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Reading Teacher of the Year Announced

2016 Reading Council Teacher of the Year HaughtHeather Haught, a first grade teacher at McNinch Primary School, has been named the Rita Takach Reading Teacher of the Year for Marshall County Schools.

Each year the Marshall County Reading Council accepts nominations for the award named in honor of Rita Takach who was a dedicated Title I Reading Specialist with Marshall County Schools for more than 30 years.

Nominees represent certified K-12 teachers who have made outstanding contributions to helping students become proficient readers and motivating them to become lifelong learners.

Haught was chosen because she works with her students daily to build the foundational skills that will help them grow to be successful readers.  She also strives to keep her classroom a positive and safe place so students can perform their best.  Haught’s classroom is filled with literacy enriched centers that she constantly changes to meet the needs of individual students.

The other two finalists this year were Center McMechen Elementary School fourth grade teacher Bethani Vilkoski and Hilltop Elementary School third grade teacher Kimberly Wood.

Youth Football Camp Planned

On Saturday, May 21st, youth in grades two through seven will have the opportunity to attend the John Marshall Monarch Youth Football Camp at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.  The camp is a non-contact football camp designed to develop each athlete’s age appropriate football skills under the direction of the JMHS coaching staff along with members of the 2016 team.  The camp will feature a low athlete to coach ratio allowing for significant one on one attention and guidance.

Campers will experience the fun of football while concentrating on the fundamentals.  Character, discipline, and work ethics will be consistently taught as they run through offensive and defensive position drills.  Students at this age level need introduced to all parts of the game and will have fun working with adults and high school students in a positive environment.  They will also have a question and answer period with coaches and players.

Interested students and parents should visit the John Marshall website to download the application form (or get the form from your child’s school.)  The cost of the four hour camp is $20 and is from 9 am – 1 pm.    Early registrants (by May 13th) will receive a T-shirt.  Campers should wear tennis shoes or spiked shoes and shorts or sweats.  For more information, call Chasity Birkett of the Monarch Football Moms at 304-281-1783.


Marshall County Special Olympics Track and Field Event Held

2016 Special Olympics Track and Field 4Mother Nature’s rain didn’t wash the smiles off the faces of the more than 130 student and adult athletes at the 29th annual Marshall County Special Olympics Track and Field event at John Marshall High School.

Because showers were in the forecast, the games were moved inside.  JM Agriculture students Lain Ferrell, Ben Hazlett, Michael Shultz and Austin Norris figured out the layout for the relocation to the school’s gymnasium.

170 peer tutors from both high schools, John Marshall and Cameron, assisted the athletes with various track and field events.  Participants also made arts and crafts and had the opportunity to learn about the unique customs of the Delaware Nation, a Native American Tribe.

Everyone received a t-shirt featuring original designs by John Marshall High School students Chris Games and Thomas Luppe.  Lunch was prepared by the JM Pro Start students.

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Special Olympians were introduced to Native American drumming techniques by John Leasure when not participating in track and field events.

Marshall County Teachers Honored at Board Meeting

2017 Teacher of the Year RitzMarshall County Board of Education members and county administrators recognized Teacher of the Year candidates from each of the county’s twelve schools during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Each year teachers and administration vote a faculty member to represent their school as a Teacher of the Year contender. Then a committee, consisting of county office officials and previous award recipients, choose the county winner.

Amy Ritz was awarded 2017 Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year.  She has taught math at Moundsville Middle School for the past two years and previously taught at John Marshall High School and West Virginia Northern Community College. Ritz attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Wheeling Jesuit University.

“Students at Moundsville Middle School make teaching fun for me,” said Ritz.  “I love teaching because every day is a win.  It may be small but every day a student leaves my classroom understanding they have potential.”   

Teacher of the Year nominees at each school include: Kerry King (Cameron Elementary School), Mark Witzberger (Cameron High School), Jerilyn Eskridge (Central Elementary School), Ruth Mozingo (Center McMechen Elementary School), Tami Scollick (Glen Dale Elementary School), Kim Wood (Hilltop Elementary Elementary School), Dianne Magers (John Marshall High School), Dave Parsons (John Marshall High School), Heather Haught (McNinch Primary School), Diane Gellner (Sand Hill Elementary School), Justin Hamrick (Sherrard Middle School) and Jessica Diefenbaugh (Washington Lands Elementary School).

All nominees were presented with a certificate for being a top teacher at their respective schools.  

