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

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
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, IndyStar.com, 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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next month, 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 Originally posted April 19, 2017

The Marion High School Speech and Drama Association is bringing the modern musical “Disney’s High School Musical” to local audiences later this month. This is a fun, family-friendly show that you won’t want to miss!

MHS students will bring Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical to life on stage at the Walton Performing Arts Center, as Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, April 27, and Saturday, April 29. Tickets are general admission, and $8 for adults, $5 for children/students.

Disney's High School Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do YOU have a plan for your students for the summer?

Did you know that students currently in grades kindergarten through eight can sign up NOW to attend the Giant Summer Academy?

The schedule: 

This free four-week program will run 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting June 5 and ending June 29. Free breakfast (at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch will be provided to all students enrolled in Giant Summer Academy. 

Morning sessions will be tailored to each student's academic needs. (These will not necessarily be grade-level groups. Rather, each student will be guided and challenged to grow from whatever their starting point is, and will have the chance to interact with others who are at a similar level.) 

Afternoon enrichment sessions each week will center on a theme:
  • June 5-8: Sports and Games
  • June 12-15: Performing and Fine Arts
  • June 19-22: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • June 26-29: Entrepreneurship
Field trips will be taken on Thursdays.

Location 

All academic and enrichment sessions for all students will be at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Breakfast and lunch will be available free for all students at the MHS cafeteria.

Transportation

Morning pickup and afternoon dropoff will be provided to all Giant Summer Academy students. (No transportation to or from home will be available midday.)

How to sign up

1. Click here to view the enrichment course list. Determine what your student's top three choices are for each week. (Final class assignements will be based on demand and space available.)

2. Click here to download the registration form and field trip permission slip.

3. Return your completed registration form (including top three enrichment courses for each week) and the field trip permission slip to your student's school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 5



>> NOTE: For information on summer classes for grades 9 through 12, click here.