June 09, 2016
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Mason Aide Receives "Spirit of the Comet" Award Rewarding Dedication

On May 25, Mason Middle School paraprofessional Amy Emmert was awarded the "Spirit of the Comet" honor - a district award that recognizes Mason staffers who appreciate the synergy of being on a team. Dr. Gail Kist-Kline presented Emmert with the award during the district's end of the year awards breakfast, and read a moving email from MMS science teacher Renee McCord that sparked the honor.

"Year after year, Amy takes the effort, time, and creativity to be that bridge for Grace in the typical classroom. From designing a new and improved computer cart, IT troubleshooting, brainstorming with me creative ways to structure a labs for Grace, IEP meetings, attending functions for Grace outside the school day year after year, Amy can ALWAYS be counted on to be a TEAM member in order to make GraceĊ› experience at school amazing. Amy shows such a level of selflessness, pride, and is a prime example of being a true Mason Comet. I am so honored to work with not only her but Grace each and every day. I just didn't want to let this year go by and not give her a HUGE shout out that she deserves."

Read more about the "Spirit of the Comet" Recipient.
MHS Proud to Announce 2016 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Students, families and friends attending the William Mason High School Class of 2016's graduation ceremony were  treated to two powerful speeches by the class Valedictorian and Salutatorian during the school's commencement ceremony on May 22.

The Valedictorian is Alvin Zhang. Zhang, of Mason, is the son of Jiachun Zhang and Yinxia Lin. He plans to study engineering or mathematics and will attend The Ohio State University.

The Salutatorian is Amith Rao. Rao, of Mason, is the son of Ragesh and Latha Rao. He is enrolled in the six-year BS/MD NEOMED program at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Read more about the 2016 MHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
MMS Student Shines in Final National MATHCOUNTS Appearance

For three years, Sruthi Parthasarathi has gone head-to-head with the nation's top middle school math minds. This year, after the the Mason Middle School eighth grader won third place at the state MATHCOUNTS competition, she once again qualified to represent Ohio at the National Competition in Washington D.C., held on May 7-10. It is rare for a student to qualify for nationals all three years of eligibility.

"Sruthi has been such a great leader on the team," MMS MATHCOUNTS Coach Sallie Carney said. "Not only is she great at math but she sets an example of excellence while remaining humble. She is mature beyond her years, yet kind and inspiring to others." Parthasarathi finished in 21st place as nationals - and was the leading Ohioan. "This is the highest that I have ever had a student finish, and the Ohio team finished ninth place overall, which is fantastic!"

Alex Ye and Ayanav Roy, both seventh graders at Mason Middle, qualified for the Countdown Round at the state competition by finishing as one of the top 16 individuals in the state competition on March 12.

"It is impressive to have three students in the Countdown Round, especially since two of them were seventh graders," Carney said. "We had more students in the Countdown Round than any other school in Ohio."

Read more about MMS MATHCOUNTS.
MHS Class of 2016 Offered over $13.9 million in Scholarships

On May 22, 868 students graduated from William Mason High School during the school's 130th commencement ceremony held at the Cintas Center - 861 more graduates than during the school's first commencement ceremony in 1886 that was held in Mason's Opera House, where 5/3 Bank is today.

The Class of 2016 was one of the most successful in Mason history. Eighty-seven percent of the class will attend college in the fall, and more than 340 students received over $13.9 million in academic, arts and/or athletic scholarships and awards. There were 23 National Merit Finalists, 29 National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, 207 summa cum laude graduates, 107 magna cum laude graduates, 90 cum laude graduates, and 336 students who received Ohio's Honors Diploma.

Read more about the 2016 MHS Graduation.
Mason Schools Foundation Recognizes Teachers for Going "Above & Beyond!"

The Mason Schools Foundation recently recognized Mason educators for going "above and beyond!" During the Mason City Schools' annual staff recognition breakfast, Mason Early Childhood Center first grade teacher BJ Smallwood,  the Western Row team of Kristen Lazuta and Diana Hillenmeyer, Mason Middle School Spanish teacher Lauren Richardson, and Mason High School AP science teachers Aimee Hansen and DeeDee Messer were were surprised with $200 minigrants and recognition in front of their peers.

"The Mason Schools Foundation is honored to recognize these amazing teachers in a year with a record number of heartfelt nominations!" said Mason Schools Foundation President Mindy Patton.

Read more about MCS Teachers Going "Above & Beyond!"
Little Named Mason Recipient of Celebrate Excellence Award

Mason Middle School science teacher Dan Little was recently chosen as the recipient of the Celebrate Excellence Award sponsored by the Hamilton County Education Foundation. The award recognizes excellent professionals in public education.

Little's innovative leadership, his care for getting his eighth grade students excited about mastering science concepts, and his collaborative efforts to help other teachers grow professionally led to him being recognized with the award.

The Celebrate Excellence Educator Recognition Breakfast was held on May 13 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Twenty-three professionals representing public schools were recognized for their impact on the districts they serve.

Mason Kiwanis Recognizes Community's Students of the Year 

On May 19, the Kiwanis Club of Mason presented its Student of the Year award to six students in area schools.

