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Growing honor society puts spotlight on Giants’ achievements in math

Posted on Oct. 16 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
After an induction ceremony coming up next week, more than one in every 11 Marion High School students will be a part of a prestigious national mathematics honor society.

The MHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta will add 33 new full members and three associates during an induction ceremony oat 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the high school. That will bring the total number of members and associates to 92 students — nearly 10 percent of the about 1,030 students in all four grades at MHS this year.

Mu Alpha Theta members pose for a Marion Community Schools promotional video during the summer of 2014.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society for students in high school and two-year colleges. In June 2014, the membership totaled 105,000 in more than 2,100 schools. Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.

Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible for full membership in Mu Alpha Theta if they meet the following requirements:
  • They have completed the equivalent of two years of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra and/or geometry.
  • They have completed or are enrolled in a more advanced mathematics course.
  • They have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average in their mathematics courses.
High school students are eligible to be Mu Alpha Theta associates (not full members but likely candidates for membership) if they have completed one year of algebra, or its equivalent, with distinction and are currently enrolled in a higher math course. They can participate in all Mu Alpha Theta events and competitions, but cannot vote or hold office. After one year, they must either be inducted as a full member or exit the organization, depending on their continued performance in mathematics courses.

MHS Mu Alpha Theta members have distinguished themselves on the national stage as well, having earned awards at the organization’s national convention and competition. In summer 2014, 12 members of the MHS chapter brought home awards from the competition in Orlando, Fla. The previous summer, seven members brought home awards, and the whole team brought home another, from the competition in San Diego, Calif. In addition, an MHS member was elected as a national Mu Alpha Theta officer in 2013.

The success of MHS’s Mu Alpha Theta chapter is fueled in part by early high school credit opportunities at McCulloch Junior High School, where students can earn high school credit for both algebra and geometry in seventh and eighth grades.

Thanks to these opportunities, dozens of students now enter their freshman year at MHS with credit for these college preparatory math classes already on the books — and with another significant hurdle cleared: passage of the math portion of the graduation qualifying exam. They can then continue on to take advantage of MHS’s robust mathematics offerings, including several dual credit courses through which they can earn college credit before graduating high school.

JROTC faces challenges from police, firefighters, soldiers, and more

Posted on Oct. 16 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
More than 100 Marion High School JROTC cadets will face unknown physical and mental challenges on Friday, Oct. 17, as the Marion Police and Fire Departments, the Indiana National Guard, recruiters from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and instructors from the ROTC programs at Ball State University and Indiana Wesleyan University host a series of competitive events at Matter Park. 
“The intent is to present the Cadets with physical and mental challenges that will stress the Cadets’ leadership skills and ability to work as a part of a team,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the program’s senior Army instructor. “The cadets will no doubt get hot, dirty, and wet, but have a great time. And through the process they will grow and develop various skills and abilities the JROTC program teaches.”

Cadets are expecting a great day. 

“This is one of the highlights of the year for cadets,” said MHS senior Austin Wimsatt, the JROTC Battalion executive officer.  “It is fun, challenging and a chance to really push ourselves to the limit.” 

The youngest members of the battalion are ready to go too.

“I can’t wait to go!” freshman Joseph O’Donnell said. “It think it will be exciting!”

The all-day event will truly be a challenge for the cadets, but that is not the only goal.

“We deliberately partnered with other service-oriented organization so the cadets could see and get to know individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others,” Farlow said. “I want the cadets to understand that giving back to their community is important, and the organizations participating with us are dedicated to serving others.”

TCTC to host U.S. Rep. Brooks this week

Posted on Oct. 06 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Nursing students at Tucker Career and Technology Center will get a special visitor on Tuesday: U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks.
During her visit, scheduled for about 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., she will speak with students in our health science classes, and will also get a brief tour of some of the other TCTC programs, as well as a visit to the Tucker Bistro.
The visit was coordinated through TCTC’s participation in the GROW Nurses program, which aims to help foster opportunities and eliminate barriers for local students interested in entering the nursing field.
GROW Nurses is facilitated by Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ivy Tech Community College is also a partner in the program. It aims to bring prospective students into the healthcare educational system and then have them progress in a stair-step fashion through the educational opportunities available to them right here in Grant County, including TCTC’s health science program (through which students can earn CNA certification); Ivy Tech’s ASN program; and IWU’s RN/BSN, master’s and doctoral level programs.
GROW Nurses has provided equipment and learning experiences to Marion Community Schools students, and it is an invaluable partner for us. MCS is grateful for community support and outstanding partners like IWU and Ivy Tech, and is happy to be able to work directly with them to provide unique opportunities to our students.

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • Fall Break: Oct. 23-24.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27-28.
  • Winter Break: Dec. 19-Jan. 2 (includes teacher record day on Friday, Dec. 19, when students do not attend)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 19; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Presidents Day: Feb. 16; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Spring Break: March 23-27.
  • Last day of school for students: May 20 (unless more snow make-up days are needed; we will communicate with families if more make-up days are needed).
  • Class of 2015 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Bill Green Arena, Marion High School.
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