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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


Pre-K Registration Announced

On Monday, February 1, 2016 Marshall County Schools will begin 2016-2017 Pre-K registration for children who turn 4 years old by September 1, 2016.

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.

For Pre-K sites in the Moundsville area including the Marshall County Day Care, please call McNinch Primary to register.  If you live in the Limestone, Sand Hill or Sherrard area, call Hilltop Elementary to register.

You will bring the completed packet to your registration appointment.  Appointments will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

Placements will be announced periodically as registrations are completed.

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

More information can be found at the link below.


Glen Dale Elementary:                          

(304) 843-4427          DATE OF SCREENING: February 25, 2016


McNinch Primary:                            

(304) 843-4431          DATE OF SCREENING: February 29/March 1, 2016


Washington Lands Elementary:        

(304) 843-4420         DATE OF SCREENING: March 3, 2016


Hilltop Elementary:                                

(304) 232-8640          DATE OF SCREENING: March 10, 2016


Center McMechen Elementary:        

(304) 232-6530           DATE OF SCREENING:  March 17, 2016


Cameron Elementary:                          

(304) 686-3305           DATE OF SCREENING:  March 24, 2016


Sand Hill                                                     

Contact Hilltop Elementary




Marshall County Math Day Winners Announced

On Saturday, January 9, 2016 Marshall County Schools held its annual Math Day competition at Sherrard Middle School.

Nearly 150 students from 4th through 12th grades participated in categories ranging from mental math, mental estimation, measurement estimation, short answer and written test.

County winners who placed 1st through 4th in each division advance to Regional Math Day on Saturday, March 5th at Wheeling Park High School.


4th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Bailey Sebroski, Jordan Wyatt, Jude Thomas

Front Row (L to R): Connor Dorsey, Lilly Roman


5th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Cody O’Donnell, John Ellis, Sybil Willis

Front Row (L to R): Owen Allen, Trina Perry


6th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Fred Carroll, Jackson Thomas, Nate Flowers

Front Row (L to R): Charli Garrison, Russell Dillon


7th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Aiden Schrumpf, Walter Heitz, Colton Asbury

Front Row (L to R): Liv Stoffel, Zara Zervos


8th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Cole Saseen, Cole Swartz

Fron Row (L to R): Emily Anderson, Zach Bishop, Malicky Schrumpf


9th Grade Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Collen Wise, Hayden Thomas

Front Row (L to R): Shannon Knowlton, Elaina Herback

Not pictured is Ryan Campbell.


High School Finalists


Back Row (L to R): Dominic Campetti, Tony Persinger

Middle Row: (L to R): Hannah Thomas, Colerain McCardle, Luke Bonar

Front Row:  (L to R): Heather Shook, Jared Neehouse, Hannah Morris, Katherine Ouda

Not pictured are Owen Minor, Ken Wu, Stephen Fumich, Ally Yoho, Jared ketler and John Gardill.



Trojan Jump Rope Team Sends Anti-Tobacco Message to Elementary Students

McNinch Primary School students were taught, in unique way, the importance of being tobacco free.

The Moundsville Middle School Jump Rope team put on a show that featured numerous anti-tobacco messages along with various jump rope skills and tricks.

The team consists of more than 150 students. Fifty of those students are superstar jumpers and travel for the shows.

Moundsville Middle School has had the only demonstration jump rope team in the state of West Virginia for the past five years.




2015 American Education Week Proclamation Signed

Pictured L to R Front Row: Josh Gary, Beth Phillips, Stanley Stewart, Mike Ferro, Ed Kuca, Bob Miller Jr., Kevin Cecil. L to R Back Row: Amy Kent, Matt Madarino, Rick Jones, Michael Hince, Duane Miller, John Miller, Corey Murphy.

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 members of the Marshall County Commission as well as the mayors of the cities of Marshall County, members of the Legislature along with the Sheriff and local business leaders gathered to sign the proclamation declaring November 16-20, 2015 as American Education Week in Marshall County.

The theme this year is, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.  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 American Federation of Teachers.

American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

A short luncheon and brief tour of the facilities at John Marshall High School followed the signing.


The text of the proclamation signed is below.

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 16-20, 2015 as the 94th annual observance of American Education Week.  Proclaimed this 12th day of November 2015.

Mrs. Doty Receives State Award

From Left: Ashley Doty, Richard Moffo and Suzanne Muncy receive their Teacher of the Year awards at the annual West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance state conference. (Photo Provided)

The West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance announced at its annual state conference Marshall County Schools teachers claimed 3 out of the 5 categories for Teacher of the Year.

McNinch Primary School teacher Ashley Doty earned Dance Teacher of the Year, Cameron High School teacher Richard Moffo was named High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Moundsville Middle School teacher Suzanne Muncy was awarded Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Each are now qualified for the distinction of MIDWEST District Teacher of the Year.  Winning at the district level would mean competing for National PE Teacher of the Year, the highest honor in a public school teaching position in the state of West Virginia.

The Marshall County Schools teachers were selected based on years of experience, certifications and accomplishments in their field.  All three are graduates of West Liberty University.

McNinch Primary Pre-K Conducts Experiments

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McNinch Primary School Pre-K students Kamden and Jessie make a Witch’s Brew during a recent class experiment.

The McNinch Primary Pre-K students have been learning about the scientific method recently.

Each week the students complete a hands-on experiment in which they act as scientists by asking questions, forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, drawing a conclusion and recording the results.

For Halloween, the “junior scientists” made a Witch’s Brew.  The students explored the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar.

Annual Ladies’ Night Out Planned

Ladies Night Out BillboardMcNinch Primary School presents the 5th Annual Ladies’ Night Out Bizarre on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5pm until 8pm in the school’s gymnasium on eastern 4th Street in Moundsville.

More than 30 vendors will be featured for the public to come and get a start on their Holiday shopping.  There will also be a Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

This is the PTC’s biggest fundraiser and it supports the many fun and educational activities students at the school participate in throughout the year.

Ladies from all over the Ohio Valley are invited to attend this fun evening of shopping.  There will be a $1.00 admission fee charged at the door.

Vendors include Origami Owl, Berletch Country Crafts, Paparazzi $5 Jewelry, Premier Design Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Touch of Hawaii, Touch of Amish, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, For My Girls, Jamberry, Young Living Essentials Oils and many more.