School Security Updates & Upgrades

Hello Marshall families,

I want to apprise you of some of what’s transpired in terms of building security at Marshall over the course of the last few days.  You will be pleased to know, the other FUSD administrators and I met on Monday, December 17, to discuss district- and building-level security policies and procedures.  I have had similar discussions on this topic in the past two days with members of our school Crisis Team.  I am confident that, as a school and as a district, we are committed to responding to these tragic recent events as the impetus to fine-tune and revise some of our own procedures.  

As an outcome of these meetings, I am pleased to be able to report the following revised and updated protocols to you:

1.       Our school will be getting new electronic key-card locks on most doors on 8-10 Jan.  Once installed, all staff will be REQUIRED to have a personalized key-card displayed on a lanyard as a form of identification at all times.  

2.       The front office at Marshall will soon be remodeled, likely over spring break, to provide us with an alternate entrance to use after admission/intake time each day. This new entrance will require ALL visitors to enter and sign-in in the front office.

3.       From this time forward, ALL visitors in the building will be required to signed-in in the office and affix a ‘visitor’ sticker to their shirt.  Staff members have been instructed, if they observe someone in the building who is not wearing one of these badges, to confront them and explain to them our need to have all visitors check in at the office prior to entering our halls.  We all realize how awkward this can be.  We do not intend to harass you.  Rather, we merely hope to act in such a way that we're able to better ensure the safety and security of our staff and students. 

4.       Classroom doors will typically remain open during the school day unless teachers are involved in a louder-than-normal activity which may become a disruption to their neighbors.  However, from now on, the door knob must be LOCKED AT ALL TIMES in order to be pulled shut and secured immediately during a lockdown.

5.       ALL staff members have been reminded to NEVER prop open exterior doors with rocks.  All exterior doors, with the exception of the front doors, will henceforth remain closed and locked from the outside during the school day.  

6.       The gate with the horseshoe-shaped latch that opens to Bonito Street near the kindergarten playground will be padlocked soon and will remain locked.  From now on all children will be required to enter the playground by going through the school building.

7.       There is to be no parking or student drop off in the fire-lane/alley on the north side of our campus.  It is imperative that this access be available to emergency responders’ vehicles at all times. 

8.       We completed our most recent lockdown drill on November 15.  This week teachers have received new, somewhat revised lockdown procedures from me.  We will conduct our next scheduled lockdown drill after the holidays on Friday, January 18, 2013.  Prior to this drill, parents will be notified via an automated telephone call and a send-home flyer in order to encourage family conversations with children prior to this event. 

Please remember: these new procedures and protocols are not meant to inconvenience you.  They are intended to enhance and ensure the safety of each of the 700-or-so staff and students that occupy our campus each day.

If you have any questions or concerns about these procedures and guidelines, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

John Coe, M.Ed.
principal, Marshall Magnet Elementary School


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Two-hour delay today

According the the FUSD Snow Preparedness webpage: "Due to current road and weather conditions, FUSD schools are on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Early release times for high school exams are canceled and students will be released at their normal times of 2:20 and 2:30. Puente students are on their regular bus schedule."

Buses will run 2-hours later than usual.

Breakfast will not be served.

Lunches will take place at their usual time.

Dismissal will occur at the typical time: 3:20.

Questions?  Call the school office: 928 773 4030.

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The Text Of Tonight's ConnectEd Call

Hello Marshall families,

As the calendar year draws to a close we want to take one last opportunity to remind you of the great things your tax credit contributions do for Marshall Magnet School.  From our award-winning Suzuki violin programs, to Taiko drumming, exploratory and interactive fieldtrips, and numerous authors-, artists-, and scientists-in-residence, every child in every classroom at Marshall School benefits from your generosity in support of our unique extracurricular programs.

No other school in Flagstaff is able to provide its students with these special educational opportunities.  So we'd like to remind you, one final time before December 31, that you can make a contribution online by clicking on the "Donate Now" button at any time on the school blog at www.marshallmagnetschool.com or you can deliver your check in person or via mail to the school office any time before Friday, December 21 at 4:00 PM.  After this Friday, your check can be mailed or delivered in person to the FUSD Business Office at 3285 E. Sparrow Ave.  Please ensure that your check is postmarked before December 31st and that you have indicated on the memo line of your check to which Marshall School program fund you wish to contribute: arts magnets, science magnets, field-trips, or educational enrichment.


Happy Holidays, everyone!  And thanks for your support of Marshall Magnet School!

