Scholar-Athlete All-State Football Team! This recognition is only given out to 40 high school football players. Congratulations, Kyle!   Kyle Brown  
Governor proposes 3% increase in NYS school funding Governor proposes 3% increase in NYS school funding: Jan. 29, 2020 -- On Tuesday, Jan. 21, New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his executive budget proposal that calls for a 3% increase in overall education funding for the 2020-21 school year. The increase directs more funding to high-need districts, consolidates and/or slows the growth of certain reimbursements to schools and continues to invest in prekindergarten and afterschool programs. The release of the executive budget represents the beginning of the state budget negotiations between the governor and the legislature. There is an April 1 deadline for the state budget, which provides school districts with critical information about state aid as they plan their own budgets for the coming year. The governor’s education funding proposal is less than half of ...
Mark your calendar with these kindergarten registration dates Mark your calendar with these kindergarten registration dates: Jan. 28, 2020 -- Parents, do you have a little one entering kindergarten next fall? Here are some dates to keep in mind. K.C. Heffernan (KCH) Elementary School will mail incoming kindergarten packets in early March. To ensure your child receives a packet, please pre-register online and follow the prompts on the screen.   Your child’s registration paperwork must be brought to the KCH Main Office before April 3, 2020. Paperwork will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please bring with you: completed student registration packet; proof of your child’s age (birth certificate, passport, health records); record of your child’s immunizations; and if you do not already have children enrolled ...
Grace Femano signs letter of intent to swim for Wingate University Grace Femano signs letter of intent to swim for Wingate University: Jan. 27, 2020 -- Congratulations to Grace Femano, who signed a National Letter of Intent to swim with the women's team next year at Wingate University.   A letter of intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student athlete and a National Letter of Intent member institution. By signing the letters, prospective student athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one year.   From left: Mother (and Marcellus art teacher) Shannon Femano, Grace Femano and father Paul Femano.
Football players chosen for All-State teams Football players chosen for All-State teams: Jan. 24, 2020 -- Congratulations to the following Marcellus High School football players who were selected as All-State players: Kyle Brown, selected to the First Team All-State offense as an offensive lineman.  Michael Kaczor, selected to the Fourth Team All-State offense as an offensive lineman. Nick Kermes, selected to the Fifth Team All-State offense as a running back.  
Is your child ready for school? Is your child ready for school?: Jan. 23, 2020 -- As we flip the calendar to a new year, thoughts invariably turn to all sorts of new beginnings. Fresh starts, clean slates, resolutions for better living. Parents of preschool children, meanwhile, might start to ask if their youngsters are ready for the classroom. With 2020-21 kindergarten registration on the horizon in May, now's a great time to contemplate the question. Whatever age your child is when they start school, you can help them begin their formal education with confidence by being your child’s first and most important teacher. To help parents assess if their child has met—or is on their way to meeting—the developmental milestones that will help ease the transition from home to school, we've assembled a list of skills ...
Student-artists receive 39 CNY Scholastic Art Awards Student-artists receive 39 CNY Scholastic Art Awards: Jan. 17, 2020 -- Marcellus student-artists has won a total of 39 awards in the 2020 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including 8 prestigious Silver Keys and 17 Gold Keys, the latter of which will be presented during an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College (OCC).     A total of 4,650 individual works of art and 128 portfolios from schools all over Central New York were judged. Individual pieces and portfolios were awarded Gold Key (highest honor), Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Gold Key award winners will next 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, ...
District to mark no-parking zones with cones District to mark no-parking zones with cones: Jan. 16, 2020 -- In recent months, district leaders have come to realize there are times when parking issues arise on campus. With very active and involved students, Marcellus tends to have many evening and weekend visitors and as a result, parked cars often line campus roadways, restricting traffic flow. This makes it difficult when emergency vehicles, such as ambulances responding to an injury during gameplay, need to pass through. Also, if a fire alarm is triggered, the district must evacuate a building and have it cleared for re-entry by the fire department. This process is hampered when our roadways are congested, and it also makes it challenging to exit events and the campus safely.   Although the campus has always had designated fire lanes painted ...
