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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally published June 20, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce a new after-school program starting in the 2016-17 school year for MCS third- and fourth-graders: the Giant Discovery Zone!

The Giant Discovery Zone will bring together the best coaches, organizations, and businesses in the city to help our students explore new activities and discover what they enjoy, and where they can excel. Students enrolled in the Giant Discovery Zone will be introduced to 32 different activities throughout the year, along with time to work on homework and help from tutors when needed.

The Giant Discovery Zone is a free addition built on the foundation of the Grant County Family YMCA's Live Y-ers child care. (Live Y-ers does include a fee, but we don't want anyone to be turned away due to lack of funds. There are financial assistance options available for the Live Y-ers fee.) Thanks to many contributors, including the Moorehead Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion Community Schools, and the state of Indiana, along with a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association, MCS fourth-graders will have the expert child care offered by the YMCA program, along with tutoring and mentoring, as well as a wide array of activities to explore throughout the year, with professional coaches and artists leading the way.

Activities will include athletics, led by MCS coaches, as well as Marion PAL Club Judo, Tiger Tai Kwon Do, Wellness Center gymnastics, and more; leadership, responsibility, and physical fitness, led by the YMCA, MHS JROTC, Marion Boys and Girls Club, Marion Police Department, and more; and the arts, led by Playhouse Studio of Dance, Signature Dance, Marion Community School of the Arts, the chorale and theater from Indiana Wesleyan University, and more. The Giant Discovery Zone will be housed at Kendall Elementary School, with some activities spreading out to the Kendall / Justice Intermediate School campus. Homework and study will be the focus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., then from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be activity time.

Our vision is to give our students the chance to explore many different activities, and that they find one (or more!) that they fall in love with. Then, our fantastic coaches and community partners can help guide them to even greater engagement, so that students can use their talents and build valuable skills (not to mention learn responsibility, discipline, confidence, leadership skills and more). We hope this will not only help to build our local teams and organizations, but also empower our students, expand their horizons, and broaden their options for life after high school.

There is a cost for participation in Live Y-ers; fees and more information are available at the Grant County YMCA, or in the Live Y-ers handbook on their child care webpage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and aid applications will be available at the YMCA during the registration period. See below for more information on the registration process. 

How can my third- or fourth-grader get involved?

Registration for the Giant Discovery Zone began Monday, June 27, at the Grant County Family YMCA. Enrollment in the Giant Discovery Zone is limited to 200 students, and enrollment is first-come, first-served — so fill out the registration form and collect the needed information now so you're ready to sign up! 

Here's what you need to do:
  • Click here to visit the YMCA's child care webpage. Once you're there, you'll see "Click HERE for registration form". Click that link to open up the Live Y-ers registration packet.
  • Fill out the registration form and collect all needed documents/information (listed in the registration packet on the YMCA website above).
  • Return all registration forms and information, along with the $25 registration fee, on Monday, June 27, or as soon as possible after that. Remember, space is limited, so get your registration in quickly! You'll need to personally deliver the registration form, information, and registration fee to the YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. Staffers will review information with you to make sure you have provided everything they need. 

 

We're all excited for the Giant Discovery Zone!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
YOU are invited to the Giant Challenge, coming up Friday through Sunday, July 22-24!


This is a great event that brings alumni back and community members out to support and celebrate the Marion Giants of yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Proceeds support Marion Community Schools athletics and arts programs. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Online registration options are closed at this point, but you can still sign up or buy spectator passes at the gate!
  • Are you an MHS alum who would like to participate in the friendly athletes vs. alumni competitions? You can register at the events! Click here for more information.
  • Do you just want to watch the athletes vs. alumni games? A weekend spectator pass is only $10 per adult! (Students high school and younger get in free.) You can pay at the gate for any event. This pass gets you into any sporting event all weekend. Want to check out the full weekend schedule? Click here. 
  • Are you interested in participating the Giant Pride Run/Walk? Come out to the MHS stadium / track Saturday, July 23! Registration / check-in is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Race starts at 8:30. Click here to view course details.
  • Do you want to participate in Lights Out Bowling with pro bowler and MHS alum Ronnie Russell? Be at Crest Lanes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22! (MHS alum Sammy Miles will be providing live music that night!)
  • Don't miss the Walton Center Choral Reunion show! (Broadway star and MHS alum Jim Walton will be there, along with dozens of choral alumni. You don't want to miss this!) Buy $10 tickets at the door at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at MHS's Walton Performing Arts Center.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board position for District III. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year.
  • Reside in District III (includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district - precincts: Center 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, parts of Washington 3 and 4)
Term: Ends December 31, 2016

Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (include your contact information)  to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
  • Please respond by Friday, August 5, 2016. 

All applicants will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  

Contact person:
Mrs. Patty Barney (pbarney@marion.k12.in.us)
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Wednesday honored 30 students who achieved perfect scores on their IREAD-3 test this school year.



The MCS School Board poses for a photo with MCS students who achieved perfect IREAD-3 scores in the 2015-16 school year, along with their teachers.


The IREAD-3 test is administered to all third-graders in Indiana schools that receive public funding, to gauge reading proficiency. The state has not yet released school-wide IREAD-3 results publicly, but individual scores are available to families, and these families gave MCS permission to celebrate their students’ perfect scores.

MCS has had students achieve perfect scores on this test in the past, but the number of students reaching that level this year is more than double the number of students with perfect scores in any previous year. We are so proud of these students for their hard work and their achievement! And we are grateful to their teachers this year, and all of the teachers who have helped guide these students for years. We are proud of their hard work, care, and talents!

Here’s a full list of those honored at the regular board meeting on May 25, 2016, grouped by the school they attended in the 2015-16 school year:

Allen Elementary
  • Brynna Gee
  • Ezra Weaver
  • Kyliegh Yeakle
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Caleb Hawkins
  • Michael Herrington
Kendall Elementary
  • Michael Barnett
  • Cyler Perry-Sherron
  • Colin Rayment
  • Sophie Richards
  • Isabella Marin
  • Savannah Shaffer
  • Sydney Slaton
  • Andre Washington
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Emma Bento
  • Rebecca Harris
  • Khaimen Monteiro
  • Matthew O’Banion
  • Cali Whitton
  • Emma Miller
  • Trey Adaway
  • Lily Daugherty
Riverview Elementary
  • Cassius King
  • Jorge Ramirez
  • Jesse Simpkins
  • Simara Jarrell-Mann
  • Troy Brown
  • Mikenzie Chambers
  • Thalia Williams
In addition, Kendall Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Jindrich was honored because every student in her class passed IREAD-3. We are proud of her and her students!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Over the next several weeks, the Marion Community Schools district offices will be relocating to a different section of the Marion High School building, to make room for the new Marion Regional Career Center. 

District offices are moving to the southwest corner of MHS, at the front of the building. 

We ask for your patience once again as we undertake this move. The best way to reach an individual staffer during this time will likely be email. Click here for our staff directory

The Marion Regional Career Center (formerly known as the Tucker Career and Technology Center) will be moving from the building at Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street to the east side of Marion High School where the district offices were located in the 2015-16 school year. This move will open up exciting new opportunities for more MHS students.

During this move MRCC staff will likely be best reached by email as well. Click here for our staff directory. 

In addition, much of the Little Giants Preschool staff is relocating this summer in to our elementary schools. During this move, email will likely be the best way to reach them. Click here for our staff directory. For enrollment questions, please email Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger, kwortinger@marion.k12.in.us.