The "Running of the Rams" jog-a-thon is almost here and we need your help! Our annual fund raising jog-a-thon which will be held on Thursday, April 28th, is our biggest funraiser of the year. Donation forms and prize information was sent home with your student last week. We can now acccept Jog-A-Thon donations online at: http://www.firstgiving.com/
Create a donation page by Friday, April 15th and earn a free dress day. The date will be announced at the end of the Jog-A-Thon. Donations not made online are due to Marshall on Friday, April 22, 2016. Checks should be made payable to Long Beach Education Foundation. Thank you for your continued support of Marshall Academy of the Arts.




High School Choice Application Instructional Video!

The long awaited and much anticipated film of the year is here! Click on the link below to view the High School Choice Application Instructional Video:

HS Choice Video

Flash Mob!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Creative Writing students performed a special tribute at lunch. Click here to see the video.

Bye Bye Birdie

The stars were out at Marshall as our double cast performed in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Click here to see photos from the 1st night  performance.  

Click here to see photos from the 2nd nigh performance.


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*** Running of the Rams - April 28th - Create a donation page by April 15th and earn a Free Dress Day *** Yearbooks on sale for $25 until the end of April! Buy yours today!!*** ***April 25-29 is "We Can" Week at Marshall

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Parent Newsletter

April 19, 2016

Parent Newsletter

Dear Families,

We have much going on at Marshall Academy of the Arts and I wanted to share the excitement! The following events are for March and April with our ...more

Black History Assembly

Celebrating African-Americans Contributions to the Arts

Marshall Academy Celebrates the artistic contributions of African Americans in honor of Black History Month. The house band for the event was "Drae Fuzzy and the Beard". Our talented students sang, danced and provided a wonderful history lesson about Zoe's great, great, great, great grandfather. We concluded with a moving rendition of "We are the World". Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and our ASL class performed together.

Winter Concert

Our Advanced Music Groups performed their Winter Concert at Millikan this year. Click here to see more photos from the concert.

Marshall PTA Earns National School of Excellence Award

Back To School Night at Marshall was a extremely special this year! The night began with recognition for our Marshall PTA. LBUSD Board member Diana Craighead presented the National PTA School of Excellence Award to 2015 President Erica Dawson, and 2016 President Angie Diaz.

After the presentation, Marshall students and their families spent the evening visiting classrooms, talking to the staff, and taking a break near the food trucks.

Marshall PTA - National School of Excellence Award

The National School of Excellence Award is in acknowledgment of a program to help strengthen family-school partnerships across the country and make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety and arts in education. At a School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success and PTA is the key partner for continuous school improvement. Schools achieving this recognition are at the forefront of engaging families through National PTA’s Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Marshall Academy of the Arts was the only school to obtain this award in California this year.

On Back to School Night, LBUSD Board member Diana Craighead, Deputy Superintendents Jill Baker and Ruth Ashley, and Senior Director Kristi Kahl, came out to show their support for our fantastic PTA. Our new principal, Marie Hatwan, commended the LBUSD executive staff, last year’s principal, Michael Navia, last year’s PTA president (and the one who applied for the award), Erica Dawson, the teachers, staff, parents, and student scholars on The National PTA School of Excellence Award.

Marshall parents and students packed the auditorium for 6th Grade Orientation! In addition to meeting some of the teachers and staff, participants learned a little more about Marshall, purchased PE clothes, chose electives, and ordered Marshall Spirit Wear! Thanks to all the participants. We look forward to a fantastic first day on Wednesday!

Marshall Art Gallery - Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of our long awaited Marshall Art Gallery was on Wednesday, May 13th. The Marshall Academy of the Arts Art Gallery is the only one of its kind in middle school and will be a showcase for our student artists. Students, staff, family, and friends attended the Grand Opening. We were also very pleased to welcome Diana Craighead, President of LBUSD Board of Education, to this event. The future plans for the art gallery will be to display a wide variety of art from our very talented students.

