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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!




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.

All Teachers Properly Certified & Licensed

All teachers meet the educator qualification requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Ohio Revised Code: Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise.

June 12, 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Dear ACCEL Staff & Community,

The horrific death of George Floyd coupled with other events that recently occurred in this country are heartbreaking. The video of his death is one of the most horrifying things we have seen in our lives. We grieve. We also acknowledge that many of our employees and students have experienced racism firsthand. This tragedy serves as a grim reminder that as a society, we still have a long way to go to stomp out racism. We want to make it clear that we are committed to fighting against racism and discrimination, and want to assure you that it has no place in our company or at our schools, and it will not be tolerated. We must strive to be inclusive in every way, and we will be planning professional development programs on this topic which will be delivered this summer to our entire school and corporate staff.

We also believe we have an obligation beyond what most companies have. We have consciously chosen to manage schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the world. While many school operators avoid these areas, we seek them out. To our surprise and dismay, we are often asked why. The answer is simple. We want to help the children who need it most. Maria and I set out to do this when we founded the company and we have never wavered. If our company does not provide our most vulnerable students with a quality education, they may not have a chance at economic success. A society that does not give every child this chance is, by definition, unjust. The opportunity to succeed must exist regardless of a child’s skin color or economic situation. Unfortunately, far too many children do not have this opportunity.

As we all mourn the death of Mr. Floyd, let us look inward and outward to make sure we are inclusive in our work environments and in our schools. Let us also do our part to end the senseless racism that exists in our society, empower all our students with the belief that they can succeed in the world, and give our students the knowledge and skills they need. Most of all, let us hope and pray they will experience a society in their lifetime where these tragedies no longer occur, and human beings are judged as Dr. King hoped they would be judged someday: “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”

Ron Packard

April 20, 2020