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Lebo Pink Out 2014
October 22, 2014
High School Pink Out co-chairs: Claire Garrey, Margot Austin, Anna Dorr, and Katelyn Wilhelm. Not pictured, Lauren Linkowski.

Plan to wear pink to the Lebo vs USC football home game on Friday, October 24, to support breast cancer awareness. This year marks the 5th annual Pink Out Game for Mt. Lebanon, first started by Lebo student Ellese Meyer. Athletic Diretor John Grogan has encouraged other schools in the WPIAL to hold Pink Outs and now over 75 other schools have joined the effort.

Students will hand out pink ribbons to fans, the  football teams will wear pink ribbon stickers on their helmets, and cheerleaders from both schools will be collecting donations for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation.  Help us raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research that will help so many in our families and community.  Senior Alexis Galvis produced an amazing Pink Out video to let everyone know why we wear pink.

2014 Pink Out Video 


Congratulations to the 2014 Great Alumni
October 15, 2014
2014 Great Alumni with Student Council officers at the luncheon on Oct. 17.

Mt. Lebanon High School is proud to announce the 2014 Great Alumni. Congratulations to this year's recipients: Dean A. Calland '72, Betty Jo Hirschfield Louik  '72, Clinton A. Hodder '58, Ruby Lee Kang Class of '83, John M. Macdonald '54, Donald Mcilvane '42, and James M. Offutt '61. The Great Alumni were honored at a luncheon at the high school on Friday and at the football game that evening. This is the 10th year of the award program.

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. 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.

Meet the 2014 Great Alumni

Dean Calland       Class of 1972
Dean Calland is an environmental attorney with Babst, Calland, Clemens and Zomnir and is President of the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk inner city youth graduate from local Catholic high schools.

Mr. Calland was nominated by Mr. Larry Lebowitz

Dr. Betty Jo Hirschfield Louik      Class of 1972
A nationally recognized dentist who has a local practice, Dr. Hirschfield was Past President and Board member of Temple Emanuel. She is the current Fundraising Chairperson for the Denis Theatre and active volunteer and fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, and the Agency for Jewish Learning.

Dr. Hirschfield was nominated by Ms. MJ Meenen

Colonel Clinton A. Hodder, Retired United States Army     Class of 1958
Colonel Hodder is a highly decorated career military officer who has earned 24 medals for outstanding leadership and service to our country that includes three Legion of Merit Medals, two Bronze Stars, and four Meritorious Service medals. 

Colonel Hodder was nominated by Ms. Nancy Barton Anderson

Ruby Kang       Class of 1983
Ruby Kang is a very active community volunteer who has held leadership positions in the Mt. Lebanon PTA, Outreach Teen and Family Services, Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment, Mt. Lebanon High School Hockey Association and the Ladies Hospital Aid Society. She recently received the Woman of Distinction award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter for her fundraising efforts on behalf of this organization.

Mrs. Kang was nominated by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Saxton

Dr. John Macdonald      Class of 1954
Dr. MacDonald is a thoracic/vascular surgeon and is Chief of Surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with an appointment at the University Of Miami School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of the Lymphedema Institute of America and medical consultant to the World Health Organization. Dr. MacDonald established a clinic for wound care and spinal cord injuries in Haiti in 2012 as a result of the devastating earthquake that occurred in 2010.  To date, over 10,000 patients have been treated at this clinic.

Dr. Macdonald was nominated by Ms. Barbara Mann, Ms. Carolou Marquet, and Ms. Judith Musgrave

Fr. Donald McIlvane     (deceased) Class of 1942
Father McIlvane was a Roman Catholic priest who took part in the 1964 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. He was an activist that led a delegation of clergy to Washington, D.C. to protest the Vietnam War and monitored South Africa’s 1994 post apartheid elections. He worked tirelessly on behalf of Pittsburgh’s poor and labor unions for social justice and economic equality.

Father McIlvane was nominated by Mr. Terry Phillips

Commander James Offut, Retired, United States Navy     Class of 1961
Commander Offut retired from the U.S. Navy as a pilot and weapons expert. He was a Vietnam veteran and first naval officer assigned to the Strategic Defense Initiative Program in Washington, D.C.  Commander Offut was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the U. S. Navy Air Medal. Commander Offut is currently the National President of the Navy League of the United States.

Commander Offutt was nominated by Ms. Jane Offutt

Congratulations to these outstanding Mt. Lebanon High School graduates for their far reaching contributions that have made a significant impact in the lives of others. 

Click here to read more  about the 2014 Great Alumni.


Mt. Lebanon School District Volunteer Fingerprinting Event
October 15, 2014

The Mt. Lebanon School District is hosting an FBI fingerprinting event for District volunteers.This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Jefferson Middle School Library, 21 Moffett Street. There are only 48 time slots available for fingerprinting so be sure to sign up early.

In order to sign up to have your fingerprints taken you must complete the following:
1.Register online at 
www.pa.cogentid.com.  Click on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, then click on Register Online which will bring you to the Applicant Fingerprinting Online Services, Applicant Registration for Department of Education.  Please make certain that you are on the Department of Education link.   Complete the application and provide your credit card information.  Once you have completed the online application and provided your credit card information you will be issued a registration ID.  The fee for the FBI finger registration is $28.75.
 
2.Contact the Mt. Lebanon Human Resources Department (412-344-2081)  to sign up for your fingerprinting appointment.

3.Bring your registration ID and your driver’s license to the Jefferson Middle School Library, at your appointment time, on Thursday, October 30. 

Please enter the library through the doors adjacent to the parking lot.


High School Social StudiesTeacher Selected as "Unboxed Teacher" by Leadership Pittsburgh
October 3, 2014
High School Social Studies teacher and department chair, Ms. Tina Raspanti

The Mt. Lebanon School District is pleased to announce that High School Social Studies teacher, Ms. Tina Raspanti, has been named an “Unboxed Teacher” by Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Ms. Raspanti was nominated by Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer for her innovation in the classroom and her leadership as the High School Social Studies Department Chair.  “Ms. Raspanti actively seeks new ways to engage students and epitomizes the fine work our teachers do every day to help students achieve success," said Dr. Steinhauer.

Ms. Raspanti has worked with a team of cross-curricular teachers and administrators in creating a new Global Studies Program. Mt. Lebanon's Global Studies Program will expose students to the field of international studies through the current academic curriculum and by providing them with a foundation of knowledge, skills and experiences in the community at both a local and global level.  "The combined experiences in this program will help our students become globally literate and engaged citizens," said Ms. Raspanti. Student learning will be enriched as they explore critical global issues from different perspectives to gain an understanding of the interconnected approach needed to analyze global concerns. The Global Studies Program focuses on transferable skills through participation in a variety of school and community-based programs.

As one of seven winners in Allegheny County, Ms. Raspanti will attend Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s Unboxed Edges of Learning Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on November 14-15, an invitation-only event for Pittsburgh’s influential changemakers from businesses, foundations, and academic organizations.  Winners will submit proposals for potential funding and present the results of their learning. 


Blue Devil High Q Team Moves On In KDKA's Hometown High Q Competition
October 10, 2014
The Blue Devil High Q team from the left.: Charles Yuan, Mr. Mark Kernion (team sponsor), Rida Merchant, and Vivek Anil.

Congratulations to the Blue Devil High Q team of Charles Yuan, Rida Merchant, and Vivek Anil for their outstanding performance at the Westfield Insurance Hometown High Q Competition! The team won this round and will move on to the semifinals in January. Thank you to Namandeep Singh and Abbas Merchant for also being part of the team. Tune in to KDKA at 11:00 a.m. on October 18th to watch the show.


Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Planned for Oct. 17
September 15, 2014

Mt. Lebanon High School Alumni are invited to return to the high school for a Homecoming Tailgate on  Friday, October 17, from 6:00-8:00p.m. Plan to reconnect with classmates at the tailgate which will be held on the new plaza at the back of the Athletic Building. This new space provides a spectacular view of the stadium and a perfect spot to watch the band's pre-game program and homecoming festivities before the Blue Devils take on Woodland Hills. As an added treat, the 2014 High School Great Alumni will be honored during the game. Tickets are $20 and include barbecue chicken and ribs, salads, dessert, soft drinks and admission to the game. You can pay at the gate.   

Map of the High School campus and tailgate area 

Questions? Contact Cissy Bowman, Director of Communication at cbowman@mtlsd.net or 412-344-2026.  


Mt. Lebanon High School Blue Devil Marching Band Presents 20th Annual Band Festival
September 21, 2014

The Mt. Lebanon High School Marching Blue Devil Band under the direction of Ms. Louise Marino will present the 20th Annual Festival of Bands on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:00PM at Mt. Lebanon Stadium, rain or shine.Other area high school bands performing include, Allderdice, Brashear, Fort Cherry, North Hills, Thomas Jefferson, and more. There will be special performances by Grove City College, the Mt. Lebanon drum and frontline, and the Mt. Lebanon 8th Grade Band.

The Marching Blue Devils perform at all Mt. Lebanon football games, various parades including the Kennywood parade, Mt.Lebanon and Bloomfield Halloween parades.

Come support these fine young musicians who spend countless hours practicing and refining their talents to perform and promote music to the young masses.

Tickets are available at the gate for $7.00 or in advance from any band member for the pre-sale price of $6.00. For more information, please contact, Jill Mandelblatt at 412-400-1960 or sweetjmnm@gmail.com  Visit the band site at www.leboband.com.

Read more about the Band Festival in the Tribune Review.


It was a Beautiful Day
September 2, 2014
Schools were ready to welcome back students for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

The first day of school was a celebration at neighborhood schools throughout Mt. Lebanon. Students seemed happy and excited to reconnect with friends and teachers. Watch our First Day of School slideshow for pictures taken this morning from around the District.

 First Day slideshow


High School Traffic and Entrance Update for the New School Year
September 1, 2014

Please note the new changes to traffic patterns and student drop-off and pick-up at the high school due to ongoing construction. Click the links below for more information.

Traffic and Entrance Update Sept. 2, 2014

Map of the High School campus.

FAQ Sheet


High School Musicians Featured at Mt. Lebanon Library Summer Concert
August 28, 2014

Enjoy a night of music under the stars at the Summer Concert in the Courtyard at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library on August 28,  from 7:00-8:00pm featuring Mt. Lebanon High School String Quartet.  Performing will be  Jerry Meng & Zhaoliang Ma on violin, Jacob Hitt playing viola and  Jennifer Vogel on cello.  Admission is free.

Welcome Back!
August 25, 2014
Teachers and staff reconnect at an opening day program this morning at Mellon Middle School.

The countdown is on for the first day of school on Sept. 2, but before the students return, teachers are back to prepare for the start of the school year.  The week of  in-service and classroom prep kicked off with a breakfast for all staff this morning outside of Mellon Auditorium and a welcome back program that followed.   The morning began with Dr. Steinhauer, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Irvin outlining what to expect in the coming year, new staff members were introduced and welcomed into the District, employees with 25 years of service were recognized, while Pete Bouvy and 1955 alum Preston V. McMurry Jr.  closed out the program with special remarks for staff.  Everyone was sent off on a "happy" note with the premiere of a video to welcome back our students and staff. 
Enjoy!

Click here to watch Welcome Back 2014!


Getting Ready for the First Day
August 19, 2014
Our building custodians are working hard to get our buildings in shape for the first day of school.

It takes a village to get our schools ready for the first day of school on Sept. 2. Long before teachers step back into their classrooms, our custodial staff has been hard at work cleaning our facilities. When our teachers return next Monday, their rooms will have beautifully waxed floors, desks cleaned and perfectly aligned, ready for the new school year. At the high school, it is another year of logistical challenges as some classes are moved into new rooms, while trying to keep already cleaned rooms free of dust in the midst of ongoing construction work. Thank you to our custodial and facilities staff for the great work they do each day for our schools.

The Sun Finally Shines Down on Band Camp
August 14, 2014
The 2014 Mt. Lebanon High School Marching Blue Devil Band

The first week of band camp kicked off on Monday which means the start of school is right around the corner.  After a few very soggy days, the sun finally broke out in time for band photos. Band Director Louise Marino is getting the group ready for the football home opener on Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. against Canon McMillan High School.  The Mt. Lebanon Marching Blue Devil Band will also host their 20th Annual Band Festival on Sept. 27 at 7pm in the high school stadium. The group is also planning a trip to Washington D.C.in November to march in the Veterans Day Parade.

Students Helping Students Prepare for the Start of School
August 4, 2014
Mt. Lebanon students held school supply collections last spring to help schools in the region prepare for the start of school.

The first day of school is just around the corner, but some of our students planned ahead and held school supply collections last spring to help provide students at schools in our region with needed pens, pencils, notebooks, and erasers to start the school year.  Markham and Jefferson elementary schools took part in Students2Students--an initiative of the Education Partnership. According to the Students2Students website, more than 30,000 students in Allegheny and the five surrounding counties in southwestern PA are in need of basic school supplies every day. Markham and Jefferson collected supplies and money to help the participating schools.

At the high school, students in Dr. Michael Gullo's class held a school supply drive last spring that  collected 135 lbs of three ring binders, 13 lbs of folders, 45 lbs of spiral notebooks, and 25 lbs of office supplies (pens, pencils, rulers, etc.) for a grand total of 218 lbs of school supplies. The supplies were delivered to Spring Hill Elementary School in Pittsburgh.  The principal plans to have the supplies available for students to select what they'll need to start school.
Students Kara Touscany and Hannah Linn spearheaded the project and organized the collection with many other student volunteers. This is the second year of the project.


Food Service Information for 2014-15 School Year
July 30, 2014

Click this link for information about the MTLSD Food Service program, inlcuding the free or reduced lunch application and the online payment system for lunches.

School Board Appoints New Principal for Lincoln Elementary School
July 21, 2014
Ronald J. Kitsko

The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ronald J. Kitsko as the new principal of Lincoln Elementary School at the July 21, 2014 Regular School Board meeting. Mr. Kitsko is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at the Central Valley School District.
 
Prior to his current position, Mr. Kitsko was an elementary principal at Central Valley School District for eleven years and began his teaching career in the Penn Hills School District.
 
Mr. Kitsko has a bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. A start date for Mr. Kitsko has not been set.


It Was A Very Good Year!
June 16, 2014

Congratulations to our students, teachers, staff, and administrators on an outstanding school year. There were so many standout moments that we've tried to capture a few in this  slideshow of school year highlights.

School's Out For the Summer!
June 13, 2014
A picture is worth a thousand words, especially on the last day of school.

Today was the last day of school and throughout the District there were fifth grade clap outs, tears, hugs, and pure excitement in the halls. Students spilled out of schools with the prospect of summer vacation ahead of them. We wish our students a fun and safe summer, and look forward to welcoming them back next school year.


Sending Them on Their Way: A Memorable 100th Commencement
June 13, 2014
The newest members of the Mt. Lebanon Alumni family.

This year's commencement ceremony turned out to be one of the best, even though the weather didn't cooperate. The Main Gym was put to excellent use as the indoor site for graduation due to the torrential rain, high winds, and a tornado watch that moved into the area before the ceremony.  Principal Brian McFeeley, the high school administration and staff, and the high school maintenance staff did a tremendous job planning for both an outdoor and indoor ceremony. The Technology Department worked very hard to have a live cable feed ready for both the stadium and the gym while setting up live broadcasts in two cafeterias and the Fine Arts Theatre to accommodate the overflow crowd, all while streaming live on the web. It took a village, but it all came together, and by the smiles on everyone's faces it was a great success.   Congratulations to our graduates. We will miss you!

Watch a slideshow of Commencement 2014


Congratulations Class of 2014!
June 11, 2014

The 100th Commencement of Mt. Lebanon High School took place indoors tonight because of rain, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of the graduates and their families. Congratulations to our students and best of luck on their future endeavors.

Due to Weather Conditions Commencement Will Be Held in Main Gym.
June 10, 2014
Commencement will be held in the Main Gym.

Due to pending severe weather conditions, the commencement ceremony will be held in the Main Gym at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on channels 19, 33, and streamed live on the District website on MTLSDtv.

Seniors received four indoor tickets for families and friends to use in the Main Gym; only ticket holders will be admitted. Additional family members and guests will be able to view Commencement via a live broadcast in the Fine Arts Theatre (limited seating) and the 4th and 5th floor high school cafeterias. Tickets are not required for the Fine Arts Theatre or cafeterias.

Parking will be available as follows:

-Main South Parking Lot (Numbered and unnumbered spaces are available for your use. Due to construction, parking will be limited in this area.)

-Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church Parking Lot located at the intersection of Cochran and Washington Roads. (Parking is permitted in any non-church reserved space.)

-North Visitor Parking Lot on Lebanon Ave (Parking will be limited in this area.)

-Dixon Field Parking Lot on Cedar Blvd (Parking may be limited due to events on nearby ball-fields.)
 
-Handicap parking is on Stadium Drive.


JMS Student Council Raises Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer's Association
June 10, 2014
JMS Student Council presents a check to Melissa Roberts from the Alzheimer's Association.

The Jefferson Middle School Student Council held a successful fundraiser to support the Alzheimer's Association.  The collection was especially meaningful for the students since the funds were donated in memory of a classmate's parent who passed away last year. On June 9, the student council presented a check in the amount of $2,456 to the Alzheimer's Association representative Melissa Roberts. Ms. Roberts thanked the students for their efforts and support of the important research being conducted by the organization. Mrs. Janice Cherry, JMS Strive Teacher and Student Council Advisor, help to coordinate the drive.

Mellon Middle School Iron Brigade Team Explores Space
June 6, 2014
Up, up, and away goes the weather balloon carrying the space kit at Mellon Middle School on Friday morning.

"To Infinity and Beyond" was the theme of the day when the 8th grade Iron Brigade Team at Mellon Middle School launched a space kit tied to a weather balloon that carried a flight computer and GoPro camera to the edge of the atmosphere, 60,000 ft in the air. You could feel the excitement as the 8th grade team watched the balloon take flight. Seeing the balloon and space kit float over the field and out of sight into the clear blue sky was quite a moment for everyone watching, inlcuding the Washington students on the playground. The entire flight, from lift off to descent, is being filmed and data, such as temperature, pressure, altitude, wind speed, GPS coordinates, and time, will be recorded. By 4:20 p.m. on Friday afternoon the balloon was tracking to Blairsville ,PA.  A team of "chasers"- Mellon Iron Brigade teachers- will locate and recover the gear using GPS data from the space kit. After this first launch, students will analyze the data that has been collected and then form project teams to design, prototype, and engineer an experimental payload for a second launch.

Mellon Middle School was one of ten schools across the country to be awarded a space kit in a contest sponsored by a partnership of Canvas and Project Lead the Way. The winning video was produced by the Iron Brigade teachers- Jeff Holliday, Lori Knox, Kevin McCann, and Francis Raitano - and their students. The students are very excited to “go to space” and explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics in this exciting, unique, hands-on project.

Slideshow of Mellon Space Kit Launch


 


Persuasive Writing Pays Off in Books for Lincoln Students
June 6, 2014
Lincoln 5th graders with their favorite books and their persuasive essays.

Lincoln 5th grade students are persuasive writers, and they have new books in their classrooms as a result. The classes were given a prompt for a persuasive writing unit that asked them to convince someone to buy their favorite book.  The students wrote such convincing, well-written essays that their recommendations were used by their teachers to buy over $800 in books for the Lincoln leveled library. Student favorites included Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, The One and Only Ivan, Blood on the River, Hatchet, The Giver, and Hoot.  These copies will be used in the classroom for differentiation within the curriculum as well as for leisure reading. The funds for the books were donated by the Lincoln PTA.


Student Art Show: A Stunning Display of Artistic Talent
June 5, 2014
AP art students with art teacher, Mr. Michael Carlin.

Art thrives in Mt. Lebanon schools no matter where it is created. Even though the high school art classes had to move into temporary quarters in an old shop classroom due to the renovation project, it certainly hasn't hampered the creative expression of our students. This spring, the Annual Student Art Show was visually rich and thought provoking, creating an artistic oasis in Center Court. The students used a variety of media, employing both contemporary and traditional themes, that clearly expressed their aesthetic vision, artistic styles, and technical expertise.  Congratulations to the students and their teacher, Mr. Michael Carlin, on an exceptional show.

Slideshow of the High School Art Show 2014


Pathfinder Graduates Celebrate a Milestone
June 3, 2014

The Pathfinder School in Bethel Park held their graduation ceremony on June 2, as family members, teachers, and classmates gathered to mark the special occasion. Dr. Timothy Steinhauer, Special Education Supervisor Kenneth Cross, and District Inclusion Specialist Mr. Michael Houck were on hand to present Mt. Lebanon graduate Caleb Gallagher with his diploma.  Caleb served for two years as President of the Pathfinder Student Council, he was a member of the Pathfinder Panther's basketball team, and enjoys playing the guitar. Congratulations and best wishes to Caleb on his future endeavors.  


High School Construction Photo Update
May 30, 2014
The new high school lobby at the entrance off Horsman Drive where a large staricase will lead up to the new Center Court. This is the old pool entrance.

The high school construction project is moving along with work taking place in all areas of the academic building. The old South Gym is a hub of activity as its being renovated into the new Center Court. This space becomes the heart of the new school where each major area of the building will flow through and around this space on multiple levels. This space also becomes the new cafeteria.

Work is finishing up in the Tech Ed, CAD, and TV studio areas located in the old Fine Arts wing. Renovation work continues on the 3rd and 4th floor of B Building on Cochran Road with completion of that renovation set for the start of the school year.   All other academic spaces will be completed sometime during first semester.  Slideshow


JMS Teacher Ashlee Beckett Awarded Duquesne University Alumni Teacher Award
May 29, 2014
Ms. Beckett pictured in the middle with the Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Olga M. Welch.

Congratulations to Jefferson Middle School 6th Grade Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ashlee Mae Beckett, on being awarded the Duquesne Alumni Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award at the university's May commencement.
 
The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to an Alumnus or Alumna whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program (Leadership, Diversity and Technology) and is framed in the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.

The criteria for the award is based on the following:

Leadership: A leading teacher is a life-long learner inspiring a community of learners to pursue continuous improvement and growth, serving as a practitioner guided by an ethical and moral framework.

Diversity: A leading teacher is an advocate who creates learning experiences that demonstrate sensitivity, acknowledges students of all abilities, and values human differences.

Technology: A leading teacher is an architect who builds learning environments that acknowledge and incorporate the power of technology.


Hoover Principal Kelly Szesterniak Inducted into Brookfield High Athletic Hall of Fame
May 29, 2014
Mrs. Szesterniak then and now.

Congratulations to Hoover Principal Kelly Szesterniak on her induction into the Brookfield Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame, in Brookfield, Wisconsin on May 17.  Mrs. Szesterniak was a standout in cross country, track, and basketball.  In cross country she was voted team captain her senior year, while all four years her team qualified for states, placing third in 1994 and again in '95.

In track she set three school records-400 dash, 3200-meter relay team and as the team captain and MVP in '97, her senior year, she placed fourth at the state meet setting another school record in the 800-meter.

Mrs. Szesterniak also excelled in basketball. During her senior year, she was both team captain and MVP, and was selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches All-Star Game. That year she became the first girl in Waukesha County to score 500 points in a single season and holds seven school records: career points (1209), season points (502), game points (36), field goals/season (174), free throws/season (117) and steals/career (202). As a result of her basketball skills,  Mrs. Szesterniak earned a 4-year, full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she played from 1997-2001, winning four conference titles and appearing in three NCAA Tournaments, all while making the dean's list all four years. She was also named to the Conference All-Academic Team. Congratulations to Mrs. Szesterniak on this outstanding recognition.

Read more.


JMS Students Win Honors in Pennsylvania American Water Art Contest
May 28, 2014
Jefferson Middle School students pictured with Josephine Posti from PA American Water.

Jefferson Middle School sixth graders, Marley Young  and Madison Jones,  placed second and third respectively in Pennsylvania American Water’s 12th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The company received more than 500 entries from fourth, fifth and sixth grade students across the commonwealth. Marley and Madison were awarded gift cards for their winning entries at a school assembly on May 27. 

Pennsylvania American Water’s contest asks the students to accompany their artwork with a short description of how watershed protection affects them personally. After reviewing the entries, a panel of judges selected three top drawings from both eastern and western Pennsylvania. 


Puttin' On the Glitz at the High School Prom
May 28, 2014
The dancing started the minute the ballroom doors were opened at last night's prom.

Puttin' On the Glitz was the theme of the 2014 Mt. Lebanon High School Prom that took place last night at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  Everyone looked great against the spectacular backdrop of the hotel. Special thanks go to Mrs. Judith Kolko, Mrs. Janet Ruprecht and their team of dedicated staff and parent volunteers for organizing a night to remember for our seniors. 

Mt. Lebanon High School Prom Slideshow


Washington School Dedicates Garden Sculptures
May 28, 2014

The students and staff at Washington Elementary School recently dedicated the Washington Garden Sculptures in the school's Butterfly Garden. Thanks to a grant from the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education, sculptures of a frog, caterpillar, ladybug, bunny, and turtle are now a permanent art installation in the garden.  The project began in 2013, the result of a collaboration between Principal Mary Kay Davis, artist and Mt. Lebanon resident, Ms. Jan Loney, and Washington art teacher, Mrs. Jodi McKeever. The sculptures are of five animals and insects that are part of the garden's landscape. The art pieces are made of a steel armature frame and concrete, and covered in small glass stones. The sculptures were installed in the school’s butterfly garden located at the front of the school, to be enjoyed by the students and community.

The outdoor installation was inspired by the work of well-known artists such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Dale Chihuly. All three of these artists created pieces that live in an outdoor space, and are meant to be viewed in a natural setting. Students were introduced to these artists and the project began with each child making a mini-ceramic version of the larger animal their grade would create.

Ms. Loney worked with welder, Chad Fedinick, to make the steel armatures for the animals, which she then delivered to the school. She spent three full school days at Washington, working with the students and Mrs. McKeever on the three major parts of the process: packing the concrete onto the steel frames, gluing the glass stones on the hardened concrete forms, and grouting. Each class helped with one of these three steps. The installation was dedicated on May 21, 2014.

Washington School Garden Sculpture Slideshow

More information and detailed photos of the sculpture-making process can be found on Mrs. McKeever's  blog:  http://blog.mtlsd.org/ARTBeat

More information about artist Jan Loney and her work can be found on her website: www.metalier.com.


Students Rank in Top Ten on National French Exam
May 23, 2014

The National French Exam (Grand Concours) is an annual assessment of French language skills sponsored by AATF (American Association of Teachers of French).  The following Mt. Lebanon High School students have received national rankings in the top 10 as a result of their excellent performance on this test:
 
French 2 (23,581 students tested nationally):
5th place -- Aya Dardari
7th place -- Jenny Yu
10th place -- Julie Raiff
 
French 3 (19,255 students tested nationally):
6th place – Heike Gampp and Youlia Tzaneva
7th place – Sophie Yang
8th place – Evan Weaver
 
French 5 (5,083 students tested nationally):
9th place -- Madeleine Scott


Lebo Girls Win WPIAL Lacrosse Championship
May 23, 2014
Congratulations to the girls lacrosse team on their WPIAL Championship.

Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse (20-0) beat Quaker Valley 9-7 in the Division I championship Thursday at Highmark Stadium claiming its first title since 2006. The Blue Devils scored the first goal of the game and led the rest of the match.  Alyssa Battaglia scored five goals, and Megan Gibbons added two in the win. The team will will advance to the first round of PIAA tournament Wednesday, time and location to be determined.

Congratulations to the team, Coach Brian Kattan and his staff!

Boys lacrosse face Shady Side Academy tonight at Highmark Stadium in the Division I final.


Fencing Team Wins Epee Cup
May 22, 2014
Photo: Tribune Review

Congratulations to the Mt. Lebanon High School Fencing Club for winning the Pittsburgh Epee Cup at the April 24 competition in Peters Township Middle School.

The team of juniors Paul Emery, Alex Rangel, Nicole Phillips and Marie Erickson was one of four Mt. Lebanon teams competing on the day, with another coed team competing in the Epee competition, and both a boys and girls team competing in the foil competition.

Read more in the Tribune Review.


Lebo Students Bring Home Honors from PJAS State Competition
May 22, 2014

Five students from the Mt. Lebanon School District participated in the 80th annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition held at Penn State University on May 18-20.

Andrei Mihailescu won a first place award and a scholarship to Penn State's school of sciences valued at $2000 per year. Daijue Dong, Julie Raiff, Edward Brustoloni, and Nikolas Mustian all earned second place awards. Congratulations to these  students on their efforts and accomplishments!


High School Wrestlers Named to State All-Academic Team
May 22, 2014

Mt. Lebanon wrestlers were recognized by the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association (PWCA) for state All-Academic Honors. Congratulations to Kevin Kinyua, Sean Perri, Kellan Stout and Sam White for receiving Honorable Mention and making the All-Academic team.

Recognition is based on a combination of academic and athletic success. All four wrestlers excelled both on the mats and in the classroom this year. They represent what a student-athlete is all about.


School Board Appoints Dr. Marybeth Irvin New Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
May 20, 2014
Dr. Marybeth Irvin, newly appointed
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education

At the May 19, 2014 School Board meeting the Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously voted to appoint Marybeth D. Irvin, Ph.D. as the new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, effective July 1.  Dr. Irvin is the principal of Lincoln Elementary School where she has served since July 2012. In her new position, Dr. Irvin will oversee elementary curriculum K-5. During her tenure at Lincoln, the school was awarded its third Blue Ribbon in 2013 and was among the Mt. Lebanon Schools recognized this year with the Governor's Award for Academic Excellence.

"I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Irvin to the District's senior leadership team," said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. "She brings valuable curriculum experience and expertise to our elementary program. She will be an important asset for our principals, staff, students, and families."
 
Prior to Mt. Lebanon, Dr. Irvin was the Director of Curriculum K-8 in the State College Area School District. She began her career as an elementary teacher in the Mifflin County School District and moved into administration as a principal. Dr. Irvin holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership, all from The Pennsylvania State University.


School Board Approves Final Budget for 2014-15 School Year
May 19, 2014

At the May 19, 2014 School Board meeting the Board approved a Final Budget for the 2014-2015 School Year in the amount of $87,924,509 setting the millage rate at 23.15 mills, a .54 mill increase over the 2013-2014 millage rate with the use of $750,000 of the Fund Balance to balance revenues with expenditures.

Click here to read more about the 2014-15 Budget.


Percussion Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary
May 19, 2014
A photo from last night's percussion concert.

This week  Mt. Lebanon Percussion will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with concerts on May 22 and 23 at 7:30p.m. and May 24 at 1:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. There will also be a special Alumni Percussion performance during the Saturday matinee.

This year, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the percussion program, internationally known composer and marimba soloist, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey,  was commissioned to write a major work for the percussion ensemble. The composition, The Dreamers of Dreams, is an advanced level composition written for 12 percussionists based on Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy's poem, "We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams..."  The world premiere will take place on Thursday evening, May 22, as part of the 30th Annual Evening of Percussion Concert Series and will be performed during all of the concerts. After the performances, The Dreamers of Dreams  will be published and available for performance by college/university and advanced high school percussion ensembles throughout the world.

Congratulations to percussion director, Mr. Richard Minnotte and our students on this milestone celebration.


Family Reading Night a Hit at Howe
May 16, 2014
The "Book Fairies" enjoyed a night of family reading fun at Howe this week.

Each spring, the Howe School community comes together to celebrate the joy of reading at Family Reading Night. Last week the school once again hosted a fun filled night that included a Book Float Parade, Scholastic book fair, musical book walk, Sound Stories, and an amazing array of cakes decorated to resemble favorite books. The Book Float Parade is a special event where students proudly display floats they made that were inspired by their favorite books. This year  over 180 children were  involved in creating floats for the parade with either their parents or friends.

Click here for a slideshow of Howe Reading Night 2014


Congratulations Odyssey of the Mind Teams!
May 14, 2014
Pictured is the high school team that won 1st place at the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals. From left to right: Katie Lindefjeld, Katie Brown, Lydia Herman, Eva Morrison, Ellie DePastino, Olivia Pandolfi.

Mt. Lebanon students had an outstanding Odyssey of the Mind season this year with strong performances at the regional and state levels.  At the regional competition in March, twenty-eight teams from Mt. Lebanon participated and nine teams advanced to the State Finals. In addition, the high school team of Lydia Herman, Eva Morrison, Olivia Pandolfi, Ellie DePastino, Katie Lindefjeld, and Katie Brown were  honored with the  most prestigious award in Odyssey of the Mind- the  Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. This award represents the essence of the Odyssey of the Mind program. It is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity either in some aspect of the problem solution, their behavior, or through an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution.  Some of these high school seniors have been on the same  OM team since 1st grade at Washington.

At the state competition in April, Mt. Lebanon had the most teams of any school district represented. Teams from Foster, Jefferson Middle, Mellon Middle, Markham, Jefferson Elementary, and the high school participated.  The Odyssey of the Mind team from the high school went on to win first place in the state finals and were invited to attend the OM World competition at Iowa State University at the end of May.  Congratulations to seniors Lydia Herman, Eva Morrison, Olivia Pandolfi, Ellie DePastino, Katie Lindefjeld, and Katie Brown on their first place win, and congratulations to all of the students at every grade level and their coaches for an exceptional year.

Slideshow


Lebo Students Excel at Academic Games National Tournament
May 12, 2014

On April 25-29th, 19 students from grades 5-12 competed in Knoxville, TN at the Academic Games National Tournament. Players participated in cube and trivia games against hundreds of other players in the areas of mathematics, set theory, presidents, propaganda techniques, language, current events, and American History. Mt. Lebanon players excelled and won several awards including:

Leo Matros - Jefferson Middle School - Grade 6 - First Place Individual in Presidents Trivia for Elementary Division and Distinguished Overall Top Ten Player for all of Academic Games Elementary Division. Antonio Carapella - Jefferson Middle School - Grade 6 - Third Place Individual in World Events Trivia for Elementary Division. Josh Dougherty - Mellon Middle School - Grade 7 - Third Place Team in World Events for Middle Division. Abbas Merchant -- Mellon Middle School - Grade 8 - Third Place Team in World Events for Middle Division. Gayatri Anil - Mellon Middle School - Grade 8 - Individual Top Ten Player in Presidents Trivia for Middle Division. Otis Smith - Mellon Middle School - Grade 8 - Individual Top Ten Player in Propaganda for Middle Division. Tom Jasionowski - High School - Grade 12 - Individual Perfect Score in Equations for Senior Division

Academic Games Players are coached by high school staff members Amanda Checque, Mike Yazvac, Ben Minett, Brad Kavo, Mike Locke, and  Mt. Lebanon graduate Nina Wroniak.


National Teacher Day
May 6, 2014

May 6 is National Teacher Day. It’s a great day to thank teachers for all they do for our students throughout the year.  A teacher’s influence spans a lifetime for students. Career choices, life choices are most often shaped by a teacher that you had in elementary, middle or high school. Teachers who hold the bar high and expect excellence from their students are credited with inspiring, supporting, and pushing students to reach beyond what they never thought possible.

Thank you for all that you do for our students. Happy National Teacher Day!


All the Hoover Ladies Complete Marathon Relay
May 4, 2014
All the Hoover Ladies that ran the marathon relay.

Congratulations to five teachers from Hoover Elementary School that completed the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay this weekend. The team’s name  was All the Hoover Ladies and the runners were Chris Stilley, Jessica Fischer, Laura Pitzer, Kyra Kaylor , and  Jill Calkins.

Mt. Lebanon High School presents CAROUSEL
May 4, 2014
A scene from Carousel.

Mt. Lebanon High School presents CAROUSEL from May 6 through May 10 at 7:30p.m., including a matinee performance on May 10 at 2:00 p.m., in the High School Fine Arts Theatre. This classic masterpiece is musical theatre at its finest.  Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein considered it their favorite and greatest show.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Seating is very limited because the production is being staged in the Fine Arts Theatre while the auditorium is undergoing renovation. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting the box office in the theatre lobby from 6-8pm every night until the close of the show. 

Watch a slideshow for a sneak peek of Carousel


Mt. Lebanon School District Awarded Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
May 1, 2014
Business Director, Janice Klein.

The Mt. Lebanon School District received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.  The District was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2013.  This is the 29th year the District has been honored with this prestigious award. This award represents a significant achievement and reflects the District’s commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting.

Sponsored by VALIC, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency.  Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting.


Mt. Lebanon School District Recognized Nationally for Music Education Efforts
April 30, 2014

The NAMM Foundation recognizes the Mt. Lebanon School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Mt. Lebanon joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014. This is the seventh year in a row that the Mt. Lebanon School District has received this honor.

In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

“Music education is a key component in a Mt. Lebanon education,” said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. “The fine and performing arts are an integral part of educating the whole child and have always been valued and supported in this district. This award recognizes the efforts of our teachers, administration and school board to continue our commitment to music education in our schools.”

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child.


Arbor Day Celebration at Markham Elementary School
April 25, 2014
Markham students plant a new Red Maple tree near the playground.

Students at Markham Elementary School observed Arbor Day on Friday, April 25, by planting a Red Maple tree in the playground area of the school. To commemorate the day and to celebrate Mt. Lebanon as Tree City USA, Markham students displayed artwork, read poems, played and sang songs about the environment. The tree was donated by the municipality.

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day, which is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.

 


Lebo Chemistry Students Excel in American Chemical Society Competition
April 24, 2014
Pictured are Mr. Mark Kernion, Ian Harris, Nancy Lu, Zhen Ding, and Mrs. Susan Meer

Each year since 1945, the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society sponsors a contest for secondary schools in the tri-state area to recognize outstanding achievement by students and their teachers, as well as encourage interest in chemistry among school students.

The contest recognizes three categories: first-year students in large school, first-year students in small schools, and second-year students. Congratulations to Zhen Yu Ding for winning First Place for the first-year students in a large school. His teacher is Susan Meer, and he is in her 9th Grade Honors Chemistry Class. Congratulations to Nancy Lu for winning First Place and Ian Harris for winning Third Place for the second-year students in a large school. They are both sophomores, and their teacher is Mark Kernion. Both are in his A.P. Chemistry Class.

The contest is also used to qualify students interested in participating in the International Chemistry Olympics and to identify students for scholarships. This year 130 of the area’s top students from 20 schools competed for prizes and scholarships. First place in each category is awarded $250, second place $150, third place, $100.
 
All winning students, their parents, and their teachers are invited to attend an awards banquet in May to celebrate their noteworthy achievement with the American Chemical Society.

 


Student Filmmaker Honored at Robert Morris Film Festival
April 24, 2014

High School student Charlie Arrigo’s short film, Marshmallow, earned recognition from the Teachers of Video and Television Consortium, a group the region's television, video, and media teachers.  More than 175 student-produced videos were entered the 2014 Spring Student Video Festival, sponsored by Robert Morris University. 

Charlie's production was one of six short films recognized in the Digital Cinema category.  His short film, created in the spring of 2013, starred Caroline Connell (class of 2013), Michael Bodomov (class of 2014), Carter Saunders (class of 2015), and Mr. Todd Thimons, teacher of English. 

The three-minute long clip submitted for the contest can be viewed here: http://multimedia.mtlsd.org/Play.asp?836982613261198!4

The full film can be viewed here: http://multimedia.mtlsd.org/Play.asp?837082623132540!4


Lacrosse Teams Show Support for Franklin Regional High School
April 23, 2014

At the April 21 boys’ lacrosse game, Mt. Lebanon High School boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams presented a banner to the Franklin Regional boys’ lacrosse team to that let them know that our thoughts are with the entire Franklin Regional community. The banner, which hung in the stadium during the game, was signed by our teams. Special thanks go to the Lacrosse Association, parents, and Jennifer Cooney for getting the sign made and signed for the game with Franklin Regional.


Coach Oldaker to Coach USA Team in China
April 23, 2014
Photo: Eleanor Bailey The Almanac

Mt. Lebanon High School girls’ basketball coach Dori Oldaker is headed to China this summer to coach the U18 girls’ team in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.  For the past three years, Coach Oldaker has been working as a court coach for the national team trials held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Congratulations to Coach Oldaker on this very special honor and good luck to Team USA at the games!

Read more in the Almanac


High School Model UN Team Completes Perfect Season
April 21, 2014

On April 14, the Mt. Lebanon High School Model UN team ended its season by winning the conference at Westminster College, completing a perfect season winning all five tournaments this year at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Duquesne University, and American University in Washington, D.C. This rare feat serves as a capstone for the wonderful career of 20 seniors, an impressive group who led this legacy-setting team.

Individual winners at Westminster include:

Honored as Outstanding delegate in committee:James Pfeifer, Luke Lisowski, Ryan Fan, Steve Helmici and Azfar Merchant.

Also recognized in committee were: Anna Wadhwani, Joel Kirshner, Rachel Reibach and Tess Clippinger

We bid goodbye to a wonderful group of seniors, many of whom joined the team as freshmen and mentored our new members over the past two years. Congratulations to their faculty advisors, Mr. Peter DiNardo, Mr. George Savarese, and Mr. Adam Lumish.


Mt. Lebanon School District Ranked #1 in Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western PA Schools
April 11, 2014

The Mt. Lebanon School District is the top-ranked school district in western Pennsylvania, according to the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times' Honor Roll Rank.  The annual Honor Roll ranks the 105 school districts in the region based on three years of scores from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. This year, the District also ranked second in the statewide list of 495 districts. Mt. Lebanon High School and Jefferson Middle School were also ranked as the top 11th grade and 8th grade in the region.  All 10 schools received high rankings that led to the overall top finish for the school district.

"This achievement is evidence of the great work our teachers, staff, and administrators do every day to provide the best education possible for each and every student," said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. "None of this would be possible without a School Board committed to maintaining high educational standards and a community that has long embraced and supported a quality educational system. It is because of these factors that Mt. Lebanon has achieved a reputation for excellence in education that has spanned 100 years."

 

 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western PA Schools

List of Schools

Mt. Lebanon High School Ranks #1

8th-grade JMS Ranks #1


Mt. Lebanon Ranks in Top Ten of Digital School Districts
April 10, 2014

The Mt. Lebanon School District was among the top rank school districts in the nation in the tenth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve district operations. This year’s recognition goes to school districts for their expanding use of innovative technologies district-wide as well as in the classroom. Mt. Lebanon was the only school district in PA listed in the mid-sized student population category of  3,000 - 12,000 students.

The top ten rankings are awarded to those districts and school boards that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions.  The survey assessed how the Mt. Lebanon District used technology in governance, leadership and accountability, strategic planning, policies and board meetings, website content, social media, parent and community engagement, data, emergency preparedness, management and safety, byod, teaching, learning and delivery methods, and the use of Dashboards and Balance Scorecards.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.


A Message From the Superintendent
April 10, 2014

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

Our thoughts are with the students, staff, and families of Franklin Regional High School as they begin to recover from the tragic events that occurred yesterday. Unfortunately, these events cannot always be predicted or prevented.  The sad fact is that incidents with serious consequences can occur in any community.  We all have the responsibility to work together to keep our schools safe by being aware and vigilant of potentially threatening situations. We always ask our students and parents to report concerns to school staff to help us prevent an unfortunate incident from occurring.  

After a school crisis, we review our safety procedures and reflect on how well we are prepared if something were to occur on one of our campuses. Be assured that our staff is well trained and ready to respond to school emergencies. We continue to maintain and refine the safety protocols that are in place throughout the District. We regularly train with the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire Departments to implement best practices in school safety. 

I want to assure you that our administrators, teachers, and staff make student safety our top priority. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Lebanon School District

 


Photos of Finished Spaces in the High School
April 7, 2014

While there is still plenty of work to be done in the high school, many spaces are finished and in use.  Watch a video of some new photos taken of the finished spaces.

 Click here to watch the video.


Mt. Lebanon's Future Scientists Participate in Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
April 7, 2014

Eight students from the Mt. Lebanon School District participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Heinz Field on Friday March 28, 2014.  Julie Raiff, Nancy Lu, Andrew Simeons, Varsha Venugopal, Andrei Mihailescu, and Daijue Dong submitted research projects in the senior division, while Morgan Meer and Christian Sablak from Jefferson Middle School participated in the intermediate division.  Morgan Meer won a second place award in the chemistry intermediate division for her project analyzing heat retention of fabrics. Mr. Kyle Tilger and Mr. Josh Bilak co-sponsor the Science Club. Congratulations to all on a job well-done!

Mrs. Chowdhury Goes to Washington
April 7, 2014

Foodservice Director Tazeen Chowdhury traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 31 and April 1 to take part in a national gathering hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts in support of efforts to improve school nutrition. Mrs. Chowdhury spoke at a senate sub-committee on school nutrition policy and met with the staff of Sen. Casey, Sen. Toomey, Rep. Murphy, and Rep. Fattah to share examples of how the Mt. Lebanon School District’s Food Service Department is at the forefront of a national school health movement by serving and selling healthier meals, snacks, and drinks to students.

In the past 5 years the Mt. Lebanon Foodservice Department has gone through changes by implementing the National School Lunch Program creating a healthy school environment to help students learn and grow.  It now serves unlimited fruits and vegetables, offers more whole grains and low-fat milk. “It was an honor to share our successes with the National School Lunch Program and to see how much support there is to improve the health of children,” said Mrs. Chowdhury. “We are making a difference.”

This past fall, the district received recognition and a visit from PA Secretary of Agriculture George Grieg for their newly implemented Farm to School Program which highlights locally grown produce served in their school lunch program. Throughout the process, Mt. Lebanon’s Foodservice  Department has worked to generate student support by  forming advisory committees, conducting classroom education and providing taste-testing of school lunch samples to students and parent groups alike, while still maintaining overall school food service revenues. The healthy changes being made in Mt. Lebanon make it a model of success in Pennsylvania and around the country.


High School Senior Finalist for Caplan-Lieber Human Relations Award.
April 6, 2014

Senior Ellen Wilson is a finalist for the Caplan-Lieber Human Relations Award sponsored by the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee.  She was nominated for her work toward creating a safe and accepting environment for LGBT students and staff in the high school.  Ellen is a co-president of the high school's Gay Straight Alliance Club. 

Ellen and her nominator, high school science teacher Ms. Pamela Harris, attended a recognition banquet held at the Rodef-Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh.  She is also being considered for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, an organization dedicated to promoting tolerance, human rights, and diversity education.

About the Caplan-Lieber Human Relations Scholarship

Since 1956, the PAJC has been awarding the Caplan-Lieber Human Relations Scholarship to an outstanding high school junior or senior in Allegheny County who has worked to build bridges between diverse groups in his or her school or community. The winner is presented with a plaque and a one-thousand dollar scholarship.This special recognition of the youth of this community is named after Louis Caplan and Jerome B. Lieber, who were civic, communal and philanthropic leaders in the Pittsburgh area.


Mt. Lebanon Teacher CeCe Kapron Among Finalists for PA Teacher of the Year
April 4, 2014

Mt. Lebanon High School dance teacher CeCe Kapron was named as one of thirteen regional finalists who will advance to the next level for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2015.

Mrs. Kapron started the dance program at the high school in the 1970’s and due to her leadership, has grown it into the premiere high school dance program in the state. It is also one of the few dance programs that is offered as part of a Fine Arts curriculum.

Mrs. Kapron has been recognized with many awards for her achievements in her field, including a Presidential Citation Award from the National Dance Association and a Best Programs Award from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health and Physical Education and Dance. In addition, Mrs. Kapron has been Pennsylvania’s Dance Educator of the Year; the National Dance Association’s Dance Educator of the Year and was named a Teacher of Distinction by the Teacher Excellence Foundation.

The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Teacher of the Year (NSTOY-PA) program began in 1995. NSTOY-PA works with PDE to support the program by providing services and materials to select and honor the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations Mrs. Kapron, and best of luck as you move to the next level for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2015.

Read more in the Post-Gazette

 


Model UN Team 4 for 4
April 2, 2014
Congratulations to the team and their coaches, Pete DiNardo, George Savarese, and Adam Lumish.

After winning 1st place at Model UN tournaments held at Pitt, Penn State and Duquesne earlier in the year, our Model UN team won the 1st Place Award for Best School at American University's Model UN Conference held March 28-30.  Mt. Lebanon not only won the tournament's Best Overall award ("Best Delegation") but also won 1st place individual student honors in five of the conference's seven committees.
 
Winning 1st place individual honors were seniors Ryan Fan and Megan McAdoo, juniors Michael Oxenreiter and Mitchell Bognar and sophomore James Pfeifer.  Taking 2nd place in their committees were seniors Katie Brown, Jason Hois, Nik Victor and junior Anna Hutchinson.  The team's coaches (Pete DiNardo, George Savarese and Adam Lumish) are incredibly proud of the team's level of excellence throughout the year.  

The Chemistry of Ice Cream
March 30, 2014
A mad scientific experiment? No-just making ice cream.

The students in Mrs. Meer's Honors Chemistry classes are studying states of matter and the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. They recently used liquid nitrogen to discover the relationship between volume and temperature of gases, and also examined the solidification process while making ice cream. The ice cream recipe has been in Mrs. Meer's family for 100 years, a true family heirloom. Aside from the science, the secret to making the best ice cream, according to Mrs. Meer, is the quality of the vanilla. The students had a chance to sample the delicious outcome of their science experiment.


High School Wrestlers Visit Howe to Say "Thanks!"
March 28, 2014

You’re never too old to go back to elementary school, especially if it’s to thank students for their support. High school wrestlers Kellan Stout, Kevin Kinyua, and Zeynul Zaynullayev--all PIAA State Wrestling Qualifiers--made a visit to Howe Elementary second grade classrooms last week to thank the students and teachers for the good luck cards they received from them before the state championship.

Howe P.E. teacher Chris Kolling had kept Howe teachers updated throughout the season on one wrestler in particular, Kellan Stout, a former Howe student. From there, the idea was born to make cards of support for Kellan and his teammates Kevin and Zeynul as they traveled to the state championship tournament.

Last week, the three wrestlers visited the students at Howe to thank them for their support. They answered questions about their experiences at the state meet and each read a book to the class during their visit. Wrestling coach—and Almanac Wrestling Coach of the Year-- Bill Lewis was on hand to thank everyone as well.
 
Read more about Lebo wrestling all stars and Coach Lewis in the Almanac


High School Theatre Presents Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
March 21, 2014
The cast of Sweeney Todd.

Mt. Lebanon High School Evening and Technical Theatre Companies will present Sweeney Todd  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,  by C.G. Bond on March 26-29 at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $7. For more information call 412-344-2030 or click here to order tickets.

The play is directed by Mrs.  Cynthia K. Schreiner. This is her last production before retiring at the end of the school year.  We wish Mrs. Schreiner the best and thank her for opening the doors of the theater to welcome students in to experience the excitement and creativity of theater and stage production.

Cast List


Board Approves Revised School Calendar
March 18, 2014

At the March 17, 2014 School Board meeting, the Board Board approved the revised school calendar. The last day of school for students is Friday, June 13. 

2013-14 Revised School Calendar


Extra Mile Award Recipients: Dr. Deborah Allen and Mrs. Connie Lewis
March 17, 2014
Dr. Steinhauer presented Dr. Allen and Mrs. Lewis with the Extra Mile Award.

Here is an excerpt from School Board President Elaine Cappucci's report awarding the Extra Mile Award to retiring administrators Dr. Deborah Allen and Mrs. Connie Lewis.

"Tonight we say good-bye to two outstanding administrators who have served our District with distinction over the course of their careers in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Dr. Deborah Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Special Education Supervisor Connie Lewis, are retiring at the end of the month. Both administrators have done so much to move our school district forward over the years and have between them, a great deal of institutional knowledge that we will miss.  As a result of their outstanding careers and devotion to the children in this District, the School Board would like to honor them tonight with the Extra Mile Award, though it could easily be called the Extra, Extra, Extra Mile Award for all they have done for the District.

Mrs. Connie Lewis
Mrs. Connie Lewis was appointed by the school board as Supervisor of Special Education in May 21, 2001. Since that time she has very capably overseen the very complex and important Special Education Department using research based strategies and best practices to help students.  Over the years, Mrs. Lewis instituted many programs that have made significant improvements for our special education students. Here are some highlights:
• She developed a district operated extended school year program
• She led the district through two successful special ed audits and is about to lead her third
• She decentralized the special education programs so now programs are in all buildings
• She implemented the Paes lab at the high school which provides pre-vocational and vocational skills for our most struggling learners
• Developed programs for children with Autism;  the program at Washington has been recognized as a model program
• Helped the District receive needed funds from ACCESS and  PDE
• She hired inclusion specialists to help children become more successful in their schools
• She adopted special education management software so professionals could focus more on programs for children and less on paperwork
• She provided many educational programs for parents,  and implemented professional development for all staff to better understand the needs of unique learners.

Dr.  Deborah Allen
Dr. Deborah has had an outstanding career in the Mt. Lebanon School District. She moved to the District from the Gettysburg Area School District where she was the Director of Pupil Services and School Psychologists. She was appointed by the Mt. Lebanon School Board in August 1988 as the Director of Pupil Personnel services. She served in that capacity until December 2005 when Dr. Allen was appointed Assistant Superintendent and Director of Student Support Services. During the administrative reorganization a few years ago, she was named the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. Each time Dr. Allen was asked to tackle a new assignment, she did so with a high level of professionalism. Her leadership role within the District includes curriculum development, directing student support services— including supervising the School Psychologists, Health Services and Special Education Departments—along with the supervision of elementary education.  Dr. Allen was involved in all of the strategic planning initiatives for the District during her career and led those efforts in 2005 and 2012. The 2005 Strategic plan was significant because it emphasized continuous improvement through a community driven strategic planning process, based on the Malcom Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  As part of this strategic planning process, Dr. Allen led the development of the first online District Balance Scorecard so the community could track the progress of our schools toward goals and metrics that were aligned to the strategic plan.
In addition, Dr. Allen…

• Hired the first Director of Special Education
• Developed the first set of suicide intervention procedures as well as the first crisis intervention response, that  remains  the basis of our emergency management plan
• She brought Individualized Gifted Plans  to the secondary level
• Co-facilitated the adoption of the existing elementary reading program
• Helped to start Student Assistant Programs at the secondary level
• In the area of differentiation Dr. Allen:
-changed specialists to an instructional support teaming approach
- implemented LEBO time
- instituted benchmark testing  with MAP
- progress monitoring-
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• Introduced  elementary counselors and reading specialists to help struggling students
• Managed federal programs  which is vitally important to fund  many programs

Dr. Allen pursued her training in Quality by becoming a National Baldrige Examiner for two years. She was also on the Board of KAPE which is Pennsylvania’s State Quality organization. With each of these endeavors she brought Quality expertise and training back to the school district to support our philosophy of continuous improvement.

