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Voters approve $35.5 million budget; elect board members Voters approve $35.5 million budget; elect board members: On May 15, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $35.5 million 2018-19 budget proposal and elected three Board of Education members.   Voters: Approved a $35,503,851 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 3.2 percent ($1,111,351), and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase ($385,511): 537 yes, 193 no. Approved the purchase of four school buses at a cost no greater than $435,984: 553 yes, 176 no. Re-elected two Board of Education members and voted in a newcomer: Patricia Sager (589 votes), Michael McAuliff (623 votes) and Kelly Rossiter (615 votes). Because they received the most votes, McAuliff and Rossiter will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. Sager will serve ...
District drafting new mission, vision and value statements District drafting new mission, vision and value statements: May 15, 2018 -- Believe it or not, the school district's mission statement is 25 years old. That's why a steering committee of staff and community members has been meeting to take stock of where we are and plot the best path forward for our students. The fruits of the process, which began this spring and will continue into the fall, will be new mission, vision and values statements for Marcellus. Check out the video below to learn more.
Voters will elect three Board of Education members May 15 Voters will elect three Board of Education members May 15: May 10, 2018 -- Marcellus residents on May 15 will elect three members of the Board of Education. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. The candidate with the third-highest number of votes will serve out the one year remaining on former Board President Ryan Riefler’s unexpired term. Kelly Rossiter Kelly Rossiter, of Marcellus, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 28 years, she works with grades K-8 as a speech pathologist at a charter school in Syracuse. A 1982 graduate of Marcellus High School, Ms. Rossiter holds a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Plattsburgh, a master’s degree in communication science from Syracuse ...
Save the date: Special Education Info Night to be held May 29 Save the date: Special Education Info Night to be held May 29: May 9, 2018 -- The Marcellus Special Education department will host a parent information night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 29 in the Driver Middle School auditorium. Attendees will be able to learn about: Special Education programs Navigating critical school transitions Connecting more effectively with teachers More topics of interest  
New grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings begin July 1 New grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings begin July 1: Image courtesy of Vecteezy.com May 7, 2018 -- Families will soon need to comply with new grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings. Beginning July 1, all new students enrolling in the district for the first time – along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall – will be required to have a health exam. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam. The form can be downloaded below or accessed on the NYSED website .  Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, ...
Softball program dedicates season to Justin MacLachlan Softball program dedicates season to Justin MacLachlan: May 7, 2018 -- The Marcellus CSD softball program is dedicating its seasons to Justin MacLachlan -- "the toughest kid we know," who is also brother to JV player Katie MacLachlan, cousin to varsity player Emma MacLachlan and nephew to coach and KCH teacher Lisa MacLachlan. Click here to read a story about the dedication on Syracuse.com. Justin, who just completed chemo treatments in his battle against cancer, threw out the first pitch at Sunday's home opener against Cazenovia, which the Mustangs won 8-2.  
Student artwork on display at Baltimore Woods Student artwork on display at Baltimore Woods: May 7, 2018 -- Artwork created by 14 Marcellus students in grades 1-12 will be on display at Baltimore Woods Nature Center through May 25 as part of the park's Student Art Exhibit. The show, which is free and open to the public, features work from students in grades K-12 from Auburn, Marcellus, Onondaga, Skaneateles and West Genesee school districts.  The following Marcellus artists have work on display: KCH Allison Gribnau, first grade Luke Walters, fourth grade Sara Welsh, four grade  DMS Kyle Darminio, seventh grade Lindsey Kent, seventh grade Jack Brumfield, seventh grade SHS Emma Burnett, 10th grade Sam DiMarco, 12th grade Travis Kent, 10th grade Tori Sayre, ninth grade Shannon Stanek, 10th grade Angelina VanCamp, 11th grade ...
Marcellus students participate in art show at Syracuse Gallery Marcellus students participate in art show at Syracuse Gallery: May 4, 2018 -- Four senior art students (Mackenna Caryl, Abigail Delaney, Kayla Fogg and Rachel Randall) participated in the 2018 Annual High School Senior Show and Competition at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse, where their work has been on display since April 20. During an awards reception held May 2, Kayla won the Outstanding 3-D Award and Abby won the Watercolor Award. Congratulations to all! The show was open to high schools within a 30-mile radius of Syracuse. Each district was able to submit up to three pieces of two-dimensional work and one three-dimensional work.    Artist: Kayla Fogg   Artist: Rachel Randall   Artist: Mackenna Caryl Artist: Abby Delaney
Rho Kappa Honor Society rededicated to honor retiring teacher Rho Kappa Honor Society rededicated to honor retiring teacher: May 4, 2018 -- During its annual induction ceremony on April 16, 2018, Marcellus Senior High School's Nine Mile Country Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society was rededicated to honor retiring social studies teacher Katherine DeForge (much to her surprise). Congratulations and best wishes, Mrs. DeForge!    
Latest capital project video posted Latest capital project video posted: May 3, 2018 -- Check out the latest video update about the ongoing capital improvement project with Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner.  
‘Beauty and the Beast’ nominated for three SHSTA awards ‘Beauty and the Beast’ nominated for three SHSTA awards: May 3, 2018 -- Congratulations to student Jack McAuliff, teachers Michael Cirmo and Brian Ackles and the entire cast and crew of the Marcellus High School production of “Beauty and the Beast,” which received a total of three nominations in the Syracuse High School Theatre Awards. Click here to read the full story on Syracuse.com. Mr. McAuliff was nominated in the “rising male star” category for his portrayal of Lumiere. Mr. Cirmo, the school’s instrumental music teacher, and Mr. Ackles, the vocal music teacher, were nominated together for the show’s musical direction; and the student orchestra also received a nomination. The Tony Awards-style ceremony will take place 6 p.m. June 3 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.   
