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News for McCulloch Junior High School


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the upcoming solar eclipse sparking interest across the country, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on special shows that explore the unusual phenomenon.

The public is invited to MHS to the shows, scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. 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. MHS is located at 250 W. 26th St.

This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!

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.

On the day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, MHS science teacher Tina Harris will be outside watching the eclipse with her classes, weather permitting. People are welcome to join the watch party! The eclipse should be visible in Marion from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

>> Click here for information on eclipse viewing safety. (Looking directly at a solar eclipse without the proper protective filters can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Olivia Wright has accepted the administrative assignment as Director of Special Education for the 2017-18 school year.

Wright is a graduate of Marion High School and has worked for Marion Community Schools since 2001 — more than 16 years of successful experience as a teacher and a special education coordinator.

MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he looks forward Wright stepping into this role and continuing to shape the department and provide opportunities for all MCS students.

“Olivia is passionately committed to our mission, which is to provide our best to the students, families, staff and community of Marion,” Lindsay said. “I look forward to the excellent leadership Olivia will provide Marion Community Schools as she begins her administrative assignment as our Director of Special Education.” 

Wright has been coordinator and assistant director for the MCS Special Education department since 2015. She steps into her new role of director following the departure of the previous director, Lisa Graham, who has accepted the role of executive director for the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member.

The former director of the Co-Op, Lynn Gosser, has joined Marion Community Schools as director of exceptional learners. She will oversee ELL, alternative programs, high ability, and will also provide support to Special Services and secondary education, and more. That hiring was approved in June, with a start date to be official after the hiring of her successor. All three changes are now in effect.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and teachers of Marion Community Schools,” Wright said. “I am excited to continue to help students at Marion Community Schools grow and achieve in every way possible. I believe it is going to be the best year yet!”

Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also later earned her master’s degree in education and her administrator’s license.

MCS congratulates Graham on her new role serving the Grant County community as a whole; she has served the schools, staff, families, and students well, and we will value our continued partnership with her through the GCSEC. MCS also welcomes Wright into her new role, and Gosser into hers, as we look forward to a great school year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News 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 2017-18 school year is Thursday, Aug. 10.

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:
  • Monday, Aug. 7, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

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 (starting Aug. 1).

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 after Aug. 1. (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 will have signups at 6 p.m. July 20. 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 after Aug. 1, 674-6917.

I have other questions regarding my student's registration. Whom should I contact?

Starting Friday, Aug. 1, 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 (after Aug. 1).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for a longtime partner.

Lynn Gosser, who has served as executive director of the Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which MCS is a member) for 25 years, will take on the new role of director of exceptional learners at MCS, which will encompass oversight of the Special Services Department, along with adult education, alternative education, English language learners, high ability services, and more.

“We are thankful that Lynn has chosen to join our team in a full-time leadership capacity and is committing to help us provide our mission-motivated best to our Marion students, staff, families, and community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Gosser will provide oversight and support for the programs listed above, along with leadership and guidance to MCS social support staffers and the junior high and high school teams.

“I am grateful for this giant opportunity to serve on the administrative team at Marion Community Schools,” Gosser said. “I am both honored and humbled. It is very exciting to be a part of a school district that provides so many opportunities to all students.”

Lindsay said Gosser’s experience will be invaluable.

“Lynn has excellent educational leadership experience engaging the Indiana Department of Education, state special education leaders, Grant County superintendents, local special education personnel, agencies, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and schools,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome her, and we know that her wealth of experiences will help make our Marion Community Schools team even better.”

Gosser earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Ball State University, and earned two master’s degrees from there as well, in special education and special education administration. She is currently working toward her education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership through Oakland City University.

She is a licensed teacher and a certified crisis prevention and intervention trainer. In addition to her duties with the Special Ed Co-op, she has also been a leader in community initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and access to local people, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Systems of Care Governance Board.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Online registration for the 2017-18 school year at Marion Community Schools is now open! 

Families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year can register their students online.

>> Click here to register using the PowerSchool Parent Portal

The online registration process can be completed at any internet-connected computer (including the public stations available at Marion Public Library). However, computer/internet access and staff assistance will also be available during our onsite registration days, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (This will be the location for registration for all MCS schools, K-12. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Please enter at Door 4 on the 26th Street side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS (including kindergartners) should plan to attend our onsite registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

>> Click here for a flier with registration information, school supply lists, and a school year calendar

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the onsite registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

A note for students registering for classes at Marion Regional Career Center: MHS students will register for MRCC classes during the regular registration process outlined above. However, MRCC has separate times set for county students who will attend in the fall: between 8:30 and 11 a.m. or 12:30 and 3 p.m. on July 12 and 13 at Marion High School. Please enter at Door 7 on the east side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street.

More information about MCS enrollment is available online at www.marion.k12.in.us, in the “Enrollment” tab.