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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.

Schools Get Smarter Lunchrooms Makeover

WVU Extension Service officials stopped by McNinch Primary School to deliver Smarter Lunchrooms posters featuring WVU athletes. Josie Novel and Jacob Utt helped hang the new posters in the cafeteria.

Marshall County Schools and the WVU Extension Service in Marshall County have teamed up to put in place a Smarter Lunchrooms program in order to encourage students to select, eat and enjoy nutritious foods without eliminating choice.

Smarter Lunchrooms uses easy, no-cost and low-cost changes to encourage students to make healthy choices at lunch.  These interventions can help increase student awareness about the importance of eating healthy. Examples include moving white milk to the front of the cooler or putting fresh fruit in a fancy bowl.

The project was spearheaded by Molly Poffenbarger, Nutrition Outreach/Health Educator at the Marshall County WVU Extension Service.  Poffenbarger met with Marshall County Schools Child Nutrition Director Debbie Derico, cafeteria staff and principals in November to complete a Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard pre-assessment.

Since then all involved have implemented some of the recommended evidence based changes.  Soon a post assessment will be completed.

For participating in the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, Marshall County Schools was given a small grant to help implement some of the solutions.  Also, each participating schools received WVU athlete posters encouraging healthy habits.

News9 Reporter Crissy Clutter and 7News Anchor/Reporter Tessa Ditirro talked with students and officials about the Smarter Lunchroom program.

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Pre-K Students Return

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Hilltop Elementary student Kallie Butler gets excited about the books she sees in her Pre-K classroom.

Marshall County Schools Universal Pre-K classes began on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Pre-K students attend school Monday through Friday. Because of the one hour delay on Wednesday, Pre-K students report one hour later. Free breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Marshall County Schools Universal Pre-K is a collaboration of the school district and community agencies that include Head Start and day care facilities. All seven Marshall County Schools Pre-K locations offer the same curriculum and a staff of certified teachers.

Classes are held at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, Glen Dale Child Development Center, Hilltop Elementary School, McNinch Primary School, Marshall County Daycare and Washington Lands Elementary School.

Daily instruction focuses on getting students prepared for not only kindergarten but later in life. Take home lessons are designed to bring family members together for special activities. Parents and grandparents also have opportunities to volunteer in the classroom.

Universal Pre-K serves 4-year-olds and is not mandatory. Students are placed across the district based on time of enrollment, not by where they live. Screening and registration for Universal Pre-K take place each year in early spring.

Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair Planned

2016 Marshall Co Back to School Fun Fair PicThe 16th annual Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the former West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville from 8 a.m. until noon.

The “Fun Fair” is open to any Marshall County School student, pre-school through 12th grade, who is accompanied by an adult.  Each child will receive free school supplies which includes a backpack, pencils, pens, notebooks and more.

All other services offered at the “Fun Fair” are also free.  The Marshall County Health Department will provide check-ups and hairstylists will be giving haircuts.  Nearly 50 different agencies will be on hand to assist students and parents.  Pizza will be served for lunch.

Marshall County Schools employee Susie Baker started the “Fun Fair” because of her own childhood experiences and her observations as an adult.  “I was the child who felt sad every year about going to school with nothing.  I saw a need in Marshall County and didn’t want any kids to have to feel the way I did growing up.”

Since 2000, the “Fun Fair” has become a popular way for Marshall County students to celebrate a return to school.  Last year more than 1,200 families took part in the event.  Attending gives participants a chance to win prizes such as Kennywood Park tickets, bicycles and more.

There are no income guidelines to participate in the “Fun Fair.”

Free Holocaust Speaker 11-3-15

CHS will host a free community event, Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, award-winning author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a memoir of her family’s life in concentration camps in Nazi Germany.  The event will be Tuesday, November 3rd, and 7 pm in the Cameron High School Auditorium.

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