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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 29, 2013) — At two Marion Community Schools elementaries, Allen and Riverview, a greater percentage of students has already passed the IREAD-3 test during the first round of testing this spring than had passed by the second round of testing after summer remediation last school year.

According to state law, third grade students must demonstrate reading proficiency — by way of passing the IREAD-3 (which is separate from the ISTEP+ test) — before moving on to fourth grade. (There are certain exemptions available in special circumstances. See the state Department of Education’s IREAD website for more information.)

MCS is proud to highlight the progress at Allen and Riverview elementaries, and to note that at Riverview, 92 percent of students have already cleared the IREAD-3 hurdle. Another point of pride: At Frances Slocum Elementary, this spring's passage rate is 16 percentage points higher than last spring's! At Kendall Elementary, the passage rate fell slightly from last spring, but even so three out of four students have passed IREAD-3 at this point. 

District-wide, 78 percent of students passed IREAD-3 during the spring testing period. That’s up from 72 percent last spring. Nearly every other passage rate at the school level is also above last spring’s rate.

Marion Community Schools already has summer classes with heavy emphasis on reading skills set, and third-graders who have not yet passed IREAD-3 will retake the test after summer remediation. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 29, 2013) — Marion Community Schools will celebrate the efforts of its students and staff to combat bullying at a special end-of-the-year event, the Kindness Rally, and the public is invited to come join in the fun.
The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 9, 2013, at the Marion High School gym. Features will include carnival games, fair food, a human hamster ball, bounce house, dunk tank (where principals and other administrators will take the plunge), fire truck tours, free child ID cards with pictures and fingerprints (produced on site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Co.), and more.
Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be three for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions) will be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony is set. The ceremony will feature the MHS JROTC presenting the flag, along with performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs, and messages from district administrators. Staff working on bullying prevention will also be recognized, and kindness chains from each school will be presented, then linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools.
Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate these changes at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

That sense of incomplete destiny many had is hopefully quenched as James Blackmon becomes the varsity basketball coach for Marion High School.

We join with most in the community in wishing him a successful and long career guiding the Giants boys’ team on the basketball court and providing the leadership that will enhance the character and future of the children he will coach.

— Keep up with the latest MHS athletics news at! —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees approved increases in paid lunch and breakfast prices for the 2013-14 school year.

Lunches for students in kindergarten through fourth grade will cost $1.40, a 10 cent increase from the current price. Students in fifth through 12th grade will pay $1.70 for lunch next school year, also a 10 cent increase. Paid lunches for adults will cost $2.35.

The reduced lunch price for all students will remain at 40 cents for the 2013-14 school year.

Paid breakfast prices for students will also increase by 10 cents for the next school year.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will pay 80 cents per breakfast. Reduced breakfast prices will remain at 30 cents, and paid adult breakfasts will remain at $1.25.

The online transaction fee, allowing student lunches to be paid online, will remain at $2.40 per transaction. Business Manager Jim McWhirt said in a written recommendation to the school board that the transaction fee is strictly to recoup the district’s cost.

McWhirt also said in the recommendation that increases in meal prices are not taken lightly. He said he understands that economic conditions create fiscal difficulties for parents of MCS students, but it is “imperative” that the district’s food services program is operated in a responsible manner — considering both financial and nutritional perspectives.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes of this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion Community Schools Head Start event this week will help its students who will attend kindergarten next school year and their families get a jump on that transition.

MCS Head Start’s kindergarten readiness event, “Down on the Farm: ABCs and 123s”, is an opportunity for parents and guardians to get information about Marion Community Schools and expectations at the kindergarten level, including the MCS dress code. A kindergarten teacher from Frances Slocum Elementary School will be speaking with parents.

The event will also offer the chance for parents and guardians to work together with their students on various fun activities that they can do over the summer to continue to prepare for kindergarten.

Both the a.m. and p.m. class sessions at Marion Early Childhood Center, located inside Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will take part in the kindergarten readiness event. It will ben on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. for the morning class session, and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon class session.