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McCulloch music department earns ISSMA’s highest honor two years in a row

Posted on Apr. 28 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
For the second year in a row, the McCulloch Junior High School music department has earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must have received gold ratings in all of the following events:
Because McCulloch qualified for the award in both choir and band, they were given the Total Department award. In 2015, McCulloch was the only school in the state to earn this honor. The full list has not yet been released, so it is unknown whether we remain the only school in the state with this honor, but certainly no other school has the distinction of back-to-back awards! This is an outstanding accomplishment, and our fantastic music students and teachers deserve much praise. We take this opportunity to say congratulations to them all!

You still have several opportunities to hear these amazing students perform:
  • Choir at the MCS Kindness Rally, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at MHS’s Bill Green Arena
  • Jazz band at the MCS All-City Art Show, noon Saturday, May 14, at MHS’s Walton Performing Arts Center
  • Jazz choir, at the MCS All-City Art Show, 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at MHS’s Walton Performing Arts Center
  • Honors choir at the MCS All-City Art Show, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at MHS’s Walton Performing Arts Center
  • Jazz choir at First Friday in downtown Marion, 6 p.m. May 6.
  • 7th-grade choir concert: 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, McCulloch auditorium
  • 8th-grade choir concert: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, McCulloch auditorium
  • 7th/8th-grade band concert: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, McCulloch gym
We hope you can join us for these free events featuring our amazing, award-winning musicians!

Grant provides instruments for growing Justice music program

Posted on Apr. 28 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Justice Intermediate School’s band program will soon receive 18 new instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation!

The Justice band puts on a concert in December 2015.

The Justice Intermediate band quadrupled in size over the course of just a few years, under the direction of Kelly Bare and Wayne Garrett. This year, there were more than 150 young musicians involved! With that fantastic growth, though, there was a shortage of instruments available. Students were sharing instruments during the day, which means they couldn’t take them home to practice. And as anyone who has learned a skill knows, consistent practice is the key!

Even in a time of reduced spending, Marion Community Schools has increased its commitment to fine arts. We have the only competitive marching band program in the county, a junior high school that has just earned the Total Department All Music Award from the Indiana State School Music Association for the second year in a row, and we have added staff at Justice Intermediate to provide more opportunities to the young musicians there. We believe in the power of arts education to change lives. But creative solutions and partnerships are essential to provide for all the needs that come with a growing music education program, including the need for instruments.

Bare reached out to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which helps schools fill budget gaps by donating new instruments. Justice Intermediate submitted an application, and Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that the foundation has recognized Bare’s dedication to the Justice music program, and has found our program to be a worthwhile investment. The foundation has committed to a donation of instruments worth $24,430! This will allow more students to be able to experience the full benefits of music education at Justice Intermediate School.

“I am humbled, thrilled, and just so thankful for this incredible donation!” Bare said. “These instruments The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is giving to Justice will be used year after year and give the gift of music to our deserving students who may have missed out on the opportunity otherwise. What a blessing for our school, students, and music program!”

The instruments being donated are:
  • 8 clarinets
  • 3 alto saxophones
  • 2 oboes
  • 3 trombones
  • 1 tuba
  • 1 baritone (donated by the Eastman Music Company)
“Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, president and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to ensure that music is in that toolbox."

The Justice pep band plays for a staff vs. students charity fundraiser in spring 2016.

Justice Intermediate School serves students in grades five and six within Marion Community Schools. Sixth-graders can opt to participate in the band program there, which is the foundation of the MCS instrumental music program. The growth at this foundational level is the beginning of a very bright future for the whole music program at MCS! We are incredibly grateful for this donation and the impact it will make on our students’ lives.

“I am very proud of our program. I couldn't be more excited for our students and staff,” Justice Principal Melissa Richards said. “This donation helps us continue to grow our program. Research states that those students who are involved in the arts perform better in academic areas. I am happy that we are able to continue to grow respectful, responsible, smart, and awesome Justice students!”

The recognition by The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is reflective of the value of this program for our students and our community, MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

“Justice Intermediate School offers an extraordinary music program that is making a positive impact in the lives of our students. Our music program is producing excellence and is a fun and exciting learning opportunity for our students," Lindsay said. “We are thankful that The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has recognized our program as successful and vital, and has given an amazing gift to help us continue to give more children giant opportunities in the arts.”

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 20 years, more than 20,000 instruments have been donated to over 1,360 schools across the country. Justice Intermediate is the 10th school in Indiana to receive a donation from the foundation. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org

JROTC Field Day event will bring in cadets from surrounding counties

Posted on Apr. 28 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This Friday, the Marion High School JROTC Giant Battalion’s cadets will face physical and mental challenges during Field Day at Marion’s Matter Park, and for the first time cadets from Warsaw and Anderson High Schools’ JROTC programs will be joining in the event.

Cadets compete in an event during the fall 2015 MHS JROTC Field Day at Matter Park.

Representatives from the Marion Police and Fire departments, Ball State University ROTC, and Indiana Wesleyan University, along with recruiters from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, as well as the Indiana National Guard will host a series of competitive events for JROTC cadets to complete.

“I really enjoyed the field day in the fall and am looking forward to doing it again Friday,” MHS junior Kayleigh Smith said. “It will also be fun to see our friends from the other schools again.”

The all-day event will certainly be a challenge for all of the cadets.

“We deliberately partnered with other service-oriented organization so the cadets could see and get to know individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “I want the cadets to understand that giving back to their community is important.”

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • ISTEP+ Part 2 testing window: Monday, April 18, through Friday, May 6. Testing window is established by the IDOE; for specific information about when your student will be testing, please watch for information from your school.
  • MCS Kindness Rally: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, in MHS's Bill Green Arena.
  • All-City Art Show: The annual Marion Community Schools All-City Art Show is set for the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 13, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 (awards reception following) in the Walton Performing Arts Center. This show features artwork from students of all ages. 
  • Last day of school for students: Friday, May 20. (NOTE: If school days are canceled for weather or any other reason, the school year will be extended. We will update calendars and communicate with families if this is the case.)
  • MHS Class of 2016 Commencement: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Bill Green Arena @ MHS. 
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