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MCATC students attend RAME Contracting Career Exploration Field Day RAME Field Day

Marion County students had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some heavy machinery -- and some potential career opportunities -- at the RAME Contracting Career Exploration Field Day recently.

Students from the Marion County Area Technology Center, Nelson County Area Technology Center, and Taylor County Public Schools attended the event, which was organized in part by MCATC guidance counselor Courtney Murphy.

“Their eyes were definitely opened to a whole new level of the construction industry,” Murphy said. “They seemed very excited about opportunities here in their community.”

MCPS Ambassadors begin mentorship program with middle school students ambassadors

The MCPS Student Ambassadors began the second year of their mentorship program with students at Marion County Middle School Thursday afternoon at MCMS. Students began planning events for the program, which focuses on building leadership capacity and soft skills in younger students, with the ambassadors serving as student mentors.

“This program proved to be very successful last year and we’re hoping to build on that,” Ambassador Advisor Laurie Followell said. “Today was a huge success -- the students got reacquainted and they got a lot accomplished in terms of planning for the year.”

Statement regarding school safety situation announcement2

Today Marion County High School received an anonymous phone call claiming that a high school student had made comments concerning a potential school safety situation. MCHS administrators immediately questioned the student. The student admitted to having a pellet gun on school grounds, which was retrieved from the student’s vehicle by MCHS administrators.

MCPS takes all safety concerns very seriously; student safety is, as always, our number one priority.

Maker’s Mark sponsors Marion County Education Foundation Ed foundation

The Marion County Education Foundation is pleased to announce Maker’s Mark as a founding sponsor, which ensures support to the Foundation for the next four years.

“Helping the Marion County Education Foundation is one way we can show support for the local community, which has been so good to us, as well as help education, which is truly important to everyone,” said Rob Samuels, an eighth-generation distiller and chief operating officer of Maker’s.

Contributions to the Marion County Education Foundation directly impact classroom activities through grant awards to teachers. Teachers may apply to the Foundation to request funding to support unique and innovative projects. Applications will be evaluated by a panel to ensure that the project aligns with curriculum goals of Marion County Public Schools. The first projects funded by the Foundation will be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year.

Updated: MCPS Local Planning Committee finalized announcement

Marion County Public Schools has a new Local Planning Committee after all 20 positions were finalized Friday afternoon.

“This is an exciting time in MCPS because we can now start to make some real progress in improving our district’s facilities,” MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “It’s no secret that this has been a lengthy process, but I feel really good about where we are right now.”

Ambassadors hold annual first semester retreat ambassador group photo

The MCPS Student Ambassadors recently held their annual retreat where the group’s members outlined responsibilities for the school year and participated in a series of team-building activities. Also in attendance were representatives from the Western Kentucky University’s Spirit Masters, who spoke about their experience as college student ambassadors.

“This is always a really important event to get the students excited about being ambassadors, and having the WKU Spirit Masters here to share their experiences made the day even more meaningful,” Student Ambassador Advisor Laurie Followell said. “As usual, we have a lot planned throughout the year, and this group seems especially excited about being a part of this program.”

MCHS and MCKA seeing huge gains in meal participation 2nd chance breakfast

Through the first month of the 2018-2019 school year, Marion County High School and Marion County Knight Academy have both seen huge increases in the number of students taking advantage of school meals -- especially breakfast.

According to a report provided by MCPS School Nutrition Director Jennifer Wheeler, over the first 18 days of the school year, MCHS served 8,315 breakfasts compared to 2,340 over the same number of days during the 2017-2018 year. MCKA served 5,525 breakfasts during the same timeframe compared to 2,496 last year.

Series of Professional Development opportunities available to MCPS teachers roadshow flyer

Teachers in MCPS will have plenty of opportunties for professional growth over the coming weeks and months thanks to the Professional Learning Road Show -- a series of PD sessions offered at various locations throughout the district.

 

MCMS students explore cells using school's inflatable planetarium starlab

Seventh graders at Marion County Middle School spent part of science class this week learning the ins and outs of cell organelles in a unique way.

MCMS Media Specialist Cheryl May --herself a former classroom science teacher -- collaborated with the school’s science department by leading students inside the school’s Starlab inflatable planetarium. Once inside the large vinyl dome, images of the inner workings of cells were projected onto the ceiling, as May led students through a review of the content they have been studying in class.

Student Ambassadors represent MCPS at Rotary Club Meeting ambassadors rotary club

Members of the Marion County Public Schools Student Ambassador group represented MCPS at the most recent Rotary Club meeting held at Spring View Hospital.

The five students -- Kelly Miles, Mya Emmons, Abby Scott, Carly Clark, and Fernanda Reyes -- comprise the Ambassador’s Executive Council. The students discussed their roles as ambassadors and the program itself.

MCPS partners with Miss Kentucky program for annual Young Leaders Conference Molly Matney

Marion County Public Schools will have a familiar guest at its annual Young Leaders’ Conference in the spring: Miss Kentucky.

Last year, Miss Kentucky Molly Matney was the keynote speaker at the Young Leaders’ Conference -- a day-long event where the MCPS Student Ambassadors present sessions to younger students on leadership and soft skills.

MCPS Instructional Supervisor Troy Benningfield, who helps organize the event, has worked to ensure the Young Leaders’ Conference is an annual stop on Miss Kentucky’s schedule.

School district’s first early-release day is Friday, Aug. 31 early release day image

The first early-release day in MCPS is Friday, Aug. 31. Schools will dismiss at 1:00 pm.

While students are released early, teachers will use the remaining time to work in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC).

Family Resource and Youth Service Center organizing variety of college and industry field trips FRYSC board

The MCPS Family Resource and Youth Service Center is offering a variety of college and industry field trip opportunities for students at Marion County Knight Academy. FRYSC Director Erin Summers has arranged eight field trips throughout the school year -- four to colleges and four to industries.

