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MCHS Help Desk students get hands-on experience with computer repair help desk students

As a part of the Big Dream: 24-7 Technology initiative, Marion County Public Schools has invested in over 3,500 Chromebooks district-wide. And while the addition of so many personal computers has significantly increased access to technology, it’s also added to the need for technical support.

Enter the MCHS Help Desk, where students earn a classroom credit while also learning the in’s and out’s of Chromebook repair.

MCPS Success Story: Casey Crane, class of 2013 casey crane

Casey Crane ('13) is the subject of our next MCPS Success Story, which highlights our graduates and their successes after MCPS. 

Students collecting warm clothing for "No Child Cold" initiative No Child Cold

A group of Marion County High School students are hoping to provide warmth during the cold season by collecting warm clothing for the needy, which will be donated to 21st Century Community Learning Center. The clothes drive -- known as "No Child Cold" -- is one of the district’s new Shield projects that aim to put students at the helm of a service-based project.

Wellness Committee meeting set for December 13 announecment

 

The Marion County Public Schools Wellness Committee will hold a meeting/community forum December 13 from 3:30-4:30 at the MCPS Central Office.

During the meeting, the committee will review the district wellness assessment results and provide input for the district wellness plan.

Middle School class project bridges collaboration and critical thinking Bridge Project

Rarely do students get excited about seeing a group project destroyed, but that was the case recently in Mr. Joey Reed’s 6th grade STEM class at Marion County Middle School, as students tested the strength of popsicle stick bridges.

MCPS Success Story: Trent Fenwick, class of 2013 fenwick

Trent Fenwick ('13) is the subject of our first MCPS Success Story, which highlights our graduates and their successes after MCPS. 

 

Dailyn Spalding named MCPS Ambassador of the Week Dailyn

Marion County High School junior Dailyn Spalding has been named the MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week by ambassador advisors Laurie Followell and Troy Benningfield.

“Dailyn’s warm personality shines when she is working as a student ambassador. Her commitment to this organization is constant, and she is perfectly suited to the role of student ambassador,” Followell said. “She has a way of making people feel at ease with her thoughtfulness and genuine concern for others.”

This is Spalding’s second year as a student ambassador.

Statement regarding school safety situation announcement

Marion County Public Schools administrators were made aware of a social media post that included a threat to school safety at Marion County High School. MCPS administrators along with members of local law enforcement investigated this issue, and, as a precaution, removed a student from Marion County High School.

We are still in the process of investigating this matter along with local law enforcement. At no point were students in danger and we currently have not reason to believe this was a viable threat. However, we take all safety concerns very seriously; student safety is, as always, our number one priority.

Spalding takes over as director of Hugh C. Spalding Academy Spalding

Chad Spalding was recently named the new director of the Hugh C. Spalding Academy, the district's alternative school. Spalding -- a long-time history teacher and coach at Marion County High School -- sees his new role as an opportunity to help students get back on track by building positive relationships and emphasizing the importance of life lessons and skills.

MCHS students receive second-place in Better Business Bureau’s statewide student video contest BBB award winners

Four Marion County High School students were recently recognized for their entry in the 2018 Better Business Bureau’s student video contest. MCHS students Nathaniel Essex, Marti Tungate, Cinthya Lopez, and Damon Bickett received second place in the statewide contest for their entry, titled “The Scam.”

Emmons named Ambassador of the Week

Marion County High School senior Mya Emmons has been named the MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week by ambassador advisors Laurie Followell and Troy Benningfield.

“Mya helps to make the student ambassadors successful; she is active in every aspect of the organization,” Followell said. “Her leadership, through the executive council, guides the group in our many projects.  Mya will be the first to speak to a new student or a guest to the school.  Her public speaking skills are excellent, and her commitment to our work never fails.”

Citizens National Bank supports Marion County Education Foundation EdFoundation

 Citizens National Bank is now a founding sponsor of the Marion County Education Foundation. This level of support is a generous, 4-year commitment to the Foundation. 
 
 

5th graders attend Farm to Fork event; FFA members serve as student volunteers FARM2FORK

Marion County elementary students recently got a day of agriculture education at the annual Farm to Fork day held at the Marion County extension office.

Fifth grade students from all of the district’s elementary schools rotated in small groups to a variety of sessions aimed at educating them on local food production.

Also on hand were some of Marion County High School’s FFA members, who were serving as volunteers at the event and helping chaperone the fifth graders to each session.

Marion County ATC featured in Kentucky Teacher magazine mcatc

The Marion County Area Technology Center was recently featured in Kentucky Teacher, an online magazine published by the Kentucky Department of Education.

You can read the article here.

Infinite Campus releases new apps for student and parent IC portal

Infinite Campus has created two new apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). These apps provide real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements and more.

Gifted and Talented department takes Dream Bus on visits to elementary schools GT on Dream Bus

The Marion County Public Schools Gifted and Talented department visited all of the district’s elementary schools using the district’s Dream Bus this week to provide enrichment activities with a focus on leadership.

“We thought leadership was something that all of the students involved could benefit from,” Gifted and Talented consultant Laurie Followell said. The students also received enrichment activities in math, language arts, and science. Students rotated in groups to the sessions which were led by Followell, Gifted and Talented Teacher Dawn Phillips, and Program Director Mike Abell.

 

Clark named Student Ambassador of the Week

Marion County High School senior Carly Clark has been named the MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week by ambassador advisors Laurie Followell and Troy Benningfield.

“Carly represents all that we want to see in a student leader,” Benninfield said. “She is confident, goal-oriented, and very passionate about Marion County Public Schools. We are very proud of her many accomplishments!”

This is Clark’s third year as a student ambassador.

MCPS wears orange for Ava Marion Middle wears orange

 

Students and staff across Marion County Public Schools wore orange on Friday, October 19 to show their support for Ava Deering, a 7th grader at Marion County Middle School who is battling leukemia.

MCHS student newspaper wins KHSJA awards The Shield

The Marion County High School student newspaper, The Shield, recently claimed eight awards through the Kentucky High School Journalism Association’s 2018 contest.

MCPS Shield Logo: Opportunity + Access + Equity = Success Ready logo explanation

MCPS recently unveiled a new logo which represents some pretty important ideas for our students, our schools, and our district. Check out th video to get a brief overview of our new shield logo, narrated by MCPS Student Ambassador Mya Emmons.

LES students participate in Lunch Bunch Book Club lunch bunch

For the past several weeks, a group of students at Lebanon Elementary School have participated in the school’s Lunch Bunch Book Club, which meets in the school’s library each Friday.

Twenty-one fourth graders signed up for the book club, which was organized by LES librarian Ellen McFall with the help of the Marion County Public Library.

“The whole purpose of Lunch Bunch reading club is to foster a love of reading,” McFall said. “The students get excited about reading the book and they share that with another student, a teacher, someone outside of the school, and somebody else wants to pick up that book and read it because it sounds interesting.”

Miles named Ambassador of the Week Miles Video

Marion County High School senior Kelly Miles has been named the MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week by ambassador advisors Laurie Followell and Troy Benningfield.

“Kelly has shown tremendous leadership in our early activities.  She took a huge leadership role in planning and leading our group retreat earlier this semester,” Followell said.

This is Miles’ third year as a student ambassador.

State Accountability and Assessment results released announcement

Accountability and assessment data for the 2017-2018 school year has been released by the Kentucky Department of Education, although there is no district-wide score or label.

2017-2018 was a transition year for accountability purposes and individual schools were designated as either CSI (Comprehensive Support and Improvement), TSI (Targeted Support and Improvement), or “Other”. Most schools in Marion County were identified as “Other”.

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.

Local media features preschool student's inspiring story Eli Bright

The Lebanon Enterprise has been following the inspiring story of Eli Bright since his birth.  Monday marked Eli's first day of preschool at Glasscock Elementary School and the Lebanon Enterprise was on hand to document the achievement.  Click here to read about Eli's story.

 

Robbins, Simpson, and Lancaster to be inducted to MCHS football Hall of Fame HoF pic

Three new names will be added to the Marion County High School Football Hall of Fame Friday night, when the Knights take on Mercer County for homecoming.

Jeff Robbins, Todd Simpson, and Charles Lancaster are the newest inductees.

WMES receives Honorable Mention for 2017 Kentucky Winners' Circle West Marion Logo

West Marion Elementary School was one of 22 schools from across the state to receive Honorable Mention in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Winner’s Circle -- a designation reflecting outstanding teaching and learning conditions.

The Scroll Podcast: Episode 2 -- Student Help Desk Scroll Logo

In this year's second episode of The Scroll podcast, hosts Dailyn Spalding and Carly Thomas talk to Help Desk student worker Alexis Pirkle about repairing Chromebooks.

MCMS holds first Sharpen Your Saw Friday activities martial arts

Marion County Middle School held its first Sharpen Your Saw Friday events with students participating in a variety of clubs and activities designed to build students’ mind, heart, body, and soul.  Sharpen Your Saw is one of the seven habits outlined as a part of the LEAD program, which builds leadership qualities in young people.  Marion County Middle School became a LEAD program school this year.

Football Knights to wear uniforms honoring 9/11 football uniform

Marion County High School’s football team will sport new uniforms Friday when they take on Washington County to honor September 11th.  Instead of the typical maroon and white, the Knights will wear white uniforms from the National Guard with camouflage numbers and an American flag on the left shoulder.

MCHS announces student ambassadors for 2017-2018 school year MCHS logo
Classroom Spotlight: Student provides lesson in historical information and attire James Glen

In David Hibbard’s AP US History class, students don’t always take notes directly from the teacher. In the case of his 2nd period class recently, students jotted down information from a lecture delivered by James Glen -- the governor South Carolina from 1743 until 1756.

Imagination Library book program still available Imagination Library book

It’s not too late to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library -- a free monthly book program open to children ages birth to five years-old that are residents of Marion County.

In order to participate, parents must fill out a registration form found at the public library or the Marion County Board of Education office.  Registration can also be completed online at www.imaginationlibrary.com.

Jump Start Day is set for August 1

WHO: 6th - 9th graders

WHAT: Jump Start Day

WHEN: Tuesday, August 1st, 8:00 until 12:00

WHERE: Marion County Middle School(6th/7th) &

Marion County Knight Academy (8th/9th)

District transportation will be provided as well as breakfast and lunch

Marion County students set to attend the new Marion County Middle School for 6th and 7th graders and the Marion County Knight Academy 8th and 9th can get a feel for the new school year by attending Jump Start Day on August 1.  Both schools will host students from 8 am until noon with an opportunity to experience a modified school day.  

Bus Directory information for 2017-2018 routes

Bus Directory info

Calvary Elementary Principal Survey

Calvary Elementary School’s SBDM council has started the principal selection process.  The following 10 criteria or principal traits were developed by the council to use throughout the selection process.  We would like to gain your input to help us determine which are the most important for our school community.

MCHS students receive awards at KY Youth Seminar

MCHS students receive awards at KY Youth Seminar

Shown are MCHS American Private Enterprise System Program members Devan Jones, Henry Hagan, Nicholas Sandusky, and Tiffany Bickett. 

Let MCPS know what you're reading this summer

Let MCPS know what you're reading this summer

High School Graduation Parking Information

Marion County High School is offering several parking options for this year's graduation ceremony as school officials expect a capacity crowd.  Graduation begins at 10 AM, this Saturday, May 20, at the Roby Dome.  

Marion County Chromebook Bid

The Marion County Board of Education will accept bids for the purchase of “Lenovo N23 Chromebooks” on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. 

Gifted Services Survey for Parents and Students

The Gifted Services Survey is available to determine appropriate services related to the gifted child's learning...

Reading Celebration Thursday!

This is Reading Celebration week in Marion County Public Schools.  We hope you will join us for the Community Reading Night at MCHS this Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5 PM to 7 PM.  There are over 25 themed rooms, giveaways, and a bookstore open to the public -- plus Batman, the Batmobile, Storm Troopers and R2D2!!

Our R20 (Read for 20 minutes) event is this Friday, April 21, at 2:30 PM.  We encourage everyone to stop and read to support the importance of literacy.  If your business participates, please tweet us a picture at #R20MarionCounty. 

Annual Birthday Bash - Thursday, April 20

Birthday Bash Flyer

Thad Elmore selected as next MCHS Principal

Superintendent Taylora Schlosser released the following statement April 10, 2017 regarding the MCHS principal selection:

On behalf of the Marion County High School Council and the Marion County Board of Education, I am excited to announce that Mr. William Thad Elmore was unanimously selected as the high school principal.  Mr. Elmore comes to Marion County High School with  18 years of experience in education at elementary, middle and high school levels.  He is currently serving as the High School Principal at Washington County High School.  He has also served  as the assistant principal at T.K. Stone Middle in Elizabethtown, KY where he had also served as a Social Studies Teacher. Mr. Elmore comes to us with various awards including WHAS ExCEL Teacher of the Year, FCCLA Administrator of the Year 2015, Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year,  and CIVITAS Civics 5th Region Teacher of the Year. 

I believe that Mr. Elmore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will support each and every student.   His passion for teaching and learning along with building relationships will be a key ingredient  to ensuring that “ALL” really means “ALL” for our MCHS family!  I look forward to working with Mr. Elmore, the staff, the students and the families as we continue to DREAM BIG!

Infinite Campus System Upgrade

If you are a parent or guardian of a Marion County School student who currently uses the Infinite Campus Parent Portal or the Infinite Campus mobile smartphone app, please be aware that the system will be offline on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 for upgrades.

CKEC Marion County Outstanding Special Education Educator Nomination Form 2017-2018

Marion County Schools is seeking all stakeholders input on nominations for the CKEC Outstanding Special Education Educator award. If you know a deserving Marion County special education educator that you would like to nominate, please click on the link below.

Marion County High School Principal Selection Survey

Marion County High School’s SBDM council has started the principal selection process and community feedback is requested using the following survey. 

Proposed Transportation Plan in 2017-18 School Year Transportation Plan Webcast
LMS students earned Patriot Bucks!

LMS students earning Patriot Bucks

Notice of Public Meeting

The Local Planning Committee of the Marion County Board of Education will host a public forum at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Central Office. The committee will hold a meeting immediately following the forum. The purpose of this committee meeting is to consider amending the current District Facilities Plan.

Senior Gerard Flanagan wins multiple awards Gerard Flanagan

Marion County High School senior Gerard Flanagan, who works as the sports correspondent at The Lebanon Enterprise, won several Kentucky Press Association awards recently during the KPA’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest. He won first place in the sports column category, first and second place awards for having the best sports section and first place in the best sports special section category for the Athletes of the Year section.

