Raiders Run For A Cure

October 30, 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 cfriedman@raiderweb.org.

What’s Happening in November

October 30, 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
Evening in Paris – POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING

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

School Calendar

October 29, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
NO SCHOOL for students

Election Day & Staff Development Day

Honorary Football Awards

October 24, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

In an effort to elevate the importance of academics amongst athletes, the Middletown Area High School football coaches initiate Honorary Football Awards during football season. Each week a football player is elected by teachers as an “Academic Captain” and at home games a high school teacher is elected by players as a “Honorary Coach.”

Each teacher who has a football student in their classroom is encouraged to nominate a student who is excelling, has shown academic improvement, or is just downright awesome! The player with the most votes will be assigned as the “Academic Captain” for that week’s Friday night football game. This is the coaches’ way of honoring those students who are working hard not only on the football field but also in the classroom, which is a significant part of the football team’s mission.

The football players will also be choosing an “Honorary Coach” for each home game. Players can nominate a teacher who has made a difference in their lives. The winning teacher will be able to watch the game from the sideline and take part in any other part of game day activity that they would like. But don’t worry, they will NOT have the power to call plays.

Congratulations to the teachers and players who have been selected for the 2014 Honorary Football Awards.

Figueroa.Edwin CROP October 24, 2014
Academic Captain:
Edwin Figueroa, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
Chris Bradford
Shaver.Justin CROP October 17, 2014
Academic Captain:
Justin Shaver, Junior
Honorary Coach:
No coach is selected for away games
Snavely.Chase CROP October 10, 2014
Academic Captain:
Chase Snavely, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
Mr. Steve Carson
Stone.Colton October 3, 2014
Academic Captain:
Colton Stone, Junior
Honorary Coach:
Mrs. Justine Shippling
Staker.Thomas CROP September 26, 2014
Academic Captain:
Tommy Staker, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
No coach is selected for away games
Osayi.Michael September 19, 2014
Academic Captain:
Michael Osayi, Junior
Honorary Coach:
Mr. Scott Pettis
Altland.Brett CROP September 12, 2014
Academic Captain:
Brett Altland, Senior
Honorary Coach:
Ms. Amanda Henry

 

Homecoming – October 25, 2014

October 14, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Homecoming is an annual highlight for the town of Middletown. This year is sure not to disappoint. Weeklong activities will lead up to a fantastic parade in the morning and an exciting football game in the afternoon. And, of course, there will be the crowning of the Homecoming Queen at halftime. Here’s everything you need to know to join the fun on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Middletown Area High School will host Spirit Week, October 20-24, to build Raider spirit in preparation for the weekend’s activities. Middletown Area Middle School will hold their Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MAMS from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Homecoming Parade – NEW PARADE ROUTE
On Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014, the festivities will kick off with the annual parade at 11:30 a.m. This community tradition will feature former Homecoming Queens, class floats, community groups, sports teams, the Middletown Middle School Marching Band and the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band. This year’s Honor Class will be the Class of 1964. The Grand Marshalls will be Dr. Herb Henderson, Class of 1951 and Mrs. Audra Henderson, Class of 1950. Parade staging will be at Hoffer Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and will take a new route due to downtown road closures: right onto Race Street; left onto E. Emaus Street; right onto N. Pine Street; right onto E. Water Street; right onto Race Street; left onto Conewago Street; right into the War Memorial Field parking lot entrance. For questions concerning the parade logistics, please contact Earl Bright IV at ebright@raiderweb.org.

Tailgate Lunch
Middletown Area School District and the MASD Alumni Association invite all MASD employees and Alumni Association Members to a tailgate lunch in the Fink Cafeteria at noon. Seating will be available indoors and outdoors so plan to attend rain or shine. Admission is free for all current Alumni Association Members. Other guests may purchase $5.00 tickets, by contacting Mr. Earl Bright, III at 717-944-5454 or eandbbright@comcast.net.

Homecoming2014 POST BANN

Homecoming Game – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon War Memorial Field will be packed with past, present and future Raiders for the Middletown vs. Steelton Highspire game and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Queen at halftime.

