07/23/14 – Scheduled Outage at MAMS

July 22, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, there will be no phone or internet service at Middletown Area Middle School. If you have an urgent matter and need to reach a school principal or secretary, please call the Administration Building at 948-3300 for assistance. Thank you for your patience.

School’s Out!

July 20, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Beginning Monday, June 16, 2014 through Friday, August 1, 2014, all MASD school buildings will be consolidated to Middletown Area Middle School for summer operations. The Middle School will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with the exception of Friday, July 4, 2014 when all Middletown Area School District buildings will be closed for the holiday.

Building personnel and office phone numbers will remain unchanged. Signage will be posted within the building to direct visitors to the appropriate office within the building. For your convenience, the office locations are listed below.

  • Elementary Offices – Guidance Suite
  • Middle School Offices – Main Office
  • High School Offices – Room 135

2014-2015 Sports Physicals

July 17, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Prior to participating in any PIAA sport in the Middletown Area School District, students are required to complete a PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE). The CIPPE form, sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 must be completely filled out and signed by the parent or guardian before the doctor will examine the student and fill out section 6. No student will be allowed to participate in athletics during the PIAA season without the entire 6-page CIPPE packet completed. In accordance with the PIAA, physicals cannot be dated earlier than June 1, 2014 and will be effective for the entire school year, until May 31, 2015. The CIPPE form is available at the high school and middle school offices or can be found here.

Sections 7 and 8: for subsequent sport(s) in the same school year, a student must complete Section 7 of the CIPPE form and turn it in to the school before participating in additional sports during the 2014-2015 school year. The medical staff at MASD also requires that ANY ATHLETE having a CIPPE exam more than 6 weeks prior to the start of their sports season, must complete the Section 7 form, regardless of whether they played a sport in the previous season. The medical staff at MASD may require any athletes with a significant change in their medical history since their initial exam, to complete a CIPPE Section 8 form. This form is a medical recertification form that must be completed by the athlete’s physician.

Any students considering playing a sport for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year should attend the school district free CIPPE exam during the summer of 2014. MASD will only be offering the CIPPE exams during the dates and times listed below. ATHLETES MUST BRING THEIR COMPLETED PHYSICAL PACKET WITH THEM FOR THEIR EXAM. Athletes planning to attend the district exam must register online for an appointment. Appointment times can be chosen up until the day before the physical date. To pick a time slot for one of the below dates, click here and use the Entry Code: NEP133502. Students not attending the fee exam offered by the District will be responsible for seeing their own family doctor to have the exam completed.

June 2, 2014
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School

July 30, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School

All completed forms must be returned directly to the School Nurse prior to the beginning of the season.

Questions can be directed to athletic trainer, Suzanne Bologa, at sbologa@raiderweb.org.

Student Registration for NEW Students

July 1, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The 2014-2015 NEW Student Registration Form is now active. Parents of new students, who have not yet registered with Middletown Area School District, can find detailed information about the registration process here.

Holiday Inn Honors Student Workers

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

Pictured left to right with Harrisburg East Holiday Inn General Manager, Randy Stuart: Aubrey Whitmer, Justin Mihalovits, Antonia Hiester. Not pictured: Emerald Gray and Michael O'Brien.


On Friday, June 20, 2014, five Middletown Area High School students were recognized by the Harrisburg East Holiday Inn as outstanding employees. Emerald Gray, Antonia Hiester, Justin Mihalovits, Michael O’Brien and Aubrey Whitmer were participants in a transitional vocation program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities sponsored by The ARC. Beginning in December, 2013, the young adults joined the staff of the Holiday Inn and received on-the-job training in the areas of maintenance, laundry, housekeeping, kitchen, and banqueting. They completed tasks such as placing hangers in closets, cleaning rooms, vacuuming, restocking toiletries, doing laundry, assisting in the kitchen, and preparing and clearing banquet tables. “I liked hanging hangers and putting spoons on the table,” said Justin. Antonia’s favorite job was working with Mike and Lori in the banquet department. “I liked dumping out the cups and clearing the tables. Mike would give me sour candy. I really like Lori. She’s my friend. And we got to eat afterward! They have the BEST chocolate cake here!”

