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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce its new director of elementary education: Michele Smith.

Smith has served in various roles for Marion Community Schools, including teacher, preschool manager, elementary principal, and most recently curriculum coordinator with a focus on secondary education and technology. To her new role she brings expertise in curriculum development, data analysis, professional development, parent involvement, and much more. She will focus on P-6 education and will also head up Title I programming for the district.

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said Smith’s experience will be invaluable.

“Michele Smith is moving into her niche role as director of elementary education and Title I administrator,” Lindsay said. “Her experience as an early childhood teacher, elementary principal, and district curriculum coordinator prepares her well for this role.”

Smith said she is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“My passion is literacy and supporting students to reach their full potential. I want to support buildings as they design individualized instruction to meet students’ needs,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to building on my past experiences here at Marion Community Schools and continuing to invest in the families of our community.”

Lindsay said he is looking forward to continued progress as Smith steps into this new role.

“Michele is a doer, a producer, and an excellent communicator. She is mission-motivated, and she loves the faculty, staff, students, families, and community of Marion,” he said. “Michele is a collaborative leader, an excellent facilitator, and professional trainer. Her passion includes early childhood literacy and working with teams of administrators and teachers to make better learning experiences and opportunities happen for the students of Marion. Michele is the right leader at the right time to take the baton and continue our path upward.”

Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia, her master’s in early childhood Ball State University, and is completing her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction through Oakland City University.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is a Summer Food Service Program participant. Free breakfast and lunch is available to the public (to anyone 18 or younger) as follows this summer:

All meals will be served at the cafeteria at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Monday through Thursday, June 5 through June 29.
  • Breakfast for the public will be served from 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.
  • Lunch for the public will be served from 12:30 a.m. to 12:40 Monday through Wednesday and 11:30 to 11:40 on Thursday.
Giant Summer Academy and MHS summer session students will also be provided free breakfast and lunch, but there will be separate meal times for them: 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast, and between 11 and 12:30 p.m. for lunch Monday through Wednesday, and 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, or sack lunch on field trips.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children was created to serve nutritious meals to children when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. Under this program, free meals are provided to all eligible children ages 1 to 18 as well as people with disabilities, regardless of age, who participate in a special education program.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

>> Click here for a flier to post or make copies available in your office or business, or to hand out to those who need to know
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.