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Archive for September 2013

Distinguished Alumus Mr. Scott J. Hamlin, Class of 1979

Today we are featuring the final member of our 2013 Class of Distinguished Alumni.  Please be sure to come out and celebrate with our honorees tomorrow at 5:30 for the Homecoming Parade and at 6:30 for the recognition ceremony before the start of the football game!

A 1979 graduate of Mariemont High School, Mr. Scott J. Hamlin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  For the previous 14 years, he served Cincinnati Children’s as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Hamlin joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1988 as the Vice President of Finance.

Mr. Hamlin graduated from Mariemont High School in 1979.  At Mariemont, he played football, basketball and ran track – earning two Warrior Awards.  He was also a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Washington D.C. Student Internship Program.

Mr. Hamlin earned a BBA in accounting, graduating cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1982.  He earned his CPA designation in 1987.  Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Hamlin specialized in healthcare practices at Arthur Anderson & Co.

Mr. Hamlin’s commitment to the community is extensive.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Board of Directors, and on the Board of Trustees of River City Insurance Company, Convalescent Hospital for Children and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  He also serves on the Finance and Management Oversight Committees of the Board of Uptown Consortium, Inc.  Hamlin’s past board service includes the boards of the Cincinnati Zoo Foundation, Advisory Board of the Mariemont Board of Education, Joy Outdoor Education Center, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Ronald McDonald Charities.

Distinguished Alumnus, General Jeffrey W. Foley, Class of 1974

Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Jeffrey W. Foley is a retired (2010) Brigadier General for the U.S. Army, having served as the 34th Chief of Signal and Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center.  He  is currently Vice President of Military Affairs for Georgia Regents University and Medical Center.  Mr. Foley has served on numerous boards and is a sought-after public speaker specializing in leadership and team-building.

Mr. Foley graduated from Mariemont High School in 1974 where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.  He went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played baseball and graduated with a BS degree.  Mr. Foley also holds Masters degrees in Computer Systems (U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology) and National and Strategic Studies (National War College).

While in the Army, Foley held numerous leadership positions.   As a tactical signal officer (including Chief of the Army Signal Corps), he designed, engineered, planned, operated, and managed communications networks and information technology capabilities for military units throughout the world.  He served twice in the Pentagon and has been instrumental in the development of some of the largest and most complex communications and information networks in the world, including those for high profile military operations such as Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Foley is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Master Parachutist Badge; Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge; and Army Staff Identification Badge.

Upon retirement General Foley has served in the public speaking realm as a keynote speaker at over 13 major events on leadership.

Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Arthur Thompson Evans, Class of 1965

Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus, Arthur Thompson Evans, III, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.  Dr. Evans is known nationally for his expertise in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the management of diabetes during pregnancy.

Dr. Evans graduated from Mariemont High School in 1965 and went on to attend Harvard University. While at Harvard, Art rowed on the crew team and participated on the 1968 U.S. Olympic team in Mexico City.  Art graduated from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 1974.  He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in 1978.

In addition to practicing obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Evans has held numerous academic appointments in maternal-fetal medicine.  He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including being named to the “Best Doctors in America” list and “Teacher of the Year”. Dr. Evans is widely published in medical journals, is the co-author of the Manual of Obstetrics, and is a sought-after conference presenter.  He is a trusted role model and mentor for young physician scientists and medical educators.

As a current resident, Dr Evans has been a strong advocate of the Mariemont community and school system.

Mrs. Miller’s Kindergarten Class Needs Your Help for Hokki Stools

Hokki Stools are cleverly designed stools that would replace the traditional chair in my classroom.

The Hokki stool is a backless stool with a curved bottom. These stools force students to sit upright, strengthening their core while allowing students to wiggle and move their bodies and remain sitting at their tables.

The benefits of children being able to move while they are working are numerous.

The children are able to be in motion while still focusing on the work in front of them. The stools are designed to improve posture, which in turn also improves handwriting and fine motor skills as well and core strength, both of which are crucial at the Kindergarten age.

