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January 2017 Volume 11

Issue 3 2014 Toledo Regional Gold Medal Winner

A Publication for the Parents, Students, Staff and Community of Maumee High School

From the Principal’s Desk Administration Matthew Dick Principal

Scott Perrotte Assistant Principal

Matt Szyndler Athletic Director/ Activities Coordinator

Gretchen Brown Dean of Students

“Paid for by Friends of the Maumee Schools”

Dear Panther Families, Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over, and we are well into the second trimester already. It is a busy time of the year, and many activities and events are on the calendar for the next few months. Communication is key and we want parents to stay informed about what is going on at Maumee High School. We make extensive use of the school messenger email/voice mail system. If you are not receiving our notices, please check the information entered into the Power School parent portal and make sure that your email address and phone number is current. Things are happening in the guidance office as well. By the time you receive this newsletter, we will already be working with next year’s student body preparing their 2017-18 schedules. In addition, seniors should be aware of the scholarship opportunities that are listed on the bulletin board outside the guidance office. This list is also available on the Maumee High School website under Guidance - Scholarship Search. The staff at MHS is poring through student data to assess our curricular programming as it pertains to the new state definition of “college readiness”. Parents of all sophomores have received the PSAT scores for their students that included a college readiness indicator. Curriculum and student course selection decisions will be made based on data such as this. Maumee High School is committed to our Model School initiative and teachers are actively working to increase classroom rigor and academic expectations. These priorities, of course, will translate to students who will be expected to do far more for the grades that they earn. Higher levels of knowledge, advanced skills, increased homework demands, the expectation of cognitive retention and more sophisticated produce outcomes all serve to provide the students a rigorous college-ready program. As I have said a number of times, our students are successful at Maumee High School because of the support of our parents and community, our association with the Maumee business community and an excellent teaching staff that is willing to implement cutting-edge research-based practices. With new courses in areas such a robotics and MakerSpace fabrication labs, Maumee HIgh School is poised to prepare your student for life beyond graduation. Please feel free to contact any of our offices with any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss. A problem not identified is a problem we can’t address. Sincerely, Mr. Matthew Dick Principal

State of Ohio “EXCELLENT”

Rated High School for School Years: 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to

2 Panther P.R.I.D.E. Nominees Panther Pride • Maumee High School 1147 Saco Street, Maumee, OH 43537 January 2017 • Issue 3 Published 5 times per year

Each month the administration at Maumee High School recognizes students nominated by faculty and staff for their overall contributions to the Maumee High School Community. MHS faculty members nominate students for the Panther P.R.I.D.E. Award. This award is for students who exhibit Perseverance, Respect, Initiative, Duty, and Enterprise.

October 2016 Order Yearbooks Today! Only one book will capture this year’s incredible events and experiences— YOUR YEARBOOK. It’s the only place to find the friends, fashion, fun, favorite teachers, classes, games, music, art, dances, and everything in-between. By now, you should have received two mailings at your home from Jostens, our yearbook publisher. The third and final mailing will be sent out in April. This information details the price of the book, the ordering deadline and information on any other yearbook items that are available. If you did not receive this information, just visit the Jostens website: It’s an easy and convenient way to purchase your yearbook. Students can also see Mrs. Reese in room 113 for information. The current price for a yearbook is $67.50. Prices go up to $70 in mid-April.

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(L to R) Cam Pauken, Maggie McHugh, Luke Armstrong, Greg johnson, Cassiddi Kwiatkowski, Nash Beaman, Shayne Keil, Tyler Welter

December 2016

(L to R): Maddy Chirico, Tyler Franklin, Sean Wilson, Michael McCarthy, Shad Lather, Lich Do, Corrina Wolfe, Konner Byers

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3 Maumee City Schools Presents: Growing Up in 2017 - A Community Conversation Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Performing Arts Center @ Maumee High School This presentation is for parents and students in 6th – 12th grade. The purpose is to provide a baseline of information surrounding the topics of: social-emotional needs of teens/pre-teens & resources, drug & alcohol use/abuse, as well as safe and positive uses of online resources – plus potential dangers of online gaming & apps. The format for the evening will be brief presentations on all three topics, followed by breakout sessions so that parents/students may select the two topics they most want to dig deeper into with experts. Experts will discuss topics in three main areas: • Social & Emotional Issues teens and preteens face today • Technology Temptations – dangers parents may not even be aware exist • Drugs & Alcohol – from street drugs to prescription medication abuse

