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Hands-on projects bring all three schools together Hands-on projects bring all three schools together: June 14, 2019 -- In her new role as Marcellus technology integration specialist, Katrina Ercole this year encouraged instructors from all three schools to work together on two hands-on projects. As part of their regular curriculum, students in Elizabeth Milliken's seventh-grade family and consumer science class at Driver Middle School usually handcraft felt toys. But this year, Mrs. Ercole suggested they create their designs using drawings sketched by kindergartners at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, essentially sewing custom-order "monsters" for the district's littlest learners. Likewise, Mrs. Ercole suggested that students in Marcellus High School teacher Steve Walker's technology class "field-test" the puzzles they designed in AutoCad and created ...
No idle days at Marcellus High School Career Center No idle days at Marcellus High School Career Center: June 17, 2019 -- During her first year as Marcellus Central School District’s part-time career center coordinator, Cathy Arvantides – who retired from her long-time post as high school technology teacher last year – didn’t let any grass grow under her feet.  Mrs. Cathy Arvantides She organized seven different student field trips, each focused on a different career area. In October, for example, a group of students interested in manufacturing and engineering visited Lockheed Martin. In April, “Women in STEM Careers Day” featured an outing to the Syracuse headquarters of research and development company SRC. The Career Center also facilitated job-shadowing experiences for 32 students, mostly juniors, at a variety of local businesses, including ...
Class of 2019 takes final stroll through Marcellus buildings Class of 2019 takes final stroll through Marcellus buildings: June 12, 2019 -- The Marcellus High School Class of 2019 retraced its steps back to middle and elementary school during the annual Senior Walk on Friday, June 7, 2019. Follow this link to check out a photo slideshow of the special event.
French students clean up at national contest French students clean up at national contest: June 5, 2019 -- Congratulations to the Marcellus French students who swept this year’s National French Contest, bringing home 20 medals and 31 honorable mentions.   “Marcellus had phenomenal results – one of the best showings in the region,” Marcellus High School French teacher Jessica Cuello said. “And many of our students excelled nationwide. Félicitations à tous!” More than 70,000 students across the nation compete in the National French Contest/ Le Grand Concours,  an annual competition sponsored by the  American Association of Teachers of French . Students of French in grades one through 12 in all 50 states and abroad take a written test and compete against students with similar educational ...
Marcellus HS students treat Syracuse kindergartners to picnic Marcellus HS students treat Syracuse kindergartners to picnic: June 3, 2019 -- As part of their ongoing outreach mission, more than 200 members of Marcellus High School's Character Education Club hosted a picnic at Marcellus Park on May 30 for three classes of kindergartners from Frazer Elementary School in Syracuse. The chemistry between the two age groups was hard to miss as everyone swung, flung, slid, ran, flapped a parachute, snacked, smiled, giggled, guffawed and squealed.  But don't take our word for it. Check out some photos from the day:  
Jack McAuliff wins Syracuse High School Theatre Award Jack McAuliff wins Syracuse High School Theatre Award: Jack McAuliff accepts his award. Photo by Dennis Nett/syracuse.com June 3, 2019 -- Congratulations to Marcellus High School junior Jack McAuliff, who won for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at last night's Syracuse High School Theatre Awards! Jack played Reuben in Marcellus' production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  Click here to read the complete story.
Students recognized for performance on national Spanish exam Students recognized for performance on national Spanish exam: From left: Molly Stanton, Angelina Coleman and Grayson Hoag. June 4, 2019 -- Congratulations to the eight Spanish students from Marcellus High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2019 National Spanish Examinations. Sophomore Alyssa Hopper earned a bronze medal in the Level Three category. The following students won honorable mention: Angelina Coleman and Molly Stanton (Level II freshmen); Colleen Marsh and Connor Reagan (Level III sophomores); and Grayson Hoag, Nick Roseboom and Jeffrey Shi (Level V seniors).  “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest ...
Students inducted into French, Spanish honor societies Students inducted into French, Spanish honor societies: June 3, 2019 -- Eighteen students from Marcellus High School were inducted into the National French and Spanish Honor Societies on May 22. The French students were Elaina Couse, Emily Falge and Amy Francesconi, and the the Spanish students were Sarah Fallon, John Flynn, Thomas Hoey, Tristan Jarvi, Kaitlyn Kemp, Madison Kittelberger, Mei LaMarre, Lillian Locastro, DiAnna Markham, Megan Mitchell, Mary Seymour, Elena Shaw, Ryan Stoyell, Macie Szalach and Alexandria Wennberg. To be eligible for induction, students must earn a 90 or above average for each year of language study and continue their language coursework throughout their entire high school career.  Eligible candidates also must be approved by the language committee, comprised of faculty and administration.   ...
DMS experiences brief power outage DMS experiences brief power outage: May 28, 2019 -- Driver Middle School briefly lost power during the third period (around 9:30 a.m.) on Tuesday, May 28. A stay-in-place was initiated, during which students and staff were instructed to remain where they were until the lights came back on. Power was restored about 12 minutes later. K.C. Heffernan Elementary and Marcellus High School did not experience any service interruptions.  
Marcellus students shine at Special Olympics Marcellus students shine at Special Olympics: May 28, 2019 -- Marcellus students were among the more than 900 who competed last week in the annual Special Olympics competition at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Way to go, Mustangs!  
