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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Marion High School choir members took orders and served desserts and beverages on Sunday in between singing and dancing for parents and community members.

The 26th Street Innovations and Sweet Inspirations show choirs entertained 330 people among three different shows during the weekend, as part of the school’s seventh annual Dessert Theater.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the high number of school cancellations caused by this winter’s extraordinary weather, Marion Community Schools will be lengthening its school day for about two months, to regain lost instructional time in a way that is most effective for continued student success.

This plan is in line with alternative make-up solutions offered recently by the state Department of Education, and it would address the seven days MCS has canceled so far this winter for which waivers were not granted. That means at this time, the make-up days built in at the end of the school year would all still be available, should more cancellations be needed. More importantly, it means that teachers and students would regain instructional time now, when it is needed most, prior to high-stakes testing such as ISTEP+ and IREAD.

“We have explored multiple solutions with a broad base of stakeholders, and we believe this is the best solution to meet the challenges of this extraordinary winter that has caused our children to miss a significant amount of valuable instructional time,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “We will be able to custom fit this extra time at each building and within each department, so that we can maximize this additional learning time and make better possible for our students students prior to essential high-stakes assessments including ISTEP+ and IREAD.”

In general, the plan would add an hour to the school day — moving the start time earlier in the morning, and moving the end time later in the afternoon — starting Monday, Feb. 24, and ending Friday, April 18. In addition, Marion High School will have have no shortened days when this alternate schedule is in place. The MHS schedule would be the same Monday through Friday. (Please see the links at the bottom of this post for specific start and end times at each building during this time.)

This alternate schedule will not be extended past April 18. If further cancellations are needed, the make-up days at the end of the school year will be used. (And if delays are needed during this alternate schedule period, they will be delays starting from the alternate, earlier time.)

We know this change will greatly affect scheduling for our students and their families, along with our staff members. 

In the days leading up to the schedule change, building administrators and district department heads will be working with their staffs to determine the best way to use this additional learning time each day.

We will work to ensure extra-curricular activities have the least disruption possible. And we will work with families to try to make the transition to this modified schedule as smooth as possible.

“There are challenges with any solution when you’re talking about such a high number of cancellations,” Lindsay said. “We believe this gives us our best chance to help all of our students succeed.”

For specific start and end times at each building, click on the links below.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is moving forward with the installation of a turf field at Marion High School’s stadium, an upgrade that will provide the best possible opportunities for students and the community.

“We believe now is the appropriate time to take this project on,” said School Board member Aaron Vermilion, who has led the committee exploring the upgrade in recent months. “We’ve spent substantial time and money in recent years focusing on our academics and our educational facilities. Focusing on our sports facilities now is part of being a well-rounded, choice high school and offering our kids the very best opportunities we can.”

MCS has in recent years targeted spending to improve educational facilities, including:
  • renovation of the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center.
  • renovation of the MHS Media Center
  • renovation of the MHS Planetarium
  • addition of a family/consumer sciences classroom at MHS
  • improvements to the JROTC classrooms at MHS
  • interior lighting upgrades across the district
  • continuous technology upgrades across the district, including wireless networking now up and running in all buildings
  • security upgrades to improve student safety
We have also made moves recently at the high school to maximize use of our existing athletic facilities efficiently and wisely, including:
  • new lights and mezzanine (upper gym) curtains in Bill Green Arena
  • maintenance and repainting at Dick Lootens Stadium
  • addition of a press box to the Art Caldwell Baseball Field
With careful planning, these projects have been undertaken within the regular budgeting process. 

This stadium upgrade — now only 25 weeks from completion — will bring Marion Giants sports into a new era. The turf will make Dick Lootens Stadium truly multi-use, and will give the Giants soccer program a home field at MHS. This project will enhance opportunities and experiences for our athletes, fans and community. It also gives Marion Community Schools the chance to offer greater opportunities for school and community programs and events, in addition to athletics, without concern over damage to the field surface.

MCS is undertaking this turf installation with internal funding, but will continue to explore sponsorships and other partnership opportunities, with potential additional upgrades at the MCS Sports Complex still on the drawing board.

“We are excited to be moving forward with this project, and we believe it can become a rallying point and a point of pride for the community,” said School Board member Katie Morgan, who also has played a leading role in the exploratory process.

The pre-bid design work for the turf project is nearly complete, and the bid process will be starting later this month. Marion Community Schools will continue to provide updates as the project continues. The targeted completion date for turf installation is July 25 — just in time for the first IHSAA-allowed soccer and football practices of the 2014 season, in early August.

“Our educational opportunities — including our dual credit offerings, our technical certifications, our AP classes, our academic teams and honor societies, our JROTC program, and more — are already the best around. Our athletes are consistently competitive at the regional and even state levels. This project will let us offer the very best opportunities to our student athletes and other groups. Our goal is to have THE choice high school in the county, and even beyond.”

