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Student Art Selected by Whitaker Center

September 29, 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.”

Homecoming – October 25, 2014

September 22, 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

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.

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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


Seniors Prepare for the Future

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

Dual Enrollment

Middletown Area High School partners with seven area post-secondary institutions to provide students the opportunity to gain high school and college credit. In the fall of 2014, five seniors have chosen to participate in Dual Enrollment and are taking college courses at Penn State Harrisburg.

Dual Enrollment CROP

Pictured left to right: Rachael Rusnov, Geography of International Affairs; Lauren Eppley, Consumer Choices in Health Care; Natalie Souder, Level One Chinese A; Christina Brinton, Consumer Choices in Health Care; Kaitlyn Kellogg, The Arts

Senior Interns

The senior internship program is designed to provide qualified seniors an opportunity to explore the various careers within their chosen pathway. Students attend school for four or more periods then spend the remainder of their day at their mentoring site. Students obtain mentor site placements which enable them to acquire meaningful career related experiences in an atmosphere conducive to learning. Internships are real-world experiences which are tailored to meet the needs of the students and the mentor site placements.

Interns CROP

2014 Senior Interns
Matt Anthony
Michaila Brady
*Alexa Bright
Christina Brinton
Karlee Deibler
Mikala Dworchak
Lauren Eppley
Caitlin Feltenberger
Jordan Flowers
Zac Gates
Bailey Gojmerac
*Alexis Hile
Kim Hoover
Jessica Horesky
Dagen Hughes
Sofiyah Ibidunni
Kaitlyn Kellogg
*Madison Lewis
Morgan Light
Mackenzie Lombardi
Halle Marion
Zach Myers
Nate Ocker
John Ponnett
Aaron Ravitz
*Kianni Rhodes
Madison Rios
Scott Shaffer
Camryn Shank
Zack Sims
*Julia Trout
*Nurse Aide Trainees
Mentor Sites
Best Authentics
Big 33
Dauphin County Controller’s Office
Dauphin County Treasurer’s Office
Discovery Kids
Drayer Physical Therapy
Harrisburg Heat
The Hetrick Center
Joint State Government Commission
Kunkel Elementary School
MAHS – MDS/Adaptive Phys Ed
MAHS – Office/Athletic Department
MASD – Athletic Training Department
MASD – Finance Department
MASD – Technology Department
Middletown Area Middle School
PinnacleHealth Community General Hospital
Reid Elementary School

Picture Day

September 10, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

MAHS POST BANNStock up on hair gel!
Heat up the hair straighteners!
Iron your jeans!
Floss those pearly whites!

Thursday, September 18, 2014 is Picture Day at MAHS.
Order forms are available at the office.

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

Meet the Raiders

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

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A Letter From Your Principal

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

Letter from Princ POST BANNDear Students:

It is with great PRIDE that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. I hope this school year provides you with great success and challenges you academically so you are better prepared for life. Middletown has a rich history of great PRIDE with high expectations of its students. My challenge to you is to meet the expectations and make your school and community a place that makes us all proud. Our staff has worked diligently preparing for the school year and are ready to work with and challenge you. I urge you to find an organization, club, sports team, or performing arts team group to join. This will help you be more successful in the classroom and life, as well as, surround you with others of like interests and common goals. If you need assistance throughout the school year make sure you are proactive and see a staff member to help you. Step up to the challenge and show your Blue Raider PRIDE!  Pride is what you do when no one is watching you.

Michael Carnes Principal Middletown Area High School
Work Phone: 717-948-3333
Categories: High School, Principals
Updated 2 months ago.

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

Ocker to Pitch in BIG 26 Baseball Classic

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

Nathan Ocker, Class of 2015, has been selected to participate in the 3rd annual Big 26 Baseball Classic at Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg. The Raider pitcher was also named a Mid Penn All Star and the Keystone All Conference C0-MVP for the 2014 baseball season. For more details and information about the three game series, see the PennLive article here.

Friday, July 18, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 1:35 p.m.

Class of 2014 Commencement

June 8, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Middletown Area School District celebrated the graduation of the Middletown Area High School Class of 2014. The 135th Commencement Ceremony was held at The Forum in Harrisburg.

Commencement Speaker: The Honorable James M. Zugay, MAHS Class of 1985
Valedictorian: Matthew Cowan
Salutatorian: Megan Martz

Class of 2014 Commencement Program
Class of 2014 Honor Awards


June 2, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to the start of construction for the new Middletown Area High School, the following changes on the MAHS campus are underway:

  • Monday, June 2, 2014: the tennis courts at MAHS have been closed until further notice.
  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014: installation of construction fencing will begin on the current MAHS campus.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014: PRIDE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. There will be no access to Reid Elementary School and Middletown Area Middle School from the high school parking lot. Drivers traveling from MAHS to Reid and/or MAMS must utilize Union Street and Oberlin Road.

Class of 2014 Honor Awards

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

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, staff and family members celebrated the achievements of MAHS seniors at the annual MAHS Honors Night. Mr. Michael Carnes, MAHS Principal, recognized Matthew Cowan as the 2014 Valedictorian and Megan Martz as the 2014 Salutatorian. Over $53,000 in scholarships were awarded to the deserving seniors listed below. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for representing Middletown Area School District with Raider pride and excellence!

