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Donn Davis

DonnCropDonn M. Davis was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2015 and graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1981 where he was Senior Class President. He graduated from Miami University with a BS in in finance and then earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Donn started his career as an attorney at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, specializing in media and technology transactions. At 29 years old, he became the youngest team attorney in Major League Baseball negotiating player contracts for the Chicago Cubs. From 1992 to 1998, he served in senior roles at Tribune Company, where he was President of Tribune Ventures.

From 1998 to 2003, Donn was a senior executive at America Online, including President of the AOL Interactive Properties Group. He then became CEO of Exclusive Resorts, building it into one of the first successful “sharing economy” companies. In 2005 Donn co-founded venture capital firm Revolution LLC with Steve Case and serves as its Managing Partner. Mr. Davis and his wife Sharon live in Great Falls, Virginia with their three children, Cameron, Cooper and Tess.

Mike Fordyce

Fordyce WebshotMichael L. Fordyce was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2015 and is a graduate from the class of 1969.  Mr. Fordyce was a standout athlete at Mariemont High School, where he earned 10 varsity letters and held records in cross country and track. He attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating cum laude with a degree in business.

Mike advanced in his professional career, becoming the chief administrative officer for the Catholic Health Initiatives, a national healthcare system of 72 hospitals and 42 long-term care facilities where he served for 21 years. In 2008, Mike became the President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, the position he holds today.

Craig Hospital specializes in neurological rehabilitation and research and has been ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the United States for the past three years (and top 10 for 25 years). Mr. Fordyce’s philanthropic pursuits include a deep commitment to various health care industry initiatives and the establishment of the Steve Mckee-Mike Fordyce Scholarship for Mariemont High School seniors.

Mark Lippert

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Mark W. Lippert was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2015 and is a member of the Mariemont High School class of 1991. Mr. Lippert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with both a B.A in Political Science and an M.A. in International Policy Studies.  From 1999 through 2005, he served as an advisor and a professional staff member for several Senate committees, advising Senators Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle and others.

Mark followed as the foreign policy advisor for then-Senator Obama, working on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Mr. Lippert has served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff for the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense.  In September 2014, he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to South Korea.

His military service includes active duty deployments as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy to Iraq and Afghanistan with Seal Team One, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, respectively.  Mark and his wife, Robyn, have one son, James William Sejun.

 

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MJHS Student-Created Children’s Book Project FULLY FUNDED!

Online fundraising for Publishing Student-Made Children's Books

This request has been fully funded!  

Thank you to our generous donors for Making it Happen for Mariemont Junior High School!

Pic 6 The funds will be used in order to develop a project-based learning unit related to our study of short stories and narrative writing.  After reading already-published short stories and children’s books, students will collaboratively write children’s book that highlight the important elements of plot and integrate a valuable theme geared toward children.  Seventh grade students will visit Mariemont Elementary School and will share their children’s books with kindergarten students in the building. Additionally, they will donate the books to the kindergarten classrooms to be enjoyed for years to come and making the experience more authentic for the students.

Creating these books for an authentic audience will allow seventh graders to practice the following standards:

—Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

—Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

—Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new appoach.

—Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

We will place students in a leadership positions by asking them to share their stories with a younger audience. Reading aloud to kindergartners and donating the books helps the 7th grade students give back to their own community and other fellow learners.  

This project allows students to demonstrate their understanding of literary concepts through creativity and collaboration.  Giving students the books will demonstrate that we value their writing and believe it is worth sharing with a larger audience.

Pic 5 This project enhances our students’ experience in the Warriors BEyond program by providing them with a more authentic audience than just their teacher. Knowing their books will be read and critiqued by a true audience makes the experience more meaningful and valuable to them. While they will be showing their mastery of important aspects of the 7th grade language arts curriculum, they are digging much deeper than simply reading stories and identifying important elements of plot. 

They are truly CREATING their own stories, allowing each student group to delve into their own interests and their own idea of an effective children’s narrative. It truly enriches their experience with the traditional curriculum. 

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for Classroom Wall Timers!-Partially Funded!

Online fundraising for Classroom Wall Timers

The funds raised will be used to purchase 3 large, wall-mounted count-up/count-down timers for up to 2 classrooms & the media center at Mariemont Junior High School.

