Marion City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber has announced his intention to resign at the end of his current contract year on July 31, 2017.
Grant’s team of Surgeo Oswald, McKenzie Redmon, Damon Shoffner and Jaime Pineda won the Excellence Award at the state championship held at Marion Harding High School on March 10. The Excellence Award, the highest award presented in a VEX competition, recognizes a team that exemplifies overall excellence.
Graduate Pathways to Success is a program that lets high school students experience college for free. They can take college classes starting their ninth grade year.
Presidential Pathway program unites partners to provide wrap-around services
The Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators announced this week that it has selected Harding High School Assistant Principal Ryan Rismiller as its 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. Rismiller will be the state’s nominee to the National Association of Secondary School Administrators recognition program to be held in July in Philadelphia. He will also be recognized by his peers at the OASSA Assistant Principals Conference to be held March 27 and 28 in Columbus.
Grant held its second annual Grant Leadership Day on Dec. 20. The day focused on student leadership and exploration of careers. For students, it was not only a day to learn about careers but to promote their school and the positive initiatives underway. “Leadership is a big idea here,” said Shelby Westler, a member of the school’s LEAD Lighthouse team.
Throughout the district community leaders and representatives from Marion’s business community and industries are helping students prep for success.
With a shout of “this is how we brew it,” Marion Harding High School’s Transitions class celebrated completion of their training needed to open a coffee cart at the high school.
Ask seniors in Marion Harding High School’s health technologies class how they feel about their future, and they’ll answer “prepared.” That preparation may soon lead them to jobs as nurse aides in the community.
As students and teachers wrapped up their last day before Thanksgiving and administrators pondered testing and staff development schedules, schools throughout Marion City School District paused to give thanks on Tuesday.
Benjamin Harrison Elementary, an elementary school in the Marion City School District, is giving students a taste of the farm life. Students celebrated the opening of the Harrison Hatchery, which is now the home of chickens Midnight, Chica, Penny and Lulu. Teachers Leeann Teynor and Janeen Heilman are hopeful that the project gives birth to an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture.
Eighth grader Jahki Henderson spoke about what being a leader means to him.
Past high school classes are joining in the effort to raise money for Harding Stadium renovations. The Harding High School Class of 1979 is working to raise at least $1,000 to achieve Red and Black status for the campaign dedicated to raising money for renovations. The renovations will include a synthetic turf system.
Dr. Jay Moodley, an advocate for public education who contnues to support Marion City Schools, received the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region Friend of Public Education Award in September.
Teaching artist Wendy Kendrick worked with students on a quilting project that represents the Marion community. The inspiration came from the book “A Street Called Home” featuring the artwork of Columbus artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. The colorful book portrays life in the 1940s in an African-American development named Poindexter Village.
Seniors and their parents will want to know about these two changes to the financial aid process, including how students can now apply as early as Oct. 1.
OhioHealth, as part of its commitment to engage with the local community through partnerships, sponsorships and community involvement, is partnering with Marion City Schools to provide significant contributions to the re-building and infrastructure needed for Marion to be successful.
Lt. Col. John Espinosa served around the world during his time with the U.S. Army. Now he will be inspiring students at Harding High School as its new Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor. Marion City Schools is launching a JROTC program as part of its commitment to Diploma Plus Acceptance, one of the district’s four pillars of educational reform. Diploma Plus Acceptance is an initiative dedicated to making sure students leave high school with not only a diploma but acceptance to a two- or four-year college, the military, an apprenticeship program or the workforce.
Her message to the district’s staff was to get to know people’s stories, both students’ stories and circumstances and those of their colleagues, and to never stop sharing their own. “Everyone has a story,” she said. “Listen to it before you judge.”
We have implemented innovative programming throughout our district. We look forward to partnering with you to ensure your student has an exceptional experience and continues to learn and grow.
The Straight A Fund Governing Board recommended awarding a $623,605 Straight A Innovation Fund Grant to partners Rushmore Academy, Harding High School and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. The grant will cover costs of working with the Kent State University Research Center for Educational Technology to create an educational simulated workplace model.
Two hundred twenty nine Harding High School seniors graduated in May, an increase over 197 seniors who graduated in 2015.
Taft’s market day served as a fundraiser for the Marion Area Humane Society, but more importantly for educators it provided students a lesson in project-based learning.
After a thorough interview process, the Marion City Schools Board of Education has chosen Marion County resident Forrest Trisler to be Marion Harding High School’s next principal.
“High schoolers aren’t as bad as they seem,” junior Tasia Stacy said. “We have a positive outlook and we want to change things. We made it a perfect example of what our students can do for our community.”
Marion Mentors 21 coordinator John Shank calls it “21st century mentoring.” What he’s after are mentors who will dedicate time to mentoring Marion City Schools students – long-term if possible. It’s mentoring dedicated to helping the school district meet its goals.
Tessa Kolman is a private in the United States Army. She has finished her basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and is eagerly anticipating her Advanced Individualized Training (AIT) at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas after graduation from HS. During this individualized training she will learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to becoming a Combat Medic. She started on this path after her Junior year when she had taken the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) at Harding High School. This opportunity is when Tessa’s path became real.
Two of Marion City Schools’ literacy coaches shared their knowledge with teachers across the nation as they talked about one of the district’s four pillars of reform.
Harding student Bishop Oldfield not only did well on the Ohio Graduation Test given for math – he got a perfect score.
Speak up. Save a life. Wayne Campbell, who presented his drug abuse awareness program Tyler’s Light at Grant Middle School and Harding High School in February, left students with that message.
The Ohio Department of Education has notified Marion City Schools that it will recommend funding an innovative program dedicated to preparing students for success after graduation.
