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Marshall County Service Personnel and Teacher of the Year Named

From left: Heather Haught (Teacher of the Year) and Julia Clayton (Service Personnel Member of the Year).
From left: Heather Haught (Teacher of the Year) and Julia Clayton (Service Personnel Member of the Year).

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

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

Glen Dale Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Julia Clayton was named Service Personnel Member of the Year for Marshall County Schools. Clayton started with the school district as a substitute cook in 2005. She was hired fulltime in 2011 at Central Elementary School and was promoted to her current position in 2020. Clayton can be seen at work early and she stays late several days per week.

“I love my job,” Clayton explained. “If it weren’t for having to pay bills, I would do this job for free. I love the kids and everyone I work with at Glen Dale Elementary.”

Clayton makes sure she talks to the students daily while promoting upcoming menu favorites to get kids excited for lunch.

Heather Haught, a first-grade teacher at McNinch Primary School, was awarded Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year. She holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from West Virginia University, a Master of Arts in Reading from West Virginia University and a Professional Administrative Certificate from Wheeling University.

Haught is dedicated to her school and the children she teaches each year. She works hard to make sure they feel safe, valued and they are educated to the best of her ability while they are in her classroom. Watching her students learn, grow and improve throughout the year is what she considers to be the most rewarding part of being a teacher.

Service Personnel Member of the Year Nominees also included: Dave Magers (Bus Garage), Jason Courtwright (Cameron Elementary School), Michael Moore (Cameron High School), Tammy Lemley (Center McMechen Elementary School), Emily Gaughenbaugh (Central Elementary School),  Denise Phillips (County Office), Kathy Korngiver (Hilltop Elementary School),  Pam Whorton (John Marshall High School), Gary Mercer (Maintenance), Elizabeth Roberts (McNinch Primary School), Tammy Sessums (Moundsville Middle School), Beth Gilles (Sand Hill Elementary School), William Games (Sherrard Middle School) and Donald “Buddy” Blake (Washington Lands Elementary School).

Other Teacher of the Year nominees at each school included: Jessica Dorsey (Cameron Elementary School), Andrea Magers (Cameron High School), Beth Ann Winland (Center McMechen Elementary School), Emily Swoger (Central Elementary School), Catherine Folmar (Gateway Achievement Center), Sherry Loy (Glen Dale Elementary School), Pam Gatts (Hilltop Elementary School), Ryan Asbury (John Marshall High School), Kelli Gonot (John Marshall High School), Melissa Glasgow (Moundsville Middle School), Mindy Thomas (Sand Hill Elementary School), Dan Gatts (Sherrard Middle School) and Eli Lambie (Washington Lands Elementary School).

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

P-EBT Card Information

How do I activate the P-EBT card?   DHHR mailed all eligible families a letter with student-specific information necessary to activate the card. Marshall County Schools does not have this information and will not be able to provide it to you or send you a new letter. However, each month, DHHR will be sending new letters to families for the next benefit period. It will contain information that was on your original letter to help you with card activation and understanding your child’s benefits. Your new letter for the next benefit period will be arriving soon.   What happens if I have lost, misplaced or never received a letter from DHHR?  1.	You may call the P-EBT hotline at 304-756-5431 and a representative will assist you. Please be advised, they will only be able to speak to the guardian on file – and guardians will have to complete a verification process over the telephone before student specific information is released.   2.	You may email the P-EBT inbox at

P-EBT cards are in the process of being mailed to more than 220,000 students in West Virginia. Marshall County students should expect to receive their card by the end of April.

Have a question or need assistance? Call the P-EBT hotline at 304-756-5431 or email

USDA Approves WV 2020-21 PEBT Plan

*Please contact your child’s school by Monday, March 1, 2021 with a recent change of address.

A public information hotline (304-756-5431) and website ( is now available to explain the latest round of P-EBT.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced a second round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) has been allocated to any child who attends a public school in Marshall County. The program will continue to be administered through the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

On February 4, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved issuance of a second round of P-EBT for children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program if their schools were not closed or operating at reduced attendance hours due to COVID-19.

