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Mariemont HS Distinguished Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming Events

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Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and congratulate the 2014 Distinguished Alumni at next Friday’s Homecoming Festivities. These truly Distinguished Alumni will spend the day Friday October 3rd, back in high school, where they will visit with students, meet the faculty and be introduced at a Pep Rally.  At 5:30 pm 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 by Superintendent Steve Estepp before the start of the Homecoming Game against the Taylor High School Yellowjackets.  Please make every effort to be seated by 6:30, the recognition will begin promptly at 6:40.  Game begins at 7:00pm.

The second class of recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award has been selected from those nominated by a committee consisting of Mariemont Alumni board members and Mariemont School Foundation members. Congratulations to Jeffery R. Anders, class of 1965, Pamela Coburn, class of 1970, and Harry N. Walters, class of 1954.  Click here for more information on our 2014 Distinguished Alumni, and look for a special feature on each of them next week.

Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring.  Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org for more information.

 

Don’t miss Cyber-safety with Mike Dermody, M.Ed

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Don’t miss the first program in the 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series this Wednesday!  

cybersafetyWednesday September 17th at 7:00pm, MHS Auditorium. As a part of our Spotlight on WellnessMike Dermody, M.Ed will present to all District parents on the topic of Cyber-safety. He will help parents recognize potential dangers and risks that face children in the online world. Learn the latest on what to watch for and how to protect your children in cyberspace. 

Mike Dermody M.Ed, Keeping Kids Safe Online. 

Mike earned his Bachelors degree in Education at Xavier University and has a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio. Mike spent 7 years in public and private schools as a middle school, junior high, and high school science teacher. Mike also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and is currently an instructional design consultant with an IT company in Cincinnati, OH. Mike has been delivering presentations to schools, churches, and parent organizations in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton region for the past 8 years.

The The Life and Leadership Series is a collaboration between the District and the Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to our school community. The programs included in this series build upon the existing robust offerings throughout the District, creating an even more vibrant and well-rounded experience for our students and families. The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the Mariemont School Foundation provides in accordance with our Mission:  to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that preserve, enhance, and sustain educational excellence.

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

 

Thank You to our Donors and Sponsors!

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The Make it Happen Fall Matching Promotion was a tremendous success! Thanks to your generous donations we secured $1200.00 in matching funds from our sponsors, fully funded 2 requests and raised in total $3067.00 in 9 days!

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

Please visit our Sponsor Pages and websites. Please consider them If you are in need of the products or services they offer, and be sure to tell them that the Mariemont School Foundation sent you!

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Match Extended for Terrace Park 6th Grade!

Due to the generosity of two local businesses, the funding needed for the TPE 6th grade tablet request has been significantly reduced and the matching opportunity has been extended through September 19th.

SellYourMac.com is providing gently used iPads at a significantly reduced rate, and has also committed to provide 2 free iPads, if funds are raised for the first 3 iPads before the end of September. HLU Consultants, has agreed to extend a $250 donation match through September 19th.  All donations up to $250 will be matched dollar for dollar! Please consider supporting this request today!

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Introducing the Life and Leadership Series

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The Mariemont City Schools and the Mariemont School Foundation are proud to introduce the The Life and Leadership Series. The series is a collaboration between the District and the Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to our school community. The programs included in this series build upon the existing robust offerings throughout the District, creating an even more vibrant and well-rounded experience for our students and families.

The Series includes content funded by Foundation donors and grantors and is currently centered around three Spotlight areas:  Wellness, College Planning and Leadership.  The vision for The Life and Leadership Series is to expand the content and spotlight areas to meet needs and interests of students and families, as funding for the program allows.

Don’t miss the first program in the 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series:  

Wednesday September 17th at 7:00pm, MHS Auditorium. As a part of our Spotlight on WellnessMike Dermody, M.Ed will present to all District parents on the topic of Cyber-safety. He will help parents to better recognize potential dangers and risks that face children in the online world. Learn the latest on what to watch for and how to protect your children in cyberspace. 

The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the Foundation provides in accordance with our Mission:  to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that preserve, enhance, and sustain educational excellence.

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

 

Your Donations to Make it Happen Teacher Requests Doubled through 9/10!

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Thanks to our generous sponsors, today through September 10th, donations to open teacher requests through the Make it Happen Fund will be matched dollar for dollar. Help us capture $1400.00 in available matching funds!

What is Make it Happen?

The Make It Happen Program is a crowd-funding initiative to support teacher requests to enhance the classroom learning environment. The idea behind the Make It Happen Program is that small donations, when contributed by many donors, can create a significant impact. 

Click to Donate Now!

Why Should I Donate Now? 

  • Just $10 can help Make it Happen!
  • Today your $10 = $20
  • Donating takes less than 5 minutes
  • You select the request to support

Information and Special Offers from Our Generous Match Sponsors:

 

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2014 Mariemont HIgh School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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Recipients Include an Entrepreneur, Health Care Executive and U.S. Ambassador

(September 10, 2015) – The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s third annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by 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.

