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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School invites the public to the McCulloch’s Got Talent Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11.

Bingo with prizes will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. Dessert and beverages will be provided, and donations will benefit the MJH Student Council.

Come out and see the many attractions and activities held at the school. We want to showcase our accomplishments of this school year!

For more information, please call the school office at 674-6917.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Community School of the Arts announced this spring that several Marion students will be attending elite summer training programs across the country. Two are students in the CSA Arts Academy, a program targeted at pre-professional art students that pairs the outstanding arts opportunities available through CSA and the outstanding academic opportunities available at Marion High School. The other is a full-time Marion High School student. Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are proud of these outstanding young artists! 

Sydney Revennaugh, 15, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of Dancers Edge Company, has been selected to attend the Julliard Summer Dance Intensive in New York City. This 3-week program features just 44 of the most talented young dancers from across the country, with only 22 females and 22 males selected from extremely competitive auditions that took place in cities across the United States.

Revennaugh, who has been training since the age of 2, auditioned in January in Chicago. She will live in New York City in the dormitories for the three-week session.

“The Julliard Summer Intensive prepares young dancers for a potential college experience at Julliard. This is one step toward achieving my goal of attending Julliard and advancing my dance career,” Revennaugh said.

Jazmin Lakin, 13, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of CSA’s Dancers Edge, was accepted into two of the top programs for young dancers. She will attend the Joffery Ballet of Chicago Summer Intensive in Denver on a full scholarship. Lakin was also accepted into the Joffery four-year residential training program, a great honor, although she intends to continue to train at the Community School of the Arts. Additionally, Lakin was accepted into and will be attending the School of American Ballet’s California Workshop for Young Dancers, a two-week program in Irvine, Calif., for students age 10 to 14 and accepted by audition only. This workshop features some of the top young dancers from across the country.

“I am very excited to attend both summer intensives this year, and I am looking forward to taking classes, meeting new instructors, and improving my ballet technique” Lakin said.

Casey Reaves, 17, a student at Marion High School and a member of CSA’s Theatre compANY, has been accepted into the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Meisner Intensive, offered by the Department of Drama. The five-week program consists of training in the Meisner Technique, with students immersed in training in acting, movement, voice and speech, singing, and “play” or
clowning, six days a week.

“I am looking forward to working with people who share the same passion I have for acting and performing. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with some of the best acting instructors," Reaves said. "I hope to take the knowledge they share with me and improve and reshape my craft. NYU is my dream college, and I hope that by working hard this summer I can get one step closer to being able to attend one of the best acting programs in the world.”

CSA is making an amazing impact on students here, and on our whole community. Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with them to provide some of the best opportunities in the country, right here in our own city. 

“The Community School of the Arts is proud of these students for their acceptance into these elite summer programs and their willingness to continue to learn and grow as artists. We have incredible talent at CSA and within this community, and these are just a few examples of the profound quality of young artists training here” said Katie Morgan, executive director of the Marion Community School of the Arts.

For more information about the CSA Arts Academy, click here. For information about other opportunities at the Community School of the Arts, click here

Information provided by Marion Community School of the Arts

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next week, Marion's elementary schools will be participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive. It will be a friendly competition to see which building can collect the most!

From Monday, May 8, through Monday, May 12, you can help "Stamp Out Hunger" for our local friends and neighbors by bringing in canned / boxed shelf-stable food! See your school office for more information.

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in. (Donations are not limited to these items. This list is just to give you a general idea of what sorts of things are needed! Think about the kinds of things YOU would like to eat and share with others, but remember to try to keep it healthy, too!)
  • Cereal / granola (low-sugar items like Cheerios are great!)
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables (those little plastic cups of fruit like apples, peaches, etc., with no sugar added are great!)
  • Dried fruits (apricots, plums, cherries, raisins ... lots to choose from!)
  • Applesauce (individual serving sizes are nice ... and low- or no-sugar is best!)
  • Canned or dried beans (black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas/garbanzo beans ... so many good choices!)
  • Peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • Jams and jellies
  • Rice (brown rice is a great option)
  • Oatmeal
  • Other grains (like wild rice, quinoa)
  • Cornmeal / cornbread mix
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Nuts / seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower (unsalted is more healthy!)
  • Crackers (whole-grain is best!)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy or almond milk
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Vegetable oil (olive oil, canola oil)
  • Dried herbs and spices
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Check out this video to find out what some of our students have to say about kindness:

And get ready to celebrate kindness and the difference it can make in our classrooms, our schools, and our community at the annual Kindness Rally, set for May 12! Click here for more event info! EVERYONE is invited!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News One Marion High School senior has been named a 2017 Indiana Academic All-Star, an honor earned by only 40 high school seniors in the state.

Micah Hoeksema, who is also a National Merit Scholar and a Lilly Scholar planning to attend Taylor University and major in Spanish and biology / pre-med, was honored with the other All-Stars at a luncheon Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to Micah Hoeksema on this outstanding and well-deserved honor!

The Academic All-Stars were chosen from a field of 264 outstanding nominees from public and private schools around the state. The distinction recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom first and foremost, but who also are actively involved in their schools and communities, and take on leadership roles in those activities. The program is produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, with support provided by Franklin College, Marian University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University, along with corporate partners Herff Jones,, and Inter-State Studio and Publishing Co.

The IASP Indiana Academic All-Stars program salutes academic excellence in the same manner that student athletes traditionally are honored. By providing a showcase for academically talented seniors, the sponsoring organizations hope to accomplish the following objectives:
  • Give academic achievement the prestige it deserves.
  • Motivate students to recognize the value of academic excellence.
  • Provide students with an incentive for academic achievement.
  • Promote a positive image of Indiana’s young people.
Each public and private high school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education may nominate one senior for consideration as an Indiana Academic All-Star. From these nominees, a selection committee chose the 40 Indiana Academic All-Stars, along with an additional 50 regional honorees.

>> Click here to view a full list of honorees 

>> Click here to view a special publication highlighting the Indiana Academic All-Stars, produced by the Indianapolis Star

Selection of nominees and honorees was based upon the following:
  • A mathematical formula that combines the SAT or ACT composite score and a seven-semester grade-point average.
  • Academic achievements and honors, academic courses, and academic extracurricular activities.
  • Other extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership qualities.
Each nominated student was required to submit an essay recognizing his or her most influential educator. Two of those educators were honored by Franklin College as part of the ceremonies this week, and received $1,000. Another two educators were honored by Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning and received $500.

IU, and Purdue also presented scholarships to several students, and IASP presented scholarships to several students in recognition of their community service.

IASP leads in the advocacy and support of all principals in their commitment to every child. The Department of Student Programs hosts 8 different academic competitions for students in grades 4-12, as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, a Student Day at the Legislature, the Academic All-Stars Program, and the Indiana Cheer Championship. Annually, over 42,000 students are involved in Department of Student Programs-sponsored events. Click here to learn more about the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Department of Student Programs.