A Global Showcase: ELC's Multicultural Event Delights with Dance, Crafts, and Cuisine The Early Learning Center (ELC) dazzled attendees with its vibrant Multicultural Night. The event, held on 4/18/2024, showcased an array of dances from around the globe, offering a rich diversity of cultural experiences to students and families alike. Participants at the Multicultural Celebration Night were treated to a journey through various dance traditions, featuring student performances from Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jordan, Mexico, and Nepal. One of the highlights of the evening was the interactive crafting sessions, where students had the opportunity to create their own banjos and tambourines using simple materials like paper plates. Additionally, they engaged in crafting hand fans, a staple accessory in many traditional dances across various cultures. As part of the festivities, students delved into the culinary delights of different regions, learning to prepare aguas frescas, a refreshing beverage popular in Latin America. The hands-on activity involved mashing watermelon and mixing various ingredients, providing a fun and educational experience. The Multicultural Night also saw participation from parents and students, who contributed to the event's success by dressing in traditional attire and setting up informative displays about their respective home countries. Some parents went the extra mile by bringing traditional snacks to share, further enriching the cultural exchange. It is heartwarming to have hosted such a vibrant and inclusive event that celebrates the rich diversity within our community, the Multicultural Celebration Night not only showcased the talents of our students but also fostered a deeper understanding and respect for different cultures among all attendees. In addition to the lively performances and interactive activities, attendees were treated to a sampling of snacks from each featured country and received multicultural books as souvenirs, promoting an appreciation for global cultures. For a visual glimpse into the captivating dances and festivities of the Multicultural Celebration Night, please find attached images.
Tri-state School District Celebrates LaVonda Corner's Achievement at 12th Heroes of Character "Be the Change" Celebration We are proud to announce and celebrate LaVonda Corner, who was honored at the 12th Heroes of Character "Be the Change" Celebration. LaVonda was recognized alongside other outstanding individuals from the Tri-state area for her exemplary contributions as a Proactive Problem Solver. LaVonda exemplifies the values of compassion, dedication, and community service. Her tireless efforts have positively impacted countless lives within our school community and beyond. LaVonda's commitment to proactive problem-solving has made a significant difference in fostering a positive and supportive environment for all. Accompanied by district officials including Superintendent Dr. Valerie Hawkins and Assistant Superintendent Jana Wolfe, as well as her family, LaVonda Corner was honored among a distinguished group of individuals who embody the essence of good character and service to others. The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, in collaboration with the Hamilton "City of Character," hosted this prestigious event to celebrate and recognize individuals who have made meaningful contributions to their communities. LaVonda's recognition as a Proactive Problem Solver reflects her ongoing dedication to addressing challenges and creating positive change. We are immensely proud of LaVonda Corner's achievement and the honor she has brought to our school district, her unwavering passion to Mt. Healthy serves as an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful for her contributions to our school community and beyond.
District Welcomes Marc Russo for a Musical Extravaganza at the Early Learning Center We want to share the recent visit of musician Marc Russo to the Early Learning Center (ELC) for a captivating musical performance. The event brought joy and excitement to both the students and staff of the ELC. Marc Russo, known for his musical performances and interacting with students, engaged the students with a repertoire of songs that had the ELC students dancing and singing along. One of the highlights of the event was when Marc invited two ELC students to join him on stage for two different songs. The students were given a microphone and led the singing! This interactive addition allowed the children to shine and be part of the performance. The atmosphere at the ELC during Marc Russo's performance was filled with laughter, singing, and joy that you could hear at the front door of the building. We are grateful to have had Marc Russo visit our Early Learning Center and bring such joy to our students and staff, his performance was not only entertaining but also educational. We extend our thanks to Marc for sharing his talent with us.
Celebrating in Style: A Recap of Prom Night We are delighted to share photos from this past Saturday's Prom held at the Willow Event Center. The evening was filled with joy, laughter, and memorable moments, thanks to the collective effort of our staff, families, and community members. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the exceptional team who meticulously coordinated the event and chaperoned throughout the night. They created a safe and enjoyable experience for our students that did not go unnoticed. The night was adorned with beautiful dresses, elegant suits, and an abundance of dancing.The food and drinks provided were delightful, the live DJ kept everyone moving, and the 360 photo booth added an extra touch of fun and nostalgia to the evening. We also extend our gratitude to the many loved ones who drove students to Prom, ensuring that everyone could participate in this special occasion. Your support and involvement are invaluable in creating a sense of community and togetherness within our district. Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to making Prom a resounding success. We look forward to more memorable events and celebrations in the future.
