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

Marion senior Kasey DiNichael’s friends have told her for years that she looks just like Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle Woods from the 2001 movie “Legally Blonde.”

Audience members will get to see the resemblance for themselves this weekend as Marion High School presents 2007’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” with DiNichael in the starring role.

“I’ve loved the movie forever … so I really wanted the part,” she said Wednesday. “I definitely was thinking this would be a great opportunity for me to go out with a bang.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
For the third year in a row, GM has made an outstanding impact on Marion High School with a $10,000 donation.

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards accepted the donation May 17, 2013, during GM’s Really Big Show, an annual event showcasing GM’s products and other area businesses and organizations.

The award is in support of academic excellence at MHS, including Advanced Placement and dual credit offerings.

Marion Community Schools is grateful for the ongoing support of GM’s Marion Metal Center.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School JROTC cadets recently coordinated a donation drive to help homeless veterans through the Marion VA Medical Center and delivered the fruits of their efforts during a special VA event.

As part of the service learning component of the JROTC curriculum, cadets identified a real need in the community – the needs of homeless veterans served by the VA here in Marion – and then developed a plan of action to meet that need.

MHS JROTC cadets deliver donations for homeless veterans to the Marion VA Medical Center on May 15, 2013. >>To see more photos, click here.

“The cadets work in eight- to 10-person teams, learning through their planning, implementation and evaluative process,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor of the MHS JROTC battalion.

On May 15, 2013, 10 cadets, each representing one of those teams, presented the donations to VA personnel during the VA2K event, a charitable walk on the Medical Center campus that emphasized a healthy lifestyle and also promoted awareness of the needs of homeless veterans. Cadets donated nearly $500 in cash and gift cards, along with about 20 large boxes filled with food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

Farlow said this is the first time some of the cadets have actively participated in the detailed planning and organization that goes into such a long-term project.

The learning curve can be steep.

“I learned that you should always have a backup plan in the event that your first idea does not work out,” MHS junior Kyle Franks said. “I also learned that not every person will always contribute in the process, and that is disappointing.”

But cadets learned that the payoff can be satisfying. The JROTC’s donations were an impressive display at the VA, with cadets in uniform carrying box after box to add to the growing stack, by far the biggest contribution to the donation drive that day.

VA staff members expressed gratitude and encouraged cadets to keep on learning and giving back to the community. Farlow said cadets do plan to continue their volunteer efforts to help the VA Medical Center in other ways.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Marion Community Schools’ online student registration will be open for the 2013-14 school year.

Parents who wish to use online registration can do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. (Any parent who does not already have a PowerSchool account set up must first contact his or her child’s school to get login information.)

Parents can use the online registration system to register their child or children for any MCS school. Each child must be registered separately.

Online fee payment will also be available.

MCS is also working to make in-school registration more convenient for families. On July 22 and 23, 2013, registration will be open at all MCS schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With our universal registration system, parents can register all of their children, from kindergartners through high schoolers, with one visit to one of their schools.

However, all schools will also be open for school visitation during that time, so families and students can go explore their buildings even if they’ve already registered online or at another school.

One exception to universal registration is for those students who have never before been registered with Marion Community Schools. Those families must register at their home school. (For those first-time registering families who are not sure which school their elementary student will attend, our online tool Infofinder I features a search-by-address function.)

Also, Marion High School students registering for Tucker Career and Technology Center programs should do so at Marion High School during the regular registration times on July 22 and 23. Students from other county schools registering for Tucker can do so from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Tucker.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (May 10, 2013) — Acts of kindness - and the positive change they can spark - were on prominent display at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally.

Marion High School's Bill Green Arena was packed for the first-of-its-kind event. Carnival games, including a bounce house, obstacle course, dunk tank and more, offered fun for all ages, and fair food, balloon animals and face painting added to the festive atmosphere. 

The highlight of the evening, though, came during the Chain Reaction Ceremony, when kids from all seven MCS schools carried paper chains that wrapped around the floor of the arena, signifying individual acts of kindness that have been done in their schools this year. It was a visual representation of the effect that those kind acts can have on individual lives, schools, and the whole community. 

McCulloch Junior High School students carry the paper chain representing acts of kindness done in their school during the Chain Reaction Ceremony at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally on May 9, 2013, at Marion High School. To see more pictures from the event, click here.

Also featured at the ceremony were MHS JROTC cadets, along with musicians from MHS and McCulloch Junior High School, speakers from MHS's FOR TAXII club, as well as district administrators.

Marion Community Schools hopes the focus on positive words and actions will help people remember that they can have a real impact on their world every day, even with a small, simple act of kindness.