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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools would like to congratulate and thank the following employees for their 35 years of service to the school system:
  • Gail Ball, who has been a bus driver for 35 years.
  • John Butcher, who is president of the Marion Teachers Association and has worked as a teacher at Frances Slocum, Clayton-Brownlee, Allen and Kendall elementary schools, and is currently teaching READ 180 at Kendall.
  • Deb Butts, who served as an elementary teacher for 31 years at Southeast Elementary School, until its closure, then at Allen for one year, then the last three years at Justice Intermediate School.
  • Kent Cocking, who is currently a counselor at Marion High School, previously served as a counselor at Tucker Career and Technology Center, and was a science teacher at Justice and Jones middle schools.
  • Deb McDonald,who served as a teacher for hearing-impaired students at Washington Junior High School, Kendall and Riverview elementary schools, Justice Middle School, and Marion High School, and as an elementary teacher at Justice and Riverview.
  • Ron Nichols, a special education teacher.
  • Deborah Russell, a speech and hearing teacher who has helped students at Riverview, Frances Slocum, Southeast, Center and Kendall elementaries and at Marion High School.
  • Jane Sauer, who has taught at Martin Boots, Southeast, Allen and Kendall elementary schools
  • Joy Shivers, an educational assistant at Justice Intermediate School, and previously at McCulloch Middle School and at Southest and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools, and who worked for many years as a secretary at McCulloch.
  • James Sonnefield, who was a physical education teacher at Justice Middle School for 28 years and has spent the last seven years at Marion High School.
  • Denise Stanley, who has been a physical education teacher at Southeast, Center, Kendall, Lincoln, Frances Slocum, and Riverview elementary schools.
  • Judith Warner, who has worked at Clayton-Brownlee and Allen elementary schools in many capacities, including educational assistant, library assistant, Title I educational assistant, MTA aide and recess monitor.
  • Darrell Wisser, who has spent 35 years teaching art at McCulloch Junior High School, then in its transition to a middle school and then back to a junior high again. 


On May 8, 2013, the MCS School Board honored MCS employees with 35 years of experience: Jane Sauer, Judith Warner, Denise Stanley, Deborah Butts, Ron Nichols, Joy Shivers, John Butcher, Deborah Russell, Lori Longenecker-Babb, Darrell Wisser, Kent Cocking, James Sonnefield, Debra McDonald, and Gail Ball. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award, initiated in spring 2000, has become known as a symbol of excellence and a coveted award in Marion Community Schools' elementary buildings, with teachers who have received the honor displaying their plaques with pride.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor. 

The award, set up through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and it includes a prize of $1,000.

This year there are five nominees, one from each of the MCS elementary schools and the intermediate school. Nominees were selected by their respective principals. The winners were selected by the interim director of human resources, the assistant superintendent, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. The 2012-13 nominees are:
  • Kara Carter, Allen Elementary School
  • Diana Dollar, Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Leah Sirk, Kendall Elementary School
  • Deborah Seeler, Riverview Elementary School
  • Laurie Gates, Justice Intermediate School
The three winners are Kara Carter, Leah Sirk, and Deborah Seeler. Marion Community Schools congratulates these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.



On May 8, 2013, the MCS School Board honored nominees for the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-13: Laurie Gates, Justice Elementary School; Deborah Seeler, Riverview Elementary School; Diana Dollar, Frances Slocum Elementary School; Leah Sirk, Kendall Elementary School; and Kara Carter, Allen Elementary School. Carter, Sirk and Seeler were named winners of the award. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dozens of students and teachers were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its May 8, 2013, meeting.

Those honored were:



Nominees for the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-13: Laurie Gates, Justice Elementary School; Deborah Seeler, Riverview Elementary School; Diana Dollar, Frances Slocum Elementary School; Leah Sirk, Kendall Elementary School; and Kara Carter, Allen Elementary School. Carter, Sirk and Seeler were named winners of the award. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. 




Justice Intermediate School students who placed in the top 100 out of more than 3,000 students participating in the Sumdog math competition in the northeast Indiana Region: Austin Guess, Robert Diaz, Joey Sutton, Kaeli Wert, Emily Phillippe, Kayla Dubuque, Zoe Tucker, Kaleb Starr, and (not pictured) Alexis Crader, Jaelyn Cruzan, and Hannah Patel. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, Justice Intermediate School Principal Melissa Richards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan. (To download a print-quality version of this photo, click here.)




Chevis Weaver, a Marion High School senior, who earned first place at the state Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) competition in the category of employability skills - job interviewing. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS JAG instructor Jenita Hurst.




Marion High School senior Ashley Douglas, who won second place out of 55 students in a Chinese language competition for article recitation.  Learn more here. Also pictured are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS Chinese teacher Kayla Hsu.




Members of the MHS JROTC Raider Team: Colton Johnson, Michael Walters, Kyle Franks, Tommy Swaggert, Moara Armagh, Abbrielle Sell, Wyatt Todd, Jessenia Trujillo, Jacob Johnson, David Bilbee, Devon Tarlton, James Franks, Brooke Johnson, Noland Stewart, Joziah Miller, Tyler Mackessy, Abbi Swafford, Carissa Albertson. The team earned several top finishes recently at a regional competition featuring teams from Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.




MCS employees with 35 years of experience: Jane Sauer, Judith Warner, Denise Stanley, Deborah Butts, Ron Nichols, Joy Shivers, John Butcher, Deborah Russell, Lori Longenecker-Babb, Darrell Wisser, Kent Cocking, James Sonnefield, Debra McDonald, and Gail Ball. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (May 8, 2013) — A Marion Community Schools bus was involved in a two-car accident Wednesday morning, but no students were on board.

The MCS bus was rear-ended in front of Lowes Home Improvement store in the 2800 block of South Western Avenue after 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013. No students were on the bus, which was headed to Justice Intermediate School at the time of the accident.

According to MCS Transportation Director Don Batchelor, no damage was done to the bus. Police were called to the scene.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The most appropriate moment of 2013 in Marion happened last week when Marion Superintendent Steve Edwards and Marion High School Principal Lennon Brown were awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash honor by Gov. Mike Pence.

It’s a shame that there isn’t a larger award for valor under fire in service to the people of Indiana, Grant County and Marion. Perhaps we should develop one and name it for Edwards, who leaves his time with us later this year after bettering life for our children — substantially.

— More from MCS on this story: To read more about the Sagamore Awards presentation, click here. —