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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Research shows there is one definitive factor for a child’s success in school and that is their parents.

A study from the National Education Association (NEA) found parents who are involved in their child’s school and education promoted better grades, higher attendance, more developed social skills and eventual post-secondary education.

Promoting parent involvement is a key goal for local schools. Allen Elementary hosted a Parent Night Thursday evening to discuss the importance of reading and to give parents tips on how to continue educating their child at home.

“I just think that connection from school to home, home to school — when students see that connection it benefits them and it also benefits parents and teachers that we’re all on the same page, especially when we’re emphasizing core subjects,” said principal Anthony Williams.

Allen Elementary has hosted several school events this year to bring students, teachers and parents together.

“We’re just trying to connect with the parents that we have this school year and we’re definitely just trying to get them as involved as we can,” Williams said. “We’re definitely trying to get them at the younger grades because those parents are going to be with us for a long time. … We just want to get them there so we can initiate that dialogue.”

Williams said Allen has an open-door policy for parents who want to be more engaged, and other Marion Community Schools routinely have events for parents to attend.

“I think that Marion Community Schools have amazing administrators and teachers and support staff that focus on parent involvement and that there are a lot of opportunities for parents to be involved,” said Lori Goss-Reaves, Family Service Society director of school based services, and the event’s guest speaker. “I just encourage parents to take advantage of those opportunities because their child will see through that that their parent values their education and is supportive of the teachers and principal and all the people trying to help them each day.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link Marion Community School students continue to put in longer days in an effort to make up time that had been lost to snow days since the start of January.

Marion Teachers Association President John Butcher  says students, teachers and parents have worked well together during the longer school days, using it as “time well spent” instead of “time made up.”

— More from MCS: For more info on the alternate schedule in place through April 18, 2014, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction are being accepted through March 14, 2014.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, 1240 S. Adams St., Marion, or by email, by March 14.

For nomination forms and more information, including details on previous inductees, click here. Forms are also available at all MCS school buildings and the Education Service Center.

For more information, contact Patty Barney, executive assistant to the superintendent, 662-2546, ext. 125, or email
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MCS School Board meeting set for tonight, March 12, has been canceled due to the weather and related concerns.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is next Wednesday, March 19. Click here to view all regularly scheduled board meetings for the year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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One of Tucker Career and Technology Center’s main goals is to prepare students for their next step, whether that’s in a dorm room or in an office, and the college and career fair is a big part of achieving that goal.

For the second year, Tucker hosted a college and career fair Thursday with vendors from Indiana universities and businesses providing information to interested students and families. The fair also doubles as an open house for Tucker students to step into the tech ed classrooms before they enroll.

“It’s our spring open house for all of our incoming students and all of our current students and parents in the community to come in, see the classrooms and meet the teachers to see what types of projects our students do,” said Valerie Janowski-Human, guidance counselor. “As kind of an added bonus, we thought it would be cool to add a college and career fair so that seniors and other community members can come in and talk to colleges, talk to local business, especially the ones that are hiring, to see what their requirements are and learn more about them.”

— More from MCS: To learn about the programs and certifications available through Tucker Career and Technology Center, click here. —