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PTO: December Meeting Minutes


Marshall Elementary Magnet School PTO
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:30pm
Next meeting: February 6, 2013 6:30-7:30


Karen Haubensak ran tonight’s meeting (17 in attendance)


1.            General Report
·         Exploration Stations= Thank you to Dina Yordy and Char Tomlinson for organizing this event. There were 250 people in attendance (it was felt this number was low because of the 2nd grade field trip to the zoo. Thank you cards went out to all the vendors who participated. Overall it was a positive event with all vendors happy to have been asked to participate
·         School Cents update- Christina unable to attend but it was reported by parents that through the end of December we can earn 15points for every dollar spent. United Way also has this program up on its Facebook page to spur more support for schools.
·         Teacher Lounge- up and running. It is being used daily.
·         Teachers Checks- $2500 for teacher checks voted and Approved
·         Science Council- request for between $110-$150 for Science Fair Ribbons. Voted and Approved
2.                    Upcoming Events

·         Cookie Walk- December 13th- Cookies donated up through Thursday (12/12). Plenty of volunteers. Malinda will collect cookies as they come in
·         Holiday Teacher/Staff breakfast- December 18th. (Bernadette) Email went out today and sign up passed around for treats to bring. Looking at having a few houses in town as additional drop off locations if you can’t bring your treats in that morning.

3.                    Principal’s Report
4.                    I was given the chance to travel to Paradise Valley with a small team of Marshall staff members to visit a Reggio Emelia inspired school on November 14. It was wonderful to see a school where this child-centered approach has been grown and developed over the past 10 years.  Seeing how they’ve incorporated their workshop (atelier) space into the school’s daily routine was particularly inspiring and gave us many good ideas to consider as we move forward in developing our own magnet programs lab/workshop space at Marshall.

Our annual Taiko drumming artist-in-residency program took place during the month of November.  Tony Trapasso and his wife Mei were on-site for three weeks giving drumming and Chinese culture lessons to every classroom, and working on a daily basis with our fifth graders.  Both Kasch’s and Arnold’s classes gave two excellent final performances at the end of their three weeks of training, once before the students and once at Coconino High School.  Both performances were well attended and even garnered us another front page photo and article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Teachers met together as a faculty during the month to see the roll-out of the new schoolwide Positive Behavior Support initiative. This new program, which has been developed by a committee of faculty and staff members who have been hard at work gathering behavior-referral data, reviewing existing programs in other schools, and designing a program that’s custom-made for Marshall in hopes of creating more consistent behavioral expectations for students in the school’s common areas: bathrooms, hallways, the cafeteria, and the playground.

The annual Tax Credit drive has arrived and is going full-speed ahead as we make every attempt to broadcast our message to every stakeholder and community member: tax credit works for us, and it works for you.  Please take a few minutes to look over the tax credit handout (I will have copies to distribute) tonight and please consider contributing to Marshall School.  We’d sure appreciate it!

(Comments from meeting) It was suggested that we have the thermometer posted to mark our progress so families will not only be reminded but know of the urgency and the need for the tax credit donations.
It was suggested that families be informed that they are not required to donate the full amount. Any amount helps!!
Native families living on the reservation are given a $25 check per family member from the state. This isn’t necessarily known. It was suggested this might help with tax credit donations.

5.            Treasurer’s Report
$18,087


6.            Council Report
Site Council reviewed the Parent Satisfaction Survey. Overall very positive. Cookie Walk gets poor ratings!! There were 148 responses. John will report the results to his University Supervisor and Barbara Hickman as required and then make results public.
7.            Additional Business
·         Can Food Drive (Candyce) Friday 9-11am. Vince Martinez in charge of this. Cans go to Family Food Bank. Santa will also be here. Class that brings in most cans wins pizza party.



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Cookie Walk & Title 1 Parent Meeting

You're invited to attend our annual Title 1 Parent Meeting and Cookie Walk at Marshall School this Thursday evening, December 13th. 

The Title 1 Parent Meeting will begin in the Library at 5:15.  Cookies will be served!  Come by to find out how federal Title 1 funding helps enhance student academic achievement at Marshall School.  We'll be done by 5:45.

The Cookie Walk begins at 6:00 in the Gym.   Students can receive additional cookie-coupons for good behavior at school this week, and you can receive a bonus cookie-coupon for bringing a canned food donation with you that night!

Prior to the Walk, all week this week, and throughout the day on Thursday, we'd like to ask you to donate a box, bag, or basket of cookies to the school if you can. Just bring them in to your child's classroom, or to the front office, any time before 3:00 on Thursday afternoon. 

Thanks!  See you on Thursday night.

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Site Council, Science Council, and PTO this Wednesday

Just a quick, friendly reminder: We will convene our Marshall Site and Science Councils on Wednesday evening, December 5th, at 5:00, followed by our monthly PTO meeting at 6:30.

Please join us in the Library.

As always, everyone's invited! Childcare will be provided

Hope to see you there!

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Parent and Family Involvement Plan

Hello Marshall families,

We'd like you to know about our Parent And Family Engagement Plan.  As a federally-subsidized Title 1 school, we are required to always have such a plan in place and to make its contents available to you.  If you have questions about this plan, please feel free to contact us.

Objective:
Marshall Magnet Elementary school will provide opportunities for increased, meaningful involvement by families in their students’ academic and related activities.

Strategies:
1.    Marshall has created three councils comprised of parents, teachers and community members.  The three councils are:  Arts Council, Science Council and Site Council.  The mission of the councils is to promote and support the goals of the magnet programs at Marshall.

2.   Offer at least six schoolwide family activities/events per year.  These events will be planned and coordinated by faculty, staff, PTO, parents and students when applicable.  Records will be kept of parent attendance and participation.

