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Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015 

A trio of Marshall School students advanced to National History Day based on their performances at the state level May 2 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Andrew Kneepkens and Erik Shirley earned first-place honors for their project on Charles de Gaulle, while Farley Dodge-Hammond garnered a third-place finish for his project on Henry VIII. The students now move on to Nationals in College Park, Md., June 14.

Both Shirley and Kneepkens noted that the depth of their research for their project was eye opening not only to themselves, but also to the judges. The two juniors framed their project under the 'group exhibit' category. This year's overall theme for National History Day is 'Leadership and Legacy in History.'

Dodge-Hammond dubbed his project, "The English Reformation: King Henry VIII's Power Struggle." He tackled the divisive actions in which King Henry VIII separated church and state. Dodge-Hammond, also a junior, designed a website outlining the actions and effects Henry VIII had, both initially and today.

Approximately 60 Minnesota students have advanced to the National History Day finals in June. Started in the mid-1970s, the History Day program include more than 500,000 students participating through schools nationwide, learning historical content and developing research, thinking, and communication skills. Minnesota is one of the biggest participants in History Day, with nearly 25,000 students competing.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 

Auction is upon us, with the big event coming up on May 2nd! Much of the work has already been completed by a wonderful group of volunteers, but there are still a few ways to help out for anyone interested in participating.

World Globes Still Needed

The Auction Committee is thrilled with this year's theme of "Global Connections," and to really take advantage of the theme, we could use globes! If you have a world globe that you would like to lend the school for auction night, please stop by anytime in the next two weeks to drop it off. Your name will be placed on the bottom, and it will be returned to you shortly after the auction.

Help With Auction Set-up Next Week

Parents are invited to volunteer a bit of their time next week for auction set-up. Volunteers are welcome anytime between 8:00-4:00 to assist. Check in at the Main Office before heading to the gym!

Bring a Bottle of Favorite Wine or Spirits to Main Office

The wine and spirits wall is always a favorite at auction, and it's the addition of your favorite bottle that makes it that way! Bring a bottle of that merlot that you would recommend to anyone or any other favorite to contribute to the wall. Donations can be dropped off at the Main Office.

Baskets and Nice Containers Needed

The auction has gift cards and silent auction items galore and could still use more baskets to hold them! If you have a basket to donate or lend, drop it off at the Main Office in the coming two weeks.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to Auction Coordinator Sarah Perry-Spears at sperryspears@marshallschool.org or via phone at 218-727-7266 x259.

Posted Monday, Apr 20, 2015 

Leapin' lizards! Marshall School is set to perform the musical Annie this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23-25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fregeau Auditorium.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Ticket prices for the Marshall School performance of Annie are $8 for adults, $5 for students, $3 for Marshall School students.


Cast list

Annie - Madeline Casey

Warbucks - Jake Polinsky

Grace Farrell - Elle Scott

Miss Hannigan - Mary Nyhus

Rooster - Eric Fredrickson

Lilly - Mary Sawin

Bert Healy - Paul Yoon

Boylan Sisters - Sissi Gao, Anais Tilner, Lucy Philbin


Molly - Molly Shottenbauer

Kate - Abbie Amundsen

Tessie - Grace Semaan

Pepper - Nevina Robinson

July - Susan Christianson

Duffy - Ariana Shimmin

Sunny - Nicole Weber


Drake - Connor Friday

Cecille - Rachel DeWitte

Annette - Lucy Philbin

Mrs Greer - Alex Miller

Mrs. Pugh - Kayla Stine


President Roosevelt - Farley Hammond

Bundles - Holden Ketchum

Officer Howe - Jack Schenk

Sandy - C.J. Miller

President's cabinet, Hooverville/NYC crowd, radio show extras, other support roles:

Sissi Gao, Hannah Matthews, Sam Voigt, Holden Ketchum, Gianna Colareta, Abbie Amundsen, Elyse Orn, Gabriel Ehlers-Nelson, Reed Williams, Trang Quynh Le

Posted Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 

The second annual Genius Hour Showcase is taking place today, Wednesday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. The showcase will begin with a short presentation in the auditorium, followed by an open session where guests are invited to stop and visit student booths. The 8th graders have been working on their Genius Hour projects since early in the school year and are excited to present them. The booths will be set up in the Chapel, Cafeteria, and Middle School Commons.

