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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
According to early estimates, enrollment within Marion Community Schools is down, but the trend appears to be leveling off.

The unofficial figure for enrollment just a week into the school year stands at 3,793. That would be down 65 students from the official September 2012 enrollment count. If MCS enrollment remains in this range through September, this would be one of the smallest year-over-year declines – if not the smallest – in nearly a decade.

“At this point in the year, the priority is on making sure that we have resources and relationships in place to serve the students who are here,” said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “But if this early enrollment estimate ends up an accurate picture come September, it is certainly positive news for Marion Community Schools.”

A rough comparison of enrollment numbers from the 2012-13 school year and early counts at the start of the 2013-14 school year shows the high school enrollment slightly up. This is especially notable considering that the Class of 2013 was a large senior class. Most of the enrollment losses seem to be concentrated at the K-4 grades at this point.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion students in third grade who fail IREAD-3 in the spring and summer but are deemed proficient in other subject areas will no longer be forced to stay back in third grade for all subjects.

Instead, students will move on to fourth grade with their classmates in areas such as math, science and social studies, while still receiving third-grade reading instruction, said Brenda McVicker, director of elementary education for Marion Community Schools.

The change was approved by MCS during their school board meeting Wednesday night, and the alteration is retroactive to last year — meaning third-graders who failed IREAD-3 this spring and summer, but were sufficient in other subjects, are in fourth grade this year, she said.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion High School seniors and graduates were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its Aug. 14, 2013, meeting for their excellent performance on Advanced Placement exams last school year.

Those honored were:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)
  • Steven Ngo, MHS senior
  • Vinai Oddiraju, MHS senior
  • Brittany Olson, MHS Class of 2013
  • Andrew Spitzer, MHS senior
  • Taylor Zoch, MHS Class of 2013

AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)
  • Michael Culley, MHS Class of 2013
  • Corey Deaton, MHS Class of 2013

AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Nithia Chowattukunnel, MHS Class of 2013
  • Edward Fry, MHS senior
  • Amram Marks, MHS Class of 2013
  • Zea Miller, MHS senior
  • Anna Mui, MHS Class of 2013
  • Lila Persinger, MHS senior
  • Frances Sebastian, MHS Class of 2013
  • Faryal Sharif, MHS Class of 2013
  • James Walts, MHS senior

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 14, 2013, meeting honored several Marion High School students who earned AP Scholar awards for their performance on AP exams in the 2012-13 school year. Pictured are Zea Miller, Lila Persinger, and James Walts, all seniors this year at MHS who earned AP Scholar awards. Also honored were other AP Scholars, Nithia Chowattukunnel, Amram Marks, Anna Mui, Frances Sebastian, and Faryal Sharif, all members of the MHS Class of 2013, and Edward Fry, an MHS seniors; AP Scholars with Honors, Michael Culley and Corey Deaton, both members of the MHS Class of 2013; and AP Scholars with Distinction, Steven Ngo, Vinai Oddiraju, and Andrew Spitzer, all MHS seniors, and Brittany Olson and Taylor Zoch, both members of the MHS Class of 2013. Also pictured are School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay.

Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a 2008 study, the AP Program’s website says, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. 

Marion Community Schools is proud of its AP Scholars from the 2012-13 school year, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

While faculty and staff at Marion High School said they lent direction to many freshmen, some upperclassmen said the first day of classes was slow and even boring.

Assistant Principal Sylvia Flowers called the day a “smooth start,” and she said students found their classes, there were no issues with busing and transportation and there were no problems with student disruptions.

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

Faculty in Marion Community Schools hustled Monday to get ready for students this morning as the 2013-14 academic year begins.

Anthony Williams is in his first year as principal of Allen Elementary School, and he said the process has been “really smooth, because we have a lot of veteran teachers in this school.”

However, they also have numerous new teachers and staff members — almost 50 percent are new — so the veteran teachers have had to take a leading role, he said.