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.

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, 7:30 p.m.

April 30, 2015

School Calendar Reminder

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

Generic POST BANNERIn accordance with the 2014-2015 Academic calendar, Spring Recess has been revised due to the use of Snow Make-up Days. The following schedule will be followed provided no further Make-up Days are utilized.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – FULL DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS

Friday April 3, 2015 – NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 6, 2015 – NO SCHOOL

Kindergarten Parent Orientation

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

2015 Kind Parent Orient POST BANN

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, please plan to attend Kindergarten Parent Orientation. At this short meeting, parents/guardians will receive information that will help their Kindergartner have a successful first year of school. Kindergarten teachers will share some of the skills children will need before entering school and will explain a typical day in the life of a Kindergartner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Reid Elementary Cafeteria
201 Oberlin Road

If you have not yet registered your Kindergartner and would like to enroll your child for the 2015-2016 school year, please plan to remain after the meeting to meet briefly with a District Registrar. Our staff will be happy to assist you with the registration process so your child is prepared to begin their journey as a Blue Raider!

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.


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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 7 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.

Evening in Paris

March 10, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Evening in Paris POST BANNMiddletown Area High School choral students invite you to spend an evening at a delightful cafe in downtown Paris.  Reconnect with some long lost friends, invite your coworkers for a relaxing night out, or treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening!  Your ticket of only $7 will get you coffee and all the desserts you could wish for.  Sip some coffee and enjoy the delightful numbers performed by our incredibly talented students.

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7.00
Location: MAHS Cafeteria
1155 North Union Street
Middletown, PA

Come spend an enjoyable evening at the French cafe and support the MAHS choir so they can continue to fill our community with music.
Tickets will be sold at the door.  First come, first serve!

Revised Committee Meeting Dates

March 6, 2015 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The Athletics & Activities Committee Meeting and the Operations Committee Meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015 were cancelled due to inclement weather. Both Committee Meetings have been postponed to Monday, March 16, 2015.

6:00 p.m. – Athletics & Activities Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m. – Operations Committee Meeting

Snow Make-up Day

March 5, 2015 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to the snow day on Thursday, March 5, 2015, the following changes will take effect as previously communicated on the school calendar.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The school day will now be a full day of school instead of an early dismissal.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
School will now be in session and all schools will have an early dismissal.

The final day of the third marking period will be Monday, March 30, 2015.
Third marking period report cards will be issued on Friday, April 10, 2015.

2015 Jump Rope for Heart

March 4, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

JR4H Video ThumbnailThe elementary students across the District stretched their legs, tightened their laces, fastened their velcro, threw off their hoodies and began their annual Jump Rope for Heart campaign to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Fink, Kunkel and Reid students participated in various jumping activities under the direction of Ms. Herlocher and Mr. MacDonald. Parents, family members and Middletown Area High School students assisted with rope turning and relays. The Harrisburg Heat mascot, Scorch, made a surprise guest appearance and joined in on the fun and did some jumping himself! Even teachers could be spotted jumping (and gasping) to keep up with their students.

The MASD elementary students raised a combined total of $35,469 for the American Heart Association! What a great job everyone! 

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8th Grade Parent Orientation POSTPONED

March 4, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Attention 8th Grade Parents:
Due to the impending weather, tonight’s 8th Grade Parent Orientation scheduled to take place at the High School has been postponed to Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

MASD Technology Department Thanked by PSU

February 27, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Mr. Darren DiCello, Director of Instructional Technology, and Mr. John Brougher, Director of Information Technology, were recently invited by Penn State Harrisburg to share with PSU student teachers Middletown Area School District’s best practices in integrating technology in the classroom. Their presentation was well received by PSU students and greatly appreciated by the professors. DiCello and Brougher were congratulated by PSU for their forward thinking and effective use of technology for MASD students.

PSU Letter - MASD Tech