I-2 Teacher Survey

I-2 Institute evaluation survey

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ...from Marion County Public Schools Holiday Message
I-2 Innovation Institute - Registration now OPEN!

I-2 Register Now Logo

Marion County Public Schools is hosting its second annual an in-house technology conference called the I-2 Innovation Institute for all certified teachers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. As we move forward with our 1:1 technology initiative, we understand and value professional development and training.

 

MCPS recognized as an Energy Star district

School principals are their Energy Star certificates

The Kentucky School Boards Association recognized MCPS as an Energy Star District at the December 8, 2016, board of education meeting. The district is one of only sixteen districts recognized this year with Lebanon Middle scoring a perfect 100 - one of only nine Kentucky schools to receive a perfect score. The district's efforts to conserve energy saved the district nearly $600,000 in energy usage costs last year. Pictured (L-R): Superintendent Taylor Schlosser, West Marion Elementary Principal Robby Peterson, St. Charles Middle Principal Buffy Mann, Marion County High Principal Tom Brown, Lebanon Middle Principal Millie Blandford, Lebanon Elementary Principal Donna Royse, Glasscock Elementary Principal Angie Akers, Calvary Elementary Principal Sara Brady, and District Transportation/Maintenance Director Scott Spalding.

SCMS Ambassadors Group picture

Congratulations to SCMS on the debut of their ambassador group on November 5 at the Crown Center.  Students completed sessions (led by SCMS alumni and current MCHS ambassadors) on organization, professionalism, and the proper use of social media.  The group also worked with their high school counterparts on team building exercises.  They finished the day with a tour of the area tech center led by Principal Christina McRay and held their fist team meeting to establish next steps.  The Jr. Knights of the Roundtable are advised by teacher Sandra Gribbins.  

Drip and Spill Event

Drip and Spill Event graphic

Real Talk from College Students

Real Talk from College Students will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm in the  Crown Center. Juniors and seniors are invited to hear the real truth about college from college students. Come, listen, ask questions, and be prepared for college. There will be fun, food, and prizes! Sign up in your English class by December 9th.

December 12 Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert - December 12 invitation

LMS Principal Selection Survey

Lebanon Middle School’s SBDM council has started the principal selection process.  We have developed the following criteria or principal traits to use in the development of the interview questions and would like your feedback and input: 

  1. Believes all children can learn at high levels.
  2. Makes management decisions that enhance teaching and learning.
  3. Is committed to closing achievement gaps and ensuring proficiency for all students.
  4. Understands the connection of school culture to student achievement.
  5. Believes in and will support adjusting instructional practices to meet various student-learning environments and also promote student empowerment, self-control, and self-discipline.
  6. Welcomes input and will be a model of good communication among all the stakeholders of the school community:  parents and families, students, teachers, administrators, and the community at large.

Click here to take the principal selection survey.

MCHS Marching Knights Results

The Marion County High School Marching Knights finished in fifth place overall at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Class AAA East Regional Quarterfinals on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Bourbon County High School.  The band will now compete as one of 16 Class AAA semi-finalists in the KMEA State Marching Band Championship on October 29 at Eastern High School in Middletown.  Good luck band!

Our students can win up to $30,000!

Representatives from our local VFW post have contacted our offices about an exciting scholarship opportunity for middle and high school students. Check it out at http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships?cookieCheck=true. Our local post wants to be involved and work to find some winners from Marion County! There are numerous cash prizes and free trips to Washington, D.C.  The deadline for submission is soon – November 1, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Tabitha Tracey at tntracey721@yahoo.com. You can also reach her at (270) 402-2594.

2015-16 KPREP Testing Results

Marion County Public Schools has been named a Distinguished and Progressing District based on 2015-16 state assessment data. The release of 2015-16 Unbridled Learning results on Thursday, September 29, 2016, also identified several district schools for their exemplary performance on the most recent round of state assessments.

  • Calvary Elementary: Distinguished
  • Glasscock Elementary: Proficient, Progressing 
  • Lebanon Elementary: Proficient, Progressing 
  • West Marion Elementary: Distinguished, Progressing, School of Distinction
  • Lebanon Middle: Needs Improvement, Progressing
  • St. Charles Middle: Distinguished, Progressing, School of Distinction
  • Marion County High: Proficient

Congratulations Marion County – a place where you’re always getting closer to your dream!

Ready Set Grow Online Permission

If you are the parent or guardian of a child 0-4 years old and not registered for Ready…Set…Grow, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity for you and your child. One of our Six Big Dreams for Marion County Public Schools is Learning Begins at Birth and we are committed to helping parents become the best first teacher a child can possibly have. We would like to invite you to register your child today for this opportunity. Your registration will ensure your child receives books for his/her birthday, you will receive information about events scheduled throughout the year that will connect you with other parents, and provide you with many resources. What better way to start your child’s educational journey and help you become the best first teacher your child can have, than to receive free books and resources? In order to participate, click here to sign up.

MCPS Students Ambassadors interviewed by Channel 6

Summer Programs

Dream Bus 2016

Superintendent's Back to School Message 2016-17

Welcome back MCPS family! We are Dreaming BIG and focusing small in 2016-17 for what I am quite certain will be another year of extraordinary accomplishment for our entire school community!  

Indeed, our dreams are coming true: 

  • Additional preschool rooms and students being able to attend through a tuition program remains a priority through our Ready-Set-Grow initiative. 
  • All elementary students will receive a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch.
  • Our 1:1 BIG dream at MCHS will provide a new Chromebook computer for all high schoolers.
  • New technology across the district is creating 24/7 learning opportunities along with the continued expansion of our wireless capabilities. 
  • Multiple grade levels will visit post-secondary campuses because we believe that graduating college and/or career ready starts early.
  • Numerous programs are expanding to provide even more individualized experiences to students including our Leader in Me initiative, gifted and talented, and student ambassador programs.
  • Our Dream Bus, Summer Dream AcaQdemy, and Summer Feeding Program provided healthy meals with fun, safe, learning opportunities to hundreds of students during the months of June and July.   
  • The robots are coming! Some of our students will be building them this year in a new, exciting adventure.
MCPS receives WHAS Crusade for Children Grant

Marion County Public Schools received $40,000 from the WHAS Crusade for Children grant. WHAS Crusade for Children grants are made to non-profit agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs up to age 18. We want to say "thank you" to chief Rick Mattingly for all your help and support!

From left to right:
Dawn Lee, CEO of The Crusade for Children; Pam Stephens, Member of The Crusade for Children Board of Directors; Scott Spalding, MCPS Transportation/Maintenance Director; Rick Mattingly, Lebanon Fire Chief; John Walling, Member of The Crusade for Children Board of Directors

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Jump Start

Back to School Information

The beginning of the 2016-17 school year is right around the corner, and we want you to be prepared! Continue to check back here as more back to school information will be added.

Documents and Forms:

Calendar Items:

  • LMS 6th Grade JumpStart - July 21, 12:00-5:00pm, parent meeting from 5:00-5:30 pm
  • LMS Schedule Pickup/Locker Check - July 29, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SCMS Open House - July 25, 5:00-7:00 pm; The KONA ice truck and Dream Bus will be available.
  • WMES Open House - August 1, 6:00-7:00 pm
Summer Feeding Kick-off Invitation

MCHS Principal Selection Survey

Marion County High School’s SBDM council has started the principal selection process.  We have developed the following criteria or principal traits to use in the development of the interview questions and would like your feedback and input: 

1. Will treat all people with respect and dignity to create a safe and effective learning environment.
2. Will fairly and consistently enforce policies and procedures such as the student code of conduct.
3. Will be a visionary leader that will create a culture of pride, commitment, and high expectations for the school community.
4. Will make decisions to enhance teaching and learning.
5. Will welcome input and will be a model of good communication among all the stakeholders of the school community:  parents and families, students, teachers, administrators, and the community at large.

Click here to take the survey.

MCPS Dream Bus Summer Schedule

Mondays: 11:00 am-12:15 pm Brookhaven; 12:45 pm-1:45 pm Calvary Elementary

Tuesdays: 11:00 am-12:15 pm Village Loop Apts; 12:45 pm-1:45 pm Loretto/ West Marion Elementary

Wednesdays: 11:00 am-12:15 pm Rosenwald Village; 12:45 pm-1:45 pm Bradfordsville Community Center

Thursdays: 11:00 am-12:15 pm Hamilton Heights/Hardin Place; 12:45 pm-1:45 pm Raywick Park

Fridays: 11:00 am-12:15 pm Warren Acres; 12:45 pm-1:45 pm Gravel Switch Community Center

Dream Bus summer schedule will begin on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 and end on Friday, July 15, 2016. Please note that on Monday, July 4th the Dream Bus will not run due to the holiday. If you have any questions, please contact the Marion County Board of Education at (270) 692-3721. *Schedule is subject to change depending on participation at locations.

Non-Traditional Instruction Days Survey

During the 2015-16 school year, Marion County Public Schools utilized 2 Non-Traditional Instructional days (NTID) in which students worked on assignments from home. Because we met the completion rate of these assignments by the students, we were able to count these as attended school days. MCPS is asking for your feedback so we can evaluate the parts of these days that worked well and parts of these days that we need to make possible revisions. Click here to take the survey.

Lincoln Trail Regional Public Health Survey 2016

Lincoln Trail District Health Department is conducting a new district-wide community health assessment. Click here to take the survey.

MCHS FFA Greenhouse

The Marion County High School FFA Greenhouse is open for sells every day from 3:00-4:00 pm until all plants are sold. 

2015-16 School Calendar Changes

The Marion County Board of Education approved changes to the 2015-16 school calendar on April 19. The last day of school for students will be Friday, May 20, 2016, with high school graduation taking place on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 am. A staff development day will be held on Monday, May 23, with closing day for faculty and staff on Tuesday, May 24.

WiFi Authentication

Students and Staff: If you are having issues logging into the wireless network while at school or do not wish to use the Google Domain login, please go to http://lsaccess.me/login to login using your computer credentials.

Press Release - Sunday, March 20, 2016

Press Release from Superintendent Schlosser - Sunday, March 20, 2016

I would like to reassure families that your child/children are safe to return to Marion County High School on Monday, March 21, 2016.  Please note the following:

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 18, 2016, the Lincoln Area Health Department confirmed that there were no bed bugs at MCHS after a walkthrough and inspection of the building.

At 8:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016, Allan’s of Central KY Pest Control was on site at MCHS to inspect the building and provide services.  After their inspection the company did not find any bed bugs, but as a further precaution MCHS was treated. 

On Sunday March 20, 2016, MCHS custodians are on site sterilizing the entire building as an additional, extra precaution; there is always a goal that students and staff at MCHS are in a clean, safe environment. 

There will be continued inspections by our Chief Operations Officer, Director of Maintenance, the high school Principal and the head custodian at MCHS next week. 

I encourage everyone to work with us to make sure we continue to have a safe school.  When issues arise, please give us the opportunity to work through our policies, procedures, and protocols.  In the event that there is an occasion when it is deemed unsafe for students or staff to be in a building or in a situation then there will always be a decision made to address the issue or situation. 

We will continue to work hard to make sure all students remain safe – from the moment they step foot on a school bus in the morning until they return home in the evening.  By working together we will make sure our district is a place where students get closer to accomplishing their dreams every day.  

National Board Certified teacher Ellen McFall featured on Kentucky Teacher

Click here to read her article on Kentucky Teacher.

Superintendent Schlosser featured on Kentucky Teacher

Click here to read the article on Kentucky Teacher.

Marion County Community Birthday Bash

WMES Principal Reception

A reception to officially welcome Mr. Peterson as West Marion Elementary School's principal will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 6-7 P.M. in the school library.

Marion County Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

The local Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for their 2016 Marion County Scholarship awards. The Chamber awards scholarships to three Marion County seniors, including one for the Marion County Area Technology Center. Complete information and applications are available on their website at MarionCountyKyChamber.com. The application deadline is April 1. 

Robby Peterson named principal at WMES

Robby Peterson was selected to serve as the next leader of West Marion Elementary School during a special called SBDM meeting held on February 25, 2016. Mr. Peterson previously served as the assistant principal at Marion County High School, where he was also a social studies teacher. We welcome Mr. Peterson to this new role!

Book Donation Flyer

2016 Over the Top Preschool Registration Photos

Marion County Public Schools held an Over the Top Preschool Registration event on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Glasscock Elementary School. Thank you to all of those that came out to the event! Click here to view the picture gallery.

Marion WAN Project

Request for Proposal
Title: Marion WAN Project
Closing Time to Receive Bids: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Marion County Board of Education hereby solicits bids for WAN Connectivity to four sites from district central hub. Persons/Companies interested in submitting a bid may download bid specifications by clicking here. Questions pertaining to the bidding process should be directed to Thomas Lyons (thomas.lyons@marion.kyschools.us) at (270)692-3721. Bids may be delivered to the Marion County Board of Education Office on or before 12:00 PM (Eastern) on Friday March 4, 2016. Method of delivery may be hand delivered, mail, fax or email. To receive consideration proposals must be received prior to time designated in this invitation. None shall be accepted thereafter.

WMES Principal Selection Survey

West Marion Elementary School’s SBDM council has started the principal selection process. They have developed the following criteria or principal traits to use in the development of the interview questions and would like your feedback and input: 

  1. Can connect and build positive relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community.
  2. Will support a warm, welcoming school environment in which students, parents, and staff feel safe and secure.
  3. Believes in and understands developmentally appropriate instruction and continuous progress for all students.
  4. Has a vision to move students and staff toward the highest levels of 21st century learning.
  5. Listens to input, communicates effectively, and makes fair and consistent student-centered decisions.

Please click here to take the principal selection survey.

MCPS I2-Innovation Institute Call for Presenters

Marion County Public Schools is hosting an in-house technology conference for all certified teachers on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. As we move forward with our 1:1 technology initiative, we understand and value professional development and training. If you are interested in presenting, click here to fill out our call for presenters form. A notification of selection for presenting will be sent by January 5, 2016.

Veterans Day - Thank you!

Happy Veterans Day to those who have served our country with dedication and honor.

Veterans Day Graphic

Winter Market, Downtown and Local Businesses

Safe Sleep is the Best Sleep

You can help your children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing simple, every-day tasks and activities. This month, we talk about safe sleep practices. You can view these newsletters online or you can print and share with family and friends.

