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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools’ onsite registration is next week. All new students (K-12) and their families wanting to enroll should plan to attend. In addition, any returning student/family who needs computer access or other assistance should attend during these times as well.

Onsite registration will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18, at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (This will be the location for registration for all MCS schools, K-12. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Please enter at Door 4 on the northeast corner of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS should plan to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

Those with returning students will need to review information including contact numbers, address, transportation options, assistance requests, etc., and update if needed.

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid at the on-site registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

A note for students registering for classes at Marion Regional Career Center: MHS students will register for MRCC classes during the regular registration process outlined above. Sending school students will complete their registration after the start of school, in conjunction with their school counselor and MRCC staff.

The online registration system will again be available for families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year, including Little Giants Preschool students who will be in kindergarten this year, as well as any families who attended Kindergarten Roundup in the spring. A link and instructions will be provided in the Enrollment section of our website once online registration is open. (Computer access and assistance with passwords or other issues will be available at Marion High School during onsite registration days.)

For more information about MCS enrollment, including school supply lists and the school year calendar, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High School students’ hard work and dedication has earned them success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams. MHS students took 15 different AP exams in 2018, and 64 of them passed at least one exam, while 19 of those passed multiple exams.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.  A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2018 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2018 AP exams at MHS:
  • 64 students passed one or more AP exams
  • MHS students passed 15 different exams: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Physics 1; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 2 to 47.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 84.8 percent passing rate nationwide. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 100 percent of MHS students who took the English Literature and Composition exam passes; this surpasses the 47.4 percent passing rate nationwide
  • 91.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 57.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 90 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 80.3 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 81 percent of MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 61.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 50 percent of the MHS students who took the Environmental Science exam passed; this surpasses the 47.5 passing rate nationwide.
Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, click here for enrollment information, and click here to view the 2018-19 MHS Course Description Guide.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted June 19, 2018

Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board seat representing District 1, and another representing District 4 (at-large).

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year
  • Reside within the Marion Community Schools district boundaries (District 1 encompasses the area within the civil city of Marion, District 4 encompasses the entire school district)
Term: For both seats, term ends December 31, 2018

Application Process:
No later than July 13, 2018, submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (including your contact information) one of the following ways:

By mail or drop off in person:
MCS School Board c/o Patricia Gibson
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
By email:
Patricia Gibson, interim clerk for the MCS School Board

All applications will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School music program has grown at an outstanding rate over the last few years, and with that comes fantastic opportunities, but also growing needs. For the Marching Giants, the need for uniforms was pressing and the cost overwhelming. 

That’s why the chance to pursue a crowdfunding matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County was a chance that couldn’t be passed up.

“We had 60 days to raise $20,000 to receive the match,” said Mark Fauser, sales, marketing and creative development director for Marion Community Schools. “Thanks to the Community Foundation and the passion of the Marion High School Alumni Association and the community at large, the mission was accomplished, sending more than $40,000 to the Marching Giants for their new uniforms.”

A Marion Community Schools band student models a prototype of the new Marching Giants uniforms.

Josh Huff, Marion High School director of bands, is thrilled at the outcome.

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support of our community, alumni, church friends, our tremendous school district, the Community Foundation of Grant County, and a host of others as the Marion Marching Giants will not only have new uniforms this fall but they will be fully paid!” he said. “The Marion High School Alumni Association continues to grow thanks to the support of amazing alumni that see a chance to pay it forward and teach present-day Giants that they matter, and that they too can make a positive impact on others.”

Marching band uniforms are heavy duty and made to last (which is why they are so expensive), but the uniforms currently in use have been around for decades. In addition, the number of uniforms was insufficient to keep up with the growth of the Marion Community Schools music program, with the incredible feeder system at Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School. This purchase will put the Marching Giants on good footing for the next 20 years.

Marion Community Schools is proud of the music teachers who have worked to build this outstanding program that offers our talented students such GIANT opportunities.

MCS is also grateful to the MHS Alumni Association for its continued support, and to the Community Foundation of Grant County for offering this extraordinary help for this important project.

Projects funded by the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc., have been made possible by generous donors since 1984. The Community Foundation of Grant County is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School JROTC cadets were recently honored for their excellent work at this year’s JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.

MHS sent 17 cadets to the one-week training program at Camp Atterbury. Each cadet successfully completed a series of physical and leadership challenges designed to push them beyond what they thought they could do. Two Marion cadets were selected by their cadre/instructors for recognition as a Top 10 Honor Graduates from their respective companies of about 55 cadets each because of their superior performance and attitude: 2nd Lt. Cheyenne Russ, and 2nd Lt. Josiah Hamilton.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tayler Garriott and other cadets attempt to cross an obstacle during the Leadership Reaction Course during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge held at Camp Atterbury.

Also recognized for her superior leadership was MHS Cadet Jade McKoon, who received a Certificate of Achievement, one of only six given among the 212 cadets who attended the camp. 

“It is truly quite an accomplishment for our program to have so many cadets recognized by the camp cadre/instructors for these honors,” said Lt. Col (Ret.) David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor at Marion High School. “It speaks to the strength of our program and the quality of our cadets. In my opinion, all of our cadets who attended camp are exceptional. The Marion cadets were only small percentage of the total cadet population at camp but earned multiple top cadet recognitions.”

The mission of JCLC is to provide an environment conducive to practical application of good citizenship and leadership techniques taught during the school year in JROTC. The cadets faced many physical challenges, including rappelling, obstacle courses, land navigation, and a leadership reaction course.  Additionally, they learned water safety and survival techniques.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Lucas Riley learns how to make a flotation device during water survival training at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury. 

“I really enjoyed getting to know the cadets and instructors from the other schools,” said Russ who has attended one previous JCLC. “I also like the leadership challenges the camp provided. It pushed me beyond my comfort zone.”

The cadets rose at 6 a.m. each morning and conducted a full day of training, including two hours of athletic competition each evening. Their bunks, personal area, and barracks were inspected each day to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness. They learned how to function as part of a team, completing most tasks in squad-sized elements composed of about 10 to 13 cadets.

“I was really surprised that I was selected as a Top 10 Cadet,” Hamilton said. “It is really an honor.”

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tyron Rice overcomes his fear and rappels down the 60-foot tower at Camp Atterbury during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. 

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Cheyenne Russ buckles in for an Army Blackhawk helicopter ride during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury.