Safe Communities America

Mt. Lebanon has received a Safe Communities America designation from the National Safety Council, placing it among an elite number of United States cities dedicated to preventing injury and death. The Mt. Lebanon School District is proud to have been a member of the founding coalition that contributed to the application. The District joined the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, Mt. Lebanon Public Information Office, Mt. Lebanon Public Works, Medical Rescue Team South Authority, St. Clair Hospital, Outreach Teen & Family Services, and FirstGroup (First Student's parent company). The District's ALICE program and the partnership we have with the MLPD and MLFD to teach students safe walking and fire safety programs were highlighted in the application.

"The Mt. Lebanon School District was honored to join our community partners as a member of this important coalition which resulted in a national accreditation from the National Safety Council," said Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

Mt. Lebanon is one of only 30 communities in the country with this accreditation. The application, which took more than a year and a half to prepare, was underwritten by First Student Transportation.

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2017 Great Alumni

Mt. Lebanon High School welcomed the recipients of the 2017 Great Alumni Award to the high school on October 6. The high school held a luncheon to honor the awardees during the day and a special recognition was held at the football game that night.
This year's recipients are: Judith Balk, M.D. Class of 1981; Cheston M. Berlin, M.D. Class of 1954; Tacy Byham, Ph.D. Class of 1986; Steffanie Jones Lewis, Class of 1954; Linn F. Mollenauer, Ph.D. Class of 1954; Michael J. Riemer, Class of 1978.

The Great Alumni Award is a project of the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council. Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. This is the 13th year of the award program. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others, involvement in community service or achievement in a professional field.

Judy Balk

Dr. Balk is a graduate of Washington University (Bachelor of Arts), the University of Pennsylvania (Master of Arts in Public Policy and a Medical Doctor degree), and the University of Pittsburgh (Master of Public Health). After her training with a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, she focused her work on combining integrative medicine and women's health and developed a national reputation as an expert in this field. Dr. Balk grew her skill set by studying functional medicine and completed advanced training in mind-body medicine. She also became a licensed acupuncturist and a certified yoga teacher. She has dedicated her career to finding alternative solutions for difficult health challenges by integrating acupuncture, mind-body skills, and nutrition for women in the menopause transition, cancer survivors, and women with other midlife medical issues. Dr. Balk volunteers her time as a physician at Casting for Recovery retreats for breast cancer survivors. The retreats focus on the medical and emotional aspects of breast cancer while teaching mindfulness, patience, and developing peer support as the survivors learn to fly fish. She is also actively involved at Beth El Congregation of the South Hills as a Board Member, torah reader, and volunteer. Dr. Balk and her husband, Andrew Schaer, are the proud parents of Jordan ('12), Brady ('14) , and Maya ('17).

Dr. Balk was nominated by her classmate and 2015 Great Alumni Award winner Lawrence Lebowitz.

Chester Berlin

Dr. Berlin has devoted his career to improving the lives and health of others as a practicing pediatrician for fifty-four years. He has been a Penn State University Professor at the M. S. Hershey Medical School for the past forty-seven years. In recognition of his esteemed career, Dr. Berlin is only the third person to be appointed an Honorary Alumnus of Penn State University's College of Medicine. Dr. Berlin directs a pediatric clinical office, teaches at the medical school, and conducts research in pediatric pharmacology, nutrition, lactation, drugs in human milk, Tourette syndrome, and newborn screening. His major clinical effort in recent years is caring for children with Phenylketonuria (PKU) of which many children afflicted are of the Amish and Mennonite communities. Several times a year Dr. Berlin provides pro bono care of the Amish families. Early in his career, he established the first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the United States at the National Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Berlin and his wife, Anne, reside in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and are the proud parents of and the proud grandparents of .

Dr. Berlin was nominated by his Class of 1954 classmate Carolou Fidder Marquet.

Tacy Byham

Dr. Byham is the CEO of Development Dimension International (DDI), a global leadership consultancy that helps the world's most successful companies, educational institutions, and

nonprofit organizations transform the way they select, develop, and accelerate leaders. The global and local effect DDI has on the community is recognized through various accolades by those who have been impacted by its work. Accomplishments like these may be, in part, due to her degrees in mathematics and computer science from Mt. Holyoke College. Additionally, getting her masters in Industrial Organizational psychology from the University of Akron has proved to be beneficial in Dr. Byham's career. Her #LeadLikeAGirl presentations before college and business audiences demonstrate her commitment to mentoring women as they advance in the workplace. In her recent article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Dr. Byham highlighted the need for women to more accurately assess themselves as effective leaders to fully reach their workplace potential. As an advocate for women's professional success, she discovered that women-led organizations generated "better financial results" a majority of the time. Dr. Byham's book, Your FIrst Leadership Job, coauthored with Rich Wellins, was released in 2015 to excellent reviews. Dr. Byham has spearheaded numerous successful fundraisers that have supported the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Mount Holyoke Club of Pittsburgh and of Great Britain, and the Junior Leagues of Pittsburgh, London, Akron, and New York City. She has also been a board member of the Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and is currently a board member of City Theatre. Dr. Byham resides in Mt. Lebanon along with her son, Spencer, who currently attends Mt. Lebanon High School. And according to her son, when her schedule isn't too busy, she enjoys a mean Zumba class.

