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July 1, 2021

The Mustang Memo – July 2021


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From the Principal…

There are a lot of exciting changes coming to Marion Preparatory Academy this year! 

As we grow, we are happy to announce that we will be adding a music/choir program for K-8! Ms. Julie Murphy-Theodore will be bringing her expertise to start this program off!

We are also adding some additional classrooms this year to support our student growth and will be bringing a playground to our campus! The playground has been ordered and we are awaiting the items to come in. Due to the pandemic, it is moving slowly, but it will definitely be happening!

Finally, we have some great family events planned this year. Stay tuned for more information coming your way!

In Partnership,
Ms. Ashley Ferguson


Summer Food Service

We will be offering food service once again this summer! Families may pick up breakfast and lunch for students under the age of 18 on Monday from 9-11am!

There is one upcoming exception to this service. We will be closed on Monday, July 5th so food service will be Tuesday, July 6th from 9-11am.


Pancake Breakfast

We will be having our first annual Marion Prep Pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 7th! We are excited to partner with Katie’s Pancakes to kick off our school year!

This event is open to all our Marion families. Please plan on joining us!


Upcoming Dates

July 5th: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of the 4th of July

August 7th: Marion Preparatory 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast with Katie’s Pancakes!

August 9th: Back to School Night

August 11th: First Day of School


Uniform Donations

Do you have any gently used uniform shirts or pants from last year that no longer fit?

Marion Prep is accepting gently used uniforms to have on site for spills, accidents, and general needs.

If you have any items (shirts, pants, shorts) that you would like to donate, please feel free to stop by the school M-F between 9-3pm.  


June 1, 2021

The Mustang Memo – June 2021


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From the Principal…

I am very excited to be joining the Marion team as Principal for the 2021-22 school year! I have had the opportunity to be at the school since it started as the Superintendent, but nothing compares to having the chance to work with our team day to day. I can’t wait to continue building on the strong foundation Ms. Hutton and her team have set in place.

Prior to joining the Marion team, I served in school leadership for over a decade in Columbus, Jacksonville, and New York City. I also taught 2nd and 3rd grade.

I live in Lewis Center with my husband, 10-year-old daughter Ella, and my wild and crazy dog Sparkles! In my free time, I love cheering for my daughter’s volleyball team, hiking, reading, and trying new restaurants.

In Partnership,
Ms. Ashley Ferguson


Summer Food Service

We will be offering food service once again this summer! Families may pick up breakfast and lunch for students under the age of 18 on Monday from 9-11am!

There are two exceptions to this service. We will be closed on Monday, May 31st, so food service will be on Tuesday, June 1st from 9-11am.

We will also be closed on Monday, July 5th so food service will be Tuesday, July 6th from 9-11am.


Special Services

Are you new to Marion Preparatory? Did your child receive any specialized services as their previous school, such as Speech, Occupational Therapy, or small group services through an IEP or 504?

If so, please contact the Ms. Carroll in the front office. We would like to gather more information from you as soon as possible so we can ensure all services are in place when school starts on August 11th!

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.


Upcoming Dates

May 31st: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of Memorial Day

July 5th: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of the 4th of July

August 7th: Marion Preparatory 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast with Katie’s Pancakes!

August 9th: Back to School Night

August 11th: First Day of School


Enrolling for 2021-22

If you have not turned in all your paperwork for the 2021-22 school year, please make sure you do so your seat is reserved!

Have a friend who is interested in Marion Prep? Make sure they give us a call at 740-914-3050 to schedule a tour and get registered today!

The office will be open daily 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday from May 24th to August 10th. We will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day and Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.


Meet the Team


Assistant Principal, Ryan Mulholland

My name is Ryan Mulholland.  I am married with three wonderful children.  I am active in my community and church.  In my free time I love to ride minibikes with my children, walk and run, play games, and make memories that last a lifetime. I have 15 years of experience in education, teaching grades K-3, Special Education and serving as an administrator. I have taught in various schools throughout the state of Ohio and am excited to use and expand my skill set with Marion Preparatory Academy. I have a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a second Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership.


Office Manager, Ms. Carroll

My name is Ms. Carroll. I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. I graduated from River Valley High School in 1995. I have 2 kids, Elijah and Hannah. Elijah is 18 and will be graduating this year from Elgin High School. He will be going to The Ohio State this fall, where he will be studying Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. I also have a daughter Hannah, who is 15 and is finishing up her Freshman year at Elgin High School. We have a very spoiled dog named Tommy. I have worked in every classroom this year and have done some one-on-one class work with different students.


1st Grade, Ms. Sens

My name is Ms. Sens and I am excited to be a 1st grade teacher next year! I have always wanted to be a teacher! I graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and am currently working on my Master’s Degree and Reading Endorsement at Ashland University. I graduated from River Valley and played tennis all four years! I enjoy biking, walking, scrapbooking, and traveling to Arizona. My favorite subject in math and I love chocolate cupcakes. I also have a dog name Oakley that I adopted!


