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

The Marion High School JROTC Color Guard earned third place recently at the Maiden Memorial Armed Forces Day JROTC Drill Meet at Northwest High School in Indianapolis. Two cadets also also earned individual honors.

— To learn more about Marion High School's JROTC, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From wishtv.com

There are a number of teaching strategies to improve ISTEP scores, but teachers across Central Indiana are using popular music to get students excited for the test.

From a re-mix of "Gangnam Style" to a re-working of Top 40 hit “Call Me Maybe,” teachers are using music to get students pumped up for the statewide testing.

 
— More on this story from MCS: To learn more about the McCulloch Junior High School staff's video (and watch it!), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Schools across Grant County are stepping up encouragement to inspire students to excel as the first half of 2013’s ISTEP+ exam begins today.

“It’s all about confidence now,” said McCulloch Junior High School Principal Jim Fox. “We’ve been working on standards all year long … and now it’s about students being confident enough to apply that and do their best.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
More than a dozen students were recognized for academic success and more Feb. 27, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Bradley Dennis, Marion High School senior, who earned a perfect score on his English 10 end-of-course assessment after moving into the school district from out of state, and Truman Bennet, McCulloch Junior High School eighth-grader, who earned a perfect score on his Algebra I end-of-course assessment.  Also seen in the picture are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Aaron Vermilion.



Corey Deaton, a Marion High School senior soccer player who was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 2012 High School Scholar All-America Team, and Kyle Clark, MHS senior soccer player, who was named to the NSCAA’s 2012 High School Scholar All-Central Region Team. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Aaron Vermilion.



Michael Culley, a Marion High School senior wrestler who was named to the 2013 IHSWCA Senior All-Academic Team, Hunter Williams, an MHS junior wrestler named to the 2013 IHSWCA Junior All-Academic Team, and Trevor Hiles, an MHS junior wrestler who earned honorable mention. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Aaron Vermilion, along with wrestling coach Steve Swinson.



Michael Walters, Brenton Scott, Abbi Swafford, Moara Amagh, Arande Jones, Michael Berry, and Colton Johnson (and Shelby Simpson and Victoria Burk, not pictured), Marion High School JROTC members who earned third place at the Purdue Drill Meet. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Aaron Vermilion, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools’ Head Start program will suffer under $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect Friday, but most local law enforcement and school officials are still waiting to find out how they’ll be affected.

Head Start Coordinator Heather Pratt said the program will not have to cut from its 168-student enrollment or 19-person staff as it loses about $53,000 from its annual grant of about $1 million.

Head Start’s six classrooms, five at Tucker Career and Technology Center and one at Frances Slocum Elementary School, will not be so lucky.

Pratt said luxuries including books for children to take home and keep; semiannual take-home instructional bags; and “kindergarten bags” that help students stay sharp over the summer after graduating from Head Start could be cut.

The cuts will also make it much more difficult for Head Start to expand, she said.

“In 2012, we had 237 applicants (for 168 spots),” she said. “This number does not include the number of families that came in requesting information on how to apply for Head Start.”