School Calendar Reminder

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Early Dismissal for ELEMENTARY

February 12, 2015 is an Act 80 early dismissal for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS due to parent/teacher conferences.
Lunch will be served to students.

Generic POST BANNERElementary bus riders will be dismissed at the following times:
Fink Elementary: 11:25 a.m.
Kunkel Elementary: 11:55 a.m.
Reid Elementary: 11:25 a.m.

Elementary walkers and car riders will be dismissed at the following times:
Fink Elementary: 11:30 a.m.
Kunkel Elementary: 12:00 p.m.
Reid Elementary: 11:30 a.m.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - NO SCHOOL for students

Act 80 Staff Development Day

Monday, February 16, 2015 - SCHOOL IN SESSION

President’s Day is a scheduled Snow Make-up Day - SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION




What’s Happening in February

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

Feb What Happ POST BANNFebruary 6, 2015
Fink Jump Rope for Heart
MAMS Play, “Backstage” @ 7:00 p.m.

February 7, 2015
MAMS Play, “Backstage” @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

February 8, 2015
MAMS Play, “Backstage” @ 2:30 p.m.

February 12, 2015
Half Day for Elementary Students
Parent Conferences in PM

February 13, 2015
No School for Students
Staff Development/Parent Conferences

February 16, 2015
MAKE-UP DAY - School will be in session

February 20, 2015
Kunkel Jump Rope for Heart
Reid Jump Rope for Heart

February 23, 2015
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 23-27, 2015
Reid Spring Book Fair Week

February 24, 2015
Reid Spring Book Fair Family Night – @ 6:00pm

February 25 2015
Guest Author, Kathy Miller @ Fink

February 27, 2015
Guest Author, Kathy Miller @ Reid
Senior Career Action Plan Presentations

2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration

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

2015 Kind POST BANNIt’s time to get your little one registered for school! What an exciting time in the journey of every five year old. We trust that our Kindergarten Registration process will help you and your child prepare for their big debut at a Middletown Area School District Elementary School.

Kindergarten Registration opens on Monday, February 2, 2015. Click here to register.

Notice of 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget

January 27, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

NOTICE is given that the Proposed Preliminary Budget for the General Fund of Middletown Area School District for the 2015-2016 fiscal year is available for public inspection at the School District offices, 55 West Water Street, Middletown, Pennsylvania, and will be presented for adoption as a Preliminary Budget Proposal at a School Board Meeting to be held in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Middletown Area High School, 1155 North Union Street, Middletown, Pennsylvania at 7:00 p.m. on February 17, 2015. The Preliminary Budget Proposal may be amended before adoption.

Pursuant to Act 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Education publishes an index % applicable to the School District. The School District real estate tax increase for the next fiscal year is limited to the index % unless the proposed tax rate is approved by voters pursuant to a referendum or the School District qualifies for an Act 1 exception. As a result of special circumstances covered by an Act 1 referendum exception, a tax rate % increase above the index might be required to balance the School District budget for the next fiscal year. The tax to be levied is required to provide a quality education program as reflected in the School District Preliminary Budget.

The School District intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education or the County Court as required by Act 1 for an exception(s) allowing increase of the real estate tax as reflected in the School District Preliminary Budget. On written request by any School District resident or taxpayer, the School District will provide a copy of the referendum exception application.

The 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget and Presentation can be found here.

2013-2014 Annual Report to the Community

January 27, 2015 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The 2013-2014 Annual Report to the Community was distributed by mail to all residents within the Middletown Area School District during the third week of January, 2015. The Annual Report can be found here.

Back Cover Photos

Athletic Revisions – Basketball

January 26, 2015 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The Freshman Basketball home game versus Mifflin County previously scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 has been postponed to Friday, February 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The Junior High Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball games versus Central Dauphin previously scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 have been cancelled and will not be made up.

The JV and Varsity Basketball games scheduled at home versus Steel-High on February 3, 2015 have modified start times.

4:15 p.m. – JV Boys in the MAHS gym
4:15 p.m. – JV Girls in the MAMS gym
6:00 p.m. – Varsity Boys in the MAHS gym
7:30 p.m. – Varsity Girls in the MAHS gym

Snowball Fight Support Mini-Thon

January 23, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

An all out snowball fight was launched at Reid Elementary to encourage students to support their fourth annual Mini-Thon. From January 7, 2015 through January 16, 2015, students had the opportunity to “throw snowballs” at classroom doors of their same grade. Each Wednesday and Friday, students brought in their nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars to place in their classrooms can. For every five dollars the class collected, the classroom received a “snowball” to place on the door of another class in their grade. Snowballs would unexpectedly appear on doors at anytime throughout the day as students secretly planned out their strategies to be the room with the LEAST amount of snowballs by the end of the snowball fight.

