Planning has been underway for a very busy and productive school year. Here is brief rundown of a few of our programs and initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year.
1. This year, the District added three more elementary school counselors. This will provide each of the seven elementary schools with a dedicated counselor and substantially increases the student to counselor contact time.
2. Jefferson and Mellon middle schools will pilot an Artificial Intelligence program this year. The pilot will include discussions of ethics, problem solving, enhanced use of computers, and the role of AI in the world.
3. Each of our ten schools will have a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) team to continue the implementation of the District wide SEL initiative. Based on the CASEL model, the goal is to have every Mt. Lebanon student gain an understanding of each of the SEL competencies by the time they graduate. The SEL competencies are: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Visit CASEL to learn more: https://casel.org/core-competencies/
4. The Upper Practice Field is now complete! The school district now has a new competition size turf field that is being well used and will provide more space for our athletic teams and band to practice and compete.
5. A new District website at www.mtlsd.org will be launched during the second week in September. The website will have the same navigation as our current website but with a fresh new design.
6. A School Community Safety Forum will be held on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Fine Arts Theatre. Dr. Tim Steinhauer and Mt. Lebanon Police Chief Aaron Lauth will continue their series of community conversations about school safety. Topics to be discussed include infrastructure changes to the schools, prevention programs, and mental health and well-being initiatives.
7. This year we are planning Lebo Parent University on January 27 from 7-9:00 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon High School. Parents will have the option to select two or three classes of interest in the course of an evening. Among the topics to be explored include strategies to help your child deal with stress and anxiety, best practices on how to help your child with math, and tips on helping your child navigate college and career interests. Additional classes and program information will be shared in next few months.