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News for Justice Thurgood Marshall Intermediate School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased that the hard work being done every day by our staff, students, and families has been recognized for excellent improvement by the Indiana Department of Education’s 2017-18 school grades.

For the first time since the start of ISTEP, no MCS elementary school will be placed in the bottom two categories of the state’s accountability labeling system. In fact, overall, our elementary school grades are the best they have been since the start of the state’s school accountability grades, with Riverview Elementary netting an “A”; Allen and Frances Slocum netting a “B”; and Kendall netting a "C". All of these are up from last year, with three of the four raising their grade by more than 15 points — due largely to the growth accomplished by our students.

“We focus on making sure every student is growing every year,” said MCS Education Director Michele Smith. “We are building a strong foundation at our elementary schools, with preschool through fourth grade. We work for breakthroughs every day, and our students are growing toward proficiency.”

At Riverview Elementary, which jumped from a “C” to an “A”, Principal Lendon Schwartz credited the students for setting goals and working to meet them.

"We are extremely proud of our Riverview students and teachers for their hard work and dedication in achieving the letter grade ‘A’!” Schwartz said. “All of our students are held to high academic expectations, and it pays off. We use data to drive our decisions and to create specific learning paths for each individual student. We also take the time to build authentic relationships and teach our students to be GIANT citizens. Our students made a goal last year that they didn't want Riverview's letter grade to be a ‘C’ anymore. We motivated them to push themselves to give their best — and that's what they did!”

The school is planning a special celebration on Nov. 28, to which last year’s Riverview fourth-graders (now at Justice in fifth grade) will be invited. More details will be provided from the school to students’ families.

At Frances Slocum Elementary, which jumped from a “D” to a “B”, Dr. Gwen Lavert, the school’s principal, emphasized her students’ strengths and potential.

“The Frances Slocum teachers and staff are very happy and excited about moving to a grade of ‘B’,” Lavert said. “This movement was based on the students’ strengths of being verbal, creative, expressive, analytical, resilient, and problem solvers. These are also the strengths that the teachers will continue to build on to move our students to achieving their targets this year.”

At Allen Elementary, which also jumped from a “D” to a “B”, Principal Anthony Williams noted the work is a team effort.

"We are all very proud of the hard work that our students and teachers exhibit daily at Allen Elementary,” Williams said. “It's the effort of an entire Allen community that allows us to see the success that is visible daily. We strive to keep growing toward achievement. Our continual focus on growing each student one at a time is the foundation to all of our students hopefully achieving their very best on state assessments, but more importantly life in general."

Kendall Elementary raised from a “D” to a “C”, and students and staff are working hard for continued success there!

Four schools exceeded 100 growth points, and the lowest growth points total was 75. Any growth total that exceeds 50 means that students’ growth rate is above the average rate across the state. Overall, Marion Community Schools is in the top 10 percent in the state in terms of growth.

Marion High School misses 'A' by fraction of a point

Marion High School remained a “B” based on the 2017-18 school year, but was only a fraction of a point away from an “A”.

“Every single student matters,” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. “Being that close to an 'A' comes down to just a couple students. Growth for every student is our mission, what we work for every day, because it’s not just about a test — we are setting our students up for success in life beyond high school, in college or a career.”

Justice Intermediate School remained a “D”, albeit with score that is several points higher than the previous year.

McCulloch Junior High School, the only school that did not increase its overall score, remains a high priority for the school district. The school’s grade fell by a fraction of a point, keeping it at an “F” for the 2017-18 school year.

“We have intensified our energies for academic improvement at McCulloch and at Justice,” said Dr. Brad Lindsay, superintendent of Marion Community Schools. “Meeting individual student needs and making school fun, purposefully engaging, and exciting is essential. Our McCulloch and Justice staff are mission-motivated, committed, caring professionals, and we are intentionally directing attention, resources, and support to put these schools on the path to sustained improvement. Though there are many great things happening, including growing athletic programs and one of the best music programs in the state, we must continue to strive for greater academic success for our students in the middle grade levels.”

There is much for the schools and community to take pride in, Lindsay said.

