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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Riverview Elementary is currently the featured school on the Choose To Be Nice program's website!

Choose To Be Nice is a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness, through a comprehensive curriculum available to schools. Riverview is the first school in Indiana to implement this program!

The mission of Choose To Be Nice make the world a nicer, kinder place one individual, one interaction, one school, one company, and one community at a time. And it all starts with a simple promise:

"I promise to help spread kindness wherever and whenever possible. And to the very best of my ability, I’ll be nice to those with whom I come into contact on a daily basis."

YOU can make the promise too! Click here to sign up.

At Riverview this program program has been a GIANT help with teaching our students how to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, how to ACCEPT others, be PATIENT, be a TEAMMATE, be HONEST, FRIENDLY, KIND, and COURAGEOUS. Our GIANTS are AWESOME!

>> Click here to hear from some of our students about how this program has affected them and our school  

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Thursday, Marion Community Schools will host the 2019 Grant County Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Awareness Quiz Bowl.

Students from every public school corporation in the county (Marion, Mississinewa, Eastbrook, Oak Hill, and Madison-Grant), along with public charter school the Faulkner Academy, and private school St. Paul Parish School, will be participating in the competition, which is put on by the Drug/Alcohol Resource Team (DART). In all, 29 students grades four through seven will be competing, having placed in the top of their school-level competitions to advance to the county level.

The competition starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of McCulloch Junior High School, 3528 S. Washington St. The event is open to the public, and will feature Judge Mark Spitzer as the emcee and Judge Dana Kenworthy and Ann Vermilion as judges. Students will compete in two categories: Division I will feature fourth- and fifth-graders; Division II will feature sixth- and seventh-graders.

The Marion students competing are from Justice Intermediate School: Areanna Miller, and Kadynce Graves, both fifth-graders, and Caleb Richardson and Noah Rhoadarmer, both sixth-graders. Marion Community Schools wishes them good luck!

Courtesy of several businesses and organizations throughout the county, each competitor will receive gifts, and first and second place winners in each division will receive prize packs worth more than $200.

The top four winners of the county level contest will advance to the regional competition set for April 27 in Fort Wayne.

The organizers of the Grant County competition thank the following sponsors:
  • Riverside Community Federal Credit Union
  • Crest Lanes
  • AMC Theater
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Grains & Grill
  • Casa Brava
  • Culver’s
  • Bob Evans
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Marion Fire Department
  • Regions Bank
  • Ivanhoe’s
  • Splash House
  • Marion Police Department
  • STAR Financial Bank
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Mutual Bank
  • IHOP
  • Beacon Credit Union
  • Sirloin Stockade
  • Mike Greenwald Insurance
  • Collins Group
  • Fazoli’s
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News ILEARN is the annual test the state of Indiana requires students take starting in grade three. (It replaces the ISTEP.)

Tests are given in grades three through eight, and also for high school courses Biology and U.S. Government. For information about when your student will be testing, contact your school building office.

>> Click here to view an ILEARN fact sheet for families from the Indiana Department of Education

>> Haga clic aquí para ver una hoja informativa de ILEARN para familias del Departamento de Educación de Indiana

For more information, you can visit the IDOE's website.

  • Make sure your student gets plenty of rest during testing periods.
  • Make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast (either at home or at school, where all of our students have free breakfast available).
  • Encourage your student to do the best that they can, and to work with their teacher every day to improve. 
  • If you feel your student is feeling extreme testing stress or anxiety, please reach out to your student's teacher, principal, and/or social worker. 
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 2019 inductions are being accepted through Friday, April 5.

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. It gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by Patty Barney in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to, by April 5.

Nomination forms and more detailed information is available here.

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 14. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patty Barney, Marion Community Schools, 662-2546, ext. 125, or email
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be offering free athletic physicals to any Marion Community Schools student in April 2019, for students who plant to play school sports next fall.

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