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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
At Tucker Career and Technology Center's Fall College Fair, some students had a bit of an awakening. The array of post-secondary institutions represented at the fair had some realizing their options were far wider than they had previously thought.

While putting students in direct contact with representatives from specific post-secondary programs and institutions is nothing new for Tucker, the College Fair, held during school hours on Oct. 17, 2013, gave students to explore beyond those specific programs they may have already known about.

“We’re already meeting needs of career readiness and nationally recognized certifications,” said TCTC Director Amanda McCammon, “but this allows our students to personally connect with post-secondary institutions, get a feel for what would be the best fit for them.”

Jeremy Pope, enrollment counselor at Goshen College speaks with a group of Tucker Career and Technology Center students Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, during Tucker's Fall College Fair. More than a dozen colleges and universities were on hand to speak with students during their school day about some of their options after high school. 

McCammon said much of the credit of the success of the fair goes to Guidance and Career Counselor Valerie Janowski-Human.

Tucker also opened the opportunity up to students throughout Grant County, even those not attending TCTC classes. The students in the Marion Community Schools alternative education program, housed on the Tucker campus, also attended the fair.

For those who might be thinking college just isn’t for them, these options can expand their view of what their future could hold, McCammon said.

“The College Fair can open their eyes to all the opportunities, if they’re not interested in the traditional four-year college model,” she said. “They can still reach their goal of a solid career where they can do what they love and earn good money doing it.”

Frank Guzik, interim director of admissions at IPFW, speaks with a group of Tucker Career and Technology Center students Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, during Tucker's Fall College Fair. More than a dozen colleges and universities were on hand to speak with students during their school day about some of their options after high school. 

Tucker students can get a jump start on college, earning high school and college credits at the same time. This year, 114 college credits are available to students through TCTC. (Available college credits at TCTC have steadily increased over the last few years. In the 2011-12 school year, students had 54 college credit hours available to them. In 2012-13, that was up to 82. This year, in 2013-14, 114 college credit hours are available to Tucker students.)

Collectively, Tucker students this year are signed up to earn 2,204 college credit hours – and earning those credits now would save them more than half a million dollars, because they don’t have to pay college tuition for them!

Post-secondary representatives will continue to visit students in specific programs at Tucker throughout the year, but in the spring another College/Career Fair will be open to them, and to the public. Watch for more information on that event in the coming months.

>> Click on the links below for more information from the schools represented at Tucker's Fall College Fair.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Students at Tucker Career and Technology Center will have the opportunity next week to explore the possibilities beyond high school at the Tucker College Fair.

Representatives from several area colleges and universities, along with some technical and apprenticeship programs, will be available to share information and speak with students during the school day during this special event. The Tucker College Fair is set to start at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Schools and programs that will be on hand include:
The Marion campus of Ivy Tech Community College also has a college fair set for that evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Some of the schools planning to attend that fair took Marion Community Schools up on the offer to come to town earlier to make information available directly to Tucker students during their school day.

MCS is happy to be able to provide this opportunity to students at Tucker to help them make decisions about their life after high school.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Quinten Chapel of Gas City has participated in Tucker Career and Technology Center’s culinary program for a few short weeks, but it’s already helped him start his career.

“I want to be a chef in a restaurant,” the Mississinewa High School junior said Wednesday. “I’ve already learned to cook a lot of different things.”

Chapel is one of 44 high school juniors and seniors who make up the largest class ever to assist Tucker Bistro, the school’s vocational restaurant that opened to the public Wednesday.

The bistro will serve food and drinks from chicken bites to portabella mushroom burgers to bread, cookies and pie from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Friday through the semester.

— More from MCS: To learn more about the Tucker Bistro (or to schedule your meeting or party there!), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

After turning out licensed practical nurses for 55 years, the Marion Community Schools Practical Nursing Program went out on a “bittersweet” note Saturday.

The program’s final graduation ceremony took place in Marion High School’s F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center with 35 men and women walking across the stage to receive a diploma, a single rose and hugs from their instructors.