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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Attention all incoming Marion High School freshmen: Join us and take a journey through your high school years and beyond!

WHAT: MHS 8th Grade Night: Begin with the end in mind!

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 (doors at open at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center (MHS auditorium)

WHO: All incoming MHS freshman and their families

>> This night is all about YOU.
  • Information and advice based on YOUR interests and skills (based on the career inventory you completed).
  • Scheduling information YOU need to know. 
  • The chance to explore what organizations, clubs and teams YOU might want to join.
  • Pizza, popcorn, cookies, prizes and fun! (Activities for all ages will be available.)
We hope to see you there!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In order to give our staff, students, families and fans opportunity to enjoy and support both our outstanding athletes and our talented musicians, Marion Community Schools has rescheduled the Spring Choral Festival, set for this Friday, to next Friday, March 14.

Due to the post-season success of the MHS boys’ basketball team, the Giants’ sectional semifinal game in Kokomo is now at the same time as the previously scheduled concert. This presented a tough choice for many students, families, staff and community members. So rather than forcing people to choose between the arts and athletics, Marion Community Schools leaders are taking action to give each event its own separate spotlight.

The Spring Choral Festival, featuring musicians from Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School, will now take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Marion High School’s premier F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center, 750 W. 26th St.

The boys’ basketball team will play Kokomo High School at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Kokomo Memorial Gym, 200 Apperson Way N., Kokomo.

We are so proud of all of our students who work to excel in their chosen activities beyond the school day, and of our teachers and coaches who go the extra mile to help provide such great opportunities. We are grateful, too, for the support of our families and fans. We believe this change, despite any inconvenience it could cause, gives all of us the best chance to enjoy and support both our artists and our athletes.

We hope to see a big crowd in Kokomo cheering on the Giants this Friday, and a big audience at Marion High School next Friday enjoying our singers’ performances!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Grant County elementary and middle school students were able to take charge and try to make a difference to the community or their schools.

On Monday, one student from every elementary and middle school in the county was able to apply for a grant at the Community Foundation of Grant County’s bi-annual “Youth Grant Program,” which provided $5,750 for distribution.

The program allows students to write and request a grant for a maximum of $350 and deliver a presentation about how the money would be used. After all the presentations, the students voted as a governing body and placed ballots of how much each proposal should receive. 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

At their board meeting last week, Madison-Grant Schools raised the question of whether to trademark their name and image. That discussion was tabled for the Argylls, but the topic has other school officials talking about the possibility of becoming a brand name.

Nothing specific has been done at Marion Community Schools regarding trademarking the name or image. The high school’s mascot, the Marion Giants, was originally drawn by a Marion High School alumnus.

“As far as I know, we don’t have anything trademarked and not because we’re necessarily opposed to it, (it is) just not a top priority for us right now,” said Patricia Gibson, director of communication. “That being said, it is part of your school identity, your logo and mascot and it is something that we’re interested in working with, especially with local retailers to try to get consistent logo use and such. We’re not going all the way to trademarking, but we’re certainly interested in kind of solidifying our identity or brand.”

Gibson said the resources needed to control the use of the school’s name and image are more trouble than MCS is willing to undertake right now.

“You can’t really control it because unless you have the resources and the ambition to license it and actually go after people who are using it without our permission, you really can’t control something like (clothing),” she said. “You know colleges and companies and the NFL spend lots of money controlling things like that, so I think we’re more inclined to work cooperatively with retailers to try to get our official logo used appropriately.”

The trademarking discussion was tabled at the Madison-Grant board meeting so that officials could more closely look into the matter.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

The smaller the better is what a new national study from Northwestern University says about class sizes.

The number of students per classroom and per teacher are important factors in the education and development of children. The study suggested that increasing class size may save money, but it will harm not only test scores but long-run human capital formation.

For Marion Community Schools, they have consistently kept elementary class sizes small. In kindergarten through fourth grade, average class sizes were at 22 from 2010 until 2011. They saw a slight increase in 2012-13 with an average class size of 23 but then class sized dropped again in 2013-14 down to 20.

“There are many factors that can affect student success,” Patricia Gibson, director of communication for MCS. “Class size can be one of those factors, but it is certainly not the only factor, and generalizations about an ideal class size are not going to ring true in every real-world situation. That being said, it is our mission to give every student the best chance to succeed, and class size is certainly one of the things we consider when making decisions on how to most appropriately utilize our resources including staff and facilities.”

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