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Free Meals Provided in Marshall County During Summer Break

The Marshall County Board of Education announces its sponsorship of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.

Nutritional meals will be provided to any child 18 or younger.

Free breakfast and/or lunch will be served at three different locations.

For more information about the Marshall County Summer Food Program, please call Child Nutrition Director Debbie Derico at 304-843-4400 extension 346.

A nutritious meal is important for children to learn, play and remain active during the summer months. Remember, “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation.”

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) MAIL: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) FAX: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) EMAIL: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. G – 30.1

Marshall County Students Eligible for Lace Up For Kids

All Marshall County students, in grades K-12, are eligible to receive a new pair of shoes for the upcoming school year.

The “Lace Up For Kids” program is sponsored by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, WTOV-TV and Wendy’s. Call 304-232-4625 for more information.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, June 30, 2019. Call 304-232-4625 for more information. Email questions to liveuniteduov@unitedwayuov.org

McNinch Primary Greeter Program Returns

Students at McNinch Primary School are greeted daily by different faculty and staff members. A warm smile, high five or handshake is given to every student as they enter the building in the morning. 

“Unfortunately, some kids are not greeted by their families in the morning and may not have social interaction until they hit the school’s door,” explained McNinch Primary School Counselor Jennifer Pickett.  “Because of this, students are less social and don’t feel the need to reciprocate a greeting.  This initiative can help with both.”

In hopes of incorporating more community involvement in the school and fostering healthy social skills for the students, Pickett along with McNinch Primary School Speech Therapist Sarah Bonar recently reestablished the school’s “Community Greeter Program.” The program is also being used to spark student interest in learning more about different community members and how those people impact their neighborhood.

Several times per month professionals such as firefighters, police officers and business owners come to the primary school to be a greeter. A fact sheet about each greeter, which includes a job title and description, is given to the students to instill a vision of possible career choices.

“This experience could be a pivotal moment in their day or life.” Pickett said.  “Our students know their teachers care about them, but we want to let the students know members of their community care about them as well,” Pickett said.

Tuesday morning McNinch Primary students were greeted by Justice, the Bordas & Bordas Legal Beagle. Justice enjoys visiting local schools and loves giving children a warm welcome whenever he meets them.

Susie Baker Honored as Harmony House’s Local Hero of Hope

Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center held its annual fundraiser kickoff the “Hope for Spring Fling” on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Oglebay’s Camp Russell.

The 11th annual event hosted the Leslie Vassilaros Hope’s Hero Award for the first time, being presented for the third year.  Harmony House did its best to keep the announcement of the winner under wraps until the night of the event. 

With a mash up of tears, humor, friendship, sweetness and class, long-time friend Kathy Vani presented the well-deserved award to none other than Marshall County’s own, Susie Baker. A very surprised, humble Mrs. Baker accepted the award, surrounded by friends, family and Marshall County Schools personnel. 

Susie has been a central part in the lives of many Marshall County residents, devoting countless hours to their children, the Marshall County SchoolsParent Educator Resource Center and the Marshall County Back to School Fun Fair.  As the Fair founder, she is also a volunteer at CASA, a part of countless committees and community supports, and has most certainly been (as engraved on the award) nothing short of “AMAZING.”  

Harmony House, Children’s Advocacy Center, is a comprehensive, child-focused program that allows prosecutors, law enforcement, child protective service workers, medical and mental health professionals, and victim advocates to work together to strengthen the community’s response to child abuse.  The center runs entirely from grants, donations and special events.  “This event is setting the tone for our year’s fundraising and is a lot of fun for our guests, staff and hardworking WV Auxiliary,” says Administrative Manager Jay Jack.  “Abuse immediately turns a child’s young world into a chaos, removing the excitement of youthful curiosity and replacing it with questions of confusion and dread. At Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center, our attempt at new beginnings and healing starts as soon as we open our doors,” says Jack.  Harmony House has been a strong part of our valley, serving children and individuals with developmental disabilities in Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia and Belmont County in Ohio

For more information visit harmonyhousecacwv.org or call 304-230-2205.

Marshall County Special Olympics Track & Field Event Held

Mother Nature’s rain didn’t wash the smiles off the faces of the more than 130 student and adult athletes at the 31st annual Marshall County Special Olympics Track & Field event at John Marshall High School.

Because showers were in the forecast, the games were moved inside.  JM Agriculture students figured out the layout for the relocation to the school’s gymnasium.

Athletes were assisted by the 170 peer tutors from both Marshall County high schools, Cameron and John Marshall, while competing in various track and field events.  Participants could also make arts and crafts and take silly pictures in a photo booth.

Several JM Career & Technical Education programs helped at Special Olympics.  Nursing students in the Therapeutic Services program provided a first aid station and assisted with physicals.  JM Pro Start students prepared lunch while WJMH Media students announced results and played music.  

The Knights of Pythias, American Legion and Main Street Bank also lent a helping hand during the Marshall County Special Olympics Spring Games.

Everyone who participated received a t-shirt donated by Main Street Bank. This year’s theme was Harry Potter.

Dancing Wheels Physically Integrated Dance Company Performs for Students

Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance brought The Dancing Wheels Company to the Ohio Valley for a workshop, school program and public concert.

The Dancing Wheels Company performed “Daring to Be Dumbo” for Marshall County students during a matinee show in the John Marshall High School Center for Performing Arts Tuesday morning.

The story was set in a contemporary junior high school where Dumbo is now a bullied 13-year-old girl. The story exemplified turning differences from weakness into strength through the love of family, friends and, ultimately, oneself. Students explored lessons on relationships and self-awareness and became better equipped to discuss social issues within their community and school.

The National Endowment for the Arts supported this project. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. In addition, the Rosemary M. Front Charitable Trust, the Robert & Helen Levenson Family Charitable Trust and Peter J. Lim provided support for this project.

McNinch Primary Students “Choose Kind”

At the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, McNinch Primary School Counselor Jennifer Pickett introduced a school-wide program titled “Choose Kind.”

The new campaign started after the publication of the book “Wonder” and release of the movie of the same title. In “Wonder” there is a quote from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer that states: “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” The “Choose Kind” campaign encourages individuals and schools to “promote, recognize and celebrate acts of kindness.” 

Faculty, staff and students decided to base their first “Choose Kind” service project on September’s “Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.”

Pickett purchased 96 child-sized fleece scarves. During guidance lessons, she had kindergarten students decorate tags to attach to the scarves. First graders made gift bags, and second grade students made “Sending You a Smile” cards to include in the bags. 

The completed gift bags were recently mailed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for children undergoing treatment.

More projects are being planned. There are “Choose Kind” posters hanging around the school.  Picket does developmental guidance lessons on being kind, and she ends the announcements every day encouraging students and staff to remember to “Choose Kind.”

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

 

“Minecraft”

“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

 

“Sunrise”

“The Defective Detective”

“Room at the Peak”

“Casey”

 

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

 

“Superhuman”

“Diabulus”

“Nameless”

“Black”

 

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.

http://marshall-k12.wvnet.edu/boe/our-schools/pre-k/