Housekeeping Supervisor, Geri Osborn, was thrilled with the program. “The students were hard workers, fast learners and were highly motivated. And not only were they being trained in skills which can help them in future vocations, but they were learning basic life skills that they will be able to use the rest of their lives.” Ms. Osborn said the Holiday Inn staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definitely like to work with more students in the future. Participants like Aubrey were a pleasure to have around. “I have a lot of friends here,” confirmed Aubrey. “I had so much fun.”

Holiday Inn General Manager, Randy Stuart, honored the five participants at a monthly staff luncheon. “There are no challenges except the ones you make on your own,” Mr. Stuart said to his staff as he choked back tears. “These young people have inspired me like no other over the past several months.” The friendships that developed were evident. “Mr. Randy is my favorite,” said Aubrey. Hugs were heightened with tears and emotions as the staff said their goodbyes and the students proudly clutched their awards as they exited the hotel a bit more prepared for what lies ahead.

Groundbreaking Celebration Launches MAHS Construction

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

Pictured left to right: William Meiser, Ed Consalo, David Franklin, Pamela Price, Gordon Einhorn, David John, Dr. Lori Suski, Michael Carnes, Barbara Layne, Michael Richards, Mike Corradi, Terry Gilman, Newton Davis, and Melvin Fager

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Middletown Area School District celebrated the official launch of the construction of the new Middletown Area High School with a brief Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Board of School Directors, Administration, High School teachers and staff, and representatives from the architect firm of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates gathered at the construction site to kickoff the two year building project which will result in the projected opening of the new Middletown Area High School in the Fall of  2016.

Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski opened the ceremony by thanking the school board for their vision for the project and their commitment to fund the construction with no new tax increase. She recognized the countless hours of her fellow design team members consisting of William Meiser, David Franklin, Michael Carnes, and led by Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates architects, Scott Cousin and Jeff Straub, who diligently worked together during the two year design phase to make this project a reality. Dr. Suski publicly thanked William Meiser, Director of Operations and Construction Manager, for his vital role in the project. Mr. Meiser, who was unable to be present for the groundbreaking due to his military deployment, was represented in spirit by a life-size cutout of his image created by the Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates team.

Student Council member, Erin Templeton, representing the class of 2017, shared the excitement of her fellow classmates as they will be the first class to graduate from the new High School. Barbara Layne, School Board President, thanked her colleagues for their support of the project and expressed appreciation to Dr. Suski and the design team for the dedication, commitment and long hours given to this exciting project. Doug Rohrbaugh presented commemorative shovels to Michael Carnes, MAHS Principal, and to Barbara Layne, MASD School Board President. School board members and design team members, equipped with hard hats and shovels, broke ground where students and staff will set foot in their new high school in just a few short years.

To learn more about the new High School building project and to follow construction progress, visit the New MAHS Building Project page here.

Ocker to Pitch in BIG 26 Baseball Classic

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

Nathan Ocker, Class of 2015, has been selected to participate in the 3rd annual Big 26 Baseball Classic at Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg. The Raider pitcher was also named a Mid Penn All Star and the Keystone All Conference C0-MVP for the 2014 baseball season. For more details and information about the three game series, see the PennLive article here.

Friday, July 18, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 1:35 p.m.

Class of 2014 Commencement

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

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Middletown Area School District celebrated the graduation of the Middletown Area High School Class of 2014. The 135th Commencement Ceremony was held at The Forum in Harrisburg.

Commencement Speaker: The Honorable James M. Zugay, MAHS Class of 1985
Valedictorian: Matthew Cowan
Salutatorian: Megan Martz

Class of 2014 Commencement Program
Class of 2014 Honor Awards


June 2, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to the start of construction for the new Middletown Area High School, the following changes on the MAHS campus are underway:

  • Monday, June 2, 2014: the tennis courts at MAHS have been closed until further notice.
  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014: installation of construction fencing will begin on the current MAHS campus.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014: PRIDE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. There will be no access to Reid Elementary School and Middletown Area Middle School from the high school parking lot. Drivers traveling from MAHS to Reid and/or MAMS must utilize Union Street and Oberlin Road.

