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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!
Flannel Day
Basketball Tourney at CT
Court Window Painting at Lunch
Beach Day
Basketball Tourney at CT 
Court Cake Decorating Contest at Lunch 
Bling Day
Basketball Tourney at CT
Court Karaoke at Lunch
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.
Posted Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 
Christopher Little '04, will be back in Duluth on Sunday, January 18 to speak at a community worship service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Little is currently minister of music at a church in Michigan, but is visiting to share in Duluth's five-day series of events to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader.
Read more about the event series and the service featuring Little by clicking here.
Posted Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 

Marshall School is working with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to move to AA for its boys hockey program. The move is expected to be approved by the MSHSL and take effect for the 2015-2016 school year.

More on this story: http://mnhockeyhub.com


Posted Monday, Dec 15, 2014 

Marshall students brought extra portions to the table in this year’s food drive, breaking the school’s previous record for the amount of food donated. Lucas Anderson’s 10th grade advisory class dished out the most in the collection competition and even managed to sprinkle a little bit of artistic expression on the food raised for Thanksgiving.

“My students each brought food items the very next day after it was announced at B-Day Assembly,” said Anderson. “My advisory was short on time as we had a guest speaker come talk to the 10th grade about homelessness in Duluth, so we ran down to my room and created a gigantic pyramid with a half circle moat around it. It turned out nicely and it was fun to have them all engaged and enthusiastic.”

This year, Marshall school collected more than 900 pounds of food to help those in need. In addition to the 10th grade smorgasbord, Lon Weaver's 9th grade class collected $130. Both Anderson’s and Weaver’s advisory classes were awarded spirit points for their accomplishment.

When it comes to bringing new ideas to the table, Marshall Hilltoppers rise to the challenge. Not only have the students reached out and given to those in need, but the opportunity for students to play with their food was really the icing on the cake.

Posted Monday, Dec 8, 2014 

The Marshall Arts Department invites you to celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Concert Series in the Fregeau Auditorium.


  • Upper School orchestra and choir - Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Upper school band and chamber groups - Monday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Middle School music, band, choir and strings groups - Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $4 (Marshall students can enjoy the concert for free) and one ticket is good for all three concerts.

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