Thunderbird Times

November 2022/ 1.2

What's Up At Marshall?

Now is a great time to check on your students' grades! If you don't know how to access ParentLink, contact the school so someone can help you. Now is the time for students to be figuring out how to bring grades up before the end of the semester.


Our Leadership classes were able to attend a Veteran's Day Celebration last Thursday.


Per Seargent Emond:

"The Marshall Drill and Color Guard teams finished our season with a BANG! Both Varsity teams had 1st place finishes! JV teams had 2nd and 3rd place finishes! What a FUN and competitive City Drill Tournament!"

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Upcoming Events

The Science Fair is quickly approaching - November 15 from 5:30pm- 8:00pm. Here is some information from Ms. Western:

"Our Project Based Learning students have been working hard on their science fair projects for the past couple of months, and they’re excited to showcase them on Tuesday, November 15th from 5:30-8:00pm in Marshall’s gym. They experimented on growing plants, growing crystals, the best ice cream ingredients, how to catch flies, the best conditions to do your math assignments in, the best hair dye, if staring at a mirror makes you go crazy…and many more! Come check out their results on 11/15 and see some of the amazing things our math enrichment students are doing here at Marshall!"


Starting in January, Marshall will host a Spanish teacher on Thursday evenings. Every other week will be in the Library, and every other week will be on Teams. Students and Parents/ Guardians are welcome to attend these Spanish classes! (Any student attending is required to have a guardian with them.) If you are interested, please complete the online form https://forms.gle/T1NvY11McXBPYer27.

Staff Spotlight

Our November Staff Spotlight is on Mr. Cole. He is a Language Arts teacher at Marshall, but he also teaches a very unique class - Mandarin Chinese!


How did you end up teaching Mandarin at Marshall?
"Mr. Bustos asked me - If I could teach anything, what would I teach? I've been studying Mandarin for 28 years and thought it would be fun to teach a Mandarin class."


What has the student response been?

"Most seem to really enjoy it. There is rigor, but also fun. It is verbal language focused, but a lot of games and activities are incorporated."


What opportunities to students in your Mandarin class have?

"They get to Skype a native speaker who lives in China, as well as other conversational practice with native speakers; we eat dumplings at Thanksgiving; we recently sang a song at a celebration; they get a lot of chopstick practice; there will be a Chinese banquet; and we listen to podcasts so they can hear native speakers."


Is there anything else you would like people to know?

"I have been impressed by the students and how they have stepped up. One student overheard someone speaking Mandarin in public and was actually able to understand some of the conversation! Being able to speak Mandarin opens up opportunities. It is one of the fastest growing foreign languages in the world!"

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Tutoring Information

Marshall offers several different tutoring options.


  • After School Tutoring: Students must sign up online at https://www.usd259.org/marshall (hover over the "Learning Services" tab and select the subject).
  • Mr. Hirsch hosts Language Arts tutoring Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 3:25- 4:25 in room 216.
  • Ms. Favre hosts Math tutoring Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:25- 4:25 in room 227.
  • Mr. Browning hosts Science tutoring Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:25- 4:25 in room 108.
  • Ms. Shultz hosts Social Studies tutoring Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:25- 4:25 in room 303.


Students also have the opportunity to attend tutoring during recess.


While at home, students can access Revolution Now which is an online tutoring service with live tutors. See the photo below for more information.

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Marshall Website and Social Media

The best way to stay up to date with Marshall happenings is to follow us on social media, and regularly check the Marshall website.


Marshall Webpage: https://www.usd259.org/marshall

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarshallFamilies/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marshallusd259?scrlybrkr=bb4d4182

PTSO (Parent Teacher Site Organization)

Would you like to be more active as a Marshall parent? Joining our PTSO may be the answer!


If you are interested in being a PTSO member and have not signed up yet, please email Angie Erway at aerway@usd259.net with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student(s) name(s)
  • Your phone number
  • The best email address to reach you at


PTSO members are active at events, have the option of attending at least 2 PTSO meetings per year (typically during Parent Teacher Conferences), meet other Marshall parents, and more!