Thank you  Madison Wealth Management! for providing matching funds during our Business Match Promotion!  Thank you donors!!

 

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Unique and Innovative.

The timer will be used for a multitude of academic exercises, giving students added motivation and interest. Racing against the clock adds an intensity that feels like head to head competition. The timer can be a coach, a motivator, and the ruler by which we are measured. It is a must for helping students learn to work independently.

In addition, the students will be learning a life skill that will carry over into most professional endeavors. Numerous professions require employees to be time conscience, to perform tasks efficiently, and to keep track of the amount of time activities require. From medicine, to law, to teaching, to laboratory science, to design work and more, learning the art of time management and awareness of time is a necessary skill.

Our request will enhace students’ ability to master their learning through self-regulation and developing skills that produce autonomy in the classroom environment. The research shows the device we are requesting assists students become better critical thinkers who experiment, question, and solve problems. These skills are needed in real-life, connecting to the ideas underlying the Warriors BEyond experience.

In addition to classroom uses throughout the week, these spaces are often used for our Friday Expeditions program. These timers will help students in those two hour, hands on, ungraded experiences to monitor their time during these two hour Friday sessions of experiential learning.

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for Pottery Wheels-FULLY FUNDED!

 

Online fundraising for Pottery Wheels for Mariemont & Terrace Park Elementary School

THANK YOU DONORS!

Thank you Time Timer! for providing matching funds during our Business Matching Fund!

Thank you to Mariemont Elementary PTO & Terrace Park PTO for their collaboration and DONATIONS!

Please help Mrs. Rupe, Mrs. Komrska & Mrs. Hobart Make it Happen!  

 Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 4.26.58 PMThis request is for two electric pottery wheels to be used in our elementary art classroom.  (One for Mariemont Elementary & Terrace Park Elementary)  Clay is one of the most effective art mediums for children to discover and develop their creative learning skills. The process of working with this natural material to create a unique clay project supports personalized learning, sensory development, fine motor skills, self esteem,  self expression, problem solving skills, discipline and pride in a child. In addition, clay has a well documented therapeutic quality that settles and calms children. 

In addition to being used during regular elementary art classes, this equipment would enhance our Warriors BEyond after-school art enrichment program. A pottery wheel would benefit students for years to come!

 

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for 4th grade STEM Supplies-FULLY FUNDED

 

Online fundraising for STEM Classroom Supplies

THANK YOU DONORS!

Thank you to Mariemont Elementary PTO & Terrace Park PTO for their collaboration and donation.

Thank you Miller Insurance! for providing matching donations during our Business Matching Fund!

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This request is for the 4th grade to purchase STEM—or science, technology, engineering and math— related activity kits to support a passion for learning and ignite the curiosity of our children. Potential focus areas include simple machines, construction, lasers and robotics. 

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A variety of materials will be used for classroom activities, learning lab and even indoor recess. Children often learn through “play”, and we need resources to build the capacity for building STEM skills. STEM resources will promote academic achievement within the classroom while developing skills that may impact career paths in the future. The Warriors BEyond program is planning future after-school learning opportunities structured around STEM content. Giving students the opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences within the school day may foster the desire to pursue STEM activities beyond the school day. Acquiring STEM resources will help kids who enjoy science, technology, engineering and math find more joy in learning!

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STEM has become more prevalent in the classroom in the last fewyears. By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. STEM education often begins with an introduction to engineering and technology concepts starting in middle school. And while any exposure to STEM is good, research study after research study on STEM education has shown that kids who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are the ones who will be best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they get older.

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for 5th grade STEM Supplies-FULLY FUNDED

Online fundraising for 5th grade STEM Classroom Supplies

THANK YOU DONORS!

Thank you to Mariemont Elementary PTO & Terrace Park PTO for their collaboration and donation.

Thank you Miller Insurance! for providing matching donations during our Business Matching Fund!

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This request is for the 5th grade to purchase STEM—or science, technology, engineering and math— related activity kits to support a passion for learning and ignite the curiosity of our children. Potential focus areas include simple machines, construction, lasers and robotics. 

