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Principal's Message

David Kennedy

Principal Madeira High School

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Thank You!

By all accounts, we are off to a great start at MHS! The students have been diligent in getting things set-up in the building and bringing a fabulous, upbeat attitude to start the year. The staff are energized and excited to meet new students and get reacquainted with familiar faces. The positive parental support thus far has not gone unnoticed, and is greatly appreciated. As a community, we have all contributed to getting 2019-20 going in the right direction. Thank you!

 

Go Stangs! Go Zons! Go Madeira!

Madeira Strong 2019-20!

Our school-wide Madeira Strong Assembly is one of the highlights of kicking off each new school year. It is a powerful opportunity to gather and celebrate the student-driven culture at Madeira High School. We celebrate what it means to be Madeira Strong - to be Different, Noticeable, and Appealing (our D.N.A). During the assembly, we showcase our D.N.A in many ways by having students stand among their peers to be recognized for the hours of community service they complete, the number of extracurricular clubs and activities they participate in, the academic accolades they achieve, the help they provide to those less fortunate, the jobs they work, and the high-five cards they receive!

 

During the assembly, our keynote speakers share their personal narratives and examples of what Madeira Strong means to them. Senior Ben Ramos shared how both accountability and action play a role in being Madeira Strong. It's about what we say and what we do. It's how we depend on each other as a school community. Senior Mathew Cook, through his experience as the football team manager, illustrated another key element of the Madeira Strong culture - the way we care and connect with each another! It's about everyone feeling welcomed, included, and valued and knowing that our relationships matter. Art teacher, Mrs. Dulgeroff, stressed how Madeira Strong means we are always learning. We challenge and support one another and view mistakes as feedback to improve upon. We never give up on ourselves or others! Finally, Senior Isabella DiMauro shared that being Madeira Strong means we are always growing. It's about who we are and who we can become. It's being bold enough to try something new, challenge a thought, go to a new place, or think about a problem differently.

 

Our speakers did an amazing job defining the culture and beliefs that quantify how to be different, noticeable, and appealing - to be Madeira Strong. We look forward to the new stories that will be made in 2019-20! Go Madeira!

Planning Ahead

September

5 - Financial Aide Night

12 - ACT/SAT Planning Workshop 7pm in the PLC

20 - Teacher In-Service Day - No School

22 - NHS Induction 7pm

October

4 - Day of Service

7 - Picture Retake Day

9 - PTO Meeting 9:15am

11 - End of First Quarter

15 - Choir Concert 7pm

16 - PSAT & College and Career Planning Day

18 - Homecoming Parade and Football Game

19 - Homecoming Dance 8:00pm - 11:00pm

24 - Parent - Teacher Conference Night

28 - Parent - Teacher Conference Night

November

1 - Parent - Teacher Conference Night

The Warrior Run - Madeira Teams Forming

 

Join Madeira City Schools in The Warrior Run: The Race for Life. This evening 5K race, one-mile walk, or Kids' Fun Run is on October 5, 2019, in Mariemont, Ohio. This event is fun for the whole family and benefits Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Surviving the Teens® program and local school mental health programs, including those in Madeira City Schools. After the race, stay to enjoy great food, music, carnival-style kids' games, and a movie at dark.

Consider signing up to run or just donate if you can't make it for the fun. By participating through one of our links, a portion of your dollars/donation will go directly to Madeira City Schools and our commitment to supporting mental wellness.

Join Madeira City Schools in supporting mental wellness in our schools and community. Sign up for The Warrior Run: The Race for Life on October 5, 2019! Hope to see you there!

https://give.classy.org/Madeira-High-School

ACT - SAT Planning Meeting

The Madeira PTO is hosting LEAP at a free event at Madeira HS on Thursday, Sept 12th @ 7:00 p.m. Lisa Marker-Robbins, LEAP owner, will talk to parents on creating a solid testing timeline so students can maximize their test scores while minimizing the number of test attempts. She will help families map out an individualized plan and provide tips on understanding the ACT and SAT tests. This presentation is ideal for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students and their parents.

Fees

Fees are available for payment online via EZpay or by cash/check in the main office. Invoices have also been mailed and if you would like to develop a payment plan for school fees, please contact Beth Shelander at 513-891-8222 for information and arrangements.

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.

To Pump Them Up for a Successful New School Year

Words are a powerful force. They can inspire, encourage and create enthusiasm, or they can dishearten, discourage and create despair—especially in the lives of young, impressionable people.
 

As parents, it seems so many times that what we say to our children goes in one ear and out the other. But research proves that they are listening and that our words make a world of difference.
 

Most children and some parents would agree that it’s a bummer when the summer break comes to an end. But instead of allowing our youth to dwell on the negative, we can use our voices and positive influence to pump them up, and get them excited about a successful, new season of learning.
 

Here are 10 Empowering Messages to share with your child (adapted from WabisabiLearning.com):
 

1. "Today is a new day. What can we do with it?”

The trials of yesterday are behind you. A new school day dawns, and with it come possibilities. Chances for success, empathy, and discovery are abundant. Inspiration is everywhere you look. The opportunity to be better than you were yesterday is right here, right now.
 

2. "You aren't defined by your failures, you're empowered by them."

It doesn’t feel good to fail, but mistakes are a normal and expected part of life. Not only do you gain knowledge from your mistakes, they help you grow and mature and become more resilient.
 

3. "The hardest person you'll ever face is the one staring back at you in the mirror."

It's true; you are either your own best ally or your own worst enemy. It's up to you to decide which one—and you actually do have that choice.
 

4. "Success means caring.”

Learning is personal to each one of us. Of course I care about your learning. YOU have to decide however, that YOU care and that you are willing to put in the hard work to achieve successful learning.
 

5. "I'm a learner too. We need to support each other in that."

Even as adults, we continue to learn—in both our working and personal lives. Adults are neither above nor beneath younger learners. It is a shared journey that connects us and provides an opportunity to create a strong network of support.
 

6. "There's nothing you can't do if you really want to."

Too often, many of us live with more awareness of our limitations than our potential. The time to change that is now. You are capable of anything you set your minds to. The only limits you have are the ones you choose to place on yourself.
 

7. "Great things begin with small actions."

Tackling too much at one time is a recipe for disaster. So start small; begin at the beginning and make a great change one step at a time. It's important to build on previous successes gradually and carefully, preserving the progress of every previous step. That's how greatness manifests.
 

8. "I'm always here to help you, but you've got to take the lead."

As your parent, I am here to support, assist and guide you in your academic potential. However, the responsibility for learning and succeeding is yours.
 

9. "I believe in you."

This one needs no explanation. Everyone can benefit from hearing this. No better time to start than right now.
 

10. "You're not alone."

It is easy to sometimes feel like no one has ever felt the way you do, and never can. But you are not alone. I am here to help you and I want you to feel comfortable coming to me and sharing with me whatever is on your mind.
 

If we can help plant the desire for success in our children early on, then they'll be unstoppable. Use your voice and positive influence today, to help set them on the path to lifelong learning success.