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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, all five Marion Community Schools robotics clubs were finalists in the VEX IQ tournament in Gas City, and our Justice Intermediate School Sixth Grade Tech Giants advanced to the state finals.



Thirty teams from around the state competed in the elementary level tournament, held at Northview Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 11. The top 10 teams advanced to the event finals round, and five of those were Marion teams!

Two teams from Justice Intermediate School (fifth and sixth grade), along with teams from Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview elementary schools, have been working for months to design and build their robots, and to practice the required skills that would be tested in the tournament.

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides students with open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. The Marion robotics clubs foster teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills. Opportunities like this help prepare students to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers!

This year’s challenge is called Crossover, and teams use their robots together with one other or alone to score points by completing specific maneuvers, as outlined by the challenge rules. The Justice Sixth Grade Tech Giants earned a Teamwork Champion Award and advanced to the state level competition, set for Feb. 25 at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Here's a video of that final match-up in which they earned their state berth:


 
We are proud of these students, and of the teachers who have sponsored the robotics clubs and spent countless hours working with these students outside of regular class time. We wish the Justice Tech Giants good luck as they continue on in competition!



The Teamwork Champions! Justice Sixth Grade Tech Giants advanced to state-level competition. Pictured are Gabby Aguilar, Haden Montgomery, Alex Powell, Xavier Stewart, Beck Vermilion, and Christian Vermilion, along with Mary Miller, Justice Intermediate teacher and Tech Giants sponsor.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, several dozen Marion Community Schools students joined with thousands of students from across the state in the annual Circle the State with Song choral festival.



McCulloch Junior High has participated in the festival for the past several years. For the second year in a row, though, students from Justice Intermediate School and all the MCS elementary schools took part. In addition, one McCulloch student, Michael Seybold, earned the honor of singing a solo!

The festival – which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25) – exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students from across the state come together and work with a guest clinician on the day of the performance. Nearly 5,000 students from elementary schools, middle schools, and junior high schools around the state participate in this annual festival series, which is in its 29th year. The Indiana Music Educators Association puts on the event.

Marion Community Schools’ young artists performed at the CSWS festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. The students spent the day in rehearsals, and then put on a public performance in the afternoon.

"This was a great opportunity for our students," said Christina Huff, choir teacher at McCulloch Junior High School. "They held themselves to high standards, behaved professionally, and sang beautifully."

The students who participated in Circle the State With Song 2017 are:

McCulloch Junior High
Sopranos
  • Kari Bilbee
  • Tori Daehn
  • Jazzlyn DeBoard
  • Evelyn Detamore
  • Cassie Evans
  • Briana Huston
  • Makayla Kephart
  • Emma McAbee-Reher
  • Kaylie Nantz
  • Kylee O’Neil
  • Isis Phifer
  • Kaitlyn Tu
Altos
  • Timothy Bento
  • Navia Cushingberry
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Emily Fannin
  • Robert Herrington
  • Lizzie Nielander
  • Jessie Pickell
  • Amyah Richardson
  • Czarina Sierra
  • Anna Wuertley
Baritones
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Greg Johnson
  • Austen Mills
  • Alex Rayment
  • Michael Seybold
  • Jackson Vice

Justice Intermediate
Part 1 / Soprano
  • A’Miyah Adams
  • Chloe Bell-Mitchell
  • Nazdhia Dominguez
  • Brooklyn Evers
  • Emily Fisher
  • Lillia Fisher
  • Victoria Hardnett
  • Damari Harshaw
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Alandra King
  • Emily Luckey
  • Stephany Miksch
  • Angel Mosier
  • Dessie Norwood
  • Destiny Reed
  • Ruby Saylor
  • D’nei Smith
  • Teysia Walker-Gray      
Part 2 / Alto
  • Danika Ayers
  • Lalah Boyd
  • Lexi Colbert
  • Noah Compton
  • Shalyn DeBoard
  • Keionna Foard
  • Destiny Gillespie
  • Savana Harvey
  • Gracey Johnson
  • Princess Jones
  • Alicia LeBlanc
  • Kalique Malone
  • Greg Marble
  • Hailey Markley
  • Karli Purvis
  • Faith Riggs
  • Aidan Ruley
  • James Russell
  • Kelsie Shoup