October Monthly Message: Safe Sleep is the best sleep

Marion County Partners Prepare to Showcase Manufacturing Careers

October is Manufacturing Month in Kentucky. It is, in part, a time to highlight the career opportunities this vital industry sector offers throughout the state. Marion County is no exception, and a special event will introduce Marion County High School students not only to the manufacturing industry, but also to the manufacturing employers in their home county.

Manufacturing Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, at Marion County High School. For additional information, click here.

Migrant Education Program is featured

The Marion County Public Schools Migrant Education Program was featured at the National Identification and Recruitment Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, October 6-8.  Representatives from the district's Special Programs department presented a session titled "Building Relationships that Rock" to over 50 program participants representing districts from across America as well as the Kentucky Department of Education.  Presenters were (L-R): Elma Simpson, Migrant Advocate Recruiter; Troy Benningfield, Special Programs Director; Daniel Beams, former 21st Century Director; and Jesus Berlanga, MCHS alumnus and Campbellsville University International Partnership tutor.

2014-15 KPREP Testing Results

Marion County Public Schools has been named a Distinguished District based on 2014-15 state assessment data. The release of 2014-15 Unbridled Learning results on Thursday, October 1, 2015, also identified several district schools for their exemplary performance on the most recent round of state assessments.  Both Calvary and West Marion elementary schools  received the state’s highest accolade as Schools of Distinction with some of the highest performance results in Kentucky.  Additionally, Marion County High School has been named a Distinguished school with Lebanon Elementary receiving  Proficient Progressing, High Performing status.  Saint Charles Middle School is also a Proficient school.  Congratulations Marion County – a place where you’re always getting closer to your dream.

MCATC September 2015 Newsletter

Making the Most of Story Time

You can help your children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing simple, every-day tasks and activities. This month, we talk about how to make the most of story time with your child.

September Monthly Message: Making the Most of Story Time

Lockard is a recipient of the 2016 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award

The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2016 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). Sarah Lockard, Arts and Humanities teacher at Glasscock Elementary School, was one of the 24 teachers selected.

The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines the best elements of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This marks the 15th year the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland have partnered to honored Kentucky educators.

Judging was conducted in August by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators, many of whom have more than 25 years of teaching experience. Applications included information on the nominees’ teaching philosophies, teaching experiences and involvement in their respective communities, as well as letters of recommendation from peers, students, parents, administrators and others.

Ashland has recognized outstanding Kentucky teachers with its Teacher Achievement Awards since 1988. Approximately $776,500 has been awarded to 524 teachers of grades K to 12.

New Welding Instructor is hired at the MCATC

Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Area Technology Center welcomed Clint Vaughn as the new Welding Technology instructor on September 1, 2015. Columbia native, Mr. Vaughn, graduated from Adair County high school in 2007, and currently resides in Campbellsville. He has 7+ years of welding and fabrications experience—building water towers and other storage tanks for various companies such as Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors. He also worked on high pressure pipe and vessel systems at Lectrodyer and welded and manufactured all types of conveyor systems at Intelligrated. In his leisure, he races a Dirt Late Model car on weekends at the local tracks in the area.

2015 Passport Health Plan Fall Safari Event

Professional Development Academies

PD Academies are monthly opportunities for MCPS educators to share and learn from each other. Sessions are created based on teacher interests. A menu of sessions can be found by clicking here.

Back to School Resources

School starts Wednesday, August 5 at 8:16 am across Marion County! 

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found on each school's website.

Staff Development and Opening Days

2015-16 Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Parents can now print and fill out Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the 2015-16 school year. You can download and print the Free and Reduced Meal Application by clicking here.

Applications can be submitted to the Marion County Board of Education, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00pm. Do not complete an application if any member of your family receives SNAP (food stamps) or TANF. If you have any questions, please call 270-692-3721 ext. 230.

Sports Physical

As of April 15th, 2015 all middle school student-athletes will be required to have their sports physical on the new KHSAA combined form. Please make sure that all forms are filled out entirely. Physicals MUST be turned in prior to participating in any activities. 8th grade students that are participating in high school athletics will also have to complete the high school form.

Middle School Participation, grades 6-8

High School Participation, grades 9-12

Transitioning to Kindergarten

Parents, families and caregivers can help their children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing simple, every-day tasks and activities. 

The KYGOEC's Monthly Message series provides information and ideas on how to help children develop in their earliest years.

Click here to read their July message.

2015 Leadership 101 Session

Marion County Public Schools principals participated in the district's Leadership 101 session on Monday, July 13, 2015. Principals participated in various activities throughout the day, including Amazing Race. Click here to see pictures from the session.

MCPS welcomes new staff to Central Office

Marion County Public Schools welcomes the following new employees to Central Office:

  • Chris Brady, Chief Operating Officer
  • Debbie Spalding, Early Childhood Education/Preschool Director
  • Cathy Sparrow, School Nutrition Program Director
  • Brooke Thomas, Accounts Payable Clerk

Surplus Auction

Marion County Public Schools will hold a surplus auction on Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 pm behind Glasscock Elementary. Click here to see the list of items that will be included in the auction.

GES SBDM Council hires Akers as principal

The Glasscock Elementary School Based Decision Making Council announced on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, that Mrs. Angie Akers will serve as the new principal. Mrs. Akers has worked as the Library Media Specialist at Glasscock, the interim Assistant Principal at Marion County High School, and most recently, the Assistant Principal at Glasscock. We welcome her to this new role at Glasscock!

21st Century/Migrant program Summer Dream Academy

 

Twenty-three students participating in the 21st Century/Migrant program Summer Dream Academy spent Thursday, June 25, exploring principles of engineering through KNEX and art-related activities.  

MCPS Food Service department attends the SNA Conference

The Marion County Public Schools Food Service Department attended the Kentucky School Nutrition Association conference in Lexington June 21-24.  Participants completed continuing education classes and met with over 70 prospective vendors.  Pictured (L-R): Calvary Elementary Manager Betty Cox, Lebanon Middle School Manager Kim Bright, Food Service Administrative Assistant Cathy Sparrow, and Food Service Director Troy Benningfield.

MCPS partcipates at the SNA Conference

Marion County Public Schools was invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding Kentucky's Summer Feeding Program at the School Nutrition Association conference in Lexington on June 23.  Troy Benningfield and Cathy Sparrow joined representatives from Paducah Independent as well as Martin and Jefferson counties to discuss the success of their programs.  MCPS will serve over 13,000 meals this summer to 32 programs at 18 sites in Marion and Taylor counties.

New Hire Orientation Dates

The Marion County Public Schools Personnel department will hold new hire orientation on the following dates to complete paperwork and answer questions:

Certified New Hires – Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 am or Thursday, July 23, 10:00 am

Classified New Hires – Thursday, July 16, 10:00 am or Tuesday, July 21, 10:00 am

*New hires will be contacted by e-mail to reserve which date they want to attend for orientation.

Click read more for additional information and required documents to bring.

Gifted and Talented Summer Dream Academy

 

Gifted and Talented students participating in the Summer Dream Academy met June 16 to prepare for their trip to the Challenger Learning Center in Louisville.  Students spent the morning filling out job applications for the available positions on their pending space mission.  Participants will complete one mission at the center’s simulator and spend time exploring the planetarium program at the University of Louisville.  The group is taught by MCPS Gifted and Talented teacher Mrs. Stephanie Gootee

21st Century/Migrant visits KY Railway Museum

Students participating in the 21st Century and Migrant Summer Dream Academy enjoyed a train excursion at the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky, on June 12.  Students had an opportunity to experience the history of railroads in the Bluegrass including one of the oldest railroad stations in America.

Happy retirement, Judy!

Marion County Public Schools would like to wish Judy Bickett a happy retirement! Judy has been employed with MCPS for over 40 years and we wish her the best!

Safe Crisis Management Summer Training Dates

June 17 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - Conference room at the ATC - Recertification for any staff member that has been trained in the past 18 months

July 14 and 15 (two days) - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - Conference room at the ATC - Certification for staff who have never been trained in SCM

July 16 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - Conference room at the ATC - Recertification for any staff member that has been trained in the past 18 months (for those unable to attend the June 17 training date)

MCHS Student Ambassador Executive Council

Congratulations to the following Marion County High School seniors who have been selected for leadership positions on the MCHS Student Ambassador Executive Council: Anne-Kaitlyn Gribbins, Chair; Leah Thompson, Vice-Chair; Katie Elmore, Public Relations Director; and Dylan Cambron, Lydia Howlett, and Travis Huellemeier; Business Managers.  Jarie Newby and Megan Newton also hold seats on the executive council.  Applications for the next class of student ambassadors will be available on August 3, 2015, with the new class introduced at the September 10 Board of Education meeting.  

Avoiding the Summer Slide

You can help your children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing simple, every-day tasks and activities. This month, we talk about avoiding the summer slide! You can view these newsletters online or you can print and share with family and friends.

2015 Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Mary Rush, science teacher at Marion County High School, Jayne Litton, teacher at Calvary Elementary School, and Teresa Barnett, English-Language Arts teacher at Lebanon Middle School, for receiving the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award on Saturday, May 16, 2015. These three ladies set the bar for great instruction in our classrooms and help our students Dream, Believe, and Achieve each and every day! Congratulations to them!

MCATC Student Project Showcase & Tour

2015 KPREP Testing

2014-15 KPREP testing started Thursday, May 14! We wish our students the best of luck and appreciate the support from our community with their Dream, Believe, and Achieve marquees! Click here to view pictures from around the county.

Internet Safety

2015 Youth Career Fair

Non-Traditional Instruction Survey

Marion County Public Schools is exploring the feasibility of using a non-traditional approach to making up missed days due to inclement weather and other emergencies. More information about the program (including examples of what other districts are doing) can be found by clicking here. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact Central Office at (270) 692-3721. Please click here to complete our survey. 

2015 Strategic Planning Summit Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools held its annual Strategic Planning Summit on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Over 140 faculty, staff, and community members were present. We'd like to say "thank you" to all those who helped make this event happen, in addition to thanking the many contributors that help make DREAMS come true for the students of Marion County! Click here to view pictures from the event.

Staff Drug Testing Committee

The first meeting for the Staff Drug Testing Committee will take place on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm. Any community members wishing to participate in the meeting are welcome to do so. The meeting will be held at the Marion County Board of Education.

The following is a tentative agenda:

  • Chairperson election
  • Discuss Purpose
  • Current Board Policy in regards to Bus Drivers
  • Different Types of Policies—Suspicious, Random
  • Other District Policies
  • Discussion
  • Timeline
Bullying and Online Safety Event

The Western Marion County Youth Service Center will host a Bullying and Online Safety event on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm at St. Charles Middle School. Below is an agenda for the event:

  • Bullying/Internet Safety Tips for Parents
  • Preview of Bully Prevention
  • Safety Tipline tutorial/District Policy overview of bullying
  • Internet Safety Tips provided by the Kentucky Center for School Safety and more

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Van Gadberry at van.gadberry@marion.kyschools.us.

LMS BETA

The Lebanon Middle School Beta Club completed an engineering project at the state convention in March. This group of students were up against 70 other teams and only had 15 minutes and 200 straws/tape to come up with a design. Their final tower was 59 inches tall.

Bullying and Online Safety Event

The Bullying and Online Safety presentation scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at St. Charles Middle has been rescheduled. Please watch for the new date and time when it becomes available. Thank you.

Marion County Migrant Education Facebook Page

The Marion County Migrant Education Program has joined Facebook! Click here to view the page and be sure "like" them!

Makeup Days

Please note that April 6 and 7, the first two days of spring break, will be makeup days, as noted on the Board approved calendar from April 2014. The last day of school is to be determined.

Plan B Snow Routes - March 9, 2015

Marion County Public Schools will operate on normal schedule with Plan B snow routes in the morning and afternoon on Monday, March 9, 2015. Click here to view the Plan B snow routes. 

Reading Celebration Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools held its annual Reading Celebration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Each school had their own room and various community members were present. We appreciate all those who came out and enjoyed the event! Click here to view pictures.

8th grade Career Fair Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools held an 8th grade career fair with help from community members for Lebanon and St. Charles middle schools on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Thank you to all of those who made this event possible! Click here to see pictures from the event.

Over the Top Preschool Registration Photos

Marion County Public Schools held an Over the Top Preschool Registration event on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Glasscock Elementary School. Thank you to all of those that came out to the event - we had an AMAZING turnout! Click here to view the picture gallery.

January 8, 2015 Board Meeting Agenda

Please see the agenda below for the Board meeting scheduled for January 8th. The district is transitioning this month to a new system with the Kentucky School Board Association for recording board meeting agendas, minutes, and attachments. We appreciate your patience.

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
MARION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Thursday, January 8, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Meeting Place
Administration Building
755 East Main Street
Lebanon, Kentucky  40033

Six Big Dreams: Ready-Set-Grow

Marion County Public Schools is pleased to announce the launch of another page that contains information regarding the Ready-Set-Grow dream. This is just one of the six big dreams Marion County Public Schools is investing in to make a positive difference in the lives of children, their families, and our community. This page will continue to grow with additional resources, so continue to check back for new content!

Preparing for Upcoming Weather Conditions

Marion County Public Schools would like to offer this friendly reminder that forecasted temperatures this week will be dipping into the negative degrees. While our buses and schools will be warm, students waiting for buses should remember to dress for the cold. The best approach is layering clothing (coat or jacket, sweatshirt or sweater, etc.), plus head and hand coverings. Please do not allow children to leave the house with exposed skin (ears, hands, legs, etc.), as this increases the chance of frostbite in cold weather. Working together we can beat the cold this winter season!

Six Big Dreams: Early Childhood Education

Marion County Public Schools has launched a brand new page that contains information regarding the Early Childhood Education dream. This is just one of the six big dreams Marion County Public Schools is investing in to make a positive difference in the lives of children, their families, and our community. Additional pages with information about our other five dreams will launch in future, so continue to check our website for updates!

Wellness Policies

Marion County Public Schools strives to provide school environments that promote and protect student health, well-being, and the ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activities. The district wellness committee annually reviews its wellness policies and welcomes input from all stakeholders. School and district documents can be found here.  Anyone interested in joining this group and/or participating in future forums should contact Troy Benningfield at troy.benningfield@marion.kyschools.us.

