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News for Justice Thurgood Marshall Intermediate School


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News To try to decrease the traffic backups on the roads surrounding our school, Justice Intermediate School has new procedures for those who drive their students to school.

PLEASE NOTE: The entrance to the Justice Intermediate dropoff / pickup line is now on Kem Road, next to Kendall Elementary; you will now enter AND exit the road between Justice and Kendall Elementary, and the dropoff / pickup zone is on the north side of Justice. We also ask that you make a right turn only out of this drive when you leave, so that traffic continues to move smoothly, without large delays as people wait to turn. It may take you a block or two away from your usual route, but we believe it will speed up the dropoff / pickup process. 

Please review the map below (click for a larger version), to make sure you know where you need to be to drop off or pick up your student. In addition, please see below for information about car tags and other pickup procedures. We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 10! It will take patience and teamwork during the transition period while we all get used to this new process, but we believe it will be worth it in the long run, as traffic delays are decreased!



PICKUP WITH CAR TAG

Parents/guardians will receive “Authorized Car Pick-Up” tags from Justice Intermediate School at the beginning of the school year. One tag needs to be visible in the car that is picking up your student(s) at the end of each school day in the dismissal zone. This tag is REQUIRED for car pickup.

Only those authorized to pick your student up from school should have these tags. If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.

When you arrive at Justice, you will need to enter the road between Justice and Kendall on Kem Road. All traffic in the pickup lane is to remain single-file. DO NOT pull up beside other cars, unless directed to do so by a Justice staffer! Also, remember: You MUST have your "Authorized Car Pick-up" tag displayed in your car to be able to pick up your student in this drive! If you do not have a tag, follow the procedures outlined below.

If at any time you lose your tag, please come to the office to get a new one. No altered tags will be accepted for dismissal.


PICKUP WITHOUT CAR TAG

Please also note that parents/guardians are not allowed to stand outside any doors to pick up their students. Instead, if you have a tag, please stay in your car and follow the dismissal process outlined above. If you do not have a tag, or prefer to walk up to pick up your student, you must park your vehicle (if applicable) in the parking lot (not in the pick-up drive!) and come to the school office. No walk-up pickups will be allowed outside the gym or any other external door. You must come to the office. Also note: Please be aware of traffic in the parking lot. 

If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.


PRESCHOOL DROPOFF / PICKUP

Families with preschoolers at the Justice Intermediate School can continue to park along the safe zone outside of the doors on the north side of the Justice building, or in the nearby parking spots. PLEASE be aware of traffic in the parking lot. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Justice Intermediate families are invited to our Back to School Open House!

Our staff will be here from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, to meet our new families, and greet our returning families.

We hope to see all of you here!

(School starts the following day, Aug. 10.)



NOTE: Little Giants Preschool open house will run from 5 to 6 p.m. at Justice and all MCS elementary buildings.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Robin Peterman as our next principal of Justice Intermediate School.

Peterman is a veteran educator and a proven leader with experience building and leading supportive and energetic school communities that meet the diverse needs of students and help teachers grow as professionals.

"Robin Peterman comes highly recommended and has proven successful leadership in learning experience,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “She will lead a student-friendly, learning-centered TEAM culture at Justice Intermediate School. She will partner with our staff, families and community to make Justice Intermediate School an exciting and fun place for students to learn, and staff to serve". 

Peterman said she is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I am excited to team with the Marion Giants,” she said. “Everyone I have met exemplifies high expectations and true belief in our students and staff. I can’t wait to meet our school team and community!”

She said she looks forward to working with teachers and students at Justice Intermediate.

“I want teachers to feel appreciated and respected,” she said. “I know their work is difficult. I want them to feel excited when I walk into their rooms, feeling energized to share what they are accomplishing with students.  I want us all, including students, to look forward to school each day. When we know people think the best of us, we excel.”

Peterman earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan, and earned her master’s in school leadership from the Indiana University, where she also went on to earn her administrative license.

"Robin is ready to put all that she has learned into action to the benefit of our students, families, and community we are privileged to serve," Lindsay said.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for a longtime partner.

Lynn Gosser, who has served as executive director of the Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which MCS is a member) for 25 years, will take on the new role of director of exceptional learners at MCS, which will encompass oversight of the Special Services Department, along with adult education, alternative education, English language learners, high ability services, and more.

“We are thankful that Lynn has chosen to join our team in a full-time leadership capacity and is committing to help us provide our mission-motivated best to our Marion students, staff, families, and community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Gosser will provide oversight and support for the programs listed above, along with leadership and guidance to MCS social support staffers and the junior high and high school teams.

“I am grateful for this giant opportunity to serve on the administrative team at Marion Community Schools,” Gosser said. “I am both honored and humbled. It is very exciting to be a part of a school district that provides so many opportunities to all students.”

Lindsay said Gosser’s experience will be invaluable.

“Lynn has excellent educational leadership experience engaging the Indiana Department of Education, state special education leaders, Grant County superintendents, local special education personnel, agencies, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and schools,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome her, and we know that her wealth of experiences will help make our Marion Community Schools team even better.”

Gosser earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Ball State University, and earned two master’s degrees from there as well, in special education and special education administration. She is currently working toward her education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership through Oakland City University.

She is a licensed teacher and a certified crisis prevention and intervention trainer. In addition to her duties with the Special Ed Co-op, she has also been a leader in community initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and access to local people, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Systems of Care Governance Board.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Online registration for the 2017-18 school year at Marion Community Schools is now open! 

Families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year can register their students online.

>> Click here to register using the PowerSchool Parent Portal

The online registration process can be completed at any internet-connected computer (including the public stations available at Marion Public Library). However, computer/internet access and staff assistance will also be available during our onsite registration days, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (This will be the location for registration for all MCS schools, K-12. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Please enter at Door 4 on the 26th Street side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS (including kindergartners) should plan to attend our onsite registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

>> Click here for a flier with registration information, school supply lists, and a school year calendar

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the onsite registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

A note for students registering for classes at Marion Regional Career Center: MHS students will register for MRCC classes during the regular registration process outlined above. However, MRCC has separate times set for county students who will attend in the fall: between 8:30 and 11 a.m. or 12:30 and 3 p.m. on July 12 and 13 at Marion High School. Please enter at Door 7 on the east side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street.

More information about MCS enrollment is available online at www.marion.k12.in.us, in the “Enrollment” tab.