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A variety of materials will be used for classroom activities, learning lab and even indoor recess. Children often learn through “play”, and we need resources to build the capacity for building STEM skills. STEM resources will promote academic achievement within the classroom while developing skills that may impact career paths in the future. The Warriors BEyond program is planning future after-school learning opportunities structured around STEM content. Giving students the opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences within the school day may foster the desire to pursue STEM activities beyond the school day. Acquiring STEM resources will help kids who enjoy science, technology, engineering and math find more joy in learning!

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STEM has become more prevalent in the classroom in the last fewyears. By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. STEM education often begins with an introduction to engineering and technology concepts starting in middle school. And while any exposure to STEM is good, research study after research study on STEM education has shown that kids who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are the ones who will be best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they get older.

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for 6th grade STEM Supplies-FULLY FUNDED

Online fundraising for 6th grade STEM classroom supplies

THANK YOU DONORS!

Thank you to Mariemont Elementary PTO & Terrace Park PTO for their collaboration and donation.

Thank you Miller Insurance! for providing matching donations during our Business Matching Fund!

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This request is for the 6th grade to purchase STEM—or science, technology, engineering and math— related activity kits to support a passion for learning and ignite the curiosity of our children. Potential focus areas include simple machines, construction, lasers and robotics. 

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 8.06.20 AM

A variety of materials will be used for classroom activities, learning lab and even indoor recess. Children often learn through “play”, and we need resources to build the capacity for building STEM skills. STEM resources will promote academic achievement within the classroom while developing skills that may impact career paths in the future. The Warriors BEyond program is planning future after-school learning opportunities structured around STEM content. Giving students the opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences within the school day may foster the desire to pursue STEM activities beyond the school day. Acquiring STEM resources will help kids who enjoy science, technology, engineering and math find more joy in learning!

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 8.04.32 AM

STEM has become more prevalent in the classroom in the last fewyears. By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. STEM education often begins with an introduction to engineering and technology concepts starting in middle school. And while any exposure to STEM is good, research study after research study on STEM education has shown that kids who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are the ones who will be best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they get older.

 

Make it Happen! Funding Request for Art Pen Tablets!

Online fundraising for Art Pen Tablets

Update:  The Mariemont Arts Association is helping to get this fund GOING! They have made a generous $1000.00 donation,

AND they will match dollar for dollar future donations up to an additional $1000.00!

Lets MAKE IT HAPPEN for MHS Art and STEM students!  

Donate TODAY.

Please help fund 17 Intuos Art Pen Tablets-made by Wacom for Mariemont High Visual Arts Students!

photo of Intuos Art tablet from the internetThese funds will be used to purchase 17 Intuos Art Pen Tablets to be used with the following classes: Beginning & Advanced Computer Graphics, Beginning & Advanced Photography, sTEm for Life, Digital Video I, Advanced Digital Video, and Engineering Design.

These pen tablets enhance a student’s ability to create directly on the computer. The tablets are pressure sensitive, thus they mimic drawing and/or painting on paper/canvas allowing lines/strokes to be thick or thin depending on how much pressure is applied by the pen. Having a pressure-sensitive tablet is a huge advantage because the computer mouse is not pressure sensitive -consequently, a student’s lines or paint strokes created using a computer mouse are limited. In addition to the pressure –sensitive pad, using the pen, rather than a mouse is a much more natural way of moving one’s hand to navigate through a computer program; whether a student is creating an elaborate drawing using Adobe Illustrator, designing products or structures using a 3D modeling program, editing video clips in Adobe Premiere, etc., ultimately giving the student greater control and precision than a computer mouse can allow.

Erika using pen tabletIn addition, these tablets have the option to use fingers touch on the tablet to draw, navigate, paint, etc. Thus, the pressure-sensitive tablet gives students multiple ways to create on the computer-depending on each student’s need, ability, and preference.

As our district moves towards expanding the student experience beyond the curriculum with the Warriors BEyond initiative, these tablets have the potential to enhance our student learning by allowing our students to work with the same tools professionals use when creating on the computer. As we introduce career exploration to our students, they will see that professionals working in the areas of Photography, Computer Illustration, Graphic Design, Computer Graphics, Engineering, Video, etc. use pressure-sensitive pen tablets in their given career; thus we will be preparing our students for real-world application by allowing them the same opportunity to create on the computer using these tablets.

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