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News for Allen Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News We have exciting news for our incoming kindergartners and their families!

This year, special grant funds have allowed us to provide a special opportunity for incoming kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary: Giant Jumpstart, which will bring kindergartners in a week before school starts and allow them to explore their school and get to know their teacher and classmates before any other students are in the building!

So for kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary, school will start Monday, Aug. 1. Giant Jumpstart runs that Monday through Friday, Aug. 5. It will include:
  • FREE breakfast and lunch every day for all students
  • FREE school supplies and a backpack for every student
  • TRANSPORTATION (for students registered prior to July 15 who live outside of the walk zones)
If you registered your kindergartner at our Kindergarten Roundup event in April, or at Little Giants Preschool, then you should be receiving information about this and more in your mail over the next few weeks. If you DID NOT register your kindergartner yet, please do so this week! Call the MCS District Office for more information, 662-2546.

The Giant Jumpstart program is available ONLY to kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary, because those were the only schools to which the grant was made available. At Kendall Elementary and Riverview Elementary, kindergartners will begin class on the same day as all of our other students, Tuesday, Aug. 9. It is important for ALL kindergartners to get registered as soon as possible, however, so that we can start the year off on the right foot! If you have not yet registered, or you know someone who has a 5-year-old who is not yet registered for kindergarten, please give the District Office a call so we can get this essential step taken care of, and get all of our students on our communication lists to keep their families up to date with important information!

For our kindertartners' parents, we want you to know that Marion Community Schools staffers are looking forward to getting to know your child and helping to guide them through a world of new experiences at school.

Here’s a simple checklist of the major things you’ll need to do before the first day of school (if you haven’t done so already):
  • Schedule a check-up for your child. You’ll need to obtain the following to provide to your school:
    • An MCS Physical Form completed by your doctor.
    • A record of your child’s immunizations from your doctor. (NOTE: You may also be able to obtain your records at MyVaxIndiana, if your doctor(s) participate in this service.) Click here to view the Indiana Department of Health’s school immunization requirements for the 2016-17 school year.
  • If you have not already provided a copy of your child’s birth certificate, obtain a copy to provide to your school by the start of the school year.
  • If you have not already returned any needed medication permission forms to your school, please plan to do so by the start of school. Contact us if you need more information or copies of the forms.
Here are some additional important facts and figures to make note of:
  • Doors open at every elementary school at 7:20 a.m. every school day. Students should not be dropped off before then. (Also, breakfast is served at this time.)
    • NOTE: Do you need an earlier drop-off? The Grant County Family YMCA offers before-school care for a fee through their Live Y-ers program, but availability and locations are based on demand. If you are interested, please contact the YMCA at 765-664-0544 to check on availability. (Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.)
  • All students should be dropped off by 7:40 a.m. every school day to give them time to be in their seats when classes begin at 7:45 a.m.
  • The week of Giant Jumpstart (Aug. 1-5), classes for kindergartners will end at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8, will be a day off for kindergartners (and all students).
  • Starting with the regular school year on Tuesday, Aug. 9, classes end at 2:15 p.m. every school day. Students should be picked up promptly at 2:15.
    • NOTE: Do you need a later pick-up? The Grant County Family YMCA offers after-school care for a fee through their Live Y-ers program, but availability and locations are based on demand. If you are interested, please contact the YMCA at 765-664-0544 to check on availability. (Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.) NEW this year for fourth-graders: The Giant Discovery Zone, a full slate of activities built on the foundation of Live Y-ers. This program begins after Labor Day, and will feature various arts and athletics opportunities for your student to explore. Open only to 200 students, first-come, first served! (If spots remain after Aug. 22, the opportunity will be extended to third-graders.) Call the YMCA at 765-664-0544 for more information about Live Y-ers and the Giant Discovery Zone.
  • EVERY student at Marion Community Schools will get FREE breakfast and lunch this school year! A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family! (This is a change from information provided at Kindergarten Roundup. Marion Community Schools’ application for this program was approved in the weeks since then.)
  • Reminder: ALL Frances Slocum and Allen kindergarten students who attend Giant Jumpstart will receive a backpack full of all the requested school supplies on the MCS supply list!
The transition to kindergarten will be a time full of new experiences for your child, and for you, too. We will be providing additional information in the coming weeks, including information about buses, teachers, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Click here to view contact information for all of our school buildings.

