At the March 20 School Board meeting, high school band director Jason Cheskawich was honored with the School Board's Extra Mile Award. Nominated by Mrs. Jodi Kubit, her nomination states, "In addition to the many concerts and events that Mr. Cheskawich coordinates to promote our high school musicians and our community, such as the exceptionally successful United States Air Force Singing Sergeants Concert this fall, he tirelessly works over the summer and all throughout the fall to make sure our students put on the best show that they can for our students, parents and community during football season. They work hard, but they have fun too. At the same time, he runs concert band and wind ensemble classes and concerts, teaches music theory and music technology and has multiple small ensembles that he directs. Mr. Cheskawich reaches out to our younger students in the district in hopes of them continuing their pursuit of music in high school. He hosts the 5th grade band students from across the district at a football game and the 8th grade band students at our band festival. He sends current high school students to the middle school to talk to eighth graders about joining band at high school. He even invited 8th grade band members to serve as ushers at a high school concert so that they could start connecting with the high school. He is always looking for ways to keep kids involved in his passion - music.

Mr. Cheskawich continues to be a strong advocate for fine arts education in our district. At concerts he often speaks about how thankful he is that Mt. Lebanon supports Fine Arts the way they do.

To summarize, I am nominating Mr. Cheskawich because I think that he goes the Extra Mile for our students every day and this year he probably went an Extra Few Miles! He does it because of his love of teaching music and of fine arts and I would love to see him be recognized for what he did for our students and our district this year."

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Congratulations to the high school's Unified Bocce Team on their successful first season. Last December, Special Education Director Mr. Ken Cross, started the process of forming the team. Mt. Lebanon, along with five other Allegheny County schools, partnered with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to take part in a fully inclusive Unified Sports Indoor Bocce program this winter. The goal of this program was to create an environment where students with and without disabilities were able to compete in a competitive and inclusive environment while having the opportunity to build friendships, attend practices and competitions, be a part of a team, and most importantly, to have fun.

Our student athletes were required to take part in 90 minutes of practice per week while attending three bocce match competitions over a ten week season. Ms. Nicole Eshleman, a Personal Care Assistant at Washington Elementary School, was the District's coach and is commended for her outstanding performance and leadership with our student athletes. Congratulations to the team and their coach on their successful first season.

Lily Dalzell

Alex Demsky

Jessica Demsky

Robert Demsky

Jerry Rutledge

CJ Petruccelli

Giovanna Morello

Jack Broadhurst

Coach- Nicole Eshleman

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Jill Majestic, an art teacher at Lincoln for 28 years and at Howe Elementary School, was the first recipient of the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award. The award is given in memory of Sue Harper, a dedicated and beloved teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and long time Mt. Lebanon resident, who passed away last year.

Mrs. Majestic was nominated and selected as a teacher who exemplifies the outstanding qualities and characteristics that defined Mrs. Harper. Mrs. Majestic's enthusiasm for teaching, her love of art and her dedication to veterans causes, such as the Lincoln Veterans Day celebration, is an inspiration to all who know her. This $250 award is for professional development and will be given annually.

The Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award was made possible by the generous support of a number of close friends of the Harper Family as well as Mrs. Harper's daughters, Beth McCormick and Emily Hammel. If you would like to make a contribution, please click here.

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Elementary parents are invited to an informational meeting for the Dare to Dream: Reimagining Our Elementary Libraries initiative on March 21 at 7 p.m. in their school library and will be hosted by the principal and school librarian. This event will be an opportunity for parents to learn more about makerspaces and and how they can become involved in the development of a makerspace in their school library.

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh--a national leader in maker space design--to help us with this project.

This library initiative is made possible due to the generous initial gift of $175,000 from Mt. Lebanon alumni and parents David and Noelle Conover to help establish a maker-centered learning space in each library to be named Matt's Maker Space after their son Matt, who lost a courageous battle with cancer in 2002. The gift will be disbursed over a 3 year period with each school receiving $8500 each year.

We hope you can join us to reimagine our elementary libraries as 21st Century learning centers.

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At the March 20, 2017 School Board meeting, the Superintendent reported that the administration is working to reduce the millage increase from the March Base Budget which reflected a millage increase of .54 mills for the 2017-18 School Year.

As of that evening, budgets were reduced to recognize the lower cost of utilities due both to negotiated low rates as well as less usage due to moderate weather and smaller square footage in the newly renovated high school. While staffing is not yet complete, the administration recommends the elimination of two teaching positions due to retirements in areas where the student count is down. With the Board's approval to refinance the 2009 Series A General Obligation Bonds for the High School Project, the millage increase is now projected to be .27 mills.

The Superintendent reported that the administration would continue to look for cost efficiencies in order to bring the millage increase down further as the presentation of a Proposed Budget in April draws near. A Final Budget is scheduled for Board action at the May 22, 2017 meeting. For more budget information visit

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Mt. Lebanon High School Athletic Director John Grogan has been selected as the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA) Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year. Region 4 includes the WPIAL and the city of Pittsburgh schools.

Mr. Grogan's selection by the PSADA is in recognition of his efforts, dedication, leadership and achievements in athletic administration. Furthermore, the award recognizes excellence in athletic administration, demonstrated by the outstanding work of Mr. Grogan, who continues to make a profound difference for student athletes and coaches in Mt. Lebanon and the region.

With this award, the PSADA Foundation will provide a $1000 scholarship to a soon to be selected Mt. Lebanon High School student-athlete.

Mr. Grogan will receive this recognition at the State Athletic Directors Association conference next week.

Congratulations to Athletic Director John Grogan on this well deserved award.

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At the March 13, 2017 School Board Discussion Meeting, the administration presented the first draft of the Base Budget for the 2017-18 School Year. The budget brings forward all programs currently offered to students only making changes in contractual obligations. The budget requires a millage increase of .54 mills of the .60 mills permitted under the Act 1 Index. Although exceptions to the Index were requested and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Base Budget does not require a millage increase to that extent. Of the .54 mill increase, .28 mills is for increased cost due to the PSERS rate increase for the retirement program required for all school district staff. The administration was given direction to look at possible decreases in costs and programming to bring the millage increase down to a lower level. The budget will be a discussion item at future Board meetings. A Proposed Budget will be presented for Board action at the April 18, 2017 meeting with action on a Final Budget at the May 22, 2017 meeting. Visit for more information.

School Board Budget Presentation (March 13, 2017)

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    • FriMar24 JMS Musical 7:30 PMJMS Auditorium
    • SatMar25 Elementary Orchestra Rehearsal 8:00 AM to 3:00 PMHigh School Auditorium
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