Welcome to MCS

Thank you for visiting  Marion Community Schools online!

We are excited to bring this site to the community of Marion as a place for communicating information about the school district. If you have any comments or concerns about this website, please feel free to contact the Webmaster
 

FAQs: Elementary district boundaries new for 2014-15

To balance space available in individual elementary schools vs. the number of students attending, Marion Community Schools is revising its elementary school district boundaries.

>> For more information, including a link to the InfoFinder i address lookup tool (to find your elementary district according to your home address), please CLICK HERE.
 

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Rumors under investigation at MHS

Posted on Apr. 24 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Questions have arisen over rumors of a threat made toward Marion High School. Administrators and school resource officers began an investigation immediately, and officers are on higher alert than usual today in and around the high school.

At this point officers and administrators don’t believe there is reason to raise our security level at the building. Marion High School is in normal security mode, with all doors locked and the buzz-in and visitor badge system in place, as it is every day.

We take all threats seriously, and will provide new information as needed.

As always, we ask anyone who knows anything that threatens the safety of our students or schools to contact school or district administrators. Our anonymous student/school safety hotline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 765-997-8585 or email hotline@marion.k12.in.us.

MCS IREAD-3 passage rate holds steady despite challenging winter

Posted on Apr. 23 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Despite much instructional time lost during a challenging winter, the IREAD-3 passage rate at Marion Community Schools remained steady for the 2013-14 school year.


According to state law, third grade students must demonstrate reading proficiency — by way of passing the IREAD-3 (which is separate from the ISTEP+ test) — before moving on to fourth grade. (There are certain exemptions available in special circumstances. See the state Department of Education’s IREAD website, http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/assessment/iread-3, for more information.)

District-wide, 78 percent of those MCS students taking the IREAD-3 test passed during this year’s spring testing period. That’s the same passing percentage logged in spring testing period of the 2012-13 school year.

MCS already has summer classes with heavy emphasis on reading skills sets, and students who have not yet passed IREAD-3 will retake the test after summer remediation. MCS is optimistic that we will reach our highest IREAD-3 passage rate yet after the summer testing window.

The rates are as follows (and can be seen in the above graphic as well):
  • MCS: spring 2014 = 78 percent; spring 2013 = 78 percent; spring+summer 2013 = 86 percent; spring 2012 = 72; spring+summer 2012 = 83
  • Allen Elementary: spring 2014 = 71 percent; spring 2013 = 75 percent; spring+summer 2013 = 88 percent; spring 2012 = 58; spring+summer 2012 = 74
  • Frances Slocum Elementary: spring 2014 = 74 percent; spring 2013 = 70 percent; spring+summer 2013 = 85 percent; spring 2012 = 54; spring+summer 2012 = 74
  • Kendall Elementary: spring 2014 = 82 percent; spring 2013 = 75 percent; spring+summer 2013 = 77 percent; spring 2012 = 79; spring+summer 2012 = 88
  • Riverview Elementary: spring 2014 = 84 percent; spring 2013 = 92 percent; spring+summer 2013 = 96 percent; spring 2012 = 84; spring+summer 2012 = 89

2nd annual Kindness Rally is THIS WEEK!

Posted on Apr. 17 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools will celebrate the efforts of its students and staff to prevent bullying at a special end-of-the-year event, the Kindness Rally, and the public is invited to come join in the fun.



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The Kindness Rally is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Marion High School gym. Features will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, dunk tank (where principals and other administrators will take the plunge), food, and more.

Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions), which helps organize and run the Kindness Rally, will also be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.

Doors will open and ticket sales will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. The ceremony will feature the MHS JROTC presenting the flag, along with performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs, the MHS band, presentation of Student Kindness Awards and messages from district administrators. Students from each school will also participate in the parade of kindness chains from each school, with each link in the chains representing a kind act noticed this school year.


Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the second annual Kindness Rally!



McCulloch Junior High School students display their Kindness Chain at the 2013 rally. (Marion Community Schools photo)
 

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Homework Hotline offers help with math, science

The Homework Hotline is back! Students in grades 6 through 12 can get help with math and science homework from this service of Rose-Hulman University.

Rather than giving the answers, Hotline tutors help students develop better problem-solving skills so they can learn how to work through similar problems on their own and prepare for exams. The Hotline is available every Sunday through Thursday now through May, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Last year, Homework Hotline tutors answered more than 45,000 calls and more than 2,900 online requests.

Students who call will only be asked to give their first name and the name of their school. They should have the following items handy before calling:
  • Homework assignment
  • Textbook (if available)
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Calculator (if needed)
Helpful math and science resources are also available on the website. Click the picture below for more information, or to submit a question for tutors online.

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

 
  • Spring Break: March 24-28 - no school.
  • Class of 2014 Baccalaureate Ceremony: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, College Wesleyan Church. Click here for more info.
  • Class of 2014 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, Bill Green Arena.
 
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