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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 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.”


Mariemont High School Honor Roll 2014-15

Mariemont High School recognizes 362 students for academic achievement in the 3rd quarter of the 2014-15 school year. This quarter, 178 students were placed on honor roll, with GPAs of 4.0 or higher, and 184 students were placed on merit roll, with GPAs of 3.2 or higher.

Approximately 71% of the high school population made either the honor or the merit roll this quarter. The sophomore class has the greatest number of students receiving academic recognition this quarter, with 102 students placing on either honor or merit roll; and they had the greatest percentage of students receiving academic recognition with 74% of the class receiving academic achievement.

Congratulations to all of the students listed below!

9th Grade Jonathan Ballard, Jack Barnes, Bradley Barrett, Cassidy Bollman, Sophia Borgerding, Andrew Brandser, Jacquelyn Brokamp, Danielle Bryan, Celia Caesar, Davis Chu, Hannah Coates, Alexander Copetas, Isabella Cottone, Kayla Dewey, Abigale Dodson, Sarah Feeney, Lucille Hanley, Jude Hart, Brandon Henize, Analise Hinebaugh, Kaleigh Hollyday, Alexandra Kauffman, Harrison Keith, Daniel Keyes, Gracelyn Lyons, Conor Mackey, Shannon Mathews, Nicholas McCarthy, Nate Moehring, Bailey Murphy, Molly Mysogland, Jackson Northrop, Erin Ramey, Chloe Reavill, Stephanie Renner, Sydney Seeger, Emery Shelley, Miller Steele, Lauren Stinnett, Lindsay Stricker, Mollie Sullivan, Grace Teghtmeyer, Colton Urbanski, Zachary Weinland, Graham Wells, William Weston, Alexander Wilson, Michael Wuertemberger

10th Grade Cohen Bailey, Eli Bales, Dawson Battison, Matthew Burgess, Erin Cash, Lauren Croll, Connor Day, Courtney Dunning, Corinne Fanta, Emily Ferguson, Parker Gilmore, Savannah Giordullo, Gordon Goodwin, Jake Goodwin, Grace Haffner, Riley Hayes, Fiona Kane, Eleanor Kapcar, Helen Kemper, Amanda Lewis, Jack Mathis, Mackenzie McNeil, Rebecca Michels, Madeline Moriarty, Prescott Overbey, Nina Payiatis, Benjamin Phelan, Michael Reber, Madison Smith, Anna Stehling, Audrey Theye, Jacob Trester, Nathalie Weiss, Lila Willis, Nina Willis, Emma Worple

11th Grade Brooks Adams, Michael Barrett, Sarah Bell, Ty Bucher, Margaret Caesar, Jacquelyn Carney, Mollie Coates, Wilson Compton, Brennan Crowley, Sadie DeCamp, Jonathan Dill, Julia Dolle, Ryan Duever, Leah Dupre, Madeline Falknor, Lillian Gatch, Elizabeth Geary, Hadley George, Lauren Getgey, Chase Gunner, Lindsay Harden, William Hobart, Nicholas Huber, Connor Jacob, Nicholas Kauffman, Zachary Keith, Elijah Koreman, Gabriel Koreman, Donna Le, Charles Manzler, Elliott Mongenas, Sarah Morgan, Thomas Nelson, Kathryn Newman, Wyatt Peterman, Roe Pitstick, Natalie Popowics, Madeline Renie, Lauren Renner, Lauren Robinson, Gabriel Safier, Ellen Sayre, Christopher Spooner, Spencer Stutenroth, Abigail Takas, Matthew Teeters, Chance Tudor, Natalie Turton, Logan Urbanski, Aaron Urevick, Bailey Vianello, Merrell Welage, Shea Wells, Grace Westfall, Collin Widecan

