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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Class of 2017 visited Marion Community Schools elementary buildings on Friday, May 19, taking a "walk of fame" through the hallways dressed in their caps, gowns, honor cords, and other awards.

          


For many of the seniors, it was a homecoming, revisiting the schools they attended in earlier years. There were plenty of hugs from former teachers and administrators to go around for the soon-to-be-graduates!

For the elementary students, it was a glimpse into their own futures, a visual representation of a milestone they are all striving to reach: high school graduation.

This is a great reminder that each of us has someone, somewhere, watching us, looking up to us, and being inspired by our choices, attitudes, and accomplishments. It's a good reminder for us all, and it’s a great way to celebrate the Class of 2017!

At the end of the tour, the seniors gathered back at the high school for a group photo:

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 After helping to build up the Giants’ junior high basketball program in recent years and leading the eighth-grade boys to an undefeated record last season, Lawrence Jordan is taking the reins of the Marion High School girls basketball team.

He will also continue to help build the basketball program throughout the school system, and will work with area organizations to offer more opportunities for younger students to learn the fundamentals of the sport. He aims to provide a camp for fifth-graders here at Justice Intermediate School in June, and will be providing more details on that soon. Justice Intermediate School congratulates Coach Jordan — and we look forward to seeing the excitement he will build here at Justice, too! 


Lawrence has been helping to lead the Giants’ junior high basketball programs in recent years, and has coached many of the current Giants players.

“I know our players are going to be excited to play for Coach Jordan; in the interview process, he had me wanting to play!” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. 

Jordan has been inducted into athletics hall of fames for both his high school and college careers, at Muncie Southside and IPFW, respectively.

Jordan said he was looking forward to building the program on a foundation of structure, accountability, and discipline.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s a hotbed of talent. We have good support,” he said. “If we work hard, we can achieve our goals.”

>> Click here to read more from Coach Jordan in the full press release at MarionGiantsSports.com 
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