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Amanda Elementary News
Summer Reading Program at MidPointe Library
The MidPointe Library System offers free and fun Summer Reading Programs for the whole family - preschool, grade school, young adult, and grown-ups too!

Don't miss the fun, June 1 - July 31!
Free Book Fest at MUM

Kiwanis Circle K group is holding a free Book Fest at Miami University Middletown (MUM) on April 30th, 10:00 – 3:00. They have over 8,000 books to give away! Come out for free books, food and fun!!

Amanda Educators Participate in Cincinnati Scurry

Amy Dorn, Brad Fletcher, Brittany Hayden, and Michelle Hurr from Amanda Elementary participated in the Cincinnati Scurry on Friday, April 1 to benefit the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and specifically the Learning is Cool program. Amanda Elementary was the first school in all 7 years of the Cincinnati Scurry to have a team of teachers participate for their students. The Cincinnati Scurry is “a spectacular dash around Greater Cincinnati that will test your speed, teamwork, problem-solving, trivia knowledge, geographical awareness, and embarrassment threshold. The Scurry is a unique event based on TV’s “The Amazing Race”, where teams compete as they perform various tasks around the city. Corporate teams have a chance to give back to the community while they test their problem-solving skills, teamwork, Cincinnati knowledge, artistic and musical talents, and much more. TiER 1 Performance Solutions hosts this outstanding event to benefit our Learning Is Cool program.

The Learning is Cool program impacts nearly 30,000 young people, Learning Is Cool is designed to encourage academic achievement in several public school districts in and around Cincinnati. Students who make the ”A” honor roll two quarters of the year are recognized each June at an end-of-year event at the Cincinnati Zoo with Marvin Lewis and several Bengals players. Past Cincinnati Scurries have helped expand the program to additional school districts (Middletown City Schools being one of these districts).

This year, the Cincinnati Scurry consisted of 32 teams of four on 6 different buses. he team participated in events such as: singing karaoke at the Holy Grail, potato sacks races, dancing to the Just Dance Kids Gummy Bear song in an office lobby, dressing a statue in George Rogers Clark Park in Covington and taking a “selfie,” reading a sportscast in the visitor locker room of Paul Brown Stadium, segwaying, playing hacky sack, kicking a field goal from 25 plus yards at Paul Brown Stadium, playing Knockerball (playing soccer in large individual inflatable balls), knocking down a pyramid of cans with rubber bands, blindfolded potato search, Fountain Square wheel barrel race, Aronoff Center Musical Trivia, and many other fun activities.

2016 Future Chef Challenge - Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Calling all parents of MCSD 3rd-5th grade elementary school students! 

The deadline for our annual Future Chef Competition is fast approaching. This is a fun, nutritious competition created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.  If your student hasn’t returned their Healthy Breakfast Recipe entry form, please encourage them to do, today!  The entry form and tips to be a Finalist in this Year’s Culinary Competition can be found on our website, or by contacting your child’s school.

Click "read more" for additional information and forms.

Click here for pictures of last years competition.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner.  Have you scheduled your meeting?

November 10 - Mayfield Elementary, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
November 12 - Mayfield Elementary, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
November 12 - Miller Ridge Elementary, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 12 - Rosa Parks Elementary, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 16 - Amanda Elementary 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 16 - Central Academy 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 17 - Miller Ridge Elementary 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 17 - Rosa Parks Elementary 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
November 17 - Central Academy 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 18 - Creekview Elementary 4:30 - 7:30 pm
November 18 - Wildwood Elementary 4:30 - 7:30 pm
November 18  - Central Academy
November 19 - Amanda Elementary 4:00 - 7:30 pm
November 19 - Middletown High School 2:00 - 8:00 pm
November 19 - Central Academy
November 20 - Central Academy
November 23 - Creekview Elementary 4:30 - 7:30 pm 
November 23 - Wildwood Elementary  4:30 - 7:30 pm
Middie Marching Band receives Superior rating
Congratulations Middies Marching Band on receiving Superior rating at the OMEA State Finals. Great Day to be a Middie! 
Public Notice

The Middletown City School District Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Section (3313.48) of the Ohio Revised Code that The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of the development of the district calendar for the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 school years.  The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the District Administration Offices, located in the City Building at One Donham Plaza, 4th Floor Learning Lab, Middletown, OH.

Board of Education P.R.I.D.E. Recognition

Congratulations to all recipients recognized at Monday’s Board of Education P.R.I.D.E. Recognition meeting!

