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Welcome to Little Giants Preschool!

Our Mission: "Collaborate to Educate"

Belief Statements:

  • Play is the way children learn naturally. It helps them to develop in all areas.
  • An appropriate early childhood learning environment is safe and includes many hands-on experiences that invite children to investigate, learn, and share.
  • Teachers must use a wide range of teaching strategies, including both child-initiated learning and teacher-directed activities.
  • All children, including those with special needs and second language learners, can benefit from a developmentally appropriate preschool program.
  • When families are an integral part of a school program, children's self esteem and achievement are enhanced.
  • Social/emotional readiness is critical to children's success in school and in life and should therefore, be a main focus of the preschool program.
  • A print-rich environment that allows children to practice literacy skills in real-life experiences, along with purposeful teaching of key concepts, is the foundation of literacy learning in preschool.

FREE meals available for local kids through June 20

Posted on Jun. 03 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted May 28

Marion Community Schools is a Summer Food Service Program participant. Free breakfast and lunch is available to the public (to anyone 18 or younger) as follows this summer:

Meals will be available Monday through Friday, June 3 through June 14 at Allen Elementary, Frances Slocum Elementary School, Kendall Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Justice Intermediate School, and McCulloch Junior High School; meals will be available Monday through Thursday June 3 through June 20 at Marion High School.
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
The Summer Food Service Program for Children was created to serve nutritious meals to children when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. Under this program, free meals are provided to all eligible children ages 1 to 18 as well as people with disabilities, regardless of age, who participate in a special education program.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Closure pushes last student day back to May 28

Posted on May. 15 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 30, 2019

Due to the cancellation of classes on January 30 and 31 because of dangerous wind chill temperatures, the last day for students will now be on Tuesday, May 28. Please make a note on your calendars!

(Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, so there will be no classes that day.)

These are the second and third make-up days added to the year due to weather-related closures. (MCS was closed on Nov. 15, 3018, due to icy roads.) Any more cancellations will result in more days being added to the end of the school year. We will continue to advise families if more make-up days are needed.

Foss, Montgomery, Sechrest earn Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award

Posted on May. 14 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six teachers earned special recognition at the MCS School Board meeting on May 14, 2019, as this year’s nominees and recipients of the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominees are an exclusive group that personifies excellence. They were selected by their respective principals or coordinators. The 2015-16 nominees are:
  • Sarah Montgomery, Little Giants Preschool; has been with Marion Community Schools 12 years
  • Elizabeth Sechrest, Allen Elementary School; has been with MCS six years
  • Rachel Polsley, Frances Slocum Elementary School; has been with MCS five years
  • Alyssa Foss, Kendall Elementary School; has been with MCS four years
  • Michelle Faulkner, Riverview Elementary School; has been with MCS two years
  • Kevin Scheer, Justice Intermediate School, has been with MCS eight years



From left, front row, are Mary Clark Hanley award winner Elizabeth Sechrest, winner Alyssa Foss, nominee Kevin Scheer, nominee Michelle Faulkner, nominee Rachel Polsley, and winner Sarah Montgomery, were honored at the May 14, 2019, Marion School Board meeting. Also pictured are School Board members, back row, from left, Serafina Salamo, Bruce Weatherspoon, Todd Nicholson, Aaron Vermilion, Alan Beck, Superintendent Brad Lindsay, and Board members Chuck Griffin, and Dana Gault.

Foss, Montgomery, and Sechrest were chosen as the winners of the award. The winners were selected by the director of human resources, the district director of education, and an elementary principal, as requested by the Community Foundation.

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these excellent teachers and thanks them for the work they do every day, and the difference it makes in our students' lives.

The Hanleys had the good fortune to be successful financially and wanted to give back to those individuals, communities, and institutions that have contributed over the years to their success. Mr. Hanley’s mother was certainly on that list, inspiring him educationally to be the best he could be, and that is why they named this award in her honor.

The award, set up in 2000 through the Community Foundation of Grant County to memorialize her name and her commitment to education and to promote excellence in teaching, is given annually to three outstanding elementary teachers in the MCS system, and this year included a prize of $500.