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5/29/12 MSD Teacher of the Year
Ali Weimer gets a double-hug from a pair of her kindergarten students on the last day of school. Weimer was selected as the Marion School District Teacher of the Year.
Avondale teacher MSD Teacher of Year
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Although it was no surprise to her fellow teachers, being selected as the Marion School District Teacher of the Year came as a big surprise to Avondale kindergarten teacher Ali Weimer.
“This is a total shock… I’m overwhelmed and surprised,” she said after giving hugs to her departing students on the last day of the school year.

5/28/12 Altemus elected to AAEA Board

Elected to AAEA Board
Marion School District Deputy Superintendent Jeff Altemus has been elected to the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators to serve as its Secretary/Treasurer. He will serve a one-year term before becoming the association’s vice-president, followed by president-elect then president of the AAEA. Altemus has been with the Marion School District for 25 years and serves as the district’s Deputy Superintendent.

5/25/12 MSD Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the year

The Marion School District recognized its Teachers of the Year Friday morning following an end-of-the-year breakfast. From left are: Coach Johnny Washington, Marion Junior High; Kim Shirley, Marion Intermediate; Kristi McNiece, Marion Middle; Clista Wood, Marion Elementary; Ali Weimer, Avondale Elementary and District Teacher of the Year; and Nicole Bledsoe, Marion High.

5/25/12 MMS Students attend Forensic Science Camp
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

Seven Marion Middle School students will get to be sleuths for a couple of days over the summer break.
They have been accepted to the CSI: Forensic Science Camp at Arkansas State University. It is believed to be the first time students from the district have attended this educational summer camp.

5/25/12 Outstanding Band Students Recognized
Marion Band Program Recognizes “Outstanding” Students

The Marion School District has honored a number of students in its band program. The yearly awards were given to: John Phillip Sousa Award - Malcolm Payne, John Phillip Sousa Award; Jonathan Billings, Outstanding Junior; Emilie Altimiran and Maddison Tolleson, Oustanding Sophomore; Katie Huff, Outstanding Freshman; Tess Hall, Outstanding 8th Grader; Maggie Aureli, Outstanding 7th Grade Woodwind; Destiny Jones, Outstanding 7th Grade Brass/Percussion; Rip Inman, Outstanding 6th grade High Brass; Kai Tucker, Outstanding 6th grade Low Brass; La’Kota McGlawn, Outstanding 6th Grade Saxophone/Flute; Ryce Smith, Outstanding 6th Grade Clarinet. Bailey Bigger, Outstanding 6th Grade Percussion; and Barrett Reschke, Outstanding 6th Grade Trombone.

Mike Douglas

5/25/12 10 Retire at End of School Year

More than 302 Years Experience

Ten members of the faculty and staff at Marion School District have retired at the end of this school year and were honored Friday morning at a district-wide breakfast. The 10 have a total of more than 302 years experience with the district or with the Arkansas schools system. On the front row (from left) are Janice Cook, 38 years; Sue Raines, 42 years; Anne Creekmore, 38 years; Greg Morris, 25 years; and Sharon Robertson, 37 years. On the back row are Ida Nesbitt, 11 years; Earnestine Lawson, 13 years; Becky Doyle, 32 ½ years; Mary Walker, 38 years and R.H. “Buster” Benton, 28 years.

5/24/12 MES Fun in the Sun

It has become one of the biggest tradition at Marion Elementary School and the whole thing involves water and plenty of students getting soaking wet.

Toward the end of the school year, the playground is turned into a water world, with the help of the Marion Fire Department, and the patience of the faculty. Even some of the teachers get into the fun of playing in the water.

Making simple, fun games with the use of buckets, socks, sponges and leaking plastic bags, the students spend a large portion of the day on the playground, under torrents of water from fire hoses and water guns to close the academic year.

5/24/12 MSD hosts regional conference
Marion Junior High School and Mid-South Community College (MSCC) are the sites of this year’s Mid-South Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) Regional Conference. Math and science teacher from Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi and other areas are expected to attend.

5/23/12 AES Field Day Fun

Avondale Field Day

Photos by Mike Douglas

School is almost out, it was time to let off some steam and the youngsters at Avondale Elementary School had a day to do just that last week. The school hosts its annual Field Day and Carnival for the children and everyone, teachers and parent volunteers, got outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. There were activities of all kinds for the kids to have plenty of fun.

5/23/12 MHS Art Winners
The Marion High School Art Department held its final art show of the year recently and has announced the winners.
Art II winners were:
Watercolor – 1st Allie Altemus; 2nd Cody Brown; and 3rd Kayla Harrell.
4 Square – 1st Brooke Baioni; 2nd Justin Miles; and 3rd Allie Altemus.
Ink – 1st  Manuel Garcia; 2nd Alex Flake; and 3rd Cody Brown.
Charcoal – 1st Brooke Baioni; 2nd Corissa McClesky; and 3rd Justin Miles.
Pencil – 1st and 2nd Jeremy Derose; and 3rd Erica Hunter Jeremy.
Acrylic – 1st Brooke Baioni; 2nd Jeremy Derose; and 3rd Allie Altemus.
Printmaking – 1st Allie Altemus; 2nd Cody Brown; and 3rd Meredith Gill.
Pottery – 1st Allie Altemus.

5/23/12 Final Assignment
One-act Artistry
Marion 10th-grade drama students wrote, directed and acted in a 12 one-act plays and presented them to students at Marion Middle School last week. The plays were the final class assignment of the year for the new drama students.

