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Tips for parenting tweens and teens: Graphics Provided by vecteezy.com Jan. 19, 2018 -- In addition to her full-time duties as a math teacher for grades 4-6 at Driver Middle School, Judith Walsh is also serving an internship with counselor Cheri Panek this year as she pursues a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University.   She’s been working with students in grades K-12, alongside the district’s counselors and social workers, and plans to provide weekly tip sheets to parents on the district website.   “It helps a parent to deal with his/her child when they know this is part of normal development for where their child is at,” Mrs. Walsh said. “I am hoping to help them understand that this is normal and they aren't the only ones dealing with it. ... more >>
Governor proposes 3 percent increase in state education funding: Jan. 18, 2018 -- On Tuesday, Jan. 16, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an executive state budget proposal that includes a $769 million increase in overall funding for school operations in the 2018-19 school year. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid for 2018-19 would be $26.4 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3 percent. The bulk of the funding increase would go toward three areas: $338 million in additional Foundation Aid, which is the primary source of funding for everyday school operations; $317 million to reimburse districts for designated expenses such as transportation, construction and BOCES services; and a $64 million Fiscal Stabilization Fund. The proposal also targets additional funding for community schools, pre-kindergarten ... more >>
Superintendent talks relocation, capital project progress: Jan. 11, 2018 -- In her newest video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner introduces a photo slideshow of the latest progress in Phase One of the capital improvement project, and provides an update on the next project in the pipeline. more >>
Grades 7 & 8 getting ready for the February move: Jan. 11, 2018 -- In her latest video update, Driver Middle School Principal Janet O'Mara discusses the upcoming relocation of offices and classrooms (for seventh and eighth grades) in the high school building, to accommodate Phase Two of the capital improvement project. more >>
How a wind chill watch/warning affects Marcellus CSD (UPDATED): Jan. 3, 2018 -- The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a regional wind chill watch for Thursday evening through Saturday morning, warning of dangerously low wind chills, very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. ( UPDATE: The alert was upgraded to a wind chill warning Thursday. ) The Marcellus Central School District will consider delaying or closing school when wind chills reach a level that could pose a health risk (i.e., approaching or exceeding 20 degrees below zero). The NWS watch indicates temperatures in Central New York could be as low as 15 to 25 below zero overnight Thursday into Friday morning. In the event it becomes necessary to close or delay school, the district will issue a School Messenger auto call to all households, as well as ... more >>
Grades K-4 enjoy annual KCH Holiday Sing-Along: Dec. 23, 2017 -- There's no escaping the holiday spirit when students in grades K-4 don their Santa hats and reindeer antlers and join in mirthful song, while accompanied by faculty and staff!   more >>
Check out latest capital project progress photos: Dec. 20, 2017 -- Check out a slideshow highlighting the latest progress on the capital project at Marcellus High School.  more >>
KCH Kind Kids Club spreads holiday cheer: Dec. 19, 2017 -- The KCH Kind Kids Club, made up of students in Suzanne Alexander's kindergarten class and Brenda Bresadola's first-grade class, recently delivered food donations they collected to the Marcellus Food Pantry. On the walk back to school, they decorated vehicle windshields with homemade holiday greetings. Check out a photo slideshow below of their random outing of kindness!   more >>
DMS Principal Janet O'Mara provides December update: Dec. 12, 2017 -- Driver Middle School Principal Janet O'Mara provides parents and students with an update on some school news before the holiday break. more >>
Superintendent provides video tour of high school construction zone: Dec. 6, 2017 -- In the video below, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner shares some behind-the-scenes footage of the work that's underway in the construction zone at Marcellus High School.   more >>
Exploratory language students compete in dance contest: Dec. 4, 2017 -- Students in Audrey Misiano’s seventh-grade exploratory language classes at Driver Middle School recently participated in the program's fourth-annual dance contest. Twenty-three students competed, while more than 100 others sang along with them off-camera.   “In all, over 120 students made this dance contest possible, from the singing support, to the encouraging and voting,” Ms. Misiano said. Congratulations to the winners and all the students!   Best dancers: Ava Aupperle & Kara Wangsness   Student favorite and best humor: Eli Hart, Eliot Austin, & Joey Frost   Most spunky: Lila Kelly, Kieran Capozzi, & Kevin Shea   And now, in no particular order, the rest of the courageous ... more >>