Attention spans grow longer and the ability to concentrate improves. Research proves that this relationship between movement and brain activity leads to better academic results.

A class set of these chairs will allow the most active children to continue working on their academics while addressing their physical needs and provide the less active children with the task of staying upright rather than slouching in their chairs. These stools are designed to withstand the use of Kindergarten aged students and will be used for many years to come, impacting hundreds of children.

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Online fundraising for Hokki Stools for Mrs. Miller's Kindergarten Class at Mariemont Elementary

Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Karl Henize, Class of 1943

One of the four graduates selected as Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Karl Henize, Class of 1943, is being honored posthumously.  Dr. Henize was an astronomer, NASA astronaut, space scientist, and professor at Northwestern University.

As a youth, Karl excelled in science and math and was a boy scout, which introduced him to astronomy.  After graduating from Plainville High School (now Mariemont High School,) Henize received a bachelor of arts in mathematics in 1947 and a Master of Arts degree in astronomy in 1948 from the University of Virginia.  He was awarded a doctorate of philosophy in astronomy in 1954 by the University of Michigan.

After serving as a senior astronomer for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Dr. Henize became a professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Astronomy where he conducted research on planetary nebulae, peculiar emission-line stars, S-stars and T-associations.

In 1967, Dr. Henize was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA.  He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 15 mission and the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions.  As a mission specialist on the Spacelab-2 mission, he flew on the Space Shuttle Challenger in July –August 1985. During his lifetime, Henize spent 7 days, 22 hours, and 45 minutes in space. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1974.  He died of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema in 1993, during a NASA-sponsored Mt. Everest expedition.

Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming Game

The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by their extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade, or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; OR any other field, endeavor, or pursuit, excluding athletics.

The first class of recipients has been selected from those nominated by a committee consisting of Mariemont Alumni board members and Mariemont School Foundation members. Congratulations to our 2013 Distinguished Alumni:  Karl Gordon Henize, class of 1943 (awarded posthumously,) Arthur Thompson Evans, III, M.D., class of 1965, General Jeffrey Foley, class of 1974, and Scott J. Hamlin, class of 1979.

These truly Distinguished Alumni will spend the day Friday September 27th, back in high school, where they will visit with students, meet the faculty and attend a Pep Rally.  At 5:30 pm on Friday they will be featured as honored guests in the annual Mariemont High School Homecoming Parade.  Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and recognized before the start of the Homecoming Game against the Finneytown Wildcats.  Recognition will begin at 6:30.  Game begins at 7:00pm.

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Karl Gordon Henize was a 1943 graduate of the former Plainville High School, which later became Mariemont High School.  Karl was a senior space agency scientist and oldest American astronaut to travel in space.  As one of the earliest graduates of the Mariemont School system, Karl Henize was one of the most decorated and celebrated in our schools history. Karl died in 1993 during a NASA-sponsored Mt. Everest expedition.

Arthur Thompson Evans. III, M.D is a member of the class of 1965 and a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Dr. Evans currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, and has made significant contributions in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the management of diabetes in pregnancy.  As a current resident, Dr Evans has been a strong advocate of the Mariemont community and school system.

Jeffrey W. Foley is a graduate from the class of 1974.  General Foley spent a long and distinguished career in the United States Army, which began with his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point 1978.  General Foley is currently Vice President of Military Affairs for Georgia Regents University and Medical Center, and is a sought after public speaker specializing in leadership and team-building.

Scott J. Hamlin is a member of the 1979 graduating class and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Scott was the first in his family to graduate from college, graduating cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 with a BBA degree in Accounting. Scott has been a tremendous champion for Mariemont Schools, and has been a tremendous support to many local families and friends in need.

 Click here to nominate someone for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award!

Help Make it Happen for the ME Library!

Ms. Ecker writes: Mariemont Elementary needs portable numeric keypads to use with ThinkPads and/or Netbooks.

