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New Opportunity & Thinking Outside the Box

Instructional Excellence

The Senior Career Experience Mrs. Margaret “Bunny” Brooks is the Career and College Readiness Coordinator at Middletown High School. For the 2016-2017 academic year, she has developed a Career Experience Internship course for seniors. This internship program is for students who: are considering their career options, seeking additional education and training after high school, and/or seniors who would like to know more about employment options in Middletown. Seniors in the Career Experience are expected to obtain life and employability skills, develop their portfolios and gain a sense of professionalism. A Senior Career Experience is, as Mrs. Brooks put it, “A workrelated learning experience that provides students with the

The Middle School Experience - Choices

Contributed By: Nina Stewart - Intern

opportunities to gain important knowledge and skills in a particular career field.” Some of the businesses that students are interning with are: 1st Financial Bank, Atrium Hospital, Miami University, Quaker Oil, Middletown City Government and Middletown City Schools. If your business would like to participate in this program for the next semester please contact Bunny Brooks at Middletown High School. This is the first year this class has been introduced and is still in the development stages. To enroll, seniors are required to have reliable transportation or be willing to use the Metro, have a GPA of a 2.0 or above and attendance at 90% or better. Seniors must also have passed all parts of the OGTs. Participating students leave the building for two periods, 3rd and 4th, and go to their businesses for about an hour and a half. The Career Internship is a semester long class.

Perfect Score Middletown High School Senior, Lindsay Thornton, received a perfect score of 36 on the reading section of her ACT. Lindsay will be graduating in 2017.

The Pillowcase Project

Middletown Middle School Language Arts students participate in the CHOICES program hosted by SunCoke Energy to help the students think about the choices they make now, and how it will affect their future. Students interacted with employees from various Middletown businesses to discuss CHOICES, career, interview skills and time management.

Amanda Elementary students in third, fourth and fifth grade received a visit from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. This interactive visit was for the Pillowcase Project, an emergency preparedness workshop that is sponsored by Disney. The project teaches students about personal and family preparedness, hazards, and coping skills.

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Middie Boys Cross Country Team 2016 SW Ohio Regional Qualifiers. First time sine 2009!


Middletown High School girls’ volleyball team hosted their first Volley for the Cure game at the Wade E. Miller Gym. Volley for the Cure was started in 2006 to bring awareness about breast cancer and is designed as both an awareness and a fundraising event. Each student athlete sold Volley for the Cure T-shirts and ribbons. Students also gave out ribbons and had a moment of silence before the varsity game to honor those battling breast cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. A great heartfelt tribute. Students are given many opportunities to participate in charitable events and activities. One Middletown High School Senior and Kicker of the football team, Cole Smith, has donated each point he scores this season to the Kicking Hunger campaign sponsored by City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Kicking Hunger program was started in 2012 and gives students the opportunity to raise funds for those less fortunate and combat poverty. Since its inception Kicking Hunger has raised nearly $16,000 in three years. That’s enough to provide a meal and care for more than 8,300 people. By the way, Cole has “committed” to the University of Cincinnati football team.





Symbolizing the beauty and strength in family, school and community, each student and staff member at Mayfield Elementary wrote their names and drew a picture of themselves to include in the Mayfield Family Tree.

Community Collaboration Continuing to Build Safety

Dear Middletown City School District Parents & Community Members, The 2016-2017 academic year is underway for Middletown City Schools. Everywhere you look in the district this year, you will see positive changes taking place: construction of the renovated Middletown High School and new Middle School, implementation of our new district mission, vision and focus on strategic plan goal areas, strengthening and expanding our use of technology in the classroom, improving our district-wide communication, and deepening our presence and commitment to the students, parents and community members we serve. The Middletown City School District’s Board of Education recently approved five focus goal areas as a result of the strategic planning process. These goals are: Student Achievement, Instructional Excellence, Student and Family Wellness, Communication & Community Engagement and Valuing Diversity. These goals were selected by a diverse group of educators, community members and parents. The purpose of these newly created goals is to guide the Middletown City School District and be more successful. I believe this year will be very productive and look forward to the many successes our students within the district achieve. Let’s have a great year together!

​ dministrators in the district participated in ALICE Training facilitated by A the Middletown Police Department, held at Miami University Middletown. Sincerely, ALICE Training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is an Dr. Sam Ison instructor led class to provide preparation and planning for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.​ District Dates to Remember: November: 15- 6th Grade Orchestra Concert – 6:30 p.m. 17- 6th Grade Band Concert –7:00 p.m. Construction of the Wade E. Miller Arena, 19- Amanda Elementary Girls on the Run 5K- Sawyer Point renovated high school and new middle 23- NO SCHOOL school continues. Foundations have 24-25- HOLIDAY BREAK been dug and poured, poured concrete walls are in place, and elevator pits have December: been poured. Over the next few weeks, 1- MHS Orchestra and Band Concert – 7:00 p.m. the drainage system under the gym will 8- MHS Choral Concert –7:00 p.m. be finished, underground electric and 12-16- Central Academy’s Week of Giving plumbing will be installed and the concrete 13- MMS Vocal Concert – 7:00 p.m. floor will be poured. Cast in place bleachers 19-BOE Meeting – 6:30 p.m. will be poured and eventually brick and 20- End of 2nd Grading Period block will start to be laid. The arena has a 20-01/03/2017- WINTER BREAK completion date of January 2018.