On behalf of the school board, administration, staff, and especially the students, I want to thank you both for your service, devotion, and dedication to the Mt. Lebanon School District. We wish you the best of luck and happy travels in your retirement." 


Get the App!
March 17, 2014

Get the app…the new Mt. Lebanon School District App. Go the App store and search for Mt. Lebanon to download the free School District App that will give you access to the latest District news, calendar, Dashboard login, athletic schedules, school information, District Facebook and Twitter feeds, and much more. With the app you can receive "push" notifications of important events, news and other updates. The app is available for Apple and Android phones. It is a great way to stay connected to what’s going on in the District wherever you are.  Click the "Download the App" icon at the top of the right hand column on the homepage or click here.


Mt. Lebanon Bands to Perform with River City Brass Band
March 17, 2014

Three Mt. Lebanon School District bands will perform side-by-side with the River City Brass Band on March 18 at Upper St. Clair High School.  The Mellon Middle School 8th grade band, under the direction of Louise Marino, The Jefferson Middle School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Krista Wagner, and the High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jason Cheskawich will perform selections from the River City Brass Band regular subscription concert series.  Each band will perform one song by themselves and one song side-by-side with the professional brass players of the River City.  Last week, the students in each group had the opportunity to work with the director of the River City Brass Band, Mr. James Gourlay, during their class periods.  The concert will begin at 7:30p.m.

Lebo Students Perform at the PMEA Elementary Sing Fest West
March 16, 2014
Mt. Lebanon students and their teachers, Jan Ban, Mariann Fox, and Carol Froehlich at Sing Fest West.

Last week, Mt. Lebanon students participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Elementary Sing Fest West.  The festival, for 5th and 6th grade students from 46 area schools, included sessions in Dalcroze Eurythmics, Orff, and rehearsal with Guest Conductor, Shawn Funk.  The evening concert was presented at Moon Area Middle School.  Participating from Mt. Lebanon schools were Christian Fraasch, Zeke Usner (Mellon Middle), Mira Morris, MacKenzie Ridge (Hoover Elementary), Grace Kearns, Olivia Salib (Markham Elementary), Nina Paliouras, Katy Meta (Foster Elementary) and their teachers, Jan Ban, Mariann Fox, and Carol Froehlich.

Photo Update of the High School Project
March 11, 2014
A view of what's to come: the South Gym re-designed into the new Center Court.

Work on the high school construction project is moving along. Demolition of the 3rd and 4th floors of B Building is underway along with work in all other areas of the campus. Watch a slideshow of recent photos.

 HS Construction Slideshow March 2014

Second Time a Charm for Band Trip
March 11, 2014

The sun was shining down on the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devil Marching Band as they packed up three buses to head south to Orlando to perform at Epcot and Universal. Unlike a few weeks ago when the trip had to be canceled due to snow and ice along the route to Florida, conditions were perfect today.

Mt. Lebanon Students Shine in PTA Reflections Contest
March 10, 2014
Anna Mares' photograph "Go Anyplace, Anytime" which was one of two Mt. Lebanon entries to place first and move on to the PTA national level.

Eight Mt. Lebanon students placed at the state level for this year's Reflections competition.  Reflections is the national PTA's annual arts recognition program.  Students may submit an entry in one of six artistic areas based on a theme.  This year's theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire."  Entries are judged at the school, town, region, state and national levels according to age divisions.  

Two Mt. Lebanon students, 4th grader Anna Mares (Foster) and 6th grader Dana Carskadden (Mellon), placed first in the state for their entries.  Anna's photograph, "Go Anyplace, Anytime," and Dana's dance, "Fireworks," will represent Pennsylvania in intermediate photography and middle dance choreography, respectively, in the national competition. 

In addition, six Mt. Lebanon students placed in the top five in their artistic categories and divisions.  Winners include:  Ellie Reinhart (Foster-5th place primary literature),  Grace Kearns (Markham-2nd place intermediate literature), Tori Pecarchik (Hoover-5th place intermediate dance), Olivia Salib (Markham-5th place intermediate musical composition), Hannah Ishizaki (Mellon-2nd place middle musical composition) and John Mark Duncan (JMS-5th place middle musical composition).   All of these state finalists will be recognized at a ceremony in Philadelphia this April.


Visiting Author Brings the Art of Origami to Jefferson Elementary
March 10, 2014

Jefferson Elementary School recently welcomed visiting author, Christine Petrell Kallevig.  A former classroom teacher and music therapist, Ms. Petrell Kallevig has created a unique way to encourage young people to develop an interest in both language and art.

Petrell Kallevig travels to elementary schools around the United States teaching origami by telling stories that demonstrate how to fold simple origami models. She folds large scale versions of the models while telling the story and invites children in the audience to follow along with their own origami paper. The experience for students was memorable, all due to a literary introduction to the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.


Jefferson and Hoover Schools Welcome New Principals
March 9, 2014
Ms. Sarah Shaw and Mrs. Kelly Szesterniak.

The students, staff, and parents of Hoover and Jefferson elementary schools recently welcomed two new principals to  their schools. Mrs. Kelly Szesterniak, the former assistant principal of Mellon Middle School, took over the helm of Hoover Elementary School at the end of January.   Last week, Ms. Sarah Shaw began as principal of Jefferson Elementary School.  Ms. Shaw,the former principal of Cornell Elementary School, was given a warm Lebo welcome by the Jefferson community.


Jefferson and Mellon Literary Magazines Honored by NCTE
March 2, 2014

Jefferson Middle School’s Literary Magazine Our Piece of Mind and Mellon Middle School’s The Outlook were both recognized with a rank of Excellent in the 2013 National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Congratulations to JMS student editors Nora Tomer, Darby McCaslin, and faculty advisor Melissa Kelly, and MMS student editors Sophie Guthrie, David Happe, Elena Redmond, and faculty advisor Nancy Junker on this outstanding accomplishment.

NCTE's Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program's mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.


Foster and Jefferson Students Winners in PSO Poetry Contest
March 2, 2014

Students from Jefferson and Foster elementary schools had the distinct honor of having their poems read during the March 1 Fiddlesticks concert featuring Camille Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals. The students were among the winners in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra poetry contest where they were invited to write two poems--one about the animals in the piece and the other, about Fiddlesticks the cat, the PSO mascot. The students’ poems were chosen from nearly 70 submissions and were read onstage by Larry Loh, PSO Resident Conductor; Fawzi Haimor, PSO Assistant Conductor; and Katy Williams, Guest vocalist.

Congratulations to the following students and their music teacher, Jill Campion:

Jefferson students:
Lucy Gulish- Aquarium poem
Madeline Zerega- Aviary poem
Sophia Williams- Swan poem
Ellie Leja- Fiddlesticks poem
 
Foster students:
Ellie Reinhart- Elephant poem
Brooke Murawski- Fossils poem
Emerson Driscoll- Fiddlesticks poem


High School Science Bowl Excel in Regional Competition
March 2, 2014
Science Bowl teams and coaches Mr. Joshua Bilak and Mrs. Pamela Harris.

Two Mt. Lebanon High School teams competed at the Department of Energy High School Science Bowl regional qualifier on Saturday, February 22nd.  It was held at CCAC South Campus in West Mifflin.  This is a buzzer quiz show in which teams of four students face off to showcase knowledge in the sciences and mathematics.  There were 56 teams at the competition.

Lebo Team 2, comprised of Namandeep Singh, Sofie Yang, Anja Gampp, Jerry Meng, and coach Mr. Joshua Bilak,  were the Mellon Division champs. 

Lebo Team 1, comprised of Charles Yuan, Sierra VanDijk, Nancy Lu, Rida Merchant, and coach Mrs. Pamela Harris, won the Westinghouse Division and additionally went undefeated!  These five individuals will be heading to the National Energy Technology Laboratory campus in South Park on Wednesday, March 5th to compete for a coveted spot at April's National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.


High School Student Wins Honorable Mention in White House Film Festival
February 26, 2014

Sophomore Kelly Hois was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2014 White House Student Film Festival, the first-ever film festival at the White House.  Kelly earned this honor from a field of more than 2000 videos. 

 

In November, K-12 students around the country were invited to create short films on the use of technology in their classroom and the role technology will play in education in the future. Kelly received a certificate of Honorable Mention from the White House and her film will be highlighted on WhiteHouse.gov/FilmFestival website.

 

Watch Kelly’s video

 

The video was filmed in the Mt. Lebanon Public Library with a cameo appearance by Principal Brian McFeeley.

 


The Marching Band is Going to Disney After All
February 24, 2014

In the end, the Mt. Lebanon Marching Blue Devil Band is not going to have a bout of epic bad weather snow on their parade as the School Board approved a rescheduled trip to Disney for the band at the Board meeting Monday night.  The trip was canceled a few weeks ago due to severe weather along the route to Orlando.   It was quite a disappointment for our students, parents, and staff members after they worked so hard to organize and fund this very special trip. Thanks to the tenacity of band director Louise Marino and the high school administration, the band trip will now take place on March 11 through 16. This trip occurs every four years and is a capstone experience for our seniors.  The band is scheduled to march at Epcot as originally planned.


Alcoa Grant Awards JMS for Environmental Focus
February 24, 2014
Dr. James Walsh, Principal; Dr. Jennifer Giocondi, Manager with Alcoa; Georgia Beckas, 7th Grade Literature Teacher and Team Leader; Ed Petsko, 7th Grade Science Teacher.

Jefferson Middle School was awarded a $15,000 grant by the Alcoa Foundation to support an Environmental Year at JMS. The grant was awarded to enhance the environmental education curriculum in 7th grade that will include field trips to a L.E.E.D. certified building, which will be Phipps Conservatory, and a cart with 30 iPads and “apps” pertaining to science and the environment. 

The 7th grade teams also intend to use the iPads to reduce paper usage in the grade level. In addition, by June 2014, students and teachers will recycled 40 lbs of aluminum and 30 pounds of non aluminum, and document the progress with school's other green actions.

The grant team lead by Ms. Georgia Beckas, 7th Grade Literature Teacher and Mr. Ed Petsko, 7th Grade Science Teacher.    


Physics and Geoscience Classrooms Open in New Science Wing
February 24, 2014
Ms. Ludwig's Environmental Geoscience class settled into their new classroom today.

Today marks another important milestone in the high school construction project as the Physics and Geoscience classrooms opened in the new science wing. It is very exciting to have a section of this new academic space open so students and teachers can begin to experience one of the most innovative areas in the new high school. 


International Clarinetist Julian Bliss Conducts Clinic at High School
February 20, 2014

Mt. Lebanon High School wind musicians were treated to a special clinic conducted by world-renowned clarinetist Julian Bliss.  The English musician is well known in the international concert scene where he has  appeared as soloist with a number of important orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic. His latest recording, “A Tribute to Benny Goodman,” recreates the sound of swing from the 30’s and 40’s with a modern feel.  

Bliss told students his story of how he began playing his instrument when he was four years old, even entertaining the Queen of England at the age of five. He demonstrated his circular breathing method while playing the “Flight of the Bumble Bee" while playing his specially designed Leblanc Bliss Clarinet.  Mr. Jason Cheskawich was able to bring the program to the high school with the help of sponsor Bob Johnstonbaugh from Johnstonbaugh's Music Centers.

 


High School Freshman Takes Home Top Honors from Public Theatre's Shakespeare Competition
February 19, 2014

Over 1200 students from Allegheny County, including 22 from the Mt. Lebanon School District, competed in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre's Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Contest. Mt. Lebanon High School freshman Burke Rhodes and Logan Shiller from CAPA performed a scene from Shakespeare’s "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." Taking on the roles of Proteus and Valentine, the duo was chosen as the Grand Winner of the Upper Division Scene.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the competition, the Public created a special program that includes memories from former participants, including statements from Mt. Lebanon grads Josh Landay, Emily Lorini, Meghan Foehr, Beth Rudoy, and Gillian Jacobs.

 


High School Social Studies Teacher Brings History to Life as Abraham Lincoln
February 18, 2014
Mr. Ford as Honest Abe along with the W&J mascots.

High School teacher Mr. Gary Ford helped his Alma Mater, W&J College, commemorate Presidents Day on Feb. 17, at a celebration recognizing the talents of students throughout Washington County.  In addition to being a great social studies teacher, Mr. Ford is also an Abraham Lincoln impersonator. His talents were put to use Monday night as President Lincoln. He delivered the Gettysburg Address to invited guests at a dinner that preceded an awards ceremony for the student artists, orators and essayists who participated in a contest sponsored by the W&J Education Department.

Mr. Ford teaches civics, political science and AP Government. “I started impersonating President Lincoln when I was doing my student teaching at Waynesburg High School when I was working towards my certification from W&J. Since then, I have done it at grade schools in Waynesburg, Washington and Mt. Lebanon, at churches and senior citizens centers in Waynesburg.  I have also worked with Civil War reenactment groups when they needed President Lincoln as part of their activities,” Ford added.

Read more about it in the Washington Observer


Washington 5th Grade Sings, Dances, and Acts in Theater Workshop
February 14, 2014
Washington 5th grade students work with Billy Hartung from
Center for Theater Arts to rehearse a scene from Seussical.

The Center For Theater Arts, under the direction of Billy Hartung, brought a theater workshop to the 5th grade students at Washington School today.  The theme of the workshop was Oh, the Places You'll Go! Each class rotated through a session of acting, singing, and dancing to a scene from Seussical the Musical. All of the students had a role to play in the workshop script. The experience allowed students the opportunity to perform for each other and for the kindergarten classes.

Students were able to discover, explore, and understand their many talents, while collaborating with their classmates.  It was a memorable and unique opportunity for the student to step into the spotlight and shine. Look for these future stars to perform in the high school musical a few years from now.

The Center for Theater Arts was founded in 1981 to offer professional performing arts classes to children and teens in the Pittsburgh area.

Slideshow

 


Mt. Lebanon Students Perform at PMEA District Band West
February 11, 2014
Pictured are the Mt. Lebanon students who performed at PMEA District Band West last week with Mr. Jason Cheskawich.

Congratulations to the Mt. Lebanon High School students who participated in the Pennsylvania Music educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Band West. They represented Mt. Lebanon in concert at Charleroi High School on Friday, February 7. The guest conductor was local composer, Samuel R. Hazo.

Mr. Jason Cheskawich is their teacher.

 

Ellen Bleir, Tenor Sax Grade 10

Gabriella Caminos, Percussion Grade 11

Elizabeth Sikes, Flute Grade 12

Brandon Tambellini, Euphonium Grade 11


Actors and Writers Book Club Returns to the High School
February 9, 2014
Writer Kyle Bradstreet and actor Ato Essandoh from the BBC America show Copper met with students as part of the Actors and Writers Book Club.

The Writers Guild of America East Foundation’s Actors and Writers Book Club returned to Mt. Lebanon High School. The program brings an actor and writer into high schools to read and discuss works of literature, with the mission of getting students excited about reading, writing, story telling and the importance of language skills. Our students had the opportunity to hear actor Ato Essandoh and writer Kyle Bradstreet read excerpts of To Kill a Mockingbird and discuss the work with them. Mr. Bradstreet and Mr. Essandoh worked together on the BBC America production of “Copper,” a drama series set in 1865 New York City. 

Kyle Bradstreet’s work has been produced in the US and Europe. He is the author of the plays From Prague, Honor Thy Mother, Alcohol, and The Café, as well as numerous one acts. As a screenwriter, in addition to writing on season one of Copper, Bradstreet has written for The Philanthropist (NBC), Manhunt (HBO miniseries) and Borgia: Faith & Fear (Canal+).

Ato Essandoh movie roles include Django Unchained, Get Him To The Greek, Nights In Rodanthe, Blood Diamond, Garden State, Prime, Hitch, and Saving Face. Essandoh is a member of the theater company Colt Coeur.

This was the second visit to the high school for the WGAE Foundation’s Actors and Writers Book Club. In 2010, actor William Baldwin, and writers Tom Kelly and Susanna Styron, read excerpts from John Steinbeck's East of Eden.


The Olympic Spirit Celebrated at Lincoln School
February 9, 2014
The parade of nations kick-off the Lincoln Olympics.

Sochi isn’t the only place hosting the Olympics. Last week Lincoln Elementary School opened their first Olympic Games with a "Parade of Nations" where all 17 Lincoln classes took part, representing the country they chose to research.
 
During the Lincoln Olympics, students will learn about the origins of the games, how they are celebrated, and learn about Sochi, Russia.  Lincoln students will take part in a school-wide Olympic celebration as they study and participate in some of the Winter Olympic sports, and study the history and geography of the countries at the games. During art, foreign language, music, library and P.E., students will learn songs, create art projects, research and participate in games to make this a cross-curricular event.  The two week Lincoln Olympics will conclude with a closing ceremony where medals will be given to all students to celebrate their achievement and good sportsmanship throughout the Olympic experience.

JMS Students Compete at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair
February 6, 2014

Jefferson Middle School was represented by seven students at the 80th annual PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science)  science fair held at Duquesne University on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Edward Brustoloni,  Morgan Meer and Nikolas Mustian  received first place awards and qualified to compete at the State PJAS science fair held at Penn State University in May!

Congratulations to Edward Brustoloni, Joe Chavez, Dalia Fantini, Morgan Meer, Nikolas Mustian, Melissa Redding, and Victoria Tomson for competing this year!

JMS Life Science teacher is the sponsor of the Science Club that includes participation in PJAS.


Model UN Team Wins 1st Place at Duquesne University Tournament
February 5, 2014
Congratulations to the Model UN team!

The high school Model United Nations team recently competed with 400 students from 25 high schools across Pennsylvania in the Duquesne University Model UN tournament on Jan. 31. Mt. Lebanon won the 1st place team award--Best Delegation--and also claimed the 1st place Individual Student Award.  It is the 3rd tournament our Model UN has competed in during this school year and is the 3rd tournament we have won the 1st place award.
 
The following students won the Best Delegate--1st place award as China: Ryan Fan, Matt Horrigan, Azfar Merchant, Joel Kirshner, Mitchell Bognar, Anna Wadhwani, Julia Maloney, Olivia Pandolfi and Laura Qi.
 
Also winning individual honors were Katie Brown and Lewis Gross, Pascal Brooks and Jason Hois, Matt Horrigan and Azfar Merchant, Anna Hutchinson and Michael Oxenreiter. 
 
Winning the award for 3rd place top individual student was Katie Brown and winning the 1st place top individual student award was Azfar Merchant. 
 
The Model UN team's next competition will be at a national invitational tournament at Duke University in North Carolina from February 13-16.
The Model UN faculty advisors are George Savarese, Peter DiNardo, and Adam Lumish.

Cancer Awareness Week Featured on KDKA
February 3, 2014
Left to right: Lia Christulides, Connie Booth, Shelly Saba, KDKA's Dave Crawley, Alex Needles, and Tara Leja.

A message from Alex Needles about Cancer Awareness Week:

Click here to view 2014 Cancer Awareness Video

Hello, my name is Alex Needles, and I am a senior here at Mt. Lebanon High School.

Over the past 4 years, I have started "Cancer Awareness Week" in the High School, to provide support for students affected by cancer. Over the Awareness Week, which is February 3-7, we provide ribbons for students to wear, and honor teachers who are affected by different cancers.

Cancer has touched me in that my mom, Chris Needles, has battled breast cancer twice in the past 9 years. My brother, Matt, was in 9th grade the first time she was diagnosed, and was a senior the second time. I also have twin sisters, Rebecca and Gretchen, who were in 7th and 10th grade during that time. I was in third and sixth grade at those times, but am very happy that my mom can participate in schools functions with me just like she did when my siblings were here.

I have been able to bring Cancer Awareness to Mt. Lebanon while working on the Gilda's Teen Advisory Committee. GTAC is a group of teenagers throughout Pittsburgh that have been touched by cancer in some way.  We have weekly meetings over the internet to discuss ways to raise awareness and to provide resources to other teenagers who might be touched by cancer in their own lives. Our goal is to make kids aware that they are not alone in this and they have people who can help them.

This year, I have decided to expand Cancer Awareness Week to all 10 schools in the district, because I discovered that it's not only High Schoolers who are affected.

Students in the High School and Middle Schools will be provided with ribbons each morning in Homeroom, corresponding to the Cancer being recognized each day. Elementary School students are encouraged to wear the "Color of the Day" each day.

The color for each day and corresponding Cancers are:

Monday- General Cancer Day- White
Tuesday- Ovarian Cancer Day- Teal
Wednesday- Prostate Cancer Day- Light Blue
Thursday- Breast Cancer Day- Pink
Friday- Gilda's Club Day- Red

Thanks!
Alex Needles

KDKA feature on Cancer Awareness Week
 


High School Project Moving Along
February 3, 2014
High School English teacher Mr. Brad Kavo reviews "The Great Gatsby" with his class in their newly renovated 5th floor classroom.

Progress continues with the high school renovation project.  Today marks the opening of all the classrooms on the 5th floor B Building. The two auxiliary gyms are soon to open along with the new fitness room in the Athletic Building. The high school auditorium is currently being renovated and major new construction is taking place in the heart of the new building that will include a new library, Tech ed. and fine arts classrooms. The old South Gym is in the process of being stripped down and renovated into the new “Center Court” cafeteria while the old pool is being gutted to transform into the new studio arts room with double high windows and a balcony.  Click the link below to watch a slideshow with current photos of the project. You can also keep tabs on the project by clicking the link to the construction cameras.

Renovation Slideshow

Construction Camera


High School Science Students Garner Top Awards at PJAS Regionals
February 3, 2014

Students from the Mt. Lebanon High School Science Club participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences regional competition at Duquesne University on Saturday February 1, 2014.  Earning first place awards were Daijue Dong, Julie Raiff, Charles Yuan, and Andrei Mihailescu.  In addition to their first place awards, Charles Yuan received the Duquesne University Center of Computational Sciences Special Award and Andrei Mihailescu was awarded the Biophysical Society Award and the Director's Special Award. 

Jifeng (Jenny) Yu and Charles Broussard received third place awards while Varsha Venugopal and Namandeep Singh recorded second place scores.

Congratulations to the students and their teachers on their outstanding performance.


Dance Company Performance Reflection of Excellent Program
January 31, 2014

The High School Dance Company recently performed their annual Daytimes for students and held a performance for the public this week in the newly renovated Fine Arts Theatre.  The ensemble looked stunning on the new stage and performed with perfection as expected by their director, Mrs. CeCe Kapron. 

The dance program was started by Mrs. Kapron in the 1970’s and is recognized as a premiere dance program in the state due to her leadership, garnering many awards including a Presidential Citation Award from the National Dance Association and a Best Programs Award from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance. In addition, Mrs. Kapron has been Pennsylvania’s Dance Educator of the Year; the National Dance Association’s Dance Educator of the year and was named a Teacher of Distinction by the Teacher Excellence Foundation.  It is one of the few dance programs that is offered as part of a Fine Arts curriculum.

Click here for a slideshow of  Dance Company Daytimes 2014


Author Heather Benedict Terrell Visits Mellon
January 30, 2014
Young adult author, Heather Benedict Terrell, spoke with students at Mellon Middle School.

The Mellon literature 6 teachers and librarian welcomed young adult author, Heather Benedict Terrell to speak on Wednesday, January 30. Ms. Terrell has published 6 books including her latest young adult novel, Relic, from The Books of Eva series.  Ms. Terrell spoke to literature 6 students about the writing process, where she finds her inspiration to write, and how an idea becomes a novel.  Ms. Terrell also conducted a pre-writing activity with students that encouraged them to think like archaeologists and historians, much the same way she brainstorms ideas for her storylines. 

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January 29, 2014


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JMS International Night a Great Success
January 24, 2014
JMS families enjoyed performances from Japanese drummers, student dance performances, and Chinese Dragon entertainers.

Jefferson Middle School held its 7th Annual International Night last night and despite the cold and snow, hundreds of families turned out to enjoy delicious international cooking, games, and entertainment--all for a good cause--to benefit orphanages in Haiti. The staff, students, PTA, and especially, JMS teachers Ashlee Beckett and Molly Wetmore, worked very hard to create a memorable event for families and community members to come together and celebrate the rich cultural diversity in Mt. Lebanon. State Senator Matt Smith and State Rep Dan Miller presented JMS Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ashlee Beckett with citations from the PA House and Senate to recognize her work in organizing the International Night and for her selection by Duquesne University for the Mind, Heart and Spirit Award. This award is given to Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives through career successes, community service, and service to others.

The JMS PTA also contributed to the success of International Night. The organization was awarded the 2013 Pennsylvania PTA Cultural Awareness in Family Engagement Mini-Grant. The $500 grant was awarded to help support the International Night and was the first grant of this kind to be awarded by PA PTA. 

Click here to watch a slideshow of  the JMS International Night


School Board Appoints Principal for Jefferson Elementary and Assistant Principal for Mellon
January 20, 2014
Pictured left to right, Sarah J. Shaw and Melissa M. Nelson.

The Mt. Lebanon School Board approved the appointment of two new building administrators at the Jan. 20, 2014 Regular meeting. In a unanimous vote for both candidates, the Board approved  Sarah J. Shaw as the new principal of Jefferson Elementary School and Melissa M. Nelson as the new assistant principal of Mellon Middle School. A start date has not been set for the two administrators.

Sarah J. Shaw is currently the principal of Cornell Elementary School (preK-6) in the Cornell School District. Prior to Cornell, she served as the Reading Department Chair and a Reading Specialist at the Hempfield Area School District.

Ms. Shaw has a Masters Degree in Education from The University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Melissa M. Nelson is a fourth grade teacher in the Canon-McMillan School District. Prior to her current position, Ms. Nelson worked in the Pittsburgh Public Schools at Dilworth Traditional Academy as the American Sign Language Coordinator and Instructor for K-5, Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Ms. Nelson has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from California University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.


January is School Board Recognition Month
January 19, 2014

January is School Board Recognition month, giving us an opportunity to thank our Board members Elaine Cappucci-President, Lawrence Lebowitz- Vice-President, Mary Birks, William Cooper, Scott Goldman, Edward Kubit, William Moorhead, Daniel Remely, and Michael Riemer, who volunteer so much of their time to provide strong public schools for our community. For more than 175 years, communities in Pennsylvania have had a voice in the operation of their schools through a locally elected board of school directors consisting of individuals from their community.  These people are our neighbors, friends, community leaders, and parents– all with one common goal – making sure students are properly educated in preparation for life.

Our School Board enables us to have local control of our public schools, meaning that decisions on school programs are made by local, elected representatives who understand the community’s unique challenges, values, culture and circumstances. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has a bearing on virtually every aspect of our schools. It’s a huge responsibility and we are thankful to our board members for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to providing the best education possible for our students and a strong school system that benefits our community. 



January 19, 2014
Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors: Mary Birks, Lawrence Lebowitz, Elaine Cappucci, Daniel Remely,

January is School Board Recognition month and it gives us a chance to thank our Board members Elaine Cappucci, Lawrence Lebowitz, Mary Birks, William Cooper, Scott Goldman, Edward Kubit, William Moorhead, Daniel Remely, and Michael Riemer, who volunteer so much of their time to provide strong public schools for our community. For more than 175 years, communities in Pennsylvania have had a voice in the operation of their schools through a locally elected board of school directors consisting of individuals from their community.  These people are our neighbors, friends, community leaders, and parents– all with one common goal – making sure students are properly educated in preparation for life.

Our School Board enables us to have local control of our public schools, meaning that decisions on school programs are made by local, elected representatives who understand the community’s unique challenges, values, culture and circumstances. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has a bearing on virtually every aspect of our schools. It’s a huge responsibility and we are thankful to our board members for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to providing the best education possible for our students, and a strong school system that benefits our community. 


Mt. Lebanon Schools Honored with Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics
January 14, 2014
Governor Corbett applauds the principals for a job well done!

It was a great day for Mt. Lebanon! Dr. Timothy Steinhauer welcomed Governor Tom Corbett and Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq to the high school today to celebrate the nine Mt. Lebanon Schools that received the  Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics for  attaining 90 or above on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile.  All nine schools were awarded a banner for their academic performance. Student representing their schools attended the ceremony along with School Board members, administrators, principals, department chairs, elementary facilitators, representatives from State Senator Matt  Smith and State Representative Dan Miller’s offices.  

 

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Mt. Lebanon High School attained a score of 99.5 percent, the highest score in the district and the highest among all 276 Allegheny County public schools.

 

Following the high school, Foster Elementary School had a score of 97.8 percent, Hoover Elementary School 97 percent, Howe Elementary School 95.5 percent, Lincoln Elementary School 94.7 percent, Jefferson Middle School 93.8 percent, Washington Elementary School 93.6 percent, Markham Elementary School 93.2 percent and Jefferson Elementary School 92 percent.

 

“A culture of excellence, a climate of success permeates our schools. Our consistent delivery of quality programs in the academics, arts, athletics and extracurricular activities makes the difference,” stated Dr. Timothy Steinhauer in his remarks today. “For us, failure is not an option. The stakes are much too high. Successful public education is the precursor to a successful community, state, and nation. The mission of the Mt. Lebanon School District remains the same - to provide the best education possible for each and every student. We work diligently every day, in every class, and in every building to accomplish this mission.”


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Mellon Students Help Those in Need With Coat and Blanket Drive
January 13, 2014
Mellon students worked to get donated coats and blankets packed up and ready for pick up to help homeless in the area.

Mellon Middle School students were overwhelmed with the response to their winter blanket and coat drive for the homeless held over the past few weeks. Bags of coats for babies to adults, along with blankets and sleeping bags, have been dropped off at Mellon for donation to the non-profit Yinz Stay Warm for distribution to homeless around the area.  

Mellon students have spent many volunteer hours sorting, folding and bagging the donations that will be picked up at end of this week and distributed to those in need during the cold winter months.  Mellon teacher Mrs. Deanna Amenta helped to coordinate the drive. Donations will be accepted until the end of this week.


Governor Corbett, Acting Secretary of Education to Present Awards to Mt. Lebanon Schools
January 13, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett and Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq will visit Mt. Lebanon High School on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. to present the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to nine of our schools for attaining a 90 or higher on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile.  The ceremony will take place in the high school main gymnasium and will be streamed live on the District website at www.mtlsd.org.  

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics banners will be presented to Mt. Lebanon High School, Foster Elementary School, Hoover Elementary School, Howe Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Markham Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School.

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Mt. Lebanon High School attained a score of 99.5 percent, the highest score in the district and the highest among all 276 Allegheny County public schools. Foster Elementary School was the next highest scoring school in the District with a score of 97.8.

 

“I am extremely proud of the contributions of everyone,” said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer.  “These results are only possible with committed educators, supportive and engaged parents, and most importantly, students who work hard and strive to be the best they can possibly be. Congratulations to all.”


Mt. Lebanon School District Kindergarten Registration
January 13, 2014

The Mt. Lebanon Elementary Schools are in the process of contacting families who have children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2014.  If you have a child who is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall and have not been contacted, please call the school secretary.  Children are eligible if they turn five before September 8, 2014.  If you have a child entering 1st through 5th grade and are not currently enrolled but plan to enroll, please contact the school.  

Foster School – 412-344-2162
Hoover School – 412-276-7411
Howe School – 412-344-2157
Jefferson School – 412-344-2167
Lincoln School – 412-344-2147
Markham School – 412-344-2152
Washington School – 412-344-2142


WTAE Weatherman Makes a Stop at Foster Today
January 8, 2014
WTAE Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey and Lebo alum Zach McAdoo, a program presenter for the Carnegie Science Center, visited Foster today.

WTAE Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey visited Foster Elementary School today to teach students about the different types of severe weather-including the extreme cold we experienced the past few day. Be sure to watch WTAE Channel 4 tonight to catch the Foster assembly.   Joining Mike was Mt. Lebanon grad Class of 2004, Zach McAdoo, a program presenter for the Carnegie Science Center. Zach amazed students with an array of science experiments that illustrated wind velocity in a hurricane, static electricity and air pressure.  Zach wanted to give a special shout out to his high school teachers Mrs. Sherri Miller and Mr. Peter DiNardo.  

Foster Principal Jason Ramsey presented Mike Harvey with a check for Project Bundle Up donated by  Foster PTA.  It was an afternoon of science fun at Foster the students won’t soon forget.

Click here to watch WTAE Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey's visit to Foster


Cold Weather Tips from the MTLSD Health Services Department
January 6, 2014
The frozen tundra-Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium.

As brutally cold temperatures move into Mt. Lebanon, the Mt. Lebanon School District Health Services Department offers some very helpful tips to help stay safe and healthy in the coming days:

•Keep all areas of the body covered if at all possible...heat loss occurs primarily through your head, hands, and feet.
•Stay indoors if breathing compromised, especially those with asthma and respiratory illnesses, etc.
•Dress in warm layers to avoid becoming overheated and then chilled.
•If you become too cold - warm up the chilled area slowly - do NOT immerse body parts in hot water. Wrap hands, feet, etc. in a blanket or sit on your hands to warm them up gradually.
•Cover your mouth and nose area with a scarf to avoid inhaling the bitter cold air, which can add to breathing difficulties of respiratory compromised individuals.
•Remove wet clothing as soon as possible and change into dry, warm clothing as soon as possible.
•If you suspect frostbite - seek medical attention immediately.

As always, use your judgment when venturing outdoors in the bitter cold....check on the very young, elderly and medically compromised family, friends and neighbors.

STAY WARM AND SAFE!

MT. LEBANON SD HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT


JMS Student Artwork Part of First Night Festivities
December 31, 2013
JMS art students worked on colorful banners as part of the 20th First Night Pittsburgh.

Jefferson Middle School 6th grade students put their artistic mark on First Night this year. Ms. Karen Melvin’s 6th grade art students took part in the banner project for Pittsburgh’s First Night celebration.  Students in schools throughout the region created collaborative paintings celebrating 20 years of First Night in Pittsburgh. The banners were painted with an abstract design based on circles, symbolizing people working together. Banners were on display during the 20th First Night Pittsburgh in the Cultural District.

Happy Holidays From the Mt. Lebanon School District
December 20, 2013
Chemistry Tree created by teachers Ms. Nikki Jouver and Mr. Kyle Tilger.

The Mt. Lebanon School District extends warm and good wishes to our staff, students, parents and community  during this Holiday Season.  Click the links below to enjoy two slideshows-one of the District Holiday Card that features student artwork and music and the other, a video created by the high school faculty for the Holiday Show.

Cheers!

Click here to view the MTLSD Holiday Card 2013

Click here to view Faculty Act: Holiday Show 2013


JMS Cheerleaders Help Out the Salvation Army with Clothing Drive
December 18, 2013
JMS cheerleaders with Mr. Michael Riemer from the Salvation Army and Cheerleader Coach Roseanne Stettle.

Jefferson Middle School cheerleaders recently teamed up with the Salvation Army to sponsor a clothing drive for the Salvation Army Homeless Outreach Program. Cheerleader Coach Roseanne Stettle worked with Michael Riemer, Regional Director of Emergency Disaster Services with the Salvation Army to hold a clothing drive specifically for the homeless outreach program coordinated through the disaster services department. The JMS cheerleaders collected donations of coats, hats, mittens, scarves and much more, and boxed the donations for delivery. Winter clothing is greatly needed and very appreciated since the Salvation Army’s supplies have dwindled with the early blast of extreme cold weather over the past few weeks. Teams from the Salvation Army go out three to four times a week to help the homeless, according to Mr. Riemer.

A Night to Remember: Fine Arts Theatre Opening a Success!
December 11, 2013
The newly renovated Fine Arts Theatre opened on Dec. 13.

The newly renovated Fine Arts Theatre officially opened on Friday, Dec. 13 with a ribbon cutting before the High School Percussion Concert-the first performance in the new theatre. Students representing the high school performing arts groups took part in the ribbon cutting. Also on stage were Fine Arts faculty Mrs. Cynthia Schreiner, Mrs. CeCe Kapron, Ms. Sarah Grisso, Mr. Robert Vogel along with Percussion Director Mr. Rick Minnotte. 

High School Principal Brian McFeeley and School Board President Elaine Cappucci made a few opening remarks before the countdown to the ribbon cutting. The sold out audience was treated to an outstanding performance by our percussion students.

Recognized as one of the finest high school performance venues in the state, the Fine Arts Theatre was originally designed to resemble Lincoln Center in New York City.  The newly renovated theatre includes:

• New maple stage flooring
• New blue velour stage curtains
• New Bose state-of –the-art sound system and controls
• New carpeting and paint
• Newly  renovated restrooms
• New elevator from 1st floor lobby to second floor lobby and control room
• Like new refurbished theatre seats
• New front lobby doors will be installed
• New concrete plaza at the front of the theatre with direct access from the South Parking lot
• New House Lighting
• Handicap accessibility installed
• New HVAC system
• Sound panels installed on the walls and underside of the catwalk
• New railings
• New sprinkler system
• Completely renovated Green Room/ Theater preparation
• New ticket booth in the lobby

Click here to view Fine Arts Theatre Opening

 

 


Mt. Lebanon High School Top Performing School in Allegheny County
December 11, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Education today released the new School Performance Profile (SPP) and the Mt. Lebanon School District is proud to announce that Mt. Lebanon High School is the highest ranking school in Allegheny County and the highest ranking non-magnet, non-charter public high school in Pennsylvania with a School Performance Profile Score of 99.5 (out of 100). Congratulations to Foster Elementary for ranking among the top 25 schools in the state and county with an SPP of 97.8.“I am very proud of our students and continue to be impressed with, and proud of, the commitment of our administrators, teachers, and support staff to provide the best education possible for each and every student,” said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer.

Released in October 2013, the School Performance Profile provides the public with detailed information of the academic performance of public schools. The profile does not only rely on results of the statewide assessments but it also incorporates other measures of student achievement, such as student academic growth from year to year; graduation rate; attendance rate; promotion rate; and increasing the achievement of all students, such as English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. At the high school level, the score takes into consideration other indicators such as Advanced Placement scores, SAT and ACT scores, PSAT participation and students scoring Advanced.


Model UN Team Off to Another Successful Year
December 10, 2013

The Model UN team won 1st place last weekend (Dec. 6-8) at the Penn State Model UN Tournament.  Competing against teams from twenty high schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, our MUN students won numerous individual awards and the overall team award. Students competed in categories such as The European Council, The African Union and the UN Security Council.

A total of 19 Mt. Lebanon students received individual awards.  They were: Megan McAdoo, Joel Kirshner, Mitchell Bognar, Azfar Merchant, Anna Wadhwani, James Pfeifer, Anna Hutchinson, Michael Oxenreiter, Katie Brown, Eva Morrison, Laura Qi, Luke Lisowski, Chloe Hoffman, Julia Maloney, Steve Helmeci, Pascal Brooks, Matt Horrigan, Jason Hois and Taylor Dumaine. 

In November, our MUN students won 1st place at the University of Pittsburgh Model UN tournament.  Over 400 students from 25 high schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland competed at the Pitt conference.  Lebo students represented the United States, Brazil and Denmark in committees such as the World Health Organization and the UN Security Council.  Individual students winning awards at Pitt were Ryan Fan, Azfar Merchant, Katie Brown, Jason Hois, Alec Medice, Liam Shi and Matt Horrigan. 

The Model UN team will compete at Duquesne University in January and Duke University in February.


Howe Students Shine at the Benedum
December 10, 2013
Howe students performed at the Benedum last weekend before the Nutcracker.

Howe Elementary 5th grade students stepped out to perform in the theatre district last weekend. The students were asked to sing at the Benedum Center last Saturday before a performance of the Nutcracker and again during intermission.  The students had a great time singing holiday carols for the crowd, they looked adorable, and did a wonderful job entertaining all who attended.

School Board Appoints New Director of Special Education
December 9, 2013
Ken Cross will join the District as the new Special Education Director in March.

The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Kenneth D. Cross as Director of Special Education at the December 9 School Board meeting.  Mr. Cross will join the school district in March on the retirement of Mrs. Connie Lewis, current Director of Special Education.

Kenneth Cross is currently the Director of Student Services in the Beaver Area School District and prior to that, he served as the Director of Special Education for the Burgettstown Area School District. He also is an adjunct professor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he teaches an undergraduate special education course entitled, "Positive Behavior Strategies."

Mr. Cross has his master’s degree in education specializing in special education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in education from Clarion University.


Main Competition Gym Opens with a Ribbon Cutting and a Win!
December 8, 2013
Student athletes representing girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, wrestling, girls’ volleyball and cheerleading cut the ribbon to officially open the gym.

The high school celebrated the opening of the main competition gym on Dec. 6 with a ribbon cutting ceremony before the start of the first game to be played in the new facility. The boys’ basketball team played the inaugural game against Johnstown to start the Tip-Off Tournament.  Principal Brian McFeeley, School Board President Elaine Cappucci, and Athletic Director John Grogan made a few remarks before student athletes representing girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, wrestling, girls’ volleyball and cheerleading cut the ribbon to officially open the gym.  The basketball team christened the gym with a win. The swim team also held their first meet of the season in the new pool, and Lebo scored a win in that competition too!

The two new auxiliary gyms will open soon, allowing our teams the ability to compete and practice in exceptional new athletic facilities.   

 Slideshow of  Gym Ribbon Cutting


Students Make Ornaments to Benefit Wounded Warriors
December 6, 2013
Lincoln students displayed their ornaments on the tree at WesBanco on Beverly Road.

Lincoln students are remembering our veterans this holiday season by once again making beautifully hand painted ceramic ornaments to sell to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Over the past few years, Lincoln Art teacher Jill Majestic has worked with her students to craft these special keepsakes that are sold at the Lincoln Frosty Shop and at shops and business on Beverly Road.  The ornaments are being sold for a donation of $2 with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project to support programs and services for wounded veterans.


District Honored wtih Meritorious Budget Award
December 6, 2013
Janice Klein, Mt. Lebanon School District Director of Business.

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded the Mt. Lebanon School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation for 2013-14. This is the 19th consecutive year the District has been recognized with this award which is given only to school entities that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria.

The award represents a significant achievement by Mt. Lebanon School District and Business Director Janice Klein. To earn this award, the school district submitted its 2013–2014 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria.

Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.


Lincoln School Honored at National Blue Ribbon Recognition Ceremony
December 5, 2013
Pictured from left to right: Natalie Stefurak, Grade 2, Marybeth Irvin, Principal, Aba Kumi, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Director, Debra Lewis, Reading Specialist, Sue Harper, Grade 1, and Brooke Takoch, Grade 4.

Lincoln Elementary Principal Marybeth Irvin and members of her staff traveled to Washington D.C. in November to attend the Recognition Ceremony for the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  Over 800 participants had the opportunity to share their school success stories and learn about best practices from across the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded the 2013 National Blue Ribbon winners for “shining a light on excellence.”  


School Board Elects Board Leadership for 2014
December 2, 2013
Newly sworn in School Board members sign their oath of office at Monday night's swearing in ceremony.

The Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors held a reorganization meeting on December 2, 2013. By unanimous vote, Elaine Cappucci was elected Board President and Lawrence Lebowitz as Board Vice-President for a term of one year. The School Board also unanimously appointed Thomas P. Peterson as School Board Solicitor and set the Board calendar for 2014.

Four board members were sworn in Monday night by Judge Terrance McVerry. They included returning board members Mary Birks and Dan Remely, along with two new board members- Michael Riemer and William J. Moorhead. Mr. Riemer is the Regional Director Emergency Disaster Services Salvation Army and Mr. Moorhead is an attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.


A Class with the Maestro
December 2, 2013
Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, worked with high school musicians today.

Mr. Robert Vogel’s 8th period orchestra class welcomed a special visitor today. Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Manfred Honeck conducted a master class with the students as they played Leoš Janáèek’s Suite for String Orchestra.

Maestro Honeck spoke to the students about his passion for music and how making music is a gift that you give others. He said that no matter how many times he conducts a piece of music he always discovers something new.  The students responded to Maestro Honeck’s direction and played beautifully.  He mentioned that Janáèek’s Suite for String Orchestra was the most difficult piece the symphony played on their European tour last fall. It was an afternoon to remember for everyone involved.

Click here to watch a slideshow

Watch a video clip


Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2013
Lincoln School continues the tradition of the Kindergarten Thanksgiving play enjoyed by families for over 30 years.

The Mt. Lebanon School District wishes our students, staff, families, and community a very Happy Thanksgiving.

High School Students Inducted into International Thespian Society
November 22, 2013

A number of students from Mt. Lebanon’s Theatre Arts Program, including our Troupe 5263, were inducted into the International Thespian Society (ITS) in 2012-2013.  Founded in 1929, the International Thespian Society is the student honorary division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the professional association for theatre education.  

The average Thespian inductee has completed over 100 hours of excellent work in theatre arts and related disciplines.  Our inductees now join the ranks of over two million Thespians and Thespian alumni, including Jane Lynch, John Goodman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tom Hanks and Mt. Lebanon High School’s Theatre teacher, Mrs. Cynthia K. Schreiner.  

Please join us in celebrating the hard work and achievements of our Mt. Lebanon Thespians and their director, Mrs. Schreiner.

International Thespian Society Inductees:

Arthur Arnett, Melissa Bernson, Trevor Buda, Charles Cadle, Reed Callan, Kelli Cochran, Lani Cupo, Liam Currie-O’Brien, Savannah Dunlevy, Abigail Harvey, William Hughes, Rena Kobelak, Margaret Meyer, Sarah Mickey, Madeline Morycz, Olivia Overmeyer, Madison Ricci, Marissa Roberto, Mairead Roddy, Rachel Rosinger, Kelly Rothrock, Megan Schilken, Sydney Shaughnessy.


High School Musicians Learn from a Master
November 22, 2013
Mr. Sonne working with the high school strings musicians.

Mr. Robert Vogel's strings class had the opportunity to work with Roy Sonne, a retired violinist from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sonne coached the students on using the entire bow when playing their string instruments. It was a very special class for our strings students.    

Student Outcomes Report
November 22, 2013

At the Monday night School Board meeting, Dr. Deb Allen and Dr. Ron Davis presented the annual Student Outcomes Report that details the academic progress of students in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Click the link below to watch the video presentation and to read the report.

Report highlights include:

  • District results show consistently high performance on all measures of academic achievement.
  • Nine schools have a School Performance Profile score of 90 or above.
    –Lincoln Elementary School- Title 1 School: Reward (High Achieving)
    –Washington Elementary School – Title 1 School: Reward (High Progress)
  • PSSA scores far exceed state averages in all areas.
  • District PSSA Composite scores are above 90% proficiency in Reading, Math, Science and Writing.


    Student Outcomes Report


  • Students Named to Parkway West Director's List
    November 20, 2013

    Congratulations to nine Mt. Lebanon High School students who made the Director’s List for Parkway West Career Technical Center. School Board member Dan Remely, Parkway West representative for the Board, announced the following names at the November 18 School Board meeting: Louis DeSomma, Joseph Dryburgh, Joshua Foster, Jacob Keller, Caitlin Kemmler, Malachi Owens, Joseph Roberto, Frederick Sikes, and Patience Sutherin.

     


    Outgoing School Board Members Honored at Board Meeting
    November 19, 2013
    School Board President Elaine Cappucci with board members Dale Ostergaard and Josephine Posti.

    School Board members paid tribute at the board meeting Monday night to outgoing school board members Josephine Posti and Dale Ostergaard.  School Board President Elaine Cappucci thanked Mrs. Posti for her eight years of service on the Board including her two terms as board president and most recently, her leadership in convening the partnership with the municipality that led to the SAFE Lebo campaign to stop prescription drug abuse.  

    Mrs. Cappucci commended Mr. Ostergaard for his four years on the Board including his term as vice-president, his development of budget review teams to find efficiencies in the budget and his support of the capital campaign.

    Dr. Steinhauer joined the Board in thanking Mrs. Posti and Mr. Ostergaard for their dedication, commitment, and tireless efforts on behalf of Mt. Lebanon students, staff, parents, and community.

    Newly elected School Board members Michael Reimer and William Moorhead  will join the Board when they are sworn in at the reorganization meeting on December 2, 2013.

    School Board President Elaine Cappucci's comments about outgoing board members Josephine Posti and Dale Ostergaard.


    Mrs. Kelly Szesterniak Named New Principal at Hoover Elementary
    November 18, 2013

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Kelly Szesterniak as the new principal of Hoover Elementary School at the November 18, 2013 Regular School Board meeting. Mrs. Szesterniak is currently the assistant principal at Mellon Middle School where she has served since 2011. She will make the transition to Hoover the last week in January upon the retirement of current Hoover Principal Mary Ann Schnirel.

    Prior to coming to Mt. Lebanon, Mrs.  Szesterniak was a curriculum coordinator and the assistant principal at Lakeside Middle School-Irvine Unified School District in California. 

    Mrs. Szesterniak has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and School Leadership from California State University, Fullerton.

     


    New Pool and Wrestling Room Open with a Ribbon Cutting
    November 18, 2013
    The swim team and wrestling team had a great time enjoying their new facilities.

    The new Mt. Lebanon High School pool and wrestling room officially opened in the new Athletic Field House on Monday, November 18. Both teams lined up behind ribbons in their new facilities as eight team members representing freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors cut the ribbon for the official opening. In addition to the ribbon cutting, the swim team emptied some water saved from the old pool into the new pool, but the best part was the moment they jumped in the pool for the inaugural swim.

     

    The 25 yard 8 lane pool includes a complete timing system, state]of]the]art matrix scoreboard and stadium seating for 200. The pool replaces the schoolfs original 5 lane pool built in 1955. The wrestling room is a beautiful practice space that will support our wrestling program for years to come.


    Veterans Day
    November 11, 2013
    Jefferson students prepare for the flag raising ceremony this morning.

    Each year the Mt. Lebanon School District observes Veterans Day and joins the nation to recognize and honor all those Americans who have served our country in the Armed Services. Today, there are more than 25 million veterans living among us. This day reminds us that we need to pause and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and those currently serving, and thank them for their devotion to our country. We must not allow the passage of time or the comforts of peace to erase the memory of their service and sacrifices.

    As we observe Veterans Day, please take some time to learn more about the accomplishments of our nation’s veterans, their dedication and courage, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve the blessings of liberty. On this day and every day please do not forget the members of your family, neighbors or members of the community who have served our country. Please keep our present service personnel in your thoughts at this time as they serve throughout the world.

    Veterans Day observances are held in Mt. Lebanon Schools throughout the day.

    Click here to watch a slide show of the Jefferson Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration


    Mt. Lebanon Students Tapped for PMEA Honors String Orchestra
    November 7, 2013
    Congratutions to Martin Guild, Mong Zhang,Vincent Liu, Alex Rice, and Andrew Vogel.

    Five Mt. Lebanon High School students successfully auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Honors String Orchestra. District One includes over 550 school and private music teachers from Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

    Congratulations to the following students:
    Martin Guild, bass
    Vincent Liu, violin
    Alex Rice, cello
    Andrew Vogel, cello
    Mong Zhang, violin

    These students will join other top musicians from high schools throughout five counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania for a festival on November 9 & 10 in the North Allegheny School District.

    Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the 65,000-plus member National Association for Music Education (NAfME). PMEA is a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth. The membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators, as well as those in the music industry.


    Hoover Second Graders Learn from Community Leaders
    November 5, 2013
    A Hoover second grade student asks the panel of community helpers a question.

    Hoover Second Grade classes had a chance to learn what it takes to be a community leader during a question and answer session on Nov. 4 with Dr. Tim Steinhauer, School Board member Bill Cooper, Commission President Dave Brumfield, Hoover Principal Mary Ann Schnirel, and Athletic Director John Grogan.  Students are studying a unit on Community where they are taught that a community lives, works, plays, and makes decisions together. 

    The second graders wanted to know what the  panelists did in their jobs, what their work day was like, did they have to attend a lot of meetings, and what did they want to be when they were in second grade.  They were especially interested in hearing how Dr. Steinhauer decides to call a 10 a.m. start because of weather.  The morning was organized by Second Grade teachers Jennifer McMullen and Kelly Richards.


    Callie Frey Brings Home the Bronze in PIAA Tennis
    November 5, 2013
    WPIAL singles tennis champion and PIAA Bronze medalist Callie Frey. Photo: Eleanor Bailey.

    Congratulations to senior Callie Frey for capturing the PIAA Bronze medal in the state tennis singles championship last weekend. Callie also set a new Mt. Lebanon record this year by being the first to win back-to-back WPIAL titles in girls' tennis since 1983.

    Girls' Cross Country Finish Third at States
    November 3, 2013

    The Mt. Lebanon Girls' Cross Country team placed third in the state at the PIAA State Championship Race in Hershey on November 2. With a point total of 101, the girls ran their fastest time this season, with the weather and course in perfect condition. Sophomore Kelsey Potts finished 4th, earning a state meet medal and senior Jillian Hunsberger placed 6th, also earning a state meet medal. Senior Audrey Gordon finished in 22nd place, sophomore Claire Dougherty finished 34th, sophomore Sadie Saxton finished 35th, sophomore Grace Tandon finished 54th, senior Callie Gunzenhauser finished 57th and alternate Julia Staltari, senior. The girls’ Cross Country team moved up two places from their fifth place finish in 2012. The team had an outstanding season finishing as undefeated section champs, WPIAL Champions, and placed third in the state at the PIAA state meet. Congratulations to the team and coaching staff of Megan Tramaglini, Oscar Shutt and Ron Schreiner.


