November 30, 2017
Mason Superintendent Announces Retirement at End of School Year

The 2017-2018 school year will be the final one for Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools Superintendent. After over 30 years, the last seven in Mason, Dr. Kist-Kline is retiring from public education on June 30, 2018.
 
"I know myself well, and believe that everything has a season," shared Kist-Kline.

 Watch WCPO's coverage of Dr. Kist-Kline facing off against her husband, West Clermont Superintendent Keith Kline, in #KlineBowl when the Comets took on the Wolves in the Division I State Football Playoffs.

Dr. Kist-Kline to Lead The Christ College
In July 2018, Dr. Kist-Kline will begin serving the Greater Cincinnati community in a new way - as The Christ College of Nursing & Health Science's fourth president.

Read more about Dr. Kist-Kline's retirement .

Hong Scores Perfect 36 on ACT

MHS junior Jennifer Hong has achieved perfection by scoring a 36 on the ACT.
 
As modest as they come, Hong said, "I think getting a 36 on the ACT really isn't a big deal. It's certainly nice knowing that I'm done with standardized testing (for now, at least) and can focus more on other things like Science Olympiad. The score doesn't matter that much because there's so much more to a student than just a number."

Read more about Hong's Perfect ACT.
WR Shows that Kindness Rocks!

Western Row third graders created kindness rocks to bring home and hide, or give to someone to brighten their day.
 
"I have two boys of my own who have found many kindness rocks in our community and the rocks seemed to find us when we needed it the most!" shared WR third grade teacher Corri Doenecke.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these little gems in the Mason area. When you find a rock, post a picture to the Mason City Schools Facebook page and use the hashtag #cometsrock2027. Then, re-hide the rock in a new location to continue spreading kindness!

Read more about Kindness Rocks.
43 MHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Ten percent of the Mason High School Class of 2018 has been recognized by the College Board. MHS's National Merit commended scholars,
39 semi-finalists , and six Hispanic scholars were recently honored during a special Board of Education meeting.

Forty-three Mason High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. 

"All of these students are extremely talented and hardworking," said MHS principal Dave Hyatt. "This year we have the most students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program in school history. We are so very proud of all of our National Merit students and can't wait to watch what these well-rounded leaders accomplish next!"

View the entire list of Commended Students.

Congratulations to Mason High School seniors Alexander Amaya, Eldrick Galang, Crystal Gluchowski, Thomas Hayama, Rodrigo Leon-Ramos and Mariana Vinseiro who were selected as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. This year, the program recognized roughly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students of the 250,000 who take the test nationwide.
 
"We are proud of the accomplishment of these six students being named as scholars in this prestigious program," says Dave Hyatt, MHS Principal.

Upcoming Suicide Prevention Trainings for Parents, Students

In Mason, we have had five youth suicides in the last eight school years. Loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor, or colleague to suicide is devastating.  One suicide is too many, and we continue to search for ways to prevent suicide in Mason.
Importantly, there is hope and help for persons contemplating suicide, and you can help others in need.
 
We have upcoming opportunities for parents to have Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training , and Mason High School students who took Health before the 2016-2017 school year to receive Signs of Suicide (SOS) Training .

Read more about Mason's Upcoming Suicide Prevention Training, and learn what to do in a crisis.
Mason Sixth-graders Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

For Mason Intermediate sixth-graders on
Team Venture , participating in a recent service project meant helping with the recent hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.  Twenty-five students, parents, and teachers visited the Hands Against Hunger factory in Sharonville last month to help pack 151,200 meals that will be sent to Puerto Rico.

"Hands Against Hunger is a wonderful organization, and the amount of meals they provide is amazing," said Team Venture teacher Dale Moberly. "I know this opportunity made an impact on my students, as well as residents in Puerto Rico."

Read more about how MI Students Helped.

Sophomore Wins Best in Show in Local Photo Contest

Mason High School sophomore Grace Tang's striking photograph of one of her friends won Best in Show at the third annual West Chester Photo Club High School Photo Contest. Students from Lakota East, Lakota West, and Mason High Schools were invited to participate, and this year there were more than 100 entries. Eleven MHS students had works that earned awards.
 
"Awards are given for each grade level, which include first, second, third, and honorable mention," explained MHS Art teacher Tina Roberts. "The show is on display at the Miami University regional campus at VOA through December 20. The show opened November 12 with the awards ceremony."

View the full list of MHS Student Results.
5 Questions with MCS Treasurer Shaun Bevan 

Mason City Schools Treasurer Shaun Bevan has hit the ground running. He's helping to supervise the financial side of the district's Master Facilities Plan, and
recently presented his Five Year Forecast  (minute 28:00) to the Mason City Schools Board of Education. Learn a little about Mason's Chief Financial Officer who came to Mason with more than 17 years of financial and organizational experience - most recently serving as treasurer of Kings Local Schools.

Learn more about Shaun Bevan.

MHS Speech & Debate Team Among Top 8% Nationwide

The Mason High School Speech and Debate Team has earned significant recognition from the National Speech and Debate Association.

The MHS chapter achieved a total of more than 200 degrees last year, ranking it among the top eight percent of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association's' prestigious 200 club.
 
"This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills - including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization," shared J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director for the National Speech & Debate Association.

