The 2018-2019 Mt. Lebanon School District Calendar should be arriving in homes soon. The year, school begins on August 27; first day for Kindergarten students is August 29; Commencement is June 6; and the last day of school is June 10. All snow days are made up at the end of the school year. 2018-2019 Mt. Lebanon School District Calendar

This year's calendar cover, taken by photographer John C. Schisler, features the Reading Buddy project with students from Jefferson Middle and Jefferson Elementary schools. Mrs. Chrissa Sullivan's Family Consumer Science Enrichment class partners with a JES first grade class for the project. Having a 'reading buddy' is a literacy strategy where young readers read aloud freely without criticism to the buddy every night for 15 minutes. Research shows that reading buddies keep students on task, provide an audience, and develop purpose.

For teens, research indicates that mentoring leads to meaningful social emotional learning. One strategy for supporting social emotional learning (SEL) is to build a sense of community through cross-age peer mentoring to enhance students' connection to school and to each other. The reading buddy project allows JMS and JES students to connect in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way.

To execute this project, unsuspecting first graders were asked during a routine reading station to draw 'reading buddies'-creatures that they could imagine reading to every night. The drawings were then secretly delivered to our FCS classroom, where middle school mentors worked diligently to bring the drawings to life with their sewing skills. Audio recorders with personal messages were also sewn into the buddies to encourage the mentees to continue reading.

For the culminating activity, the JMS students visited the first grade classroom and surprised the first graders with the stuffed animal/character versions of their reading buddies. During the visit, the FCS students also read a book they created which featured each student on an adventure with the reading buddies.

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The 2019 rankings were released today and the Mt. Lebanon School District was ranked the #15 School District in the country out of 10,758 school districts, the #1 District in the region and the #3 District in PA. The District was also ranked the #1 Safest School District in the Pittsburgh Area the #3 Safest School District in the state.

It also came in 3rd on the list of Best Places to Teach in Pennsylvania and 2nd for the Districts with the Best Teachers in Pennsylvania.

The Niche website rates schools across the state and nation using data from the U.S. Department of Education, surveys and reviews.

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The Mt. Lebanon School District and the Mt. Lebanon PTA Council will host a presentation by Dr. Christopher Willard, author of the book Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience, on Monday, August, 20, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the High School Fine Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Willard is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in bringing mindfulness into education and psychotherapy. He is the author of five books and teaches at Harvard Medical School.

"I can think of few topics that have more practical application for for parents and educators. Dr. Willard brings a commonsense approach to helping children and adults develop competencies that lead to balance, calm, and resilience - critical to performance as a student, a parent and an educator," said Dr. Timothy Steinhauer. "Dr. Willard's presentation continues our District's efforts to purposefully teach and equip or students with critical social and emotional learning competencies."

Dr. Willard's book Growing Up Mindful "helps parents, educators and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives." The Mt. Lebanon School District has explored and introduced various mindfulness practices to our students and staff as part our Social and Emotional Learning initiative. Dr. Willard will also be the keynote speaker at school district's faculty and staff back-to-school convocation on August 21.

Dr. Willard will be available for a book signing in the lobby of the Fine Arts Theatre after his presentation.

We hope parents and interested community members will join us for this informative discussion of mindfulness to help us start the school year off in a positive way.

Dr. Christopher Willard Bio

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child's Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He has three children's books forthcoming, and teaches at Harvard Medical School.

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The Mt. Lebanon Adult Education Classes Fall Term Begins the Week Of September 24. Visit for a list of classes. We have an exciting variety of new classes coming for Fall 2018. A full list of Fall Classes will also be available in the September issue of the Mt. Lebanon Magazine. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Office Phone: (412) 344-2020.

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After completing a research project focused on homelessness, a group of WES Fifth Grade Students were so deeply affected by what they learned that they decided they wanted to find a way to provide some comfort to children who are homeless. The students challenged themselves: "How can we bring about some change and provide comfort to children who are homeless?" They asked: "What brings us comfort when we are upset or going through a hard time?" The answers to those questions guided the students to create a plan that would help make change in the lives of children who are homeless. They asked the WES Community by contributing to their plan for change in two ways: by donating a new stuffed animal and used book or by participating in the Change-for-Change donation drive. The appeal was a success. The students collected $1600 to purchase new blankets. The blankets, stuffed animals and books were assembled into kits by the students and donated to local homeless shelters.

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Congratulations to MTLHS junior Andrej Momiroski, who placed 8th in the nation in Global Business at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) this past weekend in Baltimore, MD. The NLC is a four-day conference where FBLA members compete in leadership events, share their successes with others, and learn about shaping their future. Andrej's event, Global Business, focused on thorough understanding our very complex global economy, such as basic international concepts, treaties and trade agreements, legal issues, human resource management, and ethics. Andrej had to demonstrate mastery of these items through first an online objective test and then an oral presentation in front of a judge panel consisting of key business leaders.

As the 2018-2019 co-president of MTL HS FBLA, Andrej is excited about sharing his experience at nationals with the high school's FBLA chapter and continues to represent the excellence of Mt. Lebanon High School on a national level.

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