A behind-the-scenes peek at making the snow day decision: Nov. 30, 2017 -- It is that time of year again: winds blowing, snow falling, temperatures plummeting. While every student’s dream is to hear the words “snow day,” a school district has only a finite number of days to use for emergency closings. If the district uses too many, it must then make up for it later in the year. Many Marcellians may recall the school district being in that very position last year after three large-scale storms hit the region, forcing the district to close six times. As a result, the district had to add a half-day of school on Good Friday.    As we contemplate the winter season, we wanted to draw back the curtain and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the decision to close school is made and communicated.     ... more >>
KCH celebrates Thanksgiving: Nov. 29, 2017 -- Sad because all of your turkey leftovers have finally been gobbled up? Maybe these festive photos (courtesy of teacher Suzanne Alexander), showing kindergartners celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 21 at K.C. Heffernan Elementary, will brighten your spirits! more >>
Marcellus High School musicians, vocalists kick off holiday concert season: Nov. 29, 2017 -- The Marcellus High School Symphonic Band, Select Choir and Concert Choir jumpstarted the holiday concert season Nov. 20 with an evening of stirring performances of "Ave Maria," "Christmas Time is Here," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and many more. The students were led by Director of Choirs Brian Ackles and Director of Bands Michael Cirmo. Miss it? Thank goodness for the Marcellus technology department, which captured it all on video!  more >>
Board to hold public hearing Dec. 18 on Smart Schools Investment Plan: Nov. 15, 2017 -- On Dec. 18, the Marcellus Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the district’s proposed Smart Schools Investment Plan, which outlines how Marcellus intends to use some of its $1.1 million allocation from the Smart Schools Bond Act for the 2017-18 school year. The plan, available online here , includes the purchase of instructional technology equipment to be installed as part of the ongoing reconstruction project at the senior high school. Equipment includes desktop computers, monitors and interactive displays for classroom spaces, digital signage for common areas and presentation equipment for the large-group instruction room. In November 2014, New York voters approved a $2 billion bond referendum to provide each school district with funding ... more >>
Speaker: How do we teach in the Information Age?: Will Richarson Nov. 8, 2017 -- While Marcellus students enjoyed a day off from school  on Nov. 7, district teachers explored the challenges of providing classroom instruction in an age where information is available anywhere at any time on any subject to anyone. “Kids can now do powerful things without us,” educator and speaker Will Richardson told faculty members during a presentation. His talk was part of a day of professional development sessions for teachers and administrators. “Learning is amazingly possible outside the building now,” he said. “My kids have libraries in their pockets.” Despite this new reality, schools continue to function as if the content and knowledge they provide are scarce commodities. What they ... more >>
Students named finalists in photography contest: Nov. 6, 2017 -- Three Marcellus students were among the 21 finalists recently announced in the annual Bousquet and Holstein Law Firm Photography Contest. This year's theme was  Seen and Heard.  The contest, open to Syracuse area schools, challenged student to use their photography as a means of expressing and engaging viewers in dialogue centered around the ideas of social activism, equality and civic engagement. The law firm posed the question: "What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make a difference?"   The following students were honored during a reception at the Everson Museum in Syracuse: Madison Kittelberger, 10th grade, Nicole Losito, 11th grade and Rachel Randall (12th grade). Rachel also won third place, ... more >>
VIDEO: DMS principal offers 10-week wrap-up: Nov. 3, 2017-- Driver Middle School Principal Janet O'Mara reflects on the completion of the first 10 weeks of the 2017-18 school year and looks ahead. more >>
What happens when inclement weather delays or closes school?: Nov. 2, 2017 -- It won't be long before snow creeps into the local forecast. So now is as good a time as any to remind students and their families about how the Marcellus Central School District handles weather delays and closures. When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations and news websites. Some news outlets, 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 ... more >>
Watch the latest capital project update: Nov. 1, 2017 -- In the video below, Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner introduces a slideshow of photos depicting recent work on the high school choral room addition and science classroom and boiler room updates. more >>

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