Each quarter the district will recognize students and staff through our Board of Education Middie P.R.I.D.E. Recognition Program. The recognition celebration is held during our scheduled BOE meeting at Middletown High School starting at 6:00 pm. The evening provides an opportunity to thank our students and staff for their valuable contributions, dedication, and commitment to our district and the MCSD community.  Each recipient recognized will receive a certificate, T-Shirt and a copy of the letter from the person submitting their name.

MCSD students, staff and community members have an opportunity to nominate individuals they feel have made exceptional differences in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Improvement in one or more academic areas
  2. Made a difference in one or more peoples’ lives
  3. Leadership in challenging times
  4. Role model for others
  5. Middie P.R.I.D.E., Performance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Effort


The following is information about last Monday’s Program:

  • Attached is a copy of the Recognition Program for Monday, October 12th
  • A Nomination Form (after making a nomination, please return to your building principal)
  • Pictures can be seen here
  • The following link is for the entire video of Monday’s P.R.I.D.E Recognition Award celebration https://vimeo.com/142375314



We would like to recognize and thank MHS student, Zachary Krebs, for designing our Middie P.R.I.D.E. Recognition logo.  WTG Zach!

Middletown Welcomes New Faces

When teachers and staff return to school there will be some new faces in the crowd.  In fact, this year Middletown welcomes 100+ teachers and staff and four new administrators.  Each of the hires was made to replace a pervious staff member; none of the positions are additional or new to the district’s bottom line.


“This is an exciting time for our schools and you can just feel the energy,” stated Sam Ison, superintendent.  “We have some wonderful things happening for our students, like the construction projects but we also have some new employees and they are thrilled to be at Middletown.”


Like many districts throughout Ohio, the last school year is one of the big retirement years for teachers and staff.  That is due to the changes in Ohio’s retirement system which made it very attractive for someone at the end of their career to retire then.

  • Click "read more" for additional information.
Middletown Receives Three Principal Trainees from State

Among the new faces at Middletown schools this school year will be three scholars from Ohio’s new program called “Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools.”  The three Bright scholars will shadow Middletown administrators throughout this school year only and at zero cost to Middletown residents.


“We are thrilled to receive three scholars and we certainly appreciate that they have a calling to work with high-poverty schools,” stated Sam Ison, superintendent.  “Our schools need and deserve excellent and energetic leaders.”


Ohio’s Bright scholar program is in its first year and is designed to train and educate future principals by placing them in the highest poverty schools.  Among the 35 scholars statewide, Middletown is receiving three. 

Click "read more" for additional information.

School Bus Schedules

School bus schedules and routes for the 2015-16 school year have been released. The first day of school for MCSD students i Wednesday, August 12.

Bus Notices (cards) will be mailed to every household with children attending the MCSD that ride the bus. Parents should receive them by Tuesday (8/4).  We will be running the newspaper posting on 8/6.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to deliver excellent service to the students, schools and people of this community once again,” said Andrew Mays, Peterman general manager.

If you have any questions regarding transportation, please call 513/420-4568.  Click "Read More" for the schedules.

Student Handbooks and Code of Conduct now online

In an effort to “go green” and save printing costs, we have made our 2015/16 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct available online. 

You will find the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct on the homepage under parents or students We will no longer print the entire handbook, only the “Acknowledgment Page” that all parents and students must sign acknowledging they have seen the online version. This needs to be returned to the office. After reading through your school’s handbook, please complete this form and return to your child’s teacher.

**If you do not have access to a computer and need a hard copy of this handbook, please contact your child’s school. Thank you!

2015 Kindergarten start date

Tuesday, August 11           Teacher work day

Wednesday, August 12      Scheduled student conferences and 
Thursday, August 13         Scheduled student conferences and 

Friday, August 14              Scheduled student conferences and KRA

Monday, August 17           1st day of school for kindergartners with last names 
                                        beginning A-M

Tuesday, August 18           1st day of school for kindergartners with last names 
                                         beginning N-Z

Wednesday, August 19      All kindergarten students attend school
Students RAMP up their reading skills

Congratulations to the over 50 students completing the summer RAMP Program.  You ROCK!

Incoming 2nd and 3rd grade students from Amanda, Mayfield, Rosa Parks, Creekview, Miller Ridge, Wildwood and Central Academy attended a fun filled, engaging and interactive two week session to RAMP up their reading skills. 

This intense targeted instruction program is designed to help students improve their reading, comprehension, and writing skills.

We are looking forward to next weeks session with incoming 1st grade students.