5/23/12 MHS Drama Dinner Theater
A Real Whodunnit
Marion High School junior Ashton Boschert as Sheila, a waitress and aspiring actress, serves guests during the Drama Department’s Spring production of “Her Lips are Sealed,” a murder-spoof set in a dinner theater venue. In the background is senior Randi Eubanks as Nimrod "Roddy" Hunter, the snooty reporter. In the group, actors senior Heather Harness as Sheesha Ragsworthy, actress; Holly Smith as Jean Astaire, choreographer; senior Preston Simpson as "Pretty Boy" Barnes, a known gangster; junior Brenda Holt as Misty Shores, Barnes' girlfriend and upcoming "actress"; junior Jacob Pankey as Jimmy the Weasel, Barnes' sidekick and partner in crime

5/23/12 MHS Choir named "Best in Class"
MHS choir named “Best in Class”
The Marion High School “Musica di Vita” recently attended the Arkansas State Choral Festival in April on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.  The choir received a “Sweepstakes” trophy as well as being named “Best in Class” for 6A Small Mixed Ensemble.  In addition, the choir was awarded  “Best Overall” for 6A Small Ensembles.  To be awarded a “Sweepstakes” trophy the choir had to receive Division I (superior) ratings at their Choral Performance Assessment in Jonesboro not only in concert performance but in sight reading.  Then they had to attend the state festival and receive a Division I rating on the state level.  There is no sight reading category on the state level.  To be awarded “Best in Class” the choir competed in the 6A school division against other mixed ensembles (12-18 singers) and receive a Division I rating and the highest overall score of the day.  To be awarded “Best Overall” the choir had to win “Best in Class” and then score higher than the “Best in Class” winners for 6A male and female ensembles.
The Marion High School choirs consistently are awarded Division I ratings at choral festivals they attend.  In 2009, the MHS Chamber Choir was awarded “Best in Class:  Chamber/Madrigal” at the University of Mississippi Choral Festival.   Members of the MHS choirs are placed regularly in the Region Honor Choir, All-State  Choir, National Honor Choirs, and have placed in national competition for the Music Teacher’s National Association senior vocal division competition.
The choirs are under the direction of Mr. Johnny Peoples.

5/22/12 Avondale Graduation 2012
Avondale Kindergarten Graduation
More than 300 kindergarten students sang before graduation ceremonies for Avondale Elementary School Monday evening at the Marion Junior High School arena. Principal Glenda Bryan handed out the "diplomas" while the waiting youngsters waited for their moment in the spotlight.

5/21/12 MHS Graduation 2012

5/21/12 MJHS Honors Program
MJHS Honors Program
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

Administrations and teachers at Marion Junior High School recognized many students Monday evening for their achievements during this school year.
Students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, earning a place on the honor rolls and individual class awards were announced.
A total of 49 students are new members of the NJHS. The scholars are: Jourdon Barrow, Cole Bledsoe, Kristin Bolton, Dominique Boyce, Carly Boyd, Olivia Brick, Danyelle Brown, Chantia Buchanan, Allie Bumbaugh, MaKayla Burch, Amelia Butler, Meagan Christianson, Shane Clark, Shakia Couch, Taylor Edmonds, Nicholas England, Helen-Claire Garley, Sarah Gattis, Molly Ginn, Jillian Griffin, Sydney Griffin, Tess Hall, Lotta Keller, Kassidy Kirkman, Cameron Kohl, Marissa Marconi, Kaila McClure, Mya McCray, Josey Mois, Mya Moody, Ariel Moore, William Moore, Natalie Nabors, Sarah Nixon, Rebecca Northcutt, Madeline Pace, Diane Phillips, Lily Renfro, Sierra Reschke, William Ridgell, McKenzie Shirley, Emma Sorrells, Alex Stroud, Micah Tolleson, Kim Van, Ben Vaughn, Mabry Watson, Morgan Weaver and Terri White.
Honor Roll All A’s
8th Grade
Kennedi Boykins, Olivia Brick, Molly Ginn, Tess Hall, Lotta Keller, Josey Mois, Lily Renfro, McKenzie Shirley, Anthony Stewart, Micah Tolleson and Benjamin Vaughn.
9th Grade
Marie Fong and Mary Kate Wells.
Honor Roll All A’s and B’s
8th Grade
Cole Bledsoe, Daneika Brown, Makayla Burch, Meagan Christianson, Caleb Clowers, William Coleman, Talal Esmail, Brane Franklin, Trayvion Gordon, Jillian Griffin, Samarian Kern, Kassidy Kirkman, Kaila McClure, Mya McCray, William Moore, Natalie Nabors, Sarah Nixon, Madeline Pace, Diane Phillips, David Poindexter, Alexander Stroud, Kimberly Van, Morgan Weaver and Mia Wiley.

9th Grade
Kayla Accurso, Zachary Baker, Gabriel Barber, Megan Barnes, Bonn Belingon, Erin Bradley, Jason Bratton, Georgia Brewer, Imani Brown, Daniel Campbell, Alexus Clark, Paul Clark III, Hailey Coleman, Lindsey Dougherty, Lee Flowers, Logan Fowler, Lorena Huff, Regan Johnston, Melani Lira, Tracy Long, Rayanna Martinez, Abbi Moore, Brandon Moore, Colin Moore, Jordan Morgan, Taylor Nemenz, Abbie Rawls, Bryce Reynolds, Sakshi Sata, Jakyra Scaife, Kyle Sergeant, Edmond Smithwick, Kayla Thomas, Kyle Vandergriff, Phillip Warren and Tiffany White.
Subject Awards
English 8th Grade
Christopher Sexton and Anthony Chase Steward.
Pre-AP English
Tess Hall
9th Grade
Lanie Henry, Raven Willis, Imani Brown and Kyle Sergeant.
Pre-AP English
Marie Fong.
Math 8th Grade
Lily Renfro – Algebra 1; Mikaela Sellers – Math 8; Trayvion Gordon – Foundation of Geometry and Algebra; Taylor Fisher – Foundations of Geometry and Algebra; Lotta Keller – ACTM Regional Algebra I Competition at MSCC.
9th Grade
Jamila Nathan – Integrated Algebra; Imani Brown – Algebra 1; Royale Dent – Integrated Algebra; Tomara Young – Algebra 9; Don Moore – Algebra 9; Mary Kate Wells – Geometry; Cameron Price – Integrated Algebra; Daniel Campbell – Algebra A; Lee Flowers – Algebra B.
8th Grade
Teiangula Boston, Talal Esmail and David Tyler Poindexter - Science 8; Tess Hall – Pre-AP Science 8.
9th Grade
Destiny Riggins and Georgia Brewer, Physical Science; Mary Kate Wells – Pre-AP Physical Science.
Social Studies
Anthony Chase Stewart, Jordan Burch and Amelia Butler – World History; Lotta Keller – Pre-AP World History.
9th Grade
Kyle Sergeant – Civics; Katie Hart – Economics; Don Moore – Civics; Keenan Reed – Civics and Economics; Mary Kate Wells – Pre-AP Civics and Pre-AP Economics; Shania Grays – Civics; Matthew Miles – Economics.
Tess Hall – Keyboarding; Allie Bumbaugh – Computer Applications; Lily Renfro – Career Orientation; Molly Ginn – Career Orientation 1st Semester; Daneika Danyelle Brown – Career Orientation 2nd Semester; Joanna Proffitt – Keyboarding; Talal Esmail – Computer Applications; Micah Tolleson – Keyboarding; William Moore – Computer Applications I.
9th Grade
Quinarius White – Computer Applications II; Joshua Hester – Computer Applications III.
Elective Subjects
Keianna Jordan – Art I 9th Grade; Abbie Moore and Kayla Thomas – Spanish I 9th Grade; Lee Flowers – Nutrition and Wellness 9th Grade; Abbie Rawls – Clothing Management 9th Grade; Marie Fong – Foods and Nutrition; Georgia Brewer – Family and Consumer Science 9th Grade; Paul Clark III – Male Chorus; Madison Carnell – Female Chorus.
Difference Makers for 2011-2012
Asia Anderson, Erin Bradley, Daran Daniel, Emily Hughes, Ishmael Clay III, Joshua Boykin, Malcolm Harris and Joshua Davie.
Perfect Attendance
Trayvion Gordon – 8th Grade; Nakita Robertson and Kyle Sergeant – 9th Grade.

