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MRCC now offers Microsoft Imagine Academy training, certifications

Posted on Aug. 09 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Regional Career Center is now a Microsoft Imagine Academy, able to provide students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

MRCC joins an exclusive group of programs certified as Microsoft Imagine Academies, a group that includes only about 15,000 school programs in the world.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education and secure jobs that contribute to the economy and their communities,” said Travis Hueston, MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy instructor. “Our membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy program enables us to provide a road map to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials, keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and setting our students up for future success. Not only will this program provide our students with more than $35,000 worth of free computer certifications, but it will also include another $25,000 worth of IT software upgrades for the Academy.”

MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy is open to all participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their counselor or the Marion Regional Career Center at (765) 664-9091.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers, and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with cloud and infrastructure management using Microsoft technologies. 

“Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

At MRCC, Microsoft Imagine Academy will provide a convenient and flexible learning environment where students can get hands-on experience with the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academics. The Academy fits into MRCC’s already robust IT education options, as the career center offers every IT pathway the state Department of Education allows. Students in MRCC’s IT pathway programs can earn 9 to 12 dual college credits, depending on which pathway they choose.

MRCC’s membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy was made possible at no additional cost to the school corporation thanks to a grant from Microsoft, facilitated by the Indiana Department of Education.

ALL students will get FREE breakfast, lunch in 2016-17 school year

Posted on Aug. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Originally posted on July 7, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce that EVERY student in our school system, preschool through 12th grade, will get FREE breakfast and lunch in the coming school year.

A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family!

(Preschoolers enrolled in half-day programs get either breakfast (morning classes) or lunch (afternoon classes); those enrolled in our full-day program get both meals.)

The free meals are part of the community eligibility provision of the National School Lunch Program run by the USDA. MCS applied for this provision and has recently been informed that our application has been approved.

This means there is no application process for free or reduced-price meals. There are no special requirements. All Marion Community Schools students are automatically eligible for free meals.

However, those who wish to apply for assistance with textbook costs will need to fill out an application during registration (online or in-person). 

Any funds currently in student meal accounts will remain there and may be used for a la carte sales. If you wish to obtain a refund of the balance in your student’s meal account, please email the MCS Food Service Department at tkeenan@marion.k12.in.us or jwarren@marion.k12.in.us. Please include your name, student’s name, current address, and phone number.

If you have further questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 765-662-2546, ext. 112 or 113. For more information regarding the Food Service Department, including menu information and more, click here.

>> Click here to view the letter being sent to families regarding this information

Calling all 3rd- and 4th-graders: Register for the Giant Discovery Zone!

Posted on Aug. 03 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Originally published June 20, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce a new after-school program starting in the 2016-17 school year for MCS third- and fourth-graders: the Giant Discovery Zone!

The Giant Discovery Zone will bring together the best coaches, organizations, and businesses in the city to help our students explore new activities and discover what they enjoy, and where they can excel. Fourth-graders enrolled in the Giant Discovery Zone will be introduced to 32 different activities throughout the year, along with time to work on homework and help from tutors when needed.

The Giant Discovery Zone is a free addition built on the foundation of the Grant County Family YMCA's Live Y-ers child care. (Live Y-ers does include a fee, but we don't want anyone to be turned away due to lack of funds. There are financial assistance options available for the Live Y-ers fee.) Thanks to many contributors, including the Moorehead Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion Community Schools, and the state of Indiana, along with a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association, MCS fourth-graders will have the expert child care offered by the YMCA program, along with tutoring and mentoring, as well as a wide array of activities to explore throughout the year, with professional coaches and artists leading the way.

Activities will include athletics, led by MCS coaches, as well as Marion PAL Club Judo, Tiger Tai Kwon Do, Wellness Center gymnastics, and more; leadership, responsibility, and physical fitness, led by the YMCA, MHS JROTC, Marion Boys and Girls Club, Marion Police Department, and more; and the arts, led by Playhouse Studio of Dance, Signature Dance, Marion Community School of the Arts, the chorale and theater from Indiana Wesleyan University, and more. The Giant Discovery Zone will be housed at Kendall Elementary School, with some activities spreading out to the Kendall / Justice Intermediate School campus. Homework and study will be the focus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., then from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be activity time.

Our vision is to give our students the chance to explore many different activities, and that they find one (or more!) that they fall in love with. Then, our fantastic coaches and community partners can help guide them to even greater engagement, so that students can use their talents and build valuable skills (not to mention learn responsibility, discipline, confidence, leadership skills and more). We hope this will not only help to build our local teams and organizations, but also empower our students, expand their horizons, and broaden their options for life after high school.

There is a cost for participation in Live Y-ers; fees and more information are available at the Grant County YMCA, or in the Live Y-ers handbook on their child care webpage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and aid applications will be available at the YMCA during the registration period. See below for more information on the registration process. 

How can my third- or fourth-grader get involved?

Registration for the Giant Discovery Zone began Monday, June 27, at the Grant County Family YMCA. Enrollment in the Giant Discovery Zone is limited to 200 students, and enrollment is first-come, first-served — so fill out the registration form and collect the needed information now so you're ready to sign up! 

Here's what you need to do:
  • Click here to visit the YMCA's child care webpage. Once you're there, you'll see "Click HERE for registration form". Click that link to open up the Live Y-ers registration packet.
  • Fill out the registration form and collect all needed documents/information (listed in the registration packet on the YMCA website above).
  • Return all registration forms and information, along with the $25 registration fee, on Monday, June 27, or as soon as possible after that. Remember, space is limited, so get your registration in quickly! You'll need to personally deliver the registration form, information, and registration fee to the YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. Staffers will review information with you to make sure you have provided everything they need. 

 

We're all excited for the Giant Discovery Zone!

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!)

 
  • Labor Day - NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 5
 
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