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Update on Turf Project Update on Turf Project: Superintendent Michelle Brantner gives an update on the new turf and track at the stadium.  
Video Update on UPK Video Update on UPK: Michelle Brantner, the superintendent of schools, and assistant superintendent Jean Sharlow give an update on the new Universal Pre-Kindergarten program in the district.   
2021 Commencement Moved Indoors 2021 Commencement Moved Indoors: Superintendent Michelle Brantner shared the following message on Friday, June 25, 2021. To Members of the Class of 2021 and their families: With the weather report calling for rain during the time of our commencement, we have made the determination to move the ceremony inside to Groeling Auditorium.  Doors to the auditorium will open at 10 a.m.    We are requesting that families bring only 6 guests to the ceremony.  Mr. Durkee assures us, having officiated 17 commencement ceremonies, that there is not a bad seat in the house.   If you require handicapped accessible seating, we would ask you to enter the auditorium by way of the entrance used for our individual graduation ceremonies earlier this week.  Someone will be waiting by ...
Individual Graduations Held for Class of 2021 Individual Graduations Held for Class of 2021: The Marcellus Central School District held individual graduation ceremonies for students in the Class of 2021 and their families on June 23 and 24. Pictures from the ceremonies can be found at the following links: Pictures on the stage from Day 1 Pictures on the stage from Day 2 Family Pictures 
Seeking Comments Regarding the District's Draft ARP-ESSER Funding Plan Seeking Comments Regarding the District's Draft ARP-ESSER Funding Plan: The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to post on its website a plan summarizing how these funds will be spent.  The District has posted its draft plan here  and is seeking comments/input from community members.  Please submit your comments using a Google Form developed for ...
Kindergarten Questionnaire & Information Kindergarten Questionnaire & Information: The Marcellus Central School District is preparing to welcome the Class of 2034 to the district next fall. The district is requesting parents of incoming registered kindergarten students fill out a questionnaire by clicking here . There is also more information about K C Heffernan Elementary in a Google Slideshow here .
Timeline Set for Fall UPK Timeline Set for Fall UPK: The Marcellus Central School District has set a timeline for the Fall 2021 Universal Pre-Kindergarten application process. The deadline to complete the survey for interested parents is Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. You can access the survey by clicking here. Applications will then be sent home the week of June 7, and those will be due back to the school by July 1. The lottery for the 18 positions will be held the week of July 5, and parents will be notified of the results by July 7.
UPK Survey UPK Survey: The Marcellus Central School District is planning to begin a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program with a class of 18 students in September 2021. The district is looking to gauge community interest for the program. We are asking families who have pre-K aged children in Marcellus to click here and take a brief survey. If you know anyone in the community who currently does not have children that attend Marcellus Schools but do have pre-K aged children, please be sure to share this information with them.  
May 7 is Half Day; Budget Hearing Set May 7 is Half Day; Budget Hearing Set: Mrs. Brantner sent the following message via School Messenger on May 5: Hello!  This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  I wanted to remind all district families that we will have a half day of instruction on Friday, May 7th.  Students in grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 10:20 and students in grades K-6 will be dismissed at 11:20.  If you have any additional questions, let us know.  I also wanted to confirm that we will continue to have 1 hour delayed start of in person school on Wednesdays through the month of May.  Beginning the week following Memorial Day, we will suspend the one hour delay and school will begin at the regular time on Wednesdays through the end of the school year. The last reminder is that ...
April 23 Update April 23 Update: In this video, Mrs. Brantner and Mr. Sonnacchio discuss building projects around the district.  
District Earns National Honor For Students' Financial Literacy District Earns National Honor For Students' Financial Literacy: For the ninth straight year, the Marcellus Central School District is being honored for its seniors’ financial literacy. Marcellus was named one of the 100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance Thursday. The rankings showed the district finished 7th overall for midsized schools, and 26th overall. The financial literacy program is a six week component of Jabe Kile’s economics course for seniors at Marcellus. “We learn everything about money, banking, checking, savings, credit cards, debit cards, loans, investing, retirement, insurance – a wide range of topics that are very relevant and important for students to know,” Kile said. “At the end of that unit, I have a unit test which is the W!se organization’s national financial ...
April 21 Update April 21 Update: In this video update, Mrs. Brantner and Mr. Sonnacchio discuss federal funding and how it can be used, the district's upcoming budget, and Universal Pre-K.  
District Expects Increase in State Aid District Expects Increase in State Aid: The Marcellus Central School District can expect to receive a 3 percent increase in state aid from last school year, according to estimates in the $212 billion state budget approved by legislators this week. Marcellus is set to receive $15.8 million in aid, up from $15.4 million last year. Those figures include $8.7 million in foundation aid, an increase of 3 percent from last year. “We’re very pleased with the support shown by our legislators this budget cycle,” School Business Administrator Anthony Sonacchio said. “It has been nearly 14 years since New York state schools were promised adequate funding via the Foundation Aid formula. This week we received word that legislators intend to fully fund this legislation over the next three years. We’re ...
Kindergarten Registration Update Kindergarten Registration Update: Kindergarten Registration Deadline is Friday April 30, 2021. Registration packets have been mailed. In order to receive a packet, please visit this link  and follow the instructions.
Art students earn national honors Art students earn national honors: The Marcellus Central School District took home 10 prizes, including two national honors, during the 2021 Central New York Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony earlier this week. Kade DeMarle won a national gold medal for her photo, Strike a Pose (shown below), while Leanna Foster received a national silver medal for her photo, Flowing Thoughts (at bottom). Gold medal recipients are typically invited to receive their award at Carnegie Hall in New York City, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an online ceremony and virtual exhibit instead. National awards are chosen after the local competitions are judged. Any work receiving a gold key in the CNY region moves on to be judges nationwide by a variety of professionals in the art field. Only 10 percent of the gold key work gets awards ...
Update on American Rescue Plan Update on American Rescue Plan: According to numbers released by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer's office this week, Marcellus is expected to receive nearly $1.2 million as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.  Specifics about how the money can be used have not been released, but it does appear funds can be accessed over the next four years to help districts recover from the pandemic.  For example, funds could be used for technology upgrades, programs to help students recover from loss of learning during the pandemic, or for modifications to our instructional program that could help us transition to remote learning. "As is typical with Federal funding, strings may be attached to these funds," Superintendent Michelle Brantner said. "Sometimes additional funds are used to offset ...
March 18 Update March 18 Update: Mrs. Brantner is joined by Mr. Sonnacchio to discuss the revaluation in the town of Marcellus and the impact on the district. They also discuss the recently released numbers from the Covid Relief Plan.  To view the document Mr. Sonnacchio mentions in the video, click here.  
March 16 Transportation Update March 16 Transportation Update: Mrs. Brantner shares a video update relating to transportation as the district prepares to welcome students back to in-person learning five days a week. She also released a letter, which can be viewed here .
March 12 Parent Q&A March 12 Parent Q&A: The Marcellus Central School District released a parent Q&A on March 12 regarding the expansion of in-person learning.  View it here. Approximately three weeks ago, Marcellus families were asked to complete a survey providing us with information about the possibility of expanding the in person learning opportunities in the district.  Part of that survey was a section where respondents could write in a question.  We have pulled the questions that were submitted and provided responses for each.  Here is our first Parent Question and Answer Document related to this upcoming change in our learning models.
March 11 Update March 11 Update: Mrs. Brantner shares an update on the plan for returning students back to in-person learning five days a week. The plan will be in a few phases, beginning with the week of March 22. For more information, see the slides below.  



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