May 19, 2017
Oh The Places You'll Go!

The Mason High School Senior Bike Ride on the last day of school for seniors is a beloved tradition. This year's event was no exception. On Sunday, 878 MHS seniors will leave the Cintas Center as MHS alumni. We wish them the best, and can't wait to see The Places They'll Go! Watch the Bike Ride.

MI Sixth Graders Virtually Travel to World Destinations

Sixth graders at Mason Intermediate have been exploring the world of virtual reality!

Valerie Spaeth, sixth grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher for Team Quest, and Mason City Schools Innovative Learning Coach Dan Little have worked together to bring this opportunity to students through support of the MI PTO.

"MI's PTO has graciously granted us the funds to purchase a class set of VR headsets in order to take our students on virtual field trips," explained Spaeth. "VR is really just starting to make headway in the classroom, and Mason is leading the charge!"

Watch MBC's coverage of the sixth graders embarking on their global expeditions.

Read more about Virtual Reality.
Johnnie B. Green to Lead MHS Marching Band

On April 25, the Mason City School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline's recommendation to hire Johnnie B. Green as the new Mason High School Marching Band Director.

"Johnnie B. Green is the right choice to lead Mason's renowned Marching Band program. He has a wealth of experience in the marching band world, and his excitement for the pageantry of marching band is only matched by his dedication to students." said Dave Hyatt, MHS Principal.

Green is thrilled to join the Mason Band family. "The tradition of excellence here seeps through everything that Mason does. This program has incredible momentum, and I'm really excited to chart the next chapter together."

Read more about the new MHS Marching Band Director.
School Board Receives Update on Facilities Master Plan

On May 9, the Mason City Schools Board of Education received an update on the progress being made as district officials move forward with the Facility Master Plan that is funded in large part by tobacco settlement funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission. 

Mason Middle School will undergo the most significant renovations in the Facility Master Plan. Because of that, Mason Middle School students will need to relocate to Mason Intermediate School and Mason High School during 2018-2019 school year, while awaiting the multi-million-dollar reconstruction of their school.

Chief Operations Officer Todd Petrey outlined that during the 2018-2019 transition year, the Mason Middle School section (all of seventh grade and a portion of eighth grade) of Mason Intermediate will be on located on the MI-45 side of the building (single-story side of the building) and grades five and six will be located on the MI-56 side (two-story side of the building).

Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline said that it was important to ensure that the district align its actions to important district values like equity and transparency when determining how eighth grade would be split. "In order to make sure that eighth graders have equitable options in both locations, the split won't be determined by academic ability - honors students will not all remain at one location. Also, electives like Spanish, art, gym, business and tech offerings will be offered at the MMS section of MI and the MMS section of MHS."

Dr. Kist-Kline also shared that MMS administrators will allow families to preference where their child would prefer to attend eighth grade, or allow families to select the same location as a friend rather than preferencing attending eighth grade at the MMS section of MI or MHS. "I appreciate the great team that is working to ensure our families' and staff's concerns are heard and addressed. We will continue to provide regular, timely updates on our progress."

Read more about the Facilities Master Plan.
MHS Junior Earns National Honors for Community Service

Kaleab Jegol, a Mason High School student from Ethiopia, is passionate about social justice. Jegol "fights for children and families who don't have a voice, in America and around the world" -- and his advocacy and fundraising efforts are making a difference.

An MHS junior, Kaleab started a nonprofit called Education for Ethiopia. The organization aims to fund schools and projects in Ethiopia with money or supplies.

Education for Ethiopia is working on many initiatives with numerous organizations, some of which include the United Nations, Let Girls Learn, and Roots Ethiopia. In Mason, Education for Ethiopia, together with H.O.P.E Club at Mason High School, held a school supply drive, and raised enough supplies to impact over 2,000 lives.

Read more about Jegol's accomplishments.

Hinson Receives National Band Director Award

Congratulations to Mason Middle School Band Director Zach Hinson who received the 2017 American School Band Director's Association (ASBDA) Foundation's Outstanding Potential Award for Young Directors. 

Kathy McGrady, President-Elect of the Ohio Music Educators Association, nominated Hinson and presented the award on May 10 during the MMS Symphonic Winds Spring Concert. Watch Hinson receive the award.

"We have incredible students at Mason, and this award is a reflection of all the great learning that we do together in the classroom," said Hinson. "As I teach my students, I continue to learn new things about myself and my teaching every day. I am also lucky to have world-class colleagues in the Ma son Band team, who all love learning new ways to reach our students together."

