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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.”

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.


Dream Bus Video 2018 Dream Bus Video 2018

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

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 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.

Information concerning Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program kheaa

Follow the link below for information concerning the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program through the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

Work Ready Kentucky

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.”

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.  

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.

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.

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.



The Marion County Summer Dream Academy Kickoff has been cancelled.

The Marion County Summer Dream Academy Kickoff has been cancelled.

Salgado signs with Campbellsville University salgado signing

MCHS senior Stephon Salgado recently signed with Campbellsville University to join the track and field program.

Picture are, back row, left to right: CU Track and Field Head Coach Mark Miller, MCPS Athletics Director Michael Holt, MCHS coach Daniel Johnson, MCHS coach Dallas Robinson, MCHS principal Thad Elmore.

Front row, left to right: Salgado's cousin Kevin VanCleave, Stephon Salgado, and Salgado's mother Vashawna Andrade.

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.

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:

Two important announcements regarding athletics athletics

Below are two important announcements from Marion County High School Athletics Director Michael Holt:

  1. For any high school student that plans on participating in a fall sport, there will be a mandatory parent/athlete meeting at the Marion County High School Gym on June 20 at 6:00 pm.


  1. On July 10 from 9:00-2:00, we will be conducting sports physicals at the high school gym for any athlete that plans on participating in a sport during the 2018-2019 school year. This is open to any student at Marion County Knight Academy or Marion County High School.  The cost of the physical is $15.00 cash.

Memorial ceremony was student-designed, student-led ford memorial speakers

Prior to the home softball game Monday, May 7, MCHS held a memorial ceremony in honor of Olivia Ford who tragically lost her life earlier this year. The event included students speaking about their memories of Olivia, the unveiling of a commemorative painting, music by the Beatles (her favorite band), and a balloon release in conclusion.

Three MCHS students selected to attend Governor's Scholars Program gsp

Three Marion County High School students have been selected to attend the prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program this summer.  They are juniors Jessah Hughes, Kelly Miles, and Abby Scott.

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.

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. 

ACT pep rally set for March 19; event to be streamed via Facebook Live ACT pep rally

For the past two years, juniors at Marion County High School preparing to take the ACT have been treated to a pep rally in their honor in the school’s gymnasium.  But instead of the high school’s pep band providing musical entertainment, the event has featured rockers AC/DC and KISS -- or at least something resembling them.

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.

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.

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.

MCHS teacher Montgomery awarded grant to attend national conference Montgomery2

Marion County High School Family and Consumer Science teacher Jessica Montgomery has been awarded a grant from the Kentucky Department of Education to attend the 2018 CAFÉ Leadership Conference June 14-16, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Montgomery is one of only two teachers in the state to receive funding to attend the conference.

Video: Important information for students interested in registering for ATC courses MCATC logo
Video: Superintendent discusses tragedy in Marshall County video
Video: Superintendent discusses NTI days and Plan B bus routes
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  


Latest issue of The Shield now available Shield

The latest issue of The Shield, the MCHS student newspaper, is now available.  Click on the link below to view a PDF-version of the issue.  Print copies are also available at MCHS.

The Shield 

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.

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

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.

Christmas concert set for December 14 Band Concert
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.

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.

Latest issue of The Shield now available issue 2 front page

The latest issue of The Shield, the MCHS student newspaper is now available. 

You can access a PDF version of the issue here.

This issue of The Shield is sponsored by Lindsey Wilson College.

2018-2019 Curriculum Guides now available curriculum guide

The 2018-2019 Marion County High School and Marion County Area Technology Center Curriculum Guides are now available. 

Please click here to access the documents.

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.

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.

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.

First issue of The Shield now available The Shield

The Marion County High School Journalism class distributed this year's first issue of The Shield, the MCHS student newspaper.

Hard copies of the newspaper are availble at Marion County High School or you can access a PDF version of the issue here.

This issue of The Shield is sponsored by The Lebanon Enterprise.

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.


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.

MCPS announces call for I-2 Conference presenters i2 logo2


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

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

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

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

Video: MCHS 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.


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:


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.

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.

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.”


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.

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.

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

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



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.”

MCHS to hold Signing Day ceremony for seniors SPECIAL EVENT

Marion County High School will conclude its Bump Up day activities Tuesday, May 29 with a Signing Day ceremony in the school’s gymnasium. Organized by Kentucky College Coach Sarah Begley MCHS Principal Thad Elmore , Signing Day is an opportunity to recognize all MCHS seniors regardless of their post-secondary plans.

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.

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.

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.

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.