“We are incredibly grateful that another round of these benefits will be allocated in West Virginia, even as the challenges posed by the pandemic continue,” Gov. Justice said. “Our children are our greatest treasure in West Virginia and making sure our kids have enough to eat is absolutely the most important thing we can do – it’s why, the moment we closed our schools last year, we went right to work delivering millions of meals all across the state. So, we appreciate the extra help this program will continue to provide.”

P-EBT funding has resulted in more than $72.6 million in food assistance support for West Virginia children, and an estimated $200 million is expected as a part of the next round of benefits.

“West Virginia’s commitment to consistent and high-quality meals for children during the pandemic remains a top priority,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “The P-EBT program has been important because of the flexibility it offers families. As the pandemic continues, children will benefit immensely from these extended benefits that will strengthen our efforts to ensure children have access to the nutrition they need.”

Benefits will start to be released mid-March and will be applied retroactively to the beginning of the school year. The benefits will be issued to a special P-EBT card, not to the Mountain State EBT card, thus, families will receive a new electronic benefits card in the mail.

“It is necessary that children’s nutritional needs are met to assure that they remain healthy and ready to learn,” said Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bill J. Crouch. “We know the pandemic has been an incredibly stressful time for West Virginia families and hope that P-EBT alleviates some challenges.”

Marshall County Schools Observes National School Counseling Week

Three of the 15 school counselors met at the Marshall County Schools Board of Education office for the proclamation signing. Those who attended are pictured with county administrators. Seated is MCS Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines. Standing, from left, are Mia Angalich (JM), MCS Student Services Director Karen Klamut, Jennifer Pickett (MPS) and Jenna Dompa (CES).
Three of the 15 school counselors met at the Marshall County Schools Board of Education office for the proclamation signing. Those who attended are pictured with county administrators. Seated is MCS Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines. Standing, from left, are Mia Angalich (JM), MCS Student Services Director Karen Klamut, Jennifer Pickett (MPS) and Jenna Dompa (CES).

National School Counseling Week 2021, “School Counselors: All in for All Students,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is being celebrated from February 1–5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“This special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Marshall County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines who signed the proclamation designating this week as National School Counseling Week.

In a proclamation, Dr. Haines cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, postsecondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

Parents or community members with specific questions about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their child’s school. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website,

Electronic Forms at MCS

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Marshall County parents now have an option to use electronic forms for beginning of the year forms and athletic forms.  MCS purchased FinalForms for our schools, parents, and students to use for the 20-21 school year. 

A parent can create an account which will then be used to associate their child with them.  After filling out the form with basic contact information, the information can be used for multiple children without having to enter all the information again.  And next year, the information will still be there so student registration and updating of information will be even faster.

More information about FinalForms can be found by clicking HERE, and the login for Marshall County is at

Students Heading Back to School in Marshall County

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 • First day of school for students in 1st - 12th • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Kindergarten Orientation Wednesday, September 9, 2020 • All students participate in Distance Learning. Thursday, September 10, 2020 • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • First day of class for Kindergarten students (1/2 group). Friday, September 11, 2020 • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • First day of class for Kindergarten students (1/2 group).
Above: Week 1 Schedule Highlights

Students in grades 1st through 12th return to school in Marshall County on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 for the start of the 2020 – 2021 academic year at Level 3, as long as Marshall County remains green or yellow on the governor’s colored-coded map. Level 3 means all kids will report for in-person instruction two days per week and also participate in distance learning three days, based on the first letter of the child’s last name.

Each Monday and Tuesday, kids with last names beginning with A-K attend school in person while all other students participate through distance learning. On Thursday and Friday students whose last names begin with L-Z will be present in school buildings while all other kids receive their lessons via distance learning. Every Wednesday is a distance learning day for everyone enrolled in Marshall County Schools.

Kindergarten orientation takes place on Tuesday, September 8. The first day of instruction for half of the Kindergarten students is Thursday, September 10. The first day of class for the second half of Kindergarten students is Friday, September 11.

