During the School Board meeting on November 19, Dr. Marybeth Irvin and Dr. Ron Davis presented the 2018 Student Outcomes Report. This comprehensive report includes results from PSSAs, Keystone Exams, PSATs, SATs, ACTs, AP exams, and the newly implemented Future Ready Index PA. The report provides an overview of the District's continued strong academic performance during the 2017-2018 school year. We are proud to report that Mt. Lebanon students continue to demonstrate high performance levels on all major academic assessments.
"This year's report shows that by all objective measures of student achievement, Mt. Lebanon students continue to excel academically," said Dr. Tim Steinhauer. "When our academic performance is benchmarked against other schools throughout the region and state, we consistently rank among the top 3% of all schools in Pennsylvania, and in many instances, like the Future Ready Index, at the top. This comprehensive report reflects the seriousness of effort the District undertakes to monitor and ensure that high academic performance continues to be a hallmark of a Mt. Lebanon education. The report also represents the focused, high quality work of our administrators and faculty."
Shell Oil and the Pittsburgh Steelers sponsored a competition called Powering Pittsburgh – Make the Future Design Challenge for students in Allegheny, Beaver and Washington Counties. Teams of 4 students presented their idea of the future for powering Heinz Field or the city of Pittsburgh through a 10 minute presentation and a model/prototype of their idea. Nine teams competed in the final round at Heinz Field on November 15, 2018. Two teams of Mt. Lebanon students in the STEM Academy advanced to this final competition with one team becoming the 2018 Champions of the High School Division.
The students who were part of the winning team named "Future Female Scientists" are:
These four 10th grade students along with STEM Academy Director Susan Gillette Meer will receive a check for $1,500 for the STEM program and a Steelers Game Day Experience on December 2, 2018, where the winning teams will be honored in a video at the Steelers game and be presented with a check on the field.
The other team of students who advanced to that final round with an excellent proposal consisted of Molly Schwertfuehrer, Anna Mares, Melody Reynolds, and Natalie McGee, all in 9th grade.
Markham and Foster 4th Grades visited Heinz Hall for a special presentation by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The concert was titled "In the Neighborhood" with every piece featuring a connection to Pittsburgh. To the delight of our students, many of the artists and compositions had connections to the Mt. Lebanon School District.
Alexandra Thompson, a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mt. Lebanon High School alumna, and daughter of Mt. Lebanon instrumental music teacher, Christy Friesner, was the featured cello soloist.
Recent Mt. Lebanon High School alumna Hannah Ishizaki composed the last piece featured in the concert entitled, City of Bridges. Hannah is the youngest female composer ever to have a world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her composition City of Bridges was played by the PSO at a Fiddlesticks concert in February 2017 and on the PSO's Spain tour. She currently attends the Julliard School .
Also featured in the program was Ms. Katy Williams, a Mt. Lebanon resident and parent who was the featured vocalist. Ms. Williams is professional singer and private music teacher in the area.
It was quite an opportunity for our next generation of musicians to have such wonderful role models to look up to, knowing that at one time these musicians walked the same halls, practiced in the same rooms and had some of the same outstanding music teachers as our students have today. Our 4th graders loved the experience, the music and were #leboproud of the Mt. Lebanon connections.
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The Mt. Lebanon School District initiated a Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Planning Process during the 2017-2018 school year. This process continued into this school year and was approved by the School Board in November of 2018. This resulting strategic plan has an end date of 2025. We are required to post the 2020-2023 Proposed Mt. Lebanon School District Strategic Plan for the Pennsylvania Department of Education for public review. Please direct any questions to Dr. Ron Davis at email@example.com and Dr. Marybeth Irvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strategic Planning is the process for creating a long-range mission, vision, goals, and strategies for our organization. The purpose and primary value of strategic planning is its power to involve a school's community in a process leading to new understandings and insights about what a school district might confront in the future and how it should react to those possibilities.
The steps of the Mt. Lebanon School District Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Planning process were designed as a complete planning process. The plan includes reaffirmation of the mission, vision, and core values of our District. It also identifies the major challenges our District will need to address between 2019-2024, what priorities Mt. Lebanon community members identified as the most important skills and abilities students need to learn, as well as fiscal priorities. Also, our strategic plan includes a strategy map that defines what strategies the District will use to achieve the mission, vision, goals, and student learning targets; a system to track progress; a systems map illustrating how all the functions of the District and the strategic plan fit together; and finally, a deployment plan that specifies how the plan moves to action.
As in the past, the District will provide annual updates on progress towards goals to the School Board and community.
2020-2023 Proposed Mt. Lebanon School District Strategic Plan
At the December 3, 2018 School Board reorganization meeting, Michael J. Riemer was unanimously elected School Board President and Sarah L. Olbrich as Vice President for 2019. The Board also unanimously elected Thomas Peterson as solicitor.
The School Board also set the meeting schedule for the calendar year 2019. Regular monthly meetings of the Mt. Lebanon School Board are open to the public are held in Room D205, Mt. Lebanon High School, 155 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon, at 7:30 p.m.
January 22, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 9.
School Board Discussion and reorganization meetings will be held in Room D205, Mt. Lebanon High School, at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 2 (Reorganization Meeting).
At the end of December 2018, Janice R. Klein will retire from the Mt. Lebanon School District after a stellar 37 year career as Director of Business. She is acknowledged by her colleagues in the school district and across the state as the gold standard for school finance directors. Over her career, Ms. Klein has worked with seven superintendents (Allen Blacka, Richard Pitcock, Glenn Smartschan, Marge Sable, George Wilson, John Allison and Timothy Steinhauer) and 62 school board members. Through the years she has also cultivated a strong working relationship with staff at the Mt. Lebanon Municipality.
In her role as Director of Business, Ms. Klein is responsible for providing all business services for the $99 million school system. During her tenure, Ms. Klein oversaw the financing of the renovation of the two middle schools in the late 1990's, the seven elementary schools from 2000-2005, and most recently, the $110 million renovation and new construction of Mt. Lebanon High School.
Ms. Klein is known for her ability to explain complex financial issues for all to easily understand ranging from the nuances of budget discussions, to the complexities of the State Plan Con process and bond refinancing. She leaves the District in excellent financial health with the highest Moody's rating of any school district in Western Pennsylvania.
Ms. Klein also chairs the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium (ACHSHIC), a $250 million self-insured healthcare trust led by 24 trustees which are half labor and half management. The Consortium is comprised of sixty one public schools and community colleges providing health benefits to about 20,000 employees covering almost 55,000 lives. Ms. Klein has been a trustee and chairperson for the ACHSHIC since 1997.
Ms. Klein is a member of the Board for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, was past president of PASBO and WCPASBO and served on the board of ASBO.
Ms. Klein has garnered many awards over the years such as the ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the ASBO Meritorious Budget Award and various PSBA, NSPRA , PennSPRA and PASBO Awards.
Ms. Klein will leave the District on December 31 after transitioning Mr. Rob Geletko as the incoming Business Director.
On behalf of everyone in the Mt. Lebanon School District, we wish Ms. Klein all the best, and much happiness, in her retirement.
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