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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

MHS’s CCR rate for 2015 (the latest year for which certified data is available) is 89.29 percent, reflecting the percentage of our students who earned early college credit, passed an AP exam, or earned a workplace certification. This is one of the highest rates in the state, surpassing many well-known and well-respected schools.

The purpose of PK-12 education is to prepare students for success in life beyond high school. This rate reflects in a very real way a student’s potential for such success.

“Preparing our students to be productive citizens after they leave us, ready to attend college or enter the workforce, is a main component of the mission of Marion High School,” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. “The CCR rate is one of the most important numbers to us, because it is an indicator that we are preparing our students for success not just in the halls of Marion High School, but in their life beyond high school.”

The graduating classes since 2015 at MHS have increasingly exceled, establishing new highs in the data points the CCR tracks (though those numbers are not yet certified and released by the IDOE). The CCR is one of the requirements included in accountability grades issued by the IDOE.

"There is something for every student in Marion Community Schools," MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. "We provide real-world and life-ready training so every student can become the best they were created to be for the world."

We are proud of our students, and of our teachers and staff who work hard to provide these opportunities through Marion High School and Marion Regional Career Center. We are also grateful for partnerships locally with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Taylor University, as well as partnerships statewide with colleges including Indiana University and Vincennes University, along with various industry certification organizations and area businesses who offer internship opportunities.

Here’s a look at some of the IDOE-reported CCR rates:
  • Marion: 89.29%
  • Carmel: 83.73%
  • Fort Wayne Carroll: 72.23%
  • Homestead: 71.59%
  • Noblesville: 69.80%
  • Zionsville: 69.34%
  • Westfield: 66.25%
  • Hamilton Heights: 65.61%
  • Hamilton Southeastern: 60.44%
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Oct. 30, 2017

Attention, parents of Marion Community Schools students: Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, you have an opportunity to learn more about the path to college from experts right here in our community!

Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech Community College are co-hosting Parent University from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in partnership with Marion Community Schools. The event is designed for parents of students of all ages who want to help their children explore what their path to college might look like.

The event will feature interactive workshops that will support parents in navigating college-related questions. Workshops will address key topics such as admissions, financial aid, academic preparation, and parenting for post-secondary success. Parents will leave this event with the resources, tools, and information needed to help their future college students thrive.

The keynote speaker will be Reggie Lipscomb, a motivational speaker who is also president of Grace House, a residential program established to help men in the process of substance abuse recovery. Lipscomb also works in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with drug court.

“I am really excited about what the partnership with Ivy Tech and Marion Community Schools brings to Parent University,” said Carolina Forman, coordinator of multicultural access programs at IWU. “I can attest to the energy each leader has brought to the task of supporting Grant County families in their educational journeys! Regardless of whether a parent has been through college, we have a lot of tools and resources that help parents navigate the process more easily.”

The event is free and will be held in Barnes Student Center on IWU’s Marion campus. (Click here to see a map of the campus.) A free lunch will be open to all participants at noon. No registration is required. We hope to see you there!

For event reminders, RSVP to the Facebook event page. (Not required for attendance - just a way to keep up on any updated information, and to get calendar reminders!)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Giant Bistro will open up for the 2017-18 school year on Oct. 4.

Our students our hard at work learning important procedures and practices they'll use when they run their own restaurant, the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave. 

We look forward to seeing our regulars and some new faces next month!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Giant Arts in the Park is a social event you won’t want to miss! At 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, come out and enjoy good company, a beautiful setting (the Gardens at Matter Park), and great entertainment from the Marion Community Schools music programs, along with food for sale to benefit the MHS Bands.

Online auction ends tonight

In addition, this event will cap off the Marion High School Alumni Association's online auction, featuring the retired banners from Bill Green Athletic Arena (retired due to age, and replaced with beautiful new banners), along with a list of other items at nearly any price point. (You do not have to be present at this event to bid online.)

Other items up for bid include:
  • Gift certificates to several local restaurants
  • Tickets to local and regional attractions (including the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, MHS Giant Passes, Fort Wayne Mad Ants tickets, and more)
  • Sports memorabilia (Pacers, Colts, Bears, IU, Indiana All-Stars, more)
  • Golf passes
  • Hollywood items
  • Items and gift certificates from local businesses
>> Place your bids now: www.biddingowl.com/mhsalum 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce it is now a part of the IBM Academic Initiative, a program that provides educators with the training materials, curriculum guides, software and hardware needed to teach in-demand information technology skills.

IBM, a world leader in data analytics and innovation, offers these resources to help build top academic programs, as many students graduate without the skills most employers require, particularly in the big data technology field. Academic Initiative students will be better prepared for big data careers as business analysts, data scientists, cybersecurity professionals, software engineers and more. MRCC students will also have access to dozens of software programs in the classroom, including IBM Bluemix, IBM Cognos, IBM Security, and IBM Watson.

“We look forward to all the opportunities that our Information Technology Academy students will have access to through this partnership,” said Travis Hueston, instructor of the Information Technology Program at Marion Regional Career Center. “This partnership will introduce our students to real-world challenges and enterprise-level technology, which will provide them with valuable information technology skills required by today’s employers.”

MRCC’s Information Technology Program is open to students at all participating schools in the county.  Students who are interested should contact their school counselor, or call the Marion Regional Career Center at 765-664-9091.