January 31, 2017
M HS Senior Competes for Team USA at World Cycling Championships: Example of Student Personalizing His Learning

Spencer Petrov
Mason High School senior
Spencer Petrov finished 18th for Team USA in the 2017 World Cycling Championships.

Watch Spencer's interview with Cyclocross Magazine  as soon as he finished his race. He shared, "I love these conditions. I did the best I could do today - and am really happy with how I did today."

"Spencer is a graduating senior who has been participating in the "blended learning" concept for the past three years," shared MHS Principal Dave Hyatt .

Blended learning means that at times Petrov would be training in Belgium for a few weeks while utilizing APEX (the district's digital curriculum), flipped classrooms, and having teachers that are utilizing other tech tools for instruction and feedback.

Read more about Spencer and the UCI Cyclocross World Championships.
MHS Student Wins National Award for Computing

Mason High School senior Emily Wang was named a National Award winner for the National Center of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) 2017 Aspirations in Computing. Mason High School students Nidhi Iyanna, Keerthi Sekar, Annie Wang and Jenny Wan were four of ten Ohio students to receive honorable mentions.

There were more than 3,500 applications, and only 11 girls from Ohio were chosen.

"With women only being 18 percent of the population working in the field of Information Technology,this is a testament to what Mason City Schools is doing to bridge that gender gap," shared MHS Computer Programming/Mathematics/Networking teacher Greg Kummer.

Read more about NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC).
Mason School Board Gets New President, 
Matt Steele and Randy Andrews

The five-member Mason City Schools Board of Education unanimously elected Matt Steele as its new president and Randy Andrews as vice president during its January 10 organizational meeting. Steele, who has served on the board since 2011, succeeds Courtney Allen. Andrews, who has served on the board since 2013, takes over for Connie Yingling.

"We are very fortunate to live in a phenomenal community, and it all starts with our superb public schools.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to everyone who helped build our district into what it is today, from the earliest school boards, administrators and educators, to community leaders, and voters who made key investments as the Mason community experienced explosive growth.  It is vital that we continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our educators and administrators are positioned to continue serving our students with excellence. That includes supporting innovation and being good stewards of our finances, but it also requires us to continue staking out our position for local control and advocating for the resources our teachers and administrators need to do their great work," said Steele.

Read more about the 2017 Board of Education.
10 MMS Students Win Prestigious Scholastics Art Awards
Scholastic Art Awards

Mason Middle School visual artists Sankalp Agrawal, Gabriella Janis, Isabella Katchanov, Honoka Kobayshi, Devansh Maladkar, Jorja Meere, Ayushe Nagpal, Hannah Scholes, Tessa Zecchino  and Lisa Zhou earned top awards in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing competition.  

Katchanov and Zhou each received a Gold Key Award for their detailed expressive drawings that highlight their strong technical drawing abilities.

"The Gold Key Award is the highest level of achievement that a student can be awarded with at the regional level.  As Gold Key Award winners this year, Isabella's and Lisa's outstanding works will also be considered for national-level recognition during the national competition in New York City!" said their MMS art educator Rita Shriver-Schehr .
Read more about the MMS student success at this year's competition.
MHS Artists Win Big at Scholastics: 
Students' Art on Display Jan. 20-Feb 3 
Scholastic Art _ Writing Award-MHS

Mason High School visual art students put on an outstanding performance in this year's Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Twenty-seven MHS students won a grand total of 38 awards in this year's competition.

Four of Mason's student artists were awarded a total of five Gold Keys in their individual categories. Winners of the Gold Key, amounting to top honors in a particular art category, include: Lauren Fournier, Emma Morrissey, Tasha Norris and Jenny Wan .

MHS also had 14  Silver Key winning artworks and  19 honorable mentions.

View a complete list   of Mason High School award winners.
Derrick Earns MMS Geo Bee Title 
Geo Bee Winners

Mason Middle School eighth grader
Aaron Derrick won the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 18, and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Second place winner Gabriel Paris-Ebdon and third place winner Sanjay Swamy also competed in the nationwide geography competition designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.

All of the students qualified to participate in the school-level competition by missing no more than one question on the qualifying test.

"The students did a marvelously amazing job of answering National Geographic's extraordinarily difficult questions.  Please help us congratulate Aaron on his wonderful accomplishment, and good luck!" said Ricardo Grayer, MMS social studies teacher and geography bee coordinator.

Read more about the Geo Bee.
3 MHS Creative Artists' Talent Recognized by Overtures  
Overture Award Winners

Three Mason High School students have advanced to the semifinals of the Cincinnati Arts Association's Overture Awards Competition, a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. The Overture Awards are the region's largest solo arts competition. 

MHS semifinalists are junior Alyssa Manguiat (Dance), senior Jessica Sommerville (Creative Writing), and senior Kayla Stroud (Theatre). This is the second year Sommerville has been honored; she won the 2016 Overture Awards creative writing competition.

