Come out and celebrate the power of KINDNESS with us!

Posted on Apr. 21 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Coming up next month, the third annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards; performances by several student groups; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. Ticket sales will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Chicken noodle dinners will be available, including mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll, and a cookie, for just $3!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag
  • Performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the Chain Reaction Ceremony.

Also new this year, the winning designs from our Kindness Rally T-shirt Design Contest will be available to order! This competition was open to all MCS students, and we had so many fantastic submissions, it was difficult to choose the winners! We’re excited to unveil the winning designs — they’re great reminders to keep the chain reaction of kindness going!

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the third annual Kindness Rally!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: All-City Art Show 2015

Posted on Apr. 02 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Where can you view spectacular art, support young artists, and even try your hand at various art techniques? At Marion Community Schools’ upcoming All-City Art Show!

You don’t need to travel far to be inspired this spring. At the All-City Art Show, set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Marion High School’s F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center, creative works from students of all ages will be on display, and visitors will have the chance to participate in several interactive art activities:
  • Pottery wheels: Art students will help guide visitors through the experience of experience working with clay.
  • Digital art: Use special tablet computers to create drawings.
  • Magnetic sculpture: Science and art meet as you manipulate materials to create your own sculpture.
  • Be a part of the art: Take a turn in our photo booth and see what the famed painting “American Gothic” looks like with you in the picture.
  • Instagram challenge: Take photos and share them with the world!

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.

At the All-City Art Show, visitors will get the chance to see creativity in action — and take some inspiration home with them, too. There will be a silent auction fundraiser of art items created or donated by MCS art teachers.

Art awards for all ages (judged by MCS art teachers) will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Kindness Rally T-shirt Design Contest: Submit your idea now!

Posted on Mar. 31 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
We are excited to announce the 2015 Kindness Rally T-shirt Design Contest!

MCS students are invited to submit their ideas for a kindness-themed T-shirt to be printed and sold at the upcoming Kindness Rally, set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 1 at Marion High School. (Click here for more info on the event.)

All entries are due by April 15 and should be turned in to your school office.

>> Click here to view/download/print the sketch/submission form!