“A lot of times this [visiting colleges campuses and local industries] doesn’t start until sophomore, junior, or senior year,” Summers said. “I think it would be more beneficial for students to start going now [...] For a lot of students, this will be their first trip to a college campus.”

Gifted and Talented Department begins placement testing GT testing

The Marion County Public Schools Gifted and Talented department began administering Gifted and Talented placement tests to the district’s fourth grade students this week.

Each fourth grader will take the two-part assessment which tests students on math, science, social studies, reading and language in part one; sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning (words), and verbal reasoning (context) are tested in part two.

Superintendent Message: Safety Updates announcement

As many of you are aware, school safety improvements have been at the forefront of Marion County Public Schools in recent months. We have seen dramatic improvements throughout the district with our facilities, trainings, and personnel -- all in the name of keeping kids safe.

We have worked closely with the Kentucky Center for School Safety and remain in close contact. We have made modifications to the entryways of several buildings. We’ve upgraded the technology available for security purposes.

But our work isn’t finished.

Classroom activity designed to build Growth Mindset in students stiles2

It’s Wednesday in Mr. Jamaal Stiles 9th grade Integrated Science class at Marion County Knight Academy. Students are rotating around the room in groups, answering questions, and taking notes, but the day’s content isn’t specific to science.

MCHS band concludes camp, announces 2018 program exodus

The MCHS Band concluded their 2018 band camp Friday, August 3. The camp spanned a duration of three weeks with the first week focusing on the program's guard and percussion followed by two full weeks with all 50 members. 

This year's program is entitled “Exodus” and consists of three parts: Oppression, Revelation and, Celebration. The program's concept is reflective of the story of the Exodus and the oppression of the Hebrew people and their deliverance from Egypt.

For performance dates and to keep up with the MCHS Marching band season follow, like and share the MCHS band Facebook page @mchsbands

Dream Bus Video 2018 Dream Bus Video 2018

Summer Dream Academy Video 2018 Marion County Summer Dream Academy Video 2018

MCPS Gifted and Talented department seeking guest speakers for Cafe Chat Series cafe chat

The Marion County Public Schools Gifted and Talented department is seeking local professionals to take part in the Cafe Chat Series at Marion County High School. For the past two years, the Gifted and Talented department has organized the lunchtime discussions during which students have lunch and an informal question-and-answer session with local professionals.

MCPS adds safety upgrades for new school year camera

Marion County Public Schools has seen a variety of safety updates throughout the district since the 2017-2018 school year ended, and MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser wants parents to be aware of those changes.

“I know that safety is always a major concern for parents, and that’s especially true given that school safety has been a major topic of discussion on a national level recently,” Schlosser said. “We’ve made a concerted effort to really take a close look at our facilities and make appropriate changes or upgrades [...]  This is about ensuring that our buildings are as safe as possible and providing peace of mind for parents, students, and staff.”

MCPS participates in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program info

Please follow the links below for information concerning two important food service programs in MCPS.

 

 USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program 

 National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs 

MCPS expected to be without internet and phone services due to electrical malfunction important info

Due to a major electrical malfunction at Marion County High School the entire Marion County Public Schools district is expected to be without internet and phone capabilities beginning at 7:00 am Friday, August 3.  At this time, it is unclear how long repairs will take.

MCPS will continue to provide updates with this on-going issue through the district’s social media channels, the One-Call Now system, and the local media.

MCPS hosts 6th-10th graders for Jump Start Day jump start classroom

Marion County Public Schools hosted nearly 800 students in grades 6th-10th for Jump Start Day Wednesday, August 1 as a way for students to meet faculty and staff, walk through their schedules, and familiarize themselves with district transportation.

For MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, that day was an obvious success.

“I made it to every building, and with each stop I was really impressed with what I saw,” Schlosser said. “We had a great turnout and kids were learning how to use their lockers, getting to know their teachers, winning prizes, and overall having a really good time [...] Most importantly, those students are now better prepared for the first day of school. That’s especially important for students transitioning to a new building this year.”

MCPS and One Cross Medical Clinic partner for healthcare services witt

From our partners at One Cross Medical Clinic:

A partnership between the Marion County School District and One Cross Medical Clinic begins this year with the Marion County One Cross Kids Clinic, a school-based clinic offering healthcare provided by seven registered nurses and one nurse practitioner. The mission of One Cross Kids is to provide the highest level of healthcare for both Taylor and Marion County students. Upon arriving at the One Cross Kids Clinic, each student will be evaluated by one of their registered nurses. If the nurse determines that nurse practitioner services are needed, the parent will be contacted.

Fee Waiver Application Form available important info

For those parents seeking fee waivers for the 2018-2019 school year, please see the link below for the Fee Waiver Application Form. This form is required to determine if your child is eligible for a fee waiver for such activities as textbook rental and field trip fees, etc.

Please return the form to School Nutrition Director Jennifer Wheeler at the Marion County Public Schools Administration Building.

MCPS School Supply Lists school supply lists

Here are each of the school supply lists organized by school and grade.

MCPS teachers and staff attending various Professional Development sessions pd

The first day of school for MCPS students is still weeks away, but teachers and staff are already busy with a series of Professional Development sessions. Here’s a list of some of the upcoming professional development sessions teachers in the district will be attending.

Jump Start Day for 6th-10th graders set for August 1 jump start

Marion County Public Schools will host Jump Start Day August 1 for incoming 6th-10th graders. Jump Start Day -- an opportunity for students to meet teachers, walk through their daily schedule, and acclimate themselves to bus routes -- will begin at normal school time and will release at noon.

MCPS to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students lunch

All students in Marion County Public Schools will receive free lunch and breakfast this year thanks to the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) federal program. According to MCPS School Nutrition Director Jennifer Wheeler, the program is good for four years and can be renewed based on the number of students who take advantage of school meals.

