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News for Kendall Elementary School


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News To increase safety for our students, staff, and families, Kendall Elementary has new procedures for those who pick their students up from school.

Students who are being picked up from school at the end of the day (rather than riding the bus) will gather in the gym, where Kendall staff will coordinate their dismissal individually when their ride arrives. Students will not be dismissed until their ride have been verified by a Kendall staff member. See below for verification details.


Drivers:

Parents/guardians will receive two “Authorized Car Pick-Up” tags from Kendall Elementary at the beginning of the school year. One tag needs to be placed on the dashboard of the car that is picking up your student(s) at the end of each school day in the “Student Dismissal Zone”. This tag is REQUIRED for car pickup.

DO NOT give your tags to anyone else! Only those authorized to pick your student up from school should have these tags. If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.

When you arrive at Kendall, you will need to enter at the west end of the pick-up lane (closest to the building). All traffic in the pickup lane is to remain single-file. DO NOT pull up beside other cars! Also, remember: You MUST have your "Authorized Car Pick-up" tag displayed on your dashboard to be able to pick up your student in this drive! If you do not have a tag, follow the procedures outlined below.

Once several cars in the pickup line have been verified, Kendall staffers will walk that group of students out of the gym. Once that group of students have loaded into their cars and the cars have cleared the pickup zone, the next set of cars will pull up into the pickup zone to be verified. That process will continue until all students have been picked up. Remember to maintain a single-file line of traffic, and wait for your turn to pull into the pickup zone and be verified. We believe this process will be more safe and more efficient, but it will take patience and teamwork during the transition period while we all get used to this new process! 

If at any time you lose your tag, please come to the office to get a new one. No altered tags will be accepted for dismissal.


Walkers / pick-ups with no tag:

Please also note that parents/guardians will no longer be allowed to stand outside any doors to pick up their students. Instead if you have a tag, please stay in your car and follow the dismissal process outlined above. If you do not have a tag, or prefer to walk up to pick up your student, you must park your vehicle (if applicable) in the parking lot (not in the pick-up drive!) and come to the school office. No walk-up pickups will be allowed outside the gym or any other external door. You must come to the office. Also note: When crossing the pickup drive in front of the school, you must use the marked crosswalk for office pickup.

If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.

Let us know if you have any questions!
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 Originally published June 20, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce a new after-school program starting in the 2016-17 school year for MCS third- and fourth-graders: the Giant Discovery Zone!

The Giant Discovery Zone will bring together the best coaches, organizations, and businesses in the city to help our students explore new activities and discover what they enjoy, and where they can excel. Students enrolled in the Giant Discovery Zone will be introduced to 32 different activities throughout the year, along with time to work on homework and help from tutors when needed.

The Giant Discovery Zone is a free addition built on the foundation of the Grant County Family YMCA's Live Y-ers child care. (Live Y-ers does include a fee, but we don't want anyone to be turned away due to lack of funds. There are financial assistance options available for the Live Y-ers fee.) Thanks to many contributors, including the Moorehead Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion Community Schools, and the state of Indiana, along with a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association, MCS fourth-graders will have the expert child care offered by the YMCA program, along with tutoring and mentoring, as well as a wide array of activities to explore throughout the year, with professional coaches and artists leading the way.

Activities will include athletics, led by MCS coaches, as well as Marion PAL Club Judo, Tiger Tai Kwon Do, Wellness Center gymnastics, and more; leadership, responsibility, and physical fitness, led by the YMCA, MHS JROTC, Marion Boys and Girls Club, Marion Police Department, and more; and the arts, led by Playhouse Studio of Dance, Signature Dance, Marion Community School of the Arts, the chorale and theater from Indiana Wesleyan University, and more. The Giant Discovery Zone will be housed at Kendall Elementary School, with some activities spreading out to the Kendall / Justice Intermediate School campus. Homework and study will be the focus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., then from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be activity time.

Our vision is to give our students the chance to explore many different activities, and that they find one (or more!) that they fall in love with. Then, our fantastic coaches and community partners can help guide them to even greater engagement, so that students can use their talents and build valuable skills (not to mention learn responsibility, discipline, confidence, leadership skills and more). We hope this will not only help to build our local teams and organizations, but also empower our students, expand their horizons, and broaden their options for life after high school.

There is a cost for participation in Live Y-ers; fees and more information are available at the Grant County YMCA, or in the Live Y-ers handbook on their child care webpage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and aid applications will be available at the YMCA during the registration period. See below for more information on the registration process. 

How can my third- or fourth-grader get involved?

Registration for the Giant Discovery Zone began Monday, June 27, at the Grant County Family YMCA. Enrollment in the Giant Discovery Zone is limited to 200 students, and enrollment is first-come, first-served — so fill out the registration form and collect the needed information now so you're ready to sign up! 

Here's what you need to do:
  • Click here to visit the YMCA's child care webpage. Once you're there, you'll see "Click HERE for registration form". Click that link to open up the Live Y-ers registration packet.
  • Fill out the registration form and collect all needed documents/information (listed in the registration packet on the YMCA website above).
  • Return all registration forms and information, along with the $25 registration fee, on Monday, June 27, or as soon as possible after that. Remember, space is limited, so get your registration in quickly! You'll need to personally deliver the registration form, information, and registration fee to the YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. Staffers will review information with you to make sure you have provided everything they need. 

 

We're all excited for the Giant Discovery Zone!

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.

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 (pbarney@marion.k12.in.us)
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125