College GO! Week activities will help MCS students make dreams come true

Publish Date: 01/15/2014
Marion High School students will get some special opportunities during College GO! Week this week, and some Marion elementary students will get an early start on their college dreams, too.

Activities, events and promotions are planned around the Marion Community Schools district in conjunction with the annual statewide push to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for college completion and career success.

Some of the highlights:

At Marion High School, highlights of the week include College Application Day, set Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, when every senior will have the opportunity during the school day to complete online applications to post-secondary institutions of their choice. Many colleges and universities waive application fees during this week, so it’s the perfect time for seniors to apply.

This year, the MHS Guidance Department has provided materials and advice to seniors in advance of College Application Day to get them prepared to submit quality applications to schools that they are seriously considering attending. Project Leadership will be helping to facilitate College Application Day at the high school.

Project Leadership will also be helping younger MCS students begin to think seriously about college and plan for how post-secondary education can help them fulfill their dreams for the future. Third- and fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School will hear special presentations to wrap up a week of activities focused on continuing education. The presentations will take place from about 12:55 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013.

The message, said Debbie Stiles, counselor at Allen, is this: “College is attainable, and there are lots of different ways to get there.”

It’s important to get elementary students thinking concretely about post-secondary education, she said, because choices they make now have the potential to endanger their opportunities. Making sure students know they have the support of school staff and the community is important too, she said. It’s all about giving them the information and tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

College GO! Week is supported by Learn More Indiana, whose mission is to help Hoosier students of all ages plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success through effective communications and outreach efforts, according to its website.

Here’s a look at College GO! Week activities around the MCS district this week:

Marion High School
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest Monday; career dress-up day Tuesday; college theme songs featured during passing periods Wednesday; college spirit wear day Thursday; college mascot day during Success periods on Friday.
  • Seniors can participate in College Application Day on Thursday; the Guidance Department will also be discussing scholarships with every senior during the week.
  • Juniors will be signing up for E-Transcript, and registering for the ACT.
  • Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT practice test, in anticipation of test day, Oct. 16.
  • Freshmen will complete a career assessment and update their four-year plan for high school success.
Tucker Career and Technology Center
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, judging Friday; Commons open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for college and major exploration, college applications; 21st Century Scholars senior meetings 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Commons; Ivy Tech admissions info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons; Pipefitters apprenticeship info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Commons; college T-shirt day Friday.
McCulloch Junior High School
  • School-wide activities: Various post-secondary education themed lessons and activities during classes, including interest inventories and career-matching; learning style assessments and study tips; information on opportunities available in high school at Tucker Career and Technology Center.
Allen Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating; “Hats Off to Graduation” day Tuesday (college/university hats allowed); “Connect to Your Career” day Wednesday (students will write dreams/hopes for future, career on paper links, which will be joined into chains and displayed throughout school); Raffle Day on Thursday (colleges have provided promotional items w/college logos to distribute); School Spirit Day on Friday (Indiana college gear encouraged, but any academic spirit wear allowed)
  • Third- and fourth-graders will hear special presentations Friday from Project Leadership about the path to post-secondary education.
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, teachers wearing college spirit wear.
Kendall Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: College Spirit Day on Friday, daily announcements focused on post-secondary education.
Riverview Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: college fun facts during announcements; staff wearing college spirit wear.