Marshall News


April 30th & May 7th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Parent Success Training shows parents how they can use the highly- effective principles and strategies from the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program when dealing with challenging behavior from their own children.

See the attached flyer for more information.


For Current 5th, 6th, & 7th Grade

Application Deadline is May 16, 2016

Contact: Ben Louie at blouie@usc.edu


Dear Family, Friends and Community Members:

As you know, education is the gift that keeps on giving. It touches the lives of many children each day, year after year. Youth are inherently curious about what they will be when they grow up. Many students never actually talk first hand with a pilot, doctor, or plumber to find out just what they do on a daily basis. Exploring their career options at an early age helps widen their reality base of the world of work.

With this goal in mind, we will be having a Career/College Day on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Marshall Academy of the Arts in the Long Beach Unified School District. Our goal is to have the students interact with a wide variety of professionals and occupational groups. This will create an understanding that will help them prepare for their future career paths.

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as speakers. The time commitment will be approximately 3 hours in the morning, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided. We expect to need around 50 presenters for this event. Students in grades 6-8 will be included in these events, so a variety of occupations are needed. We would appreciate your recommendation of people other than yourself, too.

The success of Marshall’s Career Day depends on you. Please help support our students, school, community, and thus, society. If you, or anyone else you know are interested in participating please submit the fax sheet in by May 6th.

Thank you,
Ms. Hatwan, Principal

Mr. Nhan, Assistant Principal

Dr. Prioleau, Assistant Principal 


See the attached flyer for "We Can Week" Activities


Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Poly and Wilson will offer Math Bridge classes that you are eligible to take during the summer.

Courses Offered:

Pre-Algebra (for students currently in Math 8)
Pre-Geometry (for students currently in Algebra 1)
Pre-Intermediate Alg. (for students currently in Geometry)
Some sites may offer a Drawing and Painting class or a Spanish 1-2 class

Summer Session Dates: June 27th – July 29th, 2016
Time: Period 1: 7:50- 10:15am or Period 2: 10:35- 1:00pm
Enrollment Window: April 28th until May 15th at 5pm
Students must complete the online application to be enrolled


Discover LBCC at an informal gathering in your neighborhood.


Descubrir LBCC en una reunión informal en tu vecindario.


Attention all 8th through 12th Grade Students: Summer School Registration Begins Monday, April 18


All 9th through 12th grade students who are interested in taking summer school classes to make up a grade to meet graduation requirements or to fulfill college entrance requirements must register using our online enrollment system.  The online system will be available starting Monday, April 18.  Summer school registration will continue until 5 p.m. May 15. 


Current 8th through 11th graders also have the opportunity to take a Math Summer Bridge course to help prepare them for the course work that they will study in the coming school year.  These courses include Pre-Algebra, Pre-Geometry and Pre-Intermediate Algebra.  These summer courses will be taken for elective credit, and the grade issued will be a pass/no credit.  This is an excellent opportunity to get a jump start for next year. 


Summer school registration begins with the completion of the application online at www.lbschools.net/summer.  After the application is submitted, the student and parent will receive an email with directions for selecting summer classes.  You should receive this email two to three school days after the application is submitted.


Atención a todos los estudiantes de 8º a 12º grado escolar: Las inscripciones para las clases de verano en las escuelas preparatorias comienzan el lunes 18 de abril


Todos los estudiantes de 9º a 12º grado escolar interesados en asistir a las clases de verano con la finalidad de mejorar una calificación para poder cumplir con los requisitos de graduación o para cumplir con un requisito de admisión universitaria deberán inscribirse a través de nuestro sistema de inscripciones en línea (por Internet). El sistema de inscripciones en línea estará disponible a partir del lunes 18 de abril. Las inscripciones para las clases de verano continuarán hasta el 15 de mayo a las 5pm. 


