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News for Marion Community Schools

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
For the third year in a row, GM has made an outstanding impact on Marion High School with a $10,000 donation.

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards accepted the donation May 17, 2013, during GM’s Really Big Show, an annual event showcasing GM’s products and other area businesses and organizations.

The award is in support of academic excellence at MHS, including Advanced Placement and dual credit offerings.

Marion Community Schools is grateful for the ongoing support of GM’s Marion Metal Center.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Marion Community Schools’ online student registration will be open for the 2013-14 school year.

Parents who wish to use online registration can do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. (Any parent who does not already have a PowerSchool account set up must first contact his or her child’s school to get login information.)

Parents can use the online registration system to register their child or children for any MCS school. Each child must be registered separately.

Online fee payment will also be available.

MCS is also working to make in-school registration more convenient for families. On July 22 and 23, 2013, registration will be open at all MCS schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With our universal registration system, parents can register all of their children, from kindergartners through high schoolers, with one visit to one of their schools.

However, all schools will also be open for school visitation during that time, so families and students can go explore their buildings even if they’ve already registered online or at another school.

One exception to universal registration is for those students who have never before been registered with Marion Community Schools. Those families must register at their home school. (For those first-time registering families who are not sure which school their elementary student will attend, our online tool Infofinder I features a search-by-address function.)

Also, Marion High School students registering for Tucker Career and Technology Center programs should do so at Marion High School during the regular registration times on July 22 and 23. Students from other county schools registering for Tucker can do so from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Tucker.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (May 10, 2013) — Acts of kindness - and the positive change they can spark - were on prominent display at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally.

Marion High School's Bill Green Arena was packed for the first-of-its-kind event. Carnival games, including a bounce house, obstacle course, dunk tank and more, offered fun for all ages, and fair food, balloon animals and face painting added to the festive atmosphere. 

The highlight of the evening, though, came during the Chain Reaction Ceremony, when kids from all seven MCS schools carried paper chains that wrapped around the floor of the arena, signifying individual acts of kindness that have been done in their schools this year. It was a visual representation of the effect that those kind acts can have on individual lives, schools, and the whole community. 

McCulloch Junior High School students carry the paper chain representing acts of kindness done in their school during the Chain Reaction Ceremony at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally on May 9, 2013, at Marion High School. To see more pictures from the event, click here.

Also featured at the ceremony were MHS JROTC cadets, along with musicians from MHS and McCulloch Junior High School, speakers from MHS's FOR TAXII club, as well as district administrators.

Marion Community Schools hopes the focus on positive words and actions will help people remember that they can have a real impact on their world every day, even with a small, simple act of kindness.
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.