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2017 Scavenger Hunt a Great Success!

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Thank you to all the teams and businesses that participated in this year’s Scavenger Hunt on September 9!  Over 30 teams participated and a great time was had by all.  Congratulations to our top 3 teams:

  1. Wonder Willetts
  2. The Millers
  3. Go Blue or Go Home

And a big THANK YOU to all our businesses for participating:

  • Stihl, Michaelson Homes, & Kyle Gearhart
  • Time Timer
  • Tri-State Running Company
  • Little Miami Fire Department
  • Trevor Furbay
  • The Wardrobe
  • The Dilly
  • The Birch
  • Snappy’s Pizza
  • Orange Leaf
  • 50 West Cycling
  • Mac’s
  • Miller Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Groovy Gumball
  • The Mango Tree
  • The Sweeterie
  • Rooted
  • Eye Care on the Square
  • Lawnscapers
  • Etegent Technologies
  • Mariemont Capital

Scavenger Hunt Registration Now Open!

scavenger huntRegistration is now open for this fun, family-friendly event which will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 4-7 pm!  Please visit the Village Scavenger Hunt page for event details and registration!

Save the Date! Village Scavenger Hunt

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This fun, family-friendly event is Saturday, September 9th, from 4 to 7pm.

After a spirited kick-off event at the Starting Line (Mariemont Junior High School), teams will rally through the villages of Fairfax, Mariemont, William’s Meadow and Terrace Park in a crazy scavenger hunt, collecting points for various stops and challenges. The competition will end at the Finish Line (Mariemont Junior High School) with a celebration party and announcement of winners!

Is your family up for the challenge? Test your family’s teamwork and competitive spirit.  Or maybe you’re a rec or school team looking for a fun way to build team unity. Teachers, take on some of your students and show them who’s boss. Grab some friends and hit the road in this awesome adventure!

Watch for more details and team registration information in August.

Do you know a community business that would like to be a stop on the race course? There are many sponsorship opportunities and we’re looking for event stops. If you know of a company or business that would like to be involved, please contact Chandra Buswell at

Brought to you by The Mariemont School Foundation

Presenting: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students


Join us for a presentation by Dr. Edward Amend, who will be speaking on the topic of “Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students” at Terrace Park Elementary on Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm in the library.

Sponsored by the Life and Leadership Series through the Mariemont School Foundation and paid for by Warrior Run funds, this event is open to all district K-6 parents and we encourage you to attend!

Dr. Amend is a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C. in Lexington, Kentucky. He focuses on social, emotional and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults and their families. He is co-author of two award-winning books: “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children” and “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults; ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and Other Disorders.”

Click here for more information about Dr. Amend:


FAB Affair Live Auction Catalog Now Available!

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Check out the FABulous items and experiences being offered at the FAB Affair Live Auction!  The auction brochure is now available. Plan ahead… team up with some friends to win your favorite!




FAB Affair 2017 Tickets on Sale Now!

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Tickets for FAB 2017 are on sale now!

The event will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Great American Ball Park.

 Tickets are $100/person and include buffet dinner, full service open bar, and transportation from Mariemont High School to Great American Ball Park.

Hurry!  After March 1 ticket prices will increase to $110/person.

You won’t want to miss this exciting night!

Save the Date: FAB Affair 2017!

Mariemont FAB Baseball Logo

The FAB Affair returns for it’s 7th year as an annual fundraising party to benefit the Mariemont City School District…

The event will take place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Great American Ball Park.

Mark your calendars today! Tickets will be available for purchase soon.
The evening will include appetizers, dinner, drinks, Mystery Basket raffles, and a live auction. You won’t want to miss this exciting night!

Discover the Best College for You with Patrick O’Connor


The Life and Leadership Series presents… 

Patrick O’Connor, College Counselor, Author, Speaker

Thursday January 19th at 7:00pm Mariemont Elementary Auditorium

Discover the Best College for You and Your Future!

Whether you are in the middle of your college search or several years away, Patrick will share practical advice to help you make the most out of the college search process.

Patrick O’Connor, Director of College Counseling, Collegewise

PatrickOConnorPatrick O’Connor is on the Political Science faculty of Oakland Community College and is Associate Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Schools, both in metropolitan Detroit. Born and raised in Detroit, he has been a college counselor since 1984, serving students in rural, urban, and suburban high schools, as well as community college. In addition to writing weekly columns at Huffington Post and HS Counselor Network, his writing has appeared in, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Patrick has served as president of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is on the board of directors of the Michigan College Access Network, and on the credentialing commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from Oakland Community College, the Margaret Addis Service to NACAC Award, and the William Gramenz Award (for outstanding contributions to college counseling in Michigan.) He holds five college degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education Administration.