Project timeline

Here's a look at some of the important upcoming dates for the turf project:
  • Feb. 13 & 20: Advertisements published.
  • Feb. 26: Pre-bid public hearing during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • March 5: Bids due / to be opened during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • March 12: School Board to consider recommendation, bid approval during School Board meeting at 6 p.m. at Education Service Center.
  • May 19: Turf installation begins at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS.
  • July 25: Completion of turf installation (just in time for first soccer and football practices allowed by IHSAA rules in early August).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Still looking for that special treat for Valentine’s Day? Marion High School musicians are offering a sweet opportunity for you and your sweetheart: a dessert theater, complete with musical performances.

This special event will feature performances by the MHS Innovations show choir and Sweet Adelines girls’ chorus. Choir members will also be waiting tables, serving food and interacting with the audience. Various desserts will be offered, along with hot and cold drinks.

Performances are set for 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Café at Marion High School.

Tickets are $10 apiece and are on sale now, and can be purchased from any MHS choir member, or contact the MHS office, 664-9051.

Funds raised benefit the choirs and help defray costs for costumes and competitions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion Community Schools students competed recently in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble vocal and instrumental competitions, and many brought home top ratings for their performances.

At Marion High School, 14 students competed with Group I pieces – the most difficult – at the regional vocal competition. Six of them earned Gold ratings and will continue on to state-level competition later this month.

Here’s a look at the MHS musicians who participated in the regional vocal Solo and Ensemble competition Feb. 8 at Southside High School in Muncie:
  • A'Brianna Adams; freshman; "Deep River"; Gold rating
  • Izzy Case; junior; "O Del Mio Dolce Adore"; Gold rating
  • Ted Fry; senior; "The Rovin' Gambler"; Gold rating
  • Alaina George; senior; "Nymphs and Shepherds"; Gold rating
  • Wesley Luttrell; junior; "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"; Gold rating
  • Karlton Morrell; senior; "The Black Dress"; Gold rating
  • Lindsay Holt; senior; "Ici Bas"; Silver rating
  • Gracie Graham; freshman; "Se tu M'ami"; Silver rating
  • Taylor Parker; sophomore; "Alma del Core"; Silver rating
  • Madeline Spence; freshman; "American Lullaby"; Silver rating
  • Myla Townsend; junior; "O Mio Babbino Caro"; Silver rating
  • Oshiana Tyson; sophomore; "Lullaby"; Silver rating
  • Stacia Tyson; freshman; "Homeward Bound"; Silver rating
  • Austin Stodghill; senior; "Pur Dicesti, O Poco Poco Bella"; Bronze rating

There were also three MHS students who participated in the instrumental Solo and Ensemble competition on Feb. 1 at Eastbrook High School:
  • Brianna Garr; senior; clarinet solo; Gold rating
  • Kodie Young; junior, clarinet solo; Gold rating
  • Bethany Hovermale, senior; French horn solo; Silver rating

At McCulloch Junior High School, nine students participated in the vocal and piano Solo and Ensemble competition Feb. 8 at Southside High School in Muncie:
  • Alyssa Dellinger; eighth grade; "In My Own Little Corner"; Group III solo; Gold rating
  • Amonte King; eighth grade; "My Lord, What A Morning"; Group III solo; Gold rating
  • Dannyelle Vanderpool; seventh grade; "We Deserve Each Other"; Group IV solo; Gold rating
  • Nikeela Edwards; eighth grade; "Make Them Hear You"; Group IV solo; Gold rating
  • Collin Swan, Riley Worland, Amonte King; all eighth-graders; "Star of the County Down"; Group III ensemble; Gold rating
  • Elizabeth Fix; eighth grade; "My Favorite Things"; Group IV solo; Silver rating
  • Rhianna Gary; eighth grade; "Ten Minutes Ago"; Group IV solo; Silver rating
  • Elizabeth Wuertley; eighth grade; Group II piano solo; Silver rating

Also at McCulloch, eight students participated in the instrumental Solo and Ensemble competition Feb. 1 at Eastbrook High School:
  • Caitlin Griffin; seventh grade; "Gliding Along"; Group IV alto saxophone solo; Gold rating
  • Seth Beal, Macie McCarthy, Jalen Springer; all eighth-graders; "The Calypso Kid"; Group III marimba trio; Gold rating
  • Josh Kelley, Amonte King, Riley Worland; all eighth-graders; "Poco Loco"; Group III woodwind trio; Gold rating
  • Dannyelle Vanderpool; seventh grade; "Echo Song", Group V flute solo; Silver rating

Congratulations to all of our outstanding young musicians, and good luck to those continuing on to state-level competition!