3.   Implement the use of parent compacts.   All efforts will be made to inform and educate parents about the importance of these compacts.

4.   Make information accessible to all parents.  Every effort will be made to communicate with parents in their native language, with translations to be done by staff and parent volunteers.  Every effort will be made to accommodate the specific needs of parents with disabilities.

5.   Work with the Parent Teacher Organization.  PTO participation will be encouraged in all areas of influence (classrooms, Parent Center, newsletters, etc.)  Faculty, staff and the PTO collaborate to develop monthly programs with topics that are relevant to Marshall Families, as well as inform parents of the variety of educational programs carried on at Marshall School.

6.   Parent- teacher communication will occur on a regular basis.  Newsletters and other pertinent communications will be sent to parents in a timely manner.  Twice yearly conferences will be scheduled with all parents.  Teachers will be encouraged to include students in this process using the student-led model.

7.   Teachers will communicate with parents when attendance or tardiness interferes with learning.  Communication will be in the form of phone calls, progress reports or parent meetings/conferences.

8.   An academic review will be held for academically at-risk students and their parents to develop a plan to raise student achievement levels.  Final evaluation, from the academic review committee will be placed in the student’s cum folder.

9.   Parent Information.  During Open House, Parent Conferences and other times info regarding curriculum, expectations, assessments and ways to help their children will be given to parents.  Information is also available at the Family Resource Center, the Marshall School website and at pirc.org.

This school has a complete Continuous Improvement Plan on file in the office and it is also available online.

Revised 11/12

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New Faculty Lounge!

Thanks to the FUSD maintenance department (who got the job done fast!),
super-generous contributions from the awesome Marshall PTO,
as well as some financial assistance from retired Marshall teacher, Linda Evans,
Marshall-dad, Vince Martinez', very impressive furniture-assembly skills,
and the tireless coordinating efforts of Marshall teacher, Janelle Reasor, and her husband Marc, who transported all the big stuff from Sam's Club in his box truck,

we now have a real-live, lovely Faculty Lounge at our school!

You should see it!  It's great!  



Thanks again to everyone who helped us pull this project together in record-time.

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PTO Report -- Nov. 2012

Below are the minutes to the November meeting of the Marshall Parent Teacher Organization:

Marshall Elementary Magnet School PTO Meeting Minutes 
Wednesday November 7, 2012 6:30pm
Next meeting: December 5, 2012 6:30-7:30

Christie Kinkade ran tonight’s meeting
(15 in attendance)

General Report 

  • Jog-a-thon recap= $18,475.00 
  • Exploration Stations= 30 vendors. 
  • Student council will have food for purchase 
  • School Cents update- currently in 5th place. Extra points in November and December 
  •  Box Tops – Total $1,161.80. Mr. Macias’ class won contest 
  • Clothing Exchange- Melissa Bianco is contact. Still need volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday from 8-11. Also need plastic or paper bags and hangers. Emily Manone volunteered to translate flyer into Spanish. 
  • Teacher lounge- furniture needed. Working with $1000 donated to school by Linda Evans when she won teacher of the year. Suggested we use World Market and get School Cents points for purchase. 
  • Parenting AZ- need funds for supplies ($75 for 3 months). Approved $225. 

Upcoming Events 

  • Cookie Walk- December 13th Andrea Shaw had agreed to organize this at a prior meeting. Time is 6-7pm 
  • Holiday Teacher/Staff breakfast- December 18th. Bernadette Chavez will organize this. An email will be sent to ask for food items from parents. Time will be 7:30-8:30am 

Principal’s Report- John was unable to attend. Report was read as follows:

