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News for McCulloch Junior High School


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Questions have arisen over rumors of a threat made at McCulloch on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Administrators investigated immediately, and a student was suspended. Measures have been taken to make sure that there is no threat to the safety of the students at McCulloch today, Friday, April 11, 2014. We do have one of our school security officers on hand today at the building. At no time did we believe students and staff were in danger. We are committed to a safe and healthy learning environment and would not bring students or staff into a situation we believed to be unsafe.

McCulloch is in normal security mode today, with all doors locked and the buzz-in and visitor badge system in place, as it is every day. The building is NOT in elevated lockdown mode. There is no reason to believe the safety of students and staff is in any way threatened.

As always, we ask anyone who knows anything that threatens the safety of our students or schools to contact school or district administrators. Our anonymous student/school safety hotline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 765-997-8585 or email hotline@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Mr. Fox has been offered and has accepted a new administrative role within the district. As a result, Marion Community Schools will be conducting a search for the next principal of McCulloch Junior High this spring.

Mr. Fox will remain McCulloch principal through the end of the school year, and lead our staff and students to finish the year strong.

We anticipate the next principal will begin his or her leadership duties no later than July 1, 2014, as we continue to plan for a successful 2014-15 academic year.
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."
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Yearbooks are on sale now!

Yearbooks are just $10. The last day to order is April 11. We will NOT be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, make sure you order before April 11.

Order forms can be picked up with Mrs. Leach, and all orders and payments go to her. Please make check payable to McCulloch Junior High School.

Yearbooks will be distributed mid-May.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Attention all incoming Marion High School freshmen: Join us and take a journey through your high school years and beyond!


WHAT: MHS 8th Grade Night: Begin with the end in mind!

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 (doors at open at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center (MHS auditorium)

WHO: All incoming MHS freshman and their families

>> This night is all about YOU.
  • Information and advice based on YOUR interests and skills (based on the career inventory you completed).
  • Scheduling information YOU need to know. 
  • The chance to explore what organizations, clubs and teams YOU might want to join.
  • Pizza, popcorn, cookies, prizes and fun! (Activities for all ages will be available.)
We hope to see you there!