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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees invites letters of interest from individuals to serve on the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees. The appointment is from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2021.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Reside in the city of Marion.
  • Reside in city of Marion for at least two years immediately preceding the appointment to the Library Board.
  • Attend meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Marion Public Library. (Members serve without pay.)

Application process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
District Offices at Marion High School
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
  • Please respond by Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

More information regarding Library Board responsibilities is available on request to the Superintendent’s Office or by contacting the Marion Public Library.

Contact:

Patricia Gibson (pgibson@marion.k12.in.us)
District Offices at Marion High School
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 x. 121

Mary Eckerle (meckerle@marion.lib.in.us)
Library Director
600 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN  46953-1992
(765) 668-2900
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This holiday season, as carols tell of a special star that shone long ago, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on a special show that explores the wonders of the night sky.

The public is invited to MHS for “Seasonal Stargazing: Winter and Season of Lights”. Showings will be as follows:
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. The show lasts about an hour.

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 58.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due by Tuesday, Nov. 21. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patricia Gibson or April Gambrel in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those who order will be notified when cards are available for pickup in early December.  

Marion Community Schools thanks all the young artists whose were chosen as finalists for the 2017 cards, and their art teachers, Karen Fry, Twana Johnson, and Nate Larson.

Winning artists:
  • Cambria Hamner, fourth grade, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Dana Salavaria, freshman, Marion High School
Finalists:
  • Khloe DeLuna, second grade, Allen Elementary
  • Alaina Emert, third grade, Kendall Elementary
  • Jalissa Hogue, fourth grade, Riverview Elementary
  • Kenzie Larson, fourth grade, Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Bayley Grieve, freshman, Marion High School
  • Sianna Hobbs, freshman, Marion High School
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of all finalists' artwork
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders competed this past weekend against the country’s best Army JROTC teams at the Raider National Championship, and both MHS teams finished in the top 10.

MHS fielded both an all-male and an all-female team, which finished 10th and 7th in their respective categories. In addition, two Marion cadets earned accolades for their placements during the Best Raider Competition: seniors Thomas Schenck and Adriana Aleman placed 15th and 25th in the nation, respectively.



Members of the Giants female Raider Team earned the MHS JROTC program their first national trophy at the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga., Nov. 4-5, 2017. The team placed 7th overall and 5th in the physical team test.

>> click here to view more photos from the competition


During the Best Raider Competition, the cadets run nearly two miles while wearing a 35-pound backpack and negotiating various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale.

“These young people are amazing,” said Lt. Col. (Retired) David Farlow, the senior Army instructor and coach for the Raider Team. “These results are the culmination of months of hard work and dedication. Our cadets faced off against the best teams from across the country, including many private military academies. The Giants proved that a small program from Marion, Indiana, can compete and win against the best raiders from anywhere.”

Five events comprise the Raider National Championship:
  • 5-kilometer mountain run
  • 1-mile cross country rescue, where cadets wear 35-pound backpacks, carry a stretcher weighing up to 150 pounds, and negotiate various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale and a 30 feet long mud pit.
  • One-rope bridge crossing nearly 90 feet over a river
  • Physical team test, where cadets run and carry a variety of items while negotiating an 800-meter course with various obstacles
  • The Gauntlet, where the cadets wear 35-pound backpacks and run nearly 1 mile through a wooded terrain while negotiating various obstacles, including a wall they must scale (10 feet tall for the female teams, 12 feet tall for the male teams.
The MHS all-female team earned an impressive 5th place finish in the Physical Team Test, thus earning the Giants their first-ever trophy from a National Championship.

“I am very proud of how well my ladies came together and performed as a unit,” said Aleman, commander of the female Raider team. “You could see us really meld together, relying on each other while learning how to overcome the exhaustion associated with Raider competitions. These Raiders are awesome.”

The 7th-place finish is the highest finish ever for a JROTC team from Marion High School at a national competition.
Cadet Gavin Collins, a sophomore who competed for the first time at Raider Nationals, weighed in on the experience: “It made me feel good to see that all of the hard work we put in paid off. The competition was very hard, but the trip was a lot of fun.”

Many individuals and organizations donated to help the MHS Raider team travel to the championship.

“We simply could not provide the cadets with such an opportunity without the tremendous support from our community and school system,” Farlow said.



Members of the Giants male Raider Team sprint for the finish line at the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga., Nov. 4-5, 2017. The female team placed 7th in the nation, and the male team placed 10th.

>> Click here to view more photos from the competition


The full list of cadets who competed:

All-female Raiders team:
  • Adriana Aleman
  • Paige Asher
  • Jillayne Bass
  • Audrey Dickerson
  • I'Yela Hornaday
  • Emily LeBlanc
  • Kayleina O'Donnell
  • Haley O'Neil
  • Kylee O'Neil
  • Jessica Pickell
  • Cheyenne Russ
  • Hailey Teeguarden
All-male Raiders team:
  • Eric Asher
  • Gavin Collins
  • Tayler Garriott
  • Joseph O'Donnell
  • Joseph Parker
  • Tyron Rice
  • Lucas Riley
  • Austen Robbins
  • Juan Rodriguez
  • Thomas Schenck
  • Troy Smith
  • Kaleb Starr
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

MHS’s CCR rate for 2015 (the latest year for which certified data is available) is 89.29 percent, reflecting the percentage of our students who earned early college credit, passed an AP exam, or earned a workplace certification. This is one of the highest rates in the state, surpassing many well-known and well-respected schools.

The purpose of PK-12 education is to prepare students for success in life beyond high school. This rate reflects in a very real way a student’s potential for such success.

“Preparing our students to be productive citizens after they leave us, ready to attend college or enter the workforce, is a main component of the mission of Marion High School,” MHS Principal Keith Burke said. “The CCR rate is one of the most important numbers to us, because it is an indicator that we are preparing our students for success not just in the halls of Marion High School, but in their life beyond high school.”

The graduating classes since 2015 at MHS have increasingly exceled, establishing new highs in the data points the CCR tracks (though those numbers are not yet certified and released by the IDOE). The CCR is one of the requirements included in accountability grades issued by the IDOE.

"There is something for every student in Marion Community Schools," MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. "We provide real-world and life-ready training so every student can become the best they were created to be for the world."

We are proud of our students, and of our teachers and staff who work hard to provide these opportunities through Marion High School and Marion Regional Career Center. We are also grateful for partnerships locally with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Taylor University, as well as partnerships statewide with colleges including Indiana University and Vincennes University, along with various industry certification organizations and area businesses who offer internship opportunities.

Here’s a look at some of the IDOE-reported CCR rates:
  • Marion: 89.29%
  • Carmel: 83.73%
  • Fort Wayne Carroll: 72.23%
  • Homestead: 71.59%
  • Noblesville: 69.80%
  • Zionsville: 69.34%
  • Westfield: 66.25%
  • Hamilton Heights: 65.61%
  • Hamilton Southeastern: 60.44%