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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due next Monday, Nov. 21. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cards will be available for pickup the week of Dec. 5. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will be bringing their entertaining, engaging show to Bill Green Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to face off against a team of local “all-stars”. But earlier in the day, this talented group of athletes will bring a special assembly to Justice Intermediate School, encouraging students to focus on their education, set goals, be good listeners, avoid negative influences and peer pressure, and not be a bully.

This team is known for high-flying dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. But the Ambassadors are also great role models with a positive message for young people.


More information about the game in the evening of Nov. 30 at MHS's Bill Green Arena, including where to get your tickets, is available at MarionGiantsSports.com.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student has been named the state leader for an international network of support groups for teens with scoliosis, Curvy Girls.

Emily Phillippe, a freshman at MHS, has been dealing with the challenges of having scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, since she was 7 years old. When she was 12, she found Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group to help her deal with the challenges of wearing a back brace 20 hours per day. At age 13, Emily’s curve progressed, even though she was braced. Emily needed spinal fusion surgery. Now, at the age of 14, Emily is fully recovered and is starting a chapter of Curvy Girls in her own town. She wants to help other girls dealing with this condition.

Curvy Girls brings girls together to raise awareness and support one another at monthly meetings, hospital visits, and brace-wear shopping trips. Because teens with Scoliosis typically feel self-conscious about their appearance, and because they often have to wear a hard plastic torso brace up to 23 hours a day, they tend to isolate and may experience depression. Support groups provide an important opportunity to share concerns and information.

Curvy Girls of Indiana is a chapter of international groups started in 2006 by then-14-year-old Leah Stoltz of Long Island, N.Y. Since being featured on national television’s TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards Show in 2009, Curvy Girls has grown to 42 chapters throughout the world.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a medical condition of unknown cause in which a preteen or teen has an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with a scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Conventional treatment is through bracing and/or surgery. Scoliosis progresses 10 times more frequently in girls than boys, and some girls have to wear a hard plastic torso brace for up to 23 hours a day. In an attempt to halt curve progression and avoid spine surgery, bracing is continued throughout the growing years.

“Scoliosis affects us both physically and mentally,” Leah said. “While the back brace supports our bodies, Curvy Girls is our emotional brace. We need to help our girls feel better about themselves from the inside out.”

Emily welcomes girls with scoliosis to contact her so that together they can continue to make a difference. Visit www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/indiana and learn more about Emily and Curvy Girls of Indiana, or email IN@curvygirlsscoliosis.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Grant County Special Education Cooperative is offering a special opportunity to Grant County families with children or dependents with special needs: a financial planning informational meeting aimed at their specific needs and concerns.

This workshop will provide information on topics such as the ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts, and guardianship. This event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Gordon Homes, a certified financial planner, will be the speaker. He focuses on financial and estate planning for families who have children or dependents with special needs. He is a frequent speaker at parent support group meetings and state conferences, and he is nationally recognized in the area of special needs planning. He also serves on the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning national Advisory Council.

>> Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing bwillman@eastbrook.k12.in.us

Marion Community Schools is proud to be a part of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, and we are happy to host this event for area families.

If you have questions about this event, the Special Ed Co-Op, or other general questions regarding special needs education here at Marion Community Schools, please contact our Special Services Department at 662-2546, x. 139.
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!”