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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As we head into spring, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on special shows that explore weather and climate, along with the local night sky in spring and summer.

The public is invited to MHS to the shows, which will feature “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather”; “The Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine”; and a review of events coming up in the local night sky this spring and summer. Showings are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 750 W. 26th St.

In addition, the MHS Green Society will be selling concessions at these shows. Proceeds help fund recycling efforts at MHS.

This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 58.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Check out this great report from WIWU-TV about the Giant Bistro!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In the past few years, the Media Center at Marion High School has undergone an amazing transformation, from a staid space with somewhat limited uses into a vibrant center for exploration, collaboration, and innovation. Now, MHS is aiming to win a grant from a national educational company to fund continued technology investments — and YOU can help us win!

From Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Jan. 27, a video produced by Marion High School students and staff will be posted on the Follett Challenge site, and anyone in the world can vote once per day to make us one of 10 People’s Choice video winners, a prize worth $8,000. We need you to help us earn this prize! Please make a plan to vote every day next week, and to share this opportunity with your family and friends, too!




MHS students work on the Follett Challenge video in late December 2016.  Vote once a day per email address Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday,  Jan. 27.


The People’s Choice award is just the beginning, though. Your votes will also play a role in Marion High School’s chances to win goods and services from Follett Corp. worth up to $60,000. The public voting will factor in as 20 percent of our final score in the grant competition. We just can’t do this without YOU!

These prizes would enable MHS to continue the incredible reinvention of the Media Center into a 21st Century learning commons that promotes and facilitates not only technology-driven education but also collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and more. These skills are not only important for success in the classrooms of Marion High School, but they are truly life-changing skills that will benefit our students no matter where their paths lead after graduation.

We are excited to be part of the 2017 Follett Challenge, and we hope you will enjoy our video and vote for us every day of the competition

Our video was inspired by the smash hit musical Hamilton. You don't want to miss it! (And 

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A total of $200,000 in goods and services is up for grabs in the Follett Challenge. The 10 People’s Choice video award winners will receive $8,000 each. One semifinalist in each category (elementary, middle school, and high school) will each receive $30,000. Those winners will be announced on Feb. 28. The Grand Prize winner, chosen from the semifinalists to receive an additional $30,000, will be announced April 28.

About Follett Corp.: For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K-12 schools and colleges. Now, Follett serves more than half of the students in the nation, working with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology and services. It is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to pre-K-12 schools in the nation, distributing books, textbooks, ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital resources. Follett is also one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for physical and digital asset management, data storage and analysis, and more. To learn more about Follett’s pre-K-12 business, visit www.follettlearning.com.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the closure of the Tucker Career and Technology Center building (and subsequent move of career and tech classes to Marion Regional Career Center on the Marion High School campus), Marion Community Schools has equipment that is no longer needed. It will be auctioned off on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 9 a.m.

Notable items include a Ford F-800 bucket truck, shop equipment including lathes, hydraulic presses, jack stands, welders, power tools, and more; an electric fork truck; kitchen equipment including a walk-in cooler; a Heidleberg offset printing press; a Visualiner alignment system; classroom equipment including desks, chairs, cabinets, and more.

For more information, please visit www.priceleffler.com.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is transitioning to a new phone service, and we are having intermittent phone outages. If you are having trouble reaching your school building, it is likely that the phones may not be working correctly. Please reach out to us by email, or call the district office (662-2546) for assistance.

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