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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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With gold medals earned the past two weekends at music competitions, McCulloch Junior High School has qualified for the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award for the fifth year in a row — the only school in the state with this winning streak.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

On March 1  and 2, the McCulloch Jazz Band and Choir both traveled to Kokomo High School to compete in the ISSMA Jazz Festival. Both groups earned a gold rating from the judges. Since the jazz program was founded, this the fifth consecutive year they have done so. McCulloch students Jon Peters and Chandler McMurray received blue ribbons for their solos in the band performance. Shaylee Vermilion received a blue ribbon for her solo in the choir performance.

MJHS jazz band competes at the annual ISSMA Jazz Festival. 

MJHS jazz choir 
competes at the annual ISSMA Jazz Festival.

On March 9, McCulloch band and choir students finished their competition season at Elwood High School for the ISSMA Organization Festival. Both band and choir earned a gold rating.

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must also have received gold ratings in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest, for at least one solo and one ensemble. McCulloch far exceeded that requirement, with several students earning gold in both categories in both the vocal and instrumental competitions.

There are many chances to hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows:
  • Performances during the All-City Art Show, May 10 and 11, schedule to be announced
  • 7th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 13
  • 8th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 14
  • 7th/8th grade spring band concert, 6 p.m. May 15
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News 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 The collaboration that provides students in Marion and Grant County to take aviation and airplane maintenance classes in high school earned a special accolade from the Indiana Department of Education recently.

At their annual Awards for Excellence event Tuesday, Feb. 26 — which celebrated accomplished students, programs, and business partnerships in career and technical education throughout the state — the IDOE recognized the Marion Regional Career Center’s Aviation Academy with a Partnership Award.

Students in Marion Regional Career Center’s aviation maintenance class get plenty of hands-on learning at the Marion Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Academy is a partnership between MRCC, the Marion Municipal Airport, Air Marion, the City of Marion, and the Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation. These partners see aviation as a growing area and one of the keys to attracting new businesses to Grant County. Students can participate in a two-year program in either aviation/flight operations or aviation mechanics. Both programs are housed at Marion Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Academy is unique in this region. The partners in the program each have a specific role to play, but decisions are made collectively. MRCC is responsible for teachers, students, and everyday classroom operations. Marion Municipal Airport provides use of the terminal and organizes trained pilots to fly with the students; every student receives at least five hours of flight time. The City of Marion owns the hanger that has a classroom built into it for the program. The Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation was created to support the MRCC Aviation Academy, and has contributed funding for the fuel required to fly students, as well as other equipment and materials.

This partnership is a win-win for all involved, as we work together to help build a brighter future for our students, our school, and our community.

Mar­i­on May­or Jess Alum­baugh expressed grat­i­tude for the col­lab­o­ra­tive effort.

“The City of Mar­i­on val­ues our part­ner­ship with Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools and the Mar­i­on Air­port," he said in a news release from the city. "The Avi­a­tion Acad­e­my pro­vides a spe­cial career path­way for our area high school stu­dents and pre­pares them for a life­time of success.”

The MRCC Aviation Academy is also assisting in the development of a four-year curriculum through the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), MRCC Direc­tor Mike Rip­perg­er noted. MRCC was cho­sen two years ago as 1 of 150 schools to assist the AOPA in this effort. Once the curriculum is finalized, it will be available to schools nationwide.

Students at the MRCC Aviation Academy choose from two pathways: aviation/?flight oper­a­tions or avi­a­tion mechan­ics. This year, there are four students enrolled in the operations pathway, and 11 in the mechanics pathway. Five students are currently in the introductory class that feeds into both pathways. MRCC plans to also offer drone flight cer­ti­fi­ca­tion options to students next year. 

MRCC currently has 16 programs in total to choose from, with the mission to develop every student’s technical, academic, and job readiness skills. MRCC also offers programs in fields such as culinary arts, health, and information technology. Even more programs will be coming soon.

Marion Regional Career Center programs are open to students at Marion High School and participating schools throughout the county. Students interested in applying should contact MRCC Student Support Staff and Community Specialist Nathan McNeely at 765-664-9091 or
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Feb. 5, 2019

Marion Community Schools social workers invite you to a special night of family fun at Culver's in Marion!

Dine to donate! A portion of your purchase of Culver's food and ice cream will go to MCS social workers, to help assist students with various needs.

There will also be face painting!

This special event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Culver’s, 2307 S. Western Ave., Marion. We hope to see YOU there!