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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Parents can now access ISTEP+ scoring reports for last school year's test.

To access your student's scores from Spring 2013, click here to log on to the state Department of Education's Indiana Parent Network.
  • If you have forgotten your username or password, you can retrieve those through the Parent Network website above.
  • If you have never created an account, you will need an Invitation Code. Watch your mail in the next few days, as Marion Community Schools will be sending letters to parents with that information. If you do not receive that letter, or you have other questions, please contact your child's school. (Click here for contact information for all MCS schools.)
Parents can also request a rescore of open-ended items/essay for English/language arts, mathematics and social studies portions of the test. Those requests must be made before Sept. 30. More information is available in the Guide to the Student Report on the Parent Network. 

Public data now available

The Department of Education has now also released a wider look at the preliminary results to the public. Those results show Marion Community Schools students at every grade level displayed growth as compared to their previous year’s scores. To learn more about MCS's results, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) test results that were released last week show that most of the elementary schools in Grant County did better this year in helping third-graders learn to read than last year.

The IREAD-3 test was created to ensure all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four literacy instruction. By the end of third grade, students are expected to be able to read independently, meaning they can read and understand grade level materials, words, sentences and paragraphs without help.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about MCS's 2012-13 IREAD results, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

One of First Lady Michelle Obama’s top priorities has been improving the health of children in the United States, and she’s looked to accomplish her goal through school lunches. Local schools districts say they’ve responded by offering students healthier options and, in some cases, more choices of what to eat.

At Marion Community Schools, one change this year is allowing elementary students to choose a yogurt plate rather than a peanut butter sandwich, and MCS Director of Communication Patricia Gibson said it’s been a popular feature so far this school year.

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

Planes and pancake sales took off at the 23rd annual Fly/In Cruise/In Saturday.

Airplanes, hot rods and even tractors were on display throughout the grounds of the Marion Municipal Airport for the free event, which drew crowds whose cars packed the lawns surrounding the airport.

Marion High School marching band member Erin Bailey, who has worked the event’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for four years now, said this year’s turnout was the biggest she’s seen yet.

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

The Marion High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, was well-represented at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention in San Diego July 21-26; 19 Giants participated, and several came away with individual awards.

Doug Porter is a math teacher at Marion High School, and he’s been the sponsor for this math team for over a decade. He’s also a 1990 graduate of MHS, and, as a senior, he founded the MHS chapter of this math honor society.

The event in San Diego was actually the 43rd convention, but Porter said he never believed there would be enough interest at MHS for a group to attend.

“I never thought kids would give up a week of their summer vacation do work on math, but the response was overwhelmingly positive after the first year,” he said. “We’ve taken 19 kids each year, and we had several kids go both years.”

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Mu Alpha Theta's success at the national math honor society's 2013 national convention, click here. —