Annual MCS holiday cards now available (orders due 11/23)

Posted on Nov. 17 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Tucker Career and Technology Center students at the print shop there.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due next Monday, Nov. 23. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cards will be available for pickup on Dec. 7. 

Together, we can face the challenges of the new ISTEP+

Posted on Nov. 10 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dear Family and Friends of Marion Community Schools Giants:

Superintendent Brad Lindsay would like to share with you important information regarding the most recent ISTEP+ test. Please click on the link below to view a pdf of his message, or scroll below to read the text of the letter here. Thank you for your continued support of MCS!

Here is the full text of the letter linked above: 

Nov. 10, 2015

Families and Friends of our Marion Community Schools Giants:

Last spring, our children took a new state test. Based on information from the Indiana Department of Education, we expect school-wide results to be made public in late December. While this test was still labeled with the name “ISTEP+” it is not the same test that was previously given, and because of that the results cannot fairly or justly be compared to previous years’ tests.

This new test is based on new standards, the “Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards”. These new standards are much more challenging and difficult, and are meant to help better prepare our students to be ready to compete in the global marketplace — to compete with students around the world.

The new test, then, is based on much higher expectations. This test is more difficult than the old ISTEP+ because it is based on more challenging standards. Additionally, the score needed for a student to achieve a “Pass” rating is higher. While the scoring categories are the same — Pass Plus (the highest), Pass, and Did Not Pass — it takes a higher level of achievement to reach the Pass or Pass Plus ratings on the new, more difficult test. Because the bar has been set higher, fewer students will achieve the Pass or Pass Plus rating. This will be seen here in Marion and across the state.

It is important to remember, though, that this test is like laying a new foundation for a new building. It will be tempting to compare these scores and these passing rates to last year’s (and in fact, current state school accountability procedures would unjustly do so). That is not a fair comparison because this is the first time our children have taken this new test with the much higher passing bar. 

These scores will give us important information that we will use to continue to improve opportunities for our children to master these more difficult standards, to meet these higher expectations, and to strive to reach that higher bar set for a Pass or Pass Plus rating. Fewer children reaching that higher bar this first year is not a failure. It is a reflection of higher standards and new challenges. It is important that our parents, students, teachers, administrators, and the entire community face these new challenges together!

Our Marion Community Schools TEAM is determined to make better happen for our children and our community. We believe the rallying cry: Giants Fight, Never Die! Our children and our community CAN SUCCEED, but only if WE WORK together to face the challenges. Together WE CAN give our children the opportunity to succeed. Together WE CAN prepare our Marion GIANTS of today to become the global GIANTS of tomorrow. Thank you for your faith, support and commitment to Marion Community Schools!

Thankful to serve our children and our community which is our cause,

Brad Lindsay
Superintendent of Marion Community Schools

School Board approves two-phase reconfiguration plan

Posted on Oct. 28 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
After months of discussion, several community forums, and an online survey completed by hundreds of people, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Wednesday evening approved a plan for reconfiguration of the school system, to bring costs down, improve academic programs, and enhance opportunities for local students.

MCS administrators presented the plan at the previous board meeting. It breaks the reconfiguration into two phases.

The plan presented for the 2016-17 year is as follows:
  • Move career and technical education (CTE) programs back onto the Marion High School campus.
  • Add preschool classes at each of the four elementary school buildings.
  • This would result in the following configuration:
    • P-4 at the Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview buildings
    • 5-6 at the intermediate school - Justice building (some preschool classes will remain in this building as well)
    • 7-8 at the McCulloch building
    • 9-12 & CTE at Marion High School
The scenario proposed for the 2017-18 year is as follows:
  • Move seventh grade to the Justice building
  • Move eighth grade to Marion High School
  • Repurpose McCulloch building for curricular and co-curricular programming (such as junior high athletics and more), and possibly the district office
  • This would result in the following configuration:
    • P-4 at the Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview buildings
    • 5-7 at the intermediate school (Justice building)
    • 8-12 at Marion High School
The second phase was approved with this provision: If new information becomes available that leads school officials to believe adjustments are needed, the plan will be adjusted accordingly.

The input gained from the forums and surveys became a major part of the discussion, and the recommendation reflects that, MCS officials said. Some of the major concerns expressed included a desire to keep neighborhood elementaries, a desire for a longer span of years spent in school buildings, questions over moving seventh-graders to the high school, and a desire to slow down the reconfiguration process.

The recommendation approved Wednesday addresses those concerns. It keeps all four elementary buildings open, and actually adds to the number of years students spend in those buildings, potentially by two years, for those students who attend preschool at 3 and 4 years of age. It breaks the reconfiguration into two phases, allowing time for further collaboration and study. The second phase would extend the number of years in two other buildings (the intermediate school and the high school), and would reduce the number of building-to-building transitions between grade levels to two. In addition, the plan for 2017-18 would move eighth-graders to the high school, but seventh grade would move to the intermediate school, making it a 5-7 building.

The 2017-18 plan would also provide opportunity for growth of co-curricular offerings (such as art and music) and extra-curricular activities (such as athletics and clubs) at both the intermediate level (5-7) and the high school level (8-12).

The next step will be to engage teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and the board to flesh out the details as we work toward the reinvention and continuous improvement of our schools, and the implementation of this reconfiguration plan.

“We are thankful for the positive response of our parents, faculty, staff, and community. It is encouraging to see the GIANT NATION rally to make better learning and better stewardship happen!” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “We are excited to engage our parents, students, staff, and community members in this reinvention process. Throughout our greater school community there is a renewed energy to seize the day to make even better happen for our students in our schools and in our community.”

“We look forward to co-creating with our stakeholders to customize curricular and co-curricular programs for our students and our community. This collaboration for school transformation will begin immediately.  Together, we will serve a cause that will outlive ourselves, which is our students, who are our GIANT future.”

Tucker Dual Credit

Dual Credit at Tucker Career & Technology Center

What is dual credit?
Dual credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, adjunct college faculty or college faculty either at the high school, at the college or university, or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities.

What Tucker classes offer dual credit?
All of them! Tucker offers 35+ hours of college credit through Ivy Tech and Vincennes University dual credit agreements.

How do I sign up?
Ivy Tech: Students will be completing online applications over the next several weeks. Make sure you know your social security number.
Vincennes: Teachers will be passing out paper applications in class. Make sure you complete all required fields, including the signatures.

Have more questions?
Ask your teacher or Mrs. Janowski-Human

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