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Welcome to
Marion School District,
Home of the Patriots!

Attention, Parents:
Since we missed days due to icy conditions this semester, our students' last day of school for the 2013-2014 school year has been changed to Thursday, June 5th.

Looking Ahead

School Choice Applications for the 2014-2015 School Year

The Marion School District, Marion, Arkansas, is accepting School Choice Applications for the 2014-15 school year.  Applications are available in the superintendent's office, 200 Manor Street, Marion, Arkansas, between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The deadline for applications to be submitted is June 1, 2014.  Additional information may be obtained by calling Don Johnston, Superintendent, at 870-739-5100.


Kindergarten registration will begin Thursday, May 1st, at Avondale Elementary School and continue through Friday, May 30th.   Registration hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Your child must be 5 years of age before August 1, 2014, to register.  

 To register a child entering Kindergarten you will need ALL of the following five things.
(1)  Proof of child’s age (birth certificate or hospital record).   
(2) Up-to-date shot record.  Child must have:
  • 4 DTP (one after fourth birthday
  • 3 polio (one after the fourth birthday)
  • 2 MMR
  • 3 Hepatitis B (one after 6 months)
  • 2 Varicella shots (even if child has had chicken pox).
  • 1 Hepatitis A
         (3)  Social security card
 (4) Proof of residence in the Marion School District (Current electric, gas, or water bill, rent receipt or mortgage coupon.)
(5) Physical by a doctor. If you bring a copy of a physical that has been done during the past year, you will not need to have another one done. (East Arkansas Family Health Center at 208 Thompson in West Memphis will do school physicals.)
ALL of the above items MUST be presented at time of registration.

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.

Please click this link for information on Jr. High Boys Basketball Tryouts

Update on our TOT Trot 5K

We are so thankful for everyone who participated in this event!  75 people registered to run, and approximately 25 adults volunteered to help make this event a smooth one.  Plus, our MSD student volunteers were present and extremely helpful!
There were close to 20 sponsors who made this possible.  We are in awe of our wonderful community!!!
Since the proceeds will benefit future educators, everyone is a winner. However, we do want to say a big "CONGRATULATIONS" to the following runners:
In the Female division, 1st place goes to Shelli Percell, 2nd place to Morgan Whited (an MMS student), and 3rd place is awarded to Stacy Casper.
In the Male division, George Mendoza came in 1st; Eddie Miller was 2nd and Carl Brown was 3rd.

Looking into the Future--AES students visit MES Campus

Students in the first grade at Avondale Elementary School made a trek to Marion Elementary to see where they will be next school year.  The youngsters quietly toured second grade classrooms, met their future teachers and were greeted by very polite second graders.  
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Christine Preslar's Class Project Was Shared with Arkansas Department of Education

Christine Preslar, a first grade teacher at Avondale Elementary, designed and facilitated a project which incorporates Common
Core State Standards, technology and her students' enthusiasm. Ali Weimer, Arkansas Teacher of the Year, recently shared
information concerning this Black History Month project with our Department of Education.  Please see the link below to view
a video spotlighting this impressive project.

