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Posted Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 


Tuesday, October 21, Marshall School’s AP Science classes took a field trip to the University of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities.

“We had an amazing time visiting the visible heart lab, where students were able to see their heart library of over 400 human hearts, and learned how they are able to re-animate a heart taken from a donor,” said AP Chemistry teacher Krysta Maas. “We also visited the Medical Device Engineering lab, where we learned about 3-D printing with liquid polymers, experienced virtual reality inside of a human heart, and saw how computer images of the body are created.”

The classes also toured the U of M Nanotechnology and Fabrication Lab to learn about the composition and construction of computer chips.

“Of course, the highlight for students was being on campus, and eating in the Coffman Student Union.  I think there was an unofficial contest to see which of the senior boys could eat the most pizza, but I can't confirm,” said Maas. “Overall, it was such a great experience for our Science students and teachers, and was a fantastic way to show them real-life research and engineering opportunities and continue their interest in scientific fields.”
Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 

For the first time in Minnesota history, high school students are teaming up to send science experiments to space. Marshall students will be competing against 300 students from the Duluth area to propose an experiment for the International Space Station.

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 (similar to zero-gravity; matter does not feel the effects of gravity). The winning experiment in sent to the International Space Station, where it will be conducted by astronauts.

“For whichever group is selected, they’ll get to put their project in action. They’ll get to take the next steps where they actually get to conduct their experiment, having a controlled sample on earth to compare to the microgravity sample up on the space station,” said Honors Physics teacher Paul Schonfeld. “To add to that, even if our group’s project is not selected, we will still be part of this Duluth community’s effort to send an experiment to space.”

For more information on SSEP, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/teacher-and-student-proposer-resources/document-library/  
Posted Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 

Nine Marshall School students performed at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on October 1st as part of the 2014 UWS Honors Orchestra. Students from participating schools throughout northern Minnesota performed alongside the UWS Chamber Strings during an evening concert after spending the day exploring string orchestra music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The evening concert in Thorpe Langley Auditorium required full concert dress and was open to the public.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 

Select Marshall Students in grades 9-12 will spend the next two days in a unique leadership training session hosted by Dr. Roger Christensen. The in-depth, two-day experience begins Wednesday in the Fregeau Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. before picking up Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. and going through the end of the school day.

“I am super excited because we have a great group of students who are primed for learning new leadership skills,” said Heather Fishel, Marshall’s Dean of Students. “This will impact our campus in major ways.”

Fishel met Christensen at a leadership conference several years ago and immediately wanted him at Marshall School. She has been waiting for the right time to pull him in for a student-focused training experience.

“This is going to take our good leaders and help make them great leaders,” said Fishel.

Christensen is a master trainer in experiential learning and has more than 30 years of experience working with families and young people. A former university professor, Christensen has a Ph.D. in Family and Human Growth Development. He is known for his unique style, his ability to connect with everyone in an audience and his “anything is possible if you believe” mantra which helps move even the most profound pessimists.

The Marshall Student Leadership Retreat finishes with a graduation ceremony for the participants at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Posted Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 

Director of International Programs Christa Knudsen took the international students of Marshall School on their annual trip to United Noodles and the Mall of America Sunday, September 21. United Noodles is a diverse Asian grocery store and cafe, and with a majority of the international students coming to Marshall from China and Korea, many are able to find foods there that are reminiscent of home. All the students are then able to shop independently at the Mall of America for several hours.

Posted Friday, Sep 19, 2014 

Marshall 6th graders spent part of Friday morning doing some key environmental clean-up work of Brewery Creek. The creek, which runs through Marshall School’s campus, has been adopted by the class as part of an “Adopt-a-Beach” campaign through the Alliance for the Great Lakes organization.

Nearly 13,000 volunteers partnered with Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2013 to help clean up beaches, creeks and other bodies of water near our majestic lakes.

“We pick up trash, tally it into groups and report on what we find,” said David Johnson, sixth-grade science teacher. “We are then able to use information as a math lesson on graphing.”

The environmental experience turns educational when Johnson and his students will total up the trash they’ve collected in both a numeric and visual graphing project soon. Johnson’s class has been a part of this effort for more than five years.

Posted Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 

Our own Director of Advancement Bryce Nixon was named to Duluth's "20 Under 40" list today. That list highlights the 20 most influential people under the age of 40 in our community. Bryce has had an incredible impact in her one year at Marshall, and her involvement in the Duluth community is equally impressive. We are very proud of Bryce and her accomplishments and are lucky to count her as a Hilltopper.

Read more about the "20 Under 40" award here.

Read more about Bryce Nixon in her Duluth News Tribune feature here.

Posted Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 

The Duluth News Tribune published an article this past week about Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth, and Marshall sixth graders made the cover! Featured in the article is David Johnson's sixth-grade science class, which has been working on a weather balloon to launch this coming Sunday at the balloon festival.

The article reads:

In David Johnson's sixth-grade science class at Marshall School on Tuesday, it was a day fit for young scientists, as a dozen students assembled a weather balloon.

They turned screws to install a flight computer, making sure to wear gloves while touching the device. Otherwise, oils from their hands could compromise the latex and make it burn up prematurely in the Earth's atmosphere. They assembled the balloon in anticipation of Sunday's noon launch, as part of the three-day Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival at Bayfront Park...

Click here to read more about the project, including photos and quotes from Marshall students.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 

Educational opportunities extended beyond both the traditional class day and the traditional school age Thursday evening at Marshall School. Katie Voller-Berdan, Marshall's Director of College Counseling, hosted parents of seniors for their own College Night. The annual event helps answer questions parents have regarding everything within a family's college decision.

"This really prepares parents to support their student through the entire process," Voller-Berdan said. "We cover everything from applications to scholarships, but also include testing, essays, recommendations from teachers, deadlines to paying for college and more."

The graduating class of 2014 used Marshall's programming to garner more than $5.1 million in scholarship offers, of which more than $2.5 million was taken by those graduates to help pay for college.

College Night for Parents of Seniors lasted more than 2 1/2 hours this year, with questions and conversations from parents pushing the event late into the evening.

"This class is very calm, cool and collected about the process," Voller-Berdan said. "They soak in the information, process it and come back with great clarifying questions. I am excited to see how this process will work for the class of 2015."

Marshall's college counseling work continues with small group meetings for students during advisory, where college essays are currently being peer reviewed. As the lists of colleges students are applying for continues to grow, the process becomes more and more real for both students and parents.

Posted Monday, Sep 8, 2014 

Featured in the "pursuits" section of the Duluth News Tribune is a story about a recent publication of Bonnie Malterer, a memoir entitled "Annie Comes Home." The memoir revisits the many milestones in the lives of the Malterers while awaiting the arrival of their adopted child Annie and during the years that followed. Annie graduated from Marshall School in '06 and now works for Clinique in New York.

Enjoy the following excerpt from the DNT article, or click here for the full story online:

Even with the buffer of 26 years having passed, Tom Malterer said he "cried several times" while reading the book his wife just published, a memoir about the couple adopting a child from India in 1988. The emotion bubbled up again, he said. He felt all the old frustrations of adopting a child from another country. Only this time, he could pause and relax, knowing that the struggle is in the past.

"Annie Comes Home" details the government red tape, politics and even terrorism that came between them and their eventual union with daughter Annie...

Malterer will be doing a book-signing on September 18th at the Duluth Women's Club, and books can be purchased at Marshall Hardware in Lakeside and at bonniemalterer.com or amazon.com.

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