The Reid students and staff had so much fun participating in this cool competition to support their Mini-Thon for Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund assists children being treated for cancer at Penn State’s Children Hospital. The ultimate goal is to cure childhood cancer. Reid’s goal for the entire year is to raise $2,000 for the kids. The snowball fight was so motivating for the students that they raised $1,071 in this single event…and had a blast doing it! Awesome job, Reid!

Reid MT Snowball COLL

Local Tax Returns Due April 15, 2015

January 23, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Notice Regarding Local Tax Returns

It’s that time of year again. Your 2014 local earned income tax return is due on April 15, 2015.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator’s secure website, which is available 24/7 at

Keystone Collections Group’s e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2014 tax return. It let’s you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Please note that the forms changed this year. If you will be claiming an out-of-state tax credit or if you work in Philadelphia, you may be eligible for a local earned income tax credit up to the amount you owe to your resident municipality. The worksheet on the back of the form will help you calculate your out-of-state tax credit (attach a copy of your out-of-state filing).

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, call Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions to “Taxpayer Support” at

Taxpayers with earned income in 2014 are required to file a tax return by Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Raider Athletes Achieve Honors

January 12, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School athletes continue to represent Middletown Area School District with Raider Pride! Kyle Finsterbush, Karlee Deibler and Brianna Bennett-Stouffer have excelled in their sport and achieved the following accomplishments.

Deibler.Karlee PHOTO Karlee Deibler, Senior
Field Hockey

Karlee Deibler has been selected for the second team of the 2014 Penn Live Field Hockey All Star Team. All Stars are chosen based on their play throughout the Fall 2014 season, their career stats, and nominations from area coaches. For more details about the Field Hockey All Star Teams, click here for the complete Penn Live article.

Finsterbush.Kyle PHOTO Kyle Finsterbush, Senior

Kyle (Bubba) Finsterbush was selected for the second team of the 2014 Penn Live Soccer All Star Team. From the pool of varsity soccer players from 77 area high schools, 15 players are chosen for the first team and 15 for the second team. For more details about the Soccer All Star Teams, click here for the complete Penn Live article.

Bennett.Brianna PHOTO Brianna Bennett-Stouffer, Senior
Track & Field

In December 2014, the Middletown Area High School Winter Track Team participated in the Franklin & Marshall Indoor Invitational. Brianna took first place in shot put.

School Directors Recognition Month

January 7, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

2015 Bd Recog Month POST BANNJanuary is School Director Recognition Month. This month-long recognition honors members of local Boards of Education for their commitment to provide quality public education for Pennsylvania’s school children.

School Directors generously contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public education. They establish policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They represent their local communities and attend sometimes lengthy and challenging meetings, conferences and institutes for professional learning and understanding of public education. These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, parents and senior citizens. Although communities make a special effort to show appreciation to School Directors in January, their contribution is a year-round commitment, and deep appreciation is extended to them throughout the year.

We encourage the MASD community to take the opportunity to help acknowledge these public servants who take the time to share their vision, voice, and concern for the future of Pennsylvania’s children.

Back Row: Terry A. Gilman, Michael S. Richards, Newton H. Davis, Mike P. Corradi, Melvin A. Fager. Front Row: Pamela M. Price, David S. John, Vice President, Barbara N. Layne, President, David A. Franklin, Secretary, Non-member. Not Pictured: Gordon A. Einhorn, Treasurer

Back Row: Terry A. Gilman, Michael S. Richards, Newton H. Davis, Mike P. Corradi, Melvin A. Fager.
Front Row: Pamela M. Price, David S. John, Vice President, Barbara N. Layne, President, David A. Franklin, Secretary, Non-member.
Not Pictured: Gordon A. Einhorn, Treasurer

What’s Happening in January

January 5, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody


January 19
No School (Martin Luther King Day)
3rd Make-up Day

January 26
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

January 31
Souper Saturday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
MAHS Jazz Band Dance

Teacher Impact Spotlight

January 4, 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.

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.

Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

January 3, 2015 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.


Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

2014 Happy Holidays POST BANN

All school buildings will be closed Wednesday, December 24, 2014
through Friday, January 2, 2015 for Winter Recess.

In order to reduce utility costs,
all offices in the District will also be closed during this time period.

Happy Holidays from Fink, Kunkel and Reid!

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

Elementary students from around the District have been celebrating the holiday season with a variety of creative events. Gingerbread houses, Grinch days, and Polar Express themes have provided students with fun ways to practice math, reading and writing. Elves, reindeer, santa hats and candy canes have decorated the hallways providing cheer for all who enter. And each school shared their musical talents with their families and friends at their annual holiday programs.

The elementary students and staff from MASD wish you and your families a wonderful season of celebration and joy!

Elem Holidays COLLAGE C

Elem Holidays COLLAGE A