Java By The Gym!

Join us in the morning for our first-of-many Java By The Gym events.  The coffee starts flowing at 8:00 and ends with the morning bells.  Hope to see you there!


Mustang Gallop Fundraiser 2011

Howdy folks!

We'd like to let you know: Marshall School's super-fun, totally awesome annual fundraiser, The Mustang Gallop, has officially begun!

Your child should be bringing home information about this important event today.  Please look for it in their backpack after school

In the meantime, have a peek at our motivational, inspirational, informational Mustang Gallop 2011 video:


Flagstaff Festival Of Science begins this Friday

Get involved, get excited, be inspired!

The Flagstaff Festival Of Science is a ten-day family-oriented event filled with open houses, hand-on activities, hikes, and much more.  Over 70 FREE activities will be available during this year's Festival which begins this Friday, September 23, and runs through October 2.  

Have a look at the Festival's website for more info. Download the official Passport to be sure you don't miss a thing!

There are many professionals and volunteers in our community who have worked very hard to provide these unique scientific opportunities for our students!  Please take advantage of this incredible, once-a-year event.

"Science is an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery."
Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood (1897-1967) English chemist. Nobel prize 1956.

"Science is a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing. The playing field is the universe itself."
Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898-1988) U. S. physicist. Nobel prize 1944.


Ballard & Novak in the Daily Sun

Photo credit: Josh Biggs -- Arizona Daily Sun
Good morning Marshall School community!

As you're getting ready for your day, please take a moment to check out the excellent feature story Hillary Davis wrote about Mrs. Ballard's and Mr. Novak's classroom in today's Arizona Daily Sun!


Site, Arts, Science Councils & PTO meet Wednesday

Please join us for our inaugural Joint Councils (Site, Arts, Science) and Parent-Teacher Organization meetings tomorrow evening, Wednesday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5:00 in the school library.

Our official agenda is posted on the front door of the school and it's available online as well.  In general, we will attempt to abide by the following schedule:

  • Site Council will convene at 5:00.  
  • At 5:30 the Arts and Science Councils will break-out to discuss matters relevant to each group.  Site Council will continue to meet.
  • All Councils will reconvene as a Joint Council at 6:00 to review activities.
  • Joint Councils will adjourn at 6:20.
  • The Parent-Teacher Organization meeting will convene in the library at 6:30.
  • PTO will adjourn at 7:30.

Several matters related to Site Council business are posted online for review prior to our discussions at Wednesday's meeting.

Hope to see you tomorrow evening!


Two More Easy Ways You Can Help Marshall

Safeway Club Card eScrip Program 
[download form]

This easy program returns a portion of the value of your total purchases at all local Safeway stores directly to our school. 

It's easy to get started: just fill out the form and return it to the school office, hand it to a member of the PTO, or sign up online at

Flagstaff Mall School Cents Program 
[download form]

This simple program returns a portion of the value of your total purchases made before Dec. 31, 2011, at  any store in the Flagstaff Mall directly to our school.  However, you must remember record you receipts at Guest Services each time you shop at the Mall.

To get stared, sign up online at


Welcome to Open House -- 08 Sept. 2011 -- 6:00 PM

Hello everyone!  We're glad you're here tonight!

(Or, if you're not here tonight... because you weren't able to make it.... or because it's no longer Thursday, September 8, 2011... we're still glad you're reading this blog-post!)

We'd like to officially welcome you to Marshall Magnet School 2011-2012.

Since this is my first year as your principal, in order to make some sort of introduction of myself personally, I'd like to submit this: a little video I made.  I originally created it a year ago, at the beginning of my first year here at Marshall, to introduce myself to my new fifth-grade students.  But I updated it ever-so-slightly recently, so I could show it to you tonight...

What the video doesn't tell you are the things most fifth-graders wouldn't care to know, but you might.  Such as:
  • I've lived in Arizona all  my life, and in Flagstaff for 20 years. 
  • I come from a long line of school teachers; my great-grandmother was the first schoolteacher in Scottsdale, where I was born some 44 years ago.  My mom, my grandma, my great-aunt, both my brothers, and all of our wives have all also been school teachers at one time or another as well.
  • I've got a BA from Arizona State in journalism and a Masters in Educational Leadership from NAU.  
  • I'm at the beginning of my 19th year working for FUSD.  
  • For the past 18 years, I've been a classroom teacher, in the fourth and fifth grades, at both Christensen and Marshall.  
  • This is my first year working as an administrator.  
  • I'm very excited to have been given the opportunity to be your interim principal at Marshall this year.
But enough about me.  Let's talk about Marshall.  I love working at Marshall School!  I think the people I work with here are incredible. I think our programs are exciting, unique, and innovative.  I think our students truly are exception and inspired, forever.  In a nutshell: I honestly believe our school to be the very best among FUSD's excellent schools.