The 2023/24 school year will be remembered as a year of resilience.  Together this year we discovered that our district was facing an unprecedented financial challenge.  It is time to take the information that we now have and use it as we move forward into recovery. Tonight the Board of Education approved the restructuring of our buildings to use our space more efficiently.   We are committed to ensuring that all stakeholders—our dedicated staff, resilient students, supportive parents, and caring community members—have a voice in shaping our path forward. We invite each of you to share your thoughts and ideas on the principles that should guide our district as we embark on this recovery journey.  Please take time to complete the following form to share your ideas:   https://forms.gle/MHZxmwSWBS3upVo98   Your input will be invaluable as we work together to develop a set of guiding principles that will serve as our compass, guiding every decision and action we take in conjunction with our strategic plan, Education Destination 2.0. Groups will be formed to plan our recovery steps at each of our schools.    Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our school community.   Professionally,  Valerie
Come join us for a night of cultural exploration and fun at North Elementary! North elementary Multicultural night DATE: May 14th TIME: 6pm-7:30pm WHERE: North Elementary Our Multicultural Night on May 14th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm will feature opportunities for families and friends to explore and participate in activities that each grade level has created to learn about different cultures. Each grade level will have information and activities for students and families to learn about the different cultures of some of our North students. We will also have resources and information available to help assist our families in learning more about community support around the Cincinnati area. Come explore the unique traditions and customs of different countries. Participate in hands-on activities to help us understand the uniqueness of people and other cultures. Don't forget to pick up a copy of our staff and family cookbook, created by students, to explore new food or family favorites from different cultures. We look forward to seeing you at North Elementary Multicultural Night for a night of fun and learning!
Mt. Healthy Schools Hosts Interactive Medical Detectives Event Mt. Healthy Schools proudly hosted an engaging and educational event as part of its Medical Detectives program. Students took on the role of medical investigators as they interviewed and diagnosed patients (staff volunteers) with various simulated diseases. The event, organized by Teacher Christina Lanning, aimed to showcase the students' skills in deductive reasoning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and medical decision-making. Patients were assigned one of fifteen diseases from the school's disease dictionary and participated in interviews during their plan bells or available time slots throughout the day. We were thrilled to see our students in action, applying their classroom learning to real-world scenarios, the Medical Detectives program not only fosters critical thinking but also highlights the importance of communication and teamwork in healthcare settings. Participants in the event received a script outlining their "current symptoms" and a paragraph containing key clues, along with red herrings strategically placed to challenge the students' diagnostic abilities. The students, in turn, asked predetermined questions based on the scripts, simulating a professional medical interview process. It's incredible to see how our students utilize their skills across disciplines to arrive at accurate diagnoses, they demonstrated exceptional professionalism and empathy throughout the interviews. As part of the simulation, students had the opportunity to "order lab tests" to confirm their diagnoses, providing them with a hands-on experience in medical decision-making. Additionally, they inquired about patients' preferred pharmacies in case a prescription needed to be ordered as part of the diagnosis process.
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Chisom Eze's Achievement in Cincinnati Youth Poetry Slam The Mt. Healthy School District is happy to announce the outstanding achievement of Chisom Eze, a senior at Mt. Healthy High School, who emerged as one of the 15 finalists in the Cincinnati Youth Poetry Slam. The highly competitive contest took place at Artsville on Friday, April 5, 2024. Chisom, affectionately known as "ChiChi," showcased exceptional talent and passion for poetry as she competed against teams from Walnut Hills, Clark Montessori, and the School for the Performing Arts. Her remarkable performance not only captivated the audience but also earned her recognition as a finalist in this celebrated event. We are incredibly proud of Chichi's accomplishments and her representation of Mt. Healthy High School at the Cincinnati Youth Poetry Slam, her creativity and eloquence exemplify her hard work and talent. ChiChi's success reflects the caliber of our students at Mt. Healthy. The Cincinnati Youth Poetry Slam is a platform that celebrates young poets and their ability to express themselves through the art of spoken word. Participants from various schools across the region showcase their skills and perspectives on diverse themes, contributing to the vibrant cultural scene of Cincinnati. Chisom Eze's achievement highlights the excellence and artistic prowess thriving within Mt. Healthy High School's student body. As she continues to excel and inspire others with her creativity, the school district looks forward to supporting her journey and nurturing the next generation of talented individuals.
Join Us for the 3rd Annual Pigs, Pizza, & Poetry Event! We are excited to announce the upcoming 3rd Annual Pigs, Pizza, & Poetry event at Tikkun Farm, and we invite you to join us for this fun-filled evening! Date: May 1st Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: Tikkun Farm, 7941 Elizabeth St., Mt. Healthy, OH This event has become a beloved tradition for our families, offering a blend of poetry, delicious pizza, and farm experiences. It's a fantastic opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in the world of poetry while enjoying the beauty of Tikkun Farm. Highlights of the evening include: Poetry performances by junior high and high school students, along with select sixth graders. Engaging literacy activities for families to enjoy together. Free poetry books for students to take home. The Poetry Challenge: Students can choose to memorize a poem from our list and recite it for a judge during the event. Successful participants will have their names entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $25 Walmart gift cards. We have attached flyers for your convenience. To RSVP or for more information, please contact CLSD Grant Manager Jennifer Danner at 513-619-8427 or via email at jdanner@mthcs.org. We look forward to celebrating poetry, community, and the joys of spring with you at Pigs, Pizza, & Poetry!
