Students Beautify Campuses for Earth Day

April 25, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

0 Earth Day Main photoOn Wednesday, April 22, 2015, several Middletown Area High School students assisted the Operations Department with spring planting and mulching as part of National Earth Day. Students weeded and planted flowers in the flowerbeds at several schools to create an inviting welcome for visitors.

A huge thank you goes out to the participating students for getting their hands dirty to beautify our schools!

2015 Earth Day COLL

2015 MAHS Mini-THON Raises $21,295.49

April 22, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

2015 MiniThon 4Middletown Area High School’s 4th annual Mini-THON celebrated its year long fundraising efforts on Friday, April 17, 2015 with a six hour, no sitting, dance marathon and collected a record-breaking $21,295.49. Throughout the year, the Mini-THON Committee organized many fundraisers and activities such as: “For The Kids 5K and Fun Run,” a “Night in Italy” spaghetti dinner, and the “Mr. Middletown Man Pageant,” along with many other canning and fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund which aids children and families battling pediatric cancer at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The collaboration from the committee, students, faculty, administration, and community helped to fundraise and spread awareness of the Four Diamonds Fund. Great job to everyone involved!

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MASD Night at the Senators – May 19

April 20, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Senators POST BANN

Middletown Area School District students invite you to join them at the ballpark on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 for a Senators vs. Mets game! The Raiders will be invading the ballpark as students and staff participate in the festivities in a variety of exciting ways as detailed below. All District students are selling game tickets for $11 and $4 of each ticket price will go directly back to Middletown Area School District. Businesses can purchase tickets and/or vouchers and receive free advertising for their company. Complete details about ticket selling and fundraising prizes can be found here.  THE DEADLINE FOR RETURN OF STUDENT ORDER FORMS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015.

Tickets will still be available after the student fundraising deadline. To order tickets to support MASD, contact


5:30 p.m. – GATES OPEN

6:00 p.m. – PARADE
MASD students and staff will join the MAMS and MAHS bands as they march around the field playing pep songs to warm up the crowd.

6:15 p.m. – FIRST PITCHES
The top ticket sellers from each MASD school will be throwing out the honorary first pitches. The top seller from the entire District will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

The MAHS Select Choir will be singing the National Anthem prior to the game.

6:30 p.m. – GAME TIME

The elementary and middle school choruses will be singing “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

2015 Special Olympics

April 17, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Alvin and Buddies

Hundreds of volunteers gave up their day to make Special Olympics
a memorable day for students like Alvin.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, students from Middletown Area School District headed to Messiah College in Grantham, PA to participate in the annual Capital Area Special Olympics. Several students from Middletown Area High School served as buddies for the day and assisted the athletes with their events. Students participated in various competitions such as 50 meter walk, 50 meter dash, softball throw, standing long jump, turbo javelin, high jump, and shot put. They could also choose to play soccer, volleyball or tennis with the assistance of Messiah College students. A variety of carnival games were provided to enabled them to practice their fine motor skills and to be entertained by silly clowns. And what better way to celebrate the day’s successes than a free-for-all dance party to finish out the event? A sunshiny day, hundreds of volunteers, ribbon-winning, podium photo shoots, and thousands of smiles and giggles added up to make the 2015 Special Olympics a priceless event.

2015 Spec Olym COLL

FREE Summer Career Camp @ Dauphin County Tech

April 8, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Dauphin County Technical School is once again offering Summer Career Camp. This camp is free to all current 6th and 7th graders from Dauphin County public schools. Students from consortium districts (Central Dauphin, Derry Township, Halifax, Lower Dauphin, Middletown Area, and Susquehanna Township) will have priority over non-consortium applicants provided deadlines are met.

Camp Dates: Tuesday, June 16th & Wednesday, June 17th: 8:30am – 3:00pm and Thursday, June 18th: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Dauphin County Technical School, 6001 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2015

Goal: To conduct a career exploration camp that is free, fun, educational, and safe. DCTS instructors are preparing fun activities to introduce your child to a variety of different career options. Your child will have the opportunity to meet many of our academic teachers and experience several career and technical programs, including:

Automotive Technology
Building Construction Technology Carpentry
Collision & Refinishing Technology (tentative)
Drafting & Design Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electronics Technology
Law Enforcement
Outdoor Power Equipment
Ornamental Horticulture
Precision Metals
Medical and Health Related Occupations

For more details or to register, visit the DCTS Summer Camp Page here. Applications are also available at the MAMS office.

Census Forms Have Been Mailed

April 8, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

The Middletown Area School District census forms have been mailed. Upon receipt of your census form, please read it carefully to verify your information.

  • If no changes are required, please follow the instructions on the form to confirm your information online.
  • If changes are required, please update the form and return it in the envelope provided.

