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VIDEO: Superintendent explains the 17-18 proposed budget: April 21, 2017 -- In her latest video about the 2017-18 school budget development process, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner explains what's included in the proposed spending plan adopted by the Board of Education on April 10. Stay tuned for additional videos about state aid and the specific propositions that will appear on the ballot May 16. more >>
Marcellus High School seeks shadowing opportunities for students: April 11, 2017 -- Marcellus High School is creating a database of community members who are willing and able to have high school students shadow them at their places of employment. If you are interested in having students shadow you, and your company will allow a student to spend some time with you, please let us know by completing this online form . Thank you for your time and dedication to our students. more >>
Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget proposal: April 11, 2017 -- On Monday, April 10, the Marcellus Board of Education adopted a $34,392,500 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 2.9 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.98 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law. District residents will vote on the proposal between  noon and 9 p.m. May 16 . The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for  7 p.m., Monday, May 8 , in the Marcellus High School auditorium. The fiscal plan includes no program reductions, adds some staffing, creates a more efficient, centralized copying center and includes a $100,000 capital outlay to replace the high school bleachers. On May 16, residents also will elect two ... more >>
Student-designed, engraved water bottles for sale: April 10, 2017 -- For the past couple of months, students from Cathy Arvantides’ computer apps classes, Andrea Sterling’s business math classes and Steve Walker’s foundations of technology classes have been hard at work to bring personalized, aluminum water bottles to the Marcellus High School community. And now, just in time for spring sports and concerts, they’re available to buy. Each satin red aluminum bottle comes standard with the student’s last name, graduation year and the classic Marcellus M logo. BUT --  students also have the option (at a small additional cost) to personalize their bottles even more, with one of several different activity/extra-curricular designs. Interested?  Orders may be placed during lunch periods at the ... more >>
Calendar change: National Junior Honor Society Induction will be May 4: April 10, 2017 -- Mark your calendars: The induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society that was originally scheduled for April 26 has been re-scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 4.  more >>
Board approves calendar change to add half-day April 14: April 4, 2017 -- During its regular meeting on April 3, the Marcellus Board of Education voted to adjust the 2016-17 school district calendar to add a half-day of school on Friday, April 14. Di smissal on April 14 will be at 11:20 a.m. that day for students in grades K-6 and 10:20 a.m. for students in grades 7-12.  Because it's a holiday for OCM BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Marcellus students who attend morning BOCES are not affected by this calendar change. The calendar change was needed after the Marcellus Central School District exceeded its annual allotment of five snow days for the year by closing six times for inclement weather this winter. The district is required by law to have a minimum of 180 school days each academic year. Superintendent of Schools ... more >>
Marcellus students reach out to Middle Eastern refugees, orphans through art:            April 4, 2017 -- For the second year in a row, Marcellus High School artists have learned about making connections through art by participating in the Memory Project,  a nonprofit organization that uses art to build a bridge between American art students and children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents and extreme poverty. This year, students in grades 10-12 in art teachers Donna de Monte and Tara Charles' classes at Marcellus High School received photographs of Syrian and Jordanian children living in orphanages and refugee camps and then used them to create portraits of the children. "These kids have been displaced from their homes and their belongings. This ... more >>
Marcellus HS students compete in Spanish lip-sync battle: Eleventh-graders Ashley Gilmore, Mary Colella and Olivia Quick compete in the recent Spanish lip-sync battle. April 3, 2017 -- The Marcellus High School Spanish National Honor Society chapter this year organized the school’s second annual lip-sync competition on March 10. The contest was open to all students currently taking Spanish classes. About 30 students tossed their proverbial sombreros into the ring by choosing songs by Hispanic artists to interpret and then creating their own singing groups to perform them. The groups competing were: Los Locos, Las Estrellas de Shakira, Las Tres Amigas, Juanes’ Honeys and Dream Equipo. The groups spent time choreographing and perfecting their performance and introduction. First place went to Juanes’ Honeys for ... more >>
Marcellus alumna and employee wins film prize: March 31, 2017 -- Belated congratulations to Kelsey O'Brien McManus, a 2005 Marcellus graduate who now works in the maintenance department at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, for winning the prize for best comedy in the first-ever Marcellus Movie Madness Family Film Festival late last fall. The film, “Paw Patrol,” stars her dog, Toby, who is shown going on police patrol to catch bad guys and fight crime. McManus said she first developed an interest in film in high school, “when they used to hold the coffee house for people who wanted to show off their talents. So my sister and friend and I would make short movies and show them at the coffee house. Everyone loved them, and I just got more into it from there.” Check out the short film below.  ... more >>
District receives 'School Safety Excellence Award" for 2017: March 31, 2017 -- For the eighth consecutive year, Marcellus Central School District has received a “School Safety Excellence Award” from the Utica National Insurance Group. Marcellus was one of 136 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive a 2017 award from Utica National officials, during the group’s 37th annual school safety seminar, held March 22 in Watertown. Marcellus once again achieved the “Titanium level with honors,” which is the highest award level given in recognition of a district’s safety efforts and includes a $500 cash prize. The award program has three levels (titanium, platinum, and gold) in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction. Utica insures more than 300 school districts ... more >>