Parents with a student attending WV Universal Pre-K will be notified about the orientation which takes place on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11.  WV Universal Pre-K classes begin on Tuesday, September 15 for half of the students. The second half of the WV Universal Pre-K students will attend Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The plan is to remain operating under Level 3 until Friday, October 2, 2020; however, levels can change at any time per health department and governor recommendations. An announcement about the next phase of operation will be made on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

A printable copy of the 2020-2021 Marshall County Schools information flyer, which includes the academic calendar and school listings, is available at the this link:

Marshall County Schools Continues No Cost Meal Program

Marshall County Schools Child Nutrition Program Information

The Marshall County Board of Education will continue the availability of a daily, no cost breakfast and lunch at school for all students during the 2020- 2021 academic year regardless of income.  Under the Community Eligibility Option Provision, applications will not need to be completed to be eligible for the free meals.

The price for an extra milk will be .35 cents and a second lunch will be $1.75 and must be paid with cash at the time of purchase. Parents/Guardians are still responsible for any unpaid account balances.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-843-4400 extension 338.

Marshall County Schools Participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Food Care Program, Summer Meals Program, After School Supper Program and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Wellness Policy and Child Nutrition Website

Marshall County Schools has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was established with a health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, students, administrators, guidance counselors and nurses. The key areas of the wellness policy focus on nutrition education, physical activity and other school based activities that promote student wellness.  If you want to be involved with Marshall County’s Wellness Policy, please contact Debbie Derico at 304-843-4448 extension 338.

Marshall County Schools maintains a website for all your nutritional and wellness needs.  This website will be your source for menus, nutritional information and wellness resources.  You will be able to sign up to have the menus emailed to you on a monthly basis.  Check it out at

Substitutions Made for Students with Dietary Needs

Accommodations in meal services are available for Marshall County School students with special dietary needs. Schools will make substitutions in foods for students with dietary needs who are unable to consume the regular meal because of medical or other special dietary needs.  These meals/substitutions will be provided at no additional charge.

A Special Dietary Needs Medical Statement is required for us to make these accommodations. The Special Dietary Needs Medical Statement must be completed by a physician and completed annually. Substitutions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Contact your child’s school immediately to inform them of any special diet of food allergies or other needs.  Substitutions cannot be made for vegetarian diets.  Also, juice can only be substituted for milk when there is a disabling medical condition. The form can be obtained on the Child Nutrition website at or by calling the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-843-4400 extension 338.

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email:

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2020-2021 Bus Routes and Schedules

Information is now available about the transportation routes for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The updated lists can be found at this link: or in the Links tab under Transportation at the top of this page. Click on the bus number to download a schedule. 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.

School Summer Food Program Extended

The Marshall County Schools Summer Food Program schedule has added an extra week because of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s order that schools can’t go back in session until Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

On Wednesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 the Marshall Mobile Food Bus will make stops in the same neighborhoods at the same times but will distribute double portions. Each delivery will contain a 10-day supply of meals for breakfast and lunch.

Food distribution will still be conducted with limited interaction. When picking up the necessities, students and their families must stay in their vehicle. Walkers will form a line and be at least 6 feet from one another.

The Marshall County Schools Summer Food Program schedule has added an extra week because of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s order that schools can’t go back in session until Tuesday, September 8, 2020. On Wednesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 the Marshall Mobile Food Bus will make stops in the same neighborhoods at the same times but will distribute double portions. Each delivery will contain a 10-day supply of meals for breakfast and lunch.

2019 American Education Week Proclamation Signed in Marshall County

On Thursday, 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 18-22, 2019 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 18-22, 2019 as the 97th annual observance of American Education Week.  Proclaimed this 14th day of November 2019.

Caption: Pictured from left seated: Marshall County Chief Deputy Sherriff William Helms,Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Woody Yoder, Benwood Mayor Edward Kuca Jr., Marshall County Schools Superintendent Shelby Haines and Marshall County Sherriff Kevin Cecil. From left standing: Marshall County AFT President Josh Gary, Marshall County Clerk Jan Pest, WV Delegate Lisa Zukoff, Marshall County Assessor Terry McDiffitt, Marshall County Commissioner Scott Varner, McMechen Mayor David Goddard, Moundsville Mayor Phil Remke, Marshall County BOE member Christi Robison, Marshall County BOE member Brenda Coffield, Marshall County Commissioner Mike Ferro, Marshall County BOE member Dr. Duane Miller, Marshall County Schools BOE President John Miller, Marshall County Commissioner John Gruzinskas, JM Principal Cassie Porter and Marshall County Education Association President Matt Mandarino.