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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As the end of the school year nears, Marion Community Schools’ award-winning art and music programs have many opportunities for you to enjoy some great performances and events, and support the young artists in our community!

Upcoming events:
  • Kindness Rally, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, Bill Green Arena at Marion High School, McCulloch musicians and other students will be featured during the Chain Reaction Ceremony
  • All-City Art Show: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Walton Center at Marion High School; on Saturday, several musical performances are scheduled:
    • 11:30 a.m., Elementary Recorder Ensemble
    • Noon: elementaries/Justice Intermediate’s Circle the State With Song Choir
    • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
    • 1:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
    • 2 p.m. Solo and Ensemble performances
    • 2:30 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
    • 3 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
  • MHS choirs present: Sing on the Green, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Walton Center at Marion High School; $5 admission
  • McCulloch Junior High 7th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the McCulloch auditorium
  • McCulloch Junior High 8th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the McCulloch auditorium
  • Justice Intermediate Community Day featuring the Justice Band, 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 in the Justice gym (NOTE: space is limited for this event, so students’ families and invited guests will get priority; little to no space is available to public at large)
  • McCulloch Junior High Band Spring Concert, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the McCulloch gym
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla
Originally posted April 28, 2017

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants.

You can also join in some hands-on activities or try out the pottery wheel!

A silent auction of artwork will help raise funds for art show awards and materials. With the top bid, you can take home artwork created by our own students and teachers!

The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the West Mezzanine. 

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

Music performances on Saturday, May 13:
  • 11:30 a.m.: Elementary Recorder Ensemble
  • Noon: Elementaries and Justice Circle the State With Song Choir
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 1 p.m .: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 2 p.m. Solo and Ensemble performances
  • 2:30 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
Sing on the Green:
Also, as part of the weekend spotlight on the arts, the Marion High School choirs invite you to Sing on the Green, the annual spring tradition that features special performances from senior students, and more! The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS. Tickets are $5, and are available at the door.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 26, 2018

This week, the fifth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

>> Want to help spread the word? Click here for a flier to print and post!

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
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