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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link On the heels of research into the changing nature of kindergarten and its increasingly academic focus in recent years, the Chronicle-Tribune explores local school districts' practices and views on kindergarten readiness.

“Kindergarten has changed a lot over the last few decades,” Brenda McVicker, Marion Community Schools director of elementary education, told the C-T. “It’s very difficult today, it’s much more rigorous. A lot of your kindergarten teachers will tell you it’s the new first grade.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the high number of school cancellations caused by this winter’s extraordinary weather, Marion Community Schools will be lengthening its school day for about two months, to regain lost instructional time in a way that is most effective for continued student success.

This plan is in line with alternative make-up solutions offered recently by the state Department of Education, and it would address the seven days MCS has canceled so far this winter for which waivers were not granted. That means at this time, the make-up days built in at the end of the school year would all still be available, should more cancellations be needed. More importantly, it means that teachers and students would regain instructional time now, when it is needed most, prior to high-stakes testing such as ISTEP+ and IREAD.

“We have explored multiple solutions with a broad base of stakeholders, and we believe this is the best solution to meet the challenges of this extraordinary winter that has caused our children to miss a significant amount of valuable instructional time,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “We will be able to custom fit this extra time at each building and within each department, so that we can maximize this additional learning time and make better possible for our students students prior to essential high-stakes assessments including ISTEP+ and IREAD.”

In general, the plan would add an hour to the school day — moving the start time earlier in the morning, and moving the end time later in the afternoon — starting Monday, Feb. 24, and ending Friday, April 18. In addition, Marion High School will have have no shortened days when this alternate schedule is in place. The MHS schedule would be the same Monday through Friday. (Please see the links at the bottom of this post for specific start and end times at each building during this time.)

This alternate schedule will not be extended past April 18. If further cancellations are needed, the make-up days at the end of the school year will be used. (And if delays are needed during this alternate schedule period, they will be delays starting from the alternate, earlier time.)

We know this change will greatly affect scheduling for our students and their families, along with our staff members. 

In the days leading up to the schedule change, building administrators and district department heads will be working with their staffs to determine the best way to use this additional learning time each day.

We will work to ensure extra-curricular activities have the least disruption possible. And we will work with families to try to make the transition to this modified schedule as smooth as possible.

“There are challenges with any solution when you’re talking about such a high number of cancellations,” Lindsay said. “We believe this gives us our best chance to help all of our students succeed.”

For specific start and end times at each building, click on the links below.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News What: Four weeks of small-group instruction with hands-on activities in math and literacy!

When: 2:30 - 4:30 Tuesdays (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25)

Transportation: Bus rides home will be provided only to those who already normally ride the bus home. Car riders should be picked up at 4:30.

Questions? Call us at 662-2427.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link The Chronicle-Tribune recently focused on the important role mentors can play in the lives of our students.

“Our community has a shortage of mentors and there is a growing voice of young people who are looking for community encouragers to come along beside them in their educational and life paths,” Tammy Pearson, director of Project Leadership, which pairs community volunteers with local high school students for mentoring relationships, told the Chronicle-Tribune. “I just want to encourage as many people as possible who have always wanted to take the time to be involved in a mentoring program to make that one of their 2014 resolutions. There is a place for everyone. We just see the importance and the change that happens when someone agrees to spend some time in a young person’s life."


Marion Community Schools is incredibly grateful to have community support, including that of Project Leadership and Kids Hope. If you would like more information on how you can mentor an MCS student, visit the websites below:
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
PLEASE NOTE:
Unfortunately, due to scheduling concerns brought on by weather delays and cancellations, as well as concerns over travel conditions, the MCS family reading night set for Thursday, Jan. 30, has been canceled.
 
The event may be rescheduled at a later date to be announced.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience.



All Marion Community Schools families are invited to join the Giants Reading Team at a special family night next week at Justice Intermediate School.

It will be a night of food, fun, giveaways and special guests: Marion Giants winter sports athletes, who will be reading to students.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Justice Intermediate, 720 N. Miller Ave. All families with Marion Community Schools students are invited to attend.

 
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