MCATC Student Showcase "Gear for Career"

Please join us at the MCATC on Tuesday, December 9th for a display of student projects from a variety of our program areas. The ATC will be open to the community all day with projects set up on display. However, we would love for you to join us between 12:00 pm-1:00 pm—with student presentations beginning at 12:00 pm, followed by lunch. If you are unable to attend the afternoon session, students will also be presenting later that evening at the board meeting being held at the ATC.

Email amy.riney@marion.kyschools.us to RSVP. Please respond no later than Wednesday, December 3rd!

Dickens Christmas Celebration

On Friday, November 28, Marion County Public Schools had a reading booth set up downtown for the Dickens Christmas celebration. In conjunction with all of the festivities that evening, we encouraged parents, guardians, and loved ones to read to children 20 minutes per day (R20). Thank you to those of you that stopped by! Click here to view pictures from the event.

Dickens Christmas Celebration Reading Booth

On Friday, November 28, Marion County Public Schools will have a reading booth set up downtown for the Dickens Christmas celebration. We will be set up in the corner of Joe’s Deli on Main Street. In conjunction with all of the festivities that evening, we will be encouraging parents, guardians, and loved ones to read to children 20 minutes per day (R20) and “Give the gift of reading this holiday season"! We look forward to seeing you there!

Coach's Corner Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 2

Across the Marion County Public School system, teachers are hard at work teaching students the Common Core Standards. One very beneficial strategy that is being used is providing students with feedback. Research indicates that effective feedback can increase student motivation, build on prior knowledge, and help students reflect on what they've learned; hence promoting student achievement. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Background Checks for Employment

Beginning Monday, November 17, 2014, ALL fingerprints will be processed at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Please pick up your fingerprint card at the Marion County Board of Education. The cost is $20.00 for classified staff and $36.50 for certified staff. We accept cash or check. (Please make checks payable to the Marion County Board of Education.) Fingerprint cards must be taken to the Sheriff's office located at 223 North Spalding Avenue, Lebanon, KY for processing. Please call to make an appointment at 270-692-3051. Note – the Sheriff’s office charges a $10.00 fee. RETURN the completed card to the Marion County Board of Education. The Personnel department will notify you once the background check is clear. If you are currently employed with another district, please obtain a copy and submit to our personnel department. If there has been a gap of employment for six months, you must submit a new background check.

Inclement Weather Protocol

If conditions are obvious by mid to early evening that the weather will not allow for school the next day, we will make the cancellation call that night by 9:00 p.m. However, when the weather deteriorates overnight, district transportation staff begin checking the roads at 3:30 a.m. that morning. They will also contact local road crews, as well as the police department to pinpoint local trouble areas. By 5:30 a.m. a decision will be made regarding school cancellation.

Results from the KAGAN Training Evaluation

November 4, 2014 Staff Development Day

November 4th will be a staff development day without students for KAGAN training. All elementary and high school teachers will need to report to Marion County High School while middle school teachers will report to Lebanon Middle School gym. All teachers will need to bring their KAGAN binder that they received on the day 1 training. If you are new to MCPS this year or you were not present at last year’s training, please see Mrs. Newcome on Tuesday at the registration table for a binder of day 1 materials. Training will begin promptly at 8:30 am so please arrive a few minutes early to get signed in and to get your materials. Instructional assistants will report to the ATC for training that will begin at 8:00 am.

Leadership Now Applications

Leadership Now applications are now available for interested certified staff that would like to be a part of the Leadership Now class of 2014!  The MCPS Leadership Now program is a one-year leadership development program designed to recruit, train, and support high quality leaders who will increase student achievement and close the achievement gap.  The goals of Leadership Now is to expose candidates to the critical leadership standards, core values, knowledge, and skills that all leaders must possess as schools move from change to sustainability and identify/develop an in-district talent pool.  Applications are due to tammy.newcome@marion.kyschools.us by November 14, 2014 by 4:00 pm. Click here for the application.

Early Years Newsletter

Dear Parents and Future MCPS Students,

I hope you enjoy your complimentary subscription to the Early Years newsletter.  This publication is specially designed for early learners and their parents. Each month, your newsletter will include fun activities and powerful tips that will give your young learner an amazing start toward developing good habits that will last a lifetime.

Marion County High School BETA Club Recognized

Marion County High School BETA Club has been recognized by the National BETA Club as a 2014-15 National School of Distinction! To earn this award, BETA clubs have to increase their membership by 10%. A special thank you goes out to Jamie Brown, Social Studies teacher/BETA sponsor, Jason Simpson, English teacher/BETA sponsor, and Emily Veatch, English teacher/BETA sponsor, for all the time and dedication they put into BETA!

Staff Development Day

Monday, October 13th is a staff development day without students. Please click read more to check the location of your work site for this day. The day’s schedule will be training from 8:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m. with lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30.

 

Lebanon Elementary School Reading Recovery Program

In May 2014, Lebanon Elementary School distributed six books and a writing journal to each student along with a Summer Reading Challenge. Students were encouraged to read and write about at least books during the summer months. Students were promised a reward of a picnic and fun and games if they returned to school in the fall with a completed journal of at least six entries.

Upon returning to school this Fall, Lebanon Elementary School rewarded 110 students that read 724 books to a Reading Celebration Back to School Picnic.  Eighteen former Reading Recovery students earned the reward and were able to attend the picnic. Reading Recovery instills a lifelong love of Reading! Pictured front row from left are Aubrey Price, Elizabeth Spurling, Rashaud Brown, Tavarious Bryant, and Evan Brown. Middle row Brooklyn Thomas, Chanse Smith, Neveah Penn, and Layne Ramey. Back row Ms. Mary Leo Wimsatt, teacher, Rhea Fisher, Daylee Jaglowicz, Clayton Whitlock, Abby Clark, Mashayla Furmon, Tyler Smith, Tiffany Brady, Hannah Gaither, and Mrs. Melissa Murphy, Teacher. Absent from the photo is Shelby Craig. 

Notice of Vacant Marion County Board of Education Seat

Opportunity

The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Marion County Board of Education. You are invited to nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Marion County Board of Education representing:

  • Educational Division #5

This vacancy was created by a resignation. Under the provisions of KRS 160.190 (2), this appointment is effective until

  • the November 2015 regular election.

This is a public service position and the person appointed will not be employed by the Marion County Public School District.

2014-15 Marion County Student Ambassadors

Congratulations to the very first class of Marion County Student Ambassadors!

  1. Paige Buckman
  2. Dylan Cambron
  3. Katie Elmore
  4. Alyssa Farmer
  5. Emily Ford
  6. Rachel Gootee
  7. Anne Kaitlyn Gribbins
  8. Jeni Hall
  9. Lydia Howlett
  10. Travis Hullemeier
  11. Paris Manson
  12. Leah Mudd
  13. Jarie Newby
  14. Matthew Newcome
  15. Megan Newton
  16. Brady Spalding
  17. Curt Spalding
  18. Kaitlyn Spalding
  19. Laura Jo Spalding
  20. Robbie Spalding
  21. Leah Thompson
  22. TJ Veatch
Summer Professional Development Survey Results

Over the summer Marion County Public Schools held several professional development sessions for teachers and staff. After all sessions ended teachers were asked to participate in a survey. To view the results of the survey, click here.

Marion County Universal Pre-School Survey

As part of Marion County Public Schools’ planning and development to improve Kindergarten Readiness, we are asking parents/guardians of three and four year olds to respond to this survey. Your response will assist us in working together to ensure all children in Marion County will have an opportunity to Dream, Believe and Achieve! Click here to begin the survey.

Gov. Beshear awards Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress certification to Marion County

FRANKFORT, KY. (August 14, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Marion County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress.

The Kentucky Work Ready Community certification program from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

2014-15 PBIS Makeup Training

Any faculty and staff member that did not attend the opening day training on Tuesday, August 5 needs to complete the online KDE/KET online modules. You will have to enroll in the course to access the modules. You will need to complete all four modules and quizzes. Upon completion, you will be able to access a certificate of completion. This certificate will need to be turned into Jennifer Osbourne, Personnel Director, at the Board of Education before you can return to school. Click here to access the presentation and links for the KDE/KET modules.

No school Tuesday, May 20

School will not be in session Tuesday, May 20, 2014 due to Election Day. Faculty and staff will report to their designated areas for professional development. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

2014 Strategic Planning Summit

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Marion County Public Schools held its annual Strategic Planning Summit. We'd like to thank all of those who attended this event and look forward to making DREAMS come TRUE for all of our students here in Marion County! A special thanks goes out to all the staff at Central Office who helped organize this event! To view pictures from the summit, click here.

Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition

Summer Food Service Program

Marion County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this year.

The Summer Food Service Program provides meals to all school age children, without charge, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability at approved sites in Marion County.

An approved site may be at a school or another site that is serving children during the summer in an organized activity. Last year approved sites were at the Marion County Public Library, schools, Bible Schools, etc.

To obtain information about becoming an approved Summer Feeding site, please contact Diane Evans or Cathy Sparrow at the Marion County Board of Education Office at 270-692-3721, ext 230 prior to May 5.

Christina McRay hired as principal at Lebanon Middle School

The Lebanon Middle School SBDM Council unanimously selected Christina McRay as the new principal during its meeting on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Mrs. McRay has served as the interim principal at Lebanon Middle School since January of 2014. Prior to serving as interim principal, she served as the assistant principal at Marion County High School and a teacher in Bullitt County. Please welcome her to her new role and support her as she leads Lebanon Middle School to the next level!

School Health Nurse Job Posting for Lincoln Trail District Health Department

Status: Non-exempt, full-time partial year (ten month) employee

Location: Marion County
Classification: Local Health Nurse I (2122), Local Health Nurse II (2123), Local Health Nurse III (2124)

Starting Pay Rate:
LHN I   $15.51
LHN II  $16.30
LHN III $16.58

May be adjusted at agency’s discretion based upon additional education and experience

Reports to: Director of School Health

Click read more for additional information.

Calendar Amendments

The Marion County Board of Education approved the following calendar amendments on Thursday, April 10, 2014:
 

  • School will not be in session on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014
  • Last day for students – June 4, 2014
  • Closing day – last day for teachers – June 6, 2014
  • Instructional days from 174 to 172
  • Staff work days – May 20 and June 5, 2014

Graduation will be Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:00 am.

West Marion Elementary Reading Night

2013-14 School Year Calendar Amendments

The Marion County Board of Education met on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 and approved to use March 31, April 1 (two days of spring break) and May 26 (Memorial Day) as make-up days.

Melt Down Marion County

Superintendent's Webcast, February 7, 2014

TGKY Job Fair

Ready, Set, Go Program

MUNIS

MUNIS Self Services is currently down at this time. We are working on correcting this issue as soon as possible.

2014-15 School Year Calendar

Click here to view the 2014-15 school year calendar that was approved December 12, 2013 by the Marion County Board of Education.

1:00 p.m. School Dismissal!

Marion County Public Schools will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. today, Friday, December 6th due to incoming inclement weather.  A One Call Now has gone out to all student households and to the media.  

Important Links

Our website is not displaying correctly in some browsers (mainly Internet Explorer) due to our new design. While this issue is currently being fixed, you can use the below links to access common programs.

Webmail

AESOP

Infinite Campus Teacher Portal

Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal

AR/AM Login

Follett Destiny

mySchoolBucks

MUNIS Self Service

Kentucky Department of Education

CIITS

Compass

Scholastic Educator Access District Hosted SRI

Scholastic Hosted Read 180

Inclement Weather Protocol

With the winter months quickly approaching Marion County Public Schools would like to communicate the following protocol regarding the cancellation of school in the event of inclement weather.

 

Website Lockout

Starting Monday, November 25, faculty and staff will not be able to login to SchoolPointe’s CMS. The district and schools are getting an updated design and SchoolPointe will be transferring all the content from the current websites to the new websites. The new design is expected to go live Wednesday, November 27 and you will be able to login again on this date.

Staff Development Days Survey
This school year our Board of Education approved the use of three instructional calendar days to be converted to staff development days without students. Our first day was used before school began to take care of some required state trainings and opening day activities. Our second day was used this past Monday to assist and support staff with Compass Learning implementation, program review implementation planning, career/technical programming, Daily 5 training for instructional assistants that work with small reading groups, special education staff training, pre-school staff planning and implementation of new programming tool, writing training for select middle and high school staff, Infinite Campus training for attendance clerks and secretaries, guidance counselor PLC, food service training, and bus driver training. In order for us to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning day, we would appreciate your completion of a very short survey. Click here to complete the survey.
Amendment made to 2013-2014 calendar
Monday October 14, 2013 will be a non-attendance day for students for Marion County Public Schools - ALTHOUGH THIS DAY WILL BE A WORK DAY FOR ALL STAFF.

 

An attendance day will be added to the school calendar in order to make up this instructional time for students.  This action was approved by the Marion County Board of Education at the September 24th Board meeting. For a copy of the amended calendar, click here.

Vacant Board Member Seat

The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Marion County Board of Education. You are invited to nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Marion County Board of Education representing Educational Division #3 of the Marion County School District. Please click on the following link for information and an application. This information is also available for you to pick up at our office located at 755 E. Main St. Lebanon, KY .

http://education.ky.gov/districts/legal/Pages/default.aspx

Superintendent's Webcast - September 16, 2013

 

Vacant Board Member Seat

The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Marion County Board of Education. You are invited to nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Marion County Board of Education representing Educational Division #3 of the Marion County School District. Please click on the following link for information and an application.  This information is also available for you to pick up at our office located at 755 E. Main St. Lebanon, KY .

http://education.ky.gov/districts/legal/Pages/default.aspx

MCHS Principal Selection Criteria Survey

Marion County High School is in the process of selecting a principal. The site-base council would appreciate your input about the qualities important to you in your next principal. Please complete the survey by clicking here. Answer choices are on a scale from 1-10, with one being the least important, and ten being the most important. Please be sure to click "next page" after answering the first two questions, as there are ten questions total. We thank you for your input.

Opening Day Breakfast MONDAY, AUGUST 5th!!

I hope this finds you refreshed after a great summer break!  As the new school year is quickly approaching I would like to remind you that the school calendar is a little different this year than in years past.

GES Principal Selection Criteria Survey

Glasscock Elementary is in the process of selecting a principal. The site-base council would appreciate your input about the qualities important to you in your next principal. Please complete the survey by clicking here and entering the number 0 (zero) as the pin number. Please be sure to click "next page" after answering the first six questions, as there are eleven questions total. We thank you for your input.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for the 2013-14 school year can now be filled out by clicking here. Applications can be returned to your school, the Marion County Board of Education, or mailed in to:

755 East Main Street
Lebanon, KY 40033

If you have any questions, please call (270) 692-3721.

