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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

It's Box Tops submission time!

The Box Tops For Education program is one of America’s largest loyalty programs that provides money to schools. Each Box Top clipped and submitted is worth 10 cents directly back to us! Over 80,000 schools now participate, and Box Tops for Education has contributed more $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996. 

Our goal this school year is to earn $500 for McCulloch through Box Tops For Education. You can help us reach that goal by sending your Box Tops in to us by Friday, Feb. 20. (We'll be bundling the Box Tops for submission on the following Monday.)

If you have Box Tops you still need to get to us, here are some optional tips that’ll make the submission process easier for us:
  • Bundle your Box Tops in groups of 10 or 50 using a sealable bag or envelope.
  • Tape or glue Box Tops on a collection sheet (available to print at
Don't forget: You can collect Box Tops all year long! We're turning them in now because BTFE issues checks in April based on submissions before March 1. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Heather Leach, McCulloch bookkeeper, by phone (674-6917) or click here to email her.

Thanks for your help!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Have you heard about Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program? Your student could be eligible to receive a free college education through this program!

Eligibility is based on family income, and students only have the opportunity to sign up during their seventh- and eighth-grade years. Those who qualify must make good grades in high school, stay out of trouble, and complete specific planning activities that will help them on their journey toward college. The reward is up to four years of college tuition at any public college or university in Indiana. (A portion of tuition at private and proprietary schools may also be paid.)

Current eighth-graders who are eligible must sign up for this program by June 30 to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. 

Our community partners at Project Leadership can help you understand the eligibility guidelines, and can walk you through the application process. They also offer a mentoring program that helps 21st Century Scholars stay on track in high school and beyond. Representatives from Project Leadership may be at some upcoming school events, but you can also contact them directly at 765-747-5250 for help with the 21st Century Scholar application process.

REMEMBER: The deadline for current eighth-graders to sign up for this scholarship program is June 30!

The letter above will also be sent home with your student by the end of this week. The attached form only needs to be completed and returned if you DO NOT want your information shared with Project Leadership. Otherwise, you don't need to return it!

Please feel free to contact our Guidance Office here at McCulloch if you have any questions!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School music students earned high marks over the weekend at the annual Solo and Ensemble competition.  Choir teacher Mrs. Christina Huff reported impressive professionalism, behavior, and performances from the students competing in the vocal and piano categories of the Indiana State School Music Association competition. Twenty students from McCulloch traveled to Southside Middle School in Muncie to compete on Saturday, Jan. 31.

"They did a great job representing our school!" Mrs. Huff said. "The students are so excited to share their experiences, and they are already talking about what they would like to do next year."

Here's a look at the performances, and the awards our students brought home with them:
  • LaDacia Brading, seventh grade: vocal solo, "A Cockeyed Optimist", Group IV, Gold Rating
  • Harmony Fair, eighth grade: vocal solo, "Goodbye, My Love", Group III, Gold Rating
  • Tristan Galeon, seventh grade: piano solo, Group III, Gold Rating
  • Kabriel Robinson, seventh grade: vocal solo, "Stepsister's Lament", Group III, Gold Rating
  • Jai'ler Turner, seventh grade: piano solo, Group IV, Gold Rating
  • Dannyelle Vanderpool, eighth grade: vocal solo, "I Cain't Say No", Group III, Gold Rating
  • Maranda Holland, Vivica Watkins, Azira Fisher, Harmony Fair, all eight-grade: vocal ensemble, "O Come Together, Let Us Sing", Group III, Gold Rating
  • Alex Riggs, Sierra Williams, Karina Dean, all seventh grade: vocal ensemble, "Candle On the Water", Group III, Silver Rating
  • Aibrey Coop, Alex Riggs, Victoria Plunket, all seventh grade: vocal ensemble, "Winter Portrait", Group IV, Gold Rating
  • Xander Brown, Ethan Kramer, Trevor Bennet, all eighth: vocal ensemble, "Salaam Aleikum", Group V, Silver Rating
  • Jai'ler Turner, Alyssa Liscano, Matthew Alvarez, all seventh: vocal ensemble, "No Greater Gift", Group IV, Gold Rating
Congratulations to all of these talented students. We're proud of you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Representatives from the Indiana Department of Education visited McCulloch Junior High School on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, to hear about our continuing growth and successes in the efforts being funded with a School Improvement Grant awarded by the DOE in May 2014.

Mr. Ways performs with the drumline.
>> Click here to see more photos from the day in our photo album!

The visitors from the DOE were treated to performances from the McCulloch drumline and choir students, and they also visited several classrooms to see teachers and students in action. They also heard from school leaders about the great things going at McCulloch.

We are proud of Team McCulloch, all of our students, teachers, and staff. We are aiming for excellence every day and we aim to take full advantage of the opportunities the SIG funds give us to set McCulloch on the path to greatness!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High students and staff recently conducted a food drive and donated several boxes full of canned goods to a local pantry.

We are grateful for the support of our community, and the food drive was organized by the school's TAP leadership team as a simple way to make a positive impact on the community. The canned goods were donated to Hanfield United Methodist Church's food pantry. According to Hanfield's website, visits to their food pantry in 2014 were up 42 percent from the previous year. Winter is a particularly difficult season for many, and we at McCulloch are happy to be able to be a part of the efforts that Hanfield makes to help those in need! 

Hanfield is a Kids Hope USA partner with Allen Elementary School and has a wide variety of support programs for both students and staff there, including the BEST Bags program. Marion Community Schools greatly appreciates the great support system Hanfield has created for our Allen families and staffers!

Two classes, Heather Maurer's and Christina Huff's first-period classes, tied for the most canned goods collected and were rewarded with a donut breakfast.

We're proud of our students for working to make a difference in others' lives!