March 21, 2018
MHS Principal Announces Retirement

Dave Hyatt
The leader of Ohio's largest high school will be stepping down at the end of this school year.

Hyatt's education career spans over 25 years. During his 22-year tenure in the Mason City School District, he served as a PE teacher, co-Athletic Director, Mason Middle School Assistant Principal, and MHS Assistant Principal.

"Dave is a strong leader whose wisdom and heart for doing what's right has been a great asset for Mason," said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline , Superintendent. "He and his incredibly talented wife, MMS Student Activities Director Stephanie Hyatt , will be sorely missed in this community."

The Mason City School District recognizes that strong principals are a key ingredient for strong schools. This spring, the district will begin a rigorous selection process to hire an outstanding instructional leader for one of the best high schools in the nation.

"I so appreciate that Mr. Hyatt used his leadership to make sure that the people around him had the opportunity to be great," said Jonathan Cooper , Deputy Superintendent. "As we look for the next great leader of Mason High School, we'll be looking for a student-centered instructional leader who is excited to co-create the next iteration of MHS."  

Read more about Dave Hyatt.
MECC Student Practice Empathy with Mason's Finest

Mason Early Childhood Center students practiced the skill of showing empathy with local firefighters on February 15.

"The entire MECC staff has been reading A Mindset for Learning this year," shared MECC Assistant Principal Jennifer Johnson . "A small group has been leading this work for the staff, and we developed a Comet Kid graphic with all of the stances that we refer to when teaching our students."

The Comet Kids graphic encourages optimism, flexibility, empathy, resilience, and persistence - all attributes of a Mason City Schools Difference Maker .

Read more about the MECC's empathy event.
CommUNITY Conversations

Jonathan Cooper
Mason City Schools Deputy Superintendent Jonathan Cooper is unveiling CommUNITY Conversations with partners from the City of Mason, Deerfield Township, and the Mason-Deerfield MADE Chamber.

"I was humbled to have been chosen to be Mason City Schools next Superintendent, and one of my biggest priorities is to connect with more of you.  We are fortunate to be served by inspiring leaders in the City of Mason, Deerfield Township, and the Mason-Deerfield Chamber, and I would like to deepen our already strong partnership. I am energized about strengthening relationships with parents and community members. I would love to see our community grow even closer as we intentionally talk together about things that are going well, and things that could be better," explains Cooper.
What's a CommUNITY Conversation?
CommUNITY Conversations are conversations with Mason City Schools residents where we can find common ground on our core values, and confront and solve difficult issues.  CommUNITY Conversations will be an opportunity for citizens to talk with Cooper, and a member of our City, Township, or Chamber's leadership team. By bringing people together to share stories and discuss issues that matter, we will expand our sense of neighborhood and bridge divides through the power of connections and relationships.  Our conversations stem from our commitment to create UNITY in our community one conversation at a time. This spring, some of the topics we will discuss include ensuring equity and inclusion, mental wellness, school safety, and other topics that need community input.

MI Sixth Graders Raise over $9500 for LLS Cure

MI Pennies for Patients
Leukemia and Lymphoma are personal in Mason City Schools. While there are many Mason student and staff warriors fighting these diseases, there are also many Comets committed to finding a cure.  

Three sixth grade teams - Innovation, Quest, and Venture - participated in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student Series Program, Pennies for Patients. The service learning project took place the week of February 26-March 2. Students raised $9,501.94, and all proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This year, the Honored Heroes include survivors Ella Boynton , daughter of Team Innovation math teacher Amy Boynton , Maeryn Kelly , current sixth grader on Team Patriots, Ben Terribilini , brother of sixth grader Jill Terribillini on Team Venture, Liz Fiehrer , fifth grade reading teacher, Lynne Hutchinson , fifth grade ACT teacher, and Jackie Barnes , sister of Team Innovation science teacher Lindsey Colvin .

Unfortunately, there have also been many individuals who have lost their life to cancer and they will be missed by our Mason community and their families. Two of whom were honored as well, including Maya Collins who passed away on October 3, 2017 and Alonso Ortiz , who lost his battle on January 15, 2018.

MHS Students Win National Award for Computing

Mason High School students Keerthi Sekar, Jenny Wan, and Annie Wang were selected as 2018 National Honorable Mention (NHM) recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

"I have had the honor and pleasure of having Keerthi, Jenny and Annie in my class for multiple semesters," explained MHS Computer Programming Math and Networking teacher Greg Kummer.  "They are all very good students and computer scientists."

There were more than 3,600 applications for the 2018 Aspirations Award, and only 350 NHMs were selected.

