Middle School

Marshall’s Middle School lays the foundation for developing and nurturing Marshall's core values: strong academic habits, respect, compassion, integrity, self-discipline and intellectual curiosity. Early on, students are encouraged to be confident and independent thinkers by teachers whose energy and caring enrich the school. Small class sizes permit active participation, feedback, and engagement in a vigorous curriculum. Teachers and curriculum are flexible, setting challenging but attainable goals for each individual learner, while the exploration of unique interests and talents is encouraged.

At a Glance

Fast Facts

  • Class Sizes range from 12 to 22
  • Daily Advisory, great personal attention, and mentorship
  • Art and music for all students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades
  • Choir starts in 4th grade, strings in 5th, and band in 6th
  • Daily language classes: Spanish in 4th, French in 5th, German in 6th
  • Daily physical education class
  • Robotics, both as an extra-curricular option and in the classroom
  • Extensive student support, dedicated additional support staff and space, teachers who really know each student

Meet our Teachers

"Curiosity is, in a great sense, what drives our interactive and experiential classes. It's extremely important that students at this age are invested in what they are learning and doing, so we work to foster that curiosity. Helping them as they are going through the process, and supporting them academically and emotionally as they grow - it's as deeply enriching for me in my work as it is for them." John Vallez, Middle School Science Teacher


"We are unique in the number of daily experiences our students have at Marshall - from gym to band to strings to languages. But the biggest reason I want my young children to go to Marshall when they are old enough is because, even in 4th grade, they are connected with peers and teachers who model what it means to really be in to learning. Even at that age they provide a vision for what it takes to be successful in college." Stephanie Kiero, Middle School Math Teacher


What Students Say

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots

Calendar

News

If you had the opportunity to raise your level of confidence, would you take it?

Marshall students Phoenix Braxton-Brown and Sahen Rai leaped at this opportunity when they discovered the many wonders of Marshall's speech team. Students benefit from a litany of skills they gain while on the team: critical thinking, time management, speaking with purpose and structure, thinking before talking, organization, an understanding of human psychology, and more, but they agree that confidence far exceeds everything else.

"Before this year, whenever I went up to speak, I was always shy and spoke as quietly as possible and with as few words as possible," Braxton-Brown said. "But once you get to that level, that's one of the things that you have to have—you have to have a lot of confidence in order to actually speak and be successful."

And be successful, they have. Marshall tied for second as a team at sectionals, and five individuals are now moving on to compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this Saturday, April 22 in Apple Valley. Joining Braxton-Brown and Rai at state is Jack Schenk, Kellyn McKee, and Zachary Kaplan.

Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."

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