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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student has been named the state leader for an international network of support groups for teens with scoliosis, Curvy Girls.

Emily Phillippe, a freshman at MHS, has been dealing with the challenges of having scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, since she was 7 years old. When she was 12, she found Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group to help her deal with the challenges of wearing a back brace 20 hours per day. At age 13, Emily’s curve progressed, even though she was braced. Emily needed spinal fusion surgery. Now, at the age of 14, Emily is fully recovered and is starting a chapter of Curvy Girls in her own town. She wants to help other girls dealing with this condition.

Curvy Girls brings girls together to raise awareness and support one another at monthly meetings, hospital visits, and brace-wear shopping trips. Because teens with Scoliosis typically feel self-conscious about their appearance, and because they often have to wear a hard plastic torso brace up to 23 hours a day, they tend to isolate and may experience depression. Support groups provide an important opportunity to share concerns and information.

Curvy Girls of Indiana is a chapter of international groups started in 2006 by then-14-year-old Leah Stoltz of Long Island, N.Y. Since being featured on national television’s TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards Show in 2009, Curvy Girls has grown to 42 chapters throughout the world.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a medical condition of unknown cause in which a preteen or teen has an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with a scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Conventional treatment is through bracing and/or surgery. Scoliosis progresses 10 times more frequently in girls than boys, and some girls have to wear a hard plastic torso brace for up to 23 hours a day. In an attempt to halt curve progression and avoid spine surgery, bracing is continued throughout the growing years.

“Scoliosis affects us both physically and mentally,” Leah said. “While the back brace supports our bodies, Curvy Girls is our emotional brace. We need to help our girls feel better about themselves from the inside out.”

Emily welcomes girls with scoliosis to contact her so that together they can continue to make a difference. Visit www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/indiana and learn more about Emily and Curvy Girls of Indiana, or email IN@curvygirlsscoliosis.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Grant County Special Education Cooperative is offering a special opportunity to Grant County families with children or dependents with special needs: a financial planning informational meeting aimed at their specific needs and concerns.

This workshop will provide information on topics such as the ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts, and guardianship. This event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Gordon Homes, a certified financial planner, will be the speaker. He focuses on financial and estate planning for families who have children or dependents with special needs. He is a frequent speaker at parent support group meetings and state conferences, and he is nationally recognized in the area of special needs planning. He also serves on the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning national Advisory Council.

>> Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing bwillman@eastbrook.k12.in.us

Marion Community Schools is proud to be a part of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, and we are happy to host this event for area families.

If you have questions about this event, the Special Ed Co-Op, or other general questions regarding special needs education here at Marion Community Schools, please contact our Special Services Department at 662-2546, x. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Riverview Parent-Teacher Organization invites YOU to join them at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the school cafeteria. The next meeting is coming up on Nov. 1.

During meetings, special events are planned and ideas are discussed to help make things better for students and staff of Riverview Elementary. The PTO would love for all parents to get involved!

For more information, please email Caroline Herman, Riverview PTO president, at carolineherman2003@yahoo.com, or text her at 765-506-6806
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Thanks to the Marion High School Brain Game team, Marion’s elementary libraries will be getting an upgrade.

The team earned their way into the top 8 during WTHR’s statewide high school trivia competition this past school year. Because of that, they had the opportunity to apply for a grant through Westfield Insurance, the sponsor of the competition.



The 2015-16 Brain Game team and their sponsors (from left) Kristi Phillippe (MHS teacher), Truman Bennet, Elijah Beal, Micah Hoeksema, Zach Spitzer, and Dave Tippey (MHS teacher).

Library resources are one of the suggested uses for the Sharing Knowledge grant awarded by Westfield Insurance, which sponsored the Brain Game tournament. The MHS students this year opted to share this opportunity with the elementary schools.

Kristi Phillippe, MHS science teacher and one of the Brain Game team’s sponsors, applauded this decision.

“Thanks to our kids for their accomplishment, which allows us to reward this money, and for thinking bigger than themselves by awarding the money to our elementary schools,” she said.

Each MCS elementary school will receive $400, for a total of $1,600, from the Brain Game grant. That money can be used for new books, e-books, e-readers, or other library resources.

The grant will also help fund continued participation in academic competitions, as 20 percent of the grant ($400) could be kept for that purpose.


Marion Community Schools is grateful to Westfield Insurance for this grant!