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Budget 2017-18: How enrollment, graduation requirements affect 7-12 staffing: Jan. 13, 2017 -- In the second in a series of videos about developing the 2017-18 school district budget, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains how enrollment figures, graduation requirements and state regulations affect staffing decisions for grades 7-12. more >>
Marcellus schools practice lockdown procedures Jan. 10: Jan. 10, 2017 -- If you happen to notice emergency vehicles on or near the Marcellus Central School District campus today, don’t be alarmed. We are conducting surprise lockdown drills at each of the three schools. The district periodically holds safety drills that give students and staff the opportunity to review and practice procedures and protocols. These drills are an important part of our school safety plans and are designed to make sure everyone knows how to act in an emergency situation. Thank you for your cooperation and support.   more >>
After-school activities canceled Tuesday, Jan. 10: Jan. 10, 2017 -- Due to inclement weather, Marcellus Central Schools has canceled all after-school activities (including Ski Club) scheduled for today, Tuesday, Jan. 10. Ski Club has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12. Stay safe! more >>
Budget 2017-18: Superintendent discusses enrollment, staffing: Jan. 6, 2017 -- As part of the 2017-18 budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner plans to release a series of videos explaining the various factors that contribute to building the school district budget. In this first video, she discusses the district's K-6 staffing and enrollment. more >>
Marcellus High School and OCC announce partnership: Jan. 4, 2017 -- Marcellus Senior High School is forging a partnership with Onondaga Community College to offer an early college experience. This new program allows students to partner with OCC and spend the majority of their day on the OCC campus, taking classes that will garner high school and college credit concurrently while paying a greatly reduced rate for tuition.     Students will end their day at Marcellus Senior High School to study participation in government, economics and physical education and participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.   “We are very excited to offer this unique opportunity,” Principal John Durkee said.   To learn more, current juniors are invited to join Mr. Durkee and OCC staff members in the high ... more >>
VIDEO: Capital project status update: Dec. 23, 2016 -- In the video below, Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner provides a progress report on the Marcellus capital improvement project.  more >>
KCH students participate in worldwide “Hour of Code”: Dec. 24, 2016 -- During the week of Dec. 5, K.C. Heffernan Elementary School students participated in computer coding activities in computer lab and the library as part of the international "Hour of Code" movement .      Brendan LaDue from Mrs. Healy's class works on a coding puzzle in the library. Silvia Roane and Kylie Donnelly engage with robotics in the library. Colie Kent from Mrs. DeCook's class accomplishes a coding achievement on  in the computer lab. more >>
Group of KCH teachers selected for project with Smithsonian Education Center: Dec. 23, 2016 -- Four K.C. Heffernan Elementary School teachers have been selected for participation in a Smithsonian Education Center (SEC) project that focuses on supporting K-2 teachers in their early elementary instruction that incorporates engineering practices.   Jill Zoccolillo (kindergarten), Dean Kloss (first grade), Jen Sega (second grade), and Mary Jo Hoeft (K-6 science lab) have volunteered to participate in this project, which is offered through a partnership with SEC and OCM BOCES. The project includes a two-year commitment from these teachers, who will be provided with 3 ½ days of professional development with the goal of teaching them strategies for enhancing science and engineering instruction in K-2 classrooms.   Congratulations, teachers!   ... more >>
Marcellus teachers present at state math conference: Dec. 22, 2016 -- Marcellus High School math teachers Richelle Schettine and Craig Chamberlin delivered a presentation to colleagues from around the state last month, during the annual conference for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State in Rye, New York. In their presentation, “Conway’s Game of Life: Exploring Patterns Through Cellular Automata,” the pair took the participants through the process of creating cellular automata patterns in one dimension (see photo at right), allowing them to understand the rules and be able to link the patterns to those found in nature and in Sierpinski's triangle . They then coached the teachers through “Conway’s Game of Life,” a cellular automata game in two dimensions that creates ... more >>
It's the most *colorful* time of the year: Dec. 20, 2016 -- Third-grade leaders Catherine Benedetto, Trevor Rankin, Brian Masters, Sylvia Roane, Tyler Mattison and Emma Aydelott are organizing a coloring and drawing contest for KCH students. Look for materials in Friday folders on Dec. 23. Contest submissions will be due on Jan. 11, 2017! Winners will have their artwork displayed in the main hallway at KCH. Happy coloring!  more >>
Marcellus faculty and staff learn more about mental health issues: Dec. 20, 2016 -- Marcellus teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators and a teacher assistant were among those who attended a Mental Health Summit organized by the New York State Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (NYSASCD) on Nov. 30 at Union College. Eric Duncan from the U.S. Department of Education led the training on the Teach to Lead Logic Model. Approximately 15 teams of educators from all across New York state attended the one-day event, which included a root cause analysis approach to mental health challenges and a visit by New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, who emphasized the importance of mental health and the need to serve "the whole child."    more >>
