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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.

www.northlandsnewscenter.com/Marshall

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

Posted Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 

Respect will be the theme of this year's Marshall School Film Festival, which runs from Monday, February 2, through Tuesday, February 10.

There are four film options, and Upper School students will be selecting the film they'll be viewing during the festival today. Selections for this year's films are based on the variety of perspectives they provide on respect and its expression among teens as they face the challenges of adolescence. The objective is to generate meaningful reflection and conversation among students about how they demonstrate respect to others. The small group discussions that follow the screenings will examine the role that respect plays in each film. 

Parents are encouraged to explore the films by viewing the trailers using informational links they received in a school-wide e-mail communication, and must provide a permissions slip if the student chooses the one R-rated selection.

The four movie options are:

Finding Forrester - PG-13

Perks of Being a Wallflower - PG-13

Slumdog Millionaire - R

To Save a Life - PG-13

 

Posted Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 

Marshall School will compete at the varsity level for girls hockey in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The announcement comes just one year after Marshall added girls hockey at the junior varsity level and began participation in the MSHSL. 

“Our plan at the onset of adding girls hockey was to expand the program to include varsity competition as the numbers and talent allowed,” Kevin Snyder, Marshall School’s Athletic Director said. “We are very excited to be able to open up the varsity option after one successful season.” 

The move has been approved by the Lake Superior Conference, and is expected to be approved by the MSHSL as well.

“We have a committed, talented group of players who have a great deal of experience in hockey, and we’ve had a strong first season together,” Hilltoppers head coach, Sean Storie, said. “There will certainly be some challenges at the varsity level, but I’m confident we are ready to take the next step for Marshall girls hockey.”

The current Hilltoppers junior varsity team has posted a record of 17-3-1 through 21 games this season. Marshall travels to Silver Bay to take on North Shore this Thursday evening at 5 p.m., before hosting Minnehaha Academy at Mars Lakeview Arena this Saturday at 1 p.m. 

“When I first arrived at Marshall last year it was clear there was a core group of student-athletes already at our school who were drawn to girls hockey,” Kevin Breen, Marshall’s Head of School, said. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the type of extra-curricular opportunity about which our current and future Hilltoppers are passionate, while pairing hockey with our academic experience.” 

On average, more than 98% of Marshall graduates attend a four-year college. The 66 students who graduated from Marshall in 2014 were offered more than $5 million in merit-based academic scholarships. The Class of 2015 has an average ACT score of 27, more than four points higher than the Minnesota state average. Marshall offers 24 different athletic extra-curricular opportunities, with more than 90% of students choosing to participate in at least one option.

Posted Monday, Jan 26, 2015 

Wearing a flannel shirt and his mom’s plaid pants, senior Derek Farrell stood courtside and carefully watched the basketball game in front of him.

Winter Frolic, Marshall School’s, annual mid-winter spirit week, got started Monday with Flannel Day and a basketball tournament. Upper School students convened in the Marshall gymnasium wearing pajama pants and plaid flannels to catch a glimpse of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, held daily during Community Time all this week.

“It’s fun,” Farrell said. “We get the whole student body together and people come watch. It’s a good atmosphere.”

Organized by the freshmen, the basketball tournament concludes with the championship game during Friday’s assembly.

Farrell is one of eight seniors elected to the Winter Frolic court. The four senior boys and four senior girls were nominated by their classmates, based on who best embodies the mission of Marshall School.

Beginning with a window painting contest Monday and concluding Friday with a dance off, the four couples will go head to head in daily competitions. Points from each event will be awarded to the court and the duo with the most points at the end of the week will be crowned Winter Frolic king and queen.

“The most embarrassing thing for me on Wednesday is a sing off,” Farrell said.

The Upper School student body won’t be left out of the festivities, however. The students are encouraged to dress up each day of the week. Monday’s Flannel Day will be followed by Beach Day, Bling Day, Black N Gold Day, and Couple Color Day.
Posted Friday, Jan 23, 2015 
Winter Frolic hits Marshall's halls Monday with Flannel Day, the start of the week-long CT basketball tournament, and window painting. It winds through the week, culminating in the Winter Frolic Dance Friday night after the Hilltoppers hoops game.
See the Winter Frolic Schedule below, and be sure to follow along all week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marshallhilltoppers for updates!
Monday
Flannel Day
Basketball Tourney at CT
Court Window Painting at Lunch
Tuesday
Beach Day
Basketball Tourney at CT 
Court Cake Decorating Contest at Lunch 
Wednesday
Bling Day
Basketball Tourney at CT
Court Karaoke at Lunch
Thursday
Black N Gold Day
Basketball Tourney at CT
Court Couple Wars throughout the day
Friday - Special Schedule
Couple Color Day
Pep Assembly at 2:30 pm
Coronation at halftime of the Boys Basketball game
Winter Frolic Dance
Posted Friday, Jan 23, 2015 

The Hilltopper community might've noticed a few familiar faces in an article in The Budgeteer last week, entitled "Sisters and skaters". Kjerstyn, Alli, and Annika Hall were recognized for their accomplishments on the ice, and the ways that being sisters influences how they work with each other. Alli and Annika are currently students at Marshall, and Kjerstyn is a Marshall alumnus, having graduated in 2013.

Read the Budgeteer article here.

Posted Friday, Jan 16, 2015 
Marshall School will receive a special visit today from Nansee Greeley, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). She will be visiting with Head of School Kevin Breen and taking a peek into Marshall student life through the classroom of Mr. K-J, whose students are beginning work on their annual play.
Marshall is one of thirteen Minnesota schools that are members of MAIS, which exists to support and connect Minnesota independent schools in a variety of ways. They provide opportunities for professional development and communication among schools, which works to create a unified independent school system. 
Marshall's accreditation through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, or ISACS, allows its membership, and the school engages with MAIS in several important ways. Social Studies teacher Anita Larson, for instance, serves on the Teacher Service Committee, and Dean of Student Life Heather Fishel, is the head of an affinity group for Assistant Division Directors and Deans.
Greeley's visit adds just another wonderful finish to Marshall's semester. Follow her visit, along with the annual Multicultural Fest on our Marshall Hilltoppers Facebook page.

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