Click here for pictures.

School Supply List for 2015-16 School Year
Click on the school supply link below for grades K-8 school supply list.

Please note***
Every item on the Highview 6th Grade Center list is being provided to each student by Stratford Heights Church of God.  Parents won't have to purchase anything for their 6th grade students.  Thank you Stratford Heights Church of God!

Supplies for MHS will vary depending on course and teacher requirements.  All students should come to school on the first day with paper and pencils.

Click "Read More" for lists.
District Celebrates Retirees

MCSD held a retirement celebration to honor staff members for their many years of dedicated service to the students and families of the Middletown City School System.  Congratulations!

Click “Read More for addition information. (PowerPoint, Booklet, Years of Service)

Annual Special Olympics Athletics Competition

MCSD competed in the Annual Special Olympics Athletics Competition at MHS yesterday. We had over 150 students competing and over 50 students volunteering. Students competed in a variety of events including softball toss, standing long jump, and 10m-100m races on the track. Every student from ages 5-21, was given an opportunity to compete against their peers.

A special thank you to all volunteers, students, teachers, the Middletown Police and Fire Fighters for showing their support for MCSD and Middletown Special Olympics.

Middletown Special Olympics next event will be the State Bowling Tournament in Columbus June 27th.

Click here for photos. 


Kids 15 and under can bowl 2 FREE games EVERYDAY from May 1st through Labor Day at Eastern Lanes in Middletown. All you have to pay for is shoe rental. Family’s can buy a family pass for just $25 and also bowl 2 FREE games every day.

This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

To find additional information about this exceptional program click here.

Mayfield Elementary 75 Anniversary

On Friday May 15th Mayfield Elementary will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 in front of the school then head south on Lamberton Street, turn right on Plymouth Street, right on Sheffield Street, right on Burbank then left into the school parking lot by the playground. Each student will receive a commemorative button to mark the event and t-shirts were sold prior to the parade. 

The anniversary is being tied to the 75th anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz. Each grade will represent characters from the movie in the parade. Members of the Middie Marching Band will lead the parade followed by former teachers and principals of Mayfield and then the parade of classes starting with fifth grade to kindergarten.

MHS Volleyball Camp
The MHS girls volleyball team will host a Volleyball Camp in the HS gym June 1 - 4.  Girls will learn the basics of the game:  passing, setting, serving, and hitting.  This is a great way to get your child involved in playing volleyball!  

Cost for the camp is $30.00.  We accept cash, check and money orders.  All checks should be made payable to Middletown High School.  To participate, fill out the attached registration form and return it with your fee to the MHS Athletic office located at 601 N. Breiel Blvd. by Friday, May 15.

If you have any questions please contact Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Kelly Berling at coachkelly11@yahoo.com.

Click "Read More" for the registration form.
MidPointe Library Summer Reading Program 2015
Every Hero Has A Story!

The MidPointe Library System offers free & fun summer Reading programs for the whole family - infants, pre-school, grade school, young adult, & grown-ups too!

Reading logs are available beginning Jun 1, & participation can begin anytime before July 31.  The more you read, the more prizes you earn!

Special Summer Reading programming & events will be held all summer long.  Don't miss the fun!

Click "Read More" for additional information.
Annual District Art Show
The Middletown City Schools Annual District Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at Miami University Middletown, Johnston Hall from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Artwork from all MCS will be on display along with this year's pieces added to the Permanent Collection at the district Administrative office.

Click here for sneak peak of a few pictures you'll see at the art show, and pictures from our recent Art reception recognizing our talented artist.
Sodexo 2015 Future Chef Challenge

While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students at Middletown City School District used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy, after-school snacks in Sodexo’s 2015 Future Chefs Challenge. The national initiative, which is in its fifth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. Middletown City School District students joined over 2,500 other students representing over 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.

Locally, over 80 elementary school students submitted healthy, after-school snack recipes and the seven best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event on March 25th. Finalists prepared and presented their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. Middletown City Schools joined approximately 230 other school districts across the country holding Future Chefs events throughout February and March.

NaKayla Martin, a 5th grader at Creekview Elementary School won this year’s district competition with her recipe for the snack, Baby Ladybugs. NaKayla’s recipe was also selected as one of 40 regional finalists. Congratulations Nakayla!

Click “Read More” for additional information, all finalist and their recipes.  Click here for photos of the event.

Middletown Middies Cheer Clinic

Middletown high school cheerleaders are hosting a 1-day cheer clinic for all current cheerleaders and anyone interested in becoming a cheerleader.

