Class of 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

May 21, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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John A. Ponnett III
Class of 2015 Valedictorian

Class of 2015 Valedictorian, John A. Ponnett III

John Ponnett III is the son of Stephanie Ponnett and John Ponnett, Jr. both of Middletown. John has been a four-year member of the High School Band Program, participating in the marching, concert, and jazz bands. John has furthered his passion for music as a two-year member of the PMEA District 7 Concert Band, a one-year member of the District 7 Jazz Band, and a four-year member of the Dauphin County High School Concert Band. He served as MAHS Band President during his senior year and earned the John Philip Sousa Band Award for his dedicated service to the program.

John is also active in Middletown Area High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, which he helped to found in 2013. Serving as President this year, Ponnett attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Hershey for the second consecutive year. As Treasurer of National Honor Society for the past two years, he has been proud to make the High School shine in Middletown through committed community service.

John also had the privilege of participating in the MAHS senior internship program. John was placed in the Dauphin County Tax Collections Office to work alongside of tax collector Janis Creason. Initially Ms. Creason was a bit hesitant to take on a high school student. But it didn’t take her long to realize she had been assigned a uniquely gifted and high-capacity student. After witnessing John’s capabilities, she assigned him the task of creating a Small Games of Chance primer. Several recent amendments to the Small Games of Chance law had necessitated the need for an at-a-glance primer so staff members and the public could keep track of the new regulations. John did such an excellent job of creating the primer that it is now being utilized by the District Attorney’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office and is posted on their websites for public use.

In the fall, John will be attending Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business as a member of the Schreyer Honors College. He intends to pursue a degree in either Finance or Management.

Joshua Robert AlcockClass of 2015 Salutatorian

Joshua Robert Alcock
Class of 2015 Salutatorian

Class of 2015, Joshua Robert Alcock

Joshua Alcock is the son of Robert and Paula Alcock of Middletown. Josh has been involved in many activities within and outside of the high school. He is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America Club, where he currently serves as Vice President. Josh is also a four-year member of the marching, jazz, concert and county bands, in addition to participating in multiple ensembles. Alcock is actively involved in his youth group at Camp Hill United Methodist.

Josh has been a very active athlete at MAHS. In the fall, he was part of the soccer team for all four years, and a member of the football team for the past two years. In the winter, he was a four year leadoff bowler for the Middletown bowling team where he finished several games with a perfect score of 300. In the spring, he was a member of the baseball team for all four years. Outside of school, Josh has played recreational soccer and baseball as well as playing legion baseball for one year. He also keeps busy by serving as a soccer referee.

In the fall, Josh will be attending Penn State University, University Park, where he plans to major in Finance. Josh hopes to be part of the PSU bowling team, and would also like to be a member of one of the Penn State pep bands.

School Calendar Reminder

May 21, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Generic POST BANNERAs communicated on the 2014-2015 District calendar, there will be NO SCHOOL on the following days.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Staff Development Day
NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day
NO SCHOOL – all District buildings will be closed.

MASD Night at the Senators!

May 20, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the Harrisburg Senators partnered with Middletown Area School District for a fundraiser night at the ballpark. Students were challenged to sell tickets to their friends and family, and for each ticket sold, $4.oo went directly to the school of the ticket buyer’s choice. The top three ticket sellers, John Ponnett, Alexis Fischer and Gabriella Jackson, had the privilege of throwing out a first pitch before the start of the game. John also received the honor of inviting 20 guests to enjoy a club suite with him and Alexis and her friends enjoyed a dugout suite!

Raider musicians were also a part of the festivities. Mr. Erich Schlicher and Mr. Sam Fisher led the Middle School and High School marching bands as they entertained fans with pre-game selections. A MAHS female select choir opened the game with their a cappella rendition of The National Anthem led by MAHS Chorale Director, Mr. Andrew Vensel. The Senators’ coaches and several other Senators staff members said that the girls’ performance was the BEST they’ve ever heard! During the 7th inning stretch, choral students from all five schools were led in “God Bless America” by music teacher, Mr. Michael Checco.

