Marian Middle School
November 6, 2013
I was directly involved with Marian Middle School very early in its formation as a Board member, and I served in that role and in different capacities as Chair of Membership Committee, Chair of the Long Range/Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Policy Review Committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the Board, and Member of the Academic Committee as well. I have seen the wonderful work of the school up close for a number of years. It is a stellar model of the Nativity-type school, and it has a wonderful record of success serving the underserved educationally. One cannot but sense the great spirit among those one encounters when entering the building and meeting students and staff! The positive energy, the upbeat tone of all involved, and the warmth of presence is palpable. Others have made this observation as well. It has a very strong and broad base of involved volunteers to support its efforts, an outstanding reputation as a supportive and nurturing educational environment underpinned by a capable, committed professional staff and excellent leadership from the Board and Administration. Additionally, the school has a wonderfully supportive parent body and community engagement. From my experience it is a model for others to follow. In my view, educational reform could learn a great deal about what it takes to make significant changes in the education of American youth.
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Continue vigorously to tell its story and to demonstrate the ways of successful schooling which puts the important needs of learners, particularly the underserved in our communities, as the focus of the endeavor.
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