July 26, 2017
Chen Scores Perfect 36 on State-Funded ACT

Victor Chen
Mason High School senior Victor Chen scored a perfect 36 on the ACT that he took in March at school. A member of the Class of 2018, Chen is part of the first group of Ohio students who took the college-entrance exam this spring for free at school as part of new testing requirements in the 2014 Ohio education law.  This was Chen's second attempt at the ACT, but he wasn't aiming for a perfect score the second time around.

Friends and family were very excited for Chen's accomplishment, but his modesty shows when discussing that perfect 36.

"With the caliber of students here at Mason, my perfect score was just a drop in the bucket compared to all the amazing achievements and accolades earned by Mason students. I think a lot of people have the misconception that anyone who earns a perfect score is a genius, but ultimately, it's just a test. I think more than anything it reflects the fact that I took the time to learn the test, and the amazing education that I have received here at MHS."

In college, he hopes to study Economics and/or Biomedical Engineering.

Read more about Victor Chen.

MCS Board Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Calendar
Building construction projects are prompting an unconventional school calendar for the Mason City School District.

The Mason City Schools Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 school calendar at its June 13 meeting.  Due to the significant construction that will take place during the summer of 2019 to complete the district's  Master Facilities Plan , school will not begin until September 3, 2019 and will end on June 5, 2020. The 2019-2020 calendar gives a Fall Break from Nov. 27-29, Winter Break from Dec. 23-Jan. 1, and a Spring Holiday from April 10-April 13. There is one  Personal Learning Day on April 9.

19-20 "Tight" Calendar Needed to Accommodate Construction
During the 2019-2020 school year, the district will implement its Master Facilities Plan; all the district's PK-second grade students will attend the Mason Early Childhood Center, grades 3-6 will attend Mason Intermediate, grades 7-8 will attend Mason Middle School and grades 9-12 will attend Mason High School. The nearly $43 million project does not require a bond-levy because about $34 million is being funded with state tobacco settlement monies that can only be used for school facilities, and the district has set aside existing capital funds for the rest.

Read more about the 2019-2020 School Calendar.
Mason City Schools Seeks New Treasurer

CFO Search
A search is underway to find the Mason City School District's next chief financial officer.

On August 8, the Mason City Schools Board of Education anticipates accepting the resignation of Treasurer Ronda Johnson, who was hired for the same position by Wyoming City Schools. Johnson has served as Mason's treasurer since 2014.

"Ronda has done an outstanding job for Mason and we're very disappointed to see her go," School Board President Matt Steele said. "Hiring the district's superintendent and treasurer are the two most important jobs of a Board of Education. Our Board is committed to finding a proactive and innovative leader with deep financial acumen who is excited to join a high-performing, financially stable district blessed with terrific staff and invested parents and community members."

9th Grader's Plan to Generate Electricity from Vehicular Traffic Earns Her National Recognition

Laalitya Acharya
Mason High School freshman Laalitya Acharya is one of 10 national finalists in the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. She hopes to change the world by using vehicular motion to generate and harness clean and affordable energy.

Watch her entry video to the Young Scientist Challenge.  The video entries are scored and ranked on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and effective communication, and overall presentation. The ten highest scoring entrants are deemed finalists.

Read more about Laalitya.
Protzman Hired as Director of Concert Bands

Ed Protzman
For Mason High School's nationally recognized band program, two heads are really better than one.  On June 13, the Mason City School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline's recommendation to hire
Edward F. Protzman as the new Mason High School Director of Concert Bands. Protzman joins  Johnnie B. Green, who was hired in April as the new Mason High School Director of Marching Bands.

Protzman served as the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chair at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He has served in this position since the opening of the school in the fall of 2010. While in this position his ensembles have consistently received top ratings in Kansas Music Educators Association's (KMEA) large and small group festivals. Before coming to Kansas to teach in the Blue Valley School District, Protzman was the Director of Bands at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. 

Read more about Ed Protzman.
Mason Loses State Funding

State TPP Reimbursement
Mason City Schools funding levels from the State of Ohio have decreased over the last several years.
  Despite the advocacy of hundreds of Mason City Schools residents and business owners, the district is slated to lose additional state funding in large part due to the phase out of the Tangible Personal Property Tax (TPP) reimbursement.
During the final days of the budget process, the district was waiting to see if some modest changes on TPP survived the governor's veto pen. They didn't.

The District will continue to analyze the biennium budget impact against our five year forecast to plan for our financial stability.

Read more about TPP.
Perfect Zhu Places Fifth in National Math Competition 

Peter Zhu
Mason High School Senior
Peter Zhu competed in the American Regions Mathematics League's (ARML) annual competition on June 2 and June 3 at Penn State University.
Zhu earned a perfect score in the individual contest - there were only five individuals who scored a perfect in the entire nation - and placed fifth in the overall competition.
In the ARML competition, students meet, compete against, and socialize with one another, forming friendships and sharpening their mathematical skills. ARML is considered the 'World Series' of mathematics!
The competition involves more than 2,000 students and teachers from almost every state, and consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question, an individual round, two relay rounds, and a super relay. In all, about 120+ teams participated at Penn State, the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa and UNLV.
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Sponsor a Needy Mason Student's School Supplies

School Supplies
For most Mason students, now's the time to stock up on back-to-school pencils, glue sticks, notebooks and calculators.  For some Mason students, however, that's a luxury they cannot afford.

"The Mason Schools Foundation has committed that no Mason student will start school without the right school supplies due to financial circumstances," said Beth Wilson, School Supply Drive Co-Chair.

Please consider sponsoring one or more children with a recommended contribution of $30 per child. 

Join us on Saturday, July 29th for Stuff the Bus Day! The Mason Schools Foundation will be collecting new school supplies and donations at the Mason Montgomery Walmart from 10-2pm and at the Rusty Bucket all day. Stop by for lunch or dinner at the Rusty Bucket and 15% of your bill will also fund the school supply drive.

Donate online or send tax-deductible donations to: Mason Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 183, Mason, OH 45040.
High Fives to...

... the Mason City School District, which according to Niche.com ranks #2 in Greater Cincinnati and #5 in Ohio with the following "grades." Check us out!
College Readiness..........A+
Health & Safety.............A+
Resources & Facilities.....A+
Clubs & Activities...........A

... MHS Buddy LaRosa's HS MVP honorees! Class of 2017's Ashley Volpenhein (Swimming All-American with 7 state championships)was awarded the 2017 Female MVP, Class of 2006's Angela Bizzari Pflugrath (finest female distance runner in Greater Cincinnati in 25 years, 9-time All-American, 8 state champions) was inducted into the LaRosa's HS Hall of Fame, and Class of 2017's Elle Buffenbarger (record-setting  All-State softball pitcher) was honored as one of six 2017 Female MVP Finalists.


... MHS Class of 2004's Brant Daugherty , who did a great job on Battle of the NetworkStars! Watch Brant's episode . Not only is Brant known for being a Comet, he's also starred on Dear White People (Thane Lockwood), Pretty Little Liars (Noel Kahn), Days of Our Lives (Brian), and Army Wives (Patrick Clarke).

Big Saturday to Support Mason Schools

There's a lot happening on Saturday, July 29!

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For information, email Tracey Carson at carsont@masonohioschools.com.