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Marion School District Celebrates 100 Days of School
Students and teachers at Avondale and Marion Elementary Schools celebrated 100 Days of School with plenty of activities and a lot of dressing up as centenarians.  Teachers used numerous aids to get youngsters to count to 100, including lollipops and Cheerios.  Also, to signify the day, students made t-shirts and hats with the standard "100" displayed on them.  Needless to say, judging from some of the outfits, many parents and more than a few teachers went to some length to dress accordingly. For more pictures, please see our Photo Gallery on your left.
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Marion Middle School's Parkin Archeological Visitor
Students at MMS got up-close and personal with prehistoric Native American artifacts from the Parkin Archeological State Park.  Park Interpreter Mel Harvey brought several items to show the students how the Mississippian Indians lived and survived by living off the land.  Students were given the opportunity to closely examine the artifacts and to determine how each could be used.  A turtle shell, a simple rock, a rabbit skin and a deer antler were just some of the artifacts the youngsters discovered were useful tools for the Indians.
Please see the Photo Gallery for more pictures.
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Marion Elementary School Sock Hop
Everything from a conga line to some hip-hop moves could be seen in the MES cafeteria during the 2nd grade Good Behavior Sock Hop.
Students must maintain either an E or S in conduct for the 9 week grading period to be considered eligible for this treat.
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Marion Elementary Safety House
Ted Parrish, with American Red Cross, helps MES 2nd grader Victoria Helms escape from the rolling Safety House during a simulated house fire.  Parrish and the portable training center were at the school all week teaching children about safety and fire issues in a home, how to prevent such situations, how to call 911, what to do if their house does catch on fire, and how to escape.
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Marion Intermediate School Christmas Program
It was a holiday trip back to Rudy's Soda Shop for MIS students during the annual Christmas production of "Jingle Bell Jukebox-The Flip Side".  The students sang a host of holiday hits including "All I want for Christmas is...Nuttin" and the antler-displaying "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
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Marion Intermediate School Toys
Students at MIS have been bringing in toys for the Marion United Methodist Church's "Hope for the Holiday" program.  Just a few of the youngsters bringing in toys for the campaign are (from left) Tyler Campbell, Colby Davison, Sherika Livingston and Madison Keith.
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Marion High School Beef Grant
Students in Annette Thompson's Food and Nutrition class got a very tasty treat recently.  With a small ($100) grant from the Arkansas Beef Council, Ms. Thompson made the most of the funds and purchased steaks, a roast and hamburger meat, all in an effort to teach the students the best way to prepare a number of delicious meals.  Please see the Photo Gallery on your left for more pictures.

Marion Intermediate School's Angel Tree
Students at MIS have raised more than $500 and school officials expect that number to exceed $700 before the counting is complete for the Angel Tree Project.  Students donated $1 to color ornaments for the two Christmas trees in the lobby.  The money will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  
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Marion High School's Production of The Happy Scarecrow
The MHS Drama Department presented its first production of the school year, "The Happy Scarecrow", Friday evening to a capacity crowd in the department's drama room.  Teased by a witch (Ashton Spence) to prove there is happiness in the world, a little fairy (Jillian Griffin) awakes a scarecrow (Sydney Griffin) and promises to make him a real man if he finds happiness.  The scarecrow searched everywhere and asked a number of characters, including a court jester (Tyler Morgan) how he could find real happiness.
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Avondale Christmas Program
First grade students, on their very best behavior, presented their Christmas musical program for parents and other students.  Holiday vocals included dancing the "Teddy Bear Tango", "Rag Doll Rock", and drifting off to sleep in "Christmas Dream".  The cafeteria full of youngsters got very excited when Santa Claus made a surprise appearance to share a few lines from the performance.  The ensemble of youngsters concluded the performance with a great rendition of "We Wish You Merry Christmas". Please see the Photo Gallery at the left for more pictures of this holiday celebration.
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Marion Middle School Angel Tree
Students at Marion Middle School have their hearts in the right place this holiday season as the seventh grade student council members color "ornaments" while other students hang the freshly made decorations on two Angel Trees in the lobby of the school.  Students can donate $1 and get to spend some free time coloring  the ornaments.  All proceeds will go to local charities.
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Marion High School Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Candidate (HOBY)
Trexlar Proffitt, a sophomore at MHS, will be one of just a handful of students across the state of Arkansas and the only student from MHS who will be attending the HOBY camp in March.  "I feel like I'll learn to be a better leader in the classroom and the community," Proffitt said.  "I am very excited about going.  I've heard a lot of leaders learn to help and to be leaders in ways they didn't know.  I want to work to help others."  Trexlar, who plays on the offensive line for the Patriots football team, is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Brothers of Delta Christian Association and Marion First Baptist Youth Group.  He plans to major in sports medicine at the University of Arkansas.  He is the son of Brian and Lisa Proffitt of Marion.
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Marion High School A-State Scholars
Fifteen seniors at MHS are qualified and eligible for various scholarships from Arkansas State University.  The students are (front row from left) Rayanna Martinez, Kelly Yates, Abbie Rawls, Abbi Moore, Katie Bailey, and Taylor Nemenz.  On the back row (from left) are Joshua Hester, Kyle Vandergriff, Bonn Belingon, Michelle Long, Lexa Blake, and Regan Johnston.  Not pictured are Sophia Mauldin, Philip Warren, and Tiffany White.  A representative from ASU presented the scholars with their awards at a special meeting at the school on November 17th.
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MSD Choirs Christmas
The Marion Middle School, Junior High and Senior High School Choirs presented their Christmas concerts at MJHS Tuesday evening before a standing room only crowd.  The choirs sang both traditional and contemporary numbers.  