Genius Hour was a concept brought to Marshall School by English teacher Lori Durant. It originated at Google as "20% time," which is the idea that employees should be able to use 20% of their work time to focus on pet projects that are driven by their own passions. These projects are still in alignment with Google's goals and standards, and some estimates say that as much as 50% of their newest projects were created from 20% time.

Marshall's students have loved the opportunity to follow their interests through their Genius Hour projects, and are looking forward to bringing them to life at the Showcase tonight.

Posted Monday, Mar 16, 2015 

Marshall School science teacher Michael Gabler will be leading a workshop for educators tomorrow evening at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Gabler will focus on nature journaling, and how those journals can bring creative writing, math, art, and more into the learning process.

The presentation will provide applicable processes for preschool, elementary, and secondary learners.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Aquarium, and registration information can be found at the following link.

Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 

Are you available tomorrow morning to go to space with some frogs? If you are, head to the Duluth Children's Museum from 9-11 a.m., Thursday, March 12, to learn more about the Marshall students who have been selected to have their science experiment performed on the International Space Station.

Later this summer, the experiment proposed by Marshall seniors Alli Hall, Pentti Hanlon, and Anna Nordin will be conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The trio has proposed an experiment focusing on how frog embryos develop in microgravity.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), is an annual competition-based program that allows students to create proposals for experiments they'd like to see carried out in microgravity. The winning experiment is sent to the International Space Station, where it will be conducted by astronauts.

The entire community, especially younger learners, is invited to tomorrow's presentation. There will also be information on other projects which were proposed for the SSEP opportunity.

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 

Each year, Marshall 6th graders come together for a couple months between holiday break and February to put on a special class play. This year's group is debuting "Tom Sawyer," a musical. Every 6th grade student is involved in the making of the musical, most acting, but with several working the lighting and sound and still others participating in set design.

Today, Middle School students were invited to the dress rehearsal, where they were the first audience to get a glimpse into Marshall's take on the classical town of Hannibal, Missouri, and the adventurous pair, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Tomorrow, March 5th, everyone is invited to the final performance at 4:00 PM in Fregeau Auditorium. Tickets are free, and the performance is open to the public. We encourage everyone to come to the school and support these hardworking students!

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
Marshall School students art will be on display all of March at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe as a part of national Youth Art Month.
The Hilltoppers and Zeitgeist celebrated Tuesday with a gallery opening for the month-long display. Coverage of the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1GS5qkN
The event was one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences of the winter season, noted many attendees. The gallery opening featured a selection of student visual artwork from Marshall students in grades 4 through 12. Additionally, there were selections by Marshall’s Poetry Out Loud performers and multiple student music ensemble groups. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have their talents and unique works on display for Youth Art Month,” Amber Burns, Marshall School art teacher said. “Duluth is a fantastic, supportive community for the arts, and having a great partner like Zeitgeist help highlight the importance of art for young people is important.”

Started in 1961, Youth Arts Month is an annual, nationwide observance to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage support and quality for student art programs.

The Fine Arts Program at Marshall School provides a creative environment with opportunities for students through music, visual arts, and theater. The curriculum works to instill life-long appreciation for the fine arts, cultivates discipline, fosters enduring character traits, and equips students with skills of creativity, crucial thinking, communication, and collaboration. Marshall’s fine arts faculty members maintain active artistic lives, especially in the Duluth community, and bring real-world experience to the classroom. They also strive to provide opportunities through enriched fine arts experiences with local, national, and international artists.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 

It is an experiment on tiny frog embryos, but it has HUGE implications! Check out the Northland News Center story below regarding Marshall School seniors Alli Hall, Pentti Hanlon, and Anna Nordin and how they are sending their science experiment to space.


Posted Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 

Musician, composer and educator Andrew Turpening expanded his percussion repertoire with a trip to Cuba, where he immersed himself in Cuban rhythms and percussion styles. This winter, he was immersed in Marshall School.

This past December, Marshall hosted Turpening as an "Artist in Residence.” A percussionist specializing in Cuban beats and a fluent Spanish speaker, Turpening was a natural choice to inspire the students. He was invited to give workshops in Marshall's Music, Spanish and Social Studies classes in an effort to make the most of his unique talents. Students found themselves practicing their Spanish outside the classroom and playing instruments that they had never heard of before. Turpening's visit is a great example of looking to the community, both local and global, for one of a kind learning experiences.

Turpening was recently featured for his percussion and Marshall experience on WDSE’s “The Playlist.” To see the interview with Turpening, visit http://www.wdse.org/shows/playlist/watch/complex-rhythms-andrew-turpenin

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