“I believe in and am proud of our students, staff, and administrators throughout our district. In every school, our people are working purposefully to provide our students their very best,” he said. “I’m thankful for the families who have chosen Marion Community Schools to educate their precious children. We count that as a high privilege, and we understand that family and community support is essential to continuously increasing our students’ success.”

The success of Marion Community Schools is intertwined with the community’s support and success.

“We love and are thankful for the community of Marion, which has rallied around our schools,” Lindsay said, “making education and our students a priority, and helping us to serve a cause that is greater than our individual selves, which is our children, our community, and our future. Marion Community Schools’ success is the city of Marion’s success. And the city of Marion’s success is Marion Community Schools’ success. Together, we will wrap support around our children and families to help us all become the best we can be.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is proud to announce that choir students from three of our schools have earned spots in All-State Honor Choirs.

John Flowers, Myles Kohn, both juniors at Marion High School, who have been selected for the Indiana Choral Directors Association’s All-State Honor Choir; and to Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders, who have been selected for the Indiana Music Educators Association’s All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir. Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students on this outstanding achievement!

This is the second year in a row for this honor for both Myles and Caleb. Christian joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fifth year in a row that choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Caleb and Michelle are helping to build the tradition at Justice, which is sending students for the second year in a row.


Students submit a recorded audition in the fall, which is then evaluated by three judges and compared against hundreds of other students from across the state. This is an elite group, as each of the honor choirs includes only about 150 singers, some of the best in the state.

The choirs will gather together for two days of rehearsal on Jan. 18 and 19, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The will perform on Jan. 19 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne.

The All-State Honor Choir is a great opportunity for these talented students, and will give them the chance to learn and grow as musicians. We are so proud of all three of these students, and their teachers, Christina Huff at Justice/McCulloch, and Bryce Conway at MHS!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Federa Smith is serving as principal for Justice Intermediate School.

The school’s new leader will be a familiar face to many. She previously served in various roles for Marion Community Schools over the course of 30 years, including teaching, district HR, and principal at Lincoln Elementary (now closed) in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After several years serving as a principal leader in Fort Wayne Community Schools, she returned to Marion Community Schools this school year as district academic specialist, helping lead the focus on literacy learning in both Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School.
"It is so good for our students, families, and city to have Federa Smith back home again, serving Marion Community Schools. Her passionate, skilled, and proven leadership will make a GIANT difference in the lives of our Justice Intermediate School family," MCS Superintendent Dr. Brad Lindsay said. "Federa is an all-win, invested Marion community member. She knows, understands, respects, and loves the people of Marion. Federa is also known, respected, and loved by the people of Marion. She will inspire right relationships and motivation in a culturally responsive and relevant way that will move us upward at Justice Intermediate." 
Smith, who remained a Marion resident throughout her time in Fort Wayne, said she is happy to be back serving the people of Marion.
"I am excited to again be a part of the Marion Community Schools family," she said. "I look forward to working with the outstanding students, parents, and staff of Justice Intermediate School." 
Marion Community Schools is grateful to outgoing Justice Principal Robin Peterman for her work over the past year and half, which has been an important part of our plan for continuous success. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Sixth Grade
All A
Trey Lewis Adaway, Nathaniel Alan Beck, Emma Grace Bento, Maddox James Bento, Preston Michael Carter, Mikenzie Chayanne Chambers, Morshawn Darion Cotton, Andres Damian DeLuna, Joselyn Guadalupe Garcia, Brynna Grace Gee, Noah Scott Gilreath, Breaden Michael Harnett Hoyt, Rebecca Elynn Harris, Caleb James Hawkins, Emma LeeAnn Hays, Zachary Ashton Hehle, Caleb Joshua Huff, Ciera Leann Huston, Emerson Riley Jackson, Joseph Anthony Kaski, Linzie Ladett Lavert, Emma Delanie Miller, Halle Camelle Mims, Conner A. Morris, Emma Jean Morrow, Anthony Lee O'Neil, Cyler Daniel Perry-Sherron, Kylar William Pettus, Jorge Antonio Ramirez, Noah Troy Rhoadarmer, Caleb Isaac Richardson, Jacen Chaz Rose, Rae'Lisa Sheray Smith, William Cardell Smith, Taylor Reed Stahlman, Makayla Rose Watts, Ezra Eli Weaver, Reggie Lamar Williams, Jacob Harrison Wood, Xavier Thomas Wood, Kyliegh Ann Yeakle

