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MCS will keep building configuration for 2017-18 school year

Posted on Oct. 26 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”

Giants earn team, individual 1st place at Huntington U. math competition

Posted on Oct. 26 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
By Gabriela Padilla

For the third year in a row the MHS Math Team earned an individual first place and this year the team earned first place overall at the annual Huntington University competition.

The Giants competed in the 17th annual Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition on Wednesday, Oct. 26. There were 13 teams from different schools from around Indiana and Ohio competing.

MHS senior Truman Bennet placed first individually (a repeat of his sophomore year results) and Elizabeth Wuertley, a junior, placed second individually. Other competing members of the team were Nick Spitzer and Micah Hoeksema. Several other students traveled with the team as alternates.

The Giants overcame Zionsville, who placed second, and South Bend St. Joseph, who came in third.

The competition involved multiple choice and short answer segments for the individuals, and a team problem-solving component.

Students also had a chance to explore the Huntington University campus.

Way to go, Giants!

MHS student a finalist in 'Indiana's Got Talent' competition

Posted on Oct. 25 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
By Gabriela Padilla

Marion High School and CSA Arts Academy student Sammy Kay Williams is a finalist for Indiana’s Got Talent, hoping to become a featured performer in the annual Circle of Lights celebration in Indianapolis.

 Friends and family traveled to the WTHR "Indiana's Got Talent" finalist audtitions to cheer on Sammy Kay Williams, seen here at center. (photo courtesy Sammy Kay Williams)

Sammy Kay was among 10 performers picked as finalists out of more than a 100 contestants in auditions earlier this year. Those 10 will appear in WTHR’s special "Indiana’s Got Talent," set to air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 on WTHR (Channel 13 in Indianapolis). The show will also include a biographical segment, part of which was filmed at Marion CSA earlier this month.

The aspiring recording artist who hopes to attend Belmont University in Nashville has been involved with CSA since she was 9 years old. This year, though, she has taken advantage of the additional opportunities available through the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership between CSA and Marion High School, which allows students much more flexibility.

This partnership provides 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.

The Circle of Lights celebration is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 on Monument Circle in Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public. More than 100,000 people have attended this event in years past. The tree is expected to be lit at about 7:50 p.m.

Marion High School wishes Sammy Kay the best of luck as she continues on in the competition!

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