Alumni Association Evening Events
Alumni Dinner – 5:00 p.m. at Middletown American Legion, 137 E. High Street, Middletown
Alumni Association Meeting – a brief meeting for association business, awards and recognitions will follow dinner.
Entertainment – 7:30 p.m. by Dan Steele, local DJ and radio personality

To reserve your spot for alumni events, contact Mr. Earl Bright III at 717-944-5454 or eandbbright@comcast.net.

Group Picture COURT

Pictured left to right: Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams, Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios, Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion, Jordan Handley & Alexis Hile, Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams

Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams

Jalen Morra is the son of Dan and Sylvia Morra of Middletown. Jalen has participated in wrestling and chorus at MAHS. He enjoys activities such as Crossfit, swimming and traveling. What he appreciates about MAHS is the diversity of classes which allows students to prepare for college and future careers of all aspects and trades. Jalen is honored to be given the chance to represent his community and school by being on the Homecoming Court and thanks his fellow classmates and teachers for the honor. After graduation, Jalen plans to join the United States Navy for training in Specialized Warfare.

Ariannah Nichole Williams is the daughter of Alexander and Stephanie Little of Middletown. During her high school career, Ariannah has participated in Key Club and Link Crew. She enjoys going to concerts, reading, shopping and being with her friends and family. Ariannah is grateful for the amount of pride MAHS has developed in the past few years. She is extremely happy and honored to be recognized by her fellow friends and classmates by being selected for the 2014 Homecoming Court. After graduation, Ariannah plans to attend Penn State with an undecided major.

Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios

Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios

Scott Shaffer is the son of Tom and Christine Shaffer of Middletown. Scott participates in soccer and track at MAHS. His interests are hunting, fishing and kayaking. His favorite thing about MAHS is how close the student body is. Scott thanks his classmates for nominating him to be on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Scott plans to attend college to pursue a career in Sports Management.

Madison Brooke Rios is the daughter of Frankie and Kristen Rios of Middletown. In her time at MAHS, Madison has participated in Key Club, Mini-THON, Field Hockey, Dual Enrollment, Link Crew, TV Production, Yearbook, and National Honor Society. In her free time she enjoys running, getting coffee, reading, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Madison has appreciated all of the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that are offered at MAHS. She is grateful to be representing the senior class by being a part of the Homecoming Court. After graduation, Madison is aspiring to be a Penn State Nittany Lion and major in film and cinematography.

Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion

Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion

Edward Ray Arnold is the son of Edward and Carol Arnold of Middletown. In his years at MAHS, Eddie has participated in PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Yearbook, soccer for four years, and baseball for three years. Eddie enjoys fishing, watching movies, and golfing. Eddie appreciates that the MAHS teachers are always there to motivate and encourage students to do their best. After graduation, Eddie plans to attend college to obtain a business and marketing degree. Eddie says, “It is an honor to have been chosen by my peers to represent my graduating Class of 2015. GO RAIDERS!”

Halle Marie Marion is the daughter of Kenneth and Traci Marion of Middletown. While at MAHS, Halle has participated in varsity basketball and varsity softball. Halle enjoys watching and playing sports, especially softball, spending time with her friends and family and watching movies. Halle appreciates the support from the faculty, administration and coaches throughout her years at MAHS. Halle is very honored to be selected by her peers to represent the senior class on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Halle has committed to play softball at Saint Francis University and plans to study Physical Therapy.

Jordan Handley & Alexis HIle

Jordan Handley & Alexis HIle

Jordan Handley is the son of Doug and Dana Handley of Middletown. Jordan has played soccer and baseball at MAHS. He enjoys fishing and long walks in the park. Jordan appreciates the friendly and caring environment at MAHS. Jordan is honored to be selected for the Homecoming Court and is excited to represent the senior class alongside of some of his best friends. Jordan plans to attend a four year college and major in Education and minor in Communications/Journalism.

Alexis Leah Hile is the daughter of Joseph and Tami Hile of Middletown. She has participated on the softball team, PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Internship Program, Nurse’s Aide Training, Special Olympics Buddy, THON, and served as a wrestling manager and Pinnacle Health volunteer. Alexis enjoys fishing, hiking, bonfires with her friends, Penn State football (Go State – beat those Buckeyes!) and being a part of the Raider Nation student section (Go Raiders!). Alexis appreciates how the student body exhibits Raider pride and sticks together. She is honored to be a member of the Homecoming Court and thanks her classmates for their support. After high school Alexis plans to study nursing at Penn State University.

Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Zachary Baldwin Sims is the son of Aimee Sims of Harrisburg. During his high school career, Zack has participated in baseball, FBLA, Key Club, PRIDE, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Zack enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing baseball, and traveling. Zack appreciates the close-knit family atmosphere at MAHS. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be selected by his peers to represent the Class of 2015 on the Homecoming Court. After high school Zack plans to attend Shippensburg University to play baseball and to major in business.

Mackenzie Marion Lombardi is the daughter of Robert and Julie Lombardi of Middletown. Mackenzie has participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, Key Club, Link Crew, Student Council, National Honor Society and served as a class officer. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing sports. She loves the sense of community at MAHS and the support everyone has for each other. Mackenzie feels very lucky to be able to represent her senior class at Homecoming and is excited to be a part of all of Middletown’s Homecoming traditions. After high school, Mackenzie plans to attend a four year college or university and major in Exercise Science.

Photos courtesy of Jodi Ocker

District Publication Recognized in State Contest

October 14, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

PSBA logoThe Pennsylvania School Boards Association sponsors an annual publications contest to recognize outstanding communications generated by Pennsylvania schools and educational institutions. In the 2014 Educational Publications Contest, Middletown Area School District received an Honorable Mention for its 2013-2014 Annual Report to the Community in the category of Special-Purpose Publication.

Publications are submitted in a variety of categories such as newsletters, brochures, calendars, websites and multi-media presentations. The entries are judged on criteria such as appearance, writing and style, editing, layout and design, use of artwork and photography, printing and value to the audience. The size of the school district is also taken into consideration. A complete listing of the winners is available at the PSBA website located here.

Click on the photo below to view the Middletown Area School District’s award winning 2012-2013 Annual Report to the Community.

MASD Annual Report COVER

What’s Happening in October

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

Oct Happs POST BANNOctober 1
Fink Picture Day
Kunkel Picture Day

October 2
Reid Picture Day
Reid Fun Run

October 10
Reid Career Day  CANCELLED
Kunkel Walk for Education

October 13
Columbus Day (No School – First Make-up Day)

October 14-17
National School Lunch Week
Kunkel Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/14

October 20-24
Fink Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/21
Reid Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/21

October 25
Homecoming 2014

October 27
School Board Meeting

October 28
End of 1st Marking Period

MASD Honors Ben Olsen, DC United Head Coach

October 7, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

At a ceremony held before the Raider’s soccer game versus Northern York on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, alumnist Ben Olsen was recognized for his achievements as a professional soccer player and coach. Olsen graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1995 where he played soccer for the Raiders under the leadership of Coach Bob Stitt. Stitt participated in the ceremony and encouraged the current soccer team to look to Ben as an exemplary model not just for his athleticism and accomplishments but more importantly for his character and integrity. Olsen went on to play for the University of Virginia which was a springboard for his professional soccer career. He has been a member of the USA Olympic team, played in the World Cup and holds a soccer resume filled with awards, achievements, broken records and highest honors such as MVP, All-star, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and so much more. At the age of 33, Olsen became the youngest head coach, at the time, in Major League Soccer. On Friday, October 3, 2014, DC United became the first team to qualify for the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs.

Upon Ben’s arrival he asked event coordinator, Paula Alcock, “May I have time to talk to the team? That is really what I came for.” That’s Ben. So before the ceremony, Ben spent several minutes inspiring the Raiders players and coaches with words of advice and encouragement. To kick off the ceremony, Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, read a proclamation listing Olsen’s achievements and declaring that October 7 would be known as Ben Olsen Day in Middletown. After hearing accolades from former coach Bob Stitt and current coach Larry Kapenstein, Ben then had an opportunity to address his hometown.

Thanking the crowd

Ben Olsen, Head Coach of DC United, thanks his hometown of Middletown, PA

“I’ve had my jersey retired twice. Not many people get to do that; that’s pretty impressive. Good evening! It’s good to be back home and back in Memorial Field once again…under the lights. It gives me the itch to want to play tonight. PIAA would probably frown upon that, but you never know. I want to thank Paula Alcock, Mayor Curry, Coach Kap, Coach Stitt, who I put through a lot as a player. I was not the easiest player to coach – contrary to what everybody’s saying. I put him to the test and he did a heck of a job with this group. Jeremy King, also for this wonderful presentation. Thank you very much, it means a lot to me. I see a lot of friends, family members, teachers, coaches here tonight that were a big part of my life growing up and I’d like to acknowledge you guys.