MI Students Train Together for Flying Pig Kids Event

MI Flying Pig Training
Students at Mason Intermediate are encouraged to participate in the Flying Pig's Kids' 26th Mile Event on Saturday, May 5.

On March 2, MI students on Team Infinity held their first 'training day' for the event. Watch   Channel 9's coverage .

"This is our third year creating a team for the event, and it's been a lot of fun, " shared MI fifth grade Team Infinity teacher Chelsea Wirtz . "The goal is for them to run 25 miles before the first week of May, which is Pig weekend. On Saturday, May 5th, our team will run the last mile of the kids' marathon together."

Students have a "hog log" where they are challenged to keep track of their mileage.  With their registration, the kids and other team members, including parents and siblings, get to run their last mile on the actual marathon course, and they get a t-shirt, medal, and post-race snacks.

Read more about the MI Flying Pig Team.

Megan Ledford
Mason High School senior Megan Ledford has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House . Ledford will perform in July with the Honors High School Concert Choir. Participation in one of the two Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
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. "I cannot wait to work with Conductor Dr. Jeffrey Ames, experience Australia and hopefully see a koala or two!" shared Ledford.
Ledford will join other performers from 43 countries including the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

Read more about Megan Ledford.
MMS Science Olympiad Wins First at Regional Competition
MMS Science Olympiad

The Mason Middle School Science Olympiad Team finished first place at the regional competition.
Competing for Mason Middle School were the following students:   Sankalp Agrawal, Kunal Arora, Lakshmi Avanthsa, Ravi Bandaru, Michelle Chen, Shivum Chokshi, Nishi Gandra, Anish Gangavaram, Vignesh Ganji, Yuandi Huang, Akshay Joshi, Shinlekha Kalavakolanu, Pooja Kantemneni, Jessica Li, Jonathon Lou, Leo Luo, Snehil Pulluvi, Gayatri Rajan, Seiya Sachdeva, Ameya Saraf, Sai Sathishkumar, Ayush Selar, Adhira Shankar, Nikhil Sherman, Neel Shettigar, Sanjay Swamy, Aryan Tadwalker, Nishita Tonangi, Arnav Vadnere, Elizabeth Yu, David Zhang, and Lisa Zhou.
"The Mason Middle School Science Olympiad team finished in first place at the regional competition at Xavier University. The top finish secured them a spot at the state competition in Columbus on April 28, and 82 individual medals were won by students on the team!" shared MMS Science Olympiad Advisor Sallie Carney.
39 MHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

National Merit Finalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced its Finalists to be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2018. The program has determined who of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to the next stage of the competition.
The following Mason City Schools students were named Finalists in the 2018 competition: Sudarsana Addepalli, Dariah Ansari, Saagar Chokshi, Lauren Elliott, Anna Estes, Alexander Gao, Wei Gao, Lauren Han, Thomas Hayama, Jeffrey Huang, Natalee Jobert, Arjan Kalra, Preetham Kastury, Mujtaba Khalid, Suraj Komatineni, Sydnie Kong, Ryan Kouche, James Krueger, Jack Li, Terry Luo, Rishi Mehta, Connie Mi, Olivia Min, Rishav Mukherjee, Atneya Nair, Ishani PAul, Ranjani Ramasubramanian, Rahul Ramesh, David Sun, Suraj Suresh, Noah Trenaman, Jenny Wan, Alex Wang, Hengyi Wang, Linda Wang, Ryan Winterhalter, Joyce Wu, Catherine Xu, and Peter Zhu.

Read more about the  National Merit Scholarship Finalists .
MHS Student's Art Chosen for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

Mason High School students Nihal Ahmed, Brianna Frey, Jack Middleton, Joey Wood, Liam Wood, and Tina Xie each had artwork chosen for the state competition of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. State judging took place the weekend of March 10-11, and Frey's work was accepted into the State Exhibition.
The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, now in its forty-eighth year, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of talented young people in the state of Ohio.
"The exhibition is open to all of Ohio's 1,112 high schools, both public and private, and is chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education," shared MHS National Board Certified Art Educator Tina Roberts .

MCS Students Earn Spot in First Lego League Nationals
Lego League

Mason City Schools students are a part of the First Lego League (FLL) team, the Krazy Ko c onuts!

Mason Middle School seventh graders Adithya Deepak, Nithya Kothnur, and Surya Suresh , Mason Intermediate fifth graders Harshita Ganga and Shreya Kothnur , and Endeavor Elementary sixth grader Yaashita Bobba have qualified for the First Lego League North American Open Championship to be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas May 17-20.

The Krazy Koconuts was one of 58 teams that attended the State Tournament on February 3 and 4 at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. The Krazy Koconuts won the judges award and was also invited to the National Tournament. The team has been working together for the past nine months outside of school for this program.