5/21/12 MIS Opera Memphis Production
Billy Goats Gruff
Photo by Mike Douglas

Last week, students at Marion Intermediate School got a one-time viewing of the Opera Memphis production of Billy Goats Gruff. The play about being bullied and making friends was part of the school’s Artist in the Classroom and sponsored by DeltaArts through the Lincoln Institute for the Arts.

5/21/12 MJHS Community Service Project
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Pull Tab Champs
Marion Junior High School students have been busy in academics as well as community service.  They have been actively collecting aluminum pull tabs (just a few in the photo) that will provide financial support for the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis. The families of children being treated in St. Jude Hospital can be housed in the Ronald McDonald House using funds from recycled pull tabs. At MJHS Karen Meyers’ ninth grade Physical Science classes held a pull tab collecting contest, and the fourth period class won the contest. Many MJHS students volunteered to collect pull tabs each day in the MJHS cafeteria. Numerous other MJHS students brought bags of pull tabs collected at home. The caring spirit of the MJHS student body is exemplary. This project will be undertaken again by the Marion Junior High School students in the fall when school resumes. An invitation is extended to any community family or organization that would like to save aluminum pull tabs over the summer months and donate those to the Marion Junior High School collection in August.

5/21/12 MHS Senior Athletes Honored
Athletic Perseverance Rewarded

By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Before some seniors could leave the campus to begin their lives after high school, 48 student-athletes at Marion High School received special rewards for their perseverance and stick-to-it attitude. Each athlete was given a special “letter” blanket with the name embroidered on it and the symbol of their sport or sports on the letter.
The blankets were only given to athletes who had participated in the same sport for three years. Several of the students had two sports logos on their letter.
Football players earning the special gift are Jamar Jenkins, Tre Franklin, Thomas Brown, Matthew Brooks, Deondra Swanigan, Cameron Peden, Scottie Lackland, Tyler Moore and Marcus Hampton.  Jenkins also participated in track for three or more years.
In girl’s golf, three girls received a blanket. They are Taylor Conrad, Emily Lugar and Morgan Steele. Conrad participated in cheerleading for three or more years.
Experience may have had a lot to do with the volleyball team’s dominance of the sport in Arkansas. Five girls were awarded the blanket. They are Harley Strayhorn, Emily Burns, Hannah Carlow, Katie James and Emily Peters.
Christian Bloodworth is the second of four students to participate in two sports and was the only Patriot athlete to receive the award for cross country and track.
Senior girls from the basketball team receiving the award are Timeshia Pettigrew, Samantha Booker, Jocelyn Lowery and Kelsey Morris. Morris also participated in softball for the required time period.
Three boys patrolled the hardwood for Marion for three or more years. They are Warren Boyd, Berkeley Boston and Josh Nesbitt.
MHS can field a complete baseball team with the number (9) of athletes who spent three or more years on the diamond for the Patriots. They are Gregory Derose, Spencer Wann, Alex Stanfield, Korey Haley, Cody Gross , Michael Fogleman, Alex Flake, Dalton Williams and Dennis Ward.
Marcus Graves and James Pickens received a blanket for their time running track for Patriots.
Rebekah Millerd, Lainie Millikin and Kaitlyn Williams participated in softball for three or more years for Marion High School.
Cheerleaders receiving a blanket are Madison Brogson, Katie Barnes, Kirby Green, Randi Eubanks, Lauren Brinkley and Breanna Hill. Hill also participated in softball the required number of years.
Jill Brenner and Jeremy Derose are the two tennis players to receive a blanket.
Rounding out the senior athletes to be rewarded is Kevin Dunavan for his participation in soccer.

5/21/12 MES AR Carnival

5/18/12 MJHS Groovy Concert

Groovy concert
The Marion Junior High School choir did things a little different for its Spring concert. Teiangula Boston, one of the narrators, and many of the students dressed in 60s digs for the Dateline: Rock and Roll concert. Rock and roll from the last half century were performed by the choir. Soloists and narrators for the spring event wre Jordan Crowe, Paul Clark, Octavius Colbert, Gabby Harrison, Shania Gray, Ashton Spence, Hakeem White, Travis Saunders, Ashlea Flowers, Olivia Brick, Alyssa, Wolfe, Hannah Johnson, Jillian Griffin, Sydney Griffin, Teiangula Boston, Jazmine Boatwright, Makayla Burch and Madison Carnell.

5/18/12 MSD Band Concerts

Large band, large crowd

Bands from Marion Middle, Junior High and Senior High Schools held their spring concerts Tuesday evening to wrap up the school year. Parents, family and friends made for a very large crowd in the junior high school arena.

5/18/12 MES Student Art Work

Loads of artistic talent
Marion Elementary School Principal Joyce Liphford was looking for something to decorate the walls of the new building and some of the staff and a lot of students solved the problem. Some original art is now hanging in and outside the office. Art teacher Gail Fogleman coached 12 students as they painted, on canvas, their works. Four staff members contributed original art to the project. In the photo, the students holding their pieces of art are (front row from left) Laura Shi, Carrington Barrow, Heather Duncan, Matthew Bain and Taylor. On the back row (from left) are Cadence Barnett, Riley Jackson, Ella Rikard, Avery Lewis, Ja’Qualyn Daniel, Lidia Belete and Jae’Veure Pierce. The staff artists are Undre Malone, Paige Harris, Nikki McCarty and Fogleman.