Class of 2014 Honor Awards

June 2, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, staff and family members celebrated the achievements of MAHS seniors at the annual MAHS Honors Night. Mr. Michael Carnes, MAHS Principal, recognized Matthew Cowan as the 2014 Valedictorian and Megan Martz as the 2014 Salutatorian. Over $53,000 in scholarships were awarded to the deserving seniors listed below. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for representing Middletown Area School District with Raider pride and excellence!

Scholarship Recipient(s) Amount
American Legion Americanism Award Mary Collins, Andrew Rowe
Bill & Betty Fox Scholarship Matthew Cowan $10,000
Class 1948 Academic Scholarship John Carberry $2,500
Class of ’58 Pathways to Pride Scholarship – Human Services Ashley Royer $500.58
Class of 1949 Harold Hummel Memorial Award Ryan Popp $250
Denise Frisbee Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $500
Donald C. Conrad Memorial Scholarship Alyssa Stone $150
E.E. Jerry Brooks Awards David Brinton, Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Edward E. Brunner Memorial Scholarship Victoria White $1,750
Edward Tennis Memorial Scholarship Allison Shipkowski $500
Elizabeth G. Alesick Scholarship David Brinton $500
Foundation for Enhancing Communities Johnessa Mummert $500
G. W. Feaser Scholarship Arlo Antle $500
George Lenker Football Award Joshua Matincheck $100
H.K. Alwine Award Calie Dozier $150
Hall Foundation Scholarship Elizabeth Young $2,000
Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award Ava Mrakovich
Ida Prouser Orstein/B’nai Jacob Synagogue Scholarship Jessica Shipkowski $500
John  C. Kunkel Elementary PTO Scholarship Kirsten German, Courtney O’Hara $500 each
Karen R. Kasper Performing Arts Scholarship Joshua Nieves-Hurley $2,000
Kiwanis Club Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $1,200
Lower Swatara Lions Club Sophomore Award Samantha Altland, Michael Osayi $100 each
Mel Fager Senior Award Alexis Butler, Ashley Leister, Joshua Matinchek, Elizabeth McDevitt, Brynne Schlicher $400 each
Mid-Penn Bank Best Attendance Award Cody Lutz $500
Middletown Alumni Association 2-4 Yr School Scholarship Megan Martz, Janelle Sheaffer, Victoria White $2500 each
Middletown Area Education Association Scholarship Emily Wilsbach $500
Middletown Cheerleading Booster Club Mackenzie Keefer $250
Middletown Scholar Athlete Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Middletown Three Season Athletes Seth Babil, Dylan Danilowicz, Nicholas Drawbaugh, Melvin Fager, III, Michaela Shaver, Levi Varner
Nutrition, Inc. Kelly Templeton $1,000
One for the Kids Tiahara Adderley, Brooke Gates, Todd Houser, Alexander Mosher $600 each
Phoenix Contact Big 33 Ivan Hernandez, Jessica Shipkowski $1,000 each
PIAA District III Sportsmanship Award – Fackler/Hower Brynne Schlicher, Jeremy Shaver
R. James Kleinfelter Chemistry Award Tyler Hughes $500
Raider Club Honorary Football Scholarship Nicholas Drawbaugh, Aaron Gray, Christopher Holloman, Cody Lutz, Jeremy Shaver, Levi Varner $400 each
Robert Reid Elementary School PTO Scholarship Victoria White $500
Run for Joe – PRIDE Scholarship Nathan Reese $500
Ruth Coble Scholarship Drice Bahajak $306.82
Ruth L. Graham Award John Carberry $250
Service Above Self Rotary Award Jeremy Shaver $1,000
Steven Kuhn Pin N Win Zachari Ulerick
Ted Essex Memorial Award Kirsten German $500
U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award Melvin Fager, III
U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award Matthew Cowan
U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award John Carberry
U.S. Navy Inspirational Leadership Certificate Elizabeth Young
U.S. Navy Outstanding Athlete Certificate Jeremy Shaver
U.S. Navy Outstanding Scholar Certificate Tyler Hughes
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Jeremy Shaver
William & Wyllis Leonard Scholarship Megan Martz $4,000
Woodman of the World Award John Ponnett
Work Experience Scholarship Brendan Leahy, Megha Patel $1,200 each
Recognition of Scholarships from Colleges & Other Organizations Recipient Amount
Drexel University, AJ Drexel Scholarship, Drexel Endowed Scholarship and Drexel Dragon Scholarship Hope Dehnert
Findlay University, UF Trustees’ Scholarship Megan Martz $16,000
Full Sail University, Creative Minds Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $22,000
Gettysburg College, 1832 Founders Scholar Annual Award Katelyn Carnes $7,000
Lycoming College, Lycoming Grant and Lycoming Third Century Scholar Award Victoria White $26,300
Messiah College, Provost’s Scholarship Aaron Gray $11,500/year
Saint Michael’s College, Dean’s Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $23,200
2013- 2014 Students of the Month
October – Christopher Holloman and Megan Martz
November – John Carberry and Megha Patel
December – Pablo Orellana and Jessica Shipkowski
January – Matthew Cowan and Brynne Schlicher
February – Nicholas Drawbaugh and Megan Cobaugh
March – Alexander Mosher and Allison Shipkowski
April – Jeremy Shaver and Courtney O’Hara
May – Arlo Antle and Kirsten German

