Congratulations to girls lacrosse for winning the WPIAL Division I Championship last night in a 14-9 victory against section rival Chartiers Valley at Highmark Stadium. Mt. Lebanon played in its third straight WPIAL Division I title game, won its second title in three years and its fifth since WPIAL girls lacrosse titles were first awarded in 2004,
Senior attack Anna Albers and junior midfielder Sophia Klaber scored four goals apiece for the Blue Devils (17-2), who advanced to the PIAA Division 1 tournament.
Congratulations to our team, Coach Brian Kattan and his staff, and best of luck as they enter the PIAA tournament.
During the May 23 School Board meeting, Dr. Steinhauer and the School Board honored the dedication, hard work and outstanding careers of our teachers and staff members on the occasion of their retirement from the Mt. Lebanon School District. Through their exceptional work, these individuals have left a legacy that has enriched the lives of our students and contributed to the success of our school district.
This year we have eleven faculty members and nine support staff retiring. Together they represent 481 years of expertise and experience in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Their devotion and dedication to Mt. Lebanon students and community deserves our thanks, appreciation, and best wishes as they retire and move on to the next phase of their life.
Attending the reception and board recognition were Sandra Hannan, Bernice Heisey, Nancy Junker, Mark Kramer, Sally Nuckles, Fred Pajak, Roseanne Stimple, and Ron Wilcher. They were each presented with a certificate and a Mt. Lebanon pin as a small token of appreciation. Here is the complete list of retiring faculty and staff for this year.
Sandra Hannan (33 years) Mrs. Hannan started with the District in the 1983-1984 school year as a permanent substitute teacher in the high school special education department. In 1984, she received a contract teaching special education in the high school. In 1989, Sandra moved to Howe Elementary School where she taught for the remainder of her career.
Bernice Heisey (19 years) Mrs. Heisey began as a permanent substitute kindergarten teacher in 1996. She was offered a contract in August, 1998, teaching kindergarten at Hoover and Foster Elementary Schools. She continued at Foster, the following school year, where she remained throughout her career.
Nancy Junker (18 years) Mrs. Junker was hired in 1998, as a contract English teacher at Mellon Middle School. In 2006, she was reassigned as the writing clinician at Mellon and remained in this position until she retired.
Mark Kramer (15 years) Mr. Kramer received a social studies teacher contract, starting with the 2001-2002 school year, at Jefferson Middle School. He continued his career at Jefferson through his retirement. Mark has been active as a MLEA negotiator for the last two contracts.
Sally Nuckles (28 years) Mrs. Nuckles was hired in 1988, and worked in various permanent substitute teaching positions until August, 1992, when she accepted a position teaching second grade at Markham where she remained in this grade and school throughout her career in the District.
Fred Pajak (34 years) Mr. Pajak began his career in 1982 as a custodian at Howe Elementary School. He also worked at Washington and Mellon schools. In 1984, Fred accepted the position of head custodian at Lincoln Elementary School and continued in that position through his retirement.
Roseanne Stimple (33 years) Mrs. Stimple was hired in 1983, as a part-time instructional clerk at Lincoln Elementary School where she continued in the same position, at the same school, throughout her employment with the District.
Ron Wilcher (26 years) Mr. Wilcher began working in the District in August, 1990, when he was hired as a contract health and physical education teacher at Washington Elementary School. He taught briefly at Howe Elementary School but returned to Washington where he remained throughout his career in the District.
Ron has also distinguished himself as the high school boys' varsity soccer coach for the past 31 years and one of the most successful soccer coaches in the state. He took over the head coaching position from his father, John Wilcher, who started the high school soccer program in 1972. Ron has compiled an impressive record of 477 wins, 184 losses and 50 ties, 6 WPIAL Championships and is in the elite "300 Wins Club" for PA Soccer coaches.
John Ambrose (23 years) Mr. Ambose began with District in August, 1993, as a permanent substitute guidance counselor in the junior and senior high school and continued in that position until he accepted a contract in January, 1995. He moved to the senior high school in August, 1998 and remained there through his retirement.
Michael Carlin (24 years) Mr. Carlin began teaching in August, 1992, when was hired as a part-time permanent substitute art teacher in the elementary schools and became full time when a contract was offered starting the 1994-1995 school year. Mike moved between the elementary and middle schools until he permanently moved to the high school beginning the 2004-2005 school year.
Cheryl Fischler (30 years) Mrs. Fischler was hired in 1986 as a substitute teacher and continued working in various assignments until she accepted an elementary teaching contract beginning with the 2003-2004 school year at Jefferson Elementary School where she remained throughout her career.
Janice Murdoch (22.5 years) Mrs. Murdoch began with the District in August, 1993, as a contract school librarian at Jefferson Elementary School, where she stayed through the remaining years of her career. Jan retired in January of this year.
Noreen Scholl-Winans (20 years) Ms. Scholl-Winans began working in the District in September, 1996, as a half-time contract speech correction teacher in Hoover and Jefferson Elementary Schools. She was offered a contract for the 1998-1999 school year. Her assignment has been varied among the elementary schools and middle schools throughout her career, while working her last year at Washington Elementary School.