High Honor

Dakota Noelle Adkins, Braydon Alan Bailey, Michael Jay Barnett, Caiden James Bloomer, Whit Alexander Booher, Dacia Dominique Boyd, Margianna Brown, Chloe Marie Byrd, Wendy Rosalee Cantoral, Grace Riley Chandler, Madden Dean Corey Wierks, Katelynn Michelle Cottrell, Dyllon-Joshua Lester Coulter, Abigail Renae Crouch, Jamya Renae Dorsey, Elektra Myshelle Doyle, Austin Douglas Ferren, Aly Grace Filler, Da'Yonna Leshae Fouce, Caragan LeighAnn Gilbert, Alan Graciano, Andrew Scott Hancock, Michael Thomas Herrington, Jaden Isaiah James, Geoffery Lyndon Johnson, Chloe Ann Marie Kaski, Emma Marie Knight, Monica Yvette Lopez, Quintin Jamal Love, Isabella Ayana-Lynne Marin, Damien Cash Martin, Ryan Tyrone McMullen, Khaimen De'Laughn Monteiro, Jordan Paul Nixon, Lillyan Michelle Parish, Jahir Alexander Perez, Hunter Matthew Perry, Ra'mariona Le'myah Pettiford, Ravleen Kaur Rai, Colin Christopher Rayment, Courtney Nichole Riddle, Alexis Rodriguez, Debra Lynn Royse, Savannah Namoi Shaffer, Kinadeigh Latrice Smith, Sarah Elaine Terhune, Michael Jamel Thomas, Michael Manuel Joesph Tinch, Isaiah Stephen Wayman, Zayriona Jalicia Williams

Regular Honor

Kaylei Elizabeth Adkins, Phyllis Patricia Barnes, Ethan Craig Boogar, Ronald Leroy Boothby, Mariah Leigh Brading, TeShaun Vick Bradley, Troy Alex Brown, Connor Lee Bunch, Lamariya Shawnte' Cannon, Eva Jayde Coster, KiShon James Cox, Rylan Dean Dale Cox, Chloie Marie Cruz, Jaylin Michay Drake, Easton Eugene Emery, Robert Edwin Evans, Christopher Kenneth Charles French, Ma'Layia On'Ya Dezmoniq Gamble, Aundrea Marie Gilbert, Kamarion Dehaven GoodPaster, Brice Hunter Green, Sesilia Michelle Guy, Mary Kristen Hamilton, Thomas Michael Hornbeck, Amare Lamar Horton, Christopher Alan Jacob, Omarha Brayden Ali Jihad, Anna Klarissa Martinez, Xander Dean McComas, Juan Ramon Mex, Eduardo Orrego Murillo, Emarriae Pena, Anthony Devorn Reed, Billy Dean Robinson, Amar Thomas Rogers, Breanna Leighann Wells Royse, Theresa Beauty Shoemaker, Kamia Shameka Simmons, Sydney Noel Slaton, Thalia Lanece Williams, Darionna Heaven Wright

Fifth Grade
All A
Promise Ann Andrews, Stephen Michael Bludworth, Thaddeus Raymond Booher, Kaimani Christian Bradley, Micah Leon Bryant, Rosemary Grace Burkett, Qing Hui Cai, Grace Olivia Carpenter, Gabriel James Clark, Nevaeh Rose Copeland, Lennon Noel Cordell, Lincoln Stanley Detamore, Rowdy A. Dray, Damian Michael Evans, Gary Joseph Freiburger, Kadynce Gwen Graves, Andersson Elias Guevara Henriquez, Gwynneth Marie Hamilton, Cambria Gray Hamner, Chayim Xavier Hofmann, Elijah Paul Inskeep, William Richard Jackson-Newton, Ashton Douglas Jenkins, Aniyah Nicole Jones, Braydn Lee Jones, Payton Jalynn Keaffaber, Sarah Ann Kriegbaum, Kenzie Grace Larson, Rick Rambo McCumber, Trevor James Morgan, Javyn Ross Nuncio, Elizabeth Dawn Parish, Trista Michele Parker-Wright, Mekayla Unique-Starr Perdue, Izabella Jay-Lynn Purvis, Darvjit Singh Rai, Brooklynn Nicole Rangel, Nia Kay Ray, Hunter Wayne Saldana, Logan Thomas Seabolt, Jacob Lee Sheetz, Keith Lloyd Shelton, Raven Lee Sollars, Ah'Bri-El Angel Trevino, Allyson Avery Williams, Cedric Oliver Wood, Conner Allen Wright

