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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Red Ribbon Week encouraged Kendall Elementary School students to make positive, healthy choices and stay drug free.

Mr. Black led students in Character Education, while Mrs. Kleman planted Promise Tulips with students and engaged them in a Red Ribbon Week Pledge. 

Pictured below are fourth-grade students with Mrs. Kleman signing the "I Will Be Drug Free" Pledge, which will be displayed at Kendall to remind us all year to make those healthy choices!

During Red Ribbon Week, Kendall students sign a banner to pledge to remain drug free. The banner will hang in the school as a reminder. 

During a special Red Ribbon Week convocation Tuesday afternoon, special visitors from the Marion Police Department spoke with our third- and fourth-graders. Below are pictures from the exciting event!

During Red Ribbon Week, Kendall students signed a banner pledging to remain drug free. Above, it's seen hanging in the gym during the Red Ribbon Week convocation.

During the Red Ribbon Week convocation, MPD Capt. Steve Scott and his K9 partner Officer Archer demonstrate how Archer finds illegal drugs using his sense of smell.

Kendall students volunteer to participate in a demonstration at the request of MPD Officer Brian Davis during the Red Ribbon Week convocation.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Attention all Colts: Be proud of our victory in the September Attendance Challenge! 

And remember: We want you here every school day!

Many of our family, friends, and neighbors watched as our Kendall champions claimed the traveling attendance trophy. Lets do what it takes to keep the trophy at Kendall: Be here every school day!

Kendall Colts claim the traveling MCS Attendance Trophy during a special recognition ceremony at the Marion High School homecoming football game on Oct. 11, 2013. The school came out on top during the September Attendance Challenge, which pitted elementary schools and Justice Intermediate School against one another in a friendly competition: To see who could have the highest attendance rate for the month.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is partnering with Marion Public Library to foster of lifelong love of reading through a new program for third-graders across the district.

Next week, MPL librarians will be visiting MCS classrooms to kick off the program. They’ll be sharing information about the library and the services it offers, and they’ll also have library card applications on hand for students to complete.

Librarian visits are set for 9 a.m. at the following schools on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Kendall Elementary
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Allen Elementary
  • Friday, Oct. 18: Riverview Elementary
In subsequent weeks, librarians will return to the schools to deliver library cards and talk about family visits to the library.

At the same time, third-graders will be tracking their books read and testing their reading skills with the Scholastic Reading Counts! program. Teachers will set goals for points to be earned, and updates on progress will be made in conjunction with that second visit by the librarians.

A third visit will be scheduled after the Reading Counts tracking period, which is set to end in late November. Reading-centered activities will be featured during that visit.

At that point, new goals for Reading Counts! will be set, and more librarian visits will be planned.

MCS is excited about this opportunity to work with MPL to promote reading and help our students take advantage of the excellent resources available through our local library.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Among the typical excitement of homecoming festivities this Friday at Marion High School, some elementary school students will be getting special recognition.

As part of Marion Community Schools’ September Attendance Challenge (in conjunction with a focus nationwide on school attendance), all four elementary schools – Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview – along with Justice Intermediate School were issued a challenge: to come out on top in overall attendance percentage for the month.

The MHS Athletic Department generously offered free admission for students at the winning school to the homecoming game, and the students in attendance would also get special recognition at the game.

Kendall Elementary School students rose to the challenge and earned the prize. Several dozen of them plan to be at the game for the special ceremony this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The game starts at 7 p.m., and the recognition is expected to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School students will get some special opportunities during College GO! Week this week, and some Marion elementary students will get an early start on their college dreams, too.

Activities, events and promotions are planned around the Marion Community Schools district in conjunction with the annual statewide push to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for college completion and career success.

Some of the highlights:

At Marion High School, highlights of the week include College Application Day, set Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, when every senior will have the opportunity during the school day to complete online applications to post-secondary institutions of their choice. Many colleges and universities waive application fees during this week, so it’s the perfect time for seniors to apply.

This year, the MHS Guidance Department has provided materials and advice to seniors in advance of College Application Day to get them prepared to submit quality applications to schools that they are seriously considering attending. Project Leadership will be helping to facilitate College Application Day at the high school.

Project Leadership will also be helping younger MCS students begin to think seriously about college and plan for how post-secondary education can help them fulfill their dreams for the future. Third- and fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School will hear special presentations to wrap up a week of activities focused on continuing education. The presentations will take place from about 12:55 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013.

The message, said Debbie Stiles, counselor at Allen, is this: “College is attainable, and there are lots of different ways to get there.”

It’s important to get elementary students thinking concretely about post-secondary education, she said, because choices they make now have the potential to endanger their opportunities. Making sure students know they have the support of school staff and the community is important too, she said. It’s all about giving them the information and tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

College GO! Week is supported by Learn More Indiana, whose mission is to help Hoosier students of all ages plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success through effective communications and outreach efforts, according to its website.

Here’s a look at College GO! Week activities around the MCS district this week:

Marion High School
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest Monday; career dress-up day Tuesday; college theme songs featured during passing periods Wednesday; college spirit wear day Thursday; college mascot day during Success periods on Friday.
  • Seniors can participate in College Application Day on Thursday; the Guidance Department will also be discussing scholarships with every senior during the week.
  • Juniors will be signing up for E-Transcript, and registering for the ACT.
  • Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT practice test, in anticipation of test day, Oct. 16.
  • Freshmen will complete a career assessment and update their four-year plan for high school success.
Tucker Career and Technology Center
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, judging Friday; Commons open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for college and major exploration, college applications; 21st Century Scholars senior meetings 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Commons; Ivy Tech admissions info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons; Pipefitters apprenticeship info at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Commons; college T-shirt day Friday.
McCulloch Junior High School
  • School-wide activities: Various post-secondary education themed lessons and activities during classes, including interest inventories and career-matching; learning style assessments and study tips; information on opportunities available in high school at Tucker Career and Technology Center.
Allen Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating; “Hats Off to Graduation” day Tuesday (college/university hats allowed); “Connect to Your Career” day Wednesday (students will write dreams/hopes for future, career on paper links, which will be joined into chains and displayed throughout school); Raffle Day on Thursday (colleges have provided promotional items w/college logos to distribute); School Spirit Day on Friday (Indiana college gear encouraged, but any academic spirit wear allowed)
  • Third- and fourth-graders will hear special presentations Friday from Project Leadership about the path to post-secondary education.
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • School-wide activities: college-themed decorating contest, teachers wearing college spirit wear.
Kendall Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: College Spirit Day on Friday, daily announcements focused on post-secondary education.
Riverview Elementary School
  • School-wide activities: college fun facts during announcements; staff wearing college spirit wear.