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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Grant County Unified Athletics invites you to come out and think SPRING! You'll create your own fun decorative canvas at this special fundraiser that supports the Unified Athletics program in Grant County schools.

Unified Athletics is an extra-curricular opportunity for students with identified cognitive or physical disabilities, who play on teams with their age-appropriate peer helpers. Teams from Grant County schools compete with each other in basketball, bowling, and track.

At the Champions and Canvas fundraiser, you'll be able to customize your canvas with colors and items that match your decor in your home or office, or to make as a gift for someone else who would appreciate a sign of the coming season! All supplies will be provided, and there will be step-by-step instruction by Sally Bergsma. Tickets are $30 per person.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in the Atrium at Tree of Life, 1500 S. Western Ave., Marion.

There will be refreshments available, and there will also be booths from each of the five Grant County schools' lifeskills classrooms, featuring items they are selling to support their individual classroom needs. There will be original works of art, baked items, and spirit wear designed by the students.

Come out and enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship as you support this outstanding organization that provides opportunities for our students!

Tickets are available from the Marion Community Schools Special Services office, or contact Lisa Graham at 765-677-4456 or to purchase tickets or with any questions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the cancellation of classes on January 30 and 31 because of dangerous wind chill temperatures, the last day for students will now be on Tuesday, May 28. Please make a note on your calendars!

(Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, so there will be no classes that day.)

These are the second and third make-up days added to the year due to weather-related closures. (MCS was closed on Nov. 15, 3018, due to icy roads.) Any more cancellations will result in more days being added to the end of the school year. We will continue to advise families if more make-up days are needed.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the extreme cold temperatures headed our way, the schedule for the girls basketball Class 3A Norwell sectional has been changed. 

The first game between Norwell and Bellmont will be played at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, 1/29).

Marion's first-round game against Bishop Luers has been moved to 6 p.m. Friday. The Columbia City-Mississinewa game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The semi-final games will be played on Saturday. Heritage will face the winner of Game 1 at 6 p.m., and the winners of Game 2 and Game 3 will play at 7:30 p.m.

The championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Monday.

All games are at Norwell High School in Ossian. Tickets are $6 per session; $10 all sessions.

To recap, schedule is as follows:

Jan. 29:
~ Norwell vs. Bellmont (6 p.m.)

Feb. 1:
~ Marion vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (6 p.m.)
~ Columbia City vs. Mississinewa (7:30 p.m.)

Feb. 2 - semifinals
~ winner of Jan. 29 game vs. Heritage (6 p.m.)
~ winners of Feb. 1 games face off (7:30 p.m.)

Feb. 4 - sectional championship
~ winners of Feb. 2 games battle for sectional title, right to continue on to regional (7 p.m.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As part of a leadership class, 10 JROTC cadets from Marion High School recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they had the opportunity to undertake a military-style staff ride, a learning experience rarely available to the average high school student.

Marion High School JROTC cadets pause for a photo by the Indiana memorial at Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. The cadets have an in-depth understanding of the battle and its effects after undertaking a military-style staff ride, a historical study and analysis of the battle.

A staff ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that is used as professional development by the U.S. Army for its leaders. A staff ride examines the dynamics of battle and the human dimension as well. It can illustrate how terrain, unit cohesion, leadership, technology, and more affected a historical battle, and therefore provide a framework for battle analysis. It also promotes the study of military history and heritage.

To prepare for the staff ride, the cadets had to research a particular portion of the Civil War Battle at Gettysburg. While walking the ground on the battlefield in Pennsylvania, each cadet had to describe the actions of the opposing leaders and how the events in fighting were affected by the various leaders’ decisions and the challenges with the terrain and communication.

“A staff ride is a great learning experience,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC. “It is a tool that can be used to examine how internal and external factors, communication and timely decisions affect what actually happens. We can learn from the experiences of others.”

Speaking of her experience on the staff ride, MHS junior I’Yela Hornaday said: “It hit hard when we saw that people actually went there and lost their lives to fight for something they strongly believed in.”

Cadet JD Smith commented that he didn’t realize how exciting it could be to actually walk the battlefield, live the history, and learn from the staff ride experience.

Marion High School JROTC cadets recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they conducted an in-depth historical military study called a staff ride, analyzing the actions of leaders during the three-day battle that changed the course of the Civil War. Here, the group stands by the sign welcoming visitors to the historic site and museum. 

The MHS cadets then traveled on to Washington, D.C., where they spent two days visiting the U.S. Capitol, the monuments on the Washington Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Holocaust Museum.

“The memorials and monuments [on the Mall] were beautiful,” MHS senior Haley O’Neil said. “They also showed all of the sacrifice people have made for all of us.”

Probably the most somber experience for the cadets came as they toured the Holocaust Museum. There, they followed the journey of a Holocaust victim, not knowing if their person survived or died until near the end of the tour.

At one point in the tour, junior Josiah Hamilton, was captivated by a picture of a little boy and girl.

“It was like looking in a mirror,” he said. “It could have easily been my sister and me. I thank God that I was born in a different time and age.”

Marion JROTC cadets pose for a photo outside the U.S. Capitol building during their class trip to Washington, D.C.

Marion JROTC cadets listen to their tour guide inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.


The cadets on the trip were Cheyenne Russ, Anyssa Shultz, Haley O’Neil, Hailey Teeguarden, I’Yela Hornaday, Jade McKoon, Angel Morales, Kaleb Starr, Josiah Hamilton, and DJ Smith. All agreed they learned a great deal about their country from the trip.

This trip was made possible in part due to a generous Grant from Round Robins Bingo.


Did you know that the MHS JROTC is open to any Grant County high school student?

>> Click here for more information

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All students and staff, please take note:

Thursday, Jan. 24, will be the very last chance to get school photos taken this year. This is for both senior portraits and underclassmen pictures. We want as many photos as possible to include in the 2019 yearbook, so even if you do not want to purchase pictures, please get your picture taken this day if you haven't yet!

The photographer will only be here from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures will be taken in the lobby of the Walton Performing Arts Center here at MHS.

If you come after that you will be too late! (This means if you're normally not in the building in the mornings, you'll need to make special plans to do so. Talk with your teachers if need be to be able to stop by to get your picture taken.)

All you have to do is show up! We'd really love to have all of our fantastic teachers and administrators in our yearbook, so years from now we can remember when ...

All students wanting to get pictures on this day: forms will be available in the main office before picture day.

An additional note for seniors: Guidelines for senior photos are as follows:
  • Girls are asked to wear a nice blouse or sweater. Shoulders and chest must be covered. Strapless, tank tops, spaghetti straps, and low necklines will not be allowed for the senior section.
  • Boys are asked to wear a collared shirt & tie. Coat and tie are preferred.
Senior portrait sessions include 6 to 8 poses and 3 backgrounds (but only 1 outfit). You will receive proofs to review and decide if you want to order prints; you will also be able to select which photo will be printed in the yearbook, even if you choose not to order prints.