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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Little Giants Preschool is now an Indiana On My Way Pre-K provider, as part of the expansion of the state-funded pilot program.

The Indiana Legislature opted to roll all current grantees in the early education matching grant (EEMG) program into the On My Way Pre-K expansion. Marion Community Schools was named an EEMG grantee in 2016, covering the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

This change will allow Little Giants Preschool to maintain the added enrollment spots for 4-year-olds made possible by the EEMG, because funding will continue to be available past the original expiration of 2018. This means more spots will be available for low-income families every year, through this funding stream alone. (This is in addition to federally funded spots at Little Giants Preschool’s Head Start program, which also meets needs of low-income families, and federal Title I funding, used to boost academic success.)

Preschool expansion was one of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s priorities, and although the funding provided falls below what he and preschool advocates originally had asked for, he praised the action.

“This important legislation gives more children in more counties the chance to start their educational journey on the right foot,” he said in a statement after the legislation passed.

Not only is this news incredibly exciting, but it is extremely important for our whole community. With nearly one-third of children in Grant County living in poverty, this free, high-quality preschool option is an essential component to the success of our community. High quality early childhood education provides opportunities for our children to build their language skills, their social skills, their math concept awareness, and more, building a foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Marion Community Schools is grateful for the community support that paved the way for this development, with their donations that made participation in the EEMG possible. Those funds will go even farther under the On My Way Pre-K program, which has a much smaller matching funds requirement.

Kerri Wortinger, Little Giants Preschool director, expressed gratitude to the community and school leaders who made this possible through their work and donations, and to the state for recognizing the vision, commitment, and quality of the program and the school system.

“We know that high-quality early learning can help fill the gaps that many of our children have when it comes to language skills and other experiences,” she said. “It is so exciting to be able to give more kids this crucial opportunity!”

Enrollment assignments for the 2017-18 school year have already been made, but we will continue to accept applications to fill spots that are open or any that re-open. Little Giants Preschool maintains a waiting list year-round. Call 651-2080 for more information.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School is proud to announce that our Chinese teacher, Yichuan Yan, has been named teacher of the year by the Indiana Chinese Language Teachers Association, and a nominee for Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association’s teacher of the year award.

CLTA-IN will honor Yan as the secondary level (9-12) teacher of the year at their annual meeting in November, and submitted him as their nomination for IFLTA’s award, which will be given later this year.

Congratulations, Mr. Yan!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Today, our graduating Little Giants, who will be headed to kindergarten next year, got to meet the Marion High School Class of 2017! 


We hope this is a day our Little Giants will remember as they continue their journey toward high school graduation and beyond! And we hope that this will be a reminder to our seniors that they are role models, and that we are proud of them!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Class of 2017 visited Marion Community Schools elementary buildings on Friday, May 19, taking a "walk of fame" through the hallways dressed in their caps, gowns, honor cords, and other awards.

          


For many of the seniors, it was a homecoming, revisiting the schools they attended in earlier years. There were plenty of hugs from former teachers and administrators to go around for the soon-to-be-graduates!

For the elementary students, it was a glimpse into their own futures, a visual representation of a milestone they are all striving to reach: high school graduation.

This is a great reminder that each of us has someone, somewhere, watching us, looking up to us, and being inspired by our choices, attitudes, and accomplishments. It's a good reminder for us all, and it’s a great way to celebrate the Class of 2017!

At the end of the tour, the seniors gathered back at the high school for a group photo:

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 tkeenan@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at 662-2546 x. 112.