Los estudiantes que actualmente cursan 8º a 11º grado escolar también tienen la oportunidad de tomar un curso de Math Bridge (Puente de Matemáticas) como parte de su preparación para los cursos que estarán cursando durante el próximo ciclo escolar. Estos cursos incluyen Pre- Álgebra, Pre- Geometría y Pre- Álgebra de Nivel Intermedio. En estos cursos electivos, los estudiantes recibirán como calificación “Pasó/No Crédito”. Esta es una excelente oportunidad para poner en marcha un gran inicio para el próximo ciclo escolar.   


Las inscripciones para las clases de verano se comenzarán llenando la solicitud en línea en www.lbschools.net/summer. Después de enviar la solicitud, el estudiante y los padres del estudiante recibirán un correo electrónico con instrucciones para seleccionar las clases que el estudiante planea tomar durante el verano. El correo electrónico lo recibirán 2-3 días escolares después de haber enviado la solicitud.


Serayah Kicks Off Career Week

Career Week at Marshall

To kick off Career Week at Marshall actress and singer Serayah from Fox's hit television series Empire wowed Marshall's students. Our students were very excited to see Serayah perform and she encouraged and inspired our students to reach for their dreams. Serayah shared her story and answered student questions. Additionally, she took the time out to sign autographs and take photos with our students. Serayah encouraged students to follow her on social media (Twitter: Serayahlove and Instagram: Serayah include the #Marshall Academy)

The Press Telegram covered this event and can be viewed below:


Press Telegram photos are available here:


Career Day Speakers

Marshall students had the opportunity to hear about the careers of various speakers on Career Day. In addition to Marc Brown, ABC News 7 anchor, we had 30 other guests who spoke about their careers and answered student questions. Click here to find out more about Career Day

Marshall Talent Show - 2015

Some of our most talented students took the stage for our annual Talent Show. This year, the talent show was at Lakewood High School, and it was a huge success, thanks to our many performers, the Lakewood High Stage Crew, Mr. Robinson, many volunteers, and our "special guest". A very special thank you to our "director and producer" Sjaan Trowbridge, who spent many hours putting together a fantastic show.

Click here to see more about our Talent Show.

2014 Winter Concert

Marshall students in Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Guitar performed for family and friends at each of our 2014 Winter Concerts. Click here to see more photos of the Winter Concert.

Lunch on the Lawn

Another great event at Marshall Academy of the Arts! We had "Lunch on the Lawn" on Friday, October 31st. Music, Dancing, Singing, Costumes, and lots of Great Food! Thanks to all of the families who stopped by to join us for a wonderful Fall afternoon activity.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America. Our students took the challenge to say no to drugs while participating in various activities like Nerd Day, Twin Day, Super Hero Day and Crazy Hair Day.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Visits Marshall Academy of the Arts

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited Marshall Academy of the Arts, to participate in a round table discussion examining models for teacher evaluation recommended in a new comprehensive report on the teaching profession by Torlakson’s Educator Excellence Task Force.

Marshall Calendar

Today: 4/29/16
All Day: Free Dress

Marshall Artists

Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show

Marshall Academy of the Arts was proud to have such amazing artists represent the school at the annual Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show at the JCC on the evening of February 25th, 2016. The night was a wonderful showcase of the hopes, dreams, and desires that flow richly and effortlessly from the creative minds of the district's very talented middle school and high school student artists. 8th graders, Kalea and Andres, brought some serious talent and focus to the show with their impressive scratch board pieces. Andres continued Marshall's tradition of excellence and captured 2nd place for the middle school division. 7th graders, Jade and Angie, held their own with their equally stunning scratch board pieces. Angie was further honored by the voting committee and was the deserving recipient of a Board of Directors' Award. Marshall Academy of the Arts has gained the outstanding reputation as a middle school hub for creative thinking through the arts. One art patron so eloquently described Marshall's creative culture, "Marshall always represents with amazing pieces of art each and every year!" Kalea, Andres, Jade, and Angie, you make Marshall proud! Congratulations to all of our student artists!

Each month at Marshall, we have a Student of the Month celebration for a different grade level. Parents, students and staff attend the breakfast to honor students who are chosen for their outstanding character, citizenship, or academics.

Click here to see more photos of our Students of the Month.

