BEARS Spotted at Kunkel!

December 11, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Jaina Zehring, Joel Broda, Emma Dupes, Ethan Gladwin, Philippe Cornet, Tyson Bomberger

Hero's Hockey Dream

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, two Hershey Bears hockey players visited Kunkel Elementary School to launch a “Roaring to Read” reading challenge to Kunkel students. Joel Broda and Philippe Cornet read a book entitled “Hero’s Ho Ho Ho Hockey Dreams.” The storybook was written by Kary Carkner and her sister, Pam Helmer, wife of Hershey Bears Assistant Coach, Bryan Helmer.

To help remind students to participate in “Roaring to Read” each student received a Hershey Bears’ bookmark. When students reach a predetermined number of books set by their teacher, they win a complimentary Hershey Bears ticket! In addition, tickets for accompanying family members are offered at a reduced rate.

So let’s do this, Kunkel students! Start ROARING TO READ as the Bears Defend the Den in 2015!

Bears COLL

Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

December 10, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Winter Prep Ann POST BANNAs we enter the winter season, it is important to be prepared for changes in school schedules due to inclement weather. Announcements concerning school closings, delayed openings and early dismissals will be communicated on the District website, through our Schoolmessenger system, on Facebook and Twitter, and on the following media outlets:

WDAC FM 94.5
WCAT FM 106.7
WITF FM 89.5
HOT 93.5

If parents/guardians are unable to be home at the time of an early dismissal, prior arrangements must be made with family, friends or neighbors for the care of young children. Bus riders will be taken to their regular designated bus stops. A parent or authorized designee must be present at the bus stop before a kindergarten student is released from the school bus.

The after school programs at Kunkel and Reid Elementary Schools will continue to operate in the event of an early dismissal, but parents are asked to pick up their children within two hours after students are dismissed.

If you have opted to be notified of MASD announcements via Schoolmessenger, please log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal and follow the provided instructions to verify your contact information and preferences for this year.


Reid 2nd Grade Artist Wins District’s Holiday Card Artwork Contest

December 4, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Madison Eshenour, 2nd Grader at Reid Elementary

Madison Eshenour, 2nd Grader at Reid Elementary

Madison Eshenour, daughter of Sara Esin of Middletown, and Harry Eshenour of Duncannon, has been chosen as the winning artist for the Middletown Area School District’s 2014 holiday card. Madison is a second grader at Reid Elementary where she studies art with Mrs. Cheri Yohe.

Madison’s piece was a winter forest scene created using various mediums. The background was created by applying chalk pastels to the paper and then blending them together using a cotton ball. The trunks of the birch trees were created by dipping cardboard into black paint and dragging it horizontally on a separate white paper and then cut into vertical strips. Drifts of snow made from torn paper were added to create the forest floor. As a finishing touch, snowflakes and brilliantly colored bird cutouts were placed amongst the trees to complete the project. Madison’s artwork was selected for its excellent use of color, composition and quality of work.

Congratulations, Madison! Your artwork will wish area businesses and MASD partners a very wonderful holiday season!

2014 Holiday Card Cover

What’s Happening in December

December 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody


December 3 – December 17
Keystone Exams Testing Window

December 4
Elementary Band Informance, 7:00 p.m.
ALL Elementary Bands @ Reid
School Board Organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December 9
MAMS Holiday Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 11
Elementary Choral Night, 7:00 p.m.
ALL Elementary Choirs @ MAMS

December 16
Reid Holiday Program
9:30 a.m. for K-2 Parents 
1:30 p.m. for Gr. 3-5 Parents

December 17
MAHS Band Choral Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 18
Fink Holiday Program, 2:00 p.m.

December 22
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December 23
Kunkel Holiday Program
9:30 a.m. for K-2 Parents 
2:00 p.m. for Gr. 3-5 Parents

December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Winter Recess

Fall 2014 Mid Penn All Stars

November 26, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Congratulations to the following Raider athletes who were selected for Mid Penn All Star Teams for the 2014 Fall season.

Fall All Stars

Boys’ Varsity Soccer: Eddie Arnold, Kyle Finsterbush (1st Team), Harry Kapenstein

Football: Justin Shaver, Caleb Leggore (1st Team), Jaelen Thompson,
Will Botterbusch (1st Team), Brady Fox, Brent Newton (1st Team), Michael Osayi

Field Hockey: Lauren Eppley, Dae’neshya Collins, Sidonia LaPlante, Karlee Deibler (1st Team)

Girls’ Varsity Soccer: Cheyanne Frayre, Braelyn Zavoda (1st Team), Brooke Myers, Alexis Ulrich (1st Team),  Bianca Jasper

Volleyball: Sydney Alexander, Bailee Koncar, Kassidy Deibler

Calendar Revision

November 25, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

It was recently brought to our attention that the words “Thanksgiving Day” and “Christmas Day” were not included on the printed District calendar which was distributed to families in August. When we were notified of this omission, we immediately contacted our printer and asked them to add the two holidays on to the calendar so we could repost the revised version on our website. The updated calendar can be found here.