Read more about the Overture Awards Competition.
MMS Power of the Pen Team Starts Strong at Districts 
Power of the Pen Team

Mason Middle School's seventh and eighth grade Power of the Pen teams kicked off another promising season at the District Power of the Pen Tournament  on January 21.  The Summit Country Day School hosted the tournament with 22 schools and 275 writers.  Mason Middle School's eighth grade team placed second, and the seventh grade team placed fourth overall.  

Writers Faye Cuasay, Kathryn Gross, Katie Maier, Ria Narang, Olivia Rui, Ann Vettikkal, and Pranav Yenugu competed on the eighth grade team; Rebeca Hefferan, Della Johnson, Aidan Murray, Gayatri Rajan, Dominic Scott, and Lauren Summe competed on the seventh grade team.

Coaches Jillian Denman and Rachel Young are proud of the team's accomplishments. 

Read about the individual awards earned during the tournament.   
High Fives to...

...MHS freshman
Maanasa Mendu , whose energy-harvesting device landed her on Forbes #30under30 list! B-105 ,   Cincinnati Business Courier , Cincinnati Enquirer , Cincinnati Enquirer editorial, WLWT-Channel 5, Local 12 WKRC , Fox 19 , and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls are just some of the news outlets covering this Comet!

... MECC, Western Row, and MI readers who crushed their reading goals and were rewarded with wacky stunt days featuring their awesome teachers and principals! Many, many, many thanks to the Mason Schools Foundation volunteers for once again holding a creative fundraiser that raised over $75,000 for innovative projects in our schools! Check out the Mason Schools Facebook Reading Challenge Facebook album!

... MHS Basketball standouts and siblings Sammie and Eddie Puisis, who excel in the classroom and on the basketball court. Watch WCPO's coverage.

...MECC 1st grader Logan Wiesman ,  who co-wrote "Logan's Bumpy Kidney" about  Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). The author recently shared the book with his MECC classmates, and WCPO was there to cover the book reading live. Watch their moving story about Logan's hunt for a kidney.

...MHS Mandarin teacher Ling Ling Nian who organized our 9th Mason Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday featuring incredible student performances, delicious food, and cultural demonstrations. Special thanks to the Confucius Institute at Miami University, the Joy Flower Dance Center, and the Bing Yang Chinese Performing Arts Center for their continuous support. Happy Year of the Rooster! Check out the Facebook Album.

Nathan Rodrigues Named Kiwanis January Student of the Month
Nathan Rodrigues

Mason High School senior 
Nathan Rodrigues  was recognized as The Kiwanis Club of Mason's January Student of the Month. Rodrigues was nominated by MHS science teacher and National Honor Society Advisor  Barb Shuba .
Rodrigues is a committed member of the National Honor Society, and recently chaired the MHS Talent Show fundraiser which raised nearly $6000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Rodrigues hopes to study Biomedicine at either the Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Vanderbilt University, or Duke University.

Read more about the January Kiwanis Student of the Month.
MMS January Students of the Month
MMS Student of the Month

Mason Middle School is proud to announce the January Students of the Month.

They are: Tiana Anchrum, Ellie Baker, Jared Barker, Elizabeth Berry, Caroline Bishop, Max Boho, Calleigh Bonnell, Madison Bozarth, Grace Brossart, Rachel Cai, Emma Davies, Sia Dornhecker, Abby Fulton, Grant Geyer, Blake Glover, Gianna Gonzalez, Spandana Grandhi, Todd Grant, Abigail Hager, Sid Hale, Samuel Hall, Ryan Holthouse, Ellie Horvath, Sankaran Iyer, Natasha Jha, Takumi Kobayashi, Jane Kronenberger, Zoe Krugh, Kejdi Kurti, Jason Legault, Claire Long, Gabriel Marlow, Brianna Messer, Sydney Minick, Sanchita Paranthaman, Malani Patel, Brooke Petty, Marilyn Popplewell-Garter, Emma Schatzel, Joseph Schuessler, Ethan Sernoffsky, Darius Setna, RJ Spears, Ella Stertmeyer, Olivia Sulek, Lauren Summe, Avery Tobergte, Braedon Vrooman, Claire Wilburn, Abigail Williams, Jared Williams, Morgan Witten, Blake Wood, Clay Woodruff,Brandon Young and Natali Zecchino,

Read more about MMS Student of the month.
Celebrate Mason City Schools Diversity during "Taste of Mason" on Feb. 8
Taste of Mason

Don't miss this year's "Taste of Mason" - which will showcase our community's diversity!

WHAT:  At the Taste of Mason you can sample a new dish, catch up with old friends, and be mesmerized by incredible talent! Enjoy exciting offerings from many ethnic, and independent Mason restaurants. Watch multicultural acts perform. Children can enjoy a global carnival hosted by MHS World Language Societies, and get their passports stamped while purchasing items at the Comet Zone with global currency from the Comet Savings & Loan.

WHEN:    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
                 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE:   Mason High School Commons

COST:  Free admission!  Food vendors charge modest prices for their offerings. 

View the list of local vendors and a list of performance times.
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For information, email Tracey Carson at carsont@masonohioschools.com.