Marshall Joins the Great Kindness Challenge!

Marshall Academy is joining over 2 million students in over 5,000 schools nationwide for The Great Kindness Challenge.

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. We will have a week of activities devoted to kindness, January 25 – 29, 2016.

Monday - Team Up for Kindness

Tuesday - I Love Kindness

Wednesday - Dream of Kindness

Thursday - Crazy for Kindness

Friday - Peace, Love and Kindness

Red Ribbon Week - 2015

Marshall Pledges to be Drug Free! Red Ribbon Week for 2015 had many events for our students. Monday was Sports Day - “Be athletic and don’t sweat it”; Tuesday was Disney Day - “Be magically above the influence”; Wednesday was Twin Day -  “Be like me. Be drug free!”; Thursday was Flashback Decade Day - “Flashback your style, NOT your mind!”. The week ended with special dances and the 6th Grade Lunch on the Lawn! Click here to see more photos from Red Ribbon Week!

Being Thankful For Our Fabulous Teachers and Staff

McTeacher Night - 2015

Principal's Safety Message


We wish to provide your families with a safe and joyful environment. Our main concern is to keep your children safe at all times. Please read and follow our safety procedures below.

Click here to see the Principal's Safety Message.

Click here to see the Drop Off and Pick Up information for the 2015-2016 school year.

LBUSD Nurse of the Year

LBUSD Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Nurse Pollaro who was chosen as the LBUSD Nurse of the Year! She works very hard to take care of our students at Marshall, and also the students at Burcham. Thank you for all you do Mary Ann. A big congratulations from your Marshall Family.

Rachel's Challenge

Marshall students had the opportunity to view an assembly called Rachel's Challenge. It is a very powerful and emotional character building assembly. Attached is an essay written by Rachel Scott which will give you a little insight about her character. If you would like additional information about this amazing assembly please visit Rachelschallenge.org.


My Ethics

School District News

Omar Awaida Character Award

The award was created in remembrance of Omar because of the indelible effects of his character that impacted others. The wake of his passing left a void that was felt by his friends, classmates, teachers, acquaintances, parents, and even those that only knew of him through stories.

A specific example of Omar's kindness was his inclusion of many special needs students in his circle of friends. He made sure they were in his group on field trips and ate lunch with them as well.

These stories of unabashed true acts of kindness were done so without any extrinsic incentives; other than to feel the the joy by others knowing that it was simply the right thing to do. In short, the award recognizes those that will carry on his legacy of human decency and pay it forward so that we continue to #livelikeomar.

The inaugural award recipients were Colin and Jamie, who were voted by their peers and recognized as those that best exemplified Omar's character, kindness, and compassion.

Robot Competition

Marshall participated for the first time in the Robotics Competition, and had two teams make it to the Semi-Finals! Click here to see more photos from the Robotics competition.

WRAP Program

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The WRAP Program at Marshall Academy of the Arts will be sponsoring all after school activities for the 2015-2016 school year. WRAP at Marshall Academy of the Arts consists of upbeat program leaders who facilitate fun learning based activities for enrolled students of the program. Click the WRAP logo to find out more about this great program!


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year in September, Marshall Academy of the Arts students have the opportunity to view an assembly called Rachel's Challenge. It is a very powerful and emotional character building assembly. The assembly focuses on "kindness and
compassion" and sets the foundation for the year for our students. Please speak with your child about Rachel Scott's five challenges and her essay, "My Ethics, My Codes of Life."

If you would like additional information about this amazing assembly please visit  www.rachelschallenge.org

Marshall Academy of the Arts annual "Running of the Rams" fund raiser was another great success. With the help of our students, staff, families and friends, we raised more than $8,000.00! These funds will help to support some of the programs and activities at Marshall.

We want to thank all the volunteers who came out to help on the day of the event. We also want to give a special thank you to the event organizers and the sponsors who donated prizes for the raffle.


The Marshall Spotlight is shining on...

MESA Class in the Spotlight

Art Class in the Spotlight