The mission of the Marion Center Area School District is to serve the community by challenging and educating all students to be responsible and productive citizens of a global society.
22820 Route 403 Hwy N P.O. Box 156 Marion Center, PA 15759
Fax: (724) 397-9144
Superintendents Message, Fall 2016
Superintendent Goals, 2016-17
Dear MCASD Staff, Parents, and Community,
I would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. I have been patiently waiting for the teachers and the students to return to the District as I enter my first year as Superintendent of the Marion Center Area School District. I can’t express how excited I am to start my endeavor serving the students and families of the Marion Center Community. I, myself, am not part of the community but promise to work hard to become an active participant with in both the school and community. I look forward to spending the next several years making Marion Center a marque district for student performance and am grounded in a strong sense of home town commitment and family values. I look forward to working closely with my administrative team, the faculty and staff, the students, the parents, and the community members. One of my primary goals as Superintendent is to build strong community relationships and develop a school culture that places our schools at the heart of our community.
As I mentioned, one initiative this school year is to improve upon our school culture. The era of accountability within schools over the past several years has placed a tremendous stress on all stakeholders involved in the pursuit of educating our youth. Accountability for state assessment scores, the new teacher evaluation system, and the increasing pressure on students to meet higher academic demands has created a climate for students and teacher alike of stress and anxiety. Although these continue to be primary areas of focus and should not be taken lightly, there is more to a school than test scores, formal evaluation, and rigorous curriculum. I’m not implying that our schools should not be held to high standards. High academic expectations should be consistently held for all students and the majority of our students should be able to meet or exceed those expectations. ALL students should have access to the resources and the academic support they will need to succeed. I believe that educational resources and learning opportunities should be allocated equally among students so that ALL students can meet their maximum learning potential. We will meet the state standards along with individual student needs. We will beat the competition and educate all of our students. We will seek the means to educate our children when the means are scarce and we will try to have a little fun along the way.
My goal is to create an environment where students and staff members feel emotionally and physically safe, productive, and successful; an environment where individual successes of teachers and students are recognized and celebrated and relationships and interactions are characterized by trust, respect, and appreciation. I truly believe that investing in the people of this district and building positive rapport between the school and community will result in better test scores, better instruction, and more opportunities for our students to achieve success.
Over the summer, I had the pleasure of working with the administrative team to develop a targeted focus for the 2016-2017. There will be a continued emphasis on the Penn Literacy Network strategies and Collin’s Writing. The teachers have been focusing on the areas of literacy and writing over the past few years and we will continue to hone those skills in order to develop stronger readers and writers. The strategies mentioned are not just implemented by our Language Arts, Reading, and English teachers, but by all teachers across all subject areas.
Because our continued focus this school year is on literacy education, the District will be reviewing our Language Arts Curriculum at the Elementary Level, specifically in the primary grades. Our goals in this process include analyzing the current strengths and needs of our current curriculum, aligning instruction to the PA Core Standards, and reviewing the progression of the curriculum between grade levels. We will also be focusing on adopting new research-based remedial programs to address students who need more specialized instruction to meet the academic expectations required to build a strong foundation in reading.
We received our official PSSA and Keystone data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In reviewing these preliminary results, which can be found on the following table, I am very pleased to announce that overall the District made significant gains at the majority of grade levels in both math and English/Language Arts (ELA) in grades three through eight. The Keystone Exam scores at the High School also demonstrated growth from last school year in all subject areas which include Algebra, Literature, and Biology.