Board Adopts 2015-2016 Academic Calendar

September 26, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the School Board adopted the 2015-2016 academic year calendar. This adoption occurred several months earlier than normal due to the need to communicate as soon as possible the changes to the calendar brought about by the high school construction project.

The 2015-2016 school year will begin on the fourth Monday of August as usual. This allows the District to complete two full weeks of school prior to Labor Day. The existing high school must be vacated by May 30, 2016 in order to prepare for demolition. Therefore, the last student day will be Friday, May 27, 2016, which is the Friday before Memorial Day. Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016. These changes will allow the District to get in the required number of instructional days before demolition of the high school begins. The adopted 2015-2016 academic year calendar can be located here.

What’s Happening in October

September 26, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Oct Happs POST BANNOctober 1
Fink Picture Day
Kunkel Picture Day

October 2
Reid Picture Day
Reid Fun Run

October 10
Reid Career Day  CANCELLED
Kunkel Walk for Education

October 13
Columbus Day (No School – First Make-up Day)

October 14-17
National School Lunch Week
Kunkel Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/14

October 20-24
Fink Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/21
Reid Fall Book Fair Week ~ Family Night, 10/21

October 25
Homecoming 2014

October 27
School Board Meeting

October 28
End of 1st Marking Period

Student Art Selected by Whitaker Center

September 25, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, the Whitaker Center wanted to celebrate the next generation of artists by holding a Youth Juried Art Show. In the spring of 2014, Whitaker had an open call for Central Pennsylvania high school students to submit their artwork for the show. This unique opportunity allowed high school artists to have their work evaluated by a jury of art professionals. Elizabeth McDevitt, Taylor Pitman and Alexus Reynolds of the Middletown Area High School each had a work of art selected by the jury to be displayed in the show. The students and their work were honored at a reception at the Whitaker Art on the Curved Wall Gallery September 15, 2014 in conjunction with the 26th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Middletown Area School Board of Education recognized the artists and Mrs. Elizabeth Strite, Middletown Area High School Art Teacher, for their accomplishments. The student artwork is currently on display at the Art on the Curved Wall Gallery inside the Whitaker Center until October 31, 2014.

McDevitt.Liz COLL“I Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth McDevitt
“Everyone will suffer through feelings of alienation at some point in their lives. This piece was created when the artist was feeling this emotion more than ever. The black and white box represents Americans’ daily lives – in this case, school. The box in color is the daydream of the subject in the first box. The subject dreams of being in a place where she can be alone with nature and not have to constantly feel judged by other people. Although the subject’s body moves through the day as it should, the subject’s mind is always somewhere else.”

Reynolds.A COLL

“Let’s Go For A Ride” by Alexus Reynolds
“I created this piece after being given the contour line assignment to pick a segment of a bike to sketch that multiple times. To get the details of the bike I had too focus on looking at the bike itself, not the sketches I was creating. After getting a good feel for the bike and the angle I was working at, I started to work on my canvas. I choose to use a map in my background because maps are symbolic of travel and bikes are used as a mode of travel and maps navigate your travels. I felt that it was good combination for my background. I chose complementary colors as accent colors and analogous colors when blending to make the color scheme appealing to the eye. This was one of my better pieces in my opinion and I am unbelievably happy with it.”

Pitman.Taylor COLL“Silver” by Taylor Pitman
“I drew this piece for an assignment that was given in my art class. The project was designed for the students to practice drawing textures. It involved recognizing the many different kinds of textures that exist in the world around us, as well as familiarizing ourselves with and utilizing the right techniques to properly replicate them in a drawing. Basically, we had to pick a few objects of different textures, assemble them in an appealing way and create a value study using graphite. I chose a spoon, a plastic gem, and a string of beads because of their reflective qualities. Rendering reflections properly is something that I’ve always struggled with as an artist and I decided to take on this as a personal challenge. I wanted to draw these items so that I could improve on my techniques to better my art and myself. Completing this piece taught me a lot and forced me to really take the time to recognize the small, complex, and beautiful details that even the simplest of things possess. I had a lot of fun doing the drawing.”

Ms. Gail Jones – 2014 Teacher of the Year

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

Middletown Area School District is proud to announce that Ms. Gail Jones has been selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Jones joined the District in August of 2001. She taught fifth grade at Fink Elementary for seven years then moved to Reid Elementary to teach fifth grade for another five years. In the fall of 2013, she returned to Fink where she is currently in her second year of teaching fourth grade.