Pre-registered participants will receive a cheer t-shirt. There will be a few extra t-shirts available for $5 purchase for non-preregistered (first come first serve)


WHEN:  Saturday, May 2nd
COST:  $15.00 Pre Reg/$20 at the door

Registration will begin at 8:30 am
Please bring a packed lunch for your child.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Tara Cave at 513-320-3054.

Payment must be received with form for pre-registration. Otherwise, it is considered registration at the door.

Pre-registration forms/payments can be mailed to Tara Cave at 511 S. Highview Rd. Middletown, OH 45044. Please do not return to your child’s school!!

Amanda Elementary Kindergarten Registration

Calling all Amanda Elementary attendance area parents. Register for Kindergarten By MAY 1st and be entered into a raffle to Win a FREE T.V. and other prizes. (Cincinnati Zoo Passes, backpacks and $50 Kroger gift cards). Registration will be held at Amanda Elementary Library on April 22nd From Noon-6:00 p.m.
Call the Amanda Office for an appointment. 420-4542

You MUST bring your child’s:
Birth certificate, shot records, social security card.
Along with Proof of residence (electric or water bill), parent’s picture i.d, and custody papers (if applicable).
(Must live in the Amanda attendance area, have a student eligible to attend kindergarten in August of 2015, and plan to attend Amanda to be eligible for this drawing. You are not guaranteed a prize. One t.v., 2 zoo passes, 2 Backpacks with supplies and 2- $50 Kroger gift cards will be raffled. )

If you registered at Amanda on February 25th you WILL be included in this raffle.
Students MUST be 5 years old on August 1st to enroll!!

Hair Spray Jr. presented at Middletown Middle School
Middletown Middle School presents Hair Spray Jr. Thursday, March 19 and Friday March 20 at 7pm in the Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm, tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. 
Creekview and Atrium Medical Center Partnering to Host Spring Into Fitness
This Friday, March 20, Creekview and Atrium Medical Center are partnering to host Spring Into Fitness.  The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Creekview Elementary.  The health commissioner will be coming to talk about the importance of immunizations and health screenings. Sodexo is providing a free dinner to all who attend, and the YMCA is providing a Zumba instructor for free classes every 20 minutes. This event is open to anyone in Middletown.
Written Test for Secretarial Positions: 3/30
Middletown City Schools will administer a written test on Monday, March 30, 2015 to establish eligibility for possible future secretarial position(s). Applicants must have some secretarial experience, which includes verifiable computer competency skills. Those interested must apply online. Click on the employment tab on the left of the screen of the Middletown City Schools home page for more information. Applications must be submitted online no later than midnight, March 23, 2015.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
2015-2016 School calendar approved

MCSD school board has approved the 2015-2016 school calendar. The first day of school for students is August 12, 2015 and the last day for students is May 24, 2016.  Students will have a two week December Holiday Break.  For a complete list of important dates please refer to the 2015-2016 calendar.

MCSD may change dates on the calendar due to new state testing requirements. Once ODE finalizes these dates the Board of Education may revise the calendar as necessary.

2015-2016 Calendar List View.pdf

2015-2016 Calendar Grid View.pdf

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Middletown Schools Are Going Social!
In an effort to bridge communications with our students, parents and community, each school has started an official Facebook Page and Twitter account. If you're on social media, the schools would love to connect with you! The links below will take you to each school's Twitter and Facebook page.
February Principal's Message
February is here! Let the new Ohio’s State Tests begin! These tests will begin on February 17 and will occur every day through March 6. Grades 3-5 will be taking the new assessments. Please make sure students are well rested and at school on time... 

View the Principal's Message page to continue reading this months Principal's Message.
There's an App for That!
The district now has its very own app! View news stories, calendar info, sports scores, access school and staff info and more. Search "Middletown City Schools" in your app store, or click here to download the app for your iPhone or iPad, here to download the app for your Android device, or here for the mobile web-version of the site if you do not have an Apple or Android device.  
Kindergarten Registration 2015
Please register at your child’s school by calling to make an appointment. Prior to registration, visit our website at www.middletowncityschools.com and choose Enrollment to complete pre-registration forms before your scheduled appointment.

