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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A young artist at Kendall Elementary School was recently named one of only 36 gold ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and several other Marion Community Schools students were chosen among the 100 finalists in the competition.

Kellsie Lee, in fourth grade at Kendall, earned a prestigious gold ribbon. Her artwork will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis through March 26.


A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of more than 30,000 submitted by students around the state. The full display of finalists' work will be open from April 2 through May 4 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

All six of the artists submitted from Kendall Elementary were chosen as finalists (including the gold ribbon winner, Kellsie). Several other students from Marion earned that designation as well. The finalists from Marion Community Schools elementaries are:
  • Kolton Andrick, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Amayah Habegger, first grade, Kendall
  • Hailey Mauller, first grade, Frances Slocum
  • Mya Mezick, fourth grade, Frances Slocum
  • Nicholas Smith, third grade, Kendall
  • Da’Vion Speikes, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Karmen Thompson, third grade, Frances Slocum
  • Valencia Vasquez, first grade, Kendall
>> Click here to see a photo gallery of the students' artwork

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these young artists on their awards, and expresses gratitude to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by Ludwig von Beethoven
  • “Invitation to the Dance” Op. 65, by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Hector Berlioz
  • “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel
  • Second Movement of Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“The Clock”), by Joseph Haydn
  • “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me” by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Benjamin Britten
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The open application period for the 2018-19 school year at Little Giants Preschool begins next month!

>> Click here for more information!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Saturday, hundreds of students from our region — including dozens of Marion Community Schools students — will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 29th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or online (click here).

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 10 through March 10) — exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of Saturday rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the elementary clinician is Julie Gray from Indiana Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, and the middle school clinician will be Dan Andersen from Center Grove Middle School Central.

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion Community Schools students participating this year are:

McCulloch Junior High School
  • Kaylin Burke
  • Cassie Evans
  • Emily Fisher
  • Kaytlyn Richard
  • Jaden Sebastian
  • Shaylee Vermilion
  • Danika Ayers
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Faith Riggs
  • Dajaia Weaver
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Joseph Cheung
  • Austen Mills
  • Kaden Rinker
  • Eli Robinson
  • Christian Vermilion

Justice Intermediate School 
  • Jaylin Drake
  • Michelle Elizabeth
  • Alecia Jones
  • Emily Luckey
  • Lillyan Parish
  • Emalee Rowland
  • Ashiyah Teague
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Caleb Huff
  • Noah Rhoadarmer
  • Aidan Ruley
Kendall Elementary School
  • Shaun Caldwell
  • Grace Carpenter
  • Emma Fail
  • Samarra Jordan
  • Sara Lootens
  • Jacqueline Ortega
  • Zoey Wayman
Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Cambria Hamner
  • Trinety Hoff
  • Kenzie Larson
  • Mya Mezick
  • Jacob Sheetz
Allen Elementary School
  • Jacqueline Gallegos
  • Haylee Isenhower
  • Alicia Jimenez
  • Journey Koegel
  • David Mitchell
  • Hailey Ramos
  • Raven Sollars

Riverview Elementary School
  • Promise Andrews
  • Avanly Bokinsky
  • Micah Bryant
  • Kady Graves
  • Jalissa Hogue
  • Anjel Melgar Rocha
  • Elizabeth Parish
  • James Seybold 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Frances Slocum Elementary families are invited to join us for Family Building Night!

There will be marble mazes, Legos, and other building activities, and there will also be pizza, door, prizes, and more!

The event starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. We hope to see YOU there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 8, 2017

Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

All eight MCS music teachers will be performing solos, and then will join for a combined piece at the end of the concert. MCS art teachers will have their own personal work out on display as people are going in to be seated for the concert.

We hope to see you there!