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State releases ISTEP+ scores despite concerns over validity, fairness

We've gathered lots of information, links, and data for you to put the recently released ISTEP+ scores into perspective: Click here to learn more. Thank you for your continued support of MCS!

Rachel's Challenge - YOU can make a difference!

Posted on Feb. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Later this month, all of our schools will host a Rachel's Challenge program.

This powerful program focuses on Rachel’s Challenge: to reach out to others with deliberate acts of kindness. It empowers students and adults and gives them ideas and tools to help prevent and address bullying.

At each level (elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school) the program is tailored to be age-appropriate, while still bringing a powerful message to students.

At our elementary schools, students will take part in the Link-Up Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that treating others with respect is fun and should not just be what we do, but who we are.

Elementary students will be challenged to:
  • Start their own Chain Reaction of Kindness
  • Use kind words
  • Do kind acts
  • Include others
These elementary programs will take place as follows:
  • Allen Elementary: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Frances Slocum Elementary: 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Kendall Elementary: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Riverview Elementary: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
At Justice Intermediate School, students will take part in the Rachel's Story Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that words have the power to hurt and heal, and to inspire them to use their words in a positive way.

Intermediate students will be challenged to:
  • Be kind to others
  • Show appreciation
  • Dream big, believe in themselves
  • Practice positive gossip
  • Be the answer
The assembly will take place at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

At McCulloch Junior High and Marion High School, students will take part in the Rachel's Challenge Assembly, a powerful program with the goal of challenging participants to reflect on their relationships and how they can have a positive impact on others.

Junior high and high school students will be challenged to:
  • Look for the best in others
  • Choose positive influences
  • Speak with kindness
  • Start their own Chain Reaction
  • Dream big
The programs will take place as follows:
  • Marion High School: 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
  • McCulloch Junior High: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.
We believe in the power of a positive attitude, and we know that it's important to equip people with the tools they need to address inappropriate behavior and change the world around them for the better. The Rachel's Challenge programs are a great way to spark a conversation and to learn about specific action steps we all can take.

Did you know ...

The annual MCS Kindness Rally grew out of the Rachel's Challenge initiative at Marion Community Schools several years ago? This year's Kindness Rally is set for April 29. The event will feature carnival games, food, performances, and more, including the annual MCS Kindness Awards. More details will be announced.

>> Click here to take a look at last MCS Kindness Award winners.

Will you #BeTheMatch? Donor registry drive set for Tuesday at Giants game

Posted on Feb. 05 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Marion Giants will face the Mississinewa Indians on the court. However, the teams are teaming together to compete against a much tougher opponent: cancer.

Fans will have the opportunity during the game to become part of the Be the Match Registry. A simple, quick, and painless cheek swab is all that's needed. This is not a donation (like during a blood drive), but simply a way to add yourself to the list of potential bone marrow donors.

Every year more than 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best option for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. But 70 percent of those people will NOT find a matching donor in their family. That's where the Be the Match Registry comes in. YOU could save a life. We hope you'll consider participating in this important donor registry drive at the Giants game next Tuesday.

This Be the Match Registry donor drive is in honor of former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith, who recently lost his battle with leukemia, and his family in Grant County. Jim and Nedra Sutter, longtime supporters of Marion basketball and Marion Community Schools, are Andrew's grandparents.

>> Read more about the donor drive and the Sutter family at MarionGiantsSports.com

Riverview team wins MPL's Battle of the Books

Posted on Feb. 02 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Riverview Elementary claimed victory in Marion Public Library's Battle of the Books last weekend!

Fourth grade teams from Marion and Gas City were assigned five books about which the questions would be asked during the Battle of the Books quiz competition on Saturday, Jan. 30. The contest consisted of six rounds with 10 questions each, and at the end of those six rounds, Riverview was tied with Northview Elementary in Gas City, but our Rockets won the tie-breaker!

Congratulations to these students for their hard work! We're proud of you!

The students on the team were:
  • Kady Chambers
  • Lillia Fisher
  • Jayce Flemmings
  • Gracie Freiburger
  • Nicholas Kitts
  • Jaidon Stanley
  • Ryan Spitzer
  • Molley Steenbergh
  • Ella Topping
  • Zanyah Williams
The teacher support team was:
  • Mrs. Wier
  • Mrs. Wood
  • Mrs. Hofmann
  • Mrs. James
  • Mr. Riegler

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • Presidents Day - no school: Monday, Feb. 15.
  • ISTEP+ Part 1 testing window: Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 11. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • IREAD-3 testing window: Monday, March 14, through Friday, March 18. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • Spring Break - no school: Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25.
  • ISTEP+ Part 2 testing window: Monday, April 18, through Friday, May 6. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • All-City Art Show: The annual Marion Community Schools All-City Art Show is set for the afternoon of May 6, and all day on May 7 in the Walton Performing Arts Center. This show features artwork from students of all ages. Exact times and more details will be announced.
  • Last day of school for students: Friday, May 20. (NOTE: If school days are canceled for weather or any other reason, the school year will be extended. We will update calendars and communicate with families if this is the case.)
  • MHS Class of 2016 Commencement: Sunday, June 5, Bill Green Arena. Time TBA.
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