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News for Kendall Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the high number of school cancellations caused by this winter’s extraordinary weather, Marion Community Schools will be lengthening its school day for about two months, to regain lost instructional time in a way that is most effective for continued student success.

This plan is in line with alternative make-up solutions offered recently by the state Department of Education, and it would address the seven days MCS has canceled so far this winter for which waivers were not granted. That means at this time, the make-up days built in at the end of the school year would all still be available, should more cancellations be needed. More importantly, it means that teachers and students would regain instructional time now, when it is needed most, prior to high-stakes testing such as ISTEP+ and IREAD.

“We have explored multiple solutions with a broad base of stakeholders, and we believe this is the best solution to meet the challenges of this extraordinary winter that has caused our children to miss a significant amount of valuable instructional time,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “We will be able to custom fit this extra time at each building and within each department, so that we can maximize this additional learning time and make better possible for our students students prior to essential high-stakes assessments including ISTEP+ and IREAD.”

In general, the plan would add an hour to the school day — moving the start time earlier in the morning, and moving the end time later in the afternoon — starting Monday, Feb. 24, and ending Friday, April 18. In addition, Marion High School will have have no shortened days when this alternate schedule is in place. The MHS schedule would be the same Monday through Friday. (Please see the links at the bottom of this post for specific start and end times at each building during this time.)

This alternate schedule will not be extended past April 18. If further cancellations are needed, the make-up days at the end of the school year will be used. (And if delays are needed during this alternate schedule period, they will be delays starting from the alternate, earlier time.)

We know this change will greatly affect scheduling for our students and their families, along with our staff members. 

In the days leading up to the schedule change, building administrators and district department heads will be working with their staffs to determine the best way to use this additional learning time each day.

We will work to ensure extra-curricular activities have the least disruption possible. And we will work with families to try to make the transition to this modified schedule as smooth as possible.

“There are challenges with any solution when you’re talking about such a high number of cancellations,” Lindsay said. “We believe this gives us our best chance to help all of our students succeed.”

For specific start and end times at each building, click on the links below.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Veterans are getting a little love and remembrance this Valentine’s Day thanks to a collaboration between Bright House Networks and Marion Community Schools.

More than 500 valentines were made by students from Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. They have been busy making valentines all month to share with veterans at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. The project is part of Bright House’s Valentines for Veterans program.

“This is our second year that we’ve partnered and we really hope it will be an annual thing,” said Courtney Gilles, Bright House Networks marketing, PR and event coordinator.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News From Bright House Networks

Over 500 elementary students from Marion Community Schools showed their appreciation for veterans as they created valentines as part of Bright House Networks’ Valentines for Veterans program. Bright House Networks donated the art supplies to the students who participated in the project, which was designed to educate students about veterans and the importance of recognizing them throughout the year.

“At the beginning of the project, I was amazed at how many students did not know what a veteran was,” said Karen Fry, art teacher for Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. “As a class, we discussed how much veterans did to protect our freedoms and why they might feel sad or lonely around this time of year.”

The valentines will come as a welcomed surprise to those staying at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. Valentines are also planned to be delivered to the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis. “Recognizing our veterans is an expression of honor and appreciation, said Tammy Thompson, Voluntary Service Specialist at Northern VA Hospital. “Valentines from our community schools give an extra special touch in saying ‘thank you’ who gave so much.”

Bright House Networks hopes the annual project encourages the community the importance of volunteering their time and talents. “We were thrilled that Marion Community Schools wanted to participate again this year,” said Don Williams, Vice President of Bright House Networks Indianapolis. “They do a wonderful job teaching students about our veterans and expressing that appreciation through artwork. Bright House Network is proud to support our veterans and we hope these valentines help make their day a little brighter.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Kendall Elementary School celebrated their “A” grade from the state and Valentine’s Day Tuesday.

Principal David Khalouf said the school’s accountability grade improved from a “C” in 2012 to an “A” in 2013.

“We decided to have a dance for the kids because the state letter grade went up and this week is Valentine’s Day,” he said. “They get to dress up and celebrate. It brings students, staff and parents together.”

Khalouf said the school was able to get back into the standing where it had been for years.

“If we continue to get A’s then there will be more dances,” he said.

— More from MCS: To read more about recently released IDOE school grades, and about our Marion schools that are among the best in the state, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News What: Four weeks of ISTEP+ tutoring

When: 2:30 - 4:30 Thursdays (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27)

Transportation: Bus rides home will be provided only to those who already normally ride the bus home. Car riders should be picked up at 4:30.

Questions? Call us at 662-7364.