Joint meeting between Marion County Board of Education and the new Superintendent Search Screening Committee
Retirement reception for Dr. Hamilton

 In honor of Dr. Hamilton’s service to MCPS and his impending retirement we are holding a greet/meet reception for him Thursday, June 6th  here at the Central Office.  Please come by between the hours of 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. to wish Dr. Hamilton & his family well.  Hope to see you on Thursday, June 6th!

Summer Feeding Information

Marion County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meal sites and times can be found by clicking here.

Minority parent ballots available
Marion County Superintendent Vacancy

The Marion County School District seeks as its next Superintendent, an innovative and highly motivated candidate who is eager to take the district to the highest levels of achievement in all areas. 

2012 NCEA Higher Performing Schools

The National Center for Educational Achievement, formerly a department of ACT, Inc. has released the names of 136 schools across the state of Kentucky that has achieved "Higher Performing Schools" status.  Both, Calvary Elementary and West Marion Elementary, have been named in this elite group.  These schools stand as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of preparing students for life after high school.

School Councils: Value Added

This is the time of year our schools are in the process of electing new councils to serve in the next annual school cycle.  I wanted to take space here to share my appreciation for the “volunteer” time these folks fulfill for our schools.  School councils typically consist of two parents and three teachers, along with the building principal.  They establish school level policy, consistent with district policy.  The council sets the budget for the school activity accounts and instructional funds.  They also evaluate and determine programs offered in the building and set goals and improvement plans.  These responsibilities come with no personal gain, other than the knowledge these individuals have given of their time to support and improve opportunities for students.  They meet monthly, and often more frequently as needed, to review school progress and policy.  I served with school councils as both a middle school and high school principal and found the experience gratifying.  It is with my deepest appreciation I thank the current council members and those coming on new for 2013-2014 for serving unselfishly.  I hope your past experiences and next experiences are positive and filled with value for you personally and as advocates for the schools you serve.

Chuck Hamilton, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Marion County Public Schools

 

Graduation and Ceremony

We are about to enter the last month of school, which means lots of ceremonies and recognition events.  These are meant to focus on the students in our district and we hope to maintain a positive and enjoyable environment during each and every event.  A few things to keep in mind so the ceremonies are pleasant and enriching for all who attend:  Refrain from shout-outs as they often embarrass students and can cause the next family to not hear their child being recognized; be respectful of others when taking pictures; remember we are a tobacco free district meaning no use of tobacco in any form while on campuses; reserve constructive criticisms for another time as the focus of the event should not be marred by monopolizing an administrator while they try and visit with all in attendance; keep side conversations to areas outside of the event so those around you can hear their child being called up for their recognition.  These few tips make events more pleasant for everyone and assure the focus stays on the students.  I hope we can all appreciate how our actions set the tone for our young and express our appreciation for their hard work this year with the dignity it deserves.

Staff Recognitions

We are pleased to announce that this year’s CKSEC Outstanding Educators of the Year from Marion County are Tiffiney Deopere and Jill Edlin. These ladies are being recognized for their exemplary service and dedication to this district and will be recognized at the CKSEC (Central Kentucky Special Education Cooperative) luncheon on May 17th in Lexington. Congratulations, Tiffiney and Jill!!!

Additionally we have three teachers being recognized for their service at Campbellsville University on May 11.  They are Patricia (Sissy) Blandford, LES; Deanna Bardin, LMS; and Haley Evans, MCHS.  Campbellsville University partners with districts across the state to recognize teachers who exemplify characteristics of master teachers.  We are proud to have these three ladies represent Marion County this year.

Earlier this year we had the local Chamber Educator of the Year, Mrs. Paula Walston, LES.

GEMS Awardee

Congratulations to senior Charles Shofner on being selected as a GEMS (Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School) Awardee at the University of Louisville.  This was a very competitive process and only ten students were recognized out of over 100 applicants of the highest academic preparation.  Charles will be connected to this group during his undergraduate studies and will participate in seminars and activities with the School of Medicine staff.  This is the twenty-fifth GEMS class at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Another Marion County native was also selected in this group of ten.  Gabrielle Hamilton, who currently attends the Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University, went to Marion County Schools from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Governor's Scholars Programs

Congratulations to our GSP Scholars, who for five weeks this summer will work from several university sites on collegiate level programs.  Acceptance to this program includes tuition scholarship to any of the eight state universities.  Many of our private colleges also offer scholarships to these students as well.

GSP Scholars: Abby Renee Blandford; Joseph David Costello; Joseph Ben Curtis; Lauren Michelle Farmer; Natalie Nicole Mattingly; Brooklyn Ryan Russell; Bailey Anna Spalding; Sarah Danielle Spalding; Rebekah Katlyn Taylor (alt).

The Governor’s School for the Arts will be held on the Transylvania University campus in Lexington from June 23–July 13, 2013

GSA Artist: Sara Morris; Eilish Brady (alt).

Information Here

In the event of a school crisis you will be able to find information here.  That information would include a brief description of the event and directions for pick-up of students.  We just completed a mock crisis drill at Lebanon Middle School in collaboration with all local first responders.  We will next evaluate the process and make changes where necessary to improve our actions.

Information Available Here

In the event of a school crisis you would be able to get information from this site about student pick-up and the event itself.  We just completed a drill at Lebanon Middle School with all local first responders.  We will now evaluate the process and procedures to improve response time and collaboration. 

Follow-up to Operation Preparation and ILP

Thank you to those of you who have committed to meeting with either eighth graders or sophomores to discuss their futures in your line of work.  Getting to talk with someone who has experience or knowledge about a specific job helps our students plan their future with more purpose and vision.  A great tool available to all students in sixth grade through seniors, and beyond, is the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) at www.careercruising.com/ILP/  where each student has their own personal file. 

Congratulations Lady Knight Basketball

The Lady Knight basketball squad finished a perfect 39-0 season as State Champions for 2013.  We are proud of their accomplishment and wish them all the best.  The crowd on hand to watch the final game was the largest to see a girl's basketball championship game in Diddle Arena.  Thanks to all the fans who made the trip to Bowling Green and those of you listening at home for your support.

Schools Closed Friday, March 15, 2013

ALL Marion County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, March 15, to allow all fans the opportunity to travel to Bowling Green's WKU Diddle Arena to support our Lady Knights in their second round Sweet Sixteen state tournament game.  The missed day will be added to the end of the current calendar, making the last day for students, May 23, 2013.

Mock Crisis Exercise

There will be a Mock Crisis Exercise at Lebanon Middle School (across from TGKY, behind Kroger).  The event will take place Thursday, April 11, sometime between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM.  This will result in some road closures and emergency vehicle traffic.  Please plan your travel accordingly.

Reading Committee Meeting

The next Reading Committee meeting has been re-scheduled to convene on Monday, MARCH 11th at 5:30 p.m. here in the Board room of the Central Office.

Reading Committee Meeting
Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences: The Choice is Yours enrichment event for freshman students from Marion County High School.

MCHS Academic Team REGION CHAMPS!

Marion County High School captured the KAAC Region 5 academic competition against a strong field.  They were also recognized by a vote of the teams to receive the Hume Sportsmanship Award.  A list of final results can be found at this link: http://data.kaac.com/ASAP/finalresults/final.asp

Preschool & Kindergarten Registration

Preschool & Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year has been rescheduled.

Marion County Academic Team Wins District for Eighth Year

Marion County High School Academic Team placed first overall, first in Future Problem Solving and first in Quick Recall competition at the District Governor’s Cup Competition on Saturday, January 26 at Campbellsville High School.

Competing against students from Washington County, Taylor County, and Campbellsville High School, Marion County students also came away with  nine medals in written assessment and one medal in written composition.

Winners will advance to Regional Competition to be held in February 12th and 16th  at Marion County High School.

School Board Appreciation Month
January is Kentucky School Board Recognition Month and at the local board meeting, January 8, 2013 all five board members were recognized for their contributions to the school system and community.  Recognitions included a resolution from County Judge John. G. Mattingly and a book presentation from Dr. Chuck Hamilton, superintendent of schools.  Board members are
Flu Preventative Measures

Lincoln Trail Health Department is reporting widespread influenza (the flu) in our area.

Kentucky Ranks 10th Nationally
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2013) – Kentucky’s ranking in an annual assessment of all states on key education indicators rose four places, making it 10th in the nation for its efforts to improve teaching, raise student achievement and many other variables related to public education.
mySchoolBucks is live for Marion County
Marion County School District now offers mySchoolBucks, a convenient and secure online payment and parent information portal! With mySchoolBucks you can deposit money into one or more student accounts, track purchase history, create low-balance reminders and even set-up an automatically recurring payment.
LES Art Grant
Congratulations to Lebanon Elementary School who received a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council for an artist in residency.  Kentucky Arts Council grants are made possible by budgetary action of the Kentucky General Assembly and receipt of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Revised Vision and Mission Statement for MCPS
The Marion County Board of Education approved a revised vision and mission statement at the Tuesday, December 11, 2012 board meeting. To view the revised statement, click here.
Commonwealth’s Tech Leaders Honored at Annual Tech Day
Annual Tech Day honors students, businesses, schools, and organizations expanding broadband use

Frankfort, KY— ConnectKentucky Tuesday honored individuals and organizations using broadband in innovative ways at its 2012 Tech Day at The George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

Inclement Weather Protocol Media Release
New Employment Application Process Coming December 1, 2012
Starting December 1, 2012, Marion County Public Schools will start requiring all applicants – certified and classified – to complete applications online through TalentEd Recruit & Hire’s online application site.
State Assessment Results
Five months after the assessments were completed and over one-third of the way through the new school year, 2011-2012 state assessment scores are finally here.  As a district we have reason to celebrate and motivation to improve.
KY Commisioner of Education Visits
Dr. Terry Holliday visited Marion County on Monday, October 29, 2012. He made stops at the Area Technolgy Center, Hugh C. Spalding Academy, Marion County High, Centre Square, and Lebanon Elementary.
More on Unbridled Learning
More resources to help prepare parents and others for test score release – As we move toward the public release of the test scores from the new system, To assist you with understanding, KDE offers several resources including a brand new video
Understanding Unbridled Learning Accountability System
These web links will take you to great information about the new Unbridled Accountability System (replacing CATS-KCCT) used for state and federal school and district accountability.  We anticipate having our scores from 2011-2012 testing around the end of October to share with the community.  Use these links to access pamphlets that explain the system in easy to understand terms. 
MCHS Events Over Fall Break
Even though school is out there are several events taking place on campus.  The Volley Ball team is hosting Bardstown tonight, Tuesday, October 2, in an event to support Cancer Awareness.  Games start around 5:30 PM.  While on Friday night, October 5, The Football Knights host Mercer County in a district game.  Game time is 7:30 PM at John. J. Boswell Field.  On October 4, Thursday, and October 6, Saturday, there are soccer games at home.  Both nights start at 5:30 PM here on MCHS campus.
Outstanding Special Education Adminstrator of the Year
Debbie Spalding has been announced by the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children as the 2012 Outstanding Special Education Administrator of the Year...
WHAS Crusade at LES (Link Fixed)
Please view the short video clip promoting the collaboration between the Crusade and LES to improve technology access to our students.  Note the great cooperation you see between students and staff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHbpeE3JJq0
ACT and KEES Money
ACT scores are used by the state to determine bonuses to KEES scholarship money. KEES scholarship money is guaranteed to all Kentucky students and can be used at University or Technical colleges to pay for tuition or other expenses.  The ACT is a gauge of college readiness of our students and how prepared they are for college-level work.
District-Wide Assessment
Students are benchmark testing with ThinkLink in the elementary schools, MAP in the middle schools, and Quality Core at the high school. These assessments help us determine where students are in terms of their learning at this early point of our school year. 
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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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

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

 

 

Classroom Spotlight: MCKA students get their daily 'Genius Hour' Genius Hour

It’s called ‘Genius Hour’ -- a class period devoted entirely to exploring ideas and topics that students choose.  At Marion County Knight Academy, during Genius Hour students are given the opportunity to research, create, and present projects on almost any subject that piques their interests.

On Monday, in Ms. Kim Scalf’s 8th grade Genius Hour class, student presentations ran the gamut with topics including careers in professional athletics, a look at the effects of global poverty, an overview of the most common horse breeds, and even an exploration into the topic “What Makes Us Forget?”

Classroom Spotlight: Chemistry teacher provides 'hands-on' learning in safety Chemistry experiment
Open House Dates

Open House and registration dates for Marion County Schools are listed below:

Baseball Team Headed to the State Tournament

Baseball Region Celebration

Tell us why you #loveKYschools!

We need your help! We want YOU to tell us why you love Marion County Public Schools on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to use the hashtag #loveKYschools in your post!

#loveKYschools graphic

Over the Top 2017-18 Preschool Registration

Over the Top Flyer

Leadership Now Program Applications

The MCPS Leadership Now! program is now accepting applications. It is a one-year leadership development program designed to recruit, train, support, and retain high quality leaders who will increase student achievement and close the achievement gap. Click here to download the application. The application is due by December 13, 2016.

2016-17 Title I Survey

Parents/Guardians - Please complete this Title I survey so we can find out how well we are working with parents so we can improve. We would appreciate your honest feedback! All statements refer to the current 2016-2017 school year. Thank you for taking your time to complete this survey.

2016 Freshman JumpStart

The class of 2020 is encouraged to attend Freshmen Jumpstart on Tuesday, July 26. Check-in will begin at 8:00 with the program running from 8:30-1:30. Parents do not need to attend. This is a fun filled, informational day designed to ease the transition into high school. Every participant will receive a t-shirt and lunch. There will also be door prizes given.

Marion County Public School Preschool Program

The Marion County Public Schools preschool program continues to take applications for entrance into preschool. Applications are on the Early Childhood/Preschool program page. You may fill out the application and bring to the Board of Education and/or email to: deborah.spalding@marion.kyschools.us or marilyn.gribbins@marion.kyschools.us.

We look forward to serving your child!

2016 Reading Celebration

Please join us for the 2016 Reading Celebration that will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Marion County High School from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Dream Bus will be there along with door prizes, concessions, and Kentucky Poet George Ella Lyon. Be sure to join us for this fun night!

