Will you #BeTheMatch? Donor registry drive set for Tuesday at Giants game

Posted on Feb. 05 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Marion Giants will face the Mississinewa Indians on the court. However, the teams are teaming together to compete against a much tougher opponent: cancer.


Fans will have the opportunity during the game to become part of the Be the Match Registry. A simple, quick, and painless cheek swab is all that's needed. This is not a donation (like during a blood drive), but simply a way to add yourself to the list of potential bone marrow donors.

Every year more than 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best option for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. But 70 percent of those people will NOT find a matching donor in their family. That's where the Be the Match Registry comes in. YOU could save a life. We hope you'll consider participating in this important donor registry drive at the Giants game next Tuesday.

This Be the Match Registry donor drive is in honor of former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith, who recently lost his battle with leukemia, and his family in Grant County. Jim and Nedra Sutter, longtime supporters of Marion basketball and Marion Community Schools, are Andrew's grandparents.

>> Read more about the donor drive and the Sutter family at MarionGiantsSports.com

Dozens of MCS students will help Circle the State with Song

Posted on Feb. 01 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Later this month, several dozen Marion Community Schools students — more than ever before — will join with thousands of students from across the state in the annual Circle the State with Song choral festival.

McCulloch Junior High has participated in the festival for the past several years. This year, students from Justice Intermediate School and all the MCS elementary schools are also taking part.

The festival – which is held at 13 different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 13 through March 5) – 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.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students from across the state will come together and work with a guest clinician on the day of the performance. Nearly 5,000 students from elementary schools, middle schools, and junior high schools around the state participate in this annual festival series, which is in its 28th year. The Indiana Music Educators Association puts on the event.

Marion Community Schools’ young artists will perform at the CSWS festival on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash. The students will spend the day in rehearsals, and then put on a public performance beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $3 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. Doors open at 3 p.m.

The students participating in Circle the State With Song 2016 are:

McCulloch Junior High
  • Lourdes Bacon
  • Robert Bateman
  • Saralena Bergsma
  • LaDacia Brading
  • Gabrielle Conyers
  • Aibrey Coop
  • Javion Davis
  • Evelyn Detamore
  • Mark Evans
  • John-John Flowers
  • Dream Gregory
  • Briana Huston
  • Felicity Jackson
  • Shalynn Johnson
  • Tariq Johnson
  • Myles Kohn
  • Alyssa Liscano
  • Victoria Plunket
  • Alex Rayment
  • Alex Riggs
  • Kabriel Robinson
  • Michael Seybold
  • Anna Shigley
  • Adrianna Smithley
  • Sable Thornburgh
  • Kaitlyn Tu
  • Jai’ler Turner
  • Jackson Vice
Justice Intermediate
  • Zodia Baker
  • Nakiya Bibbs
  • Karyn Bilbee
  • Deressa Carothers
  • Nevaeh Cook
  • Analaya Davis
  • Jazzlyn DeBoard
  • Andria Demass
  • Cassie Evans
  • Savanah Grieve
  • Ja’myah Hahn
  • Robert Herrington
  • Vickie McNutt
  • Dessie Norwood
  • Isis Phifer
  • Faith Riggs
  • Kaden Rinker
  • James Russell
  • Jasmine Saylor
  • Ashanta Smith
  • Jahnia Smith
  • Hermoine Teegarden
  • Alyssa Townsend
Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview elementaries
  • Noemy Chavez
  • Shalyn DeBoard
  • Alyssa Dunham
  • Lillia Fisher
  • Destiny Gillespie
  • Grant Guy
  • Savana Harvey
  • Aurora Hyde
  • Alandra King
  • Hayleigh Kirkwood
  • KayLana Kowalcik
  • Victoria Liscano
  • Emily Luckey
  • Hailey Markley
  • Cadence Pearce
  • Ruby Saylor
  • D'nei Smith
  • Aidan Ruley
We’re so proud of our talented students, and of our choral and music teachers as well. Thanks to McCulloch choir teacher Christina Huff for expanding this opportunity to our younger students this year, and to our music teachers at all levels for the opportunities they give to our students not only at special times such as this, but every day! At Marion Community Schools, we recognize the life-changing potential of arts education, and we are continuing to invest in these important programs.

YOU'RE INVITED: Allen Jedis - Return of the Family Night (2/3)

Posted on Jan. 14 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A few weeks from now, in a school not so far away ...

All Allen Elementary third- and fourth-graders — or "Jedis" as we sometimes like to call them — and their families are invited to "Return of the Family Night" on Wednesday, Feb. 3, right here at the school. Come join us as we spend a night in another galaxy and learn about ISTEP+ and IREAD, as well as enjoy a delicious meal!

The event will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 3, in the Allen cafeteria.

Families will get the chance to learn how to help your child conquer the IREAD and ISTEP forces! We'll share tips, tricks, and resources, and there will be food, games, and prizes!

Mark your calendars. We hope to see all of our third- and fourth-grade families there!