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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High School students’ hard work and dedication has earned them success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams. MHS students took 15 different AP exams in 2018, and 64 of them passed at least one exam, while 19 of those passed multiple exams.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.  A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2018 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2018 AP exams at MHS:
  • 64 students passed one or more AP exams
  • MHS students passed 15 different exams: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Physics 1; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 2 to 47.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 84.8 percent passing rate nationwide. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 100 percent of MHS students who took the English Literature and Composition exam passes; this surpasses the 47.4 percent passing rate nationwide
  • 91.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 57.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 90 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 80.3 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 81 percent of MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 61.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 50 percent of the MHS students who took the Environmental Science exam passed; this surpasses the 47.5 passing rate nationwide.
Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, click here for enrollment information, and click here to view the 2018-19 MHS Course Description Guide.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted June 19, 2018

Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board seat representing District 1, and another representing District 4 (at-large).

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year
  • Reside within the Marion Community Schools district boundaries (District 1 encompasses the area within the civil city of Marion, District 4 encompasses the entire school district)
Term: For both seats, term ends December 31, 2018

Application Process:
No later than July 13, 2018, submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (including your contact information) one of the following ways:

By mail or drop off in person:
MCS School Board c/o Patricia Gibson
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
 
By email:
Patricia Gibson, interim clerk for the MCS School Board
pgibson@marion.k12.in.us

All applications will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The meeting of the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees set for July 10 has been cancelled. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting is July 24.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School music program has grown at an outstanding rate over the last few years, and with that comes fantastic opportunities, but also growing needs. For the Marching Giants, the need for uniforms was pressing and the cost overwhelming. 

That’s why the chance to pursue a crowdfunding matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County was a chance that couldn’t be passed up.

“We had 60 days to raise $20,000 to receive the match,” said Mark Fauser, sales, marketing and creative development director for Marion Community Schools. “Thanks to the Community Foundation and the passion of the Marion High School Alumni Association and the community at large, the mission was accomplished, sending more than $40,000 to the Marching Giants for their new uniforms.”



A Marion Community Schools band student models a prototype of the new Marching Giants uniforms.

 
Josh Huff, Marion High School director of bands, is thrilled at the outcome.

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support of our community, alumni, church friends, our tremendous school district, the Community Foundation of Grant County, and a host of others as the Marion Marching Giants will not only have new uniforms this fall but they will be fully paid!” he said. “The Marion High School Alumni Association continues to grow thanks to the support of amazing alumni that see a chance to pay it forward and teach present-day Giants that they matter, and that they too can make a positive impact on others.”

Marching band uniforms are heavy duty and made to last (which is why they are so expensive), but the uniforms currently in use have been around for decades. In addition, the number of uniforms was insufficient to keep up with the growth of the Marion Community Schools music program, with the incredible feeder system at Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School. This purchase will put the Marching Giants on good footing for the next 20 years.

Marion Community Schools is proud of the music teachers who have worked to build this outstanding program that offers our talented students such GIANT opportunities.

MCS is also grateful to the MHS Alumni Association for its continued support, and to the Community Foundation of Grant County for offering this extraordinary help for this important project.

Projects funded by the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc., have been made possible by generous donors since 1984. The Community Foundation of Grant County is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts.
 
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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