The Mt. Lebanon High School Model UN team had great success at the Penn State Model UN tournament on November 2-4.

Twelve students won individual honors in the eleven committees in which they competed. Overall, the team won the "Outstanding Delegation" award.

Here are the names of the students who won individual honors in their committees:

1st Place: Owen Descalzi and Abigail Duclos (Seniors), Antonio Carapella (Junior), Nora Kulzer and Melanie Hendrick (Sophomores)

2nd Place: Andrew Gamba (Junior), Jack Horrigan, Jack Silverman, Christian Fraasch (Sophomore)

3rd Place: Rebecca Schwartz, Carson Schuler (Seniors), Ben Ash (Freshman)

About Model UN

Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student "delegates" make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

From public speaking to critical thinking and in-depth research, student delegates draw a wealth of knowledge from the Model UN experience.

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Mt. Lebanon High School students have been actively involved in civic engagement by taking part in events organized through their AP US Government classes and Law and Society Club.

Social Studies teacher Mr. Peter DiNardo and Law and Society officer Katherine Wilkison organized the chance for over 100 students to hear from and ask questions of candidates for the 17th Congressional District, Conor Lamb (October 9) and Keith Rothfus (October 18). Both candidates left impressed with the depth of knowledge and sophistication of questions asked by Mt. Lebanon students.

AP US Government classes attended the "National Conference on the First Amendment: Bedrock of Freedom" hosted at Duquesne University and primarily sponsored by the Pittsburgh Foundation. Lebo students as well as teachers Pete DiNardo, Thad Merriman and

Michelle Ritchey were among 60 high school and college students as well as 300 adults in attendance. Leading authorities on the First Amendment who spoke included president of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen, attorney Floyd Abrams, author Juan Williams and Nadine Strossen.

Lebo students in attendance were fortunate to hear from former Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge as well as Director of the CIA, General Michael Hayden; editors of three national newspapers, international journalists who risked their lives to report from abroad, Harvard lawyer and scholar Alan Dershowitz, Judge Thomas Hardiman, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and meet in small group settings with Mary Beth Tinker, famous for her precedent case before the Supreme Court in 1969, Rob Rosenthal, involved in the publication of the Pentagon Papers, and Steve Solomon, professor at NYU and scholar on the First Amendment. The following students took advantage of the opportunity to learn from history makers and cutting edge thinkers: Mia Agostinelli, Emily Bothwell, Antonio Carapella, Emma Fish, Kelsie Gorman, Max Guthrie, Jackson Potter, Mia Schembri, Dawson Smith, Joe Talarico and Courtney Walsh.

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Mt. Lebanon Fine Arts Department presents Almost, Maine written by John Cariani on November 7—10 at 7:30 Mt. Lebanon High School Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $8 General Admission ($10 admission at the door); $5 with a Mt. Lebanon Student ID. The play is directed by Ms. Jennifer Magetic.

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Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States—it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just...Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

ALMOST, MAINE: It's love. But not quite.

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This fall Matt's Maker Space and The Grable Foundation sponsored the Matt's Maker Challenge at the Children's Museum. Students were invited to enter a contest to make a unique contraption that completed a simple task using everyday items, teamwork, humor and their imaginations. In this case it was something to pop a balloon. We are happy to announce that Hoover Elementary was one of nine schools who won a $2000 prize from partners, the Grable Foundation and Matt's Maker Space. Over 60 submissions were entered.

The contest was held in conjunction with the world premiere of Rube Goldberg™, The World of Hilarious Invention! exhibit at the Children's Museum. Congratulations to our makers at Hoover!

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Each year the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. We are pleased to report that both Lincoln and Washington Elementary schools have been designated as 2018-2019 Title I Distinguished Schools.

These schools are considered High Achievement Schools and are among the top 5% performing Title I Schools in the Commonwealth for both English Language Arts and Math. Both schools will be recognized at the 2019 Title I Improving Schools Performance Conference.

Congratulations to Lincoln Title I teachers Ms. Debbie Lewis and Ms. Jessica Zajac and Washington Title I teacher Ms. Kristen Mackey. The teachers, along with their principals Ron Kitsko and Melissa Nelson, were honored at the October 22 School Board meeting.

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This morning Dr Steinhauer and district administrators hosted a coffee for our school crossing guards to thank them for all they do to keep our students safe on their way to and from school. They are the first to offer cheery hellos and kinds words in the morning and the last to say goodbye at the end of the day. They know if students are having a good day or not, and often offer words of encouragement and kindness. They are like family and are an important part of our neighborhood school communities.

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On October 24, Dr. Tim Steinhauer and Police Chief Aaron Lauth held a School Community Conversation on School Safety and Security in the High School Auditorium. This event was a continuation of the discussion held last March to discuss issues related to the safety and security practices in the District. Last night, Dr. Steinhauer and Chief Lauth gave an update on the safety enhancements made since last year, including the hiring of an SRO in the high school and the completion of a risk assessment of each school conducted by the MLPD. The School Board also allocated $1 million that will fund prioritized items in the assessments. Dr. Steinhauer also shared the District's multi-layered approach to support the mental health and well-being of our students using evidence-based strategies that create safe and secure school environments.

Watch the video of the October 24 School Community Conversation on Safety and Security

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    • MonNov19 School Board Regular Mtg. 7:30 PMHS Room D205
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