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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools alternate schedule is ending this week. Starting next Monday, April 21, all MCS schools will return to their regular start and end times.

Click on the links below to view your school's schedule:

Because this alternate schedule allowed us to make up all days missed this winter, the last day of school for students is now set for Thursday, May 22.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school's office.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Where can you view spectacular art, support young artists, and even contribute to a work of art yourself? At Marion Community Schools’ upcoming All-City Art Show!

You don’t need to travel far to be inspired this spring. At the All-City Art Show, set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Marion High School’s F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center, creative works from students of all ages will be on display, and visitors will have the chance to participate in an interactive art project called “Giant Pride.”


Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

At the All-City Art Show, visitors will get the chance to see creativity in action — and take some inspiration home with them, too. There will be a silent auction of donated art items, as well as a raffle.

Awards for all ages (judged by MCS art teachers) will also be announced at 3 p.m. Saturday. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MHS Drama Club and Music Department will present the ever-popular musical "Fiddler on the Roof" this weekend. Click here for more info about the show. We hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to Marion High School senior Steven Ngo, who learned in a special presentation at school on March 31 that he is one of two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award recipients this year in Grant County! This scholarship pays for four years of college costs — tuition, board, even a book stipend — at any Indiana college.



With family and Marion High School cheering along, Dawn Brown, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc.'s executive director, presents Marion High School senior Steven Ngo with a bunch of lillies as she announces he is one of two Grant County recipients of the Lilly Scholarship, which pays for four years of tuition, room and board, and books at any Indiana college. Ngo plans to attend the University of Notre Dame. (Marion Community Schools) 

Steven plans to attend the University of Notre Dame, making this scholarship worth about a quarter of a million dollars, according to the Community Foundation of Grant County, which facilitates the award in Grant County.

The group gathered for the impromptu award ceremony caused a stir as more than a dozen people, including MHS administrators and counselors, Marion Community Schools district administrators, Community Foundation of Grant County staff, and even a reporter and photographer from the local newspaper, the Chronicle-Tribune, filed into Doug Porter's calculus class on Monday morning.

Curious whispers rippled through the class as the group filed in — until Steven's parents walked in, to greetings from his sister, Alyssa, also in the class. Then Community Foundation Executive Director Dawn Brown called Steven up to the front of the class to present him officially with the scholarship, and with a commemorative award, along with a bunch of lillies, to congratulate him on the prestigious win.

Steven expressed thanks to his family and teachers, and also talked of his gratitude for his MHS classmates — many of whom, he said, could've made great Lilly nominees as well.

Two students in the county — Steven and his long-time friend Michael Riddle, who attends Eastbrook High School — were awarded the Lilly Scholarship this year. When Steven learned his friend was also awarded the scholarship, he was visibly overjoyed, falling briefly to his knees.

Only five students in the county (one from each school system) were nominated for the award. The three who did not receive the Lilly Scholarship have been awarded the Robert R. Board and Janis M. Board Scholarships on Monday, worth $18,000 ($4,500 over the course of four years): Kayla Martin from Madison-Grant High School, Rene Spaulding from Oak Hill High School, and Samuel Cerny from Mississinewa High School.


Steven Ngo, third from right, poses with family and Marion High School administrators in an MHS hallway after Ngo learned Monday, March 31, 2014, that he was one of this year's two Grant County recipients of the Lilly Scholarship, which pays for four years of tuition, room and board and books at any Indiana college. Ngo plans to attend the University of Notre Dame. Also pictured are, from left, Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay; MHS guidance counselor Danielle Tschida; Alyssa Ngo, an MHS junior and Steven's sister; Steven's mother and father, Mai and Dinh Ngo; MHS Director of Guidance Kent Cocking; and MHS Principal Lennon Brown. (Marion Community Schools)
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is shifting to a more efficient, cost-effective bus transportation system starting next school year that will also alter start and end times at our schools.  

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the MCS Board of School Trustees approved the recommendation (based on the work of a panel of staff members from various departments and schools) that the district move from a three-tier transportation system to a two-tier system.

Right now, MCS picks up K-4 students in one round of busing, 5-8 students in another, then after elementary drop-off sends that first group of buses back out to pick up 9-12 students. So we are sending buses into the same areas of the city three times. With the change approved Wednesday night, one round of busing will pick up K-4 students, and a second round will pick up 5-12 students. 

This change represents the most cost savings. A single-tier system (K-12 students picked up in one round of busing — which is what many other Grant County school systems already do) would have required additional buses be added to the fleet, which would come with an additional price tag that would have canceled out some of the savings achieved by eliminating busing tiers.

Marion Community Schools believes making this change now is the responsible thing to do. Though we are not in emergency need of this change — like some school systems across the state, including Muncie Community Schools in neighboring Delaware County, are — a proactive decision at this point is needed to make it possible to continue offering transportation in the future.

"We want to be good stewards," said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. "Our goal is to continue to provide transportation for our students. We have to think differently and creatively to be able to continue to do so."

To make this change possible, start and end times for classes at each building will be shifted as follows for the 2014-15 school year:

Elementary (K-4)
  • Monday-Friday: 7:25 a.m. drop-off time; 7:45 a.m. starting bell time; 2:15 p.m. dismissal bell time
Intermediate (5-6)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
Junior High (7-8)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
High School (9-12)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. drop-off time; 8:45 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. drop-off time; 9 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time 
These changes will take effect in the 2014-15 school year. Marion Community Schools will continue to communicate with our families to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

"Basically this is virtually the same schedule that we have in place currently, with very minimal changes," said John Butcher, president of the Marion Teachers Association. "This is keeping our students' needs at the forefront."