September CommUNITY Connection
Residents Invited to Tour "New" Middle School on 9/18: Follows Year-Long Renovation
WHAT:  Mason Middle School was originally built as Mason High School 60 years ago. Come see how it will prepare Comet learners for the next 50 years!
- 5:30pm Ribbon Cutting & Refreshments
- 6:00pm Program
- 6:45-7:45pm Tours
WHEN:   Wednesday, September 18, 2019
 
          
  WHY:   This year, Mason Middle School reopened after being closed all of last year for a total renovation. The reopening of Mason Middle School represents a significant portion of a plan put into motion 20 years ago.

View more about our renovations .
Mason City Schools Students Among State’s Highest Achievers
Mason City Schools students are achieving at some of the highest levels in the state, according to the State of Ohio's Report Card, while the district spends substantially less than its peers.

For 2019, Mason City Schools earned an overall final grade of A, while spending $725 less per student than the state average, and $3,096 less per student than the districts ranked by Niche as the best in Ohio based on key statistics and reviews from students and parents.

32 MHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Thirty-two Mason High School students have been named National Merit Semifinalists through the sixty-fifth annual National Merit Scholarship Competition for 2020.

Priya Bandaru, Emma Bishop, Leon Chang, Pranav Cherukuri, June Chung, Nicholas Comatas, Siddarth Dasari, Yash Deshpande, Eric Enouen, Ishana Galgali, Naomie Gao, Lily Geiser, Jack Gerus, Christine Giberson, Shreya Gundavarpu, Andrea Hefferan, Claire Hu, Nina Kisanga, Jacquelyn Kraimer, Alexandra Madaras, Tanushri Madichetti, Grace Marten, Maanasa Mendu, Sruthi Parthasarathi, Ashka Shah, Lucas Shen, Eric Sun, Anusha Vadlamani, Sai Soumya Vytla, Jessica Wang, Christopher Zhang, Grace Zhang are all National Merit Semifinalists.

R ead more about the Semifinalists
Learning is Personal in Mason Schools
Last year Mason City Schools launched its 3 Big Rock Strategy to communicate the district’s commitment to culture, inclusive excellence, and personalized learning. During the course of the 2018-2019 school year, teams of teachers, coaches, and administrators focused on growing a collective vision of Mason City Schools version of Personalized Learning. The district teams established a definition and 5 Key Principles of Personalized Learning that would drive the work for future years.

This year, Mason is intentionally building capacity to begin personalizing students’ learning through continued study with national experts like Allison Zmuda , and through a process of reflective practice.   Eight cohorts of 77 teachers are working alongside eight Learning Experience Designers to examine their practices and design learning experiences for students that are founded in the 5 Principles of Personalized Learning.  

R ead more about what is coming this year .
#CometCulture
There's just something special about what happens when 10,500 Comets come back to school. Watch the video of #MCSDay1 . This month, staff and students are setting the foundation for 
#CometCulture   by building relationships. We can't wait to get to know our Comets' stories!

MHS Alums Receive Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence from UC
Two Mason High School alums received the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence from the University of Cincinnati, a prestigious honor awarded by the University President to exceptional graduating students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.

MHS 2015 graduate  Rahul Sandella  and 2014 graduate  Rickey Terrell  were two of this year's six recipients of the award. 

R ead more about Rahul and Rickey's awards .
MCS Launches "Your Story Matters" Podcast
Our stories weave our community together.


Sharing the real and vulnerable parts of our lives with each other is life-changing. We live in an “insta” world of perfect images and superficial relationships. When one person has the courage to say something authentic - it inspires us. It encourages empathy. It offers hope. That’s why this year, Mason City Schools launched a weekly podcast “Your Story Matters” that gives listeners the ability to connect with members of our school community in new ways. (Search for it on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or Anchor.)

MHS Precautionary Evacuation is Great E+R=O Example
On September 9,  a construction crew working outside the high school near B-Pod hit a gas line while installing the safety fencing around the new dust collector. Duke Energy and The Mason Fire Department were quickly on site investigating. 

There were no injuries, but as a precautionary measure, Mason High School students in A-Pod and B-Pod were evacuated to the Arena located inside Mason Middle School. Within 45 minutes, the Fire Marshall gave the all-clear that A-Pod and B-Pod were safe for students and staff to re-enter.

Students and staff had a disciplined RESPONSE to the EVENT ensuring a smooth and safe OUTCOME - it was a great display of #CometCulture in action! 

R ead more about the response .
Eagle Scout Builds Playground Additions at MI
Mason Intermediate School students are gaga over their additional Gaga Pit - thanks to a service-minded MHS student who knows the importance of having opportunities to play hard. Mason High School senior  Spencer Gerdes  chose to help improve Mason Intemediate's playground as a Life Scout with Troop 500. 

"The Eagle Scout Project was construction of a new Gaga Pit designed to be portable, and a new 9-Square arena to encourage team building, living well, being healthy, and allowing more students to play the more popular games," shared Gerdes.


R ead more about the Spencer's Eagle Scout Project .
Mason Welcomes 65 Members of the Comet Family New to Mason, or in New Roles

The Mason City School District proudly welcomes new staff.

"We had a busy summer of hiring and retaining top talent! Please welcome these Comets new to Mason, or in new roles," shared MCS Superintendent Jonathan Cooper. "We are so blessed to have hired an amazing team of new teachers, child nutrition workers, bus drivers, instructional aides and multiple other support staff. We are thankful for the new talent that has joined our team - this truly is a destination district!"

R ead more about our new members
#MasonMoment
MHS Class of 2013’s T.J. Zeuch made his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. the Atlanta Braves on September 3! He’s the first Comet ever to lace em up for a big league game. #45040

Hooray for the Mason Schools Foundation volunteers and donors who stepped up as #MasonMomentMakers at this year's Gala. Special thank you to the Lunar Moms of Mason - who gave a generous $5,300 donation that kindled everyone’s giving heart. MSF raised an additional $17,500 in the paddle call - the most ever! We can’t wait to see what student-initiated grants the Foundation will be giving as a result. 
There's so much that goes into what makes  #TheLongGreenLine  special. Watch WLWT's coverage of the 20-year friendship between MHS Varsity Football Coach Brian Castner & Assistant Coach Nate Petrey .
What we lacked in SUNSHINE, we made up for in SMILES! Many thanks to all our Comet staff, volunteers, fans and vendors who helped make Tailgate 2019 a blast! Check out the Facebook photo album .
Every day is an important day to honor our first responders - who risk their lives to save ours. Mason Dad Jeremy Campbell received the Medal of Valor last week for his role as one of the 6 Dayton Police Officers who stopped the Oregon District mass shooting gunman. Thank you Officer Campbell & all the brave men and women who spring into action to save lives. We will #neverforget .
We feel so lucky to live & serve in Mason! During last weekend's Heritage Parade there were a whole lot of Comets spreading kindness as part of our  #CometCulture  movement! Many thanks to Brenda Ahlers, Jen Fisher, Monica Johnston, Stacie Price, and Pam Wainscott's classes for joining the school board and administrative team. Check out the Facebook photo album .
Every one of our Comet staff members came together to celebrate Opening Day 2019. The Cooper Family kicked us off with a special bike ride that reminded us that our stories are just as rich even when they aren't perfect - especially when we #OwnTheMoment ! Watch the video of Superintendent Jonathan Cooper addressing Comet Staffers.