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Morgan to take the lead at McCulloch Junior High School

Posted on May. 27 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
McCulloch Junior High School’s next principal will be a familiar face: Dawn Morgan, who served as assistant principal during the school year that just ended, will step into the lead role in the upcoming school year.

Morgan will officially start as McCulloch principal July 28. She was approved by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its regular meeting on May 27.

“Dawn emerged from a field of high-quality candidates as the best choice,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “I fully believe that she is the right person for this specific assignment at this specific time.”

Morgan also has a strong endorsement from Marion Community Schools Director of Education Brenda McVicker, who served as acting principal at McCulloch for most of the 2014-15 school year.

“Mrs. Morgan has proven herself to be an effective leader at McCulloch Junior High. We are excited that she will continue as the building leader for the 2015-16 school year,” McVicker said. “Mrs. Morgan’s administrative experience and her knowledge of McCulloch’s school improvement grant will help propel continued progress for the school’s students and staff.”

Morgan started her career at MCS as a special education teacher at McCulloch Junior High several years ago. She then served in various teaching and administrative roles at several MCS schools, and was called away from a highly successful administrative team at Marion High School to help put some of the effective strategies being used at MHS into place at McCulloch, as assistant principal.

“It is an absolute honor to be named the principal of the first building where I ever had a classroom,” Morgan said. “I love these students and our families, and am looking forward to building on the positive momentum that our team ended the school year with.  We ended the year with much energy and our team is poised for much more success.”

Lindsay cited that positive momentum and growth as well as he talked about the school’s future and Morgan’s role.

“Dawn knows our students, and she believes in them and in our school and staff,” he said. “She knows the learning system that we are implementing across the school district. She understands the innovative partnership we have developed with Indiana Wesleyan University as part of our school improvement grant. She has helped oversee the development of the Power Hour extra-curricular programs this year. She is the right choice to lead McCulloch as we continue to build a better future for our students. She will provide stability and continuity as we move into the 2015-16 school year and start planning for the years beyond that.”

Students present donation to Cancer Services

Posted on May. 22 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several McCulloch students gathered late Friday afternoon to make a special presentation: the school's donation to Cancer Services of Grant County, the result of a student-led community service project prompted by the McCulloch Kindness Campaign.

McCulloch students from Mrs. Huff's fourth-period class pose for a photo with Cancer Services of Grant County Director Jennifer Lane-Riefler, along with Mrs. Huff and Mrs. Holt, who spearheaded the McCulloch Kindness Campaign and helped organize the donation drive. The students had just presented the school's donation to the agency, nearly $400! 

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The students, members of choir teacher Mrs. Huff's fourth-period class, were the class who initiated the donation drive. They proposed the idea as part of the school's months-long Kindness Campaign. They gathered to deliver the school's donation directly to the director of Cancer Services, Jennifer Lane-Riefler.

Lane-Riefler thanked the students for their effort and the gift, and she took a few minutes to explain a bit about what the agency does. She emphasized that it is a local organization serving local people, and in short they provide anything that a local cancer patient their caretakers need, from counseling and information, to helping connect them with services or obtain products they need, to free mammograms, and more. 

The donation drive netted just under $400. The students also were able to present a stack of "love letters", notes of encouragement meant for cancer survivors, cancer patients, and those who care for them. Cancer Services shares the notes with those they serve.

We are so proud of our students and staff for their efforts and generosity. There are undoubtedly many effects of the Kindness Campaign, and we hope each and every one of our students and staff, all of our families, and the whole community will continue to keep the chain reaction of kindness going. But this tangible gift to those in our community going through a difficult time is certainly one of the major things we can point to with pride, sure that we have made a real difference in our world!

MHS JROTC now open to students throughout county

Posted on May. 19 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is happy to announce an exciting new opportunity: The Marion High School JROTC program is now open to anyone of high school age in Grant County.

MHS JROTC cadets stand at ease during the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, planned and put on each year by the cadets.

JROTC is a leadership program designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. Studies show that JROTC helps students get better grades, be more active in school, and perform better on tests, and it decreases disciplinary problems.

Though JROTC is a military-regulated program, participation does not require future plans for military service. Cadets who do choose a military career can get important benefits from their JROTC participation, but the JROTC program offers important lessons that can benefit cadets in all areas of life, including self-discipline, teamwork, leadership skills, and more.

The MHS JROTC also offers co-curricular activities including several award-winning competitive teams: Drill, Color Guard, Raiders, Marksman, Academic Bowl, and Leadership Bowl.

MHS JROTC cadets work together to conquer an obstacle during the MHS 2015 Raider Challenge competition.

We have seen the positive effects this program has had on our own students over the past several years, and now, with programming for all four high school grades in place, we are happy to be able to open the door to students throughout the county, whether they are enrolled at a local high school, or homeschooled.

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from MHS, but there will be no cost to the student to enroll in the program. Marion Community Schools will work directly with sending schools and the state to claim appropriate funding for the programming provided.

Anyone interested in becoming a cadet in the JROTC program will need to work with the guidance department here at MHS and at their home high school to arrange their schedule appropriately. The JROTC class open to county students will most likely be held during the seventh class period of the day here at MHS, meaning the class would start just after 3 p.m.

The MHS JROTC color guard presents the flags during the end-of-the-year Formal Banquet.

Please contact Kent Cocking, head of guidance at MHS, at kcocking@marion.k12.in.us or 664-9051, to make scheduling arrangements. (Please note that the guidance office does close for several weeks in the summer.)

More information on the MHS JROTC program is available at the MHS website. You can also contact Lt. Col. David Farlow, JROTC senior Army instructor, at 664-9051, ext. 2455, or dfarlow@marion.k12.in.us.

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!)

  • Class of 2015 Baccalaureate Service: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, College Wesleyan Church. Click here for more details.
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 25 (no school).
  • Last day of school for students: May 26 (unless more snow make-up days are needed; we will communicate with families if more make-up days are needed).
  • MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Banquet: 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, Meshingomesia Country Club. Click here for more details.
  • Class of 2015 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Bill Green Arena, Marion High School.
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