  • We survived Picture Day on 10 Oct. and we’re pleased that pictures have already been delivered and sent home with students. 
  • Mr. Shaddy and Mrs. Arnold’s class collaborated to bring us the first installment of the Mustang Madness newscast early in October. It played for nearly a week on the TV at the front of the building and is also available for viewing via YouTube on our blog, www.marshallmagnetschool.com. We’re awfully proud of what Mr. Shaddy, Mrs. Arnold, and all of her students were able to accomplish in this regard. 
  • A small contingent of the FUSD and Marshall School community attended the Flagstaff Community Foundation Awards on 11 Oct. to receive more than $6,000 in grant money to ensure the sustainability of the Suzuki violin program at Marshall. 
  • Parent Teacher Conferences took place on 17-19 Oct. School was released early, at 11:45 each day, and our teachers were able to spend valuable time with our students’ parents discussing their progress. Parent teacher conferences will occur again in March. 
  • The Second Response To Intervention (RTI) cycle began on 16 Oct. Classroom teachers and our RTI specialists, Page Ballard and Joy Pavich, spent many hours poring over our benchmark testing data to rearrange students by hand into one of the many daily intervention groups we’ve put in place to meet their needs, from our most exceptional students to those who require the greatest support. 
  • The Second Grading Period, likewise, began on 15 Oct. This grading period will conclude with report cards being sent home on 21 December. 
  • We are pleased that Mrs. LeMoyne was featured in on the front page of the Arizona Daily Sun on 29 Oct. and had a chance to tout some of the great things going on in early childhood education at Marshall. 
  • One of our most unique and popular annual magnet opportunities, fifth grade Taiko drumming, has begun again with the return of our one-of-a-kind instructor, Tony Trapasso. The three week artist in residency will conclude with a public student Taiko drumming performance on 17 Nov. at Coconino High School Mini Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. 
  • Teachers were able to attend a two-hour Professional Development seminar on 02 Nov. led by our RTI specialists and geared toward helping our teachers strengthen their classroom instruction. 
  • Our Violin Rental Program is off to a great start. For just $10.00 per month we are able to send home a practice violin with students to use to review the things they learn in Suzuki class each week. 
  • We now have 235 Facebook followers and had nearly 1200 unique pageviews during the month of Oct. on blog, www.marshallmagnetschool.com. 
  • Six-hundred copies of The Marshall Magnet, our quarterly school newsletter, were printed and sent home with families during conferences. 
  • We collected $443.00 towards the required Tax Credit Participation fee and are hopeful that this will be sufficient to demonstrate our earnest effort to collect this fee. This fee is required by the state and must be assessed if we are to be allowed to use Tax Credit money to support our extracurricular programs. 
  • Our annual Tax Credit contribution drive begins in earnest next week. We only have until 31 December to collect these crucial contributions. Without Tax Credit contributions our magnet programs would cease to exist. Families may contribute up to $400.00 and individuals up to $200.00. All Tax Credit contributions are a dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes you otherwise owe to the state. Tax Credit works for you, and it works for us by allowing Marshall to provide many unique magnet programs to your students free of charge, and by allowing you to have direct control over where and how your tax dollars are spent. More information about the Arizona Public School Tax Credit program is available on the blog, www.marshallmagnetschool.com. 

Treasurer’s Report 

  • $12,000 plus in account (have cards to recently purchased that will be sold) 
  • $25,000 plus in JAT account ($7,000 already there from last year- needs to be moved into a separate account so it can still be used for Science Lab) 
  • Another scrip order will be placed for the holidays. Flyer to go home soon 

Council Report 

  • Scientific study with Suzuki program and kindergarteners underway. Under the guidance of Karen Hallberg who is working on her PhD, 50 students selected at random for 5 week study. One “treatment” group who will receive more Suzuki instruction in both time and focus, and one control group. Looking at working with the memory and visual and spatial concepts. This is the first study like this done with early childhood students. 
  • K-2nd Music Mindgames curriculum being implemented through a grant. For now, just Suzuki students/teachers but all teachers will be trained in December. Marshall is part of a national newsletter on this topic. 
  • Violin Rental Program has begun. $10 rental per month with a $300 deposit. As of yet, not sure how to proceed with deposit but necessary because already 2 violins have disappeared when 2 families left Marshall. It was suggested the checks be cashed to avoid this but it also presents a problem with access for all students. 
  • Marshall was one of 10 schools nationally that received the SCA tissue grant. We are using the $1,935 to build a fence around the garden 
  • Waiting to hear about the $10,000 Heritage Grant we submitted. 

 Additional Business 

  • Tax Credit push is under way but Marshall currently raised $400. Last year we were at more than $38,000 
  • Parenting Workshops with Parent AZ begin tomorrow.

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Taiko!

Our annual Taiko Drumming artist-in-residency program began earlier this month. For nearly three weeks all Marshall students have had the opportunity to learn about and play real Taiko drums with a professional instructor.  As is the case with all our in-residence magnet programs, Taiko Drumming is provided free of charge to Marshall students; it's paid for in-part by your Arizona Tax Credit contributions and supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our fifth graders have been practicing with our resident-artist, Tony Trapasso, every day during his residency and they will perform what they've learned publicly for the entire school on Friday, November 16th at 9:15 and for our parents on Saturday, November 17th at Coconino High School at 11:30.

Meanwhile, have a look at what our fifth graders did two years ago:





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ConnectEd Call - Monday, November 5


Below is the text of this evening's ConnectEd telephone call:

"Hello Marshall families,

We've got another busy week ahead at Marshall Magnet School and wanted to take a minute this evening to update you on all that's going on.

First and foremost, we hope that you've already made plans to attend Exploration Stations at the school on Thursday evening November 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Exploration Stations, brought to you each year by our awesome parent-teacher organization, is a fun and interesting chance to see what local scientific research and natural-resource stewardship organizations do; it's also a chance to meet some of our artists-in-residence and to make and do and see some very cool, awesome, and unusual things.

Our awesome parent-teacher organization will meet on Wednesday evening, November 7, at 6:30. All Marshall stakeholders: parents, guardians, and teachers and caregivers are encouraged to attend. As always, childcare will be provided.

Please don't forget to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.  The polls open early, at 6:00 AM and will remain open until 7:00 PM that evening.  Remember, there are many important issues for you to consider on this ballot, including the FUSD bond question.  If you have neglected to mail in your absentee ballot, you can take it to your polling place and deliver it by hand.