“From afar, I’ve always had an amazing amount of support from this town. It’s a great town with great people and I love coming back and I’m very proud to have grown up here. Both as a player and now as a coach, this town gave me a foundation, the right foundation to have success. Again, it’s a blue-collar town with the right fundamental stuff that was instilled in me to have success at an elite level – and I’ll always cherish this place for having given me that.

“Thanks again for having me back and for honoring me in this way. Again, it’s very overwhelming and it’s an emotional day for me…for my family. So I do want to thank you guys one more time. Enjoy the game. I traveled a couple hours for this game so I’m expecting a win. No disrespect over there, but it’s on. It’s on tonight. So let’s make sure we enjoy the game and cheer on the group here for a win.”

Olsen was presented with gifts of a Raiders jacket and a soccer ball signed by the current soccer players. It was also announced that the Booster Club and Ben Olsen would be offering an annual scholarship to a promising soccer player. The $1000 Ben Olsen Scholarship will be awarded to a four year soccer player who has a 3.0 GPA or higher, has exhibited excellent citizenship, and plans to attend college.

After the ceremony, in true Ben-style, Olsen made his way over to the Northern York team to greet the players and coaches. That’s Ben.

Ben 1

Ben Olsen, Class of 1995, Head Coach of DC United

Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, officially proclaims October 7 as Ben Olsen Day

Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, officially proclaims October 7 as Ben Olsen Day

Olsen's Raider Coach, Bob Stitt, speaks of Ben's model example

Ben’s Raider Coach, Bob Stitt, speaks of his model example

DC United fans greet Ben

DC United fans greet Ben

Reunited with classmate Gene Manfred

Reunited with classmate Gene Manfred

Future raiders

MLS hopefuls are inspired by their hometown hero

Olsen.Ben COLL

Board Adopts 2015-2016 Academic Calendar

September 26, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the School Board adopted the 2015-2016 academic year calendar. This adoption occurred several months earlier than normal due to the need to communicate as soon as possible the changes to the calendar brought about by the high school construction project.

The 2015-2016 school year will begin on the fourth Monday of August as usual. This allows the District to complete two full weeks of school prior to Labor Day. The existing high school must be vacated by May 30, 2016 in order to prepare for demolition. Therefore, the last student day will be Friday, May 27, 2016, which is the Friday before Memorial Day. Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016. These changes will allow the District to get in the required number of instructional days before demolition of the high school begins. The adopted 2015-2016 academic year calendar can be located here.

Student Art Selected by Whitaker Center

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

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, the Whitaker Center wanted to celebrate the next generation of artists by holding a Youth Juried Art Show. In the spring of 2014, Whitaker had an open call for Central Pennsylvania high school students to submit their artwork for the show. This unique opportunity allowed high school artists to have their work evaluated by a jury of art professionals. Elizabeth McDevitt, Taylor Pitman and Alexus Reynolds of the Middletown Area High School each had a work of art selected by the jury to be displayed in the show. The students and their work were honored at a reception at the Whitaker Art on the Curved Wall Gallery September 15, 2014 in conjunction with the 26th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Middletown Area School Board of Education recognized the artists and Mrs. Elizabeth Strite, Middletown Area High School Art Teacher, for their accomplishments. The student artwork is currently on display at the Art on the Curved Wall Gallery inside the Whitaker Center until October 31, 2014.

McDevitt.Liz COLL“I Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth McDevitt
“Everyone will suffer through feelings of alienation at some point in their lives. This piece was created when the artist was feeling this emotion more than ever. The black and white box represents Americans’ daily lives – in this case, school. The box in color is the daydream of the subject in the first box. The subject dreams of being in a place where she can be alone with nature and not have to constantly feel judged by other people. Although the subject’s body moves through the day as it should, the subject’s mind is always somewhere else.”

