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

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! 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News 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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board position for District III. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year.
  • Reside in District III (includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district - precincts: Center 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, parts of Washington 3 and 4)
Term: Ends December 31, 2016

Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (include your contact information)  to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
  • Please respond by Friday, August 5, 2016. 

All applicants will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  

Contact person:
Mrs. Patty Barney (
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

You are invited to participate in the 2016 Giant Challenge with the MHS Bands students and alumni pep band members on Saturday, July 23. Meet at 9 a.m. in the high school band room to practice. We will be playing for the alumni basketball games that evening!

Please contact Mr. Huff via email ( or the high school office (664-9051) and let them know you're planning on coming! We want you to have fun and enjoy playing with current high-schoolers and alumni!

Don't forget to wear purple!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch cross country practice will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Students who are interested in participating should plan to meet coach Matthew Lakes near the tennis courts at Matter Park.