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MCS holiday cards - orders due 11/26

Posted on Nov. 20 2018 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 three 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 by Monday, Nov. 26. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney or Amy Clark 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. (NOTE: The office will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 22 and 23.)

Those who order will be notified when cards are available for pickup in early December.  

Marion Community Schools thanks all the young artists whose were chosen as finalists for the 2017 cards, and their art teachers, Tashema Davis, Andrew Luttrull, and Hannah Fox.

Winning artists:
  • Jazzmyne Nuncio, third grade, Allen Elementary
  • Shaylee Vermilion, eighth grade, McCulloch Junior High School
  • Sarah Ault, 12th, Marion High School
Finalists:
  • Kaelynn Ellis, third grade, Allen
  • Halo Riddle, second grade, Allen
  • Aliya Cruz, fourth grade, Riverview
  • Cora Topping, third grade, Riverview
  • Nevaeh Copeland, fifth grade, Justice
  • Andrew Hancock, sixth grade, Justice
  • Rebecca Harris, sixth grade, Justice
  • Emily Wilkes, fifth grade, Justice
  • Deissy Gunyon, seventh grade, McCulloch
  • Elijah Maki, seventh grade, McCulloch
  • Adolfo Marin, eighth grade, McCulloch

MCS investigates potentially unsafe situation

Posted on Nov. 16 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News On Friday, Nov. 16, prior to the start of the school day, Marion Community Schools administrators investigated a potentially unsafe situation.

Five bullets were discovered on the floor of Bus 94 by riders, who reported it to the driver. This prompted an immediate and thorough investigation, with assistance and advice of off-duty police officers employed by MCS as security. Students at two schools, Riverview and Justice, who rode that bus this morning were spoken with as part of the investigation. As a result of the thorough investigation this morning, we do not believe there was any additional threat.

Marion Community Schools takes all reports of threats seriously. Safety of our students is top priority. We would not put students or staff into a situation we believed to be unsafe.

We are reaching out to inform you of this investigation, because we know that safety is important to all of us. We'd like to take this opportunity to once again ask anyone who knows anything that threatens the safety of our students or schools at any time to contact school or district administrators. Contact information for all of our buildings is available here.

Our anonymous student/school safety hotline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 765-997-8585 or email hotline@marion.k12.in.us.

We also urge anyone who notices anything suspicious while at one of our schools or at a school event to contact the nearest MCS employee immediately.  

In addition, Marion Community Schools is constantly evaluating our safety and security measures, including our prevention and response procedures, and we make changes when needed. We are committed to a safe and healthy learning environment for all.

IDOE school grades highlight successes, challenges

Posted on Nov. 14 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased that the hard work being done every day by our staff, students, and families has been recognized for excellent improvement by the Indiana Department of Education’s 2017-18 school grades.

For the first time since the start of ISTEP, no MCS elementary school will be placed in the bottom two categories of the state’s accountability labeling system. In fact, overall, our elementary school grades are the best they have been since the start of the state’s school accountability grades, with Riverview Elementary netting an “A”; Allen and Frances Slocum netting a “B”; and Kendall netting a "C". All of these are up from last year, with three of the four raising their grade by more than 15 points — due largely to the growth accomplished by our students.

“We focus on making sure every student is growing every year,” said MCS Education Director Michele Smith. “We are building a strong foundation at our elementary schools, with preschool through fourth grade. We work for breakthroughs every day, and our students are growing toward proficiency.”

At Riverview Elementary, which jumped from a “C” to an “A”, Principal Lendon Schwartz credited the students for setting goals and working to meet them.

"We are extremely proud of our Riverview students and teachers for their hard work and dedication in achieving the letter grade ‘A’!” Schwartz said. “All of our students are held to high academic expectations, and it pays off. We use data to drive our decisions and to create specific learning paths for each individual student. We also take the time to build authentic relationships and teach our students to be GIANT citizens. Our students made a goal last year that they didn't want Riverview's letter grade to be a ‘C’ anymore. We motivated them to push themselves to give their best — and that's what they did!”

