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Students present donation to Cancer Services

Posted on May. 22 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several McCulloch students gathered late Friday afternoon to make a special presentation: the school's donation to Cancer Services of Grant County, the result of a student-led community service project prompted by the McCulloch Kindness Campaign.

McCulloch students from Mrs. Huff's fourth-period class pose for a photo with Cancer Services of Grant County Director Jennifer Lane-Riefler, along with Mrs. Huff and Mrs. Holt, who spearheaded the McCulloch Kindness Campaign and helped organize the donation drive. The students had just presented the school's donation to the agency, nearly $400! 

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The students, members of choir teacher Mrs. Huff's fourth-period class, were the class who initiated the donation drive. They proposed the idea as part of the school's months-long Kindness Campaign. They gathered to deliver the school's donation directly to the director of Cancer Services, Jennifer Lane-Riefler.

Lane-Riefler thanked the students for their effort and the gift, and she took a few minutes to explain a bit about what the agency does. She emphasized that it is a local organization serving local people, and in short they provide anything that a local cancer patient their caretakers need, from counseling and information, to helping connect them with services or obtain products they need, to free mammograms, and more. 

The donation drive netted just under $400. The students also were able to present a stack of "love letters", notes of encouragement meant for cancer survivors, cancer patients, and those who care for them. Cancer Services shares the notes with those they serve.

We are so proud of our students and staff for their efforts and generosity. There are undoubtedly many effects of the Kindness Campaign, and we hope each and every one of our students and staff, all of our families, and the whole community will continue to keep the chain reaction of kindness going. But this tangible gift to those in our community going through a difficult time is certainly one of the major things we can point to with pride, sure that we have made a real difference in our world!

MHS JROTC now open to students throughout county

Posted on May. 19 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is happy to announce an exciting new opportunity: The Marion High School JROTC program is now open to anyone of high school age in Grant County.

MHS JROTC cadets stand at ease during the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, planned and put on each year by the cadets.

JROTC is a leadership program designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. Studies show that JROTC helps students get better grades, be more active in school, and perform better on tests, and it decreases disciplinary problems.

Though JROTC is a military-regulated program, participation does not require future plans for military service. Cadets who do choose a military career can get important benefits from their JROTC participation, but the JROTC program offers important lessons that can benefit cadets in all areas of life, including self-discipline, teamwork, leadership skills, and more.

The MHS JROTC also offers co-curricular activities including several award-winning competitive teams: Drill, Color Guard, Raiders, Marksman, Academic Bowl, and Leadership Bowl.

MHS JROTC cadets work together to conquer an obstacle during the MHS 2015 Raider Challenge competition.

We have seen the positive effects this program has had on our own students over the past several years, and now, with programming for all four high school grades in place, we are happy to be able to open the door to students throughout the county, whether they are enrolled at a local high school, or homeschooled.

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from MHS, but there will be no cost to the student to enroll in the program. Marion Community Schools will work directly with sending schools and the state to claim appropriate funding for the programming provided.

Anyone interested in becoming a cadet in the JROTC program will need to work with the guidance department here at MHS and at their home high school to arrange their schedule appropriately. The JROTC class open to county students will most likely be held during the seventh class period of the day here at MHS, meaning the class would start just after 3 p.m.

The MHS JROTC color guard presents the flags during the end-of-the-year Formal Banquet.

Please contact Kent Cocking, head of guidance at MHS, at kcocking@marion.k12.in.us or 664-9051, to make scheduling arrangements. (Please note that the guidance office does close for several weeks in the summer.)

More information on the MHS JROTC program is available at the MHS website. You can also contact Lt. Col. David Farlow, JROTC senior Army instructor, at 664-9051, ext. 2455, or dfarlow@marion.k12.in.us.

School Board honors McCulloch musicians for year of excellence

Posted on May. 18 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees recently honored McCulloch Junior High musicians for an excellent year, capped off by the ISSMA Total Department All Music Award.

Representatives from all of McCulloch's music programs pose with their group ISSMA awards during the School Board meeting on May 13, 2015, when the board honored the young musicians and their instructors.

McCulloch is the only junior high or elementary school in the state to have earned this award this year! Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

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!)

  • Class of 2015 Baccalaureate Service: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, College Wesleyan Church. Click here for more details.
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 25 (no school).
  • Last day of school for students: May 26 (unless more snow make-up days are needed; we will communicate with families if more make-up days are needed).
  • MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Banquet: 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, Meshingomesia Country Club. Click here for more details.
  • Class of 2015 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Bill Green Arena, Marion High School.
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