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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

On May 18, the sixth 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, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, 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 Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student 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 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!

>> The All-City Art Show runs on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walton Center at MHS. Stop by and take a look at some of the art on display from our talented students!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools’ assistant superintendent recently was honored by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, for the second time in three years.


Dr. Robert Schultz, assistant superintendent for business affairs at MCS, was named the IASBO School Business Official of the Year for Region 5, the district in which Grant County lies.

Each year, IASBO recognizes a school business official in each of its 10 regions with this award. We are proud of this recognition of MCS and of Dr. Schultz, who brings a wealth of experience to his role at Marion Community Schools.

But Schultz emphasized that this award recognizes not only his success, but the success of his entire department.

“Awards like this are really multi-person awards. I have been really blessed to work with an outstanding group of people here in the MCS Business Office,” he said. “I feel fortunate to have come to Marion, because there are a lot of people paying attention to the details to make things work well, and everyone is committed to seeing our children succeed.”

Through his diverse career in education, including time as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and post-secondary educator, along with his experience as a researcher and an advisor for school districts across the state, he has developed a wide and well-informed perspective on education and school finance. This perspective and range of experience makes him an invaluable part of our team here at Marion Community Schools, as we navigate the volatile world of school funding in Indiana.

But perhaps even more important, he is a sincere and caring person who is committed to our staff and schools, and the children and community we serve. He is invested in the success of others and is a valued part of our team.

“IASBO is a wonderful organization that is a great resource for schools,” Dr. Schultz said. “I have found that school business managers in Indiana in general are a generous group who share information and best practices. You develop a circle of people you trust, and then utilize their help to guide your work.”

Across his career, Dr. Schultz has found success in various aspects of teaching and administration. In fact, this is the fourth time he has been recognized with a yearly award, and has been recognized in three different roles. Earlier in his career, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Eastbrook Community Schools. He was subsequently recognized as the Superintendent of the Year at Tipton Community Schools, this time by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

Marion Community Schools is proud of Dr. Schultz and his accomplishments and grateful to him for his service here. 

Dr. Schultz and the other IASBO honorees were celebrated at the organization’s annual awards banquet.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants. You can also join in some hands-on activities!



The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. Friday evening, the MCS Kindness Rally will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Bill Green Arena — stop by both if you have time! Saturday the Art Show will also feature performances by Marion Community Schools music groups:
  • Noon: Allen/Riverview Elementary Students
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: Justice Pep Band
  • 2 p.m.: Elementary Circle the State with Song performers
  • 2:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3:30 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
In addition, Sing on the Green, the MHS Choral Department's annual end-of-the-year show, is set for 7 p.m. May 19 in the Walton Center auditorium.

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is terribly saddened to hear of the tragic crash that claimed the life of a member of Marion High School's Class of 2018.

We wish to express sincere condolences to the family of Payton Rogers, a senior at Marion High School, and our thoughts are with the family of Baleeve Gregory, also a senior, as we fervently hope for her recovery from the injuries she suffered in the crash.

Counseling will be available in the coming days at the school for students and staff. We also encourage students in need of help to reach out to any adult at their school building.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Information provided by Special Olympics Indiana

Dozens of Marion Community Schools students will be participating in Unified Game Day this Thursday, May 10. Hundreds of students from around Grant County will be participating in the event, a partnership between the Grant County Special Education Co-Op, of which MCS is a part, and Special Olympics Indiana.
 
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will participate in the Unified Games at Mississinewa High School this year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents and supporters are welcome to attend. There will be an opening ceremony featuring a torch run by the Gas City Police Department and Gas City Volunteer Fire Department. The games will feature a Special Olympics-style competition in a variety of unified track and field events. Students in preschool will also be participating in games at their own schools.

Special Olympics Indiana and the Grant County Special Education Co-op work together to engage students in activities designed to promote school communities where young people are agents of change, fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, known as Unified Champion Schools, children of all abilities are provided opportunities to develop self-confidence and social skills while learning the fundamentals necessary for future participation in Unified Sports training and competition.

GCSEC partner schools are among hundreds across the state to embrace Special Olympics’ innovative approach to improving social
inclusion while simultaneously developing motor skills through curricula which aligns with Indiana State educational standards. More than 10,000 Indiana students have participated in the program during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Indiana has been recognized as a national leader in the realm of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports and social inclusion initiatives, and it’s thanks in large part to the support of faculty, administrators and students in hundreds of schools throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Special Olympics movement is still about sports, but it’s also about changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities by targeting younger generations through programs like Unified Champion Schools.”

According to Lisa Graham, director of GCSEC, Marion Community Schools began participating as a Unified Champion School two years ago and was joined by Mississinewa Community Schools last year. This was so successful that all five districts in the county are now able to participate together, much like an athletic conference or Grant Four competition.

Special Olympics Indiana’s Unified Champion Schools initiatives are supported in part by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, and — through a partnership known as Champions Together — the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

>> Click here to learn more about Unified Champion Schools