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

Honorary Football Awards

September 11, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School football coaches have launched an initiative to elevate the importance of academics amongst their athletes. Each week a football player will be elected by teachers as an “Academic Captain” and at home games a high school teacher will be 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.

2014 Capt Coach POST BANN

2014 Recipients

Altland.Brett CROPSeptember 12, 2014
Academic Captain: Brett Altland
Honorary Coach: Ms. Amanda Henry

Athletic Revision – FIELD HOCKEY

September 10, 2014 in Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Field Hockey
09/17/14 vs. Big Springs – Varsity game moved to AWAY at 4:00 p.m.
10/01/14 vs. Hershey - JV game cancelled. Varsity game moved to 6:00 p.m. @ HOME
10/13/14 vs. Big Springs – Varsity game moved to HOME at 4:00 p.m. – SENIOR NIGHT

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

MAMS Campus Used for Search & Rescue Training

September 9, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Middle Creek Search and Rescue will be utilizing the Middletown Area Middle School campus to host training for their handlers and K-9s. Middletown Area School District would like to ensure the public that there is no cause for alarm as this is a scheduled training and not an actual search and rescue.

Middle Creek personnel and rescue dogs may be sighted around MAMS on the following days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 3, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

Revisions to Athletic Schedules

September 3, 2014 in Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to weather, field conditions, team availability and other unforeseen circumstances, sports schedules are constantly changing. Revisions to athletic events are posted on the Athletics page found here.

Change in MAHS Traffic Patterns

September 3, 2014 in Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Construction of the new Middletown Area High School is well underway. With a construction project of this scale, change is inevitable, and change requires flexibility and patience on the part of everyone involved. Pride Drive has been closed due to construction. The loss of this access road between MAHS and the Reid and MAMS buildings means that all school busses can now only enter and exit the High School campus via North Union Street (Route 441). Therefore, we kindly ask your cooperation in helping reduce the amount of vehicular traffic by sending your child on the school bus. School bus transportation is the safest and most effective means of transporting large volumes of students in the fewest number of vehicles.

Please be patient as we adjust to the new traffic flow at the High School. Our primary concern is the safety of our students. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Meet the Raiders 2014

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

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, War Memorial Field was invaded by Raiders. At the second annual Meet the Raiders Night, the Blue Wave Marching Band warmed up the crowd with a medley of Elton John classics. Band members, athletes, cheerleaders and coaches, who will be participating in the Fall 2014 sports season, were individually introduced to the Raider community.

Fall sports participants include: Blue Wave Marching Band, Cheerleading Squad, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls’ Tennis, Cross Country, Golf, Volleyball and Football. A complete schedule of athletic events can be found here. Support your Raiders by attending their events and cheering them to victory. Season passes are a great way to save money while attending athletic events throughout the entire school year. You can find information and an application for Season Passes here.

Good luck to all our Fall participants as they represent MASD with Raider Pride!

MTR 2014

Newly Adopted Board Policies – Effective Immediately

August 28, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

At the School Board Meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014, the Board of Education of the Middletown Area School District adopted several Policies which will be effective immediately. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to be familiar with the following Policies which will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

Policy 217 – Graduation Requirements

Policy 227 – Drugs and Alcohol

Policy 227.2 – Student Code of Conduct for Extra-curricular Activities

Policy 227.3 – Drug Testing for Students in Extra-curricular Activities

Policy 810.2 – Transportation – Video/Audio Recording

Policy 912.1 – Relations with Harrisburg Area Community College

New Raiders Invade Kindergarten

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

Cole Ridall, son of Jesse and Shannan Ridall, has completed his first week as a Raider! Before school began, Cole was given the opportunity to get acclimated to his classroom at Kindergarten Open House. Cole explored his new environment with the help of his teacher, Mrs. Molnar. Since Cole is the eldest child in his family, this is a first time experience for mom and dad, too: new chapter, new friends, new bus, new discoveries, new adventures. Middletown Area School District welcomes our littlest Raiders and wishes them a fantastic school year as they begin their journey at MASD!

Ridell.Cole

MASD Welcomes New Teachers

August 19, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Monday, August 18, 2014, the entire staff of the Middletown Area School District met at Middletown Area Middle School to kick off the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lori Suski, took the opportunity to introduce all new employees and to welcome the new teachers pictured below. Please join us in greeting these new faces as you see them around your child’s school. We are excited that they have chosen to be a part of Raider Nation and wish them an awesome first year at Middletown!

New Teachers FINAL

Back Row:
Andrew Vensel - Music Teacher & Choral Director, MAHS
Tyler Petrouskie - Third Grade Teacher, REID
Robert Brodish - Special Education Teacher, REID
Daniel Riggs - Health Teacher, MAMS & Head Wrestling Coach, MAHS
Middle Row:
Mackenzie D’Amour - Fourth Grade Teacher, KUNKEL
Jannelle Shuey - First Grade Teacher, FINK
Jenna Riggs - Kindergarten Teacher, KUNKEL
Megan Dubbs - Family & Consumer Science Teacher, MAMS
Front Row:
Kristen Lowery - Kindergarten Teacher, KUNKEL
Erin Yanoski - Kindergarten Teacher, REID
Deanna Morder - Special Education Teacher, MAHS

Meet the Raiders

August 4, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Meet Raiders FULL PAGE

Back-to-School Information

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

Back to School POST BANNER

As the first day of school quickly approaches, Middletown Area School District is busy making preparations for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Below you will find everything you need to know to help your child(ren) have a successful start to the new year.

SCHOOL CALENDAR: This year MASD kicks off with A FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL, Monday, August 25, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014. All schools will be CLOSED on the following Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day. The complete 2014-2015 Academic Calendar can be found here.

STUDENT HOMEROOM AND BUS ASSIGNMENTS: Individual student packets were sent via U.S. mail and are expected to be delivered to households during the week of August 11, 2014. If you don’t receive your child’s letter by Thursday, August 14, 2014, please contact your child’s school. For parents with current PowerSchool accounts, this information can also be accessed by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE: For the safety and welfare of your children, it is important that the District has up-to-date student information. By updating your child’s record, it ensures we have accurate emergency contact information and provides you the opportunity to complete parental consent agreements for field trips and media release.

The student verification process will be available beginning Monday, August 11, 2014. This year we have streamlined the process for your convenience. To get started, please log into your PowerSchool Parent account and follow the instructions on the welcome screen. If you do not have an account, your back-to-school packet will guide you through the process of creating and setting up your PowerSchool Parent account. Please be sure to complete this process for each child before the first day of school.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFORMATION: We understand how the start of a school year can overwhelm families with paperwork. To assist you in finding pertinent information, we have included everything in one location for quick reference. The following links will direct you to forms and procedures for the 2014-2015 school year. All forms can also be found throughout the year on the Parent Center page on our website.

Absence Excuse Cards
Athletic Season Pass
Bus Route Change Request Form (located at the bottom of Parent Center)
Cafeteria Procedures
Educational Trip/Activity Form
Family Dentist Report
Free/Reduced Price Meal Application
Physician’s Report
Responsible Designated Adult for Kindergarten
Student Medication Form
Transportation Procedures
Voluntary Student Insurance