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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marching Giants are inviting the whole community out to enjoy their full competition show for free this weekend here at the MHS!

MHS has the only competitive marching band in Grant County. You don't want to miss this opportunity to see their full show, "Batter Up," before they begin their competition season next week!

Normally, you would have to travel to another school and pay admission to see this show, or pay admission to an MHS home football game at which the Marching Giants were slated to perform.

But at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, you can see the full show for free right here at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium! We hope to see you all there!

(In case of severe weather, an altered show may be performed inside. Watch for information on the MHS Bands Twitter and Facebook pages in that situation.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All McCulloch parents are invited to join us for Back-to-School Night, when you will have the opportunity to walk through your student's class schedule with them and meet their teachers. 

Please arrive in time to collect your schedule in the cafeteria and be ready to head to your first "class" at 6:03 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Each class meeting will last nine minutes, with four-minute passing periods in between.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Period 1: 6:03 to 6:12 p.m.
  • Period 2: 6:16 to 6:25 p.m.
  • Period 3: 6:29 to 6:38 p.m.
  • Period 4: 6:42 to 6:51 p.m. 
  • Period 5: 6:55 to 7:04 p.m.
  • Period 6: 7:08 to 7:17 p.m.
  • Period 7: 7:21 to 7:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted on July 7, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce that EVERY student in our school system, preschool through 12th grade, will get FREE breakfast and lunch in the coming school year.

A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family!

(Preschoolers enrolled in half-day programs get either breakfast (morning classes) or lunch (afternoon classes); those enrolled in our full-day program get both meals.)

The free meals are part of the community eligibility provision of the National School Lunch Program run by the USDA. MCS applied for this provision and has recently been informed that our application has been approved.

This means there is no application process for free or reduced-price meals. There are no special requirements. All Marion Community Schools students are automatically eligible for free meals.

However, those who wish to apply for assistance with textbook costs will need to fill out an application during registration (online or in-person). 

Any funds currently in student meal accounts will remain there and may be used for a la carte sales. If you wish to obtain a refund of the balance in your student’s meal account, please email the MCS Food Service Department at tkeenan@marion.k12.in.us or jwarren@marion.k12.in.us. Please include your name, student’s name, current address, and phone number.

If you have further questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 765-662-2546, ext. 112 or 113. For more information regarding the Food Service Department, including menu information and more, click here.

>> Click here to view the letter being sent to families regarding this information
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 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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
YOU are invited to the Giant Challenge, coming up Friday through Sunday, July 22-24!


This is a great event that brings alumni back and community members out to support and celebrate the Marion Giants of yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Proceeds support Marion Community Schools athletics and arts programs. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Online registration options are closed at this point, but you can still sign up or buy spectator passes at the gate!
  • Are you an MHS alum who would like to participate in the friendly athletes vs. alumni competitions? You can register at the events! Click here for more information.
  • Do you just want to watch the athletes vs. alumni games? A weekend spectator pass is only $10 per adult! (Students high school and younger get in free.) You can pay at the gate for any event. This pass gets you into any sporting event all weekend. Want to check out the full weekend schedule? Click here. 
  • Are you interested in participating the Giant Pride Run/Walk? Come out to the MHS stadium / track Saturday, July 23! Registration / check-in is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Race starts at 8:30. Click here to view course details.
  • Do you want to participate in Lights Out Bowling with pro bowler and MHS alum Ronnie Russell? Be at Crest Lanes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22! (MHS alum Sammy Miles will be providing live music that night!)
  • Don't miss the Walton Center Choral Reunion show! (Broadway star and MHS alum Jim Walton will be there, along with dozens of choral alumni. You don't want to miss this!) Buy $10 tickets at the door at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at MHS's Walton Performing Arts Center.