5/14/12 Inman recognized at ASU

ASU Outstanding Alumnus
Hugh Inman, Director of Secondary Education for the Marion School District, has been named the Arkansas State University Outstanding Alumnus in Educational Leadership. Inman was honored at the Convocation of Scholars Awards Banquet on April 23. Inman earned his Master’s Degree in 1999 and earned Specialist Degree in 2002, both from ASU. He has been an educator for 16 years. He was the high school principal at MHS for three years before taking on the position of Director of Secondary Education for the district this school year. With Inman is Dr. Joe Nichols (right), ASU professor for the Department of Education Leadership Curriculum.

5/14/12 MHS Awards Ceremony
Marion High School hosted its Awards Ceremony Sunday, recognizing students who have made the honor rolls, are Patriot Scholars or who have won various academic and regional awards. Only seniors and juniors are eligible to become a Patriot Scholar. Seniors must maintain a 3.8 GPA for two semesters and juniors must maintain a 3.8 GPA for three semesters.

5/11/12 MIS Presidential Scholars
Fifth-grade students at Marion Intermediate School show off the certificate recognizing them for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.

Forty-nine fifth-grade students have earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence for this school year. The students were recognized and given certificates at a special assembly Tuesday evening with MIS faculty and parents present.

To qualify for the award, a student must scored “advanced” on the state’s literacy and math tests, rank in the 85 percentile (50 is considered average) on the Iowa Test Basic Skills and maintain a 3.5 GPA while attending MIS.

Marion Intermediate School’s President’s Awards winners are Taylor Allison, Lauren Baker, Wesley Barrett, Malik Barrow, Josh Barton, Chase Bates, Ravon Beason, Hayden Beck, Shaka Bogan, Jack Bond, Cameron Brown, Olivia Bryan, Joyrion Chase, Aniston Davis, Christy Dunavan, Hunter Echols, Jackson English, Calli Garrett, Anna Belle George, Braden Grove, Jaden Guiltner, Andrew Hampton, Kaylee Harrison, Marisa Hedge, Ashley Holmes, Xandri Inman, Khyla Jeffery, Kaleb Jones, Lexie Keathley, Peyton Lawhon, Arnesha Le’Flore, Rachel Lowe, Jacob Maxwell, Hailee Newingham, Anna Palencia, Richard Partain, Taylor Polk, Michael Riley, Shacorie Robinson, Hannah Smith, Hunter Smith, Kailey Snelson, Autumn Starling, Tucker Stevens, Malik Talbert, Haylee Tilley, Gavin Truitt, Darrius Weeden and Anna Beth Wood.

5/11/12 MES Teacher Appreciation
Appreciating Teachers

Marion Elementary School teachers were treated to lunch Tuesday as part of national Teacher Appreciation Week. Parent volunteers raised money earlier in the school year to have most of the meal catered by Big John’s  while many of the desserts were prepared at home. Gifts for all the teachers and door prizes were provided at cost by the Pitchfork.
Photo by Mike Douglas

5/9/12 MIS Music Program benefits
Music teacher Barry Bates plays music from “Billy Goats Gruff” for his students to learn the notes. Opera Memphis’ Patty Carreras was Marion Intermediate School’s visiting artist last month and helped teach the opera to Bates’ students.

Marion Intermediate School music teacher Barry Bates is putting knowledge he has gained through the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education to perfect use with his students, exposing them to “inquiry based learning” and giving them a taste of more than classroom musical education.

5/8/12 MSD hosts APAC Retreat
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
The Marion School District was the host of the statewide Arkansas Parent Coordinators/Facilitators’ Association annual retreat Thursday and Friday. The meeting was held at the Marion Junior High School library.
Ginny Lawrence, the parent facilitator at Avondale Elementary School, said people from around the state attended.

5/8/12 MMS Hosts Joseph Atem
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
In 1988, Joseph Atem was only eight or nine years old and was leaving home. He’s not sure of his precise age. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He just knows what year he was born, not the date.
Leaving home at such a young age was not his choice. It was simply a matter of staying alive.

5/4/12 MHS Skills USA
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

Putting a bunch of pipes together so water flows the right way may sound easy, but Marion High School junior Andrew Griggs will give you an argument.

And he has the credentials to backup his argument. In his first time in the SkillsUSA competition held recently in Hot Springs, Griggs came away with a second-place finish among the eight students entered in the plumbing event.

5/2/12 MHS Drama Spring Production
The Marion High School Drama Department is venturing into a new genre of play production.
“Her Lips Are Sealed,” by Mary Krell-Oishi, is an audience-participation murder mystery dinner theatre play set in the 1940s in New York City. A dinner theater-type production, the play will be presented Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Marion Junior High School Cafeteria.
The show centers around the murder of a famous actress during the big movie studio era at a fundraising event. Suspicions are raised around the guests, which include her co-stars, a big-time producer, a choreographer, a young "starlet" who's trying to break into the business by her looks and gangster boyfriend, and many other colorful characters. Everyone had motive and opportunity, now along with detective Samantha Spaed, it's the guests' chance to guess.
A spaghetti dinner will be served during the show. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.
The play is directed by MHS drama teacher Alex Waddell Smith. Actors are students from the departments Drama II/III class.
This will be the senior students’ last production. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 7 by E-mail to awaddell@msd3.org or by calling her at 739-5130.
“This show is sure to entertain all with its witty dialogue, unforgettable characters and engaging atmosphere. Guest will not leave hungry for food or intrigue,” Smith said.

5/1/12 MMS Literacy Family Night
MMS Literacy Family Night
The second of three special nights for parents and students at Marion Middle School, Literacy Family Night on April 26, had a respectable turnout. Parents and children were challenged to write poetry, non-fiction, creative writing, to participate in Grammar Gymnastics as well as watch a mini-play performed by the students.
This is the second year for the event. Literacy teachers came up with the ideas for each “game.” The school also hosted Math and Science Family Night Tuesday, May 1, and Social Studies Family Night on March 29, where a blend of parents and students competed in a trivia contest.
All three special nights are designed to encourage more parents and students to actively participate in the educational process.

