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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is moving forward with the installation of a turf field at Marion High School’s stadium, an upgrade that will provide the best possible opportunities for students and the community.

“We believe now is the appropriate time to take this project on,” said School Board member Aaron Vermilion, who has led the committee exploring the upgrade in recent months. “We’ve spent substantial time and money in recent years focusing on our academics and our educational facilities. Focusing on our sports facilities now is part of being a well-rounded, choice high school and offering our kids the very best opportunities we can.”

MCS has in recent years targeted spending to improve educational facilities, including:
  • renovation of the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center.
  • renovation of the MHS Media Center
  • renovation of the MHS Planetarium
  • addition of a family/consumer sciences classroom at MHS
  • improvements to the JROTC classrooms at MHS
  • interior lighting upgrades across the district
  • continuous technology upgrades across the district, including wireless networking now up and running in all buildings
  • security upgrades to improve student safety
We have also made moves recently at the high school to maximize use of our existing athletic facilities efficiently and wisely, including:
  • new lights and mezzanine (upper gym) curtains in Bill Green Arena
  • maintenance and repainting at Dick Lootens Stadium
  • addition of a press box to the Art Caldwell Baseball Field
With careful planning, these projects have been undertaken within the regular budgeting process. 

This stadium upgrade — now only 25 weeks from completion — will bring Marion Giants sports into a new era. The turf will make Dick Lootens Stadium truly multi-use, and will give the Giants soccer program a home field at MHS. This project will enhance opportunities and experiences for our athletes, fans and community. It also gives Marion Community Schools the chance to offer greater opportunities for school and community programs and events, in addition to athletics, without concern over damage to the field surface.

MCS is undertaking this turf installation with internal funding, but will continue to explore sponsorships and other partnership opportunities, with potential additional upgrades at the MCS Sports Complex still on the drawing board.

“We are excited to be moving forward with this project, and we believe it can become a rallying point and a point of pride for the community,” said School Board member Katie Morgan, who also has played a leading role in the exploratory process.

The pre-bid design work for the turf project is nearly complete, and the bid process will be starting later this month. Marion Community Schools will continue to provide updates as the project continues. The targeted completion date for turf installation is July 25 — just in time for the first IHSAA-allowed soccer and football practices of the 2014 season, in early August.

“Our educational opportunities — including our dual credit offerings, our technical certifications, our AP classes, our academic teams and honor societies, our JROTC program, and more — are already the best around. Our athletes are consistently competitive at the regional and even state levels. This project will let us offer the very best opportunities to our student athletes and other groups. Our goal is to have THE choice high school in the county, and even beyond.”

Project timeline

Here's a look at some of the important upcoming dates for the turf project:
  • Feb. 13 & 20: Advertisements published.
  • Feb. 26: Pre-bid public hearing during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • March 5: Bids due / to be opened during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • March 12: School Board to consider recommendation, bid approval during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • May 19: Turf installation begins at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS.
  • July 25: Completion of turf installation (just in time for first soccer and football practices allowed by IHSAA rules in early August).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Pint-sized Olympians marched around Tucker Career and Technology Center as the Head Start Preschool hosted their own opening ceremony.

The preschoolers waved flags emblazoned with their names in red, black, green, yellow and blue to represent the Olympic rings while their teachers led the way with paper torches. The celebration was a way for Head Start to incorporate the Olympics into the classroom.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link The Chronicle-Tribune explores the benefits of small-group and one-on-one interventions for struggling students, and how Marion Community Schools is using these methods and more.

"Most students have been able to move out of interventions because they’re at grade level with the core curriculum now; the curriculum is satisfying their academic needs. We’ve seen a lot of success with that in every building this year. The goal is always to move students and we’ve been able to see that growth,” MCS Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker told the C-T. 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two McCulloch Junior High School choir students recently stood in a spotlight no other McCulloch students have before: They performed with the Indiana All-State Middle School Honor Choir.

Amonte King and Alyssa Dellinger, both eighth-graders at McCulloch, performed with the choir during the Indiana Music Education Association’s annual conference last month. They were among about 140 students chosen for the All-State Middle School Honor Choir, and they spent two intensive days with other young musicians practicing for the performance, which was hosted by the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne.

Young musicians at schools that participate in the IMEA’s annual Circle the State with Song festival — which McCulloch has done for years — have the opportunity to audition for the All-State Middle School Honor Choir (and for the All-State Children’s Choir, at younger grade levels).

McCulloch choir teacher Christina Huff said the audition process for the Honor Choir is very difficult. She recorded 10 auditions, and she sent in eight — the maximum allowed. Out of those, Amonte’s and Alyssa’s auditions earned them spots in this year’s Honor Choir, and McCulloch is proud to have been represented at this prestigious event!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School seniors earned high honors for their artwork at a competition in Fort Wayne, and their works will continue on to national-level competition.

Thao Nguyen, a senior at MHS, earned Gold Key awards for two of her pieces submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art: drawings titled “Good Shoes Take You To Good Places” and “Pressure”. 

Gold Key winning artworks "Good Shoes Take You To Good Places" (left) and "Pressure" (right), both by MHS senior Thao Nguyen.

Rachel Jumper, also an MHS senior, earned a Gold Key award for her untitled drawing. 

Gold Key winning untitled artwork by MHS senior Rachel Jumper.

The museum’s scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all artworks will be on display at the museum, 311 East Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 9 through April 6. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

All pieces that earned a Gold Key will be part of a competition in New York this spring. According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years.

Nguyen also earned a Silver Key award for a drawing titled “Peace”.

Silver Key winning artwork "Peace", by MHS senior Thao Nguyen.
This is the second year in a row that she has earned one of the top honors in the regional competition. To read more about her prize last year, click here.