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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Marion Community Schools and Little Giants Preschool are thrilled to have been chosen to be a part of documentary examining the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities for children. 

The documentary, The Building Blocks of Our Future: A Look at Quality Early Education, features programs in Indianapolis and Marion. Little Giants Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger, along with teachers and teacher's aides, were interviewed for the film, and the crew also spent time in our classrooms on the first day of class this school year.

Take a look at a preview of the documentary here:
 


The full film aired on Nov. 17 on WFYI, the Indianapolis PBS station that produced the documentary. That airing was not available to Marion cable subscribers (though over-the-air and some dish customers did have the opportunity to watch.

>> WIPB, the Muncie PBS channel aired by Bright House, plans to air the documentary at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

In addition, Little Giants Preschool is planning a special event for donors who supported our funding drive for an early education matching grant from the state of Indiana last spring. We are planning a local premiere of the documentary at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Globe Theater at Indiana Wesleyan University. Donors and their guests will have the opportunity to come and view the documentary, and meet some of the staff and families of Little Giants Preschool.

We are proud of our high-quality preschool, and we are proud to have been chosen to be a part of this documentary!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due next Monday, Nov. 21. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cards will be available for pickup the week of Dec. 5. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will be bringing their entertaining, engaging show to Bill Green Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to face off against a team of local “all-stars”. This team is known for high-flying dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. The Ambassadors — all college grads who are committed to remaining drug free — are also great role models with a positive message for young people.


More information about the game in the evening of Nov. 30 at MHS's Bill Green Arena, including where to get your tickets, is available at MarionGiantsSports.com

The Ambassadors will also be bringing a special program to some of our schools earlier in the day. Click the links below to learn more!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Grant County Special Education Cooperative is offering a special opportunity to Grant County families with children or dependents with special needs: a financial planning informational meeting aimed at their specific needs and concerns.

This workshop will provide information on topics such as the ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts, and guardianship. This event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Gordon Homes, a certified financial planner, will be the speaker. He focuses on financial and estate planning for families who have children or dependents with special needs. He is a frequent speaker at parent support group meetings and state conferences, and he is nationally recognized in the area of special needs planning. He also serves on the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning national Advisory Council.

>> Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing bwillman@eastbrook.k12.in.us

Marion Community Schools is proud to be a part of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, and we are happy to host this event for area families.

If you have questions about this event, the Special Ed Co-Op, or other general questions regarding special needs education here at Marion Community Schools, please contact our Special Services Department at 662-2546, x. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”