“The success in this program lies in participation,” Wheeler said. “Basically, the more students we have eating school breakfast and lunch, the better.”

MCPS and Lebanon City Council agree to create additional School Resource Officer position important

The Lebanon City Council has agreed to help fund an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) position for the Marion County Public Schools. MCPS currently has one SRO in the district.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to work with the city of Lebanon to help create this additional SRO position,” MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “This is a tremendous step in helping ensure that the schools in Marion County continue to be safe and secure so that our teachers can spend more time focused on teaching and learning [...] I think this is a very positive, proactive step in the right direction.”

ACT test prep sessions for English and reading available at MCHS ACT test prep

There will be free ACT Prep sessions for English and reading offered at MCHS from July 9th to July 13th.   The hour-long sessions, taught by Laurie Followell, will be held at 11:00 am each day in the MCHS library.  All MCHS students are welcome to attend any and all sessions.  Please contact Mrs. Followell at laurie.followell@marion.kyschools.us to sign up.  

MCPS student Emma Humphress attending Governor’s School for the Arts humphress3

Marion County Public Schools student Emma Humphress is spending her summer at the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College in Danville. During the three-week program, Humphress will focus on her chosen discipline of drama.

Kentucky Life: A Journey Through Time Camp Kentucky Life

 

The ladies from the Marion County Public Library came to West Marion Elementary's Kentucky Life: A Journey Through Time Camp and helped them make corn husk dolls.

Summer Dream Academy Week of June 11th WMES Kentucky Life: A Journey Through Time Camp made corn husk dolls.

It is another busy week at the Marion County Summer Dream Academy.

The Marion County ATC is hosting 4 camps. Car 101 teaches students the basics in car care and maintenance. The Health and Science of Athletics Camp teaches students how athletes keep their bodies ready for competition and to treat common injuries. It’s Time to Build lets students design their own project and build it. Students attending the PLTW Architectural Camp will get to use the Revit Architecture program to design a small house.

Students in 10th-12th grade will have the opportunity to visit college campuses.

Campers at 21st Century Education Summer Safari continue their second week. They will travel to the pool, extension office and zoo.

Escaping Glasscock is for 3rd-5th grade students who want to have fun and work their brains.

Kentucky Life: A Journey Through Time is hosting its final week of camp. They will finish the camp with a day of bouncy fun.

The M2: Maker-Mover Camp at Calvary Elementary provides an exciting week of art and play. The last day they will take off on a field trip to the House of Boom.

Marion County Middle School is having Relay Races with Robotics or Photography Skills Camp. Students can build a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot or learn basic photography skills.

Up & Away from Pre-K to K helps students at Lebanon Elementary make the transition to Kindergarten. The camp will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), but will also have literacy and vocabulary built into the curriculum.

Dream Bus seeing record number of participants Dream Bus 2018

In its third year of operation, the Marion County Public Schools Dream Bus is seeing a significant increase in the number of children taking advantage of its summer educational and recreational opportunities as well as its summer meals.

Dream Bus Lead Teacher Cody Farmer estimated that during its first week of operation for 2018, he’s seen close to double the number of children visiting the bus compared to last summer.

MCPS announces student ambassadors for 2018-2019 school year; five appointed to executive council ambassadors logo

Forty-one Marion County High School students have been selected to serve as the district’s student ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year. This is the fifth year of the student ambassador program, which provides leadership and public speaking opportunities for students as they take on an array of responsibilities.

The Marion County Summer Dream Academy Kickoff has been cancelled.

The Marion County Summer Dream Academy Kickoff has been cancelled.

Gribbins named CKEC Special Educator of the Year for Marion County marilyn gribbins

Marilyn Gribbins has been named Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) Special Educator of the Year for Marion County. Gribbins was recently recognized at an awards luncheon.

Message from the superintendent concerning district facilities DBA
This year's final issue of The Shield now available Issue 5 image

This year's final issue of The Shield, the Marion County High School student newspaper is now available online.

MCPS students to take over 300 Advanced Placement exams during testing window DBA

Marion County Public Schools students will have taken 333 Advanced Placement exams this school year when the AP exam window closes Friday, May 18. That’s up from 238 AP exams during the 2016-2017 school year.

MCPS awarded New Skills for Youth grant MCATC

There could be some exciting changes in the near future for Marion County students interested in career and technical education. Marion County Public Schools is one of the newest school districts to be awarded the New Skills for Youth grant to strengthen and expand career and technical pathways.

Two more MCHS students set to attend Governor's Scholars Program lanham curtis

Two more Marion County High School students will attend the prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program this summer. Juniors Mariella Curtis and Ashton Lanham, who were originally slated as alternates for the program, will now join fellow juniors Jessah Hughes, Kelly Miles, and Abby Scott as MCHS representatives for the summer residential program.

Classroom Spotlight: MCMS students turn novel study into career role-playing with mock trial mock trial

Students at Marion County Middle School took their study of The Outsiders from the classroom to the courtroom with a mock trial based on the novel's characters.

ATC students perfect on Healthcare NOCTI exam NOCTI

All 18 Marion County Area Technology Center students who recently took the Healthcare NOCTI exam passed. It was the first year students were offered the exam, which focuses on career and technical nursing assistant knowledge and skills. Successfully passing the exam enhances credentials for those planning to go into the healthcare field and also earns high school students Career-Ready designation.

Calvary Elementary to host Leadership Day April 26 CES Leadership Day

Calvary Elementary School will host its Leadership Day Thursday, April 26 from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.  The event will include a breakfast, morning meeting showcase, classroom tours, and Q&A sessions with students and teachers.

Registration is $15.

