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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Information provided by Special Olympics Indiana

Dozens of Marion Community Schools students will be participating in Unified Game Day this Thursday, May 10. Hundreds of students from around Grant County will be participating in the event, a partnership between the Grant County Special Education Co-Op, of which MCS is a part, and Special Olympics Indiana.
 
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will participate in the Unified Games at Mississinewa High School this year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents and supporters are welcome to attend. There will be an opening ceremony featuring a torch run by the Gas City Police Department and Gas City Volunteer Fire Department. The games will feature a Special Olympics-style competition in a variety of unified track and field events. Students in preschool will also be participating in games at their own schools.

Special Olympics Indiana and the Grant County Special Education Co-op work together to engage students in activities designed to promote school communities where young people are agents of change, fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, known as Unified Champion Schools, children of all abilities are provided opportunities to develop self-confidence and social skills while learning the fundamentals necessary for future participation in Unified Sports training and competition.

GCSEC partner schools are among hundreds across the state to embrace Special Olympics’ innovative approach to improving social
inclusion while simultaneously developing motor skills through curricula which aligns with Indiana State educational standards. More than 10,000 Indiana students have participated in the program during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Indiana has been recognized as a national leader in the realm of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports and social inclusion initiatives, and it’s thanks in large part to the support of faculty, administrators and students in hundreds of schools throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Special Olympics movement is still about sports, but it’s also about changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities by targeting younger generations through programs like Unified Champion Schools.”

According to Lisa Graham, director of GCSEC, Marion Community Schools began participating as a Unified Champion School two years ago and was joined by Mississinewa Community Schools last year. This was so successful that all five districts in the county are now able to participate together, much like an athletic conference or Grant Four competition.

Special Olympics Indiana’s Unified Champion Schools initiatives are supported in part by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, and — through a partnership known as Champions Together — the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

>> Click here to learn more about Unified Champion Schools
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductions are being accepted through Wednesday, May 9.

The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor. Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to pgibson@marion.k12.in.us, by May 9.


Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email pgibson@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School is hosting an informational session from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the McCulloch Junior High auditorium for incoming seventh-grade students for the 2018-19 school year, and their parents / guardians.

Anyone who will be attending McCulloch next year, or is considering it, should plan to attend!

The evening will include a performance by our award-winning music program, information about classes and athletics, and a question and answer session with a panel of teachers and current students.

We hope to see you there!

 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Marching Giants are grateful for the efforts and assistance of the Marion High School Alumni Association, which was recently awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County. 

Funds will help pay for new marching band uniforms, a much-needed update for Grant County's only competitive marching band. The uniforms currently in use are 15 years old, and not only are they showing wear and tear, but there are too few to accommodate the continued growth of the band. 

The matching grant fundraising period runs through mid-June. 

Here is a look at the new uniforms:



Marion Community Schools has committed to pay about half the cost of the new uniforms ($25,000). MHSAA has stepped up to help raise the rest, and this matching grant opportunity is key to making that happen!

If you would like to contribute, you have several options. 
  • Donate directly to the Community Foundation (click here)
  • Give to the Marion High School Alumni Association (call 765-506-7604 for more information)
  • Contribute to the Marching Giants as a 2018 sponsor (advertising options are available - email jhuff@marion.k12.in.us for more information)
To learn more about the Marion High School Alumni Association and how you can join, check out mhsalum.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News For the second year in a row, a Marion High School senior has been named an Indiana Academic All-Star, an honor earned by only 40 high school seniors in the state.

Elizabeth Wuertley is planning to attend Northwestern University, where she plans to study pre-med and prepare for a career as a pediatrician. She was honored with the other All-Stars at a luncheon Friday in Indianapolis.


The Academic All-Stars were chosen from a field of 275 outstanding nominees from public and private schools around the state. The distinction recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom first and foremost, but who also are actively involved in their schools and communities, and take on leadership roles in those activities. The program is produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, with support provided by Indiana University, and Purdue University, along with corporate partners Herff Jones, IndyStar.com, and Inter-State Studio and Publishing Co.

The IASP Indiana Academic All-Stars program salutes academic excellence in the same manner that student athletes traditionally are honored. By providing a showcase for academically talented seniors, the sponsoring organizations hope to accomplish the following objectives:
  • Give academic achievement the prestige it deserves.
  • Motivate students to recognize the value of academic excellence.
  • Provide students with an incentive for academic achievement.
  • Promote a positive image of Indiana’s young people.
Each public and private high school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education may nominate one senior for consideration as an Indiana Academic All-Star. From these nominees, a selection committee chose the 40 Indiana Academic All-Stars, along with an additional 50 regional honorees.

Selection of nominees and honorees was based upon the following:
  • A mathematical formula that combines the SAT or ACT composite score and a seven-semester grade-point average.
  • Academic achievements and honors, academic courses, and academic extracurricular activities.
  • Other extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership qualities.
IASP leads in the advocacy and support of all principals in their commitment to every child. The Department of Student Programs hosts 8 different academic competitions for students in grades 4-12, as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, a Student Day at the Legislature, the Academic All-Stars Program, and the Indiana Cheer Championship. Annually, over 42,000 students are involved in Department of Student Programs-sponsored events. To learn more about the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Department of Student Programs, visit www.iasp.org.