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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be offering free athletic physicals to any Marion Community Schools student in April 2019, for students who plant to play school sports next fall.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion Community Schools’ human resources director was recently honored by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.

Human Resources Director Shelley Preston has been named the IASBO School Support Professional of the Year for Region 5, the district in which Grant County lies.

This May will be IASBOs 18th year presenting their annual award. Each year, IASBO recognizes school business official in each of its 10 regions with awards for Treasurer of the Year, School Business Official of the Year, and School Support Professional of the Year. Shelley Preston was the only representative from Grant County awarded for 2019.

We are proud of this recognition of Marion Community Schools and of Shelley Preston, who brings a wealth of experience to her role at MCS since she joined us six years ago. She has been an asset to our Giant team and we are grateful to Shelley for her service here.

Shelley Preston and the other IASBO honorees will be celebrated at the organization’s annual meeting in May.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? Frances Slocum Elementary fourth-graders may know a few things you don’t after weeks of Genius Hour research. You’re invited to come out and hear what they’ve learned!

The Genius Hour research fair will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, in the school’s gym. Family and friends and any others interested are invited to attend.

Through Genius Hour — one hour out of one school day each week for nine weeks — fourth graders got to drill down deep into a topic that interested them, with student teachers helping to guide them through this project-based learning. Students took interest inventories, then the teachers helped them narrow those interests down to top choices, and students were then grouped based on that, in 15 groups of 3 to 5 students.

Genius Hour topics to be presented Friday include fashion, video games, the Civil War, robotics, magic, and more. Student groups will use various tools to present their findings, including video, PowerPoint, models, diagrams, and posters.

These students are proud of what they’ve learned and they’d love to share it with you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 12

Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs. There are several factors considered when determining which program a student will be enrolled in, but there will be a common start to the application process for all applicants for the 2019-20 school year. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and must live in Grant County.

The open application schedule is as follows:
  • April 1: at Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 2: at Allen Elementary, 1115 E. Bradford St., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 3: at Frances Slocum Elementary, 2909 S. Torrence St., 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Kendall Elementary, 2009 W. Kem Road, 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

To apply for enrollment, families should to provide all documentation listed below that applies to their situation:
  • Verification of income (such as most recent completed tax return, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
  • Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
  • Child’s Social Security card or number
If you have questions, please contact the Little Giants office, 651-2080.

If you have special needs-related questions, feel free to contact the MCS Special Services Department at 662-2546, ext. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 8

Next month, the seventh annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student and Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!