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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion Community Schools teachers have been named teachers of the year for their efforts in special education.

The Grant County Special Education Cooperative honored Mandy Myrick and Dee Wiley, who both teach at Frances Slocum Elementary School, during its autism education fair on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Myrick is in her second year with MCS, and in her first working in special education.

"I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher since I was in sixth grade, when I volunteered as a peer helper in my school's life skills classroom," she said.

She went on to be a cadet teacher in a functional academics room when she was a senior in high school, and she also was a nanny for a boy with autism - both of which confirmed her desire to major in special education in college, she said.

Myrick earned a double major at Purdue University, in mild interventions and elementary education. During her time at Purdue, she worked in a group home for adults with disabilities and during summers worked as a counselor at Camp Riley, a camp for children with disabilities.

She graduated from Purdue in 2011 and moved to Marion, where her husband had obtained a job as an industrial engineer at Dunham's Distribution Center. In the 2011-12 school year, she worked as a resource teacher at Justice Intermediate School. 

In the 2012-13 school year, she moved to Frances Slocum Elementary, where she works in special education.

She is also working toward her master's degree in severe interventions at Ball State University.

Wiley is a veteran teacher for MCS and has been working in special education for 16 years.

She started at Kendall Elementary School, where she taught the Herman reading program from 1992 through 1997.

For the following two school years, she split her time between Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries. She has been at Frances Slocum full-time ever since.

In the 2004-05 school year, she also earned the Mary Clark Hanley Award for Teaching Excellence, which was initiated in spring 2000 to recognize outstanding teachers in MCS elementary schools. She also chaired the student study team for 10 years.

She also is proud to note that she has three sons who started in kindergarten at MCS and graduated from Marion High School.

Marion Community Schools congratulates Myrick and Wiley for their honor. The two were also recognized by the MCS Board of School Trustees. Learn more about that honor here.
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.