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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the closure of the Tucker Career and Technology Center building (and subsequent move of career and tech classes to Marion Regional Career Center on the Marion High School campus), Marion Community Schools has equipment that is no longer needed. It will be auctioned off on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 9 a.m.

Notable items include a Ford F-800 bucket truck, shop equipment including lathes, hydraulic presses, jack stands, welders, power tools, and more; an electric fork truck; kitchen equipment including a walk-in cooler; a Heidleberg offset printing press; a Visualiner alignment system; classroom equipment including desks, chairs, cabinets, and more.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is transitioning to a new phone service, and we are having intermittent phone outages. If you are having trouble reaching your school building, it is likely that the phones may not be working correctly. Please reach out to us by email, or call the district office (662-2546) for assistance.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

The MHS Key Club’s first project of the year is underway: It’s a warm winter gear drive — and YOU can help!

Did you get new winter gear for the holidays, and now you have mittens, gloves, or scarves that are in good shape, but you just don’t need them any more? Or maybe you’re looking to clean out your closets, where you have too many scarves, gloves, or mittens you don’t wear often? If you don't need them anymore, pass them along to someone who does! You can donate new or gently used winter items to the MHS Key Club.

Youth and adult items are welcome. The Key Club plans to deliver the donated gear to our elementary schools for kids or families in need, and keep some at the high school, too. 

>> HOW YOU CAN HELP: Starting Jan. 4, there will be donation boxes in the MHS main office, the MHS Media Center (library), and in Room 2-5 (district office), and Room 2-46 (Ms. Vermilion’s room). The drive will last until Jan. 23.

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club has approximately 260,000 members in approximately 5,000 clubs throughout 37 countries.

If you are interested in joining the MHS Key Club, meetings are held every other Monday in Room 2-46. The next meeting will be on Jan. 9. See Ms. Vermilion for more information.

COMING UP: Key Club is already planning ahead for their next project, a “Show Your Love” food drive. They will be donating to local food pantries after Valentine’s Day.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees honored several outstanding Marion High School seniors at their regular meeting on Dec. 14. 

Micah Hoeksema was honored as one of two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winners in Grant County, a full-tuition scholarship to any college in Indiana. Micah plans to attend Taylor University in Upland, where he'll major in Spanish and biology/pre-med.

This scholarship recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments, as well as community service, extra-curricular involvement and more.

We are so proud of Micah, and of MHS's four other Lilly Scholarship finalists, who were also honored: Truman Bennet, Anne Marie Conrad, Courtney Hiles, and Nick Spitzer. These are all outstanding students and fantastic young people. We look forward to seeing the great things the future has in store for all of them!

Pictured, left to right: Board President Aaron Vermilion, Board 1st Vice President Cathy Moritz, Board 2nd Vice President Greg Kitts, Lilly Scholarship Winner Micah Hoeksema, board member Pam Hutchison, Lilly finalist Anne Marie Conrad, board member Scott Murphy, Lilly finalist Truman Bennet, board member Chuck Griffin, and Superintendent Brad Lindsay.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees recently honored the winners and finalists in the annual MCS holiday card competition.

Every year, art teachers across the district select the best artwork from their students to submit to the competition. Then, winners are chosen at the district level, and the winning artwork is used in the annual MCS holiday cards, which are made available to order in November. The cards are printed at the Marion Regional Career Center.

This year, the winning artists were Lucille Schlotterback, a Little Giants Preschool student at Frances Slocum Elementary School, and Sesilia Guy, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School. Here's a look at the cards featuring their artwork: 


The other finalists honored by the board at the Dec. 14, 2016, meeting were:
  • Gracie Chandler, fourth grade, Kendall Elementary
  • Trammy Chau, preschool, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Katie Cheshire, fifth grade, Justice Intermediate 
  • Tyrelle Cox, third grade, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Elijah Dennison-Sander, preschool, Kendall Elementary
  • Ryleigh Dillman, second grade, Riverview Elementary
  • Cherish Frazier, 11th grade, MHS
  • Justin Johnson, 11th grade, MHS
  • Eli Lootens, 10th grade, MHS
  • Halle Mims, fourth grade, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Alex Nikolulis, fifth grade, Justice Intermediate 
  • Silas Oyler, preschool, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Raven Sollars, third grade, Allen Elementary
  • Andrew Terhune, first grade, Riverview Elementary
  • Kyliegh Yeakle, fourth grade, Allen Elementary