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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Little Giants Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger has been appointed to the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Council.

ELAC works to ensure that children ages birth to 8 years and their families have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education programs that keep children health, safe, and learning.

The committee was established in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly. Committee members are appointed by the governor; the committee includes representation from the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office, early childhood education programs, the business sector and the faith-based community.

Wortinger was among three new appointees to the committee announced recently by Governor Eric Holcomb’s office, and four reappointments.

MCS is proud of Wortinger’s dedication to early childhood education, and we are pleased that she will have this opportunity and platform to advocate for expanded access to high quality preschool for all children and families. We know that high quality preschool provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning, and that for children in high poverty areas, like ours, that strong foundation can be life-changing.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Tackling challenging academic material sometimes pays off in intangible ways, such as improved critical thinking skills and better preparation for college-level workloads. But for several Marion High School students, the reward was literal: a total of $5,900 cash in hand from the AP-TIP IN program was distributed recently.

In addition, MHS science teacher Kristi Phillippe was one of four finalists for the AP Science Teacher of the Year award. She and fellow science teachers Layne Maki and Dave Tippey, along with English teacher Bret Booher and math teachers Angela Sellers and Doug Porter, also received bonus awards for reaching goals for the percentage of their Advanced Placement students who took the tests corresponding to their classes, and/or the number of students who passed the tests.

The mission of the Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN) is to improve college and career readiness for students throughout Indiana by engaging them in rigorous math, science, and English coursework. It aims to increase the enrollment in AP classes at participating schools, and to increase the number of students passing the corresponding tests. The program also delivers high-quality professional development to teachers at participating schools.  

AP-TIP IN is administered by the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, with support from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), the US Department of Education, the University of Notre Dame, and the Indiana State Department of Education. Marion High School is among the program’s fifth cohort of participating schools.



MHS students pose for a photo to recognize their accomplishments rewarded by the AP-TIP IN program.


Marion High School students and graduates were awarded earlier this month as follows:

~ For passing three qualifying exams in May 2018, Elizabeth Wuertley, Class of 2018, received $300

~ The following students / graduates received $200 for passing two qualifying exams in May 2018:
  • Gavin Bass, Class of 2018
  • Hunter Durbin, senior
  • Drake Gunyon, Class of 2018
  • Sean Harnett, Class of 2018
  • Joshua Kelley, Class of 2018
  • Zoe Orrell, senior
  • Kaylynn Scher, Class of 2018
  • Zach Stephens, senior

~ The following students / graduates received $100 for passing one qualifying exam in May 2018:
  • James Bell, senior
  • Trevor Bennet, senior
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior
  • Maylen Bowen, junior
  • Camille Case, junior
  • Zoe Case, Class of 2018
  • Kathyrn Erickson, senior
  • Greer Decker, Class of 2018
  • Destinee Fannin, senior
  • Azira Fisher, senior
  • Eliza Fry, Class of 2018
  • Jordan Gillespie, Class of 2018
  • Josiah Hamilton, junior
  • Joseph Hoffert, senior
  • Levi Hofmann, junior
  • Immanuel Israel, senior
  • Leilanu Jackson, senior
  • Jozya Johnson, Class of 2018
  • Emily Lindsay, Class of 2018
  • Elizabeth Kelsay, Class of 2018
  • Ayawna Kemp, senior
  • Cortney Kreischer, senior
  • Macie McCarthy, Class of 2018
  • Travis Metzger, senior
  • Jessica Mooney, Class of 2018
  • Christian Riggs, Class of 2018
  • Cristian Ross, senior
  • Sophie Schenck, senior
  • Thomas Schenck, Class of 2018
  • Nenah Seward, senior
  • Caleb Spitzer, junior
  • Madeline Stiles, junior
  • Hailey Teeguarden, senior
  • Sierra Thornburgh, Class of 2018
  • Chloe Vermilion, senior
  • Samuel Vermilion, Class of 2018
  • Katelyn Wright, junior


 


Many of these students were named AP Scholars earlier this year for their high scores on three or more exams, including Class of 2018's Elizabeth Wuertley and Zoe Case, who were named National AP Scholars, the highest honor given by the College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement exams. Click here to read more about this outstanding accomplishment!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Schools throughout the district have holiday programs planned. In addition, there are several community events we think our MCS families may be interested in. Since schedules are so busy this time of year, we want to share plans early! (We will continue to add more links as information becomes available.)

Click the links below to see details from each school and/or event.

School events
Community events
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools congratulates McCulloch Junior High School choir teacher Christina Huff on being named the Indiana Music Education Association’s Junior High Teacher of the Year.

IMEA gives this award each year to one educator at the elementary, middle school / junior high, high school, and college levels. The award signifies these educators have exemplified outstanding achievement in the field of music education, IMEA said.

Mrs. Huff will be honored at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, at the start of the All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir concert. Three Marion Community Schools students will be performing with the Honor Choir: Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders at Justice Intermediate School, and Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School.

The impact that Mrs. Huff has had on McCulloch can be clearly seen in a variety of ways, from the number of students involved and engaged in the school’s choir program (more than 135 students this year); to the number of students selected for the Honor Choir (for five years in a row now) and the annual Circle the State with Song festival; to the school’s music program being recognized as one of the best in the state, having earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s Junior High / Middle School / Elementary Total Department All Music Award four years in a row — the only school in the state to do so!

Marion Community Schools is so proud of Mrs. Huff, and we are grateful to her for her work to provide Marion students excellent opportunities throughout the year!

There are several opportunities coming up to enjoy the talents of McCulloch Junior High School’s award-winning musicians, at our holiday concerts:
  • 7th grade choir: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the MJHS auditorium
  • 8th grade choir: 6 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the MJHS auditorium
  • 7th/8th grade band: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the MJHS gym
We hope to see you there to support these young performers!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Choir Boosters are taking orders for Marion High School spirit blankets, custom woven blankets designed exclusively for Marion fans, featuring the Giant, along with icons for many of sports and student groups.


Show off your Giant pride in a unique way with this high-quality, exclusive item! The blanket measures 50" x 70", is 100% cotton, and is made in the U.S. 

Orders will be taken until Nov. 30. Pickup will be Dec. 11 and 12. Proceeds benefit the MHS Choirs.

You can pay by check or cash to any choir student or booster member, or by credit / debit card by Paypal. See order form for details.

>> Click here for an order form