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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WHAT: MCS kindergarten roundup

WHEN: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018

WHERE: Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall and Riverview elementary schools

WHY: Visit your school, get information, get a head start on kindergarten registration

QUESTIONS? Call 765-662-2546 ext. 122



Marion Community Schools invites families of children who will be starting kindergarten next school year to come visit their elementary schools and get a head start on the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, set for Thursday, April 19.

Families can attend one of two sessions set that day, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Both sessions will be the same.) Please bring your kindergartner-to-be with you!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2018, can attend kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year.

The informational sessions will be offered at every MCS elementary school:

  • Allen Elementary School, 1115 E. Bradford St., 664-7355
  • Frances Slocum Elementary School, 2909 S. Torrence St., 664-0589
  • Kendall Elementary School, 2009 W. Kem Road, 662-7364
  • Riverview Elementary School, 513 W. Buckingham Drive, 662-2427

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. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners and their families.

What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) if possible, 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 this day, 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.)

For more information, call 765-662-2546, ext. 122, or call the office of your school at the numbers listed above.

>> Want reminders? RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools parents / guardians are invited to a Title I parent involvement meeting. District policies and plans will be reviewed and discussed.

For more information, please contact the MCS Curriculum Department, 662-2546 x. 122.



Los padres / tutores de Marion Community Schools están invitados a una reunión de participación de padres de Title I. Las políticas y planes del distrito serán revisados y discutidos.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con el Departamento de Currículo de MCS, 662-2546 x. 122.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center instructor Travis Hueston, who leads MRCC’s information technology program, has been named Indiana's ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.

 
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion is an individual who has created or led a program that positively impacts their organization and community through improved readiness for college and career opportunities.
 
“I am pleased, honored, and humbled to accept this award and to represent MRCC and my students" Hueston said. "A very special thanks to Dr. Kris Condon for the nomination and to the ACT for selecting me, and an enormous salute to all of this year’s nominees across the country who have made incredible contributions to college and career readiness.”

Hueston has applied academic strategies to his curriculum that are key to preparing students for future courses and career readiness. 

“Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exception model for other career and technical education programs to follow, in addition to students learning about hardware and software they are also learning communication skills, responsibility and goal-setting,” said Dr. Condon, a member of the programs IT advisory board.
 
Mike Ripperger, director of MRCC, also noted the positive impact Hueston's students are having on the school and community.

"Mr. Hueston is an outstanding teacher who cares for our students and does a great job of training our students and then providing them with real world experiences," Ripperger said. "MRCC students complete internship experiences at different buildings inside Marion Community Schools and at the Marion Public Library.”
 
Many of Hueston’s students are deployed as support technicians within the Marion school district. This saves the district's IT department valuable time and resources and provides the students with invaluable professional experience. In addition, the program recently began public tech assistance hours in partnership with Marion Public Library.
 
MRCC's IT program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative, and it is a Microsoft Imagine Academy.
 
Marion Community Schools congratulates Hueston on this recognition! We are grateful for community partnerships, and for our outstanding faculty members and the opportunities they work hard to provide to our students. 

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from sending schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should talk to their high school counselor or call MRCC for more information, 664-9091.



The MRCC IT class visits the Amazon Distribution Center. Mr. Hueston is sixth from the right.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student recently earned a national award in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Aimee de las Alas, an MHS senior, earned a Silver Award in the drawing / illustration category at national level competition for her piece titled “AIM.”, seen below.


She earned a Gold Key for this piece at the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the highest honor given, and an automatic entry at the national level.

Congratulations to Aimee on this outstanding national honor!

She also earned regional awards for two other pieces: a Silver Key for “Vitamin S”; and an Honorable Mention for “Dive In”, seen below in that order.



 
 



Zoe Case, an MHS senior, earned a regional Gold Key award for her digital art work titled "Connection", the first image seen below. She also earned three regional Silver Keys for her pieces titled "Soul", "The Face of Resistance", and "Panther", which appear in that order below.
 








 




Greer Decker, MHS senior, earned several regional awards in the photography category: Silver Keys for two pieces titled “Cancer” and “Wings”, and Honorable Mentions for “Trapped” and “The Oracle”; these pieces are seen in that order below.











 

Ayawna Kemp, MHS junior, earned a regional Silver Key for her sculpture titled "Tropopause", seen below.

 


Ethan Eltzroth, MHS junior, earned a regional Honorable Mention in the ceramics / glass category for his piece titled "Summer House", seen below.




 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all art works will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, through April 8. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years. This is the fifth year in the last six that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, and in 2017

Congratulations to all of these students and to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson. We are proud of you!


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductions are being accepted through May 9, 2018.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to pgibson@marion.k12.in.us, by May 9.

For nomination forms and more information, including details on previous inductees, click here to visit the Hall of Distinction section of our website

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email pgibson@marion.k12.in.us.