Throughout the game, Raider students were also selected to participate in a variety of activities. Staff and students followed Senators’ mascot, Rascal, in a parade around the field as the ball players warmed up. A future Raider attending with his big sister, declared “Play Ball” in a loud, authoritative voice that brought chuckles from the crowd. Fink Kindergartner, Isabella Hatt, was selected to participate in the animal contest and won the votes of the crowd for her pig noises. It kind of helped that she had quite a large blue and gold cheering section! Noah Jackson was chosen for the fly ball catch. Using a large fishing net, he was challenged to catch four flying t-shirts that were launched to him in the outfield. If he caught two, he would earn a prize. Noah stunned the crowd, as well as the Senators players who were warming up in the field, by catching ALL FOUR of the wadded up t-shirts! Noah just might make the watch-list for future Senators players!

A beautiful spring evening, the amazing coordination skills of Mrs. Michele Myers, the partnership with the Senators organization, and the support of the Raider community, combined to make the first MASD night at the ballpark a huge success! Thank you, Harrisburg Senators and Raiders community!

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District Attorney Ed Marsico Addresses Students About the Dangers of Sexting

May 19, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Dauphin County District Attorney, Ed Marsico, spoke to the students at Middletown Area Middle School and Middletown Area High School about the dangers of sexting. Mr. Marsico clearly defined sexting and several other technology based crimes such as cyber-bullying and cyber-harrassment. He gave examples of how once an individual hits “send” on any mobile device or computer, the content can never be erased even if the sender deletes it. The ability for recipients to save, take screenshots, forward messages and post information on social media instantly makes any content a permanent record. Students were warned to think carefully before sending or even taking inappropriate pictures. Even photos that have been deleted from devices can be located by computer experts. Mr. Marsico shared several real-life stories to illustrate the potential ramifications of sending inappropriate messages or photos. Consequences such as being fired from job, imprisonment, loss of reputation, unable to get a job again in the future, and even suicide are all very real outcomes that need to be considered when student think they are taking photos “just for fun.”

Mr. Marsico was an excellent communicator who kept the students engaged in this difficult content. He told several administrators that he was very impressed with the respect of the students at both MAMS and MAHS and commended them on their attention. Middletown Area School District is extremely grateful to has access to professionals who are willing to speak to our students and address these important topics.

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Dauphin County District Attorney

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Bailee Koncar Earns State Award

May 19, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Each year, the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) selects a graduating high school senior who has exhibited excellence in the area of world language. PSMLA members from across the state are eligible to nominate students from their senior class who have excelled in language studies.

Middletown Area High School is pleased to announce that out of all the nominees from the entire state of Pennsylvania, Bailee Koncar was selected as the 2015 recipient and has been named the 2015 Outstanding High School Graduating World Language Student. Bailee will receive a monetary award, a certificate of achievement, and a letter of recognition from PSMLA acknowledging her accomplishments. Bailee will also be granted a one-year membership to PSMLA.

Bailee plans to pursue her passion for world languages by majoring in International Business and Spanish at Penn State University, University Park.

May & June Happenings

May 18, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Reid Young Author’s Day

May 5, 2015
MAMS Choral Concert, 7:00 p.m.

May 6, 2015
Fink May Day
Reid A.C.E.S. Day
MAMS 5th Grade Orientation Students, 1:00 p.m.
MAMS 5th Grade Orientation Parents, 6:00 p.m.
MAHS Post Secondary Fair

May 7, 2015
Reid Fine Arts Fest
ESL Family Cultural Night, Reid LGI, 4:30 p.m.

May 8, 2015
Reid Plant Day
Kunkel May Day
Fink Reader’s Theater, 7:00 p.m.

May 11, 2015
NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.

May 12, 2015
MAMS Band Concert, 7:00 p.m.

May 13, 2015
Fink Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m.
Reid’s 500 Men Reading Event

May 13-27, 2015
Spring Wave Keystone Exams Testing Window

May 14, 2015
MAHS Choral Concert, 7:00 p.m.

May 15, 2015
Reid Field Day
Kunkel Field Day (K-2)

May 16, 2015
MAHS Prom

May 17, 2015
MAHS Band Banquet, 4:00 p.m.

May 18, 2015
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

May 19, 2015
Primary Election Day – NO SCHOOL for students – Staff Development
MASD Senators Night

May 21, 2015
Fink Career Day
Reid Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m.

May 22, 2015
Reid Career Day
Kunkel Field Day (Gr. 3-5)

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

May 26, 2015
Fink’s 500 Men Reading Event

May 28, 2015
Kunkel Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m.
MAHS Honors Night, 7:00 p.m.

