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.” Continue reading →
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.
“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 →
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.
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.”
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.
Mason, a small town of eight thousand people serves as the backbone of the town’s high school sports. Last year, the booster club of the community donated more than $18,000 to support the school’s athletic program.
MASON—A report on school superintendent compensation in Michigan shows a range of $300,000.
The collection was published in late February 2013 by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Media Relations Manager Ted O’Neil said that the purpose of the database was to provide transparency for taxpayers who were concerned with the distribution of funds by school boards and superintendents.
This graphic can be found on all high school websites and links to all public official salaries.
O’Neil said that superintendent compensation is determined can be affected by a number of factors that are worked out between the superintendent and school board members. Although compensation is not required outside of salary and pension, many districts offer annuity, health benefits, insurance, travel and other expenses.
The database breaks up the package into seven categories: salary, pension, travel, insurance, annuity, other and total. According to O’Neil and Mason Superintendent Mark Dillingham, “other” covers compensation not accounted in the first five categories. This could include costs for moving the family, vehicle allowances, expense accounts, bills, etc. Continue reading →
On March 11, the Mason School Board approved two field trips for Mason High School students studying German and French to put their languages into practice.
These trips, which occur every three years, will take place July of 2014. French teacher Margaret Cottrill leads a trip through France and German teacher Monica Norton leads a trip through Germany and parts of Switzerland.
“This is the third time that I have been taking a group here from Mason,” Norton said. “Along the way we see a lot of historical sites and a lot of important sites for the language. We do a lot of really cool experiences for the kids.” Continue reading →
MASON—The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 shocked parents and school administrators in the Mason area.
Resident Simone Jardim said her 3-year-old daughter Alexas attends preschool and childcare in Mason. She said she was “glued to the television” after hearing about the shooting.
“I actually cried and felt heartbroken because those innocent kids lost their lives in such a tragic and unfortunate event,” Jardim said.
“Alexas is my world and I am not sure what I would do without her,” she said. “Our children are not supposed to die before us.”
Jardim said parents should keep their children informed, but not scare them. She said there is always evil in the world, but we cannot allow that to take our children’s innocence away.
Jardim said if Alexas asks about the incident in the future, she would talk to her about it.
She said security should be stronger, making it harder for a complete stranger to enter the grounds of any school.
“Most of the time it seems like problems are with high school students bringing weapons to school. However, for elementary and middle school, problems would include the supervision of who comes in and the people that work there having contact with the children,” Jardim said. Continue reading →
MASON—The Mason School Board announced Monday that this fall, students will be able to learn college credits while studying at Mason High School.
The agreement would allow high school students to earn community college credit while completing their graduation requirements at the high school. According to Mason School District Trustee Peter Curtis, this agreement is meant to help create a more seamless transition between education levels.
“This is a great opportunity for students to get a running start for college,” Curtis said. Continue reading →