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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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.

Principal's Message

Dear Marshall Families,

It is with great excitement and honor that I begin this school year as the principal of Marshall Academy of the Arts. The opportunities here continue to grow with accelerated learning, field trips, school spirit events, multiple electives, and so much more!

My Bachelor's degree is from California State University, Long Beach. As a Long Beach Unified educator, I have had the pleasure of multiple experiences to include, but not limited to: Keller Elementary, Hudson K-8 International Baccalaureate School, Hamilton Middle School, Dooley International Baccalaureate Elementary School, and Los Cerritos Elementary School. As a parent I raised my three children in Long Beach and they attended Long Beach Schools. I believe our school district is among the best and I believe in our college promise for our students.

I look forward to meeting all of you during 6th grade orientation and during the first few weeks of school. Together we will continue to ensure Marshall students excel and have fun!


Marie Hatwan


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

Night of the Aquarium is back!
Calling all 7th graders!
Night of the Aquarium is back!

Parents, your 7th grade child has a very exciting field trip opportunity. The field trip is planned for Marshall seventh grade students only and it includes an evening of activities and ... Continue
Posted by: Denise Wheeler
Published: 10/9/15

Why Should You Take the PSAT?


"There are three main reasons why. First, is that it's great practice for the SAT. You’ll be in simulated test taking conditions, and you’ll get familiar with the tests structure and the types of questions on the t... Continue
Posted by: Lushandra Prioleau
Published: 10/9/15

Marshall 2015-2016 Yearbook Pre-sale!
Order you yearbook early for the special price of $18! Don't miss out! See the banker on Thursdays and Fridays during the month of October. Continue
Posted by: Denise Wheeler
Published: 10/6/15

Yearbook Cover Contest!
Are you creative? Design the cover for the Yearbook! See the attached flyer for information.

Win a free yearbook! Continue
Posted by: Denise Wheeler
Published: 10/6/15

PTA Reflections Art Competition: Let your Imagination Fly

PTA's Reflections Arts Competition is back again this year at Marshall. All grades and abilities are welcome. The theme for the this year is Let Your Imagination Fly.

Students can participate and create original works of art in the categ... Continue
Posted by: Denise Wheeler
Published: 10/4/15

Attention 8th grade Families ~PSAT Information
All 8th graders will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15th from 9am-12:30pm. The PSAT 8/9 is designed to measure college readiness and provides students with the tolls they need to start planning for the future. The attached flyer provides... Continue
Posted by: Lushandra Prioleau
Published: 10/2/15

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

Black History Show Assembly

Celebrating African-Americans Contributions to the Arts

This is the 100th anniversary of celebrating Black History in America. Our special guests for the assembly included Cabrillo's award winning Dance Team, McBride's Performing Arts club, surprise Marshall performances and Bobbie Smith, First African American member of LBUSD school board and the namesake of former Burnett elementary school.

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: 10/10/15

Drop Off and Pick Up!!!

We want our students to be safe! If you drive your child to school, please be sure you are following these guidelines. 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.

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.

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

Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show

A big Marshall Academy of the Arts congratulations goes out to four students who represented our school at the 2015 Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show. The following students: 7th grader, Kalea; 8th graders, Bruce, Jesse, and Katelyn did Marshall proud last night at the art show with some outstanding visual creations. Two out of the four took things a step further and continued Marshall's spectacular three year run of winning awards at the art show. Kalea  received an Honorable Mention for her fantastic scratch board work and Katelyn took home 1st place with her amazing portrait of her dog, Zarr. Katelyn received a $100 gift card for her accomplishment along with being able to continue Marshall's school streak of three 1st place finishes in the past three years. Each of these amazing artists should be proud of their efforts. So, kids...get their autographs while you can so you too can say one day, "I went to middle school with them."

Awesome job Bruce, Jesse, Kalea, and Katelyn!

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.


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