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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

The smaller the better is what a new national study from Northwestern University says about class sizes.

The number of students per classroom and per teacher are important factors in the education and development of children. The study suggested that increasing class size may save money, but it will harm not only test scores but long-run human capital formation.

For Marion Community Schools, they have consistently kept elementary class sizes small. In kindergarten through fourth grade, average class sizes were at 22 from 2010 until 2011. They saw a slight increase in 2012-13 with an average class size of 23 but then class sized dropped again in 2013-14 down to 20.

“There are many factors that can affect student success,” Patricia Gibson, director of communication for MCS. “Class size can be one of those factors, but it is certainly not the only factor, and generalizations about an ideal class size are not going to ring true in every real-world situation. That being said, it is our mission to give every student the best chance to succeed, and class size is certainly one of the things we consider when making decisions on how to most appropriately utilize our resources including staff and facilities.”
 

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Massive snowfall and icy roads have made travel treacherous at times throughout this record-breaking winter, but students are still showing up in force to fill classrooms.

Regular school days were intermittent in recent months among day after day of cancellations and two-hour delays, but school officials say the weather has not affected student attendance.

“I’ve looked at the numbers and I think overall, looking at the trends, that we have not had a correlation,” said Patricia Gibson, MCS director of communications.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Three of the Marion Community Schools’ lowest scoring buildings presented plans for improvement in the coming year at the district board meeting on Wednesday night.

It is a legal requirement for priority schools to have a public hearing on their improvement plans and all of the individual schools focused on how to increase their student test scores.

— More from MCS: The minutes of the Feb. 26, 2014, School Board meeting will be posted once they have been approved by the board. To view meeting minutes, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Friday is the last home game of the season for the MHS boys' basketball team. Wear your purple, and help celebrate GIANT pride, past and present!


There are special alumni events planned, including a reunion of the Purple Reign teams, which won state championships in 1985, '85 and '87. For info on that and more, click here.

Sectionals start next week! For info on the IHSAA State Tournament, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
  • WHAT: Get an inside look at what TCTC has to offer to students, PLUS talk with representatives from several area colleges and businesses.
  • WHEN: 4:30 - 7 p.m. March 6
  • WHERE: Tucker Career & Tech Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St, Marion, Ind.
Click the image above to view or print the invitation!


Tucker Career and Technology Center's 2014 College and Career Fair and Open House is coming up soon — don't miss your chance to talk with representatives from area colleges and universities, as well as from local businesses!

It's a great way to explore the possibilities open to you after graduation. 

This is also a great time to take an inside look at what Tucker has to offer. We can give you a hands-on experience in many different career paths, to help you explore your interests before you're locked into a post-secondary program (and the high price tag that can come with it)! We also offer many professional certifications to our students, meaning you could be several steps ahead in the job market when you graduate high school.

It's your future. What are you going to do with it? We can help you decide — and the College and Career Fair and Open House is a great place to explore your options!
 
This event is open to the entire community (not just current Tucker students, and not just Marion Community Schools families). Come check out the Tucker Advantage!
 
Click on the links below to learn more about those who will be at the College and Career Fair:
 
Post-secondary institutions
Businesses, community organizations, other