Read more about the First Lego League Nationals.
MHS Students Receive Gold and Silver Medals at Scholastic

Mason High School is proud to announce that two of its students won recognition at the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Competition.  

MHS senior Tasha Norris received a Gold Medal for her raku ceramic piece, and junior Kaavya Ramachandhran received a Silver Medal for her editorial cartoon.

Norris and Ramachandhran's works were first awarded Gold Key awards at the regional judging of area student works, grades 7-12. All Gold Key winners, nationwide, are then judged again for the national awards. Artworks awarded the Gold Medal are the most outstanding works in the nation.

"These Gold Medal winners will be recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York at a special ceremony, and will also have their work displayed in New York City this summer," shared National Board Certified Art Educator at MHS Tina Roberts .
Third Graders Raise Awareness on Trash in Our World
WR ACT Students

Western Row third grade ACT students held the ACT Trash Research Fair on March 2 in the WR Cafeteria.

Parents were invited to stop in and visit with the young researchers, to analyze their formed opinions and perspectives, and to learn about any solutions created or identified through their research on how trash is affecting the Earth.

"Students showcased their awareness and independent research on various types of trash - ocean, land, and space - along with pointing out the threats or problems of trash," explained WR Gifted Intervention Specialists and third grade ACT teacher Jill Hartsock.  "They also shared the pros-and-cons of this dilemma, their own evaluation of the program, and possible solutions, including their own inventions."

Read more about the ACT Trash Research Fair .
First-Year MMS Tech Titans Qualify for State

MMS Tech Titans
Mason Middle School seventh grader Nikil Prabhakar and eighth graders Veena Ganti, Sai Kundety, Sathya Pancu , and Sanjay Swamy formed first-year robotics team Tech Titans and qualified for the Ohio State Championship on February 17, at iSPACE Scarlet Oaks campus in Sharonville.

The Tech Titans placed first at the January 19-20 state qualifying tournament at Van Wert High School, and finished seventeenth at State.

"This was a huge achievement since we are a rookie team, and most experienced teams don't even come in the top five!" shared Kundety. "We were able to defeat teams who have been involved for years, which shows that we put the right amount of work and effort into this project to be rewarded."

Read more about MMS Tech Titans .
MHS Debate Team Advances to "Sweet 16" of International Competition

The Mason High School Debate Team advanced to the "Sweet 16" Round of the 2017-18 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition. The MHS team is the only team from Ohio to advance this round.
The four MHS students on the team include Suraj Komatineni, Atneya Nair, Rahul Ramesh, and Alex Wang .  They will know the results of this round on March 21.

"The team is debating a resolution about the enforcement mechanisms that International Climate Treaties should use.  Right now, they are currently competing in the sixteenth round, and if they win this round, then they will get an all-expense paid trip to New York.  This is the second year that they have participated in this style of competition," shared MHS Speech and Debate Team Head Coach Melissa Donahue

Learn more about the upcoming competitions .
Safety Incidents in Mason

On March 14, the Mason Police Department arrested a 21-year old man with a loaded gun in the parking lot on the eastside of the Community Center.

The campus security team came into contact with an individual who was behaving suspiciously inside the Community Center. A short time later they discovered he had an active warrant through the Mason Municipal Court. While being taken into custody, it was discovered that the individual was in possession of a firearm. He was charged with possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and booked into the Warren County jail.

We applaud this officer's swift actions that are also a tribute to the City's investment in its Campus Security Team.

City and School leaders are continuing to further enhance the campus security concept.   Read more about the school district's safety programs and practices, and updates that are being made post-Parkland.

Threatening Message Posted on High School Bathroom Wall
This afternoon, several students reported a threatening message that was on a boys bathroom wall at Mason High School. The message read, "Parkland 2.0 on 4/20/18." The Mason High School administration and City of Mason Police Department are taking all steps to investigate the threat and find the culpable party. If the culpable party is a student, he or she faces school disciplinary charges, and faces a felony charge of inducing panic. We take any threat very seriously. Please talk with your child about the real and severe consequences this type of action has for his or her future.

MI Students Learn about Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year
Mason Intermediate fourth graders in Jamie Dicks and April Raleigh's classes learned all about Lunar New Year traditions.

MI fourth grader Kyle Yan's mom, Weilan Wang , spoke to the classes about the Lunar New Year - sharing family traditions and cultural traditions that 'twenty percent of the world's population celebrates.'

"The students were excited to learn about their Chinese Zodiac Sign, as this is the year of the dog," added Raleigh. "In our classroom, we always embrace things that are new to us and learn from those teachings. Hearing about the Chinese New Year was a way to bring diversity and a new perspective into the classroom."

