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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

With Marion Community Schools’ enrollment dwindling and future funding uncertain, the Board of School Trustees members spoke out Wednesday against spending to construct more space for the district.

The board had few kind words for a district proposal to pay $100,000 for a new 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot storage building west of McCulloch Junior High School.

— More on this story from MCS: To read the minutes of this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students were recognized for success in academics and fine arts March 13, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Ethan Nguyen, McCulloch Junior High School seventh-grader, who earned a first place at a regional science fair at Ball State University last month and will go on to compete at the state and national levels. Learn more about Ethan’s accomplishment here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.



Zoe Stiles, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, and Annie Moore, a third-grader at Frances Slocum Elementary School, who both earned Gold Ribbons at the state level in the annual Symphony in Color contest that blends symphonic music and visual arts. Also honored but not pictured was Heidy Garrido, a first-grader at Kendall Elementary School, who was a Symphony in Color finalist. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with art teacher Karen Fry.



Christian Kelley, an junior at Marion High School, who earned a Gold Rating at the annual Solo and Ensemble contest last month, and Kodie Young, an MHS sophomore who earned a Silver Rating at the same competition. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with band teacher Wayne Garrett.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion Community Schools teachers have been named teachers of the year for their efforts in special education.

The Grant County Special Education Cooperative honored Mandy Myrick and Dee Wiley, who both teach at Frances Slocum Elementary School, during its autism education fair on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Myrick is in her second year with MCS, and in her first working in special education.

"I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher since I was in sixth grade, when I volunteered as a peer helper in my school's life skills classroom," she said.

She went on to be a cadet teacher in a functional academics room when she was a senior in high school, and she also was a nanny for a boy with autism - both of which confirmed her desire to major in special education in college, she said.

Myrick earned a double major at Purdue University, in mild interventions and elementary education. During her time at Purdue, she worked in a group home for adults with disabilities and during summers worked as a counselor at Camp Riley, a camp for children with disabilities.

She graduated from Purdue in 2011 and moved to Marion, where her husband had obtained a job as an industrial engineer at Dunham's Distribution Center. In the 2011-12 school year, she worked as a resource teacher at Justice Intermediate School. 

In the 2012-13 school year, she moved to Frances Slocum Elementary, where she works in special education.

She is also working toward her master's degree in severe interventions at Ball State University.

Wiley is a veteran teacher for MCS and has been working in special education for 16 years.

She started at Kendall Elementary School, where she taught the Herman reading program from 1992 through 1997.

For the following two school years, she split her time between Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries. She has been at Frances Slocum full-time ever since.

In the 2004-05 school year, she also earned the Mary Clark Hanley Award for Teaching Excellence, which was initiated in spring 2000 to recognize outstanding teachers in MCS elementary schools. She also chaired the student study team for 10 years.

She also is proud to note that she has three sons who started in kindergarten at MCS and graduated from Marion High School.

Marion Community Schools congratulates Myrick and Wiley for their honor. The two were also recognized by the MCS Board of School Trustees. Learn more about that honor here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion High School JROTC Color Guard earned third place recently at the Maiden Memorial Armed Forces Day JROTC Drill Meet at Northwest High School in Indianapolis. Two cadets also also earned individual honors.

— To learn more about Marion High School's JROTC, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From wishtv.com

There are a number of teaching strategies to improve ISTEP scores, but teachers across Central Indiana are using popular music to get students excited for the test.

From a re-mix of "Gangnam Style" to a re-working of Top 40 hit “Call Me Maybe,” teachers are using music to get students pumped up for the statewide testing.

 
— More on this story from MCS: To learn more about the McCulloch Junior High School staff's video (and watch it!), click here. —