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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News



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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - Board Honors Three teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 14, 2014, as this year’s recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.


This year’s winners are Kendall Elementary School teacher Julie Korfmacher, Riverview Elementary School teacher Dede Grau, and Justice Intermediate School teacher Cara Oliver. Marion Community Schools congratulates 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 it includes a prize of $550.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools Board on Wednesday, May 14, approved school meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. 

The choice to raise meal prices is not one that is taken lightly. The price increases for next school year are as minimal as possible and reflect added costs the school system expects to incur. Even with the increases, MCS meal prices remain below the goal pricing levels as determined by the Indiana Department of Education.

Breakfast:
  • Paid, students K-12: 90 cents (10 cent increase from 2013-14)
  • Reduced-price, for qualifying students K-12: 30 cents (no change from 2013-14)
  • Adults: $1.45 (20 cent increase from 2013-14)
Lunch:
  • Paid, students K-4: $1.50 (10 cent increase from 2013-14)
  • Paid, students 5-8: $1.70 (no change from 2013-14)
  • Paid, students 9-12: $1.80 (10 cent increase from 2013-14
  • Reduced-price, for qualifying students K-12: 40 cents (no change from 2013-14)
  • Adults: $2.50 (15 cent increase from 2013-14)
The online payment transaction fee remains the same, at $2.40 per transaction.

For information on applying for free and reduced-price meals, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Second Annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally has been rescheduled and will now be a great celebration of the end of a successful school year!

 

Mark your calendars now! The Kindness Rally will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22 — the last day of classes for MCS students. All students, families, and anyone in the surrounding community is invited to come join in the fun!

Features will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, dunk tank, food, and more.

Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions), which helps organize and run the Kindness Rally, will also be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.

Doors will open and ticket sales will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. The ceremony will feature the first ever Kindness Awards, to be presented to one student at each building who exemplifies the difference kindness can make. Students from each school will also participate in the parade of kindness chains from each school, with each link in the chains representing a kind act noticed this school year.


Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. The Kindness Rally will be a great end to the school year; and we hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools has moved to a new system for online meal payments. This move means all online payments, including meals and textbook fees, will be processed through the same system. However, parents who were already making online meal payments will need to create a new account with the new system to continue making online payments. (Any funds already loaded in the old system will be transferred to the new account.)

Our new online meal payment system is through SchoolPay.com. Please note that you can no longer make payments through SendMoneyToSchool.com.

>> If you have already used SchoolPay to pay book fees in the past, you will already have an account set up. You can now use that account for online meal payments. (If you've forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password" button, which looks like a lock.) 

>> If you have not used SchoolPay before, you'll need to set up a new account.

Once you're logged in to SchoolPay, you'll see a piggy bank tab for your Food Services account.

All account balances left on SendMoneyToSchool will be transferred to SchoolPay. Deposits and transactions will be reflected in your SchoolPay account in real time. A convenience fee of $2.40 per transaction is still in place.

We apologize if the switch to SchoolPay has caused any inconvenience or confusion for you. But we believe having one provider for all online payments will be much more convenient in the future!

If you have any questions, please call Jeanie Warren at 765-662-2546, ext. 113, or Cathy Griffin at ext. 143.