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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

With competitions now in full swing, the JROTC at Marion High School is aiming to learn skills to succeed.

The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program began three years ago under the direction of retired Lt. Col. David Farlow and now has 150 students participating. As the Senior Army Instructor, Farlow said he sees himself as a coach, mentor, and source of encouragement for the students.

“It teaches them personal responsibility,” Farlow said. “Then it gives them leadership skills and the opportunity to really develop who they are.”

— More from MCS: To learn more about the Marion High School JROTC program, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Several students got a scare and a 10-year-old boy was injured when a Marion Community Schools bus was rear-ended Thursday.

Officers responded at 3:53 p.m. to the intersection of 38th and Georgia streets after a car hit another vehicle parked directly behind a stopped bus unloading students, according to a Marion Police report.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

After turning out licensed practical nurses for 55 years, the Marion Community Schools Practical Nursing Program went out on a “bittersweet” note Saturday.

The program’s final graduation ceremony took place in Marion High School’s F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center with 35 men and women walking across the stage to receive a diploma, a single rose and hugs from their instructors.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools officials stepped away from official business at the end of Wednesday’s Board of School Trustees meeting to recognize several significant improvements from this spring’s ISTEP+ exam.

Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker presented year-over-year data that showed students across the district passed the English language arts (ELA) and math sections of the annual standardized test more often in 2013 than they did in 2012.

— More from MCS: To learn more about MCS ISTEP results, including double-digit gains at many buildings (and graphics breaking down the numbers), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion High School students were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its Sept. 25, 2013, meeting for their achievements over the summer at the national convention of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society.

Honored were:
James Walts and Andrew Spitzer, who earned second place in the Math Video Competition
Alyssa Ngo, who earned fourth place in the Alpha Chalk Talk Speech Competition
Zach Spitzer, who earned 10th place in the Gemini Competition
Isabelle Case, who earned 14th place in the Shortcuts Competition
Samantha Diedrich and Myla Townsend, who earned 15th place in the Gemini Competition
Vinai Oddiraju, who was elected Mu Alpha Theta Region 3 representative and national secretary/treasurer for the 2013-14 school year.

Nineteen members of the Marion High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta attended the convention in San Diego July 21-26, 2013, where about 600 students from across the participated in a variety of competitions as individuals and teams. The Giants finished 18th overall out of 45 schools.

To learn more about the group and its accomplishments, click here.

  
 
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its Sept. 25, 2013, meeting honored Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics honor society members who earned awards at the group's national convention over the summer. Honored were: Andrew Spitzer, Alyssa Ngo, Samantha Diedrich James Walts, Vanai Oddiraju, Zach Spitzer, and Myla Townsend. Not pictured but also honored was Isabelle Case. Also pictured are Doug Porter, Marion High School teacher and Mu Alpha Theta sponsor, along with MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay and School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.