May 29, 2015
Fink Field Day

May 31, 2015
MAHS Baccalaureate, 7:00 p.m.

June 1, 2015
Kunkel Career Day

June 2, 2015
MAMS Transfer, 7:00 p.m.

June 3, 2015
MAHS Commencement, 7:30 p.m.

June 4, 2015
Kunkel Awards Assembly (Gr. 3-5)
Sports Physicals, 6-9:00 p.m. at NEW LOCATION: Middletown Area HIGH School

June 5, 2015
Last Day for Students – EARLY DISMISSAL
End of 4th Marking Period

June 8, 2015
Last Day for Staff

June 22, 2015
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Signing Day – May 13, 2015

May 17, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, four Middletown Area High School athletes participated in Signing Day. Coaches, administrators, parents and family members gathered to support the athletes as they publicly announced their commitments to play a sport at the college of their choice. Congratulations to the following Blue Raiders and their families.

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Kyle Finsterbush
Soccer at Millersville University

Kyle Finsterbush, son of Edward Finsterbush of Middletown, has committed to play soccer at Millersville University. Kyle played soccer and baseball all four years of high school and was also a member of Link Crew during his senior year. During both his junior and senior years he was selected as a First Team Mid Penn All Star in the sport of soccer. Kyle plans to major in Sports Management at MU.

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Harry Kapenstein
Tennis at PSU Harrisburg

Harry Kapenstein, son of Larry and Mari Anne of Middletown, plans to attend Penn State Harrisburg to play tennis and major in Business Management. Kapenstein played soccer, basketball, and tennis during all four of his years at MAHS and has chosen to continue playing tennis at PSU. During his high school career, Harry has been an honor roll student and was chosen for the 2nd team All Division Soccer. Under the coaching of Ms. Lynn Miller, Kapenstein was a district qualifier in doubles tennis his junior year and qualified for singles in his senior year. He ended his MAHS tennis career by advancing to quarter finals in district doubles.

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Morgan Taylor Light
Cheerleading at Penn State Altoona

Morgan Taylor Light, daughter of Charles Light and Patricia Hart, is headed to Penn State Altoona where she will lead PSU fans to route for the Nittany Lions as a member of the cheerleading squad. During her years at MAHS she has participated in cheerleading, Mini-Thon and chorus. Morgan plans to major in Elementary Education at PSU because of her love for kids.

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Jeyliane Rivera
Basketball at York College

Jeyliane Rivera, daughter of Arlene Quinones and Luis Roman, will head to York College to play basketball in the fall. Jey loves sports and plans to major in Sports Management so she can spend her life in the field of sports. During her years at MAHS, Jey has participated in basketball, track and Mini-thon. As a junior, Jey was selected as a First Team Mid Penn All Star and was a member of the Mid Penn Capital Division Championship team. As a senior, she was chosen as a member of the Honorable Mention All Star Team.

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MASD School Alert

May 12, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the School Resource Officer of Middletown Area School District received information from Susquehanna Township Police indicating a potential threat to the safety of all schools in the region. All MASD buildings were placed in Restricted Movement for a period of approximately ten minutes while police and District personnel confirmed that there was no threat at any of our five school buildings. The Restricted Movement action has been lifted and all activities are resuming as normal.

MAHS Hosts First Junior Achievement of Central PA STEM Summit

May 6, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Alumni Spotlight – Justin Bruce

May 6, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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Mr. Justin Bruce ~ Class of 2003

Middletown Area High School history teacher, Mr. Scott Pettis, has been impacting the lives of high school students for many, many years. In the early 2000s, MAHS student Justin Bruce was a one of those lives. As a troubled youth, Justin was searching for meaning and purpose. Mr. Pettis saw the need and began investing in his life. By the time Justin graduated in 2003, he had a clearer direction about his future and as a result graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007 and is now following his passion as a digital video editor at NBCUniversal in Los Angeles.

The friendship between Mr. Pettis and Mr. Bruce has lasted over the years. When Mr. Pettis heard Justin would be coming home to Middletown for a visit, he asked Justin to speak to his students about his unique journey from high school to college to career. Mr. Bruce’s words to the students were meaningful and powerful as he shared the following lessons he learned through his personal experiences.

