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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 30, 2019

Due to the cancellation of classes on January 30 and 31 because of dangerous wind chill temperatures, the last day for students will now be on Tuesday, May 28. Please make a note on your calendars!

(Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, so there will be no classes that day.)

These are the second and third make-up days added to the year due to weather-related closures. (MCS was closed on Nov. 15, 3018, due to icy roads.) Any more cancellations will result in more days being added to the end of the school year. We will continue to advise families if more make-up days are needed.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 14, 2019, as this year’s nominees and recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. They were selected by their respective principals or coordinators. The 2015-16 nominees are:
  • Sarah Montgomery, Little Giants Preschool; has been with Marion Community Schools 12 years
  • Elizabeth Sechrest, Allen Elementary School; has been with MCS six years
  • Rachel Polsley, Frances Slocum Elementary School; has been with MCS five years
  • Alyssa Foss, Kendall Elementary School; has been with MCS four years
  • Michelle Faulkner, Riverview Elementary School; has been with MCS two years
  • Kevin Scheer, Justice Intermediate School, has been with MCS eight years



From left, front row, are Mary Clark Hanley award winner Elizabeth Sechrest, winner Alyssa Foss, nominee Kevin Scheer, nominee Michelle Faulkner, nominee Rachel Polsley, and winner Sarah Montgomery, were honored at the May 14, 2019, Marion School Board meeting. Also pictured are School Board members, back row, from left, Serafina Salamo, Bruce Weatherspoon, Todd Nicholson, Aaron Vermilion, Alan Beck, Superintendent Brad Lindsay, and Board members Chuck Griffin, and Dana Gault.

Foss, Montgomery, and Sechrest were chosen as the winners of the award. The winners were selected by the director of human resources, the district director of education, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor.

The award, set up in 2000 through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and this year included a prize of $500.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School has earned a Gold Medal Award from Ascend Education, in recognition of their work to ensure all students can succeed in math.

Ascend Math is an online individualized math instructional resource that provides each student with a unique study path through skill gaps at each level. Students can progress at their own pace and track their own progress and success.

From January, when McCulloch began utilizing Ascend, to May 8, 138 students have achieved growth of one grade level, and 18 students have gained more than two grade levels.

“Congratulations to McCulloch Junior High School students for the perseverance and hard work that led to their exceptional results,” said Kevin Briley, CEO of Ascend Education. “We are extremely proud of the important job the educators at McCulloch Junior High School are doing to help their students succeed in math, gain confidence and positively advance in life.”

The Gold Medal program encourages educators to share the challenges they face and the strategies they use to overcome these challenges. McCulloch Junior High School is one of 29 schools across the country to earn a Gold Medal Award from Ascend Math.

The Gold Medal schools will be featured on the Ascend Math website throughout the next year. The complete honor roll can be viewed here. The schools also receive plaques commemorating their students’ success.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School choirs will present their annual Sing on the Green year-end concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, in the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St.

This concert features senior spotlights and more from our talented, award-winning musicians. 

NOTE: Musical groups will also be performing throughout the day on Saturday at the All-City Art Show

>> Click here for full the All-City Art Show schedule
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you love movies? Do you love music? Then the Marion High School band has a special treat for you this weekend!

Come out for a “Night at the Movies”, a concert featuring songs from movie soundtracks that we all know and love. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St.

Also included in the concert will be a presentation of the All-City Art Show awards, honoring student artists for excellent work.

>> Click here for full the All-City Art Show schedule (including several other musical performances on Saturday)