    Jefferson Kindergartners Get Treats Not Tricks from Asbury Heights Residents
    October 31, 2013
    JES kindergarten students await their treats from visitors from Asbury Heights.

    Each year on Halloween the kindergarten classes at Jefferson Elementary School walk down to their neighbors at Asbury Heights to show off their costumes and visit with residents. This year, because of the weather, Asbury Heights residents visited JES and brought plenty of treats to share with the kindergarten classes. It is a great school tradition and a fun way to celebrate Halloween.

    Slideshow: Lebo Halloween 2013


    Students Honored by PA Council for Social Studies
    October 27, 2013
    Pictured from left to right: Katie Brown, (a PCSS executive officer), Lani Cupo, Daphne Schlesinger, Darren Samuels, Annalise Tolley, Abby Xie, and Mr. Peter DiNardo.

    Mr. Peter DiNardo took six students to Harrisburg to both be honored by and present before the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies (PCSS). The students were honored with the PCSS Future Leaders Award on Oct. 17 and then presented in front of 30 conference attendees sharing short versions of their papers written for their APUSH Culminating Project. Katie Brown on Emmett Till, Lani Cupo presented on the Attica Riots and Daphne Schlesinger on the American Indian Movement. The students then showed the film "Kent State: 67 Shots that Pierced the Nation" produced by Darren Samuels, Annalise Tolley and Abbu Xie. After their presentations, the Executive Director of the NCSS, Susan Griffin praised them and the entire APUSH Culminating Project for its standard of excellence.


    Lebo Ladies Repeat as WPIAL Cross Country Champions!
    October 25, 2013
    Coach Ron Schreiner and the 2013 WPIAL Cross Country Champions

    The Mt. Lebanon Girls Cross Country Team won their second consecutive WPIAL title at the Coopers Lake course on Oct. 24. Lebo edged Seneca Valley by the score of 80-84. It is the eighth WPIAL title for the girls cross country program.

    Scoring for Lebo in their order of finish were: sophomore Kelsey Potts (4TH), senior Jillian Hunsberger (5TH), senior Audrey Gordon (10TH) sophomore Sadie Saxton (28TH),senior Callie Gunzenhauser (35TH), sophomore Claire Dougherty (40TH) and sophomore Grace Tandon(42ND). Senior Julia Staltari was the alternate runner. Potts, Hunsberger, and Gordon also won individual awards.

    The team, with its first place finish, has now qualified for the PIAA State meet held in Hershey Park on Nov. 2nd. Congratulations to all the girls who participated in cross country this season.


    A Blue Ribbon Day for Lincoln
    October 24, 2013
    Lincoln students and staff posed for an all school photo before the festivities kicked off. Photo: Gene Puskar.

    It was a very special day for Lincoln Elementary students and staff as the school celebrated its designation as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. This is Lincoln's third Blue Ribbon and places the school among the top in the nation.

    The entire school, including 437 students, proudly marched in the parade through the Beverly Road business district, led by the Mt. Lebanon Marching Blue Devil Band. State Senator Matt Smith and State Representative Dan Miller joined Dr. Marybeth Irvin, Dr. Steinhauer, Elaine Cappucci, and school administrators in the parade. The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department provided a fire truck for the event and the MLPD helped with traffic and the closing of the parade route. Proud Lincoln parents lined Beverly Road to cheer on students and staff. Two former Lincoln principals, Dr. Larry Snyder and Mr. Jim Salerno, along with many retired Lincoln teachers returned for the celebration.

    After the parade, a special ceremony was held in the gym that included presentations of proclamations from the State House and Senate, and the U.S. Congress, and musical performances by the students and staff. It was a great day for education in the Mt. Lebanon School District and a Blue Ribbon Day for the Lincoln community.


    Jefferson Buddies
    October 21, 2013
    Jefferson Buddies at the School Board meeting.

    Students from Jefferson Elementary School attended the School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. The students led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and made a presentation about the Jefferson Buddy program. Implemented this year through a partnership with the Jefferson PTA, the JES Buddy program matched students with students new to Jefferson at the beginning of the new school year. During their presentation, students from each grade level and their buddies gave examples of how the program helped the new students feel included and welcome in their new school. PTA President Colleen Frank and Principal Marc Thornton were instrumental in starting the program at Jefferson.


    Eating Smart
    October 16, 2013
    Dave Misterka and Agriculture Secretary George Greig prepared sautéed zucchini and squash for students to sample.

    This week Jefferson Middle School students  had a lesson on the benefits of eating locally produced food with a lunchtime visit and cooking demonstration from Agriculture Secretary George Greig.

    The students sampled PA Preferred squash and zucchini from Wexford Farms prepared by Greig and school chef Dave Misterka. October is National Farm to School Month and Oct. 14-18 is National School Lunch Week.

    "When you eat food that was made or grown in Pennsylvania, you're supporting local farmers and keeping money in your community - plus, fresh food tastes great," said Greig. "Across the state, school districts like Mt. Lebanon are making a difference to their students, farmers and communities by serving quality, locally produced food." Greig said PA Preferred, the official brand of agricultural products grown or made in Pennsylvania, helps school districts identify local producers.

    Mt. Lebanon sources its ingredients from Pittsburgh-based Paragon Wholesale Foods, which works with more than 25 local farms and 30 dairy farms.

    Each month, the District features a Farm of the Month and produce grown by the farm on the lunch menu.

    The federally-funded National School Lunch Program, administered in Pennsylvania by the departments of Agriculture and Education, provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students. The program has been serving the nation's children for more than 60 years, including more than 1.8 million Pennsylvania children who eat school lunches each day.


    Eating Smart
    October 16, 2013
    Dave Misterka and Agriculture Secretary George Greig preparing sauteed zuchinni and squash for students to sample.

    This week Jefferson Middle School students had a lesson on the benefits of eating locally produced food with a lunchtime visit and cooking demonstration from Agriculture Secretary George Greig.

    The students sampled PA Preferred squash and zucchini from Wexford Farms prepared by Greig and school chef Dave Misterka. October is National Farm to School Month and Oct. 14-18 is National School Lunch Week.

    "When you eat food that was made or grown in Pennsylvania, you're supporting local farmers and keeping money in your community - plus, fresh food tastes great," said Greig. "Across the state, school districts like Mt. Lebanon are making a difference to their students, farmers and communities by serving quality, locally produced food."  Greig said PA Preferred, the official brand of agricultural products grown or made in Pennsylvania, helps school districts identify local producers.

    Mt. Lebanon sources its ingredients from Pittsburgh-based Paragon Wholesale Foods, which works with more than 25 local farms and 30 dairy farms. Each month, the district features a Farm of the Month and produce grown by the farm on the lunch menu.

    The federally-funded National School Lunch Program, administered in Pennsylvania by the departments of Agriculture and Education, provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students. The program has been serving the nation's children for more than 60 years, including more than 1.8 million Pennsylvania children who eat school lunches each day.


    New High School Pool a Gem
    October 9, 2013
    The new eight lane swimming pool was filled last week.

    Today marks a major milestone in the construction of the Athletic Fieldhouse-the pool is the process of being filled.  The new eight lane pool will be a school and community asset for years to come and will be one of the finest facilities in Western Pa. The former high school pool was constructed in 1955, so the new facility is a welcome addition for our students, swim team, and community. The old pool is part of the renovation of the high school and will become new learning spaces in the new building. The new natatorium is set to open later this fall.

     


    Let's Go Fly a Kite!
    October 4, 2013
    A stunning art installation of seven kites hangs in the lobby of the Municipal Building representing the work of all Mt. Lebanon elementary students for Plein Air Mt. Lebanon.

     Slideshow

    The second annual Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Arts Festival was held on September 29 through October 6, when more than two dozen painters from around the country set up en plein air (“in the open air”) to paint what they see. Be sure to stop by the Municipal Building to see the “Kites” Art Installation Project painted by nearly 2,000 MTLSD students in grades 1-5. Each kite represents the style of great artists such as  Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Georges Seurat, Sonia Delaunay, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso. Student artwork is also on display throughout the first floor of the Municipal Building. Special thanks to all Mt. Lebanon art teachers who were an integral part in making the student work on display possible.

     See www.pleinairmtl.com for more information about the event.


    JMS Teacher Receives Award at Duquesne University
    October 1, 2013

    Jefferson Middle School 6th grade Social Studies teacher, Ashlee Mae Beckett, was selected for the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards by the Young Alumni Council at Duquesne University.  A 2005 graduate of Duquesne University, Ms. Beckett’s efforts to develop an International Club and International Night fundraiser at Jefferson Middle School to benefit two orphanages in Colombia and Haiti were among the reasons she was nominated for this award.

    Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards.  These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. According to their website, The Young Alumni Council honors distinguished young alumni who continue to live their lives according the mission of Duquesne University. Ms. Beckett will be honored at a reception at Duquesne University on Saturday, November 2, 2013.


    S.A.F.E. Lebo (Stop Addiction for Everyone)
    September 26, 2013
    Commissioner Kelly Fraasch and School Board Director Josephine Posti, co-chairs of S.A.F.E. Lebo.

    S.A.F.E (Stop Addiction for Everyone) Lebo task force is a coalition of Pittsburgh-area organizations dedicated to educating people in Mt. Lebanon and nearby communities about the dangers of prescription drug abuse; sharing resources for help, and providing a year-round opportunity to safely dispose of un-used or expired prescription medications.

    In early 2013, Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Kelly Fraasch and Mt. Lebanon School Director Josephine Posti organized the first meeting of what would become the S.A.F.E (Stop Addiction for Everyone) Lebo task force. Over the past year, six Mt Lebanon residents ranging in age from 20 to 50 had died of opiod overdoses, prompting an urgency to raise community awareness of a national problem that was hitting home. The group of professionals that convened expressed specific concern about the increasing abuse of prescription medication—often the gateway to heroin addiction—by teenagers and adults.

    Please take advantage of the 24-hour, free unused and expired medication drop-off sponsored by PA American Water at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Center, 555 Washington Road.

    Learn more about S.A.F.E. Lebo

    Click here to watch the S.A.F.E. Lebo News Conference


    S.A.F.E. Lebo (Stop Addiction for Everyone)
    September 26, 2013
    Commissioner Kelly Fraasch and School Board Director Josephine Posti, co-chairs of the S.

    In early 2013, Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Kelly Fraasch and Mt. Lebanon School Director Josephine Posti organized the first meeting of what would become the S.A.F.E (Stop Addiction for Everyone) Lebo task force. Over the past year, six Mt Lebanon residents ranging in age from 20 to 50 had died of opiod overdoses, prompting an urgency to raise community awareness of a national problem that was hitting home. The group of professionals that convened expressed specific concern about the increasing abuse of prescription medication—often the gateway to heroin addiction—by teenagers and adults.

    S.A.F.E. Lebo, the partnership of diverse organizations that emerged, is dedicated to the following mission:

    • Educating people of all ages about the dangers of prescription drug abuse;
    • Sharing resources for help, and
    • Providing a year-round opportunity to safely dispose of un-used or expired prescription medications.

    Please take advantage of the 24-hour, free unused and expired medication dropoff at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Center, 555 Washington Road sponsored by PA American Water.  

    Learn more about S.A.F.E Lebo.

    Click here to view the S.A.F.E. Lebo News Conference


    Lincoln Elementary School Awarded National Blue Ribbon
    September 24, 2013
    Dr. Marybeth Irvin announced to staff that Lincoln was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.

    The Mt. Lebanon School District is proud to announce that Lincoln Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013. This is Lincoln’s third National Blue Ribbon. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 286 schools as the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. 


    The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements toward those standards. Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has celebrated the success of 7,500 American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in outstanding schools.

     

    “I am very proud of Lincoln Elementary School for being selected a National Blue Ribbon School. The principal, faculty, students, and parents have made a commitment to excellence in education that is a Lincoln tradition,” said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. “This award is symbolic of the good work we do every day throughout the District and embodies our guiding philosophy of continuous improvement.”


    Lincoln Elementary School will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. “This award truly represents a team effort.  Lincoln’s strength is the people, our faculty, staff, parents, and community who work together to provide the best education possible for all of our students,” stated Lincoln Principal Dr. Marybeth Irvin. “While we have a strong focus on academics, we also work together to support children in all areas of learning and growth. “


    To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

    The list of all 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools is also available on the U. S. Department of Education’s website at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools


    Remembering the Day
    September 11, 2013
    Members of the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire departments, State Senator Matt Smith, School Board member Larry Lebowitz, and Dr. Steinhauer joined Principal Rob Freil and the Markham community during a flag raising ceremony this morning.

    Every year on September 11, we pause to remember the attacks that occurred in 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA. We honor the memories of the victims and thank the the first responders in our communities who work daily to keep us safe.

    This morning, a flag raising ceremony was held at Markham Elementary School where members of the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire Departments were recognized and thanked for their constant vigilance to keep our community safe from harm.

    Slide Show

    Presidential Proclamation -- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance


    Mt. Lebanon School District Energy Savings Garners National Award
    September 9, 2013
    Pictured from left to right: Cenergistic Regional President Ross Kelly, Steve Vennare, Board President Elaine Cappucci, Dr. Timothy McNamee, Tom Vig , and Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

    Faculty and staff at Mt. Lebanon School District were acknowledged at the Monday night school board meeting for achieving significant savings with energy-efficient behavior. Mt. Lebanon School District was recognized for achieving a 31 percent energy cost savings totaling $5,628,032 in a 103 month program since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic. The national energy conservation company presented Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer with its Chairman’s Sustainability Award at the Board Discussion meeting on September 9th. The award lauds the organization’s success in implementing the company’s Cenergistic energy management program — a comprehensive organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation at all levels of the organization.

    “Sustaining this level of energy conservation is a significant achievement. Through the years, Mt. Lebanon School District has done an excellent job of implementing Cenergistic’s energy management program. The Superintendent and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment,” said Dr. William Spears, Chairman of Cenergistic .

    “Strong support from Superintendent Steinhauer and the board have created a system-wide culture of conservation and cooperation that will ensure even greater success well into the future,” Dr. Spears said.

    “I am extremely pleased to present Mt. Lebanon School District with our Chairman’s Sustainability Award. The system joins a very committed, elite group of organizations across the country working hard to conserve energy so that dollars saved can be reserved for educational needs,” said Dr. Spears.

    Dr.Timothy Steinhauer, Superintendent, said “Every dollar we don’t spend on energy is available to us to improve our facilities and add to our instructional programs. The challenge is that saving significant energy dollars requires the consistent execution of hundreds of energy saving actions by hundreds of staff members and educators every minute of every day.”

    A key benefit of the Cenergistic program is that it is self-funded and guaranteed. All program costs come out of the existing utility budget. The program’s savings pay for the program, as they have for Mt. Lebanon School District. Additional savings can be reserved for other parts of the budget. Many organizations credit the program with helping fund personnel and programs that would otherwise have fallen victim to budget cuts — a very real concern with today’s economic crisis.

    Part of the Cenergistic energy management program involves Mt. Lebanon staff members Mr. Thomas Vig and Mr. Steve Vennare working with Cenergistic to analyze every energy-use point in the organization, resulting in a plan to use energy wisely while eliminating waste. As Energy Specialists, they continually review energy use, updating plans as programs and seasons change, and perform frequent energy audits to ensure that proper conservation practices are used consistently throughout the system.

    To measure and verify program success, the Energy Specialists track energy consumption — including electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and fuel oil — using energy-accounting software. They compare current energy use to a baseline period and calculate the amount of energy that would have been used had conservation and management practices not been implemented. Tracking consumption and analyzing energy use meter-by-meter, they can quickly identify and correct areas that need attention.

    Cenergistic is a energy conservation company that helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water.


    Home Opener: A Community Event
    September 7, 2013
    The sun sets over Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium on Friday night.

    Blue Devil football opened their season against Bethel Park Friday night. Even though it was a tough, close game ending in a 14-3 loss for the team, it was still a beautiful night at Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium.  Friday night games are a community event, bringing together young and old, students and alumni, grandparents and residents of all ages to cheer on the team and listen to the band, with 6,000 fans in attendance for most games.  

    Fans braved the challenges of the construction site to find precious parking spots while many took advantage of the perfect night to walk to the stadium. The Mt. Lebanon High School Marching Blue Devil band was in fine form carrying on their tradition of excellence dating back to the 1930’s. 

    Watch a slideshow.


    What's For Lunch?
    September 4, 2013
    Dave Misterka works on preparing ratatouille for a cooking demonstration for returning cafeteria cooks.

    The award winning Mt. Lebanon School District Food Service Department has been gearing up all summer for the return of students this week. The staff tried out new recipes to include in the lunch menu, including ratatouille made from locally grown vegetables. Food Service uses locally grown vegetables when available from a variety of farms in the region.

    A lot of thought and planning goes into the school lunch program with the goal to provide a variety of healthy  meals and snacks that are nutritious, safe, and properly portioned for our students. The program follows the nutritional requirements of the National School Lunch Program, Mt. Lebanon School District Wellness Policy and meets the nutritional standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, all while trying to appeal to the varying tastes of Mt. Lebanon students.

    Food Service also tries to introduce new foods to students like ratatouille and fennel salad in addition to standard menu items like sandwich wraps, salads, and BBQ chicken flatbread. They often inlist the help of students to taste test recipes that may make it to the lunch line. The Food Service Department is led by Director Tazeen Chowdhury, Judy Wolfe, and Dave Misterka.


    First Day of School
    September 3, 2013
    Hoover Principal Mary Ann Schnirel greets students as they enter the school for the first time this school year.

    It was a very successful first day of the 2013-14 school year. There were lots of smiles and excited anticipation on the faces of students in all grades. Parents were out with cameras to capture the special first day photo. Watch a slideshow of photos from the first day of school at Hoover Elementary.

    WPXI Feature Story on EpiPens Used in Mt. Lebanon Schools
    August 28, 2013
    Deanna Hess with WPXI's Gordon Loesch.

    Health Services Department Chair, Deanna Hess was recently featured on WPXI during a segment about the use of epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens, in Mt. Lebanon schools. All schools have a supply of EpiPens on hand for students and adults. Each year school staff are trained in the use of the pens which are designed to help individuals going into anaphylactic shock after experiencing a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

    Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny County) introduced legislation that would require all Pennsylvania schools to maintain a supply of EpiPens.

    Watch the clip


    New High School Classrooms Ready for First Day of School
    August 25, 2013
    Dr. Steinhauer looks over a classroom ready to be unpacked from the move last spring.

    The 6th floor of the high school B Building will be open and ready for classes on the first day of school, Sept. 3. Math and Social Studies classes will be held in the first completed renovated spaces of the high school project.  Students will get their first look at the like-new renovated classrooms after a year and half of construction.  The floors are gleaming, new lockers are ready, and new classroom technology is in place.

    Other spaces set to open at various times this fall include the Fine Arts Theatre, areas in F Building off the South Parking lot that will house the attendance, health, guidance, unit principals, and technology offices, plus the new science wing, bridge, and athletic building.  

    The 5th floor in B Building is under construction, while classes continue to be held on the 3rd and 4th floors of B Building. Asbestos abatement was completed in these areas over the summer.

    All classes and departments have spaces in the high school with some classes relocating to other areas. The big change for this year has the band and orchestra moving into rooms previously occupied by the Human Resources Department and the Guidance Office is in temporary space on the 4th floor.

    The project is on target for completion in late spring, 2015.

    Click here to watch a slideshow with the latest photos of the project.
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    School Safety a Priority for Administrators and MLPD
    August 20, 2013
    School administrators participated in a full morning of school safety training with members of the MLPD.

    The Mt. Lebanon Police Department held a school safety training workshop with Mt. Lebanon school administrators in preparation for the start of the school year. Chief Coleman McDonough, Lt. Aaron Lauth, Ofc. Scott Kunz, Det. Cpl. Paul Petras, and Det. William Harbison provided the training which included a very realistic simulation of a school incident requiring a lockdown.

    After the drill, administrators debriefed with the MLPD and discussed best practices in school safety and security. Each school will conduct safety drills throughout the school year to practice fire, weather, and lockdown emergency procedures.  The partnership with the MLPD is a key piece in the District’s emergency management plan.

     


    School Board Votes to Issue Bonds to Complete Financing for High School Project
    August 20, 2013

    At the August 19, 2013 School Board meeting, the Board voted to authorize the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2013 in the aggregate principal amount of $34,745,000 to provide funds  for the completion of the renovations to the high school.

    The bidding was favorable with the District being the only competitive bond sale scheduled in Pennsylvania this week, and the second largest and second highest rated sale of only 11 competitive sales across the country on Monday, August 19, 2013. There were a number of bids, and the bids were very close.  The winning bidder was Mesirow Financial of New York City.  Mesirow is generally not an active bidder on Pennsylvania school district bonds, but said they were enticed to bid due to the strong Aa1 credit of the District and the belief that their investor base would be excited to own these bonds.  With this sale, the District will continue to finance the construction of the high school until its completion in 2015.

    On  August 12, the Board gave direction to the financial advisor and bond counsel to proceed to bid on an anticipated $33 million debt issue to fund the remaining costs of the high school renovation project. The bonds were directed to be wrapped around existing debt so the millage cost to the community will be minimized with the debt payments implemented over a three year period. It is anticipated that the increase in millage will be below .2 mills each of the next three years to complete this financing.

    August 19, 2013

    Bond Presentation Handout I

    Bond Presentation Handout II

    August 12, 2013 Financial Advisor Report


    Moody's Rates District Bonds Aa1-Highest in Western PA
    August 19, 2013

    Moody's Investor Service rated the District's upcoming bonds to complete the financing of the high school project at a healthy Aa1, the highest rating of any school district in Western Pennsylvania.  Moody's report states, "The Aa1 rating reflects the district's strong financial flexibility driven by conservative budgeting practices combined with a moderately-sized tax base and above average wealth levels. The rating also reflects the district's high debt position, which is expected to remain manageable given limited future borrowing plans and healthy reserve levels."

     

    The School Board will authorize the bond issue at the August 19 School Board meeting. Read the full Moody's Report below.

    Moody's Report


    Pay to Participate for Athletics and Band Begins this Year
    August 18, 2013

    The Mt. Lebanon School District is implementing a “pay to participate” program for grades 6-12 beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. There will be a “pay to participate” fee for those involved in middle school and high school athletics, marching band and its auxiliary programs, and high school intramurals. To register your child for these activities, please click on the links below. The links can be found under Fine Arts or Athletics at www.mtlsd.org.

    Athletics Registration

    Fine Arts Registration

    The fee structure is:

    • High School Athletics – An annual $40 flat fee allowing a student to participate in each and/or every sports season;
    • High School Marching Band & Auxiliary Programs - An annual $40 flat fee allowing a student to participate in the marching band/auxiliary program(s);
    • Middle School Athletics - An annual $20 flat fee allowing a student to participate in each and/or every sports season; and
    • High School Intramurals - A $5/person/event fee to participate in the high school intramural program.

    Fee payment can be made through an online system, “FamilyID”, with the link soon to be available on the Athletic Department and/or respective middle/high schools’ websites. Please be advised that students will not be eligible for participation until this requirement is met. If a family is experiencing economic hardship and is unable to pay the fee, this can be indicated in the online system for the administration to review. Also, the fee will be capped at $80/family; this cap, however, will not include participating in the high school intramural program.

    As a general principle, fees will not be refunded for students who quit a team, program, or activity; minimally attend practices, events, or games; become ineligible for any reason; or issues related to playing time. Should a student be cut from the program prior to participation, have a severe illness, injury, or unexpected family situation arise during participation that makes further participation unlikely, discussion can occur with the respective building administrator asking for consideration of a refund.

    Additionally, the online system, “FamilyID”, will permit each student to complete participation forms which will be available online beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, using an electronic signature feature. Physicals, which require a doctor’s signature, will continue to be submitted in paper form.


    Mt. Lebanon School Board Appoints Capital Campaign Director
    August 12, 2013
    Alyssa DeLuca-New Capital Campaign Director and MLFE Executive Director

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Alyssa DeLuca as the Director of the Mt. Lebanon School District Capital Campaign and Executive Director of the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education (MLFE). Ms. DeLuca will work with the Superintendent, MLFE Board Chair and campaign leadership to raise $6 million in capital and endowment funds. She will serve as the primary staff support for a volunteer campaign committee and the MLFE Board in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual donors. Ms. DeLuca will lead campaign logistics and prospect management activities while establishing a long term development program for the District.  She is expected to join the District on August 30.

    Ms. DeLuca has been the Director of Development at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for the past four years. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Communications and Marketing Consultant for Deloitte Services LP and the Director of Development and Communications for Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

    “We are very pleased to welcome Alyssa DeLuca to the District as our capital campaign director,” stated Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. “She has a strong background in development and fundraising and will be a capable, enthusiastic leader for our capital campaign.”


    Link Crew Welcomes Freshman to Mt. Lebanon High School
    August 6, 2013
    The Link Crew leaders at their training session last spring.

    This year the high school will welcome the incoming freshman class with a new program to help with the transition from middle school to high school.  The program is called Linked Crew, a  high school transition program that  welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Last spring 95 sophomores and juniors were selected as Link Crew leaders through an application process with their goal to mentor incoming freshman. High School counselor Mrs. Shelly Saba applied and won a grant that funded a four day Link Crew training program for unit principal Ms. Erin Wright, math teacher, Mr. Mike Locke, and Mrs. Saba to attend. 

    As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success. The Link Crew freshmen orientation will take place in Center Court on August 27 from 8:30-12:30 p.m.

     


    School Board Discusses Second Bond for High School Project
    July 17, 2013

    At the July 15 School Board meeting, the Board took action to proceed towards issuance of the final bond issue to fund the High School Renovation Project.  The official action appointed Tim Frenz of Janney Capital Markets as financial advisor and Jim Webster of Houston Harbaugh as Bond Counsel. 

    The final amount and structure of the bond issue will be discussed at the August 12 Board meeting.  Initial indication from the Board is that $32,950,000 should be considered as the amount of the bond issue which would wrap around current debt service payments to reduce the millage impact on the community to an estimated increase of .18 to .19 mills per year for three years totaling .56 additional mills.

    Financing Update Presentation


    Markham Mosaic Art Project Involves Entire School
    July 3, 2013
    Markham students after the big reveal of the glass mosaic created by all of the staff and students at Markham.

    During the month of May, all Markham students worked together to create a large-scale, glass mosaic mural.  All students in grades kindergarten through fifth, as well as the whole staff participated in this collaborative art project. The creative process was lead by Daviea Davis, a renowned mosaic artist in the Pittsburgh area, through an Artist in Residence program which was generously sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education.  The "big reveal" of the completed mosaic  took place during the School Awards Ceremony on June 6th.  The mosaic will  be installed as a permanent fixture in the Multi-Purpose Room for all school community members to appreciate--both now, and for years to come.

    High School Lacrosse Team Honored at School Board Meeting
    June 17, 2013
    Representatives of the High School Boys Lacrosse team.

    At the June 17 Regular School Board meeting, representatives of the Mt. Lebanon High School Boys Lacrosse team and their coach were recognized for the team winning the WPIAL Division I Lacrosse Championship. The School Board congratulated the team and their coaches on this outstanding accomplishment. Attending the meeting were Coach Mike Ermer, Tim Donoghue, Louis Lucerne, Brian McMullen, Matt Lee,and Brendan White.

    Last Day of School Tradition
    June 6, 2013
    Markham 5th grade students end their last day in elementary school with a "clap out."

    The last day of school is full of traditions meant to end the school year on a happy, positive note. Many of the elementary schools have "clap outs" where students in the lower grades line the halls to clap for fifth graders as they walk through the school for the last time as students. It is a great way for the school community to come together to celebrate a major milestone in the lives of these students before they head off to middle school. 

    Wishing all students and staff a happy, relaxing and safe summer.


    Kindergarten Student Wins Honorable Mention in WQED PITTSBURGH PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
    June 5, 2013
    Chloe McGee receiving her award for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest at the ceremony held at WQED

    WQED Pittsburgh announced local winners for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest sponsored by EQT Corporation and Mt. Lebanon is proud that Foster Elementary Kindergarten student, Chloe McGee, received an honorable mention for her story, 'Too Fancy, Miss Mouse!' On June 8 at 8 a.m., Chloe can be heard narrating her story on The Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) radio broadcast which airs on 88.3 WRCT-FM in Pittsburgh or can be streamed online at slbradio.org/listen.

    The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages two to eight. More information on PBS KIDS Raising Readers and the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest can be found at pbskids.org/read.

     


    School Board Member Presented at Mellon Students at Leadership Event
    June 4, 2013
    School Board member Lawrence Lebowitz with Mellon students at GOLD.

    School Board member, Lawrence Lebowitz, spoke to Mellon Middle School 8th grade boys during their Guys Only Leadership Development or GOLD event on May 24. GOLD is about charging the students to live life by making a positive impact in school, the community and with people in their lives.

    Mr. Lebowitz spoke to the boys about leadership, character, choices and being a part of a 'team'--all pieces of the success in life puzzle. The boys also took part in the team building “Challenge by Choice” course in Bridgeville, and then lunch with Mr. Lebowitz and male faculty. A similar program is held each year for Mellon girls called M.A.G.I.C.


    Bridging Generations with Letters and Friendship
    May 31, 2013
    Markham pen pals chat at the social held on May 22.

    The Markham Elementary School 5th Grade Student Council has developed special friendships with a group of Mt. Lebanon senior citizens through Mt. Lebanon Village. The students and seniors have corresponded as pen pals since January. This is the second year that Markham 5th Grade Student Council and Mt. Lebanon Village have partnered up.  Last year was such a success, the teachers decided to continue the tradition. 

    On May 22, the students hosted a social at Markham for their pen pals. Each senior was paired with a group of 5th grade students who served their guests lemonade and cookies, and even made handmade flowers for the centerpieces.  The students also performed two songs- "God Bless America" and "America"- for their guests. Everyone had a great time.

    According to Markham FLES teacher, Christina Contes, “This project has been embraced by both the students and the seniors.  Last year, a real friendship was forged between a 5th grade student and his pen pal; they even met over the summer for ice cream.  Our seniors and our students are such important members of the community; it has been incredible to watch them connect.“

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    Prom 2013: Above the City Lights
    May 29, 2013
    The ballroom at the Omni William Penn was filled with music and students dancing the night away.

    Mt. Lebanon High School prom was held last night and the theme was 'Above the City Lights.' Everyone looked fabulous and had a great time. Special thanks go to Mrs. Kolko, Mr. McFeeley, high school administrators, teacher chaperones and parent volunteers for helping to make it a special night for our seniors.

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    JMS Teacher Awarded Fellowship to Study in Japan this Summer
    May 29, 2013
    Ms. Ashlee Beckett Awarded Keizai Koho Center Fellowship for 2013

    Jefferson Middle School Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ashlee Beckett, was awarded the Keizai Koho Center Fellowship for 2013. The Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) sponsors the fellowship. Selected from a pool of American and Canadian teacher applicants, Ms. Beckett will travel to Japan for several weeks this summer to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society to enhance her classroom teaching. Highlights of the fellowship include visits to Japanese schools, major companies, and industrial facilities. In addition, sightseeing excursions are planned to allow the fellows to learn about Japanese culture and society.

    Ms. Becker was also recognized a Newsmaker in the Tribuen Review.


    Reading is a Family Affair at Howe Elementary School
    May 27, 2013
    Howe students admire a float lined up for the Book Parade at Family Reading Night.

    Each spring, the Howe School community comes together  to celebrate the joys of reading at Family Reading Night. This month the school once again hosted a fun filled night that included a Book Float Parade, Scholastic book fair, musical book walk, Sound Stories, and an amazing array of cakes decorated to resemble favorite books. The Book Float Parade is a special event where students proudly display floats they made inspired by their favorite books.

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    Blooms For Leah
    May 27, 2013
    Students with local artist, Jan Loney, at the dedication of the Leah Blum memorial sculpture.

    Family, friends, teachers and administrators gathered on the grounds of Jefferson Middle School on May 23 for the dedication of a sculpture titled  ‘Blooms for Leah’ in memory of Leah Blum, an eighth grade student at JMS who died as a result of a tragic accident at summer camp in 2010.  The Blum family established a fund to create a memorial in Leah’s honor and the Jefferson PTA joined their effort to have a copper flower sculpture created and placed on the grounds of JMS.

    A local artist, Jan Loney, was commissioned by the Blum family to create the memorial sculpture. The project expanded to became a 10-day, school-based artist residency through The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  Ms. Loney established her residency working with the Art Enrichment students at JMS during the month of February. The design called for students to create copper flower petals and leaves that would be joined together to form a flower garden.  Friends of Leah’s and her brother, who are all high school students now, also created copper flowers for the sculpture. 

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    A Senior Tradition Lives On
    May 22, 2013
    Members of the Class of 2013, their parents and teachers meet at the Senior Reception.

    For the past 53 years the Senior Reception, or Senior Tea as it was originally called, brings the graduating class, their parents and teachers back to the high school one last time before graduation for a chance to say good-bye.  This event kicks off the many activities that start the march to graduation.

    High School Fine Arts Faculty Members Honored with Extra Mile Award
    May 20, 2013
    Pictured from left to right: Mr. Robert Vogel, School Board President Elaine Cappucci, Mrs. CeCe Kapron, Mrs. Carol Froehlich, Mr. Greg Kuhar, and Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

    The School Board honored members of the Fine Arts faculty who were instrumental in staging the high school spring musical, 'Seussical' with the Extra Mile Award.  Musical Director Mrs. Carol Froehlich, Choreographer Mrs. CeCe Kapron, Set Designer Mr. Greg Kuhar, and Orchestra Director Mr. Robert Vogel were honored for their dedication, hard work, expertise and direction of our students in the production of ‘Seussical.’  

    Seussical review in the Post-Gazette.


    Best Wishes to Staff Retirees
    May 20, 2013
    Pictured from left to right: School Board President Elaine Cappucci, John Tupta, Leonard Dilling, Richard Lippert, James Garland, Mary Watkins, Joy Buettner, Jon Batchelor, Janice Billotte, and Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

    At the May 20, 2013 School Board meeting, 17 District employees were honored who will retire this school year.  These faculty and staff members represent more than 386 years of combined service to the Mt. Lebanon School District. We are very grateful for their service to our students and to our school community. Their dedication to their profession and devotion to our students has significantly contributed to the success of the Mt. Lebanon School District. We wish them well in their retirement.

    Jon Batchelor – Jon was hired as an industrial arts teacher at Mt. Lebanon High School in 1976.  Jon spent his entire career in the industrial arts/technology education department in the high school.  (37 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Janice Billotte –Jan was hired as a partial day health/physical education teacher at the high school in 2000.  She moved to full-time in 2001 and is the Department Chair.  (13 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Joy Buettner – Joy has been an elementary teacher since 1988. She taught at Markham, Foster and Jefferson Elementary schools teaching grades 2 through 6. (25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    James Garland – Jim has been with the Mt. Lebanon School District for 20 years teaching social studies at the junior high/middle school level. (20 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Richard Lippert – Rich was hired in 1979 as a high school industrial arts teacher.  He taught industrial arts/technology education at both the high school, junior high, and middle school level. He also taught at Markham Elementary School. Rich is retiring from Jefferson Middles School. (34 years with Mt. Lebanon) 

    John Tupta – John was hired in 1980 as a math teacher.  During his 33 years with the District, John worked at the high school for 4 years and the remaining 29 years at the junior high/middle school level.  (33 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Leonard Dilling (mid-year retiree) – Lenny worked in the Mt. Lebanon School District for 25 years as our plumber.  (25 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Mary Watkins – Mary spent her entire 16 years in the human resources office as the administrative assistant to the HR director. (16 years with Mt. Lebanon)

    Peg Churton– Peg was a special education teacher for her entire 27 years with the District.   She worked at Markham, Howe, and Foster elementary schools.

    Cheryl Spelar – Cheryl has spent her entire teaching career of 38 years at Washington Elementary School teaching predominantly at the first grade level. 

    Kathy Woodruff – Kathy was the school librarian at Lincoln Elementary School for 20 years.

    Lois Anderson (mid-year retiree) –Lois retired as the secretary at Washington Elementary School and spent 17 years with the District.

    Timothy Kintigh – Tim worked for 30 years as a custodian/pool operator at the high school and most recently, the high school building engineer. 

    George Korbelic– George worked 11 years with Mt. Lebanon as a custodian in the high school.

    Brad May – Brad worked 40 ½ years in our audio-visual/technology department.

    Patricia Shipe – Patricia worked in multiple support positions during her 12 years with Mt. Lebanon and spent most of her time at the elementary level.

    Karol (Sue) Stevenson –   Sue began her employment as a lunchroom helper in 1980.  She has spent the last 15 years at Washington Elementary as an instructional clerk.


    Musical 'Seussical' Garners Great Review in Post-Gazette
    May 16, 2013

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of 'Seussical' and musical director, Mrs. Carol Froehlich for the excellent review in the Post-Gazette.

    Mt. Lebanon Students Win First Place Awards at PJAS State Competition
    May 14, 2013
    Mt. Lebanon students who won first place awards at the PJAS state competition.

    Congratulations to three Mt. Lebanon students who participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition on May 13 at Penn State University. All three students won first place awards at the competition.

     

    Azfar Merchant and Charles Yuan from Mt. Lebanon High School and Nikolas Mustian from Jefferson Middle School earned first place awards for the presentation of their individual novel research projects. Congratulations to the students and Mr. Tilger.


    JMS Student Receives Award for Artwork from PA American Water
    May 14, 2013
    David O’Matz with his award winning artwork "Reflections" with Josephine Posti from PA American Water.

    A Mt. Lebanon student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School earned western Pennsylvania’s top prize in Pennsylvania American Water’s 11th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. JMS sixth-grader David O’Matz earned first place for western Pennsylvania for his artwork depicting a deer drinking from a stream entitled “Reflection.”

    The company received approximately 525 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania American Water announced the contest winners as part of National Drinking Water Week, May 5-11.  

    Pennsylvania American Water’s contest requires the students to accompany their artwork with a short description of how watershed protection affects them personally.


    Markham Students Experience a Climb Up Mt. Everest Without Leaving the Classroom
    May 13, 2013
    Markham students Skype with Elia Saikaly during his climb of Mt. Everest.

    Fifth grade students at Markham Elementary School are learning about turning fear into strength by following the journey of Elia Saikaly as he climbs to the top of the world.  Elia is chronicling his climb up Mt. Everest and sharing it with students through blogs, photos, videos and an interactive map on the website www.ePals.com.    

     

    Markham students Skyped with Elia on Monday, May 16th from his camp on the mountain. This was the third attempt at connecting with Elia during his trek up Mt. Everest.  The first attempt was cancelled due to an accident on the mountain; the second was cancelled due to loss of internet access.  These fifth graders are learning firsthand how dangerous and unpredictable an adventure like this can be.


    Model UN Team Take First Place Honors at Westminster College Tournament
    May 13, 2013
    High School Model United Nations team.

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Model United Nations team took first place honors at the Westminster College Model United Nations Conference on April 30, 2013. Competing in the conference were 250 students from 14 high schools across Pennsylvania.  Mt. Lebanon students represented the US, South Korea, Germany and South Africa.

    Winning the overall first place team award and representing the USA were Reia Cho, Ryan Fan, Anne Pride-Wilt, Jon Mandros, Cullen Wells, Alec Medici and Stephen Snow. Winning third place and representing South Korea were Noah Pillion-Gardner, Caelan Schick, Namindeep Singh, Mitchell Bognar, Azfar Merchant, Rida Merchant, Anna Wadhwani and Ben Zhang.

    Other students who won individual awards included Joel Kirshner, Anna Hutchinson, Tess Clippinger and Arianne Go. The Westminster Model UN capped off another outstanding year for Mt. Lebanon MUN with award winning showings at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Johns Hopkins University conferences.  Coaches for the team are Mt. Lebanon High School Social Studies teachers Peter DiNardo, Adam Lumish and George Savarese.

     


    Mt. Lebanon Students Stand Out at Academic Games National Tournament
    May 10, 2013

    Mt. Lebanon students from grades 4-12 competed at the Academic Games Nationals Tournament in Charlotte, NC last month. Students participated in games involving mathematics, set theory, propaganda, language, current events, presidential trivia, and the Revolutionary War. Mt. Lebanon players received a total of 23 awards and distinctions at the nationals competition.

    Major Awards included:
    Joshua Ackerman - Grade 6 - Jefferson Middle - Perfect Score in Linguishtiks Elementary Division
    Gayatri Anil - Grade 7 - Mellon Middle - 2nd Place Individual in Presidents Middle Division
    Vivek Anil - Grade 9 - High School - 4th Place Individual in Presidents Junior Division
    Tom Jasionowski - Grade 11 - High School - 1st Place Individual in World Events Senior Division
    Jake Akhtar - Grade 12 - High School - 2nd Place Individual in World Events Senior Division

    Academic Games players are coached by high school staff members Amanda Checque, Mike Yazvac, Brad Kavo, Ben Minett, Michael Locke, and former Mt. Lebanon graduate Nina Wroniak.


    Newsweek Ranks Mt. Lebanon High School Among America's Best High Schools
    May 7, 2013

    Newsweek Magazine placed Mt. Lebanon High School on the list of America's Best High Schools in 2013, ranking the school 346 out of the top 2,000 high schools in the nation.

    Newsweek rated the best 2,000 public high schools in the country—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.

    Congratulations to High School Principal Brian McFeeley, the faculty, and students of Mt. Lebanon High School.


    High School Students Take Top Honors at Chemistry Competition
    May 3, 2013

    Each year since 1945, the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society has sponsored a contest for secondary schools to recognize outstanding achievement by the students and their teachers as well as encouraging interest in chemistry among school students. We are pleased to announce that five Mt. Lebanon students took top honors this year for 2013 Secondary School Chemistry Contest Winners.
    First Year Chemistry
    First place-Erik Sargent
    Second Place- Ian Harris
    Third Place-Emma Buerger  
    Third Place-Nancy Lu                                                                           
    The contest recognizes three categories: first-year students in large schools,  first- year students in small schools, and second-year students. The contest is also used to qualify students interested in participating in the International Chemistry Olympics and to identify students for scholarships. This year 152 students from 24 schools competed for prizes and scholarships. First place in each category is awarded $250, second place $150, third place, $100. Congratulations to the students and their teachers, Mrs. Susan Meer and Mr. Mark Kernion.


    SEUSSICAL! May 8-11
    May 2, 2013
    Cast members of SEUSSICAL. Photo Credit: Rich Russell

    Mt. Lebanon High School presents SEUSSICAL, May 8 through 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. This colorful and lively show is based on the much-loved works of Dr. Seuss and is enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Purchase your tickets now by ordering on-line, by calling 412-344-2030, or by visiting the box office in the auditorium lobby. More information can also be found on the Fine Arts section of the District website.

    It's going to be a dazzling show that everyone should see! Don't miss the wonderful singing, fantastic music, superb dancing, great sets, and colorful costumes - it's theater at its best! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and the rest of the SEUSSICAL gang will be expecting you!

     Order Tickets Here!

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    HS Students Hear Powerful Message About Dating Violence Prevention
    May 2, 2013
    XOshove does not equal trulove: The simple but powerful message shared with high school students during a dating violence prevention program.

    Mt. Lebanon High School freshman and sophomore students attended an assembly today about teen dating violence prevention. Dr. Gary Cuccia shared his very personal story about his sixteen year old daughter, Demi Brae, who was killed by her teen boyfriend about 6 years ago. Both were students at Gateway High School. The program was made possible with the support of the Pittsburgh Ladies Hospital Aid Society and the High School PTSA.
    Learn more at Demi Brae.com

    World Language Honors
    May 2, 2013

    Congratulations to the following students who achieved Second Semester (2013) Secondary World Language Student Honors.

    German Day Competition (March 7, 2013) at Washington & Jefferson College
    2nd place in Music:  Mt. Lebanon HS German students
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    Katie Anderson,Emily Anderson,Gian-Luca Bacchi,Jennifer Boyer,Nichol Coburn,Marianne Donley,Maggie Dugan,Brynn Fuller-Becker,Amanda Hasley,Gabrielle Keane,Cecilia Larson,Madeline Lauver,Diana Li,Alex Needles,Sydney Pell,James Pfeifer,Merlyn Reuss,Hannah Maeve Steele,Noah Wechter,Cassidy Wolfe.

    National German Exam (given in January 2013); sponsored by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German:
    High School:
    Gold Awards (students who scored at or above 90th percentile on exam):
    Level 3:
    Gabrielle Marzolf

    Level 4/5:
    Torben Breitkopf
    Gian Luca Bacchi
    Martin Schneider

    Silver Awards (students who scored at or above 80th percentile on exam):
    Level 2:
    Samuel Trozenski
    AJ Arnett
    Julian Auer
    Noah Wechter
    Megan Gibbons
    National German Exam (continued)

    Silver Awards (students who scored at or above 80th percentile on exam):
    High School:
    Level 3:
    Cecilia Larson
    Madeline Lauver
    Marianne Donley

    Level 4/5:
    Michelina Meinzer
    Katharina Lindefjeld
    Anthony Consiglio
    Lani Cupo
    Brett Davis

    National French Exam (given in March 2013); sponsored by AATF (American Association of Teachers of French): 
    JMS:  Nationally ranked in Level 1:
    Aya Dardari,Jeremy Farbman,Harrison Greenbaum, Ben Jia, Addison Lee, Darby McCaslin, Ballard Powell,Peter Copetas, Zach Dewit, Mel Jiang, and Alex Thorpe,Mary Augenstein

    MMS:  Nationally ranked in Level 1:
    Julie Raiff,Gabrielle Alberty,Alison Bouet-Willaumez,Sophie Guthrie ,Katie Gannon
    Manon Vanoverberg
    Jenny Yu

    High School:  Nationally ranked in Level 2: 

    Evan Weaver 
    Jackson Schulte-Albert 
    Jiawen Zhu 
    Malini Nair

    National Spanish Exam (given in March 2013); sponsored by AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese:

    MMS: 
    Level 1:  Gold award:  Students scored at or above 95th percentile on exam:
    Daniel Craft,         
    Jacob Dunbar       
    Lydia Halkias       
    Youlia Tzaneva  

    Level 1:  Silver award:  Student scored in 85th to 94th percentile on exam:
    Ilane Saad 
         
    High School: 
    Silver award:  Students scored in 85th to 94th percentile on exam:
    Level 1: 
    Gabrielle Marzolf,Grace Watson

    Level 2: Jillian Hunsberger,Matthew Midea,Nancy Lu

    Level 4:  Chenhui Yuan

    National Latin Exam (given in February 2013); sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League

    High School: 
    Level 1:  Silver medal:  Stephen Porter


    High School Students Inducted into Parkway West Technical Honor Society
    April 30, 2013
    Three Mt. Lebanon High School students were inducted in the Parkway West Technical Center 2012-2013 National Technical Honor Society on April 29. Congratulations to Joshua Foster, 11th grade, Welding Technology; Caitlyn Kemmler, 11th grade, Business Technology; Torri Panzino, 12th grade, Business Technology. 

    Mt. Lebanon Fire Department Teaches 10,000th Fire Safety Class
    April 29, 2013
    Mt. Lebanon Fire Department at Markham Elementary to teach 10,000th class.

    Many fire departments teach classes in schools, reaching thousands of students every year, but on April 26, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department hit a major milestone in its program – its 10,000th Fire and Life Safety Class at Markham Elementary School.
     
    Mt. Lebanon firefighters visit each local classroom twice a year to teach children in kindergarten through 5th grade (along with many local preschools) about fire safety, including lessons on how to call 9-1-1, how to “Stop! Drop! And Roll!” and the importance of having a smoke detector—lessons they will carry with them throughout their lives. Firefighters teach as many as seven classes a day on most school days of the year.
     
    “Mt. Lebanon firefighters are part of our school community,” says Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. “As a result of our partnership with the fire department, our students are educated about fire safety practices that will benefit them at home as well as in school.”
     
    Firefighters taught the 10,000th class to fourth graders at Markham Elementary School, using the department’s portable fire safety house, which helps simulate a real fire. Children learned how to react and safely escape a home fire while being bombarded by such special effects as screaming smoke detectors, live theatrical smoke and an escape ladder. Skills put to the test during this class include “stay low and go” (to remind students to crawl under toxic smoke or when hearing the smoke detector), knowing when to use a primary or secondary escape route, the importance of having a family meeting place and calling 9-1-1. 
     
    “Mt. Lebanon Fire Department’s fire and life safety education program at the school is unique in several ways,” says Mt. Lebanon Firefighter Michael Stohner. “It formally began in 1986 as a dedicated partnership between the school district and the fire department with classes worked into the curriculum. It is much broader in scope than most programs, with a students receiving 14 to 15 different lessons from the fire department over the course of the program.”  
    Watch a slide show of the class.


    Lincoln Elementary School Celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City USA
    April 29, 2013
    Lincoln students planted a tree in the area of their new outdoor classroom to commemorate Arbor Day.

    Students at Lincoln Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day on April 26 by planting a tree on the site of their new outdoor classroom in their playground. To commemorate the day, Lincoln students sang, read brief essays about Mt. Lebanon history and the school’s band and orchestra played musical selections. The tree was donated by the municipality. The ceremony also marked the community's designation as Tree City USA.

    Watch the slide show.

    About Arbor Day
    Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.


    Congratulations to Odyssey of the Mind Teams for Successful Season
    April 26, 2013
    Congratulations to members of the high school Odyssey of the Mind team for their third place finish at the State Finals.

    Mt. Lebanon School District's Odyssey of the Mind program celebrated another outstanding year of competition. This year, 30 teams represented Mt. Lebanon School District at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition at Moon High School. Six of those teams won a place to compete at the State Finals in the Poconos. A Mt. Lebanon High School team won 3rd place at the State tournament. The team members are: Madeline Lauver, Ellie Meinzer, Jessica Morris, Merlyn Reuss, Jennifer Vogel, Julia Maloney, Cecila Larson. Teams attending the State Finals were from Mt. Lebanon High School, Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and Washington Elementary School. 

    Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition for students, kindergarten through college.  Participants present creative solutions to problems ranging from designing and building small vehicles, constructing balsa wood structures, and humorous and dramatic presentations of team-created plays and music. 

    Mt. Lebanon first entered the Odyssey of the Mind program twelve years ago, with two teams from Washington and Howe Elementary Schools.  This year, Mt. Lebanon School District students represented 24% of the 830 students who participated in the regional competition.

    In Mt. Lebanon, Odyssey of the Mind is an out-of-school program open to all children, sponsored by school PTA’s in the elementary and middle schools, in which a group of 5-7 children and a volunteer parent coach practice creative spontaneous and strategic thinking throughout the winter.  Each March, teams present their creative-solutions to panels of judges, who evaluate the teams on their creative achievements.  Odyssey teams organize in October of each school year.  Interested parents and students should look for sign-up notices in September.  For more information, contact your school’s Odyssey coordinator. 


    The World Is In Your Hands: Mellon Student Honored for Artwork Commemorating Earth Week
    April 26, 2013
    Artwork designed by Mellon student, Camden Jennings, for the ACHD's 14th Annual Environmental Poster Contest

    The Allegheny County Health Department’s 14th Annual Environmental Poster Contest is held each year in commemoration of Earth Day. This year’s theme was “Pollution Prevention Starts With You!” Mellon 8th Grade student, Camden Jennings, was awarded second place in the county wide contest. Students were asked to create 11"x17" posters to show what they can do to prevent pollution in their own home, school or neighborhood. Themes relate to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology. Congratulations to Camden and her art teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Rodriguez.

    Teachers are asked to select the top 3 student posters in each class to submit to ACHD. The Pollution Prevention & Education Subcommittee then reviews all submissions and determines the top 3 winners based on creativity, the strength of the message, and the accuracy of information.

     

    All students with submitted posters receive a certificate of participation, and the top 3 winners receive environmental prizes. Winning posters are published on the ACHD website and in "Eco-Currents," ACHD's Air Quality Program's quarterly newsletter. 


    JMS and Mellon Students Rank in Top Ten of National French Test Results
    April 24, 2013

    The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students in grades 1-12 in all 50 states and abroad take a written test and compete against students with similar educational backgrounds. 8th grade students at Jefferson and Mellon middle schools performed so well on the tests that many ranked in the top ten nationwide. At Jefferson, these students are: Aya Dardari, Jeremy Farbman, Harrison Greenbaum, Ben Jia, Addison Lee, Darby McCaslin, Ballard Powell, Peter Copetas, Zach Dewit, Mel Jiang, Alex Thorpe, and Mary Augenstein. At Mellon Middle School, the students who ranked in the top ten are: Julie Raiff,Gabrielle Alberty,Alison Bouet-Willaumez,Sophie Guthrie,Katie Gannon,Manon Vanoverberg,and Jenny Yu. Congratulations to the students and their teachers on these outstanding results.


    Lincoln Student Honored as Title I Distinguished Student
    April 24, 2013
    Brennen Buric with his family, Lincoln staff and Dr. Mary Beth Irvin.

    Brennen Buric, a second grade student at Lincoln Elementary, was selected as one of three Title I Distinguished Students in Pennsylvania. He was nominated by his school as a student who has worked very hard on his reading skills and has shown great improvement.

    Brennen received his award at the Pennsylvania Federal Programs Conference on April 16 at the Pittsburgh Westin Conference Center. At the award luncheon, Brennen gave a short speech to the conference attendees and was awarded a Kindle pre-loaded with some of his favorite books. Congratulations to Brennen on this outstanding accomplishment.


    JMS Students Travel Around the World in One Day at Pgh Folk Festival
    April 23, 2013
    JMS students at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall for "Around the World Day."

    The Jefferson Middle School International Club participated in “Around the World Day” as part of the 56th International Pittsburgh Folk Festival. Students were able to learn and experience a variety of cultures in a single day trip. The objective of this educational experience is to promote a better understanding of various peoples by learning about their history, culture and customs. This program gives students the chance to participate in folk crafts, performances of traditional ethnic dances, songs and music, and cultural exhibits where students can learn about a people’s history, geography and customs.