Last of all, it's getting to be that time of the year when we feel compelled to remind you of Arizona's Public School Tax Credit program and the great advantages it affords to you and to the magnet programs at Marshall School.  Marshall's unique magnet programs rely on these contributions in order to continue to be offered to all of our students year after year.  Tax Credit contributions must be made before December 31 to apply to your 2012 tax return. "

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Violin Rental Program

Mr. Coe was once a Suzuki violinist
To support the learning that takes place within our one-of-a-kind Suzuki violin magnet program we're pleased to be able to offer our Violin Rental Program to families once again this year.  For a fee of only $10.00 a month we will equip your child with a well-tuned, carefully maintained practice violin to keep and play at home throughout the school year.

To request a violin from this program, please download and complete our Violin Rental Agreement form and we will prepare an instrument for your child to take home immediately.

Every dollar raised through this program will be returned to our kindergarten, first, and second grade Suzuki violin program.

Please note: due to the replacement-value of these instruments, a $300.00 fully refundable security deposit must be assessed before an instrument can be sent home.  However, if for reasons of hardship your family is unable to provide the school with this deposit, please contact Mrs. Reasor to request an exception and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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The First Teacher They'll Ever Have

Chris LeMoyne, one of our awesome kindergarten teachers, was featured on the front page of the Arizona Daily Sun this week.  Have a look.  A Day In The Life: The First Teacher They'll Ever Have.

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Exploration Stations!

Join us next Thursday evening, November 8th, at the school for our annual Exploration Stations Night from 6:00-8:00 PM.

What's Explorations Stations, you ask?  Well, it's many things... all of them fun and interesting... it's a chance to see what local scientific research and natural-resource stewardship organizations do; it's a chance to meet some of our artists-in-residence; it's a chance to make and do and see some very cool, awesome, and unusual things.

What else?  Well, we'll let the video below tell you the rest.  Please, have a look:



Hope to see you next Thursday!

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Tax Credit Information

It's never too soon to begin to plan to make your annual Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School.  The program provides great advantages both to you and your child's school.  All Tax Credit contributions must be received by December 31, 2012.

As you probably already know: No other school in Flagstaff provides the unique learning opportunities that every child, including yours, receives at Marshall Magnet School.  How?  Chiefly because of the Tax Credit contributions made to our school each year.

As demonstrated by our imaginary tax-payers below (click an image to enlarge it), Arizona's Tax Credit program works to the advantage of most tax-payers.  Whether you're a single parent, a married family filing jointly, or an more mature couple with grown children, Arizona's Tax Credit program enables you to give part of your annual state taxes directly to Marshall Magnet School, rather than to the state Department Of Revenue.

This opportunity to provide direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs is your chance to make the decision about precisely how your tax dollars are spent to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School.


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Tax Credit contributions directly reduce the Balance Of Tax that you would otherwise owe to the state.  Tax Credit contributions are not deductions, nor are they a kind of exemption.  They are a direct dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes that you must pay.  Your choice in the matter, however, is to take advantage of Arizona's Tax Credit program and contribute these dollars to Marshall Magnet School rather than giving those dollars to the state.

Every single Tax Credit dollar that you contribute to Marshall Magnet School goes directly into sustaining and developing our well-established, unique, and meaningful Arts and Science magnet programs at every grade level. All Marshall students, including your own, benefit from your contribution!

Below we've provided a per-grade-level break-down of the costs of our special magnet-school programs during the 2011-2012 school year, which were paid for entirely by grants and Tax Credit contributions:
Kinder (104 students)
Magnet Programs: Reggio Emilia Art Integration ($11,500), Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($10,633) and Water in our World Science Program ($600) Total Cost: $22,733.00 Cost per Kindergarten Student: $218.59

1st Grade (94 students)

Magnet Programs: Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($9,417.80) and The Explorers Science Program $1,000.00 Total Cost: $10,417.80 Cost per 1st Grade Student: $110.83

2nd Grade (101 students)

Magnet Programs: Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($10,329.20) and Communities Science Program $6,000.00 Total Cost: $16,329.20 Cost per 2nd Grade Student: $161.68

3rd Grade (101 students)

Magnet Programs: Professional Dance Instruction 30 min week ($2,362.50) and From the Ground Up Science Program ($4,000.00) Total Cost: $6,362.50 Cost per 3rd Grade Student: $63.00

4th Grade (78 students)

Magnet Programs: Author in Residence $3,200.00 and Adaptations and Interactions Science Program ($3,100.00), Heritage Garden Project ($1,600.00) Total Cost: $7,900.00 Cost per 4th Grade Student: $101.28

5th Grade (63 students)

Magnet Programs: Japanese Taiko Drumming ($6,560.00) and Space Science Program ($1,000) Total Cost: $7,560.00 Cost per 5th Grade Student: $120.00

4/5 Multiage Art and Science Integration Program (51 students): $3,500.00

Cost per Student: $68.63

Total magnet 2011-2012 budget $102,802.50
Total # of students who benefit: 597
Average Cost per Marshall Student: $172.20
Please remember: In order to have it applied to your 2012 tax return, you must make your Tax Credit contribution before December 31, 2012.  Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.00. Single taxpayers may give up to $200.00.  But contributions in any amount are always welcomed and appreciated!

