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Welcome to
Marion School District,
Home of the Patriots!

The Marion School District
will be out for Thanksgiving
beginning Wednesday, November 26th.
Classes will resume on Monday, December 1st.

Lady Patriot Volleyball Team
6A State Runner-Up
6A State Conference Champions
6A East Conference Champions
7/6A East Conference Runner-Up
Southaven Tournament Champs
Overall Record: 24-7

Thank you for respresenting Marion so well!

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2014 6A East District Tournament
Congratulations Marion Jr. High Volleyball Team
(Check out the Athletics tab for more information.)

MJHS Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, October 27th
4 P.M.- 8 P. M.

The Arkansas Department of Health will be having flu clinics at the Marion School District
on the following days:

Avondale: November 10th
Marion Elementary: November 5th
Marion Intermediate: November 3rd
Marion Middle: November 4th
Marion Junior High: November 3rd
Marion High School: November 4th

Flu vaccine information packets will be sent home to parents during the week of October 20-24.  If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine, sign and return the forms to your school nurse.  For questions, contact the school nurse on your child's campus.

**Please check out our new and improved Athletics website to keep up to date on all things Patriot!  The link is on the left of this page.**

Marion Football Parking Announcement

Due to construction at Marion High School, parking for football has been limited to one of three areas: 1) in the Seniors' parking lot west of the MHS cafeteria, 2) on the east side of the visiting bleachers on the grassy field, or 3) in the Patriot Arena parking lot.  Patriot fans who park east of the visitors' bleachers will need to use the new sidewalk located south of the football field behind the concession stand and follow that to the ticket booth on the home side.  Patriot fans who park in the arena parking lot will need to walk across to the gravel road that runs parellel to the baseball field and follow it to the sidewalk that leads to the home ticket booth. (Chuck Livingston, The Evening Times) See directions for parking and access to the stadium below. You may double click the map to enlarge it.
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Here is a bird's eye view of what our new MSD Performing Arts Center and Stadium will look like when it is completed in July, 2015.
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MSD performing Arts Center
Students in the performing arts programs at Marion will soon have a proper facility to highlight their talents and the work it took to get them to that point when the Marion Performing Arts Center (MPAC) opens next school year.
School officials expect MPAC to be completed by July, 2015.

A workman cuts a concrete drain before it goes into the ground.
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A lot of dirt has to be moved at the site of the Marion Performing Arts Center.
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Patriot Game Day
Mr. Johnston, MSD Superintendent, joined AES students who dressed in Patriot colors and clothing to show their support for our school team! MHS Patriots visit these young fans every time there is a Home game.

Marion Middle School Science Teacher Is "Granted" a Digital Wish
Tonya Parham, a MMS science teacher, applied for a grant from Digital Wish, an organization that strives to help teachers and school districts gain new technology for their classrooms to help students learn.
She was awarded the grant and gained a digital camera for her classroom. Ms. Parham decided a digital camera would help her reach all her students simultaneously and give them a visual reference for their lessons.
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Avondale Elementary School enjoys a visit from Stan Little
Stan Little, Chairman and CEO of Southern Airways Express, paid a visit to Meredith McDonald's first grade class at AES.  After a question and answer period when the youngsters asked a lot of questions about airplanes and flying, Mr. Little pulled out a couple of books to read to the students.
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AES Drills
Avondale Elementary School teachers evacuated the students to the safe zone, then they took roll call to make sure every child was out of the building.  The school is practicing required disaster drills all week.
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Marion Intermediate School PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports)
MIS kicked off its PBIS program which allows staff to promote good behavior expectations while teaching students how those desirable behaviors look.
The first assembly of the PBIS program this school year focused on "Respect".
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For more pictures, please see the Photo Gallery link on the left hand side of the page.

