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News for Frances Slocum Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Have you heard the exciting news? Dollar General has given an amazing gift to Frances Slocum Elementary: $40,000!

THANK YOU, Dollar General!

The money will fund literacy efforts, to boost students' reading and writing skills.

The gift was presented Dec. 18, 2013, by special guests from the local Dollar General Distribution Center. Students and staff were on hand to help celebrate. Check out the pictures above from that day!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Mrs. Anne Liddick is taking the lead at Frances Slocum Elementary as principal.

Mrs. Liddick has been an educator in Grant County for nearly 20 years, and for the past year and a half has served as assistant principal at Marion’s Kendall Elementary School. She looks forward to new opportunities to work with the staff, students, and families at Frances Slocum.

The staff at Frances Slocum is committed to helping each student at Frances Slocum succeed!

Mrs. Melissa Jessup, who had been serving as principal at Frances Slocum, will be shifting to a new administrative role within Marion Community Schools.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

On Friday morning, the soccer field at Frances Slocum Elementary was filled with running, laughing students practicing football drills with members of the Taylor University team.

The event was orchestrated by Frances Slocum Assistant Principal Nate Miley, a former member of the Taylor football team, as a way to reward students who have demonstrated good behavior.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is partnering with Marion Public Library to foster of lifelong love of reading through a new program for third-graders across the district.

Next week, MPL librarians will be visiting MCS classrooms to kick off the program. They’ll be sharing information about the library and the services it offers, and they’ll also have library card applications on hand for students to complete.

Librarian visits are set for 9 a.m. at the following schools on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Kendall Elementary
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Allen Elementary
  • Friday, Oct. 18: Riverview Elementary
In subsequent weeks, librarians will return to the schools to deliver library cards and talk about family visits to the library.

At the same time, third-graders will be tracking their books read and testing their reading skills with the Scholastic Reading Counts! program. Teachers will set goals for points to be earned, and updates on progress will be made in conjunction with that second visit by the librarians.

A third visit will be scheduled after the Reading Counts tracking period, which is set to end in late November. Reading-centered activities will be featured during that visit.

At that point, new goals for Reading Counts! will be set, and more librarian visits will be planned.

MCS is excited about this opportunity to work with MPL to promote reading and help our students take advantage of the excellent resources available through our local library.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A celebratory march and balloon launch recently will serve as a reminder of high expectations for continued achievement at Frances Slocum Elementary School.

Frances Slocum students release balloons as part of a special ISTEP celebration.

Frances Slocum students react as balloons the released float high into the sky.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, students and staff gathered outside the school to cheer recently released ISTEP scores that revealed astounding growth by students from their third-grade year to their fourth-grade year. The school invited last year's fourth-graders back for the special rally, and they and this year's fourth-graders marched through a path formed by their younger schoolmates and school staff, greeted by cheers for their performance, which Principal Melissa Jessup said was the result of hard work by all involved.

The school saw drastic improvements in ISTEP+ passage rates year-over-year.

>> To learn more about ISTEP+ results for Frances Slocum and the rest of the Marion Community Schools system, click here.

After the special welcome for those who led the way in improvements - and who now will be role models for the students following in their footsteps at Frances Slocum - students released balloons (blue and white, the school's colors) which symbolized the school's goals and expectations for continued success.

The rally made quite an impression on the students, with one of them, Landon Morris, telling the local newspaper, "“I think we’re the most important school in the world,” he said, also noting that the rally will be one of his "most precious memories."

>> To read more in the Chronicle-Tribune, click here.

Congratulations, Braves, on your achievement, and keep working hard to achieve your dreams!

Last year's third- and fourth-graders march in to a special welcome and celebration at Frances Slocum, an honor for their part in improving ISTEP+ passage rates at the school last year.