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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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.

Students Hear a Special Message from a Superhero

Batman traveled to several different schools in Marshall County to talk to students about how they can be a superhero against bullying.

Thursday, the Caped Crusader made stops at Center McMechen
Elementary, McNinch Primary and Sand Hill Elementary. Students at Cameron
Elementary, Glen Dale Elementary and Washington Lands Elementary heard his
message Friday.

During the special assemblies, the World’s Greatest
Detective encouraged each student to look out for one another and to treat each
other with respect. Students were inspired and motivated to be a superhero

Batman talked about why children sometimes bully others and
how it can become a vicious cycle throughout the years, even using his own
experiences of being bullied as an example. The superhero also told students
the people who bully are oftentimes very troubled. In order to combat bullying,
everyone needs to offer kind words and show positive actions to counteract the
unkind remarks.

“Tough things in life will make you stronger,” exclaimed Batman.
“I had my own struggles while in school and that’s the reason behind why I
chose to become the world’s only full time Batman, to help empower our youth
and communities.”

The Dark Knight is part of a group called Heroes for Hire
(H4H). The name is a play on words the organization developed to go along with
its four empowering points: Never give up; Always do the right thing; Help
other people; Never be a bully. The mission of H4H is to inspire children to
“Be the Hero.”

Batman’s visit was arranged by Center McMechen Elementary
School Counselor Charlene Frazier. “I am very impressed with the program,”
explained Frazier. “The Heroes for Hire message is age appropriate and just
what our students need to hear.”

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.

Choose Kind, Just Like Mike

“Choose Kind” has been a theme at McNinch Primary School in Marshall County for several years. School counselor Jennifer Pickett works closely with staff and students to promote kindness throughout the school. 

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 a very special read aloud day was held in memory of the late, Mike Baker. Mike and his wife Susie have been helping, sharing and exhibiting kindness at McNinch Primary School since 1987 when their oldest son started kindergarten. 

After Mike’s unexpected death in May of this year, good friends Cathy and Bruce Givens wanted to do something special to honor Mike. “I just kept thinking and thinking, what do you do to honor a man like Mike? And finally it came to me. Spread his kindness,” expressed Cathy. So the Givens family purchased 24 different books to donate to McNinch Primary School, all with the theme of “Kindness.”  A beautiful bookplate with Mike’s photo on it was placed inside the cover of each book. It reads,

Loving and proud husband, father, pappy, uncle and friend. Devoted community member.

Always his nature to have a nice compliment for you, his unrelenting kind and gentle soul will be forever missed.

Susie Baker is hard pressed to find a word to describe her late husband.  “Saying that Mike was ‘kind’ or ‘good’ just doesn’t seem sufficient. Mike’s kindness came from deep within his soul.”  Susie invited 24 friends and family members to come in and read one of the kindness books to each classroom. Each and every person was honored to have been asked. 

Pickett summed it up well. “We always have choices in life, and it shows great strength of character when we make choices that are kind. No one exemplified this more than Mike Baker. Everyone who knew him felt immensely blessed by this kind, gentle man.”

McNinch Kindergarten Students are “Blooming with Books”

Thanks to the generosity of many individual donors, every kindergarten student at McNinch Primary School will be receiving one picture book per month during the 2019-2020 school year. That adds up to approximately 100 students taking home 900 books, or nine books for every kindergarten student. 

This past summer, Marissa Tucker, a kindergarten teacher at Sand Hill Elementary School, posted on Facebook that for $9.00 a child could receive a book every month from September until May. McNinch Primary kindergarten teacher Amanda McGraw decided to share the same post. Thinking that she might get enough sponsors for her individual class, she was pleasantly surprised when the sponsorships kept coming. Fortunately, she was able to secure a sponsor for every kindergarten student at the primary school in Moundsville.

Each book is purchased through Scholastic Book Clubs. Last month students received If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, and this month each child will receive Spookely the Square Pumpkin.  What’s even nicer about the program is that the books are used to cover standards in the kindergarten curriculum. Spookley the Square Pumpkin covers reading/language arts and math curriculum,and it is a wonderful story to teach about inclusion of all students.

The book program is being called “Blooming with Books.” McGraw is hoping that it can be a project that runs every year.  Reading aloud to children helps build essential vocabulary, listening, and comprehension skills. If you are interested in sponsoring students, please contact Amanda McGraw at

Marshall County Teacher Invited to Participate at WV BOE Meeting

West Virginia Board of Education member Dr. James Wilson is pictured with McNinch Primary School 1st grade teacher Heather Haught, who represented Marshall County Schools in a round-table discussion Thursday in Charleston.

WV BOE members and teachers from around the Mountain State examined areas of strength and weakness within the current educational system.

Each state board member was asked to work with superintendents to select a teacher to participate at the meeting.

New School Year Begins in Marshall County

Students in grades 1st through 12th returned to school in Marshall County today for the start of the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

At McNinch Primary School in Moundsville, students were greeted this morning by the principal, faculty, staff and Batman. Yes, the superhero. The youngsters were excited to meet “The Caped Crusader” on their first day of school. Everyone had smiles on their faces as they made their return for another school year.

Half of the county’s kindergarten students and their parents spent today participating in orientation classes. The remaining kindergarten students, along with their parents, will attend orientation tomorrow. The first full day of instruction for all kindergarten students is Monday, August 19, 2019.

Parents with a student attending West Virginia Universal Pre-K will be notified about the orientation, which takes place on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21.  WV Universal Pre-K classes begin on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

from left is Batman with Avanalist Jackson IV, whose haircut features a superhero star.
Pictured with Batman is McNinch Primary 2nd grader Avanalist Jackson IV, whose haircut includes a superhero star.