The text of this Friday evening's robo-call

Hello Marshall families,

We hope you all have a great winter break. We'll see you back at school on Monday, January 6th.

When we return to school, please remember, if there is a change to your child's normal after-school plan, for instance if you intend to pick them up early, have another family member them pick up, or if you're planning to have them attend FACTS on an atypical day after school, please be sure to call the school office to notify us of this change.  It's a great idea to correspond in writing with your child's teacher in their daily agenda about such things, too, but it's absolutely essential to notify the front office about such important matters.  Planners can get lost, but if you'll call us with your change of plans, the front office staff will always make sure your message gets through.

Finally, if you haven't yet made your tax credit contribution to Marshall School, there's still a little time.  Our school offices will be closed during the holiday, but you can make your donation online on the school blog: simply by clicking on the round red 'donate now' button, or you can mail your check to the Flagstaff Unified School District office before December 31.  The FUSD mailing address is 3285 E Sparrow Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Have a great break and a happy new year, everyone!


Magnet Monday Showcase Night - Monday, Dec. 16

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Come celebrate the myriad successes of Marshall Magnet School's one of a kind arts and science magnet programs by joining us during our first annual Magnet Monday Showcase Night next Monday evening, December 16, 2013, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

During the Showcase Night all of our third through fifth grade students will have an opportunity to show off the skills and abilities they've learned, as well as the new knowledge they've acquired during their weekly Magnet Monday elective, from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.  From 6:00-6:30 PM they will have an opportunity to preview, hands on, their upcoming spring elective as well as several others, including the Garden Club, Video Technology, Percussion, Chess Club, Team Mastermind, Digital Photography, Lego League, Magnet Mentoring, Painting, Suzuki Violin, Creative Writing, and Dance.

Parents and students in grades K-2 are encouraged to attend to preview and explore the wide variety of Magnet Monday programs that will soon be available to them in as they matriculate into the upper grades at Marshall.

Please remember: ALL students at Marshall participate in magnet programs activities FREE OF CHARGE because ALL magnet programs at Marshall are made possible by YOUR TAX CREDIT CONTRIBUTIONS which must be post-marked by December 31.

The schedule for our first-ever Magnet Monday Showcase Night will accompany your child home in his/her backpack this evening.  You may also download a copy of the flyer [.pdf].


Marshall weather-cam on 3TV

We love it when the folks down in Phoenix at channel 3TV use our weather-camera on their newscast!


Mrs. Stern's Cross-Cat Talent Show

Among the many things that make Marshall School so special is Mrs. Stern's cross-categorical special education classroom.  The students in this remarkable program each have challenges which require support from an array of highly-trained personnel who work with them throughout the school day, both within Mrs. Stern's classroom as well to assist them as they are included on a daily basis in mainstream classrooms and in special-area (Art, Music, PE, and Technology) classes.  On Magnet Monday, many of their grade-level peers also collaborate with Mrs. Stern's students to provide them with additional assistance and opportunities for interpersonal interaction.

Mrs. Stern's students held their annual Talent Show recently and we're proud to say each student turned in a marvelous performance.  We've embedded a video of the Show below and we hope you enjoy watching as some of our most-special students, support-staff members, and their grade-level peers showcase their many talents.



The Common Core Standards

There's been a lot of talk on the airwaves and across the Internet lately about the new Common Core State Standards (in Arizona they're officially called College And Career Ready Standards).  Over the course of the past several years, the Common Core Standards have been adopted by most states, and will be fully implemented by many of them in the next year or two, Arizona included.

At Marshall and within FUSD, we're in the process of retooling our curriculum and instruction at every grade level to match with the expectations found within the Common Core Standards and, likewise, with the new AIMS (often called PARCC) test which has also been redesigned to better align with the Common Core.

Our teachers have all been to (or will soon attend) a series of trainings and seminars in both English Language Arts and Math to familiarize them with the new content found within the Common Core Standards.  All of our district curriculum maps have been rewritten to comply with the Standards.  And, as a faculty, we have spent a significant amount of time previewing the new forms of instruction and assessment which will be required of us as teachers to ensure our students are each prepared for the Common Core Standards, too.

There's no shortage of information available online about the Common Core.  But below is one of of the shortest and easiest-to-understand videos we've found on the subject of what the Common Core Standards initiative hopes to accomplish.  We hope you find it informative.

As the 2014-2015 school year draws near we will continue to update you regarding our ongoing process of adopting and implementing the Arizona's College And Career Ready Standards (aka The Common Core Standards) at Marshall Magnet School.


The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe -- ch. 7

Mr. Coe says, "Thanks to Mrs. Bianco's class for inviting me in to read from The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe."  We read chapter 7 together: A Day With The Beavers.

The previous chapters can each be viewed at the following links:

  • Chapter 1 -- Lucy Looks Into A Wardrobe
  • Chapter 2 -- What Lucy Found There
  • Chapter 3 -- Edmund And The Wardrobe
  • Chapter 4 -- Turkish Delight
  • Chapter 5 -- Back On This Side Of The Door
  • Chapter 6 -- Into The Woods
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    The Text Of This Evening's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families,

    We've got just a few last-minute updates for you this evening as we all prepare for the upcoming long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    First of all, don't forget, tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 26th, is a full day of school, which means we will be in session from 8:35 until 3:20, as usual.  We will not have school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  We hope you're able to spend time during this long holiday weekend with those that you love.

    We'll see you back at school on Monday, Dec. 2nd.

    Please don't forget, our annual canned food drive will continue until Friday, Dec. 6th.  Please remember to bring in a few cans as a donation to local food banks and Marshall's own Parenting Arizona program.

    On the subject of donations, we will be taking our massive, overflowing lost and found clothing collection to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters donation box across the street on Friday, Dec. 20th.  If your child recently lost or misplaced a jacket, lunchbox, or other clothing item, please plan to look through our lost and found at some point prior to Dec. 20th.

    Don't forget: all tax credit contributions must be turned in to the school or postmarked prior to Dec. 31st.  Your donation can be made online at  Marshall's magnet programs depend on your annual tax credit contributions.

    Last of all, just a friendly reminder: we're not able to provide supervision of student prior to 8:15 in the morning.  Please enroll your child in the FACTS program if your schedule requires that you to leave them at the school before 8:15.  FACTS registration packets are available online and in the school office.

    Thanks for listening. As always, if you missed any portion of this message the text is available on the school blog:


    The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe -- Chapter 6

    Mr. Coe says, "Thanks, Mrs. Paulsen's kindergarten, for inviting me in to read!"

    Into The Forest 
    Chapter 6
    The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe 

    The videos for chapters 1-5 can be found here.


    The Text Of Sunday Evening's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families,

    We've got just a few important updates for you this evening so please stay on the line to find out what's happening at Marshall during the latter half of the month of November.

    Please plan to contribute a few canned goods to our annual holiday canned food drive.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to local food banks as well as Marshall's Parenting Arizona and FAST programs to benefit many of our families.  The canned food drive will run from Monday, November, 18 through Friday, December 6th.

    Picture retakes will take place during the school day this Wednesday, November 20th.  Only students who were not present during pictures last month, or whose parents have requested retakes will sit for pictures on Wednesday.  However, all Marshall staff members should remember to be in the music room at 8:00 on Wednesday morning for our all-staff picture, which we weren't able to take last time due to Walk To School Day.

    Don't forget: school will be dismissed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 27th, 28th, and 29th.  We'll return to school after the holiday on Monday, December 2nd.

    Finally, we'd like to make the first of several appeals to you this evening to remember Marshall School's need of your annual Tax Credit contribution which must be made before December 31st.  Your tax credit donations to our school are essential to making it possible for us to sustain and grow our unique, one-of-a-kind magnet programs and fieldtrip opportunities at Marshall  The educational experience of every child at Marshall is enriched by your annual tax credit contributions.

    More information about the Arizona School Public School Tax Credit program, as well as the text of this message, can always be found on the school blog:


    2013 Canned Food Drive

    Our annual school-wide holiday canned food drive, sponsored by our awesome Student Council, officially begins next week, on Monday, November 18th, and will run through December 6th.

    Half the food items collected will go to Northern Arizona Food Bank and half will go to Marshall's own Parenting Arizona & FAST programs.  Classes will be challenged to collect the most cans.

    As always, we need a few volunteers to help Ms. McFall and the Student Council members gather all the cans from classrooms on December 6th.  If you're available in the morning that day, please let us know: 928 773 4030.


    PTO meeting minutes -- Nov. 6, 2013

    Marshall Elementary Magnet School PTO
    Meeting Minutes

    Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:30pm
    Next meeting: December 4th  6:30-7:30

              Christie Kinkade ran tonight’s meeting (17 in attendance)

    1.        General Report
    ·         Jog-a-thon Update: $14,763.15 raised so far. Money still trickling in. Mrs. Hulls 1st grade class earned a smoothie party & a $50 Target card for having 90% participation. And, Mrs. Kohl’s 5th grade class earned a smoothie party & a $50 Target card for raising the most money.
    o    Update on Playground-FUSD got the APS grant for the solar classroom. (similar to the size at deMiguel-150KW) Power will be provided to our building & kick back out as well to the community.
    §  Kindergarten playground is planned to be moved close to scoreboard. Antique equipment will be removed.
    §  Leveling & grading will be done to fix the field.
    §  Most likely basketball courts will have new concrete laid & concrete pads will be added as well.
    §  FUSD doesn’t know how much money PTO has to contribute to the playground after all of the above is done.
    §  Playground committee will work with PTO to spend the money in the account.
    ·         Exploration Stations update: About 30 vendors will fill the halls of Marshall on November 14th. We will have passports this year for the kids.
    ·         School Cents: meeting next week. Will get a new flyer to get to families.
    ·         Box Tops: Mrs. Pagel, Mrs. Bull & Mrs. Kohl & Ms. Fisher classes all received a pizza party for being the top 3 Box top classes! Thank you Candyce & Vince Martinez!

    2.        Upcoming Events

    ·         Canned Food Drive-November 18th-December 6th
    ·         Cookie Walk-Thursday, December 12th -Karen Haubensak, April Gabaldon & Andrea Shaw spearheading this event.
    ·         Teacher Appreciation Breakfast- Wednesday, December 18th.  
    ·         Bike to school day-Alpine Pedaler has agreed to lead the crowd in the crab from Wheeler park. Also, they have graciously given us 2 pub crawl tickets to use for promoting ‘bike to school’ day. Maybe a teacher contest?

    3.            Principal’s Report -- Oct-Nov 2013
    We survived Walk To School Day and Picture Day which both occurred on 09 Oct. and we’re pleased to report that we won Walk To School Day and that pictures have already been delivered and sent home with students.
    A small contingent of the FUSD and Marshall School community attended the Flagstaff Community Foundation Awards on 17 Oct. to receive more than $5,000 in grant money to ensure the sustainability of the Suzuki violin program at Marshall.
    Parent- Teacher Conferences took place on 15-17 Oct. School was released early 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 Clothing Drive also took place during our conferences-week; many families show up to “shop” our annual give-way.
    The Second Response To Intervention (RTI) cycle began on 28 Oct. Classroom teachers and our RTI specialists, Jessica Grant 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 18 Oct. This grading period will conclude with report cards being sent home early in January.
    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 20 Dec. at the former Flagstaff Middle School Gym at 9:30 a.m.
    Teachers were able to attend a two-hour Professional Development seminar on 01 Nov. led by our RTI specialists and me which was geared toward helping our teachers become better prepared for the new PARCC assessment which will require our students to use iPads to demonstrate their mastery of the new Common Core State Standards.
    We collected more than $400.00 towards the required Tax Credit Participation fee which was
    sufficient to demonstrate our “earnest effort” to collect this required fee. This state insists we collect this fee 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 following our Site Council
    meeting on Tuesday, 12 Nov. 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

    4.            Treasurer’s Report
              General account = $17,600
              Jog-a-thon account = $38,000

    5.            Council Reports-
    a.    Magnet Monday Showcase coming in December
    b.    FUSD April 2nd-Science night. We will have to see if our vendors for Exploration Stations would want to do two events.

    6.            Discussion-
    a.    Giving Tree-Liz Hobbs was going to speak to Peggy Murray to incorporate into our school for the holiday season.
    b.    Parent Involvement committee-look for a few dates through the year when the front doors of Marshall will be open to parents to come into the classroom for the 1st hour of school.
    c.    Possible local restaurant fundraiser.


    2013 Tax Credit Information

    Marshall Magnet School
    2013 Governor's Arts Award winner
    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?  Because of the Tax Credit contributions people like you make to our school each year.

    Any Arizona tax-payer may make a Tax Credit contribution to Marshall Magnet School.

    If you haven't already done so, we hope you are planning to make your annual Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School before December 31.  The Arizona Public School Tax Credit program provides great advantages both to you and to our school. 

    Thus far, this school-year alone, at Marshall Magnet School we've spent over $38,000.00 in Tax Credit contributions on our one-of-a-kind magnet programs and activities including field-trips, Taiko drumming, Suzuki violin, contemporary dance, Lego League, Team MasterMind, and Chess Club, as well as many other Magnet Monday electives, such as digital media, painting, and photography lab.  

