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JAG program seeks business partnerships, speakers

Posted on Sep. 30 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) program is looking to connect with local businesses interested in a wide range of potential partnerships, from providing speakers during the school day, to job shadowing, to volunteer opportunities, to internship and job prospects.

Jobs for America’s Graduates is a school-to-career program that has a mission to keep young people in school through graduation. The focus is on providing work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enrollment in a post-secondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. The MHS program is facilitated through the Community Action of Northeast Indiana agency and is funded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Board.

JAG provides MHS students with specific classroom instruction aimed at helping them succeed after high school in the workplace or in continuing education. It also serves as a mentoring and counseling relationship and a connection to school- and community-based services. JAG works to provide leadership and work readiness development, job placements, and follow-up services for 12 months after a JAG student graduates from MHS.

JAG Indiana carefully selects qualified students for the program through an advisory committee composed of high school faculty, administrators, school counselors, and the JAG program manager.

A partnership with JAG can help businesses and organizations spread awareness of their unique position within our community, and of their specific employment needs, in a variety of ways:
  • Class presentations can be a marketing and even a recruiting tool: In-class speakers can promote their business, field, or industry, informing students of the opportunities available and of preparation or tools they’ll need to have during the job search and beyond. Just by talking for a few minutes about their job, their business, or their experiences, speakers can have a very real impact on our students, widening their horizons and opening their eyes to new possibilities.
  • Job-shadowing and volunteer opportunities, and even internships, can be the next step in a recruiting or exploration process. Students interested in a particular job or field can explore possibilities locally — and any relationships or networks built locally can help retain or return talented young men and women. The benefit of a JAG partnership is that support from our organization continues 12 months after high school graduation, so we will continue to work with any business or organization as a graduate transitions into the workforce.
In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results — helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

We hope you will consider partnering with us to improve the future for our students and our community! Please contact Tiffany VanDosen, tvandosen@marion.k12.in.us or 260-615-0142 for more information.

College GO! Week puts focus on the future

Posted on Sep. 26 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
In conjunction with Indiana's College GO! Week, Allen Elementary had a whole week of activities meant to get students to start seriously thinking about their future, and how college can fit into those plans and dreams.

The theme for the week was "Our GIANT future starts here." There were many activities throughout the week (click here to read the list), but one special event brought in Project Leadership's Steve Gibson to talk to students about college and career choices. The presentation helped Allen students look a few years into the future and think about the possibilities for their own lives.

Steve Gibson with Project Leadership hands out "degrees" to students participating in a special College GO! Week presentation on Sept. 23, 2014, at Allen Elementary.
>> Click here to see more pictures from the day!

The first-, second-, and third-graders "time-traveled" to their life after school (using their imagination) and talked about what jobs they thought they might be doing. Then, Mr. Gibson talked with them about the different types of schooling and training available after high school, and some of the types of jobs that can require certain types of degrees or certifications.

The fourth-graders, who were part of that presentation last year as third-graders, this year got to talk about money and how it relates to college choices. They learned that while making money right after high school might be an exciting idea, those who continue with their education through schooling or training end up having more opportunity to bring home a bigger paycheck throughout their lives.

We hope these presentations gave students a lot to think about. We want to create a culture of high expectations and wide-open possibilities for all of our students here at Allen!

Marching Giants earn first place!

Posted on Sep. 23 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Three weeks into their competition season, the Marching Giants earned their first first-place trophy!

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the marching band came out on top in their class at the field marching competition at Maconaquah High School, and also earned awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Visual. This is an amazing accomplishment, made even more impressive by the fact that this band is made up entirely of rookies (as MHS is returning to the ranks of competitive marching bands for the first time since 2005). MHS now has the only competitive marching band in the county.

Congratulations to the Marching Giants — and thank you for bringing marching band back to life in Grant County!

If you haven't gotten the chance to see the Marching Giants in action, you have an opportunitiy to do so this weekend right here in Marion. The band will perform their show Friday night during halftime of the Homecoming Game at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium. 

Next weekend the band will be back on the competition field, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, where the band will compete with other marching bands from around the area on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The following weekend, on Oct. 11, the band will return to Homestead for the ISSMA Scholastic Prelims, competing for the chance to compete at the ISSMA Scholastic State Finals.

The band was also recently featured by WIWU-TV's Crossroads program. You can watch that feature below:

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. 23-24.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27-28.
  • Winter Break: Dec. 19-Jan. 2 (includes teacher record day on Friday, Dec. 19, when students do not attend)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 19; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Presidents Day: Feb. 16; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Spring Break: March 23-27.
  • Last day of school for students: May 20 (unless more snow make-up days are needed; we will communicate with families if more make-up days are needed).
  • Class of 2015 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Bill Green Arena, Marion High School.
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