Laura Canny signs letter of intent to play at Jefferson University Laura Canny signs letter of intent to play at Jefferson University: From left: Father Patrick Canny, Laura Canny, mother Nancy Canny, sister Anna Canny and (standing) Coach Zachary Iannicello. Jan. 15, 2020 -- Congratulations to Laura Canny, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play women's lacrosse next year at Jefferson University. A letter of intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student athlete and a National Letter of Intent member institution. By signing the letters, prospective student athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one year.  
Ryan Riefler appointed new director of facilities Ryan Riefler appointed new director of facilities: Ryan Riefler Jan. 15, 2020 -- The Marcellus Board of Education voted Jan. 6 to appoint Ryan Riefler as the district’s new director of facilities. Mr. Riefler has worked in the maintenance department since 2017 and served as BOE president from 2013 through 2017. A resident of Marietta, Mr. Riefler previously worked as the wastewater treatment plant operator for the village of Marcellus from 2006 through 2017. He and his wife, Driver Middle School teacher Ryann Riefler, have two children who attend Marcellus schools. Mr. Riefler replaces Geoffrey Brown, who left in October to accept a position at Cazenovia Central School District. Because the vacancy was considered a “competitive class” position governed by the Onondaga County Civil Service Office, ...
DMS students earn Positivity Project badges DMS students earn Positivity Project badges: Jan. 15, 2020 -- In its third year embracing the Positivity Project, Driver Middle School introduces "badges" as a way to increase student engagement. Watch the video to learn all about it.  
Community forum on vaping rescheduled for Jan. 13 Community forum on vaping rescheduled for Jan. 13: Jan. 7, 2020 -- A community forum on the dangers of vaping has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the large group instruction (LGI) room at Marcellus High School. The forum originally was set for Dec. 2, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather. The event will feature presentations from the following guest speakers: Dr. Jana Shaw of SUNY Upstate Medical University; Lee Livermore of SUNY Upstate Poison Center; Dr, Michael Fallon, DDS; and  Jessica Mozo from the  Prevention Network . Did you know? By 2017, more than 2 million teenagers were using e-cigarettes, and e-cigarettes surpassed combustible cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students, according ...
School leaders discuss importance of making connections School leaders discuss importance of making connections: Jan. 6, 2020 -- Last year, a task force of parents, teachers and administrators set out to update the school district’s 25-year-old mission statement. Their efforts resulted in an unexpected end product; instead of a series of sentences or paragraphs, the team unveiled a graphic design. A logo emblazoned with just three words that embody the goals of a Marcellus education: Connect, empower and ignite.   In the video below, school leaders describe what the first word – connect – means to them and how they’ve been challenging teachers and students to make connections every day since the 2019-20 school year began.    
VIDEO: Mustangs count down to the holiday break VIDEO: Mustangs count down to the holiday break: Dec. 21, 2019 -- Mustangs feel the merriment in the countdown to the holiday break.
Three players recognized on First Offense All-CNY Football Three players recognized on First Offense All-CNY Football: Dec. 10, 2019 -- Congratulations to Kyle Brown, Michael Kaczor and Nick Kermes for being recognized on First Offense All-CNY Football. Kyle and Michael on the offensive line and Nick Kermes at running back.
Career & Volunteer Fair sets high bar for future events Career & Volunteer Fair sets high bar for future events: Nov. 27, 2019 -- Marcellus High School’s first-ever Career & Volunteer Fair on Nov. 15 was deemed an unqualified success by students, teachers and the businesses and agencies that participated. And plans for improving it next year are already being discussed. “I think the word’s going to spread. I think the word’s already spread,” Eric Hubbard, the district’s STEAM and innovation coordinator, said. “I thought it was awesome how excited the adults were to be there,” Marcellus High School Principal John Durkee said. Eighty local businesses, representing a wide variety of careers in the fields of public safety, health sciences, STEM, agriculture, architecture and construction, marketing, information systems, the military and more, ...



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