Classroom Spotlight: LES students work with Baltimore filmmaker for student project film production

It was lights, camera, and action last week at Lebanon Elementary, as the school hosted artist-in-residence Blair Johnson, a Baltimore-based filmmaker, who worked with 5th graders to create short films based on the 7 Habits of Happy Kids outlined in the Leader-in-Me program.

MCMS students receive awards at STLP competition STLP winners

Students at Marion County Middle School came home with plenty of hardware following the recent Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state convention at Rupp Arena in Lexington, March 29.

Several students entered a variety of technology-based competitions and four students attended the event in order to present their entries.  

MCHS to host voter registration drive Voter

Marion County High School will host a voter registration drive April 12-13 and April 16-20 outside of the school's cafeteria during lunch and on Friday mornings.  Please see the flyer for more information.

Video: MCPS employees participate in education rally Frankfort rally

MCPS employees and family members were among the thousands who attended a rally at the capitol building in Frankfort to voice their support of public education.

Teachers, instructional coaches implement one-on-one reading conferences to improve student reading comprehension reading conference

 

For several years, MCPS has organized Live Scoring sessions which provide immediate feedback on student writing, but now the school district has added a similar component for the other half of literacy -- reading.  Recently, teachers and district instructional coaches met with students at Marion County Middle School for one-on-one reading conferences as a way to help fine-tune reading comprehension.

Advance order form for 2018 Prom DVD now available Prom 2018

Advance order forms for the 2018 Prom DVD are now available.

Video: Student Ambassadors host 3rd annual Young Leaders Conference

Student Ambassadors hosted the 3rd annual Young Leaders Conference, Saturday, March 17 at Marion County High School.  Students from across the district were selected to attend the event where Student Ambassadors led sessions focusing on leadership and soft skills.  Miss Kentucky Molly Matney was the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon that concluded the event. 

MCPS partners with Campbellsville University students for live scoring session live scoring

MCPS is partnering with Campbellsville University to provide valuable experiences to pre-service teachers at the university by giving them the opporunity to work one-on-one with students during live scoring sessions.  

MCHS band booster meeting set for March 6 Band info

Students and parents of students who will attend Marion County High School or Marion County Knight Academy and plan to participate in concert or marching band should mark their calendars for this important event.

Marion and Washington basketball teams to honor Marshall County with orange and blue warm-ups marshall strong

Basketball teams for Marion and Washington counties will wear special warm-up shirts to honor Marshall County when the teams play in a boy/girl double-header Tuesday, February 6 at Marion County High School in the Roby Dome.

Washington County will wear orange warm-up shirts and Marion County will wear blue; coaches for each time will also wear the commemorative shirts.

Calvary Elementary students receive awards at Jr. Beta convention, set to compete at nationals CES Beta club

Calvary Elementary School’s Jr. Beta program racked up a host of awards at the recent Kentucky State Jr. Beta Convention.  Calvary students placed in five different categories, all of which will compete at the National Jr. Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia June 13-16.  

ISC Kentucky Cooperage donates $2,000 to BackPack feeding program BackPack donation

ISC Kentucky Cooperage recently donated $2,000 to the local BackPack Program, which is designed to provide needy children who are at-risk of facing hunger with food for the weekend when school meals are not available.  The program part of the Feeding America organization and is led locally by Marion County Community Education Director Nancy Shockency.

Statement concerning events in Marshall County important info

 

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the shooting today in Marshall County.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the school, the families, and the community.  

Also, before there is any confusion, we want to make clear that any mention of MCHS is NOT in reference to Marion County.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this terrible event.

Nine MCHS juniors selected to move on to next round of judging for Governor's Scholars Program GSP students

Nine 11th-graders at Marion County High School have been selected to move on to the next round of judging to attend the annual Governor’s Scholar Program.  These students were selected after submitting applications that were judged locally by a panel of seven judges comprised of MCPS staff and community members.

The students include: Carly Clark, Mariella Curtis, Mya Emmons, Jessah Hughes, Ashton Lanham, Kelly Miles, Abby Scott, Santana Alvarez, and Hallie Hamilton.

The Scroll Podcast -- Episode 3 Scroll Logo

In this episode of The Scroll -- the MCHS student podcast -- host Alexis Pirkle talks about the first issue of the school newspaper.

MCHS Beta club competes at Central Kentucky Beta competition Beta Build2

The Marion County High School’s Beta club recently traveled to the campus of Campbellsville University where they competed in the Central Kentucky Beta competition.  The following students were recognized for their performances in various competitions:

 

LES Jr. Ambassadors host community members for leadership reception Jr. Ambassadors

The Lebanon Elementary School Jr. Ambassadors greeted community members and led a tour of the school’s facility Friday, September 29th prior to a leadership reception in the school’s library.  

The Jr. Ambassador program -- featuring a group of six students from the 4th and 5th grades -- is modeled after Marion County High School’s Ambassador program, which provides leadership experience through public speaking opportunities and community outreach.

WAVE 3 to air story on MCPS and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library October 5 WAVE 3

WAVE 3 television in Louisville visited Marion County Public Schools to produce a segment on the school district’s affiliation with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library , which provides free books to children up to age five.

Anchor Shannon Cogan sat down with students at Glasscock Elementary who have received free books as a part of the program, to talk about their favorite stories, characters, and receiving the books each month.

Video: MAP results explained -- English and Spanish versions MAP sample

MCPS Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome explains the MAP testing results parents will receive.

 

 

MCHS students attend American Private Enterprise System events The County Seat

A group of MCHS juniors got a look into the world of entrepreneurship over two days last week as they visited local businesses and attended sessions aimed to explore aspects of business as part of the American Private Enterprise System (APES).

The group sat in on lectures concerning the economy, eCommerce, and LLC’s, among others.  Students also got an opportunity to do some business role-playing as they were given a scenario involving a business dilemma and presented their solutions to a mock board of directors.

On Friday the students spoke to business owners Jessica Taylor who owns and operates That Cute Little Shop and Gwyn Artz who owns and operates The County Seat about running a business in Lebanon.

First Cafe Chat set for November 7 Cafe Chat2

The Crown Center will hold its first Cafe Chat Tuesday, November 7 in the Marion County High School Library.

The Cafe Chat series brings local professionals to the high school to meet with students during their lunch period to discuss their profession and answer questions.

The first Cafe Chat guest is Circuit Judge Todd Spalding.

Students can sign up to attend the Cafe Chat in their English classes.

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The Crown Center is located at the Area Technology Center and serves as the headquarters for the district’s gifted and talented program.  The Crown Center hosts events for students of all grade levels throughout the district.

Videos: MCPS puts Thankfulness on display thankful image

MCPS teachers took the time to tell students why they are thankful to have them in class.  

Sapp receives "Encourage the Heart" recognition Sapp_Encourage the heart

Calvary Elementary bookkeeper and receptionist Linda Sapp recently received the “Encourage the Heart” acknowledgement from Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome.

Newcome presented Sapp with the recognition during the school's morning meeting. 

“Encourage the Heart” is one of the five practices outlined in The Leadership Challenge -- a book focusing on developing strong leadership, which the MCPS Leadership Team is currently studying.

i2 Conference Registration now open i2 logo

Registration is now available for the 2018 i2 Conference which will be held Tuesday, January 16 at Marion County High School.  The link below provides an overview of available sessions and directions for registering.

Registration Link

i-2 conference set for January 16 i2

Marion County Public Schools will host its third annual i-2 Conference for educational innovation Tuesday, January 16 at Marion County High School.  The conference includes a variety of workshop sessions, many of which focus on the implementation of technology in the classroom.

Lebanon Elementary Jr. Ambassadors host community members Jr. Ambassadors

The Lebanon Elementary School Jr. Ambassadors greeted community members and led a tour of the school’s facility Friday, January 26 prior to a leadership reception at the school.  

The Jr. Ambassador program -- featuring a group of six students from the 4th and 5th grades -- is modeled after Marion County High School’s Ambassador program, which provides leadership experience through public speaking opportunities and community outreach.

The group consists of students Mya Kehm, Spencer Smith, Hayden Brockman, Keiana Ballard, Annistyn Spalding, and Tim Hardin.

Harvey scheduled to speak at MCKA Parent Night about social media safety scott harvey

Motivational speaker Scott Harvey will be at Marion County Knight Academy for Parent Night, March 6 at 6 pm to speak to parents about Internet and social media safety.  Harvey visited Marion County Knight Academy and Marion County Middle School in January to speak to students on the same topic.

Lebanon Elementary Principal Selection Criteria Survey now available important info

Please take a moment to fill out the Lebanon Elementary Principal Selection Criteria Survey which will help in creating interview questions for candidates.

Lockwood selected to lead Marion County Middle School announcement

Daniel Lockwood has been hired as the next principal at Marion County Middle School. Lockwood joins Marion County Public Schools after working at the Department of Education as a Leadership Development Specialist where he supported principals and assistant principals from around the state. Before that, he was the principal at East Hardin Middle School in Hardin County for six years.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to create a culture and help establish traditions and expectations,” Lockwood said. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity to build something together with the community and create something great. I want to create a really meaningful experience for kids.”

MCHS Marching Knights advance to semifinals band

The Marion County High School marching band advanced to the state semifinals after their performance at Bourbon County High School in regional competition.  The Marching Knights will take the field at Nelson County High School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28.

MCPS announces call for I-2 Conference presenters i2 logo2

 

Marion County Public Schools is seeking presenters for its annual I-2 Conference to be held at Marion County High School on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

The conference focuses on the integration of technology and best practices in the classroom.

MCPS invites prospective presenters interested in leading a session on an instructional strategy using technology or a lesson on the 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication) to fill out the Google form found here.

If selected, a notification will be sent by December 20, 2016.

Video: MCHS Choir to host concert December 12 at 6:00 pm in high school gym choir

The Marion County High School choir will perform Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 pm in the high school's gym.  Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

Hardin and Keeling receive National Board certification Hardin-Keeling

Marion County Public Schools returned from the winter break boasting two more National Board certified staff members.  Kim Hardin, a librarian at Marion County High School, and Stephanie Keeling, a librarian and art/drama teacher at Calvary Elementary School, received notification that they had successfully completed the advanced teaching credential.

Signup now available for marching band band

For students that will be in grades 7-12 next year, please fill out the form linked  here to sign up for band.

Schlosser meets with school administrators and local law enforcement to review safety issues Safety

Members of the Marion County Public Schools leadership team along with local law officials and a representative from the Kentucky Center for School Safety met recently to review and discuss safety protocol in the district.

Summer Dream Academy booklet arriving soon booklet cover

The Marion County Public Schools Summer Dream Academy booklet, which lists all of the summer camps and programs offered by MCPS, will be arriving in mailboxes across the county in the coming weeks. The booklet includes contact information for registration, as well as dates, times, and locations for all of the Summer Dream Academy camps.

Online registration for 2018-2019 school year now available computer

Online registration through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal is now available. Parents who do not currently have a Parent Portal account should contact their child's school to get an activation key.

 

 

GSP workshops available to high school students at Crown Center GSP study sessions

Even though the current school year is barely two months old, some MCHS students are already working toward applying to the Governor’s Scholar Program for next summer -- and Gifted Education Specialist Laurie Followell of the MCPS Crown Center is here to help.

Followell offers free application workshops for students hoping to land a spot at GSP, a summer residential program aimed at enhancing Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.

Crown Center and Dream Bus partner to provide enrichment activities Crown Center Dream Bus

Marion County Public School’s gifted and talented unit from The Crown Center took the district’s Dream Bus on stops throughout the county this week to teach enrichment activities at each of the district's schools.