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Front row (left to right): Tami Scollick, Heather Haught, Jessica Diefenbaugh, Jerilyn Eskridge, Amy Ritz, Ruth Mozingo and Kim Wood. Back row (left to right): Justin Hamrick, Dave Parsons, Dianne Magers, Kerry King, Diane Gellner and Mark Witzberger.

Sparks to Conduct Final Marshall County Suzuki Strings Concert

The Marshall County Suzuki Strings Program, under the direction of Janet Sparks, will perform the group’s farewell concert on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 6:00 PM.

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Instructor Janet Sparks is pictured with members of the Marshall County String Orchestra. The Marshall County Suzuki Strings Program’s finale happens Friday, May 6, 2016 at the JM CPA.

Strings students ages six to eighteen will perform an eclectic group of musical selections.  Ensembles and small groups will play classical, pop, fiddle and folk tunes.  The Marshall County String Orchestra will also perform numerous selections including music from the film “The Hunger Games” and Dust in the Wind” by Kansas.

Sparks started the Suzuki Strings Program of Marshall County in 1986.  Since then the organization has grown from a handful of students to a collection of fine musicians, from kindergartners to seniors in high school, and remains a method rarely taught in a public school system.

In the past 30 years the group has served area communities in many different ways such as holding annual concerts at nursing homes in Marshall and Ohio counties.  The Marshall County Suzuki Strings Association also donated a lighting system and grand piano to the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.

The public is invited to attend the Marshall County Suzuki Strings Program’s final concert. There is no charge for admission.

McNinch Students Raise Thousands for Charity

Cole Miller pours water on physical education teacher Ashley Doty’s head during the Jump Rope for Heart celebration assembly.

Teachers at McNinch Primary School helped students celebrate in a unique way for raising $5,000 for the American Heart Association.

A school-wide assembly featuring a laser light show, dance party and teachers being drenched by buckets of water was held to recognize the students’ participation in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event.

During the month of February students began learning the importance of keeping their hearts healthy and helping those with special hearts.

Jumping rope is one way physical education teacher Ashley Doty taught the students to keep their hearts healthy. “Many at such a young age don’t know how to jump rope,” Doty explained. “So not only was this a learning experience in jumping rope but a learning experience for helping others.”

Several different jump rope stations were set up to make the experience a fun yet safe one while collecting money.

This is the second year in a row the school has raised at least $5,000.  Last year holds the school record at $5,400.

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss Week

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Marshall County Schools joined in the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participating in special events all week.

Each elementary school observed the annual event in different ways such as serving green eggs and ham for breakfast and inviting local public officials to the school to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

John Marshall High School students from Mrs. Kuskey’s Public Relations class helped Mrs. Zervos’ Pre-K students at McNinch Primary make Dr. Seuss crafts.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 would have Dr. Seuss’ 112 birthday.

New Special Olympics Event Held in Marshall County

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More than 100 Marshall County Special Olympians participated at the county’s first-ever basketball event on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at John Marshall High School.

Students from all Marshall County elementary, middle and high schools hit the hardwood along with a few graduates.  Peer tutors from both John Marshall High School and Cameron High School assisted the athletes while shooting hoops.

The annual Marshall County Special Olympics Track and Field events will take place on the Monarch’s Soccer Field in Glen Dale on Thursday, April 28, 2016.



WTRF 7News stopped by to capture the event.  The story can be seen at the link below.



Mixed Greens Monday Challenge Set

McNinch Primary School is challenging its faculty, staff, students and the community to eat more greens during the month of February.

Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to eat mixed greens such as lettuce, spinach and kale every Monday during any meal.  Protein can be added to the salads by including meat or eggs.  You choose how many calories you want in your salad.

Make a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three to show you have accepted the Mixed Greens Monday Challenge.  Include a picture of your mixed greens and use the hashtags #mixedgreensmonday and #mcninchprimaryschool when posting on social media.

The goal of the challenge is for everyone involved to increase their vegetable intake while providing their bodies with needed nutrients daily, not just on Mondays.

Help yourself and your community form healthy, life-long eating habits.

2016 – 2017 Kindergarten Screening/Registration Set

Marshall County Schools welcomes all new students entering kindergarten in August 2016.  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 September.  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.


Call the school number listed below in your area to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.


Cameron Elementary:

304-686-3305     March 29, 2016


Center McMechen Elementary:

304-232-6530     March 22, 2016


Glen Dale Elementary:

304-843-4427     March 1, 2016


Hilltop Elementary:

304-232-8640     March 26, 2016


McNinch Primary:

304-843-4431     March 10 and 11, 2016


Sand Hill Elementary:

304-547-5041     March 22, 2016