12th Grade Madison Arends, Christopher Benson, Connor Bortz, Anderson Christopher, David Cowart, Micaela Duever, Sarah Gaburo, Claire Gilmore, William Grimmer, James Grissom, Steven Hassey, William Hayes, Morgan Hemmer, Shannon Hogan, Haley Jacobs, Mackenzie Kaschalk, Brooke Kelly, Caleb Keyes, Madison LeMay, William Majchszak, Graham McCarthy, Caleb Middlebrook, Ashley Moulton, Albert Nowitzki, Jennifer Saxton, Haley Schooler, Addison Shelley, Daniel Simons, Parker Sullivan, Samantha Telgkamp, Hunter Thiers, Madelyn Timmers, Mary Uehlin, Alexander Vago, Walker Van Hook, Haley Weston, Nicholas Weston, Gretchen Wittry, Kayla Wood


9th Grade Ellery Bledsoe, Kelsey Brown, Megan Caldwell, Michael Campbell, Hailey Chambers, Robert Curran, Jeffery Dingle, William Doran, Quinn Driggett, Conner Engle, Abigail Ewart, Sari Gall, Kyra George, Brett Gilbertson, Mark Griesmer, Jacob Gunner, Nicholas Harden, Anna Herlinger, Max Hobart, Lance Hollander, Madeline Hook, Mackenzie Huber, Sydney Huber, Kasey Jones, Lindsay Kaminer, Benjamin Klawitter, Madelyn Kromer, Andrew Krafft, Stratton LeMay, Daisy Lewis, Henry Lewis, Kyle Mason, James Michaelson, Robert Michels, Matthew McGrory, Jakob Motto, Lena Murauskas, Sydney Nicholson, Elaina Normile, Bradley Quick, Myles Reed, Elsa Reiter, Courtney Robinson, Thomas Rothert, Garrett Soltysik, Cameron Stephens, Katlyn Timmers, Lily Toman, Charles Tripp, Jacob Van Lieu, Bradley Westmeyer, Brooke Woellert

10th Grade Emma Adams, Hannah Bardenhagen, Drew Battison, Bryan Biggs, Janie Bortz, Grace Brittingham, Anna Brokamp, Wilson Bucher, Jacob Crabtree, Victoria Crabtree, Ethan Crouse, Christina Cruz, Robert Dennerll, Anthony DiMichele, Connor Dougherty, Norman Dudley, Brandon Easter, Carson Fields, Neil Findley, Andrew Fiorenza, Luke Garrison, Andrew Goheen, Lillian Grantham, Malakai Greenberg, Alexis Groh, Adrianna Henderson, Gabrielle Henkel, Noelle Hill, Ella Hobart, Bryan Holland, Kyle Howe, Ethan Kennedy, AnnaClaire Lackney, Eleanor Long, Joseph Long, Santiago Martinez, Walker McManus, Chase Meade, Seth Medlin, Meagan Meece, William Meyer, Joseph Molski, Lily Nguyen, Kyle Nienaber, Gunnar Nixon, Clare Oberton-Vester, Emma Phillips, Samuel Rubin, Isabelle Saulnier, Devin Scarborough, Clara Scholtz, Charles Schooler, Hayden Seeger, Carolina Skillman, Charlotte Snare, Grace Stacy, Charles Taylor, Madison Telgkamp, Hanna Tenhundfeld, McKailah Therrien, Jonathan Uchtman, Joseph Veeneman, Henry Wagner, Andrew Walter, Chase Williams, Charles Zack

11th Grade Madison Andrus, Jackson Beeler, Samantha Byrd, William Ciolino, Mackenzie Dingle, Reid Fakes, Jesse Glaser, Olivia Griesmer, Brennan Hand, Luke Higginbotham, Madeleine Hoffer, Charles Jordan, Nicholas Klawitter, Hannah Krieger, Joseph Kromer, Michael Lockhart, Julia Long, Emelie Mano, Grace McGraw, Jade McIntyre, Cassandra Mills, Robert Neugent, Adam Romick, Maggie Sanks, Lilith Saylor, Martin Schram, Sierra Sims-Smith, Jeffrey Timmers, Colin Theye, Madison Weisenberg, Jamie Westmeyer, Daniel Woodruff

