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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, visible here in Marion, some Marion Community Schools teachers are planning related outdoor activities. 

If your student's teacher is planning such an activity, you should receive an opt-out form this week, to return by Friday if you do NOT want your student to participate. If you need an additional copy of the form for any reason, click here. If you are not sure whether your student is in a class planning outdoor activities and want more information, please contact your school. (For a full list of phone numbers for MCS school buildings, click here.)

>> Click here for information from NASA on eclipse viewing safety. (Looking directly at a solar eclipse without the proper protective filters can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.)


 




El lunes 21 de agosto de 2017, el condado de Grant estará en el camino de un eclipse solar. Algunos clases estará viendo el eclipse al aire libre usando lentes de protección y / o equipo. Si usted NO desea que su hijo/a participe en estas actividades, clic aqui y devuelva este formulario.

Mirar directamente al sol durante un eclipse puede dañar permanentemente la vista. Click aqui para más información

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the upcoming solar eclipse sparking interest across the country, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on special shows that explore the unusual phenomenon.

The public is invited to MHS to the shows, scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 250 W. 26th St.

This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 58.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.

On the day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, MHS science teacher Tina Harris will be outside watching the eclipse with her classes, weather permitting. People are welcome to join the watch party! The eclipse should be visible in Marion from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

>> Click here for information on eclipse viewing safety. (Looking directly at a solar eclipse without the proper protective filters can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Welcome back! We're looking forward to a great school year - the best yet!

Class hours are:
  • All elementary buildings: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. M-F
  • Justice Intermediate: 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. M-W, 9:08 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Th-F
  • McCulloch Junior High: 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. M-W, 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Th-F
  • Marion High School: 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. M-W, 9 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Th-F 
To see the full school year calendar, click here.

To see your building's student handbook, click here

For more information, please explore your school's webpage (via the links at the top of this website).

Please contact your school building if you have any questions or concerns. Click here for our building directory

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Olivia Wright has accepted the administrative assignment as Director of Special Education for the 2017-18 school year.

Wright is a graduate of Marion High School and has worked for Marion Community Schools since 2001 — more than 16 years of successful experience as a teacher and a special education coordinator.

MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he looks forward Wright stepping into this role and continuing to shape the department and provide opportunities for all MCS students.

“Olivia is passionately committed to our mission, which is to provide our best to the students, families, staff and community of Marion,” Lindsay said. “I look forward to the excellent leadership Olivia will provide Marion Community Schools as she begins her administrative assignment as our Director of Special Education.” 

Wright has been coordinator and assistant director for the MCS Special Education department since 2015. She steps into her new role of director following the departure of the previous director, Lisa Graham, who has accepted the role of executive director for the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member.

The former director of the Co-Op, Lynn Gosser, has joined Marion Community Schools as director of exceptional learners. She will oversee ELL, alternative programs, high ability, and will also provide support to Special Services and secondary education, and more. That hiring was approved in June, with a start date to be official after the hiring of her successor. All three changes are now in effect.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and teachers of Marion Community Schools,” Wright said. “I am excited to continue to help students at Marion Community Schools grow and achieve in every way possible. I believe it is going to be the best year yet!”

Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also later earned her master’s degree in education and her administrator’s license.

MCS congratulates Graham on her new role serving the Grant County community as a whole; she has served the schools, staff, families, and students well, and we will value our continued partnership with her through the GCSEC. MCS also welcomes Wright into her new role, and Gosser into hers, as we look forward to a great school year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Grant County’s band directors are teaming up to bring a new opportunity to local music students: the Grant County Public High School Honor Band.

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. For the inaugural year, Dr. Al Harrison of Taylor University will be the guest conductor, and a performance will be held in mid-March at Taylor.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Grant County is quickly becoming a recognized area for instrumental music, and we are so thankful to be a part of this event,” said Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff. “I'm also looking forward to interacting with the other county band directors and be a part of the development of this event, which we hope to make into an annual tradition.”

Ryan Wamhoff, band director at Oak Hill High School, said the idea has created a buzz.

“There is great energy and comradery amongst the Grant County band directors,” he said. “Each of us can be excited about the growth and direction of our programs as well as those of our peers. It's great to see music programs not only surviving but thriving here in Grant County.” 

Joel Walters, band director at Eastbrook Jr./Sr. High School said that this new event will be a great opportunity for the students and the community.

“This is something that we as directors look forward to, and I am excited to see what comes from this collaboration,” he said. “The event will be an exciting way to recognize the hard working music students in our community.”

Cindy Walker, assistant band director at Mississinewa High School, said this opportunity will help the area’s young musicians grow.

“The Grant County Honor Band will be a great experience for our students. Not only will the kids get a chance to play some great music, but they'll get to rehearse with other outstanding musicians from their own area. It's a great way for our kids to improve,” she said. “The hope is they'll bring their knowledge and experiences back to other students in their respective bands.”

That experience is a key part of why the band directors have been working to develop this opportunity, Huff said.

“I'm extremely excited for my students at Marion to interact with some fantastic musicians from the other county schools,” he said. “One of the things we always tell our students is that while we may be rivals in athletics, music is the common bond that we all share. This will be a fantastic event for our students to learn from Dr. Harrison and the other directors. It will also be a chance for our county to come together and enjoy a concert of wonderful music.”

The newest member of the group of directors, Mykayla Neilson, recently named the director of Mississinewa’s band, said she was thrilled with this new opportunity.

“Not only am I honored to be a part of such a group,” she said, “but I am beyond excited to celebrate talented musicians in the Grant County area.”

Kristin Caudill, band director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, expressed hope for the future of the event and the opportunities it offers.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the other Grant County band directors and to showcase the excellent band programs throughout Grant County,” she said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to learn and perform with their peers from other Grant County schools. I'm looking forward to offering this opportunity to Madison-Grant High School students this year and seeing where this honor band goes in the future.”

More details will be released about the performance as the event nears.