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YOU'RE INVITED: Kick off summer with Little Feet Meet

Posted on May. 05 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools' Young Champions program invites families to kick off the summer season with us at the Little Feet Meet on Saturday, May 21, at the Marion High School sports complex!

This school year, MCS joined an exclusive group of schools across the state participating in Champions Together, an exciting partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics, which offers students of all abilities the opportunity to participate in athletics together. Young Champions is a partner program that aims to help children explore physical activities and sports, and to develop skills for future participation in athletic training and competition. The Young Champions program promotes learning, achievement, and enjoyment of physical activity and athletics.

The Little Feet Meet is a fun-filled event for students in preschool through eighth grade and their families. Coming the day after school ends for MCS students, the Little Feet Meet is a great way to kick off an active summer! There will be five track event stations for participants, with kids separated by age, 3 to 7 and 8 to 14. There will also be lunch available (hot dogs, popcorn, water), goodie bags for participants, and other fun activities. 

The Little Feet Meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Dick Lootens Stadium at Marion High School, and it will run through noon.

Registration for this event has now been opened up to ALL Marion kids! Registration is required in advance, though there is no cost to participate. 

The registration deadline has been extended, but we are asking that you register your child as soon as possible if you wish to participate.

We hope to see you here! For more information, contact the MCS Special Services Department, 662-2546.

MCS, CSA partner for Arts Academy

Posted on May. 05 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools and the Marion Community School of the Arts have entered into an exclusive cooperative agreement to provide a unique opportunity for students who are pursuing intensive, pre-professional arts training: an educational program that can be tailored to their needs, combining online and on-site academics with support from MCS staff, along with extra-curricular opportunities.

“Research shows that students who are engaged with the arts are more likely to attend and do well in college, to get a job, to volunteer in their community, and to engage in other civic activities. In short, they are more likely to find success throughout their lives, and to make a difference in their world,” CSA Executive Director Katie Morgan said. “The CSA Arts Academy ensures that students who are choosing to pursue a potential career in the arts don’t lose out on the things that the traditional high schooler gets to experience. This opportunity is helping to shape well-rounded, successful young people who have connection to Marion, Indiana. It is bringing a new energy to our schools and our community.”

The Marion CSA already has students traveling from around the state and as far away as Kansas City to participate in their intensive arts training. Students like this often utilize online learning or home schooling options to make this intensive pre-professional arts study possible. But unlike other online or homeschool learning options, the CSA Arts Academy, in cooperation with Marion Community Schools, not only offers a customized curriculum tailored to each individual student, but much more.

CSA Arts Academy students are enrolled as Marion Community Schools students, and they are connected with a teacher of record for their self-guided online courses. This means that they have resources not normally available through most online learning options, which most often put the burden on the student to keep up with lessons, and to find additional external help if they struggle with coursework. From one-on-one discussions with the teacher, to tutoring options, to help with scheduling and more, CSA Arts Academy students have help that other online programs just can’t offer.

In addition, though, CSA Arts Academy students have the option to take honors and Advanced Placement and dual credit classes on-site at Marion High School, and to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. MHS offers dozens of early college credit opportunities, all of which are open to CSA Arts Academy students. And MHS has dozens of athletic teams and student organizations that are also all open to participation by CSA Arts Academy students.

The CSA Arts Academy, in cooperation with Marion Community Schools, truly offers the best of both worlds to its students: high quality pre-professional arts training and a high quality academic program, along with the traditional high school experiences — things like being inducted into honor societies, cheering with fellow students at the big game, going to prom, and even participating graduation ceremonies — that pre-professional arts students often have to sacrifice to make their intensive arts training possible.

The program is a fast-paced, intensive program best suited for high performing, serious pre-professional arts students.

“The CSA Arts Academy makes it possible for students participating in pre-professional arts education including, but not limited to, the CSA Theatre compANY and CSA’s Dancers Edge Company, the flexibility in academic courses to dedicate the time to the training, traveling and auditioning required at this advanced level of study,” Marion CSA Artistic Director Shelly Inskeep said.   

At Marion High School, this partnership is just one example of how our online and on-site learning options can be tailored to fit the needs of many different types of students with a wide variety of needs.

“Not only does this innovative partnership with CSA benefit the students involved, but it is a great opportunity for our school and our community,” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. “It adds dedicated, passionate, hard-working students to our school population, and it gives them opportunities they might otherwise not have had. It’s a win-win for all involved.”

Marion CSA believes this exclusive partnership will be a major recruiting tool to bring arts students and their families to Marion.

"This program, within the first year, has proven to be a recruiting incentive for students interested in the high-quality dance and theater training offered at CSA, as well as the excellent academic opportunities that MHS has to offer, with students enrolling from all across Indiana, and the Midwest,” said Marion CSA Executive Director Katie Morgan. “City officials and community leaders have expressed their support for the CSA Arts Academy, as this partnership has the potential to incentivize families choosing whether or not to live and work in Marion. Our vision is to ignite a community of potential through arts and creativity, and this program does that."

This innovative partnership is just one of the ways Marion Community Schools is tailoring options for our students, helping to give them a platform to build on regardless of what the next stage of their life has in store. We aim to equip every Marion High School graduate to make a GIANT difference in our community, and beyond.

“Our students are why Marion Community Schools exists, and providing our students our best is our cause. We are Marion COMMUNITY Schools, and it is important to engage our community assets to make good happen for our students as we train them to become giants in life and in service to others,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Marion Community Schools and the Marion Community School of the Arts are a winning combination, and the CSA Arts Academy is another distinctive in which the people and city of Marion can take much pride.”

Formal banquet will recognize JROTC cadets' achievements

Posted on May. 04 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Friday night, 400 friends, family members and others will gather in the cafeteria of Marion High School to honor the JROTC Cadets at the annual formal banquet.

The banquet will recognize the individual and collective accomplishments of the cadets throughout this school year. Representatives from numerous social and fraternal organizations such as the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), Daughters of the American Revolution, military branch recruiters, and others will be on hand to present 73 separate awards recognizing academic excellence, leadership development, and physical fitness.

In addition to the awards presentation, the cadet leadership will be announced and an official change of command ceremony will transition the cadet leadership.

The banquet, planned by the cadets under the supervision of their instructors, will feature the pageantry of a military ball. As cadets and guests enter the cafeteria, they will proceed through an official receiving line and pass under a saber arch. The cadets will wear their dress uniforms for this final event of the school year. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the MHS cafeteria.

“During the banquet, we deliberately take the time to pause and ceremoniously remember the great accomplishments the cadets have achieved throughout the year,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor at MHS. “These cadets have grown, matured, and developed over the course of the year. At the banquet, we show them off to the family members, friends, and community members. It is truly a great experience for all who attend.”

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