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Briefs: Elementary students invited to summer program

| Thursday, June 1, 2006

The Wilkinsburg School District is enrolling a limited number of elementary school students on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 21st Century Wilkinsburg Elementary Community Learning Center summer program.

The five-week program starts June 19, with classes running from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Turner Elementary School, 1833 Laketon Road.

Among the activities offered are computer exploration, a chess club and arts, science and library programming. The group will take field trips on Fridays. Students can register for the program at their schools.

Residents can help district by recycling

Wilkinsburg residents can help the environment and their school district by dropping off their magazines, newspapers, catalogs, office and school papers in the bright green bin next to the regular trash bins at Kelly Elementary School, 400 Kelly Ave.

Montreal-based Abitibi Consolidated will pay the district for every ton of recyclable paper collected. The district asks people not to include plastic, glass, metal or trash in the container.

Reading, math program available at Turner

Wilkinsburg parents can give their children an educational boost by enrolling them in the free summer reading and math program at Turner Elementary School, 1833 Laketon Road.

The five-week program starts June 19. The classes include two hours of reading and two hours of math from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Students can register for the program at their schools.

East Allegheny schools Board may hire superintendent

State Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak has agreed the East Allegheny School Board may hire Roger D'Emidio as its superintendent while he works on getting his certification, district officials said.

D'Emidio is the district's fiscal affairs director. The board picked him as the acting superintendent after Superintendent Tom Knight left in January to become superintendent of the Bethel Park School District. D'Emidio has to complete the two-year superintendent's program at California University of Pennsylvania and participate in a state Department of Education leadership program as a condition of his employment.

West Jefferson Hills schools Taxes to stay same

The West Jefferson Hills School Board does not anticipate a property tax increase for the coming school year.

The board voted unanimously to pass a preliminary budget of $34.4 million that keeps the tax rate at 19.99 mills.

Superintendent John P. Lozosky said a big reason the board is not planning an increase is that the district's employees will begin to pay for a portion of their health insurance costs.

"Next year, teachers and support staff like the secretaries, custodians and administrators will all start to contribute to their own health insurance for the first time ever. That will be able to reduce health care costs for the district," he said.

Lozosky also cited the retirement of 19 teachers as a reason a tax increase is not needed.

With the property tax rate, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 pays $1,999 a year to the school district in property taxes.

The preliminary budget is available for public inspection at the district's administration building, 835 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills. The final budget will be adopted at a school board meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in the cafeteria at Thomas Jefferson High School, 310 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills.

South Hills Methodist church to host baccaulaureate

Churches in and near Upper St. Clair have sponsored and hosted a Christian Baccalaureate since 1994, and this year's service will be at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park.

The service for 2006 graduates is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 13.

The celebration is a ceremony for local Christian graduating seniors and their family and friends. The purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and reinforce their conviction to Christian principles. Traditionally, the participants generally have been from Upper St. Clair, but the service is open to residents of nearby communities, as well.

The Rev. Eric Park, associate minister at the church from 1995 to 20002 and now senior pastor at Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township, will be the keynote speaker and plans to address the students in a style that combines humor, insight and biblical reflection.

Light refreshments will be offered during a reception after the service. For more information, e-mail: mostlysunny75@adelphia.net or call Mary Nolte at 412-854-4072.

Mt. Lebanon schools Forensics team wins speech championship

The Mt. Lebanon High School Forensics Team won the Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Championship at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

This is the first time in 25 years that a team from Western Pennsylvania has won the award; Mt. Lebanon placed second in the past two state championships. Seventeen students qualified for the tournament; four won first place and the state championship in their individual event. They are Moira Foehr, drama; Ashley Hlebinsky, prose; Andrew Freeman, humor; and Hart Ford-Hodges, extemporaneous speaking. Five students finished as finalists: Scott Trumbull and Jess Bastiaens, dramatic duo; Amy Hoffman, humor; Jessica Koontz, oratory; and Christina Costello, drama. The team also won its seventh National Forensic League District championship this spring.

Ten members of the high school team also qualified for the National Forensics League Championship coming up in Dallas from June 18 to 23. The team is coached by George Savarese, Peter Dinardo and Lisa Hoffmann.

Penn Hills schools Fitness teams places in national championships

The Penn Hills Fitness Team recently participated in the National High School Physical Fitness Championships in San Diego, with the girls' team placing third in the nation out of 12 teams and the boys placing eighth out of 17 teams.

In addition, Penn Hills senior Rachel Dilla placed first out of 150 girls and received a $500 award.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Marines Youth Foundation Inc.

Penn Hills began its program with a boys' team in 1966 and had the first girls' team in the nation in 1976. Penn Hills has gone to the national competition every year since 1966 and has had teams come in as high as second place, school officials said.

There are about 2,000 schools around the country that have teams. Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible. The top 10 to 15 girls' teams and top 15 to 20 boys' teams compete at the national level. Teams have five members and one alternate.

The competition involves sit-ups, push-ups, standing broad jumps, pull-ups and a shuttle run.

Woodland Hills schools West takes part in One Book initiative

West Junior High School students recently participated in the "One Book-One Community" initiative sponsored by local and state libraries.

