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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted June 20, 2019

Any family with a student new to MCS should attend onsite registration, which is set from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 23 and 24 at Marion High School. (Registration for all grades will be at that location. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Families can come at their convenience any time during those hours.

Please enter at Door 4 on the 26th Street side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS (including kindergartners) should plan to attend our onsite registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

Any MCS family is also welcome to attend onsite registration, but is encouraged to use the online registration option if possible. Online registration is already open; click here for instructions.

Any family with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year, including Little Giants Preschool students who will be in kindergarten this year, as well as any families who attended Kindergarten Roundup in the spring, can use the online registration system.

(Computer access and assistance with passwords or other issues will be available at Marion High School during onsite registration days.)

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the onsite registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High School students’ hard work and dedication has earned them success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams. MHS students took 16 different AP exams in 2019, and 88 of them passed at least one exam, while 47 of those passed multiple exams — both numbers up from 2018.

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.

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2019 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2019 AP exams at MHS:
  • 88 students passed one or more AP exams
  • MHS students passed 16 different exams: Biology; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D and Studio Art Design 3D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 4 to 64.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio and Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 86.4 percent and 70 percent global passing rates, respectively. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 93.8 percent of MHS students who took the Computer Science Principals exam passed; this surpasses the 73.3 percent global passing rate
  • 92.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 81 percent global passing rate.
  • 90.6 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 58.4 percent global passing rate.
  • 73.9 percent of MHS students who took the Chemistry exam passed; this surpasses the 55.6 percent global passing rate.
  • 73.1 percent of the MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 64.7 percent global passing rate.
Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, check out the enrollment section of our website.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to welcome Stephanie Lockwood to the district as Director of Secondary Instruction for the 2019-20 school year, and then moving into the role of Principal of McCulloch Junior High School for the 2020-21 school year.

Lockwood has nearly 15 years of experience in educational leadership in Grant County, and several years of teaching experience before that. She will have the opportunity to work closely with current MJHS Principal Lynn Gosser over the coming school year to enable a smooth transition, and will also help support our ongoing efforts at the district level to continually improve opportunities for all students. Her hiring was approved at the Marion School Board’s regular meeting on July 9.  

“We are pleased to welcome a person and educator of such high quality and experience in Stephanie Lockwood,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Stephanie brings to our Marion Community Schools family passion, enthusiasm, and instructional leadership skills.”

Lockwood has most recently been Principal at Northview Elementary in Gas City. Prior to that she served as Assistant Principal and then Principal at Mississinewa High School. Her teaching experience included time at Mississinewa High School and at Marion Community Schools, where she taught from 2000 to 2002.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be given the opportunity to serve the staff, students, and families at Marion Community Schools,” Lockwood said. “I really appreciate the value put on academic excellence at Marion Community Schools, and the intentional focus on providing opportunities and support for all students.”

She said she also looks forward to helping to continue the alignment of curriculum and opportunities from the high school, down into the junior high, and even into the intermediate grade levels, giving Marion students the best opportunities we can provide.

“When you work with curriculum, that allows you to get down to the nuts and bolts and mold it around what is going to help your kids be successful,” she said.

Lindsay said Lockwood’s experience and skill will bring added strength to the Marion staff.

“She has excellent and diverse experiences and strong community connections,” he said, “and she will fill an important need that we have now and well into the future. We’re grateful that Stephanie Lockwood has chosen to join our team and our mission.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Ashlee Dixon is stepping into the role of principal at Riverview Elementary School.

Dixon has served as assistant principal at Riverview Elementary for three years, under the outstanding leadership of Lendon Schwartz.

"In the six years I have known Ashlee Dixon, as a teacher and then as assistant principal at Riverview, I have appreciated her positive, all-win commitment to our students, families, and staff, and to our Marion Community Schools mission," MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Dixon, a Marion High School graduate, started as a professional educator at MCS in 2011, and served in teacher and leadership roles at various Marion school buildings before moving into the assistant principal role at Riverview in 2016. Her new assignment as principal was approved by the Marion School Board at its July 9 regular meeting.

"I'm excited to carry on the culture that Mr. Schwartz and I, along with our Riverview staff and families, have created for our students. It is a pleasure to have learned from someone who truly loves our kids and wants the best for them," Dixon said. "I look forward to working with our students, families and educators to make this the best school year yet. Not only am I a Giant by choice, but it's in my blood! Giants fight, never die. I am proud to be part of the Giant family and to raise my own kids in this community that is full of opportunities through Marion Community Schools."

Dixon will immediately step into this role and help provide a smooth transition.

"Ashlee has built positive relationships with staff, students, and families at Riverview Elementary, and she is actively invested in the community of Marion," Lindsay said. "Throughout the last three years she has learned and grown significantly as assistant principal under the outstanding mentorship of Principal Lendon Schwartz. Principal Dixon is ready to take the leadership baton and continue the upward climb at Riverview, which has consistently been an Indiana Department of Education A-rated school."

Marion Community Schools is grateful to Lendon Schwartz for his time and dedication to Riverview Elementary over the past several years, and for building a foundation and culture of high expectations and motivation for success. We look forward to a bright future with Principal Dixon! We believe our best is yet to come for Riverview Elementary and Marion Community Schools.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This year will be a historic season for the Marion High School Marching Giants, in more ways than one.

Not only is 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the 1969 State Fair Championship — a title that carries with it cherished memories and pride for alumni — but it is also the year the Marching Giants will return to State Fair Band Day for the first time in more than 15 years!

The 73rd annual Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day is Friday, Aug. 2, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis — on opening day for the Indiana State Fair. The preliminaries round of the competition starts at 9 a.m. with 40 bands competing; the Marching Giants are set to perform in prelims at 2:18 p.m. The 16 bands with the top scores in the prelims return to compete in the evening finals round, which starts at 8 p.m.

The Marching Giants’ 2019 show is “Spirits of the Past” — an ode to the storied history of the Marion Marching Giants, and the tradition of Marion Giant Pride that is as strong as ever today! The Giants will perform as a Class AAA band, the largest class at the State Fair competition. About 60 musicians will be on the field for the Giants this season.

“We are excited to return to the Indiana State Fair Band Day on the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest wins in Marching Giants history,” Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff said. “We hope to bring out a strong crowd from Marion to cheer on our talented students and enjoy the show — not to mention all the fun the State Fair has to offer.”

To attend, you’ll need to purchase tickets for both the State Fair and Band Day competition.
The 2019 Indiana State Fair will be held Aug. 2 through 18. To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, this year’s Indiana State Fair theme is Heroes in the Heartland. Throughout the 17-day event, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. Additionally, each day during the fair, Marvel and DC Comics superheroes will be highlighted. For more information, visit www.indianastatefair.com.