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Mariemont Elementary Honoring Veterans

The students at Mariemont Elementary prepared a special program to honor our veterans. Loved ones and community members who are veterans were invited to attend the school-wide celebration. Thank you to all of our veterans!

Mariemont Elementary 1st grade students sit in front of the "flag" they created.

Mariemont Elementary 1st grade students sit in front of the “flag” they created.

Pastor Loren Hlad, Katie Price, Mia Ramundo, Yamilka Rosario, Molly Getgey, Delaney Osgood

Pastor Loren Hlad, Katie Price, Mia Ramundo, Yamilka Rosario, Molly Getgey, Delaney Osgood

Tim McKenrick, Topher Smyth, Brian  Beck

Tim McKenrick, Topher Smyth, Brian Beck

Things to Consider for the Future of Mariemont

Things to Consider for the Future of Mariemont

If you are progressive in your views about the future of Mariemont, I believe that you would support many of the following initiatives during the next four years.

  1. Cooperative agreements with adjoining communities to share police and fire services to reduce redundancy and cut taxes.
  2. Development of the South 80 into a more complete recreational destination.
  3. A long term solution to the chronic parking shortage in Mariemont.
  4. See new agencies emerge like 3CDC in OTR in Cincinnati to spur economic development and the rejuvenation of Old Town.
  5. Electric aggregation for Village residents.
  6. The hiring of a City Manager/ Village Administrator.
  7. New Village Ordinances that imposes term limits, reinstitutes the elected position of Village Treasurer, and increases the number of Council Members.
  8. A balanced budget without erosion of the Capital Improvement fund.
  9. Renovation of the Municipal Building
  10. A comprehensive tree management program
  11. Continued trash collection in the back.
  12. Revision of the Murray Intersection and support for Columbia Township to improve the Southern gateway to Mariemont.
  13. A revisiting of Mariemont Preservation’s Vision 2021 plan.
  14. The demolition of the Steam Plant with condo development. (Work in progress?)
  15. A better rating for Mariemont in Cincy Magazines’ Best Burbs.
  16. Measures to decrease the polarization of the electorate in Mariemont with a more democratic and participatory Village Government.

Best Regards.

Dick Wendel MD, MBA

Next stop: STATE!

IMG_0569Another Mariemont High School record was shattered in track & field at the regional semifinal meet. The girls team of Lauren Croll, Carson Fields, Shelby Cresie and Aislynn Hartman qualified for finals, breaking the 2008 record of 50.99 with a 50.42. Other MHS regional finalists include Corinne Fanta (mile), Charlie Jordan (800m), Carson Fields (100m and 300 hurdles) and Ryan Fields (200m).

Next stop: STATE!

Mariemont City Schools Selects New Band Director

Pontious HeadshotMariemont City Schools selected a new band director to begin in the summer prior to the 2015-16 school year. Angela Pontious has over 10 years of teaching experience, including as director of instrumental music & performing arts department chair at Highland High School in the Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, Utah, where she instructed concert band, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, string orchestra, chamber orchestra, beginning piano and music theory.

“Creating opportunities for remarkable musical experiences and arts enrichment for our students is a major focus here at Mariemont City Schools,” said Steven Estepp, superintendent of Mariemont City Schools. “I strongly believe Angela is the ideal candidate for our band director, to continue the positive collaboration and momentum our music program has today.”

Prior to her work at Highland High School, Angela was the director of bands at American Fork Junior High and High School (American Fork, UT) and Bull Run Middle School (Gainesville, VA). Her performing groups have participated in region and state events and have consistently earned excellent and superior ratings.

Pontious earned her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Ball State University and her Master of Arts degree in arts administration from Florida State University. She is a published author, focusing on topics such as technology in the classroom and music coalitions. She has also volunteered with the Utah Symphony and Miami University’s Performing Arts Series in Oxford, Ohio.

“I am incredibly excited to be the next band director with such a remarkable school district and community,” said Angela Pontious. “The program is in a steady place right now, and I am looking forward to taking the bands to the next level. I am also looking forward to getting to know the students, families and community members who make the school’s music experience such a special one.”