    Each dime of your contribution has been spent to broaden and enrich the educational learning experiences of  every student at Marshall.  Every kid at Marshall has received benefit from these contributions, and they will continue to, year after year, provided we are to be able to raise these funds in order to sustain our award-winning programs.

    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 rare opportunity, to determine exactly how your tax dollars are spent by providing direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs, is your chance to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School.  Marshall School can and will make that promise to you.  The state of Arizona cannot.

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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.  Tax Credit contributions to Marshall School 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, or decide that you wold rather give 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, as another example, is a per-grade-level break-down of the costs of our special magnet-school programs during a recent school year, which were paid for entirely by grants, Dodgeball, and your Tax Credit contributions:
    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 

    1st Grade

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

    2nd Grade

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

    3rd Grade

    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 

    4th Grade

    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 

    5th Grade

    Magnet Programs: Japanese Taiko Drumming ($6,560.00) and Space Science Program ($1,000) Total Cost: $7,560.00 

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

    Total magnet 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 2013 tax return, you must make your Tax Credit contribution before December 31, 2013.

    Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.00. Single taxpayers may give up to $200.00.  

    However, 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.


    Mr. Coe reads The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

    Principal John Coe has been visiting one classroom each week for the past five weeks, as teachers have been able to find a "spare" 15-20 minutes in their schedules, to read a chapter of C.S. Lewis' excellent book, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe to Marshall students.

    Today he got to read to Ms. Ingols' first-and-second grade Structured English Emersion class.  In weeks past he's been able to read to Ms. Thompson's, Ms. McFall's, Ms. Heck's, and Mrs. LeMoyne's classes, too.

    Each time he reads in a classroom he records it on video so that all the other kids at Marshall can watch it, too, and keep up with the book's progress. 

    Today he read chapter 5, entitled Back On This Side Of The Door, to Ms. Ingols' class.  

    All the other chapter-videos are also available online... just in case you and your family would like to (re)view them at home, too.

  • Chapter 1 -- Lucy Looks Into A Wardrobe
  • Chapter 2 -- What Lucy Found There
  • Chapter 3 -- Edmund And The Wardrobe
  • Chapter 4 -- Turkish Delight
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    The text of Sunday evening's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families,

    We'd like to take a couple minutes this evening to update you on all that's going on next week, the week of Nov. 11, 2013, at Marshall Magnet School.

    First of all, please don't forget: there's no school Monday, November 11.  It's Veterans' Day.

    Our Science Council will meet at 4:00 and our Site Council will meet at 5:00 on Tuesday, Nov. 12. If you're interested in becoming more involved at Marshall, these committees are both open to all.  We encourage you to attend.

    Finally, on Thursday evening, November 14 we will hold our annual Exploration Stations night from 6:00-8:00 at the school.  This fun evening is a wonderful opportunity to see, first hand, what many of the scientific and outdoors organizations in the Flagstaff area are doing.  Please plan to attend.

    Thanks for listening, everyone.  As always, if you missed any portion of this message, the text is available on our Facebook page and on the school blog:



    Rent a violin from Marshall School

    Principal Coe (right) 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.


    Ms. McFall's class on NAZ Today News!

    The Coconino County Health Department and NAU's NAZ Today News organization visited Ms. McFall's classroom yesterday to talk about health and hand-washing.


    The Text Of Tonight's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families,

    As we draw closer to November, always one of the most super-busy months at Marshall School, we'd like to update you tonight on all that's going on over the course of the next few weeks at the school.

    Our PTO will meet on Wednesday evening, November 6, at 6:30 PM in the Library.  We hope you'll plan to attend.  Childcare is always available during this one hour monthly meeting.

    School will be dismissed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11.  Please plan accordingly.

    The Marshall School Science Council will convene in the new Science Lab on Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00.  If you're interested in planning and participating in science magnet related activities at Marshall you're encouraged to attend.

    Also on Tuesday, November 12, we'll hold our monthly Site Council meeting at 5:00 in the Library.  The Site Council oversees the academic progress of students at Marshall as well as the expenditure of Tax Credit funds.  All Marshall stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

    On Thursday, November 14, we'll hold our annual Explorations Stations night from 6:00 to 8:00.  This exciting night is a great collaboration between the school staff, the PTO, and a host of local scientific institutions.  Please plan to attend.

    Picture retakes will take place on Wednesday, November 20.  More information about retakes will be sent home prior to this day.

    And finally, school will be dismissed on Wednesday, November 27, Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We hope you enjoy this extra-long weekend with the ones you love.

    Thanks for listening.

    Please visit our Facebook page or the school blog: for the text of this message.



