2019-20 applications

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.

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.

Little Giants Preschool applications open April 1

Posted on Mar. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 12

Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs. There are several factors considered when determining which program a student will be enrolled in, but there will be a common start to the application process for all applicants for the 2019-20 school year. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and must live in Grant County.

The open application schedule is as follows:
  • April 1: at Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 2: at Allen Elementary, 1115 E. Bradford St., 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 3: at Frances Slocum Elementary, 2909 S. Torrence St., 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Kendall Elementary, 2009 W. Kem Road, 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 4: at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

To apply for enrollment, families should to provide all documentation listed below that applies to their situation:
  • Verification of income (such as most recent completed tax return, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
  • Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
  • Child’s Social Security card or number
If you have questions, please contact the Little Giants office, 651-2080.

If you have special needs-related questions, feel free to contact the MCS Special Services Department at 662-2546, ext. 139.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Kindergarten Roundup set for 4/11

Posted on Mar. 18 2019 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

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WHAT: MCS Kindergarten Roundup

WHEN: 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019

WHERE: Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall and Riverview elementary schools

WHY: Visit your school, get information, get a head start on kindergarten registration

QUESTIONS? Call 765-662-2546 ext. 122

Marion Community Schools invites families of children who will be starting kindergarten next school year to come visit their elementary schools and get a head start on the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, set for Thursday, April 11.

Families can attend one of two sessions set that day, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Both sessions will be the same.) Please bring your kindergartner-to-be with you!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2019, can attend kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year.

The informational sessions will be offered at every MCS elementary school:
  • Allen Elementary School, 1115 E. Bradford St., 664-7355
  • Frances Slocum Elementary School, 2909 S. Torrence St., 664-0589
  • Kendall Elementary School, 2009 W. Kem Road, 662-7364
  • Riverview Elementary School, 513 W. Buckingham Drive, 662-2427
We hope to see all families of incoming kindergartners at this event that is just for them! It's a great way to help your future kindergartner get an introduction to the school building and staff. It's a low-pressure, informative session that's meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners and their families.

What you need to bring: We ask that you bring proof of residence (like a utility bill with your name and address on it) if possible, so we can make sure you're at the right school. We also ask that you bring a copy of your kindergartner-to-be's birth certificate. You'll be beginning the registration process at Kindergarten Roundup, so we need that official document to certify your child is eligible for kindergarten. (If you cannot bring a copy of the birth certificate on this day, we can still begin the registration process, but we'll need you to follow up with us and provide that document before we can complete the registration process.)

For more information, call 765-662-2546, ext. 122, or call the office of your school at the numbers listed above.

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