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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, ...
Robo Sapiens sweep first competition, advance to regionals Robo Sapiens sweep first competition, advance to regionals: Nov. 26, 2019 -- Congratulations to the Robo Sapiens, a brand-new First LEGO League team formed this year and led by DMS teacher Audrey Misiano. They won not only the Core Values Award at their first competition in Auburn on Nov. 16, but also first-place overall! Next, they advance to the regional competition in Rochester on Dec. 8. The Robo Sapiens are: Tabor Clark, grade 4; Ben Cook and Geo Misiano, grade 5; Mia Caryl and Soleil Misiano, grade 7; and Jackson Clark, grade 8. Way! To! Go! 
Spotlight on Alumni: Unearthing a career and a calling Spotlight on Alumni: Unearthing a career and a calling: Nov. 27, 2019 -- While still a student at Marcellus High School, Jordi Naczi wasn’t particularly interested in going to college. But her mother, Driver Middle School science teacher Hannah Naczi, had other ideas. “My mom forced me to,” Jordi said. “How about ‘encouraged’?” Mrs. Naczi said with a chuckle. Regardless of the verb, the result was the same. The 2013 alumna found not only a lifelong passion at SUNY Cortland, but also the key to unlocking a puzzle. While Jordi major-hopped her way through the sciences at Cortland – sociology, biology, anthropology – one of her professors noticed a discrepancy between her understanding of the topic and her test grades. In her sophomore year, they were able ...
Ninth-graders take part in Teen Institute in Adirondacks Ninth-graders take part in Teen Institute in Adirondacks: Nov. 26, 2019 -- Earlier this month, Marcellus High School math teacher Jeni Curtin accompanied a group of ninth-grade students to the Teen Institute Fall Conference held at Camp-of-the-Woods in the Adirondacks.    Teen Institute is a program that promotes leadership and youths making positive changes. As you can see in the photos below, Marcellus students took part in team-building activities and action planning for campaigns to undertake back at school.            
Luke Ingianni signs letter of intent with Mercyhurst Luke Ingianni signs letter of intent with Mercyhurst: Nov, 25, 2019 -- Congratulations to senior Luke Ingianni, who has signed a national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Mercyhurst University next year.   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. Back row, from left: Luke's sister, Kayla Ingianni, and Head Varsity Coach Collin Donahue. Front row, from left: mother Kathy Ingianni, Luke Ingianni and father Mark Ingianni.  
DMS picture re-takes scheduled for Dec. 3 DMS picture re-takes scheduled for Dec. 3: Nov. 25, 2019 -- Final picture re-takes for students in grades 4-8, as well as grades 4-6 class pictures, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Driver Middle School.
Board of Education approves 2020-21 budget development calendar Board of Education approves 2020-21 budget development calendar: Nov. 22, 2019 -- Last month, the Marcellus Board of Education approved the calendar for the development of the 2020-21 budget . The calendar lays out the various stages of the budget-building process that will occur between now and April 2020, when the BOE will adopt a proposed budget. District residents then will vote on the budget proposal May 19, 2020.  
KCH introduces the school district's first therapy dog KCH introduces the school district's first therapy dog: Lolo Nov. 19, 2019 -- Those who attended the annual Halloween costume parade at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School last month might have caught a glimpse of the school’s newest addition. Leading the four-member Paw Patrol pack, she was the only one on a leash. Meet Lolo, a 6-month-old black goldendoodle and the school’s first therapy dog, who’s been walking the beat since July. The idea started years ago with Bethany Woods, the school’s social worker.  “I just knew for myself in my own personal experience how my own pets have helped me and how, with a high-stress job and stressful things in life, how that human-animal connection serves us well,” Ms. Woods said. “So I started reading about it and learning about service ...
High school to host Dec. 2 forum on dangers of vaping High school to host Dec. 2 forum on dangers of vaping: Nov. 18, 2019 -- Marcellus High School invites students, parents and community members to an important forum on the dangers of vaping at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, in Groeling Auditorium. 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; and  representatives from  Prevention Network   and community law enforcement and emergency services. 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 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). School ...
District FIRST LEGO League team advances to regional competition District FIRST LEGO League team advances to regional competition: Nov. 15, 2019 -- Congratulations to one of Marcellus Central School District’s two FIRST LEGO League teams for winning the Core Values Award last week at their qualifier at Penfield High School. The team will next move on to the regional competition at the University of Rochester on Dec. 8. The team, The Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies, is composed of seventh-graders Griffin Palen, Anna Smorol and Cameron Stojkovski and fifth-graders Connor Coombs, Jamison Palen, Michael Shooshan, Chris Smorol, Tyler Stojkovski and Zane Zabel. “They represented our district well and made us very proud!” parent and team coach Emily Smorol said.
