Summer Mailer

Back to School Edition.

MA School Supplies

Marshall Academy is happy to announce that again this year we are going to be providing all of your school supplies this upcoming year. Any pens, pencils, glue, scissors, papers, crayons, markers, binders, or classroom materials needed to complete instruction will be provided to your student at no extra cost to you.

It is important to us to eliminate some of the burden on our parents and also provide an equitable opportunity for all students.

The only classroom materials you will have to provide are a backpack, pencil box, water bottle and a lunch pail if needed.

Of course we are always willing to accept donations. If you would like to help us out this year we are always needing some extra classroom materials.

Classrooms can always use items such as:

  • Clorox wipes
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal water bottles

Elementary teachers may also include a small wish list in their newsletter for those small specific things used in their own classrooms. These may include items such as plastic baggies, popsicle sticks and play dough.

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New Bus Alert

We are very happy to announce that Marshall Academy has purchased an activity bus for small groups. Our new bus has 14 seats and will be decorated with MA Pride for our students to ride in style.

We will be using the bus for:

  • Daily drop offs to the CACC
  • Sports teams traveling
  • Class field trips

We are always looking to increase opportunities for our students and providing safe and secure transportation is a priority.

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Kindergarten Push

Ms. Doane is back to start her 17th year here at Marshall Academy in the Kindergarten and she is looking to have her best year ever!

She would like to remind everyone that this is the time of the year when her class fills up really fast as new parents make their selections.

So, if you, or someone you know, would like to send their student to start their education under a master Kindergarten teacher, with almost two decades of experience in this curriculum, please tell them to sign up ASAP.

If you are enrolling someone new, Enroll Now!

MA believes that a small setting is truly what is best for your students. Unfortunately this means that all our classes have a cap on how many students we are enrolling. Middle and high schools are more full than they have ever been and a few classes already have a waiting list.

If you know someone that is thinking about enrolling, or you have a student to enroll yourself I would like to encourage you to do it as soon as possible so we can reserve your seat.

The easiest way to enroll is by visiting our website HERE and selecting "ENROLLMENT" in the menu. Or you can always come into the office and pick up a packet in person.

20 Community Service Hours is a Graduation Requirement

We want our students to be great citizens and connected with their communities. For that reason our HS students will need 20 hours of community service to meet all graduation requirements.

Summer is a great time to fulfill your required hours.

These may be done outside of the school (e.g. food pantries, church mission trips, Habitat for Humanity, etc.) or be done with the school if other opportunities are not available.

This summer MA is offering opportunities for students to earn a few hours of community service. The grounds around the school could use some detail work, and I will take volunteers to help with woodchips, weeding, landscaping, rocks, drives, parking lots, and the playground. We will also pick up trash around the school property and along the road.

If you would like to volunteer, please call the front office Monday-Wednesday from 10am -2pm.

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High School Scheduling Meetings

This year we have tweaked our high school scheduling process to make the process more transparent and easier for students to navigate. We are sharing the high school schedule and then Ms. Katz has created office hours for walk-ins to adjust their individual schedule.

Walk -in hours:

Monday, August 9th 10am -1pm

Wednesday, August 11th 1pm-4pm

  • Scheduling electives
  • Finalizing schedules (you will leave with a printed, up-to-date schedule)
  • Bring any materials you wish to donate to classrooms

Ms. Katz will advise students and fill their schedules. For instance, some grades do not have as many electives. You MUST have a full schedule. There is no such thing as a “free hour”. She has begun scheduling in Skyward, nothing is finalized, but all started.

You can provide your own lock for your locker, but the office must have the code or the extra key.

If you have any questions, please let Ms. Katz know.

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Uniform Policy

Marshall Academy believes that our uniform policy sets us apart.

A simple, basic uniform says that we are more than what we are wearing. It says that we came here to focus on improving ourselves, not just being "cool".

Our uniforms have always been a part of who we are and we stand for. It unites us as a community while our Kindergarteners look up to our graduates that look just like them. It gives them role models and hope that, through perseverance, they too will be in that place someday. 63% of our families reported that they chose MA, in part, because of our uniform policy.

Our basic uniform includes:

  • White or Navy Blue polo shirts
  • Khaki or navy blue pants, shorts, or skirts
  • All black or all brown shoes
  • Sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts must be solid navy blue

For more specifics please visit our website as our policy changes yearly to adjust for our ever changing community and styles.

Mask Mandate Questions

Marshall Academy is governed by the Michigan State Department of Education. This means that if there is a mandate we will be following their orders, just like we did last year.

However, I want to make clear the difference between mandate vs. recommendation.

Currently there is a CDC recommendation for vaccines and mask wearing. These are smart recommendations and I would urge you to take care of your families' health as you see fit. We will not prevent you from taking any of these measures in, or out, of school.

The difference is that as of right now there is no mandate to make students wear masks, or get vaccinated. The school board will vote on who will or will not be wearing a mask at the August 12th meeting at 6pm heard at the school.

Our school board believes students coming into the building is what is best for them socially and academically. Also, Marshall Academy is small enough to be able to socially distance and have cohorts practice safe strategies that worked last year.

We will be using different entrance and exit points and taking temperatures. We will have safety protocols in place, but we are definitely looking forward to getting back to a regular school year where we focus on doing what is best for our students.

* Please keep in mind that as the situation can change in the community, with the C.D.C., and in the D.O.E. our protocols could still change from now until August 23rd.