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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 26, 2018

This week, the fifth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

>> Want to help spread the word? Click here for a flier to print and post!

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Community School of the Arts announced this spring that several Marion students will be attending elite summer training programs across the country. Two are students in the CSA Arts Academy, a program targeted at pre-professional art students that pairs the outstanding arts opportunities available through CSA and the outstanding academic opportunities available at Marion High School. The other is a full-time Marion High School student. Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are proud of these outstanding young artists! 

Sydney Revennaugh, 15, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of Dancers Edge Company, has been selected to attend the Julliard Summer Dance Intensive in New York City. This 3-week program features just 44 of the most talented young dancers from across the country, with only 22 females and 22 males selected from extremely competitive auditions that took place in cities across the United States.

Revennaugh, who has been training since the age of 2, auditioned in January in Chicago. She will live in New York City in the dormitories for the three-week session.

“The Julliard Summer Intensive prepares young dancers for a potential college experience at Julliard. This is one step toward achieving my goal of attending Julliard and advancing my dance career,” Revennaugh said.

Jazmin Lakin, 13, a student of the CSA Arts Academy and member of CSA’s Dancers Edge, was accepted into two of the top programs for young dancers. She will attend the Joffery Ballet of Chicago Summer Intensive in Denver on a full scholarship. Lakin was also accepted into the Joffery four-year residential training program, a great honor, although she intends to continue to train at the Community School of the Arts. Additionally, Lakin was accepted into and will be attending the School of American Ballet’s California Workshop for Young Dancers, a two-week program in Irvine, Calif., for students age 10 to 14 and accepted by audition only. This workshop features some of the top young dancers from across the country.

“I am very excited to attend both summer intensives this year, and I am looking forward to taking classes, meeting new instructors, and improving my ballet technique” Lakin said.

Casey Reaves, 17, a student at Marion High School and a member of CSA’s Theatre compANY, has been accepted into the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Meisner Intensive, offered by the Department of Drama. The five-week program consists of training in the Meisner Technique, with students immersed in training in acting, movement, voice and speech, singing, and “play” or
clowning, six days a week.

“I am looking forward to working with people who share the same passion I have for acting and performing. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with some of the best acting instructors," Reaves said. "I hope to take the knowledge they share with me and improve and reshape my craft. NYU is my dream college, and I hope that by working hard this summer I can get one step closer to being able to attend one of the best acting programs in the world.”

CSA is making an amazing impact on students here, and on our whole community. Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with them to provide some of the best opportunities in the country, right here in our own city. 

“The Community School of the Arts is proud of these students for their acceptance into these elite summer programs and their willingness to continue to learn and grow as artists. We have incredible talent at CSA and within this community, and these are just a few examples of the profound quality of young artists training here” said Katie Morgan, executive director of the Marion Community School of the Arts.

For more information about the CSA Arts Academy, click here. For information about other opportunities at the Community School of the Arts, click here

Information provided by Marion Community School of the Arts

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team demonstrated in two regional competitions in as many weeks that they are the truly best Raider Team in the Midwest.

The Giants soundly defeated 15 other teams at the Marion Raider Challenge held here at Marion High School on April 22, and again beat another 10 teams from Michigan during Saturday’s Raider competition held in Wayne, Mich. Earlier this academic year the Raiders placed 8th during the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga.

Marion High School JROTC varsity Raider Team members Joey Lawrence, Joseph O’Donnell, Chelsea Townsend, Eric Asher, and Tyron Rice finish the 2-mile “Ruck Run” during the Raider competition held at Wayne, Mich., on April 29, 2017. The Giants finished the run in 16:53 while wearing 30-pound backpacks. The Giants won first place overall at the Raider competition, defeating 10 other teams.

“This is clearly the best Raider Team we have had since the program began six years ago,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor and team coach. “We have progressively improved every year and have the championship placements to prove it. These Cadet Raiders are simply hard-core tough.”

