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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Head Start preschool program will be taking applications for the 2013-14 school year for children who are 3 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013. The Head Start program is designed to serve low-income families, and children with disabilities.

Head Start is a federally funded three-hour preschool program; therefore, is it offered at no cost to families. Currently, there are five classes at the Tucker Career and Technology Center and one class at Frances Slocum Elementary School. The Head Start program serves all of Grant County.

Applications will be taken at the following dates and times at the Tucker Career and Technology Center, Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street, Room 107 (downstairs):
  • April 12, 15 and 16: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 17: 8 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, call the Head Start office, 651-2080.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 8, 2013) — After-school ISTEP tutoring was cut short for about 150 kids at Kendall Elementary School on Monday afternoon when a heating unit malfunctioned, prompting a call to the fire department.

A little after 4 p.m. Monday, school staffers noticed a smoky smell. They were concerned enough to pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building. About 150 third- and fourth-graders were attending after-school tutoring at the time.

According to Kendall officials, the source of the smoky smell was determined to be an overheated transformer in the heating unit attached to the exterior wall in Room 15, a fourth-grade classroom.

Once Marion Fire Department officials declared the building safe, children were allowed to return to their classrooms to gather their things, and dismissal and bus pick-up was conducted only a few minutes later than usual.

The building was being aired out Monday afternoon, and the damaged heater part was expected to be in place by Tuesday morning. Classes will be in session as usual Tuesday.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 8, 2013) — With Marion Community Schools’ kindergarten roundup set this week and online registration for all grades coming soon, MCS is offering parents an easy new way to determine their elementary school district and transportation options.
With the new Infofinder i search tool, determining which elementary school district is your “home” district is as simple as typing your address. Then, with one click, you’ll learn which of MCS’s four elementary school districts your home is in, along with whether bus transportation is available to your student.
To use Infofinder i, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Kindergarten Roundup is coming! Did you ever stop to think how much experience our teachers have? Check out our ad that ran recently in the local newspaper ... and pass this info along to anyone who might need to know!

To view the ad, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Michele Kelsay never had much doubt she wanted to make children her life.

“I had my mind made up early,” the Riverview Elementary School principal said Tuesday. “My family always said I should be a teacher because I was always around kids.”

Kelsay took that love from baby-sitting, tutoring and youth groups in Kilmarnock, Va., to leading instruction at the Marion school.