Second fall show bows this weekend Second fall show bows this weekend: Nov. 7, 2019 -- The Marcellus Senior High School Fall Show presents its second play of the season, Agatha Christie's murder mystery “ And Then There Was None.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.     According to faculty adviser Ryann Riefler, the production is "amped" by student-driven fan fiction that explores what happens in Purgatory as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Owen are "picked off" one by one. The show includes some strong language and, of course, murder!   “Kurstina VanHeldingen has done it again with her incredible set design,” Ms. Riefler said. “Mary Seymour and Elena Couse are leading the creative team, and Delaney Glass has stepped up as assistant director.”   ...
Reminder about snow day and delay announcements Reminder about snow day and delay announcements: Nov. 7, 2019 -- With snow in the forecast , the time seems right for a reminder about how Marcellus Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays. When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations. Some broadcast stations, including NewsChannel 9 and CNY Central (Channels 3 and 5), offer free mobile apps that will send text and email alerts about school closings to smart devices. In addition, recorded voice notifications will be sent to each household via telephone using SchoolMessenger. The primary contact phone number listed first in SchoolTool will be the one used for this contact.   Schools closings, delayed openings and early dismissals ...
Students design and build Green Gateway sign Students design and build Green Gateway sign: Nov. 7, 2019 -- Marcellus High School students have been hard at work this year on the Green Gateway project, including clearing trails to create spaces for outdoor learning and experimentation. Here’s a video, produced and edited by student Dan Fox, of students designing, building, painting and installing a sign at the park.  
2003-04 girls soccer teams inducted into Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame 2003-04 girls soccer teams inducted into Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame: Bottom from left: Jenna Farneti (Fabian), Candy Hofmann, Katie Young, Jocie Jankowski (Sommers), Meghan Mannion; second row: Catherine Scott (Petrocci), Ashley Martin (McIntosh); third row: Katie Walter, Stephanie Gosson (Ellis), Jessie Reynolds (Owen), Katie Zimmerman (Brown), Alyse O'Brien (Bradley); fourth row: Emily Zimmerman, Amanda Stessen (Blevins), Mrs. MacLachlan (assistant coach), Alyssa MacLachlan;  (Foehrenbach), Katie O'Laughlin (Joyce); back row: Mr. Vincent  (assistant coach) and Mrs. Updike (head coach). Oct. 30, 2019 -- The legendary Marcellus girls soccer teams of 2003 and 2004 – who were the first in Section 3 history to win back-to-back New York state championships – were inducted Monday evening into the ...
KCH Halloween Parade starts at 9:25 a.m. Thursday KCH Halloween Parade starts at 9:25 a.m. Thursday: Oct. 29, 2019 -- This year's KCH Halloween Parade begins at 9:25 a.m. Thursday. (The printed district calendar lists a different time.)
Two DMS students achieve top proficiency in English Two DMS students achieve top proficiency in English: Oct. 28, 2019 -- Driver Middle School last week celebrated two English Language Learners (ELLs) who scored at the top “Commanding/Proficient” level on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (or NYSESLAT) last spring. Congratulations to seventh-grader Sofia Moroz and third-grader Maxim Kozak! When they first enrolled at Marcellus, both students spoke only Ukrainian. The NYSESLAT assesses a student's English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. All children identified as ELLs take the test until they score Commanding. It can take several years for a child to rise through the ranks -- Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding – to finally achieve the Commanding proficiency level. Marcellus ENL teacher ...
Time change for grades 7-8 Halloween Dance Party Time change for grades 7-8 Halloween Dance Party: Oct. 23, 2019 -- The time for the grades 7-8 Halloween Dance Party on Friday has been changed to avoid a conflict with the football game. The dance will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the DMS cafeteria. Tickets are $2 and available for purchase during grades 7-8 lunches.
DMS picture re-takes CANCELED for Oct. 23 DMS picture re-takes CANCELED for Oct. 23: Oct. 22, 2019 -- School picture re-takes @ DMS are canceled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. They will be rescheduled at a later date. 
Brief telephone outage planned for Election Day Brief telephone outage planned for Election Day: Oct. 22, 2019 -- Phone service will be unavailable at Marcellus Central School District during the morning of Nov. 5, while technology department personnel upgrade the district’s phone system. Because Nov. 5 is Election Day and no students will be on campus, we expect the service interruption to cause minimal inconvenience. District administrative offices will remain open and email will be available during this time.  
Girls volleyball team wins OHSL tournament Girls volleyball team wins OHSL tournament: Oct. 21, 2019 -- Congratulations to the Marcellus girls volleyball team, who snagged the championship in the OHSL tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19. Way to go, Mustangs!



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