Sixteen teams from five states competed at the recent Marion Raider Challenge hosted by the Giants. At the end of the day, the Marion varsity Raiders earned first place finishes in seven of the 10 events, second place in another two events and third place in the last event, thus easily taking first place over all. No other school even came close.

At the Michigan competition, the Giants earned three first place finishes and four second place finishes, thus defeating all the other teams.

The Giants also earned several individual accolades at the Michigan competition. Cadets Adriana Aleman and Chelsea Townsend earned the first and second place female fitness awards, and Joseph O’Donnell earned the top male fitness award.

“I am so proud of our team,” said senior Joey Lawrence, the Raider team commander. “We have really been training hard. We got it together when we needed to. Our teamwork was fantastic!”

Raider competitions are grueling and designed to push cadets to their physical limits while challenging their ability to work as a team. The co-ed team runs multiple miles with heavy backpacks, constructs one-rope bridges, climbs obstacles, carries rescue litters, and completes other physically challenging events that continue on for several hours. At the end of the competition, the cadets are exhausted.

Cadets Aleman, Townsend, and O’Donnell earned their fitness awards by scoring high in the 1-mile run and the push-up/sit- up events. They performed these events after having run two miles with 30 lbs. back packs, and then running another mile while carrying a 100-pound litter and wearing 30-pound backpacks.

“Raider competitions are not like a basketball or football game that last for about an hour,” Farlow said. “At a Raider competition the cadets will compete for five to six hours doing multiple events back-to-back. And most of the events require strength, endurance and teamwork. These cadets are in top physical shape.”
Because of that effort, the awards earned are that much more meaningful.

“I was so happy to finally place in the fitness event,” Townsend said. “I have been a Raider for four years, and I finally placed in the last competition of my senior year. It has been awesome to be a Raider.”

Marion High School JROTC JV Raider Team cadets Paige Asher, Jerit Wigner, Jade McKoon and Ashley White cross the one-rope bridge during the Marion Raider Challenge on April 22, 2017, at MHS. The JV team placed third and the MHS JROTC varsity team earned first place from among the 16 teams from five states that entered the competition.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be modifying its schedule during ISTEP+ testing for 10th graders. Start and end times for the day will not be affected, and lunch periods will not be affected.

However, students will follow an altered schedule in which class periods will be in a different order than usual, and period start and end times may be different than usual as well. All bells will be turned off during testing periods. Teachers will dismiss students according to the bell schedule.

10th graders should make sure to listen for announcements or instructions from your teachers, or visit the main office for more information. Testing will take place on Thursday, April 27; and Monday, May 1, through Thursday, May 4. 

All other students should make note of the altered class order and bell schedules.

Thursday, April 27
  • 10th-graders will test during  Period 1 and Period 2 (9 to 10:42 a.m.) but the schedule remains unchanged otherwise.
Monday, May 1
  • 10th-graders will test during  Period 1 and Period 2 (9 to 10:35 a.m.) but the schedule remains unchanged otherwise.
Tuesday, May 2
  • 10th-graders will test from 8:45 to 11 a.m.
  • All other students should report to their Period 3 class first thing in the morning, 8:45 - 10:10 a.m.
  • Next, all other students should report to their Period 5 class, 10:15 to 11 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 11:05 - 11:29 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 2 class, 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.; Periods 6-7, normal schedule
Wednesday, May 3
  • 10th-graders will test from 8:45 to 9:40 a.m.
  • All other students should head to their Period 6 class first thing in the morning, 8:45 - 9:40 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 9:45 - 10:35 a.m.; Period 2 class, 10:40 to 11:29 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 3 class, 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.; Period 5 class, 2:10 - 3 p.m.; Period 7, normal schedule
Thursday, May 4
  • 10th-graders will test from 9 to 10:25 a.m.
  • All other students should head to their Period 7 class first thing in the morning, 9 - 10:25 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 10:30 - 11:05 a.m.; Period 2 class, 11:05 to 11:35 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 3 class, 1:21 - 2:09 p.m.; Period 5 class, 2:14 - 3:02 p.m.; Period 6 class, 3:07 - 3:55 p.m.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Photos will be taken this week of teachers and seniors who were selected by their classmates for Senior Superlatives who were selected for for the 2017 yearbook. 

