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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News During February, Via Credit Union is challenging Kendall classrooms to compete for a pizza party and $50 Walmart gift card for the classroom!

Students who make a deposit at the Kendall Student Branch will be tracked by teacher's name, and at the end of the month the class with the most deposits wins!

Keep track of how your class is doing on the tally board near the Student Branch.

The Kendall Student Branch is open every Wednesday in the gym before school and accepts deposits only. If you would like for your child to start saving at the Kendall Student Branch, please complete a permission slip and return it along with their initial deposit. Permission slips are available in the school office.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
We are so excited to partner with The River Church and Kendall PTO to host a Special Persons Dinner! 

This is a chance for your student to invite someone special to eat dinner with them here at Kendall Elementary. This special person can be anyone who has an impact in your student's life — a family member or guardian, a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a coach, etc. We want to celebrate our students and the people in their life who are important to them.

We will host our Special Persons Dinner on Feb. 21. We will be serving pizza and desserts to all students who RSVP and the people who are special to them. Each student can invite up to two special people. 

>> NOTE: Students and their special people can only attend if we receive a competed RSVP form by Friday, Feb. 8! (This is to ensure we have enough food for everyone in attendance.)

After you turn in your RSVP, we will send you information regarding the time of the dinner. 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office, 765-662-7364.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to these Kendall students who earned recognition in the county Symphony in Color competition, sponsored by the Gamma Rho chapter of Tri Kappa philanthropic sorority:
  • Evan Fisher, first grade, Most Promising Award
  • Leyna Greenwood, first grade, First Place for first grade
  • Johnny Ortiz Juarez, second grade, Second Place for second grade
  • Liam Weaver, second grade, Third Place for second grade
  • Madelynn Boogar, fourth grade, Second Place for fourth grade
We are so proud of these talented young artists and are grateful for the work of their outstanding art teacher, Karen Fry, to provide opportunities for our students every day!

Art works chosen in the local competition, which is open to all elementary students in the county, will continue on to the state level Symphony in Color competition. More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual statewide competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

State level judging is taking place this week.

State Gold Ribbon winners' art works will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theatre from Feb. 21 through March 24. Following that, all 100 finalists' art works will be on display at the Indiana State Museum from March 30 through May 5.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • "Fanfare" from "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
  • "Jupiter" from "The Plants" by Gustav Holst
  • "From Earth to the Moon and Beyond", written by James Beckel, former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "Main Title" from "Star Wars" by John Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 22, 2019

This February, hundreds of students from our region will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 30th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or will be available online soon at

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 9 through March 2) — exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

Middle schools and junior highs participating in the Honeywell Center performance include Crestview (Huntington North), Lakeview (Warsaw), Marion, Mississinewa, Oak Hill, South Adams, Tippecanoe Valley, and Wabash.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of the day Feb. 9 rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the middle school clinician is John Wenning, retired choral director from Huntington, and the elementary clinician is Melissa Garcia, a conductor from the Indianapolis Children's Choir..

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion students who will be participating in this year’s Circle the State With Song festival are:

Kendall Elementary:
Caylynn Bishop
Madelynn Boogar
Selah Craig
Alaina Emert
Kietalynn Garcia
Tristen Hall
Naomi Hyde
Michael McCray
Jethe Paduga
Danielle Purdy
Arabella Stanley
Aries Stanley
Aaliyah Thien

Frances Slocum Elementary:
Aden Balderas
Na’Kyjia Birchett
Eleanor Bruehler
Arya Dorsey
Eli Gardner
Isaac Harrison
Micah Hawkins
Mary Herrington
Andrianna Krause
Abraham Reeves
Chloe Smith
Damien Taylor

Allen Elementary:
Ethan Bragg
Jakira Jones
Natalie Rodriguez
Esteban Santiago-Stricler
Jaelyn Watson
C'risma Weatherly

Riverview Elementary:
Aliya Cruz
Joseph Gibson
Lucy Jenkins
Madelyn Kirkwood
Maizey Kuch
Zynaida Ortega

Justice Intermediate:
Nathaniel Beck
Layla Bohde
Whit Booher
Chloe Byrd
Shaun Caldwell
Grace Chandler
Abigail Crouch
Layla Ensor
Jacqueline Gallegos
Kady Graves
Zachary Hehle
Caleb Huff
Sara Lootens
Damien Martin
Rylee Nicodemus
Hailey Ramos
Jimmy Ramos
Michelle Rasor
Noah Rhodearmer
Raven Sollars
Zoey Wayman
Ahlissa Wynne

McCulloch Junior High:
Nathaniel Aguila
Danika Ayers
Tori Beal
Ja’Ana Bucklew
Kaylin Burke
Joseph Cheung
Joseph Delgado
Alyssa Dunham
Connor Dyer
Jackson Emert
Emily Fisher
Lillia Fisher
Jenessa Gerstorff
Laylani Hammons
Damari Harshaw
Chloe Hawkins
Grace Johnson
Isabel Khalouf
Alandra King
Victoria Liscano
Emily Luckey
Gregg Marble
Jerica Overmyer
Chloe Phillips
Faith Riggs
Aidan Ruley
Kaden Rinker
Caroline Russell
Daniel Terhune
Omyzhanae Thomas
Christian Vermilion
Shaylee Vermilion
Isaiah Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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