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Marching Giants to compete at Regional for first time in more than a decade

Posted on Oct. 12 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marching Giants are gearing up to compete in the ISSMA Regional Marching Band Competition for the first time since 2001.

We wish these talented and dedicated young artists best of luck at this competition, which is a qualifier for semi-state. The Marching Giants will compete at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Center Grove High School in Greenwood (south of Indianapolis). We hope you will consider traveling to cheer them on. If you've never been to a marching band competition, we're sure you'll be impressed!

Competition for Class C, Marion's class, runs from about 9:30 a.m. to about 2:40 p.m., when awards for that class will be given. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/preschoolers. Marion will compete against 14 other Class C bands from around the state for the right to continue on to semi-state, which the top 10 bands will do. 

Competition for Class A, which features the biggest bands in the state, will take place in the evening starts at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and run until about 8 p.m., with Class A awards at the end. In this class at this competition site, 13 bands compete to advance to semi-state (which the top 10 bands will do.)

ISSMA Marching Band Class C Semi-state will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis. Admission for Semi-state is $7 for adults, $5 for students/preschoolers. The top 10 bands of the 20 competing there will continue to ISSMA Marching Band State Finals on Nov. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, along with the top 10 bands from the three other classes.  Admission for State Finals is $20 for adults, $18 for students/preschoolers.

FYI: School Board meeting rescheduled to Thursday

Posted on Oct. 12 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This week's regular meeting of the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday, to allow for attendance at the girls soccer regional in Logansport, where the Giants will be competing. We hope you'll consider traveling to cheer on the Giants!

>> For more information on the team and the game, visit MarionGiantsSports.com!

If you plan to attend the School Board meeting on Thursday, please note that the location has also changed for this specific meeting. It will be in the MHS cafeteria. (The Oct. 28 meeting is also scheduled in the cafeteria. November meetings will return to the Board Room, Room 4-4 at the high school, unless otherwise noted.)

Special Education Co-Op Fall Fest / Waiver Sign-up Night coming up

Posted on Oct. 06 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Grant County Special Education Cooperative invites families of students with special needs to a special event to learn more about the different types of Medicaid waivers, why they are important, and how to sign up.

The Fall Fest & Waiver Sign-up Night is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Marion High School, in the cafeteria.

There will be free food (first-come, first-served), cool door prizes, and important information available, including:
  • Representatives from the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services will be available to answer questions.
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors and employment specialists from Bona Vista and Carey Services will be on hand to discuss school-to-work transitions.
  • Grant County Special Education Co-op and In*Source staffers will be available to discuss special education issues.
  • Computers will be available for you to sign up for caregiver supports (respite).
This event was made possible by funds provided by the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, and sponsors include Walmart, Meijer, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, Fazolis.

We hope you will join 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.

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 - no school: Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23.
  • Thanksgiving Break - no school: Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27.
  • Winter Break - no school: Friday, Dec. 18 (record day for teachers, no school for students) through Friday, Jan. 1.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school: Monday, Jan. 18.
  • Presidents Day - no school: Monday, Feb. 15.
  • ISTEP+ Part 1 testing window: Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 11. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • IREAD-3 testing window: Monday, March 14, through Friday, March 18. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • Spring Break - no school: Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25.
  • ISTEP+ Part 2 testing window: Monday, April 18, through Friday, May 6. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • All-City Art Show: The annual Marion Community Schools All-City Art Show is set for the afternoon of May 6, and all day on May 7 in the Walton Performing Arts Center. This show features artwork from students of all ages. Exact times and more details will be announced.
  • Last day of school for students: Friday, May 20. (NOTE: If school days are canceled for weather or any other reason, the school year will be extended. We will update calendars and communicate with families if this is the case.)
  • MHS Class of 2016 Commencement: Sunday, June 5, Bill Green Arena. Time TBA.
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