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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is seeking volunteers for its district wellness committee, to review its wellness policy.

The wellness policy outlines the district’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. The committee will establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs.

Who we are seeking as members of this committee:
  • Parents / guardians / caregivers
  • Students
  • Health professionals
  • Anyone else who is interested in the topic
In addition, we will be inviting school staff, including teachers and school health professionals, mental health and social services professionals, administrators, and board members.

If you would like to participate on this committee, please plan to attend the upcoming meeting, set for 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the MCS Board Room at Marion High School (enter Door 22, to the west of the main entrance).

For more information, or if you would like to be on this committee but cannot attend this meeting, contact Teal Keenan, MCS Food Service Department director, at tkeenan@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at 662-2546 x. 112.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This week, Marion Community Schools will be hosting the second annual Marion Little Feet Meet, a Unified Track competition in which more than 350 students will participate.

This year’s Little Feet Meet will take place on two days:
  • Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will compete from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Dick Lootens Stadium at Marion High School. More than 100 athletes are planning to participate.
  • Then, on Friday, May 19, preschoolers will compete in two different sessions at Justice Intermediate School’s track: the morning session is set for 9 to 10 a.m., and the afternoon session will be from 1 to 2 p.m. More than 200 preschoolers are planning to participate.
These events are free and open to parents / the public to come out and cheer on our young student-athletes!

Unified Track is part of Champions Together, a collaborative partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics, which offers students of all abilities the opportunity to participate in athletics together. Young Champions is a partner program that aims to help children explore physical activities and sports, and to develop skills for future participation in athletic training and competition. The Young Champions program promotes learning, achievement, and enjoyment of physical activity and athletics.

Marion High School fields a Unified Track team, along with Unified Basketball. Unified athletes from MHS will be helping at the Little Feet Meet.

Representatives from Special Olympics Indiana and regional directors from Unified Sports will be in attendance to see what great things we do here in Marion to support ALL students and athletes.

In addition, three MCS schools have earned Champions Together banners by hosting disability awareness activities. We are proud of our building leaders for teaching our students and staff about inclusive learning and playing with our friends who have a disability. The schools who earned special recognition are Little Giants Preschool, Riverview Elementary School, and McCulloch Junior High School.

Marion Community Schools was named a Unified Champion School in 2016; this award recognizes schools that embrace the Champions Together partnership and do exemplary work in the areas of student leadership, respect for people with intellectual disabilities, inclusion, Unified Sports participation and fundraising to support the goals of Special Olympics.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As the end of the school year nears, Marion Community Schools’ award-winning art and music programs have many opportunities for you to enjoy some great performances and events, and support the young artists in our community!

Upcoming events:
  • Kindness Rally, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, Bill Green Arena at Marion High School, McCulloch musicians and other students will be featured during the Chain Reaction Ceremony
  • All-City Art Show: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Walton Center at Marion High School; on Saturday, several musical performances are scheduled:
    • 11:30 a.m., Elementary Recorder Ensemble
    • Noon: elementaries/Justice Intermediate’s Circle the State With Song Choir
    • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
    • 1:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
    • 2 p.m. Solo and Ensemble performances
    • 2:30 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
    • 3 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
  • MHS choirs present: Sing on the Green, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Walton Center at Marion High School; $5 admission
  • McCulloch Junior High 7th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the McCulloch auditorium
  • McCulloch Junior High 8th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the McCulloch auditorium
  • Justice Intermediate Community Day featuring the Justice Band, 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 in the Justice gym (NOTE: space is limited for this event, so students’ families and invited guests will get priority; little to no space is available to public at large)
  • McCulloch Junior High Band Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the McCulloch gym
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla
Originally posted April 28, 2017

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants.

You can also join in some hands-on activities or try out the pottery wheel!

A silent auction of artwork will help raise funds for art show awards and materials. With the top bid, you can take home artwork created by our own students and teachers!

The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the West Mezzanine. 

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

Music performances on Saturday, May 13:
  • 11:30 a.m.: Elementary Recorder Ensemble
  • Noon: Elementaries and Justice Circle the State With Song Choir
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 1 p.m .: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 2 p.m. Solo and Ensemble performances
  • 2:30 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
Sing on the Green:
Also, as part of the weekend spotlight on the arts, the Marion High School choirs invite you to Sing on the Green, the annual spring tradition that features special performances from senior students, and more! The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS. Tickets are $5, and are available at the door.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 26, 2018

This week, the fifth 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); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

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.

>> Want to help spread the word? Click here for a flier to print and post!

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 Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student 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 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!