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Info meeting set for CSA Arts Academy (5/24)

Posted on Jun. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community School of the Arts (CSA) will be holding an informational meeting on the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership with Marion Community Schools, at 5:30 p.m. June 24 at CSA, 305 S. Adams St., Marion. This meeting is for anyone who would like more information on the program; it is not required of those already enrolled in the programming.

The CSA Arts Academy was formed in 2016 as an exclusive cooperative agreement between Marion Community Schools and Marion CSA to provide a unique opportunity for students who are pursuing intensive, pre-professional arts training: an educational program that can be tailored to their needs, combining online and on-site academics with support from MCS staff, along with extra-curricular opportunities.

CSA Arts Academy students are enrolled as Marion Community Schools students, and they are connected with a teacher of record for their self-guided online courses. This means that they have resources not normally available through most online learning options, which most often put the burden on the student to keep up with lessons, and to find additional external help if they struggle with coursework. From one-on-one discussions with the teacher, to tutoring options, to help with scheduling and more, CSA Arts Academy students have help that other online programs just can’t offer.

In addition, though, CSA Arts Academy students have the option to take honors and Advanced Placement and dual credit classes on-site at Marion High School, and to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. MHS offers dozens of early college credit opportunities, all of which are open to CSA Arts Academy students. And MHS has dozens of athletic teams and student organizations that are also all open to participation by CSA Arts Academy students.

The CSA Arts Academy, in cooperation with Marion Community Schools, truly offers the best of both worlds to its students: high quality pre-professional arts training and a high quality academic program, along with the traditional high school experiences — things like being inducted into honor societies, cheering with fellow students at the big game, going to prom, and even participating in graduation ceremonies — that pre-professional arts students often have to sacrifice to make their intensive arts training possible.

The program is a fast-paced, intensive program best suited for high performing, serious pre-professional arts students. It provides flexibility to students participating in pre-professional arts education including, but not limited to, the CSA Theatre compANY and CSA’s Dancers Edge Company, providing high quality academics while still allowing them to dedicate the time to the training, traveling and auditioning required at this advanced level of study.

Anyone who would like more information about this outstanding opportunity for young artists should plan to attend this informational meeting, 5:30 p.m. June 24 at CSA, 305 S. Adams St., Marion.

Cadet Smith named Marion Champion of the Month

Posted on Jun. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News More #GiantPride for our JROTC Drill National Champion! 

DJ Smith, MHS Class of 2019, is the city of Marion's Champion of the Month

>> Learn more about DJ's national title here

Friedersdorf joins MCS in new role to help meet students', families' needs

Posted on Jun. 11 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to welcome Dr. Troy Friedersdorf as Executive Director of Student and Family Services.

In this position, Friedersdorf will be overseeing and facilitating student support services throughout the school district, preschool through high school. He will support, implement, and evaluate services that promote the healthy development of the whole student, and to meet families’ needs.

It will be a return to Grant County for Friedersdorf, who served as principal of Eastbrook High School for about six years, ending in 2004. He comes to Marion from White’s Junior/Senior High School, part of Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, where he has been in administration since 2004, most recently as principal. Friedersdorf has been a school administrator for 21 years total.

Friedersdorf also has a background in mental health case management and clinical therapy. With his combination of education administration expertise and mental health care, Friedersdorf will be a powerful and impactful addition to Marion Community Schools.

“I am excited and proud to become a Marion Giant,” he said. “I am equally excited about the creation of the Executive Director of Student and Family Services position. This new position speaks to the commitment of the School Board and leadership team of Marion Community Schools to provide the best social, emotional, and educational experience possible for every student in our community. I am looking forward to working with a great cast of school staff while serving to engage and partner with families and the community to address the needs and maximize the potential of our students to be productive citizens, finding enjoyment and success in life.”

Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he anticipates the addition to have a very positive impact on the school system and the community.

“Dr. Troy Friedersdorf is a mission-motivated educator and servant-leader who deeply cares for the well-being of all students and families,” Lindsay said. “He will inspire win-win school-family-community partnerships and an all-win and all-together commitment to provide the students, families, and community of Marion the very best possible. Troy will make a positive difference in Marion Community Schools and in the city of Marion!”

Friedersdorf will fill some of the gap left by the departure of Michele Smith, Chief Academic Officer, who was named Principal of Pierceton Elementary School in Whitko Community School Corporation late last month. Marion Community Schools is grateful to Smith for her many years of service, from teacher, to principal, to district administrator, and we wish her the best in her new role at Whitko.

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • First student day: Aug. 7 
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