    Mt. Lebanon Teacher Honored at Baldwin Wallace University
    April 21, 2013
    Mrs. Cynthia Schreiner is the recipient of the James Thomas High School Teacher Award at Baldwin Wallace University.

    Mt. Lebanon High School drama teacher, Mrs. Cynthia Schreiner, has been selected as one of the recipients of the James Thomas High School Teacher Award at Baldwin Wallace University for 2013. Mrs. Schreiner was nominated by Baldwin Wallace graduating senior and Mt. Lebanon alumni, Ross Kobelak. In his nomination, Ross described the very positive influence that Mrs. Schreiner had on him in preparation for college.

     

    The James Thomas High School Teacher Award is a way for Baldwin Wallace University students to recognize a teacher who had a positive influence on his/her life.  At a banquet to be held at Baldwin Wallace at the end of April, Mrs. Schreiner will be personally awarded $1,000 and will also receive a check for $1,000 for Mt. Lebanon High.


    High School Wind Ensemble Performs at PMEA Conference
    April 18, 2013
    The Mt. Lebanon High School Wind Ensemble at the PMEA State Conference.

    Congratulations to the High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jason Cheskawich,on their outstanding performance at the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ State Conference in Erie on April 18, 2013. The invitation to perform was extended following an extensive application process. This is a very prestigious honor for our musicians since only three high school bands in the Commonwealth earned this opportunity. Click this link to watch a side show.

    A Return Trip to Mt. Lebanon For Uruguayan Teacher
    April 12, 2013
    Claudia Lopez Zapata teaches sixth-grade students at Mellon Middle School. Photo Courtesy of the Almanac (Deana Carpenter)

    Mellon Middle School Spanish teacher Lynda Battista and her class welcomed Uruguayan teacher, Claudia López Zapata, back to the Mt. Lebanon School District. In 2011, Ms. López Zapata visited Mt. Lebanon as part of a cultural exchange program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State through the efforts of now retired Mt. Lebanon FLES teacher, Elaine Palmer. Through the program, students at Howe and Foster schools took part in an ongoing pen pal program called “Amigos Para Siempre” (Friends Forever) with Ms. López Zapata students at No. 65  Eduardo Victor Haedo School, in Mercedes, Uruguay.

     During this recent visit, Ms. López Zapata taught two twenty minute Spanish classes through which she shared information about Uruguay’s culture and geography. She was also able to reunite with the students who hosted her and her students on their last trip to Mt. Lebanon. Read more about the visit in the Almanac.


    A Look at the Future
    April 10, 2013

    A member of the Class of 2029 stopped by the high school today with his father to watch the construction of his future school. This will all be a faint memory by the time this toddler walks through the halls of the school for the first time.

    Mt. Lebanon High School Celebrates Project Milestone with Topping Off Ceremony
    April 8, 2013
    It was a great day for the high school at the topping off ceremony on Monday afternoon.

    A major milestone was reached in the construction of the high school project. The last steel beam was put in place on the bridge connecting the new science wing to the new athletic field house during a "topping off" ceremony. Students, teachers and administrators took part by signing their names to the beam before it was raised by construction workers and fitted into the bridge structure. Watch a slide show.

    Mt. Lebanon School District Nationally Recognized for Music Education
    April 5, 2013

    The NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 14th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. For the 6th year in a row, Mt. Lebanon School District has been designated a “Best Community.”  

    Established in 1999, The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The BCME survey is designed and implemented in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

    Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data.

     


    Pittsburgh Business Times' Ranks Mt. Lebanon Schools #2 in Region; #2 in State
    April 5, 2013
    Pittsburgh Business Times' Guide to Western PA Schools

    Pittsburgh Business Times' 2013 Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools was released today and ranked Mt. Lebanon School District # 2 in the region and #2 in the state. The District moved up in the state ranking from #5 last year. Lincoln Elementary School was ranked #1 in the region in third grade, moving up six spots from last year.  The Pittsburgh Business Times' rankings involve three years of PSSA test scores in math, reading, writing and science. 

    “We have much to be proud of in the Mt. Lebanon School District including our students’ success in academics, athletics and the arts, so I was very happy to learn that the Pittsburgh Business Times has ranked the Mt. Lebanon School District as the #2 top performing public school district in the region and the state,” says Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. “I am especially pleased that the report notes that we have shown consistent improvement across all grade levels, moving us closer to the #1 spot. This recognition validates the great work done each day by our staff and students and I congratulate them for all their efforts.”


    Mt. Lebanon Students Shine in Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest.
    March 29, 2013
    Mt. Lebanon students fromt the high school and Hoover Elementary performed in the finals of the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest.

    Three Mt. Lebanon students were selected as finalists for the Pittsburgh Public Theater's 19th annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest.  Tara Dervin, a senior, was selected for the Upper Division Monologue Finals and Mira Morris and Anna Schwartz, Fourth Graders from Hoover Elementary, were selected for the Lower Division Scene Finals. Congratulations to our students who advanced to the finals on March 25 from a group of over 1,000 students in grades 4-12. 

    JMS Selected to Join School in Scotland to Celebrate International School Meals Day
    March 25, 2013
    Mr. Kramer’s 8th grade class at Jefferson Middle School Skyped with students from Brannock High School in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

    Jefferson Middle School was selected to participate in the first ever USDA International School Meals Day celebration. JMS was among 24 schools from Scotland and the USA selected to highlight school lunch nutrition and healthy eating habits.

    Mr. Kramer’s 8th grade class at Jefferson Middle School was paired with a class from Brannock High School in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The two classes communicated via Skype to discuss healthy food choices, nutrition and their favorite lunchtime foods. International School Meals Day is intended as a way to partner U.S. classrooms with their counterparts across the Atlantic to discuss topics such as healthy eating habits and nutrition education via the Internet. Mt. Lebanon was picked as one of only 9 schools in the country to participate. Thank you to our Food Service Director Tazeen Chowdhury for making this experience possible for our students.


    Mt. Lebanon Odyssey of the Mind Teams Move On to State Finals
    March 25, 2013
    Pictured is the Washington Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind Team ARTchitecutre the Musical.

    On March 2, 2013 over 200 Mt. Lebanon students competed in the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held in Moon Township. Thirty teams of students from Washington, Markham, Jefferson, Hoover, and Lincoln Elementary Schools, Mellon and Jefferson Middle Schools and the High School participated in the Odyssey of the Mind
    challenge, competing against teams from schools throughout western PA. A team from Washington Elementary, two teams from Jefferson Elementary, a team from Jefferson Middle School and two teams from the High School earned the honor of proceeding to the State Finals on April 13.

    School Board Moves Forward with Capital Campaign
    March 19, 2013

    At the March 18 School Board meeting the Board approved the firm of Pursuant Ketchum to serve as fundraising counsel to the Mt. Lebanon School District to implement the $6 million capital and endowment campaign. Representatives for the firm will begin to draft the campaign plan, calendar, case for support, develop and analyze the campaign prospect database.  They will begin the search for an in-house campaign manager who will also be part of the MLFE, and start to recruit the leadership and volunteers for the campaign. 

     

    The goal of the campaign is to position the District for the future with an endowment to help sustain the educational, fine arts and athletic programs Mt. Lebanon School District is known for and to provide an opportunity to fund raise for the capital needs of the District.


    Washington 5th Grade Students a SMASH !
    March 8, 2013
    Washington students got a taste of Broadway performing under the expert direction of Billy Hartung and his staff from the Center For Theater Arts.

    The Center For Theater Arts, under the direction of Billy Hartung, brought a workshop to the 5th grade students.  The workshop allowed students to discover, explore, and understand the many talents that are inside of all of us. The students sang and danced to the song, "Oh The Thinks You Can Think" from the musical Seussical which is also the high school spring musical that will be performed on May 8-11.

    Pittsburgh Opera Comes to the High School
    March 5, 2013
    Opera singers Amy Stabnau, Jamie Flora, and Craig Verm performed for the Opera Club.

    Members of the Mt. Lebanon High School Opera Club got a special treat recently when the Pittsburgh Opera sent four professional opera singers and a pianist to put on an interactive opera improv session at the high school. Soprano Amy Stabnau, Tenor Jamie Flora, and Baritone Craig Verm entertained the students with excerpts from Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figuro, and performed an opera improvisation based on suggestions from the audience. The group is part of the education program at the Pittsburgh Opera and was provided at no charge because of high school Spanish teacher and Opera Club sponsor Lia Christulides's involvement in the Pittsburgh Opera Academy for Educators. As part of the program, she attends a professional development workshop before each opera along with other teachers from western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The teachers learn about the opera's story, characters, setting, costumes, music, composer, language, historical and cultural contexts and staging and receive educational materials with ideas to introduce opera to their students. The culminating activity for students is a field trip to the student matinee or a visit from professional singers for an Opera Improv Program. 

    Mrs. Christulides is also a member of the Opera on TAP (Teacher Advisory Panel) for the Pittsburgh Opera.  This panel works with Dr. Marilyn Egan, the Director of Education for the Pittsburgh Opera, to create lesson plan ideas for upcoming operas and materials for teacher workshops and educational outreach programs.


    JMS Student Gold and Silver Key Winner at Regional Scholastic Writing and Art Awards
    March 4, 2013
    JMS student Mong Zhang's visual art piece, The Dog, received the Gold Key award.

    Congratulations to Jefferson Middle School 8th grade student, Mong Zhang, for recently being named a Silver Key and Gold Key winner in the Pittsburgh Region's 2013 Scholastic Writing and Art Awards. 
     
    Mong’s poem, "Beast!" earned the Silver Key.  Out of all regional submissions, fewer than 10% are recognized as Silver Key winners.  Mong’s visual art piece, The Dog, received the Gold Key and has been submitted for a national level award.  Of 2100 visual pieces entered, only 242 Gold Keys were awarded. 
     
    Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Awards were distributed at an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 2, at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Lebo Swimmer Wins WPIAL 50 Meter Freestyle
    March 1, 2013
    Katie Ford at the WPIAL Championships.

    Congratulations to Katie Ford on winning the 50 Freestyle at the WPIAL Swimming Championships. She won with a time of 23.42.

    High School Model UN Team Competed at Johns Hopkins Tournament
    February 28, 2013

     The Model UN team (22 of our students) competed at Johns Hopkins University's Model UN Tournament earlier this month. A total of 97 high schools and 1,700 students from across the U.S. attended, making the Johns Hopkins tournament one of the country's largest Model UN tournaments.

    Mt. Lebanon juniors Steve Helmeci and Jason Hois won 1st place awards ("Best Delegate")in their committees and juniors Ryan Fan and Katie Brown won 2nd place ("Outstanding Delegate") in their committees.Seniors Reia Cho, Stephen Snow and Liam Shi were recognized with 3rd place awards ("Honorable Mention") in their respective committees. 
     
    Each of the Mt. Lebanon students competed in a separate committee that simulated the actual United Nations. Students prepared for weeks in advance, submitted position papers and debated a total of 18 hours over the four day conference. Congratulations to our MUN team.


    High School Students Compete in Science Bowl
    February 26, 2013
    Congratulations to the Mt. Lebanon High School Science Bowl team for their great results at a recent competition.

    Nine Mt. Lebanon High School students competed in the Southwestern PA Science Bowl on Saturday, February 22nd.  The event is sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) along with local universities and corporations.  This year, 43 high school teams went head-to-head.  Mt. Lebo team 1 (Stephen Snow, Lily Chen, Namandeep Singh, and Azfar Merchant) took 3rd place in the Youghiogheny Division.  Mt. Lebo team 2 (Andrea Misetic, Rida Merchant, Sierra VanDijk, and Billy Moorhead) placed 6th and additionally received the Civility Award for sportsmanship and enthusiasm!  The award includes passes to the Phipps Conservatory.  Coaches are Josh Bilak and Pamela Harris.


    Beatrice Goodyear-KDKA Extra Effort Award Winner
    February 21, 2013
    Beatrice Goodyear with Bob Pompeani from KDKA and her track coaches Ron Scheiner and Ken Wentzel.

    Mt. Lebanon High School Senior Beatrice Goodyear was honored with the KDKA Extra Effort Award. Beatrice won the WPIAL Championship in the 100 meter hurdles last spring and has already qualified for the indoor state championship this winter. She carries a 4.4 GPA and will be attending Dartmouth University in the fall where she will continue to compete in track.  She also volunteers at Asbury Heights. 

    JMS Law Club Kicks Off with Visit from Congressman Tim Murphy
    February 19, 2013
    Congressman Tim Murphy with members of the Jefferson Middle School Law Club and Ms. Sasha Williams.

    Jefferson Middle School students will get a unique opportunity that is not available to every law school student or even every practicing attorney.  A new Law Club was started by Jefferson parent and Reed Smith attorney, Sasha Williams, that will introduce students to the U.S. justice system through firsthand experience.  The Law Club’s first meeting was held on Feb. 19 and the guest speaker was Congressman Tim Murphy who spoke about the legislative branch of the government and described to students how laws are conceived, written, presented and adopted.  

    The students will use the Congressman’s presentation as a basis for their Moot Court and will put together a Mock Trial with the guidance of Ms. Williams.  The law firm of Reed Smith will host one of the Club’s meetings at the McGough Courtroom where the students will get a chance to talk to some of the top attorneys about practicing law.  Ms. Williams  will meet with the Law Club to develop their case and put together a trial, is a native of Moscow, Russia and a mother of four Jefferson Elementary and Middle Schools students.  Her life experience and her career path made her a strong advocate for civics education and prompted her to initiate this project. 

    As part of the Moot Court program, the Law Club members will also get a chance to visit the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court and meet with Judge R. Stanton Wettick who will talk to the student about the civil trial process.  A similar trip is planned to the Federal Courthouse.  Finally, the young lawyers will hold their Mock Trial in the downtown courthouse before a panel of practicing attorneys and a jury.   


    Lincoln Elementary School Honored with Distinguished Title I School Award
    February 18, 2013
    Lincoln Elementary School was recognized at the Feb. 18 Board meeting. From left to right: Dr. Marybeth Irvin, Board President Elaine Cappucci, Ms. Debbie Lewis and Ms. Marilyn Reinhard.

    On January 27, Lincoln Elementary School was one of 113 Title I schools in the Commonwealth recognized for academic achievement by the Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs.The award was based on multiple criteria which included meeting AYP, being among the top 25 performers in reading or math or meeting prescribed performance criteria for various subgroups. Lincoln was recognized for their overall reading and their overall math performance.

    All of the 113 schools were honored at the School Improvement Conference in Pittsburgh. Debbie Lewis, Reading Specialist, and Marilyn Reinhard, Instructional Support Teacher, attended the banquet and accepted the award for Lincoln. Congratulations to Dr. Irvin, the Lincoln staff, students and families.


    Mellon Team Wins Third Phipps Fairchild Challenge
    February 6, 2013

    The Mellon Middle School Supernova team, under the direction of Conceptual Physics teacher Cindy Bronen, has won its third  Phipps Fairchild Challenge, a national competition consisting of a series of challenges ranging from art projects to essays designed to foster an awareness of our natural world and environmental issues.
     
    For Challenge 3, Language Arts 8 teacher Ms. DeRienzo guided her students to complete an environmental project and write a corresponding essay in Language Arts.  After the team teachers chose the top twenty essays, Ms. DeRienzo bundled them into a booklet with a student created cover.  Subsequently, judges awarded the team and the booklet first place for having not only the highest number of participants, but also the highest scores, including one perfect score. Furthermore, Noah Schultz won Honorable Mention for his individual commitment to eating organic foods. As a result, students were invited to appear on the Saturday Light Brigade radio program.


    Mt. Lebanon High School Science Club Compete at PJAS Regionals
    February 6, 2013
    Members of the High School Science Club

    Members of the Mt. Lebanon High School Science Club participated in the annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regional competition on February 2 at Baldwin High School.  Charles Yuan, Azfar Merchant, Jerry Meng, Bruce Ly, Sophie Yang, Matt Tragesser, Nikhil Victor, and Rida Merchant participated. Charles Yuan and Azfar Merchant received first place awards and will compete in the PJAS state competition at Penn State Main Campus in May.

    Mt. Lebanon High School Musicians Excel at Local Competitions
    February 1, 2013

    Mt. Lebanon High School student Ziqi Meng won second place and a $150.00 Scholarship at the Pittsburgh Philharmonic "Young Artist Concerto Competition."  He played the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto.

     Zhaoliang Du, a double bass and piano player in the high school orchestra, was a winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society's 2013 Young Artists Competition.  He was awarded a $500 Anna and Benjamin Perlow Scholarship to further his musical education and will be featured in a March 17, 2013 recital at Kresge Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts  at Carnegie Mellon University.  The adjudicator was Dr. Adrian Daly, Dean of the Conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


    New Mural Dedicated at Foster School
    February 1, 2013
    Foster Principal Jason Ramsey and Foster students celebrate the dedication of the school's new mural.

    The students and staff at Foster Elementary School celebrated the dedication of a new mural installation today that highlights the work of the school's namesake, American songwriter, musician and Pittsburgh native, Stephen Collins Foster. The artist Debra Kuhn painted the mural that depicts scenes evoked from Foster’s songs and sheet music. The mural spans a large wall in the lunch room. The two columns that anchor the room are painted with lines of Foster’s song, “Camptown Races.”

    The PTA funded the mural and sponsored a contest to solicit ideas for the mural.  Students Chloe and Natalie McGee’s submission entitled, “Stephen C. Foster: So Who is He Anyway?” was selected as the winning entry by Foster students. Former Foster principals Ms. Barbara Float and Dr. Karen Kanell joined the Foster community, along with many former Foster teachers and parents for the dedication.


    Mellon Students Help Senior Citizens Navigate the Digital World
    January 30, 2013
    Mellon students help a local resident learn the ways of Facebook so she can keep track of family and friends.

    Mellon teacher Deanna Amenta started an after school program with her BIT students and Student Council members to offer computer tutoring for local senior citizens. The tutoring sessions are held every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  in the Mellon computer lab. Ms. Amenta pairs one of her BIT/Student Council students with a senior citizen to teach them basic computer skills. A volunteer from Mt. Lebanon Village has pitched in to help drive the seniors to Mellon each week.

    Ms. Amenta is looking for more “Senior” students, since there are many Mellon students eager to share their knowledge of the digital world.  For more information about the program or to sign up, contact Ms.Deanna Amenta at damenta@mtlsd.net or call Mellon Middle School at 412-344-2122.


    Nominate a Great Alumni Today!
    January 28, 2013
    Great Alumni 2012: John Eckenrode, Charles R. Brodbeck, Stewart C. Putnam, sister of James J. Kulesz, Jr., Todd DePastino and Warner V. Slack.

    Mt. Lebanon High School is accepting nominations for the 2013 Great Alumni Award. This project honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments either personally or professionally, after graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School. If you know alumni who have significantly improved the lives of others, contributed through volunteer or community services, or achieved notable advancement in their professional field, please consider nominating them for this award.  Click the link below for a nomination  form or call Judith Kolko in the Activities Office at 412-344-2105 or email jkolko@mtlsd.net.  The nomination deadline is April 15, 2013.

    Great Alumni Award 2013 Nomination Form

    The Great Alumni award winners for 2012 were: Charles R. Brodbeck, Class of 1967; Todd DePastino, Class of 1984; John Eckenrode, Class of 1946; James J. Kulesz, Jr., Class of 1957; Stewart C. Putnam, Class of 1967; Warner V. Slack, Class of 1951. Read more about the winners here.


    Brad May Honored with Extra Mile Award for January
    January 24, 2013
    Brad May with School Board President Elaine Cappucci after
    being presented with the Extra Mile Award.

    The School Board honored Brad May with the Extra Mile Award for January. Mr. May recently retired as the District's Audiovisual Supervisor. Here is an excerpt from Board President Elaine Cappucci's Board Report that acknowledges the service, kindness and dedication displayed by Mr. May over his 40 year career at Mt. Lebanon.

    "Tonight I would like to speak about CHANGE.   While sometimes difficult to navigate, the benefits of change include personal growth, progress, adaptability, strength, new opportunities and enlightenment.   Changes in our world, especially major changes in technology, have transformed our schools.  Teaching and learning today look very different than when I was a student. 

    Tonight’s Extra Mile award recipient is one person who has experienced tremendous change throughout his career.  With rapid improvement in technology, Mr. Brad May, the District’s Audiovisual Supervisor, has had to not only adapt to change, he has had to anticipate change and attain expertise so that he could keep our equipment up to date and help our staff integrate new technologies into the classroom.

    Mr. May graduated from Mt. Lebanon HS in 1967, graduated from Ohio University and joined the District in 1972 as an audiovisual aide.  Later, he attended graduate school at CMU, and came back to the District as a Technical Assistant in the AV department. In 1977, Mr. May was promoted to Audiovisual Specialist, and then Audiovisual Supervisor.  He is retiring after 40 + years with the District, effective tomorrow.
    Think about audiovisual equipment of the 1970’s – film strips, overhead projectors, and cassette tapes.  Later, VCRs and then DVD players were added to the mix.  For the most part, students were passively watching educational material on AV equipment.  Now however, AV technology is used in every classroom, and by every student as an active part of the learning environment. The changes have been enormous, and Mr. May was always there to help students and teachers navigate that change.

    In his role as the AV Supervisor, Mr. May is one of a few people in the District who have had the opportunity to work in every building and with staff from all departments.  The respect and admiration the staff have for him is amazing.   Comments from staff on his retirement noted his calm demeanor during any AV crisis, his willingness to help, and his expertise at teaching both students and staff.  Some comments included:

    “No matter the issue or the urgency associated with it, you always manage to be so cool, calm, and collected!”

    “You are superman. I am not sure how many Brad May's there REALLY are because you seem to be in every building at all times.”

    “You have kept up with the technology for our students and our faculty/staff, at a time when these things changed seemingly overnight.”

    “Even though you help ten buildings full of people, you somehow manage to make every person, problem, and request a top priority.”

    The District will be a different place without Mr. May.  The Board would like to wish Mr. May well in his retirement, and to thank him for his many, many years of dedicated service. "


    Ski Club Traveled to Vermont
    January 23, 2013
    High School Ski Club

    The High School Ski Club enjoyed a ski trip to Killington Resort in Vermont from January 18th-22. The club plans and works out details for ski trips throughout the season. Their faculty sponsors are Mr. Rob Bergstresser and Mr. Ray Schrader.

               


    High School Student Commended by AIU for Artwork
    January 23, 2013
    Rachel Tandon and Dr. Steinhauer.

    Dr. Timothy Steinhauer presented Mt. Lebanon High School student Rachel Tandon with a plaque from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit recognizing her outstanding artwork that was selected for the AIU's 2012 holiday card.

    JMS International Night Draws Record Crowd
    January 23, 2013
    JMS students perform an Indian dance at the International Night.

    Jefferson Middle School International Night was a great success, raising over $4,500 for the Cali Orphanage in Haiti.  The JMS International Club organized the international food and entertainment festival that drew a record crowd of 600 people. Teachers Ashlee Beckett, Molly Wetmore, and Kristin Hertzog helped the students organize the event that brings families and friends together to celebrate and share their cultural heritage through food, dance, games and ethnic dress.

    Mt. Lebanon Police to Begin Random Walkthroughs of Schools
    January 17, 2013
    In an ongoing review and modification of safety and security procedures in the School District, the Mt. Lebanon Police Department will begin a practice of conducting unannounced, random walkthroughs of all District buildings while on their normal patrols. These walkthroughs will enhance police visibility and help them become more familiar with our schools, staff, and students and will allow our students to become accustomed to seeing police officers in our buildings on a more regular basis.

    In his letter to parents, Dr. Steinhauer noted that the District is very fortunate to have a strong working partnership with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department and look forward to this increased presence in our schools, and for their assistance and support in keeping our schools safe.


    Budding Scientists Present Research at Lebo Symposium
    January 16, 2013
    Students in the Honors Scientific Investigations class presented their research findings during the Lebo Scientific Research Symposium and Poster Session. From left to right:Stephanie Kong, Rachel Potter, Nick Zak and Gabbi Hill.

    On Jan. 15, students in the high school Honors Scientific Investigations course presented course work findings during the Lebo Scientific Research Symposium and Poster Session. During the past semester, students in grades 10-12 have been working on independent research programs they conceived, designed and implemented. The students presented their research on a variety of topics from the effects of course load on a high school student’s sleep patterns to the effects of caffeine exposure on the behavior of cockroaches.  The students are taught by Mr. Shaun Tomaszewski.

    Honors Scientific Investigations is an elective science course open to students in grades 9-12 that encourages them to investigate a subject matter of interest to them, conduct the research and present their findings during the Symposium.


    HS Senior Mark Klemencic New Junior Commissioner-Named Young Achiever in Tribune Review
    January 4, 2013
    Mt. Lebanon High School student Mark Klemencic will serve as the junior commissioner this semester for the Mt. Lebanon Commission. Mark will attend commission meetings, report to the commission on student initiatives and concerns, and report back to the student council on municipal activities. The junior commissioner is also welcome to shadow staff members or sit in on boards or activities.  

    JMS Holiday Collection Help Students at Staten Island School
    January 4, 2013
    Dr. James Walsh, Mr. Jeffrey Zeiders and Mrs. Janice Cherry make good on their promise to JMS students.

    Jefferson Middle School Student Council held a collection before the holidays with the goal to raise $3,000 for students at PS 041 in Staten Island who were left homeless by SuperStorm Sandy. JMS students exceeded their goal by raising $3114.34. The funds were used to purchase 24 gift cards at $125 each for 24 children attending PS 041. The gift cards arrived in time for the holidys at the school in Staten Island on December 21.  One additional gift card was sent to a student in need in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Students raised money primarily through homerooms donations, candy cane and hot cocoa sales.

    Students were promised that if they met their building goal, JMS Principal Dr. James Walsh and Dean of Students Mr. Jeffrey Zeiders, would dress as penguins and walk through the cafeteria.  The students' generosity was also rewarded with a Pajama Day and the homerooms that met their goals received holiday treats. 


    Students Craft Hand-Made Gifts for Toys for Tots
    December 20, 2012
    Penny Hockey board games and Log Kits made by students for Toys for Tots.

    Students in the Technology Education program-Drafting & Design, Graphics Communications, Manufacturing & Production, and student community service volunteers produced over thirty Penny Hockey board games and a dozen Building Log Kits to donate to Toys for Tots.  High school teacher, Mr. Andrew Kuskil, helped the students with this annual holiday project.

     


    Dennis Bowman and Kristine Sorensen Visit Jefferson Elementary School
    December 20, 2012
    Dennis Bowman, Kristine Sorensen, Jefferson Principal Marc Thornton and Jefferson students at today's assembly.

    KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman visited Jefferson Elementary School on Thursday along with KDKA news anchor and Jefferson parent, Kristine Sorensen. The school held a collection for the KDKA Turkey Fund and students presented them with a check for $600. 

    Happy Holidays from the Mt. Lebanon School District
    December 19, 2012

    High School Student Helps to Make Boy's Wish Come True
    December 19, 2012
    Sean Mason with the holiday cards he and other students made for a terminally ill child in Kentucky.

    Sean Mason, a high school sophomore, had a wonderful idea to help make a young boy's Christmas wish come true! Dalton Dingus, a terminally ill child in Kentucky, hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records' record for most Christmas cards received this year. 

    After learning of Dalton's wish, Sean developed a plan to help Dalton achieve his goal. In conjunction with Mrs. McCracken's English classes and many other willing teachers, staff members, and students, Sean is sending over 350 Christmas cards to Dalton just in time for the holiday. What a thoughtful and wonderful way to share the true spirit of the season.


    School Board Honors Josephine Posti
    December 18, 2012
    School Board President Elaine Cappucci with School Board member Josephine Posti.

    School Board President Elaine Cappucci took a moment in her report at the December 17 Regular School Board meeting to honor Board member Josephine Posti with the Extra Mile Award. Mrs. Posti served as President of the Mt. Lebanon School Board for the past two years.  Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Cappucci's report.

     

    "I am especially pleased to have served as Vice-President while Mrs. Posti was president.  A board president is tasked with setting the monthly agenda, running the meetings, and serving as the spokesperson for the board, and the president knows that he or she will be spending time above and beyond their regular board duties.  Mrs. Posti went above and beyond in all that she did, and served us well during two difficult years of working through the high school project.  

     

    Early in her term as President, Mrs. Posti started the Extra Mile Award program to recognize faculty and staff who deserved recognition for going beyond their regular job description and providing exemplary and extra efforts on behalf of our students.  I don’t think any of the award winners went the extra mile just to be recognized, we just have many people in this district who regularly extend themselves to make this a better place.  Serving for two years in the demanding role of Board President and taking extra time to recognize our employees, is going above and beyond the call of duty. 

     

    For this reason,  the Board tonight is presenting the Extra Mile Award to Mrs. Posti.  We thank her for all that she has done.  In addition to the award,  the District would like to give her this gavel as a reminder of her service, and the Board also has a gift as a token our our appreciation.  Thank you and congratulations, Mrs. Posti."


    Markham Students Lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the School Board Meeting
    December 18, 2012
    Markham Student Council with teachers Paula Cherian, Christina Contes and Dianne Evangelista.

    Markham Elementary Student Council opened the December School Board meeting by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. As part of the program, the students shared with the School Board the many reasons why their school is such a special to them. They also reminded everyone that the character education attribute for the month of December is Love. Thank you to the students and their teachers for highlighting the wonderful things that go on every day in our schools.

    Resources for Parents
    December 16, 2012

    In an effort to help parents and students handle concerns or questions as a result of the recent events in Connecticut, we have assembled a list of resources below with helpful information.

    National Association of School Psychologists

    National Association of School Psychologists: Coping with Crisis – Helping Children with Special Needs

    The Child Mind Institute

    American School Counselor Association

    Mental Health America

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network

     

     


    Our
    December 16, 2012

    In an effort to help parents and students handle concerns or questions as a result of the recent events in Connecticut, we have assembled a list of resources below that provide helpful information.

    National Association of School Psychologists:
    http://www.nasponline.org/

    American Counseling Association: http://www.counseling.org/sub/dmh/resources.aspx

    The Child Mind Institute:

    www.childmind.org

    American School Counselor Association: http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=672

    Mental Health America: http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/coping-with-disaster/helping-children-handle-disaster-related-anxiety

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/terrorism


    Mt. Lebanon Administrators Join U.S. Delegation to Germany
    December 7, 2012
    High school principal Brian McFeeley and World Languages Supervisor Nancy Campbell with German Parliament Member Harald Leibrecht in Berlin.

    High school principal Brian McFeeley and World Languages Supervisor Nancy Campbell met with German Parliament Member Harald Leibrecht in Berlin, Germany last week to discuss U.S. and German educational and student exchange programs.  Mr. McFeeley and Mrs. Campbell were both part of a North American delegation of school administrators visiting Germany sponsored by the Goethe Institute

    They visited various German schools and met with officials to discuss the inclusion of German as a foreign language around the world.  Also, it provided participants an opportunity to exchange ideas about their school systems in the United States, Canada, and Germany.


    John Grogan Honored by Football Officials Association
    December 7, 2012
    Congratulations to Athletic Director John Grogan on being named the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials 2012 Administrator of the Year.  Each year the organization selects an administrator who has made a significant contribution to football in our area and has promoted the ideals of sportsmanship in his programs.  

    Lincoln Students Raise $1,215 for Wounded Warrior Project
    December 6, 2012
    Lincoln students hand-made ornaments to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

    Lincoln Elementary students worked hard  on a special project in Mrs. Jill Majestic’s art classes. This month, students in grades 1-5 hand-made 600 tree ornaments to sell at Lincoln's Frosty Shop to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  The ornaments were $2 each and came with special gift bags and cards. The ornament sale was a great success raising $1,215 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

    The proceeds from the ornament sale will help purchase Wounded Warrior Project backpacks that wounded service members receive as they arrive at military trauma units across the United States. The backpacks are filled with essential care and comfort items such as clothing, toiletries, playing cards, and more - all designed to make a hospital stay more comfortable.

    The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.


    Mt. Lebanon School Board Elects New Leadership at Reorganization Meeting
    December 3, 2012
    New Board President Elaine Cappucci and Vice-President Larry Lebowitz.

    The Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors held a reorganization meeting on December 3, 2012. In a unanimous vote, Elaine Cappucci was elected Board President and Lawrence Lebowitz Board Vice-President for a term of one year. The School Board also took action to appoint Thomas P. Peterson as School Board Solicitor and set the Board calendar for 2013.


     


    Student Designs Official Holiday Card for Allegheny Intermediate Unit
    November 29, 2012
    Official Holiday card for the AIU designed by 11th grade student Rachel Tandon.

    Mt. Lebanon High School Junior Rachel Tandon, is the winner of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit annual Holiday Card Art Contest. All entries were on display in the AIU’s Central Office lobby from November 19-27 and AIU staff and visitors voted on the winning entry. Rachel's artwork will grace the cover of the AIU’s holiday card with credit given to her on the back.  She will receive a framed copy of her artwork as well as cards for her own use.   

    Mellon Student Wins First Place in Phipps Fairchild Challenge Essay Contest
    November 29, 2012
    Sarah DelFrate, an eighth grade student at MMS, won first place in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge Essay Contest for her essay about being unplugged from technology and social media for a 24 hour period.  Students in Mrs. Bronen's Conceptual Physics class completed this assignment as an introduction to a unit on electricity in order to make them more thoughtful about the use of technology, electricity, and social media in their everyday lives.  The top Mellon essays were selected by a team of Mellon teachers and sent to the contest. Sarah's well written essay was then selected overall for first place.  As a result, Sarah will be invited to be on the Saturday Light Brigade radio program in December along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners from this challenge.

    JMS Teacher Achieves National Board Certification
    November 27, 2012

    Congratulations to Ashlee Mae Beckett, 6th Grade Social Studies at Jefferson Middle School on achieving her National Board Certification.

    The Mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers and leaders in that process.

     


    Mellon Student Tapped to Create Ornament for Carnegie Museum of Art Christmas Tree Display.
    November 26, 2012
    Mellon student artist, Elena Redmond presents her replica of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse to Mrs. Mernie Berger from the Carnegie Women’s Committee.

    Mellon Middle School student Elena Redmond was selected to create an ornament that will be displayed on one of the Carnegie Museum of Art  Christmas trees from November 29, 2012–January 6, 2013 in the Hall of Architecture. Seven 20-foot Colorado spruce trees will line the Hall of Architecture, each decorated with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate art, culture, and science. This year’s theme celebrates the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939 currently going on at the Carnegie.

    Elena was asked to create a replica of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse by the Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution for display on one of the seven 20-foot Colorado spruce trees that will line the Hall of Architecture. Each tree will be adorned with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate art, culture, and science. Fort Pitt Society board member and Mt. Lebanon resident, Mrs. Sarah Cannon, thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for a Mt. Lebanon student, so she contacted Mt. Lebanon Fine Arts Department Chair, Ms. Jennifer Rodriguez. Working with Mellon Middle School art teacher Mr. Phil Hessler, 8th grade student Elena Redmond was selected as the artist.

    The ornament is an intricately constructed 18”x18” replica of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, the oldest architectural landmark in Western Pennsylvania. It will be displayed on a tree highlighting important architectural achievements that were featured at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia.


    Happy Thanksgiving!
    November 20, 2012
    Lincoln Kindergartners perform their annual Thanksgiving program.

    A Lincoln Elementary School tradition lives on as the Kindergarten classes presented their annual Thanksgiving program complete with Indians, Pilgrims and turkeys. Each year for the past 35 years, the Kindergarten classes have delighted their parents and grandparents with this special play. On behalf of everyone in the Mt. Lebanon School District, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

    School Board Recognizes Fall WPIAL Champions
    November 19, 2012
    Coaches and athletes from girls cross country, girls volleyball and girls singles tennis after their recognition at the School Board meeting Monday night.

    The School Board recognized the achievements of our girls cross country team, girls volleyball team and girls singles tennis player on winning the WPIAL Championship in their respective sports this fall. Congratulations to our WPIAL Champions and all of our teams and coaches for the hard work, perseverance and sportsmanship they demonstrated in the meets, games and matches throughout the season. 

    Girls Cross Country

    The Mt. Lebanon High School girls cross country team and Coach Ron Schreiner won the Section 6 title with an undefeated record. The Blue Devils also won every major invitational, including the Tri-State Coaches Association. As they moved on to the WPIAL championship meet, the team dominated the field, winning the program’s seventh district title with 49 points and placing four runners in the top 10. The team completed their exceptional season with a 5th place finish at PIAA championship. Their successful season adds to rich tradition of cross country at the high school.

    Girls Tennis

    Junior Callie Frey became the first student in the last 29 years at the high school to win the WPIAL girls singles tennis championship. Mt. Lebanon had not had a singles champion since 1983, but Callie broke that streak by defeating her opponent from Upper St. Clair, 6-2, 6-0, to capture the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Callie then advanced through the PIAA singles playoffs to the championship game and brought home the silver medal in match attended by many Blue Devil supporters. Callie had an outstanding season, ending it as one of the top two players in the state.

    Volleyball

    The Mt. Lebanon girls volleyball is another team with a strong tradition of excellence at the high school. This season, Coach Jeff Schilling and his team finished first in their section. They moved through the WPIAL playoffs capping off their run by winning the program’s third WPIAL championship in six years. The team finished the season in the state quarter finalists and tied for fifth in the state.  


    Students Give Thanks by Helping Others
    November 16, 2012
    Pictured are Mellon and Washington students along with Majors Sherrylyn and Paul Moore of the Salvation Army Temple Corp., Michael Riemer Emergency Director Salvation Army WPA, and Andrew Tomer Asst. Emergency Director Salvation Army.

    Mellon and Washington schools are helping the Salvation Army provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need in our community. Families and staff members from both schools pulled together and purchased over 110 pies to donate to the Salvation Army that will be served at their annual Thanksgiving dinners and will be distributed to families for the holidays. Click the link above for more information about the Salvation Army and ways you can help.    

    Markham Kindergarten Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive a Success
    November 15, 2012
    Markham Elementary Kindergartners would like to thank everyone who generously donated to their Peanut Butter and Jelly collection on Election Day to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. The collection brought in 17 jars of peanut butter, 74 jars of jelly and $1,270 in monetary donations. Thank you to everyone who participated!

    Pre-s
    November 12, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School will once again offer a preschool program for three and four year olds.  To be eligible children must be at least age 3 ½ by March 11, 2013, and 4 year olds must be no older than four years ten months by March 11, 2013. 

    The program is operated by high school students enrolled in the Advanced Child Development Course under the supervision of the child development teacher.  The program will run from March 11 through May 16, 2013.  The children will attend Monday – Thursday from 9:10 to 10:40 a.m. Cost is $65.  Enrollment is limited to ten children.  Deadline for application is February 15, 2013.  Please know that construction at the High School will not impact the program.  For information call Susan Kordistos at 412-344-2023. 


    District Recognized for Budget
    November 12, 2012
    Mt. Lebanon School District Business Director Jan Klein.

    The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded the Mt. Lebanon School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation. The award is conferred only to school entities that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria.

    The award represents a significant achievement by Mt. Lebanon School District and Business Director Janice Klein.  To earn this award, the school district submitted its 2012–2013 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. 

    Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. 


    JMS Student Leaders Attend State Conference
    November 12, 2012

    Eight Jefferson Middle School Student Council Executive Board members had the opportunity to attend the 76th Annual PASC State Leadership Conference, November 1st – November 3rd.  JMS students, Harrison Greenbaum, Maggie Baker, Kristen Karlovich, Sarah Harouse, Lauren Vogt, Nora Tomer, Mel Jiang, and Kelly Hois attended the conference which was hosted by the Laurel Area and Union Area School Districts. 

     

    As delegates, they attended two student-led leadership workshops and listened to three nationally recognized motivational speakers.  They stayed with host families and had numerous opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peer representatives from around the state.  The theme of the conference was, “Ignite Yourself, Your School, and Your Community to Serve Others.”  Additional activities included fireworks, hosted in the firework capital of America, a banquet for all the delegates and their advisers, and a dance. 


    Veterans Day Observed
    November 12, 2012
    The high school held a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9 to honor those in the military, along with students and staff who have family members currently serving.

    Each year the Mt. Lebanon School District observes Veterans Day  and joins the nation to recognize and honor all those Americans who have served our country in the Armed Services. Today, there are more than 25 million veterans living among us. This day reminds us that we need to pause and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and those currently serving, and thank them for their devotion to our country. We must not allow the passage of time or the comforts of peace to erase the memory of their service and sacrifices.

    As we observe Veterans Day, please take some time to learn more about the accomplishments of our nation’s veterans, their dedication and courage, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve the blessings of liberty. On this day and every day please do not forget the members of your family, neighbors or members of the community who have served our country. Please keep our present service personnel in your thoughts at this time as they serve throughout the world.

    The high school held a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9  to honor staff members who served in the military, along with students and staff who have family members currently serving. Watch a video of the ceremony.


    Pink Out Fundraiser Benefits Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation
    November 6, 2012
    The Mt. Lebanon School District has raised $4500 throughout the month of October to donate to the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.  District efforts were led by senior “pink out” chairs Reia Cho, Maura Devlin, Teresa Grinko, and Maddie Sieber.  All district schools were involved in the efforts and sold pink bandannas donated by St. Clair Hospital’s new Breast Cancer Center.  In addition, students throughout the district sold t-shirts, scarves, and pink lemonade to aid in the fundraising effort. 

    Girls Volleyball Wins WPIAL !
    November 3, 2012

    Girls Volleyball Team 2012 WPIAL Champs!
    November 2, 2012
    Congratulations to the girls volleyball team and coach Jeff Schilling on winning the WPIAL championship. The team played Fox Chapel in the championship game  on Saturday night at Chartiers Valley High School. It was the sixth championship for the program and the third in the past six years. Go Lebo!

    Congratulations Dr. Murray!
    October 31, 2012

    Congratulations to Howe Principal Michelle Murray on the successful defense of her Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Administrative Policy Studies in the School of Leadership.  Dr. Murray has been with the District for nine years, starting as an assistant principal in the high school. This is her third year as principal of Howe Elementary School. 

    Lincoln Students Meet a Visitor from the Past
    October 30, 2012
    Historic interpreter representing John Howland from Plimouth Plantation with Lincoln students dressed in 17th Century garb.

    Lincoln fifth grade students were able to turn back the clock to Pilgrim times with a visit from a historical interpreter from Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Massachusetts. Representing Mayflower passenger John Howland, the interpreter told the story of his time dressed in authentic colonial clothing and speaking in period dialects. Students were even given the chance to dress in authentically made clothing that children of the 1620’s would have worn.  The event was sponsored by a local member of the Mayflower Society. It was a cultural experience our students won’t forget.


    Girls Cross Country Team Wins 2012 WPIAL Championship; Finish 5th in State
    October 24, 2012
    Lebo Girls Cross Country - 2012 WPIAL Champions!

    Congratulations to the girls cross country team and Coach Ron Schreiner on winning the 2012 WPIAL Championship!  The girls dominated the field, scoring 49 points. The boys team had a great meet as well, finishing third in the WPIAL championship.  The team went on to finish  5th in the PIAA meet the and boys cross country team finished 13th. Congratulations to both teams on a great season.


    Technology Director Shares Talents to Help High School in Africa
    October 19, 2012
    Parents of students from the village of Mulanje see the new computer lab for the first time.

    Chris Stengel, the District's Director of Technology, spent a few weeks in Malawi, Africa to help outfit a high school with 21st Century technology. His work, and others from his church, helped to make St. Andrews School in Mulanje the most advanced technological high school in that country. Click the link above to read more about it in the Post-Gazette.

    JMS and MMS Students Recognized as Promising Young Writers
    October 19, 2012

    Jefferson Middle School student Elly Bleier and Mellon Middle School students Emma Dougherty and Madelyn Rice were recognized for their exceptional writing skills in the Promising Young Writers program sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The students were among the 85 students across the nation who received Certificates of Recognition.

    According to the NCTE website, the Promising Young Writers program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize student's writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Students currently in the eighth-grade who are nominated by their schools may participate in the program.  This year, 276 students were nominated. Of that number, 85 received Certificates of Recognition and 191 received Certificates of Participation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by two judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development,and style.

    Congratulations to our students and their teachers for this outstanding academic recognition.

     


    Strategic Plan Approved by the School Board
    October 9, 2012

    2012-2018 Mt. Lebanon Strategic Plan

    The development of the School District's Constituent-Driven Strategic Plan 2012-18 has concluded.  The draft plan was presented to the School Board at the Discussion Meeting on October 8 by Dr. Deb Allen, Dr. Ron Davis and Mr. Drew Haberberger and was approved by the School Board at the Nov. 19 Regular Meeting. 

    Special thanks go to the co-chairs of the committee, Al Frioni and Faith Stipanovich, and the 29 community representatives that met over the past year to work on the plan.


    Community Reveals Artistic Side at Plein Air Mt. Lebanon
    October 7, 2012
    Superintendent Tim Steinhauer got into the spirit of Plein Air during the Celebrity Paint-Out. He's pictured here painting a scene on Washington Road with one of the art coaches.

    Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, A Neighborhood Celebration of the Arts, took place this weekend.  The event gave artists of all types a chance to paint the community’s favorite spots in the open air using a variety of mediums.   The term "en plein air" is a French phrase that means “in the open air” and refers to the art of painting outdoors. Professional artists competed for a cash prize while local artists and community members shared their talents during the event. 

    Congratulations Mt. Lebanon National Merit Semifinalists
    September 30, 2012
    Mt. Lebanon High School National Merit Semifinalists

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, three Mt. Lebanon High School students, Paul Butler, Lily Chen and Nicholas Stabile, were named National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Congratulations to our students for this outstanding academic achievement.

    Mt. Lebanon Students and the Class of 1962 Learn From Each Other
    September 30, 2012
    Members of the Class of 1962 who participated in Lebo 50/50.

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1962 returned to the high school on September 28 to join current students for an event called Lebo 50/50. The Class of 1962 is celebrating their 50th reunion and wanted to find a way to give back to their high school and the students who are here 50 years later. The Class of ‘62 thought that sharing their career expertise and the path that led them to their life work would be a valuable experience for our students. A group from the Class of 1962 worked over the past year with the high school administration to plan for the event.

    The event began with a kick-off where the Class of 1962 participants introduced themselves to the students by sharing the world they lived in when they were students in the high school. Last spring, the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2013 took  surveys. A profile of each class was developed to show the similarities and differences between the two classes. Some of the results were shared during the kick-off.  The students  moved on to the Lifework Round tables facilitated by 18 members of the Class 1962. These sessions were designed around students’ career inclinations covering a wide variety of fields.  The alumni who led the sessions have impressive resumes and academic credentials and shared their backgrounds and the path that led them to their careers with the students. Students met and networked with a labor economist and professor at George Washington University, the Director of the Lick Observatory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Rhodes Scholar with a background in engineering and management, an entrepreneur and author, and many others.

    The morning concluded with the Lebo 50/50 Forum where KDKA reporter Jon Delano moderated a panel discussion between the Class of 1962 and the Class of 2013.  The Class of 1962  concluded the day by joining students for lunch following the Forum in the high school cafeteria.

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    MTLSD Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Outcome
    September 22, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board undertook a feasibility study last spring to assess the viability of a capital campaign for the high school project and to establish an endowment to sustain and grow academic and fine arts programs in the District. 

    The Board retained the services of Pursuant Ketchum to conduct the study which included interviews of residents and alumni to ask their input about the case for the campaign. On Sept. 17, the consultant from Pursuant Ketchum presented the report to the Board with the recommendation of a $6 million capital campaign.

    Click here to read the executive summary.

     


    Coffee with the Crossing Guards
    September 19, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon Crossing Guards are committed to keeping our students safe as they walk to and from school everyday, rain or shine. Dr. Steinhauer held a coffee this morning at the end of their shift to thank the guards on behalf of everyone in the District. These men and women are devoted to their job and the well being of our students. Be sure to thank them next time they help you cross the street. 

    Remembering the Day
    September 11, 2012
    Members of the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire departments, Rep. Matt Smith and Dr. Steinhauer joined the Markham community during a flag raising ceremony on Sept. 11.

    Every year on September 11, we pause to remember the attacks that occurred in 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C. and and Shanksville, PA. We honor the memories of the victims and thank the the first responders in our communities who work daily to keep us safe. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2012,  a flag raising ceremony was held at Markham Elementary School where members of the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire Departments were recognized and thanked for their constant vigilance to keep our community safe from harm.

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    Read the full text of the Presidential Proclamation


    School Board Holds Community Coffees
    September 10, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon residents are invited to meet with school board members at a series of informal community coffees scheduled for September and October. On October 3 from 7-8:30 a.m. at Uptown Coffee on Washington Road, Jo Posti, Mary Birks and Larry Lebowitz will meet with residents and on October 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Orbis Caffee on Washington Road, Elaine Cappucci, Dale Ostergaard, Mary Birks and Bill Cooper will be in attendance. The first coffee was held at Coffee Tree Roasters in the evening on Sept. 18.

     

    Stop by to one or all of the coffees for an informal conversation with your local school director about important community issues.


    1912-2012 Mt. Lebanon Centennial Parade a Huge Success!
    September 9, 2012
    Lincoln was well represented with little Abe Lincolns in their float.


    USDA Awards Mt. Lebanon Schools with HealthierUS School Challenge
    September 7, 2012

    Today at Jefferson Elementary School, Dr. Janey Thornton, the USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services will recognize our Food Service Department and present all seven elementary with the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) bronze award. This award is to highlight the Mt. Lebanon School District efforts to provide healthy items on our school lunch menus and provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

    The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. 

    Our Food Service Department led by Tazeen Chowdhury, worked hard to make changes to our school nutrition environment in order to improve the quality of the foods served and provide students with nutrition education, as well as District efforts to provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.  As part of this award, each school will be given a $500. 

    To qualify for an award, a school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria set forth by the FNS.  The HUSSC criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published recommendations (April 2007) for foods that should be served in schools, outside of the organized school lunch meals.  HealthierUS Schools must also have a local school wellness policy, as mandated by Congress.  Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four year certification period. 

    Congratulations to Tazeen, Judy Wolfe, Dave Misterka and all of our cafeteria workers for their efforts.


    Mt. Lebanon School District Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence in Education
    September 4, 2012
    Students in front of the Mt. Lebanon School House around 1912.

    In July 1912, the Mt. Lebanon School District came into legal existence established by a decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions as a fourth class district.  A fourth class district was one with a population of under 5,000 (Mt. Lebanon’s population at that time was 1705.) The state appointed five residents as school board members and they met to organize the new school district in the furnace room of the Amman Avenue School, referred to as the Mt. Lebanon School House in the Board minutes. The white clapboard building was located on the corner of Washington Road and Amman Avenue (now Cedar Boulevard.)  Washington Road was a dirt road with wooden sidewalks.

     

    One of the first items purchased by the Board was a flag pole for the front of the school. The Board hired teachers, a supervising principal and began to outline the school structure and curriculum that would lay the foundation for the community’s education system. The first day of school for the new district was September 2, 1912.

     


    Traffic and Parking Reminders for High School Athletic Events
    August 27, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon High School athletic season has begun. If you plan to attend an event at the high school to cheer on our Blue Devils, here is some information to help you navigate the changes around the campus due to construction.

    Since we have limited parking, entrances to the stadium, and road closures, we encourage fans to walk to the stadium if possible and plan to arrive early for athletic events.  Also, the construction zone around the stadium creates a challenging environment to monitor and manage young children attending the game.  To ensure student safety, we ask that children be accompanied by an adult to the stadium. 

    Please keep the following information in mind when traveling to the high school for the game:

    Campus/Stadium Map

    To Enter the Stadium:

    • The ONLY way to enter the high school campus to access the stadium and South Parking Lot is from Cedar Boulevard to Morgan Drive.
    • There are only two entrances open to the stadium-Gate D at the corner of Stadium and Morgan and Gate A near the concession stand on the home side.

    Parking:

    • Parking is available:
      • Mt. Lebanon Lutheran Church Parking Lot at Washington and Cochran Road.
      • Parking is available in the High School South Lot from Cedar Boulevard to Morgan Drive.
      • Parking is available in the North Lot, but there is no direct access to the stadium from this lot.
    • Parking is not available:
      • Along Stadium Drive--this area is reserved for buses.
      • Horsman Drive. 
      • The Commissioners’ Lot.
      • Please do not park in the Recreation Center Parking Lot.

    Traffic:

    • Horsman Drive is closed from Cochran Road into the high school campus.
    • Stadium Drive is open for vehicle traffic.
    • Morgan Drive is open from Cedar Boulevard to the South Parking Lot.

    Student/Pedestrian Safety:

    • Please do not leave young children unattended at the game.
    • Drive carefully and always yield to pedestrian traffic.

    1992 Girls' Soccer Team Celebrates State Championship Anniversary
    August 24, 2012

    In 1992, the Mt. Lebanon girls’ high school soccer team won the PIAA championship--the first and only team to win the state championship for the girls’ soccer program.  The team was also a WPIAL runner-up with a 23-3-1 record and was ranked 18th in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team was led by head coach Tom Bluemling and coaches Ron Wilcher and Wayne Capra.

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their state championship, the team is planning a reunion. They will be recognized during halftime of the Mt. Lebanon-Erie McDowell game on September 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the high school stadium. Read more about the team in today's Post-Gazette.


    Elementary School Schedule Information
    August 19, 2012

    This year, a new  schedule is being implemented in our elementary schools. Here are some important points to remember:

    • The student day will start at 8:30 a.m. The tardy/homeroom bell will be at 8:35 a.m. for kindergarten (a.m.) through fifth grade.
    • A.M. kindergarten will end at 11:15 a.m./ P.M. Kindergarten will begin 12:50 p.m.
    • The school/lunch recess hour will occur daily from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • The school day will end at 3:30 p.m. This includes kindergarten (p.m.) through fifth grade.
    • Our school days will follow a day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 rotation instead of Monday – Friday rotations. The day rotations will mirror the middle school schedule. The purpose for this change is to give all students an equal opportunity to attend all their Encore classes (music, art, gym, etc.) consistently throughout the year.
    • The student classroom assignments are available on the Dashboard. Returning students and parents who have misplaced their login information may utilize the Username/Password Recovery link on the Dashboard login page. The link to the Dashboard is available on the District website-www.mtlsd.org
    • Families new to the district will receive their Dashboard username and password information through the mail.
    • For additional Dashboard support click this link: http://www.mtlsd.org/technology/helpdocs.asp or call your building secretary.