    The Text Of Sunday Evening's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families,

    We're calling tonight to remind you that fall Parent Teacher Conferences begin next week on Tuesday, October 15th, and continue on Wednesday the 16th, and Thursday the 17th as well. We hope to see you here during your scheduled conference time to discuss your child's social and academic progress.

    We'd also like to remind you that we will dismiss school at 12:25 on Tuesday and Thursday during conferences.

    However, on Wednesday we will dismiss students at 11:10.

    Please take special note of this unusual early dismissal time and, as always, make the appropriate arrangements for your children after school.

    Friday, October 18th, is a school holiday. We'll see you back at school bright-and-early on Monday, October 21.


    Teacher Of The Year

    We have so many amazing teachers working at Marshall School!

    As the principal at Marshall, it's my good fortune to be able to watch as your students benefit from the excellence our teachers bring to their classrooms each and every day.

    The Coconino County office of the Superintendent Of Schools informed us today that they would like to honor and recognize excellent teachers.

    I can't think of a better place for them to find a few than right here at Marshall!

    I'd like to encourage you, as a Marshall stakeholder, no matter who you are, a parent, staff member, fellow educator, or member of our local community, to nominate one of Marshall's excellent teachers for Coconino County Teacher Of The Year today.

    The nomination form can be downloaded here.  Complete nomination forms can be emailed to or sent to 2384 N Steves Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 or faxed to 928 679 8077.

    Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2013.


    An important message from the Marshall PTO

    From the Marshall PTO:

    Hi Marshall families!

    We are cancelling tonight's PTO meeting due to our volunteers being quite busy with the annual Jog-a-thon that happens Friday, October 4th. Hope to see you all there on Friday. Look for the NEW Parents area with cones/caution tape & pop-up.

    The gallop schedule is as follows for the grade levels:

    Pre-K/Kindergarten -- 9:15am-9:30am
    1st -- 9:35am-9:55am
    2nd/3rd -- 10:00am-10:30am          
    4th/5th -- 10:45am-11:15am

    A few items to share with you:

    Please see the FUSD newsletter below.
    Remember Exploration Stations is coming up November 14th. If you would like to get involved or volunteer, please let me know.
    Clothing Exchange is coming up October 17th-we need clothes-mainly winter items. Please ask your neighbors/friends and you can drop the items in Mrs. Burgoon’s room #5, Mrs. Bianco’s room #44 or Peggy Murray’s room #23. Also, if you can help in volunteering October 15-17th please let me know or contact any of the above teachers.
    Box top 1st deadline-October 25th. Please send in those box tops to your children(s) classroom(s).
    School Cents-please continue to save your receipts when shopping at the Flagstaff Mall or Marketplace. You can stop by at the mall info desk to get credit for Marshall or turn them into us at Marshall & we will take care of them for you.

    We will see you Wednesday, November 6th, for our next PTO meeting.


    The Text Of Tonight's Robo-call

    Hello Marshall families!   

    We'd like to update you on everything that's going over the course of the next few weeks at Marshall School.  

    First up, just a quick reminder that Marshall's annual fundraiser, the Mustang Gallop jog-a-thon, will take place during the school day this Friday, October 4th.  There's still time to collect your contributions!  Proceeds from this year's fundraiser are earmarked for playground improvements at Marshall.  Thanks for your participation in this important effort.

    Wednesday, October 9th, 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 on the 9th. A permission slip will be sent home with bus-students this week.  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 to Marshall school along with teachers and parent volunteers.  Bus-students who don't have a signed permission slip to hand to the driver that morning will ride the bus to the school building as usual.

    Wednesday, October 9th, is also Picture Day.  All Marshall students and classes with sit for Lifetouch portraits.  Information about purchasing student photo packages was sent home with your child recently.

    Marshall's Site Council will convene next week on Tuesday, October 8th, in the Library at 5:00 PM. As always, as a Marshall School stakeholder, you are welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting.

    Last of all, don't forget to plan ahead to attend your child's parent-teacher conference Marshall will release students from classes early on Tues, Wed, and Thurs, Oct. 15, 16, and 17 for parent-teacher conferences. We will dismiss at 12:25 on Tuesday and Thursday and at 11:10 on Wednesday

    Friday, Oct 18, is a school holiday.


    Four easy ways you can help Marshall School

    PTO T-shirt Sales

    We have the very best PTO in the entire state and every student at Marshall benefits greatly from their active, generous support of all that we do.  The chief means of fundraising by our PTO is accomplished via their monthly T-shirt sales.