Reynolds.A COLL

“Let’s Go For A Ride” by Alexus Reynolds
“I created this piece after being given the contour line assignment to pick a segment of a bike to sketch that multiple times. To get the details of the bike I had too focus on looking at the bike itself, not the sketches I was creating. After getting a good feel for the bike and the angle I was working at, I started to work on my canvas. I choose to use a map in my background because maps are symbolic of travel and bikes are used as a mode of travel and maps navigate your travels. I felt that it was good combination for my background. I chose complementary colors as accent colors and analogous colors when blending to make the color scheme appealing to the eye. This was one of my better pieces in my opinion and I am unbelievably happy with it.”

Pitman.Taylor COLL“Silver” by Taylor Pitman
“I drew this piece for an assignment that was given in my art class. The project was designed for the students to practice drawing textures. It involved recognizing the many different kinds of textures that exist in the world around us, as well as familiarizing ourselves with and utilizing the right techniques to properly replicate them in a drawing. Basically, we had to pick a few objects of different textures, assemble them in an appealing way and create a value study using graphite. I chose a spoon, a plastic gem, and a string of beads because of their reflective qualities. Rendering reflections properly is something that I’ve always struggled with as an artist and I decided to take on this as a personal challenge. I wanted to draw these items so that I could improve on my techniques to better my art and myself. Completing this piece taught me a lot and forced me to really take the time to recognize the small, complex, and beautiful details that even the simplest of things possess. I had a lot of fun doing the drawing.”

Ms. Gail Jones – 2014 Teacher of the Year

September 22, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area School District is proud to announce that Ms. Gail Jones has been selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Jones joined the District in August of 2001. She taught fifth grade at Fink Elementary for seven years then moved to Reid Elementary to teach fifth grade for another five years. In the fall of 2013, she returned to Fink where she is currently in her second year of teaching fourth grade.

Gail is an exceptional teacher who is well-deserving of the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award. Gail continuously strives to reach all students. She effectively utilizes best practices on a daily basis through differentiation, finding ways to meet individual student needs, and implementing strategies she learned from Learning Focused Schools, a program in which she trained other District staff members. Outside of the classroom, Gail has been involved in extra-curricular activities such as Readers’ Theater, Summer School and the after-school tutoring program. In addition, she has served as a Grade Level Chair, Department Level Chair, Building Technology Specialist, Mentor to new hires, and a cooperating teacher for student teachers.

When Gail’s fourth grade students were asked how they would describe Ms. Jones, they immediately responded with, “nice, kind, caring, and understanding.” “She’s flexible,” said James. “When we do something wrong, she’s calm, not angry.” “She understands what we are saying,” said Payton. “And she has ‘sonic ears’ that can even hear what we are saying when we are whispering.”

Ms. Jones is known for providing creative learning experiences for her students. On any given day you may see fourth graders picketing at recess and chanting “No taxation without representation” after a study of the American Revolution, or assembling marshmallow peep race cars to practice following directions. And on the last day of PSSA testing, you’ll find her students rockin’ out with plastic microphones and guitars and playing their air instruments as they celebrate the final countdown of testing.

One of Ms. Jones’s former students, who is now a college graduate, recently told her that he still remembers his states and capitals because of the memory devices she embedded in his brain. Instilling lifelong learning, caring for her students’ individual learning styles, creative teaching, and going above and beyond for the District, are just some of the reasons that Middletown Area School District is proud to recognize Ms. Gail Jones as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Jones.Gail POST COLL

What’s Happening in September

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

Sept Happs POST BANNSeptember 1
Labor Day Recess – NO SCHOOL

September 2
Reid Open House

September 3
MAHS Open House

September 4
Kunkel Open House

September 8
Elementary Pick Your Instrument Night

September 9
MAMS Open House

September 11
Fink Open House

September 18
MAMS Picture Day
MAHS Picture Day

September 22
School Board Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

September 25
First Marking Period Progress Reports Issued

Stellar Student – Matt Anthony

September 9, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

When MAHS Career Coordinator, Mrs. Michele Myers, informed the IT Department that she had a student who was interested in pursuing computer science, Matthew Anthony’s journey towards a student internship began. In the Spring of 2014, the MAHS IT team interviewed Matt to discover his interests and skills and as a result offered him a summer internship. Matt was intrigued by the internship program because he wanted to learn about all that goes on behind the scenes in the computer department. When students and teachers departed for the summer, leaving their desktops, laptops, iPads and printers behind, the IT department had a huge task to conquer. Matt assisted with inventory of all District owned equipment and helped move labs and computers to their new locations. He was part of the crew that prepared hundreds of iPads for middle and high school students. This task was repetitious and time-consuming as they worked on each individual iPad but there was also a sense of accomplishment as the piles of completed iPads grew. Matt appreciated the wide variety of tasks he was exposed to and enjoyed working with the IT crew. So when teachers and students returned to their classrooms, the IT department didn’t want to see Matt go. So he didn’t!