Allen Elementary
  • Chloe Kaski
  • Christian Harland
  • Kinadeigh Smith

Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Josephine Gibson
  • Nevaeh Grace
  • Michael Herrington
  • Jacen Rose

Kendall Elementary
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Ethan Boogar
  • Ciara Caldwell
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Makayla Munday
  • Michelle Rasor
  • Colin Rayment

Riverview Elementary
  • Dacia Boyd
  • Caleb Huff
  • Darionna Wrigh
We’re so proud of our talented students, and of our choral and music teachers as well for the opportunities they give to our students not only at special times such as this, but every day! At Marion Community Schools, we recognize the life-changing potential of arts education, and we are continuing to invest in these important programs.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It’s that time of year again! The Indiana Department of Education’s ISTEP+ for third and fourth grade will begin on Monday, Feb. 27, and run through March 10.

These yearly tests for third and fourth grade students are used to monitor how students are progressing academically in English/language arts, math, and (for fourth grade only) science. As you may be aware already, your child’s performance on this test is essential to your student’s education. Here are some important reminders to help your child excel:

BE ON TIME! School starts at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Being tardy for school during ISTEP+ will result in your student having to take the test at a different time and location than what they are used to. Studies have shown that students perform better when they are in the same setting in which they practiced for testing. Also, if your child is late, they miss out on the opportunity for a healthy breakfast.

EAT BREAKFAST! Starting the day with a healthy breakfast improves concentration, supports emotional health, alleviates aggression, and reduces hyperactivity. A healthy breakfast jump-starts the brain!

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP! The Mayo Clinic recommends school-aged children should get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep
a night. Like breakfast, getting enough sleep helps children focus but also helps improve memory and response time.

Please contact your child’s teacher or the office for any questions or concerns regarding ISTEP+.

We look forward to another successful year of testing and appreciate your help in achieving academic excellence. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In the past few years, the Media Center at Marion High School has undergone an amazing transformation, from a staid space with somewhat limited uses into a vibrant center for exploration, collaboration, and innovation. Now, MHS is aiming to win a grant from a national educational company to fund continued technology investments — and YOU can help us win!

From Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Jan. 27, a video produced by Marion High School students and staff will be posted on the Follett Challenge site, and anyone in the world can vote once per day to make us one of 10 People’s Choice video winners, a prize worth $8,000. We need you to help us earn this prize! Please make a plan to vote every day next week, and to share this opportunity with your family and friends, too!




MHS students work on the Follett Challenge video in late December 2016.  Vote once a day per email address Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday,  Jan. 27.


The People’s Choice award is just the beginning, though. Your votes will also play a role in Marion High School’s chances to win goods and services from Follett Corp. worth up to $60,000. The public voting will factor in as 20 percent of our final score in the grant competition. We just can’t do this without YOU!

These prizes would enable MHS to continue the incredible reinvention of the Media Center into a 21st Century learning commons that promotes and facilitates not only technology-driven education but also collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and more. These skills are not only important for success in the classrooms of Marion High School, but they are truly life-changing skills that will benefit our students no matter where their paths lead after graduation.

We are excited to be part of the 2017 Follett Challenge, and we hope you will enjoy our video and vote for us every day of the competition

Our video was inspired by the smash hit musical Hamilton. You don't want to miss it! (And 

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A total of $200,000 in goods and services is up for grabs in the Follett Challenge. The 10 People’s Choice video award winners will receive $8,000 each. One semifinalist in each category (elementary, middle school, and high school) will each receive $30,000. Those winners will be announced on Feb. 28. The Grand Prize winner, chosen from the semifinalists to receive an additional $30,000, will be announced April 28.

About Follett Corp.: For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K-12 schools and colleges. Now, Follett serves more than half of the students in the nation, working with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology and services. It is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to pre-K-12 schools in the nation, distributing books, textbooks, ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital resources. Follett is also one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for physical and digital asset management, data storage and analysis, and more. To learn more about Follett’s pre-K-12 business, visit www.follettlearning.com.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is transitioning to a new phone service, and we are having intermittent phone outages. If you are having trouble reaching your school building, it is likely that the phones may not be working correctly. Please reach out to us by email, or call the district office (662-2546) for assistance.

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