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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Spirit Store at Marion High School has new store hours.

The Spirit Store, located across the hall from the main office, inside Door 1 on the 26th Street side of the building, will be staffed on Monday and Wednesday from 8:15 to 9 a.m. and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

In addition, the Spirit Store can be open any time Monday through Friday on request during the hours of 8 to 11 a. m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for your shopping convenience. (Come to the main office to request entry).

Please stop by and check out the new apparel that has arrived!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Select Marion Community Schools students in grades kindergarten through eight will be participating next month in Unified Game Day, a Special Olympics-style friendly competition in a variety of unified track and field events.

Unified Game Day will be hosted by the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member. The event will be at Taylor University from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10. The day will begin with an opening ceremony, and student competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. Parents, school supporters, and community members are invited to cheer on our young athletes!



More information, provided by GCSEC:

Grant County Special Education Co-op and Taylor University are working together this school year to engage students in activities designed to promote school communities where young people are agents of change — fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, known as Unified Champion Schools, children of all abilities are provided opportunities to develop self-confidence and social skills while learning the fundamentals necessary for future participation in Unified Sports training and competition.

Grant County Special Education Co-op is among hundreds of preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools across the state to embrace Special Olympics’ innovative approach to improving social inclusion while simultaneously developing motor skills through curricula which aligns with Indiana State educational standards.

The annual culmination of all Unified Champion Schools programs is one or more Unified Game Day, held each spring and featuring a Special Olympics-style competition in a variety of unified track and field events. Grant County Special Education Co-op will host its Game Day May 10, 2019 at Taylor University this year. From 10am through 2pm students will be engaged in highly competitive events with their age appropriate peers. Various levels of “heats” have been created to ensure student athletes are participating with others who have a similar skill set. 

“Indiana has been recognized as a national leader in the realm of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports and social inclusion initiatives, and it’s thanks in large part to the support of faculty, administrators, and students in hundreds of schools throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Special Olympics movement is still about sports — but it’s also about changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities by targeting younger generations through programs like Unified Champion Schools.”

According to Lisa Graham, Executive Director of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, this event was so successful last year with all five districts in the county participating. Our county, with each of the 5 districts competing together, operates much like an athletic tournament or Grant Four-type competition. It has all of the components that make athletics a reason to participate: sportsmanship, teamwork, competitiveness, high energy, friendship and thrilling outcomes!

Hundreds of athletes from Grant County in grades Pre-K through 8th are expected to participate in this year’s event. The preschool students will be competing at their local schools while the older students will be together on May 10th at the George Glass Track and Field Complex. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with community, parents and school supporters invited. Beginning with an opening ceremony featuring a Law Enforcement Torch Run by officers from the University Police Department and firemen from the Upland Volunteer Fire Department, each district will parade around the track to start the festivities and open up the day’s competition.

Special Olympics Indiana’s Unified Champion Schools initiatives are supported in part by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE), the Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA), and — through a partnership known as Champions Together — the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).

Click here to learn more about Unified Champion Schools. For more information about the implementation of these programs in Indiana schools, contact state Director of Unified Champion Schools Mark Booth at mbooth@soindiana.org.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 14,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency, and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations.  For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.

ABOUT UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS
Special Olympics’ Unified Champion Schools program is defined as a pre-school, primary school, secondary school, college, or university offering Unified Sports® opportunities to its students across the world. Unified Champion Schools programming is designed to facilitate Special Olympics Unified Sports®, provide classroom and community experiences that reduce bullying and exclusion, promote healthy activities, combat stereotypes and negative attitudes, eliminate hurtful language in schools, and engage young people in activities that lead to improved behavior and school climate.

For more information about Grant County Special Education Cooperative, contact Lisa Graham, Director, at lisa_graham@olemiss.k12.in.us or 765-677-4456
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News For the fifth year in a row, the McCulloch Junior High School music department has earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award — the only school in the state to do so five years straight.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

“We are so proud of our students!” said McCulloch choir teacher Christina Huff. “We are so grateful for school, district, and community support of our choir and band programs. Our students would not have the opportunities for this much success without it!”

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must have received gold ratings in all of the following events:
  • Solo and Ensemble Contest (at least one solo and one ensemble entering in Group I, II, or III)
  • Jazz Organizational Contest
  • J/M/E Organizational Contest
Because McCulloch qualified for the award in both choir and band, they were given the Total Department award, one of only six schools in the state to earn this award.  In 2018 and 2017, McCulloch was one of only two schools in the state to earn this honor, and one of only three in 2016. In 2015 — the first year this award was given at the junior high level — McCulloch was the only school in the state to earn this honor. It remains the only school in the state to have won this award five years straight. This is an outstanding accomplishment, five years running, and our fantastic music students and teachers deserve much praise. We take this opportunity to say congratulations to them all!

There are many chances to hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows:
  • 7th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 13 in the McCulloch auditorium
  • 8th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 14 in the McCulloch auditorium
  • 7th/8th grade spring band concert, 6 p.m. May 15 in the McCulloch gymnasium
  • Various performances on May 11 during the MCS All-City Art Show; watch for more specific schedule as the event nears
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Student Senate's annual Senior Citizens Prom is coming up in May.

The 30th annual event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Entrance will be on the northeast side, Doors 7 and 8. This fun event includes snacks, music / dancing, bingo with prizes, crowning of a king and queen, and is free to all senior citizens in Marion.

In years past this event has drawn a crowd, and we hope to see that spirit return this year!

For more information, contact MHS teacher and Senate sponsor Kris Burke at 664-9051, ext. 2101, or email kburke@marion.k12.in.us.

The Senate is also seeking new donors to continue to make this great event possible. If you or your organization or business would like to be a sponsor, contact Burke at the phone number or email above.

If you want to be a part of this special event, please contact us today!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Riverview Elementary is currently the featured school on the Choose To Be Nice program's website!

Choose To Be Nice is a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness, through a comprehensive curriculum available to schools. Riverview is the first school in Indiana to implement this program!

The mission of Choose To Be Nice make the world a nicer, kinder place one individual, one interaction, one school, one company, and one community at a time. And it all starts with a simple promise:

"I promise to help spread kindness wherever and whenever possible. And to the very best of my ability, I’ll be nice to those with whom I come into contact on a daily basis."

YOU can make the promise too! Click here to sign up.

At Riverview this program program has been a GIANT help with teaching our students how to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, how to ACCEPT others, be PATIENT, be a TEAMMATE, be HONEST, FRIENDLY, KIND, and COURAGEOUS. Our GIANTS are AWESOME!

>> Click here to hear from some of our students about how this program has affected them and our school