5/1/12 MIS Visiting Artist

Operatic Inspiration
Patty Carreras, with Opera Memphis, guides Marion Intermediate School Barry Bates' music students, through a quick production of “The Billy Goats Gruff” as part of DeltaArts Lincoln Institute’s Visiting Artists program. Carreras explained how an operatic production works and the different parts of a performance. Youngsters were cast as the characters in “The Billy Goat Gruff” and put on a brief adaptation of the opera. A professional cast will return to MIS on May 10 for a performance. Opera Memphis’ production of the opera has sold out its scheduled May 11 showing.

5/1/12 MHS Art Winners Announced
Art students at Marion High School have recently held a showing of their best work during this school year. Each entry was judged and winners were announced.

4/24/12 MES class celebrates Earth Day
4/23/12 MHS Competes in ASU Economic Challenge
Zac Pankey said the Marion High School Economics Challenge team heavily relied on “fantastic teaching” as they entered regional competition last month at Arkansas State University.
“We found out about the Economics Challenge the week before (the event),” said MHS Economic Teacher Patricia Rebick. “We were about to go on Spring break and I told them to study some but not spend their whole break getting ready.”

4/23/12 Stock Market Game @MIS
Some titans of the stock market may be in the making at Marion Intermediate School.
Youngsters in Angela Austin’s fifth-grade social studies class are neck deep in buying and selling stocks in the Stock Market Game, a national program that was launched in 1977. The Stock Market Game strengthens the learning experience in math, social students and language arts. The game also teaches students how to invest and how to save.   Click here to read more.

4/19/12 Construction at MMS
Going up
Workers build the interior walls to additional classroom space at Marion Middle School. Good weather has helped speed the project along. More classrooms are also being added to Marion Intermediate School. District officials say the new space will be ready for the 2012-2013 school year.

4/19/12 MES Good Behavior Store
Students at Marion Elementary School who display good behavior and positive actions in the classroom all year are rewarded with points they can use to spend just like cash at the annual store. Items can cost from five to 20 points each. The youngsters recently converged on the school’s cafeteria stage to spend their points for just the right toy or puzzle.

4/17/12 MMS Lost Boys Walk
4/16/12 MSCC @ MHS
Photo by Mike Douglas
Getting the jump on registration
Representatives of Mid-South Community College were at Marion High School Wednesday, April 11, giving students an early opportunity to register for classes for the fall semester and to sign up academic and foundation scholarships. Approximately 40 seniors registered and applied for scholarships.

4/12/12 MMS Pennies for Patients
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Guidance Counselor Lisa Lovely thought $100 per homeroom would have been a lofty goal for a fundraising project at Marion Middle School.
Her expectations for the 27 homerooms generating that kind of money were way off the mark… didn’t even come close to the target.
As they tallied the money from the “Pennies for Patients” national fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lovely’s calculator began to smoke as the total climbed above the $2,700 expected and finally topped $6,000.
The bags of pocket change placed MMS as the No. 1 school in Arkansas in the fundraiser and second in the region. In its 15-year history, more than 26,000 schools have participated in “Pennies for Patients,” raising more than $125 million for research.
“I never dreamed they’d do this well,” Lovely said. “The kids had individual banks (for donations) that they took home and they kids gave the banks to their parents to take to work.”
A lucky (or industrious) 11 homerooms raised more than $300 each and were treated to a pizza party for their efforts.
Tonya Nix’s sixth-grade homeroom set the pace for the whole school by raising more than $1,200. Kim Vaughn’s homeroom took second place in the sixth grade.
The winning homeroom in the seventh grade was Michelle Dunham’s class. Mary Alice Gerrard’s homeroom came in second.
Top individual money-raisers in the sixth grade were: Reggan Parrish, Peyton McElroy, Matthew Baker, Norman Fraley, Harley Duncan, Kaylen McKinney, Harold Walker, Rachel Wilson, Hailey Bass, Jacob Taylor, Jaylor Jones, Chris House and Grace McCleskey. Duncan was the top money-raiser with over $700.
Taking to top honors in the seventh grade were: Lauren Adams, Angel Johnson, Melissa Chandler, Heavenlea Talbert, Katie Branson, Choloe Morgan, Nick Pirani, Charles Stokes, Stanton Dillahunty, Robert Robinson, Andrew Murphy, Laura White, Cody Smith, Maggie Aureli and Destiny Jones.

MMS 7th grade pennies for patients cut
Marion Middle School’s top seventh-grade “Pennies for Patients” fundraisers.
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Members of the sixth-grade student council worked with their seventh-grade counterparts to push the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

Mike Douglas

4/12/12 AES St. Jude Math-a-thon
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

If you have a fundraiser planned, you might want to ask a kindergarten student at Avondale Elementary School to teach you the finer points of generating cash.
Kathryn Hood is a six-year-old money-raising tornado.
During the recent Math-A-Thon at Avondale, school administration set a goal of $1,500 for the faculty and staff. No definite amount was set for the students but all the money was to go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When the money was collected and counted, Kathryn’s efforts had surpassed the goal set for the staff. The dynamo had raised $1,950 and one-third of the total raised by the kindergarten and first-grade classes ($6,000). In all, the staff and students at Avondale raked in $7,700 during this year’s Math-A-Thon.
“I just asked for money and told people it was for St. Jude,” Kathryn said. “I wanted to help kids who are sick.”
Her mom, Cheryl, said Kathryn is not shy about asking for donations and tapped friends, family and parents’ friends for money during the Math-A-Thon.
And her fundraising skills are becoming legendary. According to her mom, Kathryn was the top money-raiser in her pre-school class at First Baptist Church of Marion during trike-a-thons for St. Jude.
“She usually raises between $800 and $1,000 on anything she does,” Cheryl said.
“I do it because the kids are sick,” Kathryn said. “It makes me feel happy to give the money to St. Jude so the children will feel better.”
Kathryn knows firsthand the work done at St. Jude. Her cousin, Jack, was diagnosed with cancer when he was two years old. He was treated at St. Jude and has been in remission for four years. Kathryn added that she raised the money during the Math-A-Thon for a St. Jude patient named Katie, a child she does not know.
Her mom said Kathryn is a handful but her teacher, Kathy Williamson, praised the youngster.
“She raised the money in about two weeks,” Williamson said. “And she took only two days to complete the problems.”
The Math-A-Thon had students completing 100 math problems. Youngsters either got pledges for each problem solved or a donation for St. Jude.
Avondale Principal Glenda Bryan said the school has participated in fundraising for St. Jude for about 20 years. To date, the students and staff have raised $119,175.50 for the hospital.
“She is a wonderful student,” Williamson said. “She knows her numbers, is a very good counter and is well-behaved.”
“She tries!” Cheryl quickly quipped about Kathryn’s behavior. “But she likes raising money for St. Jude. That is probably her favorite charity.”
Despite her skills at separating people from their money for a good cause, Kathryn has another goal when it comes to her future.
“I want to be a clown,” she said. “You get to wear a big, red nose that goes beep and you have to go to clown college to be a clown.”
If being a clown doesn’t pan out for Kathryn, she said she’s considering being a school principal.

