The 2018 recipient of the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award is Mrs. Emma Lou Nelson. Mrs. Nelson is a first grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School. She first joined the District in 1965 and taught for seven years before resigning to raise her children. She was rehired in 1982 as a full time substitute in a variety of positions before receiving her second contract in 1986. This is her 42nd year of teaching in Mt. Lebanon. Mrs. Nelson was nominated for this award by her principal, Ms. Nicole Giehll.

Sue Harper, a beloved first grade teacher in the District for over 15 years, passed away in early 2016. In her memory, family and friends have established the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award, which includes a monetary gift, to be given each year to an elementary teacher. Mrs. Nelson was recognized at the March 19 School Board Meeting.

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Congratulations to high school German teacher Mrs. Peg Grasso on being recognized with the Extra Mile Award by the School Board at the March 19 Board meeting. Mrs. Grasso was nominated by Ms. Susan Meer, High School STEM Director and science teacher.

From Ms. Meer's nomination:

"Peg Grasso Meyers' dedication to her students and our community goes above and beyond what most teachers do in and out of the classroom.

Last spring, Ms. Meyers she told her students about a chance to be fully immersed in German through a STEM competition in Colorado. After choosing 4 students for the team, she met with them on several occasions to prepare for the competition and organized all aspects of the trip. In September of this year, she took the students on this unique experience which was a great success. Her interactions with the students were always professional while displaying a genuine desire for them to succeed. The students know she cares about them and wants their learning experiences to be the best. She is what every teacher should be. Peg's strong support of her students and the encouragement she gives to them leads one to understand why the German program is so strong here in Mt. Lebanon.

During the month of October she coordinated 20 German students and two German teachers from a high school in Germany to visit our community. She found homes for all of the students, mostly with Mt. Lebanon students studying the German language. She arranged for them to go to the Homecoming Dance with their host students and teachers. She arranged several outings for the German students to learn more about our culture during their two week visit. The entire hosting event takes months of planning and much of her outside time to do. I know Peg does this because she cares for her students deeply and wants them to experience as much German culture as possible. This cultural exchange benefits all in our community, helping to reinforce the acceptance of other cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

I fully recommend Peg Grasso Meyers for the extra mile award with no reservations. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this recognition."

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Thank you to all who braved the snowy night to attend the Community Conversation About Safety and Security last night. Dr. Steinhauer and MLPD Chief Aaron Lauth shared information about our school safety programs including ways we secure our buildings, train students and staff along with prevention strategies. A question and answer period followed that touched on a wide range of issues from alarms on doors in schools, to metal detectors, staff training and ways to detect at risk students. We appreciate the thoughtful questions and as Dr. Steinhauer remarked, "Everything is on the table and will be reviewed." All building principals and administrators attended and were available to answer building specific questions after the presentation. If you have questions concerning your school, please contact your child's principal.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, here is the link to the video of the program.

A Community Conversation About School Safety and Security

MTLSD Student Protect App

Dr. Steinhauer also announced last night the District will offer a free app called "MTLSD Student Protect" for students and parents to download that provides powerful two-way communication to report threats, suspicious activity, and receive information & alerts. The app also receives bulletins, news and information about threats and security concerns. This information will be routed to Mt. Lebanon administrators and the MLPD. MTLSD Student Protect will be available sometime in April in the Apple Store or Google Play for Android. Once available we will share with our school community.

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NOTE: Tonight's cast and performance will be rescheduled for Saturday at 2pm and tickets purchased for tonight will be good for the Saturday Matinee. Refund information will be provided if needed.

The Mt. Lebanon High School Evening and Theatre and Technical Companies will present The Adventures of Robin Hood on March 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. A matinee has been added for 2pm on Saturday, March 24.

The play, written by Michele L. Vacca and produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago, will be directed by Mt. Lebanon High Theatre Arts teacher, Ms. Jennifer Majetic.

General Admission tickets are $8 if purchased online and are available at Tickets purchased at the door are $10.

The Adventures of Robin Hood Synopsis:

The year is 1194 in Nottinghamshire England and the beloved King Richard has been called off to the Crusades, leaving his brother, the greedy Prince John, in charge. When Robin Hood and his Merrie Band catch wind of the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham's plan to collect taxes (again), they cannot help! They follow the Sheriff into a nearby village where they temporarily foil his plans and run into the feisty Maid Marian. After some tomfoolery in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff vows to get his revenge on Robin Hood, kidnaps Marian, and arranges an irresistible archery contest with his henchman, Oswald the Unready. Will Robin fall into the Sheriff's evil trap? Follow the Merrie Band on this classic adventure of intrigue, disguise, and justice!

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To ensure that a representative sample of the community's demographics, beliefs and ideologies are reflected on the Mt. Lebanon School District's Constituent-Driven Strategic Plan Steering Committee, all members of the community are invited to submit their interest to serve on the committee. Lasswell's community sectors will be used as the criteria for steering committee membership.

The purpose of the Steering Committee is to develop the 2019-2025 strategic plan and transmit the completed plan to the superintendent of schools for Board of School Directors review and approval.

The Steering Committee will meet approximately 5-6 times between April 2018 and October/November 2018. If you would like to be considered for the Steering Committee, please complete and submit the form below by Friday, April 6, 2018.

MTLSD Strategic Plan Committee Interest Form

Thank you for your consideration,

Dr. Timothy Steinhauer, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Marybeth Irvin, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools

Dr. Ronald P. Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools

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The Pittsburgh Concert Society has announced the winners of the 2018 Young Artists Auditions. Congratulations to Mt. Lebanon High School senior violinist Hannah Ishizaki and sophomore violinist Sein Lee. Sein was selected as part of the Cygnus Quartet with students from other schools. Auditions were held at Carnegie Mellon University were open to instrumentalists under age 19 and vocalists under 22 living or studying within a 75-mile radius of Pittsburgh. Each of the recitalists will perform in a recital in addition to receiving an Anna and Benjamin Perlow Scholarship to help further his/her musical education.

Hannah performed in a concert with the other selected musicians on March 18 and Sein will perform with the other selected musicians on April 8. The concerts will be at 2pm at Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University.

A "Meet the Artists" reception follows each concert. For more information about the programs and performers visit Tickets are available at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students are free. Tickets can also be purchased online at: or by calling 412-279-2970.

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Dr. Heather Doyle

Dr. Heather Doyle was unanimously approved as the new Director of Special Education for the Mt. Lebanon School Districtat the March 19 School Board meeting. Dr. Doyle's start date is still to be determined.

Dr. Doyle is currently the Director of Pupil Services for the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools in Copley, Ohio where she has served since 2014. Prior to her current position, she was the AssistantCoordinator of Special Services for the Medina City Schools in Medina, Ohio, and a school psychologist.

Dr. Doyle was an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University and Ashland University. In 2014 she was named the Ohio School Psychologist of the Year.

Dr. Doyle has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bethany College, master's degree in education with a major in school psychology from Kent State University and her PhD in school psychology also from Kent State. In addition she holds a Superintendent's letter of eligibility.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Doyle to the Mt. Lebanon School District.

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