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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Parents can now access ISTEP+ scoring reports for last school year's test.

To access their student's scores from Spring 2013, parents should log on to the state Department of Education's Indiana Parent Network.

Parents who have forgotten their username or password can retrieve those through the Parent Network website above. Those who have never created an account should watch their mail in the next few days, as Marion Community Schools will be sending letters to parents with Invitation Codes needed for that registration process. Parents who need further information should contact their child's school. (Click here for contact information for all MCS schools.)

Parents can also request a rescore of open-ended items/essay for English/language arts, mathematics and social studies portions of the test. Those requests must be made before Sept. 30. More information is available to parents through the Parent Network website.

A wider view of performance data by grade level is to be released by the DOE later this month. The individual student data available now is only for parents’ review, not for the general public.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Parents can now access ISTEP+ scoring reports for last school year's test.

To access your student's scores from Spring 2013, click here to log on to the state Department of Education's Indiana Parent Network.
  • If you have forgotten your username or password, you can retrieve those through the Parent Network website above.
  • If you have never created an account, you will need an Invitation Code. Watch your mail in the next few days, as Marion Community Schools will be sending letters to parents with that information. If you do not receive that letter, or you have other questions, please contact your child's school. (Click here for contact information for all MCS schools.)
Parents can also request a rescore of open-ended items/essay for English/language arts, mathematics and social studies portions of the test. Those requests must be made before Sept. 30. More information is available in the Guide to the Student Report on the Parent Network. 

Public data now available

The Department of Education has now also released a wider look at the preliminary results to the public. Those results show Marion Community Schools students at every grade level displayed growth as compared to their previous year’s scores. To learn more about MCS's results, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion Community Schools students were honored by the MCS Board of School Trustees during its Aug. 28, 2013, meeting as Teachers Choice Art Award winners during the 2012-13 school year.

Their winning artworks will be displayed for a year in the Board Room at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St.

Those honored were:
  • Mya McKillip, for work done in grade 1 at Allen Elementary School, and Kelsi Nantz, for work done in grade 3 at Riverview Elementary School; their art teacher was Twana Johnson.
  • Kassidee Dearing, for work done in kindergarten at Frances Slocum Elementary School, and Jayce Flemmons, for work done in grade 1, at Kendall Elementary School; their art teacher was Karen Fry.
  • Jaycee Cox, for work done in grade 5 at Justice Intermediate School, and Latrell Guerrero, for work done in trade 6, at Justice; their art teacher was Lori Gates.
  • Ethan Nguyen, for work done in grade 7 at McCulloch Junior High School, whose art teacher was Tashema Davis.
  • Trista Jones, for work done in grade 8 at McCulloch, whose art teacher was Darrell Wisser.
  • Sahman Seerha, for work done in grade 10 at Marion High School, whose art teacher was Ellery Diaz.
  • Maris Bounds, for work done in grade 11 at Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, for work done in grade 12 at Marion High School; their art teacher was Debi Shepler.

Marion Community Schools is proud of its young artists and is pleased to be able to display their artwork prominently all year.



The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Maris Bounds, whose work as an 11th-grader at Marion High School earned her an award, Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), and Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School). Also honored were Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Latrell Guerrero, (for work in grade 6, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Harry Hall, along with MHS Art Department leader Noelle Lehman, and art teachers Twana Johnson, Karen Fry, Lori Gates, and Darrell Wisser.




The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Latrell Guerrero, whose work as a sixth-grader at Justice Intermediate School earned him an award. Also honored were Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, Maris Bounds, (for work in grad 11, Marion High School), and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.

 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is beginning the discussion of re-establishing a preschool program.

At the MCS School Board meeting on Aug. 28, 2013, MCS Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker discussed the need for such a program from an educational standpoint, and the demand for it from parents as well.

“MCS has always been and continues to be committed to early childhood literacy,” she said. “A high-quality preschool would open up opportunities for more of our students to excel.”

MCS has administered a Head Start program since the mid-1960s. From the late 1960s through the mid-2000s, MCS also had a “Preschool Enrichment Program” that served additional children in Title 1 schools. That program was discontinued when MCS instituted full-day kindergarten in the 2005-06 school year.

“At that time, that was a common decision,” MCS Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker said. “However, in the years since, with expectations in kindergarten rapidly changing, the need for high-quality preschool has only increased.”

In its final years, P.E.P. served 153 students, while Head Start served another 153. In total, that’s the rough enrollment equivalent of a typical grade level in Marion Community Schools.

Seven years later, that demand is still there, and going unmet. This year, MCS Head Start serves 158 students, and 53 others are on a waiting list. When that waiting list is opened back up in September, it is expected that another 70 families will be added.

Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. They also begin to develop social skills and good classroom behavior.

In 1977, the handbook for P.E.P. stated:“It is our belief that a preschool program which provides for the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social needs of each individual child can help to assure that child a more successful school experience than if he/she had not had this experience.”

Marion Community Schools still believe this to be true. That is why we are considering restarting a preschool program, to give more of our students the best chance to succeed, to create best possible for our students, our community, and our future. The possible "when", "where", and "how" of such a step will be addressed in future discussions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools’ overall 2013 IREAD-3 passage rate is up over the previous year, after summer remediation helped more than two dozen additional third-graders pass the state-mandated test that clears the way for them to advance to the fourth grade.
 
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. Many of the MCS students who still have not passed IREAD-3 this year will likely be eligible for exemptions.)
 
This summer, MCS used an intensive intervention strategy, making use of READ 180 and System 44 assessments to diagnose specific trouble spots for students who had not passed the test during the first round of testing in the spring and target instruction to their needs.
 
District-wide, 86 percent of students passed IREAD-3, up from 78 percent in the spring. The final total passage rate is also up from the total rate after summer 2012, which was 83 percent.
 
The rates are as follows: 
  • MCS: spring+summer 2013 = 86 percent (up from 78 percent in spring); spring+summer 2012 = 83 percent
  • Allen Elementary: spring+summer 2013 = 88 percent (up from 75 percent in spring); spring+summer 2012 = 74
  • Frances Slocum Elementary: spring+summer 2013 = 85 percent (up from 70 percent in spring); spring+summer 2012 = 74
  • Kendall Elementary: spring+summer 2013 = 77 percent (up from 75 percent in spring); spring+summer 2012 = 88 percent
  • Riverview Elementary: spring+summer 2013 = 96 percent (up from 92 percent in spring); spring+summer 2012 = 89 percent