High Honor

Aidan Joseph Anger, Layton Alek Arenas, Paris Danae Barnes, Avanly Dolores Bokinsky, Lilly Elizabeth Carter, Richard Evan Clark, Tyrelle Tramayne Cox, Kaylee Rae Daniels, Emma Teresa Marie Fail, Izaiah Ivante Freshwater, Jacqueline Gallegos, Levi Marion Gargus, A'Nayah Niva Hawkins, Trinety Pearl Hoff, Jalissa Joan Hogue, Rhylie Gail Hyde, Isaiah Anthony-Cornell Jackson, Kaden Andrew Jacob, Alicia Emmalee Jimenez, Timotheus Jalaludin Jones, Contrel Laroy Kemp, Colton Bryce Lindsay, Kingston Isaiah Louth, Ca'Marrius Wesley Love, Chase Garrett Madsen, Kali Ariana Manuszak, Leila J. Allana Marin-Moore, Grant Adam Douglas Martindale, Kassandra Sofia Martinez, Hannah Marie Monroe, Dulee Eugene Musick, Sah'Marius Ty Jon Pettiford, Cael Alexander Randolph, Charles Garr Riddle, Leander Rodgers, Logan Christopher Ruppert, Adriana Yuliet Sanchez, Josiah Quashaun-Dawayne Sanders, Adelia Margaret Santiago-Stricler, Landen Wayne Shanks, Hannah Noelle Smith, Jayda Da'Shae Smith, Macain Lee Stewart, Hannah Kay Chidimma Udolisa, Jyahira Miari Washington

Regular Honor
Nevaeh Jo Adams, Kolton Charles Andrick, Emoshaw Tearsa Brown, Donald Eugene Wayne James Butcher, Shaun Patrick Kelly Caldwell, Britney Leeann Collins, Layla Rose Ensor, Britton Thomas Farr, David Bradley Gillis, Alexander Chen Ting Gilreath, Jadia Maria Hale, Jaiden Matthew Harms, Orreanya Delaine Hiatt, Landon Christopher Hills, Alec Jordan Hummel, Bellanira Jimenez-Rivera, Kadyn Jermaine Kinder, Zoey Jane Krause, Donald Allen Lewis, Sebastian James Lewis, Alyssa Nicole Lloyd, Aaron Thomas Mauller, Mya Lucinda Mezick, Jaiden Jace Miles, Areanna Kathern Lee Miller, Mia Joleen Moreno, Rylee Marie Nicodemus, Nathaniel Wesley Guy O'Hara, Jaqueline Ivette Ortega, Nicholas Jay Purdy, Hailey Marie Ramos, Mattix Xavior Reamer, Asia'nae Nyelle Reeves, Jalynn Nichole Rice, Amelia Grace Robinson, Timothy Lynn Ross, Aariana Renee Sherman, Da'Vion Allen Speikes, Gage Everett Stickann, Za'Rian Lee Sutton, Lance Christopher Thompson, Jayelle Renea Washington, Zoey Brooke Wayman, Olivia Renee Whisman
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Power of She: Knowing Your Worth youth conference is coming up, and all Marion girls first grade through 12th grade are invited.

The Power of She is all about being confident, kind, and strong! This free local event will include fun activities, food, and more, and there's even a special part for moms. The Power of She will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCulloch Junior High School on Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here to visit the Amara House online. 

You can also register day-of at the event. There will be a registration packet that will need to be completed by a parent or guardian.