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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is seeking volunteers for its district wellness committee, to review its wellness policy.

The wellness policy outlines the district’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. The committee will establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs.

Who we are seeking as members of this committee:
  • Parents / guardians / caregivers
  • Students
  • Health professionals
  • Anyone else who is interested in the topic
In addition, we will be inviting school staff, including teachers and school health professionals, mental health and social services professionals, administrators, and board members.

If you would like to participate on this committee, please plan to attend the upcoming meeting, set for 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the MCS Board Room at Marion High School (enter Door 22, to the west of the main entrance).

For more information, or if you would like to be on this committee but cannot attend this meeting, contact Teal Keenan, MCS Food Service Department director, at, or call her at 662-2546 x. 112.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This week, Marion Community Schools will be hosting the second annual Marion Little Feet Meet, a Unified Track competition in which more than 350 students will participate.

This year’s Little Feet Meet will take place on two days:
  • Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will compete from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Dick Lootens Stadium at Marion High School. More than 100 athletes are planning to participate.
  • Then, on Friday, May 19, preschoolers will compete in two different sessions at Justice Intermediate School’s track: the morning session is set for 9 to 10 a.m., and the afternoon session will be from 1 to 2 p.m. More than 200 preschoolers are planning to participate.
These events are free and open to parents / the public to come out and cheer on our young student-athletes!

Unified Track is part of Champions Together, a collaborative partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics, which offers students of all abilities the opportunity to participate in athletics together. Young Champions is a partner program that aims to help children explore physical activities and sports, and to develop skills for future participation in athletic training and competition. The Young Champions program promotes learning, achievement, and enjoyment of physical activity and athletics.

Marion High School fields a Unified Track team, along with Unified Basketball. Unified athletes from MHS will be helping at the Little Feet Meet.

Representatives from Special Olympics Indiana and regional directors from Unified Sports will be in attendance to see what great things we do here in Marion to support ALL students and athletes.

In addition, three MCS schools have earned Champions Together banners by hosting disability awareness activities. We are proud of our building leaders for teaching our students and staff about inclusive learning and playing with our friends who have a disability. The schools who earned special recognition are Little Giants Preschool, Riverview Elementary School, and McCulloch Junior High School.

Marion Community Schools was named a Unified Champion School in 2016; this award recognizes schools that embrace the Champions Together partnership and do exemplary work in the areas of student leadership, respect for people with intellectual disabilities, inclusion, Unified Sports participation and fundraising to support the goals of Special Olympics.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News After helping to build up the Giants’ junior high basketball program in recent years and leading the eighth-grade boys to an undefeated record last season, Lawrence Jordan is taking the reins of the Marion High School girls basketball team.

Marion Community Schools is happy to see Coach Jordan take on this new role!

He will also continue to help build the basketball program throughout the school system, and will work with area organizations to offer more opportunities for younger students to learn the fundamentals of the sport. He aims to provide a camp for fifth-graders at Justice Intermediate School in June, and will be providing more details on that soon.

“I know our players are going to be excited to play for Coach Jordan; in the interview process, he had me wanting to play!” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. 

Jordan has been inducted into athletics hall of fames for both his high school and college careers, at Muncie Southside and IPFW, respectively.

Jordan said he was looking forward to building the program on a foundation of structure, accountability, and discipline.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s a hotbed of talent. We have good support,” he said. “If we work hard, we can achieve our goals.”

>> Click here to read more from Coach Jordan in the full press release at 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Teachers Association recently announced the recipients of the MTA Educator Scholarship for 2017: Adam Betz and Payton Blair, both members of the Marion High School Class of 2017 who plan to pursue post-secondary degrees in the field of education.

The MTA Educator Scholarship was established by the MTA to recognize future educators graduating from Marion High School. The MTA Educator Scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. A $500 scholarship is awarded to two future educators who attended Marion High School during the most recent academic school year. Recipients of the award must be pursuing a degree in the field of education.

Adam Betz is inspired by his family, especially his grandfather, who he said has always inspired him to do everything to the best of his ability. Adam has been a member of DECA, BETA, Key Club, and National Honor Society for the past two years. He hopes to impact the lives of many students in a positive manner while improving their chances of making it to college and having a better quality of life. 

“One of my favorite feelings is when the metaphorical light bulb comes on for someone I have helped to learn something,” Adam said. “I really hope to incite that feeling many more times in my life.”

Adam will be attending Georgetown College in Kentucky, where he will pursue a degree to teach history. He hopes to teach and coach basketball, and be able to make an impact on young people's character. 

Payton Blair wants to be able to shape the future generation and know that she will be teaching potential doctors, scientists, or even a future president. She is president of the MHS chapter of Jobs for America's Graduates, and is a member of Student Senate, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, Youth Empowered to Serve, and Campus Life.

“I hope that once I graduate college I can return to Marion Community Schools and help give back to a school that gave me so much. I would not be where I am today without the help of all my great teachers as well as my family,” Payton said.

She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University and study elementary education and special education.

MTA congratulates these two future educators and knows they will make a difference in their students’ lives.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society recently announced that Marion High School seniors Anne Marie Conrad and Nicholas Spitzer are among only 53 winners in the nation of their prestigious scholarship.

Anne Marie and Nick both earned $4,000 scholarship.

Fellow senior Truman Bennet is a Mu Alpha Theta Kalin Award finalist. This is the highest honor a Mu Alpha Theta student can receive. Truman will be interviewed along with other finalists at the national convention this summer, and a winner will then be determined.

Congratulations to these outstanding Giants!