The Mustang Round Up
September 11th, 2022
Back to School Night 2022!
Mustangs are back on campus
Our Mustang staff is excited to host Back to School Night in person this year. Sixth grade parents will have their BTSN on Tuesday the 13th and seventh and eight grades will be on Thursday, the 15th. Parents will start the night in their student's 1st period class and watch a video presentation from the administration. Then parents will follow their student's schedule of classes in a modified bell schedule where each class is 10 minutes long. You can see the bell schedule link below. This year, we're trying something new on campus before BTSN begins. The school is working with MMO to host food trucks on campus from 3:30-5:00pm where parents can grab some dinner, mingle with other parents, and get familiar with the campus. Also, while checking out the campus, be sure to stop by a table to meet some parents from our new parent DEI advisory group. We're so excited to welcome this new group of parents to help MMS create a welcoming and nurturing environment for all students. In their first year, this group will be helping the school in lifting up more of the voices and life experiences from our diverse Marshall Community in monthly installments called "Matters that Matter at Marshall." Be sure to stop by and find out how you can be involved.
This Sunday is September 11th. Many of us remember where we were on this day 21 years ago. May we always remember the lives that were lost that day and give thanks to the first responders, emergency services, and military personnel that keeps us safe every day. Never Forget.
Josh Way, Ed.D
As we begin the 2022-23 academic year, our number one priority continues to be keeping students, staff, and families safe, healthy, and able to attend class each day. Scientifically Backed Safeguards Our schools have implemented a robust assortment of safety measures to protect students, staff, and families, including a massive investment in air filtration and other equipment.
Back to School Night- Tues, 9/13 (6th) and Thurs, 9/15 (7th & 8th); 5-7pm
Here's a sample of the bell schedule. Make sure to have your student fill in the schedule with their classes, room numbers, and teacher names. We will not be able to provide students schedules at Back to School Night.
Track and Basketball Tryouts have been EXTENDED through Sept. 16.
The SDUSD Athletics Department has adjusted the timeline for the fall middle school athletics season. To ensure all sites/coaches are given equitable time to evaluate student athletes, we are getting an additional week of tryouts/practices during the week of September 12th -16th. This time will be utilized as extended evaluation time by coaching staffs to select the team that will represent MMS in basketball and track.
- Practice schedules can be found here: Middle School Tryout Practice Schedule. If you see a box with an “X” in it, that indicates there is no practice on that day.
- The announcement of team rosters will be posted on the SDUSD Middle School Athletics website on Sunday, September 18th.
- The first two regularly scheduled practices will be the week of September 19-23rd.
- The full season of scheduled contests with times and locations will be released September 19th with our first contests taking place on Saturday, September 24th.
Who's Who at Marshall...
MMS is excited to introduce you to our new ELA teacher, Jennifer Lacson (Ethridge-Fan). Mrs. Lacson comes to Marshall with a wealth of experience at San Diego High School and Scripps Ranch High.
How many years in education?
I tutored and TA'd in college, then taught 2 years. I took a break to raise kids, then more recently, I substitute taught about 6 years in Poway Unified, mostly high school and long-term assignments. I decided to go full time in 2019 and taught middle school in Oceanside, then got hired by San Diego Unified in Dec. 2020, teaching at Scripps Ranch High and San Diego High. So altogether, about 10 1/2.
Why did you choose to work in Middle School?
I loved Scripps Ranch High, where staff, teachers, and administrators were all so dedicated to the students and families, and had great working relationships to encourage the best from everyone. I heard many positive things about Marshall Middle, indicating that it had a similar "vibe," that this was also a school with amazing, dedicated professionals and engaged students and families. I was also intrigued by middle school itself. San Diego High has many fantastic students, but I sometimes found myself wishing that I had had them earlier, that I could have filled in a missing piece of academic foundation. When I discovered that Marshall had an opening in my field, I applied the very first day possible. My interview confirmed my positive view of Marshall, and I was so thrilled when Dr. Way offered me the position!
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
I love spending time with my family. My students are adults, but we usually get together on the weekends for dinner---sometimes a game, but always great conversation. My husband and I also enjoy ballroom dancing.
What impact do you hope to make at Marshall?
I want the students to have a great year in 6th grade! I want them to have the foundation they need in Language Arts and in History, but I also want them to enjoy coming to class, feel accepted and valued by me and by classmates, and feel comfortable to spread their intellectual wings and grow. As Ms. Frizzle says, "Take chances! Make mistakes!"---following this is the impact I hope I will have for the students at Marshall.
6th Grade Overnight Camp
MMS is so excited to host our 6th Grade Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Marston in Julian. Due to the size of our 6th grade class, we are splitting the 6th Graders up into 2 two different groups by ELA teacher.
- Camp 1 is scheduled for 10/10-10/14. The ELA classes that will be attending this camp are Custer, Lacson (Ethridge-Fan), Kole, and Wright (per. 2).
- Camp 2 is scheduled for 10/17-10/21. The ELA classes that will be attending this camp are Ingles, Karch, McDaniel, and Wright (per. 4)
- Both groups of students will leave MMS on Monday at 9:00am and return on Friday at 12:00pm.
- The deadline to register is this Friday, Sept. 16th. To register your student, please visit the MMO webpage. Parents will also need to fill out and return two required forms:
- The required forms:
- Camp 1- SDUSD Permission Slip; Health History Form
- Camp 2- SDUSD Permission Slip; Health History Form
- Once filled out, bring signed copies to the 6th Grade Camp meeting after Back to School Night on 9/13 or have your student give them to their ELA teacher.
- *Important- Please note on the Health History Form that any student who is currently under regular doctor’s care for asthma, a heart condition, seizures, diabetes, or recent hospitalization must have a doctor’s authorization prior to departure. The doctor’s authorization form is on the back of the Health History Form posted above.
To learn more about camp be sure to read the Camp Marston Parent Guide for a detailed description of camp activities, packing list, and policies of Camp Marston.
Hello Marshall We are so excited to have your students back! In ASB teams work together to plan spirit weeks and events, decorate our school campus, and try to make this school a better place for all.
We have a website where you can see upcoming events, new updates, and our ApperalNow shop were you can buy spirit wear to support our school. This week we are starting to put up decorations around school campus to bring some school spirit! You can also bring some school spirit by buying from our ApperalNow shop! We can’t wait to have an amazing school year with your students!
Finally, follow us on Instagram @asb.marshall, Facebook @Marshall ASB, and TikTok @theactualmarshallasb for more details on fun activities at our school.
Some Things to Consider...
When it comes to school and learning, one of the most debated topics is grading. For decades educators have wondered if there's a better way to measure a student's progress, as well as the best way to communicate that to the student and parent. Often this debate begins with the question of what does a grade really mean? In a standards-based learning environment, a grade means what a student knows and can do in relation to a given academic standard. Where as traditional grading includes this element, but also lumps in attendance, attitude, timeliness, motivation, organization, and many more non-academic factors. Think about what most people mean when they use the phrase "She's an "A" student". Do they mean just her knowledge of specific content? All these other factors are important elements of schooling, but when included into the academic grade they can distort what is understood about a student's progress in terms of actual content. In the season of Back to School Night and understanding each teacher's grading system, I'm going to be sharing a series of resources each week so parents can understand more about what standards-based grading is and what it may look like in a middle school classroom. To begin, here is a quick video that offers a simple explanation about the difference between traditional grading and standards-based.