Gifted and Talented teacher Dawn Phillips, along with Gifted and Talented consultants Jane Spalding and Laurie Followell, visited each of the county’s elementary schools Tuesday and made stops at Marion County Middle School, Marion County High School, and Marion County Knight Academy on Wednesday.

Video: MCHS hosts Manufacturing Day Manufacturing Day

 

Ten local businesses and industries were on hand for Manufacturing Day in the Marion County High School gym.

MCHS seniors rotated through sessions where they learned about local career possibilities, connections between school and workplace expectations, and were encouraged to think about their future employment options.

The Marion County High School Ambassadors were also involved in the day’s activities, as they served as hosts for the various business representatives

Seniors from Washington County High School also attended the event.

 

MCPS recognized as Energy Star District for second consecutive year Energy Star

Marion County Public Schools was recognized as a 100% Energy Star district for the second consecutive year at its most recent school board meeting.  The improved efficiency is energy costs has saved the district $865,000 since 2010.

Kentucky School Board Association representative Jon Nipple presented the award.

“In a matter of just a few years, Marion County has transformed the energy efficiency of their district from near the state’s average to among the state’s best,” Nipple said.  “They did this by improving their buildings’ capabilities and through rigorous daily management.  The resultant energy savings led to huge dollars savings for their district and a better learning environment for the students.”

National Honor Society begins canned food drive NHS food drive

The National Honor Society club at Marion County High School has started its annual canned food drive competition.  The class competition runs from November 28 until December 8 with donations going to the Community Action food pantry.

Each first period class at MCHS will be a part of the competition, with the class bringing in the most cans winning a daily prize, and the class with the highest cumulative total receiving a grand prize.

Last year, the NHS canned food drive brought in over 3,500 cans.

Epps to have jersey retired Saturday epps2

Former Marion County High School and University of Kentucky basketball standout Makayla Epps will have her jersey retired Saturday evening during Marion County’s girls’ and boys’ double-header against Campbellsville at the Roby Dome.

Epps, a 2013 graduate of MCHS, was named Miss Basketball while leading her team to a 39-0 perfect season and a state championship during her senior season.  She then went on to star at UK, before being selected by the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

Tipoff for the girls’ game is set for 6:00 pm with the boys’ game scheduled to start at 7:30.  The jersey retirement ceremony will be held between games.

Photos: Lebanon Elementary students present "Santa's Rockin' Christmas Eve" LES Christmas
Born Learning now offered at Calvary Elementary School program update

The Born Learning program -- a series of workshops designed to help parents better prepare children before kindergarten -- is now being offered at Calvary Elementary School.  

The program is open to parents or guardians with children ages birth to five years old; parents do not have to have children already in the school system to attend.  

MCPS to host public forum on student nutrition and health public forum

 

Marion County Public Schools will hold a public forum to discuss student nutrition and physical activity in schools Tuesday, January 30 from 3:30-5:30 at the MCPS central office.

The forum is intended to allow for public comment to help improve student wellness.

MCPS ambassadors launch student mentor program at Marion County Middle School Ambassador Mentors

The Marion County Public Schools student ambassadors held their first student mentor session at Marion County Middle School Thursday, February 15.  Twenty-nine of the student ambassadors, all high school students, were paired with middle school students to help foster leadership and communication skills.

No school in Marion County on March 26 important info

Marion County Public Schools will not be in session Monday, March 26, to allow all MCPS staff to attend intruder preparedness training.  The training will be led by the Kentucky State Police in conjunction with the Lebanon Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Olivia Ford Memorial ceremony re-scheduled for May 7 at MCHS prior to home softball game Ford

Marion County High School will have an Olivia Ford Memorial ceremony prior to the home softball game May 7 at 6:00 pm. The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 4, but changed due to the possibility of poor weather.  

Summer Dream Academy Summer Dream Academy 2018

With the school year coming to a close, the Marion County Summer Dream Academy has many engaging opportunities. The Dream Academy Kickoff Celebration is May 31 at Graham Memorial Park from 5:30-7:30. There are over twenty camps throughout the summer with a variety of themes, so there is something for everyone. Free lunch is provided with each camp.

The Dream Bus will also be running June 4th through July 20th at ten locations.

For more information about camps or the Dream Bus you can check out the Dream Academy booklet here:
http://www.marion.kyschools.us/userfiles/55/my%20files/summer%20dream%20academy%20booklet_digital.pdf?id=561240

MCPS employees attend staff development day sessions MCKA staff development

While MCPS students enjoyed another day off from school Monday following the district’s fall break, MCPS employees spent the day at various sites attending professional development workshops.  

All of the district’s employees attended sessions on a variety of topics throughout the day including reviewing assessment data, best practices, understanding poverty, and team-building activities.

“I’m especially proud of the fact that in Marion County Public Schools, every staff member has the opportunity to learn and grow,” MCPS superintendent Taylora Schlosser said.  “This is a day of learning and improvement not only for classroom teachers, but everyone, including myself.”

MCPS and KCSS want you to make the pledge against bullying anti-bullying image

The Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) has released on online anti-bullying pledge and Marion County Public Schools wants you to join the cause.

 

According to the KCSS website, “Together we can ‘Get Involved and Get it Solved’ STOP the Bullying! KCSS stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved by taking this pledge against bullying.”

 

Goatley receives "Encourage the Heart" acknowledgement Goatley -- encourage the heart

Glasscock Elementary teacher Daily Goatley received this year’s first “Encourage the Heart” acknowledgement this week from Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome.

School principals were asked to select a teacher and write a handwritten note of appreciation and encouragement.  Goatley’s note, written by Glasscock Elementary principal Angie Akers, was selected, and Goatley received a surprise visit from Newcome who presented her with the note and an “Encourage the Heart” t-shirt.

