Ladies and Gentlemen,
I will apologize in advance for the length of this post. I feel it necessary to provide an update regarding Coronavirus.
Many state organizations are "shutting down" and postponing key events for the foreseeable future. These include the Michigan Mass Band competition, the statewide Robotics competition, and the Governor's strong urging to cease and desist from large organizational meetings as a whole.
Perhaps the most potentially unpopular restrictions have just been handed down by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Please know the following procedures are not those of Marion Public Schools. Instead, we will comply with the following rules and compliance guidelines:
From MHSAA -
Host managers need to communicate with competing schools in determining facility arrival & entry protocols, pregame warm-up time and efficient postgame & departure plans.
Each competing school will be allowed an ENTRY LIST of no more than fifty (50) individuals that will only include parents/legal guardians and essential administrators. This list will be generated and coordinated by each competing school’s athletic director. No admission will be charged for this list of 50 individuals. The host manager will determine whether competing schools will provide the list and have those names “checked off” upon entry or simply provide those individuals on each school’s list a ticket that will allow entry. In either case, the entry list must be provided to the host manager prior to doors opening. Doors will open to spectators no earlier than 30 minutes prior to game time, and the facility needs to be cleared of these spectators immediately following the end of the game and presentation of awards. Encourage social distancing among those spectators.
Note that this entry list of no more than 50 individuals does NOT include bench personnel that consists of players, coaches and other bench staff (e.g. athletic trainer) within the published limits in the MHSAA Basketball PSTI & Tournament Managers Materials. Each team may also provide one person at the scorer’s table to handle the team’s scorebook.
Host sites should only have essential game personnel onsite which includes the announcer, official scorer, timer/scoreboard operator and other essential staff/security that will coordinate the teams, officials and the limited numbers of spectators.
Only credentialed MHSAA media members should be allowed admittance to your game. We are allowing credentialed media to document and tell the story of what occurs when so many individuals are not able to attend.
Also know that there will be no pregame or postgame handshakes between teams/officials.
There will be no cheerleaders or pep bands at any tournament site. As always, no artificial noisemakers are allowed at any indoor tournament site. Concession stands are optional and are not essential. The decision to have these available is made by the host manager.
We understand that these are unprecedented times in our athletic event history. We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation and positive spirit in making this the very best experience possible for the kids involved during these incredibly challenging circumstances.
Please stay tuned to the new district website, which now features real-time news and posts on the home-page. Individual cancellations will be posted on the website, facebook, and when appropriated automated texts/calls will be sent to those who are subscribed.
Chris Arrington, Superintendent
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I feel it necessary to update everyone on the Coronavirus as it relates to the immediate future here at Marion Public Schools. First, Governor Whittmer issued a "State of Emergency" here in Michigan, and our state now has two confirmed cases. Both MSU and CMU have shut down their respective campuses.
Superintendents have been alerted more news is to follow today at 5 pm, to explain of what a "State of Emergency" means for a K-12 school.
At this moment, MHSAA is advising schools to NOT CANCEL athletic events as a precaution. However, we just received word that this weekend's robotics competition was postponed by First Robotics.
We realize there is contradiction on the state level, but this is the information we have at this time. If there are significant details from today's 5 pm press release, we will share with our staff, parents, and community.
Thank you for staying tuned on this issue. Please take precaution and stay safe out there.
Here is a reminder from our Marion Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues. You still have some time to sign up tonight, or catch them next Monday at the elementary school.
MHS Drama Club Spring Production is in the works! Save the dates: May 8 and 10!!
Here is sneak peek of early morning play rehearsal with MHS drama club. Stay tuned for more information! ♥️🦅🎬
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While there is no lack of information regarding the Coronavirus, It is appropriate to share the information from Central Michigan District Health Department. In addition to the resources packed in this website, https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus
, a letter will be going home with K-6 Students today.
The jv and varsity girls’ basketball teams recorded wins over Big Rapids Crossroads tonight. Great job girls!👍. The varsity will play NMC at NMC Monday at 6:00 for districts. Come out and cheer the girls on to victory!
Hey all you Eagles fans, stand up and clap your hands…for community night!!
Free admission, 50/50 drawing and Eagle nest prize drawing at the boys’ basketball game Fri. Feb 28! JV tip off at 6:00 and it’s Senior Night!! Eagle pride sponsored by Marion Athletic Boosters. ♥️🦅🏀&🍿
The 7th and 8th grade band performed a “dress rehearsal” today for students. They will perform on Tuesday at Band Festival as will the high school band. We wish you the best!! ♥️🦅🎵
A friendly reminder from the Marion basketball program: Per the original schedule, there is no 3rd-8th grade basketball clinic for Sat. Feb. 22. Middle school girls’ teams have an all day tournament. Go out and show your support!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is Chris Arrington of Marion Public Schools. This text and voicemail is simply a TEST of our new Automated Messaging Application. Our district now has its own app, which is free to download at the Apple or Google Play Store! I am not sure about the Apple Store, but when it comes to Android devices, go to Google Play and type in "Marion Public Schools" or "Marion PS". Regardless of what you type in, you need to look for our traditional logo (on our letterhead).
Consider the App as your "One Stop Shop" for all district news and happenings. We will also have a new website that will be packed with information!
Please make sure anyone in your home who wants "Robo-Calls" (For snow days and time-sensitive communications) has corrected and updated phone information on file in our offices.
Congratulations to the Marion Jr/Sr Choir for their great festival performance today! They worked very hard and earned a II medal rating! Keep it up!
Marion Public Schools is launching a new mobile app that
helps students, parents, and community members know
what is happening on campus, right from their phones. We
know that families are using smartphones as a primary
means to communicate. That’s why we’ve created an
app that is custom-built for mobile. On the app, you can
find documents, contact information for staff, and event
information. You can download the app for free from the
Apple App Store or Google Play.
Two wins tonight for girls jv and varsity basketball! The varsity team is now 11 and 3 in conference and 14 and 4 overall. Score of their game tonight was 50-27. Way to go, Eagles!! ♥️🦅🏀
Attention MHS choir members and parents:
Because of the weather forecast for tomorrow, festival has been moved to Wednesday. Please know that CHOIR FESTIVAL IS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19. Please contact Ms. Cannell with any questions. Thank you.
The varsity boys basketball team scored a W tonight! Go Eagles!! ♥️🦅🏀
Marion Peer Advisory Council of Teens (MPACT) is having two fundraisers at tonight’s home boys basketball game. JV starts at 6:00. Come out to cheer on your Eagle teams and support MPACT with School Store table and Chuck-a-Duck. ♥️🦅🏀
You are looking at the MHS Varsity Cheer team that took FIRST PLACE today in Houghton Lake!! The smiles say a lot! ♥️🦅🥇🏆
Great week of 🦅 spirit; whether it was dressing for spirit days, the student organized pep assembly, or the game and the dance, MHS enjoyed it!!
Both the JV and Varsity girls basketball teams brought home victories over Pentwater tonight. JV won 30-25 and Varsity won 53-41. Congrats!