Presidents' Day will be a make-up day

Marion County Public Schools will be in session on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 15, 2016. This day will serve as the first make-up day of the 2015-16 school year.

I2 Innovation Institute

Click here for the collaborative document used by presenters.

Click here for the post conference survey link.

Marion County High School Launches Microsoft IT Academy Program to Help Equip Students with 21st Century Skills for Success

Marion County High School today announced the launch of the Microsoft IT Academy program to equip students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st century economy. Marion County High School joins more than 15,000 Microsoft IT Academies around the world. Students enrolled in Ms. Tara Tatum’s computer and technology applications classes will be participating in the program.

Public Comment Committee Meeting

The Public Comment Committee meeting that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015 will now take place on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Marion County Board of Education. Anyone who is interested in attending the meeting is welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Beams at daniel.beams@marion.kyschools.us.

Superintendent's Webcast - May 7, 2015

Bus Routes for February 26 & 27

For the remainder of this week, providing that there are NO issues, MCPS will use the regular bus routes unless the bus driver notifies the student that his/her road cannot be accessed. In this case Plan B for that student/family will be used. Our hope is to service as many bus routes as possible. Thank you!

National School Counseling Week 2015

Marion County Public Schools would like to wish all of our guidance counselors throughout the district a Happy National School Counseling Week! National School Counseling Week 2015, "Celebrate School Counseling," is celebrated from Feb. 2-6, 2015, to focus attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. 

Proficient schools recognized at October 14 Board meeting

Superintendent Schlosser presented Louisville Slugger bats with the Dream, Believe, and Achieve logo on them to the schools that achieved proficiency status for the 2013-14 school year at the October 14, 2014 Board meeting.

2014-15 Substitute/Part-time Staff PBIS Training (Part II)

All part-time staff and substitutes that are planning on subbing for the 2014-15 school year must complete PBIS Training, part II. (NOTE: If you have been asked to long term sub, please attend the opening day training on Tuesday, August 5.) Click here to access the training. At the end of the training, you will complete a brief quiz. Please print out the certificate at the end of the quiz and bring it to Jennifer Osbourne, Personnel Director, at the Marion County Board of Education, 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033.

$10 Athletic Physicals - DATE CHANGE

$10 ATHLETIC PHYSICALS
Offered by Marion County Community Education & KORT Physical Therapy

WHO: All Marion County 7th – 12th grade athlete
WHAT: Official Kentucky High School Athletic Association Physical
WHERE: KORT Physical Therapy, 703 East Main Street, Lebanon (near Kroger)WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2014
COST: $10 (cash only)
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (NO APPOINTMENTS)


 

WMES Principal Selection Criteria Survey

West Marion Elementary School is in the process of selecting a principal. The site-base council would appreciate your input about the qualities important to you in your next principal. Please complete the survey by clicking here. Answer choices are on a scale from 1-10, with one being the least important, and ten being the most important. We thank you for your input.

Superintendent's Webcast, April 7, 2014

 

 

Superintendent's Webcast - November 6, 2013

 

 

Schools are closed Monday, February 18, for Presidents' Day
2013-14 School Calendar
The 2013-14 school year calendar was approved by the Marion County Board of Education on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. To view the calendar, click here.
Opening Day Ceremony
Agenda and program for staff opening day ceremony.  Start time for breakfast is 7:00 am and guest speakers at 7:45 am.
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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feeding program looking for community support through online fundraising BackPack food program

For the past 10 years, the Marion County Community Education program has participated in Feeding America’s 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.

However, in recent years, the program has faced a new obstacle: funding.  In the past, a large portion of the program’s funding came from a grant that is no longer available.

Digital Driver's License required for new students grades 8-12 DDL
2017-2018 School Bus Routes

Marion County School Bus Routes for the 2017-2018 school year are now available on the Transportation Webpage. Click on the links below:

Bus Routes 2017-2018

Bus Directory 2017-2018

Bus Transfer List 2017-2018

Kids.gov: Children's Dental Health Month

Getting your kids to brush their teeth at night maybe one more thing they delay to avoid going to bed. Here are two to help get them into a routine. Get more information about good dental hygiene during Children’s Dental Health Month.

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration Flyer

Leadership Now Program Phase II Applications

The MCPS Leadership Now Phase II program is now accepting applications. It is a leadership development program designed to recruit, train, support, and retain high quality leaders who aspire to become administrators.   Applicants will be required to submit an application with a written response and reference form along with going through an interview process for final selection. Click here to download the application. The application is due by December 13, 2016.

Channel 6 covers MCPS

2016-17 Substitute/Part-time Staff PBIS Training

All part-time staff and substitutes that are planning on subbing for the 2016-17 school year must complete PBIS Training, courses 1-3, and the modules within each course. If you have subbed with us in the past, you will only need to complete course 3, titled Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bullying Prevention, and modules 1-2. If you would prefer to attend an in-person training session on PBIS, please report to Central Office on Thursday, August 4 at 9:00 am. If you prefer to complete the electronic version, click here to view instructions on how to access, register, and complete the training. After completing the modules, you will be presented with a certificate to submit to the Marion County Board of Education located at 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY, 40033.

2016 Student Ambassador Applications

Applications for the 2016-17 Marion County Student Ambassadors are now being accepted from interested Marion County High School students entering grades 10-12. The application must be submitted no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016. Applications may be submitted electronically to laurie.followell@marion.kyschools.us or troy.benningfield@marion.kyschools.us. Forms may also be presented in person to Mrs. Kim Hardin in the MCHS library. Click here to download the application.

Preschool Articles and Videos for Parents
2016-17 Kindergarten Registration

Click here to download the 2016-17 Kindergarten registration application.

Moore receives MAC Grant

Ms. Michelle Moore, 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Lebanon Middle School, won a McDonald's MAC grant and was presented with a check for $500! The money will be used to publish original student work into hard cover books. Congrats to Ms. Moore!

She is pictured with local manager Marvelle and local owner Steve Schwartz.

Non-Traditional Instruction Day Press Release

Marion County Public Schools is one of 44 Kentucky public school districts selected to participate in the Non-Traditional Instruction Day (NTID) program this year.  The NTID program allows students to use virtual or other non-traditional means of instruction to complete assignments at home when school is cancelled because of weather or other emergencies.  These days count as regular attendance days and will not have to be made up.

Marion County High School to Offer Leading Certification Programs as Certiport Authorized Testing Center

Marion County High School today announced they have been named a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) and will offer the globally recognized Microsoft Office Specialist, IC3 Digital Literacy, AdobeCertified Associate and other certification exams to their students in Marion County, KY.

GES Principal Selection Criteria Survey

Glasscock Elementary is in the process of selecting a principal. The site-base council would appreciate your input about the qualities important to you in your next principal. Click here to take the survey. We thank you for your input.

2015 Migrant and 21st Century Banquet Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools Migrant and 21st Century programs held their annual end of the year celebration banquet on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. We'd like to say "thank you" to all those who helped make this event happen, in addition to the parents and students who attended the banquet. Click here to view pictures from the event.

2015-16 Kindergarten Registration

Marion County Public Schools Kindergarten Registration will be held at all elementary schools on Friday, February 27, 2015 between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00.p.m. 

Registration paperwork will be at the elementary school in the district in which you reside. Children who will be five years old on or before October 1, 2015 should register for kindergarten classes. Students who are currently enrolled in the four-year-old preschool program should also register for kindergarten.

Glasscock Elementary School Assistant Principal

The Glasscock Elementary School SBDM Council has selected Mrs. Angie Akers to fill the new role of Assistant Principal. Mrs. Akers previously served as the Library Media Specialist at Glasscock and the Interim Assistant Principal at Marion County High School the spring semester of the 2013-14 school year. Please welcome her to her new role!

Diane Evans Retirement Reception

Diane Evans retired June 30, 2014 after being employed by Marion County Public Schools for over 38 years. Diane held several roles in the district, from head teacher at Bradfordsville School, to principal, music teacher, chapter I reading teacher at Calvary Elementary, county-wide fine arts coordinator, elementary instructional supervisor, and food service/support services director. A reception was held on October 14, 2014 to celebrate Diane and her time in Marion County. We wish you the best Diane!


Welcome back from Superintendent Schlosser

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

It is with much enthusiasm and pride I welcome everyone back to school. As always, it has been an extremely busy, yet productive summer.  From the countless summer camps to the 14,000 nutritious meals we served countywide, Marion County Schools never stopped working for kids.

Superintendent's Webcast, June 5, 2014

 

 

Superintendent's Report - Week of November 6, 2013

November 6th, 2013 will go down as the 57th day of instruction for the 2013-2014 school year!

Other important dates that are tied to November 6th:
-30 instructional days until Christmas Break
-Christmas Break will mark 1/2 the school year is complete.
-117 instructional days remain for the entire school year
-103 instructional days until the state assessment window opens 

Please note that Skills Standard Testing takes place in February. This test is one way to determine career readiness for MCHS & MCATC. The required ACT normally takes place in March for all 11th grade students.  My point is - there are even fewer days of instruction for the remainder of the school year to prepare for these two assessments.

The important question is not only whether our students will be ready for the state assessment, but will they also be prepared for the next grade level/course in the next 117 days of school?

Read more of Taylora Schlosser's report by clicking the "read more" button below.

E-mail Upgrades Throughout the Weekend

Teachers and Staff: Please remember that e-mail services will not be available from 5:00 pm Friday, February 15 until 7:00 am Monday, February 18 due to the transition to Office365. The webmail links on all Marion County School websites will be changed to the new e-mail URL on Monday morning.

Message from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting widespread influenza (flu) activity across the state. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
Welcome to our NEW Website!
Marion County Public Schools recently launched a new website. Our new website features a brand new design, easier navigation, and some brand new features for our users. We are still in the process of adding content to our website, so be sure to check back for new information! If you receive any error messages or broken links, please contact Dylan Tungate, Webmaster, at dylan.tungate@marion.kyschools.us
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

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Photos: Lebanon Elementary students present "Santa's Rockin' Christmas Eve" LES Christmas
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.

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.

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.”

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.

 

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.

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.

School canceled for Aug. 21 due to eclipse; Preschool start date pushed back to Aug. 22 eclipse
Applications now available for MCHS Ambassadors Program Ambassador Picture

Ambassador at spring summit

For a PDF copy of the MCHS Ambassador application, click here:

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For a word processing copy of the MCHS Ambassador application, click here:

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Information for Primary Talent Pool

Primary Talent Pool Brochure

Campbellsville University Honors Band

Three students from the Marion County High School band have been selected to participate in the Campbellsville University Honors Band. The CU Honors Band provides an opportunity for high school students, grades 9-12, to rehearse and perform quality literature as well as work with an outstanding guest conductor.  Congratulations to Laura Ackerman (Trombone), Allison Sallee (Clarinet), and Autumn Smith (Trumpet)!

MCHS Marching Band Sign-Ups

Current 8th-11th graders have the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before them - Be Part of the Band! Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey. Now is the time to start your child in music and MCHS is the place to do it. Please take a brief moment to fill out this form (click here) so your child can BE PART of the BAND! If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Beams, MCHS Band Director, at daniel.beams@marion.kyschools.us.

Career Chat Cafe

Lisa Nalley-Martin will be the first guest in the Career Chat Cafe at MCHS.  This is a new series at MCHs where local citizens come and have lunch with MCHS students who have an interest in the guest's career path.  Students will take their lunch to the NextGen Lab conference room and enjoy some real-life conversations to help guide them in career decisions.  Ms. Nalley-Martin will be there on December 1st from11:30 to 1:00.  Students are to sign up in their English classes.

Local Wellness Committee Meeting

On November 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm the Marion County Board of Education will hold a Local Wellness Committee Meeting at 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033. Parents, students, teachers and the general public are invited to attend. If you need additional information or would like to serve on this committee, please contact Cathy Sparrow, School Nutrition Program Director, at 270-692-3721 ext. 5.

Jump Start

NTI Days

MCPS has been selected for the second consecutive year to participate in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) program.  The district is now eligible to request up to 10 attendance days on which non-instructional methods were implemented due to school cancellation.  More details about this year’s rollout will be released this fall. 

PLTW Summer Camp

PLTW Summer camp

Dates : May 31st - June 3rd

Time: 9am-12pm

Location: Area Tech Center (ATC) PLTW classrooms

Teachers: Greg Conley, Ginger Allen - PLTW teachers

Cost : $15

Click here for a registration form.

Non-Traditional Instruction Day Survey

In an effort to gain parent feedback about the first Non-Traditional Instruction Day (NTID) that was used on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, we ask that you please complete this survey so we may improve future NTI days.

Parents: Click here to take the survey.

Teachers: Click here to take the survey. 

2015 Dickens Christmas Celebration

Marion County Public Schools participated in the annual Dickens Christmas Celebration held in downtown Lebanon on Friday, November 27, 2015.  Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, district staff, and Marion County Student Ambassadors were on hand to pass out balloons and other gifts as part of the community’s holiday kick-off event. Click here to view the photo gallery from the event.

Non-Traditional Instruction Day Webcast Introduction

In this webcast, Superintendent Taylora Schlosser discusses how an NTID will look for families and how to access assignments and other resources.

Non-Traditional Instruction Day Radio Discussion

Superintendent Taylora Schlosser will be on 100.9 WLSK on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7:30 am to discuss the district's plan for Non-Traditional Instruction Days (NTID) and how the process will work for families. Additional information about the NTID can be found by clicking on our NTID link to the left.

2015-16 Student Ambassador Applications

Any Marion County High School junior or senior interested in the Student Ambassador Program can now submit an application and references by August 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. to Mrs. Laurie Followell in Room 120 at MCHS. Documents can be printed by clicking here or can be picked up in Mrs. Followell’s room.

Sports Information Booklet

Coach's Corner Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 3

Teachers across the district have been working at measuring student growth in content areas. Recently, teachers gathered to examine the mid-year progress of students. The SGG is a new component outlined in the Teacher Professional Growth & Effectiveness System. To read the full newsletter, click here.

Over the Top 2015-16 Preschool Registration


Parents may complete the Marion County Preschool 2015-16 Application prior to the registration event and turn the application in on Saturday, February 7.

Exceptional Child Education Community Survey

Marion County Public School's Exceptional Child Education department values feedback from all members of the community. Sharing your responses will help us know which areas of our program are going well and in which areas we need to work together to improve. Please click here to begin the survey. We look forward to working with you to ensure our students with special needs receive the best education possible! (Note: Only one response is allowed per computer.)

Paula Walston hired as West Marion Elementary principal

The West Marion Elementary School SBDM Council selected Paula Walston as the new principal during its meeting on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Mrs. Walston is a reading coach at Lebanon Elementary. Please welcome her to her new role and support her as she leads West Marion to the next level!

7th Inning Stretch

As Marion County Public Schools heads into the 7th Inning Stretch for the 2013-2014 school year with only 42 days of instruction starting Monday, April 7th and several high stakes testing right around the corner, let's encourage one another to finish strong! These last two months (innings) will help determine the results which make DREAMS come true for our children, our staff, and our community.
 

Unbridled Learning Resolution from Marion County Board of Education
Please click here to read the resolution passed by the Marion County Board of Education at their meeting on October 22, 2013.
School and District Report Cards

 

Each year, School and District Report Cards are posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE's) website. Not to be confused with student report cards, these Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more.

New Student Opportunity!!
Governor's School for Entrepreneurs is a three week summer program for individuals or teams of students to experience immersion into innovation and entrepreneurship.  The program is open to current 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  It will be conducted at Georgetown College from June 9 through June 29, 2013.
National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals. An application can not be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.
Photos: MCPS celebrates "Courageous Pacers" courageous pacers

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

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.

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.  

Video: Superintendent discusses school safety

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

Video: Superintendent discusses tragedy in Marshall County video
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: Calvary Elementary provides a Christmas message

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

 

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.”

Dream Bus Video 2017 Dream Bus Video 2017

Dream Bus Schedule Summer 2017

Dream Bus summer schedule will begin on Tuesday May 30, 2017 and end on Friday July 21, 2017.  The Week of July 3rd through July 7th the Dream Bus will not run.  

Monday
11:00-12:15:
Brookhaven
12:45-1:45
Raywick Park

Tuesday
11:00-12:15:
Village Loop Apts.
12:45-1:45
Cleaver Court

Wednesday
11:00-12:15:
Rosenwald Village
12:45-1:45
Bradfordsville Community Center

Thursday
11:00-12:15:
Hamilton Heights/Hardin Place
12:45-1:45
Behind Cedarwood Restaurant East Main

Friday
11:00-12:15:
Warren Acres
12:45-1:45
Rolling Hills Subdivision

Accountability Steering Committee

MCPS Chief Academic Officer Tammy Newcome has been selected by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt to serve on his new Opportunity and Access work group. The 23-member panel will make recommendations to the state’s Accountability Steering Committee which advises key state leaders on the future of the state’s accountability system. Mrs. Newcome is a 25-year veteran of Kentucky’s public school system. Her experience includes serving as a secondary math teacher as well as holding administrative positions at the elementary, secondary, and district level.

Superintendent's Webcast - May 5, 2016

SCMS Cast and Crew invites you!

St. Charles Middle School partners with Kentucky Classic Theatre to present Annie Jr. on May 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 PM at Angelic Hall.

2016-17 Over the Top Preschool Registration

Parents may complete the Marion County Preschool 2016-17 Application prior to the registration event and turn the application in on Saturday, February 13.

Adult Education Program Recognized

The Marion County Adult Education Program was recognized at the November meeting of the Board of Education for its Top 25 status as one of the best programs in Kentucky.  Marion County Adult Education is currently ranked as the second best overall program in the Bluegrass.  

Local Wellness Committee Meeting

On November 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm, the Marion County Board of Education will hold a local wellness committee meeting at 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033. Parents, students, teachers, and the general public are invited to attend. If you need additional information or would like to serve on this committee, please contact Cathy Sparrow, School Nutrition Program Director, at 270-692-3721 ext. 5.

2015-16 Substitute/Part-time Staff PBIS Training (Part III)

All part-time staff and substitutes that are planning on subbing for the 2015-16 school year must complete PBIS Training, part III. (NOTE: If you have been asked to long term sub, please attend the opening day training on Tuesday, August 4.) Click here to view instructions on how to access, register, and complete the training. After completing the modules, you will be presented with a certificate to submit to the Marion County Board of Education located at 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY, 40033. If you have any questions regarding the PBS TeacherLine PBIS training, please contact PBS TeacherLine Customer Support at 1-866-864-0828, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET.

Campbellsville University Partnership

Campbellsville University’s International Program students visited MCPS this spring as part of a new partnership which will place bilingual students from CU in Marion County classrooms to assist visiting international students.  The English Language Learner, Migrant, and 21st Century programs will be coordinating the effort.  CU students Eduardo Doilin and Ana Gonzalez Silva introduce themselves and this new partnership in the attached video.

Former MCHS graduate volunteers time

Marion County High School graduate Jesus Berlanga, a Campbellsville University student, volunteers with the district's migrant and 21st Century programs as a translator and tutor. He and Migrant Advocate Elma Simpson shared state testing tips and information about summer campus at the Parent Advisory Council meeting on May 7th. Over 50 parents and students attended the program.

Tips for Better Snacks

Northern Kentucky University Trailblazer Award

On September 29 in Somerset, Tammy May was presented with the Northern Kentucky University Trailblazer Award for Mathematics Education. She is shown here with Alice Gabbard, the Senior Director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics. Tammy has served as the Math Interventionist at Lebanon Elementary School since 2008.

2014-15 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for the 2014-15 school year can now be filled out by clicking here. Applications can be returned to your school, the Marion County Board of Education, or mailed in to:

755 East Main Street
Lebanon, KY 40033

If you have any questions, please call (270) 692-3721, ext. 230.

Let the games begin!


ARE YOU READY? Marion County Public Schools is about to hit several home runs this week! Starting Wednesday, all our little leaguers in the 3rd-8th grades will begin taking the KPREP test. Our older baseball players will begin taking end of course assessments and will continue with AP testing. Be sure to get to bed early, eat breakfast (schools start serving at 7:45), and have a POSITIVE attitude - we want our players to FINISH STRONG!

Youth Career Expo

National College Fairs Event

Inclement Weather Protocol news release
Hopefully, this letter will be of help to concerned parties regarding the cancellation of Marion County Public Schools in the impending case of inclement weather.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Parents can now print and fill out Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the 2012-13 school year. Eligibility Guidelines can be viewed by clicking here. You can download and print the Free and Reduced Meal Application by clicking here.

Applications can be submitted to the Marion County Board of Education, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm. Do not complete an application if any member of your family receives SNAP (food stamps) or TANF. If you have any questions, please call 270-692-3721 ext. 230.

Marion County Public Schools
755 East Main Street
Lebanon, Kentucky 40033
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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Video: Superintendent discusses NTI days and Plan B bus routes
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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

 

Summer Dream Academy Video 2017 Summer Dream Academy 2017

Marion County Middle School student drop-off and pick-up routes released MCMS routes thumbnail

Morning drop-off information

Marion County Summer Dream Academy

Click here to check out the full booklet.

  Marion County Dream Academy

MCPS Art Series/Spring Showcase Mrs. Joni Farmer and the Spring Showcase

The Marion County Public School's Art Series Spring Showcase was held last night featuring the middle school and high school bands, the high school choir and the high school art gallery. This was an awesome event that showcased the arts in our schools! Huge shout out to Mrs. Kandace Potter for her gallery and Mrs. McCoy for the choir concert. We also had the opportunity to recognize Mrs. Joni Farmer for an unbelievable career serving 29 years of distinguished music education! We are so grateful for her time in education and there is no doubt that her influence will be carried in the hearts of countless numbers of students. Thank you Mrs. Farmer for your amazing service!

Spring ShowcaseSpring Showcase

Superintendent Webcast
McRay selected to lead MCATC Christina McRay

Mrs. Christina McRay has been selected to serve as the new Marion County Area Technology Center principal. McRay’s tenure as an educator includes eight years as a Business Education Teacher and Future Business Leaders of America club sponsor in Bullitt County as well as four years as an assistant principal at Marion County High. She is currently the Lebanon Middle School principal – a position she has held role since 2014. Superintendent Schlosser released the following statement on 10/19/16:

"On behalf of the Marion County Public Schools, Washington County Public Schools, and the Office of Career and Technical Education, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Christina McRay has been selected to serve as the new Area Technology Center Principal. Christina began her career as a Business Education Teacher and Future Business Leaders of American club sponsor in Bullitt County. She served in this role for 8 years. She began her work in Marion County as an assistant principal at Marion County High School in 2010 and served in this role for 4 years. She is currently the Lebanon Middle School Principal. She has been serving in this role since 2014.

The selection committee believes that Mrs. McRay has a strong skill set, talent and enthusiasm to ensure that our students in Central Kentucky will truly graduate College and Career Ready based on the needs of local business & industry. As her immediate supervisor, I believe that Mrs. McRay will do an outstanding job of working closely with our community, our business & industry, our families & students, and our staff. She believes in the purpose of technical education and has several years of experience working in that field. Her experience as a principal and her excitement will translate into a culture of high expectations for all students!"

Jamie Brown receives National BETA Sponsor of Year Award

 

Ms. Jamie Brown, a social studies teacher at Marion County High School, received the National Sponsor of the Year award at the 2016 National BETA Convention in New Orleans, LA. Congraulations to Ms. Brown!

Lenovo N22 Chromebooks Bid

Request for Bid
Title: Lenovo N22 Chromebooks
Closing Time to Receive Bids: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM
The Marion County Board of Education hereby solicits bids for Lenovo N22 Chromebooks.

Click here to view the bid requirements.

Gifted and Talented Dance Auditions

 

Gifted and Talented Dance Auditions!

Are you serious about dance?

Do your friends say that you should be on that dancing contest show?

Do you spend hours watching videos on how to perfect that one dance move?

If so, then Gifted and Talented is looking for you!

 

Who: You

What: Gifted and Talented Dance Auditions

When: April 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Marion County High School Gym

Why: We are looking for students who are serious about dance and have a talent. (This is NOT a contest!)

How:

  1. Sign up to audition in the front office.
  2. Create a 1.5 - 2 minute dance audition.
  3. Come to the auditions.
  4. Do your best.

 

If you have any questions contact Mrs. Phillips at: dawn.phillips@marion.kyschools.com

 

Do you need assistance with your heating costs?

To be eligible for Crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis.  You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within 4 days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

The family income level must be at or below the 130% federal poverty level. The benefit levels are up to $400.00 for natural gas or electric and/or up to 200 gallons of propane, fuel oil or kerosene or 2 cords of wood. Based on the availability of funding.

You will need to bring; proof of income for the entire family for the previous month, and social security numbers, birth dates for all in household, and a past due/disconnect notice or bulk fuel statement. Applicants heating with propane, fuel oil, kerosene or wood must verify their physical address.

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

Middle School Career Fair - Thank you!

Dee Dee Cecconi-Smith, YSC Director at MCHS and LMS, would like to thank the following participants for volunteering at last week's career fair.

  • Radiology – St. Catharine College – Lauren Buckman
  • Computers – Marion Co. Board of Education (Dylan Tungate)
  • Psychology – Communicare, Inc. (Samantha Hayes)
  • Military – US Army  (Jeremy J. Ziller)
  • Agriculture – Cooperative Extension Office (David Kessler)
  • Lawyer – County Attorney’s Office (Kaelin Reed & John Elder)
  • Librarian – Marion County Library (Elaine Rahn)
  • Banking –  Farmer’s National Bank (Brad Mattingly & Derrick Brussells)
  • Education – Marion County Board of Education (Taylora Schlosser & Jennifer Osbourne)
  • Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapy– Kort a.m. (Lauren Brady) & Contract (Tiffiney Deopere & Jill Edlin)
  • Engineering – TGKy (Nathan Shewmaker)
  • Manufacturing (Automotive & Construction) – ECTC (Jamie Malusky)
  • Art – Kentucky Classic Arts (Robin Humphress)
  • Cosmetology - Campbellsville University 
2015-16 Teen Leadership Marion County Application

Teen Leadership Marion County is accepting applications for incoming juniors and seniors for the 2015-16 school year. The application deadline is Monday, August 17, 2015. Click here to download the application. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dee Dee Cecconi at 270-692-3517.

Student Ambassadors Visit WKU

The Marion County High School Student Ambassador Executive Committee visited Western Kentucky University on Tuesday, June 9, as part of the district's Summer Dream Leadership Academy.  Students had an opportunity to discuss leadership with  WKU's student ambassador program, The Spirit Masters. Pictured (L-R) are: Lydia Howlett, Megan Newton, Jarie Newby, Spirit Master Mckenzie Wilson, Spirit Master Ellen Lender, Spirit Master Cade Brown, Anne Kaitlyn Gribbins, Katie Elmore, Leah Thompson, Travis Huellemeier, and Dylan Cambron.  The Student Ambassadors are sponsored by Mrs. Laurie Followelll and Mr. Troy L. Benningfield.  The program promotes student leadership through the district's Market-Connect-Communicate initiative. 

"Like" the MCATC on Facebook

The Marion County Area Technology Center is now on Facebook! Click here to visit their page and be sure to "like" them!

Tips for Better Beverages

SCMS Compass Learning Grant Video

New tools to use RIT scores to find free educational resources

RIT to Resource is a website that helps you find open educational resources based on a student’s RIT. It also shows you educational content aligned to standards, and provides a projection of college readiness for students in grade 8 and above.

RIT to Resource is designed to work on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

They've also partnered with Khan Academy to provide you with an easy way to find math resources based on a student’s goal RIT score. You can find these new resources here.

Professional Development Summer Dates

As we complete the 2013-14 school year and plan for the 2014-15 school year, we wanted to communicate any district-planned professional development dates for your planning purposes. Due to a recent change in the professional development law, the board policy 03.19 AP.1 was amended as well. Please click read more for additional information.

Central Office Closed June 23-27

Marion County Public Schools Central Office will be closed the week of June 23-27, 2014.

2014-15 School Year Nursing Assignments

The Marion County Board of Education met at the Gravel Switch Community Center on March 25, 2014 and approved a contract with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department that would allow each school in the district to have its own nurse. We would like to announce the following nursing assignments for the 2014-2015 school year:

Calvary Elementary: Lisa Spalding
Glasscock Elementary: Stephanie Thompson
Lebanon Elementary: Renee Schooling
West Marion Elementary: Stefanie Spalding
Lebanon Middle: Theresa Yaste
St. Charles Middle: Stephanie Frantz
Marion County High: Mickie Lee

Please join us in welcoming these nurses into our district and schools!