The District’s website also contains an EVENT calendar which only contains District information and events. Holidays are not included on this web-based calendar which is located here.

Elementary Students Give Thanks

November 25, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Where's your hat, Mrs. Criniti?

Where’s your hat, Mrs. Criniti?

Students donate food to food pantry

Students donate food to food pantry

The week before Thanksgiving Recess, the Elementary Schools around the District celebrated the season of thankfulness with a variety of exciting activities. Mrs. Miller’s 2nd Grade at Reid collected non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. Fink’s Kindergartners learned about pumpkins in Science and explored the wonderful gooey innards of a giant pumpkin. Artwork from Mrs. Yohe and Mr. States Art classes decorated the hallways of each school with the beautiful reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn. Mrs. Harbeson’s students learned how to properly set the Thanksgiving dinner table and practiced good table manners. And on the last day of the week before Thanksgiving Recess, Reid 2nd graders rotated between classrooms to participate in Thanksgiving themed stations and had a full Thanksgiving feast complete with pumpkin pie.

The students of Fink Elementary, Kunkel Elementary and Reid Elementary wish you and your family a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2014

MAHS Junior Shadow Day

November 25, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, one hundred sixty-four juniors at Middletown Area High School participated in the annual Junior Shadow Day. Students selected local businesses and organizations in their fields of interest and spent the day with a mentor on the job. Mrs. Michele Myers, MAHS Career Coordinator, organized the event and matched up the students with the participating businesses listed below.


Ammanda Maldonado shadowed Jody Zorbaugh

Ammanda Maldonado, Middletown Area High School photography student, shadowed Middletown Area School District’s Communications Specialist, Jody Zorbaugh. Ammanda shot and edited the photos for this article and assisted with the layout of the finished designs. Ammanda has only been a student at Middletown Area High School for a few weeks. Her Shadow Day experience gave her the opportunity to visit Reid Elementary School for the first time and to meet some of her classmates as she took their pictures with their mentors. High School Principal, Mr. Michael Carnes, gave Ammanda a tour of the construction site of the new High School so she could help document the progress of the facility. Ammanda and her classmates, the Class of 2016, will be the last class to graduate from the current High School facility.

2014 Shadow Day

Middletown Area High School would like to thank the following businesses and organizations
for being willing to mentor the Class of 2016 on Junior Shadow Day.

Aflac/C A Lupp Inc.
Barton Associates, Inc.
C & J Catering
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates
Cumberland Perry AVTS
Dauphin Co. Office of Information Technology
Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office
Discovery Kids Childcare Center, Inc.
Divine Crown Academy of Cosmetology
Donegal Insurance
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Ebenezer Child Care
Elizabethtown Child Care Center
Exel Inc.
Exelon-Three Mile Island
Eyecare Eyewear Center
General Mills Inc.
Hair Cuttery
Harrisburg Area Community College
Hershey Bears Hockey Club
Hershey Pharmacy
HMT Maintenance & Design
Holy Spirit Hospital
Hurst Home Services LLC
Jiffy Lube
K.R. MacDonald Inc.
Kerns & Ashby DDS
Kunkel Elementary School
LCBC Church
Locust Lane Dental Group
Londonderry Animal Hospital
Lower Dauphin High School
Middletown Area High School
Middletown Area Middle School
Middletown Area School Operations
Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services
Middletown Tire & Alignment
Northwest Regional Police Department
PA House of Representatives
PA State Republican Communications Office
PaANG 193d Special Operations Squadron
Penn Dot Fleet Management
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
PennLive – The Patriot News
Pennsylvania Sling Co.
Phoenix Contact
Premier Caterers
Press and Journal
PSU – Central PA Laboratory for Biofuels
Reid Elementary
Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP
Residential Warranty Company, LLC
Salon 412
Sanzi Hair Salon/Cumberland Perry AVTS
Select Physical Therapy
Settino & Sheets Partnership
Swatara Township Police Department
TE Connectivity
The Camera Box
The Hetrick Center
Triangle Press Inc.
United Concorida Dental
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
WITF Public Media
Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc.

Happy Thanksgiving from MASD

November 24, 2014 in Events, Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Happy ThanksgivingMonday, November 24, 2014
Staff Development Day
Parent Conferences

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Staff Development Day
Parent Conferences in morning only

Wednesday, November 26 – Monday, December 1, 2014
Thanksgiving Recess

American Education Week

November 16, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody


AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK is being celebrated across the nation during the week of November 16-22,2014. The Middletown Area School District has planned the following activities during this celebration of education.

