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Marshall County Young Writers Honored

It’s rare you have the chance to hear the author of a story read to you. However, parents, relatives and educators who gathered in the John Marshall High School Commons Tuesday evening had the chance to hear the voices of award-winning young writers who attend a school in Marshall County.

Students who placed in the annual county contest read their original stories to the audience during the county’s Young Writers Tea. Every story is printed in the 2019 Marshall County Young Writers Anthology.

Entries varied on topics but each submission was composed during the current school year, during school hours and supervised by a teacher.  Compositions were judged based on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.

All students who placed first in the county are invited to attend Young Writers Day at Marshall University on Friday, May 10, 2019. The Young Writer’s contest has been held in Marshall County since 1984.

Marshall County Young Writers Earn Awards

The 2019 Marshall County Young Writers Contest winners have been announced.

Each of the original stories will be printed in the 2019 Marshall County Young Writers Anthology. Students will read their one-of-a-kind narratives during the annual Young Writers Tea this spring.

Grades 1-2:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


Zane Gast

Reagan Ali

Brady Barnhart

Cali Lucey



“My Tonsils”

“A Worrisome Time”

“ Blanket Shuttle Adventure”


Hilltop Elementary

McNinch Primary

Glen Dale Elementary

Cameron Elementary


Grades 3-4:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


Sarah Hess

Marshall Holland

Mason Scott

Dalton Cooper


“The Wonderous Dachshund”

“My First Year of Football”

“A Monster’s Worst Nightmare”

“Writer’s Block”


Glen Dale Elementary

Washington Lands

Sand Hill Elementary

Glen Dale Elementary


Grades 5-6:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


Janelle Shabdue

Kaylee White

Elizabeth McDonald

Aubrey Thomas


“Jaxx and Maggie”

“The Pumpkin Drop”

“The Pageant Queen”

“The Big Game”


Cameron Elementary

Glen Dale Elementary

Washington Lands

Cameron Elementary


Grades 7-8:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


Megan Huff

Jacob Meneely

Lily Sleeth

Victoria Kidney



“The Defective Detective”

“Room at the Peak”



Sherrard Middle

Cameron High

Cameron High

Sherrard Middle


Grades 9-10:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


Chloe Sayman

Paige Wallace

Trixie Calissie

Hope Yoho







Cameron High

John Marshall High

John Marshall High

John Marshall High


Grades 11-12:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention



Paige Butler

Mykaela McLamar

Shannon Knowlton

Callie O’Neil



“Competing with the Queens”

“Error 404”

“Snowstorm Bliss”

“The Day I Saved a Life”



Cameron High

John Marshall High

Cameron High

Cameron High



Kindergarten Registration Schedule Released

Marshall County Schools welcomes all new students entering kindergarten in August 2019.  If your child is not currently enrolled in a WV Pre-K, please call and make an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.  Appointments will be arranged Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To enter a kindergarten program, a child must be 5 years of age prior to the first day of July.  At the appointment, school personnel will conduct health screenings and a brief readiness test with each child. Registration forms will be completed.

Children already in the Marshall County Pre-K Program do not have to register for Marshall County Kindergarten.

New students for Marshall County Schools need to have their immunizations made current by their family physician or the Marshall County Health Department.  Please call the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840 for Vaccination Clinic schedules.

You can call the school listed below in your area to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.


2019-2020 Kindergarten Screening Schedule


Glen Dale Elementary:

304-843-4427     DATE OF SCREENING: February 26, 2019


Hilltop Elementary:

304-232-8640     DATE OF SCREENING: March 5, 2019


McNinch Primary:

304-843-4431     DATE OF SCREENING: March 7 & 8, 2019


Washington Lands Elementary:

304-843-4420     DATE OF SCREENING: March 12, 2019


Center McMechen Elementary:

304-232-6530     DATE OF SCREENING: March 19, 2019


Sand Hill Elementary:

304-547-5041     DATE OF SCREENING: March 19, 2019


Cameron Elementary:

304-686-3305     DATE OF SCREENING: March 26, 2019


More information can be found at the link below.

