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which will be held on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30 PM to learn more about the upcoming budget and to provide feedback on proposed upcoming expenditures. The forum is designed for small group discussions with the administrators and board members. ​

As we focus on the following academic goals, we wanted to review our progress:

1. Graduation Rates: (7-12) Increase building graduation rate to no lower than 90%; Increase the percentage of advanced regent’s diplomas by 10%; Decrease the percentage of local diplomas by 10%, and Increase the CTE endorsed diploma by 10% for those that attended a CTE program.

  • Mr. Martin and the guidance department are working with students that are at risk of not graduating, making sure students understand what they need to do to graduate and how the district can help them meet this goal. The staff is also working with those that have the opportunity to achieve an advance regents diploma or regents diploma rather than a lesser diploma, opening up new opportunities to them upon completion of high school.

2. Attendance: Decrease the number of students who are chronically absent (10% of the school year or 16 days per year) by 10%. (UPK-12)

  • Students at the Jr./Sr. High School have shown a marked difference in their attendance, making learning a priority. There are 9 less students (or 20%) who are not chronically absent, as compared to last year. Many students at Appleby have also strived to be at school each day. Unfortunately, we are finding that student absences at Appleby are very often beyond students’ control. Mr. Martin and Mr. Hillis are sending letters home and making phone calls to parents/guardians to address chronic absenteeism

3. Course Failure: Decrease the number of students who are failing two or more courses by subject and grade level by 10% (7-12)

  • The number of students failing two or more subjects at the Junior/Senior High school has gone down from 30 in 2016-2017 to 21 in 2017-2018. This is a dramatic improvement and shows our students and staff are taking academics seriously. When students fail two or more courses, they become at risk for not graduating high school. This goal helps the school and the students track if individuals are on target to meet their graduation goals and to be ready for a career or for college.

4. Reading: Increase the number of students who are reading at grade level by 10% by the end of the school year (K-6)

  • Students are receiving reading instruction at their grade level as well as their instructional level. This ensures students are gaining exposure to the appropriate level of text and gives them the opportunity to be successful by reading at their own individual level. Teachers are working collaboratively to determine which reading strategies are working best for our students. The data collected from this target allows teachers to make frequent instructional adjustments to their teaching.

5. Math: Increase grade level mastery in math by 10% (K-12)

  • An area of major student under performance, in grades K-6 math, is math reasoning, specifically math facts. Appleby will be focusing on student mastery of math facts allowing them to move more easily from concrete number theory to more abstract and complicated math problems. In grades 7-12, math teachers are working to establish key focus areas which must be mastered before they move onto the next level. Math teachers are also looking at ways to collect and analyze student data in order to remediate those students who have not mastered grade specific skills.

If you have any questions about our academic focus for the year or have suggestions for ways we can improve our student’s education, please feel free to contact either of the building principals or myself. I can be reached at or at 607-849-3117.

We will continue to update you on current events by using our Facebook page: I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. Thank you for all you do to support Marathon CSD.


Rebecca Stone

​​​Message From The Superintendent

Rebecca Stone - District Superintendent

Phone: (607) 849-3117


February 2018 Torchlight

​​Dear Parents and Community Members,

Marathon Central School District has begun the budget planning process for 2018-2019. The first draft of the budget was presented at the January 24th board meeting. The preliminary budget can be reviewed at The budget documents can be found by clicking on the meetings tab, January 24, 2018 and scrolling down to the section titled 2018-2019 Budget Presentation – 1st draft. In summary, this year’s budget includes a limited increase in expenditures, a decrease in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees Retirement System (ERS) payments, an increase in health insurance premiums, level to slight increase in special education costs and a small increase in state aid. In draft #1, the district is seeking no additional staffing. If the amount of state aide increases, a prioritized list of items including additional professional development for staff, assisting families with classroom supplies and adding select security cameras will be discussed. We would like to invite you to our public forum,  

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The Marathon Central School District has always strived to provide our students with the best education possible. We realize that it is harder and harder for our children to remain competitive in the work force and in the field of continued education. We also recognize that we have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the world around us right here in our own backyard.  Keeping those two thoughts in mind, it was time to re-engineer our district mission and vision and create a strategic plan that will help focus and guide us as we educate our students.  The purpose of this plan is to help all students graduate from Marathon Central School District with the skills and knowledge that they will need to be successful with any career path they choose and to provide them with unlimited possibilities.

Strategic Planning Process

The Marathon Central School District decided to establish a long range plan that would guide the decision making process of the school.    The district chose to embark on a process that was open, transparent and inclusive so that the voices of all interested stakeholders could be heard.  Becoming a great school requires planning and focus with 5-year targets in selected areas that include built-in yearly monitoring to ensure that the work being done has the desired impact.  The process in this district was rigorous, interactive and challenging with students always being the top priority as it challenged administrators, parents and community members to think in new ways about what is best for the students in the district.  To achieve the goals of this plan, it will require collaboration, perseverance and commitment by all stakeholders. 


Embrace  *  Educate  *  Empower


The Marathon Central School District will excel at graduating citizens who are college and career ready and able to pursue unlimited possibilities locally and globally.


We believe…

  • Students will become strong, confident and resilient citizens prepared to pursue unlimited possibilities.
  • Every student will be valued and engaged in positive mutual relationships.
  • All students will be critical thinkers and problem solvers who meet rigorous academic standards.
  • All students will be academically engaged and will understand what they must do to be a successful learner.
  • Each child will strive for excellence and reach their full potential.
  • Students have a shared responsibility for their own learning.
  • Students will contribute to society as knowledgeable, responsible and involved citizens.
  • Our students must be prepared for the continuing challenges of the future.
  • In welcoming and accepting all students and supporting them throughout the stages of their lives.
  • In the power of partnerships between the District and the Marathon Community to meet the needs of each learner.

Task Force 1 – Embrace

Strategic Intent #1:By June 2019, 100% of students will indicate that they feel valued and are engaged in positive mutual relationships.

Key Initiative 1-1: We will develop practices and procedures that engage all students through building positive relationships with all students.

Task Force 2 – Educate

Strategic Intent #2: By June 2019, 100% of students will meet or exceed proficiency levels that reflect increased expectations and rigor in the area of critical thinking.

Key Initiative 2-1: We will identify and measure critical thinking skills PK-12 and define grade level expectations.

Task Force 3 – Empower

Strategic Intent #3: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate leadership and/or civic engagement by holding leadership positions and collecting hours of community service as measured at the end of the senior year.

Key Initiative 3-1: We will have students engaged in leadership roles and community service to build confidence as they serve their community.

Strategic Intent #4: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate the skills and strategies needed to advocate for themselves and others.

Key Initiative 4-1: We will identify strategies and educate the students with the essential skills necessary to advocate for themselves and others.

Marathon Central School District

Embrace  *  Educate  *  Empower

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