MAHS Junior Shadow Day

November 20, 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.

Thanksgiving Recess

November 18, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Thanksgiving Recess POST BANNMonday, 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


Fall 2014 Mid Penn All Stars

November 17, 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

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


Teacher Impact Spotlight

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

Teacher Impact Spotlight POST BANNMiddletown Area School District is full of dedicated teachers who often go above and beyond their assigned responsibilities to impact the lives of students. To express appreciation for teachers who go the extra mile, individuals are selected for the Teacher Impact Spotlight throughout the year and are presented to the School Board for recognition. Congratulations to the teachers below who have exemplified servant attitudes and exhibited genuine compassion for their students.

Mrs. Fallon Aurentz

Mrs. Fallon Aurentz

Mrs. Fallon Aurentz joined the Middletown Area Middle School team in 2005 where she has taught 7th and 8th grade Math. She has served in a number of additional roles at the Middle School such as Basketball Coach, After-School Program Supervisor, and Student Council Co-Advisor. She enjoys having the opportunity to build positive relationship with students in the classroom as well as at events such as school dances, field trips, the faculty/student basketball game and Transfer. She is an active participant in the Middletown Area Education Association and considers it an honor to be a voice for the most important profession that impacts the future. Mrs. Aurentz has been a nominee for the Middletown Area School District Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Exceptional Co-Teaching Award. One of her favorite things about teaching at Middletown Area Middle School is being mistaken as a student on a weekly basis.

Mr. Trevor Davis

Mr. Trevor Davis

Mr. Davis joined the Middletown Area School District staff in July of 2012 as the Teacher of the Gifted. He has also served as Academic Competitions Coordinator for all five MASD schools, Academic Quiz Bowl Co-Coordinator and Science Olympiad and Future City Mentor/Coach for Middletown Area Middle School. Davis enjoys having the opportunity to take part in students’ development and watching them excel and flourish as their thinking and learning is enriched through hands-on experiences. Mr. Davis had the honor of mentoring a Future City team which finished first place in a regional event and advanced to the national competition in Washington DC. He has also had two Science Olympiad teams advance to state competitions and an Academic Quiz Bowl team win the championship at the Penn State Academic Quiz Bowl.

Homecoming 2014

October 28, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Queen Response

2014 Homecoming Queen, Ariannah Williams

Post Homecoming COLL

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

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

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

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