Seeing Double 18 Times

It is unknown if it was something in the water a few years ago or just biology working one of its wonders but the staff and students at Avondale Elementary School see a lot of double images this year with 18 sets of twins attending the school. Of the group, only two sets of twins are a brother/sister combination. The 18 pairs of twins is a record for the school. Just a few years ago, 13 sets of twins attended the elementary school. One pair (see separate photo) missing the photo op.
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Marion High School Letterman Jackets
Marion Athletic Director Paul Johnston (right) presents letterman jackets to William Taylor (left) and Hunter Walls.  Athletes must meet a strict critierion in their sport to be awarded jackets.  Jackets in all sports have been distributed; MJHS will get their jackets next week.
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MHS Student Chosen as National Youth Correspondent!
Lily Renfroe, a student at Marion High School has been selected to represent Marion as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2014 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. The conference is set for July 13-18.
“I’m thrilled. I have never been to Washington, D.C., and that is an opportunity in and of its self,” the MHS sophomore said.
Renfroe joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Renfro was chosen based on academic accomplishments, which includes a 3.9 GPA and a class schedule that includes four pre-AP courses, and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies. She is also a member of the MHS Patriot newspaper staff, plays the French horn in the band, is a member of Delta Christian Association, is a young-adult librarian at the Margaret Woolfolk Library in Marion, and is involved with her church, Trinity In the Fields Anglican Church (where her father is the pastor). In her spare time, she takes violin lessons. She picked up that difficult-to-master instrument when she was 9 years old. Congratulations, Lily!
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Marion Intermediate Fire Marshals
These fifth-graders are the new Fire Marshals at MIS.  Students are selected for the honor by their teachers based on the following criteria: responsible student, good conduct, and good grades throughout the year.  Fire Marshals are responsible for manning all the doors during the school's fire drills, assisting students who need help getting out of the building, alerting teachers who are outside that the fire drills are over and other duties as needed. One fire drill per month is required by law.  
Thank you, Students, for your service.
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Marion Elementary Benchmark Pep Rally
Marion High School Counselor, Laquietta Eidson, MHS Cheerleaders and Basketball players got third grade students whipped into a frenzy about the Benchmark exams.
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Polly Glass (left) and Kim Holt played Queen Elsa from the movie "Frozen" and had every student singing "Let it Go".
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Joan Jett (aka Brooke Buckley) and the Blackhearts performed "I Love to Take a Test" as adapted from their hit "I Love Rock and Roll".
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Opening the rally, four teachers took the persona of the Village People and converted their hit "YMCA" into "It's Fun to Take Tests".  Actually it was eight teachers, four unseen but providing the dancing legs for the skit.  
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Congratulations to Avondale and Marion Elementary Schools!
These two Marion schools have been recognized for high student performance or student academic growth by the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program.  AES and MES were sighted for improvements in students' state test scores and were ranked in the top 10% in the state for student academic growth from the 2012-2013 Benchmark exam.
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Marion Intermediate Artist Performance
David Gonzalez and his student co-star perform their parts on stage at MIS.  Gonzalez, a New York City actor and artist, performed his one-man show, Aesop's Fable, The Mouse and the Lion, at the school as part of the DeltaArts Lincoln Center Institute program.  Gonzalez is the recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award fo Sustained Excellence" and has performed across the United States and abroad, including three seasons with the Royal National Theatre in London.
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MSD CAP Conferences
Students and parents met with faculty advisors at Marion High School and Marion Junior High School for Career Action Planning (CAP) conferences.  The conference helps students stay on track to graduate prepared for college and careers.
Students planned next year's class schedules with their future goals in mind.
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MIS and MMS Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parents attended conferences to discuss their students' performance in classes.
Many waited patiently for their time with the teachers.  
We appreciate all parents who attend the conferences offered during the school year!
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MES Good Behavior Party
Marion Elementary School celebrates those students who are successful in doing their schoolwork and behaving appropriately in class! Youngsters (students and teachers) had fun at Brunetti Field playing Wiffle Ball, other impromptu games and walking around with friends enjoying the outdoors.
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MIS Jump Rope for Heart
Marion Intermediate students spent time jumping rope in teams or as individuals after collecting donations for the American Heart Association. There were many parent volunteers on hand to make sure the students had plenty of juice and cookies during breaks.  The jumpers collected a total of $14,113.00! Way to go, Students!!

Marion Intermediate School Celebrates Students' Good Behavior
If you keep your grades up and your behavior is at its best, you can have some extra fun at MIS.  The students who accomplished those two feats were rewarded with a sock hop in the gym. The fun was non stop!!
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Avondale Elementary's kindergarten students in Mrs. Vearlene Williamson's class celebrated Albert Einstein's birthday and Pi Day on March 14th in a variety of ways.
Please see the Photo Gallery for more pictures.

Spelling Bee Champions
Claire Bunn (Left) and Morgan Whited can claim to be the best spellers in Marion School District after taking the top two spots in the district's Spelling Bees.  Claire, an 8th grader at MJHS, won the second spot in the competition while Morgan, a 7th grader at MMS, clinched first place. They also can claim spelling supremacy after the Crittenden County Spelling Bee, where the two students reversed places with Claire taking first place. Claire went on to represent Crittenden County Public Schools in the Mid-South Regional Spelling Bee and finished in sixth place.  We are proud of both of these young ladies!
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Marion High School Choir Festival
Les Chanteusses, MHS's female choir, hosted a preview concert before attending the Choir Festival at Valley View High School.  All 3 MHS choirs qualified for the Arkansas State Choral Festival which will be held in April.
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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!

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MSD's Alexia Weimer, Arkansas's Teacher of the Year 2013
and the President of the United States of America

Welcome to Marion School District
Home to 4,257 students in grades PK-12 located on 6 campuses.
Avondale Elementary:
Marion Elementary:
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Marion Middle:
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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

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: Apr 02, 2014
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