Lacrosse sectional finals to be broadcast Lacrosse sectional finals to be broadcast: May 23, 2019 -- The Section III Class D Boys Lacrosse Sectional Final between No. 4 LaFayette and No. 3 Marcellus at Liverpool on Friday will be broadcast by NFHS Network. You can watch and listen to the game by going to  www.NFHSnetwork.com  or downloading the NFHS mobile app.
Where will students be next year? Where will students be next year?: May 22, 2019 -- In her latest video, Marcellus Central School District Superintendent Michelle Brantner explains where students will be located when school begins in the fall of 2019 and also provides some progress photos of the high school renovation.
Marcellus voters approve $37.6 million budget, elect board members Marcellus voters approve $37.6 million budget, elect board members: On May 21, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $37.6 million 2019-20 budget proposal and elected three Board of Education members.   Voters: Approved a $37,620,342 budget for the 2019-20 school year that increases spending 5.96% ($2,116,491), and carries a 4.71% tax levy increase ($891,913): 458 yes, 277 no. Approved the purchase of four school buses and one passenger van at a cost no greater than $425,395: 511 yes, 220 no. Re-elected two Board of Education members and voted in a newcomer: Patricia Sager (573 votes), Janine Lundrigan (608 votes) and Michael Bristol (597 votes). Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2022. Approved a $10,468 annual budget increase for Marcellus Free ...
Voters will elect three Board of Education members on May 21 Voters will elect three Board of Education members on May 21: May 15, 2019 -- Marcellus residents on May 21 will elect three members of the Board of Education. The following three candidates filed petitions with the district office by the April 22 deadline. Those elected will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2022. Michael Bristol Michael Bristol Michael Bristol, of Marcellus, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 44 years, he is the publicist for Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim, football coach Dino Baber and lacrosse coach John Desko. He also hosts three ESPN radio programs and serves as vice president of operation for the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. He has a 5-year-old son, Blake, in kindergarten at KCH. Mr. Bristol ...
Residents to consider $37.6 million spending plan Residents to consider $37.6 million spending plan: May 15, 2019 -- On Tuesday, May 21, Marcellus Central School District residents will vote on the district’s proposed $37,620,342 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget calls for a 5.96% increase in spending over 2018-19 and carries a 4.71% tax levy increase, which is the maximum allowed for the spending plan to pass with a simple majority. The fiscal plan maintains existing programs and includes loan payments for the capital improvement project approved by voters in 2015. Those payments make up roughly half of the 4.7% increase in the levy. Polls will be open 12-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 , in Groeling Auditorium in Marcellus High School, 1 Mustang Hill, Marcellus. When district officials began budget development earlier this year, they projected a budget ...
Terrazzo and smartboards and floors, oh my Terrazzo and smartboards and floors, oh my: May 10, 2019 -- In her latest progress video, Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner talks about the construction currently taking place along the side of Driver Middle School, as well as recently installed terrazzo floors in the high school lobby and more.
Marcellus art students connect through art with Rohingya refugees Marcellus art students connect through art with Rohingya refugees: May 8, 2019 -- As part of the Memory Project , Marcellus High School art students this year worked on portraits of Rohingya refugees who have had to flee Myanmar due to religious persecution. Rohingyas are the minority Muslim population in a Buddhist country, and most have emigrated to Pakistan. “The students worked long and hard on these, spending many hours outside of class to complete them by the deadline,” said art teacher Donna DeMonte, who also participated with fellow teacher Tara Charles in creating portraits of the Rohingya students’ teachers. Marcellus student-artists not only created the artwork, but also raised all the money needed to ship it, Ms. DeMonte said. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that uses art to build a bridge ...
District encourages families to take NYSED survey District encourages families to take NYSED survey: May 7, 2019 -- The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of  New York's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan .  NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. Marcellus Central School District encourages parents to complete the education department's 5-minute survey  and tell them how they can make the Parent Dashboard as useful as possible. NYSED will use feedback from the survey to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public. Informational resources in English ...
'Joseph' nominated for three Syracuse High School Theatre Awards 'Joseph' nominated for three Syracuse High School Theatre Awards: May 7, 2019 -- Marcellus High School's production of "Joseph of the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has been nominated in three categories in the 2019 Syracuse High School Theatre Awards , which includes 28 participating schools from five Central New York counties. The Marcellus show, staged in early March, was nominated for "outstanding work by a student stage crew" and "outstanding performance by an orchestra," and junior Jack McAuliff was nominated for "outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role" for his portrayal of Reuben. Fifteen winners will be announced at the June 2 awards ceremony, which will be held at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.
Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is Thursday, May 2 Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is Thursday, May 2: May 1, 2019 -- On Thursday, May 2, law enforcement officers around the state will participate in Operation Safe Stop Day. During "Safe Stop," police officers are on board school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints. Police issue tickets to drivers who pass stopped school buses. All violations were reported to a central command post so that final figures are available to state and local officials as well as the media. New York State law requires motorists to stop for school buses that are receiving or discharging passengers. In New York state, 2.3 million children are transported to school on board more than 50,000 buses every year. When a school bus is preparing to stop, the driver ...



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