“Encourage the Heart” is one of the five practices outlined in The Leadership Challenge -- a book focusing on developing strong leadership, which the MCPS Leadership Team is currently studying.

Photos: Lebanon Elementary students dress up for Career Day Career Day - LES

Students at Lebanon Elementary School were invited to dress up for Career Day.  Student selections ranged from pop star to president.

MCHS library hosts Celebrity Reader Forum; broadcasts live on Facebook Celebrity Reader

As a part of Reading Celebration Week, the Marion County High School library hosted a Celebrity Reader Forum throughout the school day, November 16.  

Guests from the community and from within the school system joined students in the MCHS library to read selected passages from their favorite pieces of writing and answered questions about their reading habits.

The forum was broadcast live through the MCPS Facebook account.  Those videos are available for viewing on the MCPS Facebook page @MarionCountyPublicSchools.

Osbourne receives Encourage the Heart acknowledgement Osbourne

Marion County Middle School assistant principal Coury Osbourne received the “Encourage the Heart” acknowledgement from Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome last week.

Newcome surprised Osbourne during the student morning meeting last Monday, where she presented Osbourne with the recognition.

“Encourage the Heart” is one of the five practices outlined in The Leadership Challenge -- a book focusing on developing strong leadership, which the MCPS Leadership Team is currently studying.

Video: Calvary Elementary provides a Christmas message

Calvary Elementary principal Paul Terrell delivers a holiday message with the help of some 1st and 2nd graders.

Schlosser meets with student focus group at Marion County Middle School focus gruop

Following up on her plan from the previous semester, MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser met with a focus group of students at Marion County Middle School to discuss improving school culture.   

Schlosser, along with Instructional Supervisor Troy Benningfield and Transportation Director Scott Spalding, met with two sets of students and discussed changes that have already been implemented and possible further changes.  This was her second meeting with the group.

Video: Superintendent discusses tragedy in Marshall County video
Video: Superintendent discusses school safety

Superintendent Taylora Schlosser discusses school safety and the steps MCPS is taking to maintain a safe learning environment.

Student artwork inspired by artist Dale Chihuly to be on display at Lebanon Elementary Family Nights, March 26-27 Student Artwork LES

Student artwork inspired by Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures will be a part of Lebanon Elementary School’s Family Nights, March 26 and 27.  

Free online literacy program now available for incoming Kindergarten students SmartyAntsPreview

Students entering Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year now have access to the online literacy program Smart Ants thanks to a partnership between Marion County Public Schools and Achieve3000, an online literacy company.

Photos: MCPS celebrates "Courageous Pacers" courageous pacers

MCPS recently celebrated the "Courageous Pacers" throughout the district. 

WAVE 3 airs story on MCPS and Imagination Library book program Wave 3

If you missed the WAVE 3 story on MCPS's affilation with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, you can watch the segment by following the link below:

 

MCPS Imagination Library

 

MCHS students reflect on experience at IdeaFestival IdeaFestival

Marion County High School was one of only eight high schools in the state -- and only one of two from outside of Louisville -- to send students to IdeaFestival -- an event held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts that celebrates and highlights innovative thinking across different disciplines.

Glasscock Elementary students take the lead during conferences Leadership Notebook

 

It wasn’t your typical parent-teacher conference at Glasscock Elementary when parents were invited to visit the school in late October.  Instead of hearing from the teacher, parents were guided by students during student-led conferences.

Using their Leadership Notebooks, students led the discussion of their performance thus far in the school year.

“Parents were impressed that their child led the conference,” 5th grade teacher Daily Goatley said. “My class used their Leadership Notebooks and a Conference Portfolio on their Chromebook to tie in 21st Century Skills.  One parent commented that it was well-organized and informative.  I would ask parents if they had questions, and most parents responded that their child covered everything they needed/wanted to know.”

The change from the more traditional parent-teacher conference style is a part of the Leader-in-Me program.  Glasscock is in the second year of the Leader-in-Me program, which promotes 21st Century leadership and life skills.

According to GES principal Angie Akers, the school will host at least one more student-led conference during the school year.

Community Learning Center food pantry stocking up for the holiday season food pantry

Marion County’s Community Learning Center is looking to stock up as the holiday season approaches.  For the second year, the Community Learning Center will house a food pantry available to MCPS families in need.

“You see so many people helping others when you have project like our pantry,” 21st Century site director Leanna Stewart said.  “It's amazing how much it's grown since we've started this project 6 months ago.  We've had several families utilize the pantry over the last month and I don't think it will slow down during the holiday season.”

Newton receives Harry J. Cowherd award; Simpson named recruiter of the year Awards image

Two Marion County Public Schools employees recently received state-wide awards.  Family Resource and Youth Service Center Director Amy Newton received the 2017 Harry J. Cowherd Award for Center Excellence; MCPS Migrant Education Recruiter/Teacher Elma Simpson received the 2017 Recruiter of the Year award at this year’s Migrant Fall Academy.

WMES student artwork on display in school and online WMES student art

At the recent Reading Celebration night at West Marion Elementary School, there was a bevy of student-created artwork on display throughout the school including in the foyer and the school’s library.  

However, those aren’t the only places you can see WMES handiwork.  Art teacher Annette Jones makes use of the website www.artsonia.com -- a website where students can upload images of their art and create their very own online art gallery.

Project Lead The Way capstone presentations set for December 14 PLTW invite

Students enrolled in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) course at the Marion County Area Technology Center will present their capstone project presentation December 14 at the MCATC.  The presentations are open to the public.

The capstone presentation is the culminating event for the engineering pathway, which spans four classes.  

For the project, students were tasked to create or improve upon a product in an innovative way.  

There will be presentations from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm with each lasting approximately 15 minutes.

