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Marion Jr.-Sr. High Weekly Newsletter- 9/23/16

From the Desk of Mr. Ganster

This week in forum I continued to subtly hint at the importance of kindness in school. As the students entered I had "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel playing over the PA. I briefly acknowledged the overall meaning of the song; support those going through a tough time. Then the focus was on happenings around the school:

Model United Nations Club Advertisement: A few members of the Model UN spoke with the student body about joining the Model UN Club. The club engages with other schools in debates over world topics, taking on the role of a specific country. For a lengthier description check out this link. The club is open to grades 9-12. E-mail the club's advisor Mrs. Goodman for more information

Homecoming 2016: Students presnted the daily plan for Spirit week. See below:

  • Monday: Retro Monday
  • Tuesday: Twin Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Class Color Wednesday
  • Thursday: Hick Day
  • Friday: Black and Orange Day

In addition, I spoke about the the Homecoming Court, and the Homecoming Pep Assembly which will occur next Friday, September 30. Students will be called down at 1:30PM to the gymnasium to get fired-up for the Homecoming athletic events on Friday night (See Athletic Schedule link below). The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced in between the Girls Varsity Soccer Game and the Boys Varsity Soccer Game! See you there!!!

Open House 2016-2017: Last night, Thursday, September 22, we had our annual open house at the Jr.-Sr. High School. Parents and guardians enjoyed following their child's schedule through an abbreviated day, after an introduction to the evening in the auditorium. If you were unable to attend open house and would like to get to know your child's teacher feel free to e-mail the teacher or call the school.

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Personalized Learning Update: Chromebooks and Generation Z

By the time that you are reading this newsletter each of our 7th and 8th students will have been using their personal school issued Chromebooks in their classrooms for two weeks. These Chromebooks are a critical part of our school's personalized learning initiative. They will enable teachers to cater to the learning style of our youngest generation, Generation Z. Members of Generation Z are "digital natives." They have never known a world without the internet and smartphone technology. Simply put, because they are digital natives, they access information differently, thus they learn differently than the older generations. Gone are the days of print encyclopedias and libraries with card catalogs. They have been replaced by internet search engines and databases. As we work with Education Elements this fall school leadership teams including teachers and administrators will be previewing and selecting digital content that students will be able to use on their Chromebooks that will make personalized learning a reality in the Marion Jr.-Sr. High School.

Student Round UP

From the Desk of Mrs. Hysell: State Mandated School Safety Drills

Last week we took advantage of the beautiful weather and conducted six of our eight annual required fire drills. The remaining two fire drills will take place during the springtime. We also plan on holding four lock down drills during the school year, which are also required by the state. Carrying out these drills gives us the opportunity to review and fine-tune our procedures so that we can ensure the safety of our students and staff. If you have any questions related to our safety drills at the Jr.-Sr. High School please call the main office.

From the Counseling Office

All students are invited to meet with the following college representatives. Sign up in the counseling office:

  • SUNY New Paltz - 9/26
  • Wells College - 9/27

Attention Seniors: The November 3 SAT Registration deadline is October 7. SAT prep material can be found in the Counseling Office.

Attention Juniors: Don't forget to register for the PSAT! It's not too late!

Military Service Academy Information Day

There will be a Military Service Academy Information Day on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Onondaga Community College starting at6:00pm. If you are a senior and interested in applying to a Military Service Academy, the required Congressional nomination application packet is due on Friday, November 4, 2016.

SUNY Financial Aid Days

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on October 1, 2016. SUNY's Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families. The program is designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process. Finger Lakes Community College is hosting a program on Saturday, October 15. Computer access will be available to complete your financial aid application on site. Register online at

Special Feature: Spanish Students Learn Culture Through Guest Speaker and Dance

Cori Colombo from Strike it Up Artistic Center visited the 11th grade Spanish 4 class to talk about her tour of South America and study of native dance and culture there, as well as the Olympics. This dance is still used today as a way for young couples who are engaged to be married to get to know each other. Marriages are still often arranged by the parents. Physical contact is not permitted, so couples are joined by their handkerchiefs.
Chilean Courtship Dance