  • February 23rd 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Central Academy – 513-420-4537
  • February 25th 8:00 a.m. – noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Amanda Elementary – 513-420-4542
  • March 3rd 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Creekview Elementary – 513-420-4544
  • * March 4th 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary – 513-420-4552
  • * March 9th 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Wildwood Elementary – 513-420-4564
  • March 10th 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Miller Ridge Elementary – 513-420-4559
  • March 11th 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Mayfield Elementary – 513-420-4549
  • March 12th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ALL DISTRICT Catch Up located at MCSD Central Office – 513-423-0781
Please click "Read More" for more information about Kindergarten Registration.
January Principal's Message
Welcome back from our holiday break! It is hard to believe that half of our school year is over. There are a couple of events to note for this month...

To continue reading this month's message, and for a list of events in January, please visit the Principal's Message page. 
Purple Carpet Awards: We Want to Hear from YOU!
Middletown City School District is conducting a comprehensive customer service survey: the Purple Carpet Awards. Please take a moment to tell us about your school by clicking here.  

Schools will win prizes for the most surveys filled out and for providing the best customer service to the community.  Paper surveys can be provided by your school secretary for families who are unable to take the survey online. 

It's your school.  It's your voice.  It's your chance to make a difference!
Hour of Code
December 8-14 is Computer Science Education Week. In honor of CSEW, students from all over the world are participating in an Hour of Code. Last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code in just one week.

What is an Hour of Code? An Hour of Code is a one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, from kindergarten up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all. Code.org’s tutorial features Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies and video lectures from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

You can participate at home! To learn more and get started, watch the video below and go to http://hourofcode.com.

December Principal's Message
Happy Holidays! It is hard to believe that we have only three weeks of school before we are on Winter Break. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for several seasonal activities.

For a full list of winter activities, please visit the Principal's Message page
Butler and Warren County ESC's Seek Certified Substitues
The Butler County Educational Service Center and the Warren County Educational Service Center have partnered to employ all certified substitute teachers through the Southwest Ohio Council of Governments (SWO-COG).
The 17 school districts (including Middletown) utilizing the SWO-COG will only employ certified substitute teachers who have been hired through the SWO-COG!

For more information, click "Read More" below or visit bcesc.org/SubstituteOpportunities.aspx.
Business Manager receives award at OSBA conference
George Long, Business Manager for the Middletown City School District was presented with the Ohio School Boards Association’s Business Manager of the Year Award at the association’s 59th annual Capital Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

In its 59th year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.
Principal's Message: November 2014
It is so hard to believe that the first trimester of school is over! Now that we are in the month of November, it is time to plan for more activities that will occur over the next four weeks. There are several important dates to make note of...

To continue reading this month's Principals Message, please visit the Principal's Message page
Towne Mall to Host Job Fair November 6
There will be a job fair held at the Towne Mall on Thursday, November 6th.  Military members and veterans are invited to attend from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Veterans and the general public are invited to attend the remainder of the event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact OhioMeansJobs-Butler County at 513-785-6500 or OhioMeansJobs-Warren County at 513-695-1130, or visit the Journal News article by clicking here
Principal's Message: October 2014
We are going to have a very busy month at Amanda starting with the 3rd Grade Ohio Achievement Assessment...

To continue reading this month's Principal's message, please click here or visit the "Principal's Message" page on the left. 
TRCs Make Big Impact on Student Engagement
It is an exciting time for technology in the classroom at Middletown City School District. Over the summer, 16 teachers voluntarily attended 40 hours of Professional Development to transform their rooms into Technology Rich Classrooms (TRC). The TRC teachers learned how to incorporate Google for Education and other online resources into their daily routines and lessons. The TRCs received a cart of 30 Chromebooks and an interactive projector to pilot a 1:1 (where there is one device per every one student) teaching approach.  Click "Read More" for the full article.  
Student Accident Insurance Offered to Parents
Middletown City Schools is happy to offer parents and guardians a solution to obtain insurance for your student through N. Carol Insurance Agency, Inc. Plan information, an application and claim form can be found by clicking here or by hovering over Parents at the top of this page and selecting "Insurance for Students." 
Principal's Message: September 2014
What a great start to our school year! Our students are coming to school ready to show their MIDDIE PRIDE!

Our Spring OAA scores show that our test scores continue to rise with an increase in our Performance Index! There were a total of seven tests given last spring (3rd grade Reading & math, 4th Grade Reading and math, 5th Grade Reading, Math, and Science). Five of the seven produced our highest test scores ever! We intend to continue this growth! Great job everyone!

