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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. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Monday, May 6, 2013, at McCulloch Junior High School, a death investigation was undertaken after a female student was found deceased on school grounds.

Marion Community Schools wishes to express sincere condolences to the family of Braylee Rice, a seventh-grader at McCulloch. This is a very tragic situation. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.

In light of the tragic circumstances, we decided after consulting with the State Department of Education to keep school in session today on a modified schedule. Out of concern for the safety of those children who may have gone home to empty houses, we opted to keep school open and in session.

Students were kept in their classrooms, rather than following their regular schedule. The school was not, however, locked down. Parents were allowed to pick up their students, and many did so.

Counseling was provided throughout the day at McCulloch for both students and staff. Counselors from throughout the school system, along with other schools, Family Service Society and other community organizations, were on hand, and we are grateful for the support of those organizations.

There will also be counselors this afternoon on the bus the student rode. Counseling will continue to be available in the coming days at the school for students and staff. We also encourage students in need of help to reach out to any adult in the building.

There has been speculation about a connection to bullying, but at this early point in the investigation, there has been no indication of such a connection.

Marion Community Schools is fully cooperating with law enforcement officials and their ongoing investigation.

We will provide further information as it becomes available. However, we will leave it to police and the coroner’s office to provide specific details of the investigation.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards and Marion High School Principal Lennon Brown were surprised with a prestigious award Thursday night at a staff appreciation ceremony.

Both were awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash, which has been presented by Indiana governors since the mid-1940s, usually to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or the governor, according to the state government's website. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow.



From left, Greg Taylor, state senator and Marion High School graduate; Lennon Brown, Marion High School principal Lennon Brown; Steve Edwards, Marion Community Schools superintendent; and Kevin Mahan, state representative, pose for a picture after Taylor and Mahan presented Brown and Edwards with Sagamore of the Wabash awards, the highest honor given by the governor of Indiana.


The presentations were made during a staff appreciation dinner at Meshingomesia Country Club put together by the Friends of Marion High School, a community group that has helped support and propel the widespread improvements at the high school - the very changes that helped garner Edwards and Brown the award.

In just a few years, Edwards and Brown, along with other school leaders, have turned Marion High School from a failing school in danger of state takeover to a school that is widely talked about as an astounding success story.

Edwards and Brown both came out of retirement to take their respective positions at Marion. Upon hearing news of their awards, both turned the spotlight onto the staff, the teachers, and the community, who have made the changes possible.

State Rep. Kevin Mahan presented the Sagamore to Edwards, and state Sen. Greg Taylor, a Marion High School graduate, presented the Sagamore to Brown. Both awards brought the entire audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
The award takes its name from the term used by Native American tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the chief would turn for advice, according to the state's website.

Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and politicians. There is no record of the total number which have been presented, as each governor has kept his own roll, just as each has reserved the right to personally select the recipients.

Also honored at the event were retiring Marion High School teachers, including Dave Tippey, also a Marion High School alumnus, who expressed his gratitude to Edwards, Brown, and the Friends of Marion High School for helping bring MHS back to a state to be proud of.