You can make a Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School online at any time, in any amount, during the course of the year simply by clicking on the "Donate now!" button below.




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Conferences Start Tomorrow!


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Mustang Madness News - October 2012

Hot off the press, it's the October 2012 edition of the Mustang Madness Newscast, starring the students in Mrs. Arnold's fifth grade class.

A huge special thanks goes out to our awesome in-house tech-guru, Mr. Shaddy, for his great work on this collaborative project!

Tune in to the newscast find out more about:

  • Mr. Coe, our principal
  • Mrs. Hudson's Fit Kids class
  • The October school calendar
  • The Mustang Gallop fundraiser
Please note: the correct time for early dismissal during Parent Teacher Conferences this week has been changed to 11:45 (not 12:25).

Enjoy!

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Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 17-19

Parent Teacher Conferences will happen this week, on October 17th, 18th, and 19th, at Marshall Magnet School.

All students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in order to accommodate our conference schedule.

Please plan accordingly.  Thanks!

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A busy week ahead!

Hello Marshall families!

It promises to be a busy week at Marshall Magnet School this week.

Wednesday, October 3, is International Walk To School Day. We'd like to encourage all of you, as Marshall students and families, whether you typically walk or get transported to school by other means, to consider walking all or part of the way to school Wednesday morning.

A permission slip will be sent home with bus-students today. On Wednesday morning, all of our buses will stop at the National Guard Armory parking lot on Thorpe Road and let-off students with signed permission slips to walk around the ballfields and past the Short Pond to Marshall school along with teachers and parent volunteers. Bus-students who don't have a signed permission slip to hand to the driver in the morning will ride the bus to the school building as usual.

If you typically bring your student to school in the morning early for FACTS, there will be adults to walk with your child from the Armory to the school beginning at 7:45 AM. Likewise, if you typically deliver your children to school by car, you're also welcomed to drop your students off at the Armory to walk with a teacher or parent-volunteer beginning at 8:00.

Later in the day on Wednesday October 3, Marshall's Site and Science Councils will meet in the Library at 5:00 PM. The PTO will meet afterward at 6:30. You are welcomed and encouraged to attend each of these meetings.

Just a quick reminder that Marshall's annual fundraiser, the Mustang Gallop jog-a-thon, will take place during the school day on Friday, October 5th. There's still some time to collect contributions. Proceeds from this year's fundraiser are earmarked for playground improvements at Marshall. Thanks for your participation in this important effort.

Last of all, don't forget to register to vote. Monday, October 8th, is the last day for you to get registered for the upcoming election in November. We have voter registration information in the office, or you can register online at www.servicearizona.com.

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Phone Service Disconnected Friday PM

A construction project at Marshall will leave us with our phones disconnected tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28th, beginning at 1:00.  If you have students who will be in FACTS in the afternoon, after early dismissal, you may get in touch with the program at 928-606-0649 or 928-220-0463.  To contact the office at Marshall tomorrow afternoon please call 928-788-0881.

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We're always interested in hearing from you about how things are going here at Marshall Magnet School.

In order to better understand how you perceive us, we've designed a short survey which is intended to provide Marshall Magnet School with much-needed insight that we hope will enable us to tailor our school's many unique programs and services to better serve our clientele: you and your children.

Paper versions of the survey will be sent home with all students this week.  But, to make it as simple as possible for you to provide us with your feedback, we've also made the survey available online and on your mobile device (just scan the QR code at right), too.

No matter how you choose to take the survey, it will only take you a few minutes to complete. 

Please note: you will need to finish the online/mobile version of the survey in one-sitting.  Be sure to click the "submit" button at the bottom when you're finished.

 Thanks for your time!

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Mustang Gallop Fundraiser 2012

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 his/her backpack after school.

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

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Marshall Tax Credit Information

Hello Marshall families,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the great advantages the Arizona School Tax Credit program provides to you and your child's school.  As you probably already know: No other school in Flagstaff provides the unique learning opportunities that every child, including yours, receives at Marshall Magnet School.  How?  Chiefly because of the Tax Credit contributions made to our school each year.

As demonstrated by our imaginary tax-payers below (click an image to enlarge it), Arizona's Tax Credit program works to the advantage of most tax-payers.  Whether you're a single parent, a married family filing jointly, or an more mature couple with grown children, Arizona's Tax Credit program enables you to give part of your annual state taxes directly to Marshall Magnet School, rather than to the state Department Of Revenue.

This opportunity to provide direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs is your chance to make the decision about precisely how your tax dollars are spent to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School.


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Tax Credit contributions directly reduce the Balance Of Tax that you would otherwise owe to the state.  Tax Credit contributions are not deductions, nor are they a kind of exemption.  They are a direct dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes that you must pay.  Your choice in the matter, however, is to take advantage of Arizona's Tax Credit program and contribute these dollars to Marshall Magnet School rather than giving those dollars to the state.

Every single Tax Credit dollar that you contribute to Marshall Magnet School goes directly into sustaining and developing our well-established, unique, and meaningful Arts and Science magnet programs at every grade level. All Marshall students, including your own, benefit from your contribution!

