There will be a meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 , 10:00 a.m. at the Marion County School District’s Central Office, located at 1010 Highway 13 North, Suite 2, Columbia, MS. This meeting will be to discuss the applications for Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), Preschool Project, and Consolidated Federal Programs Applications (CFPA) for fiscal year 2016. Any parents of children with a disability being served in the Marion County School District, along with any other parents of children in the Marion County School District, are invited to attend.
The Marion County School District will apply for Federal Programs funding, including Titles I, II and Title VI for the 2015-2016 school year. For questions or comments, call the Federal Programs office at 601-736-0640, or visit the office at 1010 Hwy 13 North, Columbia, MS during normal business hours.
Pictured above, West Marion School nurse, Rebecca Clarke, was chosen as the South Region School Nurse of the year by the Mississippi School Nurse Association (MSNA). She was presented with this award by Diane Chaney, President of the MSNA. The Association’s mission is to promote quality school health programs, strengthen the professional growth of school nurses, and advance the practice of school nursing. The recipient of this award is chosen because they exhibit evidence of excellence in school nursing practice based on Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice (National Association of School Nurses and American Nurses Association, 2005).
Local schools from the Marion County School District have been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as a Value Added School. The awards were presented during the 2015 PREPS-MAPE Conference, March 18-19, 2015, at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, MS.
East Marion High School--SATP2 U.S. History
West Marion Primary School--MCT2 Mathematics
PREPS Value Added analysis allows for comparisons of educational performance among Mississippi Schools, taking into account (or holding constant) the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research. The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify schools which are adding value by performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. The Value Added analysis produces a band of predicted score performance and recognizes those schools which are performing above the predicted band.
The Mississippi Association of Educators annually sponsors a Spelling Bee, which gives students grades 1-8 the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. In addition to improving students' spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise - a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts, and athletics.
Our students participated in school level bees and the winner from each participating school competed at the district level for a chance to compete in Jackson for the Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee Title. The winner at the district level, Natassiera from East Marion High competed with twenty-five other students from across Mississippi for this title. We are so proud of her for advancing on to this level.
Participants are for the group picture from left to right: Chase - West Marion Primary- 3rd grade, Jarvas - East Marion Elementary - 6th grade, Amanda - West Marion Elementary- 5th grade, and Natassiera – East Marion High- 7th grade- County Winner