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Marion School District #7 Info

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Marion School District #7 is located in the heart of the Pee Dee section of South Carolina, close to Myrtle Beach and the historic towns of Marion and Mullins. District Seven is a small, rural school system with a friendly, family atmosphere. Teachers, students, parents, and administrators working together are the keys to success in our district. Each individual has the opportunity to make a real contribution and to be recognized for his/her talents and efforts.

Mission and Goals

The mission of Rains-Centenary School District Seven, a small close-knit rural community, is to ensure that students are prepared to excel in higher education, the world market and to become contributing citizens by offering a creative, standards-focused curriculum that utilizes teacher excellence, technology, parents, business, industry, and community resources.

Our Objectives

* To have 100% of students achieve at or above the state average in the state
testing program.

* To have 100% of students graduate or achieve their individual prescribed program as they complete twelfth grade.

* To have 100% of students enter the world job market, go on to higher education or become contributing citizens within 6 months after leaving school.

* To have 100% of students demonstrate positive self-esteem and tolerance of individual differences as shown by 0% suspension and expulsion.

Instructional Programs We Are Proud Of

Technology Despite its rural nature and small size, Marion District Seven is technology rich. Schools and district office are networked, and have computer labs, as well as individual computers in every classroom. Teachers are given computers for home use and all staff, parents, and students have access to Netschools, a web-based instructional support system. Frequent training keeps staff up to date on technology resources.

Distance Learning Distance Learning is an important component of our total technology plan. Students at the high school are able to take advanced placement classes in three distance learning classrooms and over the Internet.

Media Centers
Media Centers are fully automated, enabling teachers and students to access literacy resources from their classroom or homes.

Second Step
The district has implemented a positive social skills program Pre K Ė 12 designed to teach and reinforce appropriate skills in anger management, impulse control, and decision Ė making. The program also has a parentsí component.

Masterís Degree Program on Site
The District partners with Francis Marion University to offer a masterís degree program on site for teachers no cost to the teachers. Currently fifteen teachers are participating in this program.

Governorís Reading Initiative
Rains-Centenary Elementary School is participating in the Governorís Reading Initiative, a program of intensive study and application of best practice in reading designed to improve studentsí reading achievement.

Professional Development A partnership with South Carolina State University supports ten Marion Seven teachers who are working towards National Board Certification. In addition, this grant support both schools in their effort to become professional development schools, where all staff members are continually renewing their skills in a quest to implement best instructional procedures.

Academic Awards Banquet Students who have been on the A-Honor at least fifty percent of the time are recognized at an annual banquet held in May. Students are awarded certificates recognizing their outstanding academic achievement. Parents and teachers are invited to attend.

Reading Renaissance/Reading Counts
Students are challenged to read designated books. Students take a test after reading the books. Individual and class incentive rewards are provided to encourage greater participation in the program. The program is networked to provide greater access through the schoolís computer lab and classroom computers.

Business Partnership with MYND
MYND, a Columbia, SC based company, joined in partnership with Marion School District #7. Mentors (MYND employees) use e-mail, and personal visits to provide students with encouragement to achieve at higher academic levels. The MYND partners also provide homework assistance, guest lectures, role models, and many other services. The company has sponsored incentive programs for improved student achievement and provided support for extra and co-curricular activities.

Service Learning
Service learning experiences are afforded students with a focus on community service, including development of a community park, beautification of streets in the community, and service projects for the elderly.

21st Century Community Learning Center Program This after school instructional program is for students not meeting grade level standards in grades one through eight. Students receive eight extra hours of academic skills instruction per week. Students are also provided a daily snack and free transportation home.

Collaboration with Community Agencies
The district partners with Marion Hospital District, Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Social Services to provide a nurse and social worker serving both schools. Community members also serve on district committees.

Four Blocks Literacy Model
The district uses Pat Cunninghamís Four Blocks Model to teach language arts in grades K- 8. All teachers are trained in the implementation of this model with frequent coaching from teacher specialists.

Hands on Math and Science
The Pee Dee Math/Science HUB works closely with the district providing training and on site coaching and demonstration lessons for teachers. The elementary school has adopted Everyday Math as their core program and uses STC science kits.

CCC Labs
Both schools offers daily computer assisted instruction to students in a lab setting. The computer curriculum corporation (CCC) provides remediation and enrichment to students in individualized language arts and math.

Project GEAR-UP
A partnership with the University of South Carolina enable the district to offer this intensive college prep program for 7th and 8th grades. Selected students attend accelerated Saturday classes throughout the school year and a summer institute on the USC campus. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students who will ready for and will attend college upon graduating from high school.

Summer School
The district offers an four week enrichment summer school (at no charge) for all students who need it.

Parenting/Family Literacy
A part time parenting coordinator and a full time parent support coordinator and assistant serve children 0-3 and their families. The district offers parenting classes and makes home visits to these families.

4 and 5 year old Kindergarten
The district offers a full day, high quality kindergarten program for all 4 and 5 year old children. Teachers use the High Scope Curriculum and Building Blocks to provide developmentally appropriate, standards based instruction.

GATE
A part-time gifted teacher serves gifted students in grades 3-8. The William and Mary gifted curriculum is used. The gifted teacher also teaches higher order thinking skills to students in grades 1 and 2. High school gifted students are served through advanced placement courses in content areas.

Marion School District #7 is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 650
No. of Schools: 2

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