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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News We are so excited about the upcoming 2014 MCS Kindness Rally, and we're getting our kindness chain ready for the Chain Reaction Ceremony!

Check out our video, and celebrate everyday acts kindness with us!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools will celebrate the efforts of its students and staff to prevent bullying at a special end-of-the-year event, the Kindness Rally, and the public is invited to come join in the fun.



>> Click to download: POSTER or FLIER

The Kindness Rally is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Marion High School gym. Features will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, dunk tank (where principals and other administrators will take the plunge), food, and more.

Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions), which helps organize and run the Kindness Rally, will also be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.

Doors will open and ticket sales will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. The ceremony will feature the MHS JROTC presenting the flag, along with performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs, the MHS band, presentation of Student Kindness Awards and messages from district administrators. Students from each school will also participate in the parade of kindness chains from each school, with each link in the chains representing a kind act noticed this school year.


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 second annual Kindness Rally!



McCulloch Junior High School students display their Kindness Chain at the 2013 rally. (Marion Community Schools photo)
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools alternate schedule is ending this week. Starting next Monday, April 21, all MCS schools will return to their regular start and end times.

Click on the links below to view your school's schedule:

Because this alternate schedule allowed us to make up all days missed this winter, the last day of school for students is now set for Thursday, May 22.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school's office.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News To balance space available in individual elementary schools vs. the number of students attending, Marion Community Schools is revising its elementary school district boundaries.

MCS’s aim is to effectively and efficiently use the space available in each of our buildings. Under current enrollment projections and current elementary district boundaries, Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries will be over capacity next school year, while Riverview and Kendall will be under capacity. This change in district boundaries addresses that issue.


Yellow = Kendall Elementary   |   Green = Riverview Elementary   
Pink = Allen Elementary   |   Orange = Frances Slocum Elementary
 

Click the links below to view maps:

The change in boundaries could affect dozens of families, although the plan allows for about a 15 percent “permissive transfer” rate (referring to students who do not live within a specific elementary’s district boundaries, but are granted a request to attend there anyway). This transfer rate is about what we are currently seeing at our elementary schools. This means that a large number of families who are shifted into a new elementary district will still have the option of keeping their student at the school he or she previously attended.

The exact boundaries can now be viewed above. MCS will be providing more detailed information to families in the coming days, and we will work with families to meet as many transfer requests as possible. (One important note, however, is that families who choose to attend an elementary school outside of the district they live in do NOT have the option of MCS bus transportation.) The InfoFinder i address lookup (to find your elementary school district according to your home address) is NOW UPDATED. Click here to use InfoFinder i.


 

FAQs: Revised elementary district boundaries

How will I know if my elementary district has changed?
Marion Community Schools will be directly contacting families affected by the changed elementary district boundaries. We will be making these contacts as soon as possible.

When does this change take affect?
The new elementary district boundaries will take affect for the 2014-15 school year.

What if my district changes, but I still want my student to attend the same school he/she has been attending?
The plan allows for about a 15 percent “permissive transfer” rate (referring to students who do not live within a specific elementary’s district boundaries, but are granted a request to attend there anyway). This transfer rate is about what we are currently seeing at our elementary schools. This means that a large number of families who are shifted into a new elementary district will have the option of keeping their student at the school he or she previously attended.

Anyone who wishes to make such a request should contact the office at the school they want their child to attend. Click here for contact information for each school building.

>> Click here to download a Permission to Attend form (to request an elementary transfer)

Please note: Families who choose to attend an elementary school outside of the district they live in do NOT have the option of MCS bus transportation.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you have a child entering kindergarten next year at Marion Community Schools? Come out to Kindergarten Roundup! It's a chance to meet the staff at your school, begin the registration process, and more!

When: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Where: At your elementary school. Not sure which elementary school district you live in? Click here to search by address using our InfoFinder i tool. IMPORTANT NOTE: MCS has revised its elementary school district boundaries for the 2014-15 school year. Click here for more information.

Click on the links below for more information about our elementary schools, including address and contact numbers. What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) 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 May 1, 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.)

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 without other older students around. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners.

Come and join us! It's an exciting time to be a Marion Giant. Check back with the MCS News Blog often to keep up to date on the latest good news!