Pre-K Registration Announced

On Monday, January 28, 2019 Marshall County Schools will begin 2019-2020 Pre-K registration for children who turn 4 years old by July 1, 2019.

If you wish to enroll your child in Pre-K, please call the school in your area to make an appointment and pick-up a registration packet or request an application packet be mailed to you. The application is also available at the link below.

For Pre-K sites in the Moundsville area, including Northern Panhandle Head Start “Stepping Stones,” please call McNinch Primary to register.  If you live in the Limestone, Sand Hill or Sherrard area call Hilltop Elementary to register.

Please bring your child, along with the completed packet, to your screening location as scheduled. All students must have a state issued birth certificate and current immunization record.

Placements will be announced periodically as registrations are completed.

WV Pre-K Programs are free for any child who turns 4 prior to July 1, 2019.


2019-2020 Pre-K Screening Schedule


Glen Dale Elementary:                          

(304) 843-4427                     DATE OF SCREENING: February 21, 2019


McNinch Primary:                            

(304) 843-4431                     DATE OF SCREENING: February 25 & February 26, 2019


Hilltop Elementary:                                

(304) 232-8640                     DATE OF SCREENING: February 28, 2019


Washington Lands Elementary:        

(304) 843-4420                     DATE OF SCREENING: March 7, 2019


Center McMechen Elementary:        

(304) 232-6530                     DATE OF SCREENING:  March 14, 2019


Cameron Elementary:                          

(304) 686-3305                     DATE OF SCREENING:  March 21, 2019


Sand Hill                                                     

Contact Hilltop Elementary


More information can be found at the link below.

American Education Week Proclamation Signed in Marshall County

Front row from left: WV BOE member James Wilson, Marshall County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Crook, Moundsville Mayor Allen Hendershot, Benwood Mayor Edward Kuca Jr., WV Delegate-Commissioner Elect Mike Ferro and Marshall County Schools BOE President John Miller. Back from from left: Marshall County Commissioner Scott Varner, Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Corey Murphy, JM Principal Cassie Porter, WVU Medicine- Reynolds Memorial Hospital President/CEO David Hess MD, Marshall County Commissioner John Gruzinskas, Marshall County Chief Deputy Sherriff William Helms, Marshall County Sherriff Kevin Cecil, Marshall County BOE member Brenda Coffield, Marshall County BOE member Dr. Duane Miller, Marshall County Education Association member Matt Mandarino and AFT Marshall County Vice President Jessica Bramer.

On Friday Marshall County Commissioners as well as the mayors from the cities of Marshall County, members of the West Virginia Legislature along with the Sheriff gathered to sign a proclamation declaring November 12-16, 2018 as American Education Week in Marshall County.

Also attending the signing were members of the Marshall County Board of Education, administrators of Marshall County Schools, administrators from John Marshall High School and representatives of the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). A luncheon prepared by the JM ProStart students followed the signing.

 The theme this year is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from Pre-K through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

The first American Education Week was observed from December 4-10, 1921 with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion as the co-sponsors. The following year the U.S. Office of Education joined the weeklong celebration as a supporter. Since then more than a dozen sponsors, including the U.S. Department of American Education and the AFT, have joined the founders for this annual event.

American Education Week is now recognized every year the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.


The text of the American Education Week Proclamation signed in Marshall County follows:

Whereas, public education is the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skill and  broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to a productive future; and

 Whereas, public education employees, be they educators, substitute educators, higher education faculty and staff, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, clerical workers, food service workers, security guards, technical employees, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

 Whereas, public schools are the foundations of neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults, and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common purpose,

 Therefore, be it further resolved, that we proclaim November 12-16, 2018 as the 97th annual observance of American Education Week.  Proclaimed this 9th day of November 2018.

Special Olympics Event Debuts in Marshall County

Monarch Boys’ Soccer players Wesley Eskridge and Cooper Curto helped Glen Dale Elementary students Nickoles Gilbert and Ayla Bushovisky during the Special Olympics Fall Field Day. Pictured from left are Wesley Eskridge, Nickoles Gilbert, Cooper Curto and Ayla Bushovisky.

Marshall County Special Olympians gathered at John Marshall High School Thursday to compete at the first-ever Fall Field Day.

The friendly competition included basketball and soccer games for all ages. This inaugural sporting event gave the Special Olympics athletes the chance to showcase their skills by participating in fun contests.

Special Olympians from all Marshall County schools along with a few graduates hit the hardwood and competed in dribbling, shooting and passing events. Athletes were also on the soccer field participating in skills competitions and kicking goals.

About 175 peer tutors from Cameron High School and John Marshall High School assisted the more than 130 athletes during the event. Marshall County Friends of Special Athletes gave each participant a t-shirt while the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Pythias provided lunch for everyone at the Fall Field Day.

Athletes will participate again in the spring at the Marshall County Special Olympics Track and Field event on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the John Marshall High School Soccer Field in Glen Dale.

AG on the Move Mobile Lab Stops at McNinch Primary

McNinch Primary kindergarten students Averi Chalk, Kaleb Gibson, Lindy McIntyre and Blake Broski show off “pizzas” they made inside the mobile lab. “Is There a Cow on My Pizza?” was the workshop they attended.

The West Virginia Farm Bureau’s Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab is parked at McNinch Primary School this week. The 40-foot lab is a fully-contained trailer equipped with multiple research stations.

Michelle Bailey, WV Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab Coordinator, and several volunteers guided the students while they conducted hands-on projects designed to meet WV Department of Education Next Generation Content Standard Objectives (CSOs).

On Monday, Pre-K and kindergarten students participated in a lesson to see if there is a cow on their pizza. Each student was given a paper plate, which represented the crust, along with other paper “ingredients” to make a pizza. While many students thought there was no way a cow could be on their pizza, they learned there is a cow on their pizza in the form of cheese and pepperoni.

Other lessons offered at the mobile lab included learning to read nutrition labels, discovering what snacks are healthier for their bodies and what food choices will promote healthy lifestyles. Some of the experiments included making “Glue from Milk” then comparing it to commercial glue, understanding the concept of environmental impact by making “Plastic from Corn” instead of petroleum and comparing natural and man-made superabsorbent products.

The WV Farm Bureau was founded in 1919 to provide leadership, education, information, training and economic services to county Farm Bureaus to enhance quality of life for its membership. The group currently represents more than 16,000 members.

Students Participate in Safety Program

From left: Mr. Tristan, Icy the Penguin, Aja Gee, Daemon Yoho and Chief Mitchell.

Creative Safety Products and the City of Moundsville partnered Friday to present the “Officer Phil Safety Program” at McNinch Primary School.

Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade were not only informed but entertained by Mr. Tristan about the importance of positive behavior such as honesty, friendship and being a “Superhero” not a bully.

Mr. Tristan used puppet characters Icy the Penguin and Buddy the Bulldog along with magic during the 30 minute interactive assembly to enhance the lesson. Students were taught they don’t need a fancy costume to be a “Superhero” but just need do what’s right all the time.

Lessons about being the best person they can, in addition to always being respectful, responsible and safe will be reinforced in each classroom.  Mr. Tristan gave every teacher grade appropriate workbooks to do follow-up activities both at school and home.

The main objective of the program, since its inception in 1975, is to educate students about a variety of safety aspects such as stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying and what to do in an emergency.

2018-2019 School Year Begins

Students in grades 1st through 12th returned to school in Marshall County today for the start of the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

The first day of instruction for all kindergarten students is Monday, August 20, 2018.

Parents with a student attending WV Universal Pre-K will be notified about the orientation which takes place on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28.  WV Universal Pre-K classes begin on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

2018-2019 Marshall County Schools Website Printable Information

2018-2019 Bus Schedules

Information is now available about the transportation routes for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The updated lists can be found at this link: or in the Links tab under Transportation at the top of this page.

Please note there are time changes.

If you’re not sure what bus your child should ride, please contact the Transportation Department at 304-843-4422.