Maumee City Schools Report

By Steve Lee
Superintendent | Maumee City Schools

April 22, 2024

Spring Updates For The Community From Maumee City Schools

Hello, Maumee community. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this column to learn about some of the exciting things underway or recently completed by students and staff of Maumee City Schools. It has been an exciting few weeks with our spring break, a total solar eclipse of the sun, spring sports getting underway and our PTOs coordinating a Maumee City Schools Night at a Walleye game.

Springtime also means state testing season. As always, we encourage students to do their very best on these high-stakes assessments and I’m always pleased to see the creative ways our teachers and staff find to give them brain breaks and celebrate their hard work. We know it’s a stressful time and everyone is happy when the final test is finished in late April. By then, I’m certain every student will know exactly how many school days remain before we dismiss for summer break.  

Three Third-Graders Named Maumee Kid Mayor For A Day

Thank you to Mayor MacDonald for holding a Kid Mayor contest for community third-graders. On Monday, April 15, Calihan Byers, who attends Fort Miami Elementary School, Natalie Lewis, who attends Fairfield Elementary School, and Sadie Mallin, who attends St. Joseph’s Maumee, spent the day uptown with Mayor MacDonald and had the chance to find out what our mayor does each day. The students met other community leaders and were invited to a city council meeting that evening to receive a proclamation. In May, Mayor MacDonald will be visiting each elementary school to meet with the entire third grade and talk to them about being community leaders and having civic pride. 

National Honor Society Members Design & Implement Community Service Projects

Scholarship, service, leadership and character are the four pillars of the National Honor Society (NHS). Students must excel in all four areas to be inducted into the Maumee High School chapter of NHS. This year, we started a new initiative, and members had to complete a service project. Student-led projects included making blankets for hospice patients, community cleanups, after-school care activity planning for elementary students, youth soccer coaching, a holiday toy drive and a collection of animal-care items. 

School District Joins City For Earth Day Cleanup Project

The Maumee City Schools Wellness Committee is working with Maumee City Council member Jon Fiscus to coordinate an Earth Day 2024 event on Saturday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. This will be a citywide community service project. School district staff and community members are signing up, and designated areas of Maumee are set to receive a good spring cleaning.  

MHS Graduate Makes Generous Donation To Panther Pride Foundation

Dr. Kevin Alexander (MHS ‘69) and Dr. Carol Brown Alexander recently made a generous donation to the Panther Pride Foundation for the specific purpose of purchasing new timpani drums, a new xylophone and two saxophones. We are extremely grateful for this contribution made through their IRA’s Qualified Charitable Distribution, which is one of many ways our alumni and friends support our charitable foundation. To learn more, contact our Development & Alumni Relations coordinator Dan Coutcher at dcoutcher@maumeek12.org or (419) 461-3149.

Workforce Development Efforts Underway To Hire Staff & Subs

On April 2, we held an open house and tour for the community to showcase the operational jobs we need to fill this school year and next. We are hiring school bus drivers and bus monitors, custodians and groundskeepers, and food service staff members. We have some regular positions open, and we are always looking for substitute employees who can work a few hours or a few days each week. 

If you missed the open house but want to apply for an open position, visit the EMPLOYMENT webpage on the Maumee City Schools website (www.maumee.k12.oh.us).

Summer Academic Camp Registration Open

Our summer educational programming begins on Wednesday, June 5, and the registration portal is open. Maumee Summer Camp features two sessions – June 5-14 and June 17-28. Transportation is provided. To learn more, visit www.maumee.k12.oh.us and search “Maumee Summer Camp 2024.”

Summer Sports Camp Registration Open

Maumee High School coaches are offering youth summer sports camps again this year. Our students can participate in camps for basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, volleyball and tennis. Specific dates and the costs for each sports camp can be found at www.maumee.k12.oh.us and on our Facebook and X/Twitter accounts.

Maumee City School District Receives School Safety Grant

The school district applied for a 2024 School Safety grant and was notified that we would receive $9,502. We will purchase replacement batteries and pads for AEDs across the district, AED training units and potentially additional AEDs. We actively pursue grant funds that will supplement general funds to purchase equipment and make improvements across the district. 

District ELA Curriculum Aligned With Science Of Reading Research

The science of reading refers to a body of research investigating how people learn to read and comprehend written language. It includes phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension.

The school district plans to adopt a new kindergarten to third-grade English language arts (ELA) curriculum this spring. We have nearly finished aligning the curriculum with science of reading principles and we are fine-tuning our instructional practices to most effectively teach children how to read proficiently and understand written texts. The goal of this work is to improve literacy outcomes for our youngest students, which in turn should lead to improved overall academic achievement in all subject areas.

Work Camp Project Returns In Summer 2024

The nonprofit organization Group Mission Trips and First Presbyterian Church Maumee are supporting an area work camp this summer from June 14 to June 22. This is just one such camp being held nationwide this summer, and Maumee High School will be the home base. 

Hundreds of volunteers will converge here and provide free labor to the elderly, disabled and low-income families in our community. They will help with home repair projects these individuals cannot manage themselves. Both labor and materials are free to qualifying households and paid for by the Group Mission Trips organization. 

Maumee City Schools hosted volunteers for a Work Camp in 2022 and are pleased to host again this summer.

Save The Dates For These Exciting Events

Arts & S.T.E.A.M. Fest – Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at MHS. Hundreds of students’ fine arts projects will be on display, in addition to band, strings, orchestra and choir concerts for grades 6-12.  

Maumee High School Commencement at Stranahan Theater – Sunday, May 19.
Richard Kazmaier Memorial Golf Outing at Belmont Country Club – Friday, July 26.
Maumee High School All-Alumni Event at Kazmaier Stadium – Friday, October 11.

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