Marion High School Colton's Football Round-Up
It has been a 20+ year tradition to open the MHS Patriot's football home season with the Colton's Football Round-up.  E. J. Miller, with some help from John Scott, mans the grill and turns out some delicious steaks.  
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MHS faculty member Shannon Ginn and her family contribute to the capacity crowd in the MHS cafeteria.
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In the meantime, two-year-old Will Thompson gave a dinner roll all it was worth.
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While diners enjoyed their meals, the Marion Patriots band played some warm up exercises in the band room.
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Also getting into the spirit of the season, kindergarten and first grade classes at Avondale Elementary School made posters of their favorite Patriot players, which were attached to the fence surrounding the Patriot Field before Friday's game.
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Marion High School and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Administrative staff and some faculty members at Marion High School answered the challenge and helped raise $1,034.74 for ALS. MHS Senior Cassie Sides asked Principal Steve Landers to take the ice bucket challenge if they raised $500.  That goal was quickly met and more staff members were challenged for each additional $100 pledged.  Social Studies teacher Renee Rainey displayed the most common reaction to the extremely cold dunking.
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Marion Intermediate School Fire Marshals
This group of 13 MIS students has been selected to be Fire Marshals for this school year.  Fire Marshals help the faculty and staff usher students out of the building in the event of a fire drill or any emergency.  Pictured are (kneeling from left) Martin Gonzalex, Justin Silva, Walker Johnson, Luke Kennedy, Elliot Allen and Demarcus Sampson.  Standing (from left) is Dylan Kight, Braxton Clowers, Joshua Ross, Makenzi Chrestman, Landon Daugherty, Luke Penninger and Jackson Guy.
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AES Dogs and Moms
The subject was serious.  Avondale Elementary School was soliciting volunteers for its DOGS (Dads of Great Students) and MOMS (Moms of Magnificent Students) programs at the school, but it was just a fun time at a pizza party for some of the youngsters who attended the meeting Monday night with their parents. One young man, who was probably very excited about something , elicited a laugh from a mother and daughter, while two young men enjoyed the delicious pizza.
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MES Bus Evacuation Drill
Students at Marion Elementary School practiced evacuating a bus. Schools are required to have safety drills each year which include teaching the youngsters the safest and quickest way to exit the bus.
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Home Acccess Center available for all Parents and Guardians
Parents and students on all campuses of Marion School District are able to access
student grades and attendance information. Please see each campus's website for directions on how that campus will handle sharing this information with you. (Each campus's website can be found under Our Schools above.)
For more information, please see the Home Access Center FAQs.  You can find this document,  as well as a direct link to the login page of Home Access Center under the Parents tab above.
Be sure to choose Marion School District as your district before you put in your username and password.

Alan Williams Motivates Students at MHS and MJHS to Be Teammates
Being the superstar athlete may have short-lived benefits, but being a teammate, and having humility and perseverance earns far more rewards.  That was the message Alan Williams had for MHS and MJHS students recently.
Mr. Williams is from Memphis and played basketball for Wake Forest.
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Architectural Design Recognized
Marion Junior High School was one of several schools recognized in the yearly issue of American School and University Magazine. Each year, the magazine highlights public facilities for the quality of its design. MJHS was one of six schools in the middle school division to receive the honor. MJHS Principal Elmer West (left) holds the magazine while MSD Deputy Superintendent Jeff Altemus shows off the plaque presented to the district. MJHS, the largest of the six schools at 197,000 square feet, was the least expensive build and has the most space to student ratio of the six schools honored. Other schools in the division are in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and two in Ohio.
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Gov. Beebe designated January as School Board Recognition Month, and the MSD administration acknowledged our board during Thursday's regular monthly meeting. Board members are (seated, from left) Reverend Jeffrey Richardson and Steve Sutton with 22 years of service each. Jan Thomas has the longest tenure with 33 years and has been our president since 1985.  Darylee Arms has served for 19 years.  Standing, Bart Turner has 12 years of service, and Daryel Jackson has 3 years.  Not pictured is Brian Proffitt who has served as a board member for 11 years.  Thank you all very much!

Welcome to Marion School District
Home to 4,141 students in grades PK-12 located on 6 campuses.
Avondale Elementary:
Marion Elementary:
Marion Intermediate:    
Marion Middle:
Marion Junior High:
Marion High School:

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Marion School District to provide our students with a program of instruction so that they will acquire the academic, social, and decision-making skills needed to become productive citizens in our rapidly changing technological world.  
We recognize individual differences in students and believe that all children can learn.  We strive to meet their needs and interests by offering a balanced curriculum and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.

School Colors: Red, White & Blue
Mascot: Patriot

Important Dates
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Staff e-mail
Faculty and staff who are away from your regular FirstClass computer may log-in to your email account from the following link.  Off Campus email

Faculty and staff as always may download FirstClass to their home computer using the client download link provided below.

Contact Information
Marion School District Admin Office
200 Manor Street
Marion, AR 72364
PHONE: 870-739-5100
FAX: 870-739-5156
Click here for district contact information
Next Year's Academic Calendar
Click the link below to access the Academic Calendar for the upcoming school year.
2014-2015 Academic Calendar
Peanut Free Zone
If you are asked by your child's teacher to send snacks or candies to school for a classroom party, please remember that we will not accept any food item that contains or may contain peanuts/nuts.
Check the link below for a safe food list of Peanut Free candy
Peanut Free Candy
Last Modified: Sep 16, 2014
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