YOU'RE INVITED: Kindness Rally (5/18)

Posted on May. 18 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

On May 18, the sixth 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, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, 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 Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student 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 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!

>> The All-City Art Show runs on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walton Center at MHS. Stop by and take a look at some of the art on display from our talented students!

YOU'RE INVITED: MCS All-City Art Show set for 5/18 - 5/19

Posted on May. 17 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants. You can also join in some hands-on activities!



The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. Friday evening, the MCS Kindness Rally will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Bill Green Arena — stop by both if you have time! Saturday the Art Show will also feature performances by Marion Community Schools music groups:
  • Noon: Allen/Riverview Elementary Students
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: Justice Pep Band
  • 2 p.m.: Elementary Circle the State with Song performers
  • 2:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3:30 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
In addition, Sing on the Green, the MHS Choral Department's annual end-of-the-year show, is set for 7 p.m. May 19 in the Walton Center auditorium.

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

Giants to participate in Unified Games this week

Posted on May. 09 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Information provided by Special Olympics Indiana

Dozens of Marion Community Schools students will be participating in Unified Game Day this Thursday, May 10. Hundreds of students from around Grant County will be participating in the event, a partnership between the Grant County Special Education Co-Op, of which MCS is a part, and Special Olympics Indiana.
 
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will participate in the Unified Games at Mississinewa High School this year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents and supporters are welcome to attend. There will be an opening ceremony featuring a torch run by the Gas City Police Department and Gas City Volunteer Fire Department. The games will feature a Special Olympics-style competition in a variety of unified track and field events. Students in preschool will also be participating in games at their own schools.

Special Olympics Indiana and the Grant County Special Education Co-op work together to engage students in activities designed to promote school communities where young people are agents of change, fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, known as Unified Champion Schools, children of all abilities are provided opportunities to develop self-confidence and social skills while learning the fundamentals necessary for future participation in Unified Sports training and competition.

GCSEC partner schools are among hundreds across the state to embrace Special Olympics’ innovative approach to improving social
inclusion while simultaneously developing motor skills through curricula which aligns with Indiana State educational standards. More than 10,000 Indiana students have participated in the program during the 2017-2018 school year.

“Indiana has been recognized as a national leader in the realm of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports and social inclusion initiatives, and it’s thanks in large part to the support of faculty, administrators and students in hundreds of schools throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “The Special Olympics movement is still about sports, but it’s also about changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities by targeting younger generations through programs like Unified Champion Schools.”

According to Lisa Graham, director of GCSEC, Marion Community Schools began participating as a Unified Champion School two years ago and was joined by Mississinewa Community Schools last year. This was so successful that all five districts in the county are now able to participate together, much like an athletic conference or Grant Four competition.

Special Olympics Indiana’s Unified Champion Schools initiatives are supported in part by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, and — through a partnership known as Champions Together — the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

>> Click here to learn more about Unified Champion Schools

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