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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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dozens of students and teachers were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its May 8, 2013, meeting.

Those honored were:

Nominees for the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-13: Laurie Gates, Justice Elementary School; Deborah Seeler, Riverview Elementary School; Diana Dollar, Frances Slocum Elementary School; Leah Sirk, Kendall Elementary School; and Kara Carter, Allen Elementary School. Carter, Sirk and Seeler were named winners of the award. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. 

Justice Intermediate School students who placed in the top 100 out of more than 3,000 students participating in the Sumdog math competition in the northeast Indiana Region: Austin Guess, Robert Diaz, Joey Sutton, Kaeli Wert, Emily Phillippe, Kayla Dubuque, Zoe Tucker, Kaleb Starr, and (not pictured) Alexis Crader, Jaelyn Cruzan, and Hannah Patel. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, Justice Intermediate School Principal Melissa Richards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan. (To download a print-quality version of this photo, click here.)

Chevis Weaver, a Marion High School senior, who earned first place at the state Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) competition in the category of employability skills - job interviewing. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS JAG instructor Jenita Hurst.

Marion High School senior Ashley Douglas, who won second place out of 55 students in a Chinese language competition for article recitation.  Learn more here. Also pictured are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS Chinese teacher Kayla Hsu.

Members of the MHS JROTC Raider Team: Colton Johnson, Michael Walters, Kyle Franks, Tommy Swaggert, Moara Armagh, Abbrielle Sell, Wyatt Todd, Jessenia Trujillo, Jacob Johnson, David Bilbee, Devon Tarlton, James Franks, Brooke Johnson, Noland Stewart, Joziah Miller, Tyler Mackessy, Abbi Swafford, Carissa Albertson. The team earned several top finishes recently at a regional competition featuring teams from Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.

MCS employees with 35 years of experience: Jane Sauer, Judith Warner, Denise Stanley, Deborah Butts, Ron Nichols, Joy Shivers, John Butcher, Deborah Russell, Lori Longenecker-Babb, Darrell Wisser, Kent Cocking, James Sonnefield, Debra McDonald, and Gail Ball. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards and Marion High School Principal Lennon Brown were surprised with a prestigious award Thursday night at a staff appreciation ceremony.

Both were awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash, which has been presented by Indiana governors since the mid-1940s, usually to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or the governor, according to the state government's website. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow.

From left, Greg Taylor, state senator and Marion High School graduate; Lennon Brown, Marion High School principal Lennon Brown; Steve Edwards, Marion Community Schools superintendent; and Kevin Mahan, state representative, pose for a picture after Taylor and Mahan presented Brown and Edwards with Sagamore of the Wabash awards, the highest honor given by the governor of Indiana.

The presentations were made during a staff appreciation dinner at Meshingomesia Country Club put together by the Friends of Marion High School, a community group that has helped support and propel the widespread improvements at the high school - the very changes that helped garner Edwards and Brown the award.

In just a few years, Edwards and Brown, along with other school leaders, have turned Marion High School from a failing school in danger of state takeover to a school that is widely talked about as an astounding success story.

Edwards and Brown both came out of retirement to take their respective positions at Marion. Upon hearing news of their awards, both turned the spotlight onto the staff, the teachers, and the community, who have made the changes possible.

State Rep. Kevin Mahan presented the Sagamore to Edwards, and state Sen. Greg Taylor, a Marion High School graduate, presented the Sagamore to Brown. Both awards brought the entire audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
The award takes its name from the term used by Native American tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the chief would turn for advice, according to the state's website.

Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and politicians. There is no record of the total number which have been presented, as each governor has kept his own roll, just as each has reserved the right to personally select the recipients.

Also honored at the event were retiring Marion High School teachers, including Dave Tippey, also a Marion High School alumnus, who expressed his gratitude to Edwards, Brown, and the Friends of Marion High School for helping bring MHS back to a state to be proud of.