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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link On the heels of research into the changing nature of kindergarten and its increasingly academic focus in recent years, the Chronicle-Tribune explores local school districts' practices and views on kindergarten readiness.

“Kindergarten has changed a lot over the last few decades,” Brenda McVicker, Marion Community Schools director of elementary education, told the C-T. “It’s very difficult today, it’s much more rigorous. A lot of your kindergarten teachers will tell you it’s the new first grade.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

Pint-sized Olympians marched around Tucker Career and Technology Center as the Head Start Preschool hosted their own opening ceremony.

The preschoolers waved flags emblazoned with their names in red, black, green, yellow and blue to represent the Olympic rings while their teachers led the way with paper torches. The celebration was a way for Head Start to incorporate the Olympics into the classroom.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
With the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off, students in Marion Community Schools’ Head Start preschool classes will be getting in on the excitement.

The fun (and Olympics-related lessons) will begin with an Opening Ceremony on Monday, Feb. 10. For the morning classes, the ceremony will be from 9 to 10 a.m.; for the afternoon classes, it will be from 1 to 2 p.m.

Students will parade through the hallways of the MCS Early Childhood Center at Tucker Career and Technology Center, dressed in coordinating colors and carrying a flag they each have made. Each class will also carry a torch (built by students). The parade will end in Room 107, where students will get the chance to view Olympics footage and “light” the MCS torch. (The class torches will be put together to form a big torch display.)

Students will also contribute to a large Olympics Rings mural and sing a song together during the ceremony.

Throughout the week following Monday’s ceremony, Head Start students will be participating in Olympics-themed activities. At the end of the week, each class will have its own closing ceremony and awards presentation.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion Community Schools Head Start event this week will help its students who will attend kindergarten next school year and their families get a jump on that transition.

MCS Head Start’s kindergarten readiness event, “Down on the Farm: ABCs and 123s”, is an opportunity for parents and guardians to get information about Marion Community Schools and expectations at the kindergarten level, including the MCS dress code. A kindergarten teacher from Frances Slocum Elementary School will be speaking with parents.

The event will also offer the chance for parents and guardians to work together with their students on various fun activities that they can do over the summer to continue to prepare for kindergarten.

Both the a.m. and p.m. class sessions at Marion Early Childhood Center, located inside Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will take part in the kindergarten readiness event. It will ben on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. for the morning class session, and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon class session.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Head Start preschool program will be taking applications for the 2013-14 school year for children who are 3 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2013. The Head Start program is designed to serve low-income families, and children with disabilities.

Head Start is a federally funded three-hour preschool program; therefore, is it offered at no cost to families. Currently, there are five classes at the Tucker Career and Technology Center and one class at Frances Slocum Elementary School. The Head Start program serves all of Grant County.

Applications will be taken at the following dates and times at the Tucker Career and Technology Center, Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street, Room 107 (downstairs):
  • April 12, 15 and 16: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 17: 8 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, call the Head Start office, 651-2080.