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News for Frances Slocum Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Frances Slocum Elementary families, please note that our traffic pattern for car rider arrival in the mornings has changed! 

Cars will now drive around the back parking lot before turning in front of the school to the dropoff zone. (This is the same route around the back parking lot that we have used in years past for dismissal in the afternoon.) We hope that this will clear out some of the traffic backup on 30th Street, as well as allow our staff members to enter and park in the back parking lot. Car riders will still be dropped off at the front doors in the morning and will be picked up at the cafeteria doors in the afternoon. The path that the vehicles take to get to that point is what will change in the morning.

Preschool students will be dropped off and picked up at their outside classroom doors. (This year preschool classrooms are located at the front of the building facing 30th Street.) Parents must park in the front parking lot and walk their preschool child to their door in the morning.

We appreciate your patience during the first few days of school, as everyone gets used to these changes. 

We look forward to seeing your students on Thursday, Aug. 9. It's going to be a great year!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Frances Slocum Elementary families (including preschool) are invited to our Back to School Open House!

Our staff will be here at ALL of our locations from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, to meet our new families, and greet our returning families.

We hope to see all of you here!

(School starts the following day, Aug. 10.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for a longtime partner.

Lynn Gosser, who has served as executive director of the Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which MCS is a member) for 25 years, will take on the new role of director of exceptional learners at MCS, which will encompass oversight of the Special Services Department, along with adult education, alternative education, English language learners, high ability services, and more.

“We are thankful that Lynn has chosen to join our team in a full-time leadership capacity and is committing to help us provide our mission-motivated best to our Marion students, staff, families, and community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Gosser will provide oversight and support for the programs listed above, along with leadership and guidance to MCS social support staffers and the junior high and high school teams.

“I am grateful for this giant opportunity to serve on the administrative team at Marion Community Schools,” Gosser said. “I am both honored and humbled. It is very exciting to be a part of a school district that provides so many opportunities to all students.”

Lindsay said Gosser’s experience will be invaluable.

“Lynn has excellent educational leadership experience engaging the Indiana Department of Education, state special education leaders, Grant County superintendents, local special education personnel, agencies, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and schools,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome her, and we know that her wealth of experiences will help make our Marion Community Schools team even better.”

Gosser earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Ball State University, and earned two master’s degrees from there as well, in special education and special education administration. She is currently working toward her education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership through Oakland City University.

She is a licensed teacher and a certified crisis prevention and intervention trainer. In addition to her duties with the Special Ed Co-op, she has also been a leader in community initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and access to local people, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Systems of Care Governance Board.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Online registration for the 2017-18 school year at Marion Community Schools is now open! 

Families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year can register their students online.

>> Click here to register using the PowerSchool Parent Portal

The online registration process can be completed at any internet-connected computer (including the public stations available at Marion Public Library). However, computer/internet access and staff assistance will also be available during our onsite registration days, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (This will be the location for registration for all MCS schools, K-12. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Please enter at Door 4 on the 26th Street side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS (including kindergartners) should plan to attend our onsite registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

>> Click here for a flier with registration information, school supply lists, and a school year calendar

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the onsite registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

A note for students registering for classes at Marion Regional Career Center: MHS students will register for MRCC classes during the regular registration process outlined above. However, MRCC has separate times set for county students who will attend in the fall: between 8:30 and 11 a.m. or 12:30 and 3 p.m. on July 12 and 13 at Marion High School. Please enter at Door 7 on the east side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street.

More information about MCS enrollment is available online at, in the “Enrollment” tab.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Dr. Gwendolyn Battle Lavert, Ph.D, as our next principal of Frances Slocum Elementary School.

Lavert is a veteran educator with a focus on literacy development. In addition to serving as a teacher and school administrator, she has also spent significant time as a coach in the areas of literacy, school improvement and turnaround, and professional development across the U.S. as well as in Europe and the Middle East.

She has also served as a consultant to educational publishers, and has published several children’s books, along with several teacher resource books for improving literacy.

“Dr. Lavert is a scholar, a literacy expert, and a teacher of teachers,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “She understands literacy, data, poverty, and diverse cultures, and she understands and loves the people and community of Marion, Indiana. Dr. Lavert is a positive and enthusiastic professional educator and a proactive communicator. She is a visionary leader who is passionate about training all staff and clearing the way for continuous growth and progress for all children — the whole child — in every area of their lives.”

Lavert said she is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to making an impact on not only Frances Slocum Elementary School, but also on Marion Community Schools,” Lavert said. “I believe in high intellectual performance. It’s important that all children are successful and that they are moved to reach their potential.”

Michele Smith, who is stepping into the role of Director of Elementary Education for Marion Community Schools, said she looks forward to seeing the progress that will be made with the addition of Lavert to the team.

“We are excited about the combination of Dr. Lavert’s literacy expertise and the heart of our staff and Frances Slocum community. Together we believe we can accomplish great things,” Smith said.

Lavert earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education / early childhood at Texas A&M University, and her master’s as a literacy specialist there as well. She earned her Ph.D in educational leadership / administration at Indiana State University.

“Marion Community Schools is committed to the centrality of student learning, collaboration for constructive and continuous change, and equity and access for all,” Lindsay said. “We believe that Dr. Lavert is the right leader for Frances Slocum Elementary today, and we eagerly anticipate an excellent family partnership and the growth of our staff and our students under her leadership.”