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.
Mt. Lebanon High School program recognized for dynamic and engaging yearbook by Jostens Program of Excellence
Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that the Lebanon Log yearbook program has been named a 2018 Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.
The Mt. Lebanon High School award winning yearbook program is led by a student staff under the direction of Beverly Jones, Mt. Lebanon High School yearbook adviser.
Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the Mt. Lebanon High School yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.
"Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have acted as wonderful stewards by creating an exceptional yearbook for their school and community," said Chuck Mooty, Jostens president and CEO. "Yearbooks are a critical part of telling a school's story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members with state-of-the-art tools and resources that help celebrate moments that matter."
The Mt. Lebanon High School yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.
Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education
Mt. Lebanon High School Principal Brian McFeeley, along with Dr. Tim Steinhauer, Dr. Ron Davis and Unit Principal Mrs. Carlie McGinty, attended a recent recognition ceremony in Harrisburg honoring the high school's designation as a 2018 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Congratulations to Mr. McFeeley and his team for being recognized as a model program of sustainability and for "teaching the value of environmental stewardship" as stated by PA Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera.
Read the press release from the Pa.gov website.
Wolf Administration Recognizes Pennsylvania's Green Ribbon Schools
Harrisburg, PA - Several members of the Wolf Administration joined environmental and educational advocates at the state Capitol today to honor Mt. Lebanon High School and Wexford Elementary School for being selected by the U.S. Department of Education as 2018 Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).
"Pennsylvania's Green Ribbon Schools serve as a model for teaching the value of environmental stewardship through the infusion of real-world experiences into the classroom," said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. "I applaud Mt. Lebanon High School and Wexford Elementary School for their innovative efforts to promote conservation and environmental awareness, and thank them for their contributions to their communities."
Rivera was joined by Secretary Patrick McDonnell from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Deputy Secretary John W. Norbeck from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); Nick Semon, President of PA Green & Healthy Schools Partnership (PAGHSP); John Armstead, EPA Region 3 Deputy Regional Administrator; and lawmakers and advocates at the event to offer their congratulations to the schools.
"The teachers, students, administrators, and staff of Mt. Lebanon High School and Wexford Elementary School demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in K-12 environmental education and sustainability," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "Everyone can learn from their comprehensive programs, incorporating green practices into all aspects of daily life. More important, from these model programs may come sustainability innovators of the future, fueled by knowledge of how environmental protection, economic benefits, and quality of life are intertwined."
At Mt. Lebanon High School, a variety of green initiatives have enabled the campus to reduce energy consumption and conserve resources. The cafeteria uses biodegradable plates, bowls and cups to enable composting through Pittsburgh Garden Company. The science department runs a student-led energy saving campaign and has dramatically reduced the amount of hazardous waste generated each year. A perennial garden was developed with an emphasis on plants that will best help to sustain pollinators, and a seating area in the garden is used as an outdoor learning space for students. All students also take a full year of environmental geoscience.
Wexford Elementary School, in the Pine-Richland School District, was recognized for several interconnected programs which provide students with the knowledge and opportunities to have a healthy body, mind and environment. The school has a half-mile nature trail and outside classrooms for students to learn within the environment, and its cafeteria recycling program has recycled over 100,000 milk and water containers. In conjunction with a vegetable garden, the school this year initiated a composting program to collect leftover waste food and educate students on returning nutrients to the soil sustainably.
"DCNR salutes both these schools for demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting conservation, and to improving the health and wellness of their students and staff through outdoor activities," Norbeck said. "Their goals and accomplishments are models for other schools to follow across Pennsylvania."
Since 2011, the ED-GRS program has nominated schools, districts, and institutions of higher education across the country for their dedication to reducing environmental impact and cost, improving health and wellness of schools, and providing environmental education to students. Nationally, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions were named 2018 Green Ribbon Schools.
For more information on U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, visit the U.S. Dept. of Education's website; and for more information about Pennsylvania's education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education's website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
On June 13, Mt. Lebanon High School held its 104th Commencement. Despite the rain, there were 441 happy graduates and a stadium full of proud parents and families. Thanks to High School Principal Brian McFeeley and the high school administrations hard work in organizing the beautiful ceremony, it was, to quote Mr. McFeeley, " A night for the ages."
The Commencement Speaker, Will Buerger, gave a pitch perfect speech, urging his fellow grads to take a breath, enjoy the moment (even as it rained) and smile—good advice for us all.
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On Tuesday, July 17, the Mt. Lebanon Police and Fire Departments, MRTSA, the Mt. Lebanon School District and St. Clair Hospital will hold an active shooter drill at the high school. The high school campus will be closed from 8am-noon during the drill.
The Jefferson Elementary School hillside on Bower Hill Road is temporarily closed due to unstable soil conditions as a result of the recent rainfall. We ask that you please do not sit on the hillside to watch the 4th of July fireworks. The MTLSD Facilities Department is working to stabilize the hill.
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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