Below we've provided a per-grade-level break-down of the costs of our special magnet-school programs during the 2011-2012 school year, which were paid for entirely by grants and Tax Credit contributions:
Kinder (104 students)
Magnet Programs: Reggio Emilia Art Integration ($11,500), Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($10,633) and Water in our World Science Program ($600) Total Cost: $22,733.00 Cost per Kindergarten Student: $218.59

1st Grade (94 students)

Magnet Programs: Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($9,417.80) and The Explorers Science Program $1,000.00 Total Cost: $10,417.80 Cost per 1st Grade Student: $110.83

2nd Grade (101 students)

Magnet Programs: Suzuki Violin 30 min twice/ week ($10,329.20) and Communities Science Program $6,000.00 Total Cost: $16,329.20 Cost per 2nd Grade Student: $161.68

3rd Grade (101 students)

Magnet Programs: Professional Dance Instruction 30 min week ($2,362.50) and From the Ground Up Science Program ($4,000.00) Total Cost: $6,362.50 Cost per 3rd Grade Student: $63.00

4th Grade (78 students)

Magnet Programs: Author in Residence $3,200.00 and Adaptations and Interactions Science Program ($3,100.00), Heritage Garden Project ($1,600.00) Total Cost: $7,900.00 Cost per 4th Grade Student: $101.28

5th Grade (63 students)

Magnet Programs: Japanese Taiko Drumming ($6,560.00) and Space Science Program ($1,000) Total Cost: $7,560.00 Cost per 5th Grade Student: $120.00

4/5 Multiage Art and Science Integration Program (51 students): $3,500.00

Cost per Student: $68.63

Total magnet 2011-2012 budget $102,802.50
Total # of students who benefit: 597
Average Cost per Marshall Student: $172.20
Please remember: In order to have it applied to your 2012 tax return, you must make your Tax Credit contribution before December 31, 2012.  Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.00. Single taxpayers may give up to $200.00.  But contributions in any amount are always welcomed and appreciated!

You can make a Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School online at any time, in any amount, during the course of the year simply by clicking on the "Donate now!" button below.




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Free Bicycle Helmets!


On Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m., McDonald’s restaurants will be distributing 20,000 FREE bicycle helmets provided by the AZ Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics to help prevent bike injuries! Arizona Safe Kids volunteers will be on site to properly fit the helmets! 
This offer will be available at  McDonald’s restaurants in Maricopa, La Paz, Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Apache, Graham, and Pinal counties. However, please note, the free bicycle helmet offer excludes Walmart and retail mall McDonald’s locations

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Principal's Report to the PTO

Principal's Report to the PTO
Aug-Sept 2012 

I’m pleased to report that we’re off to a great start at Marshall this year!

We’ve been able to provide all of our students, some 580 of them at the moment, with a safe, secure placement in a an equitably balanced classroom that’s at or very near the class-size par set for elementary schools by FUSD. As a Title 1 school serving a large number of families who qualify for the federally subsidized free-and-reduced-price lunch program, it’s often very difficult for us to predict our enrollment numbers with a great deal of precision prior to the first day of the year. In fact, we started out on August 13 some 45 students below our summer projections. However, due to the state of Arizona’s statutory requirement to provide intensive English language instruction to some students, and our actual enrollment numbers in certain student subgroups on the first day of school, we were able to open a new fourth-and-fifth grade Structured English Immersion classroom on Tuesday, August 14, the second day of school. Opening this new classroom, initially with a substitute teacher, now staffed full time by Kelley Ingols, served the dual purpose of meeting the state’s legal requirements, while at the same time reducing our class sizes to more reasonable levels in every other classroom at the fourth and fifth grade.

Marshall’s annual Back To School Open House took place last week on Tuesday evening. The event was well attended. We acquired signatures (a requirement for all public events at Title 1 schools) and email contact information from nearly 200 individuals. Many families appeared to stick around until the conclusion of the event at 7:30 PM. Several local organizations, including Girl Scouts, The Boys and Girls Club, Parenting Arizona, as well as our own PTO were also present in our lobby during the event.

We've made great strides to continue to make Marshall an ever-more safe and secure environment for your children. We've rearranged the daily schedules of many of our paraprofessionals in order to enable more of them to be present on the playgrounds more often and in greater number during our lunch times. Likewise, we've been able to put Anna Hudson, our new Fit Kids of Arizona Health and Wellness coordinator, and Jason Slater our new Positive Behavior Support specialist in place on both the morning and lunchtime playgrounds to work with students to coordinate structured and organized play activities. We still have some small need for one additional aide hour during the day, chiefly to provide additional coverage for the kindergartners on their separate playground during their lunch recess.  Last year the PTO was kind enough to provide the school with the funding necessary to cover this position, and I am hopeful you will consider making a similar investment during the 2012-2013 school year.

Similarly, in the absence of the Ballard/Novak team, we’ve been compelled to make some minor adjustments to our afternoon dismissal procedures, which we feel have enhanced the order and safety of this this critical time of day as well.

