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State releases ISTEP+ scores despite concerns over validity, fairness

We've gathered lots of information, links, and data for you to put the recently released ISTEP+ scores into perspective: Click here to learn more. Thank you for your continued support of MCS!
 

YOU'RE INVITED: GCSEC Family Workshop - behavior interventions for ASD

Posted on Feb. 11 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which Marion Community Schools is a part) has teamed up with Taylor University students studying special education to provide families with a special opportunity.

The family workshop on behavior intervention is targeted at families with children with autism spectrum disorder. The workshop will be presented several times (with the same information at each workshop). We hope all our families can find one of the times below that fits into their schedule! 

This workshop will provide families with hands-on training in three areas:
  • Techniques to help your child develop social skills at home and beyond
  • Use of visual supports (tools used to increase the understanding of language and environmental expectations, and to provide structure and support for people with autism spectrum disorder)
  • Effective collaboration between home and school for student success
There will be supervised activities for the students to participate in (movies and games) while the parents gain knowledge and build skills to help guide the whole family!

The workshop schedule is as follows:
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Marion High School Media Center, 750 W. 26th St., Marion
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Mississinewa High School Library, 205 E.N. "H" St., Gas City
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Mississinewa administration office / GCSEC office, 424 E.S. "A" St., Gas City

Young musicians shine at vocal Solo & Ensemble competition

Posted on Feb. 09 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dozens of Marion Community Schools students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble vocal / piano competition over the weekend, and many brought home top ratings for their performances. 

Congratulations to these students on their great accomplishments! We're proud of you!


Marion High School 

Every MHS vocalist brought home a gold medal from this competition, and several also advanced to the state level competition on Feb. 20. 

Soloists:
  • Gracie Graham, junior, gold medal, advanced to state
  • Amonte King, sophomore, gold medal, advanced to state
  • Taylor Parker-Wright, senior, gold medal, advanced to state
  • Oshiana Tyson, senior, gold medal, advanced to state
  • Madeline Spence, junior, gold medal, advanced to state
  • Luis Hernandez, senior, gold medal
Ensemble:
  • the MHS Virtuoso choir, gold medal, advanced to state
    • Dontez Bass, Tyler Behr, Luis Hernandez, Tyler Mackessy, and Taylor Parker-Wright, seniors
    • Jenna Becker, Allie Durbin, Ianne Sierra, and Madeline Spence, juniors
    • Alyssa Dellinger, Amonte King, and Jalen Springer, sophomores

McCulloch Junior High 


Our junior high musicians also shined brightly at the competition. Here's a look at the competitors and how they did:

Soloists:
  • Saralena Bergsma, eighth grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • LaDacia Brading, eighth grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Gabrielle Conyers, eighth grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Tristan Galeon, eighth grade, piano solo, gold medal
  • Myles Kohn, eighth grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Kabriel Robinson, eighth grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Zoe Stiles, seventh grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Michael Seybold, seventh grade, vocal solo, gold medal
  • Jai'ler Turner, eighth grade, piano solo, gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Saidah Edwards and Myles Kohn, eighth-graders; and Emily Fannin, seventh-grader; gold medal
  • Gabrielle Conyers, Kabriel Robinson, Sable Thornburgh, eighth-graders, silver medal
  • Aibrey Coop, Alex Riggs, Anna Shigley, eighth-graders, silver medal
  • Navia Cushingberry and Michael Seybold, both seventh-graders; and Saralena Bergsma, eighth grade; bronze medal 

>> Click here to read about our instrumental musicians' success at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble earlier this year

Rachel's Challenge - YOU can make a difference!

Posted on Feb. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Later this month, all of our schools will host a Rachel's Challenge program.

This powerful program focuses on Rachel’s Challenge: to reach out to others with deliberate acts of kindness. It empowers students and adults and gives them ideas and tools to help prevent and address bullying.

At each level (elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school) the program is tailored to be age-appropriate, while still bringing a powerful message to students.

At our elementary schools, students will take part in the Link-Up Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that treating others with respect is fun and should not just be what we do, but who we are.

Elementary students will be challenged to:
  • Start their own Chain Reaction of Kindness
  • Use kind words
  • Do kind acts
  • Include others
These elementary programs will take place as follows:
  • Allen Elementary: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Frances Slocum Elementary: 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Kendall Elementary: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Riverview Elementary: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
At Justice Intermediate School, students will take part in the Rachel's Story Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that words have the power to hurt and heal, and to inspire them to use their words in a positive way.

Intermediate students will be challenged to:
  • Be kind to others
  • Show appreciation
  • Dream big, believe in themselves
  • Practice positive gossip
  • Be the answer
The assembly will take place at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

At McCulloch Junior High and Marion High School, students will take part in the Rachel's Challenge Assembly, a powerful program with the goal of challenging participants to reflect on their relationships and how they can have a positive impact on others.

Junior high and high school students will be challenged to:
  • Look for the best in others
  • Choose positive influences
  • Speak with kindness
  • Start their own Chain Reaction
  • Dream big
The programs will take place as follows:
  • Marion High School: 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
  • McCulloch Junior High: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.
We believe in the power of a positive attitude, and we know that it's important to equip people with the tools they need to address inappropriate behavior and change the world around them for the better. The Rachel's Challenge programs are a great way to spark a conversation and to learn about specific action steps we all can take.

Did you know ...

The annual MCS Kindness Rally grew out of the Rachel's Challenge initiative at Marion Community Schools several years ago? This year's Kindness Rally is set for April 29. The event will feature carnival games, food, performances, and more, including the annual MCS Kindness Awards. More details will be announced.

>> Click here to take a look at last MCS Kindness Award winners.

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!)

 
  • 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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