Read more about the Lunar New Year presentation.
High Fives to...

... the MHS Girls Swim team, coached by Mark Sullivan, who won their very first Division I State Swim title in school history! Congrats, also, to Allison Bloebaum - 4 time state champion in the 500 Free and repeat on the 200 Free! We're so very proud of all these awesome women who are kind, smart, dedicated & fast! Read and watch the Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage .


... the MHS Girls Basketball team, coached by Rob Matula, who thrilled fans all season, and whose teamwork and heart inspires others. While the Comets lost to the state's top-ranked team, Pickerington Central, in the state semifinals, the team's impact goes beyond wins on the court. Watch this beautiful WCPO piece about junior point guard Sade Tucker's perseverance.

the MMS Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Zach Hinson, Avious Jackson & Jason Sleppy , who gave an amazing performance at the Music For All: National Festival in Indianapolis last weekend. Learn how the students prepared for this wonderful opportunity in this video from Buddy Roger's Music!

... MHS seniors Amaya King & Asia Porter, who put together this powerful video (that was shown during 5th bell at the high school) featuring MI, MMS and MHS students in honor of Women's History Month.

... the "Once On this Island" cast & crew , under the direction of first-year MMS teacher Laura Dobrozi, who dazzled  Mason theater-goers in the school's first musical theater production! If you missed the performances, check out this commercial  of the show!

the Mason parents, teachers, and MHS students who organized a MAGNIFICENT 15th annual Math & Science Night! This year's event featured over 40 hands-on activities and demonstrations that brought math and science to life. We are especially grateful to our incredible MECC, WR, and MI PTOs, as well as these local businesses and organizations: City of Mason Police Department, Classroom Antics, Ethicon, FESTO, GE Aviation, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, iSPACE, lyondellbasell, Mason Animal Hospital, Mason Pack 323, Mathnasium, P&G, Silicon Edge Robotics, Warren County Soil & Water, and Young Engineers Outer NE Cincinnati.  
View the Math & Science Night Facebook Album.

MMS Health Teacher Stephanie Brittingham, who two years ago had a dream for a course -just for girls- that would empower and strengthen them while forming a positive community. On March 13, she and three of her students Rebekah Botkin, Amy Cannady & Gabby Janis, shared their learning and growth in the Empowerment Elective with the School Board. Watch their presentation to the board.

Porter Named Kiwanis March Student of the Month

Asia Porter
Mason High School senior Asia Porter was recognized as The Kiwanis Club of Mason's March Student of the Month. Porter was nominated by MHS Science teacher and National Honor Society Advisor Barb Shuba .

Porter is an Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle, and a leader in the Mason Inclusion Club where she recently co-produced a video of MI, MMS and MHS girls in honor of Women's History Month. Porter is interested in attending Northwestern University, University of Richmond, or Tulane University in the fall, and plans to study sociology/international relations with an eye towards attending law school after college.

On March 15, the Kiwanis Club presented Porter with $100, a Kiwanis bell, and a certificate commemorating her achievement. Porter's father, Dwight Porter , assistant principals Amy Hull and Dion Reyes , and nominator Shuba joined the Kiwanians in recognizing Asia's accomplishments. The Mason Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon at the Houston Restaurant in Mason.

Read more about the Kiwanis Student of the Month.
Mason Kiwanis Honors 37 MHS Student

Kiwanis MADD
On March 13, Red Robin was filled with Mason High School students who are making a difference. The Kiwanis Club of Mason, in cooperation with Mason City Schools, held its triennial "Making a Difference" lunch to honor students who may not be consistently recognized, but who have shown leadership and academic excellence.

"Making a Difference" rewards students who show initiative and resolve by improving their class performance through outstanding attitude and effort. Students who serve as role models to others by displaying persistence, fortitude, and courtesy are chosen for this award and receive lunch courtesy of Kiwanis.

The MHS honored students were: Alex Acuna, Kamal Adewumi, Harshi Ambati, Nicholas Anderson, Emma Bischoff, Anna Bokovoy, Sydney Bokovoy, Katey Bonomini, Jayden Brown, Sophia Coleman, Sean Crogan, Brennan Doran, Jillian Finkel, Harrison Glover, Spandana Grandhi, Ryan Griffith, Cole Harting, Angela Hoskins, Hailey Hunter, Hong, Jenny, Savannah Johnson, Jasmine Kaur, Kahir Land Brandon, Brian Lefton, Joe Longworth, Noah Pedelty, Asia Porter, Cole Pownell, Ashley Schoenlein, Chris Simmons, Jalyn Speller, Nyla Spencer, Yash Srivastava, Leah Stewart, Annika Surya, Michael Valcarcel, and Garrison Wiesenhahn .

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