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News for Marion Community Schools

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Though some schools nationally have cut recess in an attempt to focus more on academics, elementary schools in this area still believe in the importance of recess and build it into the daily schedule.

Late last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released its first ever policy position on recess, saying it “serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom.” According to the organization, abut 73 percent of elementary schools provide regular recess.

“We’ve had no discussions whatsoever about cutting recess,” David Khalouf, principal of John. W. Kendall Elementary School for four years, said. “It’s a very beneficial thing for the kids. The kinetic movement really spurs minds, and it also provides them a nice break.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 10, 2013) — With the retirement of Marion Community Schools’ current superintendent approaching, the Board of School Trustees is widening its search for the school corporation’s next leader and is actively seeking additional candidates.
MCS, a school corporation in Marion, Ind., that instructs approximately 3,900 students in eight schools, is seeking a strong, energetic leader to succeed Superintendent Steve Edwards, who will be retiring June 30, 2013.
Marion Community Schools boasts a skyrocketing high school graduation rate that in 2011-12 surpassed the overall state rate; the most college prep classes of any school system in the county; dozens of dual-credit and advanced credit classes; along with robust high ability and special needs programming at all grade levels. MCS is proud to be a vital part of the city of Marion, a community of about 30,000 located in Grant County, about midway between the state’s two largest cities, Indianapolis (the capital) and Fort Wayne.
The successful candidate for MCS superintendent of schools will possess:
  • Commitment to student achievement as his/her primary focus
  • Knowledge of best practice instructional strategies and methodologies
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Integrity and high moral and ethical standards
  • Willingness to accept the challenge of accountability
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse cultural/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Strong desire to become actively involved in the community
All qualified, interested candidates should submit completed applications via mail by May 20, 2013, to:
Mrs. Katie Morgan
President, Board of School Trustees
Marion Community Schools
1240 S. Adams St.
Marion, IN 46953
For more information, including required application materials, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Head Start preschool program will be taking applications for the 2013-14 school year for children who are 3 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013. The Head Start program is designed to serve low-income families, and children with disabilities.

Head Start is a federally funded three-hour preschool program; therefore, is it offered at no cost to families. Currently, there are five classes at the Tucker Career and Technology Center and one class at Frances Slocum Elementary School. The Head Start program serves all of Grant County.

Applications will be taken at the following dates and times at the Tucker Career and Technology Center, Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street, Room 107 (downstairs):
  • April 12, 15 and 16: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 17: 8 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, call the Head Start office, 651-2080.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 8, 2013) — After-school ISTEP tutoring was cut short for about 150 kids at Kendall Elementary School on Monday afternoon when a heating unit malfunctioned, prompting a call to the fire department.

A little after 4 p.m. Monday, school staffers noticed a smoky smell. They were concerned enough to pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building. About 150 third- and fourth-graders were attending after-school tutoring at the time.

According to Kendall officials, the source of the smoky smell was determined to be an overheated transformer in the heating unit attached to the exterior wall in Room 15, a fourth-grade classroom.

Once Marion Fire Department officials declared the building safe, children were allowed to return to their classrooms to gather their things, and dismissal and bus pick-up was conducted only a few minutes later than usual.

The building was being aired out Monday afternoon, and the damaged heater part was expected to be in place by Tuesday morning. Classes will be in session as usual Tuesday.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 8, 2013) — With Marion Community Schools’ kindergarten roundup set this week and online registration for all grades coming soon, MCS is offering parents an easy new way to determine their elementary school district and transportation options.
With the new Infofinder i search tool, determining which elementary school district is your “home” district is as simple as typing your address. Then, with one click, you’ll learn which of MCS’s four elementary school districts your home is in, along with whether bus transportation is available to your student.
To use Infofinder i, click here.