>> Click here to view the Giant Jumpstart / kindergarten welcome letter sent to the families of registered incoming kindergartners at Allen Elementary and Frances Slocum Elementary.

>> If you wish to instead view the kindergarten welcome letter sent to the families of registered incoming kindergartners at Kendall Elementary and Riverview Elementary, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Wednesday honored 30 students who achieved perfect scores on their IREAD-3 test this school year.

The MCS School Board poses for a photo with MCS students who achieved perfect IREAD-3 scores in the 2015-16 school year, along with their teachers.

The IREAD-3 test is administered to all third-graders in Indiana schools that receive public funding, to gauge reading proficiency. The state has not yet released school-wide IREAD-3 results publicly, but individual scores are available to families, and these families gave MCS permission to celebrate their students’ perfect scores.

MCS has had students achieve perfect scores on this test in the past, but the number of students reaching that level this year is more than double the number of students with perfect scores in any previous year. We are so proud of these students for their hard work and their achievement! And we are grateful to their teachers this year, and all of the teachers who have helped guide these students for years. We are proud of their hard work, care, and talents!

Here’s a full list of those honored at the regular board meeting on May 25, 2016, grouped by the school they attended in the 2015-16 school year:

Allen Elementary
  • Brynna Gee
  • Ezra Weaver
  • Kyliegh Yeakle
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Caleb Hawkins
  • Michael Herrington
Kendall Elementary
  • Michael Barnett
  • Cyler Perry-Sherron
  • Colin Rayment
  • Sophie Richards
  • Isabella Marin
  • Savannah Shaffer
  • Sydney Slaton
  • Andre Washington
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Emma Bento
  • Rebecca Harris
  • Khaimen Monteiro
  • Matthew O’Banion
  • Cali Whitton
  • Emma Miller
  • Trey Adaway
  • Lily Daugherty
Riverview Elementary
  • Cassius King
  • Jorge Ramirez
  • Jesse Simpkins
  • Simara Jarrell-Mann
  • Troy Brown
  • Mikenzie Chambers
  • Thalia Williams
In addition, Kendall Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Jindrich was honored because every student in her class passed IREAD-3. We are proud of her and her students!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Over the next several weeks, the Marion Community Schools district offices will be relocating to a different section of the Marion High School building, to make room for the new Marion Regional Career Center. 

District offices are moving to the southwest corner of MHS, at the front of the building. 

We ask for your patience once again as we undertake this move. The best way to reach an individual staffer during this time will likely be email. Click here for our staff directory

The Marion Regional Career Center (formerly known as the Tucker Career and Technology Center) will be moving from the building at Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street to the east side of Marion High School where the district offices were located in the 2015-16 school year. This move will open up exciting new opportunities for more MHS students.

During this move MRCC staff will likely be best reached by email as well. Click here for our staff directory. 

In addition, much of the Little Giants Preschool staff is relocating this summer in to our elementary schools. During this move, email will likely be the best way to reach them. Click here for our staff directory. For enrollment questions, please email Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger,
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Class of 2016 visited our elementary schools on Tuesday, May 17, taking a "walk of fame" through the hallways dressed in their caps, gowns, honor cords, and other awards.

For many of the seniors, it was a homecoming. Alumni of each elementary school led the procession at their building, and there were plenty of hugs from former teachers and administrators to go around for the soon-to-be-graduates. 

For the elementary students, it was a glimpse into their own futures, a visual representation of a milestone they are all striving to reach: high school graduation. 

And for all involved, it was a reminder that each of us has someone, somewhere watching us, looking up to us, and being inspired by our choices, attitudes, and accomplishments. It's a good reminder for us all, and it was a great way to celebrate the Class of 2016!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 11, 2016, as this year’s nominees and recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. They were selected by their respective principals or coordinators. The 2015-16 nominees are:
  • Ceola Friday, kindergarten teacher at Riverview Elementary School
  • Andrea Johnson, third-grade teacher at Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Patricia Losure, teacher at Little Giants Preschool
  • Mary Miller, fifth-grade science teacher at Justice Intermediate School
  • Crystal Palmer, kindergarten teacher at Kendall Elementary School
  • Shelli Pence, first-grade teacher at Allen Elementary School
Johnson, Palmer, and Pence were chosen as the winners of the award. The winners were selected by the director of human resources, the district director of education, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor.

The award, set up in 2000 through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and this year included a prize of $500.