12th Grade Celia Ahrens, Thomas Coates, Mary Deadrick, Erdal Fere, Robert Gerberick, Alexis Gilliland, Christine Gohman, Jonathan Hanley, Maeve Harrington, Joseph Hu, Jerome Jasper, William Krafft, Sarah Laumann, Macjilton Lewis, Laura Littiken, Julia Lynch, Keirstin Mason, Andrew Melling, Henry Motto, Connor Osgood, Nicholas Payiatis, Rebekah Pearson, Lindsey Siegfried, Steven Sipe, Gavin Smith, Carly Stelzer, Sarah Stewart, Sakke Tiitinen, Emma Toman, Makayla Valentine, Erica Weeks, Julia Whittelsey, Anne Wirthlin, Audrey York

New Basketball Coach at Mariemont City Schools

Mariemont City Schools Announces New Head Basketball Coach

On April 21, Jim Leon will be recommended to the Mariemont Board of Education as the new head basketball coach of the Mariemont City School District’s boys basketball program. Leon has coached over 30 years, beginning his coaching career at St. Antonius grade school, and then coaching high school basketball at Summit Country Day, followed by Western Hills, Woodward, Clark Montessori and St. Ursula Academy.

Jim Leon“Coach Leon has enjoyed a successful and respected coaching career in Cincinnati, and we’re excited to add Jim to our coaching staff to lead our Warriors basketball program,” said Tom Nerl, athletic director at Mariemont City Schools. “Jim’s personality, knowledge and passion for the game, and his enthusiasm for working with student athletes, made him the ideal candidate for our community.”

Coach Leon holds a winning record, with 321 wins and 185 losses across 21 seasons as a head basketball coach. Twenty of his players have received Division I college scholarships, and he has coached three McDonald’s All-Americans. He has worked at a basketball clinic in Cincinnati with Michael Jordan; he was an assistant coach for Magic Johnson at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit in 1992; he hired Mick Cronin, head coach at UC, for his first coaching job at Woodward in 1991; and in 1992 he hired former assistant coach Monte Mathis, who is now an assistant coach with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He also led his team to a state championship in 1988; final four in 1989; and state runner-up in 1990. He holds 13 straight league titles and five city championships. He said he loves working at the high school level, even though he has had college-level offers in the past.

“I love being around these young student athletes to see a team come together with confidence and skill,” said Coach Leon. “It’s all about teaching and learning together, learning to win and lose with character. I love to motivate the athletes and it’s great fun to grow together. It’s been my whole life.”

Pending board approval, Coach Leon plans to get started right away, meeting the players and their families and building his coaching staff. “I am looking forward to this chance to coach in a small community. I want to be visible and helpful while creating a family atmosphere with the team and in the community,” said Leon. “We’re going to work hard together to make an impact on the CHL, the city and the state.”

Coach Leon is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and Xavier University. He and his wife and daughter reside in Kenwood.

Mariemont City Schools to Appoint New Dean of Students

Tami CrollDuring the April board meeting, the Mariemont Board of Education will be asked to approve Tami Croll as the new dean of students at Mariemont Elementary, effective immediately after the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year.

“We are excited to have Mrs. Croll transition into the role of dean of students here at Mariemont Elementary, where she can continue to utilize her leadership skills and talents to positively impact our school community and district,” said Ericka Simmons, principal at Mariemont Elementary. “Tami is already a valuable member of our Mariemont Elementary family and team, and has in-depth knowledge of our district and school. Throughout her time here she has been able to perform a variety of teaching and administrative roles, always keeping the students and their needs as her main focus.”

Tami is in her 16th year of teaching and her 8th year of serving as the elementary music teacher at both Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in both education and educational leadership. Mrs. Croll has dedicated herself to promoting student achievement and to developing positive relationships with students, parents, staff and community members. She has been an integral part of the growth and improvement of the music department for Mariemont City Schools, implementing a highly effective and engaging online music curriculum in the elementary buildings. She has also directed numerous shows, musicals and programs.