Gail is an exceptional teacher who is well-deserving of the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award. Gail continuously strives to reach all students. She effectively utilizes best practices on a daily basis through differentiation, finding ways to meet individual student needs, and implementing strategies she learned from Learning Focused Schools, a program in which she trained other District staff members. Outside of the classroom, Gail has been involved in extra-curricular activities such as Readers’ Theater, Summer School and the after-school tutoring program. In addition, she has served as a Grade Level Chair, Department Level Chair, Building Technology Specialist, Mentor to new hires, and a cooperating teacher for student teachers.

When Gail’s fourth grade students were asked how they would describe Ms. Jones, they immediately responded with, “nice, kind, caring, and understanding.” “She’s flexible,” said James. “When we do something wrong, she’s calm, not angry.” “She understands what we are saying,” said Payton. “And she has ‘sonic ears’ that can even hear what we are saying when we are whispering.”

Ms. Jones is known for providing creative learning experiences for her students. On any given day you may see fourth graders picketing at recess and chanting “No taxation without representation” after a study of the American Revolution, or assembling marshmallow peep race cars to practice following directions. And on the last day of PSSA testing, you’ll find her students rockin’ out with plastic microphones and guitars and playing their air instruments as they celebrate the final countdown of testing.

One of Ms. Jones’s former students, who is now a college graduate, recently told her that he still remembers his states and capitals because of the memory devices she embedded in his brain. Instilling lifelong learning, caring for her students’ individual learning styles, creative teaching, and going above and beyond for the District, are just some of the reasons that Middletown Area School District is proud to recognize Ms. Gail Jones as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Jones.Gail POST COLL

Honorary Football Awards

September 13, 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

Staker.Thomas CROP September 26, 2014
Academic Captain:
Tommy Staker, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
No coach is selected for away games
Osayi.Michael September 19, 2014
Academic Captain:
Michael Osayi, Junior
Honorary Coach:
Mr. Scott Pettis
Altland.Brett CROP September 12, 2014
Academic Captain:
Brett Altland, Senior
Honorary Coach:
Ms. Amanda Henry


Homecoming – October 25, 2014

September 12, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Homecoming2014 POST BANNHomecoming is an annual highlight for the town of Middletown. This year is sure not to disappoint. Weeklong activities will lead up to a fantastic parade in the morning and an exciting football game in the afternoon. And, of course, there will be the crowning of the Homecoming Queen at halftime. Here’s everything you need to know to join the fun on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

2014 Homecoming Apparel: click here for order form. DUE 09/30/14!

Middletown Area High School will host Spirit Week, October 20-24, to build Raider spirit in preparation for the weekend’s activities.

Middletown Area Middle School will hold their Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MAMS from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Homecoming Parade – NEW PARADE ROUTE
On Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014, the festivities will kick off with the annual parade at 11:30 a.m. This community tradition will feature former Homecoming Queens, class floats, community groups, sports teams, the Middletown Middle School Marching Band and the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band. This year’s Honor Class will be the Class of 1964. The Grand Marshalls will be Dr. Herb Henderson, Class of 1951 and Mrs. Audra Henderson, Class of 1950. Parade staging will be at Hoffer Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and will take a new route due to downtown road closures: right onto Race Street; left onto E. Emaus Street; right onto N. Pine Street; right onto E. Water Street; right onto Race Street; left onto Conewago Street; right into the War Memorial Field parking lot entrance. For questions concerning the parade logistics, please contact Earl Bright IV at

Tailgate Lunch
Middletown Area School District and the MASD Alumni Association invite all MASD employees and Alumni Association Members to a tailgate lunch in the Fink Cafeteria at noon. Seating will be available indoors and outdoors so plan to attend rain or shine. Admission is free for all current Alumni Association Members. Other guests may purchase $5.00 tickets, by contacting Mr. Earl Bright, III at 717-944-5454 or

Homecoming Game – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon War Memorial Field will be packed with past, present and future Raiders for the Middletown vs. Steelton Highspire game and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Queen at halftime.

Alumni Association Evening Events
Alumni Dinner – 5:00 p.m. at Middletown American Legion, 137 E. High Street, Middletown
Alumni Association Meeting – a brief meeting for association business, awards and recognitions will follow dinner.
Homecoming Court Recognition
Entertainment – 7:30 p.m. by Dan Steele, local DJ and radio personality
To reserve your spot for alumni events, please contact Mr. Earl Bright, III at 717-944-5454 or

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

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.


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