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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 8

Next month, the seventh annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student and Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

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WHAT: MCS Kindergarten Roundup

WHEN: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019

WHERE: Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall and Riverview elementary schools

WHY: Visit your school, get information, get a head start on kindergarten registration

QUESTIONS? Call 765-662-2546 ext. 122

Marion Community Schools invites families of children who will be starting kindergarten next school year to come visit their elementary schools and get a head start on the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, set for Thursday, April 11.

Families can attend one of two sessions set that day, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Both sessions will be the same.) Please bring your kindergartner-to-be with you!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2019, can attend kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year.

The informational sessions will be offered at every MCS elementary school:
  • Allen Elementary School, 1115 E. Bradford St., 664-7355
  • Frances Slocum Elementary School, 2909 S. Torrence St., 664-0589
  • Kendall Elementary School, 2009 W. Kem Road, 662-7364
  • Riverview Elementary School, 513 W. Buckingham Drive, 662-2427
We hope to see all families of incoming kindergartners at this event that is just for them! It's a great way to help your future kindergartner get an introduction to the school building and staff. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners and their families.

What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) if possible, so we can make sure you're at the right school. We also ask that you bring a copy of your kindergartner-to-be's birth certificate. You'll be beginning the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, so we need that official document to certify your child is eligible for kindergarten. (If you cannot bring a copy of the birth certificate on this day, we can still begin the registration process, but we'll need you to follow up with us and provide that document before we can complete the registration process.)

For more information, call 765-662-2546, ext. 122, or call the office of your school at the numbers listed above.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team demonstrated they are clearly the best Precision Division team within the five states comprising the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade. Not only did the team win the 7th Brigade Marksmanship Championship, but the Giants also produced the first, second, fifth, and sixth best shooters.



The Marion High School JROTC Precision Marksmanship Team stands with their first-place trophy from the U.S. Army’s 7th Brigade Championship at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in March 2019. Team members included Hailey Teeguarden (front) who was also the match’s top shooter, and (back row) Levi Hofmann, sixth place, Josiah Hamilton, second place, and Abigail Baird, fifth place. The 7th Brigade has 250 JROTC programs from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 


The Marion marksmen soundly defeated all others recently at Fort Knox, Ky., to become the top Precision Division rifle team from within the 250 JROTC programs in the 7th Brigade Cadet Command Brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 

Marion senior Hailey Teeguarden was the match’s top shooter with an impressive score of 290 out of a possible 300. She was joined by Josiah Hamilton (junior) who placed second with a 278, Abigail Baird (junior) with a personal high score of 275, and Levi Hofmann (junior) who also scored a 275. Cadet Baird beat teammate Hofmann by one bulls-eye to capture the fifth place finish.

The Giants beat their next closest competitors by 61 points.

“I really wanted to shoot my best in this match,” Teeguarden said. “This was an important match for us, and the entire team shot very well.”



Abigail Biard, Levi Hoffman, Hailey Teeguarden, and Josiah Hamilton mug for the camera at the 7th Brigade Championship in Fort Knox, Ky.
 

This was the first time the Marion team has ever won the 7th Brigade Championship. This is also the first year the Giants have moved up from the Sporter classification into the Precision category.

“I have to admit I am really surprised at how well the cadets have adapted to shooting in the higher category of Precision,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s head coach and senior Army instructor for Marion High School JROTC. “It really speaks well of their hard work and dedication to learn the new discipline.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The Giants have three remaining matches, including the Indiana American Legion’s State Championship, which they easily won last year.

Looking toward next year, Farlow said: “I am really excited about the prospects for this team, given we are only going to lose Teeguarden through graduation. Those three juniors, coupled with several sophomores and freshmen on our B Team, have the makings of an even stronger team.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets Audrey Dickerson and Hailey Teeguarden both were awarded the U.S. Army’s ROTC scholarships. These national level scholarships are each valued at just under $100,000.

     

Students awarded the scholarships can choose to attend any college/university that has an Army ROTC program and the money can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and fees. Additionally, the cadets will receive a monthly stipend to cover incidental costs.

“I was so happy and shocked,” Dickerson said when she learned she was selected for the scholarship. “It is a real honor.” Dickerson will attend Purdue-Fort Wayne in the fall and plans to study engineering.

Teeguarden will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to study nursing.

“My goal is to become an Army nurse and serve on active duty,” Teeguarden said. “I am so thankful for this scholarship as it will help me achieve my goal.”

The Army evaluates scholarship applicants on their academic performance, athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership.

The scholarship recipients must enroll in ROTC for all four years of college. Upon graduation, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and have to serve either on active duty or in the reserve components of the Army (Army Reserves or National Guard).

Approximately 9,000 high school seniors apply each year for the Army ROTC scholarships. Only about 2,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

“These two cadets are simply outstanding,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor for Marion High School. “They are indicative of the quality scholastic leaders our program is producing.”

The Marion High JROTC program is in its eighth year and has produced seven cadets who have been awarded ROTC Scholarships in the last five years.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Congratulations to these Kendall and Frances Slocum Elementary School students who were selected to be part of the state finalists exhibit in the annual Symphony in Color competition.

Kendall Elementary



Madelynn Boogar, fourth grade




Nasya Garcia, third grade




Leyna Greenwood, first grade


Frances Slocum Elementary


 
Bryson Earle, second grade




Ari Mims, third grade




Norin Smithley, second grade


Symphony in Color is an annual enrichment program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association which offers a unique blending of symphonic music and visual arts. This enrichment program involves more than 30,000 Indiana school children from first to sixth grade. Symphony in Color culminates in a juried exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana State Museum.

We are so proud of these talented young artists and are grateful for the work of their outstanding art teacher, Karen Fry, to provide opportunities for our students every day!

The 100 finalists' artworks will be on display at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis from March 31 through May 6. The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Ticket and hours information is available online.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • "Fanfare" from "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
  • "Jupiter" from "The Plants" by Gustav Holst
  • "From Earth to the Moon and Beyond", written by James Beckel, former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "Main Title" from "Star Wars" by John Williams