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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Students at Tucker Career and Technology Center will have the opportunity next week to explore the possibilities beyond high school at the Tucker College Fair.

Representatives from several area colleges and universities, along with some technical and apprenticeship programs, will be available to share information and speak with students during the school day during this special event. The Tucker College Fair is set to start at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Schools and programs that will be on hand include:
The Marion campus of Ivy Tech Community College also has a college fair set for that evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Some of the schools planning to attend that fair took Marion Community Schools up on the offer to come to town earlier to make information available directly to Tucker students during their school day.

MCS is happy to be able to provide this opportunity to students at Tucker to help them make decisions about their life after high school.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is partnering with Marion Public Library to foster of lifelong love of reading through a new program for third-graders across the district.

Next week, MPL librarians will be visiting MCS classrooms to kick off the program. They’ll be sharing information about the library and the services it offers, and they’ll also have library card applications on hand for students to complete.

Librarian visits are set for 9 a.m. at the following schools on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Kendall Elementary
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Allen Elementary
  • Friday, Oct. 18: Riverview Elementary
In subsequent weeks, librarians will return to the schools to deliver library cards and talk about family visits to the library.

At the same time, third-graders will be tracking their books read and testing their reading skills with the Scholastic Reading Counts! program. Teachers will set goals for points to be earned, and updates on progress will be made in conjunction with that second visit by the librarians.

A third visit will be scheduled after the Reading Counts tracking period, which is set to end in late November. Reading-centered activities will be featured during that visit.

At that point, new goals for Reading Counts! will be set, and more librarian visits will be planned.

MCS is excited about this opportunity to work with MPL to promote reading and help our students take advantage of the excellent resources available through our local library.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Quinten Chapel of Gas City has participated in Tucker Career and Technology Center’s culinary program for a few short weeks, but it’s already helped him start his career.

“I want to be a chef in a restaurant,” the Mississinewa High School junior said Wednesday. “I’ve already learned to cook a lot of different things.”

Chapel is one of 44 high school juniors and seniors who make up the largest class ever to assist Tucker Bistro, the school’s vocational restaurant that opened to the public Wednesday.

The bistro will serve food and drinks from chicken bites to portabella mushroom burgers to bread, cookies and pie from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Friday through the semester.

— More from MCS: To learn more about the Tucker Bistro (or to schedule your meeting or party there!), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Marion Community Schools Business Manager Jim McWhirt will resign Dec. 31, the district announced at Wednesday’s Board of School Trustees meeting.

McWhirt, a 55-year-old Sweetser resident and president of the Grant County Council, intends to stay in the community after stepping away from the job he’s held since July 1, 2010.

McWhirt said he’s been considering retirement for a few months and felt the time was right. He said his decision was not affected by a new administrative team at MCS this fall.

— More from MCS: To read minutes from this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Community partnerships were the theme of the evening Tuesday, when Marion Community Schools’ new superintendent met with the local NAACP branch.

Brad Lindsay was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Marion branch of the NAACP at the Prince Hall Community Building. Accompanied by the school system’s new director of elementary instruction, Brenda McVicker, Lindsay addressed attendees about how he can facilitate constructive change and spoke with them during a question-and-answer session.