4/10/12 Lost Boys of Sudan Walk
The MMS "Lost Boys of Sudan" walk is set for Saturday, April 14, at the Quad. Patriot Drive will be closed from 8:50-10:30 a.m. Anyone may participate in the event. There is no entry fee but a donation is appreciated. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk follows at 9 a.m.
Proceeds will be sent to the Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville and Water for South Sudan. The Nashville foundation helps defray expenses for lost boys in this area and is also covering the expenses of Joseph Atem to come to MMS to speak to the seventh-grade class on Tuesday, April 18. Atem, one of the Lost Boys, lives in Memphis and survived the atrocities of the near-continuous civil war in Sudan.

4/10/12 MHS Art Student
Patriotic Art Winner
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Marion High School senior Louis Edwards (center) is presented a check for $100 by Julia Cockrill (right) for his winning entry in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art competition sponsored by the ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. MHS art teacher Miranda Rippard (left) holds Edwards’ winning piece. The national program was developed in 1978 to encourage high school students to use their artistic talent to express their patriotism and love of country while becoming eligible for funds to further their education. Local sponsor is the Marion-West Memphis Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 5225. Faye Henson is president of the auxiliary. Edwards’ entry will be forwarded for state judging.

Photo by Mike Douglas

3/27/12 MHS Student Spotlight
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

“Move to the left, Royal.”
“Stop right there, you’ve got it, Royal.”
 That’s the art room, Royal.”
Royal takes to the hallways just like any other student to change classes.

3/27/12 District Earns Energy Rebate
Marion School Superintendent Don Johnston (left) accepts the rebate check from Kirk Pierce, Energy Efficiency Consultant for Region 1

Something as simple as replacing heating units has earned the Marion School District a $10,200 rebate from CenterPoint Energy through a program that promotes energy conservation by using more efficient HVAC equipment.
According to Deputy Superintendent Jeff Altemus, the district replaced old heating units in the north annex of the high school with units rated at 95 percent efficient.

3/27/12 MES Rice Baby Project
Rice Babies "Delivered" at MES
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

It was a “labor” of  love, taking a full week using 3,400 pounds of raw rice to deliver more than 300 “babies” at Marion Elementary School.
A brigade of  parent volunteers acted as midwives during the week-long delivery, constantly checked the weight of the rice-devouring and quickly growing infants, made sure the baby was properly identified, tied blue or pink ribbons around necks and wrapped the “newborns” in blue or pink blankets.
But it was all more than fun and games for the third-grade students.

3/16/12 Parent Teacher Conferences
Meeting the Teachers

Misty Kennedy (top) meets with her child’s teacher, Melonie Rankin, at Marion Elementary School while parents (bottom photo) at Marion Intermediate School pick up report cards before going to their child’s classroom during Parent-Teacher Conferences in the district.
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3/16/12 MIS Top AR Students
The top two AR readers in the 4th grade (top photo) and 5th grade at Marion Intermediate School were recognized Friday during an award ceremony at the school. Readers had to reach or exceed their personal goals for reading during the nine-week grading period. Honor roll students were also recognized during the ceremony.
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3/15/12 Seussical the Musical
Scenes from "Seussical the Musical"
Photos by Mike Douglas

Horton hears Cat in the Hat
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Horton (Ronnie Nicks) listens to Cat in the Hat (M.J. Payne) during the opening number of the MHS Drama Department's production of "Seussical: The Musical" Thursday during a performance for school groups. The musical will be presented to the public Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium.

3/14/12 CAP Conferences at MHS
CAP Conferences
Photos by Mike Douglas

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Marissa Jacob and her mom talk with Marion counselor Kimberly Kantola while Cody Biggs and his mom talk with counselor Nicole Bledsoe during Tuesday's CAP (Career Action Planning) conferences at Marion High School. The two-day event helps students select the best course of study for their future plans. CAP conferences continue Thursday from noon until 8 p.m.

3/6/12 ACTM Regional Math Results
Math Whiz Kids
by Mike Douglas

Six Marion senior high school students and three MJHS students either won placements or honorable mentions at the ACTM Regional math competition held at Mid-South Community College Saturday. From left to right are MHS students M.J. Payne (2nd place in AP Statistics), Thomas Rivers (3rd place in AP Statistics), Spencer McElrath (3rd place in trigonometry), Wesley Bennett (honorable mention in trigonometry), Hannah Phipps (2nd place in Algebra II), and Robbie House (3rd place in Algebra II). Junior high students (not pictured) are Abbi Moore, Philip Warren and Katie Wells (honorable mention in Geometry) and Lotta Keller (2nd place in Algebra I).

3/5/12 Architect teaches math skills
Architect shows practical application of mathematics to 3rd-grade students
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Sometimes if you approach something from a different direction, you get the results you were looking for all along.
Callie Garey had the daunting task to teaching her third-grade class the mathematics of figuring area and perimeter. The students will need those skills when they take the Benchmark tests later this year.

3/1/12 CAP Cover Artist

Selected Artist
by Mike Douglas

Morgan Jones (left), a sophomore art student at Marion High School, had her artwork chosen for the cover of this year's Career Action Planning (CAP) booklet cover. The booklet guides students and parents through the CAP conference, which are scheduled from March 13 and 15 at the school. Jones said she was very surprised and pleased with the win, including the small cash award. The cover art contest is open to all students at MHS. Shannon Ginn (right) is the faculty sponsor for the conferences.

Note: click here to view the entire CAP Book or visit www.msd3.org/mhs and click the 2012-13 CAP book link.

2/28/12 MIS Fire Marshals
Fire Marshals
by Mike Douglas

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Marion Intermediate School fire marshals play an important role at the school during fire drills, helping direct their fellow students to the correct exits and safe areas outside the building. Drills are conducted once a month.