DMS team places sixth in Mid-State Science Olympiad: March 30, 2017 -- The Driver Middle School Science Olympiad team came in sixth place out of 22 teams and brought home 12 individual medals from the 2017 Mid-State Regional Science Olympiad, which was held March 4 at North Syracuse Junior High School. According to the organization’s website, Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate ... more >>
Mustangs win the Auburn Arsenal Winter Blast Tournament: March 29, 2017 -- Congratulations to the members of the Marcellus boys soccer team who won the seventh annual Auburn Arsenal Winter Blast Indoor Soccer Tournament on March 19!   Twelve school and club teams from around the region competed in the tournament, which was held at Auburn High School.   “As the third seed, we made it to the final where we won in overtime on a golden goal from Sam Grattan, assisted by David Bosak,” Marcellus teacher and coach Mark Sunheimer said. “The boys played very well against some quality teams and grew as they prepare for the fall season.”  more >>
Sophomore hopes to compete in national Biology Olympiad: Jeffrey Shi March 29, 2017 -- Tenth-grade AP biology student Jeffrey Shi is competing in the USA Biology Olympiad this year. On the exam portion of the competition, he scored 15 points above average. Next, he completed the semifinal exam on March 26. The students with the top 20 scores will then continue on to the national finals, which will further winnow the field to four students, who will travel to England for the International Biology Olympiad this summer.   For those keeping score at home, Jeff competed in the national Chemistry Olympiad last year, and is set to participate in The New York State Mathematics League this weekend in New York City   “Jeff has been intensively studying and is hoping to be chosen for the International Biology Olympiad,” ... more >>
Marcellus High School Math League adds up the honors: March 28, 2017 -- One of four Marcellus High School Math League teams that competed at the Onondaga County Math League meet Feb. 11 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School came in first-place in the small school division.   The team, comprised of Joe Riccardi, John Riccardi, Nick Roseboom Jeff Shi and Emma Stuart, received second-place overall for the season in the small school division. In addition, because he was the third-highest individually scoring member in the entire county, Jeff Shi was selected to join Team Onondaga at the state meet at Stuyvesant High School in New York City this weekend.   Congratulations, team, and good luck, Jeff! !   more >>
DMS gets ready for St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event: Team Jack is (top row, from left) Nolan Manahan, Nate Alexander and Peter Hubbard (bottom row, from left) Ryan Orr, Justin West and David Snook. (Not shown are Kevin Shea and Nolan Hammerschmidt.)  March 28, 2017 -- A team of Driver Middle School sixth-graders will once again brave the shave this weekend, surrendering their locks to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research during a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at the school.   The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 1) in the school’s old gymnasium.    “Team Jack,” formed in support of classmate Jack Brumfeld, is made up of Nate Alexander, Nolan Hammerschmidt, Peter Hubbard, Nolan Manahan, Ryan Orr, Kevin Shea, David Snook ... more >>
CTE students inducted into National Technical Honor Society: March 27, 2017 -- Nine Marcellus High School seniors were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES.   The society honors students enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program who have achieved academic excellence and good attendance and demonstrated good citizenship. Inductees are recommended for the honor by a teacher. Each of their diplomas will include a NTHS seal.   The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career and scholarship opportunities for members.   Congratulations to the following CTE students:  Alyssa Faciszewski, Casey Ezzo, Trinity Benyon, Cierra Kelley, Kyle Myers, Kevin Brown, Grace Donalds, ... more >>
Superintendent determines best option for capital project relocation: March 24, 2017 -- During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 20, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner explained her proposal for relocating students and staff during the upcoming capital improvement project scheduled to begin later this spring.   In early February, Mrs. Brantner laid out a timeline of meetings and communications that included the formation of a steering committee to look at possible options for the upcoming relocation. The work that has occurred over the past two months has led Brantner and the administrative team to a clear plan for relocation: Fourth-grade classes move back to KCH Fifth- and sixth-grade classes remain at DMS, with sixth-grade classes relocating within the building Seventh- and eighth-grade classes move to the high ... more >>
UPDATED: Schools to be open half-day on April 14 to make up for snow day: March 27, 2017 -- Because the Marcellus Central School District set aside five days for emergency closings in the 2016-17 school year and has had to close six times for inclement weather this winter, the district is now required by law to add a school day to the calendar. Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner is recommending the Board of Education approve a change to the 2016-17 district calendar that would add a half-day of school for Friday, April 14, which would have been the first day of spring break. If the change is approved by BOE members during their April 3 meeting, dismissal on April 14 will be at 11:20 a.m. that day for students in grades K-6 and 10:20 a.m. for students in grades 7-12. Because April 14 is a holiday for OCM BOCES and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Marcellus ... more >>
Two Marcellus HS students received national art awards: March 22, 2017 -- Marcellus High School junior Kayla Fogg and senior Abigail VanCamp, whose artwork won coveted Gold Keys in the regional CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition earlier this year, have been honored at the national level in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Kayla won a Silver Medal for her sculpture, “ The Strength of Decay, ”  and Abby won a Silver Medal for her art portfolio, “ Between the Lines.” More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for judging at the regional level – through the more than 100 local affiliates of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers ... more >>
Board approves district calendar for 2017-18 school year: March 21, 2017 -- During its March 13 meeting, the Marcellus Board of Education approved the district calendar for the 2017-18 school year. It can be viewed, printed or downloaded below.   more >>

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