Franklin Covey Co. has named Benjamin Harrison Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, making it one of the first two in the state to achieve this honor. The honor means the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process. Franklin Covey states it also recognizes the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.
Marion Harding High School's marching band continued its successful season, earning several first place honors at the Outback Bowl Music Festival.
Nationally known blog focuses on Next Generation Learning Environment and district's partnership with META Solutions
The high school awards committee will select no more than two inductees per year. The inductees will be inducted into the Harding High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in May at the high school's academic awards program.
Marion Harding High School Assistant Principal John Carder has been named Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators’ Assistant Principal of the Year. Carder will be the state’s nominee to the National Association of Secondary School Administrators’ Assistant Principal of the Year competition. He will be recognized by OASSA at an upcoming conference. “I’m happy that I will be able to talk about our story, things that are happening in our district,” Carder said.
The district will place the 5.41-mill, five-year emergency levy on the March 15 primary election ballot. The levy raises $2,001,000 a year. It means no additional taxes to voters because it is a renewal of an existing levy that will continue to raise the same amount of money each year.
Recognizing a need in the local business community led Marion Harding High School to launch the first global logistics program within a public high school in the state.
“It’s a space that provides opportunities,” said Kristin Tope, who along with Ricardo Lehman teaches robotics and other programs offered in the lab. Lehman said it engages students in learning and addresses the crucial need to get more students interested in STEM careers.
The Marion Police Department chose Taft to unveil its new Safetypup mascot costume. The mascot, developed by the National Child Safety Council in 1985, serves as a tool to help law enforcement make learning about safety issues fun, entertaining and non-threatening.
The newly formed Office of Career and College Success is at the forefront of developing a plan to transform education to make sure students are getting 21st century skills crucial to post-graduate success.
The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model based upon Dr. Stephen covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Students strive to adopt seven habits considered to be the key to success.
Marion Harding High School's marching band is making history.
Imagine being a high school student all over again and wondering what you should do with your life. Should you go to college? If college is the answer, should it be a two-year or four-year degree? What should you major in, and how can you pay for it? Wouldn’t it be great to have people dedicated to helping you find the answer? Welcome to GEAR UP at Harding High School.
Yesterday's skills no longer hold weight in today's labor market. The misalignment between the skills held by existing workers or job seekers and those most in demand by employers is one reason for the skill gap. That's why it's critical that policy makers and education be responsive to these changes and demands.
The Marion City Police Department partnered with the Marion County Juvenile Court and Marion City Schools Tuesday to conduct a blitz on truancy in the city. The blitz focused on visiting the homes of frequently absent students and educating them and parents or guardians about the need – and legal requirement – for them to be in school.
Program designed to recognize outstanding graduates. The current Harding High School awards committee will select no more than two inductees per year. The inductees into the “Harding High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame” will be honored in May at the Academic Awards Program.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s usually where the conversation begins when a student first meets his or her GEAR UP advisor, and the answers are what open the door to the student’s future. Knowing what a student hopes to become helps the GEAR UP advisor to draw up several roadmaps that the student can then use to explore how he or she wants to proceed.
When Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer thinks back to the 2015 National Championship, he’ll have artwork by a Marion Harding High School alumnus to remind him of the victory. Artist Danny Day, a 1982 Harding graduate, presented Meyer with an oil painting portraying Ohio State’s journey to the championship game.
The food service department estimates it gave out about 70,000 meals, about 15,000 more than last summer. It increased its sites with additional sites in Morrow County that food services supervisor Winnie Brewer said was a huge success.
Liberty Baptist Church, which has leased the building since 2012, moved to 921 Woodrow Ave. where it will have more room to grow. The Marion City Digital Academy and the district’s print shop will be relocated to East Church Street.
The alternative school sponsored by the Marion City School District moved from the former Colonial Acres Elementary School into new classroom space constructed at the career center. It’s the first time in the state that an alternative high school learning environment has been set aside within a vocational school setting.
Marion Harding High School inducted 30 new members into its National Honor Society chapter on April 23.
Marion Harding High School recognized students’ achievements and progress during its 143rd graduation commencement ceremony in May.
Marion City Schools is implementing an aggressive reform effort to improve performance at all grade levels. The ultimate goal is to reach every student and to increase the size and quality of Marion County’s workforce, enhancing the competitiveness of local companies, increasing incomes, and improving the economy.
Veronica Reinhart will succeed retiring Marion City Schools Treasurer Bob Wood in helping the district to inspire a community of achievement.
The Beach Bags for kindergarten through grade 3 feature stories and activities so children can practice reading skills while learning about careers and helping the environment.
Rushmore Academy, a community school sponsored by Marion City Schools, will relocate to Tri-Rivers Career Center this summer.
Gary Barber provides testimony on increased testing effects
Thanks to all who attended and made it a wonderful event. With almost 500 students and parents in attendance, we increased traffic 35 percent over last year's total number of visitors.
Harding High School hosted an indoor drumline and color guard competition sponsored by the Ohio Indoor Performance Association on Jan. 18.
Sixth grader William Adkins came out the victor during the Grant Middle School spelling bee in January. Twenty-four students competed for the chance to for the chance to go on to the state spelling bee. Adkins spelled the word “collards,” defeating sixth grader Tierza Hart. The spelling bee lasted 48 rounds, going through many more difficult words.
GEAR UP, a major initiative dedicated to helping low-income high school students achieve higher education, is up and running at Marion Harding High School.
Grant Middle School student Dejah Moaney struggled when asked why being in the Martin Luther King Jr. 8th Annual Scholarship Breakfast meant so much to her. “I can’t put it into words,” she said. “To be a part of it means a lot to me. I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for him.”