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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 5, 2018

Moms, dads, and other VIPs in our students lives are invited to some upcoming special events:

Each student can bring one guest to the following events (they can be moms/dads, or uncles/aunts, grandparents, etc. ... )
  • Donuts with Dads is set for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Muffins with Moms is set for 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22
There will also be a book fair in the library on these days!

If you need more information or have questions, please contact us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Saturday, hundreds of students from our region — including dozens of Marion Community Schools students — will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 29th 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. 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 online (click here).

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 10 through March 10) — 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.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of Saturday rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the elementary clinician is Julie Gray from Indiana Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, and the middle school clinician will be Dan Andersen from Center Grove Middle School Central.

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 Community Schools students participating this year are:

McCulloch Junior High School
  • Kaylin Burke
  • Cassie Evans
  • Emily Fisher
  • Kaytlyn Richard
  • Jaden Sebastian
  • Shaylee Vermilion
  • Danika Ayers
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Faith Riggs
  • Dajaia Weaver
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Joseph Cheung
  • Austen Mills
  • Kaden Rinker
  • Eli Robinson
  • Christian Vermilion

Justice Intermediate School 
  • Jaylin Drake
  • Michelle Elizabeth
  • Alecia Jones
  • Emily Luckey
  • Lillyan Parish
  • Emalee Rowland
  • Ashiyah Teague
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Caleb Huff
  • Noah Rhoadarmer
  • Aidan Ruley
Kendall Elementary School
  • Shaun Caldwell
  • Grace Carpenter
  • Emma Fail
  • Samarra Jordan
  • Sara Lootens
  • Jacqueline Ortega
  • Zoey Wayman
Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Cambria Hamner
  • Trinety Hoff
  • Kenzie Larson
  • Mya Mezick
  • Jacob Sheetz
Allen Elementary School
  • Jacqueline Gallegos
  • Haylee Isenhower
  • Alicia Jimenez
  • Journey Koegel
  • David Mitchell
  • Hailey Ramos
  • Raven Sollars

Riverview Elementary School
  • Promise Andrews
  • Avanly Bokinsky
  • Micah Bryant
  • Kady Graves
  • Jalissa Hogue
  • Anjel Melgar Rocha
  • Elizabeth Parish
  • James Seybold 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Mr. Larry Norris is joining the team at Kendall Elementary School for the remainder of the school year. His main focus will be on providing additional support to Principal Grafton, to teachers and staff, and to families.

Mr. Norris retired from Marion Community Schools in 2006, having served as a principal at Kendall Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary.

We look forward to this new opportunity, and we believe Mr. Norris’s previous experience and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the Kendall community.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Kendall Elementary School will have an exciting new program next school year thanks to a partnership with the Marion Community School of the Arts!

The Community School of the Arts has been awarded a $10,000 Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education (PACE) grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for the program that will integrate arts and literacy education.

The Community School of the Arts, partnering with Marion Community Schools, collaborated with Director of Elementary Education Michele Smith to determine which individual school would best fit the program.

"We are excited about this opportunity to integrate arts and literacy," Smith said. "We are thankful for our many community partnerships, and in particular our wonderful relationship with CSA that allows us to provide enriching experiences for our students. One particularly exciting piece of this grant-funded program is that we will be able to track how literacy is improved through this arts integration."

Kendra Hoffert, artist teacher, Indiana Wesleyan University visiting assistant professor of music therapy, and Community School of the Arts faculty member, will lead the program within the classroom. She will partner with administrators and faculty at Kendall Elementary School to provide teacher development as well as weekly sessions with second grade students utilizing song, rhythm exercises, chants, rhymes, and movement to explore music and its benefits in developing early literacy skills.

“I love music and good stories,” Hoffert said. “To be able to combine two things I love while encouraging young people to discover the riches of these good gifts will be such an adventure. I'm so grateful to be part of this program and to see where our learning and discovery can take us.”

The PACE program was established during 2014 as an initiative to promote arts education and impact student growth and achievement. The program is intended to assist and enable elementary schools, artists, and arts organizations in establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships. Arts experiences occur at regular intervals throughout the entire school year, align with the academic curriculum, and are integrated into classroom literacy activities.

The Community School of the Arts, Marion Community Schools, and Hoffert, as resident artist teacher, will implement the program, developed with quality musicianship, intentional curriculum, and comprehensive collaboration. This program, having been made possible by funds appropriated from the Indiana Legislature in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, will provide arts integration opportunities into the classroom, with a focus on literacy, and a goal to increase long-term partnerships and collaborations.

“The Community School of the Arts has a vision to ignite a community of potential through arts and creativity, and a mission to provide arts education and enrichment,” said Katie Morgan, executive director of the Community School of the Arts. “When we develop programming, these are at the core of who we are and what we do. The PACE program is a wonderful opportunity to further expand our outreach in music, and have a real, measurable impact in music, literacy, and most importantly, the lives of children in our community through the arts.”

The Community School of the Arts will represent Region 5 in this statewide program. The Indiana Regional Arts Partner representing Region 5 is the Community Foundation of Randolph County, and region liaison Stephanie Ward said of the recent award:

“The Community Foundation of Randolph County is very excited that the Marion Community School of the Arts has been selected to represent Region 5 in the PACE program. We are equally excited for the students at Kendall Elementary who will benefit from the music and literacy program.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 8, 2017

Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

All eight MCS music teachers will be performing solos, and then will join for a combined piece at the end of the concert. MCS art teachers will have their own personal work out on display as people are going in to be seated for the concert.

We hope to see you there!