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News for Justice Thurgood Marshall Intermediate School

Posted: by Melissa Richards
Hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Make sure you are taking time to read SOMETHING each day!  Take 10 - 15 minutes to read the newspaper, magazine or a great book you picked up at the Marion Public Library!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Over the next several weeks, the Marion Community Schools district offices will be relocating to a different section of the Marion High School building, to make room for the new Marion Regional Career Center. 

District offices are moving to the southwest corner of MHS, at the front of the building. 

We ask for your patience once again as we undertake this move. The best way to reach an individual staffer during this time will likely be email. Click here for our staff directory

The Marion Regional Career Center (formerly known as the Tucker Career and Technology Center) will be moving from the building at Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street to the east side of Marion High School where the district offices were located in the 2015-16 school year. This move will open up exciting new opportunities for more MHS students.

During this move MRCC staff will likely be best reached by email as well. Click here for our staff directory. 

In addition, much of the Little Giants Preschool staff is relocating this summer in to our elementary schools. During this move, email will likely be the best way to reach them. Click here for our staff directory. For enrollment questions, please email Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger,
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Class of 2016 visited our elementary schools on Tuesday, May 17, 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. Alumni of each elementary school led the procession at their building, and 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. 

And for all involved, it was a 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 was a great way to celebrate the Class of 2016!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Justice Intermediate School’s principal recently was honored by the Indiana Association of School Principals as a regional Principal of the Year

Melissa Richards, who just finished her fourth year as principal at Justice Intermediate, which housed grades five and six for Marion Community Schools, was named IASP’s Principal of the Year for District 6, the district in which Grant County lies.

The Indiana Association of School Principals annually recognizes outstanding school leaders in each of the 12 Indiana districts who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students. These principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession. 

Marion Community Schools is proud of this recognition of Justice Intermediate, MCS, and of Richards, who has fostered a positive environment at Justice Intermediate, with high expectations for students and staff, and she has been the driving force behind a complete and notable shift in the culture of the school. She has created a sense of community that builds up every person in the school, paving the way for more collaboration, communication, and participation.

“It’s just super humbling, and it’s exciting,” Richards told the Chronicle-Tribune for a report on the award.

Richards is a child-centered, passionate, collaborative professional with great talent in building relationships with students. Her leadership in the building created a sweeping decrease in student referrals, which resulted in fewer behavior issues and more time devoted to instruction. During her tenure, the school has risen from an “F” grade from the IDOE to a high “B”.

“(I try) to influence teachers to teach the best they can every single day,” she said. “And every time a teacher teaches the best they can every day, the student leaves the school better.”

In addition, at the district level, Melissa has played an important contributing role on various committees, including a district-wide plan to reduce costs while maintaining high instructional standards for staff and academic standards for students.

In the community, she is involved with various organizations, including the Kiwanis Club, and has brought them into the Justice community to support students with recognition and more.

Richards has 27 years of experience in Indiana as an educator. She began her career as a music teacher and has served as an administrator since 1999. She is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in music education. She earned her master’s in administration and supervision from Butler University.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 11, 2016, as this year’s nominees and recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. They were selected by their respective principals or coordinators. The 2015-16 nominees are:
  • Ceola Friday, kindergarten teacher at Riverview Elementary School
  • Andrea Johnson, third-grade teacher at Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Patricia Losure, teacher at Little Giants Preschool
  • Mary Miller, fifth-grade science teacher at Justice Intermediate School
  • Crystal Palmer, kindergarten teacher at Kendall Elementary School
  • Shelli Pence, first-grade teacher at Allen Elementary School
Johnson, Palmer, and Pence were chosen as the winners of the award. The winners were selected by the director of human resources, the district director of education, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor.

The award, set up in 2000 through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and this year included a prize of $500.