Dr. Byham was nominated by her friend Cecile R. Usner.

Steffanie Lewis

Mrs. Steffanie Jones Lewis entered the workforce as a school teacher. Within less than a decade, she had taught in five states across the United States. After moving to Alaska for a teaching position, she and her late husband established an air taxi company, Parkair, which served the southern coast of Alaska and grew to be successful. As a radio dispatcher in Alaska, Mrs. Lewis many times assisted with the search and rescue efforts of stranded and injured fishermen. She obtained a law degree from the California Western School of Law, returned to Alaska, and became the owner of a commercial salmon seining business. A subsequent move to Virginia resulted in her developing an interest in immigration law where she is currently a managing partner at the International Business Law Firm. Mrs. Lewis works tirelessly on behalf of immigrants who have skills that are otherwise unavailable in the United States and supports the rights of American and foreign nationals in courts. She and her husband, Alfred, reside in Arlington, Virginia. They are the parents of Jennifer, Yani, and Kieren and the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

Mrs. Lewis was nominated by her Class of 1954 classmate Judith Musgrave.

Dr. Mollenauer

Dr. Mollenauer received a Bachelor of Engineering Physics degree from Cornell University and a PhD in physics from Stanford University. After teaching for seven years at the University of California - Berkeley, he joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories where he focused on the application of solitons and other nonlinear effects in optical fiber pulse propagation to ultra long distance transmission. Retired from Bell Labs at the end of 2003, in the winters of 2005 and 2006, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona at Tucson. During this period of time, he wrote the textbook Solitons in Optical Fibers: Fundamentals and Applications with co-author James P. Gordon. Among his many honors, Dr. Mollenauer received the Stuart Ballantine Medal from the Franklin Institute in consideration of the importance of the work on the soliton laser and of its potential application in high speed optical communication. He was also elected to be a Bell Laboratories Fellow for the seminal contribution of the generation, understanding, and system applications of optical soliton. Dr. Mollenauer and his wife, Marjorie, live in Colts Neck, New Jersey, are the parents of David and James, and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.

Dr. Mollenauer was nominated by his Class of 1954 classmate Barbara Center Mann.

Mike Riemer

Mr. Riemer first served the Mt. Lebanon community as a police officer and then as the Public School Education officer who became known to all of the elementary aged students as he taught the children about the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction, bullying, cyberbullying, and internet predators. Since 2013, Mr. Riemer has been a Mt. Lebanon School District Board of School Director. Throughout his police career, Mr. Riemer worked collaboratively with the Mt. Lebanon Parent Teacher Association Council, the Mt. Lebanon School District's Drug & Alcohol Task Force, and the Outreach Teen & Family Counseling Organization. Mr. Reimer developed the Mt. Lebanon School District's security training for dealing with an active shooter. He is currently serving as the Emergency Disaster Services Director of the Western Pennsylvania Salvation Army in which he has directed relief work for disasters in New York City and throughout Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Riemer has volunteered as an elder at Bower Hill Community Church and as an advocate and speaker for both the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the National Kidney Foundation. Mr. Riemer and his wife, Catherine, reside in Mt. Lebanon and are the proud parents of Rebecca ('10) and Megan('14).

Mr. Riemer was nominated by his friend Alfonso Frioni, Jr., Esq.

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Nina Routh

Congratulations to Mt. Lebanon High School senior, Nina Routh, on her selection for the Extra Effort Award presented by KDKA-TV and Allegheny Health Network. The broadcast of Nina's award presentation will be on Oct. 12 on KDKA during the 6pm hour with Bob Pompeani.

'Extra Effort' is awarded to a student who excels not only in the classroom -- but in athletics and in the community. The contest is open to junior and senior High School Student Athletes within the Pittsburgh area.