2/28/12 MIS Self Portraits
Future Van Goghs
by Mike Douglas

Creating a self-portrait is not as easy as it appears as students in Mona Taylor's art class at Marion Intermediate School have discovered.
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Joseph gets really close to his work as he concentrates on his self-portrait during art class at Marion Intermediate School.
Azavion looks away from the mirror as he sketches the eyes in his portrait.

Like most of the students, Kern Kline put his eraser to good use during the exercise.

2/28/12 MIS Jump Rope for Heart
Students with Heart
by Mike Douglas
Students at Marion Intermediate School took it all to heart during this month's Jump Rope for Heart and crushed the record they set last year by almost $4,000. The 4th and 5th grade youngsters collected $15,848.75 during the event to benefit the American Heart Association. PE teacher and sponsor Natalie McNeely said the biggest single pledge this year was about half as much as the 2011 big pledge but the students collected far more pledges for this year's event. Although there are a few Jump Rope for Heart events left to be tallied in the state, Marion Intermediate's total is the largest so far.

2/28/12 MIS Artists in Residence
Artists in Residence
by Mike Douglas

Marion Intermediate School's Heather Sorrells, curriculum technologist, and Mona Taylor, art teacher, keep classrooms, hallways and the school office inviting with their artwork. Sorrells said she has no formal training in art but loves to paint for the "fun of it." She used old CDs to construct an abstract for one of the walls in her computer classroom. She also has an trio of abstracts on the opposite wall that makes the letter "M" and a painting hanging in the office. Taylor uses acrylics to create seasonal pieces such as the first day of school, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day to hang in the schools main entry foyer. She said she changes the artwork about six times each school year. She also has another painting hanging by the office.
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2/22/12 Ernest Crawford family donates historical items
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Five generations of the Crawford family are deeply involved with the Marion Schools and have an impact on the district. Sara Crawford, family matriarch, is getting more deeply involved with the school and has recently donated her late husband’s letterman jacket. Ernest graduated from MHS in 1946.

2/17/12 AES Safe Room to be built
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

Construction of an indoor physical education room/community safe room at Avondale Elementary School should get under way this year.
Assistant Superintendent Jeff Altemus said the school was awarded a 75/25 percent matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management/FEMA. ADEM awarded the grant with the stipulation the building be constructed as an emergency shelter for the students and/or residents in the area in the event of a tornado warning (not a watch).

2/17/12 MHS Senior Wins Vocal Competition
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By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
While many high school students are listening to pop or hip hop, Marion High School senior M.J. Payne said he likes all music but prefers a completely different genre. And that preference will have him on an airplane to the Big Apple next month.

2/6/12 MIS Students Publish Work
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
A project to teach 5th graders how to work together may have planted the seed of a future novelist.
Donna Dillahunty challenged her Gifted and Talented languages class to work together to produce a book.
“Everyone had to do everything, including the illustrations. They had to make good ideas work together,” Dillahunty said. “And the illustrations had to be in sequence with the story.”

Marion Intermediate School teacher Donna Dillahunty's GT students show off their literary masterpieces.

2/1/12 Rosser Signs with ASU
2/1/12 Golf Championship Ring Ceremony
6A State Golf Champions
The Marion High School girls golf team received championship rings in a ceremony Wednesday in the high school gymnasium. From left are junior Kayla Hallmark, sophomore Brooke Alford, senior Taylor Conrad, senior Morgan Steele, freshman Allyson Turner, senior Emily Lugar and junior Hanna Betts.

2/1/12 Volleyball Championship Rings
Championship Ring Bearers
Marion High School's girls volleyball team received their 6A State Championship rings Wednesday in a ceremony in the high school gymnasium. The team repeated last year's state title. Pictures (front row from left) are Daysha Stewart, Hannah Phipps, Morgan Jones, Kayla Winfrey, Brianne Hanson, Zane Carter, Rayven Stephens and Emily Burns. On the second row (from left) are Madison Tolleson, Maranda Taylor, Callie Arms, Katie James, Hannah Carlow, Lannie Miller, Kerry Skillern, Delaney Chapple, Emily Peters and Harley Strayhorn. On the back row holding a framed and signed copy of the Evening Times story about the title win are Assistant Coach Shayla Williams, head coach Lisa Beasley and Assistant Coach Lucy Sislo.

1/23/12 MIS Jump Rope For Heart
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By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
When physical education teacher Natalie McNeely takes a notion to do something, she goes all out.
Her zest getting students to do their best garnered Marion Intermediate School special honor recently.

12/20/11 MES Star Reading Program
An educational program aimed at improving student reading and comprehension skills is having great results at Marion Elementary school.
Accelerated Reader has helped 27 classes at the school win the title of Model Classroom, according to Title 1 and Accelerated Reading coordinator Teresa Mallett.

12/20/11 Orpheum STAR
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
The Orpheum Theater in Memphis is apparently mining the talent at Marion High School.
One student was selected to participate in a special production before the debut of the musical “Memphis.”
Now, the Orpheum has selected Mallory Floyd, another talented MHS senior, to sit on its STAR (Students Take A Role) Council.
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12/15/11 Special Olympics Bowling
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Winning is great but winning at the Olympics is that much better.
Seven students from Marion Intermediate and four Marion High School competed in the Area 13 Special Olympics, which includes Mississippi and Crittenden Counties, November 9-13 and garnered their share of the medals in the bowling event.
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12/13/11 MIS Angel Tree
Angelic Spirit of the Season
Students of Marion Intermediate School raised more than $425 and the money is still being counted for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by covering two Christmas trees with angels. Students purchased an angel for $1 and could color it any way they wished.
Photo by Mike Douglas

12/13/11 MMS Angel Tree
Student Council Angels
The Marion Middle School Student Council wanted to make Christmas a little brighter for some less fortunate kids and raised more than $300 with their Angel Tree project. Council members sold angels for $1 each. Students colored the angels and hung them on one of two trees in the lobby at the school. The money will be donated to East Arkansas Youth Services.
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12/9/11 MIS Math Ornaments
12/5/11 MMS Food Drive
The Marion Middle School Student Council sponsored a canned food drive during the first week of November and collected more than 1,000 items for the Good Neighbor Love Center. Winning homerooms during the drive were Melody Walker's and Tonya Parham's. The Student Council continues its community projects this week with selling angels to decorate the school's Christmas tree. Angel's are $1 each and students can color their angel during their lunch break. The tree will be decorated this week. Proceeds from the sale will benefit East Arkansas Youth Shelter to purchase Christmas presents for the children housed at the facility.

