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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School students will get some special opportunities during College GO! Week this week, and some Marion elementary students will get an early start on their college dreams, too.

Activities, events and promotions are planned around the Marion Community Schools district in conjunction with the annual statewide push to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for college completion and career success.

Some of the highlights:

At Marion High School, highlights of the week include College Application Day, set Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, when every senior will have the opportunity during the school day to complete online applications to post-secondary institutions of their choice. Many colleges and universities waive application fees during this week, so it’s the perfect time for seniors to apply.

This year, the MHS Guidance Department has provided materials and advice to seniors in advance of College Application Day to get them prepared to submit quality applications to schools that they are seriously considering attending. Project Leadership will be helping to facilitate College Application Day at the high school.

Project Leadership will also be helping younger MCS students begin to think seriously about college and plan for how post-secondary education can help them fulfill their dreams for the future. Third- and fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School will hear special presentations to wrap up a week of activities focused on continuing education. The presentations will take place from about 12:55 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013.

The message, said Debbie Stiles, counselor at Allen, is this: “College is attainable, and there are lots of different ways to get there.”

It’s important to get elementary students thinking concretely about post-secondary education, she said, because choices they make now have the potential to endanger their opportunities. Making sure students know they have the support of school staff and the community is important too, she said. It’s all about giving them the information and tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

College GO! Week is supported by Learn More Indiana, whose mission is to help Hoosier students of all ages plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success through effective communications and outreach efforts, according to its website.

Here’s a look at College GO! Week activities around the MCS district this week:

Marion High School
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest Monday; career dress-up day Tuesday; college theme songs featured during passing periods Wednesday; college spirit wear day Thursday; college mascot day during Success periods on Friday.
  • Seniors can participate in College Application Day on Thursday; the Guidance Department will also be discussing scholarships with every senior during the week.
  • Juniors will be signing up for E-Transcript, and registering for the ACT.
  • Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT practice test, in anticipation of test day, Oct. 16.
  • Freshmen will complete a career assessment and update their four-year plan for high school success.
Tucker Career and Technology Center
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, judging Friday; Commons open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for college and major exploration, college applications; 21st Century Scholars senior meetings 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Commons; Ivy Tech admissions info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons; Pipefitters apprenticeship info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Commons; college T-shirt day Friday.
McCulloch Junior High School
  • School-wide activities: Various post-secondary education themed lessons and activities during classes, including interest inventories and career-matching; learning style assessments and study tips; information on opportunities available in high school at Tucker Career and Technology Center.
Allen Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating; “Hats Off to Graduation” day Tuesday (college/university hats allowed); “Connect to Your Career” day Wednesday (students will write dreams/hopes for future, career on paper links, which will be joined into chains and displayed throughout school); Raffle Day on Thursday (colleges have provided promotional items w/college logos to distribute); School Spirit Day on Friday (Indiana college gear encouraged, but any academic spirit wear allowed)
  • Third- and fourth-graders will hear special presentations Friday from Project Leadership about the path to post-secondary education.
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, teachers wearing college spirit wear.
Kendall Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: College Spirit Day on Friday, daily announcements focused on post-secondary education.
Riverview Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: college fun facts during announcements; staff wearing college spirit wear.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

As the nation paused Wednesday to reflect on the tragedy of Sept. 11, local schools also commemorated that devastating day.

Near the flags in front of Marion High School, the JROTC led a remembrance of Sept. 11 Wednesday morning — the first year the JROTC has been responsible for such an event.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about the Marion High School JROTC program, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Planes and pancake sales took off at the 23rd annual Fly/In Cruise/In Saturday.

Airplanes, hot rods and even tractors were on display throughout the grounds of the Marion Municipal Airport for the free event, which drew crowds whose cars packed the lawns surrounding the airport.

Marion High School marching band member Erin Bailey, who has worked the event’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for four years now, said this year’s turnout was the biggest she’s seen yet.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, was well-represented at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention in San Diego July 21-26; 19 Giants participated, and several came away with individual awards.

Doug Porter is a math teacher at Marion High School, and he’s been the sponsor for this math team for over a decade. He’s also a 1990 graduate of MHS, and, as a senior, he founded the MHS chapter of this math honor society.

The event in San Diego was actually the 43rd convention, but Porter said he never believed there would be enough interest at MHS for a group to attend.

“I never thought kids would give up a week of their summer vacation do work on math, but the response was overwhelmingly positive after the first year,” he said. “We’ve taken 19 kids each year, and we had several kids go both years.”

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Mu Alpha Theta's success at the national math honor society's 2013 national convention, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion Community Schools students were honored by the MCS Board of School Trustees during its Aug. 28, 2013, meeting as Teachers Choice Art Award winners during the 2012-13 school year.

Their winning artworks will be displayed for a year in the Board Room at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St.

Those honored were:
  • Mya McKillip, for work done in grade 1 at Allen Elementary School, and Kelsi Nantz, for work done in grade 3 at Riverview Elementary School; their art teacher was Twana Johnson.
  • Kassidee Dearing, for work done in kindergarten at Frances Slocum Elementary School, and Jayce Flemmons, for work done in grade 1, at Kendall Elementary School; their art teacher was Karen Fry.
  • Jaycee Cox, for work done in grade 5 at Justice Intermediate School, and Latrell Guerrero, for work done in trade 6, at Justice; their art teacher was Lori Gates.
  • Ethan Nguyen, for work done in grade 7 at McCulloch Junior High School, whose art teacher was Tashema Davis.
  • Trista Jones, for work done in grade 8 at McCulloch, whose art teacher was Darrell Wisser.
  • Sahman Seerha, for work done in grade 10 at Marion High School, whose art teacher was Ellery Diaz.
  • Maris Bounds, for work done in grade 11 at Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, for work done in grade 12 at Marion High School; their art teacher was Debi Shepler.

Marion Community Schools is proud of its young artists and is pleased to be able to display their artwork prominently all year.



The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Maris Bounds, whose work as an 11th-grader at Marion High School earned her an award, Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), and Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School). Also honored were Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Latrell Guerrero, (for work in grade 6, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Harry Hall, along with MHS Art Department leader Noelle Lehman, and art teachers Twana Johnson, Karen Fry, Lori Gates, and Darrell Wisser.




The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Latrell Guerrero, whose work as a sixth-grader at Justice Intermediate School earned him an award. Also honored were Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, Maris Bounds, (for work in grad 11, Marion High School), and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.