Principal's Message

Last Updated: 9/28/2020 11:38 AM

David Kennedy

Principal Madeira High School

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October, 2020

Believe - Behave - Achieve!

MHS continues to roll, pivot, dive, and create new paths to promote learning, relationships, and growth both personally and professionally. Each day seems to come with a level of anxiousness, excitement, and joy. The emotional roller coaster is exhausting for both staff and students, but it is all part of the learning process as we adapt, grow, and become better versions of ourselves daily. Without adversity, learning does not occur. We all take heart in the fact that despite the everyday challenges we continue to face, our students, staff, and community are becoming better learners, teachers, and supporters, despite the distance between us. Together we continue to rebuild and rise up again! Go Madeira!


Have a great rest of the week!


Go Mustangs! Go Amazons! Go Madeira!

Go Mustangs! Go Amazons! Go Madeira!

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Congratulations to Seniors Ethan Henry, Luke Knull, Frederick Kyser, and Timothy Pinyayev who have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. For more please see National Merit Semifinalists.

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Congratulations to seniors Alexandra Born, Nathan Born, Yvonne Colson, Ethan Bisselberg, and Elyse Hertzman (not pictured) who have been named National Merit Commended Scholars in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Important Dates and Events


Week of 28th - MHS Spirit Week (details below)



5th - Picture Retake Day

14th - PSAT Day (details below)

16th - End of First Quarter

22nd - Parent-Teacher Conference Night 3:30-7:30pm

26th - Parent-Teacher Conference Night 3:30-7:30pm

Homecoming and Spirit Week: Sept 28th - Oct 2

We will be holding a homecoming spirt week starting on Monday September 28th through Friday October 2nd. The week will be complete with dress-up days, class banners, homecoming court, pep-rally, and spirit competitions. While we are not able to provide all the elements of a traditional fall homecoming experience, we can celebrate school spirit and the excitement of being back-in-school!


Dress Up Days

Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Jersey / College Shirt Day

Wednesday - USA Day

Thursday - Monochrome Outfit Day

Friday - Class Color Day

(seniors = black, juniors = blue, sophomores = white & freshman = yellow)


Class Themes

Seniors: Despicable Me

Junior: Madagascar

Sophomore: Kung Fu Panda

Freshman: The Bee Movie


Students should dress and participate accordingly to win points for their class and chances to win individual prizes!

Attention All Grade Levels - PSAT Day, Oct 14th

On Wednesday, October 14th, Madeira High School will be administering the PSAT to all juniors and any sophomores opting to test. Students taking the PSAT will report to the high school at 7:35am. Those not testing will have a remote learning day and not be reporting to MHS. Classes will not be meeting, as all staff will be engaged in administering the test. Freshmen and sophomores not testing will have online assignments to complete. Seniors will utilize the day for college visits and/or completing college applications. Students taking the PSAT will be dismissed upon completion of testing. More details will be communicated prior to Oct 14th, but we wanted to share the basic plan so families can plan accordingly.

PTO Event: ACT-SAT Planning Workshop

Confused about whether students in the class of 2022 (and beyond) need to take the ACT and/or SAT tests in the season of Covid? Join us for an essential webinar on Monday, October 5th @ 7:00 pm to learn if test optional applies to students in the class of 2022 and beyond (Spoiler Alert – not typically!), how to choose testing sites, what is the new ACT Superscore Report, how to plan an effective testing timeline for your child and more! Click here to register for this free event. (Flyer is attached)

Hybrid Model for MHS

To follow up on the recent district emails explaining the details on the Hybrid Instructional Model, the MHS Hybrid Schedule is below. It can be also be found in the MHS ReStart Guide here.


The Hybrid Schedule is designed to decrease the number of students attending school in-person by dividing students into two alphabetical groups - students with last names starting with A-K, and students with last names starting with L-Z. In the Hybrid, students A-K will report in-person to school on Mondays and Thursdays, and students L-Z will report in-person to school on Tuesdays and FridaysAll students will attend classes remotely on Wednesdays. The rotation of Blue and Gold days continues.



Hybrid Model Schedule:


Monday - In-Person A-K, Remote Zooming in L-Z

Tuesday - In-Person L-Z, Remote Zooming in A-K

Wednesday - All Remote

Thursday - In-Person A-K, Remote Zooming in L-Z

Friday - In-Person L-Z, Remote Zooming in A-K



For information on how the District will decide a move to the Hybrid Model, please review the process here. If the Hybrid Model is utilized, we will remain on the schedule for two-weeks . The data will be reviewed to determine if the model will continue or if we will return to our in-person alternating block schedule.

