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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is aware of reports of an incident in the area of Madison-Grant High School this morning. Students and staff at all MCS school buildings were kept inside their buildings for a short time, out of an abundance of caution. Based on communications with local law enforcement, as of about 10:15 a.m., MCS released all school buildings to resume regular activities. 

According to a statement from Madison-Grant, there are no injuries, and regular activities have resumed there.

Midday dismissals for Marion programs including Little Giants Preschool and Marion Regional Career Center are proceeding as scheduled, with extra oversight and precaution.

This is all the information we have to share at this time.
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.

>> Click here for more information from MarionGiantsSports.com
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion Community Schools’ human resources director was recently honored by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.

Human Resources Director Shelley Preston has been named the IASBO School Support Professional of the Year for Region 5, the district in which Grant County lies.

This May will be IASBOs 18th year presenting their annual award. Each year, IASBO recognizes school business official in each of its 10 regions with awards for Treasurer of the Year, School Business Official of the Year, and School Support Professional of the Year. Shelley Preston was the only representative from Grant County awarded for 2019.

We are proud of this recognition of Marion Community Schools and of Shelley Preston, who brings a wealth of experience to her role at MCS since she joined us six years ago. She has been an asset to our Giant team and we are grateful to Shelley for her service here.

Shelley Preston and the other IASBO honorees will be celebrated at the organization’s annual meeting in May.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? Frances Slocum Elementary fourth-graders may know a few things you don’t after weeks of Genius Hour research. You’re invited to come out and hear what they’ve learned!

The Genius Hour research fair will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, in the school’s gym. Family and friends and any others interested are invited to attend.

Through Genius Hour — one hour out of one school day each week for nine weeks — fourth graders got to drill down deep into a topic that interested them, with student teachers helping to guide them through this project-based learning. Students took interest inventories, then the teachers helped them narrow those interests down to top choices, and students were then grouped based on that, in 15 groups of 3 to 5 students.

Genius Hour topics to be presented Friday include fashion, video games, the Civil War, robotics, magic, and more. Student groups will use various tools to present their findings, including video, PowerPoint, models, diagrams, and posters.

These students are proud of what they’ve learned and they’d love to share it with you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 12

Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs. There are several factors considered when determining which program a student will be enrolled in, but there will be a common start to the application process for all applicants for the 2019-20 school year. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and must live in Grant County.

The open application schedule is as follows:
  • April 1: at Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 2: at Allen Elementary, 1115 E. Bradford St., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 3: at Frances Slocum Elementary, 2909 S. Torrence St., 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Kendall Elementary, 2009 W. Kem Road, 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

To apply for enrollment, families should to provide all documentation listed below that applies to their situation:
  • Verification of income (such as most recent completed tax return, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
  • Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
  • Child’s Social Security card or number
If you have questions, please contact the Little Giants office, 651-2080.

If you have special needs-related questions, feel free to contact the MCS Special Services Department at 662-2546, ext. 139.