Category Archives: SchoolNews-MPS

Mrs. Doty Receives State Award

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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.

Jumpstart Read for the Record at Elementary Schools

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Mrs. Michelle Ovies, Title 1 Teacher, with McNinch Primary students and Norman, the fish.

Marshall County Schools was proud to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 10th anniversary campaign.

Kindergarten, first, and second grade students at McNinch Primary were fortunate to have Wheeling Jesuit University students read them the campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.  After enjoying the story, students wrote about what pet they would want if they could have any pet in the whole world.

Additionally, Center McMechen’s first Grade students and Glen Dale’s Mrs. Sally Mull’s Fourth Grade students participated with Mrs. Jeannie Blake, Literacy Facilitator for Marshall County Schools.

Read for the Record is a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods.

Jumpstart broke the world reading record in 2013 with 2,462,860 children and adults.

Miss West Virginia 2015 Brings Platform to Marshall County Schools

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McNinch Primary student Shaun M. poses with 2015 Miss West Virginia Chelsea Malone while wearing his crown.

2015 Miss West Virginia Chelsea Malone talked to students at both county high schools and McNinch Primary about her platform Mental Health Awareness.

Chelsea’s message of “Break the Silence” focuses on telling students it’s o.k. to share their feelings and in the process hopes communication will help reduce the stigma often placed on mental health.

Her talk is based on her own life experiences as a student at Morgantown High School.  Chelsea was bullied during that time of her life and hopes others won’t have to suffer.  She wants students to follow her lead and live a healthier life.

Chelsea will return to Marshall County to visit different schools during American Education Week in November.

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McNinch Primary Goes Gold for Cancer Research

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McNinch Primary Student Olivia Wyatt helps fight childhood cancer one cup at a time at Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the school. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has a mission to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes for research into treatments and cures.

McNinch Primary School went GOLD for the second year in a row to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research.  September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a big push is on to raise awareness of the drastic lack of funding for childhood specific cancers.

This year McNinch sold T-shirts, had a crazy hair day, a crazy sock day, and a hat day to raise $1,213.17.  All of the money was donated to the non-profit organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which provides research grants for childhood specific cancers.

In addition, school secretary, Brenda Crow, and school counselor, Jennifer Pickett, teamed up online to walk 170 miles during the month of September for Alex’s Million Mile.  They were able to raise an additional $1,150.

Only 4% of federal funding is allocated to childhood cancer research.  Here in the U.S. about 1 in 285 kids are diagnosed with cancer before age 20, an INCREASE of 29% over the last 20 years.  Even though the 5 year survival rate is 80%, almost all of the survivors suffer from a chronic health condition by the age of 45 related to the cancer or cancer treatment.

 

 

 

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School secretary Brenda Crow, left, and school counselor Jennifer Picket, right, walked 170 virtual miles to raise money for childhood cancer research.

 

McNinch Primary School Holds First Ever Color Run

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McNinch Primary School 2nd Grade Students Abby and Trent show off their colors with Tracy Anderson and Denise Burton at the first ever Color Run.

This past Saturday, McNinch Primary School turned the Sam Shaw Memorial Trail into a powder party as more than 300 people participated in the Color for Kids, Get Fit or Dye Tryin’ event.  The Color Run encouraged students to get healthy with their families.

Participants walked and ran around the trail while colored powder was tossed in the air.  Troy Goode is a first grader who participated with his mom and sister. “It was fun and I rolled around in the colors.”

McNinch Primary Physical Education Teacher Ashley Doty and school nurse Tammy Riding, RN, organized the event to raise funds to make the school’s playground a safe, more active environment for the students.  Both were pleased with the event.

“McNinch Primary’s first Color Run was a blast.” Doty said. “Thank you to all who came out.”

Tammy Riding expressed her thanks to all of the sponsors for supporting the school and students.  “It was a perfect day.”

Marshall County Schools Enhances Science Curriculum

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Schrader Environmental Education Center Director Alice Eastman explains the life cycle to fourth grade students during an outdoor classroom lesson at Oglebay Park.

Thanks to a grant of almost $46,000 from the Chevron Corporation, Marshall County Schools and Oglebay Institute (OI) are kicking off a multi-year partnership to implement a life science curriculum throughout the county for students in first through eighth grades.  This is in addition to an already established collaborative program between the two for students in third, fourth and fifth grades.

The new curriculum, put together by OI nature educators and county teachers, features grade appropriate concepts that align with West Virginia Content Standard Objectives and both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  According to Marshall County Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction Woody Yoder a variety of instructional methods will be used to delivery each lesson including verbal instruction and hands-on activities along with connections to math, language arts and social studies.

“In years to come I hope to see a more coordinated progression of instruction that connects science closely with other subjects and resonates strongly with our students by establishing opportunities to study in the natural world,” Yoder said.

Field trips to the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Wheeling and Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will be used for outdoor classroom learning. Fifth graders will continue participation in the REACH program while sixth grade students will attend a day camp titled L.I.F.E, or Learning in Field Experiences, at Grand Vue Park.

After successfully completing requirements this year, an additional $105,000 will be made available through the Chevron Corporation to continue instruction, activities, and events during the following two academic years. The program will become self sustained after three years.

Once in full effect the new curriculum will help every Marshall County students, grades first through eighth, understand scientific concepts that build on one another year after year.