Our high school dancers did not disappoint at the Dance Daytimes today. The dancers jetéd, tapped, twirled, pirouetted and arabesqued across the stage with ease and grace. Their performances reflected practice and creative choreography. Congratulations to the dancers and Mrs. CeCe Kapron. Bravissimo!Watch a slideshow of Dance Daytimes 2017.
Congratulations to Mt. Lebanon Girls' Basketball Coach Dori Oldaker on her 400th career win last week. Coach Oldaker has coached for 18 seasons, 14 with the Blue Devils. As of January 19, she has an overall record of 401-97 including this season's 12-2 record and 5-0 in section play. Coach Oldaker is a 3rd grade teacher at Washington Elementary School.
During her time at Mt. Lebanon, Coach Oldaker has led her teams to three consecutive state titles from 2009-2011 and three WPIAL championships. Coach Oldaker has been named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2010). In 2005, she was honored as the Johnny Unitas Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and as the Class 4A WPIAL Coach of the Year, and in 2001 she was tabbed as the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year.
Coach Oldaker was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015, the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Western Pennsylvania Girls' Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Coach Oldaker also has an impressive national team record. She was named head coach of the 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team. She helped lead the USA to a bronze medal as the USA head coach at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Puebla, Mexico; a gold medal and a 13-0 record as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's 3x3 Basketball Team; and four times she has served as a USA Basketball court coach, including the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team Trials, the 2012 USA U17 and U18 National Team Trials and the 2011 USA U16 National Team Trials.
Congratulations to Coach Oldaker on achieving this impressive milestone.
Students in our elementary schools were treated to a magical visit by nationally acclaimed children's author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco. The master storyteller extraordinaire had students and teachers on the edge of their seats, sitting in rapt attention. She told her story of how she could not read when she was a child so she took to drawing as a way to express herself. Not until she was 14 years old when a teacher recognized that she had dyslexia did she learn to read.
Ms. Polacco told students of being bullied, made fun of and left out because she was different and encouraged them to look out for their classmates. She urged them to love not exclude and to show kindness to those who need a friend. Ms. Polacco also spoke of another student who was her friend who was also made fun of as a child and went on to become the famous Frank Oz. She told our students that one of the most important things in life is to always have hope.
Ms. Polacco shared the personal stories behind her books such as The Keeping Quilt and Meteor -both weave a rich portrait of her family, especially her immigrant grandparents and great grandparents. At the end of her visit, Ms. Polacco left the students with an important thought to reflect on, "We all are gifted, we just open our gifts at different times." The visit was a once in a lifetime experience and one our students will remember for a long time.
Last January, the Mt. Lebanon School District Century of Excellence Capital Campaign received a generous gift of over $25,000 dollars from the Coach Lamprinakos Memorial Fund at the Mt. Lebanon Community Foundation. This money was used by our wrestling program, coordinated by Mt. Lebanon high school teacher and former Lebo wrestling coach Bill Lewis, to preserve the rich history and tradition of our program along with wrestling facility upgrades that will benefit our student athletes well into the future. On January 13, the high school wrestling program honored the family of Coach George Lamprinakos at the meet that night.
Coach Lamprinakos was a highly successful physical education teacher and coach in our District. He was a teacher for 38 years and re-established our wrestling program in 1956. During his coaching career, Mt. Lebanon wrestlers provided some of the program's proudest moments, winning 22 Sectional and 7 WPIAL Team Titles along with 33 WPIAL and 13 PIAA Individual Championships under his direction. His coaching record consisted of 332 wins, 129 loses and 6 ties. Many of the athletes he coached later competed at the collegiate level and beyond, including Kurt Angle, who earned NCAA and World Championships along with Olympic Gold. Coach Lamprinakos was honored as the Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Coach of the Year. In addition, he was recognized by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the prestigious Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award. As successful as he was as a coach, his positive impact on the lives of so many students at Mt. Lebanon was even more impressive.
The Mt. Lebanon School District extends a sincere "Thank You" to the entire Lamprinakos family for their kind gift that we hope will keep the values that Coach Lamprinakos stood for a part of Mt. Lebanon High School and the wrestling program now and into the future.
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The School Board approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at the Jan. 16 meeting. Due to the air conditioning work scheduled to take place over the summer, the administration proposed that the first day of school for students be held after Labor Day on September 5 to allow the contractors as much time as possible to complete the installation in the seven elementary and two middle schools.
One of the highlights of next year's calendar is the inclusion of a half day for students on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 22. Spring Recess will be held from March 28 to April 2, High School Commencement is scheduled for June 13, with the last day of school is set for June 14. All snow days are added at the end of the year, if needed.
After a year of careful review and analysis by the School Board on the question of air conditioning the elementary and middle schools, the Board took action and voted on December 12, 2016 to approve the project. The plan is to install air conditioning systems in the seven elementary schools and two middle schools over the spring and summer of 2017. The contract was awarded to Trane Inc. for $5,975,300.
The preliminary schedule has exterior work beginning this spring with interior work occurring over the summer. The projected completion date is set for late August 2017. In previous renovations, the elementary and middle schools were not air conditioned. With the completion of the high school renovation project and the availability of capital funds due to the successful refinancing of the bonds for the elementary renovation project, the Board determined this was the appropriate time to address air conditioning these buildings.
The High School construction project is now in its final phase, with most of the work taking place along Horsman Drive at the back of the building. The North Parking Lot is moving towards completion with the installation of most of the concrete pavers while signage, striping and landscape work is still to be done. The concrete contractor is working to complete the area from the tennis courts to the North Parking Lot. Along Horsman Drive, the excavating contractor is working on grading and drainage. Work on the tennis courts will resume once the asphalt plants re-open at the end of March. In order to finish the courts, a topcoat will be applied when the temperature rises above 70 degrees. It was necessary to wait for the ground where the tennis courts will be built to settle for ninety days after the area was excavated. Once the tennis courts are completed, the concrete pavers and sidewalks will be installed along Horsman Drive. Over the winter, the construction equipment and trailers in the laydown area in the South Parking Lot will be dismantled and removed. Landscaping will be finished this spring with the additional planting of over 80 trees on the campus. This has been a long and complex project. We appreciate the patience of students, staff, parents and community members as this final phase nears completion.
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