Mason High School hosts district robotics competition

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

Mason High School is hosting over 1,500 students, faculty and family from across Michigan for the 2014 Lansing FIRST Robotics District Competition on Friday and Saturday.

With hundreds of teams throughout Michigan, qualifying district events like this allow teams to earn points to get to the state championship and possibly the world championship.

“Unlike other educational competitive events, instead of trying to disqualify people, you’re always trying to encourage them and help them and get their designs working right,” said Mason High School Teacher Ben Shoemaker. “Gracious professionalism and coopertition are the two big things that we push. We want people to be gracious and professional about how they carry themselves, and also to help their teammates and help their opponents be as good as they can too.”

To see the full schedule of events this weekend, click here.

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Mason Middle School updates stimulate student growth

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

Tom Bullock, Mason Middle School's technology education instructor, demonstrates how the CNC machine can cut any image out of metal.

Tom Bullock, Mason Middle School’s technology education instructor, demonstrates how the CNC machine can cut any image out of metal.

The Mason Board of Education met Monday, March 10, at Mason Middle School to discuss changes to the building’s appearance, as well as recent advances in the classroom. The meeting included updated curricula information and a school tour by Principal Dan McConeghy.

Updates have appeared in Jake Lator’s classroom. The Mason seventh and eighth grade math teacher has incorporated Response to Intervention, a learning approach to help struggling students, as well as iPads and BuzzMath into his lectures to help stimulate an eagerness to learn. McConeghy said he believes using this 21st century technology will pique student interest in mathematics.

“You put technology in front of the kids that they use nowadays, and they get very excited,” McConeghy said. “There are so many kids that come out of his class that say math is their favorite subject now.” Continue reading

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Geronimo Stilton party encourages young readers

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Amanda Cowherd Mason Times staff writer Youth services librarian Marisela Garza hosted a “Geronimo Stilton” party for elementary and middle school readers. The program took place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Mason Public Library. The “Geronimo … Continue reading

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Mason’s Rotary Youth Exchange sends students abroad

Ingrid Nova, Rotary district 6360 outbound chairperson,  explains the process of applying to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Ingrid Nova, Rotary district 6360 outbound chairperson, explains the long process of applying to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

Moving away from home after high school is a big transition for most United States students. But for Mason High School senior Gwen Bagley, her move this fall will take her across the world.

Bagley will participate in Mason’s Rotary Youth Exchange, a program that gives students at Mason High School and overseas the opportunity to study abroad for an entire year.

“I’ve been looking at what I want to do next year,” Bagley said. “And I don’t have a concrete decision on which college I want to go to or what I want to major in. The program might help me make that decision.”

To become an exchange student, prospects are required to fill out applications, provide letters of recommendation and participate in interviews. Once accepted, they rank the countries in order of preference and wait to hear where they have been placed.

Bagley is busy practicing German as she will be traveling to Austria in August. Thrilled to have received her first choice, she is looking forward to immersing herself in a new culture.

“I hope to gain an understanding of another culture,” Bagley said. “I’d like to be able to throw myself into new situations, adapt to them and overcome them.”

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Mason students receive free tuition at The Early College at LCC

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer

Science teacher David McCreight explains physics concepts to Birdie Hall, of Mason.

Science teacher David McCreight explains physics concepts to Birdie Hall, of Mason.

On Monday, Feb. 10, Steve Rosales showed a presentation about The Early College at LCC, a free program he directs, to the Mason Board of Education.

All Ingham County sophomores are invited to apply to The Early College, informally known as TEC. Students in TEC leave their high schools and receive a blended high school and college education for three years. Rosales, who works for Lansing Community College, compared the program to taking an 11th, 12th and 13th grade program. The Ingham Intermediate School District officials choose applicants by lottery.

Rosales said the biggest selling point of The Early College is its free tuition and books. The Ingham Intermediate School District and Lansing Community College fund the program.

