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Changes in store for Marcellus sixth-graders Changes in store for Marcellus sixth-graders: July 12, 2018 -- Sixth-graders at Driver Middle School will return to school in September to find a revamped approach to their education. Watch the video below for a sneak peek from the DMS sixth-grade team!  
Board of Education reorganizes, holds regular meeting July 9 Board of Education reorganizes, holds regular meeting July 9: July, 9, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education will hold its annual reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. today in Groeling Auditorium in the Mustang Hill (high school) building. The regular meeting will immediately follow in the same location.  
Athletic director recaps springs sports season Athletic director recaps springs sports season: June 28, 2018 -- Michael Free, director of health and athletics for Marcellus Central School District, offers the following wrap-up of the spring 2018 athletic season: Softball The team ended the season with a 15-3 overall record, winning the Liberty League Championship. The team qualified for sectionals but lost a tough game in the Section 3 quarterfinals to Camden, 5-7. The OHSL awards went to the following Marcellus softball players: Isabel Rodolico and Emily Weeks (honorable mention); Hannah Durand, Aubrey Fraher and Emma MacLachlan (Second Team All-League); Caroline Trytek and Evelyn Webster (First Team All-League). The team was recognized as an NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team, and individuals recognized as Scholar Athletes are: Alyssa Cook, Trisha Curtin, Emily ...
KCH dedicates new playground 'Buddy Bench,' 'tiny library' KCH dedicates new playground 'Buddy Bench,' 'tiny library': June 27, 2018 -- During its annual field day festivities on June 19, the K.C. Heffernan Elementary School dedicated a buddy bench seating area next to the playground and an accompanying "tiny library" filled with picture books. The area provides a place for lonely or troubled students to signal their desire for company by simply sitting down. The bench purchase and installation were made possible by support from the KCH PTO and a host of local businesses and civic organizations.
Marcellus senior will represent U.S. at international chemistry competition Marcellus senior will represent U.S. at international chemistry competition: Jeffrey Shi June 27, 2018 -- Marcellus High School's own Jeffrey Shi, an incoming senior, is one of four students chosen to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad next month in Slovakia, the American Chemical Society reports. (Click here to read the story.) The U.S. team was finalized after an intensive two-week Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, sponsored by the American Chemical Society and held at the U.S. Air Force Academy. No stranger to science, math and even geography competitions, Jeff was chosen as a first alternate for last year's U.S. team, which competed in the International Chemistry Olympiad held in Thailand. Earlier this year, he won a silver medal in the 2018 U.S. Physics Olympiad semi-finals. "Jeff Shi ...
Marcellus bids farewell to Class of 2018 Marcellus bids farewell to Class of 2018: June 24, 2018 -- Congratulations to the Marcellus High School Class of 2018, whose members today took their final stroll across the Groeling Auditorium stage during the school's 125th Commencement Ceremony.  
Can't make it to graduation? Watch it online Can't make it to graduation? Watch it online: June 21, 2018 -- Can't make it to Commencement on Sunday? Marcellus has you covered. The district will once again be livestreaming graduation. The 125th Commencement Exercises which will be live on Sunday at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-2mFi5UyQg
Character Education club hosts picnic for Syracuse kindergartners Character Education club hosts picnic for Syracuse kindergartners: June 8, 2018 -- Check out this great video of a picnic planned and hosted by members of the Marcellus Character Education club to entertain kindergartners from Frazer Elementary School in Syracuse.   Made up of students in grades nine through 12, Character Education organizes fundraisers, runs a toy/clothing/book drive and works at all Marcellus shows, including the coffee house. The picnic was a new addition this year, to provide fun, kindness and space for the Frazer students, according to faculty adviser Laura Kuhns.   “Our goal is to have a club that is all-inclusive and provides an atmosphere of tolerance, kindness, respect and integrity,” Ms. Kuhns said. “We host several activities to reach students who may not usually shine or have a place to fit ...
Ice cream social provides sweet afternoon for students, staff Ice cream social provides sweet afternoon for students, staff: June 6, 2018 -- Marcellus students, faculty and staff enjoyed a break from the books on May 25, 2018, to enjoy ice cream and sunshine during the school district's annual ice cream social, as parent volunteers scooped, squeezed and sprinkled treats into their waiting bowls.  Enjoy this short photo slideshow of the day's fun event:    
Last day of school for K-8 students is June 20 Last day of school for K-8 students is June 20: June 1, 2018 -- The Marcellus Board of Education voted May 21 to amend the 2017-18 district calendar to make June 21 a staff-only day, at the request of Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner. The last day of school for students in grades K-8, therefore, will be Wednesday, June 20, despite what is listed in the printed district calendar.  
Don't forget! High school, elementary art shows Don't forget! High school, elementary art shows: May 30, 2018 -- The Marcellus High School Art Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, June 1, in the new gymnasium at Driver Middle School. K.C. Heffernan Elementary School students will also have their art show opening celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the school. The show will remain on display at KCH through June 18. We hope you can join us in celebrating the artistic endeavors of our students! 
Vaping 101: What every parent should know Vaping 101: What every parent should know: May 29, 2018 -- There are hundreds of e-cigarette brands on the market, and they are now the most commonly used tobacco products among youth. Middle and high school students are increasingly using these battery-operated devices, often marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, to inhale nicotine, THC and various synthetic chemicals. And that has health officials – and school officials – worried. Vaping continues to be a concern here at Marcellus, and the district wants to engage parents as partners to keep our kids safe. To help parents understand the rising trend of youth using these devices, often within the school setting, we’ve put together some important information , which is also available as a printable flyer ...
VIDEO: Superintendent's newest capital project update VIDEO: Superintendent's newest capital project update: May 25, 2018 -- Check out Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner's newest update about the district's ongoing capital improvement project at the high school.  
Marcellus hosts Skaneateles A Capella Choir Festival on May 25 Marcellus hosts Skaneateles A Capella Choir Festival on May 25: May 25, 2018 -- Marcellus High School tonight hosts the eighth annual Skaneateles A Cappella Choir Festival at 7 p.m. in Groeling Auditorium. Admission is $2 per person, and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature performances by Skaneateles Middle School’s Middle C’s, the Skaneateles Middle School Select Choir, the Skaneateles Women’s Chamber Choir, the Skaneateles High School Madrigal Choir, The Guerrillas from SUNY Fredonia (directed by Marcellus alumnus Aaron Fern), Skaneateles Voice Box, Marcellus High School TrueSisters, Skaneateles Brotones, Marcellus High School Select Choir (TrueSound), Skaneateles NoteWorthy and combined ensembles directed by Jeff Welchner, directory of the Syracuse University Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  
Seniors earn the district’s first-ever Seals of Biliteracy Seniors earn the district’s first-ever Seals of Biliteracy: Language teacher Shelly Marsh (far left) and Marcellus Director of Staff Development and Training Deb Glisson (far right) pose with New York State Seal of Biliteracy recipients Olivia Bird, Lauren Lundrigan, Madeline Mahoney, John O’Hara, Patrick O’Hara, Rachel Randall, Julia Stowell and Paige Tomeny. May 24, 2018 -- Eight members of the Marcellus High School Class of 2018 will graduate next month with a New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) emblazoned on their diplomas. Congratulations to Olivia Bird, Lauren Lundrigan, Madeline Mahoney, John O’Hara, Patrick O’Hara, Rachel Randall, Julia Stowell and Paige Tomeny. Or… ¡Felicitaciones! Toutes nos felicitations! The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes ...
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, ...



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