Thank you, Fidelity!
Marion High School Principal Stephen Landers (left) accepts a check from Fidelity National Bank Senior Vice President Murphy Smith from the proceeds of Hats for Pats sales.  The bank sold the hats at home football games to generate the funds.  Mr. Landers said the $1,500 check will be used for the school's ACT preparation program.
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BBQ and Band
Parents and friends were treated to a lot of Christmas music Monday evening when the Marion School District's band programs presented their respective holiday concerts.  The Marion Middle School Beginning Band opened the evening of festive music, followed by the MMS band.  The eight-grade musicians were the third group to take center stage, followed by the MJHS ninth-grade band with the senior high band closing the evening.  Each group performed three Christmas numbers in the arena.  To help prep the crowd, the band parents had their annual barbecue dinner fund-raiser in the MJHS cafeteria.
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Donna Dillahunty, Marion School District's Teacher of the Year, has been selected as one of the finalists for the honor of Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Dillahunty is a fifth grade teacher at Marion Intermediate School.  
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Marion School District has been awarded a $2000 grant from Innovative Solutions for Educational Partnerships (ISEP), the agency the district uses for its Medicaid billing.  ISEP, a 501c3, returns its excess funds to school districts in the form of grants.  Kelly Fogleman (pictured below), nurse coordinator for MSD, applied for the grant. She states the funds will be used to purchase epi-pens for each school in the district to have on hand in the event of allergy emergencies.
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Marion High School High Steel
Workmen probably had a great view from their perches, high up on the steel framework of the MHS Performing Arts Center.  
The MPAC is expected to be complete and ready for use when the 2015-2016 school year begins.
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Sweet Appreciation for Marion Intermediate School
Parent volunteers at MIS hosted their annual Cookie Swap.  This event, featuring a lot of cookies, brownies and other sweet treats, demonstrates the group's appreciation for the faculty and staff at MIS.
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True Spirit of the Season
Students at Marion Middle School demonstrated what the spirit of the season is all about  when they donated 4, 229 canned goods during the Student Council's eight-day "We Can Be Thankful" food drive!  Pictured below are some of the top donors and a group of students loading one of the three long bed trucks that transported the canned goods to The Good Neighbor Center and Hope House.
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Marion Middle School Homerooms led by their Student Council Representatives created displays for this year's Red Ribbon Week.  The 7th grade classes' theme was "Too Smart to Start"; the 6th grade classes based theirs on Drug Free themes.  1st place Red Ribbon Week Display winners were Ms. Colquitt's class, Ms. Dunham's class, Ms. Lee's class, and Coach Sislo's class.  Congratulations!!
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Marion Intermediate School's Top Canned Goods
When it comes to making sure the less fortunate have enough to eat this holiday season, Marion Intermediate School's 5th grader Samantha Miner sits atop the food pyramid. The young lady brought in 544 items for the school's food drive!  Samantha is the daughter of Scott and Billie Miner.
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The Exxon Mobile Education Alliance Program supports schools' math and science endeavors.  Nimocks Oil company-Circle N Markets take advantage of this grant program to invest in the educational future of the communities it serves. Circle N Market worked with the Marion schools' officials to secure the grants.
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Presenting the $500 grant for Avondale Elementary School (above) is Michelle Marshall from Nimocks, AES counselor Tommie Stockley, Jeanette Selvy from Nimocks, and AES Assistant Principal Kristi Rice.
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Presenting the $500 grant for Marion Middle School is Principal Carissa Lacy with Nimrocks officials Elisa Marconi and Denise McVay.

Congratulations to the following football players:
All State
Kyle Vandergriff, Taylor Turnage & Tom Young

All Conference
Christian Davis, Cale Lepard, Jonathan Yankaway,
Caleb Thompson, KB Williams & Ishmael Clay

Honorable Metion All Conference
Grant Bennett & Andreas Jackson

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.)

**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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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.

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 4,183 students in grades PK-12 located on 6 campuses.
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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: Jan 28, 2015
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