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


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.


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 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!


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

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.


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.


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!