“Going to college for free is the best thing we could ever dream of,” Lindsay Coker, who lives in Mason and started TEC in August 2013, said. “I hope to get my associate’s degree before my older brothers, so I can rub it in their faces.”
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2014 Mason Gala raises money for schools

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

The Mason Public Schools Foundation held its annual Red Carpet Gala at Michigan State University’s Spartan Stadium Tower on Saturday, Feb. 1. Mason residents, faculty and students alike attended the event to raise money for Mason Public Schools. The evening consisted of silent and live auctions, presentations, dinner, live entertainment and prizes.

 The Dart Foundation and the Dart Energy Foundation were this year’s recipients of the Top Dog Award, an honor given to those who have made significant donations to the foundation and Mason schools. Last year, both organizations donated to the Mason Public Schools Foundation. This allowed the STEM Education Coalition, a program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to be integrated into the curricula of Mason’s elementary schools.

STEM encourages the elementary students to work together and problem-solve using Legos to interactively apply science to their everyday lives. Faculty and students alike expressed their appreciation.

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Pizzas get topped with generosity

Joe Ghinelli, manager of the Courthouse Pub in Mason, Mich..

Joe Ghinelli, manager of the Courthouse Pub in Mason, Mich..

By Brian Bobal
Mason Times staff writer

On Wednesday, Mason celebrated Pizza Day, which occurs once a month during the school year.

During the day, $1 from every pizza sold at participating restaurants is donated to the Mason Public School Foundation, an organization started in 1984 that supports the education of Mason’s children. Many businesses are enthusiastic about the event.

“It’s awesome, I absolutely love it,” said Joe Ghinelli, a manager at the Courthouse Pub. “To know that (the money) is going to some place like that, absolutely it’s awesome.”

 Ghinelli also says he’s been involved with Pizza Day for “at least three years.”

 Another restaurant involved in Pizza Day is the Little Caesars located on Cedar Street. Store general manager Corey Thayer said that Little Caesars has taken part in Pizza Day before he started working there three years ago.

 “I am pretty prideful about most of that,” said Thayer. “Anything that’s directly involved with the community as a whole I am all for, especially with Mason Pizza Day.”

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Mason High School Chamber Music Concert continues after numerous snow days

By Graciella Oteto

Mason Times Staff Writer

The annual Mason High School Chamber Music Concert took place casually and briefly Wednesday night, despite after-school activities being cancelled due to weather. Bad weather created an unusual chamber music concert in Mason High school, in which students could either perform a solo, be part of an ensemble or stay home. In spite of all after school activities being cancelled due to weather conditions, the concert took place at 8 p.m. as planned.

Mason High School band teacher, Beth Bousfield takes notes as she watches the students perform.

– Mason High School band teacher, Beth Bousfield takes notes as she watches the students perform.

“Whoever comes to the door, can perform whatever they’d like to,” said Mason High School and Middle School band teacher, Beth Bousfield.

According to Bousfield, this is the first time something like this has ever happened, but she was ready to proceed after sending an email to parents, letting them know the concert was still on for those who were willing to attend.

From the beginning of the trimester, Mason High School had only 10 school days in January, due to 8 snow days. “This will be the first time I haven’t seen them play before a concert…I usually see them a few times and work with them beforehand,” said Bousfield.

With 8 snow days so far, the school district can only wait and see what the state plans on doing with the high number of snow days. Mason schools are allowed a total of six snow days without penalty, but with eight and possibly more, the state could decide to relax the rules for making up the days. Continue reading

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Mason High School Solo and Ensemble Concert goes on despite the weather

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Mason High School faculty cancelled all after-school activities. The band teacher, Beth Bousfield, had planned to have chamber music concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to prepare her students for the Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, Feb. 8. Bousfield emailed parents, offering students the opportunity to practice if they drove through the snow. A few students, including a trumpeter, a pianist and a violinist, showed up and performed for an audience of about 10. Several of these students went to festivals hosted by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in previous years and scored highly with the judges. With snow forecast for Saturday, students would have to brave the cold again to compete in the festival at Haslett High School.

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