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News for Frances Slocum Elementary School


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's Red Ribbon Week here at Frances Slocum Elementary, which raise awareness for drug prevention and the importance of making healthy choices!

We will have dress-up days as follows:
  • Monday, Oct. 24: Be Strong! Wear your favorite superhero attire.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Team Up! Wear your favorite sports jersey or Frances Slocum T-shirt
  •  Wednesday: Oct. 26: Be Brave and Say No To Drugs! Wear RED from head to toe
We hope you'll join us as we stand up against misuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and against violence. Let's stand together for healthy lifestyles!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Frances Slocum families are invited to the Frances Slocum Community Fair, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. 

Lots of different community organizations (including the YMCA, the Marion Public Library, and many more) will be here with information for you and your family. Plus there will be food, door prizes, and more!

We hope to see YOU here!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Thanks to the Marion High School Brain Game team, Marion’s elementary libraries will be getting an upgrade.

The team earned their way into the top 8 during WTHR’s statewide high school trivia competition this past school year. Because of that, they had the opportunity to apply for a grant through Westfield Insurance, the sponsor of the competition.



The 2015-16 Brain Game team and their sponsors (from left) Kristi Phillippe (MHS teacher), Truman Bennet, Elijah Beal, Micah Hoeksema, Zach Spitzer, and Dave Tippey (MHS teacher).

Library resources are one of the suggested uses for the Sharing Knowledge grant awarded by Westfield Insurance, which sponsored the Brain Game tournament. The MHS students this year opted to share this opportunity with the elementary schools.

Kristi Phillippe, MHS science teacher and one of the Brain Game team’s sponsors, applauded this decision.

“Thanks to our kids for their accomplishment, which allows us to reward this money, and for thinking bigger than themselves by awarding the money to our elementary schools,” she said.

Each MCS elementary school will receive $400, for a total of $1,600, from the Brain Game grant. That money can be used for new books, e-books, e-readers, or other library resources.

The grant will also help fund continued participation in academic competitions, as 20 percent of the grant ($400) could be kept for that purpose.


Marion Community Schools is grateful to Westfield Insurance for this grant!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Choral Department invites the community to their Opening Night concert, which will feature four choirs on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The concert will feature award-winning MHS musicians in the beginning chorus, concert choir, 26th Street Innovations show choir, and Virtuoso.

The show is free, and it will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Walton. Come out and support our young musicians and arts education at our schools!