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News for Riverview Elementary School


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!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

With the days getting longer and the air getting warmer, students are getting ready for summer.

As part of an annual program, second graders from Riverview Elementary are spending this week getting swimming lessons at the Grant County YMCA to help them become better swimmers and to learn how to protect themselves in the water.

Each second grade class at Marion Community Schools gets a chance to participate in five 30 minute lessons from experienced swimming instructors, including the Marion High School swim team coach Willie Tucker and Doug Lance, former executive director of the YMCA.

Robert Giglio, YMCA program director, said that in four years about 1,200 students have participated in the program. There are 13 total classes with about 300 students taking part each year.

“They take a test on Monday to find out where they are and then they have lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” Giglio said. “Then they take a test on Friday to find out where they left at. Our goal is to increase their swim goals and swim knowledge by 30 percent.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is shifting to a more efficient, cost-effective bus transportation system starting next school year that will also alter start and end times at our schools.  

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the MCS Board of School Trustees approved the recommendation (based on the work of a panel of staff members from various departments and schools) that the district move from a three-tier transportation system to a two-tier system.

Right now, MCS picks up K-4 students in one round of busing, 5-8 students in another, then after elementary drop-off sends that first group of buses back out to pick up 9-12 students. So we are sending buses into the same areas of the city three times. With the change approved Wednesday night, one round of busing will pick up K-4 students, and a second round will pick up 5-12 students. 

This change represents the most cost savings. A single-tier system (K-12 students picked up in one round of busing — which is what many other Grant County school systems already do) would have required additional buses be added to the fleet, which would come with an additional price tag that would have canceled out some of the savings achieved by eliminating busing tiers.

Marion Community Schools believes making this change now is the responsible thing to do. Though we are not in emergency need of this change — like some school systems across the state, including Muncie Community Schools in neighboring Delaware County, are — a proactive decision at this point is needed to make it possible to continue offering transportation in the future.

"We want to be good stewards," said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. "Our goal is to continue to provide transportation for our students. We have to think differently and creatively to be able to continue to do so."

To make this change possible, start and end times for classes at each building will be shifted as follows for the 2014-15 school year:

Elementary (K-4)
  • Monday-Friday: 7:25 a.m. drop-off time; 7:45 a.m. starting bell time; 2:15 p.m. dismissal bell time
Intermediate (5-6)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
Junior High (7-8)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
High School (9-12)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. drop-off time; 8:45 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. drop-off time; 9 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time 
These changes will take effect in the 2014-15 school year. Marion Community Schools will continue to communicate with our families to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

"Basically this is virtually the same schedule that we have in place currently, with very minimal changes," said John Butcher, president of the Marion Teachers Association. "This is keeping our students' needs at the forefront."
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to Justice Intermediate School fifth-grader Jinwon Pae on her win at the Grant County Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 18, 2014!

This year's competition, hosted by College Wesleyan Church and sponsored by Indiana Wesleyan University, featured 81 students from 18 Grant County Schools. By the fourth round, Jinwon and fellow Justice fifth-grader Carynna Aguila were the last two spellers standing, and they went back and fourth for 11 rounds before Jinwon came out victorious, with the winning word "distinguished".


Jinwon will continue on to the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 27 through 29 in Washington, D.C.

This is her second year competing in the county spelling bee, which features students in fourth through eighth grades. In the 2013 bee, she was the runner-up

We're proud of Jinwon and wish her luck at the National Spelling Bee! 

Congratulations, too to the rest of the top spellers at our elementary and intermediate schools, whose performance at their school spellinjg bees earned them the right to compete in the county bee:

Allen Elementary
  • Champion: Kaeda Smith
  • Runner Up: Jada Ellis
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Champion: LaNyiah McCreary
  • Runner Up: Landon Morris
Kendall Elementary
  • Champion: Peyton Riddle
  • Runner Up: Chloe Hamilton
Riverview Elementary
  • Champion: Alex Spitzer
  • Runner Up: Kaitlynn Weesner
Justice Intermediate
  • Champion: Brayton Ramsey
  • Runner Ups: JinWon Pae & Carynna Aguila
McCulloch Junior High
  • Champion: Zach Stephens
  • Runner Up: Lane Charlton, Adriana Aleman, and Matt Renbarger