Numeric keypads greatly increase speed for students using these devices for Math Facts in a Flashor the math portion of Skills Tutor. A classroom set of numeric keypads to circulate between grade level classrooms would help meet this demand. As we move into “1:1″ technology, this flexibility is imperative.

If funded, the keypads would provide more than a convenience; they would help use technology to combine the visual and auditory learning experience for the entire student body at Mariemont Elementary.

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Online fundraising for Number Keypads for Mariemont Elementary

The Junior High Band Technology Committee Needs Your Help to Make it Happen!

Our band director, Mr. Canter, has initiated a technology committee at the Junior High and has submitted a  Make it Happen proposal for equipment to get them started. His request is for funding to  purchase a MacBook Pro computer with video image and audio processing software:

This year, the 8th Grade Band will be adding a technology committee. This student-lead committee will be responsible for creating videos to back up the performances of music at concerts for the 7th and 8th Grade Bands using iMovie and other Apple programs. These movies would be shown on a projector screen behind the band during a performance to add an exciting element to musical selections. In addition to video production, the band technology committee will be learning how to professionally record performances using Garage Band and other recording software. This committee will also be responsible for making promotional videos to be used at concerts and to be shown at community events.

By working together in this committee, students will learn new technology, how to better work together, leadership and teamwork skills that will enhance their experience in band. The success of this program will be measured by how the performances are impacted through the use of this new technology.

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Online fundraising for Video Production for 8th Grade band at Mariemont Junior High

Can you help us Make it Happen for Mariemont Teachers?

What is Make it Happen?

The Make it Happen (MIH) Fund is a crowd-sourcing initiative to support a teacher’s classroom and teaching ideas through donations from Foundation donors, parents, families and friends.  In it’s first year over $10,000.00 of funding was provided to support teacher requests.

What’s new this year?

There have been two significant changes made to the Make it Happen (MIH) Fund this year.  The first is the introduction of donation matching from the PTOs or MAA for certain requests.  Requests with available matching grants will be clearly identified.  The second change is that we are now using the Crowd-funding platform Razoo.com to host our requests.  This interface allows for secure donations and makes it very simple to promote and share MIH requests.

How can I help?

Consider a Make it Happen fund donation as a means of recognizing a special teacher or favorite school.
  • You can browse current MIH requests here.
  • Watch your email and the Foundation or School Facebook pages for information about requests you might be interested in supporting.
  • Help promote requests that are important to you by sharing them with your network.

Together we can Make it Happen for our Teachers and Students!

College and Career Planning Center Grand Opening

The Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) would like to thank all of the donors who have supported our efforts over the past year. As a result of your generous donations we have now established a College and Career Planning Center at Mariemont High School.

The Grand Opening of the center will be held as a part of the High School Open House on Monday September 9th.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the auditorium at 7:00pm.

 The College and Career Planning Center experienced exponential growth upon the completion of the 2012 Fall Capital Campaign. Space was dedicated in the High School library for the Center and renovations are complete.

A part-time College Specialist was hired. The Specialist surveyed parents to determine families’ college and career planning needs. He met with juniors and seniors to determine their college plans. The Specialist also guided students planning employment after graduation to ensure a “success plan” was in place. Along with our Counselors, the Specialist met with freshman and sophomore parents to introduce the post- graduation process. “Lunch crew” standardized test prep classes were initiated and offered to all students daily during lunch. Naviance, an online platform that is the “industry standard” for college and career searches and application, was launched for all High School students, receiving more than 4,500 visits.

In May the first college “Signing Day” was held. It was a day of celebration for all college-bound seniors. Students, faculty and parents celebrated their college choice at a breakfast before school. Students wore sportswear from their future school and enjoyed a fun “photo- op” with friends!

A “Mariemont District-specific” College Prep guide for students and parents is currently in production, and the second “College Application Boot Camp” took place in August.

We are so fortunate to have such generous donors supporting our district!  Thanks for all that you do!