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  • Debt: do everything you can to prevent a large college debt. Don’t be afraid of choosing a college with lower tuition so when you start your career you aren’t under the stress that comes along with the restraint of finances.
  • Do what you love: pick a career that you’d be willing to do for 80,000 hours. When you find the right career, it doesn’t feel like work.
  • Pick a broad career choice: it will be easier to find a job if you select a career that is in high demand such as teaching, medical, computer science, construction, etc.
  • Make wise social choices: avoiding drugs, alcohol, and sex will enable you to concentrate on classes and thus have greater success. Many students ruin their chances at a successful future by caving to social temptations.
  • Deal with emotional issues early: be willing to get therapy for depression, anger issues, family situations, etc as quickly as possible or they will just add to your stress in college.
  • Network: launch casual conversations, be friendly and charismatic, ask personal questions to get to know others, show you care, be kind, send hand written notes of thanks when someone takes the time to invest in you.

Justin’s time with Mr. Pettis’s students was extremely valuable for everyone involved. As a small way to give back to MAHS, Justin had these words of thanks to the MAHS teachers who invested in his life.

“When I was in high school, my parents were going through a bitter divorce, and I was really floundering. I had tons of alcoholism and addiction in my gene pool, so I could have gone down a much different road. I was really in need of some guidance, and three faculty members swooped in like eagles and gave me a stunning amount of direction. They were Scott Pettis, Bill Stoffel, and counselor Mike Thompson. All three changed my life in a mammoth way. They took a soggy piece of clay and sculpted me into a statue. Scott Pettis woke me up and gave me the hunger to pursue a fulfilling career. He lit a fire in my stomach and armed me with the tools to go after what I wanted out of life. He gave me hope when I was in a bleak situation. Mr. Pettis went far, far beyond the duties of a history teacher. Without him, I would not be living in Los Angeles, and I would not be working at NBCUniversal — there’s no doubt in my mind. Mike Thompson did the same; he was a father figure, and armed me with the skills to be both a hard worker and a better man. He provided me with counseling, support, life advice, and he built my confidence. He paved the way for me to get through Berklee College of Music. I am forever indebted to him. Bill Stoffel taught me honesty, compassion, and he strengthened my relationship with Christ. Bill is an amazing human being and he’s built me into a better man. I went on to attend what many would consider a prestigious college, and I studied with Grammy award winning musicians and people who had gold records under their belts. To this day, all three of these teachers are far and away the best I’ve ever studied with. They have an edge over any of the professors I’ve had. I think that in regards to teaching, the goal is to positively influence others; to pass along values and to change lives. I am enormously appreciative of what these guys did for me. Middletown Area High School did everything for me, just as Scott, Mike, and Bill did everything for me. When I am allowed to go back into class and speak to the students, it is a wonderful and humbling experience. It allows me to give back in a tiny way.

“The advice I would give to current students is this: life will throw many bricks walls at you. Utilize the tools that your teachers arm you with, and go out and get into the rewarding careers that will allow you to make a difference in society. Capture your bliss. Never stop working, never stop going after what your heart desires. ‘Synergy’ is defined as creation of a whole that is much greater than its individual parts. Your teachers are coming together as one to mold you into something greater. Utilize your synergy and get everything you can out of life.”

2015-2016 Sports Physical Information

May 5, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Information regarding required Sports Physicals for 2015-2016 MAMS and MAHS athletes has been released. Details can be found on the Sports Physical Page.

2014-2015 Outstanding Students of the Year

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

MASD Out Group 2015

Each spring, staff members at Fink, Kunkel, and Reid select two fifth grade students from each school and Middletown Area Middle School staff members select two eight grade students to be given the distinguished honor of Outstanding Student of the Year. Students who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character are chosen for this honor.

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Middletown Area School District is proud to congratulate the recipients of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Student of the Year award. At the School Board Meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015, school principals, Mr. Tom Shaffer, Dr. Chelton Hunter, Mr. Earl Bright and Mr. Kevin Cook, presented this year’s honorees to the School Board. A video introducing the students and their accomplishments was shared with those in attendance and can be viewed by clicking on the photo to the right.

Congratulations to these outstanding students for achieving this honor. We look forward to hearing more about their accomplishments as they enter Middletown Area Middle School and Middletown Area High School.