Read more about the National Recognition.

MADE Chamber Recognizes Two Mason Schools Leaders

Mason City Schools' top educational leaders were honored by the business community at the 2017 Mason Deerfield Chamber Gems of Excellence Awards Night.

Chief Innovation Officer Jonathan Cooper received both the Excellence in Education and Rising Star Awards. 


MCS Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline was chosen as the Pink Diamond of the Year.

Watch the 2017 Pink Diamond Video .

Read more about the Gems of Excellence Honorees.
MCS Gives Back During Make a Difference Week

During this season of giving thanks, students, staff and families in Mason City Schools are reflecting on their blessings, and their responsibility to give back during Make a Difference Week.

A very special thank you goes to each school's chairman, Grace Chapel for hosting the coat drive, and the Mason Youth Cheer/Football program for contributing to the food drive.

Read more about how all the MCS schools Made a Difference.

Team Ingenuity & Team Horizon Create Yellow Wing Reach Out Group

Mason Intermediate sixth graders from Team Ingenuity and Team Horizon made an initiative to collaborate this year, and have formed the Yellow Wing Reach Out Group.

The Yellow Wing Reach Out Group kicked off their first project in October with a fundraiser for the Warren County Animal Shelter.

"We were really excited to raise money for the shelter because we all have a love for animals. We decided to call the fundraiser 'The Furry Friends Game' to make it competitive between the homerooms in our wing," said MI sixth grader Sicilia Eshman .

Read more about the Yellow Wing Reach Out Group.

High Fives to...


...  our Community's Veterans ,
who were honored by all our schools on November 11.  Mason Intermediate held its 11th annual school-wide Veteran's Day Celebration sponsored by the MI PTO, along with its Veteran's Day Parade that honored over 300 veterans. Watch MBC's coverage. Mason Middle School hosted a Veteran's Day Breakfast, and MECC, WR, and MHS also honored our nation's heroes.  





...  MHS Girls Tennis Team & Coach Mike Reid, who won their very first State championship in program history! These hard-working players are young, talented and hungry, and will surely continue to be a team to watch! Read the Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage.






...  MECC/WR 2nd Grade STEAM Night teachers Jeanetta Noble & Kim Peters and the 35 MHS National Honor Society Volunteers, who held an incredible STEAM night where engaged families got to watch their kiddos code, create, and learn with technology that was funded in large part by the Mason Schools Foundation ! Check out the Facebook Album .






...  MHS Boys Soccer Coach Paul Reedy, who is stepping down from the Mason Boys soccer program, but who leaves a powerful legacy for Greater Cincinnati Soccer. We can't thank Coach Reedy enough for all he's done to grow men of good character who also happened to win a whole lot of soccer games. Read the Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage.







... MECC PTO volunteers, who didn't let frost or rain damper the spirits for MECC families who celebrated a terrific Trunk or Treat! Check out the Facebook album .






... MMS 7th grader
Viktoria Makarenko , who promoted National Kindness Day by putting uplifting messages throughout the school. Thank you Viktoria for demonstrating empathy and reminding us about what really matters!






... MHS senior Rahul Ramesh, who earned the National Speech and Debate Association's Academic All-American Award. Fewer than 500 students out of 141,000 NSDA members receive this award. Congrats Rahul!








... WR PTO volunteers & families, who made this year's Wacky Carnival a HUGE success. There was record-breaking attendance, pre-ticket sales, silent auction bids, smiles, laughter and FUN! Check out the Facebook Album !







... the William Mason Marching Band, whose beautiful performance of "Graidation" wowed Mason (and Percy Grainger music) fans all season long. Watch their moving Grand Nationals Semi Finals performance that exemplifies #WithPride!


Mason Kiwanis Honors 26 MHS Students Who Make a Difference

On October 24, Red Robin was filled with Mason High School students who are making a difference. The Kiwanis of Mason, in cooperation with Mason City Schools, held its triennial "Making a Difference" lunch to honor students who may not be consistently recognized, but who have shown leadership and academic excellence.


MHS Recognizes October Rotary Royalty

Rotary Royalty
Congratulations to the 24 Mason High School students who were recognized as October's Rotary Royalty by the Mason Deerfield Rotary Club. 

John Barker was this quarter's recipient of the $25 Amazon gift card. At the end of the school year, one student will be named the Rotary Student of the Year and receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

View the full list of Rotary Royalty Nominees.

MMS October Students of the Month

Mason Middle School is proud to announce the October Students of the Month.
 
Students of the Month are selected for showing good character. This month's character spotlights were Caring, Optimism, Citizenship and Responsibility. Students celebrate their accomplishment with their teachers, principals and parents during a breakfast in their honor that is sponsored by the Mason Kiwanis Club.


Welage Named Kiwanis October Student of the Month

Mason High School senior Lindsay Welage was recognized as The Kiwanis Club of Mason's October Student of the Month. Welage was nominated by MHS Math Teacher Kristi Stephens.

"Lindsay is an outstanding young lady. She comes to my class every day ready to learn, participate, and help her peers," shared Stephens.

On October 19, the Kiwanis Club presented Welage with $50 and a certificate commemorating her achievement.

Read more about the Student of the Month.




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