Each year on September 11 on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance we pause to remember the attacks that occurred in 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA. We honor the memories of the victims and thank the first responders in our communities who work daily to keep us safe.
Today, a ceremony to commemorate the day was held at Markham Elementary School where members of the Mt. Lebanon Police. Fire and Medical Rescue Team South were recognized and thanked for their constant vigilance and care to keep our community safe from harm.
The first day of school is August 27 and our faculty and staff are ready to welcome our students back to school. The custodians have been hard at work inside and outside of our buildings preparing for this important first day. The classrooms are ready and teachers are excited to welcome their students back. Here's to a great year for all.
To help kick off the new year, here is a video to remind us what great students and wonderful schools we have in Mt. Lebanon.
The Mt. Lebanon School District and PTA Council hosted a presentation by Dr. Christopher Willard on Growing Up Stressed or Growing Up Mindful on August 20 to a standing room only audience in the Fine Arts Theatre. The response to the presentation was very positive. Dr. Willard not only spoke about how mindfulness is good for our kids but is also very good for adults. As he said, "Stressed out anxious adults create stressed out anxious kids." A book signing was held after the presentation so Dr. Willard could sign copies of his book "Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience."
On Tuesday, August 21, Dr. Willard presented a second time during the opening day convocation program for all staff. The Tuesday, August 21 video presentation is the version available due to a technical issue with the filming of the Monday night video.
Watch the August 21 video presentation: https://mtle.bo/GrowingUpMindful
Last week the Link Crew student mentors and faculty advisers welcomed the Class of 2022 to the high school. It was a fun, friendly introduction to the high school that hopefully made the 450 students in our freshmen class feel more comfortable and less stressed for the start of high school. Special thanks go to the junior and senior Link Crew leaders who have trained as mentors to help guide our 9th graders through their first year of high school, and the high school faculty coordinators Mike Locke, Shelly Saba, Christy Smith and Katelyn Deet. The Mt. Lebanon High School program was also featured in The Almanac.
More about Link Crew from the Link Crew website.
"Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project's proven high school transition program trains mentors from your junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.
More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. Link Crew provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses, and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming."
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A Message From the Mt. Lebanon High School Athletic Department:
Dear Lebo Football Fans,
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Lebanon High School stadium, the Blue Devils will take on North Allegheny. In light of tonight's severe weather forecast for our home football game, please be aware of the WPIAL and District's lightning policy and procedures.
Should lightning occur that is visible to the officiating crew, the referee will clear the field and postpone the game for 30 minutes. With each lightning strike, the 30 minute clock restarts.
If the officiating crew clears the field due to lightning, the District will make an announcement for all patrons of the game to vacate the stands and return to their cars until the lightning has passed.
We understand that our home football games are community events where elementary and middle school aged students regularly attend. If we need to vacate the field and stands, it is imperative that parents account for their children and ensure they are in a safe location.
Thank you for your attention to these procedures.
At meetings held today, September 11, 2018, the Mt. Lebanon School Board and the Mt. Lebanon Education Association ratified a 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for our District teachers. Mt. Lebanon School Board President, Mike Riemer and Peter Bouvy, President of the Mt. Lebanon Education Association release the following joint statement:
"We are pleased that the Association and School District were able to reach a 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides continued superior education for the students of the Mt. Lebanon School District and ensures a positive working environment for our teachers while maintaining fiscal accountability for the taxpayers of the School District."The agreement term is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023. The 5-year average cost is 3.9%, which includes the built-in costs carrying over from the former agreement and is consistent with the financial parameters set by the Board. The agreement provides teachers with additional preparation opportunities during the work day, minimizes teacher absences during the student day and ensures that the Mt. Lebanon School District will continue to provide a premier education program for its students while offering a collaborative work environment for its teachers.
New for this school year, and as a result of our ongoing partnership with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, MLPD Officer Bryan Henley has been assigned as the School Resource Officer (SRO) to Mt. Lebanon High School for the 2018-19 school year and beyond. In addition to all required training for veteran Mt. Lebanon Police Officers, Officer Henley is also certified as an SRO by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and well as being qualified to provide ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) emergency response training.
Officer Henley transitioned to the high school while participating in various staff in-service programs and he officially began his new role on the first day of school. SRO Henley will continue in a similar capacity as the previous SRO who temporarily joined the high school this past spring. He will serve as a presence in the high school throughout the regular school day and strengthen relationships with students, parents, and staff.
Officer Henley is a graduate of Mercyhurst College with a degree in law enforcement and juvenile justice. Prior to becoming a police officer, he worked as a counselor at Pressley Ridge School, which serves children and families with complex challenges and as a substitute school teacher in Penn Hills. Then, after a four-year stint in the Air Force, he graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy and has worked for MLPD for 15 years.
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