If you have any questions regarding the census, please contact Dion Mumma at 717-948-3300 ext. 3010 or Terri Rushow at 717-948-3300 ext. 1018.

Thank you for your assistance.

Middletown Basketball Camp 2015

March 31, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Summer basketball camp is available for students who are currently in K-8th grade. Click HERE for a camp brochure.

PSSA Testing

March 30, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

2015 PSSA POST BANNThe Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing for Middletown Area School District will be administered during the month of April. The following information will assist parents and guardians in partnering with teachers as they work together to provide students with a positive testing experience.

Electronic Devices Statement:
Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss with their children Pennsylvania Department of Education’s statement regarding the consequences of possession of electronic devices during testing: Electronic Device Policy.

Parent Responsibilities:
The following parent tips can help your child have a positive testing experience.

  • Be sure your child gets plenty of sleep during the testing period. Adequate rest provides focus, alertness and clear thinking.
  • Provide breakfast for your child. Starting the day right will boost your child’s energy.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments during testing days.
  • Be prompt for school. Being tardy can interfere with the testing process.
  • Be your child’s cheerleader! Provide positive and uplifting encouragement for your child.
  • Be familiar with the Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ sheet.

Subjects Tested:
English Language Arts (ELA): Grades 3-8
Mathematics: Grades 3-8
Science: Grades 4 and 8 only

Testing Schedule:

Fink Elementary
ELA: April 14-17
Math: April 21-23
Science: April 28-29
Kunkel Elementary
ELA: April 14-17
Math: April 20-22
Science: April 28-29
Reid Elementary
ELA: April 14-17
Math: April 20-22
Science: April 28-29
ELA:  April 13-16
Math: April 20-22
Science: April 28-29

What’s Happening in April

March 30, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

15.04 What's Happ POST BANNApril 1, 2015
FULL DAY OF SCHOOL due to Make-up Day

April 2, 2015
SCHOOL IN SESSION due to Make-up Day – EARLY DISMISSAL for All Students

April 3, 2015
NO SCHOOL – Spring Recess

April 6, 2015
NO SCHOOL – Spring Recess

April 9, 2015
Elementary Band Spring Informance, 7:00 p.m.@ MAMS

April 10, 2015
Report cards issued

April 13 – 17, 2015
PSSA English/Language Arts Testing Window

April 14, 2015
Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 6:30 p.m. @ Reid

April 17, 2015
MAHS Mini-Thon, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

April 20 – 24, 2015
PSSA Math Testing Window

April 23, 2015
MAHS Pathway Partner Dinner, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

April 24, 2015
Reid Unity Day

April 27, 2015
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

April 27 – May 1, 2015
PSSA Science Testing Window

April 28, 2015
MAHS Band Concert, 8:00 p.m.

April 30, 2015

2015 Career Expo

March 29, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Middletown Area High School held their annual Career Expo for the entire student body. Students had the opportunity talk to business partners within their Career Pathways to learn more about their fields of interest. This year’s event was coordinated by Mr. Adam Shaffer. Middletown Area High School wishes to thank the following businesses for their participation in the 2015 Career Expo.

ABC 27
American Beauty Academy
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Capital Blue Cross
Central PA Research
Cortney Lynn Fitness
District and County Judge
Electrician Union
Excel Logistics
Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home
G.R. Sponaugle
General Mills, Inc.
Giant Food Store Pharmacy
Harrisburg University
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
Highmark Caring Place
Highway Engineer
Holy Spirit Hospital
Home Instead Senior Care
Join State Government Commission
Lancaster General Hospital
Londonderry Animal Hospital
Lower Swatera Police Department
Middletown Area School District
PA State Civil Service Commission
Penn Dot
Press & Journal
PSU College of Medicine
Susquehanna Bank
The Hetrick Center
United Water
WINK 105 & 105.7 X
Yingst Engineering & Associates, Inc.


Career Expo COLL

Botterbusch Aims High

March 28, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

William Botterbusch

William Botterbusch, a senior at Middletown Area High School, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Botterbusch grew up in a military family; his father and grandfather both served their country as members of the army. This family influence increased Will’s interest in the military and developed a passion to serve his country. He grew up watching war movies and was inspired by his dad’s stories of his own army experiences. There was just something about serving in the military that caught his eye. And his heart. Will’s passion, combined with a fascination of airplanes and things that fly, fostered a dream to someday become a military pilot.

Will’s desire to fly grew throughout his high school career. He decided to pursue the daunting task of applying for the Air Force Academy which is a grueling process. One of the application requirements was to receive one of three available congressional nominations. Botterbusch completed interviews with Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr, Senator Pat  Toomey, and Congressman Roscoe G. Bartletta and received the nomination from Congressman Barletta. Will’s leadership experiences at MAHS were instrumental in building a strong resume. Botterbusch was captain of the Raiders’ football and wrestling teams. He also served as a class officer and a student council representative.

