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

School officials at Marion Community Schools this week are promoting the importance of college and planning for the future.

Students at Marion High School will have the chance to fill out college applications during College Go! Week, while some of the younger students in the district will learn the importance of planning for their future as well.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about College Go! Week events around the district, click here. To see pictures from Allen Elementary School's special event, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School students will get some special opportunities during College GO! Week this week, and some Marion elementary students will get an early start on their college dreams, too.

Activities, events and promotions are planned around the Marion Community Schools district in conjunction with the annual statewide push to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for college completion and career success.

Some of the highlights:

At Marion High School, highlights of the week include College Application Day, set Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, when every senior will have the opportunity during the school day to complete online applications to post-secondary institutions of their choice. Many colleges and universities waive application fees during this week, so it’s the perfect time for seniors to apply.

This year, the MHS Guidance Department has provided materials and advice to seniors in advance of College Application Day to get them prepared to submit quality applications to schools that they are seriously considering attending. Project Leadership will be helping to facilitate College Application Day at the high school.

Project Leadership will also be helping younger MCS students begin to think seriously about college and plan for how post-secondary education can help them fulfill their dreams for the future. Third- and fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School will hear special presentations to wrap up a week of activities focused on continuing education. The presentations will take place from about 12:55 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013.

The message, said Debbie Stiles, counselor at Allen, is this: “College is attainable, and there are lots of different ways to get there.”

It’s important to get elementary students thinking concretely about post-secondary education, she said, because choices they make now have the potential to endanger their opportunities. Making sure students know they have the support of school staff and the community is important too, she said. It’s all about giving them the information and tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

College GO! Week is supported by Learn More Indiana, whose mission is to help Hoosier students of all ages plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success through effective communications and outreach efforts, according to its website.

Here’s a look at College GO! Week activities around the MCS district this week:

Marion High School
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest Monday; career dress-up day Tuesday; college theme songs featured during passing periods Wednesday; college spirit wear day Thursday; college mascot day during Success periods on Friday.
  • Seniors can participate in College Application Day on Thursday; the Guidance Department will also be discussing scholarships with every senior during the week.
  • Juniors will be signing up for E-Transcript, and registering for the ACT.
  • Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT practice test, in anticipation of test day, Oct. 16.
  • Freshmen will complete a career assessment and update their four-year plan for high school success.
Tucker Career and Technology Center
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, judging Friday; Commons open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for college and major exploration, college applications; 21st Century Scholars senior meetings 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Commons; Ivy Tech admissions info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons; Pipefitters apprenticeship info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Commons; college T-shirt day Friday.
McCulloch Junior High School
  • School-wide activities: Various post-secondary education themed lessons and activities during classes, including interest inventories and career-matching; learning style assessments and study tips; information on opportunities available in high school at Tucker Career and Technology Center.
Allen Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating; “Hats Off to Graduation” day Tuesday (college/university hats allowed); “Connect to Your Career” day Wednesday (students will write dreams/hopes for future, career on paper links, which will be joined into chains and displayed throughout school); Raffle Day on Thursday (colleges have provided promotional items w/college logos to distribute); School Spirit Day on Friday (Indiana college gear encouraged, but any academic spirit wear allowed)
  • Third- and fourth-graders will hear special presentations Friday from Project Leadership about the path to post-secondary education.
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, teachers wearing college spirit wear.
Kendall Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: College Spirit Day on Friday, daily announcements focused on post-secondary education.
Riverview Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: college fun facts during announcements; staff wearing college spirit wear.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools lost more than 100 students between spring and fall 2013, but officials say the relatively small size of that decline is reason to celebrate.

MCS dropped to 3,755 in its first student count of 2013-14 last week, according to school officials. The Indiana Department of Education counted students across the state Sept. 13. Last fall, MCS had 3,858 students, said Director of Communications Patricia Gibson.

The district stood at 4,878 in 2008, 4,494 in 2009, 4,113 in 2010 and 4,017 in 2011.

“The enrollment decline of 103 from September 2012 to September 2013 is one of the smallest drops in recent years, so we’re still pleased with what seems to be a leveling-off of the downward trend,” Gibson said.