    MTLSD School Calendar
    August 17, 2012
    Thank you to the following companies and organizations for their sponsorship of the 2012-13 Mt. Lebanon school calendar: St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, Mt. Lebanon Police Department, PTA, Mt. Lebanon Education Association, DES Communications, UPMC Sports Medicine, PJ Dick, Nello Construction,and Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects.
    Thanks to their generosity, a printed school calendar was again available for parents and staff.

    Upcoming Reunions
    July 29, 2012

    High School English Teacher Attends Seminar at Columbia University
    July 29, 2012

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History selected Connie Booth, Mt. Lebanon High School English teacher, to study for a week in July along with twenty-three teachers from across the country at Columbia University in New York City.  The seminar titled "Literature, History, and Culture of the Civil War" was led by Professor Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies at Columbia, and focused on the fiction and nonfiction of the 1850s, leading up to the Civil War.  Works by Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and many others were read and discussed as representative of the political and moral issues of that time period. 

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American Studies offers programs and resources to teachers and promotes the study of American history by using the primary documents of an era in order to help students understand the complexity of national events and issues. 


    Progress Continues with High School Construction
    July 29, 2012
    Construction along Horsman Drive at the back of the high school.

    Construction at the high school continues to make progress during the summer months. With the exception of a few rainy days, the weather has cooperated to help keep the project on track. Work on the new science wing, athletic field house, loading dock and South parking lot is in full force.

    Last week, the contractors continued to work in the following areas:
    -Forming walls at the loading dock
    -Asbestos abatement in 5-B and F buildings
    -Installing steel deck on upper “J” framing
    -Installing storm sewers in South parking lot
    -Demolishing walls on 6-B classrooms
    -Pouring concrete walls in “G” north and “G” south

    Work will continue in the the following areas next week:
    -Pouring of concrete walls at the loading dock
    -Construction of curbs and storm sewers in south parking lot
    -Back filling inside “H” building
    -Pouring concrete walls in “G” south
    -Completion of the asbestos abatement on 5-B
    -Begin to install mechanical and electrical items in 6-B
    -Removing and re-setting the roof coping on “B” building


    Board Appoints New Unit Principal for High School
    July 17, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board appointed Erin Wright as the new Unit Principal at Mt. Lebanon High School.  Ms. Wright served as the assistant to the principal at Keystone Oaks Middle School and an English teacher at Keystone Oaks High School. Prior to her administrative position, she taught English at Keystone Oaks High School for eight years.  A start date for Ms. Wright has not yet been determined.

    Ms.  Wright holds a bachelor of science in education and a bachelor of arts in English from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned her master’s degree in education from Gannon University. 


    New Dean of Students for Jefferson Middle School
    July 17, 2012

    The School Board approved a change of assignment for Jeffrey A. Zeiders from Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science to Jefferson Middle School Dean of Students, effective July 17, 2012. Mr. Zeiders has been an administrator in the District since 2010. Prior to Mt. Lebanon, he served as the Social Studies Education Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    Post-Athlete of the year: Luke Hagy
    July 9, 2012

    High School Student Earns Top Honors at National Forensic League Tournament
    July 5, 2012
    Tara Dervin, pictured with Forensics coach, Lisa Hoffmann.

    Congratulations to Mt. Lebanon High School student, Tara Dervin who placed 7th in the nation out of 259 competitors in Dramatic Interpretation at the National Forensic League National Tournament held from June 10 – 15 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is quite an accomplishment considering that all the competitors placed either 1st or 2nd in their districts.  Schools from all 50 states were represented.

    Mt. Lebanon School District Honored by State House on 100th Anniversary
    June 12, 2012
    Rep. Smith and House Speaker Sam Smith welcome Jo Posti, Isabela Posti and Abigail Cannon to the state Capitol in celebration of the District’s centennial anniversary.

    State Rep. Matt Smith hosted Mt. Lebanon School District officials at the state Capitol on Monday. Rep. Smith sponsored a House resolution, which was adopted unanimously, recognizing Mt. Lebanon School District’s 100th Anniversary.

     

    Rep. Smith escorted the officials to the House chamber during the day’s legislative session.School Board President Josephine Posti and High School Principal Brian McFeeley were seated on the House floor and recognized by Speaker Sam Smith.  

     

    Rep. Smith remarked from the House floor, “on behalf of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I want to congratulate the Mt. Lebanon School District on their 100th anniversary and wish them the best of luck in their next 100 years.”

     

     Watch Rep. Smith make his remarks.


    Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
    June 5, 2012
    Students celebrate at the end of commencement by throwing their mortar boards in the air.

    Family and friends gathered on June 4 to watch the Class of 2012 receive their diplomas and join the ranks of Mt. Lebanon Alumni. It was a beautiful and memorable evening. Click the link below to watch it On Demand.  Congratulations and best of luck to our graduates.

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    Markham School Awarded Grant From MLPD
    June 1, 2012
    Markham students say "Thanks!" to the Mt. Lebanon Police Department for their grant award.

    Earlier this Spring, Markham Elementary School was awarded a $500 grant to support our Positive Reinforcement Program. This program celebrates good behavior choices and positive interactions between students.  On May 22nd, the Markham students and staff provided a warm thank you to the Mt. Lebanon Police Association for this gift.

    Students Compete in National Forensic League Tournament
    June 1, 2012

    This year six students qualified to the National Forensic League National Tournament.  The tournament is held in different locations and this year the qualifiers will be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana from June 10-15 for a week of the highest level competition.

    The students include this year's Pennsylvania State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, junior Tara Dervin, and the District Champion in Original Oratory, junior Mark Klemencic. Rounding out the talented team will be Tory Pasternak (senior) also in Dramatic Interpretation, senior Keith Rentler in Humorous Interpretation. and the Duo Team of Nate Bateman (senior) and Sarah Hill (junior).  In order to qualify to Nationals, you must place first or second in the district.

    The Lebo Speech team also won the NFL's Speech Sweepstakes for the Pittsburgh District for 2011-2012.  The district consists of 30 teams from Western PA and ranges from McDowell High School in Erie, PA through the South Hills.  Good luck to the team and their coaches in Indianapolis.


    Prom 2012: A Dream Come True
    May 28, 2012
    The high school prom took place last week at the Omni William Penn. Thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of Carlie McGinty in the Student Activities Office, Janet Ruprecht and parent volunteers, the evening was a great success. Slide Show 

    Mellon Students Take First Place at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition
    May 28, 2012

    Five students from Mellon Middle School advanced from the Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition to the State Competition that was held earlier in May at Penn State.  Each student did an independent research project in an area of interest to them.  All five students received first place awards in their categories at the State Competition.  Congratulations are in order for Rida Merchant, Alexandra Terasavage, Stephen Tragesser, Varsha Venugopal and Christian Vietmeier for their outstanding work this year, and their faculty sponsor, Cindy Bronen.

    High School Students Take Top Honors in Chemistry Contest
    May 28, 2012

    Each year since 1945, the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society has sponsored a contest for secondary schools to recognize outstanding achievement by the students and their teachers as well as encouraging interest in chemistry among school students.  This year,  Mt. Lebanon students place in the top three in Category S-First Year Chemistry, Large Schools:

    First Place- Chenhui Yuan

    Third Place-Elysse Dalzell 

    Third Place- Joseph Wilkinson                                             

     

    The contest recognizes three categories: first-year students in large schools, first- year students in small schools, and second-year students. The contest is also used to qualify students interested in participating in the International Chemistry Olympics and to identify students for scholarships. This year 172 students from 24 schools competed for prizes and scholarships. First place in each category is awarded $250, second place $150, third place, $100. Congratulations to the students and their faculty  sponsors, Susan Meer and Matthew Roddy.


    Howe Student Named Finalist in Pittsburgh Architecture Design Competition
    May 28, 2012

    Howe 5th Grade student, Meera Whitson was named a finalist in SCHLUEBarchitecture  Public Park Student Design Competition hosted by Pittsburgh architect, Matthew Schlueb, Principal of SCHLUEBarchitecture.  Eight students –all high school age with the exception of Meera–were selected from eighteen Pittsburgh area public and private schools participating in the design competition that featured the re-design of the North Side Public Square Park. The competition awards designs for the revitalization of this historic location. It offered students a rare glimpse into a real-world design project and the workings of the architectural process.

     

    Each of the Finalists were invited on a private tour of the Children's Museum and the competition site for the Public Park led by Chris Siefert, followed by a visit to the artist studios of Tadao Arimoto and Thaddeus Mosley who work in wood to create public sculptures. The students were awarded certificates for their selection as Finalists and winners were named for each of the design categories.  

     

    The selection jury was comprised of Shari Bennett (Interior Designer of Bennett Design Group), Erin O'Neill (curator and art handler of Fine Art Special Services), William Kofmehl (performance artist and sculptor), and Matthew Schlueb (architect and host of the SCHLUEBarchitecture Student Design Competition).


    Mt. Lebanon High School Students Make-Over Classroom With HGTV Design Star Finalist
    May 23, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School design students welcomed HGTV Design Star finalist and Pittsburgh designer Luca Paganico to the high school to work with them on a make-over of a temporary classroom space that will be used as the new home for the interior and fashion design classes during the high school renovation. Students are involved in every aspect of the design process from planning the new space to selecting colors, repurposing furniture and painting.  “This is a perfect opportunity to provide a real life, project based learning experience for our students,” said Sharon Silver, Family Consumer Science teacher. Student from the Fashion Arts, Interior Design, Engineering and Manufacturing & Production classes are collaborating on the design of the new classroom space.

     

    Luca Paganico is a Pittsburgh based designer who is a finalist on the new season of HGTV Design Star premiering on May 29, 2012 at 9 p.m. Mr. Paganico’s portfolio includes projects in hotel, hospitality and restaurant design, city living condos and private homes both in Pittsburgh and around the country. He has a degree in industrial design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and will share his expertise with Mt. Lebanon students. “I believe you never stop learning, so this will be a new experience for all of us,” said Paganico. “I want to work with the students to show them how the collaborative design process works using their input to create their new classroom.”

     

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    Local businesses have stepped in to help by donating paint, flooring, tile, wood, fabric and other materials to complete the project.  Stay tuned for the “Big Reveal.” 

     


    Thank You!
    May 23, 2012
    Pictured from left to right: Ron Beebe, Cindy Biery, Ellen Bozarth, Bernie Egg, Jo Posti, Mary Hopkins, Rich Manning, Donna Rotoloni,Tom Steffora, Ken Wentzel, Jim Salerno, Greg Muszalski and Tim Steinhauer.

    At the May 21 School Board meeting, 18 District employees were honored who will retire at the end of this school year.  These faculty and staff represent more than 512 years of combined service to the Mt. Lebanon School District and we are very grateful for their service to our students and to our school community. Their dedication to their profession and devotion to our students has significantly contributed to the success of the Mt. Lebanon School District. We wish them well in their retirement.

    Teachers
     
    Renee Althaus – Renee was hired as a substitute elementary teacher in the 1988-89 school year.  She worked in 6th grade at Howe until the 1997-98 school year when she transferred to 3rd grade for two years.  In 2000-01, Renee was appointed the IST teacher at Howe. (24 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Ronald Beebe – Ron worked at Hoover School since the 1977-78 school year in the intermediate levels and 5th grade.  (35 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Cindy Biery – Cindy has taught for her entire career since the 1987-88 school year at Lincoln Elementary School at the 3rd and 4th grade levels.  (24.5 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Susan Bott –Sue was hired in January 1988 as a substitute special education teacher in the senior high school.  She also worked at Jefferson Elementary and Markham Elementary as an elementary teacher in both the third and fourth grades.  Sue was an IST teacher at Markham during the 1999-00 school year.  (25 years with Mt. Lebanon) 
     
    Ellen Bozarth – Ellen has worked at Washington Elementary School during her entire career.  She has held positions in both first grade and kindergarten.  (39 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Charlene Devlin – Charlene has been employed as a guidance counselor since 1970-71.  Charlene worked at the middle school/junior high level for 30 of her 42 years. (42 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Bernie Egg – Bernie has been employed as the Washington Elementary School librarian since the 1974-75 school year.  (38 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Mary Hopkins – Mary was hired as a permanent substitute teacher at Foster Elementary for the 1990-91 school year.  She then worked at Markham as a substitute for the 1991-92 school year.  Beginning with the 1992-93 school year up until her retirement, Mary worked at Foster as a 5th grade teacher.  (21.5 years at Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Richard Manning – Rich was hired in 1979-80.  Except for the 1993-94 school year, Rich worked at the high school level teaching industrial arts/technology education.  (32.5 years at Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Elaine Palmer – Elaine worked for Mt. Lebanon for 7 years as an elementary Spanish teacher.  (7 years at Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Patricia Redick Romano – Pat spent her entire career with Mt. Lebanon as a school psychologist. (30.5 years at Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Donna Rotoloni – Donna has worked as a home economics/family consumer science teacher for her entire career with Mt. Lebanon.  She spent 8 years at the high school level and the other 29 years at the junior high/middle school level.  (37 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Thomas Steffora – Tom has been a special education teacher at Mt. Lebanon since 1977.  He spent 30 of his total 35 years at the high school level and the other 5 years at the junior high level.  (35 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Kenneth Wentzel – Ken has worked as a driver education teacher, a health teacher and a physical education teacher at the high school during his entire career with Mt. Lebanon.  (39 years with Mt. Lebanon) 
     
    Michael Young – Mike came to Mt. Lebanon in 1992 from Savannah, GA after teaching there for 2 years.  Mike taught at the 5th grade level for his entire Mt. Lebanon career.  (20 years with Mt. Lebanon)
     
    Administrators
     
    James Salerno – Jim brought 14 years of teaching experience and 14 years of administrative experience to us when he was hired in 2007-08.  (5 years with Mt. Lebanon)   
     
    Support Staff
     
    Debbie Clark – Debbie leaves after 25.5 years of service.  The various jobs she performed over the years included adaptive instructional class aide, learning disabilities class aide, secretary to unit principal and guidance office secretary. 
     
    Gregory Muszalski – Greg began as a custodian in 1980.  He was transferred to assistant building engineer in 1986 and to the sweep team in 2000.  Greg leaves us with 32 years of service.

     


    New Principals Appointed for Foster and Lincoln Elementary Schools
    May 14, 2012

    The Mt.  Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Jason P. Ramsey as the principal of Foster Elementary School and Marybeth D. Irvin, Ph.D., as the principal of Lincoln Elementary School at the May 14, 2012, school board meeting.  A start date is not yet set for both principals, but they will be in place for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

     

    Jason Ramsey is currently the assistant principal at Jefferson Middle School. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ramsey taught 6th grade social studies for seven years.  He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s of education from California University of Pennsylvania. 

     

    Marybeth D. Irvin, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Curriculum K-8 in the State College Area School District. Dr. Irvin was an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal and also taught elementary school for nine years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership, all from The Pennsylvania State University.  Current Lincoln elementary principal, James Salerno, plans to retire at the end of this school year.     


    High School Senior Awarded PA American Water Scholarship
    May 14, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School student, Kevin Skolnick, was among ten high school seniors from Pennsylvania selected to receive Stream of Learning Scholarships from Pennsylvania American Water. A panel of judges selected the winners from more than 100 scholarship applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as academic achievement, letters of recommendation, community service and future career plans in the water and wastewater industry.

    This is the third year that Pennsylvania American Water offered the program to support outstanding students within its service areas who are charting a course of study that is critical to the water and wastewater industry, with each winning student receiving a $2,000 scholarship.



    JMS Student Excels in MathCounts Competition
    May 14, 2012
    Nancy Lu received the Business and Professional Women's award for being the top female student in Pennsylvania MathCounts.

    Congratulations to Jefferson Middle School student, Nancy Lu, who was the highest scoring female in the Pennsylvania MathCounts competition and earned a place on the Pennsylvania National Team.  Last week, Nancy traveled to Orlando, Florida, with three other members of the PA team  to compete in the national event on Friday, May 11.

    Nancy received the Business and Professional Women's award for being the top female student in Pennsylvania MathCounts. She was also awarded a $500 savings bond, and is eligible for a college scholarship from several universities in the state.   Mrs. Celia Toohey, 7th grade math teacher at JMS, coaches the team.

    MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.  The program provides today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.


     


    Reading-A Family Celebration at Howe
    May 13, 2012
    A fun time was had by all at the Howe Family Reading Night.

    Howe Elementary School held the Seventh Annual Family Reading Night on May 9 where students and their families took part in a variety of fun activities to celebrate the joys of reading. The main event was the very popular Parade of Books where students decorated floats depicting their favorite books.  It was an amazing display of student creativity. Other activities included a Cake Raffle that offered delicious prizes of beautifully decorated cakes representing a book or favorite character, a Musical Book Walk, Sound Stories and a book fair that offered a Buy-One-Get-One-Book from Scholastic Books.  Teachers, students, parents and grandparents joined together for a wonderful event that promoted the love of reading for all. 
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    U.S. News and World Report Ranks Mt. Lebanon High School #8 in PA; Top School in Western PA
    May 8, 2012

    U.S. News and World Report, a leading source of education rankings in the nation, released their "Best High School" rankings of the top high school's in the nation. Mt. Lebanon High School received a Silver rating, ranking 8th in the state and #557 nationally. Our high school is the highest ranked Western PA school on the list. The 2012 rankings include data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.

    To determine the Best High Schools national ranking schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses. U.S. News awarded more than 4,850 gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools.


    Lincoln First Grader Finalist in Creativity Connects Us International Art Expo
    May 4, 2012
    “Dogs are Man's Best Friends Around the World"- a work by First Grade student, Lily Connell.

    Lincoln Elementary first grader, Lily Connell, was selected as a finalist in the Crayola Creativity Connects Us International Art Expo.  The initiative teaches children that art is a universal language, and through art, they can connect and understand others by exploring cultures, perspectives and places.

    The theme of Lily’s piece is “Dogs are Man's Best Friends Around the World.”  She also submitted a creativity statement about her artwork.  Lily’s work will be framed and exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and its regional offices across the country.  It will become part of a significant, permanent collection of children's original art and their creativity statements. In August, Lily's work will also be featured on the Crayola Creativity Connects Us website. Congratulations to Lilly on this wonderful achievement at such a young age.


    Want to go to Prom?
    May 4, 2012
    Another unique way to ask a friend to the high school prom.

    Long gone are the days when a simple phone call would suffice to ask a date to the high school prom. Students are much more creative these days, coming up with one-of-a-kind ways to pop the big question.  As we get closer to May 22, here are some of the inventive ways our students have asked their dates to the prom:

    -Created latte foam art (wrote “prom” with the latte foam)
    -Decorated their car
    -Decorated a cookie cake
    -Made a scavenger hut
    -Laminated the question and floated it in the high school pool so the date would see it during swim practice
    -Wrote a song and sang it to the girl in history class
    -Left a message in a bottle
    -Held up a sign at a track meet as the intended was coming around the track during a race
    -Placed an ad in the Devil's Advocate
    And last but not least-one determined young man placed a ladder on the side of the house, climbing up to the prospective date’s window (not recommended)

    In the end, no matter how you were asked, we hope everyone has a safe and happy prom.


    Mt. Lebanon School District Named a "Best Community" for Music Education
    May 3, 2012

    The NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. This year, Mt. Lebanon School District has been designated a “Best Community.” This is the fifth time the District has received this honor.
     
     The announcement comes in anticipation of NAMM’s National Wanna Play Music Week, (May 7-13) a weeklong promotion designed to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to experience the proven benefits and fun of playing music.

    Established in 1999, The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and exemplify commitment and support for music education. The BCME survey is designed and implemented in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

    Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data.


    Student Violinists Perform in PMEA State Orchestra
    May 3, 2012
    Philip Clippinger and Shinju Sasanuma represented Mt. Lebanon High School in the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association's State Orchestra in Lancaster on April 18-21.  Both are eleventh-grade violinists in the Mt. Lebanon High School Orchestra.  Acceptance was based on outstanding auditions in PMEA District and Regional Orchestras.  

    Watch the High School Band March in Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade
    May 2, 2012

    Congratulations to the Mt. Lebanon Marching Blue Devil Band on their march in the 57th annual Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. The band was awarded first runner up out of the twenty that marched in the parade. Click the link to watch the band.


    High School Odyssey of the Mind Team Moves on to World Finals
    April 30, 2012
    Members of the high school Odyssey of the Mind team moving on to the Mind World Finals in Ames, Iowa.

    Congratulations to the Odyssey of the Mind high school team that placed 2nd at the State Competition and will be representing Mt. Lebanon at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Ames, Iowa.  In the ten years that Mt. Lebanon has been participating in Odyssey of the Mind this is only the third time that a team has progressed to World Finals. For many on this team, it is their second trip to Worlds, an impressive feat for this team of sophomores. Representing Mt. Lebanon at Worlds in May will be:
    Alexa Rhodes, Olivia Pandolfi, Katie Brown, Ellie DePastino, Eva Morrison, Katie Lindefjeld, and Lydia Herman. 
     
    Washington Elementary school’s Odyssey team performed well too, coming in 5th in the state. The team was honored with one of four OMER awards, which are specially nominated honors for unique qualities in the team’s performance. The WES team won one of four OMERS given among the 170 teams present at the state tournament. Congratulations to Aidan Bhojwani, Suzie Bhojwani, Annie Cain, Georgina DiNardo, Eva Gbur, Grace Meyer, Sadie Pillion-Gardner.


    Mt. Lebanon School District Announces Grant Awards for Capital Campaign Feasibility Study
    April 25, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board is pleased to announce that the Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment (MLCE) and the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education (MLFE) has each generously awarded a $10,000 grant to the Mt. Lebanon School District to fund nearly half of the feasibility study the District is conducting for a possible capital campaign.  The Board retained the services of the consulting firm Pursuant Ketchum to conduct the study at a cost of $41,000.  The District is undertaking the study to assess the viability of a capital campaign to reduce the amount of the second bond required for the $109.7 million high school project currently under construction and to establish an endowment to sustain and grow academic and fine arts programs in the District. 

    “We are humbled by the tremendous amount of support these gifts represent from the Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment and the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education,” said Josephine Posti, President, Mt. Lebanon School Board.  “The success of a capital campaign depends not only on a comprehensive feasibility study but on the enthusiasm and expertise of these two key community partners.”  

    The feasibility study will be conducted over the next several months and will include interviews with members of the Mt. Lebanon community and high school alumni to determine the factors for success.  A final report to the Board is expected by the end of August.

    “The Board of Directors of Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education is pleased to support the school district’s capital campaign feasibility study,” said John Federico, President of the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education. “We view the study as a necessary investment in preparing for a successful capital campaign to finance a portion for the renovation of Mt. Lebanon High School. We look forward to working with the administration and school board to inspire and encourage our neighbors in Mt. Lebanon and the alumni of the district to help us rejuvenate this valuable community asset.”

      “The Mt. Lebanon School District expressed the desire to conduct a successful capital campaign in order to reduce the tax burden associated with the high school renovation and benefit all residents of Mt. Lebanon,” said Joseph King, President of MLCE’s Board of Directors.  “At Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment, we strive to support the priorities of the community and its residents and support projects that will give current, past, and future residents a meaningful and long-lasting sense of pride in the distinctive qualities of this wonderful community.”   The MLCE grant is from the Mt. Lebanon Community Impact Fund. 

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     About Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment

    www.mtlebanonendowment.org

    Through contributions from individuals, families and organizations, Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment works to build a permanent fund to support programs and services for the Mt. Lebanon community and its residents, and preserve its unique character.   As an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, MLCE focuses upon three areas:

    Families and Children—providing them with the help they need to be strong and functional, and supporting Youth to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

    Senior Citizens—providing them with opportunities to employ their energy and creativity, and addressing their social and physical needs so that none lack access to services and activities of their choosing.

    Community Life—sustaining and enhancing the amenities that make Mt. Lebanon a good place to live; supporting cultural, artistic, aesthetic and recreational programs and institution; and funding efforts that promote community and civility.

    About the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education

    www.mtlsd.org/mlfe

    The mission of the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education (MLFE) is to provide a permanent source of financial support to enable the Mt. Lebanon School District to expand and enhance learning opportunities for its students.  MLFE is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that raises money on behalf of the Mt. Lebanon School District for innovative educational programs for all students.

    The MLFE was founded in 1999 to fulfill a goal of the school district’s strategic plan. Since that time, MLFE has raised thousands of dollars for extraordinary educational programs for all students in every grade and every school of the district. These projects span the entire curriculum and all 10 Mt. Lebanon Schools.  Every student has participated in at least one project started with MLFE’s support.

     


     


    Arbor Day at Washington School
    April 20, 2012

    Students at Washington Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day by planting a Linden tree on the front lawn of the school during a ceremony held for the Washington community. To commemorate the day, Washington students displayed artwork, read poems and sang songs about the environment. The ceremony also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Mt. Lebanon School District. The tree was donated by the municipality.

    About Arbor Day

    Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.


    District Food Service Department Recognized with National Award
    April 20, 2012
    Tazeen Chowdhury, Dave Misterka and Judy Wolfe.

    The Mt. Lebanon School District Food Service Department was recognized with the Bronze Award from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for our elementary lunch program in the HealthierUS School Challenge.

    This initiative is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  The initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.

    Each elementary school will be awarded a plaque, a banner, and their name listed on the Team Nutrition Web site.  To qualify for an award, a school must submit a formal application and meet criteria set by the Food and Nutrition Service. The criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Institute of Medicine. Congratulations to our Food Services Director, Tazeen Chowdhury and her staff on this national recognition for our elementary lunch program.


    School Board Passes Resolution Supporting Increased State Education Funding
    April 19, 2012
    The Mt. Lebanon School Board passed a resolution  supporting increased state funding for K-12 Public Education. These  increases include, at a minimum, additional funding for the basic education and special education subsidies, and restoration of funding for charter school reimbursement and Accountability Block Grants.

    Congratulations to the High School Winter Guard
    April 17, 2012
    Congratulations to the High School Winter Guard for placing in the top 20 at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio April 12-14.  The Winter Guard competed with over 100 units in the Scholastic A class.  This was the first time Mt. Lebanon's Winter Guard competed at world championships.  Mt. Lebanon was also the highest ranked Pennsylvanian group in this class.   

    April Extra Mile Award: Mt. Lebanon Crossing Guards
    April 17, 2012
    Mt. Lebanon crossing guards were honored at the April School Board meeting.

    The April Extra Mile Award was presented to our Mt. Lebanon Crossing Guards to honor them for the very important role they play in our students’ school day.  Whether you’re walking or driving through Mt. Lebanon in the morning, you won’t get very far after 8:00 a.m. without seeing one of these men or women dressed in fluorescent green. 

    Our community’s crossing guards help cross thousands of children, parents and community members—–some at busy intersections along Washington, Bower Hill and Beverly Road—safeguarding their travels each day.  They work before school, during elementary lunch and after school. You’ll see them crossing eager students on the first day of school, working in snow and rain even on our coldest days, faithfully ensuring our students’ safety all the way into June.  Our students know them by name and depend on them for a safe start to their school day. Our crossing guards have been known to provide treats at Halloween, offer kind words when someone’s running late, counsel kids during sibling arguments and reprimand drivers not obeying their outstretched STOP signs. 

    Each of our guards is an important part of what gives our District the unique distinction of continuing to be a walking school district. Congratulations to our crossing guards on being selected for this month’s Extra Mile Award.


    Pittsburgh Business Times Ranks Mt. Lebanon Schools #2 in Region
    April 12, 2012
    Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools

    The Mt. Lebanon School District was ranked #2 in the region in the Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools and #5 in the state ranking. The District moved up a spot in the regional and state ranking of public school districts. Mt. Lebanon High School ranked #2 among high schools in the region. The formula for this ranking takes into account three years of PSSA test scores in math, reading, writing and science.

    Top 25 Local Districts

    Top 15 State Districts

     

     


    Persuasive Writing Earns Funds for Wounded Warrior Project
    April 12, 2012
    Megan Brubaker with Brian, a Marine and representative of the Wounded Warrior Project, and Dr. James Walsh.

    Each year, Jefferson Middle School raises money for a charitable organization through an annual essay contest and the Student-Faculty Basketball Game. Now in its 11th year, past games have earned proceeds for local families affected by natural disasters, animals in dire need of love and forever homes, and organizations like Invisible Children.  This year, thanks to 7th grade student Megan Brubaker's winning essay, the Wounded Warrior Project received all the proceeds from the basketball game.  

    To prepare for this event, students were asked to provide the JMS community with their nomination of a charitable organization to receive funds.  Students used persuasive writing skills to convince the JMS community of why their organization deserves the money raised. Crafting the paper involved research, note taking, conferencing, revising and editing; all done in the English classrooms. Many teachers and staff throughout the building, along with volunteers from the community, helped out with the conferencing process. The English teachers selected the top 10 essays from the grade and placed them on display in the school for JMS students, faculty and staff to read and vote on their favorite essay.  

    Megan was recognized for her accomplishment at the Student-Faculty Basketball Game. According to Megan’s mother, a member of their family was helped by the Wounded Warrior Project when he was injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.


    JMS MathCounts Team Placed 2nd in State Competition!
    March 29, 2012
    Congratulations to the JMS MathCounts team and coach, Mrs. Toohey.

    The Jefferson Middle School MathCounts team competed last weekend in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania State MathCounts competition, placing second among 25 teams from across the state.  Congratulations to team members Nancy Lu, Amanda Zhu, Jerry Meng and James Wang and to their coach, Mrs. Celia Toohey, 7th grade math teacher at JMS.   This is the second year in a row for JMS to place at the state level, which is a first for the Mt. Lebanon School District. 
     
    Nancy Lu was the highest scoring female and earned a place on the Pennsylvania National Team.  In addition to a $500 savings bond, Nancy is eligible for a college scholarship from several universities in the state.  She won a trip to Walt Disney World and will compete in Orlando for our state, May 10-13th, at the National MathCounts competition. 

    MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.The MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components.


    High School Seniors Compete at NETL Science Bowl
    March 28, 2012
    Congratulations to members of the high school Science Bowl team.

    Congratulations to seniors Jerry Zhang, Lily Dattilo, Kevin Skolnick, Nick Brown, and David Hudak for their success at the Department of Energy NETL Science Bowl competitions.  They were the undefeated Youghiogheny Division champs and the second place team in the final rounds held in early March. Their coach is biology teacher Pam Harris.

    High school science teacher, Josh Bilak, also took a team of seniors to the division competition - comprised of seniors Greg Kownacki, Andy Chen, James Kim, Jordan Schaer, and Alex Blum. 

    Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.


    JMS Students have Fun with Harry Potter Trivia
    March 28, 2012
    Jefferson Middle School had fun testing their knowledge of Harry Potter during the trivia bowl.

    On Tuesday, March 27th, over 30 Jefferson Middle School students participated in the third and final round of the Harry Potter Trivia Bowl.   Almost 70 students started out in the first round, but at the end, it was eighth graders Frankie Kavalir and Caroline Horrigan who battled their way to the top, taking home bragging rights and the admiration of the other contestants.

    New High School Football Coach Hired
    March 26, 2012
    New high school football coach, Mike Melnyk with Dr. Steinhauer.

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Michael J. Melnyk as the new head coach of the Mt. Lebanon High School Football Team and full-time Social Studies teacher at the high school.  Mr. Melnyk is currently a social studies teacher and head football coach at Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, PA, having served there since 1999.

     

    During his tenure as football coach, Mr. Melnyk was named Coach of the Year in 2007 and led the football program to two section I titles, six district appearances and tied the school record for wins in a season (11).  Prior to Manheim, Mr. Melnyk served as the offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Albright College in Reading, PA.  “We are very excited to welcome Mike to Mt. Lebanon to lead our football program. He is not only a great coach, but a terrific person who will be a wonderful addition to our staff,” said High School Athletic Director John Grogan.

     

    Mr. Melnyk holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Kutztown University.  He was a member of the University of Michigan football team from 1980-84 and participated in two Rose Bowls and one Sugar Bowl.


    March Extra Mile Award Recipient: Robert Vogel
    March 25, 2012
    Board President Josephine Posti and Mr. Robert Vogel.

    The Extra Mile Award for March is Mr. Robert Vogel. He was nominated by a student who is impressed with his passion and patience and inspired by his love for music. 

     

    Bob Vogel is devoted to both his students and to the music he inspires them to create.  Recently, that inspiration took the form of excellence in performance in New York when the Chamber String Orchestra at the National School Orchestra Finals in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The orchestra won Best String Section, Kevin Skolnick won Best High String Soloist, and Grace Stokan was awarded Best Low String Soloist.

     

    Performances like this don’t happen by accident and his students recognize Mr. Vogel pours every ounce of his effort and enthusiasm into the individual development of each student and the overall development of the orchestra.  His students are entertained by his humorous analogies and stories (dubbed Vogelisms), his management during crunch time and his schedule, which includes after-school small group rehearsals, a staggering number of small gigs and regional performances.  Recently, Mr. Vogel was trying to make a point about teamwork to his students and mentioned that without him, the orchestra would go on.  They disagree.  Without Mr. Vogel, the orchestra would be but a shadow of what it is today.

     

    Mr. Vogel, thank you for providing an exceptional music experience for our students, for developing our fine arts reputation on a national level but most importantly, in the words of your nominator, for “living your life the way everyone should.”


    JMS Teacher Selected for Philips Exeter Academy’s Honoring Earlier Educators Award
    March 19, 2012

    Jefferson Middle School social studies teacher, Michelle King, was chosen as one of five recipients of the Philips Exeter Academy’s Honoring Earlier Educators Award.  Current students at the school nominate individuals from prior schools they have attended who had a profound influence on them. Ms. King was nominated by former Mt. Lebanon student, Paige Harouse, because of her devotion as a teacher and mentor.  Ms. King will be honored at Exeter in April.


    Odyssey of the Mind Teams Move on to State Tournament
    March 19, 2012
    A Mt. Lebanon Odyssey of the Mind team on the way to the state tournament.

    Mt. Lebanon was well represented at the the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament earlier this month where thirty-two of our teams competed. Five teams are moving on to the state level in this highly competitive academic competition. Congratulations and good luck to the two teams from the high school, Markham, Washington and Foster who will be participating in the state tournament in April. Congratulations to the teams and their coaches.
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    Here is the  list of teams moving on to the state competition:  

    Team 1
    Mt. Lebanon High School
    Coach:  Michelle Dreyfuss
    Ellie DePastino
    Alexis Rhodes
    Lydia Herman
    Olivia Pandolfi
    Eva Morrison
    Katie Lindefjeld

    Team 2
    Mt. Lebanon High School
    Coach:  Helen Andrascik/Regi Jennings
    Ben Smith
    Nikola Ranick
    Cecilia Larson
    Sofia Garman
    Lily Keener
    Diana Li
    Kendall Jennings

    Team 3
    Foster Elementary
    Coach:  Dana Jones
    Hannah Jones
    Clara Turner
    Faith Kisker
    Juliana Dillon
    Margaret brown
    Sophie Lauver
    Mykah Isner

    Team 4
    Markham Elementary
    Coach:  Ed and Judi Kubit
    Edward Kubit
    Lilly Kubit
    Emily Amato
    Anna Christ
    Bridget Zimmerman
    Alexandra Renton
    Amrit Kaluri

    Team 5
    Washington Elementary
    Coach:  Jennie Bhojwani
    Suzanne Bhojwani
    Aidan Bhojwani
    Sadie Pillion-Gardner
    Grace Meyer
    Annie Cain
    Eva Gbur
    Georgia DiNardo


    Thanks Lebo Girls Basketball for a Great Season
    March 16, 2012
    The Lady Blue Devils lost to Oakland Catholic in the PIAA playoffs to bring their successful season to a close. Congratulations to the  2012 WPIAL champs and Coach Oldaker for another great run. 

    Mt. Lebanon Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble Perform at National Music Festival
    March 16, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon Percussion Ensemble has been selected by audition to perform for the 2012 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. Percussion ensembles from across the nation auditioned for this prestigious national festival with 9 groups, including Mt. Lebanon’s ensemble, receiving invitations to perform.

     

    In addition, the Mt. Lebanon Wind Ensemble will be performing along with 17 other high school and middle school wind ensembles/symphonic bands as part of the National Concert Band Festival.

     

    Combined, the National Percussion & Band Festivals will bring approximately 1800 of the nation’s most talented band and percussion students to Indianapolis for three days of outstanding performances. The 2012 performance will mark the Mt. Lebanon Percussion Ensemble’s 3rd appearance at NPF since 2007. The Mt. Lebanon Orchestras has performed there in 2006 and 2009. This will be the first ever trip of this size for the Mt. Lebanon Wind Ensemble

    Whisper Phones Help Develop Reading Skills
    March 2, 2012
    Markham students get ready to read with their new whisper phone head sets.

    The Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education funded the purchase of an entire classroom set of whisper phones for Kindergarten and first grade classrooms in all seven elementary schools through a grant submitted by Washington Principal Mary Kay Davis. 

    Utilizing whisper phones is a researched based strategy to improve reading results, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and raises phonemic awareness. When children are learning to read and write, learners can, without disturbing others, say every word aloud to hear each sound in the word very clearly.  The hands-free style easily allows students to hold the books and participate in writing activities.

    Read more about the grants awarded by the MLFE this year.


    Mt. Lebanon Students Move On to PJAS State Competition
    February 29, 2012

    Students from Mt. Lebanon High School and Mellon Middle School participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Region 7 competition.  Among the nineteen students who took part in the competitions, the following students received first place scores and are invited to compete at the state competition which will be held at Penn State University in May.  Rida Merchant, Alex Terasavage, Stephen Tragesser, Varsha Venugopal, Christian Vietmeier, Azfar Merchant, David Qin, and Clay Wyda.

     

    The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

     


    Nominate a Great Alumni Today!
    February 29, 2012
    The Mt. Lebanon High School is accepting nominations for the 2012 Great Alumni Award. This project honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments either personally or professionally after graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School. The deadline for nominations is April 16, 2012.

    High School Winter Guard Successful Season Continues
    February 27, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School Winter Guard captured second place in the Winter Guard International (WGI) regional finals held in Rochester, New York last weekend. The team scored a 78.10, competing in their first show out of state.

    WGI Sport of the Arts is an international organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions.

    The team continued their successful season after finishing in first place out of eight teams competing in the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Scholastic A Division competition on February 4, at Norwin High School. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Mr. Jason Greenawalt.


    Hoover Families Help Stock Shelves of Local Food Bank
    February 27, 2012
    Hoover students packed up a box of canned goods for delivery to a local food bank.

    Hoover Elementary School held a successful food drive last week to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Over the ten day drive, the school collected enough cases of can goods and other items from Hoover families and staff to fill up one side of a classroom.  

    Representative Matt Smith Visits HS Math Class
    February 17, 2012
    Representative Matt Smith dropped by Pete Bouvy's math class today.

    State Representative Matt Smith visited Mt. Lebanon High School math teacher Pete Bouvy on February 17 to discuss "flipping the classroom" as highlighted in a recent article in the Post-Gazette.

    George Savarese Named the 2012 Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award Winner
    February 9, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School Social Studies teacher, George Savarese, was selected as the winner of the 2012 Get Involved! Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award. The selection committee chose Mr. Savarese for this honor based on his dedication to the community and passion for making a positive difference in the region. The award will be presented on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Service Summit at Carlow University.

    The Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award is presented in honor of the memory of Dr. Thomas A. Baker, who taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools throughout his entire professional career before passing away in 1991. Baker was a teacher, author, coach, board member, and even utilized his creative talents as emcee of talent shows and as mascot of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award is given to a passionate, energetic, and positive community champion who makes an impact and helps others. 


    First Place Finish for Winter Guard in Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Competition
    February 9, 2012
    The High School Winter Guard finished in first place out of eight teams competing in the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association Scholastic A Division competition on February 4, at Norwin High School. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Mr. Jason Greenawalt.

    JMS Math Counts Team Captures First Place at Regionals
    February 9, 2012
    Congratulations to the Jefferson Middle School MathCounts team on their victory at the regional level MathCounts competition held at Robert Morris University on February 4, 2012. Team members Nancy Lu, Amanda Zhu, Jerry Meng and James Wang captured 1st place for the second year in a row.  They have earned the right to compete at the Pennsylvania State MathCounts competition in March.  

    Nancy Lu won the exciting countdown round, finishing first ahead of all the other individuals.  This is her second year to win as the 1st place individual.   Amanda Zhu finished strong in 3rd place for the second year.  Jerry Meng also finished 9th out of about 200 students.  Also competing for JMS on Saturday were Ben Akhtar, Josh Kalapos and Isaac Kalapos.  hey will begin training for the state competition next week.

    Howe Elementary School only: 10:00 a.m. Start for Students
    February 9, 2012

    Watch a Live Stream of Construction at the High School
    February 8, 2012
    A photo of the construction taking place at the site of the new field house taken by the newly installed webcam.

     


    Kindergarten Registration
    February 1, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon Elementary Schools are in the process of contacting families who have children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2012.  If you have a child who is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall and have not been contacted, please call the school secretary. 

    Children are eligible if they turn five before September 8, 2012.  If you have a child entering 1st through 5th grade and are not currently enrolled but plan to enroll, please contact the school.  

    Foster School – 412-344-2162

    Hoover School – 412-276-7411

    Howe School – 412-344-2157

    Jefferson School – 412-344-2167

    Lincoln School – 412-344-2147

    Markham School – 412-344-2152

    Washington School – 412-344-2142


    MLFD Kicks Off Centennial with Open House & ”Push In” Ceremony
    February 1, 2012

    The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department will kick off the community centennial with an open house and “push in” ceremony for the department’s new ladder truck from 4 to 6 pm, Saturday, February 4th.  At a push-in, firefighters and residents push the new truck into the garage. This is an old fire house tradition that dates back to when firefighting vehicles were horse drawn.  When the horses were released from the apparatus, the firefighters would then push the vehicle into the fire house.  The vent also will feature an exhibit of historic items and photographs from the fire department.  Refreshments will be provided. It should be a great event for children.

     


    JMS International Night Raises $3,000 for Haiti Orphanage
    February 1, 2012
    Megan Boyda and her Irish Dance Team performed at the event.

    The 5th Annual Jefferson Middle School International Night held on January 19, was a great success. Despite the snow, over 550 JMS students and their families came together for a night to celebrate the diversity and cultural talents of the school community. The event raised over $3,000 for the Haiti Orphanage. The International Night was organized by JMS teachers Molly Wetmore, Kristin Hertzog, and Ashlee Beckett.  Read more about it in this week's Almanac.


    HS Student Council Holds Food Drive to Support Our Troops
    February 1, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council is sponsoring a food drive on Saturday, February 4 to support the 305th Military Police Corps, US Army Reserves currently serving in Afghanistan.  Donated items may be dropped off on between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center, Room B, 900 Cedar Boulevard. For more information contact Carlie McGinty at 412-344-2105.  Check donations will also be accepted made out to the Mt. Lebanon School District.

     

    Please consider donating some of these items:

    Cereal/Snack Bars

    Fruit Snacks

    Drink Mix

    Oatmeal

    Instant Coffee

    Pop Tarts

    Aspirin

    Dry Cereal

    Packets of Protein Powder

    Peanut Butter

    Non-Perishable Snack Foods

    Shaving Cream & Razors

    Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

    Hand Sanitizers

    Lip balm

    Foot Powder

    Tissues


    Kindergarten Information Session for Parents of Students with Disabilities
    January 31, 2012

    If you have a child with a disability who will be entering kindergarten in Mt. Lebanon in 2012-2013, please plan to attend the Transitioning to Kindergarten Information Session on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Middle School Library.

    The night will include:

    -Information on Transition from Early Intervention to School Age Programming

    -Information on Mt. Lebanon School District Supports and Special Education Programming

    -An opportunity for parents to briefly meet with a school psychologist


    Students Make High School Groundbreaking Special
    January 27, 2012
    Participants included students,school board members, staff, administrators, municipal and PTA representatives.

    Students were the stars at the high school groundbreaking ceremony on January 26. Performances by the Blue Devil Marching Band, Triple Trio, and Chamber Choir set the stage for the historic event. Students threw the first shovels of dirt and wore beautifully painted hard hats by student artists.

    Watch the video

    Watch a slide show


    It's a Great Day for the Mt. Lebanon School District!
    January 26, 2012

    It has been a long time coming, but the day is finally here to celebrate the groundbreaking of our new high school. The ceremony is set for 4:00p.m., rain or shine, this afternoon on the lawn near the Fine Arts Theatre. Come hear the Marching Blue Devil Band, the Triple Trio and the High School Chamber Choir. Students hand painted all the hard hats that will be worn by the participants. Join us for a reception in the upper lobby of the Fine Arts Theatre following the ceremony. Let's Celebrate!

    ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTIVITIES DELAYED UNTIL NOON
    January 21, 2012
    Due to weather conditions, all activities scheduled at Mt. Lebanon School District for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, will be delayed until noon.

    Mellon Inside Out
    January 20, 2012
    Mellon students used their portraits to make a statement: "We look to the future, to preserve what is right, and continue to make the world a better place."

    Mellon students joined “Inside Out” - a global art project that lets people upload portraits of themselves to express a positive message about what they stand for with the hope to inspire others to do the same so the idea grows. In return, participants are mailed back a large print of their portrait.  Mellon students took portraits in black and white and uploaded them to the insideoutproject.net website.  The students decided as a group what they stood for, what they cared about and what they wanted the viewers to know.  According to their art teacher, Garrett Hain, the students decided on this statement: "We look to the future, to preserve what is right, and continue to make the world a better place." All nine students received their printed portraits from Inside Out, and some are currently being displayed at Mellon Middle School.


    January Extra Mile Award: Peter Berg
    January 16, 2012
    Peter Berg accepts this month's Extra Mile Award from School Board President Josephine Posti.

    This month’s Extra Mile Award winner, Mr. Peter Berg, has been a strong advocate for our students since the moment he began working in the District as a guidance counselor.  

    Mr. Berg was nominated by a parent, who wrote about how he helped their family when a child was being bullied.  Peter Berg took the parents’ concern about bullying seriously, stepped in to stop the bullying, and let it be known that bullying would not be tolerated.   The parent wrote   “I really believe that Pete genuinely cares about every student in this district.”

    Another parent shared how Mr. Berg stepped in during a child’s medical crisis to support the child and the transition back to school.  He took the time to learn about and understand the child’s complicated issues and dedicated many hours to helping the family get the necessary supports and work with the child’s teachers achieve a successful outcome.  The parent wrote that Mr. Berg “told me many times that he’s just doing his job.  He does it very, very well.”

    Peter Berg’s concern for students, staff, and the operation of the high school is evident on a daily basis.  He is in his office before others arrive, and is one of the last to leave the building each day.  He has been instrumental in helping to ensure a smooth transition this school year as the administrative reorganization was implemented.   Since the beginning of the school year, the high school has had a vacant unit principal position; Mr. Berg has done whatever is necessary to help fill the needs of that open position by going above and beyond to assist students who were not in his assigned unit to make sure their requests and needs are met. 

    Mr. Berg’s extra efforts each day, through his professionalism, care, organization and knowledge, help to preserve the smooth day to day operations of the Mt. Lebanon High School program.

    It is an honor to present the Extra Mile Award to Mr. Peter Berg.


    A MLFE Grant Success Story
    January 11, 2012
    Elementary music teacher, Carol Froehlich, was awarded a grant from the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education to bring Quaver Music to Mt. Lebanon. Quaver's School Program is a comprehensive classroom program that includes DVD series, teacher guides and website designed to help music teachers inspire children to learn to love music. Click here to read more about it.

    STRIKING A BALANCE: Helping our kids THRIVE, not just survive
    January 3, 2012

    Mt. Lebanon PTA Council will hold a community forum on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Fine Arts Theatre to further explore the issue of teen stress. Students today face a balancing act of academics, extracurricular activities, social pressures, and college pursuit. Learn more about these issues and the tools to use to help young people cope. The evening will be moderated by KDKA news anchor, Ken Rice.

    Bring your questions for our panel of experts:

    Shelly Saba-High School Counselor
    Jeff Longo-Outreach Teen and Family Services
    Dan Petrich-High School English Teacher
    Tom Jackson-High School Math Teacher
    Patti Lee-Career Counselor
    Jennifer Winge-Dean of Admissions, College of Wooster
    Dr. Stuart Libman-Psychologist
    Dr. Amy Gosling-Pediatrician
    Carlie McGinty-High School Activities Director
    Caroline Saunders-Student panelist, current senior and student body officer


    Buddies Forever
    January 2, 2012
    Two Washington buddies working together on a project.

    Washington Elementary School partners kindergarten and fifth grade students in a buddy program. Each month, students work on special projects together that foster wonderful friendships across grade levels.  Before the holiday break, the fifth graders read holiday books to the kindergarten students, and the kindergarten students sang winter-themed songs for their fifth grade buddies.

    High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
    December 21, 2011
    Students from all ten schools hand painted hard hats for the groundbreaking. Pictured are those painted by high school students.

    The Mt. Lebanon School District invites staff, students, parents and the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mt. Lebanon High School renovation project on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. on the lawn next to the Fine Arts Theatre on Horsman Drive. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony in the upper lobby of the theater.

     


    Holiday Traditions: Markham Gingerbread Houses
    December 20, 2011
    Markham students with their gingerbread house masterpieces.

    For the past 29 years, the Markham tradition of building gingerbread houses has always been a special day on the school calendar. Younger students are paired with older students for the project. Each gingerbread house is unique and special. Students make new friends, learn to work together, and best of all, have fun.

    Holiday Traditions: Lincoln's Frosty Shop
    December 16, 2011
    Two very discerning shoppers decide on that special gift at Lincoln's Frosty Shop.

    The Lincoln Elementary School Frosty Shop was held last week where students can purchase handmade items at a minimal cost to give as gifts to their families over the holidays. The Frosty Shop tradition began in the mid-1970’s and involves parent volunteers who start making items in the summer to stock the holiday shop. The countless volunteer hours invested in each handmade item is all worthwhile once you see the face of a student as they pick that special gift for mom or dad. 

    High School Senior Named YoungArts Finalist
    December 15, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School senior, Luke Steinhauer, is a YoungArts Finalist in Musical Theater. YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, Luke  joins 151 other finalists. They will all participate in the YoungArts Week in Miami January 9-14, 2012 for master classes by world-renowned artists; performances and exhibitions; and the possibility to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and visit the White House.

     

    The students attending YoungArts Week were selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories. The adjudication process will continue during YoungArts Week to determine further award levels. Monetary awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be presented to students exhibiting excellence in their discipline.

     

    YoungArts is the only organization in the nation to recognize students in nine discipline categories of cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. The organization’s mission is to identify emerging artists, provide educational enrichment and assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society. At the request of The Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, NFAA serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

     

    YoungArts Week performances will be livestreamed on www.youngarts.org.

     


    Students Contribute to Public Art
    December 14, 2011
    Jefferson Middle School student, Jakob Posti, is pictured with his artwork on display at Pamela's.

    If you happen to stop by Pamela's P & G Diner in Mt. Lebanon, take special notice of the artwork. A community outreach exhibit is taking place at the restaurant and Mt. Lebanon School District is well represented by 12 talented and creative students. Each secondary Visual Arts teacher submitted two outstanding student works of art to represent our District. Special thanks to Mellon art teacher, Garrett Hain, who spearheaded the effort.

    Congratulations to the following students:

     

    High School

    Natalie Isenberg

    Kaelin Kost

    Mellon Middle School

    Sarah Rolfson

    Maddy Rice

    Max Davidson

    Alexandra McDonough

    Abigail Eckhardt

    Phoebe Vipperman 

    Jefferson Middle School

    Ava Santoro

    Casey Lynch

    Jakob Posti

    Autumn Graham


    JMS Students Create Organic Sculpture
    December 14, 2011
    Enviromental artists at JMS with their sculpture.

    Greg Frommeyer’s Art Enrichment class at Jefferson Middle School took advantage of the warmer-than-usual December weather to meld their artistic craftsmanship with the environment.   The class is studying the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, who teaches, "Working with nature means working on nature's terms." The students used only their hands and natural materials (leaves, grass, berries and more) to create an organic sculpture. According to Mr. Froymeyer, “The students felt the piece should reconnect with the tree that shed the leaves and not take on an inorganic presence, like a square.  Although it was sculpted, it had to fit with nature. The students will now watch how the piece will be affected by its environment. Perhaps students will add on to it.  If snow falls, the spiral may stand out under a blanket of crisp white snow.  Elementary kids at recess may use it as part of a game.  It might be deconstructed, destroyed or blown away.”   

     


    School Board Discusses Budget Options
    December 12, 2011
    At the Dec. 12 School Board Discussion meeting, the majority of the Board indicated they were in support of presenting a preliminary 2012-13 budget in January with the intent to apply for the exceptions to the Act 1 Index. This preliminary budget must propose a millage increase which exceeds the Index in order to become eligible for exceptions to the Index. This does not require the Board to levy a tax increase, it only preserves the Board’s right to use exceptions to the Index if they choose. The budget is approximately $2.4 million out of balance.

    High School Forensics Speech Team Shines at Princeton University Tournament
    December 7, 2011
    The Forensics Speech team has reason to smile after their successful weekend at the Princeton tournament.