The students of the year are: Mason Early Childhood kindergartner Mina Radaszewski who was nominated by her teacher Jessica Grabeman, Western Row third grader Lauren Cooley who was nominated by her teacher Stacey Baugh, Mason Intermediate sixth grader Tyler Vaughan who was nominated by his teachers Laura Bologna and Megan Dipuccio, St. Susanna eighth grader Anna Baker who was nominated by her teacher Joan Eckart, Mason Middle School eighth grader Gracie Paxton who was nominated by her teacher Laura Tonkin, and Mason High School senior Lauren Van Kleunen who was nominated by her teacher Randy Hubbard.

Read more about the Kiwanis Students of the Year.
Project Excellence Recognizes Two MCS Teachers


This spring, Mason Early Childhood Center kindergarten teacher Michelle Hastings and Mason High School AP Chemistry teacher Aimee Hansen were honored at the Area Progress Council's 29th annual Project Excellence dinner at the Warren County Career Center.

Hastings was nominated for the award by a fellow teacher and parent, and Hansen was nominated by fellow AP Chemistry teacher, Monica Schneider.

"Michelle is more than a teacher. She is like a life coach, showing young children how to care for others, how to be selfless and how to love..." said Megan Hill, MECC mom.

"Aimee Hansen is one of the best teachers I have had the pleasure to work with in my 17 years of teaching. She is an amazing teachers that students love and respect..." shared Schneider.

Read more about the Project Excellence Recipients.
MI Science Teacher Shows Students Sky is Not the Limit
  

Mason Intermediate fifth grade science teacher Adam Bally teaches his students that 'The Sky is Not the Limit' by using Personal Solar Telescopes to bring outside learning into the classroom. With financial assistance from the Mason Schools Foundation, Bally used the solar telescopes to provide a safe, hands-on way to view the Sun and its constant activity.

Bally was very excited to use these on May 9 to see Mercury's transit across the Sun, which can only be seen from Earth with technology like a PST. 

"I had been in communication with the Cincinnati Observatory in planning this event. It provides a rare and unique opportunity for students to literally see a planet crossing over the face of the sun."

Read more about how the Sky is Not the Limit.
Springboro Superintendent Named Mason's Chief Operating Officer
  

The Mason City School District's leadership team will soon have an important new addition.

Todd Petrey will be Mason's new Chief Operating Officer beginning September 1. Petrey replaces Assistant Superintendent of Operations Mike Brannon, who will retire in December. 

Petrey, who comes to Mason City Schools with more than 20 years of curriculum. financial and operations experience, currently serves as the Springboro Superintendent. He also brings private sector experience to his role.

"In the 20 years I have been an educator, I have admired the level of education delivered to all Mason students.  I'm extremely excited to become part of the Mason City School District Community," said Petrey.

Read more about MCS's new COO.
MCS Students Earn Scholarships to Go Camp

Two teams from Mason City Schools won full scholarships to the AGA Summer Go Camp at the YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton from July 3-9. The scholarships were earned by finishing first in their assigned division at the American Go Honor Society annual team tournament in early April.

Campers of all skill levels, between the ages of 8 and 18, are invited to attend the week of 'Go-playing' and fun! The AGA Summer Go Camp includes daily Go lessons and other Go-related activities, as well as more traditional summer camp activities such as hiking, boating and archery.

The MCS students who won full scholarships to Go Camp, worth around $700 each, include:

Division 1
MI sixth grader Yuandi Huang, MI fifth grader Jonathan Luo and MI fifth grader Matthew Qui

Division 2
MHS tenth grader Terry Luo , MHS ninth grader Jerry Qiu , and MMS seventh grader Marco Yan

Read more about MCS Students Attending Go Camp.
MI Student Earns Academic Excellence Recognition from Johns Hopkins

Mason Intermediate fifth grader Ansh Alluru was named one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Alluru scored exceptionally high on a difficult, above-grade-level test to be recognized by the CTY Talent Search. Alluru was one of more than 30,000 students from 60 countries to participate in the competition.

Read more about Alluru's Academic Excellence Recognition.
High Fives to... 


... MHS track star Nick Pearson, who won another state championship! Mason senior track standout Nick Pearson accomplished a tremendous achievement at the State track meet this past Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium. Pearson won an individual 2016 State Championship in the 400 meter dash event. Nick sprinted to a new Mason record time of 47.82 to beat out a talented field of competitors.







... the Mason Softball Team, who ended their amazing season at the State Final Four! Check out some  of the coverage of their feats on WCPO Channel 9!








...MHS Ultimate Frisbee Team,  who came in State Runner Up last weekend. Check out the Chronicle's coverage.
Community Invited to 2016 "Racin' in Mason"

WHAT: 2016 Racin' in Mason 5K Run/Walk Summer Classic with Kids 1K Fun Run to benefit the Mason High School and Middle School Cross Country/Track and Field program

WHEN:         Saturday, July 30, 2016
                   Beginning at 8:30am

WHERE:        Pine Hill Lakes Park - 211 Kings Mills Road

COST:           Racin' in Mason 5K Summer Classic - $25 (Includes a race T-Shirt)
                   Sleep In Option - $20 (Includes a race T-Shirt, but you get to sleep on Saturday!)
                   Kids 1K Fun Run - $5 (Without T-Shirt, but all children running will receive a participation medal)

REGISTER:   Online: Visit www.spruning.com until July 28 by 6:00pm
                   Mail-In Entry Form or Race Day Registration also available

For more information, please visit the "Racin' in Mason" Flyer HERE.
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