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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Second Annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally has been rescheduled and will now be a great celebration of the end of a successful school year!


Mark your calendars now! The Kindness Rally will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22 — the last day of classes for MCS students. All students, families, and anyone in the surrounding community is invited to come join in the fun!

Features will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, dunk tank, food, and more.

Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions), which helps organize and run the Kindness Rally, will also be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.

Doors will open and ticket sales will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. The ceremony will feature the first ever Kindness Awards, to be presented to one student at each building who exemplifies the difference kindness can make. Students from each school will also participate in the parade of kindness chains from each school, with each link in the chains representing a kind act noticed this school year.

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. The Kindness Rally will be a great end to the school year; and we hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All students already in the MHS band (and anyone interested in joining next year), along with their parents, are asked to attend an important informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Marion High School. 

Come out and meet our new Director of Bands, Mr. Huff, and hear about his exciting vision for the future of the MHS marching band!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News U.S. News and World Report has awarded Marion High School a bronze medal in its rankings of more than 19,000 public high schools across the country. This puts MHS in the top 27 percent of high schools in the country, according to this ranking!

You may be familiar with U.S. News and World Report for its rankings of higher ed institutions (such as Grant County’s own Taylor University, which has been named the No. 1 Midwest University in the category of Best Regional Colleges for seven years straight). The high school rankings released recently use data, primarily state proficiency tests and AP or International Baccalaureate testing, as the main benchmarks to sift out the best high schools in the state and the nation.

“When you think about where we were a few years ago to where we are today, this is honestly fantastic news,” MHS Principal Lennon Brown said. “Going from being in danger of state takeover to being mentioned in a national publication’s list of high-quality schools just a few years later, it’s definitely something worth celebrating.”

The rankings methodology, according to U.S. News, “is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

The top 500 high schools in the nation, based on highest college readiness (as reflected by AP / IB test data), were awarded gold medal status. About 1,700 other high schools earned silver medal status. Fewer than 3,000 high schools earned bronze medal status. That means according to this ranking, MHS is in the top 27 percent of high schools in the country.

“It’s a credit to our staff, it’s a credit to our students, it’s a credit to our community,” Brown said. “But we’re not resting on our accomplishments. Good schools can become better. Better schools can become great. That’s what we strive for every day.”

And one recent piece of data does indeed reflect continued improvement: the MHS graduation rate.

Finalized numbers recently certified by the state confirmed what leaders at Marion Community Schools had projected: in 2012-13, the graduation rate jumped again, to more than 95 percent — far higher than the state rate, and higher than three of the four other Grant County high schools.

For the 2012-13 school year, the MHS graduation rate was 95.4 percent. That’s 4.3 percentage points higher than the previous school year’s 91.1 percent rate, and it’s 7.1 percentage points higher than the state’s overall rate, 88.6 percent.  (Mississinewa’s 97.7 rate is the only one higher in the county.)

The number is a reflection of the continued success at Marion High School, now an Indiana Department of Education honor roll school, earning a “B” on the most recent grade card.

“The national recognition in the U.S. News and World Report rankings is really a reflection of the hard work of staff and students, and the support of our community,” said MCS Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Amy Rauch, also the district’s chief academic officer. “The improvement over recent years at MHS has not happened by accident. It has taken serious, unflinching conversations, tough decisions, intentional action. This ranking reiterates that hard work and dedication is paying off.”

The accolade is one for the entire Marion community to take pride in, MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

“This is another distinction of excellence for Marion High School!,” he said. “I am thankful to our Marion Community Schools team for growing the extra-mile to meaningfully and productively engage the hearts, minds, behaviors, and habits of each student, each day!" 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction. The three inductees are giants in the education, finance, and aviation fields.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success. To learn more about the Hall of Distinction, including past inductees and how you can submit nominations, click here
>> YOU'RE INVITED! Click here for details about the 2014 MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Ceremony and Banquet
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools has moved to a new system for online meal payments. This move means all online payments, including meals and textbook fees, will be processed through the same system. However, parents who were already making online meal payments will need to create a new account with the new system to continue making online payments. (Any funds already loaded in the old system will be transferred to the new account.)

Our new online meal payment system is through Please note that you can no longer make payments through

>> If you have already used SchoolPay to pay book fees in the past, you will already have an account set up. You can now use that account for online meal payments. (If you've forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password" button, which looks like a lock.) 

>> If you have not used SchoolPay before, you'll need to set up a new account.

Once you're logged in to SchoolPay, you'll see a piggy bank tab for your Food Services account.

All account balances left on SendMoneyToSchool will be transferred to SchoolPay. Deposits and transactions will be reflected in your SchoolPay account in real time. A convenience fee of $2.40 per transaction is still in place.

We apologize if the switch to SchoolPay has caused any inconvenience or confusion for you. But we believe having one provider for all online payments will be much more convenient in the future!

If you have any questions, please call Jeanie Warren at 765-662-2546, ext. 113, or Cathy Griffin at ext. 143.