January 11, 2017
MHS Freshman Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Maanasa Mendu
Mason High School freshman Maanasa Mendu has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017.  The 14-year old scientist is the youngest person named to the list. Mendu was selected for the Energy Industry Sector , for her work creating HARVEST, a bio-inspired energy device that uses solar and wind power to capture energy in the form of wind, rain and sun - and converts it to power. Mendu was inspired to create the device after experiencing power outages during a family visit to India. She is currently working to commercialize her device.

Watch Mendu explain her project to the Mason City Schools Board of Education during its September 14 meeting after she won the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Read more about Maanasa.
Mason City Schools to Host Panel Discussion with Community Leaders: "Combating the Heroin Epidemic"
Chasing the Dragon

Members of the public are encouraged to attend a panel discussion about the heroin epidemic with noted community leaders on Wednesday, January 11 from 7-8pm in the Mason High School Auditorium, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road.

All Mason High School students will watch  Chasing the Dragon on January 11 during their homerooms. "Chasing the Dragon" is a documentary produced by the FBI and DEA aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The Panel Discussion is an ideal time to talk together as a community about combating the heroin epidemic. The event is sponsored by Mason City Schools' Safe & Inviting Schools Committee.

View the list of Panelists.
MHS Junior Scores Perfect 36 on ACT

Alex Wang
Alex Wang has achieved perfection.

The Mason High School junior earned the highest possible score, a perfect 36, on the October ACT. To put it in perspective, in 2016, 2.1 million U.S. high school students took the exam and only 2,235 nationwide earned the highest possible composite score of 36, according to ACT.

"I was hoping for a high score, but wasn't aiming for a 36. [Getting a perfect score] is not that big of a deal, it just feels good knowing that it went well. It doesn't say how smart someone is - I just had a better day of taking a test," explained Wang.

The ACT tests students in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each section has a possible score of 1 to 36. The composite score is the student's average score of all four sections. Wang scored a perfect 36 on each section. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.

Read more about Alex Wang.
MHS Wind Symphony Performs at Midwest Clinic

Wind Symphony
A snowball of positive energy that gained intensity from beginning to end!" That's how Mason High School Band Director  Micah Ewing described the Wind Symphony's performance at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Festival on December 15, 2016.

In April, Mason's Wind Symphony received its invitation as one of only four high schools to perform at this year's Clinic, and directors immediately began preparations for the performance.

The first priority was determining the program for the concert. "The main objectives of the Clinic are to inform and inspire its attendees," explained Ewing. "To that end, there are some very specific guidelines that govern the music we choose to play at the Clinic." For Ewing, a primary consideration was ensuring that the music would be meaningful to the students and used as a vehicle to achieve curricular goals.

Read more about the MHS Wind Symphony.
Rao Wins MI Geo Bee
Shreyas Rao

On December 20, Mason Intermediate School held its annual National Geographic Geography Bee sponsored by Google.

The elementary school's social studies teachers held their own preliminary and qualifying rounds earlier in the year.  Out of the school's over 2,400 fourth, fifth and sixth graders, 86 students participated in the school-wide bee representing their classes. After many intense rounds, two contestants were narrowed down to two championship finalists: sixth grader Justin Weckstein and fifth grader Shreyas Rao . After a long and intense final round, Rao from team Carpe Diem won!  
As the 2016-2017 Mason Intermediate School Geography Bee winner, Rao will take a qualifying test to determine if he qualifies for the state competition on March 31.

Read more about the MI Geo Bee.
MHS Junior to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Megan Ledford
Mason High School junior  Megan Ledford has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Ledford will perform Soprano 2 with the Carnegie Hall High School Honors Concert Choir on February 5 in New York City.

Earlier this year, Ledford auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, "Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget".

Read more about Megan.
2017-2018 Mason Kindergarten Registration Drive   

The Mason Early Childhood Center's 2017-2018 kindergarten registration will begin in February. On  February 23, 2017 prospective kindergarten families may attend a pre-registration meeting at MECC located at 4631 Hickory Woods Dr. Parents may sign kindergarten packets out from 6-6:30 pm, and will learn about the kindergarten program from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Due to limited seating, the meeting is for parents only.

Kindergarten packets are available at the Mason Central Registration Office at 211 North East Street or at MECC, 4631 Hickory Woods Dr after February 23. In order to ensure that the Mason Early Childhood Center is able to accurately project staffing and services for next year, packets will not be mailed and cannot be downloaded.

Registration for kindergarten will be held in the MECC Gym on the following dates:
Thursday, March 16         6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, March 22      6:00-8:00pm

Read more about Kindergarten Registration.
High Fives to...

Mason Board of Education
The Mason City Schools Board of Education , who works closely with families, education and business professionals, and community members to create high-quality schools and outstanding educational experiences. January is School Board Appreciation Month, and a perfect time to say "Thanks!" to   Courtney Allen, Randy Andrews, Matt Steele, Kevin Wise and Connie Yingling for their year-round commitment to Mason students!

Scripps Day at MHS

... The Chronicle, MBC, and IMI leaders and staff , who have put together an incredible "Scripps Day at MHS!" Read the CSPN's coverage of the event that features MHS students getting a first-hand look at what it is like to study and work in the fields of journalism, advertising, public relations, design and communications.

MI 5th Graders

... 5th Grade Team Aspire, Team Character and Team Infinity , who raised over $2500 for the Mason Food Pantry. The Food Pantry will be able to purchase $25,000 worth of food with the 600 Wing's donation. The teams plan to tour the Mason Food Pantry in the future.
Mason High School Performing Arts Presents Our Town 
Our Town

On January 27, 28, and February 3, 4, Mason High School Theater will present Thornton Wilder's  Our Town in the school's Studio Theater. Curtain on each day is at 8pm with a 3pm matinee also scheduled for January 28.  

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, children, and seniors.  All senior citizen Mason Golden Comet Card holders are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal on January 26 at 7pm free of charge, or can reserve a limited number of free tickets by calling the Public Information Office at 
398-0474, option 7 . Tickets will be available one hour before curtain, or can be purchased online at www.masondrama.com .  

Our Town has a cast of 23 students and features Kayla Williams as the Stage Manager, Matt Berman as George Gibbs, Anna Kosiarek as Emily Webb, Katie Kenniston and Gerardo Contreras as Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, and Kayla Stroud and Sam Terribilini as Mr. and Mrs. Webb.  The show is stage managed by Ale Zaleta , assistant directed by Jordan Curtis , and assistant technical directed by senior Matt Slusser . The play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French .

Read about  Our Town .
Looking for Mason Science Fair Judges

The Mason Science Fair needs judges for 2017! The Thursday, January 26, 2017 event hosts approximately 150 middle and high school students.  Our students are eager to learn from local community members as they continue on their path to becoming future scientists.  If you are interested in judging our projects please fill out this short Science Fair Judges Survey.  An email confirmation will be sent in the near future.  
Science Fair

Where:  Mason Middle School
When: January 26th
Time:  Please arrive by 3:30 Judging will begin promptly at 3:45
Dress:  Business Casual
Food:  Dinner provided (Pizza, salad, & drinks)
Contact:  Jay Reutter with any questions at reutterj@masonohioschools.com

The Mason City Schools Science Fair is always a wonderful event and provides an excellent learning experience for our young scientists.  Please consider helping support our event.
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For information, email Tracey Carson at carsont@masonohioschools.com.