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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Thank you to Circle K for helping to support Allen Elementary School through the "Fueling Our Schools" promotion! We recently received a $1,000 donation.


This partnership with Circle K is an easy way for everyone in the city to help us raise funds for our school. Purchases made at the specially marked "Fueling Our Schools" gasoline pump at two of Marion's Circle K locations will generate donations from Circle K to our school, to help fund various school improvements and programming. Purchases on any day at one of these marked pumps will generate a donation of 1 cent per gallon purchased. On special "Fuel Up Nights", the donation will increase to 10 cents a gallon.

This is such an easy way to help us boost opportunities for students at our school. We hope you'll help support Allen Elementary School in this way. Just make sure you visit the Circle K station at 901 E. Bradford St., and use the specially marked "Fueling our Schools" pump when you need gas!

>> The next "Fuel Up Night" will be March 7. From 4 to 8 p.m., donations generated at these marked pumps will be 10 cents a gallon! Watch for more information about this and other related special events.

And make sure you tell your friends about this easy way to support Allen Elementary School!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Check out the latest episode of WSOT's Giant Showcase monthly TV show featuring Marion Community Schools news!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Thank you to Circle K for helping to support Justice Intermediate School through the "Fueling Our Schools" promotion! We recently received a $1,000 donation.


This partnership with Circle K is an easy way for everyone in the city to help us raise funds for our school. Purchases made at the specially marked "Fueling Our Schools" gasoline pump at two of Marion's Circle K locations will generate donations from Circle K to our school, to help fund various school improvements and programming. Purchases on any day at one of these marked pumps will generate a donation of 1 cent per gallon purchased. On special "Fuel Up Nights", the donation will increase to 10 cents a gallon.

This is such an easy way to help us boost opportunities for students at our school. We hope you'll help support Justice Intermediate School in this way. Just make sure you visit the Circle K station at 1707 W. Kem Road, and use the specially marked "Fueling our Schools" pump when you need gas!

>> The next "Fuel Up Night" will be March 7. From 4 to 8 p.m., donations generated at these marked pumps will be 10 cents a gallon! Watch for more information about this and other related special events.

And make sure you tell your friends about this easy way to support Justice Intermediate School!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, a prestigious designation earned only by about 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who apply each year.



The MCS School Board honored Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema as NMSC semifinalists in September 2016.


Juniors across the U.S. apply for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT as juniors. Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema, seniors at MHS who have earned the finalist designation (earned by only 15,000 students nationwide), are now in line for potential college scholarships sponsored by corporations and colleges across the country.

Anne Marie plans to study Spanish and international relations. She is still weighing her college options. Micah plans to attend Taylor University in Upland, where he will major in biology / pre-med and Spanish.

We congratulate Anne Marie and Micah and wish them continued success as they move into the next phase of their lives!

They are the fifth and sixth NMSC finalists at Marion High School in the last four years. They follow in the footsteps of Class of 2015 NMSC finalists Alyssa Ngo and Noah Todd, along with Class of 2014 NMSC semifinalist Vinnai Oddiraju.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that the Marion High School band program is a recipient of a GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, along with a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation!
The GRAMMY Foundation facilitates grants, in cooperation with other organizations, to support outstanding efforts in high school music education, and to award deserving high school music programs with critically needed funding in selected communities around the country.

The GRAMMY Foundation expressed support and gratitude to the MHS band program for its role in “shaping the future of music”, and in “bringing the power and joy of music to the next generation.”

Through the GRAMMY in the Schools program, the GRAMMY Foundation aims to draw public attention to the critical importance of maintaining music education as a core element of school curricula. At Marion Community Schools we believe that music education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. Grants and community support enable us to continue to improve opportunities for young musicians in our community. We are grateful to be the recipient of this $2,000 grant.

Even in a time of reduced spending, Marion Community Schools has increased its commitment to fine arts. Marion High School has the only competitive marching band program in the county, McCulloch Junior High School is the only school in the state to have earned the JME Total Department All Music Award from the Indiana State School Music Association two years in a row, and we have added staff at Justice Intermediate to provide more opportunities to the young musicians there. We believe in the power of arts education to change lives. Creative solutions and partnerships are essential to provide for all the needs that come with a growing music education program.

If you would like to support the MHS band program, there are several ways to do so, through a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association:
  • You can give an earmarked donation to the Marion High School Alumni Association, which will then pass it along to the band program. MHSAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donation is tax-deductible when allowed by applicable laws. You can give online here, or you can email info@mhsalum.com if you would like to make other arrangements, or for more information.
  • You can take a look at our Wish List and provide a donation directly to a specific need. These donations are also funneled through MHSAA, so they may be tax deductible. Click here for more information.
  • You can give to the Giant Arts Endowment at the Community Foundation of Grant County, which will provide funding for arts education throughout Marion Community Schools for years to come. You can give online here.
If you’d like more information about the band program’s specific needs, you can email MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff at jhuff@marion.k12.in.us.