All photos will be taken in the MHS Media Center / Library. All honorees should consider bringing an appropriate prop to the photo shoot! The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 2

1st period
  • Best Smile (Cameron Black and Gaby Padilla) - dress to impress!
  • Best Eyes (Darrick Jones and Rhoni Rumple) - dress to impress!
  • Worst Driver (Jeremiah Horvath and Anabell Meagher) - dress to impress!
  • Best Hair (Marcus Cook and Annie Enyeart) - dress to impress!
  • Biggest Case of Senioritis (Austin George and Emma Clevenger) - dress in casual/comfy clothes!
  • Best Friends (Tim Leavell / Cameron Black and Daija Inman,/ Jaeda Manual/Annie Enyeart) - dress to impress!
  • Most Likely to Become Famous (Tim Leavell and Stacia Tyson) - dress to impress!

Wednesday, May 3

2nd period

  • Class Clowns (Quinn Lootens and Alyssa Evans) - dress goofy!
  • Best Personality (Noah Shigley and Anne Marie Conrad) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher's Pet (Truman Bennet and Anne Marie Conrad) - dress to impress!
  • Loudest (Alijah Harvey and Jaszmen Johnson) - dress to impress!
  • Most Likely To Become President (Truman Bennet and Anne Marie Conrad) - dress business casual!
  • Most Likely To Take Over The World (Gavin Goins and Alyssa Evans) - dress to impress
After school
  • Teacher Most Likely To Brighten Your Day (Dave Tippey and Karen Luney) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher Most Likely To Have More Homework Than You (Doug Porter and Angela Selelrs) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher Who Is The Biggest Chatterbox (Tony Moreillon and Kristi Phillippe) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher Who Is Most Sarcastic (Mark Hyman and Carie Martin) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher Who Is Most Likely To Win The Nobel Peace Prize (Justin March and Bobbie Owensby) - dress to impress!

Thursday, May 4

2nd period

  • Most Athletic (Ian Reynolds and Abby Eltzroth) - dress in athletic clothes!
  • Most photogenic (Nick Spiter and Ellie James) - dress to impress!
  • Most Likely To Win American Idol (Deshaun Colemon and Ellie James) - dress to impress!
  • Most Likely To Win An Olympic Medal (Ian Reynolds and Camille Wheels) - dress in athletic clothes!
  • Most Likely To Be Rich (Nick Spitzer and Abby Eltzroth) - dress to impress!
After school
  • Teacher Who Is the Class Clown (Cean Rench and Marsha Vermilion) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher With the Most School Spirit (Tyler White and Diana Gardner) - dress to impress!
  • Teacher Who Is the Most Likely To Call You Out (Robert Burchell and Sherry Grogg) - dress to impress!
  • Best Dressed Teacher (Terry Lakes and Tashema Davis) - dress to impress!
  • Most Inspiring Teacher (Dave Tippey and Karen Luney) - dress to impress!

Friday, May 5

1st period

  • Most School Spirit (Adam Betz and Tae'lor Tyner) - rock the purple, rock the gold!
  • Most Gullible (Ryan Gandee and Karly Riggs) - dress to impress!
  • Most Creative (Ianne Sierra and Courtney Hiles) - dress to impress!
  • Best Dressed (Antonio Ontiveros and T'miya Thomas) - wear your best outfit!
  • Most Likely To Flirt Their Way Out Of A Ticket (Antonio Ontiveros and Karly Riggs) - dress to impress!
  • Most Likely To Marry Their High School Sweetheart (Ian Reynolds / Jenna Mauller) - dress to impress!