Read more about Hinson's Award.
Mason City Schools & City of Mason to Conduct Joint Active Assailant Drill on May 30

The Mason City School District and the City of Mason Police and Fire Departments will conduct an active assailant drill on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The drill will take place at Mason High School from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The drill will help test and evaluate the emergency response capabilities of Mason Safety Services, along with the preparedness of Mason City Schools, during a violent incident. Residents and visitors can expect to see many emergency personnel, vehicles and equipment in and around the Mason High School campus while the drill is underway.

Mason City Schools and the City of Mason have been strong, committed partners in safety for many years, and are taking this opportunity to evaluate all response procedures. City and school district officials have worked for months to coordinate drill details and participants.

Read more about the Active Assailant Drill.
2 MHS Students Honored with AJC Human Relations Award  

Two Mason High School students were recently honored for their inspirational stories of philanthropy and desire to help others. For 52 years, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has honored outstanding student volunteers of all faiths who have demonstrated a passion for making our community a better place in which to live with the Simon Lazarus, Jr., Human Relations Award.

On April 26, AJC celebrated the 52nd anniversary of the Lazarus Awards at a ceremony in which one junior winner and four junior finalists and one senior winner and four senior finalists were presented with cash prizes and recognition of their volunteer accomplishments.

Chris Allgor was the 2017 junior winner from Mason High School and  Alyssa Brooks, was a senior finalist from Mason High School.

Read more about Allgor and Brooks' accomplishments.
MHS Science Olympiad Team Completes Great Season

The Mason High School Science Olympiad team had a great 2016-2017 season. The Team attended six invitationals and placed in the top five at every one, winning more than 100 individual medals. View the Individual Results from State.

"The Science Olympiad club has close to 90 members and is open to anyone who loves science!" shared MHS chemistry teacher and Science Olympiad advisor Aimee Hansen.

Read more about the MHS Team's great season.
MMS Science Olympiad Wins 2nd at Regional Competition

The Mason Middle School Science Olympiad Team finished second place at the regional competition.

"The amazing MHS team comes over and coaches our MMS team. The Middle School team wouldn't even exist without those dedicated students!" shared MMS Science Olympiad Advisor Sallie Carney. "I am very grateful for their service!"

View the Individual Results from Regionals.
MECC Kindergartners Celebrate and Value Differences 

Mason Early Childhood Center kindergartners in Soroya Smith's AM Penguin classroom created an activist mural to celebrate and value the differences, while spreading kindness.

It was a culmination activity for the Persuasive and Opinion Writing unit that collaborated with MECC art teacher, Sarah Varda. In the unit, students learned to convey a message to an audience with words and pictures.

"Sarah supported me in creating an activist mural with my eager Kindergartners, and have the opportunity to share our voice with others during the Kindergarten Art show," explained Smith. "We plan to do more building-wide activities in the future that will send a message to our families in our district of safety, belonging and kindness! It's an honor to Grow Greatness Together!"

Read more about the MECC activist mural.
Astronomer Unlocks Mysteries of Space for 5th Graders

Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas presented to Mason Intermediate fifth grade students on April 18 and 19.

Regas, who is a renowned educator, national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy, trained all fifth grade science teachers on Mitaka and Stellarium on February 17 during a Mason City Schools Personal Learning Day.

"This presentation is a wonderful addition to our space science curriculum, a 10 week unit. Dean presents in a way that really engages the students on their level, hitting on the Ohio science standards that fifth graders are expected to meet," shared MI fifth grade Math and Science Teacher Amy Perry.

Read more about Regas' presentation to MI fifth graders.
MI Fourth Grader Places 2nd in PBS Kids Writers Contest

Mason Intermediate School fourth grader Priyanka Yenugu placed second in the 2016 PBS Kids Writers & Illustrators Contest.

Yenugu's story, My Surprise Christmas Present!!, was well-written and illustrated enough to catch the eyes of the judges and earn the second place prize, a professional art kit.

Priyanka's mom, Mavi, notes that the family is grateful to the Mason educators in her daughter's life. "We would like to thank all the teachers for their constant support in helping Priyanka be successful!"

Read more about Yenugu's winning story here.
WR Students Compete in Tournament of Books

Students at Western Row competed in a Tournament of Books by voting for their favorite book of the 2016-2017 school year.

The committee, also known as WR Media Center Specialist Sil Bobinski, selected eight books from all the books read to students throughout the year. Books were paired up for Round 1, similar to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  In the first round, students voted for four of their favorite books. 

"It was fun explaining the concept of the tournament to the kiddos who were not familiar with how brackets work, but it was particularly exciting to see the kids faces when they got off the bus this morning," said Bobinski. "As they passed the Media Center, they wanted to see which books "moved on" in the brackets. They expressed delight when their book "made it", or disappointment when their choice did not."

