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MSD Parent Survey

MSD Families:

Choosing a school for your children is a very big decision. We sincerely appreciate your selection of our schools as the best option for your child’s future.

If you've not had an opportunity to fill out our survey please take a moment to provide some information that will help us continue to provide the best services possible to you and your student.

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Quote of the Month

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.

Solomon Ortiz

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Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) at Marion High School Awarded Grant

The new JAG program at MHS was awarded $25,000 grant from Entergy Arkansas, LLC. JAG is an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., which is a national school-to-work program that focuses on project-based learning and includes Governor Hutchinson among the Board of Directors.

JAG has 125 programs in Arkansas school districts and ranks second in the nation for scholarships received by JAG students (over $10 million was received across programs last year). With personalized skills development facilitated by JAG instructors, and interaction with local businesses and various career options through internships and service learning projects, JAG students receive a non-traditional approach to becoming career ready. The MHS JAG program equips at-risk youth with the skills needed to transition successfully to careers or college, addressing critical workforce needs, closing skills gaps and creating a competitive advantage for local communities.

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Sonja Wright-McMurray - Associate Director for Career and Technical Education, Career Readiness/Work-Based Learning, Elmer West - Director of Human Resources, Marion School District, Jenny West - JAG Specialist, Marion High School, Governor Asa Hutchison, Janice Robinson - Career Readiness and Special Projects, Janelle Duray - Sr Vice President for Jobs for America's Graduates, Mary Perkins-Jacobs - JAG Specialist, JA Fair High School, and Danny Games - Director of Business and Economic Development for Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

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Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association supports Team Patriot by donating BIG to St. Jude

A BIG thank you to the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association for presenting TEAM PATRIOT with a check for $1500 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! This year- the Fred Leonard Hometown Showdown is giving back! Emily Hall, MHS School Improvement Specialist, has been charged with being the captain of TEAM PATRIOT for our Hometown Showdown Game Day Giveaway! Our goal was to raise up to $2500 for St. Jude while we celebrate our Patriots and TEAM PATRIOT has surpassed their goal by giving over $2700 and the total continues to grow.


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Fred Leonard - State Farm Hometown Showdown , Robert Thorne - Arkansas Kennel Association, Linda Robinson & Emily Hall of Team Patriot, Tyler Ginn - First Community Bank, and Grandon Gray - MSD Foundation

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MSD Campus Security Empowers Students with New Student Protect App by John Evans, Director of Campus Safety MSD

Marion School District‘s Campus Safety Dept prides ourselves in being proactive and taking every precautionary measure to keep our students, parents and faculty safe. While it is our primary function to assume your child’s safety, we encourage students, staff and our MSD community to share our efforts and responsibility. I encourage the Marion School District Community to download our new safety feature MSD Student Protect. Student protect is a very impactful app that will allow our MSD community the ability to report security related issues and or tips with complete anonymity to our team. The technology will also enable our staff and students to make one touch 911 geo tagged emergency calls. Users will also gain the ability to receive instant alerts. Please take the time to download this app to your device. Each tip will be taken and treated respectfully. Join us in our continued efforts to keep our campuses, and ultimately our MSD Community safe, If YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

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Patriots Promote Smiles

MSD received at $2500 grant from Delta Dental to help provide our transitioning students with dental supplies. PATS and Delta Dental want to ensure students are provided supplies to practice good oral hygiene. We want our kids to keep smiling year round.


Dear Patriot Nation

Just wanted to provide a few updates.

1. The last day to order the commemorative Fred Leonard State Farm Hometown Showdown 2019 t-shirts and other commemorative items is Wednesday, September 18th. Our goal was to pre-sale 400 shirts. For every shirt sold, the Marion School District Foundation gets (in my Eddie Murphy voice) HALF!!!! See Linda Robinson for orders, purchase at JRK Printing, or log onto:

2. Mark your calendars for the Fred Leonard State Farm Hometown 2019 Media Day presented by Weems World Foundation. Media Day will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at ASU Mid-South at 1pm.

3. Don’t forget about the St. Jude Game Day Give Back:

4. I need all of Patriot Nation to invade the tailgate area. I know it’s on the WM side, but so what!!!! We have Andre Coleman with ServiceMaster Facilities Maintenance, Linda Wilson Of Dominion World Outreach Ministries, Tyler Ginn Of Premier Bank and others hosting tailgate tents. Don’t be a stranger. A lot of cool things going on! We appreciate your support.

Regards, Grandon Gray

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The Marion Patriots (1-2 overall) had their opportunities to get a win over the Parkview Patriots (1-1), but Marion was not able to take advantage of their chances. Any one of Marion’s three turnovers in Parkview territory could have made a difference in the 28-24 loss.

Read Full Story HERE

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LADY PATS STUN RAMS by Tyler Bennett

The Lady Pats (9-2 overall, 4-0 5A East) kept their undefeated conference record alive after going the distance with the Paragould Lady Rams (7-3, 2-2) last Thursday. Marion had not even won a set at Doc Paynter court since 2016, but the five-set victory seemed to take some weight off of coach Lisa Beasley’s shoulders.

Read Full Story HERE

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Marion volleyball (8-2 overall, 3-0 5A East) made quick work of the Searcy Lions (2-6, 0-3), sweeping them out of Patriot Volleyball Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The Pats used a total team effort to defeat the Lions in a night where coach Lisa Beasley said the team showed that they are continuing to grow.

Read Full Story HERE

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The Marion Patriots (1-1 overall) did not have enough offense last Friday to overcome the running game of the Wynne Yellowjackets (1-0). All of the Jackets 290 yards came on rushing plays, keeping the Patriot offense off the field for long periods of time.

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Share The Good Stuff

If there are good things happening in your classroom or building, we want to hear about it. Here are a few examples:
  • Exciting field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Interactive lesson plans
  • Students or staff with remarkable personal stories
  • Favorable academic data
  • College signings, academic scholarships
  • Planned professional development

Send your good stuff with pictures and/or video to Jonnett Gammill at or Tyler Bennett at


Marion School District Newsletter will be disseminated monthly. If you would like your news included in the next edition, please shoot an email to with "newsletter" in the subject line. When submitting news, keep in mind the 5 W's: who, what, why, when, and where. Attach photos and video with your copy.

The deadline to submit information is the 21st of each month.