Senior Families - Vaccination Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that all seniors are required by the state of Ohio to have the Meningococcal vaccine documented at MHS . If this vaccine has been given, please contact your child’s physician’s office to forward an updated copy of their immunization records or send documentation of the vaccine to the nurse’s office. If this vaccine has not yet been given, please make an appointment before the end of September. This vaccine can be given at Walgreens Clinic or Kroger Little Clinic. This immunization is important for teens and is also required by colleges and universities. We appreciate each family's attention to this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call 513-891-8222 and ask to speak with the school nurse. Thanks!

Bus Reminder - Bus Riders

This is a reminder to parents and students that masks must be wore on the bus at all times. Thanks!

Warrior Run

Join Madeira City Schools in The (Virtual) Warrior Run: The Race for Life. This annual race will be held virtually from September 26 to October 10, 2020. Every dollar from this event benefits local schools' evidence-based mental health educational programs, including those in Madeira City Schools.
Details for this year:
- participate whenever you want between September 26 and October 10.
- do it all in one day or over several days
- run, walk, or hike where you want--in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, or at a local park
- share your route to inspire and encourage other participants to find their path
Consider signing up to run or just donate if you prefer. By participating through one of our links, 100% of your registration dollars/donation will go directly to Madeira City Schools and our commitment to supporting mental wellness. Registration ends October 10, 2020 at 11:30 PM!

Tag Day Continues

The Madeira Music Boosters' annual fundraiser, "Tag Day," has commenced! Donations received support music programming in Madeira’s Elementary, Middle and High Schools. While we won't be sending music students door-to-door to collect donations this year, you should receive a Tag Day letter and return envelope, which were mailed recently to all Madeira residents asking for financial support for the Madeira Music Programs. Donations also will be accepted online this year at: We are extremely grateful for the support we have always received from our community and hope you will support us again this year! Donations are tax-deductible and qualify for most corporate matching gift programs.

Counseling Update - Financial Aide Night

If you missed the Financial Aid Night presentation by Mike Garcia from Xavier University on 9/10/2020 (or you would like to see it again), here are the links you'll need:


Financial Aid Night 2020 Slides


Financial Aid Night 2020 Recording (the session starts at about 3:30)

Madeira High School PTO

The MHS PTO concluded the first meeting meeting of the year on September 19th via Zoom. Please visit the new MHS PTO website for information shared at the meeting and to learn more about joining our PTO.

MHS Absence Practices & Policies

We are relying on parents and students to monitor symptoms and make important decisions related to the health of themselves and others. Students who are sick or displaying symptoms of illness should stay home.



When your student is sick or will be absent, here is what you should do and here is what you can expect:


1. Please call the school 891-8222 or 924-3777 as you normally would and report that your student is absent.

2. The school nurse may follow up and ask you a few additional questions so that we may have a better record of students who are out with illness and type of illness.

3. If a student has symptoms of COVID-19 that do not have a known cause, a parent should consult with their healthcare provider. A doctor’s note explaining the non-COVID diagnosis should be provided to the school upon return (strep, allergies, mono, pertussis, etc.), or the doctor may decide that COVID testing is warranted.

4. A student may return to school after 24 hours of being fever free with NO medications and have symptoms that are improving if they did not need to be tested for COVID-19 or if their test is negative. Students are NOT required to have a COVID-19 test to be able to return to school if it is not recommended by a healthcare provider.

5. If your student is absent and staying at home for illness or another reason, there will be no guaranteed opportunity or requirement for the student to Zoom into the classes on those days. High school students may contact their teachers or counselor to make special arrangements should absences continue for an extended period of time. Zooming into the classroom is intended for online learners and those students quarantined, not for families going on vacation or heading out of town. Zooming into classes when absent from the classroom does not remove the absence from a student’s attendance record.

6. If your doctor recommends testing for COVID-19, please know that your student will not be able to return to school until a negative test result is received and the result is provided in writing.

7. If a student has symptoms and there is a known exposure to COVID-19, the student will be considered a “probable case” and should remain home for at least 10 days since symptom onset and be fever free without medication for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved.

Get Connected!

Be sure to keep up with all the exciting things happening at MHS by following along on Twitter at @MadeiraHSPrin. No Twitter - no problem. You can receive text messages from the principal by texting the message “@mhs-comm” to the number 81010.

Soccer and Volleyball Senior Zons!

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Special Football Moment!

Foods Class - Planting Veggies!

Socially Distant Student Section!

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Foods Class - Planting Veggies!


Socially Distant Student Section!


Go Band!

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Team Work!

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Fun in Foods!

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Entrepreneurship Groups!

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David Kennedy, Madeira High School PrincipalDavid Kennedy, Madeira High School Principal




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