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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: http://marshall-k12.wvnet.edu/boe/marshall-county-schools-bus-routes/ 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.

Marshall County Special Olympians Compete in Track & Field

Special Olympian Jeff Robinson participates in the running long jump at the annual track meet.

More than 130 student and adult athletes participated at the 30th annual Marshall County Special Olympics Track & Field event at John Marshall High School.

Athletes were assisted by the 160 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 or take silly pictures in a photo booth.

Several JM Career & Technical Education programs helped at Special Olympics.  Agriculture students prepared and set up the field for the event.  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 Army National Guard also lent a helping hand during the Marshall County Special Olympics Spring Games.

Everyone received a t-shirt donated by Main Street bank. This years’ theme was Star Wars.

Marshall County Service Personnel Member of the Year and Teacher of the Year Named

Marshall County Board of Education members and county administrators recognized Service Personnel and Teacher of the Year candidates during the regular board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Each year service personnel, teachers and administrators vote a faculty and staff member to represent their school as a county contender. Then a committee, consisting of county office officials and previous award recipients, conduct interviews and choose the county winners.

Cameron Elementary School Kindergarten Aide Sherry Reid was named Service Personnel Member of the Year for Marshall County Schools. Reid has been employed as an aide in Marshall County Schools for 12 years.

 

Joy VanScyoc, an Art teacher at Moundsville Middle School, was awarded with 2019 Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year. She also instructs a Project Lead the Way class in Design and Modeling. VanScyoc created a new chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) at the middle school that focuses on completing challenges and competing in various areas of science, technology engineering, art and math.

Service Personnel Member of the Year Nominees included: Jerry Gump (Bus Garage), Sherry Reid (Cameron Elementary School), Patty Smith (Cameron High School), Karen Yoders (Center McMechen Elementary School), Jill Schwing (Central Elementary School), Bill Wiseman (Glen Dale Elementary School), Rick Young (Hilltop Elementary School), Julie Anderson (John Marshall High School), Matt Thomas (Maintenance), Erin Holmes (McNinch Primary School), Leanne Dobbs (Moundsville Middle School), Nicole Stocklask (Sand Hill Elementary School), Corinne Snider (Sherrard Middle School) and Becky Orndorff (Washington Lands Elementary School).

Other Teacher of the Year nominees at each school included: Andrea Magers (Cameron Elementary School), Whitney Healy (Cameron High School), Roseann Haynes (Center McMechen Elementary School), Tonya Lehman (Central Elementary School), Sally Mull (Glen Dale Elementary School), Lori McLaughlin (Hilltop Elementary School), Kallie Kastrevec (John Marshall High School), Carla Whitlatch (John Marshall High School), Shay Ryan (McNinch Primary School), Stacy Hooper (Sand Hill Elementary School), Michael Murphy (Sherrard Middle School) and Julie Sturgill (Washington Lands Elementary School).

All Service Personnel of the Year and Teacher of the Year nominees were presented with a certificate for being chosen as designees at their respective district locations.

Service Personnel Member of the Year Nominees are pictured from left.  Front row: Jerry Gump, Patty Smith, Sherry Reid (Service Personnel of the Year), Karen Yoders and Jill Schwing. Back row: Cathy Bartlett, Bill Wiseman, Julie Anderson, Matt Thomas, Erin Holmes, and Becky Orndorff.

 

Teacher of the Year nominees are pictured from left. Front row: Andrea Magers, Whitney Healy, Roseann Haynes, Joy VanScyoc (Teacher of the Year), Tonya Lehman and Sally Mull. Back row: Lori McLaughlin, Kallie Kastrevec, Shay Ryan, Stacy Hooper,  Michael Murphy and Julie Sturgill.

Mentorship Turned Friendship Leads Teachers to National Certification

From left: McNinch Primary teachers Shawna Zervos and Nicole Majewski have earned National Board Certification in Early Childhood Literacy.

One of the most important factors that ensures a student gets a good education is the quality of the teacher.

An effective teacher can be described in many different ways: caring, respectful and kind, along with being a good listener and communicator.  However, those adjectives only describe a teacher’s character.  Skill and knowledge of the subject being taught are also essential.

McNinch Primary School 1st grade teacher Nicole Majewski and Pre-K teacher Shawna Zervos were recently recognized as accomplished educators by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Each earned the distinction of National Board Certification in Early Childhood Literacy. The designation is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

To be considered for the national certification a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, valid state teaching license and three years of classroom experience.  Each teacher must also meet score requirements on a written test, portfolio and classroom performance in order to achieve National Board Certification.

Majewski has been teaching in Marshall County for 8 ½ years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and is in the process of earning a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Reading and Literacy Leadership.

Zervos has been teaching in Marshall County for 25 years. She has an Early Childhood/Elementary Education bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in K-12 Reading.

Majewski and Zervos decided to work through the lengthy certification process together. The two first met when Zervos was assigned to be Majewski’s professional mentor in 2007. “We were put together by chance,” Zervos explained. “We didn’t realize at the time what a blessing this pairing would be for us.”

As time went by the mentorship morphed into a friendship.  “I have admired Shawna since our first meeting,” Majewski said. “We just hit it off. We really motivate each other.”

Both say they couldn’t have done it without the other. Majewski and Zervos also appreciate the help they received along the way from Marshall County Schools Curriculum Director Woody Yoder. “He was the principal at Center McMechen during our mentoring and was instrumental, the past few years, in securing professional work time from the county in support of our endeavors,” said Zervos.

Majewski and Zervos are the first teachers in West Virginia to earn a National Board Certification in Early Childhood Literacy.