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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Rachel’s Challenge and other anti-bullying efforts are inspiring, equipping and empowering us to make positive changes in our 
schools and community. 
To celebrate the efforts of MCS students and staff to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, a special year-end event is planned: the FOR TAXII Kindness Rally, set for 5:30 p.m. May 9, 2013, at Marion High School, on the practice football field (in the gym in case of rain). 
Don’t miss out on the fun!

Features 5:30 - 8 p.m. include:
  • carnival games
  • balloon animals
  • Johnny Law
  • bounce house
  • fire truck tours
  • human hamster ball
  • dunk tank (principals and other administrators will take the plunge!)
  • food (including nachos, popcorn, sno cones, cotton candy)
  • free child ID cards with pictures, fingerprints; produced on-site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Company        
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony will feature:
  • JROTC presenting the flag
  • Performances by Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs
  • Messages from district administrators
  • Recognition for staff working on bullying prevention
  • Presentation of kindness chains from each school, which will be linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools
View the flier by clicking here.

(For a black-and-white version to print, click here. For a color poster to print and distribute, click here.)

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 12, 2013) — A Marion Community Schools bus was involved in an accident Thursday evening, but no one was injured.

There were two students on bus No. 86 when the two-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013. The bus, which was taking the students home after an after-school tutoring session at Allen Elementary School, was eastbound on West 42nd Street and was struck by a southbound vehicle as the bus pulled away from a stop sign at the intersection with Carey Street.

No one was injured in the crash, and Transportation Coordinator Don Batchelor said the bus suffered minimal damage, with the bumper being pushed out of shape. Transportation mechanics were able to make the repair and the bus was back in service Friday. Batchelor said the second vehicle also sustained minor damage.

ABOUT MARION COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: In the 2011-12 school year, MCS’s 55 buses drove more than half a million miles. Its drivers altogether cover nearly 2,000 miles of road during a regular school day.

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

Marion Community Schools might see additional state funding after a Feb. 15 enrollment count showed the corporation has gained students since the start of the school year.

From the Chronicle-Tribune

The corporation reported an increase of 15 students since enrollment numbers were last tallied on Sept. 14, 2012, bringing total enrollment to 3,873 students.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Business Manager Jim McWhirt said during Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Previously the Indiana Department of Education counted students annually in September, and the implications of the second count remain unclear. In a memorandum to the school board, McWhirt said the financial effect of the second enrollment count remains uncertain, but any changes would be positive.

Over the past several years, MCS has lost between about 3.5 and 9 percent of its students on an annual basis. Last fall, the district dropped only 2.44 percent of its current enrollment, its best figure since fall 2005.

In October, Edwards predicted that MCS will buck a generations-long trend of declining enrollment in the next five years.

“Marion Community Schools enrollment will be on the uptick, which it hasn’t been for 47 years,” he said in the fall. “We may lose some students in the next couple years, but I believe certainly that we’re going to put programs in place, and it’s my goal and the board’s to make this a very attractive district (to parents).”

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

Marion Community Schools is widening its search for candidates to replace retiring Superintendent Steve Edwards after talks with current Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ken Folks fell through.

The school system issued a release Wednesday indicating that they are “actively seeking additional candidates” for the position.

Marion Community Schools Director of Communications Patricia Gibson confirmed that there had been talks between Folks and the board, but they could not agree on terms.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the MCS news release referenced above, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Though some schools nationally have cut recess in an attempt to focus more on academics, elementary schools in this area still believe in the importance of recess and build it into the daily schedule.

Late last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released its first ever policy position on recess, saying it “serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom.” According to the organization, abut 73 percent of elementary schools provide regular recess.

“We’ve had no discussions whatsoever about cutting recess,” David Khalouf, principal of John. W. Kendall Elementary School for four years, said. “It’s a very beneficial thing for the kids. The kinetic movement really spurs minds, and it also provides them a nice break.”