    The Mt. Lebanon Forensics Speech Team enjoyed great success at the Princeton Classic last weekend. The tournament draws the top Forensics teams from across the nation.  This year was the largest tournament in its 15 year history, with close to 100 schools in attendance. Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding performances: the Duo team of CJ Ketchum and Hanna Vogel won first place; Keith Rentler won 2nd place in Humorous Interpretation and Tara Dervin won 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation; Nate Bateman, Sarah Hill, Julia Teti, and Dan Cluskey earned finalist spots in their events. The team's coaches are Lisa Hoffmann, Brenda Nascone, George Savarese, and Stephanie Mangan.

    'Tis the Season
    December 7, 2011
    Frosty the Snowman was a big hit at the Beverly Road Light Up Night.

    Students from Howe Elementary School kicked off the holiday season at the Beverly Road Light Up Night last week by singing holiday carols in Spanish. The students entertained the crowd while waiting for the tree lighting. Mt. Lebanon high school students also performed at the Washington Road Light Up Night.

    PMEA Honors Jazz West
    November 30, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School was recently notified that two students qualified by live audition to participate in The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Honors Jazz West. Sophomore, Jason Hois, trumpet and Junior, Sam Faust, Tenor will represent Mt. Lebanon High School in concert on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

    High School Offers Preschool Program
    November 30, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School will once again offer a preschool program for three and four year olds.  To be eligible children must be at least age 3 ½ by March 5, 2012, and 4 year olds must be no older than four years ten months by March 5, 2012.  The program is operated by high school students enrolled in the Advanced Child Development Course under the supervision of the child development teacher.  The program will run from March 5 through May 24, 2012.  The children will attend Monday – Thursday from 9:10 to 10:40 a.m.    Cost is $65.  Enrollment is limited to 10 children.  Deadline for application is February 1, 2012.  For information call Susan Kordistos at
     412-344-2023.

    Newsmaker: Pete DiNardo (Trib)
    November 30, 2011

    Changing the Face of Men’s Health-One Moustache at a Time
    November 29, 2011
    JMS teacher Tyler Bluemling was surprised by his students, all sporting moustaches, to support Movember.

    During November each year, Movember is a time when men grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. A group of Mt. Lebanon teachers signed on to support the cause and have raised over $500 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Watch a slide show of our participating teachers.


    Winter Wonderland Art Auction to Benefit Best Buddies Mt. Lebanon
    November 22, 2011
    Mark your calendars and save the date!  On December 7th, in Center Court at the High School, Best Buddies Lebo will hold an Art Auction. Preview of the art takes place from 6:00 – 7:00p.m. and the auction begins at 7:00 p.m..   Well over 200 works of art by national and internationally recognized artists will be auctioned.  Beginning bids will be below retail gallery prices.  State of the Art Fund Raising Art Auctions, Ltd. will conduct this benefit art auction.  A door prize will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.   All proceeds raised benefit Best Buddies Lebo, a student organization that promotes friendships between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers. Contact Jodi Dunlap at jdunlap@mtlsd.net for more information.

    Click here to reserve tickets.   

     

        


    High School Student's Eagle Scout Project Benefits Students with Autism
    November 21, 2011
    David Hudak showing cub scouts the contents of a sensory box he made for the autistic program at Washington School.

    High School student, David Hudak, built 10 sensory boxes for use by students with autism for his Eagle Scout project. He donated nine to seven Mt. Lebanon schools and one to St. Paul's preschool. The items included in each of the boxes will help students with sensory needs to process sensory information in their school surroundings and successfully meet everyday environmental challenges with comfort. The boxes were delivered to Washington school last week.  Read more about the project in the Almanac.

    Washington School Principal Mary Kay Davis commented, “David has given Mt. Lebanon elementary students and staff a wonderful resource. He researched and carefully selected items that meet a wide range of needs including auditory, tactile, and visual.  I am so impressed with the initiative and craftsmanship this young man has shown.” 

     


    Adminstrator Travels to Germany for Program Sponsored by Goethe-Institut
    November 17, 2011

    Nancy Campbell, District Supervisor of World Languages and Libraries, participated in a program in Germany November 6-12 sponsored by the Goethe-Institut.  Mt. Lebanon High School is a PASCH partner school which is a partnership for the future program of the Goethe-Institut, the branch of the German federal government which promotes the study of German language. The Goethe-Institut conveys an all-around image of Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics, and encourages international cooperation.  During the program in Berlin, administrators from PASCH partner schools from North America met with representatives of the German government, education-related agencies, and Siemens Corporation.  They also visited several schools and universities to learn about the German educational system as well as Germany’s role within the area of cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.  According to Ms. Campbell, “Although the German educational system is somewhat different from our system, we have similar goals and face similar challenges.  The opportunity to meet and exchange information with other administrators from the United States and Canada as well as the opportunities provided by the Goethe-Institut in Germany made the experience extremely interesting.”  In the past three years, Mt. Lebanon High School has received funding from the PASCH partnership for classroom technology and books, teacher professional development, and summer study opportunities in Germany for students.


    Lincoln School Featured on KDKA News for Turkey Fund
    November 17, 2011
    Lincoln student, Nora Conaway interviewed classmates for a segment on the Turkey Fund that aired on KDKA.

    Lincoln Elementary student, Nora Conaway, is carrying on the legacy of her late grandmother and KDKA consumer reporter, Yvonne Zanos, by helping to promote the KDKA Turkey Fund. This year, Lincoln students and staff raised over $7,000 for the fund.  Lincoln School was featured on KDKA news as Nora interviewed her classmates on why they think it’s important to support the Turkey Fund.  The school collected the money  to help support the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.  Mary Robb Jackson was on hand to help coach Nora with her interviews with classmates. Watch the video.


    Career Day at Jefferson Middle School
    November 15, 2011
    Want to be a firefighter? This Jefferson Middle School student suited up in safety gear courtesy of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department at Career Day.

    On Friday, November 11th, 2011, 8th graders from Jefferson Middle School enjoyed learning from over twenty diverse professionals who reside within the Mt. Lebanon community.  When asked, 99% of the eighth grade students indicated that information that was presented was beneficial in learning about various careers.  Further, 97% would recommend this program for next year’s eighth grade class.  The day was launched by keynote addresses delivered by Christine and Jack Tumpson and Alby Oxenreiter.

    High School English Teacher to Present at NCTE Convention
    November 14, 2011

    The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased to announce that Connie Booth will be speaking at the 2011 NCTE Annual Convention.
    Booth, of Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be presenting during the panel session, "ART AND FILM: READING VISUAL LITERACY MODELS." An excerpt from the description of this session in the Convention Program reads:

    "Critical analysis of art, pictures, and non-fiction film in secondary classrooms. Teachers present their pedagogy, mentor texts, and students' narrative projects." The session will be held from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM on Friday, November 18, 2011.

    Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of K-12 teachers, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning speakers, attend idea-packed sessions, share best practices, participate in workshops, and test the latest teaching materials. The 2011 NCTE Annual Convention will be held November 17-22, in Chicago, Illinois.


    Veterans Day
    November 11, 2011
    The high school held a Veterans Day ceremony to honor staff members who served in the military, along with students and staff who have family members currently serving. 2011 Mt. Lebanon grads Alex Pecoraro and Brad Nealon, both serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, were among those honored.

    Each year on November 11, Veterans Day, the Mt. Lebanon School District joins the nation to recognize and honor all those Americans who have served our country in the Armed Services. Today, there are more than 25 million veterans living among us. This day reminds us that we need to pause and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and those currently serving, and thank them for their devotion to our country. We must not allow the passage of time or the comforts of peace to erase the memory of their service and sacrifices. As we observe Veterans Day, please take some time to learn more about the accomplishments of our nation’s veterans, their dedication and courage, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve the blessings of liberty.  On this day and every day please do not forget the members of your family, neighbors or members of the community who have served our country.   Please keep our present service personnel in your thoughts at this time as they serve throughout the world

    Lincoln Students Prepare for Veterans Day
    November 9, 2011
    Students at Lincoln Elementary painted t-shirts to raise funds for the Navy Seal Foundation.

    Lincoln students prepared for Veterans Day by painting t-shirts to show support for our troops. For a $10 donation to the Navy Seal Foundation, students were able to paint a t-shirt to wear to the school's Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Art teacher Jill Magestic organized the after school paint-a-thon. 

    High School Teacher Achieves National Board Certification Renewal
    November 8, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School Social Studies teacher, Adam Lumish, was informed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® (NBPTS®) that he has met the standard for renewal of National Board Certification®. In order to be renewed, a candidate must have demonstrated comprehensive professional growth in a variety of areas over time. The renewal certificate is a symbol of continued accomplishment and extends ten years beyond the renewal date.

    High School Teacher Honored by the University of Chicago
    November 8, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School was notified that AP US History teacher, Peter DiNardo, has been nominated for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the university invites entering first-year students to nominate an educator who has “changed them, challenge them, or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth.”

    High School Senior Selected for National Writing Honor
    November 8, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School senior, Caroline Saunders, was selected for the 2011 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing. The NCTE honors 520 high school seniors as outstanding writers. The recipients were chosen from 1, 649 students nominated in their junior year by their teachers from the 50 states.

    The Achievement Awards in Writing program was established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best students writers in the nation. A team of English teachers judge the writing, looking especially for writing that demonstrates effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience.


    Mellon Career Day: It is Never Too Early to Start Planning
    November 4, 2011
    FBI agent Gregg Frankhauser spoke to students about his work in the federal law enforcement agency.

    Career Day at Mellon Middle School gave eighth grade students a chance to hear from a wide range of professionals about careers to consider for the future. KDKA anchor, Ken Rice, gave the keynote address. Careers in zoology,  medicine, law, acting, politics, counseling, advertising were among those represented.  Mt. Lebanon Technology Director Chris Stengel, discussed job opportunities in technology and Social Studies Supervisor Jeff Zeiders, spoke about education.  

    Brave New World
    November 2, 2011
    Cast members of 'Brave New World'

    Mt. Lebanon High School Evening and Technical Theatre Companies will present Aldous Huxley’s 'Brave New World' on November 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Fine Arts Theatre. The play is directed by Cynthia K. Schreiner and adapted for the stage by David Rogers.

    The novel, published in 1932, was considered a fantasy of the future that shed a critical eye on contemporary issues. Now considered a classic, 'Brave New World' deals with thought provoking themes and continues to be included in the top book lists for high school students.

    Tickets for the play are $5 and can be reserved online  or purchased at the door. Call the Mt. Lebanon High School Fine Arts Department at 412-344-2030 for more information.
    Cast list.

     


    JMS Student a Winner in National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest
    October 27, 2011
    As part of the American Chemical Society’s 2011 National Chemistry Week and International Year of Chemistry celebrations, the Pittsburgh Section sponsored an illustrated poetry contest for students in grades K-12. Jefferson Middle School student, Kendall Kelly, won first place for her poem in the 6th-8th Grade division. Students were asked to pick topics related to the theme “Chemistry – Our Health, Our Future!” Kendall will receive a check for $50 for her first place entry and her poem will be entered into the national poetry competition sponsored by the American Chemical Society.  Entries were judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.

    Howe School Welcomes Visitors from Uruguay
    October 25, 2011
    Howe teachers Mr. Jason Kukic and Mrs. Caylin Charrie danced the tango to music played by the Howe strings ensemble in honor of the guests from Uruguay.

    Howe Elementary School students and staff welcomed two fifth grade students and their teacher from Mercedes, Soriano, Uruguay on Monday. The group is in Mt. Lebanon as part of a cultural exchange program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State through the efforts of Mt. Lebanon FLES teacher, Elaine Palmer. The school held an assembly in the Howe Auditorium to  welcome 5th grade students, Vaelntina Fontora and Valentina Mezquida,  and their teacher, Claudia López Zapata. The event was streamed live to their classmates at N°65 Eduardo Victor Haedo School in Mercedes, Uruguay. Last year, Elaine Palmer  traveled to Uruguay to visit the school.  Watch a video of the assembly. The assembly was streamed on the web and watched by students at Eduardo Victor Haedo School.

    Students at Howe and Foster schools already know their Mt. Lebanon counterparts due to an ongoing pen pal program called “Amigos Para Siempre” (Friends Forever). The program connects Mt. Lebanon students with Uruguayan students and teachers from Eduardo Victor Haedo School.   Families from Foster and Howe elementary schools will host the Uruguayan students so they can experience the life of an elementary student living in the United States.  The students will shadow their pen pals at school, and experience community and cultural events with their host families.   

    School and municipal representatives joined Howe students to give the international visitors a Mt. Lebanon welcome. State Representative Matt Smith presented an official welcome proclamation from the PA House of Representatives. 

     


    Western PA Educators Testify on Impact of State Budget Cuts
    October 24, 2011

    Superintendent Tim Steinhauer testified before the  Pennsylvania State House Democratic Policy Committee hearings last Friday on the effects state education funding cuts will have on school districts.  The panel was co-chaired by State Reps. Matt Smith, Dan Deasy and Chelsa Wagner, and included state Reps. Robert Matzie, Joe Markosek, Chris Sainato, Dan Frankel, Paul Costa and Kevin Murphy. Click the link above to read the article.

     


    German Student Exchange Program Still Thriving After 28 Years
    October 21, 2011
    Students from Düren, Germany get ready to tour Pittsburgh with high school German teacher, Herr Stein.

    Students from Stiftisches Gymnasium, the oldest high school of its kind in Düren, Germany, are visiting Mt. Lebanon High School as part of a successful student exchange program that has flourished here since 1983. The relationship between Mt. Lebanon and Düren came about by accident when the New England hosts for the German school cancelled just two weeks before the scheduled exchange. Acting on a suggestion from a family with distant relatives in Mt. Lebanon, Düren teachers contacted former German teacher and foreign language supervisor, Sheldon Campbell, to see if Mt. Lebanon High School would be interested in hosting the students. With little warning and not much time to find hosts, Mr. Campbell agreed to a partnership that has lasted even with challenges in international travel over the years. The exchange is a wonderful opportunity that has benefited students, teachers and Mt. Lebanon host families for the past twenty-eight years.

    Mt. Lebanon PTA Celebrates 75th Anniversary
    October 19, 2011
    The PTA presidents for the 2011-12 school year were honored by the School Board at the Oct. 17 meeting.

    Each year, the leaders of the Mt. Lebanon PTA are recognized by the District to celebrate the long and strong tradition of parent involvement in our schools. This year is especially significant since it is the 75th Anniversary of PTA in the Mt. Lebanon School District. On January 16, 1936, the first official organization meeting was held at Washington Elementary School, establishing the Mt. Lebanon Township Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

    Over the years, PTA has been a tireless advocate for our children and our schools.  The legacy of this organization is a powerful reminder of the positive impact parent involvement can have in schools.  Here are just a few of the important contributions Mt. Lebanon PTA has made over the years:

    •1936-As a result of PTA support, diphtheria testing is carried out in all Mt. Lebanon schools.
    •1942- The PTA was a leader in the war effort on the home front through the sale of war bonds and stamps. Mt. Lebanon students purchases $75, 000 of war stamps which provided over 40 jeeps for the army.
    •1943- PTA establishes a U.S.O. Canteen service and manages the community registrations for war ration books.
    •1951-PTA creates a Civil Defense Committee and trains 800 adults in the community in first aid.
    •1952-PTA mounts a campaign to support a $2.5 million school bond issue for major additions to the high school that include classrooms, science labs, modern library, cafeteria, gymnasium, swimming pool and auditorium.  The bond issue passed by a 3 to 2 margin.
    •1954-PTA Council produces and distributes a brochure listing the candidates for the Mt. Lebanon School Board and their views.
    •1955-PTA Council petitions the Township Commissioners and County Commissioner urging them to pave Bower Hill Road so sidewalks can be installed for safe walking.

    Since the 1950’s, the PTA has advocated for safe playgrounds, the fight against smoking, drugs and alcohol, parent education programs, public education, and the list continues to grow each day.  Mt. Lebanon staff and students thank PTA volunteers, both current and former, who work tirelessly each year to make our schools a special place for children. 

    Click here to view the PTA 75th Anniversary Celebration

    2011-2012 PTA Presidents
    Sheryl Cohen-PTA Council
    Rachel Meta-Foster Elementary
    Karen Morris-Hoover Elementary
    Julie Daubner-Howe Elementary
    Marjorie Crist- Jefferson Elementary               
    Debra Cunningham-Lincoln Elementary
    Linda Csont-Markham Elementary
    Anne Pillion-Washington Elementary
    Laura Cowell-Jefferson Middle
    Linda Shapiro-Mellon Middle                        
    Ruby Kang-High School PTSA


    Creating Future Classrooms Today
    October 12, 2011
    Pete Bouvy and Joann Villa presented a session on the use of videos in the classroom at the technology in-service.

    "Creating Future Classrooms Today" was the theme of the Oct. 10 high school technology in-service. Teachers attended workshops led by their peers to explore ways to integrate technology in their classes.  The 21st Century classroom is constantly evolving and the in-service provided a wide range of ideas, new techniques, and new technologies for teachers to explore to support instruction. Workshop topics included ways to create teacher Webpages using Wiki's, the 21st Century Classroom, using Wikis for student projects, showing  students how to use their Smartphone for more than just entertainment, green screen technology in the classroom and using video recordings in the classroom to archive lessons and flip the classroom.  

    Mt. Lebanon Students Selected for PMEA District 1 Honors Band
    October 12, 2011

    Congratulations to the five Mt. Lebanon students who recently qualified by live audition to participate in The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Honors Band. They will represent Mt. Lebanon High School in concert on Sunday, November 27, at Carnegie Hall in Oakland.

    Lukas Basse, Bassoon Grade 9

    Timothy Fitzgerald, Euphonium Grade 12

    Patrick Forgione, Trumpet Grade 12

    Hannah Rice, Clarinet Grade 12

    Alex Kurland, Clarinet Grade 10


    Training Future Leaders
    October 6, 2011
    R.J. Long, the PASC District 3 Director, presented a leadership 101 workshop to students from around the county at Jefferson Middle School.

    On Wednesday, October 5, the Jefferson Middle School Student Council hosted a mini-conference for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council (PASC) member schools.  The title for this half-day event was "How to Do a Workshop:  Get the Key Ingredients."  Students spent the day taking in a wealth of information about leadership opportunities available to them. They learned how to develop their own successful leadership workshops to build leadership capacity in their schools. 

    Eighty-seven students from middle schools in Allegheny County, along with twenty-one students from the JMS Student Council, were able to attend sessions conducted by experienced high school presenters and the PASC District Director.  The goal for the day was to enable and motivate Student Council members to present at future leadership conferences and inform them of opportunities that exist for them.  Overall, the day was a tremendous success and JMS looks forward to seeing this core group of presenters in the future.


    PMEA Honors String Orchestra
    October 2, 2011
    A group of nine Mt. Lebanon High School Orchestra students recently auditioned and were all accepted into the 2011 PMEA District 1 Honors String Orchestra. The students will represent Mt. Lebanon High School in concert on November 13, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Carson Middle School in the North Allegheny School District. 

    Congratulations to the following Mt. Lebanon students:
     
    Philip Clippinger and Zhaoliang Ma, Violin
    Ryan Fan and Alexis Trbovich, Viola 
    Zach Kosbie, Alex Rice, Alex Tybl and Andrew Vogel, Cello
    Evan Reichenfeld, Bass
     
    Mr. Robert Vogel is the High School Orchestra Director.

    Pennsylvania Music Educators Select Mt. Lebanon Students for Honors
    September 26, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School students selected for PMEA Honors Choir.

    The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) announced that four Mt. Lebanon students qualified for PMEA District 1 Honors Choir.   They are: Emily Andrews (Junior), Sarah Hill (Junior), Aline Klieber (Senior exchange student), and Brigitta Hutchins (Senior). The students auditioned at Franklin Regional High School in  September and will represent Mt. Lebanon High School at the festival in November at Seton Hill University.

    Congratulations National Merit Semifinalists
    September 26, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School 2012 National Merit Semifinalists

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of the Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Mt. Lebanon School District is proud to announce that seven seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Over 74,500 Pennsylvania students in 918 schools participated in the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Students in Pennsylvania scoring 215 or above on the PSAT/NMSQT were recognized as semi-finalists. Congratulations to the following students on this outstanding academic achievement: Ellis Herman, Megan Matthews, Kevin Skolnick, Gabriel Rosenberg, Jerry Zhang, Lillian Dattilo, and Owen Brown.

     

    Owen Brown scored a perfect score of 240 on the PSAT/NMSQT exam.  He is one of only nine Pennsylvania students to have a perfect score.   


    Spirit of Volunteerism Alive and Well at the High School
    September 22, 2011
    Music for Mt. Lebanon representatives sign up students to volunteer as ushers for performances held at the high school.

    High school students packed Center Court to search out volunteer opportunities at a wide variety of non-profits organizations that participated in the annual Community Service Fair. Groups like Animal Friends, Concordia, and Music for Mt. Lebanon were on hand to answer questions and sign-up volunteers. Visit the high school web site  for more information about community service and volunteer opportunities. 

    Pete DiNardo Receives Extra Mile Award
    September 20, 2011
    Pete DiNardo with School Board members Larry Lebowitz, Jo Posti, Mary Birks, and Dale Ostergaard.

    School Board President Jo Posti

    Pete Dinardo-September 2011 Extra Mile Award Recipient

    Tonight, I wanted to take a minute to recognize someone who many of us think about when we think about our mission, “to provide the best education possible for each and every student.”  Another way of saying this is to do everything that we can to ensure that each of our children maximizes his or her potential.  Perhaps no one in our district does this better than the recipient of this month’s Extra Mile Award, Pete DiNardo.

    Throughout most of his tenure, he has taught AP US History.  As our students will attest, this is one of the most difficult courses many of them take during their high school careers.  It prepares them well for what lies ahead of them in college.  He’s been the driving force behind this course and is a legend among his students.  He’s admired, respected and beloved by the students brave enough to take on the challenge of APUSH.  Mr. DiNardo believes it’s his responsibility to push his students to the limit to make sure they maximize their potential and pushes them beyond where they think they can be.  He does this through tireless devotion top his students and his craft.  More specifically, Mr. DiNardo spends endless hours preparing new and exciting materials for his class, working with students both during and after regular school hours (including teaching evening sessions when either the curriculum or students require it) as well as grading both exams and his very well-known term paper.

    Many of us know students who have been taught by Mr. DiNardo and find that he’s frequently described as one of their favorites.  One Board member described Pete’s class as “the hardest and most demanding course of (his son’s) high school career.  Yet it was the most rewarding. Most importantly, it honed his skills in reading, writing, and research which served him well in college.”  Another shared the things that made him a favorite between both of her children: “For one, the class and the intelligent, lively discussions only sharpened her love of history; Pete made it come alive, and it allowed her to find her voice. For my son, who was not a huge fan of history, the class made him go farther than he thought he could, with research, group discussions and high expectations. It was THE class, he would later tell me, that prepared him for the rigor of college life. Another student shared that Mr. DiNardo’s course was harder than any course she took at her very competitive college.  Students leave this class knowing that they have pushed themselves to the limit. 

    Somehow, he also finds time to sponsor the Emergency Club and volunteer with Forensics and his son’s and daughter’s soccer teams.  Emergency’s mission is to educate students on the contemporary issues of world health and discuss the problems, causes, and possible responses to these issues.  Those responses have made an impact not only on our students but for communities around the world.  One of Emergency’s signature events was their Walk For Water in 2009, a community event that brought attention to the need for clean water in Africa and the impact limited water supplies has on women and children in Sudan.  This event included bringing in Benjamin Ajak, author of "They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky" and one of the refugees called "Lost Boys of Sudan" and hosting a community event at the stadium that raised over $6,000.  Last year, Water for Sudan drilled a well, named by our students, “Lebo H2OPE”in the village of Malek Amal in the Jur River County, Western Bar El Ghazal State.  At the time, Mr. DiNardo said, " To see the fruits of this labor and know that this village has access to fresh water brings me a great deal of satisfaction and also provides a concrete success to share with and motivate a new generation of Mt. Lebanon students."  Mr. DiNardo, you motivate our students in and outside of the classroom and make a meaningful impact on your local community as well as communities in other parts of the world.  Thank you.

     


    Mt. Lebanon High School Students Celebrate National Constitution Day
    September 17, 2011

    In 2004, Congress officially recognized September 17th as National Constitution Day to recognize the day members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final copy of the Constitution in 1787.  Since its inception in 2007, Mt. Lebanon High School has participated in “Project 26”, a PENNCORD initiative for public schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Project 26, named for the 26th amendment to the Constitution, engages students to understand what it means to be an active citizen. Each year on Constitution Day, a group of Mt. Lebanon seniors create a lesson about the 26th amendment to the US Constitution which gave 18 year-olds the right to vote.  The students, guided by High School Social Studies teacher, Gary Ford, present this lesson to all students enrolled in Western Cultures classes.  This year, Laura Cherner and Jayson Driscoll, two senior A.P. Government students, coordinated the peer education program.  Quinn Kobelak and Keith Rentler introduced the lesson with a rap.


    Washington 4th Grader Named Jr. Reporter for Pittsburgh Penguins
    September 16, 2011
    Iceburgh makes a visit to Eva Dorr's class at Washington School.

    Eva Dorr, a 4th grade student at Washington Elementary School, has been selected as the Jr. Reporter for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2011-12 season.  Eva had to submit a written essay and a YouTube video to the Penguins in the first round of the application process. Based on her video submission, the Penguins selected Eva to be among the group of finalists to audition in front of a panel at the Consol Energy Center. Panelists were Ralph Martin – CEO & President, Trib Total Media; Rob Rossi – Penguins Beat Writer, Trib Total Media, Pierre Larouche – Pittsburgh Penguins Alumnus; Katie O’Malley – Pens TV and Gamenight Host; Steve Mears – Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network Host and Steve Finerty – Pittsburgh Penguins Producer/Editor. She also had to conduct an interview with former Penguin Pierre Larouche. 

    As the Jr. Penguin Reporter, Eva will work with the Penguins production team to report on various Penguins events and conduct player and coach interviews throughout the season.   Her segments will air both in-game at select Penguins home games, as well as online at pittsburghpenguins.com.   Eva's prize also included a party with a visit from Iceburgh, the Pens mascot, to her class at Washington School and lunch for everyone provided by TGI Friday.  


    Markham School Honors MLPD and MLFD at 9/11 Observance
    September 13, 2011
    Markham Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts formed a color guard at the ceremony.

    Markham Elementary School held a flag raising ceremony and a moment of reflection on September 12, 2011, to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Members of the Mt. Lebanon Fire and Police departments were honored guests so students could thank them for their service to our schools and community. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at Markham served as color guards. This event is held each year at the school and was first started by former principal, Mr. Robert Mallery.

    Lebo Students Chalk Up Big Win on KDKA’s Hometown High Q
    September 11, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School students at KDKA’s Hometown High Q competition.

    On Saturday, Sept. 9, a team of students from Mt. Lebanon High School competed on KDKA’s Hometown High Q. The team won the competition by 150 points! Team members are Azfar Merchant (captain), Sam Faust and Alex Kurland.  The opposing teams were from Peters Township and Moniteau high schools. The show will air on KDKA next Saturday, Sept.17 at 11:00 a.m. and on Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. Congratulations students! Go Lebo!

    Alumni News: CPL Ben Kiernan Class of 2004 Throws First Pitch at Sept. 11 Pirate Game
    September 7, 2011
    CPL Ben Kiernan, USMC, was honored by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Sept. 11 game at PNC Park.

    CPL Ben Kiernan, USMC was invited by the Pittsburgh Pirates to throw out the first pitch for the September 11, 2011 at 1:35 game against the Florida Marlins at PNC Park. Watch the video courtesy of MLB.

    CPL Ben Kiernan received the Purple Heart for injuries received in Afghanistan while serving as a United States Marine Combat Engineer during Operation Enduring Freedom on September 16, 2010. Ben was medevaced through Germany to Bethesda Naval Hospital and arrived in the states on September 19, 2010 where the majority of the medical procedures were performed to help his recovery.

    Even though he is still recovery from numerous surgeries, Ben volunteers as a Big Brother in Veteran programs to support the community.

    Jefferson Welcomes New Principal
    September 7, 2011
    Making new friends-Jefferson students welcome new principal, Mr. Marc Thornton.

    Jefferson Elementary School parents recently organized a Family Fun Night to welcome new principal, Mr. Marc Thornton. The event was a great success and was attended by families and staff. 

    Pink-Out A Great Success
    September 1, 2011
    The community turned out to support the high school Pink-Out.

    Mt. Lebanon High School  held a Pink-Out to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research at the first home football game on September 9, 2011. Our students showed their support by wearing pink, and the football team wore pink ribbon decals on their helmets. Watch a slideshow of the event. The first Pink-Out was organized in 2009 by Mt. Lebanon High School student Ellese Meyer to honor her mother who had lost her battle with breast cancer.  As a result of Ellese’s efforts, along with the help and support of Mt. Lebanon Athletic Director John Grogan, Pink-Outs are now held at over ninety high school sporting events in the WPIAL, raising over $35,000 for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation-a local organization supported by Ellese’s late mother.

    Since Ellese graduated from Mt. Lebanon in 2010, her story has gained national attention. She will be featured in a new show coming to ABC stations on Saturday mornings called “Everyday Health,” brought to you by the online health site, Everyday Health, and will air as part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure every Saturday morning.

    Each episode of “Everyday Health” shines a light upon someone who has selflessly and passionately dedicated their time and effort to promoting positive, healthy initiatives.  On September 9, the cast and crew of “Everyday Health” visited the high school to film a segment about Ellese Meyer and how she inspired her classmates, and high school students throughout Western Pennsylvania, to take an active role in the fight against breast cancer.  "Everyday Health" show hosts, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca— both winners of the show “Survivor”—filmed  Ellese and students at the high school during the day and at the football game in the evening.

    The air date for this episode has not yet been scheduled.
     
    For more information about “Everyday Health” visit www.EverydayHealth.com/TV or
    http://www.facebook.com/everydayhealth#!/everydayhealth.


    A Great Day for Some Great Alumni
    August 29, 2011
    Student Council members with Kenyen Brown, Lori McCleary-Szala, and Joe Manganiello.

    Mt. Lebanon School High School welcomed back the 2011 Great Alumni Award recipients, their family and friends on Sept. 9, 2011. The award winners were honored at a luncheon at the high school and at the football that evening.  Traveling back to their alma mater to accept their awards in person were Kenyen Brown, Class of 1987, Joe Manganiello, Class of 1995 and  Lori McCleary-Szala, Class of 1988.  Slideshow


    First Day of School Memories
    August 29, 2011
    First day of school, first day of first grade, being with your buddy...priceless.

    August 29 was the first day of school for Mt. Lebanon students. Students and parents walked down tree-lined streets in seven different neighborhoods to gather on the front lawn of their elementary school to wait for the school doors to open. Watch a slide show of the first day of school at Washington elementary.


    High School Percussion Ensemble Selected to Perform at National Music Festival
    August 23, 2011

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble has been selected to perform for the 2012 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival to be held in Indianapolis, IN, March 15 - 18, 2012.  This festival is part of the 2012 Music for all Nations Festival presented by Yamaha. The Music for All National Festival celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Ensembles were invited following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of music educators. This marks the High School Percussion Ensemble’s third appearance at the festival with previous appearances in 2007 and 2009.


    Mt. Lebanon Students in Pittsburgh’s Junior Mendelssohn Choir Awarded The American Prize
    August 23, 2011

    The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has been awarded The American Prize in Choral Performance High School Division, 2011.  Baritones Taylor P. Sweeney (2011 graduate) and Neal Ulrich, and altos Susan Hepburn, Sarah Mickey, and Taia Pandolfi, all students at Mt. Lebanon High School, are members of the award-winning Junior Mendelssohn Choir.

    The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. The prestigious competition is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. Internationally renowned composer David Katz and a panel of distinguished professionals from around the country provide evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers.

    The American Prize is awarded based on recorded performances. The Junior Mendelssohn’s winning recordings included selections from its 2010 annual concert, A Procession Winding Around Me, and its 2009 concert, Fauré’s Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine. The full competition submission can be heard online at www.themendelssohn.org.


    Staff Planning Review Team Holds Community Forum
    August 19, 2011

    The Mt. Lebanon School District Staff Planning Operation Review Team will hold a community forum on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 7:00PM in the high school library. 

    The long range goal of the staff planning team is to provide feedback and recommendations to the Board regarding opportunities for improvements and efficiencies as they relate to the deployment of our human resources. The team is assessing staff levels across all functional areas of the school district as well as enrollment trends and projections.

    The purpose of this forum is to gather ideas and suggestions from our residents to assist the team in developing recommendations for the Board of School Directors.

    Please plan on joining us on September 14, at 7:00PM in the high school library. We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions.


    New Principal Named for Jefferson Elementary School
    July 18, 2011
    Marc E. Thornton is the newly appointed principal for Jefferson Elementary School.

    Marc E. Thornton was unanimously approved by the Mt. Lebanon School Board as the new principal of Jefferson Elementary School at the July 18, 2011 School Board meeting.  The position at Jefferson was open due to the retirement of current principal, Mike Schnirel. 

    Mr. Thornton has spent the last 12 years at the North Hills School District. He is currently the principal of West View Elementary School and has served as a K-12 curriculum leader in the special education department. Mr. Thornton also taught special education at North Hills.

    Mr. Thornton has a master’s in education, mentally and/or physically handicapped from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.


    Mike Riemer Named July Extra Mile Award Winner
    July 18, 2011
    Mike Riemer- Extra Mile Award winner for July with School Board President Jo Posti.

    Officer Mike Riemer was named the Extra Mile Award winner for July. Office Riemer is retiring from the Mt. Lebanon Police Department this week where he has served in the Crime Prevention Unit as the School District liaison officer. Mr. Riemer will be moving on as the new Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Salvation Army. 

    Luke Hagy and Madison Cable- PG Athletes of the Year
    July 12, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School athletes, Luke Hagy and Madison Cable, have been selected the Post-Gazette Male and Female High School Athletes of the Year for the 2010-11 school year. The award takes into consideration all athletes in the WPIAL and City League. This is the first time both winners have come from the same school since the PG started the award 32 years ago.

    School Board Approves New Administrators for Mellon Middle School
    July 11, 2011
    Christopher S. Wolfson, the new principal at Mellon Middle School.

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Christopher S. Wolfson the new principal of Mellon Middle School at the July 11, 2011, School Board Discussion Meeting.  Mr. Wolfson has served as a unit principal at Mt. Lebanon High School since February, 2011. He will begin his new position on July 12, 2011. Fomer Mellon principal, Brian McFeeley was appointed principal of Mt. Lebanon High School.

    Prior to Mt. Lebanon, Mr. Wolfson was the principal of Burgettstown Middle/High School since 2007.  Prior to his position in Burgettstown, Mr. Wolfson was the assistant principal at Seton-La Salle High School, and a social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator at North Catholic High School. 

    Mr. Wolfson holds a bachelor‘s degree in education from Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree in education administration & leadership from Duquesne University. 

    The school board also unanimously approved Kelly A. Szesterniak as the new assistant principal at Mellon Middle School effective, August 1, 2011.  Ms. Szesterniak is currently the assistant principal of Lakeside Middle School in the Irvine Unified School District, Irvine, California. She has also served as a curriculum coordinator and eighth grade science teacher at Lakeside.  Mellon assistant principal, Dr. Bridget Watson, has chosen to return to the classroom as an elementary teacher in the District.

    Ms. Szesterniak holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree in educational administration and school leadership from California State University, Fullerton.


    Social Studies Teacher Gary Ford Named Extra Mile Honoree
    June 22, 2011
    Gary Ford with School Board President Jo Posti.

    The School Board’s Extra Mile Award honoree for June is high school social studies teacher, Gary Ford.  “What makes June’s Extra Miler special is that his nomination was written by one of his students, one of many who he’s obviously impacted,” said School Board President Jo Posti.  

    Gary Ford has a passion for the study and teaching of political science, and has a special ability to engage his students.  He has a reputation as a teacher who upholds high standards regardless of the circumstances and his students recognized and respected his ability to retain a positive attitude and friendly teaching style this year while coping with a difficult family issue earlier this year.

    Mr. Ford has been the sponsor of the high school Mock Trial team for the past several years dedicating significant time, knowledge, and effort into aiding the members of the team prepare arguments, speeches, examinations, and cross examinations as well as improving their overall public speaking ability and understanding of the legal system. .
     
    He shares his love of politics with his students by organizing district-wide student mock elections every year, including the arduous process of counting the ballots.  He also aids with the student officer elections at the high school.  Additionally, Mr. Ford is well known for his repeated encouragement in getting 18-year old students to register to vote and even offers to aid the students in the registration process.  Mr. Ford also manages a display case on the fourth floor of the high school where he displays Post-Gazette headlines, articles of political importance, and accolades of the students within the building. 
     
    He truly has dedicated himself to serving the school and its students and has passed his own passion for politics along to them.  Mr. Ford is an exceptional teacher within the classroom, and an exceptional human being outside of the classroom. 


    Plans for High School Redesign Move Forward
    June 21, 2011

    At the Architect Update on June 20, 2011, Dr. Tim Steinhauer made a presentation to the School Board outlining the changes currently being recommended to reduce the cost of the high school plan with the goal to re-bid the project this fall.  The presentation focused on the work that has occurred since the opening of the bids on April 19, 2011. The changes that were recommended, specifically the reduction of approximately 31,000 square feet in the new G-Building and the Athletic Building, were made with the goal to have little or no impact on the high school program. The plan continues to be aligned to the 15 Design Criteria that were established following the DeJong Space Utilization Study in 2006 and through community input gathered over the course of the design process. An area of major change is the redesign of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (MEP). The original systems were designed with the goal of attaining LEED Silver certification.  The MEP redesign, while still providing energy efficient boilers, chillers, HVAC systems, etc., represents considerable cost savings but also makes achieving LEED certification unlikely. Items placed on the Deduct and Add Alternate lists such as the third auxiliary gym, tennis courts and rifle range remain in the project.

    Next steps in the process:
    At the June 20th meeting, the School Board directed the architects to begin drawing plans based on the list of accepted items for the redesign. CFB will begin the work once Dr. Davis and Dr. Steinhauer approve the floor plans.  Once this work is completed, PJ Dick will have the necessary information to develop more detailed cost estimates.  The administration will continue to refine the list of potential savings while still exploring additional savings. District staff will review the potential changes with the municipality and other authorities having jurisdiction.

    The School Board gave CFB direction to proceed with the following items:

    1- Changes to G- Building, B-Building and the Athletic Building. The School Board also asked the architects and construction managers to explore the potential costs to keep the steel and current foundation planned for G-Building to allow for the option to add a floor in the future.
    2- The preliminary add/deducts lists.
    3- Changes to the elevator and loading dock.
    4- Redesign MEP systems.
    5- Expansion of the District’s current Lenel Security System instead of purchasing a completely new system.

    The Board will discuss using single versus multiple prime contractors at the July Board meetings.

    Here is a snapshot of the major recommendations for the re-design of the project:

    G-Building Changes
    -Remove the third floor of the G-Building and relocate the mathematics department classrooms planned for that space to the sixth floor of B-Building
    -Relocate science spaces down one level to the second floor of G-Building
    -Relocated the theatrical make-up room to a space adjacent to the auditorium
    -Eliminate one two-story unassigned break-out area (817 square feet)
    -Each academic program space is accounted for in the redesign, with similarly sized classrooms

    B- Building Changes
    -Existing corridor walls will remain in the same location
    -Central Office will move from the sixth floor to a smaller space on the fourth floor (less space needed due to administrative reorganization)
    - District special education offices and school psychologists offices will be relocated to another building (these staff members’ offices are not building bound since they serve all of the schools)
    -Math Department classrooms and some Social Studies classrooms will relocate to the sixth floor
    -Addition of a new large group instruction room on the sixth floor of B-building (1130 square feet)
    -Each academic program space is accounted for in the redesign, with similarly sized classrooms

    Athletic Building Changes
    -Elimination of the lowest floor-two levels below the main gym and auxiliary gym
    -Relocate the lower level spaces such as locker rooms to the shell space one level above
    -Loss of some storage space and a minimal decrease in size of some rooms
    -Each athletic space is accounted for in the redesign

    Exterior Changes
    -Less multi-colored blue glass replaced with tinted low E glass
    - Loading dock will be raised to street level requiring less excavation and retaining walls
    -3rd floor of G-Building eliminated
    -Less glass on walkway to athletic building and front of pool building

    MEP Changes

    -Use DX condenser air conditioning in athletic building and
    reducing the size of the chiller
    – Install 2 chillers instead of 3
    – Replace 130 fan power boxes with Variable Air Volume units
    – Eliminate 2 airflow stations per air handling unit or roof top unit
    – Eliminate day lighting controls in classrooms (dimming ballasts)
    – Distribute power to buildings at 23 KVA in lieu of 4160 V
    substations
    – Improve bidding for Building Automation Systems
    -Separate bidding for telephone system

     


    Magic at Mellon Middle School (Wise Women South Hills)
    June 21, 2011

    Summer Professional Development Activities
    June 14, 2011
    High school special education teachers Ryan and Jodi Dunlap traveled to Australia to participate in the People to People student ambassador program.

    Over the summer, many of our teachers and administrators will take part in a wide range of professional development programs.  This work will help Mt. Lebanon faculty and administrators increase their knowledge base and acquire new skills to bring back to the classroom to benefit our students. This time also provides an opportunity for teachers and administrators to share experiences and ideas with colleagues in their field.

    Throughout the summer, we will feature some of these programs on our website. A note to our students:  a teacher is always a student, and learning does not end on the last day of school. Here are some of the professional development activities our staff is involved in this summer:

    Ms. Connie Booth, Mt. Lebanon High School English teacher, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of twenty summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.  The approximate 1600 teachers who participate in these studies will teach over 200,000 American students next school year.
     
    Connie will participate in a workshop titled "The Richest Hills:  Mining in the Far West, 1865-1920.  This one-week program--which is being organized by the Montana Historical Society--will take participants to three of the West's most significant mining heritage sites:  Virginia City, Butte, and Helena, Montana.  In each community scholars will study in-depth both the way in which the built environment reflects the West's mining past and the rich archival resources available for researchers.
     
    This is the third year Connie has participated in an NEH Workshop or Institute.  Previously she studied the settings of John Steinbeck's works in Monterey, California and Zora Neale Hurston's works in Winter Park, Florida.

    Mr. Mike Hladio, Jefferson Middle School teacher, will be heading to Washington D.C.  for the Save Our Schools March at the end of July.

    Ms. Elaine Palmer,FLES Spanish teacher at Foster and Howe schools will  be co-presenting with a Spanish teacher from Gateway, "Go Global with The Educator Exchange Program!," at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese conference in Washington D.C. this summer.

    Mr. Jason Kukic, third grade teacher at Howe Elementary, is attending the 2011 Pennsylvania Governor's Institute on Financial Education at Elizabethtown College.

    Ms. Linda Silver, Jefferson Middle School music teacher, is attending the Ohio State University String Teacher workshop in July. 

    Mr. Patrick McClintock-Comeaux, Foster Elementary School principal
    Patrick will be attending the College of William and Mary to work on his doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership.

    Ms. Ashlee Mae Beckett, JMS 6h Grade Social Studies teacher 
    Ashlee is spending the summer in San Antonio, Texas teaching at the San Antonio Academy. She will be teaching the curriculum she developed for the program.

    Ms. Mariann Fox, Fine Arts Supervisor
    Mariann will present at the Summer Conference for Women in Educational Leadership on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the AJ Palumbo Hall  at Carlow University.

    Dr. Deborah Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum 
    Dr. Allen was selected again as a National Baldrige Examiner. She will be scoring a Baldrige application this summer.


    School's Out for the Summer!
    June 10, 2011
    Lincoln students on the last day of school.

    The last day of school in Mt. Lebanon is a celebration of the end of a successful school year and the beginning of a long summer vacation.  For some students, the last day is a little bittersweet, especially for those saying goodbye to a beloved elementary or middle school, a favorite teacher, or friends they may not see over the summer. 
    We wish our staff, students and their families a safe and restful summer. 


    June 10, 2011


    June 10, 2011
    Lincoln 5th grade students celebrate the last day of school.


    Washington Students Read Over 40,000 Pages for "Reading for Japan" Project
    June 8, 2011
    Pictured are Tom Wiese from the American Red Cross, Washington students, Mrs. Naoki Heginbotham and her son, and Mrs. Mary Kay Davis.

    Students at Washington Elementary School recently completed a community service project called “Reading for Japan”.  In conjunction with National Library Week, Washington School sponsored a reading, service-learning project to benefit disaster relief in Japan. The purpose of this project was to encourage students to read, build an awareness of other cultures, and teach about service to our local and global communities.

    Students raised money by asking sponsors to contribute based on the number of page they read. Washington students read over 40,000 pages and raised $3,468 which was donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in Japan. Washington parents, Katsue Heginbotham, Michelle Dreyfuss and Jennie Bhojwani coordinated the read project and made 1,000 origami cranes.  In Japan, the tradition of folding 1,000 cranes is done when someone has a wish for peace, health or luck. Each child who participated in the “Reading for Japan” project was able to put their name on an origami crane for display in the school. The remaining cranes were sent to OshKosh for their Cranes for Kids project. For every crane OshKosh received, the company sent an article of clothing to Japan to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.


    Prom Night 2011
    June 3, 2011
    Students arriving at the prom.

    On June 2nd, the Mt. Lebanon High School prom was held at the William Penn Hotel. It was an elegant event held in the grand ballroom of the hotel. Students enjoyed a sundae bar, caricatures, hypnotist and a breakfast bar.

    JMS Student Named Finalist in Promising Young Writer Program
    June 3, 2011

    Jefferson Middle School student, Grace Simmons, was named a finalist in the 2011 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Promising Young Writers Program.  Grace joins Mellon Middle School students, Kendall Jennings and Claire Kuhn, in this annual program to recognize writing excellence among eighth graders across the nation.  Each student submitted both a themed piece and a sample of her best writing which were, in turn, evaluated by two judges.  The three middle school writers were among six finalists chosen in Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to Grace, Kendall and Claire and to all the English, literature, and language arts teachers who helped shape their writing skill through the years.

     


    PTA Council Georgia Pogue Personal Achievement Award Recipients Announced
    June 3, 2011
    The 2011 Georgia Pogue Personal Achievement Awardees with Council President, Sheryl Cohen.

    PTA Council has been awarding a scholarship to a deserving senior since our charter began 75 years ago.  In the 1990’s beloved guidance counselor, Georgia Pogue passed away and her family bequeathed $25,000 to the PTA Council Scholarship Fund.  In her memory, PTA renamed the scholarship:  The Georgia Pogue Personal Achievement Award.  This year, PTA Council is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Georgia Pogue Personal Achievement Award: Pulat Sayfatou, Jacob Weaver, Phillip Keib, Robert Lange, Carli Anselmi, Rosalie Olmsted and Jessica Kirschner.

     

     Each awardee receives $500.00 toward post college expenses.  There are 7 awardees, symbolic of our 7 elementary schools.  These students have significantly improved their academic performance, are all around good citizens and solid students and are always there helping.  They are truly representative of the entire student body of Mt. Lebanon.

     

     


    Mt. Lebanon Retirees Honored at School Board Meeting
    May 31, 2011
    Retirees honored at the May 23rd School Board meeting. From left to right-Mike Schnirel, Ellen Zeitz, Lainee Specter, Kathleen Haines, Mary Benintend, Carolyn Koch, Elizabeth Guerra, Joanne Geisinger, Janet Niedzwicki, John Niedzwicki, Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

    During the May Regular School Board meeting, fifteen Mt. Lebanon retirees whose careers with Mt. Lebanon School District will come to a close at the end of this school year were honored by the School Board. Of the retirees, the teachers represent a combined 350 years of service to this community. Their work has impacted the lives of thousands of children during their tenure.  The School Board thanked all the retirees for their dedication to our students and their service to our district. 

    2011 Mt. Lebanon School District Retirees:

    Noreen Bayer is retiring after 20 years of service to the District. She was hired in 1991 as a substitute school nurse at the high school and worked at various schools across the District until 2000 when she was named the supervisor of nursing services. Mrs. Bayer has taken good care of our students and guided the District through many public health issues over the years including MRSA, and planning for the Avian and H1N1 flu outbreaks.

    Mary Benintend is retiring after 36 years of teaching in the District. She was hired in 1969 as a teacher at Markham Elementary School.  Mrs. Benintend  worked for one year at Washington, but stayed at Markham for the remainder of her career, teaching 1st grade. 

    Carol Dykstra is retiring after 23 years of teaching in the District. She was hired in 1988 as a special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School and then transferred to Howe Elementary in 1990 teaching 5th grade. In1998, Ms.Dykstra moved to Jefferson Middle School where she is retiring as a 6th grade language arts teacher. 

    Elizabeth Guerra is retiring after 24 years in the District.  She has worked in various roles in the District including instructional clerk at Howe Elementary, secretary in the unit principal’s office at the high school, building secretary at Washington Elementary and administrative assistant in human resources.

    Joanne Geisinger is retiring after 28 years as a special education teacher. She was hired in 1983 at Mellon and has worked as a special education teacher at the junior high/middle level for her entire career and is retiring from Mellon Middle School.

    Richard Hagerty is retiring after 28 years in the District. He was hired as a district-wide school psychologist in the 1982 school year and also served on the District’s Safety and Security Committee.

    Kathleen Haines is retiring after 39 years of teaching in the District. She was hired in 1972 as a high school foreign language teacher.  Mrs. Haines taught both German and Russian at the secondary level during her entire career and is retiring from Mt. Lebanon High School.  Mrs. Haines was also very instrumental in the success of the German student exchange program.

    Gary Jedinak is retiring after 34 years of teaching in the District. He was hired in 1977 as a substitute 6th grade teacher and has taught at Washington and Markham elementary schools until the middle schools opened in 1998 where he has remained as a 6th grade Math teacher. Mr. Jedinak is retiring as a teacher at Mellon Middle school. 

    Carolyn Koch is retiring after 38 years of teaching in the District. She was hired in 1973 as a substitute elementary music teacher and has spent her entire career teaching elementary music at almost all of our elementary buildings. 

    Cynthia Lackner is retiring after 22 years in the District.  All of Cindy’s experiences were in libraries – Lincoln Elementary and the high school.

    Janet Niedzwicki is retiring after 15 years in the District. She was hired as a special education inclusion specialist in 1996.  Mrs. Niedzwicki has spent her entire career at Mt. Lebanon in the inclusion specialist role and has made a tremendous impact in our special education program. 

    John Niedzwicki is retiring after 18 years in the District. He was hired as a guidance counselor Mt. Lebanon High School in 1993 and has worked at the high school his entire career. 

    Lainee Specter is retiring after 33 years in the District. She was hired as an elementary art teacher in 1978 has worked at nearly all buildings in the district during her career. 

    Ellen Zeitz is retiring after 20 years in the District. She began her career with Mt. Lebanon as an aide at the elementary level and moved on as an elementary special education teacher in 1999 and has worked as a special education teacher at Jefferson and Washington Elementary Schools. 

    Mike Schnirel is retiring after 18 years in the District. He was hired as the principal of Jefferson Elementary School in 1993 and has remained at Jefferson for his entire Mt. Lebanon career.  

    Congratulations and best of luck to all of our retirees.

     


    Administrative Change at Jefferson Middle School
    May 24, 2011
    Dr. James Walsh was named new Jefferson Middle School principal.

    During the personnel report at the May 23rd School Board meeting,  Superintendent Tim Steinhauer announced with regret  that Jefferson Middle school principal, Mrs. Joan Zacharias, had asked the Board for a change of assignment to return to the classroom to teach 6th grade literature at Jefferson Middle School second semester next  year after she returns from a first semester sabbatical.   Mrs. Zacharias indicated that this decision was based on personal circumstances. “I want to thank Mrs. Zacharias for her dedicated work with middle school children. It is reassuring to know she will be returning to Jefferson Middle School as a teacher following her sabbatical,” said Dr. Tim Steinhauer.

     

    Following the announcement regarding Mrs. Zacharias, the Board took action to appoint Dr. James Walsh as the new principal of Jefferson Middle School effective August, 2011. Dr. Walsh has served as English Supervisor in the District since 2008. “Dr. Walsh brings many years of experience both as a middle school teacher and middle school principal to this position,” said Dr. Steinhauer. “As a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, Dr. Walsh knows Mt. Lebanon well and understands the high expectations that this community has for education. “

     

    Before joining the Mt. Lebanon School District, Dr. Walsh was the Director of Curriculum in the Aliquippa School District, the principal and assistant principal of Hopewell Junior High School, and an English and Theatre Arts teacher in Peters Township School District. Dr. Walsh earned a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University. 

     


    School Board Approves 2011-2012 Budget with No Millage Increase
    May 24, 2011

    At the May 23, 2011, Regular Board meeting, the Mt. Lebanon School Board approved the 2011-12 budget set at $78,347,833, down $1,014,607 or 1.3% from the 2010-11 budget of $79,362,440. There is no millage increase in this budget and includes an almost 1% decrease in Per Pupil Cost. The real estate millage is set at 26.63 mills, or $2.663 on each $100 of assessed valuation. School Board members Dan Remely, Elaine Cappucci, and Larry Lebowitz were absent.

     

    The budget includes 12 teacher retirements. All the positions will be filled with the exception of one school psychologist position that will not be replaced. The budget also includes the adoption of a new reading series for grades K-5.

     

    The key factors that led to the decrease in next year’s budget were a refinancing of the 2004 bonds which saved a half million dollars in debt service costs, a favorable labor contract with the teaching staff which led to lower health care costs for staff and renegotiated vendor contracts resulting in significant savings in copier services.

     

     


    Mt. Lebanon Team Competes Again in the Academic Games National Tournament
    May 20, 2011
    The Mt. Lebanon Academic Games Team back from nationals.

    The Mt. Lebanon Academic Games Team concluded another successful year with a return appearance at the Academic Games National Competition in Kissimmee, Florida this past April.  Mt. Lebanon, one of the only school districts in the country which competes in all six Social Studies, Language Arts, and Mathematics based games, continued its successes nationally with award winning performances.  This year, six coaches and 25 students traveled by bus to Kissimmee, Florida to compete in the national tournament.  