Cynthia Fournier (13 years) Mrs. Fournier was hired in November, 2003, as a clerical substitute. In August, 2004, she accepted a position as the clerk in the high school guidance office and continued there through her retirement.
Charles Haudenshield (22.5 years) Mr. Haudenshield began his employment as a substitute custodian in July, 1993. In December, 1994, he was reassigned as a full-time custodian and was working at Hoover Elementary School upon his retirement in January.
Susan Hathy (14 years) Mrs. Hathy began working in the District in January, 2002 as a personal care assistant at Howe Elementary School. In August, 2003, she was reassigned to Jefferson Middle School and remained there until she retired in January.
Richard Kowalo (18 years) Mr. Kowalo began with the District in May, 1998 as a substitute custodian. He received a full-time custodian position in November, 1999 and was working in the high school before his retirement last October.
Jonilee Matragas (17 years) Ms. Matragas was hired as a day-to-day substitute teacher in May, 1999. In September, 2001 she became a student support assistant, moved to Mellon Middle School in 2002-2003 and continued as a personal care assistant with the district for the remainder of her career.
Nancy Palombine (12 years) Ms. Palombine began employment as a high school campus manager in December, 2003, and continued in this position throughout her years with the District until her retirement in November.
Joseph Riley (16 years) Mr. Riley was hired in March, 1999, as a substitute custodian. In June, 1999, he received a permanent position as a custodian. Markham Elementary was the school where he worked before he retired last August.
Mary Ann Rinald (13 years) Ms. Rinald began working in the District in September, 2003 as a general cafeteria worker in the high school. She moved to Mellon Middle School beginning the 2008-2009 school year where she stayed through her retirement.
Judith Wagner (19 years) Ms. Wagner began working in the District in in April, 1997, as a clerical substitute and accepted a position in the finance office as accounting clerk in June, 1997. She remained in this position throughout her career with the District.
Janet Wilkenson (11 years) Ms. Wilkenson began working in the District in October, 2005, as a guidance/instructional clerk at Jefferson Middle School. She remained in this position through her retirement.
Elena LaQuatra '10, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA 2016, made a surprise visit to her dad's (Mr. Paul LaQuatra) English class today. As she recorded her entrance on Snapchat, the students gave her a big round of applause, clearly glad to see this Lebo grad return to her Alma Mater.
Elena was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2016 last December. As a teenager, she won Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen, a pageant that is part of the Miss America system and finished as second runner-up in the national contest. Then, in the USA pageant system, she won Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA.
On June 5, 2016 Elena will join 52 contestants from around the USA to compete for the title of Miss USA 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. If she wins, it is on to the Miss Universe Pageant. The pageant will be televised on FOX.
A graduate of Point Park University, Elena has said that meeting the first deaf Miss America, Heather Whitestone McCallum, changed her life, since Elena has been deaf since she had bacterial meningitis as a young child. After several operations, she had a cochlear implant, and learned once again how to speak and listen at DePaul School in Pittsburgh. She lives the inspirational message left with her by Miss America who told her, 'Don't let your disability hold you back,' and to do 'whatever you want.' She shares that belief will all, especially those with disabilities. We wish Elena all the best at the Miss USA Pageant in June!
Happy Holidays 2015
Happy Holidays from the Mt. Lebanon School District!
Weather Balloon Launch
Watch the weather balloon launch by high school students in December.
High School Dedication
This is a slideshow of the High School Dedication on Oct. 11, 2015.
- District News
- Upcoming Events
- Featured Videos
Jefferson Middle School students participated in the 82nd annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair competition on March 16 at Penn State University.
Elizabeth Ly received a first place award and was given a perfect score by the judges. Her project was entitled: "The Effect of Phosphoric Acid on Iron Oxide."
Caroline Brustoloni also received a first place award. Her project was entitled: "The Effects of Microwave Radiation on Organisms." Congratulations to both of these students on this outstanding academic achievement.
Mt. Lebanon High School students participated in the 82nd annual state meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science on May 16. Congratulations to Zhen Yu Ding and Julie Raiff who earned first place awards and Nikolas Mustian was awarded a third place award. Julie Raiff was also presented with a scholarship to Penn State's College of Mineral Sciences as well as a scholarship to their College of Engineering both valued at $8000.
Over three thousand students from across the state of Pennsylvania traveled to Penn State University to present their individual research findings.
Mt. Lebanon High School students participated in the 82nd annual state meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science on May 16.
On May 18, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) announced that Mt. Lebanon High School Physics Teacher/Director of the STEM Academy, Mr. Andrew Haberberger, was presented with the 2015-2016 Keivin Burns Outstanding High School Science Teacher Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in teaching of science at the secondary school level. Mr. Haberberger was presented with a plaque and a $1,250 honorarium at the SSP Awards Banquet on May 18. The award is named after Keivin Burns, an outstanding astronomer, spectroscopist, and teacher at the Allegheny Observatory and the University of Pittsburgh.
About the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), along with our sister society, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region. To that end, with proceeds from Pittcon, we support member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs, and grant programs for high schools, colleges, and beginning university professors