2017 8th Grade Open House Coming Soon! On February 1st 2017, the staff at MHS is inviting all 8th grade students and parents who reside within the Maumee City Schools boundaries to visit our open house. At 7:00 pm, parents will receive information in the PAC and then will be released to tour our building facilities, meet staff, investigate academic programs, visit makerspaces, and club/sports/activities. For the first time this year, the high school students have requested that they conduct a separate presentation and tour for the 8th grade students. The students will assemble in the main gym at 7:00 pm. When the evening draws to a close at 8:30 pm, the 8th grade students will be the first to receive their personalized registration information and MHS 17-18 course newspaper. We are very excited to welcome the Panther Family Class of 2021!

Student of the Month October 2016

From the group of Panther P.R.I.D.E. Nominees, one student is chosen as the Student of the Month. Cassiddi Kwiatkowski, a sophomore, was selected from the Panther P.R.I.D.E. nominees as the October Student of the Month at Maumee High School. Cassiddi was nominated by her Social Studies teacher, Mr. Brian Buck, for her outstanding effort and leadership by example.

Four MHS Musicians Selected for BGSU’s Reading Clinic Four MHS students will be participating in the BGSU New Music Reading Clinic on Jan 19-21, 2017. These students were selected from applicants from across Ohio. The Reading Clinic focuses on sight reading new music in the band repertoire. Students will need to audition for BGSU music professors and will then be placed in several groups. After working all weekend, they will perform in a final concert in BGSU’s Kobacher Hall. Students accepted include: Savannah Hinde (French horn), Greg Johnson (tuba), Shelby Dolley (clarinet) and William East (percussion).

Cassiddi Kwiatkowski

December 2016

From the group of Panther P.R.I.D.E. Nominees, one student is chosen as the Student of the Month. Lich Do, a senior, was selected from the Panther P.R.I.D.E. nominees as the December Student of the Month at Maumee High School. Lich was nominated by Social Studies Teacher/PAC Manager Mrs. Jamie Naragon and Principal Matt Dick for his volunteerism both within MHS as well as the greater Maumee Community.

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November I.M.P.A.C.T. Award Winners

(from L to R) Terri Mortemore, Steve Kikolski, Jamie Naragon, Carrie Durand, Robert Dryfuse, Amy Gorman, Jené Drage (not pictured: Maria Herman)

December I.M.P.A.C.T. Award Winners

MHS Faculty Members Recognized The Maumee DECA Chapter has been working on a project in conjunction with the Maumee HIgh School administration with the goal of bringing together School Staff, Administration, and Community through Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. The most recent development in the implementation of the P.B.I.S. has been the creation of the Maumee High School Faculty I.M.P.A.C.T. Award. This award was created with the intention of giving the MHS student body an opportunity to recognize and thank those teachers who make a lasting and meaningful impact in students’ daily lives. The I.M.P.A.C.T. award was developed to salute those faculty members who are Inspiring, Meaningful, Patient, And, Caring Teachers.

(from L to R) Julie Johnson, Wasim Hawary, and Todd Ery

Maumee Students to Participate in German Exchange Program Two Maumee German 2 students will be participating in the Friendship Connection’s exchange program with Germany. Both Emma Bonnicksen and Trish Scott will host a student from Germany from late March until late April. Then, in the summer, Trish and Emma will travel to Germany and remain with their partners from June 14-July 12. This is not Trish’s first time hosting. Last school year, Trish’s family hosted a student named Carla, whom Trish plans to visit during this summer abroad. Because of that, Trish has the opportunity to extend her stay 2-4 weeks longer in order to spend time with both of her exchange partners. We wish them lots of fun building these international friendships and having the opportunity to travel abroad. Schöne Reise!!