Rick Canter, the school district’s current band director, accepted a position at Walnut Hills High School, beginning this summer. The process to select the district’s next band director included several rounds of interviews, which included staff, administrators, parents and students. The Mariemont Board of Education will officially vote on the recommendation of Angela Pontious as the district’s band director at the June board meeting.

Mariemont Rankings fall in Cincy Magazine

Each year Cincy Magazine ranks the top 50 Cincinnati area communities. Mariemont’s ranking this year is number 43 with Indian Hill, Terrace Park and Madeira ranked number one, two, and three. Newtown was #26 and Fairfax #39. Rankings for the past nine years are listed in the column below.

2006 – #3
2007– #8
2008 – #3
2009 – #19
2010 – #12
2011 – #14
2013 – #20
2014 – #28

2015– #43

These rankings may seem arbitrary, but this type of publicity makes one worry about future property values in Mariemont and how our Village Government is functioning. It begs the question, who will step forward with the management skills, leadership and vision to reverse this trend?

2015 Memorial Day Essay Winners

The essay winners stand with the Kiwanis members who have served our country.  Left to right (top): Roger Stafford, Jim Downing, Mike Pope, Jim Gilchrist, Don Keyes, Dick Wendel Left to right (bottom): Olivia Simpson, Trip Fries, Ally Scheeser (not pictured: Ellese Lowery)

The essay winners stand with the Kiwanis members who have served our country.
Left to right (top): Roger Stafford, Jim Downing, Mike Pope, Jim Gilchrist, Don Keyes, Dick Wendel
Left to right (bottom): Olivia Simpson, Trip Fries, Ally Scheeser (not pictured: Ellese Lowery)

During a May Kiwanis Club of Mariemont meeting, the writers of the winning Memorial Day essays read their written works of art. All of the winners are currently in 6th grade in the Mariemont City School District, and all of the winners will read their essays during the Memorial Day ceremony in each district community.

“This is an opportunity for kids to investigate for themselves what this holiday really means,” said Ericka Simmons, principal at Mariemont Elementary. “It allows our students to realize their writing and research skills, while gaining an understanding about an important part of our collective history as a nation.”

The essay winners are Trip Fries from Terrace Park Elementary; Ally Scheeser from Mariemont Elementary, representing Mariemont; and Ellese Lowery from Mariemont Elementary, representing Fairfax. Olivia Simpson, from Mariemont Elementary, was named runner up.

“I feel honored to see the lasting impact that writing these essays has made on our students,” said Ann Williams, teacher at Terrace Park Elementary. “They go home and ask their parents about family members and their own family history. After Memorial Day, the students come to school and tell me they get it now, they understand the importance of the holiday.”

The essays focus on the bravery of all of those that have protected or currently protect our country, the sacrifices people have made for freedom and other patriotic anecdotes and historical facts, including the celebrations of and reflections on the life and impact of a soldier or veteran.

Trip Fries’ Essay
Ally Scheeser’s Essay
Ellese Lowery’s Essay
Olivia Simpson’s Essay

The Barn: Summer Art Camp 2015

July 6 – 24 – Quality week-long morning & afternoon art classes! Fees start at $30/week

Learn new skills – expand your creativity – be a “maker”!



During the online registration process, you can sign up multiple campers & even preorder your camp Tshirt! You can add your child’s name to the waiting list if a class has filled.
Click on the class name below for complete description:

Grades 4 – 7



July 6 – 10 10am – noon Weave a Colorful Scarf
July 13 – 17 10am – noon Mandalas
July 13 – 17 4 – 6pm Mixed Media & Wearable Art
July 20 – 24 4 – 6pm Exploring Fiber Arts


 Grades 8 – 12


July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting
July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Learn to Sew: Messenger Bag
July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Improv Workshop
July 13 – 17 1 – 3pm Drawing & Painting Portraits
July 13 – 17 2 – 4pm Weaving Workshop
July 20 – 24 4 – 6pm Monoprinting Press Workshop



Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Elementary Students

Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Elementary Students

(left to right): Samantha Flerlage and Abby Scheeser

Kiwanis Recognizes Elementary Students for Outstanding Community Services

The month of May is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis, and this week the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to students from Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary.

This year, the Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Samantha Flerlage at Terrace Park Elementary and Abby Scheeser at Mariemont Elementary.