The initiative helps to foster a community of readers in and out of the school setting.

This year's selection for middle-level students was "Fish" by L.S. Matthews. Reading teachers Lynn Bell and Donna Madaras collaborated with Diana Plutto, the school's library media specialist. Students read the book, then spent several days in the library preparing a Power Point presentation, brochure or a written research report on the book.

In addition to this activity, "Fish" was one of the 10 books selected for the "Battle of the Books" that West students participated in for the first time this year. Teacher Michael Fricko and Plutto collaborated with other West teachers and librarians at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library to sponsor the activity, in which nearly 50 students read the books and answered questions about them.

Seneca Valley schools Budget on board meeting agenda

The Seneca Valley school board will continue to discuss the 2006-07 budget and a proposed 5-mill property tax increase during a meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Seneca School Road.

The tax increase would generate an additional $1.8 million for the district, business manager Lynn Stewart said.

A mill is projected to bring in $355,000. The average homeowner would pay about $75 a year more in property taxes to the district with the increase, he said.

The proposed budget totals more than $84 million and reflects increases in professional salaries, health-insurance costs, contracted transportation services and special education, school officials said.

Board members last year raised the tax rate by 2.8 mills, although a 5-mill increase was proposed initially.

Teacher earns Red Apple

A teacher at Rowan Elementary School in Cranberry has been chosen as a Red Apple Education Award Winner.

Mike Manipole, a physical education instructor at Rowan, was selected as a winner because of his dedication to students beyond the requirements of the school day, involvement in school activities, leadership among peers and community activities, Seneca Valley School District officials said.

The Apple awards recognize one teacher in each of Butler County's seven public school districts, as well as Butler County Vocational Technical School and one college or university.

Manipole and the other winners will be recognized at a ceremony June 8. The awards are sponsored by the United Way of Butler County.

North Allegheny schools Middle school concerts planned

Two North Allegheny School District middle schools have concerts scheduled for next week.

The Ingomar Middle School Orchestra Concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1521 Ingomar Heights Road, Franklin Park. Ingomar's Band Concert will be at 7 p.m. June 8 at the school.

The Carson Middle School Band Concert will be at 7 p.m. June 8 at the school, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless.

Portersville Christian Teacher honored

Margaret Brown, a third-grade teacher at Portersville Christian School, was selected as "Teacher of the Year" by the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Butler Commons, Butler Township. She was nominated by a parent.

Brown received a $1,000 check, a shirt and a certificate.

Brown has taught at Portersville Christian School for 21 years. All three of her children have graduated from the school.

Winchester Thurston Information sessions planned

Winchester Thurston School's North Hills Campus for students in preschool through grade five will have information sessions from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 22 and July 13.

The school is at 4225 Middle Road. For information, call 412-486-8341.

Sto-Rox schools Students raise money for charity

Students at the Sto-Rox Middle School raised $800 for the March of Dimes by participating in Walk America, which took place Downtown on April 30.

Paula Dugan, a teacher at Sto-Rox Middle School, walked with the pupils. This was the 13th year students have raised money for the March Dimes by participating in the fundraiser.

Project aimed at helping hurricane victims

Sto-Rox Elementary School students participated in the PPG "Growing with Books" project to aid victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Kate Brandt, a fifth-grade teacher, said the students wrote words of encouragement and drew pictures to cheer up youngsters who were affected by the hurricanes. Note cards for the project were provided by the sponsors of the project, which include the PPG Industries Foundation and Beginning with Books.

South Fayette schools Assistant schools chief gets board seat

Mary Ravita, assistant superintendent of South Fayette School District, is serving on the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Board of Directors.

Ravita began her three-year term in April. The association, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization of educators with more than 175,000 members internationally. It provides education information services and professional development and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students.

Ravita currently serves as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the South Fayette School District. She also teaches leadership classes at Robert Morris University in Moon.

St. Malachy Flea market, bake sale planned

St. Malachy School teachers are sponsoring a flea market and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17.

The sales will take place in the cafeteria at the school, 343 Forest Grove Road in Kennedy.

For more information, call the school at 412-771-4545.

Mt. Lebanon schools Forensics team wins state competition

The Mt. Lebanon High School Forensics Team won the Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Championship at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

This is the first time in 25 years that a team from Western Pennsylvania has won this award; Mt. Lebanon placed second in the past two state championships.

Seventeen students qualified for the tournament; four won first place and the state championship in their individual event. They are: Moira Foehr, Drama; Ashley Hlebinsky, Prose; Andrew Freeman, Humor; and Hart Ford-Hodges, Extemporaneous Speaking. Five students finished as finalists: Scott Trumbull and Jess Bastiaens, Dramatic Duo; Amy Hoffman, Humor; Jessica Koontz, Oratory; and Christina Costello, Drama. The team also won its seventh National Forensic League District championship this spring.

Ten members of the high school team also qualified for the National Forensics League Championship coming up in Dallas from June 18 to 23. The team is coached by George Savarese, Peter Dinardo and Lisa Hoffmann.

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