Four Mt. Lebanon High School students gave their school an early Valentine's Day gift last week by introducing an initiative called Start with Hello. RJ Giarrusso, Will Aracri, Jack Cameron, and Kyle Carskadden were inspired to introduce the program to the high school which focuses on activities to empower their peers to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness. The boys' plan was to start small by encouraging their classmates to talk with other students who might feel left out, alone or invisible. Along with their classmates, they chose activities that promoted kindness and inclusion over a three day period last week. On Day One of Start with Hello it was "Wear Green Day" where students and faculty wore green to kick off the program. On Day Two students played "Buddy Bingo" where students asked others for help to answer questions as part of the game, and on Day Three it was "No One Eats Alone Day" with the goal to have students talk to someone they don't know when walking in the hallways, before class,and during lunch. As RJ Giarrusso said, "If this made a difference in one kid's day it was worth it."

It was definitely worth it.

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The 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary School has been hard at work on a project to raise money for the Sea Turtle rescue at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The students planned and organized their fundraiser by making and selling necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls and bookmarks with sea turtle charms, raising $800 which they presented to staff at the zoo for the Sea Turtle Second Chance Program. The students had originally set a goal of $1,000, so in an effort to meet their goal they will be selling their handmade items at the STEAM Showcase on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School. Visit their website at: and don't forget to stop by and support the sea turtles!

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The second annual District wide STEAM Showcase will be held on Feb. 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the High School. A night of fun for the whole family has been planned so get ready to make, create, and learn.

The evening will include maker space activities, a fun and engaging presentation about the science of sound from Gregg Gould, Ph.D. while Center Court will be filled with displays of student work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Due to popular demand, there will be twice the maker spaces set up throughout the school as last year. Plan to play and make with LEDs, LEGOs, Keva Planks, robots, laser engravers, and 3D printers. Tours of the new science classrooms and labs will also be available.

STEAM Showcase Schedule of Events

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The Pennsylvania School Study Council sponsored a visit to Jefferson Middle School for educators from around the state to learn what makes JMS a high performing school.This event gave the visiting educators a chance to learn from the best practices used at JMS to compare to their schools' processes for student achievement.

The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) noted JMS ranking as the #1 Middle School in PA by, an educational research company. The ranking is based on state level data to determine ranking, caring, engaging and rigorous learning environment.

The visit included a welcome by Central Office administrators, a question and answer session with Mrs. Szesterniak and Mr. Zieders, meetings with an instructional grade team, support team, writing clinician, and an explanation of software used for management and monitoring, and a tour of the building. The visiting educators were interested in identifying what high-achieving methods could be adapted to their schools.

According to their website, "Founded in 1947, the Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) is a partnership between Penn State University and member school districts, intermediate units, and area vocational-technical schools. PSSC is dedicated to improving public education in Pennsylvania by providing up-to-date research information, professional development activities, and technical assistance that will enable its members to provide top quality educational services to students."

Congratulations to Mrs. Szesterniak and her staff for the JMS selection by the PSSC as a model of exceptional teaching and learning.

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Mt. Lebanon High School has formed a Unified Bocce team in association with Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The team has eight players and will compete against other schools in the area. Congratulations to the team on their first match and first win of the season against Avonworth. It was a great effort by both teams! Our team will compete toward a possible trip to Hershey for the state championships.

The first match was a perfect example of great play and sportsmanship. At the start of the match, the team led the crowd in the Special Olympic Oath:

Let Me Win

But if I cannot win

Let me be brave in the attempt.


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Congratulations to the staff of The Outlook, Mellon's literary magazine, on their Superior ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English. The student editors are Fiona Balfe, Steven Labalme, and Rachel Midea. Their faculty advisor is Mellon Writing Clinician, Eve Kollar. The students did an outstanding job in gaining this national recognition.

Thanks go to the Mellon staff, especially the Language Arts teachers, for creating an environment where writing is encouraged and respected. This program for middle schools, junior high, and high schools recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. It provides encouragement for all schools to develop literary magazines with excellence in writing and school-wide participation.

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