Samantha is a 6th-grade student, who has accummulated 44 hours of community service this school year. She has volunteered with her church’s Sunday school program, Girls on the RunMatthew 25: Ministries and around her school and community. According to 6th grade teacher and Builders Club advisor, Ann Williams, “Samantha is always happy and optimistic.  Samantha once told me that she likes to give back what the community has given to her.” Samantha raised over $800 for Children’s HopeChest, which will help feed orphans in Ethopia. “I am so thankful that the community cared so much and was so generous,” said Samantha.

Abby Scheeser, a 6th grade student at Mariemont Elementary School, has spent countless hours serving her community, both around Mariemont and abroad. She raised money for her church, volunteered at a soup kitchen in Covington and recently went on a mission trip in Cancun, among many other activities that she does in and out of school. “She is a role model for her classmates and the younger students alike,” said Sy Miller, 5th grade teacher. “She just wants to make a positive impact on her community however she can, and she really puts her heart into everything she does.”

Congratulations to these two students and role models for us all!

We would like to extend our thanks to Don Guerney and Jack Smith, the Kiwanis members who help with the Builders Clubs in both of our elementary school buildings. Builders Club is dedicated to community service, and is where the students get an opportunity to get involved with leadership opportunities. The Builders Club members in both elementary schools assist in various ways around the school building and the community. Click here for more information about our local Kiwanis chapter. “Your presence is felt, is known and is greatly appreciated. We’re grateful for the impact you’re having on our schools,” said Ericka Simmons, principal of Mariemont Elementary, about Kiwanis.

Mariemont Swim Club Forms are out

The Mariemont Swim Club forms are now out! The downloadable pdf is here. Season Family Memberships for Mariemont Residents are $290-315, Single Adults $130-140, Juniors $75-85 and Seniors $100-110. One day guest passes ranged between $5-7.

Mariemont Schools Press Release

Students Recognized for Being Responsible

DSC00223 (1)The motto of our school district is to create scholars of today, leaders of tomorrow. As part of that mission, Mariemont High School focuses on leadership qualities to help students understand what it takes to become a leader. Each month, one leadership quality is highlighted and teachers can nominate students who have shown this quality during the month.

For the month of April, the leadership quality of the month was responsibility.

The names of the nominated students were put into a drawing and three names were drawn as winners. The Mariemont High School Campus Life team rewarded the winners with a Chipotle lunch that is brought to them during their lunch time at school. The three students that were selected are:

Liz Geary was nominated by Mrs. Leszczuk for her work with her service dog.
Corrine Fanta was nominated by Mrs. Thomas because Corrine is “the definition of responsibility.”
Ryan Fields was nominated by Mrs. Arp because “he is often seen helping a fellow classmate navigate through daily events and situations within the school day.”

Congratulations to all of the students that were nominated. You are role models both in our school and in our community!

Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Junior High Students

DSC_0015This month is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis. This week, the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to Kristen Keyes, a Mariemont Junior High School 8th grade student and recognized the Mariemont Junior High Stock Club, “Warrior Stocks,” that placed 1st in the regional competition and 3rd in state.

According to the Mariemont Junior High School Builder’s Club advisor Nicole Parr, Kristen Keyes “just has an awesome attitude all of the time. She is such a hard worker, both in the classroom and in the community. Kristen is committed, reliable and does everything with a smile on her face. I know she is involved in a lot of things – from performing arts to volunteering with her church – but she always finds time to help despite being involved in so much.”

The MJHS Builders Club has 25 active members, and in addition to the students volunteering collectively with many events and activities, they also pursued their own community service projects, through places of worship, with their families and within the Greater Cincinnati community.

Mariemont Junior High School Principal Molly Connaugton presented an award to the “Warrior Stocks” members. Annie Doran, Jossey Frye, Jacquelyn Kauffman, Abby Miller Melanie Weiss and Claire Wilder, lead by the Kiwanis of Mariemont Stock Market Game leader Roger Stafford, truly excelled this year.

The national Kiwanis Stock Club program’s goal is to help students develop investment interest and education. The Stock Club program at the junior high would not be possible without the generosity of Kiwanis. “Our partnership with the school district is instrumental to the success of everything we do for these children,” said Barb Anderson, Kiwanis member. “We just want to help young people be all they can be.”