A little not-so-great video of a whole bunch of super violinists

Here's a short, dark, jittery video of just a smidge of the really awesome, standing-room-only performance Marshall's super second grade Suzuki violinists  gave tonight.  Enjoy!

There's still time to catch the last performance live tomorrow night when the first graders play at the Coconino High School mini-theater at 5:30. Hope to see you there!


Happy Snow Day [UPDATED]

Good morning, Marshall Magnet School, and a happy snow day to you!

As you already probably know, school is canceled today.  Be safe as you enjoy your unplanned day-off.

We will do our best to have a rescheduled date and location for our First Grade Suzuki Performance soon.  But for now please take note: First Grade Suzuki at Coconino High School is canceled for tonight.

Update: First Grade Suzuki violinists will perform at Coconino High School this THURSDAY evening at 5:30.  Our second graders will perform as scheduled tomorrow evening at 6:00.


Spring 2012 Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Week

Spring 2012 Parent-Teacher Conferences begin next week on Wednesday, March 7th, and continue on Thursday and Friday, March 8th and 9th.  We'll be on our typical Friday dismissal time, at 12:25, all three days.

And, just in case you over-looked it, please remember: there's no school March 12-16.

We hope you've got plans to have a great Spring Break!


K-2 Suzuki Violin Performances Next Week

Marshall Magnet School's High Altitude Suzuki Violin Program is pleased to invite you to our annual kindergarten, first, and second grade ensemble violin performances.  We're grateful to Coconino High School for allowing us to use their mini-auditorium for our event this year.

Performances will take place over the course of three nights.

  • Kindergarten: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 -- 6:00-7:00PM
  • First Grade: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 -- 6:00-7:00PM
  • Second Grade: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 -- 6:00-7:00PM

Did you know?
Each and every kindergarten, first, and second grade student at Marshall Magnet School receives two 30-minute Suzuki Violin lessons a week and is provided with his/her own violin to play here at the school for the entire school year FREE OF CHARGE.

This one-of-a-kind program, which costs over $30,000 annually, is partially supported by the following donors and organizations:
  • The Catherine Adel Foundation
  • Flagstaff Community Foundation 
  • Private donations 
  • Your Tax credit dollars.  Please make a donation today!

Our Suzuki violin program is also made possible via an ongoing partnership with the NAU School of Music and the following instructors:
  • Ms. Karin Hallberg 
  • Ms. Kristina Beachell 
  • Ms. Emily Siller 
  • Ms. Kaylene King 
  • Ms. Katie Wilson 
  • Mr. Yuki Oshima 
Announcing our NEW Violin Rental Program!
Marshall is currently able to rent violins to our students for the unbeatable price of $10 per month!!! ALL of the money generated from these violin rentals will go right back into the program!

To rent a violin, simply send us an email with the following information:
Student name:
Classroom teacher name:
Phone #:


Kindergarten Registration in the Daily Sun!

Photo credit: Josh Biggs Arizona Daily Sun
Arizona Daily Sun reporter Hillary Davis has written a nice article about this week's Kindergarten Registration Open House at Marshall Magnet School in the Daily Sun this morning.

We're pleased that she was able, once again, to recognize the positive growth we've experienced this year at Marshall, not just at the kindergarten level, but throughout the school.


Kindergarten Registration Open House

All Flagstaff Unified School District elementary schools will hold their annual Kindergarten Registration Open Houses tomorrow evening, Wednesday, February 22, from 4:30 until 6:30 PM.

Registration packets, in both English and Spanish, are available in the school office.  Our front office staff, Malinda Jimenez and Erin Macdonald, school nurse Joy Pietropaulo, interim principal John Coe, and all of our awesome kindergarten teachers, Jessica Hurley, RaeAnn Townsend, Chris Lemoyne, Cheryl Paulsen, and Melissa Bianco, as well as several other helpful members of the staff will be in attendance tomorrow to help all our new families successfully assimilate into our school community.

Please remember: you must register at your neighborhood school tomorrow.  If you would like to have your child attend Marshall Magnet School, but live out of our attendance area, you may request a boundary exception form at your neighborhood school.  We will do our best to accommodate all boundary exception forms that we receive. We will conduct a lottery if we receive more requests than we can fulfill.  However, if you already have an older child attending Marshall you need not apply for another boundary exception for your incoming kindergartener.