Intervention Specialist, Ms. Greashaber

My name is Ms. Greashaber and I am excited to be working at Marion Prep! I am a 2011 graduate of Ohio State and a 2014 and 2019 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University! With my degrees, I am able to teach both special education and middle school math and science. I began my career as an online teacher and then moved to Marion St. Mary where I taught middle school. I joined Marion Prep in 2020! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and puppy, Root Beer, outside where we camp, kayak, and hike!


Music, Ms. Murphy-Theodore

My name is Mrs. Murphy-Theodore.  I am in my second year with Marion Prep and will be moving from middle school to teaching music! This is an opportunity for all of us at Marion Prep to grow our musical abilities and develop appreciation for the arts.  I couldn’t be more excited! I went to Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Concordia University. I have two daughters and four grandchildren. We live on a small farm and have 3 dogs, horses, a cat, and a goat! I love being outside hiking, kayaking, and camping. I also enjoy composing, singing, and playing all kinds of music!




February 17, 2021
September 9, 2020
August 23, 2020

Online & Hybrid Student Internet Reimbursement Policy

Internet Service Provider reimbursement is available to students enrolled for the 20-21 school year. Eligibility for reimbursement is dependent on the family qualifying for the National School Lunch Program and other requirements outlined below.

  • Amount: $25 per month, per household (not per student)
  • Payment: Twice per year (February 2021 & August 2021)
  • Eligibility & Requirements:
    • Family must qualify for the National School Lunch Program
    • Student must be enrolled in the Online or Hybrid learning model for the 20-21 school year
    • Student & family must be in good standing with the school (verified home address on record, active enrollment, regular attendance, participation in state and local testing requirements, etc)
    • Reimbursement is per household (not per student). Families with students residing in multiple households are not eligible for multiple reimbursements. In this situation, families must determine a primary household and submit receipts accordingly.
  • Process:
    • Families will be required to submit receipts from their Internet Service Provider to the school office:
      • No later than January 15thin order to receive a reimbursement check in February for the months of August-December 2020.
      • No later than July 15thin order to receive a reimbursement check in August for the months of January-June 2020.
    • Families will be asked to verify their mailing address with Proof of Residence documentation prior to the distribution of the reimbursement check.
  • Exceptions:
    • Reimbursement will be pro-rated for any partial months the student is actively enrolled. For example, if the student is actively enrolled fewer than 15 calendar days, the reimbursement amount will be process at $12.50 for the month.
    • Students enrolled in the Traditional model who meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible for reimbursement if the school is required to suspend face-to-face learning for a period of time based on public health guidance and in coordination with ACCEL Schools and local public health officials.
  • To read the full policy, click here.
August 17, 2020

A Day in the Life: Your Plan for Successful Online Learning


New to online learning? Worried about preparing for fall? Want to make sure your child can stay on track?  Don’t worry, we have you covered!


We have created a plan that is simple to follow no matter what grade your student is in!

  • Every day, make sure your student is logged in by 8:00am
  • Every day, your student will meet online with their teachers. You will be provided with a schedule the first week of school.
  • Not all learning will happen online. There will be time every day to students to practice what they have learned independently offline.
  • Your school will give you a schedule to help keep you on track and prepped for success.

You and your student have a login. You have a schedule. You have great teachers.

We just need a couple of things from you to help make this a great year.

  • Set up a work area for your student that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • Log in to Canvas every day with your observer account to help your student stay on track.
  • Take the parent orientation course to teach you about all the great tools that Canvas has to keep you and your student on track.

Get school updates, learning resources, tech support, and more in the tabs on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

Ready for the school year? You’ve got this!


July 27, 2020
July 10, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have multiple learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!

June 24, 2020

Free School Meals

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.

Early Kindergarten Program

We are excited to announce that Marion Preparatory Academy will be implementing an Early Kindergarten Program starting in Fall 2020! The Early K program is a dedicated class that focuses on preparing your child for academic success.

Developed with the ACCEL Schools Academic Team, our Early Kindergarten Program focuses on each child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. Our teaching approach uses meaningful playtime and learning materials that are centered around young children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.
• Free, full-day program for children ages 4-5
• Full year (August – May) program
• Applicants must turn five years old by January 1st
• A brief Kindergarten assessment is required during the registration process

Our Early Kindergarten Program teacher will be in regular communication with you throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress toward his or her individual learning goals.

“Starting school is the beginning of a special journey for each child,” says Principal Hutton. “Our Early Kindergarten Program gives Marion Preparatory Academy students a strong start and foundation for lifelong learning.”

For more information, call (740) 914-3050 today, or apply by clicking here.