Students’ Body Mass Index (BMI) Now Available for Parents

June 2, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Parents & Guardians:

Your student was measured for height and weight as part of the yearly school health growth screening program. A Body Mass Index (BMI) for Age Percentile was also calculated which is used as a guideline to help assess whether a person may be underweight or overweight. An explanation of these percentiles is listed below. Your student’s BMI information is available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal under the Health tab.

Being either overweight or underweight can put a person at risk for certain health problems. A student who is overweight has an increased risk of developing serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. A student who is underweight has an increased risk for heart problems, loss of bone mass, and anemia. Underweight may also be a sign of an underlying eating disorder.

Many factors, including sports participation or family history, can influence height and weight in children and adolescents. Your child’s health care provider is the best person to evaluate whether or not his/her measurements are within a healthy range. Please share the screening results with your child’s health care provider, who may suggest changes in eating or physical activity or may have suggestions on how the school can be of assistance to your child.

If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

Interpreting Your Student’s Percentile
BMI that is less than 5th percentile – underweight
BMI that is 5th to 84th percentile – healthy weight
BMI that is 85th to 94th percentile – at risk for overweight
BMI that is 95th percentile or greater – overweight

Free Summer Lunch Program

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

Middletown Area School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free lunches will be provided rain or shine, Monday through Friday, to all children ages 18 and under. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunches will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School and Fink Elementary School on the following dates.

June 10 – August 1, 2014
Middletown Area Middle School Cafeteria

June 10 – August 8, 2014
Fink Elementary School @ War Memorial Field concession stand

No need to register or sign up!
Just show up and join your friends for a nutritious lunch!

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should immediately contact: USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410, (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

School Calendar

May 27, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

As the final days of the 2013-2014 school year approach, Middletown Area School District will be celebrating the following events.


May 23, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The phone service at Reid Elementary is currently unavailable. For urgent matters, please call the MASD Central Office at 717-948-3300 and your call will be redirected to Reid. Thank you for your patience as this issue is addressed.

Hairspray, Jr @ MAMS

May 21, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Good morning, Baltimore! It’s 1962, and spunky teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound fame with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray and integrate a TV network in the process. Hairspray, Jr is a show that celebrates diversity and brings audiences to their feet with its positive message.

Come enjoy the Middletown Area Middle School Performing Arts 8th grade musical, Hairspray, Jr. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Show dates and times:
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.