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We are excited to bring this site to the community of Marion as a place for communicating information about the school district. If you have any comments or concerns about this website, please feel free to contact the Webmaster
 

Do YOU have an old instrument you don't use anymore? We'll put it to use!

Posted on Aug. 26 2015 by Melissa Richards
Justice Intermediate School's band program has grown so fast that we don't have enough instruments for our students!

Our band has more than quadrupled in size in just a few short years, to more than 150 young musicians. But at this point, because of a shortage of instruments available, we have students sharing instruments during the day, which means they can't take them home to practice. And as anyone who has learned a skill knows, consistent practice is the key!

So what can you do to help us solve this problem? If you have an instrument you no longer use, donate it to our band program! 

Right now we are in specific need of alto saxophones, clarinets, oboes, tenor saxophones, trombones, and trumpets. (But we'll gratefully accept any instruments, and will put them to good use!)

Call the school if you need more information on how to get your donation to us.

And please share this information with anyone you know who might have an instrument to give!

Thank you for your help. We can't do what we do without the support of our community!

YOU'RE INVITED: Public forums to discuss MCS reconfiguration proposals

Posted on Aug. 19 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools has set community forums to discuss the reconfiguration proposals under consideration.

The scheduled forums are:
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at McCulloch Junior High, 3528 S. Washington St.
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr.
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Clarence Faulkner Community Center, 1221 W. 12th St.
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Walton Center at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.
All community members are invited to attend. MCS officials will present information regarding the reconfiguration proposals currently under consideration, as well as why these changes are needed. We will discuss some of the exciting opportunities the changes will bring, as well as some of the challenges that will need solutions. We hope to hear directly from the community regarding priorities and feelings about the various proposals.

Little Giants Head Start staffers awarded child care credentials

Posted on Aug. 13 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
 Marion Community Schools is proud to recognize three of our Little Giants Head Start staff members who were recently awarded child care credentials, reflecting their excellence as early childhood educators.

Rhonda Sexton, Melissa Sizemore, and Pam Kelly have each been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of their outstanding work with young children. The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings.

“It takes special knowledge, skills, and expertise to be an effective teacher of young children,” says Valora Washington, CEO of the Council. “It’s a great honor to earn a CDA, and it shows a commitment to quality early childhood education.”

MCS Preschool Coordinator Kerri Wortinger is proud of her staffers’ work, too.

“I am thankful to have Rhonda, Melissa, and Pam on our team at Little Giant’s Head Start. Their willingness to be team players and share their knowledge is a blessing,” she said.

The CDA is a nationally recognized credential for excellence in early childhood education. Each CDA candidate is observed working with young children and is assessed on his/her ability to develop the physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of young children.

The CDA community nationwide is having a positive effect on the quality of early childhood education by helping preschools, day care centers, and family child care programs hire qualified and competent professionals who ensure the best care for our nation’s youngest.

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!)

 
  • Labor Day - no school: Monday, Sept. 7. 
  • Community forum on consolidation/reconfiguration: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, McCulloch Junior High, 3528 S. Washington St.
  • Concert in the Gardens featuring MCS musicians: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Garden House at Matter Park.
  • Community forum on consolidation/reconfiguration: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr.
  • FREE community performance by the Marching Giants: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS.
  • Community forum on consolidation/reconfiguration: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Clarence Faulkner Center, 1221 W. 12th St.
  • Community forum on consolidation/reconfiguration: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Walton Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St.
  • Fall Break - no school: Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23.
  • Thanksgiving Break - no school: Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27.
  • Winter Break - no school: Friday, Dec. 18 (record day for teachers, no school for students) through Friday, Jan. 1.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school: Monday, Jan. 18.
  • 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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