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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2018 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction.

The selection committee chose the 9 inductees:
  • Earl E. Green, Marion High School Class of 1940, the first African-American postmaster in Grant County
  • Charles E. “Chick” Nelson, Marion High School Class of 1948, lawyer and expert on community development and housing, former executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace
  • Carlton Rose, Marion High School Class of 1980, President of Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS
  • Brian Balsbaugh, Marion High School Class of 1991, a leader in the sports and gaming industry, representing some of the most high-profile athletes and players in the world
  • Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Marion High School Class of 1991, award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity
  • Scott and Julie Moorehead, Marion High School Class of 1996 and 1998, Scott is CEO of TCC, and co-founder the Culture of Good organization, which teaches businesses the importance of giving, and with Julie launched TCC Gives, which provides grants and other philanthropic efforts.
  • Erika Davis Sears, M.D., M.S., Marion High School Class of 1998, plastic surgeon
  • Jack Colescott, honorary inductee, longtime teacher, coach, and community leader
The 2018 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 14.

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.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is a Summer Food Service Program participant. Free breakfast and lunch is available to the public (to anyone 18 or younger) as follows this summer:

Meals will be available Monday through Thursday, June 4 through June 28 at Frances Slocum Elementary School, Justice Intermediate School, and McCulloch Junior High School; meals will be available Monday through Thursday June 4 through June 21 at Marion High School.
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Giant Summer Academy and MHS summer session students will also be provided free breakfast and lunch.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children was created to serve nutritious meals to children when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. Under this program, free meals are provided to all eligible children ages 1 to 18 as well as people with disabilities, regardless of age, who participate in a special education program.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

On May 18, the sixth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!

>> The All-City Art Show runs on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walton Center at MHS. Stop by and take a look at some of the art on display from our talented students!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools’ assistant superintendent recently was honored by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, for the second time in three years.


Dr. Robert Schultz, assistant superintendent for business affairs at MCS, was named the IASBO School Business Official of the Year for Region 5, the district in which Grant County lies.

Each year, IASBO recognizes a school business official in each of its 10 regions with this award. We are proud of this recognition of MCS and of Dr. Schultz, who brings a wealth of experience to his role at Marion Community Schools.

But Schultz emphasized that this award recognizes not only his success, but the success of his entire department.

“Awards like this are really multi-person awards. I have been really blessed to work with an outstanding group of people here in the MCS Business Office,” he said. “I feel fortunate to have come to Marion, because there are a lot of people paying attention to the details to make things work well, and everyone is committed to seeing our children succeed.”

Through his diverse career in education, including time as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and post-secondary educator, along with his experience as a researcher and an advisor for school districts across the state, he has developed a wide and well-informed perspective on education and school finance. This perspective and range of experience makes him an invaluable part of our team here at Marion Community Schools, as we navigate the volatile world of school funding in Indiana.

But perhaps even more important, he is a sincere and caring person who is committed to our staff and schools, and the children and community we serve. He is invested in the success of others and is a valued part of our team.

“IASBO is a wonderful organization that is a great resource for schools,” Dr. Schultz said. “I have found that school business managers in Indiana in general are a generous group who share information and best practices. You develop a circle of people you trust, and then utilize their help to guide your work.”

Across his career, Dr. Schultz has found success in various aspects of teaching and administration. In fact, this is the fourth time he has been recognized with a yearly award, and has been recognized in three different roles. Earlier in his career, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Eastbrook Community Schools. He was subsequently recognized as the Superintendent of the Year at Tipton Community Schools, this time by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

Marion Community Schools is proud of Dr. Schultz and his accomplishments and grateful to him for his service here. 

Dr. Schultz and the other IASBO honorees were celebrated at the organization’s annual awards banquet.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants. You can also join in some hands-on activities!



The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. Friday evening, the MCS Kindness Rally will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Bill Green Arena — stop by both if you have time! Saturday the Art Show will also feature performances by Marion Community Schools music groups:
  • Noon: Allen/Riverview Elementary Students
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: Justice Pep Band
  • 2 p.m.: Elementary Circle the State with Song performers
  • 2:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3:30 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
In addition, Sing on the Green, the MHS Choral Department's annual end-of-the-year show, is set for 7 p.m. May 19 in the Walton Center auditorium.

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.