Tax Credit
One of the things I'd like to discuss with you tonight is how Marshall is able to do what it does.  As you walked in this evening, you hopefully received a small handout. [download .pdf].  Inside you can read about many of our special programs and how we work diligently as a staff to secure grant monies and Arizona Tax Credit contributions to support our unique programs here at Marshall.

As you take a look at the handout along with me, you'll see: Marshall has been hard at work, for over a decade, improving and enhancing its unique Arts and Science magnet programs.  And Tax Credit contributions, to a great degree, make these programs possible.  There's a drop-out flyer in the brochure (download .pdf) that explains how Arizona's Tax Credit program works to support public schools in our state.  Please have a look at it later.

What we want to make sure you understand about Tax Credit contributions tonight is simple: Any individual who works in the state and pays any payroll or other taxes to the State Department of Revenue bears a tax burden, a tax liability, to the state.  Even if you typically receive a refund, you still paid taxes to the state.  Arizona's Tax Credit program allows you to offset the taxes you will otherwise pay to the state with a dollar-for-dollar credit when you give that money to your local public school instead.  Single taxpayers may give up to $200, married taxpayers up to $400 to support extracurricular programs at Marshall.  Your contributions can be given in any increment, over any period of time during the tax year, and need not be given all at once.  Your contributions, likewise, need not add up to the maximum amount throughout the year.  Regardless of how much you give, all contributions must be received by December 31 in order to be applied to your upcoming tax return.  If you have questions about any of this, please contact us [928-773-4030].  Janelle Reasor is our resident expert, but we're all happy to help.

The Marshall Way
We've worked hard to do our best to ensure your child's safety and well-being while they're here with us during the school day.

When it comes to getting to and from school, we'd like to ask that you review this map (at right) and use only the lot across the street, to the west of the school, for drop-off and pick-up.  Using the red zone along Bonito Street is dangerous.  Using the yellow zone creates conflicts with the buses.  Using the alley-way north of the school creates snarls at dismissal time, too.

Bottom line: We're all set up to help your child get safely across the street, with crosswalks and crossing-guards in-place, both before and after school. We'd really like to encourage you to use them.

Get Involved
Perhaps you've already signed up with the PTO.  They're out in the hall tonight.  If not, we'd like to encourage you to consider joining this incredible group before you leave tonight.  It's no exaggeration to say: Marshall has the best, most hard-working PTO in the city.  And without this active, involved, essential group of parent-leaders, Marshall would not, could not, be the awesome learning place it has become.  We're so fortunate to have them.  We're so grateful for all that they do.  And we'd just like to give them the props they deserve tonight: THANKS MARSHALL PTO!!!  We couldn't to what we do without you.

On a similar note, our Marshall School Councils, Site, Arts, and Science, also play a crucial role here at our school.  Sign-ups are in place in the hall for each of these groups tonight as well.  If you're interested in getting involved at your child's school this year, these groups are a great place to start.

All of these groups will gather together for the first time on September 14 at 5:00 PM. We hope to have you join us.

Keep In Touch
Finally, there's just one final thing we'd like to mention, while we have you.  Please keep in touch!  We've tried to make it as simple as possible to keep up-to-date with what we've got going on around here.


Open House is tomorrow night

Please join us!
Look for this invitation in your child's backpack tonight.


Marshall School Night @ Chase Field

Please join a gathering of Marshall students and parents, and the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, on September 24 for Marshall School Night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Informational flyers [.pdf] about this event were sent home with students on Wednesday.

We have a limited supply of 74 tickets available for this event.  They are on sale in the Marshall School front-office during the school day. Marshall School will receive a portion of each ticket sale. Our tickets are in the All-You-Can-Eat section (223).  Prices are $35.00 for adults and $33.00 for children.  Checks should be made payable to "Marshall PTO.  First come, first served. No refunds.

The deadline for purchases must be Wednesday, September 7.  Please contact Malinda in the front office [928-773-4030] or PTO-dad Dexter [928-814-8221] if you have any questions.