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CSA, MCS will bring arts, literacy together next school year at Kendall

Posted on Jan. 17 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Kendall Elementary School will have an exciting new program next school year thanks to a partnership with the Marion Community School of the Arts!

The Community School of the Arts has been awarded a $10,000 Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for the program that will integrate arts and literacy education.

The Community School of the Arts, partnering with Marion Community Schools, collaborated with Director of Elementary Education Michele Smith to determine which individual school would best fit the program.

"We are excited about this opportunity to integrate arts and literacy," Smith said. "We are thankful for our many community partnerships, and in particular our wonderful relationship with CSA that allows us to provide enriching experiences for our students. One particularly exciting piece of this grant-funded program is that we will be able to track how literacy is improved through this arts integration."

Kendra Hoffert, artist teacher, Indiana Wesleyan University visiting assistant professor of music therapy, and Community School of the Arts faculty member, will lead the program within the classroom. She will partner with administrators and faculty at Kendall Elementary School to provide teacher development as well as weekly sessions with second grade students utilizing song, rhythm exercises, chants, rhymes, and movement to explore music and its benefits in developing early literacy skills.

“I love music and good stories,” Hoffert said. “To be able to combine two things I love while encouraging young people to discover the riches of these good gifts will be such an adventure. I'm so grateful to be part of this program and to see where our learning and discovery can take us.”

The PACE program was established during 2014 as an initiative to promote arts education and impact student growth and achievement. The program is intended to assist and enable elementary schools, artists, and arts organizations in establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships. Arts experiences occur at regular intervals throughout the entire school year, align with the academic curriculum, and are integrated into classroom literacy activities.

The Community School of the Arts, Marion Community Schools, and Hoffert, as resident artist teacher, will implement the program, developed with quality musicianship, intentional curriculum, and comprehensive collaboration. This program, having been made possible by funds appropriated from the Indiana Legislature in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, will provide arts integration opportunities into the classroom, with a focus on literacy, and a goal to increase long-term partnerships and collaborations.

“The Community School of the Arts has a vision to ignite a community of potential through arts and creativity, and a mission to provide arts education and enrichment,” said Katie Morgan, executive director of the Community School of the Arts. “When we develop programming, these are at the core of who we are and what we do. The PACE program is a wonderful opportunity to further expand our outreach in music, and have a real, measurable impact in music, literacy, and most importantly, the lives of children in our community through the arts.”

The Community School of the Arts will represent Region 5 in this statewide program. The Indiana Regional Arts Partner representing Region 5 is the Community Foundation of Randolph County, and region liaison Stephanie Ward said of the recent award:

“The Community Foundation of Randolph County is very excited that the Marion Community School of the Arts has been selected to represent Region 5 in the PACE program. We are equally excited for the students at Kendall Elementary who will benefit from the music and literacy program.”

MRCC’s IT Academy to offer tech services to the community

Posted on Jan. 10 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Marion Public Library to offer technology assistance to the Marion community.
The MRCC Technical Assistance Center (TAC) will open on Thursday, Jan. 11. Student technology specialists will be available inside Marion Public Library on Thursdays and Fridays during the school year, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, student technology specialists may not be available.)

“We’re committed to providing our students the opportunity to serve the communities in which they live and work, while at the same time providing students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so that they can pursue jobs that contribute to the economy,” said Travis Hueston, IT Academy instructor at Marion Regional Career Center. “Our partnership with Marion Public Library allows students to provide library patrons and community members with technical assistance and support on electronic devices such as computers, tablets, cellular phones, and printers, while at the same time earning high school and college credit through our dual credit agreement with Vincennes University.”

Students will also be on hand to provide instruction on using such equipment, as well as many software titles including Microsoft Office. The TAC also hopes to provide equipment repair and hardware services in the near future.

“One of MRCC’s goals is to offer every student an opportunity to earn real-life work experience. Partnering with Marion Public Library gives our IT students a chance to earn that experience, plus provide our community another place to receive help with their computer needs,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said.

Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology Academy is open to students from all participating schools in the county. Students who are interested should contact their counselor, or alternately reach out to Nate McNeely at MRCC, 765-664-9091, or email him at nmcneely@marion.k12.in.us.

YOU’RE INVITED: MCS art, music faculty plan special show (1/21)

Posted on Jan. 09 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 8, 2017

Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

All eight MCS music teachers will be performing solos, and then will join for a combined piece at the end of the concert. MCS art teachers will have their own personal work out on display as people are going in to be seated for the concert.

We hope to see you there!

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL: Feb. 19, 2018
  • Spring break - NO SCHOOL: March 26-30, 2018
  • Last day for students: May 25 (if cancellations occur during the year due to weather or other reasons, days will be added to the end of the school year; we will communicate this with parents as needed)
  • MHS Class of 2018 Commencement: Sunday, Jun 3, 2018.
 
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