It's Science Fair Week!

Mr. Kasch 
has helped coordinate 
the Marshall Science Fair
for 25 years!
As an Arts and Science magnet school, we feel like we're obligated to throw one of the very best Science Fairs in town. And we think we do!  But we've had a lot of practice.  Marshall has been hosting its own locally-grown Science Fair every year for the past 25 years!

This year, we've got almost 200 Science Fair displays arranged in the school cafeteria, covering topics ranging from Earth Science to Physical Science and beyond.  Our professional-scientist judges are assembling this afternoon to assess each and every project and bestow ribbons to our winners and runners-up.

Please plan to attend our 25th annual Science Fair Open House Night this Wednesday evening, February 15, from 5:30 until 7:00, in order to see all the wonderful work our young scientists have produced!  If you can't make it here on Wednesday evening, be sure to stop in to the cafeteria whenever you can, between now and Thursday morning, to check it all out.


The Principal's Report

Typically, at our monthly PTO meetings, our interim principal, Mr. Coe, is given the opportunity to present a brief Principal's Report to those in attendance about what's been going on around Marshall Magnet School.  However, in view of other pressing business, it was determined to forego hearing his report in-person this month.  Therefore, we've decided to publish his Principal's Report online this month.

Mr. Coe's Principal’s Report
December 2011-January 2012

Tax Credit Campaign

  • We made the $5000.00 match during the month of December!
  • Our average Tax Credit donation was over $280.00 per contributor, the highest average contribution rate on record.
  • The site council has begun to carry out our ongoing 2012 monthly-giving Tax Credit campaign; the campaign stresses that by giving $36.36 per couple, $18.18 per individual, from Feb. through December, donors can make their entire contribution a little at a time; posters calling attention to this program have been placed throughout the school and posts in this regard will be made to Facebook and the blog during Feb. and again in April at tax time; tax credit contributions can now be made online via credit/debit card; a link to donate via this method has been place on the blog.

Social Media attention
  • Purchased exclusive, new domain name for the blog: MarshallMagnetSchool.com
  • We continue to have much success using online social media to convey our messages to our community.  The blog received 800 pageviews last month; 8000 pageviews since August.  Our Facebook page has 141 followers.
  • Another issue of our on-paper newsletter, The Marshall Magnet [.pdf], went home earlier in the month and generally contained reprints of several key blog posts.
Fifth Grade orientation
  • The counseling staff from both FUSD middles schools visited with our fifth graders in January to apprise them of some of the things they can expect when matriculating into 6th grade next year.
  • The MEMS Band will be on-site tomorrow to give our fifth graders a preview of the middle school instrumental music programs.
NAU Praxis Program
  • We are pleased to have welcomed the NAU Praxis Program to our campus last month.  Each cadre of pre-service Praxis Program education students will work in a wide variety of of our classrooms in multi-week rotations for the next two semesters.  
Promethean Boards
  • We were able to have the Promethean ActiveClassroom RV on-site last week to give our teachers and community members a preview of some of the features and advantages of their interactive whiteboards.
  • We have purchased 10 new boards, including 1 for the computer lab, with Mustang Gallop funds.  We were able to receive a substantial discount on this purchase due to the PTO’s participation in helping our school purchase these new devices!
Odds and ends
  • December’s Cookie Walk was a huge success.  Hundreds attended and (as far as we know) everyone went home smiling and with an ample supply of cookies in-hand.
  • The first of several schoolwide Positive Behavior Support initiatives, this time emphasizing Fairness, began this month.  Students recognized at any time during the school day by any staff member will receive a coupon.  Students who receive 30 coupons recognizing them for demonstrating Fairness before March will be recognized in during a schoolwide assembly.
  • We collected over 1000 cans of food at the annual Food Drive.
  • The Spelling and Geography Bees were both held in January and many of our students did extraordinary work preparing for and participating in these competitions.
  • Science Fair Help Night went well on Jan. 10th; Science Fair project are due on the 9th of Feb. and the Fair will take place throughout the week of the 13th.
  • Baker and Kasch Fifth Graders are scheduled to go skiing at Snowbowl on Feb. 16th.