The recipients are Donn M. Davis, class of 1981, Managing Partner, Revolution Growth; Michael L. Fordyce, class of 1969, President/CEO, Craig Hospital; and Mark W. Lippert, class of 1991, United States Ambassador to South Korea. The third class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee including Mariemont Alumni Association (MAA) and Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, October 2, these truly distinguished alumni 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.

Donn M. Davis 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.

 

 

Michael L. Fordyce 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 W. Lippert 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.

 

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont School District.  Your support of our Annual Fund Drive is critical to our success. For more information contact Scott Weston, MSF Trustee, at 513-349-5854. Nominations for 2016 will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information. 

Storage for Maker Space – MHS Library – Fully Funded!

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Fully Funded! The Mariemont High School Library recently incorporated a Maker Space, a place where students have access to tools, materials, space and support to explore areas of interest, tinker, and invent. Maker Spaces extend the type of hands-on learning seen in Physics, Art, and STEM, and inspire innovative thinking and discovery.   The implementation of the MHS Maker Space was guided by a  pre-survey of students and staff, in which 75% of our eighty-one respondents voiced a strong need for the space.

Components of the Maker Space were generously donated throughout the summer and beginning of the school year. The designated area includes a table, stools, a white board, and a handful of tools.  Community-based experts will be invited to participate in “Maker Mondays,” or short instructional lessons about tools and methods. Again, these topics will reflect the findings of the survey and address students’ requests for support exploring electronics and robotics (66%), programming (63%), and audio/electronic music (63%), among other things.

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What is missing from this space is a  safe and secure method to store tools. We would like to purchase a movable, lockable toolbox to hold a variety of tools. The tool caddie listed in the budget will be ideal for those items of greater value and those that require more supervision, such as power tools, hot glue guns, or electrical equipment.

Additionally, we would like open, accessible storage, such as the shelving unit listed in the budget. This will be used for the items of lesser value, such as fabric scraps or bottles of glue. It can stay in the Maker Space so these items are always accessible to students without adding much clutter to the library space at large. 

Please click on the donate button below to contribute to this Make it Happen request.

 

Accepting Nominations for 2014 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Award

DAAFacebookThe Mariemont School Foundation and the Mariemont Alumni Association seek nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award.  A nomination form and guidelines are available on the School Foundation website, http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/alumni/mhs-distinguished-alumni/ or by contacting Scott Weston of the Mariemont School Foundation at swestonoh@gmail.com or (513) 349-5854.  Nominations are due May 31, 2014.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will recognize Mariemont High School graduates graduated at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by their significant contributions in their life or in their work.  Full qualification criteria can be found on the Mariemont School Foundation website.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Mariemont School Foundation trustees, Mariemont High School Alumni Association members, and district officials.  The number of recipients each year is at the discretion of the committee.  Nominations will remain on file five (5) years.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni recipient(s) will join the ranks of the inaugural class of Mariemont Distinguished Alumni, whose backgrounds can be found on the Mariemont School Foundation website.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during Mariemont’s Homecoming Weekend in the Fall of 2014.  A permanent, dedicated space at Mariemont High School also honors recipients.

Thank You to our Donors and Sponsors

The Make it Happen Fund December 2013 Double your Donation Promotion was a tremendous success!  Thanks to the generous support of our Matching Sponsors, and our Donors, we raised over $2200.00 in support of Teacher requests during this promotion!

A few stats:

  • 29 Individuals made donations to six open Teacher Requests
  • All $800.00 in available business matching funds were captured.
  • $1465.00 in individual donations were received.
  • 1 project was fully funded.
  • A grand total of $2265 was raised in support of Teacher Requests!

What is Make it Happen?

The Make It Happen Fund is a crowd-funding program to support teacher requests to enhance the classroom learning environment.  The idea behind the Make It Happen Fund is that small donations, when contributed by many donors, can create a significant impact.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We are very grateful to the following businesses that provided matching grants to support our teacher requests!  Please click on their logo to learn more about the business.  Elan Technologies is offering a special code for a discount on repair of Apple equipment.

  

Help “Make it Happen” for Music Classes at Terrace Park

The music teacher at TPE, Mrs. Croll, would like to purchase a Listening Center to make a variety of music accessible to students in class.

Listening to a variety of music is an integral part of music education. The purchase of the Listening Center would provide another outlet for making music accessible to students during music class. The comfortable headphones will provide high quality sound while students are free from other classroom sounds. A durable CD/MP3 player with a hub for up to 8 headphones makes it possible for several students to listen to the same music or audio excerpt at one time while the rest of the class works on a different assignment. The teacher can work with smaller groups of students while students complete listening assignments at the Listening Center. This equipment will help provide many opportunities for enrichment and support beyond the activities that the class completes as a group.

You can help Make it Happen by clicking on the donate button below.

Online fundraising for Listening Center for Music Education

For more information on the Make it Happen Fund or to browse other projects, please click on the image below.

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