Take the Winter Break Math Challenge!: Dec. 20, 2016 -- Attention, all parents and caregivers of students in grades K-3: Please be on the lookout for a blue Greg Tang's New Year's Math Challenge packet coming home by Dec. 23!  This is an optional activity for your child/children to complete over the winter break for fun and exciting math practice! It consists of 8-10 games or activities, most of which will be completed online at Greg Tang's Math website  Greg Tang Math . All students who return their completed and signed packet by Wednesday, Jan. 4, will receive a certificate, be acknowledged at our next all-school meeting and have their name entered to win a free Greg Tang picture book.   Again, this is an optional challenge that will mostly be completed online. Please ... more >>
Marcellus Central Schools to dismiss early Thursday, Dec. 15: Dec. 15, 2016 -- Marcellus Central School District will dismiss students early today due to continuing inclement weather. Students in grades 7 through 12 will be dismissed at 1 p.m., and students in grades K through 6 will be dismissed at 2 p.m. In addition, all after-school activities are canceled. "After checking with forecasters, we learned a heavy band of snow will move through our area between 3 and 4 p.m.," Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner said. "We want to make sure our buses are off the road by then."   more >>
Schools are on a two-hour delay Monday, Dec. 12: Due to inclement weather, Marcellus Central Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today, Monday, Dec. 12. Stay safe! more >>
Congratulations, Marcellus athletes, on a great fall season: Dec. 9, 2016 -- Here’s a wrap-up of Marcellus Central School District’s Fall 2016 athletic season, courtesy of Health & Athletics Director Michael Free.   Girls tennis: The team qualified for sectionals but lost a close match in the first round. In individual playoffs, Maddie Conklin, Abby Vetsch, Hannah Tarolli, Micah Mixon, Grace Vensel and Anna Canny qualified for and competed in the Section 3 tournament.   Football: The football team qualified for sectionals this fall. They lost to Mexico in the first round of playoffs.   Boys soccer: The boys team qualified for sectional playoffs and progressed to the sectional quarterfinal game at Westhill. The boys played well and lost the game 1-0. Congratulations on a great season.   Girls ... more >>
KCH Safety Patrol walks the beat, keeps students safe: Dec. 7, 2016 -- What’s up with all those elementary students dressed in bright green safety vests?   About 70 third-graders at K.C. Heffernan Elementary have been tapped to staff the school’s Safety Patrol this year. Every three months, a group of 20-plus patrol members rotates into service, to help their peers and younger students enter and exit the school safely. Safety Patrol members are stationed around the school by the front entrance, on the sidewalk leading up to the school and other key places.   All third-grade students are eligible to be in the program. Here’s how it works: At the beginning of the year, the principal and school resource officer visit each third-grade classroom and explain the program. Interested students can then ... more >>
Teachers demonstrate lesson study model at regional conference: Dec. 6, 2016 -- Collaboration is the name of the game this year at Marcellus, where teachers and students have been involved in something called “lesson study.” According to Katherine Cook, K-12 director of science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) for Marcellus, a lesson study is a professional development model in which teachers collaborate, study and design a lesson around a particular topic. A lesson study cycle includes a research component in which teachers consult experts and conduct research on the topic they are studying based on learning standards. Collaboratively, teachers design a lesson addressing that standard.  While one teacher implements the lesson, the other teachers observe the lesson and take notes on their observations. Afterward, ... more >>
DMS students gearing up to receive Chromebooks: Dec. 2, 2016 -- Over the last seven to eight months, Marcellus Central School District has worked on an initiative for every student to have a Chromebook as a tool for his or her learning and to promote a Blended Learning model for instruction with increased technology integration.  Blended learning, with its mix of technology and traditional face-to-face instruction, is a great approach. It combines classroom learning with online learning, in which students have some control over the time, pace and place of their learning. Teachers and students are using technology on a regular basis to enhance their learning, expand their resources, collaborate with each other and demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of technology formats, including Chromebooks, Google Apps and Google ... more >>
Kindergartners stretch their skills with robots: Dec. 1, 2016 -- Kindergartners in teachers Jill Zoccolillo and Jodi Wiley's classes at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School gathered around iPads, flashing spheres, snaking plastic caterpillars and more on Nov. 18, as they delved into a robotics lesson. The students rotated through four different stations, Ms. Zoccolillo explains, using problem solving and critical thinking  to accomplish different tasks with robotic devices such as Sphero, OSMO Coding, Code-A-Pillar, Code And Go Robot Mouse and the Bee-Bot App. "As the kids tried each activity they had to reflect on their success and revise their plans to try to accomplish the goal," she said.   more >>
DMS, Camillus students learn about 500-year-old Incan mummy: Nov. 30, 2016 -- Earlier this month, sixth-graders from Driver Middle School and Camillus Middle School enjoyed a joint presentation by John Ferguson, an engineer from Carrier Corp., about the company’s role in preserving a 500-year-old Incan mummy. A rockslide triggered by ash from a nearby volcano uncovered the mummy’s frozen burial site in 1995 on Mount Ampato in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The National Geographic Society asked the U.S. air-conditioner manufacturer to build and donate a refrigerated case that would allow the ice maiden, dubbed “Juanita,” to be displayed in a museum while preserving the delicate temperature and humidity balance she required.   Mr. Ferguson was one of the engineers on the Carrier team that built the cases. He recounted ... more >>

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