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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.

School Board members recognized as part of School Board Recognition Month school board
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.

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.

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

Baseball Team Headed to the State Tournament

Baseball Region Celebration

Open House Dates

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

Classroom Spotlight: Chemistry teacher provides 'hands-on' learning in safety Chemistry experiment
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?”

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

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



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.

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.

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.  

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.

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

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.

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.

2017-2018 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

Digital Driver's License required for new students grades 8-12 DDL
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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Information for Primary Talent Pool

Primary Talent Pool Brochure

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:

/userfiles/55/my files/ambassador application.docx?id=558535

School canceled for Aug. 21 due to eclipse; Preschool start date pushed back to Aug. 22 eclipse
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.

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.

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.


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.”

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.

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.

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

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.  

Raywick Park

Village Loop Apts.
Cleaver Court

Rosenwald Village
Bradfordsville Community Center

Hamilton Heights/Hardin Place
Behind Cedarwood Restaurant East Main

Warren Acres
Rolling Hills Subdivision

Dream Bus Video 2017 Dream Bus Video 2017

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.”

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.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Superintendent Webcast
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

Marion County Summer Dream Academy

Click here to check out the full booklet.

  Marion County Dream Academy

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

Morning drop-off information

Summer Dream Academy Video 2017 Summer Dream Academy 2017

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


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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

A Brand New World MCPS Secondary Schools

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


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


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.


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.

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.

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.  


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

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

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.

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.