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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 26, 2018

This week, the fifth 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 and Staff Kindness Awards; 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); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, 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.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • 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 ceremony.

>> Want to help spread the word? Click here for a flier to print and post!

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

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 Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next week, Marion's elementary schools will be participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive. It will be a friendly competition to see which building can collect the most!

From Monday, May 8, through Monday, May 12, you can help "Stamp Out Hunger" for our local friends and neighbors by bringing in canned / boxed shelf-stable food! See your school office for more information.

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in. (Donations are not limited to these items. This list is just to give you a general idea of what sorts of things are needed! Think about the kinds of things YOU would like to eat and share with others, but remember to try to keep it healthy, too!)
  • Cereal / granola (low-sugar items like Cheerios are great!)
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables (those little plastic cups of fruit like apples, peaches, etc., with no sugar added are great!)
  • Dried fruits (apricots, plums, cherries, raisins ... lots to choose from!)
  • Applesauce (individual serving sizes are nice ... and low- or no-sugar is best!)
  • Canned or dried beans (black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas/garbanzo beans ... so many good choices!)
  • Peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • Jams and jellies
  • Rice (brown rice is a great option)
  • Oatmeal
  • Other grains (like wild rice, quinoa)
  • Cornmeal / cornbread mix
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Nuts / seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower (unsalted is more healthy!)
  • Crackers (whole-grain is best!)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy or almond milk
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Vegetable oil (olive oil, canola oil)
  • Dried herbs and spices
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 19, 2017

The Marion High School Speech and Drama Association is bringing the modern musical “Disney’s High School Musical” to local audiences later this month. This is a fun, family-friendly show that you won’t want to miss!

MHS students will bring Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical to life on stage at the Walton Performing Arts Center, as Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, April 27, and Saturday, April 29. Tickets are general admission, and $8 for adults, $5 for children/students.

Disney's High School Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do YOU have a plan for your students for the summer?

Did you know that students currently in grades kindergarten through eight can sign up NOW to attend the Giant Summer Academy?

The schedule: 

This free four-week program will run 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting June 5 and ending June 29. Free breakfast (at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch will be provided to all students enrolled in Giant Summer Academy. 

Morning sessions will be tailored to each student's academic needs. (These will not necessarily be grade-level groups. Rather, each student will be guided and challenged to grow from whatever their starting point is, and will have the chance to interact with others who are at a similar level.) 

Afternoon enrichment sessions each week will center on a theme:
  • June 5-8: Sports and Games
  • June 12-15: Performing and Fine Arts
  • June 19-22: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • June 26-29: Entrepreneurship
Field trips will be taken on Thursdays.

Location 

All academic and enrichment sessions for all students will be at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Breakfast and lunch will be available free for all students at the MHS cafeteria.

Transportation

Morning pickup and afternoon dropoff will be provided to all Giant Summer Academy students. (No transportation to or from home will be available midday.)

How to sign up

1. Click here to view the enrichment course list. Determine what your student's top three choices are for each week. (Final class assignements will be based on demand and space available.)

2. Click here to download the registration form and field trip permission slip.

3. Return your completed registration form (including top three enrichment courses for each week) and the field trip permission slip to your student's school! 



>> NOTE: For information on summer classes for grades 9 through 12, click here.


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Band Boosters will host the Bunny Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., in conjunction with the Million Egg Hunt set that morning at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium.

The Bunny Breakfast will be inside MHS's Bill Green Arena. (Enter at Door 14, near the stadium.) There will be special appearances by the Easter Bunny!

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, milk and juice. 

Tickets:
  • $5 adult (3 pancakes, 3 sausages, 1 milk, 1 juice)
  • $3 children ages 3 to 10 (2 pancakes, 2 sausages, 1 milk, 1 juice)
  • free for children 2 and younger. (1 pancake, 1 sausage, 1 milk, 1 juice)
Tickets sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the growing, award-winning MHS band program!

Thank you to our sponsor, IHOP!

The Million Egg Hunt starts at 9 a.m. (doors open at 8:30). Click here for more information.