All our new Promethean Boards, purchased with Mustang Gallop funds, were installed over the summer and teachers have already received one in-service training on their use from Mr. Shaddy. Every classroom at Marshall now has a Smart or Promethean interactive whiteboard in it, with the exception of our new ⅘ classroom, which will have one installed very soon.

In view of the PTO’s interest at the conclusion of the last school year in helping Marshall School develop a teacher’s lounge here at the school, we initiated a project-approval and bidding process over the summer with the intent to determine the feasibility of converting and expanding our “orange” room (the office space with the Pepsi machine in it across from the office) into such a place for staff members. The district has approved our initial concept and has sought and received an acceptable bid on the project which will include the removal of an interior wall, installation of new carpet, water lines and a sink. We have formed a faculty-lounge committee at the school level which hopes to work with interested members of the PTO to further develop this space on behalf of our staff.

Finally, we’re very pleased to report that we were able to hire, rehire, and/or assimilate a number of new employees at Marshall over the course of the past summer. Judith Arnold, a district initiated transfer, formerly of MEMS, now teaches fifth grade here. Likewise, Lisa Price, another district transfer from Thomas, now works in our third grade. Shelia White, our new music teacher comes to us of her own volition from MEMS. Biz Bruchman joins our team as a .5 SPED teacher; she also works at Sechrist in the same role. Monique Freeman has been hired to work as our other .5 SPED teacher. Jen Ernst joins us as our new speech-language pathologist. Lillian Gillmore is our new nurse. James Connell is our new school psychologist. Emily Heck is our newest fourth grade teacher. And, as mentioned above, Jason Slater joins our team as our PBS specialist, Anna Hudson is our new Fit Kids of Arizona coordinator, and Kelley Ingols is our new ⅘ SEI teacher.

 We’re also happy to report that, despite FUSD’s reduction in force layoffs at the conclusion of last year, we were nevertheless able to retain or rehire Andrea Shaw, Shawn Gillett, and Lizzy Baker (now Mrs. Kohl) at Marshall.

 Last of all, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the invaluable contributions of the half-dozen or so new paraprofessionals who also joined our ranks as new-hires in the past few months. We are still advertising three paraprofessional positions as well as a highly specialized medically fragile special education teaching position. Due to the unique qualifications necessary for this position, it is my understanding that FUSD intends to help us find a qualified applicant by advertising this job beyond the state of Arizona. For the time being it is temporarily being filled by a very capable sub, Dr. Gail Tetrick.

John Coe

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Site, Science, and PTO meetings Wed. Sept. 5

Just a quick, friendly reminder: We will convene our Marshall Site and Science Councils tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 5, at 5:00, followed by our monthly PTO meeting at 6:30.  Please join us in the Library.

As always, everyone's invited! Childcare will be provided

Hope to see you there!

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Back To School Open House -- Tues. 6:00-7:30

Please join us!

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Fit Kids At School

Flagstaff Medical Center and its children’s wellness program, Fit Kids of Arizona, recently invested an unprecedented $1 million with the Flagstaff Unified School District to launch a new health and wellness initiative called Fit Kids at School

Flagstaff Medical Center's investment in Fit Kids at School is focused on long-term community health promotion. The new program will be officially rolled out district-wide to all 10 FUSD elementary schools on Sept. 17. 

The initiative has enabled Marshall Magnet School to hire Anna Hudson as our newest staff member to lead structured health and fitness activities throughout the school day beginning next week, including structured play during recesses and an extra 30-minute physical education class for each grade level once a week. These enhancements to our existing health and physical education curriculum will increase students’ physical activity from 35 minutes per week to more than 270 minutes per week. 

For more information about Fit Kids at School, please call Allison Mitkowski at (928) 214-3546.

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Condolences

Our school community lost one of its most vital members over the weekend.  Marshall parent, husband, and father Dr. Nate Avery passed away following an accident at Lake Powell on Saturday night.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Avery family.

Expressions of condolence can be made at www.nateavery.info.

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Marshall School Handbook

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Thanks to Mr. Shaddy's hard work, the 2012-2013 Marshall Magnet Elementary School Student Handbook has been revised and made ready for publication online.   We hope you and your student(s) are able to spend a few minutes looking it over at home sometime soon.

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How you can help Marshall School

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Arizona Public School Tax Credit program 


This key fundraising incentive program works to the advantage of most Arizona tax-payers as well as for Marshall Magnet School.

Whether you're a single parent, a married family filing jointly, or an more mature couple with grown children, Arizona's Tax Credit program enables you to give part of your annual state taxes directly to Marshall Magnet School, rather than to the state Department Of Revenue.

This opportunity to provide direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs is your chance to make the decision about precisely how your tax dollars are spent to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School. 

It works for us, and it works for you.


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Safeway Club Card eScrip Program
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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 www.escrip.com.


Flagstaff Mall School Cents Program 
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This simple program returns a portion of the value of your total purchases made before Dec. 31, 2012, 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 www.shoppingpartnership.com




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Interstate Auto Glass
If you choose to use Interstate Auto Glass to provide insured-windshield repair services for your car they will return a portion of the service fee to Marshall School.


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