The Mustang Round Up
October 30th, 2022
Join the Marshall Team
One of the lingering challenges from the pandemic has been filling various staffing vacancies at Marshall. Fortunately for us, we have had success filling certificated positions like teacher and visiting teachers. However, filling our classified positions has proved more challenging. These positions are critical in supporting our classrooms and can also be a very rewarding experience for anyone looking for a full time job, with excellent benefits. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of the vacancies we currently have to help spread the word in the community about these full-time opportunities. (Click on the title to see the job description.)
Network Systems-Media Support Technician- This position is a great position for anyone with IT experience, likes working with data and network systems, and is also interested working side by side teachers and students. This position, not only supports our school-wide technology, it also helps teachers integrate technology into their lessons.
Paraeducator- Independent Facilitator- We currently have two vacancies in our special education department. These positions are for full-time, in-class support. Duties range from working with students one on one in classes and supporting our team in the Moderate/Severe program.
Campus Supervisor- This full-time position is responsible for working with the administration on campus security and supervision. This position works directly with students and collaborates with teachers in keeping the campus safe. This position is great for anyone who loves being around kids and has an interest in developing and creating effective emergency/safety plans. Hours are 7:30am-3:30pm
Please help us spread the word!
Josh Way, Ed.D
Happy Retirement Mr. Marquez!
Join us in wishing Mr. Leonard Marquez a happy retirement! Mr. Marquez is our campus supervisor and has worked tirelessly the past 8 years keeping Marshall safe. Mr. Marquez is not only a trusted adult that kids know will keep them safe, but kids love interacting with him. He has that wonderful balance of expecting high standards of behavior, while maintaining a friendly, positive rapport with kids. While we're sad to see him leave, we're excited for this next chapter in his life .We're going to miss you Marquez! Happy Birthday!
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.
New School Club Announced! Teens Make Health Happen
Club starts Wednesday, 11/9/22, 2:45-4:15pm in the Community Room-
TEENS MAKE HEALTH HAPPEN is an innovative club that empowers teens to use their passions to improve their well-being and tackle pressing community health challenges. Our trained near-peer college interns guide and mentor students through the program, which engages teens in interactive health lessons, provides ongoing resources and support to bring health promoting activities to their campuses and encourages service learning through our student-led health innovation project, Project Health. Learn more from this FLYER
LOTE Testing; 12/6/22
On December 6, 2022, students in 7th and 8th grade at Marshall Middle School will have the opportunity to take the LOTE Alternative Assessment in Amharic, Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Cambodian, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, or Vietnamese. Testing will begin at 8:15AM. Below you will find additional information about this assessment opportunity.
For more information, read the LOTE Parent Letter from Marshall Middle School
We need your help! Please fill out LCFF Survey
Only 11% of families left! Deadline is October 31st!
Each year the district is responsible for collecting information from our students’ families to
support the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) process. The LCFF is hallmark legislation that fundamentally changed how all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state are funded, how they are measured for results, and the services and supports they receive to allow all students to succeed to their greatest potential. This year, the California Department of Education is allowing districts to collect information in May 2022 and it will be applied to the 2022 – 23 school year. By completing the survey, you will not only be supporting the district’s efforts, but increasing the chances of your child’s school receiving more of this valuable funding.
Sign in to PowerSchool Portal with your parent account (not your student account!)
On the navigation bar, select “LCFF Data Collection"
MMO Pledge Drive
Our annual pledge drive is in full swing and is the single largest fundraising event for our school. The MMO works closely with the school administration to provide vital funding. Your financial contribution supports the academic programs within each department, as well as programs to support citizenship, safety and wellness in our students. Donations can be made online at www.mmofoundation.com/donate. All levels of support are welcome and much appreciated!
Who's Who at Marshall...
MMS is excited to introduce you to Education Specialist Crystal Taitague. Ms. Taitague in one of our teachers in the Moderate/Severe Special Education program. Her and Mr. G. have shaped this program into a thriving program that supports our students with the highest developmental needs. Here's more about Mrs. Taitague:
How many years in education? I graduated from San Diego State with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies and my Masters in Special Education- emphasis on Autism (GO AZTECS!). I'm an Education Specialist who teaches students with special needs at Marshall. This is my 4th year teaching.
Why middle school?- I chose to teach middle school to help students develop social skills, self-esteem, and of course advance in their educational goals.
What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? In my free time, I love to be outside! I enjoy hiking, camping, and climbing. My favorite hobby is traveling. Any chance I get, I will jump on the opportunity to travel somewhere new. I’m quite the foodie too, so San Diego is the perfect place for me! But most of all, I love music. You can find me listening to music throughout the day!
What impact do you hope to make at Marshall? I am very passionate in providing my students a holistic education that teaches them and prepares them for the future, while nourishing their heart and mind.
Hello Marshall Middle parents!
Marshall has a lot of fun activities this month!
- Our first Spirit Week is from October 31 to November 4.
- Monday is Fall Festivities Day: wear your costumes or fall colors to school.
- Tuesday is Sports Day: wear anything sports related.
- Wednesday is Class Color Day: eighth grade wears red, seventh grade wears blue, and sixth wears green.
- Thursday is Twin Day: dress like your friends.
- Friday is Sunglasses Day: bring some shades to school.
Make Sure to check out our website and social media to get additional information!
Facebook: @Marshall ASB
Be responsible this Halloween
Tomorrow is Halloween! While we want to allow those students who celebrate Halloween to wear costumes to school, we want to remind everybody to be responsible with their choice of costumes. If your student chooses to wear a costume, please remember that school dress code still applies. Students may not bring weapons, real or fake, wear full face covering masks, or wear costumes that are culturally offensive.
Some Things to Consider...
"Will standards-based grading impact our student's college admission?" This has been a common question that parents and teachers have asked since SDUSD secondary schools switched over to standards-based grading. Last week, I shared an article summarizing the perspectives from admissions counselors from MIT, Pomona College, and USC. This week's article, from the same publication (AASD- The Superintendent's Association) offers more insights, but from Midwestern colleges.
Still, one question lingers for many of us in schools; "It's nice to hear from college admissions counselors, but what about the students? What's their experience like in college if they come from a SBG high school?" This exploratory, mixed-methods study from the University of Kentucky tracked a small cohort of college students, who came from high schools with SBG, and documented their experience in their first semester of college. The study found no detrimental effects on the student college experience for those who came from a standards-based grading system in high school. The study also offers insights into the broader implications for schools making the change to standards-based learning.