ECTC Super Sunday College Fair

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) will host their third annual Super Sunday college information fair on February 24th at 2pm at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Gym in Radcliff, KY.  Super Sunday is a Kentucky Community & Technical Colleges System (KCTCS) program designed to connect with and inform families about what it takes to get into college. Each school in KCTCS partners with at least one African American church to promote higher education, highlight the role of parental involvement, and encourage early preparation to facilitate access to college.

2012-13 School Year Meal Prices
Lunch
Elementary Paid $1.85
Middle Paid $1.95
High School Paid $2.00
All Reduced $ .40
Adults $3.00
Extra Milk $ .40
Extra Juice $ .30

Breakfast
All Paid $ 1.00
All Reduced $ .30
Adults $1.75
Extra Milk $ .40
Extra Juice $ .30
Special Education and Pre-School Director is Hired Ms. Amber Ervin
Marion County Public Schools are pleased to announce Ms. Amber Ervin’s appointment to the Director of Special Education/Pre-School Director’s position to follow Mrs. Debbie Spalding who is retiring effective September 30, 2012. Dr. Chuck Hamilton says, “We are pleased to have found leadership from within the system to fill such an important role for our students’ continued successes.”
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.”

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.

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. 

 

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.

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.  

 

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.

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.

Welcome to our new website design! Website Construction Graphic

Welcome to the new MCPS website! Our new and improved design is more mobile and user friendly. To accomodate our new design, we've moved some commonly used links around. Click the read more button below to learn where things have moved.

 

Kindergarten-2nd Grade School Supply List 2017-2018

Marion County Public Schools School Supply List Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade ϖ	2 Boxes of Crayola Crayons 24 ct. ϖ	6 Elmer Glue Sticks ϖ	Pencil Box or Pouch ϖ	3 Packages of Pencils ϖ	Pair of Fiskars Scissors ϖ	4 Notebooks ϖ	4 Plastic Folders (2 pockets with prongs) ϖ	2 Packages of Loose Leaf Paper ϖ	1 Box of Expo Markers 1 Box of Cap Erasers

 

A Brand New World MCPS Secondary Schools

Click below for the presentation to the Board of Education on the progress of the secondary schools.

http://www.marion.kyschools.us/docs/district/a%20brand%20new%20world%20mcps%20secondary%20schools.pdf?id=558039

Talk it Up - January NAEYC Newsletter

This monthly newsletter delivers highlights from families.naeyc.org—research-based information on children's learning that families can trust. Click here to view the newsletter.

MCPS I2-Innovation Institute Call for Presenters

Marion County Public Schools is hosting an in-house technology conference for all certified teachers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. As we move forward with our 1:1 technology initiative and 21st century learning, we understand and value professional development and training. If you are interested in presenting either an instructional strategy using technology or a lesson on the 4 Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration & Communication), click here to fill out our call for presenters form. A notification of selection for presenting will be sent by December 20, 2016.

MCHS One-to-One Take Home Requirement - Registering for a Digital Driver’s License Account

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, all Marion County High School students will receive a Google Chromebook for classroom instruction. In order for students to qualify for the district’s one-to-one take home program, students must meet a set of guidelines. One of the guidelines is receiving your Digital Driver’s License (DDL). Registration instructions and information on how to obtain your DDL are in the link below. If you have any questions or experience issues while trying to register/obtain your DDL, or don’t know your school e-mail address, please contact your DDL advisor, Dylan Tungate, at dylan.tungate@marion.kyschools.us. Please be aware that case progress resets each year on July 1, which means your answers to incomplete quizzes will disappear. Click here to access the instructions.

Marion County ATC Summer Academy

Click here to view the MCATC Summer Academy brochure.

February 2016 Early Years

MCHS and MCATC IT Academy classrooms featured on Kentucky Teacher

Mike Marsee, a writer from Kentucky Teacher and the Kentucky Department of Education, visited Marion County High School and the Marion County Area Technology Center on November 4, 2015. The article was released on the Kentucky Teacher website on November 8. Click here to read the article.

Preschool & Head Start Registration

Would you like for your 3 or 4 year old to attend Preschool or Head Start in Marion County?  Do you have a child who is 3 or 4 that you suspect may have delays?  If you have answered yes to either question, please call the Marion County Public Schools Preschool department at 270-692-3721 or Lebanon Head Start at 270-692-2136.  Your child may be able to attend based on income eligibility or delays.  Call TODAY!

Coach's Corner Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 4

Kid Friendly Fruits and Veggies

New applicant system launching February 1, 2015

Effective February 1, 2015, Marion County Public Schools will no longer accept applications through the TalentEd Recruit and Hire system. Applicants, both certified and classified, will be required to complete an online application through our new applicant tracking system called AppliTrack. If you have submitted an application for a vacant position on the TalentEd system, you DO NOT need to resubmit your application on AppliTrack. We do, however, suggest that you establish a pre-employment file when AppliTrack goes live (the link on our homepage for "Current Job Listings" will be changed to our AppliTrack website). If you have any questions about this new application process, please contact Jennifer Osbourne, Personnel Director, at jennifer.osbourne@marion.kyschools.us or 270-692-3721, ext. 231.

Coach's Corner Newsletter, Volume 1 Issue 1

The start of the 2014-2015 school year has brought new faces and great excitement into our facilities, but most of all it has delivered great learning opportunities for the students of Marion County. In this newsletter, only a small sector of learning events are highlighted; nonetheless students are off to a soaring start that can only end in one result: SUCCESS! Click here to read the full newsletter.

2014 Summer Feeding Program

Marion County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Click here for a list of sites and times where meals will be served.

WMES Principal Selection Survey Results

Choose one as being the least important, and ten as being the most important.

1. Believes in and will support adjusting instructional practices to meet students’ needs.

1 - 2.82% (2/71)
2 - 1.41% (1/71)
3 - 0.00% (0/71)
4 - 0.00% (0/71)
5 - 4.23% (3/71)
6 - 1.41% (1/71)
7 - 2.82% (2/71)
8 - 12.68% (9/71)
9 - 4.23% (3/71)
10 - 70.42% (50/71) 

2. Welcomes input and will be a model of good communication among all of the school community.

1 - 0.00% (0/71)
2 - 1.41% (1/71)
3 - 1.41% (1/71)
4 - 0.00% (0/71)
5 - 2.82% (2/71)
6 - 1.41% (1/71)
7 - 4.23% (3/71)
8 - 5.63% (4/71)
9 - 9.86% (7/71)
10 - 73.24% (52/71)


Click read more to see the results for all questions.

Calvary Elementary School Principal is Hired
Calvary Elementary School Council is proud to announce the selection of Mrs. Sara Brady as the next principal at Calvary Elementary School. Dr. Chuck Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, says, “The council reviewed over 15 qualified applicants and after a strong interview process selected Mrs. Brady to lead the school. Following Mrs. Pam Marks will be a difficult task, but the council felt Mrs. Brady was up to the job.”
School Board members recognized as part of School Board Recognition Month school board
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.

3rd-5th Grade School Supply List 2017-2018

Marion County Public Schools School Supply List 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade  ϖ	Package of Colored Pencils ϖ	2 Boxes of Crayola Crayons 24 ct. ϖ	6 Sticks of Elmer Glue ϖ	Pencil Box or Pouch ϖ	3 Packages of Pencils ϖ	2 Composition Notebooks ϖ	2 One Subject Notebooks ϖ	4 Plastic Folders (2 pockets and prongs) ϖ	2 Packages of Loose Leaf Paper ϖ	1 Box of Expo Markers ϖ	1 Box of Cap Erasers

MCPS Introduces Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Registration brochures are available at the Marion County Public Library and Marion County Board of Education. You may also register online at www.imaginationlibrary.com and clicking on register my child. 

Dolly Parton Library Flyer

State STLP Results

MCPS Student Technology Program led the state in winning products from Lebanon Middle School and Marion County High School. In the words of David Couch, Commissioner of Technology with the Kentucky Department of Education, to be Kentucky’s best is to be the nation’s best.  Therefore, Marion Co. students lead the nation in their technology skills. 

Inclement Weather Protocol Reminder

With winter right around the corner, we want to remind families of our inclement weather protocol. 

If conditions are obvious by mid to early evening that the weather will not allow for school the next day, we will make the cancellation call that night by 9:00 p.m. However, when the weather deteriorates overnight, district transportation staff begin checking the roads at 3:30 a.m. that morning. They will also contact local road crews, as well as the police department to pinpoint local trouble areas. By 5:30 a.m. a decision will be made regarding school cancellation.

Click "Read More" below to continue reading the full protocol. 

2015-16 Leadership Now Applications

The MCPS Leadership Now! program is now accepting applications. It is a one-year leadership development program designed to recruit, train, support, and retain high quality leaders who will increase student achievement and close the achievement gap. 

Click here to download the application.

2015 Summer Dream Academy

21st Century Community Learning Center Services

The last week of 21st Century services for the 2014-15 school year will be May 4 - 7, with the last day being Thursday, May 7, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Beams, Site Director, at daniel.beams@marion.kyschools.us.

2015-16 Preschool Applications

Marion County Public Schools will still be accepting preschool applications through the end of February. Those interested can download a copy of the Preschool/Headstart Application by clicking hereCompleted applications can be submitted to Marilyn Gribbins at the Marion County Board of Education.

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.

2017-18 School Year Preschool Applications

Marion County Public Schools is accepting preschool applications for the 2017-18 school year. Those interested can download a copy of the Preschool/Headstart Application by clicking here. Completed applications can be submitted to Marilyn Gribbins at the Marion County Board of Education.

Alumni and Friends Association

Alumni and Friends Logo

Marion County Public Schools is starting an Alumni Association! If you would like to join our e-mail and mailing list, please click here to register. Also, if you are interested in providing additional support by serving on a steering committee, scholarship committee, or participating in a membership drive, please make a note in the comment section (as pictured below) on the registration page detailing which area you would like to provide support in. Thank you!

Screenshot of Alumni Registration Comment Box

Where I'm From Poems

Congratulations to three of our own students who had their poems published on the Kentucky Arts Council website! Click here to read the poems.

Congratulations to Sarah Lockard!

This is Sarah Lockard of GES who is a 2015 Ashland Teacher Achievement Award Winner.  

Strategies for Effective Parenting Workshop

You are Cordially Invited to a Parent Workshop:

Strategies for Effective Parenting

Do you struggle at times to understand your child's wants and needs?

Do you want to know more about how to give your child what he/she needs without giving in to problem behavior?

Do you feel like you are the only one who struggles with feeling overwhelmed by your child's behaviors?

THEN THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU!

Based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), this training will help parents and caregivers to learn more about how to respond to your child's needs and effectively decrease problem behaviors in the home. 

When: November 16th, 2015

Where: Marion County ATC Conference Room

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

RSVP by e-mailing Marilyn Gribbins at marilyn.gribbins@marion.kyschools.us.

2015 Summer Feeding Program

Marion County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Click here for a list of sites and times where meals will be served.

New Kindergarten Enrollment Requirement

Kindergarten Logo

Birth Date Cutoff for Kindergarten Enrollment Moved to August 1

As a result of House Bill 235, the birthday cutoff for entrance to kindergarten will change from October 1 to August 1 beginning the 2017-2018 school year.  This will require incoming kindergarten students to turn 5 on or before August 1. 

Parents/guardians whose children do not meet the age requirements may inquire about the early entrance petition process by contacting the Marion County Board of Education at 270-692-3721.  The deadline for submitting a petition for the 2017-2018 school year is June 15, 2017.

Nickel Tax

Superintendent's Webcast - Friday, November 6, 2015

MCPS Community Reading Celebration

NOTE: The Hoops for Literacy event that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 has been cancelled.

If you have any questions, please contact Troy Benningfield at 270-692-3721 or troy.benningfield@marion.kyschools.us.

2016 Reading Celebration Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools held its annual Reading Celebration on Tuesday, April 20, 2016. Each school had their own room and various community members were present. We appreciate all those who came out and enjoyed the event! Click here to view pictures.

Halloween in the Park

Marion County Public Schools participated in Lebanon’s annual Halloween in the Park festivities on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Pictured (L-R): Marion County High School Student Ambassadors China Grundy, Caroline Reed, Justin Overstreet, and Calvary Elementary School Third Grader Gracyn Mattingly.

Marion WAN Project

Request for Proposal
Title: Marion WAN Project
Closing Time to Receive Bids: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The Marion County Board of Education hereby solicits bids for WAN Connectivity to five sites. Persons/Companies interested in submitting a bid may pick up bid specifications at the Marion County Board of Education, 755 East Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033. Questions pertaining to the bidding process should be directed to Thomas Lyons at (270) 692-3721. Click here to download the proposal.

2016 Strategic Planning Summit Photo Gallery

Marion County Public Schools held its annual Strategic Planning Summit on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Over 200 faculty, staff, and community members were present. We'd like to say "thank you" to all those who helped make this event happen, in addition to thanking the many contributors that help make DREAMS come true for the students of Marion County! Click here to view pictures from the event.

Lebanon Kiwanis Club

Members of the Marion County Public Schools Student Ambassador Program presented at the  Lebanon Kiwanis Club meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Pictured (L-R); Ambassador Vice-Chair Leah Thompson, Kiwanis Club President Erica Barnes, Ambassador Chair Anne-Kaitlyn Gribbins, and Ambassador Advisors Troy Benningfield and Laurie Followell. 

eMeeting Services for Agendas/Minutes

Beginning January 8, 2015, the Marion County Board of Education began using KSBA’s eMeeting Services to record board meeting agendas and minutes.  Following are the instructions to help navigate:

First, under QUICK LINKS, click on  ‘Board of Education’ next, on the far right bottom of this page under LINKS click ‘eMeeting Agendas/Minutes’.  When the KSBA window opens, click on a specific board meeting date (i.e. 01/15/2015).  Scroll down to the item, ‘Approval of Minutes’ (i.e. Board Minutes 010815) and click on the attachment.

PLEASE NOTE: The board minutes will only be available to view after board approval, which usually occurs at the first regular meeting of the month.  

Thanks you for your patience during our transition to eMeeting Services.

2016 Summer Dream Academy

Promote Reading Poster Contest

Create a logo or make a poster to promote reading to your child 20 minutes per day (R20). 

Marion County Public Schools is sponsoring this contest! 

Entries will be judged and winners announced at our district-wide reading celebration in March so get started now!  For more information contact Traci Sharpe at 270-692-3721 or traci.sharpe@marion.kyschools.us.