Madison Zettlemoyer, Fink Elementary

Madison Zettlemoyer, daughter of Morris and Rosanna Zettlemoyer of Middletown, entered Fink Elementary as a kindergartener. Her favorite subjects are math and reading and she likes school because she gets to learn new things and see her friends. During her years at Fink, Madison has participated in chorus, band, Readers’ Theater, Word Masters, Why Try, and book buddies with second grade. Beyond school, Madison is very involved in cheerleading. She participates in cheerleading at Seven Sorrows and competes with Capital Area Extreme Cheerleading on the youth and senior squads. Madison’s teachers say that in addition to being an excellent academic student, Madison is deserving of this honor because she participates in class, displays a positive attitude, and leads by example. Those who are closest to Madison describe her as loving, caring, compassionate, a joy to be around, and always making you smile.

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Dylan Ruiz, Fink Elementary

Dylan Ruiz, son of David Ruiz of Dallastown and Angela Ruiz of Middletown, began his journey at Fink Elementary in first grade. Dylan likes math and writing and loves being in Mr. Corney’s class! Dylan likes to be challenged in his learning and he enjoys helping students who are struggling. Dylan is very caring and loves helping others in need. As a student at Fink, Dylan has participated in chorus, band, Continental Math League, and Word Masters. Dylan’s teachers describe him as a friendly, outgoing student whose sense of humor brings joy to those around him. He follows directions, willingly participates in activities and discussions, and always displays good sportsmanship and teamwork. Dylan is great at mechanics and enjoys figuring out computers, phones and all kinds of electronics. Outside of school, Dylan plays basketball at Olmsted Rec and attends Garden Chapel. Dylan excels at sports, loves to be competitive, pushes himself to be the best he can be at everything he does, and exhibits a great attitude all along the way.

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Sara Dintiman, Kunkel Elementary

Sara Dintiman, daughter of Paul and Amy Dintiman of Middletown, entered Kunkel Elementary in kindergarten. Sara enjoys being with her friends at school and learning new things. In her years at Kunkel she has participated in Word Masters, Continental Math League, African Drum Ensemble, chorus and band. Sara’s friends and family would describe her as someone who is very kind to others, loves to read, and is good at math. Sara’s kindness is exhibited in the way she helps others at the school store and tutors students in younger grades. And it is no surprise that she’s good at math since it is her favorite subject. Sara’s teachers describe her as always eager to help, kind to those around her, a great role model for her peers, and respectful to her teachers. In her free time, Sara plays soccer and softball and is a huge Pittsburgh fan. She also enjoys spending time at her family’s cabin at Raystown Lake.

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Nathaniel Kinsey, Kunkel Elementary

Nathaniel Kinsey, son of Brad and Jennifer Kinsey, has spent all six of his elementary years at Kunkel. His favorite part of school has been learning from all of the great teachers he has had over the years. Nate has participated in Word Masters and Continental Math League. Nate loves Math and Social Studies but his real passion is sports. In fact, if he was asked to teach any class at Kunkel he would choose Phys Ed because he likes to stay active and healthy. His friends would describe him as athletic, smart and great at school. Nate currently plays travel hockey for the Palmyra Black Knights and proves his love for baseball by participating on three local teams: Middletown Mudcats, Lower Swatara, and Central Penn Renegades.

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Julianna “Jules” McGlone, Reid Elementary

Julianna McGlone, daughter of Brendan and Jenna McGlone, has been a student at Reid since kindergarten. Jules enjoys math because she likes numbers because they are used everywhere. But if Jules could teach a subject at school she would choose science because she likes helping her classmates with experiments. Her desire for helping others is a quality that has been admired by her teachers. Jules’ caring nature is evidence by the way she is always willing to help her classmates succeed in any way that she can. She reads a peer’s concern or struggle and offers to help. Jules’ teachers also note that she is a natural leader who goes above and beyond and exudes an amazingly positive attitude in everything she does. Jules has been involved in chorus, African Drumming ensemble, Reid Ringers, Word Masters and Continental Math League. Outside of school Jules participates in volleyball, soccer, track, and basketball. In her free time Jules enjoys arts and crafts, shopping, and hanging out with her friends.