    Sales of a variety of Marshall-branded shirts and sweatshirts happens on the first Friday of every month in the afternoon at the school.  A special pre-Gallop sale will take place Friday, Sept. 27. Weather permitting, you can find our volunteers selling shirts near the flagpole outside. Otherwise, during the cooler months of the year, you will find the PTO in our lobby.  T-shirt sales will take place on:
    • November 1
    • December 6
    • January 10
    • February 7
    • March 7
    • April 4
    • May 2
    Prices for the PTO's Marshall merchandise are as follows:
    • Plain royal blue shirt sleeve-$10
    • Tie-dye-$15
    • Sweatshirts-$20
    • Long sleeve-$12

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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

    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, 2013, 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


    Site Council Tonight

    Just a friendly reminder: we will convene the Marshall Site Council this evening, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 5:00 in the Library.  You are encouraged to attend our first meeting for the 2013-2014 school year.  The Marshall Site Council, comprised of members of the faculty, staff, administration and the community, oversees and reviews tax credit budgets and expenditures as well as
    school improvement plans and fundraising endeavors at Marshall.


    Buses Only

    Parents, please remember, for school-security reasons, ALL parents, students, and other visitors to the school MUST always enter Marshall Magnet School through the front doors of the school.  ALL other exterior doors will remain closed and locked at all times during the school day.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this creates, but nevertheless must also be adamant that there can be absolutely NO exceptions to this policy.   

    Please never attempt to enter the school through other doors, most especially those at the south end of the building near Ms. Ronn’s medically-fragile student classroom.  The Special Education bus lane and the south-doors must remain clear AT ALL TIMES in order to permit our many disabled students easy access to the building.  

    Thanks for your consideration.


    Open House Night -- Thursday, Aug. 22

    Hope we see you!


    Text of tonight's robo-call -- Aug. 14, 2013

    Hello Marshall families,

    On behalf of the entire faculty and staff I'd like to say thanks for making the first few days of school so great! We've appreciated everyone's patience, flexibility, and positive attitude as we've worked hard to get everyone enrolled and into their new classrooms over the course of the past three days. Thanks for making both our morning intake and afternoon dismissal times go so smoothly, too. Best of all: thank you kindergarten parents for being in-place yesterday to meet your child at the bus stop for the first time. No kindergarten students were returned to Marshall yesterday afternoon, the first day kindergarteners rode the bus with everyone else. We can't remember the last time that happened. Way to go!

    We'd like to remind you that our FACTS program can supervise students before school beginning at 6:45 AM and until 6:00 in the evening and financial assistance scholarships are available to families who qualify. However, at Marshall, we're otherwise not equipped to provide supervision for your child before 8:15, when our two crossing guards go on duty, the cafeteria opens for breakfast, and our teacher-supervised morning outdoor recess time begins. Please don't drop your children at the school before 8:15 unless they are enrolled in FACTS. We appreciate your consideration in this matter.

    Please, likewise remember, that the red-painted curbs near the school indicate zones where you should not park to release your children from your car. Please park in either parking lot across the street, or in the neighborhood beyond the school, the let your children out of the car in the morning. Flag PD can and will ticket you if you let your children out of the car in the red zones.

    Last of all, please don't forget, Friday is always an early dismissal-day for all students at Marshall. We will dismiss all students at 12:25 every Friday afternoon. Please plan accordingly.

    Thanks again for an excellent first-few-days! Well done, Marshall!


    Text of tonight's Robo-call -- August 9, 2013

    Hello Marshall families,

    School starts this Monday morning, August 12!  Can you believe it?!  We've been hard-at-work all week here at Marshall, getting everything ready for you, and we're super-excited to see you back at school soon.

    FACTS-families, please take note: FACTS begins on Monday morning at 6:45 AM.  If you haven't already signed up, please come prepared to pay your first-fees and we'll be happy to enroll your child on-the-spot.  And we have more great news for our FACTS families, too!  We will be hosting the before-and-afterschool FACTS program in our portable classrooms this year.   To get to FACTS, all you need to do is drive down the fire-lane on the north side of the building and park adjacent to the buildings at the back of the school.  We hope this change-of-placement makes drop-off and pick-up more a lot more convenient for you.

    Kindergarten-parents, please remember: Kindergarten students ONLY will eat lunch at 10:30 on Monday morning ONLY.  We will dismiss kindergarteners at 11:30 on Monday morning ONLY.  Starting Tuesday, your child will be on our typical schedule, just like everybody else.

    I'd like to wish the entire Marshall School community another safe, healthy, and happy school year.

