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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News PLEASE NOTE: Textbooks that have not been returned to MHS from last school year need to be turned in to Mrs. Barnes in the main office for check in as soon as possible.

There are three lists posted with students’ names and missing textbook titles. Please check one of the yellow poster boards located by the main office, on the east side of the cafeteria, or on the west side of the cafeteria for more information.

Billing will begin next week (the week of Aug. 22) for lost books.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Auditions for the first two plays of the year are set for next Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 to 8:30 Aug. 15 and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16. 

The plays being cast are:
  • The annual one-time / $1 play / one act, which will this year feature two short scenes, "Gray Area" and "Frosh in the Pit", which both center on the theme of bullying. The performance is scheduled for Sept. 30.
  • The classic Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie", a fun take on the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll. The performances are scheduled for Nov. 3 and 4.
MHS students who want to audition for either or both should plan to come to one of the days of auditions. Students who are auditioning for the musical will need to have a song prepared. You do NOT have to be in a choir class to audition. (If you are only auditioning for the shorts, not the musical, you do not have to sing at the auditions.)

All academically-eligible MHS students are welcome to audition. New faces are welcome!

See Mr. Conway or Ms. Vermilion with questions.  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Olivia Wright has accepted the administrative assignment as Director of Special Education for the 2017-18 school year.

Wright is a graduate of Marion High School and has worked for Marion Community Schools since 2001 — more than 16 years of successful experience as a teacher and a special education coordinator.

MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he looks forward Wright stepping into this role and continuing to shape the department and provide opportunities for all MCS students.

“Olivia is passionately committed to our mission, which is to provide our best to the students, families, staff and community of Marion,” Lindsay said. “I look forward to the excellent leadership Olivia will provide Marion Community Schools as she begins her administrative assignment as our Director of Special Education.” 

Wright has been coordinator and assistant director for the MCS Special Education department since 2015. She steps into her new role of director following the departure of the previous director, Lisa Graham, who has accepted the role of executive director for the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member.

The former director of the Co-Op, Lynn Gosser, has joined Marion Community Schools as director of exceptional learners. She will oversee ELL, alternative programs, high ability, and will also provide support to Special Services and secondary education, and more. That hiring was approved in June, with a start date to be official after the hiring of her successor. All three changes are now in effect.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and teachers of Marion Community Schools,” Wright said. “I am excited to continue to help students at Marion Community Schools grow and achieve in every way possible. I believe it is going to be the best year yet!”

Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also later earned her master’s degree in education and her administrator’s license.

MCS congratulates Graham on her new role serving the Grant County community as a whole; she has served the schools, staff, families, and students well, and we will value our continued partnership with her through the GCSEC. MCS also welcomes Wright into her new role, and Gosser into hers, as we look forward to a great school year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight leaders from the Marion High School JROTC joined with 200 cadets from JROTC programs in Michigan and Indiana this week for extensive training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Giant Battalion's Cadet Command and primary staff members participated in the JROTC Cadet Advanced Studies Staff School (JCAS3) hosted by the Detroit public school system's director of Army instruction.

The JROTC Cadet Leadership from Marion High School work on a practical exercise designed to test their problem-solving skills while attending JROTC Staff Camp at the University of Michigan.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our cadets to learn how to plan and integrate the activities of the staff specialties in order to achieve the maximum effectiveness and efficiency of the Giant Battalion’s operations,” said Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Farlow, the program’s senior Army instructor. “Additionally, the cadets were able to spend three days living and studying at one of our nation’s premier universities. Not only was this training great for the JROTC program, but it can also really open the cadets' eyes to the possibilities awaiting them after they graduate from high school.”

During the three days of training, the cadets rose early and conducted a full day of training designed to teach them the details of their respective functional specialty. The day concluded late in the evening with a practical exercise requiring each staff officer to coordinate and integrate their respective functionality into a combined and comprehensive solution to the problem set.