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5 Ad Placement Maumee High School Science Teacher Works with NASA More than 50 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) will be attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), running from January 3 through January 7 in Grapevine, Texas. For over a decade now, NITARP has partnered small groups of educators with a research astronomer for original, year-long, authentic research projects. At the AAS meeting, the educators from the 2016 class, along with some of their students, are presenting the results of their work over the past year. Meanwhile, the educators from the 2017 class are meeting their teams and getting started on their own projects. In addition, seven self-funded NITARP teacher alumni are also returning to AAS to network and showcase projects they have done after being intensively involved in the program. From NITARP’s early years through the 2017 class, a total of 103 educators from 34 states have participated or will participate. NITARP works with educators because, through them, NITARP reaches thousands of students per year with information about how science really works, what NASA does, and the wealth of astronomy data that is freely available to the public. 2017 team working with Dr. Luisa Rebull (IPAC): • Thomas Rutherford (Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, TN) – mentor teacher for the team • Sam Evans (Maumee High School, Maumee, OH) • Olivia Stalnaker (Lake Dallas Middle School, Lake Dallas, TX) • John Taylor (Elkhart Memorial High School, Elkhart, IN) They will present their results, with their students, at the 2018 AAS winter meeting to be held in National Harbor, MD. IPAC, based at Caltech, in Pasadena, CA, is leading this program. These teams use archival data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (part of the Spitzer Heritage Archive, SHA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), all of which are based at IPAC, and other NASA archive holdings. Funding comes from the NASA Astrophysics Data Program.

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Megan Coyle-Stamos

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The Maumee High School Panther Pride Foundation is looking to educate today’s students as well as past Alumni about the Foundation and its specific goals. The foundation provides a vehicle to provide for today’s student and future generations. The Panther Pride Foundation, which was created in 2016, is guided by six goals: 1. Ensure Maumee High School has the resources needed to educate the whole student. 2. Inspire a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to serving the community. 3. Stay competitive with other high schools in order to attract families to the community. 4. Put our best face forward. 5. Support local property values and quality of life. 6. Provide an opportunity to give back. To learn more about the Foundation, visit our website: or contact Sarah Otis-Director ( MHS ‘78), at

Consider Nominating a Teacher/Coach/Advisor for a 2017 Golden Apple Award This would be a teacher/coach/advisor who has gone above and beyond for you or your school or has made a lasting impact in your life or the lives of other students. Each year the Maumee Chamber of Commerce holds a Hometown Heroes Banquet and honors teachers and community members who have made a difference in the lives of others. Nomination deadline is January 27. Forms are in the main office of each Maumee school building and on the Maumee City Schools facebook page. Winners and nominators are invited to the banquet which will be held on March 2 at the Pinnacle in Maumee’s Arrowhead Park.

Kroger Community Rewards

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The Kroger Community Rewards program is a great way to support student activities at Maumee High School simply by linking your Kroger card to MHS and shopping at any Kroger store. Every year you must re-designate Maumee High School as the recipient for your rewards. The steps below will explain how to re-enroll your Kroger card or help you enroll for the first time. Even out of-of-town relatives and friends can help if they shop at a Kroger store! Thank you for supporting Maumee High School! To re-enroll your card: Simply go to , click “sign-in” and put in your email address and password that you used to enroll your card. Next, put in the group number for Maumee High School (88871), choose the correct organization (Maumee High School) and click “Enroll”. If You are having an issue with your password and/or email address please call 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service, and press 5 again to speak to a customer service representative. If this is the first time you are registering your Kroger card: you will need to set up your account first. For a new member to enroll your card simply go to, click “create an account”, put in your email address and password, confirm your password, enter your plus card ID number, go to Community Rewards (near bottom) and follow through the steps (Name, address, etc.). Finally, put in the group number for Maumee High School (88871), choose the correct organization (Maumee High School) and click “Enroll”.

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ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES Avoid the Lines at Home Athletic Events

Winter Sports Awards Scheduled for March 7th

Maumee High School athletic event tickets are now conveniently available for purchase online through TicketRoar. Online purchase benefits include: • Avoiding long ticket purchase lines at game time • No need to remember to bring cash for tickets to the game • Quickly and easily access your ticket one of two ways: ○○ Enter using our mobile app on your phone ○○ Print your tickets at home How to purchase tickets: 1. Use the link 2. Click on the event you would like to attend 3. Click the green Tickets tab and select the number of tickets you would like to purchase 4. Enter your information - this will also be your Eventbrite account information 5. You will receive an email confirmation prompting you to either print tickets at home or use the mobile app 6. Use this paper ticket or mobile ticket at the game!

Online Preseason Meetings for Spring Student-Athletes & Families Maumee High School is transitioning to a paperless, online registration system for its student-athletes! VNN Registration gives parents the ability to log in and sign up for sports at Maumee High School from any device, and manages team clearances and eligibility in one place online so our department can run smoothly. This online process will take the place of the traditional ‘preseason packet’ that families are familiar with. Studentathlete demographic information, participation fees, medical and insurance information, emergency contacts and more get stored in the Registration Manager, located on the athletic department’s website, Participation fees can be paid online with a credit card, and a parent’s credit card is charged only when their student makes the team. Currently, there is no way to differentiate between fees for multiple children in one family (e.g., one child at the high school and one child at Gateway will pay different participation fees), so those families will still need to pay in person with a personal check, credit card, etc. If you have any questions regarding how to access the site or view the preseason materials, please call the athletic office at (419) 893-8778 ext. 20256.

