School Calendar Reminder

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

Generic POST BANNERMiddletown Area School District opens the 2014-2015 school year with a FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL. School will be in session Monday, August 25, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014.

All schools and offices will be CLOSED on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

Athletic Revision – Girls’ Soccer

August 22, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer vs. Donegal on Friday, August 29, 2014 will now be a HOME game at War Memorial Field. Game time: 4:00 p.m.

The Girls’ JV Soccer game vs. Donegal scheduled for Friday, August 29, 2014, HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


Open House

August 21, 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.

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

Kindergarten Open House

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

Open House POSTYour child’s first day in kindergarten will be an exciting and busy one for all of us. To ease this transitional period for your child, we have planned a Kindergarten Open House on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. You and your child are strongly urged to come and visit your child’s teacher and get acquainted with the classroom. Please plan to visit for about 15 minutes anytime within the scheduled timeframe. We kindly ask your cooperation in limiting your visit to 15 minutes in order for all children and their parents to have an opportunity to meet the teacher.

You should receive Back-to-School information in the mail during the week of August 11th. Inside the packet you will find your child’s building, teacher and room assignment.

Athletic Season Passes

August 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Seas Pass POST BANNERThe Blue Raiders would love the support of their friends, family and community for athletic competitions throughout the year. Middletown Area School District understands that this can be a financial burden for households with multiple athletes involved in various sports. To help make it possible for our fans to attend more events, MASD is offering Athletic Season Passes. Season Passes entitle the holder to attend any home athletic events sponsored by MASD held during the 2014-2015 school year. Passes will not be accepted at tournaments, play-off games, or championship competitions.

Price Packages:

1 Adult: $45
2 Adults: $80
1 High School Student: $25
1 Adult & 1 Student* (K-12): $60
1 Adult & 2 or more Students* (K-12): $80
2 Adults & 2 or More Students* (K-12): $115

2014-2015 Athletic Season Pass Applications are available at MAHS or can be found here. Completed applications should be submitted to:

Jeremy L. King
Director of Athletics
1155 North Union Street
Middletown, PA 17057

Halle Marion Named All State

August 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Marion.Halle COLLAGE

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

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.