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 did not 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.
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: https://sites.google.com/mtlstudents.net/seaturtlecentral/home and don't forget to stop by and support the sea turtles!
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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Throughout the year the District's Safety and Security Committee meets to discuss issues of key importance in maintaining a safe school environment for our students and staff. The group is made up of school administrators,representatives of the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire Departments and Medical Rescues Team South (MRTSA). The group recently met to discuss school evacuation plans, updates to the District's emergency operation plan, and the recent Stop the Bleed training conducted by MRTSA for school nurses. The team works together throughout the year to implement programs such as A.L.i.C.E school intruder training, school safety drills and professional development opportunities such as table top drills based on best practices in school safety. We are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the MLPD, MLFD and MRTSA on this committee as well as in our schools.
At the February 13 School Board Meeting, Markham Head Custodian Tim Herzog was awarded the Board's Extra Mile Award. Nominated by Markham Principal Rob Freil, Mr. Herzog was praised as "the most selfless person who is committed to our District and to Markham." Dr. Freil went on to say, "Tim has been the head custodian at Markham since 2007, and his knowledge, skill and excellent commitment to maintaining the grounds in and out of Markham are beyond compare. He works hard every day, willingly covering extra shifts, building up the other custodian's skills and expectations, and providing exemplary service to the staff, students and parents of the school. He comes by the school facility on weekends just to make sure everything is okay, often working extra around the grounds to be sure it looks nice, is operating correctly, and to take care of any potential surprises which might set us back on a Monday morning. He goes out of his way for our teachers to accommodate their physical space needs - getting them furniture, removing items whenever necessary, assisting them in loading and unloading vehicles, etc. He is invaluable to our parents, always approachable and willing to do just about anything they need for evening and weekend events.
My office staff trusts him with every task, and his relationship with our secretaries, nurses and clerical aides shows how respectful he is, and how willing he is to help make the school run so well.
For me, I have been so grateful to have had Tim Herzog here the entire time I've been the principal of Markham. I can't imagine how the building would survive without him. He truly goes above and beyond, and is deserving of the extra mile award."
The Extra Mile Award was started by the School Board to shine a light on District employees who go above and beyond in their jobs to support our students, staff and community. If you are interested in nominating an employee, send your comments to School Board President Mary Birks at email@example.com.
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 about the best practices used at JMS to benchmark against their schools' processes for student achievement. The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) noted JMS ranking as the #1 Middle School in PA by StartClass.com, an educational research company. The ranking is based on state level data to determine a school's caring, engaging and rigorous learning environment.
The visit included a welcome by Central Office administrators, a question and answer session with JMS Principal Mrs. Kelly Szesterniak and Dean of Students Mr. Jeffrey 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 on the selection of Jefferson Middle School by the PSSC as a model of exceptional teaching and learning.
- MonFeb27 School Board Regular Meeting 7:30 PMRoom D205, Mt. Lebanon High School
- TueFeb28 HS Orchestra Concert 7:30 PMHigh School Auditorium
- WedMar01 PTA Council Meeting & Speaker Series 9:00 AMJefferson Elementary