12/2/11 MMS Receives Donation
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Photo by Mike Douglas

Stella Blundell, with Circle N Market in Crawfordsville, presents a check for $500 to Marion Middle School Principal Carissa Lacy in conjunction with the ExxonMobile Educational Alliance Grant. The grant is to be used to further education in the fields of math and science. Circle N is in its eighth year of participation with the ExxonMobile program which gives back to local schools in areas where Circle N stores are located.

12/2/11 Shawna Gardner Performs at the Orpheum
MHS Senior Shawna Gardner
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That's Shawna on the far left blowing a kiss following the ensemble's performance in the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody Hotel before the debut of "Memphis" at the Orpheum Theater.

By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
Marion High School senior Shawna Gardner hit the stage early in life. At 4-years-old, she took the microphone at her church, First Assembly of God in West Memphis, and stepped into the spotlight, a move that led her to the opportunity of a lifetime.
A the recent debut of “Memphis” at the Orpheum Theater, Shawna took the talent she’s cultivated for years and earned a shot in the spotlight one more time.

12/1/11 Pirani MHS Choir Soloist
Turner Pirani will be the soloist for the Marion School Choirs Christmas concert Tuesday, Dec. 6, and will be accompanied by the All Girls Select Choir as she sings "Breathe of Heaven." All junior and senior high choirs will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Marion Junior High School cafetorium. The evening of holiday music will conclude with all 200 voices of the choirs singing "Silent Night."

11/29/11 MIS Food Drive for Hope House
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District
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Hope House Director Mary Gibbs (left) is flanked by students and their teachers representing the winning 4th and 5th grade homerooms in the Marion Intermediate School Food Drive. Photo by Mike Douglas

The axiom that competition is good has really paid off for some in need this holiday season.
Students at Marion Intermediate School were challenged by Principal Julie Molloy and Assistant Debbie Reginelli to see which 4th and 5th grade homerooms could bring in the most food items. Frequent totals were announced, making a competition about a serious issue more fun for the youngsters.
“We let them know the daily count, not the actual numbers,” Molloy said, “just that one homeroom was five or six cans ahead of another. The kids got into it.”
The food drive ended the Friday before Thanksgiving, a day Molloy said saw a near-constant stream of parents bringing bags of food in to boost their child’s homeroom count. All food was donated to Hope House.
“All the kids were winners. I am proud of every one of them and happy to be around these kids,” Molloy said. “They do so much for others.”
She said that last year students contributed a lot of Ramen noodles but this year, there was a caveat… Two packages of the noodles to count as one item.
It is the second year the school had held the food drive.
During the 2010 drive, MIS students contributed 4,400 items. This year, the youngsters topped the initial year’s count with 4,630 items.
Taking the title for the 4th grade was Mallory Meyers’ homeroom. The 5th grade winners were Laura Dillahunty’s homeroom.
Hope House Director Mary Gibbs said the food would be used to make baskets for needy families during the holiday season.
In 2010, Gibbs said the food made up more than 100 baskets.

11/22/11 Choirs prepare for upcoming concerts

Marion Senior and Junior High School choirs are preparing for a spectacular concert to open the Christmas season.
Choir director and teacher Johnny Peoples said there will be six choirs singing the joys of the season on Dec. 6. The concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high school cafetorium.
Highlighting the performance will be the high school’s all-girls Select Choir with its 45 members, and the Mixed Select Choir with 17 members. Both choirs received superior ratings at a recent competition at Ole Miss.
On tap is a wide selection of traditional holiday music. The grand finale will be the 200 voices of all the choirs joining together to perform the most loved of all Christmas songs, “Silent Night.”
In his fourth year as director, Peoples said the senior high choir program has grown from 52 students to 100 this year.
Photo by Mike Douglas

11/11/11 Patriot BonFire
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For the 10th year, students at Marion High School lit up the sky before a football playoff game with a huge bonfire.
Coach Mark Uhiren started the spirit booster when he arrived at MHS to bring the student body together before the state series began.
A large crowd, including the band, football players, cheerleaders, and a fans were warmed on chilly Thursday night by the roaring fire. Teacher Roger Fortner and a handful of students gathered and stacked the scrap wood into a 10-foot pyre Wednesday at the Marion Recreation and Athletic Complex. Even a few anxious fans brought hot-dogs, marshmallows and straightened coat hangers to make used of the fire when it died to roasting level.
NOTE: The Patriots opened the first round of state playoffs Friday by defeating Benton 42-33. They will play @ El Dorado on Friday, Nov. 18.

By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

11/9/11 ASU @MHS
ASU Admit and Offer Day at MHS
Emily Sandridge fills out an application while Spencer Wann waits for an Arkansas State University representative to give him the paperwork during the college's Admit and Offer Day at Marion High School. Sandridge and Wann, both seniors, along with more than 50 more seniors, made application Wednesday to the college for admission and scholarships.
Photo by Mike Douglas

11/8/11 Patriot Ties That Bind
Ties that Bind Patriot Football
By Mike Douglas
Marion School District

Sophomore Jartaire Weeden said a necktie is “proper” wear on game day, not the football jersey.
“We wear the jersey when we are ready to go to war,” he said. “This is business dress but when the lights go on, we go to war.”

11/3/11 MHS Careeer Day
10/26/11 Patriot Gear Now Available
If you’ve seen people around Marion sporting shirts and caps with the Patriot logo but don’t know where to purchase the clothing, the apparel is easy enough to find.
Dusty Duncan, former athletic director for the Marion School District and now the district’s facilities management director, has pushed programs to promote a tradition of Patriot pride not only at the school but in the community as well.
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First Community Bank's Kim Hollowell and Marion Athletic Booster Club President Brian Brinkley show off some the Patriot clothing gear fans can order from the school's website.

10/11/11 MES Homecoming Pep Rally
During festivities leading to the Marion/West Memphis football game, some volunteer parents at Marion Elementary School had a little trouble convincing one young man that being a Patriot was a good thing.

10/6/11 MHS Principal
Steve Landers took a round-about route to arrive behind his desk as principal at Marion High School.
In fact, he began his career as a minister of music following his graduation from Southwest Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. That was in 1981 and remained in the ministry for nine years.

10/6/11 MMS Principal
“I always wanted to be in education. I felt it was a family legacy,” said new Marion Middle School (MMS) Principal Carissa Lacy.

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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

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