Nina was nominated for her excellent work on the court and off. Here are some of her accomplishments listed in her nomination:

Varsity Volleyball, Mt. Lebanon High School - Right Side Hitter, 3 year letter winner

Club Volleyball - Renaissance Volleyball Club and Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club. Outside Hitter and Right Side Hitter


  • Blue Devil Scholar Athlete Award - Earned GPA of 3.5-3.99 during the volleyball season each year.
  • National Merit Commended Scholar, 2017
  • AP Scholar, College Board
  • STEM Academy, Level 3 (highest level) member - Voluntarily elected optional Biological Science curriculum that introduces students to STEM fields through coursework, speakers, field trips, and shadowing
  • National Honor Society - Executive Committee - Will help to plan and organize the Holiday Toy Drive benefiting the Salvation Army
  • 3 apprenticeships through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit - Marine Biology, Epidemiology, and Engineering
  • Nina has a 5.0 weighted and 3.8 unweighted GPA

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Varsity and Club Volleyball
  • Science Bowl, Captain - Attends weekly practices and competitions which test science knowledge
  • Tutor, Cross-Age Tutoring Program at Mellon Middle School - Tutors students after school
  • Student Curriculum Advisory Board - Meet monthly for question and answer sessions with teachers in varying subjects to improve the curriculum

Community Service

  • St. Clair Hospital, Emergency Room Volunteer - Restocks medical supplies in ER suites and on mobile carts
  • Student Ambassador, Union Project, 1,000 Birds Project at Children's Hospital, Outpatient Services. Helps children to create a clay bird and a message of hope for their communities. They leave their bird to be fired and take someone else's finished bird home
  • St. Anne Church and Youth Group, Mission Trip Volunteer - travels in summers to perform community service. Has been to North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Maryland
  • Volleyball Camp Assistant - helps with the team's summer camp for middle school girls and also for the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department's volleyball program during the school year
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Hoover's Matt's Makerspace

This fall, the elementary schools opened their reimagined libraries with new Matt's Maker Spaces. These spaces are beehives of activities as students collaborate on projects. You can feel the creative energy as students problem solve how to make a marble travel the farthest or figure out how to build a structure to support an object. In this space science, engineering, art, communication, math and technology all intersect as students work in teams or individually to try out new ideas. As Hoover Principal Nicole Giehll says, "In our Matt's Maker Space, FAIL stands for "First Attempt In Learning."

The District's Matt's Maker Spaces were designed in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Children's Howe's Matt's Maker SpaceMuseum. Our elementary librarians worked closely with museum staff to first and foremost determine the educational purpose of the space. The floor plans were then designed to support the goals of the makerspaces, then the furniture and supply needs were determined. In preparation for the launch, a group of Mt. Lebanon teachers from each of our elementary schools attended the Children's Museum Makerspace Boot Camp this summer. The immersive four-day professional development workshop allowed teachers to experience and understand the philosophy and practice of making. Dr. Marybeth Irvin, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education and Howe Principal Dr. Michelle Murray are leading the initiative.

At the high school, students like Taylor Ransford have taken making to a whole new level. Last year,

Taylor's prosthetic hand

Taylor and a team of students developed a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer. Over the summer, Taylor took that idea, improved and refined it by developing movable joints for the hand and fingers.

Special thanks go to MTL parents and alumni Noelle and David Conover for their generosity in providing the initial funding for Matt's Maker Space through the District's Century of Excellence Campaign. Thank you also to all of our families who have contributed to their school's makerspace. Your generosity has made an impact in our schools. Read about Matt's Maker Space in the September issue of the Mt. Lebanon Magazine.

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Dance Company January 2017

Dance Company Daytimes January 2017

We're All In This Together

"We're all in this together" is the theme of the 2016-17 opening day video for staff.

Happy Holidays 2016

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At the October 9 School Board Discussion Meeting, the Board discussed different field options for the "Rock Pile" practice field. The options included a variety of field options including size and type of surface. The Board agreed to continue discussion about the field with the consensus among Board members that a competitive size field was preferred. Discussion will continue to determine the type of surface for the field, either artificial or grass.

Rock Pile Presentation

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MTLSD Administrators' One Word

At the school district's opening day convocation with staff, Dr. Steinhauer introduced "One Word" from the book "One Word that will change your life" by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page @getoneword. He invited everyone to pick one word to be the focus for the next twelve months. It is a simple, thoughtful and purposeful action that begins by unplugging the noise, quieting the mind and creating the space to think about what type of person we want to be, how we want to live our life and what impact do we want to have on others. After you think of your One Word you share it. Some of our teachers, classes and all of our administrators have picked their One Word to start the year. So take a minute to create some space for yourself, disengage with the outside world, focus on the inside world and pick your One Word.

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Congratulations to Hoover Elementary School on ranking #7 in the Best Public Elementary Schools in PA ranking while Hoover teachers were ranked #1 Best Public Elementary School Teachers in PA.

The 2018 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district.

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    • ThuOct19 HS Bands in Review Concert 7:30 PMHS Auditorium
    • TueOct24 HS Choral Concert 7:30 PMHS Auditorium
    • SatOct28 ACT (not at MTL)
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