Scholarship Recipient(s) Amount
American Legion Americanism Award Mary Collins, Andrew Rowe
Bill & Betty Fox Scholarship Matthew Cowan $10,000
Class 1948 Academic Scholarship John Carberry $2,500
Class of ’58 Pathways to Pride Scholarship – Human Services Ashley Royer $500.58
Class of 1949 Harold Hummel Memorial Award Ryan Popp $250
Denise Frisbee Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $500
Donald C. Conrad Memorial Scholarship Alyssa Stone $150
E.E. Jerry Brooks Awards David Brinton, Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Edward E. Brunner Memorial Scholarship Victoria White $1,750
Edward Tennis Memorial Scholarship Allison Shipkowski $500
Elizabeth G. Alesick Scholarship David Brinton $500
Foundation for Enhancing Communities Johnessa Mummert $500
G. W. Feaser Scholarship Arlo Antle $500
George Lenker Football Award Joshua Matincheck $100
H.K. Alwine Award Calie Dozier $150
Hall Foundation Scholarship Elizabeth Young $2,000
Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award Ava Mrakovich
Ida Prouser Orstein/B’nai Jacob Synagogue Scholarship Jessica Shipkowski $500
John  C. Kunkel Elementary PTO Scholarship Kirsten German, Courtney O’Hara $500 each
Karen R. Kasper Performing Arts Scholarship Joshua Nieves-Hurley $2,000
Kiwanis Club Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $1,200
Lower Swatara Lions Club Sophomore Award Samantha Altland, Michael Osayi $100 each
Mel Fager Senior Award Alexis Butler, Ashley Leister, Joshua Matinchek, Elizabeth McDevitt, Brynne Schlicher $400 each
Mid-Penn Bank Best Attendance Award Cody Lutz $500
Middletown Alumni Association 2-4 Yr School Scholarship Megan Martz, Janelle Sheaffer, Victoria White $2500 each
Middletown Area Education Association Scholarship Emily Wilsbach $500
Middletown Cheerleading Booster Club Mackenzie Keefer $250
Middletown Scholar Athlete Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Middletown Three Season Athletes Seth Babil, Dylan Danilowicz, Nicholas Drawbaugh, Melvin Fager, III, Michaela Shaver, Levi Varner
Nutrition, Inc. Kelly Templeton $1,000
One for the Kids Tiahara Adderley, Brooke Gates, Todd Houser, Alexander Mosher $600 each
Phoenix Contact Big 33 Ivan Hernandez, Jessica Shipkowski $1,000 each
PIAA District III Sportsmanship Award – Fackler/Hower Brynne Schlicher, Jeremy Shaver
R. James Kleinfelter Chemistry Award Tyler Hughes $500
Raider Club Honorary Football Scholarship Nicholas Drawbaugh, Aaron Gray, Christopher Holloman, Cody Lutz, Jeremy Shaver, Levi Varner $400 each
Robert Reid Elementary School PTO Scholarship Victoria White $500
Run for Joe – PRIDE Scholarship Nathan Reese $500
Ruth Coble Scholarship Drice Bahajak $306.82
Ruth L. Graham Award John Carberry $250
Service Above Self Rotary Award Jeremy Shaver $1,000
Steven Kuhn Pin N Win Zachari Ulerick
Ted Essex Memorial Award Kirsten German $500
U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award Melvin Fager, III
U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award Matthew Cowan
U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award John Carberry
U.S. Navy Inspirational Leadership Certificate Elizabeth Young
U.S. Navy Outstanding Athlete Certificate Jeremy Shaver
U.S. Navy Outstanding Scholar Certificate Tyler Hughes
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Jeremy Shaver
William & Wyllis Leonard Scholarship Megan Martz $4,000
Woodman of the World Award John Ponnett
Work Experience Scholarship Brendan Leahy, Megha Patel $1,200 each
Recognition of Scholarships from Colleges & Other Organizations Recipient Amount
Drexel University, AJ Drexel Scholarship, Drexel Endowed Scholarship and Drexel Dragon Scholarship Hope Dehnert
Findlay University, UF Trustees’ Scholarship Megan Martz $16,000
Full Sail University, Creative Minds Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $22,000
Gettysburg College, 1832 Founders Scholar Annual Award Katelyn Carnes $7,000
Lycoming College, Lycoming Grant and Lycoming Third Century Scholar Award Victoria White $26,300
Messiah College, Provost’s Scholarship Aaron Gray $11,500/year
Saint Michael’s College, Dean’s Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $23,200
2013- 2014 Students of the Month
October – Christopher Holloman and Megan Martz
November – John Carberry and Megha Patel
December – Pablo Orellana and Jessica Shipkowski
January – Matthew Cowan and Brynne Schlicher
February – Nicholas Drawbaugh and Megan Cobaugh
March – Alexander Mosher and Allison Shipkowski
April – Jeremy Shaver and Courtney O’Hara
May – Arlo Antle and Kirsten German

School Calendar

May 27, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

As the final days of the 2013-2014 school year approach, Middletown Area School District will be celebrating the following events.

Free Summer Lunch Program

May 23, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free lunches will be provided rain or shine, Monday through Friday, to all children ages 18 and under. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunches will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School and Fink Elementary School on the following dates.

June 10 – August 1, 2014
Middletown Area Middle School Cafeteria

June 10 – August 8, 2014
Fink Elementary School @ War Memorial Field concession stand

No need to register or sign up!
Just show up and join your friends for a nutritious lunch!

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