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

The Giants are headed back to semi-state! Let's show off our Giant Pride on Friday!

For the third time this school year, a Marion High School team is headed to semi-state in the IHSAA's state tournaments. (The football team and girls basketball team were the first and second.)

Marion Community Schools encourages businesses and organizations around the city to join us as we celebrate Purple & Gold Friday, in honor of the Giants.

The public is also invited to join in a pep rally for the team on Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Bill Green Arena (and to help us send the team off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

With gold medals earned the past two weekends at music competitions, McCulloch Junior High School has qualified for the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award for the fifth year in a row — the only school in the state with this winning streak.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

On March 1  and 2, the McCulloch Jazz Band and Choir both traveled to Kokomo High School to compete in the ISSMA Jazz Festival. Both groups earned a gold rating from the judges. Since the jazz program was founded, this the fifth consecutive year they have done so. McCulloch students Jon Peters and Chandler McMurray received blue ribbons for their solos in the band performance. Shaylee Vermilion received a blue ribbon for her solo in the choir performance.



MJHS jazz band competes at the annual ISSMA Jazz Festival. 



MJHS jazz choir 
competes at the annual ISSMA Jazz Festival.


On March 9, McCulloch band and choir students finished their competition season at Elwood High School for the ISSMA Organization Festival. Both band and choir earned a gold rating.

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must also have received gold ratings in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest, for at least one solo and one ensemble. McCulloch far exceeded that requirement, with several students earning gold in both categories in both the vocal and instrumental competitions.

There are many chances to hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows:
  • Performances during the All-City Art Show, May 10 and 11, schedule to be announced
  • 7th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 13
  • 8th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 14
  • 7th/8th grade spring band concert, 6 p.m. May 15
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next month, the seventh annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student and Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Feb. 5, 2019

Marion Community Schools social workers invite you to a special night of family fun at Culver's in Marion!

Dine to donate! A portion of your purchase of Culver's food and ice cream will go to MCS social workers, to help assist students with various needs.

There will also be face painting!

This special event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Culver’s, 2307 S. Western Ave., Marion. We hope to see YOU there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School bands will present a band festival on Monday, March 4, and a joint choir concert on Friday, March 8.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! Both shows will start at 6 p.m., and both will take place at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. Both events are free and open to the public.

McCulloch's Jazz and Contest bands and MHS's Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band will be featured at Monday's band festival, and jazz and honor choirs from McCulloch along with the Innovations and Marionettes from MHS will be among ensembles featured at Friday's choir concert.

We hope to see you there!