Fink Elementary School
Parent Visitations: Tuesday November 18, 2014
Kindergarten – 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
First – 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Second – 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Third – 12:45 – 1:30 a.m.
Fourth – 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Fifth – 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Kunkel Elementary School
Parent Visitations: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
All grades – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Reid Elementary School
Parent Visitations: teachers will inform parents of specific times per classroom
K5 and Grade 1 – Monday, November 17
Grade 2 – Tuesday, November 18
Grade 3 – Wednesday, November 19
Grade 4 – Thursday, November 20
Grade 5 – Friday, November 21

Middletown Area Middle School
Parent Visitations: 7:45 – 10:37 a.m. and/or 11:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grade 6: Tuesday, November 18
Grade 7: Wednesday, November 19
Grade 8: Thursday, November 20

Middletown Area High School
Junior Shadow Day: Thursday, November 20

What’s Happening in November

November 13, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Nov Happs POST BANNNovember 1
Kunkel Family Fun Night

November 3
MAHS Picture Retake Day

November 4
No School for Students
Election Day/Staff Development

November 5
First Marking Period Report Cards Issued

November 6

November 11
MAMS Veterans Day Program

November 12
Kunkel Picture Retake Day
MAHS Senior Interview Workshop

November 13
Fink Picture Retake Day

November 14-15
MAHS Fall Play

November 17-21
America Education Week

November 17
Reid Picture Retake Day

November 20
MAHS Junior Shadow Day

November 24
School Board Meeting

November 24-25
No School for Students
Staff Development/Parent Conferences

November 26 – December 1
No School – Thanksgiving Recess
December 1 – Make-up Day

Signing Day

November 12, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School Signing Day – November 12, 2014

Across the nation, America’s best high school athletes officially commit to their schools of choice on Signing Day. Three MAHS Seniors, with the support of their parents and coaches, signed letters of intent to their post high school selections. Congratulations to the Raider athletes below.

Fall Signing COLL

School Performance Profiles

November 10, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released its School Performance Profiles for the 2013-2014 school year. Information on each MASD school can be found here.

Raiders Run For A Cure

November 4, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Raiders Run PHOTOThe Middletown Area High School Mini-Thon Committee is planning a 5K & Fun Run to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. The 5K will take place at Middletown Area High School on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. with walkers beginning at 8:45 a.m. The Mile Fun Run will take place at the High School track and will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. All students participating in the Fun Run will receive medals and goody bags.

The Raider Run registration and t-shirt order form is available here. T-shirts will be available to the first 150 registrants. All proceeds for the event will go towards the Middletown Area High School Mini-Thon which benefits the Four Diamonds Fund for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

$25.00 – Adults – $30.00 for walk-ins on the day of the event
$15.00 – Students – $20.00 for walk-ins on the day of the event
$10.00 – Kids Fun Run (Grades K-5)

For questions or more information, please contact

Students Participate in Therapeutic Riding

November 4, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody


See below for photos of more MASD riders.

Special Education students from Middletown Area School District were given a very special opportunity this Fall. Students participated in therapeutic riding at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) in Grantville, PA. CATRA gives individuals with physical, emotional and/or developmental disabilities the experience of horseback riding through an individualized training program.

Therapeutic riding improves balance, strengthens trunk and leg muscles, and increases coordination and motor skills. Riding also develops confidence and self-worth by giving participants the opportunity to participate in an athletic activity. Children who spends the majority of their days in a wheelchair, always looking up to those around them, suddenly have a whole new vantage point of their world. Visual obstacles are removed and they are instantly in an environment of fresh air, sunshine, cool breezes and unrestraint. The experience also improves social skills as they interact with CATRA volunteers and develop trust and friendships with their horse and handlers.

Therapeutic riding isn’t just about mounting a horse and enjoying a relaxing ride. As seen below, students had to participate in various activities while astride their horse. They identified different parts of the horse’s body by following the instructor’s cues. They did sit-ups while their horse walked the arena. Students laid down on their backs and on their bellies and even rode backwards! Some students participated in a game of grabbing tennis balls off of poles and dropping them into the colored bucket of their choice. They had to identify the color and the number located at the bucket. They gave their horses commands to walk and stop. And giggles filled the barn after giving the command “Trot!”

CATRA has so much more than just horses. Students observed kittens, dogs, miniature horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and a pot-bellied pig. There was so much to see and interact with and the students lit up with excitement at each new experience. The gleam in their eyes and the joy on their faces proved that their time at CATRA was a huge hit.

CATRA is run predominantly by volunteers. Volunteers care for the animals, maintain the property, and assist with riding classes. To find out how you can volunteer or participate at CATRA, you can visit their website here.

“I Can”
I cannot walk or run or play
A game of tennis every day
I cannot dance or ride a bike
I’ll never know what skating is like
I have no soccer boots or ball
They are no use to me at all
I’ll never ski the waves or snow
So many thrills I’ll never know
I’ll never sail the wind or surf
Or chase a ball across the turf
Nor climb the snow-capped peaks above
So many things I’ll never love
But I CAN ride through forest rails
To see the fox and rabbit tails
And watch the geese and ducks take flight
While leaping stags and deer take fright
And I CAN follow mountain tracks
Past climbers weighted down with packs
To trace a river to its source
Astride the broad back of a horse
Yes, I enjoy the “Sport of Kings”
When carried high my feet take wings
To fly me on a pleasure course
For I CAN mount and ride a horse
John A. Davis