Starting May 1st, Mt. Healthy School District will be implementing Open Enrollment, which means that students from other districts will now have the opportunity to enroll in our schools. We understand that you may have questions about this transition, including how to enroll students from other districts.We are actively working on gathering all the necessary information and will provide detailed instructions on the enrollment process soon. We are excited about the opportunities that Open Enrollment will bring to our district and look forward to welcoming new students and families into our community. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. For more information, follow the link to the ODE open enrollment page: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Education-Options/Open-Enrollment
Mt. Healthy Junior High Promotes Active Learning Through Outdoor Activities Check out this recent initiative aimed at fostering active learning among students! Mt. Healthy teachers Ms. Lakes, Ms. Nielsen, and Ms. Vondohre, took their classes outdoors for a unique learning experience. During this outdoor session, students reviewed key English Language Arts (ELA) concepts and vocabulary while engaging in a fun activity. They were given a question, navigated through obstacles, wrote their answers on the sidewalk, and raced back to their teams. This approach encouraged teamwork and reinforced ELA concepts in an interactive way. We believe in making learning engaging for our students and this outdoor activity was a great way for students to work together and review key concepts. The event received positive feedback from both students and staff, highlighting the effectiveness of interactive learning methods. Thank you to Ms. Lakes, Ms. Nielsen, and Ms. Vondohre for their innovative approach to education, promoting active participation and a positive learning environment.
Elizabeth Nickell and Tyler Alsip took the initiative to develop a test preparation curriculum for high school teachers to use with their students during their study skills class. This curriculum familiarizes students with the accessibility features of assessments and incorporates state test study materials. Ms. Nickell sought out an innovative reward for students: Rocket Notebooks, which would serve as both a reward and an educational tool. Rocket Notebooks are cloud-connected smart notebooks that can help anyone organize notes and content. When the test prep data was compiled, Ms. Bryant had the most students show growth, with 6 students making progress!   Mrs. Crawford and Mr. Thomas also had students who showed growth from the beginning of the year through the end of the 3rd quarter. Mrs. Nickell reports, “Students have been very positive about the notebooks! They are already being put to use in classes. One of the students had written some things down in his ELA class. Another student, who is quite the artist, was uploading some sketches.” Thank you to Mrs. Nickell and Mr. Alsip for their hard work in putting this together, and to all of our high school teachers who utilized this curriculum to help their students grow as test-takers! Special thanks to Mr. Kinser for finding a funding source for these innovative tools!
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Young Chess Enthusiasts from Mt. Healthy Shine at Proscan Fund Tournament  Mt. Healthy, OH - March 28, 2024 - The Mt. Healthy School District is delighted to share the achievements of its students at the Proscan Fund Queen City Chess Club Tournament hosted at Paycor Stadium. This event not only showcased the talent of our young chess players from Mt. Healthy North and South Elementary schools but also demonstrated the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie among participants.  Students ranging from Grades 1 to 6 participated in the tournament representing Mt. Healthy with pride. The event was a culmination of hard work from students, staff, and families, who devoted extra time and effort to weekly early morning practice sessions and a full day of competition at the Bengal's stadium.  We are thrilled to see our students excel in such a challenging and prestigious tournament. Their love for the game has truly shone through, and we couldn't be prouder. Among the standout performers were Elijah, who secured an impressive 12th place overall among 6th graders, and Rahiem and Walter, who earned trophies for their 9th and 10th place finishes among 1st graders, respectively. Many other students from Mt. Healthy also demonstrated skill, with several placing within the top 20. This achievement is particularly noteworthy as many of these students were competing for the first time.  Thank you to teachers/advisors Jane Haffner and Lauren Forsee for their guidance and support. Their dedication to our students and the chess club has been instrumental in fostering a nurturing environment for learning and growth. The success of Mt. Healthy North Elementary's chess club was especially noteworthy, marking the first year the school participated in any chess competition, let alone the prestigious Queen City Classic regional tournament with a 24-year history.  The tournament involved participants and schools from as far away as Detroit, Louisville, and Cleveland. Every student from Mt. Healthy North or South Elementary won at least one game, showcasing the depth of talent and preparation among our students. Photos captured during the event, provided by teachers and parents, highlight moments of joy, teamwork, and determination among the students.  We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to all the parents, teachers, and staff who supported our students throughout this journey. Their collaborative efforts were essential in making this tournament a success.  South Elementary participants in pictures are: Dean Dibsoul Quanjanae DeAris Kenyon  North Elementary participants: June Elijah  Bruce Parker Ford Yosie La'Vayah Rico Ezra Otis Walter Rahiem
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Important Announcement: School Closure for Solar Eclipse on 4/8
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