Matt’s internship has continued into the school year. Matt assists Josh Bleecher, MAHS Computer Technician, at the student help desk every afternoon. Matt greets student who are having challenges with their iPads and troubleshoots the problem for them. Sometimes Matt can show the student how to fix the problem themselves. Other issues may take some further investigation which Matt looks into for them. Matt is currently working his internship around his soccer schedule but when soccer season ends, he expects he will be more available to move around the District. He’s interested in seeing how technology help is different on varying age levels. Mr. Bleecher says that Matt has been hard worker and a great addition to the team. Matt believes this hands-on experience will assist him in making a decision about his future in computer science.

In addition to playing soccer for the Raiders, Matt participates on the tennis team and also loves to ski in his free time.

Anthony.Matt COLLAGE

The SCOOBY Lady

September 5, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

“Welcome back, Miss Paula!”
“It’s so good to see you, Miss Paula! How was your summer?”
“It’s great to have you back! Can I have a hug?”

When Reid’s SCOOBY Store opened for the new school year, the cafeteria lobby rang out in celebration of the return of Miss Paula. Paula Bidoli has been handing out prizes, smiles, encouragement and hugs from her post at the SCOOBY Store for the past five years. The SCOOBY Store is a incentive program for students. Reid teachers and staff can award “bones” to students for a wide variety of accomplishments. Good deeds, quality character, hard work, and helping others are just a few of the ways students can earn bones. After lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students can redeem their bones for a prize at the SCOOBY Store. It is there that they are greeted by Miss Paula, the SCOOBY Lady.

When Paula retired from her 40 years as secretary, she wanted to give back to the community. Her godchildren attended Reid so she got involved in Parent Academy. It was there that she first heard about the SCOOBY Store opportunity and decided to give it a try since there was an opening once a week. Five years later, Paula is now bringing smiles to young and old on both SCOOBY Store days. Her enthusiasm for her role and her love for the kids is so evident. She waves to passing teachers, greets students entering the cafeteria and freely gives out hugs to students she has watched grow up at Reid. “The teachers here are just wonderful. They are so nice and everyone is so kind. They make me feel so loved. They are like my family.” Miss Paula has been greeted by children in public who recognize her from her role at the store. “Once I was in a restaurant and a parent approached me and asked if I was the SCOOBY Lady. Her child had recognized me. The children give me such joy. It is so rewarding to see them. I do it for the kids.”

Paula Bidoli is definitely a Volunteer Extraordinaire. But as any volunteer will tell you, those who serve always receive more than they give. “I just love being here. I block out this time for the kids and don’t miss it. I am so blessed by everyone here.” And it works in both directions…Reid is blessed by the SCOOBY Lady.

Bidoli.Paula COLLAGE

Open House

September 3, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Open House POST BANNThere are 8,760 hours in a calendar year. How about spending just ONE of those hours in an opportunity that will have a tremendous impact on your child’s life?

Middletown Area School District teachers have chosen to invest in the lives of your children. They will give hours of their time preparing your child for a successful future. But because they understand that you know your child best, Middletown teachers desire to network with you to meet the individual needs of your child. The first step in building this teacher-parent partnership is to attend your child’s Open House.

At Open House you will have the opportunity to see the environment in which your child will spend the majority of his/her weekday hours. You can meet the principal and chat with your child’s teachers: homeroom, music, art, physical education, special education, computer and more. You will discover your child’s routine and get a taste of how they spend their days. You will develop a better understanding of what your child is chatting about when he/she comes home talking about what happened at school.

Open House is just ONE HOUR. A small amount of time with a HUGE amount of IMPACT. Please plan to attend the Open House at each of your children’s schools.

Reid Elementary
September 2
K-2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
3-5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Middletown Area High School
September 3 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kunkel Elementary
September 4 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Middletown Area Middle School
September 9 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fink Elementary
September 11 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.