    See you all on Monday morning!


    What's in our rain-gauge?

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    There's been a lot of talk recently about Flagstaff's record-breaking July rainfall.  The official NOAA gauge at Pulliam Airport recorded 7.58 inches of precip for the month, which actually tied the old record set in 1919.

    Did you know: we have our own, state-of-the-art weather station at Marshall Magnet School?  It's true!  And it's been gathering detailed weather information for several months now.  We're excited about the many fresh, new opportunities it will give all of our students to study, first-hand, things like meteorology, Earth's atmosphere, statistics and the physical sciences, as well as integrate real-world weather data and observations into our core subject areas.  We think every science magnet school should have its very own weather station!

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    For July 2013 our station (officially identified as weather-station FLGMM) recorded 6.64 inches of rain, which, while not as much as the airport, still seems like a lot of precipitation... imagine if that much water had fallen as snow... we'd still be buried!

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    Another cool component of our weather station is the high-def camera that's installed along with the rain-collector, anemometer and other cool, scientific instruments mounted on the roof of the school.  It's remote controlled, so we can point it anywhere, but we tend to keep it focused on our most-impressive local landmark, the San Franciso Peaks.  We've heard from several sources that it's been used on the weather-cast on KTVK Channel 3 several times recently, and even on the national news at least once, each time credited as Marshall Magnet School's very own live camera image.  Isn't that cool?  We sure think so!


    Text of ConnectEd Call: Sunday, Aug 4th

    "Hello Marshall families. 

    On behalf of our entire faculty and staff I'd like to say welcome back to school to everyone. We've got several important updates for you prior to the start of the school year, next Monday, August 12.

    If you aren't following us on Facebook, you may not be aware that our 2013-2014 class lists are already posted on the front windows of the school. Please come by and check them out when you have a chance. Sorry, but we're not able to publish these lists online.

    Classes begin on Monday, August 12, for all students. Monday the 12th will be a regular school day for everyone except our new kindergarteners, who will be dismissed at 11:30 on Monday.

    Our bell schedule will remain the same this year. The first bell will ring at 8:35 and the tardy bell at 8:40 every morning. We will dismiss school at 3:20 Monday through Thursday and at 12:25 every Friday.

    Several important forms will be sent home with your child during the first week of school. Please complete and return them as soon as you're able. Of particular concern to our school, due to their direct impacts on our state and federal funding, are the Free And Reduced Price Lunch form and the Arizona State Residency Form. It is of great benefit to our entire school to have every family complete the Free and Reduced Price lunch form. And it is a state requirement that each family return the Residency Form to us along with some form of proof of residency, such as a copy of your driver's licence or a utility bill. Please keep in mind, this form serves only to document your residency in Arizona, not your immigration or naturalization status.

    Thanks for listening. See you on the first day of school: next Monday, August 12!"


    Late-July 2013: Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

    Hello Marshall families, 

    Hope your summer is going well!   It won't be long, however, before we're all back together for the 2013-2014 school year.

    We've been hard at work since June hiring a few new people, reassigning several others, and putting together a  number of exciting new programs and plans for the coming school year.  

    We hope the information below answers many of your questions about the coming year.  However, if we've left something out, or you'd just like to have your question answered by a real-live person, please give us a call... the office is open 8-4 Monday-Thursday from now on: 928 773 4030.

    Classroom lists 

    They will be posted on the school's front window first-thing in the morning next Monday, July 29!  We can't publish class lists on the Internet.  Sorry.  

    Please remember: We don't have a system in place for taking parental requests for teacher or classroom placements at Marshall because our fine teachers, who know your children quite well, spend hours and hours at the end of the school year placing each and every student, by hand, and with very careful consideration, into his/her class for the coming school year.  

    We do our level-best to give each Marshall student the very best placement possible, in what we believe are the most fairly balanced, diverse, well-constructed, and interesting classrooms in town.  We trust you'll give all of our excellent, unique, and highly qualified teachers a chance to impress you with their talents and ability!

    New Staff and New Roles!