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Welcome New Middie Staff Amanda Elementary Jessica Driscoll Kaitlyn Gasparovich Amanda Hatter Megan Hingsbergen Mary Hudek Kirby Leitschuh Gabriela Morningstar Lynn Wilson Amy Wooton

Leigh Pheiffer Tara Twiddy

Central Academy Mary Grewell Joe Rhude Rachael Steed

Miller Ridge Beth Heydt Jenny Perry Callie Ramer Kristin Runck Kate Sherrer Lauren Spencer

Creekview Elementary Michael Ames Annette Beegle Donna Duquaine Nicole Fisher Kathleen Fletcher Heather Jud Kelsey Marlow Melodie Metze Lynda Murphy

Mayfield Elementary Adrienne Barnard Angela Beatty Jessica Dailey Heather Keal Jessica Shearer Shauna Wilhelm

Rosa Parks Elementary Johnna Arrowood Sarah Butler Susan Farrish Teresa Gomez Kiera Harris Dustin Kavanaugh Carol Kelley

Andrea Kucek Lisa Lopez Lindsey Manning Shawn O’Brien David Staton Anna Thayer Janea VanNatta Sydney Weldon Arzell West-Estell Wildwood Elementary Amy Benton Nancy Cervantes Loren Combs Hannah Mooney Rebecca Mott Jillian Ryan Heather Snider Brandi Straub Taylor Wuest Highview Elementary Rex Howard Christine Kemen Quinn Orr Mary Terrill

Middletown Middle School Henry Banks Melissa Cawein Shannon Dunaway Katie Leist Kyle Parido Alex Randall Nathan Roach Kristin Ryan Christopher Vanderhorst Matthew Wohlfarth Middletown High School Maci Anello Sarah Bennett Ross Brown Landen Brown Daniel Butler Christina Carrion Austin Downing Alec Fultz Kayra Fuster Robin Hays Sarah Knapp J Lail Katharine Latta

Matthew Louis Nicholas Maffey Meagan Martini Jim Moore Richard Pate Colton Rankey Darine Rees Ashley Rowe Jaime Russell Gary Sturm Regina Waddell Christa Wilson Michael Yager Aaron Zupka Administration Hannah Bowling Kevin Casey Dana Miller Bill Miller Beth Olthoff Debbie Sander MiddState Matthew Berger

The Middletown City School District Finance Department has had many exciting staff member changes: • Marie Tuttle - Assistant Treasurer • Janie Kash - Accounts Payable Specialist • Hannah Bowling - Payroll and Benefits Supervisor Continue to stay informed about Middletown City School District by visiting our website:

Award Winning Middletown Marching Band Middletown Marching Band was awarded Grand Champion at the Versailles Invitational. Along with winning Grand Champion, the band also earned the Best Overall Visual, the Best Overall General Effect, the Best Overall Color Guard, the Best Overall Percussion and an Overall Superior Rating.

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Alumni Basketball Reunion

August 20, 2016, Woody Withrow, a 1953 MHS Graduate hosted the Alumni Basketball Reunion in Sunset Park in Middletown, Ohio. Sunset Park was “the” place to play basketball in Middletown in the 40s, 50s and beyond. 70+ former MHS players showed up for the event to reminisce and fellowship near Jerry Lucas Court. Many memories were shared at this event and reunion participants also were treated to catered food, split the pot and a silent auction. This is not the first time Middletown Athletic Alumni have gotten together, earlier this season, the MHS soccer program held an alumni vs. current student’s game. If you would like more information about becoming more active as a Middletown Alumni, please contact Middletown City School or visit the Alumni Section of the website.

Our famous NBA Our famous NBA alum Jerry Lucas alum Jerry Lucas spoke toto the spoke the crowd crowd Some of the MHS Alumni in attendance: Back Row: Paul Brewer, Vernon Highley, David Sixt, Billy Martin, Paul Walker Jr., Ken Cohen, John Fraley Middle Row: A.C. Mitchell, Jim Nein, Brian Wills, Larry Emrick, Tom Dillman Front Row: J.J. Lucas, Kee Edwards (Miller Ridge principal), Jerry Lucas, Woody Withrow, Mike Miller

Middie Messenger- November 2016  

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