In January 2015, Will and his family received the news that he had been accepted into the Air Force Academy. He will head to Colorado Springs at the end of June to begin six weeks of basic training. Will plans to major in mechanical engineering and compete for a coveted pilot slot which would begin in his junior year. Upon graduation from the Air Force Academy, Botterbusch will serve a ten year commitment to the Air Force. Will hopes to be spending those ten years in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

Special Education Plan

March 25, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

The Middletown Area School District’s Special Education Plan for 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 was presented for first reading at the Board Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015. A copy of the three year plan is available for public review at the Administration Office at 55 West Water Street, Middletown. The Special Education Plan can also be located here.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Special Education Plan, please contact:

Krystal Palmer Director of Special Education Central Office
Work Phone: 717-948-3300
Categories: Central Office
Updated 8 months ago.

Mayoral Madness Basketball Extravaganza

March 23, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry, has challenged the MAHS basketball teams to a court brawl. Mayor Curry is gathering a team of Middletown alumni and past basketball greats to play against a co-ed team made of the 2014-2015 Raiders boys’  and girls’ teams. On Friday, March 27, 2015, the teams will face off in the High School gymnasium at 8:15 p.m. after the Mr. Middletown Mini-thon pageant. Click on the video to the right to view the Mayor’s challenge and the MAHS students response.

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Teacher Impact Spotlight

March 19, 2015 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.

MASD Kaslusky.Checco

Catherine Kaslusky & Michael Checco

Each year the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association hosts an In-service Conference for K-12 Music Educators from around the Commonwealth. This year’s conference will be held in Hershey on March 25-28, 2015. A variety of topics are presented during elective sessions so participants may select training in their specific content areas. Two Middletown Area School District teachers have been selected as Presenters for this year’s Conference. Catherine Kaslusky, MASD Elementary Band Teacher, will be presenting “Make Your Concert An Informance! Advocate, Educate and Celebrate!” Kaslusky will be sharing with her peers how the elementary band at MASD presents an INFORMance not a PERFORMance at their band concerts. Kaslusky uses the concert setting to educate the audience on concert development. Kaslusky and her band students demonstrate the journey of putting a concert together by starting at the beginning stages of sight-reading and culminating with a performance ready number. An Informance allows the students to demonstrate their musicianship skills while also providing them with the experience of performing in front of an audience without the stress of presenting a perfectly polished concert.

Michael Checco, MASD Elementary Music Teacher, will be presenting “World Drumming in the Elementary Classroom.” Checco will be demonstrating K-5 drumming activities which provide skill development and readiness for young drummers. Participants will receive hands on experience as they practice the drumming techniques on the various drums available. Checco’s session will challenge music educators to provide elementary drumming experience and to introduce their students to various cultures as they learn drumming styles from around the world.

GOTR Coaches

Mary Dougherty, Susan Davis, Tammy Grimes, Michal Beth Chaffinch

In the fall of 2014, four MAMS teachers launched a new program for middle school girls called Girls on Track. The teachers volunteered their time to coach this club which met after school hours. On December 22, 2014, the MASD School Board recognized the teachers for going above and beyond their job descriptions and being willing to sacrifice their time to have a positive influence on the lives of middle school girls.

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.

What’s Happening in March

March 11, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

2015.03 Happs POST BANNMarch 4, 2015
8th Grade Parent Night, 6:00 p.m.

March 5, 2015
MAHS Musical, Damn Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

March 6, 2015
MAHS Musical, Damn Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
8th Grade Orientation

March 7, 2015
MAHS Musical, Damn Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

March 9-13, 2015
Fink Spring Book Fair Week
Fink Book Fair Family Night, March 10, 6:00 p.m.

March 13, 2015
Reid Spring Picture Day

March 16-20, 2015
Kunkel Spring Book Fair Week
Kunkel Spring Book Fair Family Night, March 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

March 16, 2015
Elementary Family Math Night
Held at Reid Elementary for families of elementary students from all three schools
K-2 Families: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
3-5 Families: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

March 19, 2015
Evening in Paris, 6:00 p.m.

March 23, 2015
Kunkel Spring Picture Day
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

March 26, 2015
MAHS Career Expo
Dual Enrollment Night, 6:30 p.m.

March 27, 2015
End of 3rd Marking Period
Mr. Middletown Pageant – Mini-Thon Fundraiser, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor Curry’s Basketball Challenge, 8:15 p.m.

March 31, 2015
Fink Spring Picture Day
MAHS Jazz Band and Select Choir Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m.