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Benjamin M. Rine, Reid Elementary

Benjamin Rine, son of David and Melissa Rine of Middletown, has been at Reid Elementary for his entire school career. Ben loves to learn about Math because he likes to solve problems, and do fun activities that use numbers. Ben also enjoys Science because he likes to do experiments and find out the results. If Ben could teach a subject at Reid he’d pick reading because he’s good at it. But what Ben likes best about school is his awesome teachers at Reid because they make learning fun and enjoyable. At Reid Ben has been involved in chorus, band, Reid Ringers, Math 24, African Drumming Ensemble, Continental Math League and Word Masters. Ben is a leader with an excellent work ethic, is energized by challenges, and is highly motivated to solve them. Outside of school Ben participates in Boy Scouts of America which has taught him about camping, citizenship, and sports such as football and baseball. Ben enjoys math, hiking, backpacking, and doing magic to entertain his friends and family. Ben exhibits outstanding citizenship by helping others and being a positive role model in the school and in his community.

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Aayushi Patel, Middletown Area Middle School

Aayushi Patel, daughter of Piyushkumar and Dimpleben Patel of Middletown, has been a very active student in her three years at MAMS. Aayushi has participated in marching band, concert band, chorus, PA Young Readers, Club Ophelia, Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair, Penn State Quizbowl, Word Masters, Youth and Government, Science Olympiad, Yearbook, Math Club and National Junior Honor Society where she currently serves as Historian. Aayushi loves math and science because she has the ability to comprehend new concepts and solve problems quickly. But not only does Aayushi excel in academics and activities, she is also known as kind and caring to all those around her.

Aayushi’s teachers confirmed that she is deserving of this honor. “Aayushi Patel is an awesome and dedicated student,” says Mrs. Alison Chambers. “In class, she strives for excellence in all that she does. Aayushi is a self-starter and a go-getter. She was also an indispensable part of this year’s Yearbook Staff. Aaysuhi focuses on her education, but she also remembers to focus on others as well.” Mr. Trevor Davis, MAMS Teacher of the Gifted, also spoke highly of Aayushi: “One of the things that makes Aayushi stand out is her pursuit to learn and know more about the world around her. Aayushi sees the ‘big picture’ of education in life as she is always seeking intellectual challenges. As a participant in a variety of activities, Aayushi’s commitment to learning and her inquisitiveness will take her far!” When Aayushi enters high school she is looking forward to participating in Key Club, Mini-Thon, and the National Honor Society.

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Aiden Matthew Sessa, Middletown Area Middle School

Aiden Sessa, son of Matthew and Jodi Sessa of Middletown, appreciates the wide variety of activities the Middle School offers its students. In his three years at MAMS, Aiden has participated in soccer, cross country, Science Olympiad, Future Cities, band, National Junior Honors Society, and Peer Helpers. His favorite subjects are math and science and he also excels at writing. When he’s not at MAMS, Aiden is involved in travel soccer and Seven Sorrows Track.

Miss Megan Dubbs spoke highly of Aiden’s performance as a middle school student. “Aiden is a pleasure to have in class. He enters the classroom smiling and ready for class everyday. He is a hard worker and gets along well with his peers. He is always willing to help others or assist his teachers as needed. Aiden is always positive, completes his work on time, and is highly respect by his peers.” At Middletown Area High School, Aiden would like to be involved in the National Honor Society, soccer, track, Student Council, and Future Business Leaders of America.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

April 27, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Teacher App  FBThe Middletown Area School District extends its gratitude and appreciation for the teachers of the District by designating May 4-8, 2015 as Teacher Appreciation Week. We are grateful for the dedicated service of our teachers and for their commitment to the education of our students. Parents and community members are encouraged to express their gratitude for the teachers of MASD in tangible and uplifting ways throughout the week.

Students Serve at Local Food Bank

April 26, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Several Middletown Area High School Special Education students serve their community weekly by volunteering at the Central PA Food Bank. As seen in the photos below, students work together to bag, weigh, seal, label, and box up bags of pretzels. Other students routinely assemble boxes so that the boxes are ready to be filled with food items for distribution to families in need. As new tasks arise, the high schoolers are trained to assist with the production. The service opportunity develops skills such as social interaction with other volunteers, following directions, respecting authority, and provides the satisfaction of being useful and productive while serving others. And it doesn’t hurt that the students have a blast hanging out together and get to snack on a few pretzels now and then!

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Students Beautify Campuses for Earth Day

April 25, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

0 Earth Day Main photoOn Wednesday, April 22, 2015, several Middletown Area High School students assisted the Operations Department with spring planting and mulching as part of National Earth Day. Students weeded and planted flowers in the flowerbeds at several schools to create an inviting welcome for visitors.

A huge thank you goes out to the participating students for getting their hands dirty to beautify our schools!

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