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Posted on Jul. 28 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The start of school year is almost here! 

We are looking forward to a great year at McCulloch Junior High School. We hope all of you are too!

Here's a roundup of some frequently asked questions this time of year: 

When is the first day of school?
The first day of the 2016-17 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 9.

When can students come in to find their locker, classrooms, etc.?
Students (and their families) are welcome to visit the building during the open hours below, to find their locker and their classrooms, and just generally get ready to be here and engaged once classes start!

Open hours are as follows:
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 4, 1 to 4 p.m.
We are still working on plans for a more formal open house event.

Are uniforms required?
Marion Community Schools does not require uniforms. We do have dress code guidelines. Click here to view them. Each building's principal is responsible for determining the best way to oversee dress code in their building. If you have questions regarding McCulloch dress code, please contact our school office,  674-6917.

What school supplies do students need?
We do not have specific requested supplies for junior high students. In general, writing materials are universally needed for taking notes and completing assignments. Individual classes may require other specific supplies or equipment. Teachers will provide more information as-needed. (School supplies for grades P-6 can be viewed here.)

How much are school fees?
School fees vary depending on what classes your student is taking. A $50 deposit is required at registration time, and the remainder will be billed to you in the fall. Deferred payment plans can be arranged if needed. Contact our office at 674-6917 for more information. (School fees for grades K-6 can be viewed here.) 

How can students get involved in McCulloch athletic teams and extracurricular activities?
The McCulloch football team has provided information here. Information about other activities and teams will be provided to students as available. If you have questions about a specific activity, feel free to talk to office staff!

I have other questions regarding my student's registration. Whom should I contact?
Starting Friday, July 29, our building secretaries will be back in the office. Please call us at 674-6917.

I have questions about bus transportation. Whom should I contact?
If you need to find out if you live in our walk zone (where bus transportation is not provided), click here. For other information, including safety information and rules, click here. If you have other questions regarding transportation, contact the Transportation Department at 664-4237.

Football callout meeting is this Monday (7/25)

Posted on Jul. 21 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

All incoming seventh- and eighth-graders at McCulloch are invited to an informational meeting and first practice for the McCulloch football team this coming Monday, July 25. If you are interested in playing or helping as a team manager, please join us at 4 p.m. Monday, July 25, in the McCulloch gym.

Parents are also invited to this meeting/practice, to get more information about the upcoming season.

We hope all interested students and parents can make it out to this meeting/practice

If you absolutely cannot be there Monday, please attend practice as soon as possible, and speak with Coach Monty Smith. Regular practices will be at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

We're looking forward to a great season, and games start soon! 

MHS grad Melissa Pogue to take over as principal at McCulloch

Posted on Jul. 20 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion High School alumna is returning home to take the lead at McCulloch Junior High School.

Melissa Pogue will take over as principal at McCulloch Junior High starting Aug. 1.



Welcome, Principal Pogue!


With her roots in Marion, she is committed to building a foundation for lifelong learning for our students, and to working collaboratively with teachers, staff, families, and community members to pursue continuous improvement.

“I believe relationships are at the heart of learning,” she said. “I will work with both students and staff to set goals and achieve success.”

Pogue most recently served as director of learning for Five-Star Technology Solutions. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles for the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, culminating in her role as principal at Edgewood Junior High School, where she earned the title of District 9 Middle School Principal of the Year from the Indiana Association of School Principals. She also has decades of experience in the classroom, and she was named Monroe County Educator of the Year in 2008.

“It is my honor to return to serve the students and staff of Marion Community Schools,” Pogue said.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also completed the principal’s licensure program.

“Melissa is a positive relationship-builder and has a track record of inspiring student achievement. She is centered on student-friendly-learning, and she is a collaborative leader and team builder,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Melissa is about constructive change, continuous improvement, and innovation in learning. She will provide equity, access, and her very best to all stakeholders of our McCulloch Junior High School community. She is a mission-motivated, proven educator who is excited to come back home to Marion, the land of the Giants!”

Former McCulloch Principal Dawn Morgan has accepted an elementary principal position with Huntington County Community Schools.

Homework Hotline offers help with math, science

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