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 Markham Elementary School community really came through with their Kindergarten led, Election Day Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive to benefit the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and St. Winifred's Church Food Pantry.

The donations of 74 jars of peanut butter and 59 jars of jelly will go to St. Winifred's food pantry. Cash donations of $2,476.11 ($1,000 more than was collected last year) will be split between the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Fund for Victims of Terror and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Markham would like to especially thank the many Kindergarten families and students who gave one hour of their time throughout the day to stand in the hallway and approach voters for a donation. The students had a huge impact on the money that was donated by these folks. Thanks also go to the students, families and staff of Markham who sent in peanut butter, jelly and money, all for three very good causes.

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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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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 rdavis@mtlsd.net and Dr. Marybeth Irvin at mirvin@mtlsd.net.

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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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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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