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Principal's Message

David Kennedy

Principal Madeira High School

MHS Principal's Update 1/3/19

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MHS Principal's Update 1/22/19


Dear MHS Families and Students Grades 9-12,     


It’s a new year: Have you given thought to what you’d like to take on or improve upon over the next 12 months? How about a happier, more positive life for you and/or your children?


This month, as a staff, we have been focusing on intentionally controlling our minds in difficult and challenging events.   Control begins with a choice - a choice whether to focus on what happens to us, or on what we can do about it to achieve a positive outcome!  Choosing to focus on what we can do rather than wasting time blaming, complaining, or defending what happens to us, creates a much more positive mindset.  Control begins by focusing on the right thing - what we can do, not what has happened. This is not easy, in fact, it does not come naturally. We are conditioned to focus on what happens to us  and immediately jump to why it happened, who to blame, etc.


When you think back to the year in review, did you experience more negative thoughts than positive? The key to changing this is recognizing that we usually focus on events rather than responses and almost immediately let negative thoughts take over.   Here are some suggestions to think about the next time a difficult event occurs in your life:


  • Become mindful to catch the involuntary, negative thoughts when they first occur. Do not allow them to float around in your head.


  • Think about how you may negatively twist or spin things in your mind and distort the truth.


  • Change or fix those negative thoughts by exchanging them with logical, more positive, counter thoughts.


By changing our focus we change our feelings about a situation and improve our mood. Negative things will always occur and when they do, it’s okay to interpret them that way and be realistic about it, but the key is to remember that it’s our thoughts and focus, not the event, that upset us.

By changing our focus we can change the way we think to being more logical and positive.  We can rewire our brain for the better. As we head out into this New Year, filled with promise and adventure, why not focus on a happier, mentally healthier new YOU!


All the best in 2019!


Please be sure to check out the following items to assist with planning and preparations.



Conference Night with Activity Fair and Freshman Focus

We will be hosting our final conference night on February 12, 2019.  Along with conferences, we have some additional information sessions as well.  Please note we have changed the time to 4:00pm-7:30pm to accommodate for these meetings.


Conference slots are available to meet new second semester teachers and, if needed, provide additional time to meet with teachers of year-long classes.   It is not necessary to conference with every teacher, but teachers did indicate on first semester report cards if they requested a conference.  If a teacher requested a conference, you will be able to schedule a time by using the link below to access the online scheduling system or you may call the school to speak with Mrs. Shelander.   Because appointment times are limited, priority will be given to requested conferences.  That being said, please do not hesitate to contact any teacher with a conference request. Our teachers will make every effort to accommodate your request.  Here is the scheduling link: HS Schedule Link


French Club - Cultural Festival! March 20th 5:45 pm to 7:15 pm in the HS Cafeteria/Gym


This spring the Madeira High School French Club is sponsoring a FREE cultural festival at Madeira Elementary on Thursday, Mar. 21 from 5:45pm to 7:15pm to highlight the diversity WITHIN the Madeira community.  


The vision is to have community individuals and high school clubs sponsor a table/booth with activities that focus on specific cultures of people living in Madeira.  Specifically, we would like to see interactive, hands-on activities suitable for elementary aged students. Ideas include playing traditional games, reading children’s books in another language, or teaching and sharing culturally specific hairstyles, foods, toys, clothing, jewelry, instruments, music, dances, crafts and more.


We welcome anyone from the community, as well as school clubs, to come and share their unique culture.  If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful event, please contact Nichole Gergen at ngergen@madeiracityschools.org.


French Club will be hosting a bake sale as a fundraiser, and all proceeds will be donated to COPA, a Francophone organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and promote social change in Ontario.


Collaboration Concert

Our annual Collaborative Concert with Indian Hill, Madeira and Mariemont bands and orchestras, conducted by Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell, will be on Monday, April 15th @ 7pm at Indian Hill High School.  The theme and title for the program will be “One Small Step” commemorating the 50th moon landing anniversary.  Mark your calendars for “One Small Step” the Collaborative Concert with JMR!


Update on Text Message Updates

The Remind text message system used occasionally to share information with parents will no longer be available at the end of this month.  We will be looking for a suitable replacement, so please stay tuned.

Important Dates:

January     22 - MHS Chamber Music Concert

                   23 - PTO Meeting at MMS

                   28 - Homecoming Spirit Week!

                   30 - Early Release Day for Students - Staff Development Day

February       1 - Homecoming Basketball Game 7:30pm

                       2 - Homecoming Dance 9pm - 12am     

                       6 - Regional CCP Night at Princeton High School

                     12 - Conference Night/Freshman Focus Night

                     13 - PTO @ MES

                     15 - Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL

                     18 - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL