PTO, Site, and Science Council meetings tomorrow

Just a quick, friendly reminder: We will convene our Marshall Site and Science Councils tomorrow evening, Wednesday, February 1, at 5:00, followed by our monthly PTO meeting at 6:30.  FUSD Superintendent Barbara Hickman will be in attendance at this month's PTO meeting to discuss the future course of Marshall Magnet School.

As always, everyone's invited! Childcare will be provided in Room 42.

Hope to see you there!


New Educational Technology Coming Soon

Many of our classrooms at Marshall Magnet School have interactive Smart™ or Promethean whiteboards in them.   But for one reason or another, not all of them do.  However, thanks to our marvelous PTO and the hundreds of Marshall students who raised money during the 2011 Mustang Gallop,  we're in the process of procuring several new Promethean Boards for the classrooms in our school which currently need one.

What's a Promethean Board?  That's a good question.  Basically, it's an interactive whiteboard, connected to a computer and a projector that allows the entire surface of the wall-mounted board to be used to control the computer using a pen-stylus.  Promethean boards are used  extensively in the professional world, but they have also been shown to be an invaluable technological resource in classrooms.  Research indicates they can have a significant impact on student achievement and engagement when used by teachers who understand how to best use the technology.  Innumerable teacher resources have also been created to assist teachers in using interactive whiteboards in the classroom.

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In making the decision to use Mustang Gallop funds to purchase this new equipment, the Marshall Technology Committee has also committed to ensuring that our teachers have the opportunity to better learn about how to use their new Promethean Boards to enhance student achievement.  Several in-service training opportunities will take place in the coming months to provide this training to teachers.  Additionally, on Tuesday, January 24th,  in the parking lot across the street from the school,  the 36-foot-long Promethean ActiveClassroom RV will be on-site to showcase interactive whiteboards and other exciting new technologies to teachers and parents  alike.  You're encouraged to tour through the bus at your convenience between 9:00AM-4:00PM. Please print yourself a ticket and then simply show up at the AdtivClassroom Rv's door whenever it's convenient for you; they'll take care of the rest!


Marshall News - January 2012

Happy New Year, everyone!  It's been great to see you back at school this week looking so happy and well-rested.  We hope 2012 is a great year for you, your family, and for the entire Marshall Magnet School community!

Our New Home On The Web
Did you notice our new domain name?  Our blog is now officially located online at  Pretty cool, huh?  We think so!  Feel free to make a new bookmark if you like.  But you don't need to; you'll still be able to find us via your old bookmark, too.

As always, there's lots of great stuff coming up this month at Marshall Magnet School, and we can't wait to tell you about it!

Science Fair Help Night
Our annual school-wide Science Fair program begins next Tuesday evening, January 10th, with our Help Night Open House.  If you're curious about how to get help your child get his/her Science Fair project started, please make plans to attend. Marshall teachers will be hosting the Open House beginning at 5:30PM on the 10th.   We hope to be able to answer all of your questions about Science Fair projects at that time.

This will also be a great opportunity for students to begin working on their Science Fair projects. Feel free to drop by to ask just a few questions, or settle in to work; you may stay until 7:00PM. There will be limited supplies (construction paper, markers, crayons, and glue) for students to use and several Marshall teachers will be available to give advice, provide guidance, and answer questions. This workshop is for Marshall Science Fair participants in grades K through 5th. However, in order to stay and work, students must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not bring younger siblings, as child care is not available at this event.

If you have any questions about the Science Fair Help Night Open House, please contact Mr. Kasch or Mrs. Paulsen.

Geography Bee
Practice booklets were distributed to fourth and fifth grade students earlier this week for our upcoming annual National Geographic Geography Bee competition, which will take place in the Gym next week, Wednesday, January 11th, at 9:40AM.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Likewise, we'd like to encourage you to work with your student between now and then to help them prepare for the class-selection process for the competition.  Only five students from each 4th and 5th grade class (35 students in all) will be chosen to compete at the school level.  There are several resources available online to assist your child in preparing for this competition, we've listed a few below:
If you have questions about the Geography Bee, please contact Mrs. McQuaid or Ms. McKnight.

School will be dismissed in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th.

Spelling Bee
Classroom teachers are already in the process of selecting their students for our upcoming annual National Spelling Bee competition.  The school-wide competition will take place on Wednesday, January 18th, at 9:40AM in the Gym.  Parents are encouraged to attend.

If you have questions about the Spelling Bee, please contact Mrs. Fresquez.