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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Where can you view spectacular art, support young artists, and even contribute to a work of art yourself? At Marion Community Schools’ upcoming All-City Art Show!

You don’t need to travel far to be inspired this spring. At the All-City Art Show, set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Marion High School’s F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center, creative works from students of all ages will be on display, and visitors will have the chance to participate in an interactive art project called “Giant Pride.”


Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

At the All-City Art Show, visitors will get the chance to see creativity in action — and take some inspiration home with them, too. There will be a silent auction of donated art items, as well as a raffle.

Awards for all ages (judged by MCS art teachers) will also be announced at 3 p.m. Saturday. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News To balance space available in individual elementary schools vs. the number of students attending, Marion Community Schools is revising its elementary school district boundaries.

MCS’s aim is to effectively and efficiently use the space available in each of our buildings. Under current enrollment projections and current elementary district boundaries, Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries will be over capacity next school year, while Riverview and Kendall will be under capacity. This change in district boundaries addresses that issue.


Yellow = Kendall Elementary   |   Green = Riverview Elementary   
Pink = Allen Elementary   |   Orange = Frances Slocum Elementary
 

Click the links below to view maps:

The change in boundaries could affect dozens of families, although the plan allows for about a 15 percent “permissive transfer” rate (referring to students who do not live within a specific elementary’s district boundaries, but are granted a request to attend there anyway). This transfer rate is about what we are currently seeing at our elementary schools. This means that a large number of families who are shifted into a new elementary district will still have the option of keeping their student at the school he or she previously attended.

The exact boundaries can now be viewed above. MCS will be providing more detailed information to families in the coming days, and we will work with families to meet as many transfer requests as possible. (One important note, however, is that families who choose to attend an elementary school outside of the district they live in do NOT have the option of MCS bus transportation.) The InfoFinder i address lookup (to find your elementary school district according to your home address) is NOW UPDATED. Click here to use InfoFinder i.


 

FAQs: Revised elementary district boundaries

How will I know if my elementary district has changed?
Marion Community Schools will be directly contacting families affected by the changed elementary district boundaries. We will be making these contacts as soon as possible.

When does this change take affect?
The new elementary district boundaries will take affect for the 2014-15 school year.

What if my district changes, but I still want my student to attend the same school he/she has been attending?
The plan allows for about a 15 percent “permissive transfer” rate (referring to students who do not live within a specific elementary’s district boundaries, but are granted a request to attend there anyway). This transfer rate is about what we are currently seeing at our elementary schools. This means that a large number of families who are shifted into a new elementary district will have the option of keeping their student at the school he or she previously attended.

Anyone who wishes to make such a request should contact the office at the school they want their child to attend. Click here for contact information for each school building.

>> Click here to download a Permission to Attend form (to request an elementary transfer)

Please note: Families who choose to attend an elementary school outside of the district they live in do NOT have the option of MCS bus transportation.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you have a child entering kindergarten next year at Marion Community Schools? Come out to Kindergarten Roundup! It's a chance to meet the staff at your school, begin the registration process, and more!

When: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Where: At your elementary school. Not sure which elementary school district you live in? Click here to search by address using our InfoFinder i tool. IMPORTANT NOTE: MCS has revised its elementary school district boundaries for the 2014-15 school year. Click here for more information.

Click on the links below for more information about our elementary schools, including address and contact numbers. What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) so we can make sure you're at the right school. We also ask that you bring a copy of your kindergartner-to-be's birth certificate. You'll be beginning the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, so we need that official document to certify your child is eligible for kindergarten. (If you cannot bring a copy of the birth certificate on May 1, we can still begin the registration process, but we'll need you to follow up with us and provide that document before we can complete the registration process.)

We hope to see all families of incoming kindergartners at this event that is just for them! It's a great way to help your future kindergartner get an introduction to the school building and staff without other older students around. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners.

Come and join us! It's an exciting time to be a Marion Giant. Check back with the MCS News Blog often to keep up to date on the latest good news!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MHS Drama Club and Music Department will present the ever-popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof" this weekend. Click here for more info about the show. We hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link With kindergarten roundup coming up at local schools, the Chronicle-Tribune looks at the issue of kindergarten requirements, funding, and what it all means for schools and students in Grant County.

“We all offer full-day kindergarten,” Kendall Elementary School Principal David Khalouf told the C-T. “All of Marion schools offer full-day. I think it’s been about eight years since we switched. I would say we do get reimbursed by the state for half of it. What the students get from it, it’s well worth the cost. There is no reason any school shouldn’t offer full-day kindergarten.”

Michele Kelsay, Riverview Elementary School principal, also said kindergarten is the new first grade in terms of educational standards.
“I think one of the things we’re seeing over the last few years is an increase in the rigor of the kindergarten curriculum,” she said. “It really helps our teachers to have more time with our students.”

“It gets them better prepared as we think about the first grade,” added Anne Liddick, Frances Slocum Elementary principal. “It’s a solid foundation for them.”