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Evening activities postponed due to forecast Evening activities postponed due to forecast: Jan. 18, 2020 --- Due to inclement weather in tonight‘s forecast,? the charity volleyball tournament and indoor track meet scheduled for this evening have been postponed. In addition, the pops concert has been rescheduled to Feb. 7. Stay warm!
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, ...
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.



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