Schlosser addresses MCMS students again; Kentucky Center for School Safety Executive Director Akers attends Akers_Schlosser

Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Taylora Schlosser visited Marion County Middle School again Wednesday morning to speak to the student body about online behavior and school safety.  Schlosser reiterated her message to students concerning appropriate social media use and emphasized the phrase “Our school, our community.”

“Social media used inappropriately could cost you your job someday,” Schlosser said.  “And if you see something going on that you know is wrong, you need to tell someone.  We need you to be the leaders that continue to make this a great school district.”

How to access NTI day materials NTI

With winter weather already responsible for school delays, now is a good time to review steps to access Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) day materials.

New immunization requirements effective July 1 Important info

Please see the information below from the Department of Public Health: 

A recent amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.

  • Effective July 1, 2018, all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.

Video: Superintendent discusses NTI days and Plan B bus routes
MCHS yearbooks now available to order Yearbook

Parents and students can order MCHS yearbooks by going to http://www.jostensyearbooks.com/.  Simply search for Marion County High School on the website.

Register now for Life Ready, Dream Ready Summer Camp Life Ready Dream Ready

It's never too early to register for summer camp opportunities.  Contact Erin Summers at erin.summers@marion.kyschools.us for more information on this College and Career Readiness and Exploration Summer Camp.

 

Student Ambassador program extended to Marion County Middle School MCMS ambassadors dream bus

Marion County Public Schools has expanded on its highly successful student ambassador program again, with the addition of the Marion County Middle School Student Ambassadors. The group, which includes 16 students in the 6th and 7th grades and is sponsored by 7th grade Language Arts teacher Allison Cooke, had its first official meeting Friday, March 9 at The Crown Center, which is located at the Area Technology Center.

District holds Bump Up and Bump Out Day activities college session

Marion County Public Schools students got a preview of the 2018-2019 school year and MCHS seniors received insight about life after high school thanks to the district’s “Bump Up and Bump Out” Day activities.

Students throughout the district visited their teacher (or teachers) as part of “Bump Up” activities, which help introduce students to new teachers, new classrooms, and in some instances, new buildings.

Classroom Spotlight: AP Literature students examine characters from The Awakening character analysis poster

 

The characters may be over 100 years old, but the student insights are brand new.

Students in MCHS English teacher Carol Stayton’s AP Literature classes performed “autopsies” on characters from Kate Chopin’s classic The Awakening, which the class is currently studying.  

“[The activity] helps us relate to the characters and understand the deeper meaning of the novel,” senior Collin Allen said, who is in Stayton’s second period class.

In groups, students created a physical outline of the character  (by tracing one lucky student) and then “examined” the character by providing quotes from the text that revealed insights into the character.

For example, for the character’s head, students found short passages that revealed his or her aspirations or personal philosophies; for the eyes, significant sights that affected the character; and for the hands, the conflicts the character faces.

“This activity helps them to look at the character as a whole while analyzing individual aspects of the character,” Stayton said. “It was interesting to see the different ways in which they pictured the characters physically.”

After completing the activity, groups presented the final project to class.

Video: MCMS students participate in Hour of Code MCMS Hour of Code

Students at Marion County Middle School received an introduction to computer programming by participating in Hour of Code -- a global initiative to promote computer science.  Students accessed lessons through Code.org.  December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week.

Watch the video to see what some MCMS students thought about the experience.

MCPS Inclement Weather Plan -- What to Know important info

Given the recent changes in weather, now is an excellent time to review Marion County Public School’s Inclement Weather Protocol, as well as Plan B Bus Routes and information related to Non-Traditional Instruction Days.  

 

Five MCHS students selected as members of CU Honors Band Honors Band

Five Marion County High School students have been selected to participate in the 2018 Campbellsville University Honors Band.

Those students include: seniors Clair Higdon (french horn), Gavin Hasty (french horn), and Austin Harrington (percussion) along with juniors Cody Abell (trumpet) and Alivea Peake (saxophone).

The students will rehearse with a guest conductor for two days in preparation of a culminating performance at the end of the event.

Preschool registration and screening set for March 24 at Glasscock Elementary School important info

Preschool registration and screening in Marion County is set for March 24 from 9 am until 1 pm at Glasscock Elementary School. 

 

Classroom Spotlight: MCMS science teachers combine bungee jumping and Barbie dolls for lesson on kinetic energy barbie bungee

On a Tuesday morning at Marion County Middle School, 7th grade students in Rebecca Wood’s 1st period science class held Barbie dolls with a series of interconnected rubber bands attached to her ankles while they peered over the balcony from the school’s second floor at some of their classmates below.

Freeman selected to lead Lebanon Elementary School freeman

James “Jim” Freeman will be the new principal at Lebanon Elementary School. The LES school-based decision making council made its recommendation Tuesday evening and Freeman accepted the position.

Freeman currently works as a Leadership Development Specialist for the Kentucky Department of Education; previously, he was a principal at West Jessamine Middle School, and an assistant principal and athletics director at Garrard County High School.

“More than anything I’m excited about getting to know a new system. Marion County has a reputation of having innovative things happening and I’m excited about being a part of that,” Freeman said. “It’s a good thing to be a part of and I can’t wait to get started.”

Superintendent Schlosser addresses students at Marion County Middle School Schlosser@MCMS

Superintendent Taylora Schlosser addressed the student body at Marion County Middle School Tuesday morning following two social media incidents that included threats to student safety.

Schlosser’s speech focused on five S’s beginning with the word “School.”

“You should tell yourself, ‘This is my community, and my school,’” she told the group of 6th and 7th graders.

School Board members recognized as part of School Board Recognition Month school board
MCATC announces date for Dream Career Project job fair Dream career project

The MCATC's Dream Career Project job fair will be held April 27.  If your business would like to participate, please contact Guidance Counselor Courtney Murphy by March 30.