     

    The Academic Games National Tournament consists of over 1000 students in grades 4-12, from school districts in states including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.   The National Tournament is held after having six local tournaments (one for each game) from September through March, during which a player must qualify for Nationals in order to attend.

     

    Congratulations to ALL the students and coaches who worked so hard during the school year to prepare for this event!

     

    Elementary Division
    Coaches Todd Forsyth and Nina Wroniak

     

    Individual  Awards:

    Abbas Merchant - undefeated - Equations
    Otis Smith - undefeated - Linguishtiks 
    Gayatri Anil - 2nd place - Mr. Presidents 
     Abbas Merchant - 4th place - World Events

     

    3rd place team - World Events:

    Gayatri Anil - Howe
    Anne Jin - Washington
    Abbas Merchant - Washington
    Sam Rideout - Washington
    Otis Smith - Washington

     

    Middle Division
    Coaches Julianne Slogick and Michael Locke
    Individual Awards:
    Vivek Anil – Mellon- 10th place – Mr. Presidents

     

    High School Division
    Coaches Brad Kavo and Ben Minett

    Individual Awards:

    Azfar Merchant  -undefeated – Equations
         - 7th Overall in the nation (all games)
         -3rd place - World Events

    Leon Lin – 8thplace – World Events
    Anna Poulton – 9th place – World Events

    2nd place team – World Events:

    Leon Lin
    Sean McNamara
    Anna Poulton,
    Amanda Scharf
    Emma Thompson


    Mellon Middle School Writers Gain National Recognition
    May 20, 2011
    Our Promising Young Writers from Mellon Middle School.

    The results of the 2011 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Promising Young Writers Program are in!  Mellon is pleased to announce that Kendall Jennings and Claire Kuhn have gained national recognition in this annual program to recognize writing excellence among eighth graders.  Each student submitted both a themed piece and a sample of her best writing which were, in turn, evaluated by two judges.  The Mellon writers were two of six finalists chosen in Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to Kendall and Claire and to all the English, literature, and language arts teachers who helped shape their writing skill through the years.


    Top Honors for HS Chemistry Students at Secondary School Chemistry Contest
    May 20, 2011
    Student award winners at the annual awards banquet for the ACS.

    Congratulations go to three Mt. Lebanon Honors Chemistry Students for taking the top three places in the  2011 Annual Secondary School Chemistry Contest sponsored by the Pittsburgh section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The contest is offered to any high school student in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia. 

    The examination tested a student's knowledge of descriptive chemistry and chemical principles. Questions were based mainly on representative textbooks, but also tested the student's ingenuity and breadth of knowledge gained from outside reading. 

    Congratulation to the following students and their teachers, Mark Kernion and Susan Gillette Meer, for this outstanding accomplishment.

    Ming Tian-First Award: $250

    Daphne Schlesinger-Second Award: $150 

    Marianne Donley-Third Award: $100.

    The students were recognized at the annual awards banquet for the ACS this week along with the Organic Chemistry Olympics winners.

     


    Mt. Lebanon Students Excel at PJAS State Competition
    May 20, 2011
    Well earned smiles on the bus ride home as students enjoy a successful run at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition.

    Last February, nine students from Mt. Lebanon High School and Mellon Middle School received first place awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regional competition.  Those students went on to compete at the 77th Annual PJAS State Meeting held at Penn State on May 15-17.  Our students excelled in the competition; six students received first place scores in their categories and three received second place awards.

     

    Congratulations to the following students, and their faculty sponsors-Kyle Tilger, 
    Josh Bilak and Cindy Bronen-
    for their outstanding results in this rigorous science competition.

     

    Mellon Middle School

    Rida Merchant:  First place award in Behavioral Science (and a perfect score award)

    Ben Smith: Second place award in Ecology

    Stephen Tragesser: First place award in Zoology

    Sierra van Dijk: First place award in Computer Science

     

    Mt. Lebanon High School

    Arjun Kar: First Place Award in Computer Science

    Priya Ranganathan: First Place Award in Behavioral Science

    David Qin: First Place Award in Physics

    Lily Chen: Second Place Award in Biology

    Azfar Merchant: Second Place Award in Microbiology

     

    The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, as an Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is organized with the following objectives:

    • To promote greater participation in science and mathematics activities among the youth of Pennsylvania.
    • To improve the quality of achievement in mathematics and science by encouraging students to participate in research and develop original ideas.
    • To develop an understanding of the scientific community through close association with leaders in the sciences.
    • To seek the improvement of science clubs activities through the cooperative regional and area meetings.
    • To inculcate among its members true scientific attitudes and humanistic ideals that shall lead to the greater development of service to man.

     


    Madison Cable Makes Parade Magazine Girls All-American Basketball Team
    May 16, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School senior, Madison Cable, has been selected to the 35th annual Parade Magazine Girls All-American Basketball team. Madison and is one of only 40 players in the country on the prestigious Parade team. She is only the ninth player from the WPIAL selected.  

    Madison has signed to play at the University of Notre Dame next year. In addition to the Parade Magazine honor, she was named the Post-Gazette player of the year, the Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year and the Associated Press Class AAAA player of the year for Pennsylvania.


    School Board to Hear Update on High School Project from Architect and Construction Manager
    May 16, 2011

    At the May 16, 2011 School Board Discussion meeting, architects from Celli-Flynn Brennan and the construction manager from P.J. Dick will present an update to the School Board on their progress to identify issues that impacted the outcome of the High School renovation project bids. Their update will focus on the following areas:

    Owner’s conditions

    Bid structures

    Phasing

    Construction elements

    Proprietary specifications

    The next step in this process will be to review modification recommendations, verify and evaluate potential cost savings and determine next steps in re-bidding the project.  The meeting will be held at 7:30p.m. in the High School Library.


    Boys Tennis Win WPIAL Championship !
    May 13, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School boys tennis team-2011 WPIAL Champions.

    The Mt. Lebanon Boys Tennis team defeated Shady Side Academy 3-2 to win the WPIAL Class AAA Championship on May 13th. The Blue Devils have won 18 team titles, the most in WPIAL history.  This is the program's first title since 1994.

    Mt. Lebanon School District Designated "Best Community" for Music Education
    May 12, 2011

    The NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 12th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music education in schools. This year, the Mt. Lebanon School District has again been designated a “Best Community.”  This is the fourth time the Mt. Lebanon School District has received this honor.  “This prestigious designation is a tribute to the outstanding faculty and students in our Music Department, as well as the commitment of our District and community to support fine arts education in Mt. Lebanon schools” said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. In all, 179 communities out of 279 that submitted surveys were recognized, including 172 school districts and seven schools. 2011 marks the first year that individual schools received this impressive designation.

    The BCME survey is a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify a strong commitment to music education. Established in 1999, BCME recognizes and celebrates schools, their administrators, teachers, board members, parents and students for their support of music education and their efforts to assure access to all students as part of the core curriculum.

    Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data. The 2011 survey was conducted between January 14, 2011 and March 14, 2011 in collaboration with The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

    About The NAMM Foundation
    The NAMM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.

     

     


    Chemistry Students Take First Place at Chemistry Olympics
    May 12, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School entered three teams to compete in the American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympics at the University of Pittsburgh this month.  This competition involves teams of three students working on a several hour experiment in the laboratory to solve a given problem in chemistry.  The problem is not known to the students until they arrive at the competition. Our Organic Chemistry team of Megan Robinson, Mariah Murphy, and Michael Moody won first place at this year’s competition. They received a cash prize and an invitation to the local American Chemical Society's annual banquet. Congratulations to the students, and their faculty adviser, Ms. Susan Gillette Meer.

    The Pittsburgh Chemistry Olympics originated over thirty years ago with 10 schools and 40 students participating. Now, over 33 High Schools with over 80 teams and 240 students participate. The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society jointly sponsors The Chemistry Olympics with the University of Pittsburgh Chemistry Department and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Schools may enter three teams, each consisting of   three members.  There are three categories.  Category I: first year chemistry; Category II: second year chemistry; and Category III: advanced organic chemistry.


    5 Mt. Lebanon Wrestlers Earn Pennsylvania All-Academic Honors
    May 10, 2011

    Five Mt. Lebanon high school wrestlers were named to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic teams for 2010-2011.  Eligibility for these awards is limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have wrestled a minimum of fifteen varsity matches with a winning percentage of .600 or higher.  Among those candidates the fourteen wrestlers with the highest unweighted grade point averages in the state of Pennsylvania are named to the first team in each of the three grades.

    Among the seniors, Adam Kemerer, was named to the first team for his second consecutive year.  Kemerer, a four-year varsity letter winner for the Blue Devils, was Mt. Lebanon’s first-ever four time section medalist and WPIAL qualifier.  He plans to attend Brown University in the fall. Another senior, Scott Allen, earned honorable mention for a second straight year.  Allen was the Section 4 champion at 160 pounds his senior season, and was honored with the Mt. Lebanon Blue and Gold Award for most valuable wrestler.  He plans to attend Ohio University in the fall.

    Among the juniors, Matt Patrick, was named to the first team with a 4.0 GPA.  Patrick wrestled at 189 pounds last season.  Giancarlo Lies, the Blue Devils 145 pounder, was named to the third team.  Chris Vayo, at 152 pounds, was awarded honorable mention. 

    High School Student Awarded Top Prize at Poetry Contest
    May 6, 2011
    High School sophomore, Emma Williams, was awarded 1st prize in the Dormont Public Library’s high school poetry contest for her work, My Ode to the Odius.  Ms. Williams read her poem at the award ceremony that highlighted works from local high school students.

    High School Students Garner Top Awards in "Take a Shot at Changing the World" Video Contest
    May 6, 2011

    High School Television Production students, Tyler Anderson and Olivia Tant won awards in the recent "Take a Shot at Changing the World" video contest. Tyler Anderson's film "My Hero" received the Grand Prize!  His film will be aired on WQED and presented on the website of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  His video was also the fourth place winner for the popular vote.  Tyler won a $5000 prize which will be shared with the High School Media Arts program.  Olivia Tant received a Judges' Honorable Mention--of the 80 films submitted, Olivia's production "How One Little Man Saved the World" was one of 10 that received that honor. Over 265 students throughout the region produced nearly 80 films, which attracted over 12,000 votes. The announcement about the winners and links to the videos are available at the “Take A Shot at Changing the World” website.


    Jefferson Elementary School Celebrates Arbor Day
    May 3, 2011
    Jefferson students plant a tree in the front yard of the school to commemorate Arbor Day.

    Jefferson Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree on the front lawn of the school during a tree planting ceremony. To commemorate the day, Jefferson students displayed artwork, read poems and sang songs about the environment.

     

    The Mt. Lebanon municipality was named a Tree City USA a few years ago. Jefferson Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops raised the Tree City USA flag at the school, where it will remain for the year. To meet the requirements for Tree City status a community must have a forestry commission, budget a requisite amount of public funding for forestry and hold an annual Arbor Day Celebration.

     

    About Arbor Day

    Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10th of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.


    Hoover Elementary School INTERNATIONAL NIGHT
    May 2, 2011

    Hoover Elementary School INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, sponsored by Hoover PTA, will be held on Monday, May 2nd from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the school lunch room and library. The event will feature crafts, food, stories, music and displays from Brazil, India and Japan.  An Indian dance performance by Nandanik Dance Academy will be held from 8 - 8:30 p.m. in the gym, while a student Art Show will take place in the art room.  Join the school to celebrate their diverse school community by sampling food, making crafts and listening to stories from Brazil, India and Japan.  Pick up your "passport" in the cafeteria, tour the International Night tables, and don't miss the showcase of students art work at the Art Show.

     


    Mellon Students Shine Performing the "Let's Move! Flash Workout”
    April 29, 2011
    Mellon students perform the "Flash Workout" with Health and Physical Education teacher, Miss Jessica Peconi.

    Mellon Middle School was selected as the only local middle school to be featured in the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) "Let's Move! Flash Workout” event produced in partnership with the National Middle School Association (NMSA), the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). The  event calls for middle school students across the country to participate in a pre-choreographed "Let's Move!" dance exercise routine at the same time -- Tuesday, May 3, at 1:42 p.m. Eastern Time.  The "Let's Move! Flash Workout” event is meant to underscore the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle for children.

    Over sixty Mellon students participated in the “Flash Workout” at the same time as other middle school students across the country. Music star Beyoncé provided the song and choreography in an instructional video to help teachers and students practice and prepare for the event. Mellon Health and PE teacher, Jessica Peconi, organized the dance workout so her students could take part in this national event. WTAE covered the event with WTAE Channel 4 Action News anchor, Andrew Stockey.


    Dr. Ron Davis Sworn in as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education
    April 28, 2011
    Dr. Davis taking his oath from Judge Todd.

    Dr. Ron Davis was sworn in by Judge Randal Todd on April 28th as the new Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. Dr. Davis will continue to serve as High School principal until June 30, 2011 when Brian McFeeley will step in as the new High School principal.  The newly created position of Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education came as a result of the reorganization announced by Dr. Tim Steinhauer.  In his new role, Dr. Davis will oversee all aspects of curriculum and instruction for grades 6-12. Dr. Deborah Allen will move into her new role as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education on July 1, 2011.


    School Board Votes to Reject Bids for the High School Project
    April 25, 2011

    At the reconvened School Board meeting on April 25th, the School Board voted unanimously (8-0, Sue Rose was absent) to reject all bids received in connection with the High School Renovation Project on April 19, 2011, including construction bids and asbestos abatement bids.  The School Board heard a presentation from construction manager, John Taormina, from PJ Dick and architect, Tom Celli, of Celli Flynn Brennan Architects, concerning the bids, and their continued efforts to identify why the bids went well over estimates.  No definitive answers were offered since they continue to investigate the causes.  Board members expressed a desire to look at ways to drive down the cost of the project while maintaining the integrity of the design for the High School programs with the goal to accomplish this in a timely manner in order to put the project out to bid again.  

    Mrs. Posti identified major issues that need to be resolved by the architects, construction managers and solicitor that included: MEP systems, shoring packages, code related factors, phasing, contractual language and design changes that the District would find acceptable.  Mrs. Posti asked for an update from the construction managers and architects at the reconvened Regular April Board on May 2, 2011, immediately following the Budget Forum that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Lebanon High School Library. The goal is to have a timeline established at that time to get the project back out to bid.

    “We are committed to the development of a project that meets our programmatic needs at an investment level acceptable to the community and will continue to work with our architect and CM to accomplish that goal,” said Mrs. Posti. 

    Presentations from the meeting:

    High School Bid Results (PJ Dick)

    Celli Flynn Brennan Suggestions


    Markham Students Make Cranes to Send Well-Wishes and Clothes to Japan
    April 21, 2011
    Markham students made origami cranes for the Cranes for Kids project to benefit children in Japan.

    Students in Ms. Kelly Fennell’s class at Markham had been asking about ways to help children in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. Ms. Fennell became aware of the OshKosh Cranes for Kids project which seemed like the perfect opportunity.  In Japanese culture, cranes are a powerful symbol of health and well-wishes. Through April 25th, the company will collect paper cranes that are made to send to OshKosh stores in Japan to show the support and caring of their friends in the United States.  For every crane, OshKosh will send an article of clothing to Japan. The students in Ms. Fennell’s class set an original goal of 100 cranes, working on the project at recess and at home. The students met their initial goal by making 134 cranes on the first day of the project. They hoped to make 500 cranes before the OshKosh program ends on April 25th. “The students are thrilled at what they are doing to help the children in Japan,” said Ms. Fennell.

     

     


    School Board to Discuss High School Bids at Monday Night Meeting
    April 20, 2011

    On April 19, 2011, the bids for the Mt. Lebanon High School project were opened. The lowest bid came in significantly higher than the cost estimates provided to the District by the construction managers. Brief bid summary.

    “The School Board and administration are deeply disappointed with these results. The bids are unacceptably high. The project construction manager and architect are in the process of analyzing the reasons behind the significant discrepancy between the estimates and the bid results,” said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer.

    The School Board will meet at a reconvened meeting on Monday, April 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Lebanon High School Library to receive a report from the construction manager and architect on the bid results and to discuss the next steps.


    Mellon Art Students Winners in Students for Stanley Contest
    April 15, 2011
    The winning Mellon banner will hang in the CONSOL Energy Center during the first round of the playoffs.

    The Penguins hosted the “Students for Stanley” banner contest for students throughout Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh as the team begins the quest for another Stanley Cup. The banner submitted by Mellon Middle School Art Enrichment students was selected as the overall middle school winner and the winner in the Grade 8 category.

    The “Students for Stanley” contest invited elementary, middle and high school students to create 4’x6’ banners to represent their school. A panel of judges selected the winning entries. The Mellon banner will be displayed at the CONSOL Energy Center during the first round of the playoffs. The winning banners are also featured on the Penguins website online gallery. Mellon School will also receive a commemorative “Students for Stanley” trophy to display at the school. Congratulations, Mellon art students and Let’s Go Pens!


    Student Work Featured at Local Art Gallery
    April 15, 2011

    Mt. Lebanon High School AP Art students, Brian Morgenlander and Christina Courtney, showcased their remarkable ceramic sculptures at a student art show opening at The Clay Place Gallery this month.  The gallery is located at 1 Walnut Street in Carnegie. The student show will run through May.

     


    High School Spring Musical Presents the Wizard of Oz
    April 11, 2011
    Cast members of the High School spring musical production of the Wizard of Oz.

    Tickets are on sale for the High School musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” that runs May 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14th in the High School Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night with a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Tickets are $10.00 for students and $13.00 for adults.  

    During the school day, tickets can be picked up in the Fine Arts Resource Center between the hours 8:00 AM and 3:45 PM.  Visitors would need to check in at Entrance C-28 with the security desk.  
     
    The box office will open at 6:15 p.m. on the night of performances.  The house will open at 7:00 p.m.  Any ticket being held at Will Call that is not picked up by 7:15 p.m. will be forfeited and resold.  All seats are reserved for this production.  We will try to accommodate every request for seating preference; however, this may not always be possible.  When requesting seats please fill out your preference, but understand that if there are no more seats available in your requested area, we will give you the best available seats remaining.  Please click here to see a seating chart of the Auditorium seating.
     
    Gold Card members are entitled to ONE free ticket per gold card.  If additional tickets are requested, those tickets must be purchased.  Children five years and over OR any child taking a seat will need to purchase a ticket.  A child younger than five that will sit on a lap the entire performance can be admitted free of charge.
     
    Tickets reservations are available by clicking on this Musical Ticket Request form or by calling (412) 344-2030 .


    Student Sewing Project to Aid Children in Haiti
    April 11, 2011
    Students in the Advanced Fashion Arts class with the dresses they made for little girls in Haiti.

    High School students in Ms. Sharon Gamble’s Advanced Fashion Arts class are making functional dresses for the earthquake victims in Haiti.  The students are making the dresses from new or gently used pillowcases.  During spring break, Ms. Laurie Hurt, a teacher in the World Languages department, will travel to Haiti on a church mission trip to deliver the dresses to the pastor of the partner church in Bassin Caiman, a village in the southern part of the country.  The pastor will distribute the dresses to the local children.


    PTA Council Presents Documentary Film "Race to Nowhere"
    March 28, 2011

    The PTA Council Parent Education Committee will present the documentary film RACE TO NOWHERE on Tuesday, March 29th in the Mellon Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

    Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.  Following the movie there will be optional facilitated, small group, discussions.


    Special Presentation of Documentary "Race To Nowhere
    March 28, 2011

    The PTA Council Parent Education Committee will present the documentary film RACE TO NOWHERE on Tuesday, March 29th in the Mellon Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.
    Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.  Following the movie there will be optional facilitated, small group, discussions.



    Former USC Administrator Named Owner's Liaison for HS Project
    March 22, 2011

    The School Board voted at the March 21st meeting to approve Dr. Terrence J. Kushner as the Owner’s Liaison for the High School project. Dr. Kushner is the former assistant superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District and was the principal of USC High School during their high school renovation/construction project. 

    The role of the Owner’s Liaison is to assist the High School administration and the project manager to maintain a safe, healthy educational environment for our students and staff during the construction project.  During construction, classes will remain in the High School; modular classrooms will not be used, so the Owner’s Liaison will play an important role to help manage the High School plant during construction. Since the project will consist of multiple phases over the next four years, Dr. Kushner’s experience and assistance will be put to good use to help ensure the high quality of education at the High School is maintained.

     The Owner’s Liaison will be involved in the following activities:

    Safety

    ·Monitor building and grounds for potential safety issues

    ·Review traffic patterns for drop off and pick up

    ·Assist with the development of safety plans (fire, lock down, evacuation)

    ·Assist as liaison to Police, Emergency, and Fire Departments

    Education

    ·Ensure continuity of instruction and other educational programs including athletics and the arts

    ·Assist with the continuity of use of building by outside groups and organizations

    ·Assist in monitoring the location and accessibility of Special Education spaces during construction

    ·Assist Athletic Director with logistics for competition, practice, and transportation

    ·Assist Band Director with logistics for marching band practice


    Fixtures, Furniture and Equipment (FF&E)

    ·Assist with the identification, allocation and relocation of FF&E (new and reused)

    ·Assist with the inventorying of FF&E
     

    Schedule

    ·Monitor the construction schedule and assist principal with resolving scheduling issues


    Communication

    ·Assist with communication to students, staff, and parents

    ·Liaison to neighbors bordering High School

    ·Provide Written/Verbal Updates to Principal/Superintendent/School Board

    ·Identify and resolve staff concerns

    ·Attend relevant School Board meetings and present information and respond to questions when appropriate

    Assist High School head custodian with communication and scheduling of community users of High School facilities

    Functionality

    ·Attend all construction meetings to ensure the owner’s agenda is being satisfied.

    ·Assist with the relocation of students and classrooms throughout the project

    ·Assist with scheduling deliveries

    ·Monitor Inventory/Disposal/Storage/Surplus of FF&E 

    Quality Control

    ·Assist in the inspection of school grounds for functionality and safety

    Monitoring Costs

    ·Advise Superintendent regarding change order requests

    ·Assist in scheduling Board action when dictated by policy

    Time on Site

    ·Work Schedule will be 2-3 days a week and will vary as activities warrant

    ·Complete all other tasks as assigned by the Superintendent

     


    Mt. Lebanon High School Theatre Company Presents Pride and Prejudice
    March 21, 2011
    The cast and student director of Pride and Prejudice.

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Evening Theatre Company will present the main stage production of  "Pride and Prejudice", adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, on March 23-26th  at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Fine Arts Theatre. All tickets are $5.00 and are available at the door. Use your Gold Card for free admittance.

    Mt. Lebanon Teacher Brings Art to Life for Children in New Book
    March 17, 2011
    Katie Barnard Switzer with her recently published book "Imagine American Art."

    Mt. Lebanon art teacher, Katie Barnard Switzer, recently authored the book “Imagine American Art” published by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. The interactive book uses portraits, still life and landscape paintings from the museum's collection to teach children about art. Mrs. Switzer describes the book as “an introduction for children to the art of their own country. The book features art from the Pittsburgh region before and during the industrial revolution, so it is also a window into our own local art and history. By reading this book together, a dialogue starts between parents and children about art and also prompts them to begin making art of their own.”


    As Director of Education and Visitor Services at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Mrs. Switzer was responsible for developing and managing curriculum based programs for school groups visiting the museum. She also developed art classes and camps, directed the docent program and developed educational materials and events. She currently teaches art at Howe Elementary School and Mellon Middle School.

    “Imagine American Art” is available at www.wmuseumaa.org.

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    Budding Scientists Present at Markham Science Fair
    March 6, 2011
    Major experiments were conducted at the Polymers and Acids and Bases displays at the Markham Science Fair.

    Markham 5th grade students presented a wide array of science experiments, projects and displays at the Markham Science Fair on March 4th.  Presentations explaining the science of cupcakes, the mysteries of dried ice and life as a gecko were on display for parents and grandparents to view in the Markham gym.  Students were prepared to give short presentations about their projects and were ready to answer questions for visitors at the fair.

    Jefferson Middle School MathCounts Team Regional Champs
    March 4, 2011
    The Jefferson Middle School MathCounts team won the regional MathCounts competition at Robert Morris University on February 19th.  The team placed first among all of the Allegheny County teams and qualified to compete at the State MathCounts Competition in March.  The four-member team consists of Nancy Lu, Amanda Zhu, Charles Yuan and Susan Kownacki. 
     
    Nancy Lu, a 7th grader at JMS, was also awarded the prize for top individual, as well as a $1,000 savings bond.  Amanda Zhu, another 7th grade student at JMS, was the third place individual and was awarded a $100 savings bond.  Other JMS members of the team are Jerry Meng, Ajay Wadhwani, Joshua Kalapos and Namandeep Singh.

    High School Senior to Compete in Computational Linguistics Invitational
    March 4, 2011
    Senior Michael Moody has been selected to participate in the The North American Computational Linguistics Invitational on Thursday, March 10th. The top 100 students from the United States and Canada will compete in this challenging exam given simultaneously at various locations.  A team of ten will be selected to compete in the World Championship this summer.

    A Day of Celebrating Public Education
    March 2, 2011
    Orchestra director, Robert Vogel, with members of the High School strings ensemble.

    The Mt Lebanon School District Celebration of Education took place at the Galleria Mall on Sunday. Mt. Lebanon teachers and students brought the classroom to the community to showcase Mt. Lebanon schools and to celebrate public education. Audiences gathered to hear musical performances by the High School orchestra strings and elementary ensembles. 

     

    The Celebration was an opportunity for students and their teachers to share part of their educational experience with the community. Special thanks go to Val Brown, Hoover Elementary teacher, for her work organizing the event as well as all of the teachers who were in attendance with their students to display class work.

     

    Thanks also go to the following students and staff who provided entertainment at the event: 

     

    Elizabeth Harris - High School vocalist

    Diane Sadar   - Fourth and Fifth Grade Fiddlers 

    Robert Vogel-High School Strings

    Pierce Cook- Mellon Middle School Guitars

    Carol Froehlich - Third Grade  -  Chorus and recorders
    Jessica Peconi -  Middle School  - "Drums Alive"  aerobic demonstration
     


    Board Authorizes Advertising Bids for High School Project
    March 1, 2011
    School Board President Josephine Posti signs the construction documents for the High School project.

    In another milestone for the High School project, the School Board voted unanimously to authorize the advertising of bids for the project at the reconvened meeting on February 28, 2011.  The Board also took action to approve submission of PlanCon F to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

    Student selected into MENC All-Eastern Orchestra
    February 28, 2011
    Mt. Lebanon High School junior, Grace Stokan, was selected by audition into MENC: The National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Orchestra.  The orchestra will be presented at the MENC Eastern Division Conference from March 31 - April 3 in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Success Continues for Model UN Team
    February 21, 2011
    The High School Model UN team at the CMU Conference.

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Model UN Team recently competed at the Carnegie Mellon University Model UN Conference against teams from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. The Mt. Lebanon team won "Best Delegation" award representing the United Kingdom. Additional awards include:

     

    1st place honors:

    Taia Pandolfi & Meg Matthews

    Walter Smolarek & Colin Abel

     

    2nd place honors:

    Sarah Chatta & Julie Premo

    Laura Cherner & Monica Oxenreiter

    Katie Brown & Reia Cho

     

    The team sponsors are Mr. Peter DiNardo, Mr. Adam Lumish and Mr. George Savarese.

     


    Student Poets Hold Reading at Barnes and Noble
    February 15, 2011

    High school students in the World Literature classes will hold a poetry reading on February 15th, at 7p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, South Hills Village. This talented group of young poets will recite pieces they wrote to represent conflict on a personal, local, national, or international level. The list of student presenters includes:

     

    Alexandra Bachorski, Andre Jackson, Dimitri Orfanopoulos, Samantha Oskie, Brian Adams, Tom Augenstein, Morgan Smith, Sam Thompson, Emma Williams, Madison Gist, Carolina Gutierrez, Jake Innerst, Julie Kocjancic,  Annie Ley, Matt McGraw, Drew Rideout, and Catherine Sulecki.

     

     


    Mellon Teacher Semi-Finalist for PA Teacher of the Year
    February 10, 2011

    Mrs. Sue Wilcher, 6th grade social studies teacher at Mellon Middle School, was named a Semi-Finalist in the search for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year for the year 2012. Mrs. Wilcher was nominated by Brian McFeeley, principal of Mellon Middle School. The competition for this award is very rigorous. Congratulations to Mrs. Wilcher on achieving this honor.  

     

    The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The National State Teachers of the Year- Pennsylvania Chapter (NSTOY-PA) is a non-profit service organization representing teachers. NSTOY-PA seeks to: encourage quality education for each individual through quality teaching; recognize the excellence and commitment of professional educators; promote the image of education through public awareness status; and stimulate the personal and professional growth of NSTOY-PA members. This award is sponsored by the National State Teachers of the Year Pennsylvania Chapter and The Pennsylvania Department of Education.


    High School Project Approved by Mt. Lebanon Commission
    February 7, 2011
    New science "trios" create a shared lab space between two classrooms giving teachers and students the flexibility to easily integrate class and lab work.

    Final approval for the Mt. Lebanon High School Additions and Renovations Land Development Plan and the two conditional use requests for the High School project were approved by the Mt. Lebanon Commission at the Regular Meeting on February 8, 2011. The project will be advertised for bidding in the coming weeks with ground breaking scheduled for late spring. Once construction begins, it will take about 48 months to complete the project.

    Steeler Nation Goes International at Mellon Middle School
    February 4, 2011
    Mellon Middle School students and staff in the Hall of Le Torchon Terrible.

    World language students at Mellon Middle School celebrated the Steelers trip to the Super Bowl by creating a hall of “Terrible Towels” from around the world in the 4th floor hallway.  Students made a Terrible Towel or Rally Rag for the Steelers in the language they're studying. 

    Model U N Team has Stand Out Performance at Duquesne Conference
    February 2, 2011

    Congratulations to the Mt. Lebanon High School Model UN Team for their impressive performance at the Duquesne Conference. Competing among 18 schools, our students won four of the five first place honors and swept the three delegation awards.

     

    Duquesne challenged Mt. Lebanon by assigning the team a set of delegations that have opposing policies on many issues: the United States, Burkina Faso and Syria. Mt. Lebanon students met this unique assignment with considered pre-conference preparation, a depth of content knowledge, and the decorum and speaking skills that the team has come to be known for nationally. 

     

    The following individuals were recognized as Superior delegates in their committees:

     

    Katie Brown and Reia Cho, representing Burkina Faso on the International Labor Organization.

    Jon Callan and Lily Datillo, representing the United States on the UN Habitat Committee.

    Meg Matthews and Taia Pandolfi, representing the United States on ECOSOC.

    Matt Caplan and Steve Metz, representing the United States on the Security Council.

     

    Students representing Burkina Faso- winners of the top delegation award:  

    Jason Hois and Noah Pillion-Gardner

    Lydia Herman and Olivia Pandolfi

    Katie Brown and Reia Cho

    Jayson Driscoll and Nik Plante

     

    Congratulations to the entire team for an outstanding performance. Special thanks go to the team's coaches- Mr. DiNardo, Mr. Lumish and Mr. Savarese.

     


    2004 Bond Refinancing Savings
    January 26, 2011

    On January 17, 2011, at the Regular Board meeting, the Board took action to approve the refinancing of the 2004 General Obligation Bonds if the savings from the refinancing net of costs exceeded 2.5% of the outstanding principal amount of the Bonds.  On January 25, 2011, the District's financial advisor, Tim Frenz, of Janney Montgomery Scott, completed the sale of the refinancing bonds using a competitive format on the internet.  The refunding bond sale produced preliminary net present value savings to the District of $500,635, or 4.64% of refunded bonds, net of costs, which was almost twice the minimum savings required by the Board.  This is a favorable outcome for the community.

    The refunding transaction was bid on the internet, receiving extremely strong interest from the market, with nine different firms submitting a total of 45 bids.  The bid was won by Piper Jaffray of Minneapolis, MN. 

     The $500,635 figure is a significant improvement over the previous savings estimate of $408,000 discussed at the board meeting on January 10.  There are several reasons for this:

     1. Rating:  The District’s extremely strong credit rating of Aa1 allowed the transaction to stand apart from competing transactions and enticed very aggressive bidding.

     2. Timing:  Conducting the sale on January 25, 2011 was a stroke of extremely good fortune, as the short end of the market showed very strong investor demand and strong stability.  

     3. Rates:  On the date of the bond sale, both the municipal market and U.S. Treasury market were in the midst of rallies, which buyers built into their bids.

     4. Competition:  The District’s bid was only the fifth competitive bid conducted in Pennsylvania in 2011, and was the highest rated.  It was the only competitive bid in Pennsylvania on the day of the sale.  So the District was able to take advantage of a market with increasing buyer demand chasing after limited supply.

     5. Structure:  Piper Jaffray maintains a specific “short term bidding desk” which only participates in transactions with shorter final maturities.  Piper tends to be selective in the transactions in which they participate, but when they do participate, they generally do so in an aggressive fashion.  Which they did in this case.

    The yield on the refunding bond issue is 1.66%.   Accounting for the underwriter’s discount, the true interest cost (TIC) is 1.72% (this is the figure upon which the winning bidder is determined).  Accounting for all costs of issuance, the all-in total interest cost (All-in TIC) is 1.87%. 

    Read more about the preliminary financial details of this sale.


    Mt. Lebanon Commission Held Public Hearings on High School
    January 24, 2011
    A rendering of the new Center Court.

    On January 24, 2011, public hearings were held at 8:00 p.m. in Room A in the Municipal Building by the Mt. Lebanon Commission on two conditional use requests by the Mt. Lebanon School District for the construction and renovation of the High School, and the Shared Parking Agreement. The Commission is expected to vote by March 8, 2011 on the conditional use requests and final land development approval for the High School renovation.


    Mock Trial Brings History to Life for Markham Students
    January 14, 2011
    Technology and the 18th Century meet as fifth graders at Markham re-enact a trial during the French and Indian War.

    This week, Mr. Matt Mikesell taught fifth grade classes at Markham Elementary School about the  French and Indian War in a way that moved students away from traditional methods of learning to "hands-on history." No longer merely passive observers, students became active learners who view, interpret, touch and bring history to life.

     

    Students studied the Jumonville Affair in-depth, and created a mock trial from the events that unfolded in May 1754. While learning about these key events, students used multiple resources such as history books, internet, primary source documents, and "visual discovery." As in years past, the trial was streamed live and is available for on-demand viewing on the class website.


    School Board Appoints New Board Member
    January 10, 2011
    New school board member, Lawrence Lebowitz, was sworn in by Judge Randal Todd at the School Board Discussion meeting.

    At the January 10, 2011 Board Discussion meeting, the School Board appointed Lawrence Lebowitz, in a vote of 5-3, to fill the vacant seat on the Board due to the resignation of James Fraasch. Mr. Lebowitz will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, which expires the first Monday of December, 2011.


    Symphony of Tastes
    January 5, 2011

    Plan to attend the Symphony of Tastes fundraiser to support the Mt. Lebanon High School Orchestra on Monday, January 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Center Court. The evening promises to be filled with wonderful music and great food. Local restaurants and businesses are donating signature dishes for guests to sample as they stroll through Center Court to the sounds of string ensembles, quartets, and piano. There will also be a Chinese Auction. Please Tickets are $20.  Call 412-344-2030 for reservations and additional information.  This fundraiser will help support the orchestra's upcoming trip to Philadelphia where they will perform in Verizon Hall, the beautiful cello-shaped hall that is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

     

    Symphony of Tastes

    6:00 Chinese Auction
    6:30 Dinner (Piano, quartets, etc. music performed by students)
    8:15 Strolling Strings (volunteer members of the Symphony Orchestra)
    8:30 Strolling Strings (volunteer members of the String Orchestra)
    8:45 Winners of Auction announced


    Candidates Interview for School Board Vacancy
    January 5, 2011

    On January 3 and 4, 2011, during a Special School Board meeting, the following thirteen candidates were interviewed by the School Board for the vacancy left due to the resignation of Board member James Fraasch in December: Timothy Griffin, William Cooper, Marita Schardt, Paul Vescio, Joe Dimperio, Robert Gardner, Leah Reynolds, Chip Dalesandro, Keith O'Toole, John Cost, Larry Lebowitz, Pam Scott, and Nathan Khosla. Ms. Schardt has since requested the Board remove her name from consideration due to personal reasons. The Board discussion and vote to fill the position will take place at the January 10, 2011, Discussion Meeting.


    Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Opened the NHL Winter Classic
    December 30, 2010
    Photo of the Winter Classic opening ceremony courtesy of the NHL.

    Mt. Lebanon High School was proudly represented at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field as 41 student members of the Mt. Lebanon High School percussion program provided the music as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals made their way on the ice. Watch the video.

    Board Approves 2011-2012 School Calendar
    December 21, 2010
    The School Board approved the 2011-12 School Calendar. This calendar includes some changes from previous years to accommodate the High School construction schedule. Some dates to note: first day of school for students is August 29th; the last day of school is June 4th.  School will be in session the day before the primary and general election days and spring break is April 6-9.

    2010 Student Outcomes Report Released
    December 21, 2010

    At the December 20th School Board meeting, Dr. Deb Allen and the Curriculum Supervisors presented the 2010 Student Outcomes report on student performance on key assessments such as the PSSA's and SAT's.

    2010 Student Outcomes Report


    High School to Offer Online Courses
    December 21, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon High School will now offer online courses to students for the 2nd semester of the 2010-2011 school year due to a grant funded partnership with the National Network of Digital Schools.  High School parents were emailed information about the program and course offerings.

    Read more...


    Operation Helping Hand
    December 16, 2010
    Pictured are Officer Mike Riemer, Major Jan Duperree, Lincoln Principal, Jim Salerno, Lincoln School nurse, Deanna Hess, Dan McNab of Shop N’ Save, and Major Tim Duperree.

    This holiday season, the Mt. Lebanon Police Association initiated Operation Helping Hand to provide support for local families in need. Working in partnership with the Mt. Lebanon School District, Shop N’ Save and the Salvation Army, the newly founded program is being piloted at Lincoln Elementary School. The Mt. Lebanon Police Association supplied ten gift certificates for turkeys for the families and a donation to the Salvation Army for their Winter Coat Fund.  In addition, Dan McNab, owner of the Castle Shannon Shop N’ Save, provided eight $50.00 gift cards and the Salvation Army provided winter coats, hats, gloves, and toys for the children. 


    Public Notice Announcing Application Process to Fill Board Vacancy
    December 16, 2010

    PUBLIC NOTICE

     

    December 15, 2010

     

     The Mt. Lebanon School District is seeking residents interested in applying for a vacant position on the Board of School Directors.  Residents 18 years old and older who have been residents of Mt. Lebanon for a least one year are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Office of the Superintendent, Mt. Lebanon School District, 7 Horsman Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15228  or email the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, Jeanine Szalinski, at jszalinski@mtlsd.net. Applicant information will be accepted through December 24, 2010. Interviews will be held at a Special Board meeting on January 3 and 4, 2011, at 6 p.m. both evenings, in the High School Library. (Updated 12.30.10)


    School Board Member Resigns
    December 16, 2010
    On December 15, 2010, Mr. James Fraasch submitted his resignation from the Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors effective immediately. The Board has begun the process of filling the vacancy.

    Planning Board Gives Recommendation for Final Approval of High School Project
    December 15, 2010

    At the December 14, 2010 Municipal Planning Board meeting, the board unanimously approved recommendation for (1) Final approval of the land development application for the renovation of the High School, (2) Recommendation for conditional use of a high school in a R-1 Single-family Residential district, and (3) Conditional Use approval for an Alternate Parking Plan which was accomplished by a Shared Parking  Agreement approved by both the School Board and Municipal Commission.

     

    The plans will now be submitted to the Mt. Lebanon Board of Commissioners for final approval of Land Development and Conditional Uses.

     


    High School German Teacher Honored by the American Association of Teachers of German
    December 14, 2010
    High School German teacher, Peg Grasso Meyers.

    The American Association of Teachers of German recently awarded High School World Language teacher, Peg Grasso Meyers, the 2010 Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) Language Matters Award.  This award recognizes a high school teacher of German who has achieved outstanding success in getting students to speak German through exemplary motivation and creative methods. In addition, the winner is a teacher who has provided authentic immersion experiences outside the classroom for students to apply their speaking skills and is committed to the pursuit of global awareness and cultural understanding.

    “I have been a member of the American Association of Teachers of German my entire career, and the opportunities that I've had as a result have been truly inspiring and enriching for me as a professional and as a person.  For this reason, I'm so proud to be recognized by the AATG through the Award: ISE Language Matters,” said Ms. Meyers.

    Ms. Meyers has taught German at Mt. Lebanon High School for 12 years and is only the sixth recipient of this award.  “We are proud to have teachers like Peg Meyers honored for her outstanding work with our students. She is representative of our fine professional, committed and talented teaching corps,” said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer.


    Board Appoints New High School Unit Principal
    December 14, 2010
    Christopher S. Wolfson, the new High School Unit Principal.

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Christopher S. Wolfson as the new Mt. Lebanon High School Unit Principal at the December 13, 2010 School Board Discussion Meeting. Mr. Wolfson is currently the principal of Burgettstown Middle/High School where he has served since 2007.  Prior to his position in Burgettstown, Mr. Wolfson was the assistant principal at Seton-La Salle High School, and a social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator at North Catholic High School.

    Mr. Wolfson holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Science in Education Administration & Leadership from Duquesne University.


    High School Students Handcraft Toys for Tots
    December 9, 2010
    Students made wooden toys to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

    High School students took the idea of donating toys to the Toys for Tots Foundation to a whole new level. Manufacturing and Production teacher, Mr. Andrew Kuskil, began an after-school program where students designed and handcrafted wooden toys in the High School woodshop to donate to Toys for Tots for local needy children.  Students designed over 100 toys, including boats, cars, trains, fire trucks, and wooden inlay checkerboards. The program was a great success, not only for children who will receive the toys, but for the students who used their skills and donated their time to create the toys as well.


    School Board Re-Organization
    December 7, 2010
    The Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors held a re-organization meeting on December 6, 2010. The Board elected Josephine Posti as Board President and Dale Ostergaard as Board Vice-President. Both were elected by a vote of 8-0. School Board member James Fraasch was absent.

    Mt. Lebanon Schools Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 6-10
    December 6, 2010
    Jefferson Elementary School held a kick-off assembly for Inclusive Schools Week.

    Inclusive Schools Week celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. Here are some of the ways Mt. Lebanon schools are involving students and staff in Inclusion Week activities:

     Washington School: This past October, Operation Backpack, coordinated by the school's inclusion team, was a school-wide project that partnered Washington Elementary School with students and staff from Washington School in Louisiana. Backpacks were purchased by staff and filled with school supplies donated by students. Both schools will continue the partnership through email and video sharing.

    Markham School: Student Passports – Students will receive stamps for inclusive acts. The school established a partnership with Western PA School for Blind Children. Students will construct sensory boxes to match books.

    Howe School: Students will discuss, “Lesson from the Geese,” which shows how different roles in a group make all successful. This lesson will also be coordinated with Olweus activities.

    Jefferson School: Building an Inclusive School “Brick by Brick” – Students will write inclusive sentence starters on each brick.

    Hoover School: A “Focus on Fairness” is the theme for curriculum activities that will include student created activities, videos, and skits.

    Foster School: “Including all is the Foster way” –Inclusion activities and student reflections will take place each day. This spring, students will hand paint on the playground wall.

    Lincoln School: “What does inclusion look like, feel like, sound like?” at Lincoln School – Students and teachers will identify inclusive practices already in place and generate ways to build next steps. 

    Both Middle Schools are using the OLWEUS "Tuesday Talk" time to show a video on including students and facilitating a discussion with their small groups.

    The High School focus is on Building Homeroom Connections through daily suggestions of activities or ideas to engage homeroom discussion of inclusion.


    JMS Students Organize Holiday Collection for SHIM
    December 6, 2010
    Jefferson Middle School students held a collection drive for SHIM's Angel Emporium.

    The Jefferson Middle Student Council organized a very successful donation drive to benefit South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) Angel Emporium. JMS students, staff,and parents generously donated a wide variety of toys, household items, books, and clothes for the program. The Angel Emporium helps families during the holiday season by providing gifts for parents to select for their children as well as gifts for children to give their parents. SHIM serves over 1,200 individuals in the South Hills through their Family Assistance Program. 

    Winter Weather Reminder
    December 3, 2010

    Dear Mt. Lebanon Parents,

    Now that winter is here, I thought it would be a good time to send a reminder about our emergency weather procedures. When weather conditions require the delay or closing of school, we will notify you with a call from our Emergency Phone Alert System. We also post delay or closing information on our website, local cable, and TV stations. Typically, when school is canceled, after-school and evening activities are also canceled. On rare occasions, I may need to delay or cancel school after 6:00 a.m. or change a delay to a cancellation when there is a question about road conditions or extreme cold.

    Phone Alert System

    In the event of a school delay or closing, you will receive a phone call from the District's Emergency Phone Alert System to the primary phone number you have listed with the school. Only one call per family is made. Calls are made no later than 10:00 p.m. and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. Your caller ID will display "Mt. Lebanon School District" and the District's main number of 412-344-2000. The success of this system depends on accurate contact information obtained from school records. If your information has changed, you may update your phone number in the Dashboard or ask the building secretary to update your files.


    Wind Chill

    There may be times when the wind chill must be taken into consideration when making a weather call. I follow the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) recommendations for extreme cold as a guide which includes the possibility of a delay or closing if the wind chill dips to -15 F.


    Information Sources for a Delay or Closing:

     

    •         MTLSD website: www.mtlsd.org
    •         School District Cable Channels 19 (Comcast) and 33 (Verizon)
    •         Mt. Lebanon Public Access Channels 7(Comcast) and 35 (Verizon)
    •         KDKA TV and www.kdka.com; WPXI TV and www.wpxi.com; WTAE TV and www.thepittsburghchannel.com
    •         KDKA Radio 1020 AM

     

    Student safety is always my primary concern. I make the decision to delay or cancel school in consultation with numerous sources, including the Mt. Lebanon Police Department and local weather services. However, there is always going to be snow and cold weather in Western Pennsylvania in the winter, so school will be in session on days when the roads may be snow covered and the temperature is cold. On those days, we all need to drive with caution and make sure that our children are appropriately dressed for the cold weather. As always, please use your best judgment regarding the weather conditions in your own neighborhood.

    Thank you for your help and patience during this winter season.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Tim Steinhauer
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mt. Lebanon School District


    Kindergarten Students Collected Peanut Butter and Jelly for Local Food Bank
    November 30, 2010
    Markham Kindergarten students held a P, B, & J drive to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

    Markham Kindergarten students, staff, parents, and community members all pulled together this month for the first ever Kindergarten Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Donations were collected throughout the month and on Election Day at the school.   As a result, a total of 174 jars of peanut butter, 127 jars of jelly, and over $439 in cash (mainly from voters) were collected. Markham Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Linda Vietmeier, coordinated the event. “Having the students take an active role in the actual collection was incredibly important. I know they now feel a part of something bigger than this little part of the world,” said Mrs. Vietmeier.

     


    Exchange program benefits ML teacher (Almanac)
    November 29, 2010

    Lincoln School Continues a Thanksgiving Tradition
    November 23, 2010
    Lincoln students performing in their annual Thanksgiving play.

    A school tradition that has gone on for thirty years continued at Lincoln Elementary School as students in the Kindergarten classes took the roles of Pilgrims, Indians, and Turkeys as they presented a Thanksgiving play for an enthralled audience of parents and grandparents on Tuesday . The students performed songs and recited poems under the direction of their teachers, Mrs. Gretchen Vrotsos, Ms. Leah Senneway, and Ms. Karen Flinter.

    Howe School Welcomed Home Corporal Ben Kiernan
    November 22, 2010
    Students and staff at Howe Elementary School welcomed home former Howe student, Marine Corporal Ben Kiernan, at a school assembly.

    The staff and students at Howe Elementary School held a Welcome Home Assembly for former Howe student, and 2004 Mt. Lebanon graduate, Marine Corporal Ben Kiernan, on November 22, 2010. Ben returned home to Mt. Lebanon this month after sustaining injuries while deployed in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

     

    At the Welcome Home Assembly, students sang the Marine Corps Hymn and other songs during the celebration. Mt. Lebanon Commissioner, Dave Brumfield, presented a proclamation to Ben on behalf of the Mt. Lebanon Commission as did a representative of State Representative, Matt Smith on behalf of the State House of Representatives. The students had a chance to ask Ben questions during a question and answer session and learned that his favorite book while in elementary school was “Where the Wild Things Are.” Ben also donated two books to the Howe Library-one about the Constitution and the other about the 50 States.  The assembly closed with a presentation of gifts to Ben from Howe School and the School District in recognition of his service and valor to our country.

     

     “Having Ben Kiernan come to Howe is a special event for our students.  Many of them wrote him letters while he was serving in Afghanistan.” said Howe School principal, Michelle Murray. “This is a chance for them to see the real person, who went to their own elementary school, and to honor him for his bravery as a Marine.”


    40 Developmental Assets Endorsed by School Board
    November 17, 2010

    Peter Berg, Supervisor of School Counseling, and Shelly Saba, High School Counselor, made a presentation on the 40 Developmental Assets at the October School Board meeting. The belief is that these assets are the building blocks of a healthy developmental climate to help children grow up to be caring and responsible adults.

     

    At the November 15, 2010 School Board meeting the School Board unanimously passed the following resolution regarding the 40 Developmental Assets:

     

    RESOLVED, That the Mt. Lebanon School Board endorses the framework of the 40 Developmental Assets to promote and supports the development of healthy youth and caring school climate in partnership with other youth serving organizations in our community.  

     

    Click to read more about the 40 Developmental Assets.

     


    Lebo Walk for Water Yields Well in Southern Sudan
    November 16, 2010
    Children in the southern Sudan village of Malek Amal sent a photo thanking our students for the new well.

    In April 2009, a “Walk for Water” was held at the High School Stadium with the goal to raise $5,000 to build a well in Southern Sudan. The walk was organized by High School Emergency Club leaders Emily McGinty, Jacob Wildfire, Dani Schmulevich, and Hannah Trivilino, along with the club sponsor and High School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Peter DiNardo.  The Walk for Water was a success, with donations exceeding $6,000.  Mr. DiNardo was informed by Water for Sudan that a well, named by our students, “Lebo H2OPE”, was drilled this summer in Southern Sudan in the village of Malek Amal in the Jur River County, Western Bar El Ghazal State.

     

    The walk was inspired by Benjamin Ajak— one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan and author of “ They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”—during his first visit to Mt. Lebanon in 2007. While visiting with students, Mr. Ajak highlighted the serious lack of available, clean water in the villages near his home in southern Sudan His story inspired the students to organize a Walk for Water with all proceeds going to Water for Sudan, a USA-based, charitable organization whose mission is to drill fresh-water wells for the people in rural, southern Sudan.

     

    "Students and community members worked tirelessly educating Mt. Lebanon and organizing the visit by Benjamin Ajak. The generosity of countless individuals inspired me throughout our year-long campaign. To see the fruits of this labor and know that this village has access to fresh water brings me a great deal of satisfaction and also provides a concrete success to share with and motivate a new generation of Mt. Lebanon students," said Mr. DiNardo.

     

     


    MTLSD Community Survey
    November 16, 2010

    The 2010 Harris Interactive Community surveys were recently mailed to Mt. Lebanon residents. The District first commissioned Harris Interactive to help with the data collection and analysis of a community survey in 2007.  Residents with or without children in Mt. Lebanon schools are encouraged to complete a survey and return it to Harris Interactive on or before Dec. 10th. If you have questions or did not receive a survey, call Cissy Bowman at 412-344-2026.  

     

    Harris Interactive has over 30 years of experience in the design and management of customer-based satisfaction measurement systems. Using the firm’s School Poll program, the District will collect data using a set of standardized survey instruments used by many school districts across the country. Once the data analysis is complete, the results will be shared with the community. Click to review the results of the 2007 survey.

     

    Constituent Satisfaction is one of the five goals of our Strategic Plan. To help us improve, we need to understand the areas that you feel should be addressed by the District.

     

    Results from the survey will focus on three key pieces of information:

     

    •     The levels of satisfaction for major areas such as facilities, communication, administration, and school board/superintendent.

    •     The frequency of occurrence of specific events within the District.

    •     The effect specific events have on stakeholder satisfaction, and a prioritized list of issues that should be addressed to improve satisfaction.

     

    Thank you for participating in the 2010 Harris Community Survey.


    Mt. Lebanon student wins Pitt jazz scholarship
    November 15, 2010

    Creativity and confidence propels founder of Groupon, Mt. Lebanon native Andrew Mason.
    November 15, 2010

    Veterans Day Observed in Mt. Lebanon Schools
    November 12, 2010
    Veterans Day at Lincoln Elementary School.

    On Veterans Day, Mt. Lebanon Schools held special observances and celebrations to honor and thank the men and women who served, and those who currently serve, in our Armed Forces. Grandfathers, mothers, dads, uncles, friends, and neighbors gathered at the schools as students paid moving tributes to their service.

     Foster Elementary began the day with a breakfast for veterans’ and a flag raising ceremony on the front lawn of the school.  The Racer Team at Mellon Middle School held a “Thank Celebration.”  Students wrote heartfelt tributes to family members and friends who served in the military and read them during the assembly as their guests stood with them. At the High School, students created a bulletin board with photos of all High School and Central Office staff that served in the military and gave each veteran a boutonniere to wear during the day. At Jefferson Middle School, a local veteran spoke to classes about the importance of observing Veterans Day.  Hoover and Lincoln schools held assemblies to honor family, friends and neighbors who served in our armed forces. Veterans Day in the Mt. Lebanon School District was a day for students and staff to remember and give thanks to those who served our country.

    Click here to watch the Concert to Honor our Veterans.


