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News for Justice Thurgood Marshall Intermediate School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted on July 7, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce that EVERY student in our school system, preschool through 12th grade, will get FREE breakfast and lunch in the coming school year.

A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family!

(Preschoolers enrolled in half-day programs get either breakfast (morning classes) or lunch (afternoon classes); those enrolled in our full-day program get both meals.)

The free meals are part of the community eligibility provision of the National School Lunch Program run by the USDA. MCS applied for this provision and has recently been informed that our application has been approved.

This means there is no application process for free or reduced-price meals. There are no special requirements. All Marion Community Schools students are automatically eligible for free meals.

However, those who wish to apply for assistance with textbook costs will need to fill out an application during registration (online or in-person). 

Any funds currently in student meal accounts will remain there and may be used for a la carte sales. If you wish to obtain a refund of the balance in your student’s meal account, please email the MCS Food Service Department at or Please include your name, student’s name, current address, and phone number.

If you have further questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 765-662-2546, ext. 112 or 113. For more information regarding the Food Service Department, including menu information and more, click here.

>> Click here to view the letter being sent to families regarding this information
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
YOU are invited to the Giant Challenge, coming up Friday through Sunday, July 22-24!

This is a great event that brings alumni back and community members out to support and celebrate the Marion Giants of yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Proceeds support Marion Community Schools athletics and arts programs. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Online registration options are closed at this point, but you can still sign up or buy spectator passes at the gate!
  • Are you an MHS alum who would like to participate in the friendly athletes vs. alumni competitions? You can register at the events! Click here for more information.
  • Do you just want to watch the athletes vs. alumni games? A weekend spectator pass is only $10 per adult! (Students high school and younger get in free.) You can pay at the gate for any event. This pass gets you into any sporting event all weekend. Want to check out the full weekend schedule? Click here. 
  • Are you interested in participating the Giant Pride Run/Walk? Come out to the MHS stadium / track Saturday, July 23! Registration / check-in is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Race starts at 8:30. Click here to view course details.
  • Do you want to participate in Lights Out Bowling with pro bowler and MHS alum Ronnie Russell? Be at Crest Lanes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22! (MHS alum Sammy Miles will be providing live music that night!)
  • Don't miss the Walton Center Choral Reunion show! (Broadway star and MHS alum Jim Walton will be there, along with dozens of choral alumni. You don't want to miss this!) Buy $10 tickets at the door at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at MHS's Walton Performing Arts Center.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News An experienced central Indiana educator is making the move to Marion Community Schools to take the reins at Justice Intermediate School.

Michael Wingert, who will take over as principal at Justice Intermediate School starting July 21, is committed to visionary leadership and collaborative teamwork. With 15 years in education, he has a strong foundation to build on as he moves into the leadership role at Justice Intermediate School.

Welcome, Principal Wingert!

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as principal at Justice Intermediate School. I’m looking forward to getting to know the staff, getting to know the students, and to working with them and their families to build on the positives already in place,” Wingert said. “Justice Intermediate will continue to have high expectations for our students and anyone who comes into contact with them as part of their education. We will continue to engage the community and expand opportunities to work together to provide the best for our students.”

Wingert most recently served as assistant principal at R.J. Baskett Middle School in Gas City, and prior to that at Northview Elementary School. He previously spent 13 years teaching within Muncie Community Schools.

"Justice Intermediate is an exciting, student-friendly, learning-centered school. Our administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents have created this winning culture. Mike Wingert will take the principal baton and continue to lead our school upward!” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Mike is a positive, professional, and caring educator. He will bring a combination of fun and joy to the Justice culture, along with strong, consistent, and fair discipline. He will build on the positive, vibrant, and safe Justice learning environment that inspires student success. We have an outstanding team and school at Justice Intermediate, and we believe this is going to be an exciting, fun, and productive school year for our students, staff, and families.”  

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and a master’s degree from Ball State University. He completed the principal’s licensure program at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Former Justice Principal Melissa Richards has accepted an elementary education director position with Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board position for District III. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year.
  • Reside in District III (includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district - precincts: Center 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, parts of Washington 3 and 4)
Term: Ends December 31, 2016

Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (include your contact information)  to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
  • Please respond by Friday, August 5, 2016. 

All applicants will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  

Contact person:
Mrs. Patty Barney (
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that Justice Intermediate School is a recipient of a robotics grant from the TechPoint Foundation for Youth, to fund VEX IQ robotics education during the coming school year!

Mary Miller, a teacher at Justice, applied for the grant from the TechPoint Foundation for Youth, and the grant program also includes training for her to become a robotics educator.

The grant program is part of a state robotics initiative that aims to provide a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience to every Indiana elementary school by utilizing an economical, entry level robotics platform. The TechPoint Foundation for Youth aims to award these startup grants to 400 elementary schools across the state, with the vision of providing a STEM learning opportunities for students in under-served schools.

The grant will cover costs for a VEX IQ starter robotics kit and a professional development session for Mrs. Miller, along with VEX curriculum and Project Lead the Way classroom projects and parts.

We are looking forward to this exciting new opportunity for Justice Intermediate students, and we are grateful for this grant from the TechPoint  Foundation for Youth, and to Mrs. Miller for applying for the grant!