Students at Hoover Elementary School observed Arbor Day on April 21 by spreading their green footprint by planting a tree in front of the school. To commemorate the day and to celebrate Mt. Lebanon's 11th Annual Tree City USA designation, Hoover students read poems, played musical selections, and sang songs about the environment. The elm tree was donated by the Mt. Lebanon Municipality. School Board member Mr. Larry Lebowitz and Commissioner Steve Silverman made brief remarks during the ceremony. It was a beautiful day and way to celebrate Arbor Day.
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, which is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.
Mt. Lebanon High School will present their spring musical The Pajama Game on May 3-6 at 7:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. Great songs, plenty of dancing, and as always, an extraordinary "Mt. Lebanon" set will combine to make this a must-see Mt. Lebanon musical. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and Gold Card holders are free. Tickets are available online at www.mtlsd.org/tickets.
The Pajama Game was awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and later claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless. It is a lively show with an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Hit songs include Steam Heat, Hernando's Hideaway, and Hey There. The Pajama Game is a perfect show for great comedy and toe-tapping entertainment.
Mt. Lebanon High School is well represented at the PMEA All-State Festival on April 19-22 in Erie. Students Alexis Schulte-Albert, string bass; Reed Ulery, french horn; Zhen Yu Ding, tenor; Juliana Slater, trombone; Allen Fry, euphonium; Charles Broussard, flute will represent Mt. Lebanon High School in the Pennsylvania Music Educator All-State Choir, Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. These students were selected after highly competitive auditions at PMEA District and Region festivals. Congratulations to our students and their music teachers Mr. Robert Vogel, Mr. Jason Cheskawich and Mr. Ethan LaPlaca on this outstanding achievement.
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities.
The arts are alive and thriving in the Mt. Lebanon School District, so plan to attend the High School Art Show on April 28 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in the high school. A unique gallery crawl is planned to showcase student art throughout the high school. The Art Show has a long standing tradition of excellence that showcases the most significant pieces of art created by the Advanced Placement Studio Art students. Our students will create and curate their own gallery exhibits.
Each student worked to meet the College Board requirement of a 24-piece portfolio. One half of their portfolio addressed 12 rigorous, open-ended prompts which demanded skill mastery, conceptualization, experimentation, and inventiveness. The remaining half of their portfolio called for students to author a very specific, thoughtful investigation that all twelve works of art would be concentrated. These pieces fostered an evolution in both media application and artistic maturity. Works of art created by students in Art 1, 2, 2D, Honors 2D, Ceramics, and Honors Ceramics will also be showcased to illustrate some of the skills learned in the courses leading up to AP Studio Art.
Plan to support our artists and their exceptional works of art by attending the Art Show on April 28.
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At the April 18, 2017 Regular Meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget in the amount of $96,566,075 with a millage rate of 23.93 mills, reflecting a zero mill increase for the community. Dr. Steinhauer stated, "With a careful and thoughtful budgeting process that included some significant reductions combined with a significant savings from the refinancing of some high school construction bonds, the District was able to balance the budget without a millage increase."
Earlier in the meeting, the School Board took action to approve a bond issue to refinance the 2009 Series A General Obligation Bonds which recorded savings of $7 million to the community. The savings will allow for reductions of debt service over the next four years plus funds for capital projects of almost $4 million.
To read more visit our Budget page.
The Mt. Lebanon School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the ninth consecutive year the District has been recognized and it is one of four percent of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation answers were submitted by the Fine Arts Department to 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 Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
"The Mt. Lebanon School District has a long history of supporting the fine and performing arts in our schools. Our music education program is exceptional and is an important element in a well-rounded Mt. Lebanon education," said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. "This award is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of our teachers and administrators and recognizes their contributions to one of the finest music education programs in the country."
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
From the MTLSD Health Services Department:
This information is for any parent/guardian of a student who has an Epi-Pen brand Epinephrine Auto Injector.
The manufacturer of Epi-Pen, Mylan, has issued a recall of specific lot numbers. Please click on the article listed below for the reason for the recall and the specific lot numbers affected by this recall.
Mt. Lebanon is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our students. The health office personnel will be checking all Epi-Pen brands that are located WITHIN the health office. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child's Epi-Pen is within the recall lot numbers.
We ask that you also check any Epi-Pens that your child may self carry, that you have at home or outside of our school setting.
The directions for getting a replacement are located within the article or by calling the issuing pharmacy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your physician, pharmacy, or school nurse.
Deanna Hess RN,MSED,CSN
Chairman, Mt. Lebanon School District Health Services Department
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