    Lebo Alum Returns Home from Afghanistan
    November 11, 2010

    Ben Kiernan, a 2004 Lebo grad, returned home to Mt. Lebanon yesterday after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan. He has been serving our country as a Marine since he graduated from Virginia Tech. Ben was awarded the Purple Heart.

     

    Ben was greeted by family, friends, neighbors and his dog upon his return. He was escorted from Virginia by a motorcycle motorcade of over 50 bikers from the American Legion and Honor Guard. Watch the video on KDKA.


    Veterans Day
    November 11, 2010
    Veterans and current servicemen and women were honored at a flag raising ceremony at Foster School.

    Each year, on November 11, Veterans Day, our country recognizes and honors all those Americans who have served our country in the Armed Services. Today, there are more than 25 million veterans living among us. This day reminds us that we need to pause and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and to thank them for their devotion to our country. We must not allow the passage of time or the comforts of peace to erase the memory of their service and sacrifices. As we observe Veterans Day, please take some time to learn more about the accomplishments of our nation’s veterans, their dedication and courage, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve the blessings of liberty.  On this day and every day please do not forget the members of your family, neighbors or members of the community who have served our country.   Please keep our present service personnel in your thoughts at this time as they serve throughout the world.


    Uruguayan Educator Returns to Mt. Lebanon School District through Teacher Exchange Program
    November 8, 2010
    Uruguayan teacher, María Emilia Galagorri Nolé pictured with Howe Elementary students showing them a "yerba mate," the tradtional herb tea drink of Uruguay.

    Mt. Lebanon elementary foreign language teacher, Elaine Palmer, was awarded a grant for the Uruguayan Educator Exchange Program through the Educational Seminars Program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.  The grant made it possible for Ms. Palmer to host María Emilia Galagorri Nolé, an elementary English teacher at Eduardo Victor Haedo No. 6 in Mercedes, Uruguay, for a return visit to the Mt. Lebanon School District.

    During her stay in October, Ms. Galagorri Nolé visited the elementary schools and spoke to classes about the Uruguayan culture, food and dialects. She first visited Mt. Lebanon schools last year. Since then, both teachers kept their classes connected through letters, podcasts, multimedia projects and videoconferencing. “This exchange program promotes appreciation of cultural diversity leading to positive attitudes and relations.  Cross cultural and international awareness have become more real and readily understood by our students, especially with the use of technology—videoconferencing sessions connected our students with their Uruguayan "Pen Pals," said Elaine Palmer. “On a personal note, I have gained not only a professional contact in Uruguay but a friend.” A major goal of this program is to support the internationalization of school curricula by providing opportunities for the broader school community to learn about global issues, to be exposed to Uruguayan and U.S. culture, and to participate in joint collaborative projects and school partnerships.

    During the exchange visit, Ms. Palmer and Ms. Galagorri Nolé co-presented, "Go Global with the Educator Exchange Program!" at the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association conference in Erie, PA.


    PMEA Honors Mt. Lebanon Students
    November 4, 2010

    The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) has selected nineteen Mt. Lebanon High School students into the District 1 Honors Ensembles.  Students were selected through an audition process. Congratulations to our students on this outstanding achievement.

    Honors Choir: Emily Andrews (Soprano 1), Meredith Andrews (Soprano 1), Susan Hepburn (Soprano 2), Sarah Hill (Soprano 2), Brigitta Hutchins (Alto 2), Hana Berkowitz (Alto 2), Chris Stack (Bass 2), and Alex Reed (Bass 2).

    Honors Orchestra: Philip Clippinger (Violin), Alex Draus (Viola), Ryan Fan (Viola), Alexis Trbovich (Viola) and Andrew Vogel (Cello)

    Honors Band: Kyle Harris (Flute), Greg Kowhacki (Clarinet), Logan Schardt (Clarinet), Alex Kurland (Clarinet), Eddie George (Tuba), and Kevin Schorr (Tuba). The Honors Band will present its concert on Sunday, November 28th at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Concert Percussion Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2011 PMEA Annual Conference in April at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.


    Girls' Tennis Team State Finalists
    October 29, 2010
    There was time for one last photo before the girls boarded their bus to Hershey for the PIAA team tennis tournament.

    For the first time in school history, Mt. Lebanon High School participated in the PIAA girls' team tennis tournament. The team made it to the state finals on October 30th, but lost 3-2 in a close match to Shady Side Academy. Congratulations to the team and Coach Ginny Hall on their  history making season.


    Jefferson Middle School 4th Annual International Night
    October 20, 2010

     Jefferson Middle School's International Club will hold their 4th Annual International Night on October 27, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the lower level of Jefferson Middle School.  It is an evening of international food and entertainment. Over 100 homemade main courses, appetizers, and desserts from all over the world are served.  The evening’s entertainment includes an international fashion show, games, dance, and musical performances. The cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family. All proceeds will benefit Foyer Des Enfants De Sion, an orphanage in Haiti.


    "Pink-Out" at Mt. Lebanon Football Game
    October 20, 2010
    Howe Elementary School staff show “Howe” they support breast cancer awareness by wearing pink tie-dye shirts made by a fellow staff member.

    Mt. Lebanon High School hosted the second annual “Pink-Out Game” on October 29th at the football game against Upper St. Clair. Both schools collected donations for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation and Colleen's Angels.  A former Mt. Lebanon cheerleader who lost her mother to breast cancer spearheaded the project last year. This year, over 70 schools in the WPIAL participated to raise awareness of breast cancer.

    Watch the 2010 Pink Out Video.


    A Concert to Honor Our Veterans
    October 13, 2010
    The High School Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble at "The Concert to Honor Our Veterans."

    The Mt. Lebanon High School Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble presented A Concert to Honor Our Veterans on Thursday, November 4th in the High School Auditorium.  The concert was free and opened to the public. The program included American folk songs, patriotic medleys, and classic marches and closed with a combined song featuring both the Wind Ensemble and Choir.  A special invitation was extended to all veterans of the Armed Forces to attend. It was an honor for our ensembles to pay tribute to our local veterans.


    Schools Helping Schools-Partners in Education
    October 10, 2010
    Washington teachers Dori Oldaker and Jason Philips unload backpacks for students at Washington School, LA. Photo: Daily World.


    Operation Backpack: On the Road to Washington, Louisiana
    October 6, 2010
    Students helped pack up the truck with backpacks on Thursday for the trip to Louisiana.

    Washington Elementary School students helped pack the truck that  transported over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Washington, Louisiana for Operation Backpack.The Mt. Lebanon school is partnering with a fellow Washington School in Washington, Louisiana. The Louisiana school is a kindergarten through grade 8 school with 300 students in a community that is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Students are in need of basic school supplies such as pencils, crayons, notebook paper, folders, and glue sticks. 

    The staff at Washington Elementary in Mt. Lebanon purchased 300 backpacks for all of the Louisiana students. Last week, the school held a collection of school supplies to fill the backpacks along with gently used books and non-perishable food items. Washington students also wrote letters to their new pen pals in Louisiana that were  packed along with the school supplies in the backpacks.

    Organizing the effort were members of the school's Inclusion Team: Pam Bronco, Kylee Harding, Lori Morin, Dori Oldaker, Jason Philips, Ron Wilcher, Janet Niedzwicki, and Robert Mallery.

     


    Students Turn Out for Community Service Fair
    October 1, 2010
    Volunteers from Animal Friends share information with students.

    Center Court was filled with students for the Community Service Fair on September 30th. The fair gave students an opportunity to learn about the agencies and organizations that offer volunteer experiences in the area. Participants such as the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, and Animal Friends set up displays with information about their programs. A good number of our students volunteer throughout the year to help out in the community.

    Magazine calls Mt. Lebanon 1 of 25 'coolest suburbs' in U.S.
    September 30, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon coach David to be honored for rescue
    September 27, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon Veteran of Guadalcanal Donates Print to High School
    September 26, 2010
    Social Studies Supervisor Jeffrey Zeiders and Mr. Harold Stein with the print signed by Donald Moss.

    Mt Lebanon resident, Harold Stein, generously donated a signed Donald Moss print depicting the major events in the battle of Guadalcanal to Mt. Lebanon High School. Mr. Stein was among the first U.S. Army troops to relieve the Marines on Guadalcanal during the Solomon Island Campaign in the South Pacific during World War II.

     

    The artist, Donald Moss, landed with the Marines in the first wave at Guadalcanal in August, 1942.  He went on to a very distinguished career as an artist--including a 30-year stint with Sports Illustrated--before his death in May, 2010. Mr. Stein became a personal friend of Mr. Moss after meeting him at Guadalcanal Veterans Reunion. 

     

    Social Studies Supervisor Jeff Zeiders plans to have the print dedicated on or near Veterans Day.  Mr. Stein has requested that the print have a place where students can view it. 

     


    Great Alumni Honored at High School
    September 24, 2010
    Great Alumni: Dr. Robert Schilken, Class of 1982 and Alby Oxenreiter, Class of 1978 at the awards luncheon.

    Today, Mt. Lebanon High School honored eight outstanding alumni during the Great Alumni Award celebration. Members of Student Council, High School and District administration, honorees, their family and friends, gathered in the High School Activities Office for a beautiful luncheon and award presentation.

     

    Two memorable moments during the luncheon included Alby Oxenreiter, Class of 1978, donning his letter jacket during his remarks--Alby was member of the 1977 Mt. Lebanon High School WPIAL championship soccer team (Mt. Lebanon’s first WPIAL soccer championship)--and listening to broadcast clips of Bob Ufer--Class of 1938 and the voice of the University of Michigan football-- doing a play-by-play of a few Michigan football game highlights.

     

    High School Activities Director, Mrs. Carlie McGinty, coordinates the Great Alumni program and awards luncheon.


    Mt. Lebanon teacher gets to study abroad (P-G)
    September 22, 2010

    Stephen Bullick Named Social Studies Supervisor of the Year
    September 21, 2010

    Stephen G. Bullick, former Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science for the Mt. Lebanon School District, was notified that he is the recipient of the 2010 National Social Studies Supervisors Association Mel Miller Supervisor of the Year Award.  He will be honored for his distinguished service and exceptional contribution to the profession in November at an awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado. 

    Mr. Bullick served in the District from 1993 until his retirement in 2010. His depth of knowledge in the area of Social Studies has made him an expert at both the state and national levels. Dr. Tim Steinhauer commented, "Steve has developed our Social Studies curriculum so that our students have a truly global perspective and understanding of the world they live in."


    Board Appoints New Principal for Washington Elementary School
    September 21, 2010
    Mary Kay Davis

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Mary Kay J. Davis as the new principal of Washington Elementary School at the September 20, 2010 Regular Board Meeting. Mrs. Davis is currently the Assistant Principal of Claysville Elementary School in the McGuffy School District where she has served since 2004. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Davis was a Guidance Counselor at Hunters Creek Middle School in North Carolina and at Linton Middle School in the Penn Hills School District.

     

    Mrs. Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from La Roche College and a Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh in School Administration and Policy.


    Board Appoints New Principal for Howe Elementary School
    September 21, 2010
    Michelle Murray

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved Michelle L. Murray as the new principal of Howe Elementary School at the September 20, 2010 Regular Board Meeting.  Ms. Murray is currently a Unit Principal at Mt. Lebanon High School where she has served since 2004. Prior to her position in Mt. Lebanon, Ms. Murray was the Educational Supervisor at Wesley Highland Elementary School.

     

    Ms. Murray has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Education: Mentally/Physically Handicapped Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh.


    Mt. Lebanon High School Announces National Merit Semifinalists
    September 16, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon High School National Merit Semifinalists

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, Mt. Lebanon High School has 12 National Merit Semifinalists. About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Congratulations to our students on this outstanding academic achievement.

    Mt. Lebanon High School 2011 National Merit Semifinalists

    Connor Brem

    Elizabeth Golebie

    Maria Guadagnino

    Arjun Kar

    Steven Metz

    Michael Moody

    Andrea Muransky

    Rachael Nass

    Samuel Reynolds

    Benjamin Spilsbury

    Christopher Weis

    Amy Xie


    Foster School Dedicates New Playground
    September 14, 2010
    Students enjoy every minute of lunchtime recess on the new playground at Foster School.

    The Foster Elementary School community dedicated a new playground on Friday, September 10, 2010. The playground, designed to be inclusive and accessible for children with special needs, is the result of three years of planning and fundraising by parents and staff. The Foster Elementary Playground Fundraising Campaign, led by Foster parents Julie Maselko and Kim McFadden, raised nearly $80,000-- including a $12,500 grant from State Representative Matt Smith.

     

    Principal Patrick McClintock-Comeaux commented, “Our goal was to create an accessible playground so as many children as possible could enjoy it. We realized that we would not have the funding to make a playground where every child could do everything, so we wanted to create a space where every child could do something.” 

     

    Equipment was selected after consulting with parents of children with vision problems, gross motor delays and mental disabilities. One piece of equipment was selected that could be fully wheelchair accessible. A swing was chosen that could be used by disabled children.  When the large play structure was designed, a different color was used to show elevation changes so a child with visual perception difficulties would be able to access it better. At the time the project began, the Autistic Support Program was located at Foster, so the staff in that program was consulted to make sure the needs of Autistic children were addressed. 

     

    “We always pictured the playground as a community space, so any child is welcome to come and play,” said McClintock-Comeaux.

     

    Foster Elementary School is located at 700 Vermont Avenue.


    Markham School Students Says "Thanks" to Mt. Lebanon Police and Firefighters
    September 10, 2010
    Students stop to shake hands and thank members of the MLPD and MLFD on their way into school.

    The Markham Elementary School community held a flag raising ceremony on September 10, 2010 to mark the anniversary of September 11th and to thank members of the Mt. Lebanon Fire and Police departments for their service to our schools and community. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at Markham served as color guards. 

    2010 Great Alumni Award Winners Announced
    September 9, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon High School announced the names of the 2010 Great Alumni Awards. The award winners were 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. This year the honorees are: David C. Farrell, Dr. Jeffrey Fisher, M.A.  (Betzler) Jackson, Jay Kopelman, Alby Oxenreiter, Robert Schilken, M.D., Clayton A. Sweeney, and Robert Ufer.

    Stay Connected: Sign-Up for School District News and Leboalert
    September 9, 2010

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    Teacher Brings Experiences of Study Abroad Back to the Classroom
    September 8, 2010
    Ms. Hurt (pictured on the left) with fellow Fulbright participant in a traditional village on Sippo Island.

    Laureen C. Hurt, a French teacher at the High School, was selected as a participant in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program.  Along with 15 other educators from across the United States, she spent the month of July in Senegal (Francophone West Africa), exploring the country's history, religion, politics, educational systems, and arts. In the photo, Ms. Hurt pauses with a fellow Fulbright participant in front of a traditional village compound, one of 14 villages located near the Marine Protected Area of Bamboung, an eco-project established to prevent illegal fishing and reverse damage to the tidal mangrove lands and woodlands in southern Senegal. Ms. Hurt plans to infuse her future French classes, especially French 4, with her deeper understanding of Senegalese culture.
     
    The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.

    Mt. Lebanon High School Student Winner of 2010 City Theatre Young Playwrights Contest
    September 8, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon Junior, Tory Pasternak, was named a winner of the 2010 City Theatre Young Playwrights Contest. Her play Between Worlds will be featured in the 11th Annual Young Playwrights Festival taking place September 29-October 8 at City Theatre. Tory is a member of the Mt. Lebanon High School Evening Theatre Company.

     

    The annual contest encourages western Pennsylvania students to write and submit original one-act plays. Selected plays from the contest are represented each year at the annual Young Playwrights Festival.


    First Day of School Memories
    August 29, 2010
    A dad takes a photo to remember the first day of school.


    Board President Comments at August 25, 2010 School Board Meeting
    August 25, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon School Board President Ed Kubit
    Statement to the Mt. Lebanon Community
    August 25, 2010

    Good evening. On behalf of the Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors I am pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached on the terms of a new 5 year contract with the Mt. Lebanon Education Association (MLEA). We have been notified that the MLEA ratified this agreement by its members earlier this evening. The Board will be deliberating and taking action on this agreement tonight.

    The District’s negotiating team and the MLEA team, led by Mr. Drew Haberberger, engaged in a professional, thoughtful, and respectful dialogue throughout the process. All parties remained focused on mutual interests, spoke candidly, and sought to understand each other’s position. As a result, a tentative agreement was reached prior to the start of school which we believe is in the best interests of our students, teachers, and community.

    Our combined efforts at the bargaining table have produced an agreement that reflects the importance and value of our teachers while being mindful of the community’s interests during these challenging economic times.  Teachers in our classrooms demonstrate their commitment to our students every day and the agreement reflects this reality. At the same time, the agreement has in place significant cost savings for the District. The agreement increases health care contributions, establishes greater teacher accountability, provides a more flexible work schedule that allows for more teacher time with students, creates opportunities for online and distance learning, and opens the door for innovation with discussion of merit pay.
    In a moment, our chief negotiator, Mr. Alfred Maiello, will present an overview of the contract, but first, I would like to present a summary of the negotiating process.

    The Board and administration began by conducting a thorough and thoughtful review of our current contract where issues and opportunities were identified. Based on this work, our Board and negotiating team formulated a list of priorities which established instructional, operational, and economic goals. These goals guided our discussions with the MLEA.

    The District’s negotiating team has met with the MLEA team since January of this year.  There have been numerous formal meetings with both teams at the table.  The School Board retained Mr. Maiello of Maiello Brungo & Maiello to act as its chief negotiator within the guidelines and direction established by the Board and administration.  Other team members included Ms. Janice Klein, Director of Business and Mr. Stephen Scheurer, Director of Human Resources.  Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Allen, also met with the team to offer feedback. The District’s team provided regular updates to the Board.  I believe this comprehensive process has resulted in an agreement that balances the interests of our students, teachers, and community.

    On behalf of the School Board I would like to thank all parties involved in developing this agreement which serves our students, teachers, and community, guided by our mission to provide the best education possible for each and every student.


     


    School Board Approves New Teacher Contract
    August 25, 2010

    The Mt. Lebanon Board of School Directors approved a new 5 year agreement with the Mt. Lebanon Education Association (MLEA) in a vote of 8-0 during a School Board meeting on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. School Board member Josephine Posti was absent. The MLEA ratified the agreement earlier in the evening. The school district team led by chief negotiator Alfred Maiello of Maiello Brungo & Maiello and the MLEA have been in negotiations since January 2010.

    “Our combined efforts at the bargaining table have produced an agreement that reflects the importance and value of our teachers while being mindful of the community’s interests during these challenging economic times,” said School Board President, Ed Kubit.

    The new agreement, effective July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015, provides salary increases in the amount of 4.15% averaged over the five-year length of the contract. This percentage includes both raises and step movement through the salary scale, with an average raise of $3,005 per year including step movement. The District will also experience cost reductions under the new contract, not including increased managerial efficiencies and increased teacher time, which will average 1.44% annual savings of $472,604. When deducted from the overall increase of 4.15%, the net increase to the District for all costs is 2.71%. The salary schedule includes the addition of a half step before Step 16.

    The agreement increases teacher contribution to health care, establishes a longer teacher work year and work day, allows for increased opportunities for online and distance learning, and for the first time, includes the discussion of implementing merit pay. In addition, many other changes in this agreement will provide managerial efficiencies and cost savings.

    Highlights of the new agreement:

    •Teachers will now contribute up to 10% of the premium for health care by the 5th year of the agreement. All teachers will move to the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan or pay the difference for Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) coverage. Both of these provisions will create significant cost savings for the District.

    •The teacher work year will increase to 197 ½ days from the current 194 ½ days. The teacher work day will increase to 8 hours from the current 7 ¾ hours. Most importantly, this includes 2 additional instructional days for students for a total of 184 days.

    •The new agreement includes greater flexibility for the District to expand the use and delivery of online and distance learning experiences for students.

    •For the first time, the District will recognize the achievement of teachers attaining National Board Certification by providing financial incentive. Teachers who achieve this certification meet rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.

    •A new article is included in this agreement that commits both the District and the MLEA to discuss implementing merit pay during the term of the agreement. This concept of merit pay is distinct from existing models which typically provide incentive to struggling school districts.

     “The new agreement focuses on providing our students with greater learning opportunities and acknowledges the teacher’s role in achieving that goal,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. “Mt. Lebanon is fortunate to have dedicated, committed and professional teachers who realized the need to reach an agreement that will help maintain our position as one of the premier school districts in the country.”


    First Day of School: August 30, 2010
    August 4, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon High School Science Teacher Part of Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative
    August 3, 2010
    Ray Schrader working with students from the tissue engineering camp at North Carolina A&T University.

    For the past two summers, Mt. Lebanon High School biology teacher, Ray Schrader, worked for Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) where he ran summer camps as an educational outreach teacher for the program.  Mr. Schrader taught two tissue engineering camps for middle school students in their labs on 2nd Avenue, a tissue engineering elective class at the Summer Academy of Math and Science (SAMS) at Carnegie Mellon University. He then traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina where he ran a week long tissue engineering camp for students at North Carolina A&T University.  Information about the local summer camps can be found online at www.PTEI.org.

    Recessed School Board Meeting will Reconvene on July 22, 2010
    July 20, 2010

    There will be a reconvened meeting of the Board of School Directors on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. in Conference Room B of Mt. Lebanon High School continuing from the recessed regular Board meeting on Monday, July 19, 2010.

     


    Lebo Athletes Shine in 2010
    July 1, 2010

    This year was exceptional one for Mt. Lebanon High School athletics. Lebo teams won five WPIAL championships: girls’ volleyball (19-2, PIAA semifinals), boys’ soccer (19-2-1, PIAA first round), boys’ basketball (26-2, PIAA quarterfinals), girls’ basketball (29-2; 60-2 for the past two seasons), and girls’ softball (23-3). This year, our athletic program added two state championships: girls’ basketball and girls' softball--a first for the High School athletic program.

    Athletic Director John Grogan, was quoted in a recent Post-Gazette article about the reasons for the Blue Devils' success: "It takes a community to build great programs, and that's what we have here," said Grogan, now in his 10th year as AD. "We have student-athletes who have a great work ethic and coaches who work really hard. We have a lot of [supportive] parents. I expect our success to continue."

    Congratulations to our student athletes, coaches and Athletic Director, John Grogan, for an outstanding year.


    Softball title caps stellar sports year at Mt. Lebanon High School (P-G)
    July 1, 2010

    School Board Appoints Jefferson Middle School Assistant Principal
    June 21, 2010


    THANK YOU, MT. LEBANON! Relay for Life Raised $156,000 for Cancer Research
    June 21, 2010

    A Message from Relay for Life Co-Chairs, Sue Wilcher and Heather Knuth

     

    So many of us care, about cancer.  It is the most unifying thing I know and the community of Mt. Lebanon echoed that by participation in the First Ever Relay For Life in Mt. Lebanon.  The American Cancer Society calls the Relay For Life its signature fundraising event.  Relay For Life events will be held in 21 countries around the world. 

     

    On June 5-6, for 22 hours, sometimes in pouring rain, 930 participants came together on the Mt. Lebanon High School track for one reason: to fight cancer.  Nothing could dampen the impassioned response of this community as young and old, men and women circled the track together, in relay teams.  We came collectively so that those who face cancer will be supported, so that those who have lost their battle will not be forgotten, and so that one day cancer will be eliminated.

     

    The goal of the ACS is to raise awareness and to raise funds.  What happened here was powerful as neighbors walked with neighbors continuously.  At 3:00 AM the track was crowded. At 5:00 AM there was still a constant hum of conversation; bonds that will not be severed by this disease, bonds that had people talking about their participation in the next Relay For Life in Mt. Lebanon.

     

    The unexpected, unplanned for happened. In the “fight back” against the beast of cancer, in the celebration of those who have survived and in the commitment to never forget those that we have lost, Mt. Lebanon had a Community Day.  We were united, connected, aligned.  The force of many will come out on top, because we worked together.

     

     Thank you, Mt. Lebanon.  Ten months ago, this was a little dream. We set a goal of 20 teams and $25.000.  The force of many. . .  76 teams, 930 participants, 102 Survivors, 341 Luminaria, 27 Financial Sponsors, hundreds of volunteers and a total of $156,000.  “This is what Community Day should look like!”   

     

    Thank you to the Mt. Lebanon School District, Time Steinhauer, Superintendent, Gerald Ingram, Director of Facilities and Jeff Kaiser, manager of the High School Facilities in addition to countless principals, teachers, support staff, parents and students. For nine months you met with us, brainstormed and worked to say “Yes, we can do this here!

     

    Thank you to the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon!  All who were at Relay saw the 22 hours of support by Municipal Manager, Steve Feller, Police Chief, Colemen McDonough, Fire Chief, Nick Sohoyda and Recreation Director, David Donnellan.  Mr. Feller, his family and team kept the 22 hour vigil in honor of his wife, Jill.  Chief Mc Donough and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department were there walking, advising and protecting for 22 hours. And Yes, that was Chief Sohoyda and his men walking in full turnout gear, in full support of what this event brought home to all of us.  United we stand a chance, united we can fight back, united, What an incredible place to be! 

     

    Thank you Mt. Lebanon, together we made a huge difference.


    Mt. Lebanon wins PIAA title behind Badolato's perfect game (Trib)
    June 21, 2010

    PIAA Softball: 'Perfect' Badolato leads Mt. Lebanon to state title (P-G)
    June 21, 2010

    Summer Hours for District Buildings and Offices
    June 21, 2010

    PG South: Lebo's goal: Winning the right way (PG)
    June 17, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon halts Hatboro-Horsham (Trib)
    June 15, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon Makes Newsweek List of Top High Schools
    June 14, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon High School is on the 2010 Newsweek list of top high schools in the nations. The rankings are based on a "challenge index" which takes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school in a school year and divides that by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. Mt. Lebanon does not require students in AP classes to take the AP exam.

    Girls' Softball in PIAA Finals
    June 14, 2010

    Retiring Staff will be Missed
    June 10, 2010
    Retiring teachers and administrators.

    Congratulations to our retiring staff members. The group of 13 teachers and 2 administrators represent over 468 years of teaching expertise and experience in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Their devotion and dedication to Mt. Lebanon students and the community deserves our thanks, appreciation, and best wishes on a well deserved retirement. They will all be missed.

    Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Bullick, Lynn Van Raaphorst, Kathy Pattak, Diane Sanner, Ellen Wilf, Robin Harding, Yolanda Tafi, Pam Helfrich, Jeri Stoehr, Bob Mallery, Ivan Ober.

    • Robin Harding began teaching here in the 1978-79 school year.  She worked at Jefferson, Howe and Lincoln as a Title I teacher, 2nd grade and 3rd grade teacher.  Robin is currently teaching 2nd grade at Lincoln.  Congratulations Robin, for your 27 years in the District.

    • Pamela Helfrich  started in Mt. Lebanon in the 1970-71 school year at Washington as a 3rd grade teacher.  She transferred to junior high/middle school in 1996-97 to teach mathematics and is retiring from Mellon. Congratulations Pamela, for your 40 years in the District.

    • Deborah Monaco was hired for the 1971-72 school year at Foster Elementary as a kindergarten teacher.  She has worked her entire career at Foster and is currently teaching 2nd grade. Congratulations Deborah, for your 39 years in the District.

    • Ivan Ober began teaching in Mt. Lebanon in the 1974-75 school year as a high school physics teacher and is retiring from this position.  Congratulations Ivan, for your 36 years in the District.

    • Kathy Pattak was hired in the 1972-73 school year as an elementary physical education teacher.  Kathy has worked at Foster, Markham, Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools.  She is retiring from Foster.  Congratulation Kathy, for your 38 years in the District.

    • Diana Sanner – Diana began her career at Mt. Lebanon in the 1971-72 school year teaching 1st grade at Washington.  She has worked at Howe, Jefferson, Washington and Markham and has taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd grade.  Diana is retiring from Foster as the kindergarten teacher.  Congratulations Dianna, for your 39 years in the District.

    • Jeri Stoehr began her career in the District in the 1977-78 school year as a high school physical education/dance teacher.  She taught at the high school until 1991-92 when she transferred to the junior high level.  Jeri also worked at Hoover and Howe Elementary Schools.  Jeri is retiring from Mellon.  Congratulations Jeri, for your 33 years in the District.

    • Yolanda Tafi  has worked at Hoover Elementary since the 1973-74 school year as a primary teacher.  She is retiring from Hoover as a first grade teacher.  Congratulations Yolanda, for your 37 years in the District.

    • Lynn VanRaaphorst was hired effective with the 1990-91 school year as an elementary art teacher.  Lynn has taught at Washington and Howe.  Congratulations Lynn, for your 20 years with the District.

    • Ellen Wilf was hired for the 1976-77 school year as an elementary art teacher.  She has worked at Howe, Markham, Lincoln, Foster and Hoover Elementary Schools and is retiring from Markham & Hoover.  Congratulations Ellen, for your 35 years in the District.


    • Stephen Bullick – Steve came to Mt. Lebanon in 1993 after working for 18 years at the North Allegheny School District as a teacher and social studies department chair. Here he has served as the Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science.  His expertise in his content areas, especially Social Studies, has made him an expert at both the state and national level. He has shaped our curriculum so that our students have a truly global understanding and perspective of the world they live in. Steve has developed a program that is considered a best practice for other districts to model.  Congratulations, Steve for your 17 years in the Mt. Lebanon School District.

    • Robert Mallery, Principal, and Markham Elementary School – Bob began his career in the District in 1993 after working for 4 years as a teacher and 15 years as a principal in Warren County.  He began as principal of Hoover Elementary School and stayed there until the 2002-23 school year when he was named principal of Markham Elementary School.  Bob has led both Hoover and Markham schools with distinction. His close connection with his staff, students, and parents has established a remarkable school environment at Markham. Bob’s kindness and empathy for his students creates an atmosphere of trust and caring in his school. It is not unusual to see a student drop by his office or stop him in the hall with a special story or a personal problem.


    Actors get point across on power of language (Almanac)
    June 10, 2010

    Live From Mt. Lebanon, Graduation 2010
    June 9, 2010
    The stage is set and ready for the commencement ceremonies
    to begin for the Class of 2010


    Relay for Life a Great Success
    June 4, 2010
    Municipal Manager, Steve Feller, and Superintendent Tim Steinhauer got the relay walk underway on Saturday.

    The first annual American Cancer Society 2010 Relay For Life of Mt. Lebanon was held Saturday, June 5 at 2:00pm at Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium. At  kick-off it was announced that more than $130,000 was raised for critical cancer research. Congratulations to co-chairs Sue Wilcher and Heather Knuth and the Relay commimttee for their hard work and dedication to make this event such a huge community  success.

    Graduation Ceremony will be Streamed Live at www.mtlsd.org on June 10
    June 3, 2010

    Lebo Students selected for U. S. State Department Language Program
    June 2, 2010

    Five Mt. Lebanon students have been awarded full scholarships to study language through the National Security Language Initiative sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

    This summer, seniors Ben Hutchinson and Andrew Munson will study Mandarin in China.  Junior, Erica Augenstein, will study Arabic in Jordan. Two current juniors, Lacey Barker and Emma Thompson, will spend the first semester of the 2010-2011 school year overseas.  Lacey will study Mandarin in China and Emma will be in Jordan to study Arabic.


    JMS Students Win Westinghouse N-Vision Video Award
    June 2, 2010
    Jefferson Middle School students and faculty sponsors, Mrs. Debra Mercier and Mrs. Michelle King, involved in the production of the winning video for the Westinghouse N-Vision competition.

    Thomas Jefferson Middle School was awarded the middle school winning video by the Westinghouse Electric Company for their N-Vision Forms of Energy Contest.  Twenty JMS students were involved in producing this video along with their faculty sponsors, Mrs. Debra Mercier and Mrs. Michelle King. The schools with the winning videos in each category (middle and high school categories) will receive $3,000 for the school science department   and each student involved in the video production will receive $100 for  school supplies. JMS submitted three videos: The Atoms Family, Energy Survivor, and Energee.  Energee, a parody of the hit show Glee, was the winning entry. Students on the winning team include:  Sarah Scott, Sophie Engel, Aleana Daniels, Sarah Labovitz, Nathan Donatelli, Danny Cinski, Charlie Strohl, Danielle Isenberg, Clara Davis-Andres, Hannah Felber, Cassidy Lancaster, Grace Watson, Ally Hoberek, Jamie Kozorra, Rebecca Vogel, Hallie Baker, Katie Trombetta, Lesa Bressanelli, James Pfeifer, and Melissa Cruz. Watch the video.

    Administered through the company’s speaker’s bureau, N-Vision, the contest is designed “to encourage young persons to think about energy in the context of worldwide political, economic and environmental realities,” according to the Westinghouse website. The Westinghouse N-Vision Program encourages education of youth in science, technology and mathematics.                                              

    The contest is open to all middle and high schools and the winning videos were chosen from approximately 40 entries.  To be eligible, each video must outline three key advantages of nuclear power and two other forms of energy.  The video can be staged as a short play, commercial, news broadcast, talk show, music video, documentary, etc.  Students are encouraged to be creative, yet informative. 

    About Westinghouse: Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world.  Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.


    Art Students Move on to Top Schools
    June 2, 2010
    Mr. Michael Carlin's AP Visual Arts students are moving on to some of the top schools in the country for the creative arts.

    Congratulations to AP Visual Arts Students class of 2010 for their boundless creative energy and their commitment to excellence.  The stunning artwork created by this group of young people has earned them highly coveted spots in top universities across the country. The seniors—Dan Blaushield, Fabienne Hudson, Miriam Hudson, Tessa Renee Moeller, Katie Mashek, Maura Kearns, Melanie Danver, Andrew Certo, Kevin Schieferstein, Logan Alexander McKee, Jennifer Moreci, and Sara Baicker-McKee—will  attend universities with outstanding arts departments such as Carnegie-Mellon University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. AP Visual Arts teacher, Mr. Michael Carlin, commented, “Their artwork is a reflection of the power of the human spirit and will become artifacts of their personal creative development.  They are a shining example of creativity, divergent thinking, self-reflection, and intellectual discourse.  They are all remarkable individuals who have enriched my life and I am grateful for the time we spent together.”                 


    A M.A.G.I.C. Night for Mellon 8th Grade Girls
    May 26, 2010
    8th grade students from Mellon Middle School at MAGIC on Friday, May 21.

    The 5th annual MAGIC program (Mellon All Girl Image Celebration) was held on May 21, 2010 at the Ramada Inn, Greentree. The evening began with speaker Beth Eckenrode, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Heinz USA, who spoke about the importance of staying true to oneself and living an authentic life. The audience was then treated to a fashion show put on by high school students to show the different types of outfits to wear to school, dances, or after school events. After dinner, everyone went back to Mellon to take part in more activities. It was a great night for all.

     

    The program has been created to help empower our 8th grade girls to believe in themselves and give them strategies needed to be successful in their upcoming high school years.  This after school program has been made possible through the help and support of the Mellon female staff, as well as enthusiastic high school girls who have "lived the MAGIC" while at Mellon. Special thanks go to Mellon Middle School counselor, Kara Berman and the all of the Mellon women faculty who help make the night very special for the girls.

     


    School Board Appoints New Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science
    May 25, 2010

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Jeffrey A. Zeiders as the new supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science at the May 24, 2010 Regular Board meeting. Mr. Zeiders currently serves as the Social Studies Education Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education where he is responsible for standards-based curricular development, implementation, review, and revision for Pennsylvania’s public, private, charter, and cyber schools, K-12. Prior to his current position, he served at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15 as Project Coordinator for the Teaching American History Project. Mr. Zeiders was also the Department Chair and a Social Studies teacher at the West Perry High School in Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania.

     

    Mr. Zeiders has a Masters Degree in American Studies from The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

     

    Steve Bullick, current Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science is retiring this year.

     


    School Board Appoints Robert S. Freil as New Markham Elementary Principal
    May 25, 2010

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Robert S. Freil as the new principal for Markham Elementary School.  Mr. Freil has served as the Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School since 2006. His is also the District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Director and Director of Summer Programming. Previously Mr. Freil taught 9th and 10th grade English at Mt. Lebanon High School and was an English teacher at Littlestown Area High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westminster College and a Masters of Education from California University of Pennsylvania.

    Current Markham Elementary School principal, Mr. Robert Mallery, is retiring this summer.


    School Board Approves 2010-2011 Final Budget
    May 25, 2010

    The Mt. Lebanon School Board approved the final budget for the 2010-2011 school year at the May 24, 2010 Regular Board meeting with a vote of 6-2. Voting yes were Mary Birks, Elaine Cappucci, Dan Remely, Sue Rose, Jo Posti and Dale Ostergaard.   James Fraasch and Faith Stipanovich voted no; School Board President, Edward Kubit was not present but a statement was read on his behalf by School Board Vice-President Sue Rose stating his support of the final budget.

    The final budget is $79,362,440 with a millage rate of 26.63 mills—a 2.52 mill increase from last year. This increase is primarily due to a 2.16 increase in millage to pay for the $75 million bond for the Mt. Lebanon High School renovation project and a 0.37 mill increase for the state employee pension obligation. Dr. Steinhauer and District administrators were able to reduce the base budget to 0.01 mills by cutting over $900,000 from the budget. The 2.52 mill is an increase of $504 a year on a home assessed at $200,000.


    Friendships Sealed with a Bracelet
    May 21, 2010
    Pictured are 5th graders at Eduardo Victor Haedo No. 6 in Mercedes, Uruguay wearing friendship bracelets made by Mt. Lebanon students.

    A few months ago, Mt. Lebanon FLES teachers hosted Uruguayan teacher, Maria Emilia Galagorri Nole, as part of a program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State.  During her visit to Mt. Lebanon, students presented her with friendship bracelets they made for her to bring back to her students at Eduardo Victor Haedo No. 6 in Mercedes, Uruguay.

     

    Elaine Palmer, FLES teacher at Foster and Howe elementary schools, applied to host a teacher from Uruguay in a program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State.  A major goal of this program is to support the internationalization of school curricula by providing opportunities for the broader school community to learn about global issues, to be exposed to Uruguayan and U.S. culture, and to participate in joint collaborative projects and school partnerships. The teacher, Maria Emilia Galagorri Nole, teaches English in an elementary school in Mercedes, Uruguay.  During her visit to Mt. Lebanon earlier this year, she observed classes, spoke with students about Uruguay, and attended school and District events. In particular, she talked with the 5th graders in each elementary building because South America is the area of cultural focus for that grade in our FLES program. As a result of the program, our students now Skype with their new found friends in Uruguay.

     


    Hitting the right note: Five local schools excel in music (Trib)
    May 21, 2010

    Creative curriculum: Mt. Lebo schools earn award for prioritizing arts education (Pop City)
    May 20, 2010

    The Actors and Writers Book Club Visits Mt. Lebanon High School
    May 17, 2010
    Pictured from left to right: Tom Kelly, Susanna Styron, William Baldwin, and Dr. James Walsh, Supervisor of English.

    Actor William Baldwin (Gossip Girl, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and screenwriter Susanna Styron (Shadrach, From the Night, Back When We Were Grown-ups, 9/11: From Chaos to Community) and author, Tom Kelly (Empire Rising)  visited Mt. Lebanon High School for the “Actors and Writers Book Club.” The program sends a high-profile actor and writer into high schools to discuss works of literature with the goal of getting students excited about reading, writing, story telling and highlight the importance of language skills. William Baldwin read John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Susanna Styron and Tom Kelly discussed the writer’s perspective, followed by a Q&A session with the students. It was a unique experience that gave Mt. Lebanon students a first-hand opportunity to discuss the writing process from the perspective of the writer and actor.

    The Actors and Writers Book Club is a program of the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation that brings a high-profile actor and writer into high schools to read and discuss works of literature, with the mission of getting students excited about reading, writing, story telling and the importance of language skills. The inaugural Actors and Writers Book Club was held in Watertown, NY in the fall of 2009. The program at Mt. Lebanon High School is the second Actors and Writers Book Club in the program.

    The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Writers Guild of America, East, the labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The WGAE Foundation’s mission is to perpetuate the art and craft of storytelling, either by professionals or amateurs, through education and practical experience, on local, national and global levels; to find the next generation of writers in fiction, non-fiction, television, radio, film, theatre, and new media; to encourage WGAE members and staff to contribute their expertise to Foundation activities, thereby expanding the base and breadth of knowledge, as well as increasing the solidarity and power of the writing community in the larger world; and to work with other like-minded organizations in order to facilitate and expand the needs and goals of writers everywhere. The Foundation’s programs include: the Veterans Writing Workshop, The Baltimore Sun Fellowships, PencilPals, Actors and Writers Book Club, and the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. For more information on the WGAE Foundation, visit www.wgaefoundation.org.


    Mt. Lebanon Forensics Team Prepares for Nationals
    May 16, 2010
    Members of the Mt. Lebanon High School Forensics team with their District Championship trophies.

    The Mt. Lebanon Forensics Team is sending 10 students to the National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in June as a result of their outstanding performance at the National Forensic League Pittsburgh District Championships/National Qualifiers Tournaments in March.  Mt. Lebanon claimed 5 District Championships and has the highest number of students going to nationals than any other school in the area.  District Champions are Sam Reynolds in United States Extemp; Caitlyn Depp and Nick Osborne in Duo; Janalynn Pugh in Dramatic Interpretation; Chris Stack in Humorous Interpretation; and Serafina Lanna and Andrew Munson in Public Forum Debate.  Also qualifying to the National Tournament and headed to Kansas City:  Brianna Lazarchik and Connor Bahr in Duo and Molly Yochum in Dramatic Interp.  Best of luck to the students and their coaches, George Savarese, Lisa Hoffman, Brenda Nascone and Thad Merriman.

    Student Success in Academic Games
    May 10, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon School District continued it's successes in this year's Academic Games national tournament.  The coaches took 35 students to Cincinnati from April 23-26, where they competed in all six games and played against approximately 1,000 students in all divisions.  Mt. Lebanon is one of the only school districts in the country which competes in all six events in the social studies, language arts, and mathematics games. 
     
    Mellon MS Winners - Middle Level, Grades 7 and 8
    • World Events Game - 3rd place team: Connor Quealy, Azfar Merchant, Tom Jasionowski, Kyla Washington, and Laura Qi
    • World Events Game individual winners:  Tom Jasionowski, 5th place and Azfar Merchant, national champion.
    • Sweepstakes award presented to Azfar Merchant who is the 8th best player in the country, grades 7 and 8. 
    • Ian Harris placed 10th individually in World Events.
    Mellon MS Winners;Washington and Howe Elemetnary - Elementary Level, Grades 4,5, 6
    • World Events Game - 3rd place team:  Ian Harris, Vivek Anil, Abbas Merchant, Sadie Saxton, and Rida Merchant
    • Mr. Presidents individual winner:  Vivek Anil, national champion.
    • World Events individual winners:  Abbas Merchant, national champion.
    • Gayatri Anil  placed 6th in the Mr. Presidents in the Elementary Division
    High School Winners - Grades 9-12
    • World Events Game individual winner:  Jake Akhtar, 9th in the country, grades 9 and 10

    Student Chemists Take Honors at Pitt Competition
    May 10, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon High School students who competed in the Chemistry Olympics.

    Nine Mt. Lebanon students were chosen to compete in the American Chemical Society 2010 Chemistry Olympics on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the University of Pittsburgh.  174 students represented schools in the Pittsburgh area.  Three teams of three students from Lebo competed in the areas of "First Year Chemistry", "Second Year Chemistry", and "Organic Chemistry".  They had to perform experiments and present their results in written reports.  Congratulations to the second year chemistry students for placing 1st out of 21 teams - Nick Brown, Michael Moody, and Eric Hoffman.  Congratulations goes to the first year chemistry students for placing 2nd out of 25 teams - Katelyn Walsh, Stephen Snow, and Rohan Basu.  The organic chemistry students won 7th place - Neal Ulrich, Sam Wilshire, and Austin Van Horn.  The first and second year students are invited to attend an awards banquet later this month with the ACS and have received cash prizes. Mrs. Susan Meer is the faculty sponsor.


    Students Selected to National Honors Band
    May 10, 2010
    Mt. Lebanon High School juniors, Kara Kordella and Kevin Schorr, prepare for performances with the National Honors Band in June.

    Two Mt. Lebanon High School juniors, Kara Kordella and Kevin Schorr, have been selected to perform with the MENC (The National Association for Music Education) National Honors Band during Music Education Week in Washington, D.C., June 24-29. Kara plays the trumpet and Kevin the euphonium, were selected by director nominations and through a recorded screening process that began in February. The band will consist of students selected from across the nation who will rehearse and perform together during the MENC convention in June.

     

    The National Association for Music Education (MENC) is among the world's largest arts education organizations. MENC activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.


    Jefferson and Mellon Middle School Students Take Part in World Affairs Council Conference
    May 6, 2010
    Jefferson Middle School students in the India Culture Room at the University of Pittsburgh.

    On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Mellon and Jefferson middle school students participated with students from 22 area schools in the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Student Ambassador Conference on Europe at the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland. Approximately 350 students—selected by their schools due to their keen interest in world affairs—participated in the Conference.

    The conference began by testing students’ global knowledge through a WorldQuest international trivia competition. Then students took part in breakout sessions in the Nationality Rooms, where they learned more about Europe from experts or internationals. Nine European countries were represented. Speakers included honorary consuls Edgar Braun (Austria); Anne Lackner (Belgium); Jean-Dominique Le Garrec (France); and Dr. Carla Lucente (Italy); as well as the president of the Consular Association of Pittsburgh, Jean-Pierre Collet, a native of France. Other presenters included members of Pittsburgh’s academic and business communities. Following the conference, participants toured the Nationality Rooms.

    In its fifth year, the Student Ambassador Program is an annual program for middle school students. The program has a different regional focus annually, with Europe being the topic this year. All 22 schools participating in the program received a visit from an international speaker earlier in the spring, giving over 1,300 students the opportunity to learn about Europe firsthand. Students participating in the Conference will complete independent projects on Europe including brochures, short films, interviews, cookbooks, and PowerPoint presentations.


    Mt. Lebanon Historical Society New Exhibit Features Washington School
    May 6, 2010

    Who is Andrew G. Smith, Tell W. Nicolet, Charles Ingham, William Boyd, and Tessa Yeager?  What role did each play in the Mt. Lebanon School District and the building of the Washington Public School in 1921? 

    The answers will be found at “Washington Public School—1921-2010,” the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon’s new exhibit, which opens 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 7, and runs until Labor Day. The exhibit will also include some of the Washington Elementary School PTA history books from 1935 to the present, invaluable evidence of the continuing support and strength which parents provide the district.

    The exhibit, which includes information on the schools that served Mt. Lebanon before Washington Elementary was built, can be viewed in different ways:  a trip down memory lane; a recognition that a building can be more than bricks and mortar; and a tutorial on the beginnings of the Mt. Lebanon School District. Old class photos will be displayed and visitors can test their smarts by taking an old standardized achievement test. Have your No. 2 pencils ready! 

     Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Mt. Lebanon History Center is located at 200 Lebanon Avenue; hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays; and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month between May and October.


    High School French Teacher Selected for Fulbright-Hays Program
    May 5, 2010
    Laureen C. Hurt, a French teacher at the High School, has just been informed of her selection as a participant in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program.  Along with 15 other educators from across the United States, she will spend the month of July in Senegal (Francophone West Africa), exploring the country's history, religion, politics, educational systems, and arts.  She plans to infuse her future French classes, especially French 4, with her deeper understanding of Senegalese culture. 
     
    The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.

    Mt. Lebanon School District Named Among "Best Communities for Music Education"
    May 5, 2010

    The Mt. Lebanon School District was honored by the NAMM Foundation in its 11th annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria as well as public support of their music programs. The survey was developed and administered by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

     

    Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and advisory organizations reviewed the data.

     

    Congratulations to Fine Arts Supervisor, Mrs. Mariann Fox, and all of the Fine Arts faculty and staff for this national recognition.


    School Board Approves PlanCon D
    April 29, 2010
    At the April 29, 2010 Audit Finance Meeting the School Board voted 8-1 to approve the PlanCon D document for state reimbursement of the High School project.

    District Appeals Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board Decision
    April 29, 2010

    On April 27, 2010, the Mt. Lebanon School District filed a Land Use Appeal in the Court of Common Pleas, of the decision by the Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board to deny two variances for the High School Project relating to parking and lot coverage.

    According to the Municipality, the new High School Project required two variances - one for parking spaces and one for lot coverage. At the Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board on March 11, 2010 the Zoning Board denied the two variances. Read below for  School Board President Ed Kubit’s remarks from the March 15 School Board meeting regarding this issue.

    March 15, 2010

    One of the criteria for the ongoing High School design project was to avoid or minimize any zoning issues while still being able to meet the educational and programmatic goals of the School District.  The plan that was approved by the Board accomplished these goals. 

    The Municipality determined that the approved design submitted by the School district contained two non-conforming structures or uses that did not meet the Zoning Code.  These nonconformities were not an issue when the current building was built, but rather relate to subsequent changes in the Zoning Ordinance.  
     
    It is the School District's position that it is entitled to approval of these two nonconformities as a matter of right, because in each instance that element of the design actually makes the property more conforming than it is right now. 

    The Municipality, however, took the position that a variance is required.  The first of these relates to lot coverage, which means the percentage of the total property that is covered by buildings, parking lots, roadways, and other non-permeable surfaces.  The second was the number of parking spaces. 

    The Zoning Ordinance calls for no more than 50% lot coverage.  Currently, our lot coverage is in excess of that figure, at 54.57%.  Again, however, this is a permitted prior nonconformity, since the ordinance was not in effect when the building was built.  In the new design, we improve lot coverage, by slightly reducing the lot coverage to 54.43%. 

    As to parking, we currently have 502 spaces on the site.  We are advised by the Municipality that 528 spaces are necessary.  Under the new design, the number of spaces has increased from 502 to 505.  It is important to note that our parking study confirmed that, on a typical school day, there are approximately 40 parking spaces available on school property.  In addition, students are entitled to park in the Commissioner's Lot and at Dixon Field, although those spaces are rarely used.  We also confirmed that, on a typical day, there was no illegal parking on adjacent streets. 

    Although the new design improves both of these nonconformities, on March 11, 2010  the Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board denied both variances.  Without zoning approvals, the High School Project cannot proceed. 

    We are disappointed in the decision of the Zoning Hearing Board.  The new design in no way alters the character of the neighborhood, but rather provides for a dramatically improved, safer and more accessible high school, including improvements in both lot coverage and parking spaces.  We feel that the Zoning Hearing Board's decision is incorrect.


    Arbor Day Celebration at Hoover School
    April 29, 2010
    Hoover students planted a new tree on the lawn of the school to commemorate Arbor Day.

    Students at Hoover Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree last week on the front lawn of the school during a tree planting ceremony held for students. To commemorate the day, Hoover students displayed artwork, read poems and sang songs about the environment.

     About Arbor Day

    Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.


    Frick Art and History Center Selects Mt. Lebanon School District for Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award
    April 29, 2010
    Kindergarten students enjoy refreshments against the backdrop of a 16th century Flemish tapestry in the rotunda of the Frick Art Museum.

    The Frick Art & Historical Center announced The Mt. Lebanon School District as the recipient of the 2010 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities.

    On May 12, Dr. Tim Steinhauer accepted the 2010 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities on behalf of the Mt. Lebanon School District at The Frick Art & Historical Center. Markham kindergarten students in Mrs. Diana Sanner's class performed as part of the award ceremony. This is the first time an entire school district was awarded this honor. School Board President Ed Kubit, Dr. Deb Allen, and Mrs. Mariann Fox also attended the awards ceremony.

    In 1999, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation made a designated grant to the Frick Art & Historical Center to be utilized for an ongoing excellence in teaching award. The Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities is given annually to an educator who has demonstrated a commitment to participating in the Frick’s education programs, and who has successfully integrated the arts into the students’ learning experience. For the first time, the award is being given to an entire school district for demonstrating its strong commitment to the arts and humanities.

     Comments Frick Art & Historical Center Director Bill Bodine, “Through participation in a breadth of Frick educational programs over the years, the Mt. Lebanon School District has instilled appreciation for art and history and begun the habit of museum-going for its students at an early age.”

    Since 1998, 5,344 Mt. Lebanon School District students from grades K–12 have visited the Frick and/or participated in more than 30 of its different programs. Of these student participants, 4,863 are from the district’s seven elementary schools, 63 are from Mellon Middle School, and 418 are from Mt. Lebanon High School.

    Says Mt. Lebanon School District Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Steinhauer, “On behalf of the staff and students of the Mt. Lebanon School District I want to thank The Frick Art & Historical Center for honoring us with the Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities.  Over the years, the Frick’s programs have provided our students with outstanding enrichment opportunities in the arts as well as a greater appreciation of the rich cultural history of Pittsburgh.”

    The Mt. Lebanon School District will be recognized at a ceremony in The Frick Art Museum auditorium on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will be attended by Diana Sanner—a kindergarten teacher at Markham Elementary who has brought her students to the Frick the past ten years—and her students, who will present a short workshop performance.  Dr. Timothy Steinhauer, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Deborah Allen, Assistant Superintendent, and Mariann Fox, Director of Fine Arts, will be presented with a plaque and an award of $3,000 for district students to participate in future field trips and enrichment activities, as well as 180 free Clayton tour passes students’ families.


    Dr. Deborah Allen Selected to Baldrige Board of Examiners
    April 26, 2010

    Mt. Lebanon School District Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Deborah P. Allen, was selected to serve as a member of the 2010 volunteer Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Board of Examiners provides advice and guidance to the Baldrige Panel of Judges in selecting the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. Among the duties of an Examiner are  the completion of an Independent and Consensus Review of an Award application and participation in a site visit, if asked. In addition, board members contribute significantly by serving as ambassadors for the Baldrige Program.  Dr. Allen will attend training sessions at the United States Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington D.C. during the week of April 26, 2010.

     

    About the Baldrige Program

    The Baldrige Program is the nation's public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence. The Baldrige Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy. The Program provides organizational assessment tools and criteria and educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit agencies about the practices of best-in-class organizations. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes national role models and honors them with the only Presidential Award for