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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 30, 2019

Due to the cancellation of classes on January 30 and 31 because of dangerous wind chill temperatures, the last day for students will now be on Tuesday, May 28. Please make a note on your calendars!

(Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, so there will be no classes that day.)

These are the second and third make-up days added to the year due to weather-related closures. (MCS was closed on Nov. 15, 3018, due to icy roads.) Any more cancellations will result in more days being added to the end of the school year. We will continue to advise families if more make-up days are needed.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 14, 2019, as this year’s nominees and recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. They were selected by their respective principals or coordinators. The 2015-16 nominees are:
  • Sarah Montgomery, Little Giants Preschool; has been with Marion Community Schools 12 years
  • Elizabeth Sechrest, Allen Elementary School; has been with MCS six years
  • Rachel Polsley, Frances Slocum Elementary School; has been with MCS five years
  • Alyssa Foss, Kendall Elementary School; has been with MCS four years
  • Michelle Faulkner, Riverview Elementary School; has been with MCS two years
  • Kevin Scheer, Justice Intermediate School, has been with MCS eight years



From left, front row, are Mary Clark Hanley award winner Elizabeth Sechrest, winner Alyssa Foss, nominee Kevin Scheer, nominee Michelle Faulkner, nominee Rachel Polsley, and winner Sarah Montgomery, were honored at the May 14, 2019, Marion School Board meeting. Also pictured are School Board members, back row, from left, Serafina Salamo, Bruce Weatherspoon, Todd Nicholson, Aaron Vermilion, Alan Beck, Superintendent Brad Lindsay, and Board members Chuck Griffin, and Dana Gault.

Foss, Montgomery, and Sechrest were chosen as the winners of the award. The winners were selected by the director of human resources, the district director of education, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor.

The award, set up in 2000 through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and this year included a prize of $500.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 12

Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs. There are several factors considered when determining which program a student will be enrolled in, but there will be a common start to the application process for all applicants for the 2019-20 school year. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and must live in Grant County.

The open application schedule is as follows:
  • April 1: at Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 2: at Allen Elementary, 1115 E. Bradford St., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 3: at Frances Slocum Elementary, 2909 S. Torrence St., 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Kendall Elementary, 2009 W. Kem Road, 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

To apply for enrollment, families should to provide all documentation listed below that applies to their situation:
  • Verification of income (such as most recent completed tax return, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
  • Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
  • Child’s Social Security card or number
If you have questions, please contact the Little Giants office, 651-2080.

If you have special needs-related questions, feel free to contact the MCS Special Services Department at 662-2546, ext. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

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WHAT: MCS Kindergarten Roundup

WHEN: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019

WHERE: Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall and Riverview elementary schools

WHY: Visit your school, get information, get a head start on kindergarten registration

QUESTIONS? Call 765-662-2546 ext. 122

Marion Community Schools invites families of children who will be starting kindergarten next school year to come visit their elementary schools and get a head start on the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, set for Thursday, April 11.

Families can attend one of two sessions set that day, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Both sessions will be the same.) Please bring your kindergartner-to-be with you!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2019, can attend kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year.

The informational sessions will be offered at every MCS elementary school:
  • Allen Elementary School, 1115 E. Bradford St., 664-7355
  • Frances Slocum Elementary School, 2909 S. Torrence St., 664-0589
  • Kendall Elementary School, 2009 W. Kem Road, 662-7364
  • Riverview Elementary School, 513 W. Buckingham Drive, 662-2427
We hope to see all families of incoming kindergartners at this event that is just for them! It's a great way to help your future kindergartner get an introduction to the school building and staff. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners and their families.

What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) if possible, so we can make sure you're at the right school. We also ask that you bring a copy of your kindergartner-to-be's birth certificate. You'll be beginning the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, so we need that official document to certify your child is eligible for kindergarten. (If you cannot bring a copy of the birth certificate on this day, we can still begin the registration process, but we'll need you to follow up with us and provide that document before we can complete the registration process.)

For more information, call 765-662-2546, ext. 122, or call the office of your school at the numbers listed above.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Some of best young musicians in the area will gather together for a special performance as the Grant County Public High School Honor Band this week.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy this special performance, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Indiana Wesleyan University’s Chapel Auditorium in Marion. Admission is free!

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. This year’s guest conductor is Michael Flanagin, Director of Bands and chairman of the Division of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Establishing this event as a local tradition is something that gives our students ownership and something to take pride in,” said Eastbrook High School Director of Bands Joel Walters. “I am looking forward to this year, as students who are participating for their second year have made friendships with students from the other schools, and I look forward to seeing students continue to get to know one another.”

Ryan Wamhoff, director of bands at Oak Hill High School, echoed that, noting that his students were excited that the event was returning.

“Last year's first ever Grant County Honor Band was a tremendous success,” he said. “My students enjoyed the experience of performing with peers from around the county and found the music challenging and fun. Every one of my returning students who participated last year applied to be a part of it again this year plus many more, I think that is a testament to its success.”

It’s something that the educators know can have a lifelong impact.

“Our students talked about the Grant County Honor Band more than any other honor band they'd been a part of. When you interact with students from your own county, there's always the possibility of building friendships. We know with social media there can be a lot of interaction from a distance, but there's nothing like real life interactions with others that can lead to lasting friendships,” said Cindy Walker, assistant director of bands at Mississinewa High School.

Marion High School Director of Bands Josh Huff said the success of the event is just one facet of a flourishing of the arts in Grant County.

“I don't know that 20 years ago you could've said that music education was THRIVING in Grant County,” he said, “but I think you can truly say that today.”

Flanagin, the guest conductor for the event, noted that this flourishing arts culture has a community-wide impact.

“We have a lot of special things going on in Grant County — theater, musical theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, and more,” he said. “This particular event is not only an opportunity for area high schools, but this also gives our music education students at Indiana Wesleyan University the opportunity to see and hear students from the area as they help out with this event.  If this day can help to further their education, then I consider it a ‘win-win’ for all involved.”

The event brings opportunity not only for the students, but for the educators as well.

“We can share ideas, different pieces, and it gives us a chance to build a network of support,” Huff said. “Professionally, it's awesome to just spend a day with other directors in like-minded situations and brainstorm and talk about the progress of the programs.”

Wamhoff said this has helped elevate all of the directors involved.

“The time spent planning and preparing for each year’s honor band has brought all of us directors together. Now we are a team. We often face similar every day challenges, and we can be a resource for each other when one of needs help or is looking for fresh ideas.”

The real impact, though, goes far beyond music education, Walters noted.

“Music education can be very different than other activities in school, but also has many connections to those other activities,” he said. “The biggest difference is that it allows students to express themselves in ways that they might not normally do. It allows them to be creative while learning how to collaborate with others. I believe it ultimately helps prepare our students for the rest of their lives after they graduate. Students learn how to be excellent musicians, but in the process, they learn discipline, responsibility, creativity, and critical thinking skills.”