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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Grant County Special Education Cooperative is offering a special opportunity to Grant County families with children or dependents with special needs: a financial planning informational meeting aimed at their specific needs and concerns.

This workshop will provide information on topics such as the ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts, and guardianship. This event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Gordon Homes, a certified financial planner, will be the speaker. He focuses on financial and estate planning for families who have children or dependents with special needs. He is a frequent speaker at parent support group meetings and state conferences, and he is nationally recognized in the area of special needs planning. He also serves on the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning national Advisory Council.

>> Please RSVP if you plan to attend by emailing bwillman@eastbrook.k12.in.us

Marion Community Schools is proud to be a part of the Grant County Special Education Co-op, and we are happy to host this event for area families.

If you have questions about this event, the Special Ed Co-Op, or other general questions regarding special needs education here at Marion Community Schools, please contact our Special Services Department at 662-2546, x. 139.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Kendall Elementary families are invited to join us from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 for Let's Be Thankful - Family Reading Night!

Come join us for fun, friends, and important information.

Kendall's amazing staff will host a read aloud and reading activity for Thanksgiving children's books.

We will also enjoy a delicious snack!

Please call the school office if you need more information.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Kendall Giants, we have some fantastic events this week!  

Our PTO’s Trick or Treat will be here at the school from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday. (If you are able to donate candy, please drop it off at the office for use on Thursday night!) Indulge for a while by trick or treating, but in a safe space and in our cutest costumes.  

ALSO, it’s Red Ribbon Week, a week dedicated to making healthy choices. Tuesday is our kick off day, let’s all wear red. Wednesday is your favorite team shirt or jersey, Thursday is dress like a twin day with a friend, and Friday is spot me being drug free — wear polka-dots! We look forward to seeing everyone support healthy choices this week during Red Ribbon Week.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Thanks to the Marion High School Brain Game team, Marion’s elementary libraries will be getting an upgrade.

The team earned their way into the top 8 during WTHR’s statewide high school trivia competition this past school year. Because of that, they had the opportunity to apply for a grant through Westfield Insurance, the sponsor of the competition.



The 2015-16 Brain Game team and their sponsors (from left) Kristi Phillippe (MHS teacher), Truman Bennet, Elijah Beal, Micah Hoeksema, Zach Spitzer, and Dave Tippey (MHS teacher).

Library resources are one of the suggested uses for the Sharing Knowledge grant awarded by Westfield Insurance, which sponsored the Brain Game tournament. The MHS students this year opted to share this opportunity with the elementary schools.

Kristi Phillippe, MHS science teacher and one of the Brain Game team’s sponsors, applauded this decision.

“Thanks to our kids for their accomplishment, which allows us to reward this money, and for thinking bigger than themselves by awarding the money to our elementary schools,” she said.

Each MCS elementary school will receive $400, for a total of $1,600, from the Brain Game grant. That money can be used for new books, e-books, e-readers, or other library resources.

The grant will also help fund continued participation in academic competitions, as 20 percent of the grant ($400) could be kept for that purpose.


Marion Community Schools is grateful to Westfield Insurance for this grant!