College & Career Planning Center (CCPC)

The Mariemont City School’s College and Career Planning Center helps students navigate their post-secondary education and career options. The CCPC is a resource center staffed with a dedicated college counselor and resources such as test prep support and Naviance, a web-based career and college search tool. The CCPC counselors, programs and resources allow students and parents to feel confident and comfortable with the post-secondary choices. Click here to visit the CCPC website.

The Life and Leadership Series

The Life and Leadership Series is a collaboration between Mariemont City Schools and the Mariemont School Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to the district. The Series content is currently focused in the spotlight areas of College Planning, Leadership and Wellness. Funding for the series comes from Foundation grantors and donors. Your donation will help us sustain and expand the Life and Leadership Series to provide relevant and exceptional experiences for all district students.

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2016/17 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

Support for The LO.V.E. Fund from the Phelans

The LO.V.E. Fund

 A note in support of The Love Fund from the Drs. KJ and Jackie Phelan.

Neighbors and Friends,

Liv and KieranRecently the Erhardt family announced the Olivia V. Erhardt Memorial Fund for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, the LO.V.E Fund, in memory of their daughter Olivia, a 2014 graduate of Mariemont High School. The Fund will enable more Mariemont students to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. This highly competitive and innovative program matches qualified high school seniors and undergraduates with an interest in the bio-medical sciences to a research lab where they spend their summer break investigating research ideas.

We are physicians at Children’s Hospital and have three sons educated in the Mariemont schools. As parents and doctors, we recognize the impact this prestigious program can have on aspiring students, and the value these students add to the important research conducted in labs able to find funding to sponsor a SURF student.

Olivia was a dear friend of our son, Kieran and both participated in the SURF program. Kieran, who is now pre-med at University of Notre Dame, worked on a project related to the genetics of childhood liver disease in the laboratory of Jorge Bezerra, MD (a Mariemont resident whose three sons are graduates of Mariemont High School). Olivia, who attended Columbia University, worked in the laboratory of Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD a world renowned expert in the sub-type of white blood cell known as the eosinophil and its cellular biology in allergic disease.

Learn about SURFJackie and I have had the pleasure of supporting several SURF students in our clinical laboratories. Regardless of the division or laboratory in which a SURF student works, it is an unparalleled experience. The students are assigned to work on an ongoing research project, usually funded by institutions such as the US Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and other similar scientific funding organizations and foundations.

Supporting a SURF student for a 10-week experience can be challenging, even for a well-funded, world renowned scientific laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s or the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Research projects typically face extremely tight funding environments and budgets are often stretched even in well-supported laboratories. When qualified and interested undergraduates apply and contact a laboratory, it can be difficult to find the resources to support such a student for the summer. As a physician it is an honor to take on SURF students, however due to these resource limitations, not all qualified students are able to be placed in a postion.

The L O.V.E Fund will help overcome the financial barrier that many research labs face when deciding whether or not to take on a SURF participant. It will also open up additional less well-resourced laboratories, that may be a better match for a given students interests.

Learn about The LOVE FundJackie and I enthusiastically support the LO.V.E fund and will be partners along with SURF leadership and the Mariemont community in helping identify and match students to the program. This is a valuable investment in our students and in medical research, and we encourage you to join us in supporting the L O.V.E. fund.


KJ Phelan, MD, MSc. and
Jackie Grupp-Phelan, MD, MPH  
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Residents of Terrace Park, Ohio since 2005

Congratulations Marie Huenefeld, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

huenefeld Photo CropMarie (Caroselli) Huenefeld was an active member of the class of 1959, participating in athletics, the arts, and journalism.  She attended Ohio University and graduated with a degree in journalism.

Marie is a lifelong volunteer. Numerous volunteering experiences after college led her to become a trustee of the Association of Volunteers of the Convalescent Hospital for Children. The association has raised millions of dollars for the Convalescent Hospital and the Medical Center and Marie continues her active role on that board today. She is also a member of the Convalescent Hospital Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, and the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. For more than four decades, Marie has served on 12 other city and community non-profit boards.

In 1987, voters elected Marie to the Mariemont City School District Board of Education, where she served as president four times. She retired from the school board in 2015 and was honored with the inaugural Marie Huenefeld Friend of Mariemont Schools Award. She was a Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the year in 1999. Along with her volunteer activities, Marie has played an active role in the family business, Dee Sign Co. Marie lives in Mariemont and is the proud mother of two Mariemont graduates, Braden and Kirk.

We look forward to welcoming Marie back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2016 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 7th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

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