The Giant Battalion staff includes cadets representing the function skills of personnel management, safety and security, operations, logistics, and public affairs. The battalion commander is assisted by the executive officer to lead, guide and coordinate the staff’s combined effort.  

The training was intense and demanding but very beneficial.

“It was a great experience for me to learn more about how to become a successful leader and commander,” said Cadet Lt. Col. Thomas Scheck, commander of the Giant Battalion and a senior at Marion High School. “I learned so much about how to better supervise and coordinate the activities of the command and staff.”

Cadet Maj. Adriana Aleman, an MHS senior, attended this camp for a second time, but was learning the duties and responsibilities of her new position as the battalion’s executive officer (XO). The XO is the second in command of the battalion and is also responsible for the coordination and synchronization of all the staff functions.

"Coming to the University of Michigan is always exciting," Aleman said. "I really believe the training I received this week will better help me to assist the commander in the management of all the battalion's duties and activities. I have also picked up some ideas from cadets from other programs.”

Other Marion High School cadets attending the training were:
  • Personnel officer: Cadet Lt. Trey Eskridge, MHS junior
  • Safety and security officer: Cadet Sgt. Hailey Teeguarden, MHS junior
  • Operations officer: Cadet Lt. Audrey Dickerson, MHS junior
  • Logistics officer: Cadet Capt. Taylor Sorah, MHS senior
  • Public affairs officer: Cadet Sgt. Rhianna Gary, MHS senior
  • Cadet Command Sgt. Major Joseph O'Donnell, MHS senior
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Grant County’s band directors are teaming up to bring a new opportunity to local music students: the Grant County Public High School Honor Band.

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. For the inaugural year, Dr. Al Harrison of Taylor University will be the guest conductor, and a performance will be held in mid-March at Taylor.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Grant County is quickly becoming a recognized area for instrumental music, and we are so thankful to be a part of this event,” said Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff. “I'm also looking forward to interacting with the other county band directors and be a part of the development of this event, which we hope to make into an annual tradition.”

Ryan Wamhoff, band director at Oak Hill High School, said the idea has created a buzz.

“There is great energy and comradery amongst the Grant County band directors,” he said. “Each of us can be excited about the growth and direction of our programs as well as those of our peers. It's great to see music programs not only surviving but thriving here in Grant County.” 

Joel Walters, band director at Eastbrook Jr./Sr. High School said that this new event will be a great opportunity for the students and the community.

“This is something that we as directors look forward to, and I am excited to see what comes from this collaboration,” he said. “The event will be an exciting way to recognize the hard working music students in our community.”

Cindy Walker, assistant band director at Mississinewa High School, said this opportunity will help the area’s young musicians grow.

“The Grant County Honor Band will be a great experience for our students. Not only will the kids get a chance to play some great music, but they'll get to rehearse with other outstanding musicians from their own area. It's a great way for our kids to improve,” she said. “The hope is they'll bring their knowledge and experiences back to other students in their respective bands.”

That experience is a key part of why the band directors have been working to develop this opportunity, Huff said.

“I'm extremely excited for my students at Marion to interact with some fantastic musicians from the other county schools,” he said. “One of the things we always tell our students is that while we may be rivals in athletics, music is the common bond that we all share. This will be a fantastic event for our students to learn from Dr. Harrison and the other directors. It will also be a chance for our county to come together and enjoy a concert of wonderful music.”

The newest member of the group of directors, Mykayla Neilson, recently named the director of Mississinewa’s band, said she was thrilled with this new opportunity.

“Not only am I honored to be a part of such a group,” she said, “but I am beyond excited to celebrate talented musicians in the Grant County area.”

Kristin Caudill, band director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, expressed hope for the future of the event and the opportunities it offers.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the other Grant County band directors and to showcase the excellent band programs throughout Grant County,” she said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to learn and perform with their peers from other Grant County schools. I'm looking forward to offering this opportunity to Madison-Grant High School students this year and seeing where this honor band goes in the future.”

More details will be released about the performance as the event nears.