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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 Nov. 2, 2017

It's that time of year again when our calendars start filling up with holiday plans! Consider adding this special event to your family's plans:

The Marion High School Music Department offers a special concert guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! The public is invited to the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS for the annual Holiday Extravaganza, which features choral and instrumental music by our talented young musicians. The show is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Admission is free.

We hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The students, teachers, staff, and administrators of Marion High School cordially invite all current and former members of the United States Armed Services and their family members to a Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at MHS.

This event on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, co-sponsored by MHS and the JROTC Department, is being held to honor and acknowledge the dedication, sacrifice and commitment of American veterans in their service to our nation.

The ceremony is also open to the public. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Bill Green Arena at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. Veterans are encouraged to come early and attend a welcoming reception in the school cafeteria, starting at 10 a.m. Parking for the ceremony is located adjacent to the gymnasium. This event is handicapped-accessible.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the JROTC Department, 765-664-9051 ext. 2455.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Jazz Educators Association All-District Jazz Honor Band.

“This is historic, and we are so proud of our talented students for this achievement,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff. “This is the first time ever that Marion High School students have been selected to perform with this band.”

The musicians selected:
  • Travis Metzger, junior, alto saxophone
  • Mayoen Bowen, senior, bass guitar
In addition, Travis was selected as the lead alto saxophone player in the band he will play with.

Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians were notified earlier this month, and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, All-District Jazz Honor Band members from around the central Indiana region will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 12, they will perform together at Noblesville High School. (Time of performance will be released when available.)

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Jazz Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

>> These honors come on the heels of the selection of 8 students to the IBA All-District Honor Band. Click here to read more!
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!)