The school is planning a special celebration on Nov. 28, to which last year’s Riverview fourth-graders (now at Justice in fifth grade) will be invited. More details will be provided from the school to students’ families.

At Frances Slocum Elementary, which jumped from a “D” to a “B”, Dr. Gwen Lavert, the school’s principal, emphasized her students’ strengths and potential.

“The Frances Slocum teachers and staff are very happy and excited about moving to a grade of ‘B’,” Lavert said. “This movement was based on the students’ strengths of being verbal, creative, expressive, analytical, resilient, and problem solvers. These are also the strengths that the teachers will continue to build on to move our students to achieving their targets this year.”

At Allen Elementary, which also jumped from a “D” to a “B”, Principal Anthony Williams noted the work is a team effort.

"We are all very proud of the hard work that our students and teachers exhibit daily at Allen Elementary,” Williams said. “It's the effort of an entire Allen community that allows us to see the success that is visible daily. We strive to keep growing toward achievement. Our continual focus on growing each student one at a time is the foundation to all of our students hopefully achieving their very best on state assessments, but more importantly life in general."

Kendall Elementary raised from a “D” to a “C”, and students and staff are working hard for continued success there!

Four schools exceeded 100 growth points, and the lowest growth points total was 75. Any growth total that exceeds 50 means that students’ growth rate is above the average rate across the state. Overall, Marion Community Schools is in the top 10 percent in the state in terms of growth.

Marion High School misses 'A' by fraction of a point

Marion High School remained a “B” based on the 2017-18 school year, but was only a fraction of a point away from an “A”.

“Every single student matters,” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. “Being that close to an 'A' comes down to just a couple students. Growth for every student is our mission, what we work for every day, because it’s not just about a test — we are setting our students up for success in life beyond high school, in college or a career.”

Justice Intermediate School remained a “D”, albeit with score that is several points higher than the previous year.

McCulloch Junior High School, the only school that did not increase its overall score, remains a high priority for the school district. The school’s grade fell by a fraction of a point, keeping it at an “F” for the 2017-18 school year.

“We have intensified our energies for academic improvement at McCulloch and at Justice,” said Dr. Brad Lindsay, superintendent of Marion Community Schools. “Meeting individual student needs and making school fun, purposefully engaging, and exciting is essential. Our McCulloch and Justice staff are mission-motivated, committed, caring professionals, and we are intentionally directing attention, resources, and support to put these schools on the path to sustained improvement. Though there are many great things happening, including growing athletic programs and one of the best music programs in the state, we must continue to strive for greater academic success for our students in the middle grade levels.”

There is much for the schools and community to take pride in, Lindsay said.

“I believe in and am proud of our students, staff, and administrators throughout our district. In every school, our people are working purposefully to provide our students their very best,” he said. “I’m thankful for the families who have chosen Marion Community Schools to educate their precious children. We count that as a high privilege, and we understand that family and community support is essential to continuously increasing our students’ success.”

The success of Marion Community Schools is intertwined with the community’s support and success.

“We love and are thankful for the community of Marion, which has rallied around our schools,” Lindsay said, “making education and our students a priority, and helping us to serve a cause that is greater than our individual selves, which is our children, our community, and our future. Marion Community Schools’ success is the city of Marion’s success. And the city of Marion’s success is Marion Community Schools’ success. Together, we will wrap support around our children and families to help us all become the best we can be.”

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!)

 
  • Fall Break: Oct. 25-26
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 21-23
  • End of second grading period / end of first semester: Dec. 14
  • Winter Break: Dec. 17-Jan. 1 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 21
  • Presidents Day: Feb. 18 
  • End of third grading period: March 8
  • Spring Break: March 25-29
  • MCS Kindness Rally: April 19
  • All-City Art Show: May 10-11
  • Last student day: May 23 (NOTE: If there are canceled days during the school year, make-up days will be added onto the end of the school year, and this last day will be pushed back. We will communicate with families should that be necessary.)
  • MHS Commencement: June 2
 
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