Read more about WR's Tournament of Books.
High Fives to...

... MHS senior Ananya Tawde, who was named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Awards for raising $2500 to benefit kids with heart disease by taking custom orders for paintings, offering art lessons and hosting parties though a nonprofit she founded called "Art for the Heart."

... the MMS 8th grade Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, 7th Grade Choir, 8th Grade Men's Choir, and 8th Grade Women's Choir, who all gave praise-worthy performances culminating in the highest rating of "Superior" at the OMEA District 13 Junior High Large Group adjudicated event on May 12. "MMS music students exhibited immense determination, dedication, and focus in preparation for the contest.  Congratulations to our young musicians!" said MMS Choral Director Holly Schreier.

... MHS AP Chem students in Aimee Hansen & Monica Schneider's classes, who set up over 40 science stations for 6th graders to rotate through in an incredible Chem Fest. There were a lot of really intense reactions! Check out the Mason Schools Facebook Album.

... MHS senior Maggie Sattherthwaite, who is Mason Baseball's #1 fan! Throughout the years, Maggie has sent the team tweets and texts, as a fan in the stands. And before last season, Mason Baseball Coach Curt Bly invited Maggie to become an honorary member of the Comets Baseball team. Watch Channel 5 WLWT's story about Maggie's impact on the team.

... the 47 MECC, Western Row, Mason Intermediate, Mason Middle, & Mason High School students who inspired district and community leaders with what #MasonLearns during the first Personal Learning Days Showcase. Our future is bright with so many innovative, caring, interesting and passionate learners! View some of the presentations in this  Mason Schools Facebook Album

... MHS Class of 2012's Maria Stang, who as a student in Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University was selected from among 13,000 applicants for the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. Maria will use the fellowship to continue her studies in the field of polymers and biomaterials. Learn more about all of Maria's accomplishments.

... MHS's Erin Stephens, who won $1,000 from the Dave Ramsey show. The senior chose to use that money not for herself, but to create a memory that some of her classmates would never forget. Watch this video from the Anthony O'Neil show of Amy Lillich and Natalie Lohrum's students getting ready for the Daylight Prom! Watch this clip from the Anthony O'Neil Show. 

... the AP Physics students in DeeDee Messer & Brian Thomas's classes who demonstrated their Physics prowess with incredibly creative and innovative cardboard boat designs. Most vessels made it across the pool and back. But, it was on the second lap when the shenanigans could commence that the fun really began!

... WR STEAM teachers Kerry Kronenberger, Jeanetta Noble, Kim Peters and Karen Vome who created an action-packed Solar Steam Night that was "Out of the World!" for students and their families on May 11. Many thanks, too, to MHS TUSK and Science National Honor Society for all of their help!

... the Mason Boys Ultimate Frisbee team who won the state championship! They were undefeated in a two day state tournament, beating REVO ( Holy Catholic Family) who has held the title for many years.  The Comets will now go onto the National tournament held in Rockford, Illinois on June 3rd and 4th where the top 16 ultimate frisbee teams from all over the country will compete. We are so proud of our Mason boys! 

Kiwanis Honors 28 MHS Students for Making a Difference 

On April 25, 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.

Read more about the honored MHS students.
254 MHS Students Earn Perfect Attendance: 12 MHS Students Awarded GCCU Cash

During MHS's second semester, 254 students were at school every day and earned a chance to win cash from the Greater Cincinnati Credit Union. This marks the tenth year that GCCU has sponsored the Perfect Attendance Program at MHS. Russ Henry from GCCU presented $100 to each of the honorees. 

Russ Henry from GCCU presented $100 to each of the honorees. The company donates $1,200 each semester for twelve students who maintain perfect attendance. GCCU also provides lunch to the winners and their guests during the awards ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, April 18.

Read more about Perfect Attendance.
MMS April Students of the Month

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

Students of the Month are selected for showing good character. This month's character spotlights were dependability for Team Quasar, generosity for Team Galileo, trustworthiness for Team Odyssey, and determination for Team Cosmos.

Read the entire list of MMS' Students of the Month.
Schutte Named Kiwanis April Student of the Month

Mason High School senior Benjamin Schutte was recognized as The Kiwanis Club of Mason's April Student of the Month. Schutte was nominated by MHS psychologist and SIBS advisor Jeff Schlaeger.

"Ben Schutte is a wonderful example of a senior leader at Mason High School. The way Ben carries himself every day as a young man who is both professional and spirited. He can be fun and engage others while simultaneously being tremendously respectful to all students and staff," shared Schlaeger.

Read more about the Kiwanis April Student of the Month.

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