Please make note of the following items that will be happening during the next few weeks:
  • September 8 – PTA Meeting, 4:00 pm, Amanda Library. Plan to join us for our monthly meeting. This is a great group that makes great things happen for our students!
  • September 23 – Fall Picture Day
  • September 24 – PAC Night. The theme for this evening will be Family Game Night. It will take place in the Amanda cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 pm.
There are a couple of updates that you need to be aware of:
  • Elementary buildings have switched from quarters to trimesters. This means that our school year has been divided into thirds. Parents will receive report cards three times a year (instead of four).
  • The District will continue to use ProgressBook, the online progress reporting system. Parents and students will be given access to view grades and classroom information. On Monday, September 8 letters will be sent home giving parents directions on how to set up their ProgressBook accounts.
  • To help insure our building security, we are requesting that parents say goodbye to their children in the Drop Off Zone and allow them to continue on to their classrooms by themselves. The Drop Off Zones are located in the hallway by Door K and in the Amanda Lobby. Thank you for your cooperation!
New State Tests to Replace Ohio Achievement Assessments
During the 2014-2015 school year, most Ohio students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. The standards and new tests both reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The new tests also will better measure what students have learned and what they can do with their knowledge.

For more information, please click here
New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, KRA, Ensures a Better Start
Middletown City School District wants all youngsters to enjoy school from the day they enter kindergarten. Coming to kindergarten with certain skills already in place makes learning easier for your child. For example, children whose families have read to them and children who can draw some basic letters have an easier time learning to read. That’s important, because reading lays the foundation for learning throughout their school years.

This fall, we will begin using a better way to determine what our kindergarten students know and can do. This more accurate information will help teachers better identify what each student needs to succeed in kindergarten.

Teachers will use Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to get a snapshot of every child’s knowledge and skills in six areas: social skills, math, science, social studies, language and literacy, physical well-being and motor development.

To read more about the KRA, including how the assessment works, please click here
MAP Parent Information
During the weeks of August 25-September 12, all Middletown K-8 students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). MCSD administers reading and math MAP tests to determine students’ instructional levels and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. MAP assessments are administered on computers.  Click "Read More" for more information.  
School Start Times
Make sure you know what time school starts! See below for the start and end time for all Middletown City Schools.

Amanda Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Central Academy
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Creekview Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Mayfield Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Miller Ridge Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Rosa Parks Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Wildwood Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Highview 6th Grade Center
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Middletown Middle School
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Middletown High School
7:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Welcome Back from Dr. Dillon
Dear Amanda Learning Community,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As always, I am so excited to be back and I am eager to begin my sixth year as principal of Amanda Elementary School.
There are a few dates and upcoming events at Amanda that I want everyone to be aware of:
Final MEGA HUGE Gallery Update of the Year!
Our final big, huge, gargantuan collection of pics and vids. 
Massive New Gallery Update!
Galleries now updated with pics and videos from St. Patrick's Day, Easter, COSI and more. 
PAC Night & Friday Finale Pics and Vids Now Up
3/13/14 - New galleries have been added for our March PAC Night and Friday Finale. Enjoy! 
5th graders celebrate perfect attendance and blow some bubbles! 
New Photos from Valentine's Day and 'The Fredrick Douglas Story'
New photos now online of Amanda Valentine's Day celebrations and Art Reach's 'The Fredrick Douglas Story'. 
Photos from Middletown's Board Meeting at Amanda Now Online
New photos from the Middletown City Schools' Board Meeting at Amanda Elementary are now online.  
New Holiday Photos and Videos!
Check out our new photo and video galleries and relive some of this school year's holiday memories! 
New Galleries Up!
New Photo Galleries, courtesy of Amanda's A.S.T.A.R.S. documentarians are now on the site. 
New Video Up!
MHS Show Choir Christmas Program Excerpt  
New in the Amanda Cafeteria
SHARE TABLE . . . Daily Opportunities to Provide and be Satisfied 
Fall Fund Raiser
See Dr. Dillon hanging on the cafeteria wall! 
Kindergarten Book Bags
News from the Parent Resource Center 
PAC Event
Game Night 
Curriculum NIght
Parents are invited to Curriculum Night on Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:00 pm. 
Upcoming Events
Parenting Partner Workshops

Parenting Partners™ workshops combine parenting and leadership skills that empower parents to become vital contributors to their children’s academic success. The eight comprehensive workshops are presented by each school’s own trained facilitator team multiple times year-round, in multiple languages, creating a sustainable source of parent leaders.

Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Amanda, Media Center
Dates: Sept. 30th
             Oct. 7th
             Oct. 14th
             Oct. 21th
             Oct. 28th
             Nov. 4th
             Nov, 11th
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