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Free sports physicals for fall athletes coming up 4/24

Posted on Mar. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be offering free athletic physicals to any Marion Community Schools student in April 2019, for students who plant to play school sports next fall.

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YOU'RE INVITED: Kindness Rally 4/19

Posted on Mar. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 8

Next month, the seventh 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); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

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.

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 and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member 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 and 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!

Choral, instrumental jazz groups earn ISSMA gold

Posted on Mar. 15 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles earned high marks in state competition earlier this month.

For the first time, MHS band program had two jazz ensembles competing in the Indiana State School Music Jazz Competition, which took place March 1 at Kokomo High School.

Jazz Band 1, which features mainly upperclassmen, earned a gold with distinction, the first time an MHS jazz band has earned that extra recognition. In addition, all five soloists received blue ribbons for their improvised solos. The soloists were Isak Lagerkvist, Victor Lee, Travis Metzger, Tristan Galeon, and Saralena Bergsma.

Jazz Band 2 competed for the first time ever and received a silver rating. This jazz combo group, directed by student teacher Zachary Tibbs, features seven freshmen and one sophomore.

“The thing I was most proud of wasn’t the ratings or the performances but rather the teamwork and support these kids showed each other,” said Josh Huff, director of bands at MHS. “They represented Marion to the highest degree!”

On March 2, the MHS jazz choir, Virtuoso, performed at the ISSMA jazz contest for choral groups — the first time in years that MHS has competed in this competition. Virtuoso received a gold rating, and soloist Lara Short received a blue ribbon.

Congratulations to all of these talented students on these outstanding accomplishments!

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