Board of Education adopts proposed 2018-19 budget Board of Education adopts proposed 2018-19 budget: April 19, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education on April 16 adopted the proposed 2018-19 school budget that district residents will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, May 15. As proposed, the $35,503,851 spending plan calls for a 3.2 percent increase in spending over 2017-18 and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase, which is the maximum increase allowed for the budget to pass with a simple majority. The fiscal plan includes no program reductions; adds one part-time school psychologist; eliminates two elementary teacher positions and converts one into a K-12 technology integration and innovation specialist to help coordinate instructional technology and provide classroom support; eliminates one full-time administrator position; and restructures the maintenance ...
Senior’s silent film wins contest, to be screened with live performance by Symphoria Senior’s silent film wins contest, to be screened with live performance by Symphoria: Violet Moncavage April 19, 2018 -- Marcellus High School senior Violet Moncavage has been announced the winner of the Symphoria Film Contest. Her silent film, "Make Your Change," was chosen from over 250 entries from 30 countries around the world and will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse , with Symphoria providing live musical accompaniment.   The contest focused on themes of freedom, liberty and, in particular, women as change makers. Violet’s film will be shown with live soundtrack, consisting of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon's “Sky Rising,” from her Sky Quartet, performed by the Symphoria String Quartet.   Click on this link to learn more about the contest ...
Despite connectivity issues, Marcellus students were able to take ELA tests Despite connectivity issues, Marcellus students were able to take ELA tests: April 11, 2018 -- A message from Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner about technical difficulties on the first day of Grade 3-8 state testing: Today marked the beginning of this year's English language arts (ELA) and math testing in grades 3-8. Because the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has encouraged school districts to try computer-based testing, a record number of students across the state logged on simultaneously to complete tests. Unfortunately, the high traffic put some strain on a connectivity hub outside of our region that affected Marcellus students, as well.  Despite some delays, Marcellus was able to administer the tests today as planned. Please know how proud we all are of our students in grades 3-8 and their resilience ...
Board of Education to consider proposed budget April 16 Board of Education to consider proposed budget April 16: April 11, 2018 -- In a new video, Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner and Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio offer an overview of the proposed budget the Board of Education will consider adopting at its meeting on Monday, April 16. If board members approve the proposal, district residents will vote on it May 15 during the annual budget vote.
Bricks 4 Kidz® program combines science and Legos at KCH Bricks 4 Kidz® program combines science and Legos at KCH: April 6, 2018 -- Students at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School this week embarked on an “in-school field trip” with Bricks 4 Kidz® that included hands-on lessons with Lego bricks that correlated to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives. In the photos below, third-grader participate in a building exercise that integrated force and motion concepts, which are part of the third-grade science standards. The Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory and fun, creating a dynamic learning experience for students, according to the program’s website . Bricks 4 Kidz models are the centerpiece of the lesson, which includes an educator-scripted discussion designed to engage students in a discovery process. Students in grades 2 and 4 also ...
Boomerang Bags project featured on News Channel 9's Cool Schools Boomerang Bags project featured on News Channel 9's Cool Schools: April 6, 2018 -- Did you see? The Marcellus Boomerang Bags project was featured on News Channel 9's "Cool Schools" segment this morning. Check it out!   In case you missed it the first time around, here's the district video about the Boomerang Bags project. Interested in donating items or helping to create more bags? Contact Marcellus High School teacher Ellen Spencer at espencer@marcellusschools.org . 
Parenting Tips #5: Anxiety in children Parenting Tips #5: Anxiety in children: April 3, 2018 -- The last in a continuing series of tip sheets for parents, provided by Grades 4-6 math teacher Judith Walsh at Driver Middle School: Anxiety: What is it? Fear of something that will or might happen Overwhelming dread Physically unpleasant Strong desire for escape or avoidance Helpful in small doses Partially based on genetics, so it can be inherited Sometimes noticeable when very young Separation anxiety Trouble sleeping High sensitivity to changes, noise Shyness Upsetting life events can bring out anxiety Family stress Illness Accidents Lack of predictable routines Anxiety: When does it become a problem? ...
Marcellus students compete in Spanish lip-sync battle Marcellus students compete in Spanish lip-sync battle: Winners of the third annual Spanish lip-sync battle, Los Sacerdotes. April 2, 2018 -- More than 30 Spanish students at Marcellus competed March 16 in the school’s third annual Spanish lip-sync battle, which was organized by the Spanish National Honor Society. During the event, which was open to all Marcellus High School students enrolled in Spanish classes, the honor society accepted donations to help a Hispanic woman in need. The students chose a song to interpret and created their own group name. The groups competing were: Las Reinas, Las Locas, Los Sacerdotes, Los Gringos and Sueño Equipo. The groups spent time choreographing and perfecting their performances and introductions – which paid off during the competition, Spanish teacher Shelly Marsh said. ...
High school students make global connections through art High school students make global connections through art: April 2, 2018 -- For the third 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 9-12 in art teacher Donna de Monte classes at Marcellus High School received photographs of five children living in difficult conditions in the Philippines and five Syrian children living in refugee camps and used them to create portraits of the children. In a note to Marcellus school administrators, Memory Project Communication Director Ryan Egan said the children “tremendously” ...



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