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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Information provided by Special Olympics Indiana

Dozens of Marion Community Schools students will be participating in Unified Game Day this Thursday, May 10. Hundreds of students from around Grant County will be participating in the event, a partnership between the Grant County Special Education Co-Op, of which MCS is a part, and Special Olympics Indiana.
 
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will participate in the Unified Games at Mississinewa High School this year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents and supporters are welcome to attend. There will be an opening ceremony featuring a torch run by the Gas City Police Department and Gas City Volunteer Fire Department. The games will feature a Special Olympics-style competition in a variety of unified track and field events. Students in preschool will also be participating in games at their own schools.

Special Olympics Indiana and the Grant County Special Education Co-op work together to engage students in activities designed to promote school communities where young people are agents of change, fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, known as Unified Champion Schools, children of all abilities are provided opportunities to develop self-confidence and social skills while learning the fundamentals necessary for future participation in Unified Sports training and competition.

GCSEC partner schools are among hundreds across the state to embrace Special Olympics’ innovative approach to improving social
inclusion while simultaneously developing motor skills through curricula which aligns with Indiana State educational standards. More than 10,000 Indiana students have participated in the program during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Indiana has been recognized as a national leader in the realm of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports and social inclusion initiatives, and it’s thanks in large part to the support of faculty, administrators and students in hundreds of schools throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Special Olympics movement is still about sports, but it’s also about changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities by targeting younger generations through programs like Unified Champion Schools.”

According to Lisa Graham, director of GCSEC, Marion Community Schools began participating as a Unified Champion School two years ago and was joined by Mississinewa Community Schools last year. This was so successful that all five districts in the county are now able to participate together, much like an athletic conference or Grant Four competition.

Special Olympics Indiana’s Unified Champion Schools initiatives are supported in part by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, and — through a partnership known as Champions Together — the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

>> Click here to learn more about Unified Champion Schools
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School is hosting an informational session from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the McCulloch Junior High auditorium for incoming seventh-grade students for the 2018-19 school year, and their parents / guardians.

Anyone who will be attending McCulloch next year, or is considering it, should plan to attend!

The evening will include a performance by our award-winning music program, information about classes and athletics, and a question and answer session with a panel of teachers and current students.

We hope to see you there!

 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do YOU have a plan for your students for the summer?

Did you know that students currently in grades kindergarten through eight can sign up NOW to attend the Giant Summer Academy?

The schedule: 

The Giant Summer Academy is a free four-week program that includes breakfast and lunch, academic lessons, enrichment sessions, outdoor activities, and field trips. This year's theme is "Traveling the World". 

Classes will run Monday through Thursday, June 4 through June 28. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m.; classes will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30, with lunch served midday.
  • Week 1 (June 4-7): Technology
  • Week 2 (June 11-14): Exploring science (field trip week)
  • Week 3 (June 18-21): Exploring the arts
  • Week 4 (June 25-28): My Passport project completion (field trip week)
Academic sessions will be tailored to each student's academic needs. (These will not necessarily be grade-level groups. Rather, each student will be guided and challenged to grow from whatever their starting point is, and will have the chance to interact with others who are at a similar level.) Enrichment sessions will be part of every day, but this year they will be staggered throughout the day, like specials (music, art, etc.) are during the regular school year. 

Location 
  • Incoming 1st through 4th grade students will be at Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Incoming 5th- and 6th-graders will be at Justice Intermediate School
  • Incoming 7th- and 8th-graders will be at McCulloch Junior High School.
Transportation

Bus pickup and dropoff will be provided to all Giant Summer Academy students. 

How to sign up

1.
Fill out a registration form and permission slip:

>> Click here to download the registration form and field trip permission slip

>> Para el formulario de inscripción en español, haga clic aquí 

2. Return your completed registration and permission slip to your student's school by May 4! 
 



>> NOTE: For information on summer classes for grades 9 through 12, click here.

 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WHAT: “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”, this year’s MHS Black History Club play

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center, Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

COST: $7



MARION — You know the story of Muhammad Ali, but do you know the story that came before? Later this month, you’ll have the chance to explore the famous icon’s early years, in the Marion High School Black History Club’s presentation of “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”.

The play is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Walton Center at Marion High School.

“And in This Corner” was written by Idris Goodwin, a contemporary playwright who has won many awards and accolades for his work. This vibrant historical drama focuses on the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Ky. In it, Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man would know as Muhammad Ali. It’s a classic story of an unlikely hero, but it also explores how remarkable communities help to create heroes.

The main actors in the play include brothers Jalen and Jordan Hill, a freshman and a senior, respectively, who play Cassius Clay in different stages of his life. Other cast members include Taliea Wells, senior, who is playing Clay’s mother, Odessa; Brett Cope, senior, playing Joe Martin, Clay’s trainer; James Bell, a junior, playing Eddie Green, Cassius’ best friend; Manual Davis, senior, playing Corky Baker, a neighborhood bully; along with seniors Kaleb Evans, Jacob Speikes, Jalon Spurgon, Joseph O’Donnell, Maria Porter, and Toosie Jackson, along with sophomore Darzuan Weaver.


In addition, several members of the Marching Giants will be performing in a parade for the play.

The cast also includes a wide range of ages, from a second-grader to adults in the community, among 25 extras adding life to the play.

The MHS Black History Club has put on a play every year since 1980. The play is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club, and proceeds help fund their annual spring college tour to historically black colleges and universities. This year’s trip is to the Atlanta area.

Tickets can be purchased from any Black History Club member or from Bobbie Owensby, MHS teacher and sponsor of the club, as well as director of the play. They will also be available at the door the night of the play.

Anyone who wants to donate to the spring college trip or help in any other way can contact Mrs. Owensby as well, by calling her at the high school, 664-9051, ext. 3234.

>> Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page and get reminders about the play
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Saturday, hundreds of students from our region — including dozens of Marion Community Schools students — will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 29th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or online (click here).

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 10 through March 10) — exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of Saturday rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the elementary clinician is Julie Gray from Indiana Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, and the middle school clinician will be Dan Andersen from Center Grove Middle School Central.

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion Community Schools students participating this year are:

McCulloch Junior High School
  • Kaylin Burke
  • Cassie Evans
  • Emily Fisher
  • Kaytlyn Richard
  • Jaden Sebastian
  • Shaylee Vermilion
  • Danika Ayers
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Faith Riggs
  • Dajaia Weaver
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Joseph Cheung
  • Austen Mills
  • Kaden Rinker
  • Eli Robinson
  • Christian Vermilion

Justice Intermediate School 
  • Jaylin Drake
  • Michelle Elizabeth
  • Alecia Jones
  • Emily Luckey
  • Lillyan Parish
  • Emalee Rowland
  • Ashiyah Teague
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Caleb Huff
  • Noah Rhoadarmer
  • Aidan Ruley
Kendall Elementary School
  • Shaun Caldwell
  • Grace Carpenter
  • Emma Fail
  • Samarra Jordan
  • Sara Lootens
  • Jacqueline Ortega
  • Zoey Wayman
Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Cambria Hamner
  • Trinety Hoff
  • Kenzie Larson
  • Mya Mezick
  • Jacob Sheetz
Allen Elementary School
  • Jacqueline Gallegos
  • Haylee Isenhower
  • Alicia Jimenez
  • Journey Koegel
  • David Mitchell
  • Hailey Ramos
  • Raven Sollars

Riverview Elementary School
  • Promise Andrews
  • Avanly Bokinsky
  • Micah Bryant
  • Kady Graves
  • Jalissa Hogue
  • Anjel Melgar Rocha
  • Elizabeth Parish
  • James Seybold