“Tami’s Mariemont experience has more than prepared her for this next stage in her educational career,” said Steven Estepp, superintendent of Mariemont City Schools. “She will now continue to share her talents, creativity, time and passion in this new role to the benefit of our entire district.”

Mrs. Croll holds a Master Teacher designation, is certified to teach music in grades kindergarten through 12, and possesses her Principal Certification for grades pre-kindergarten through 12.

“The past eight years have been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling for me as a music teacher in this exemplary district. I am ready for the next phase of my career and look forward to the opportunity to make a difference for students beyond the walls of my classroom,” said Tami Croll. “The Mariemont City School District has wonderful students, parents and staff, and I am eager to support the learning environment for the entire school community. This really is a dream come true for me.”

The current dean of students at Mariemont Elementary, Dr. Jim Counts, will be retiring this June after serving 34 years in the Mariemont City School District.

Mariemont High School Teacher Authors High School Textbook

A Mariemont High School teacher can now add “book author” to his list of accomplishments. David Wolfford recently authored a book published by AMSCO/Perfection Learning entitled “United States Government & Politics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination.”

This book explains the American political system and is designed to enhance student performance on the AP exam. The essentials of government and politics in this textbook are drawn from Mr. Wolfford’s research projects, political reporting and 12 years of experience teaching in a high school classroom.

As a teacher of both the AP and the college prep levels of U.S. Government and Politics at Mariemont High School, Mr. Wolfford is very familiar with the College Board curriculum and high standards expected of student comprehension on the subject.

“Nothing is more boring to a teenager than a text book, and a lot of times these types of books are written by someone that isn’t very familiar with the target audience,” said Mr. Wolfford. “What motivated me to write this book was the fact that I know what these students need to know, and I geared the design, graphics, pictures and content toward the very audience that I understand.”

Mr. Wolfford received his Master’s degree in Constitutional and Legal History from the University of Kentucky through the university’s History Graduate Program. His work has been published a variety of scholarly and popular publications on the local, regional and national levels, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Ohio Valley History, Kentucky Monthly, Telescope, and The Lexington Herald-Leader. He has also written an online American History course, chapters in Armchair Reader: Civil War, and in The Encyclopedia of History series.

“David is a talented and well-respected teacher both at the high school and in our district. We are very proud of his achievements both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. James Renner, principal at Mariemont High School. “As is exemplified by David’s accomplishment, our staff is dedicated to high-quality instruction, and they encourage each other to be the best possible instructors for our students in all capacities.”

For more information about David Wolfford, please visit his online portfolio at Interested parties can purchase the textbook for $18.95 via the Perfection Learning website,

About Perfection Learning

Founded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. All of the major programs support the Common Core State Standards. In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.

Mariemont City School Students Participate in Visual Arts Celebration

Art students from Mariemont City Schools participated in the 25th “Festival in the Woods” art show in Blue Ash.

Festival in the Woods is a “celebration of visual arts from our local student artists” in grades K through 12. Ten other school districts also participated in the show, including Indian Hill, Madeira, Sycamore and Summit Country Day.

The open house was held on February 28 and included activities such as music, crafts, face painting and magic. The festival is free and open to the public, and it runs through March 14 at the Blue Ash Recreation Center.

Congratulations to our student artists for their talented participation in this annual festival.

Gigi Andrus, 1st grade at Mariemont Elementary. Williams Meadow.

Gigi Andrus, 1st grade at Mariemont Elementary. Williams Meadow.

Chloe Moore, 4th grade at Mariemont Elementary. Fairfax.

Chloe Moore, 4th grade at Mariemont Elementary. Fairfax.

Max Miller, 3rd grade at Mariemont Elementary. Mariemont.

Max Miller, 3rd grade at Mariemont Elementary. Mariemont.

Melissa Rupe, art teacher, and Liv Ferry, 6th grade student at Terrace Park Elementary.

Melissa Rupe, art teacher, and Liv Ferry, 6th grade student at Terrace Park Elementary.