    • Ms. Hurley henceforth shall be known to all as Mrs. Housholder because she got married this summer!
    • Ms. Alonso-Paez will join the Marshall staff as our new full-time, in-house Special Education teacher
    • Ms. Coates will be our new Technology teacher.  She will also work with our Special Education team, too.
    • Ms. Torres will be our new general aide in the front office, the lunchroom and on the lunchtime playground.
    • Ms. Giguere will be our new Fit Kids Specialist in the afternoon.
    • Ms. Edwards will be our new Positive Behavior Support Specialist.
    • Ms. Janeway will be the kindergarten classroom aide in Ms. Householder's classroom
    • Ms. Brimhall will work as a paraprofessional with the team in our medically-fragile classroom.
    • Ms. Ballard will return to the classroom teaching fifth grade!
    • Ms. IngolsMs. Perkins, and Ms. Hadden will collaborate to teach a multi-age first-second-third grade Structured English Immersion classroom for our English Language Learners!
    • Ms. Grimmett will join our staff from Puente de Hozho to teach a third-fourth grade multi-age class!
    • Ms. Arnold will teach a fourth-fifth grade multi-age class!
    • Ms. Shaw will join the first-grade team!
    • Ms. Stern and Ms. Ronn will collaborate more closely than ever to create a more ideal learning place for the special-needs students in their classrooms!
    • Ms. Reasor will provide expert guidance alongside our classroom teachers in our new Art & Science Lab!
    Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

    When is the first day of school?
    • The first day of school is Monday, August 12, 2013.
    What time does school start?
    • The first morning bell will ring at 8:35.  Classes begin promptly at 8:40 with the late-bell.  This happens every day.  All year.
    What should we bring to school on the first day?
    • A smile.  A positive attitude.  And a sincere desire to learn and grow.  That's it!  Your teacher will let you know what other supplies you need on the first day.
    When is lunch?
    • Mon.-Thurs: K*-1 eat at 11:35, 2-3 eat at 12:05, and 4-5 eat at 12:35
    • On Friday all grade levels eat 1 hour earlier
    • * On the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 12, all Kindergarteners will eat at 10:30
    What bus do I ride?
    How do I get my child signed-up for the FACTS afterschool program?
    I have another question. How do I get ahold of someone in the school office?
    • The school office is officially office open 8-4 daily. Just give us a call at 928-773-4030.  We're always happy to help!
    • Kindergarteners will eat lunch at 10:30 on Monday, Aug. 12, and Friday August 16
    • Kindergarteners will be released at 11:30 on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 12, and as usual on Friday, August 16
    Other important dates and events:
    • Early Release for all grade levels EVERY Friday at 12:25
    • Labor Day -- NO SCHOOL -- Monday, Sept. 2, 2012
    • Back-To-School OPEN HOUSE, Tuesday, August 22, 2013, 5:30-7:00PM


    Ch-ch-ch-changes at Marshall Magnet School

    Next year promises to be an exciting year at Marshall Magnet School as we work harder than ever to enhance your child's rigorous core academics with our unique extracurricular magnet programs in the arts and sciences!  As a faculty, we're committed to utilizing and recombining our assets in new and innovative ways in order to provide your child with the greatest educational benefit possible, as outlined in our one-of-a-kind mission statement:

    Marshall School exists to promote the academic and social development of each of its students through a diverse and integrated curriculum emphasizing the arts and sciences.

    In order to carry out our mission most effectively, we've made a few staffing and programming changes for the 2013-2014 school year.  Among them:
    • Ms. Ballard will return to the classroom teaching fifth grade!
    • Ms. Ingols, Ms. Perkins, and Ms. Hadden will collaborate to teach a multi-age first-second-third grade Structured English Immersion classroom for our English Language Learners!
    • Ms. Grimmett will join our staff from Puente de Hozho to teach a third-fourth grade multi-age class!
    • Ms. Arnold will teach a fourth-fifth grade multi-age class!
    • Ms. Shaw will join the first-grade team!
    • Ms. Stern and Ms. Ronn will collaborate more closely than ever to create a more ideal learning place for the special-needs students in their classrooms!
    • Ms. Reasor will provide expert guidance alongside our classroom teachers in our new Art & Science Lab!
    • Ms. Grant will join our expert RTI team as an integration specialist!
    • Magnet Mondays will enhance and enrich our opportunities to extend our existing magnet programs, and add several exciting new classes, to students in grades 3-5 in an elective-class-based hour of instruction every Monday afternoon!
    • Our Response To Intervention (RTI) program will expand to include Tier 3 reading instruction every morning, Monday-Thursday, to accommodate the learning needs of our students who most require additional assistance to meet grade-level requirements!
    • Our special class teachers in Art, Music, PE, and Technology will have new opportunities each week to collaborate with grade-level teachers to enhance and broaden their curriculum incorporating skills in these key areas!
    We hope that you will find these changes to be positive and exciting!  We certainly do!  Thanks for your ongoing support of our staff and programs as we strive to make Marshall Magnet School the best learning-place it can possibly be.