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All winter student-athletes and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the winter sports awards on Tuesday, March 7th. The awards ceremony will begin in the Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm and teams will then be dismissed for individual and team awards. All-League, District and/or State team honorees will be recognized in the general session as will any NLL Academic award winners.

1st Trimester Report Card for Student-Athletes - A G.P.A. Comparison The Athletic/Activities Department recently completed a study comparing the 1st trimester GPA’s of student-athletes with non-participants. The findings confirmed the long-standing belief that those students who participate in activities perform better academically than their peers. For example, the GPA’s of fall participants were higher than non-participants across all grade levels, both male and female. The highest GPA belongs to that of our female student-athletes in the twelfth grade, who averaged an outstanding 3.69 with about 25% of their class participating in at least one sport. The freshman female student-athletes rank a close 2nd with an average GPA of 3.51 and about 31% of their class participating. For the boys, the freshman student-athletes took top honor with an average GPA of 3.37 with the seniors right behind at 3.17. The sophomore class had the highest percentage of participating students at 35%. Across all grade levels, 30.9% of Maumee High School students participated in a sport this past fall and achieved an average GPA of 3.24, compared to an average MHS 1st trimester GPA of 2.88 for non-participants – 12% higher. What a great, cost-effective way to improve grades – sports participation!

Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Set For January 28th The Class of 2017 Maumee High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Distinguished Alumni recognition will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017. We will be inducting two new members this year to the Athletic Hall of Fame: Cam Coutcher ‘97 and Amanda (Williams) Siegel ‘92. Longtime Maumee High School administrator Jim Celio and the 2005 women’s cross country team will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Excellence and Contribution. Distinguished alumni to be recognized include Louise (Gallaway) Kish ‘59, Barbara Jo (Steele) Ansted Wilson ‘67, Dr. Gregory Smith ‘74, Carol (Taylor) Tanner ‘78 and Ben Plowman ‘04. The venue for this year’s ceremony will be Parkway Place. We do have a monetary charge ($35) for those wishing to attend this special event. It is very important to RSVP for this event no later than January 25, 2017 as seating is limited - the ticket order form can be picked up in the Athletic/Activities Office or downloaded from the athletic department website, Nominations for our next Hall of Fame Class (2018) will be accepted until April 1, 2017. All individuals wishing to nominate worthy Maumee High School graduates are asked to download the appropriate nomination form or contact the Athletic/Activities Department at (419) 893-8778 to obtain a nomination ballot. ...continued on page 8

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8 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony, Parkway Place, 6:00pm 8th Grade Open House, MHS, 7:00pm Athletic Booster Meeting, MHS Library, 7:00pm Athletic Booster Meeting, Gateway Library, 7:00pm Winter Sports Awards, PAC, 7:00pm

Upcoming Home Athletic Events January 24

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Boys Fr, JV, Var BK vs. Napoleon

January 26

5:00, 6:15, 7:30

Girls Fr, Boys Fr, Boys JV BK vs. Northview

January 27

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Girls JV, Girls Var, Boys Var BK vs. Northview

January 30

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Boys Fr, JV, Var BK vs. Bowsher

January 31

6:00, 7:30

Girls JV, Var BK vs. Napoleon

February 1


Girls Fr BK vs. Anthony Wayne

February 2

6:00, 7:30

Girls JV, Var BK vs. Anthony Wayne

February 3

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Boys Fr, JV, Var BK vs. Anthony Wayne

February 9

6:00, 7:30

Girls JV, Var BK vs. Southview

February 10

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Boys Fr, JV, Var BK vs. Bowling Green

February 15


Wrestling vs. Lake

February 17

4:45, 6:00, 7:30

Boys Fr, JV, Var BK vs. Perrysburg

Brondes Ford Lincoln of Maumee Donates to Athletic Boosters At the home basketball game January 6th, Athletic Booster president Keith Drown was joined by several Booster officers to accept a check from Brondes Ford Lincoln of Maumee’s Andy Shambarger. A total of $2,900 was donated for the Test Drive event on August 16th. Thank you Andy and Brondes Ford Lincoln of Maumee for your support!

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