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Students Heading Back to School in Marshall County

Students in grades 1st through 12th return to school in Marshall County on Tuesday, August 24 for the start of the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Kindergarten orientation takes place on Tuesday, August 24. The first day of instruction for Kindergarten students is Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Parents with a student attending WV Universal Pre-K will be notified about the orientation which takes place on Friday, August 27 and Monday, August 21.  WV Universal Pre-K classes begin on Wednesday, August 31, 2021.

A printable copy of the 2021-2022 Marshall County Schools information flyer, which includes the academic calendar and school listings, is available below.

an informational flyer with the 2021-2022 Marshall County Schools academic calendar. Please call 304-843-4400 for additional information.

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

City Firefighters Donate to Pre-K Program

Teachers, students, and firefighters standing in front of a red firetruck

Moundsville City Fire Department Local 543 takes pride in giving back to the community.

On Tuesday morning a monetary donation was delivered, via Engine 4, to the Marshall County Preschool for Children with Special Needs program at McNinch Primary School. Moundsville City firefighters presented a check to Pre-K teachers Stephanie Dorsey and Helen Marsh and their students.

The money will be used to buy fire truck riding toys to help students improve their gross motor skills.

2021 Young Writers Contest Winners Announced

The 2021 Marshall County Young Writers Contest winners list has been released.

Each of the original stories will be printed in the 2021 Marshall County Young Writers Anthology. Marshall County Literacy Council will host a virtual Young Writers Tea this year.  

The stories of students who placed first in the county were submitted to the West Virginia Young Writers Contest. Additionally, all Marshall County first-place entries will be recognized during a virtual celebration on West Virginia Young Writers Day which is Friday, May 7, 2021.

An audio version of the list can be read to you by calling 304-843-4400 ext 315.

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,

Kindergarten Registration Schedule Released

Marshall County Schools welcomes all new students entering kindergarten in August 2021. If your child is not currently enrolled in a West Virginia Pre-K, beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 you can call and make an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration. Appointments will be arranged Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Children already in the Marshall County Pre-K Program do not have to register for Marshall County Kindergarten.

To enter a kindergarten program, a child must be 5 years of age prior to the first day of July 2021.  At the appointment, school personnel will conduct health screenings and a brief readiness test with each child. Registration forms will be completed.

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.

You can call the school listed below in your area to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.

More information can be found at the link below.

Pre-K Registration Announced

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Marshall County Schools will begin 2021-2022 Pre-K registration for children who turn 4 years old by July 1, 2021.

If you wish to enroll your child in Pre-K, please call the school in your area, on or after January 19, to make an appointment and pick-up a registration packet or request an application packet be mailed to you. The application is also available at the link below.

For Pre-K sites in the Moundsville area, including Northern Panhandle Head Start “Stepping Stones,” please call McNinch Primary to register. If you live in the Limestone, Sand Hill or Sherrard area call Hilltop Elementary to register. For PLAYS Child Care Center, please call Washington Lands Elementary to register. For all other locations, call the numbers listed below.

Please bring your child, along with the completed packet, to your screening location as scheduled. All students must have a state issued birth certificate and current immunization record.

If Covid-19 restrictions prohibit in-person screening of students, we will extend our schedule to allow collection of packets and meetings with parents, possibly to an additional day.

Placements will be announced periodically as registrations are completed.

WV Pre-K Programs are free for any child who turns 4 prior to July 1, 2021.

2021-2022 Pre-K Screening Schedule   Glen Dale Elementary:                           (304) 843-4427        	DATE OF SCREENING: February 18, 2021   McNinch Primary:                             (304) 843-4431          	DATE OF SCREENING: February 22 & February 23, 2021   Hilltop Elementary:                                 (304) 232-8640          	DATE OF SCREENING: February 25, 2021  Washington Lands Elementary:         (304) 843-4420         	DATE OF SCREENING: March 4, 2021   Center McMechen Elementary:         (304) 232-6530          	DATE OF SCREENING:  March 11, 2021   Cameron Elementary:                           (304) 686-3305          	DATE OF SCREENING:  March 18, 2021   Sand Hill                                                      Contact Hilltop Elementary

More information can be found at the link below.

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