SF kindergarten registration

South Fayette School District announces 2019-20 incoming kindergarten parent meeting and registration information. Parents with children 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, should go to www.southfayette.org to register their child for a kindergarten screening appointment. An incoming kindergarten parent meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the elementary school’s all-purpose room, where parents will be given their child’s registration packet. Packets need to be completed and brought to your child’s kindergarten screening in March. For information, email Roberta Dantry at Dantry@southfayette.org.

USC kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for incoming Upper St. Clair kindergarten students and their families will be held mid-March and early-April at each of the district’s three elementary schools as follows: Baker Elementary — March 20 and April 4; Eisenhower Elementary — March 21 and April 2; Streams Elementary — March 19 and April 3. For more information, contact Mrs. Terri Lott at 412-833-1600 ext. 2283 or tlott@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

STEM winners

Fort Couch Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District received 1st place in the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition. This national STEM competition included 30 teams from the Pittsburgh region. The Fort Couch team will represent Pittsburgh at the National Future City Finals set for Feb. 15-20 in Washington, D.C.

Musicians selected

Thirteen Bethel Park High School musicians successfully auditioned and were selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District Orchestra Concert, which was held on Jan. 12 at North Allegheny High School.

Representing Bethel Park were seniors Sara Bucci (clarinet), Kobe Coleman (bass), Kyleigh Flood (bass), Anthony Lucchitti (percussion), Emma Petrick (clarinet), Connor Remington (tuba), Vincent Vituccio (violin) and Jenelle Wu (violin).

Also participating in this concert were juniors Roma Eisel (bassoon) and Theresa Stolpa (French horn), and sophomores Grace Gealey (viola), Elijah Nice (percussion) and Olivia Tabler (clarinet).

The strings musicians are taught by Bethel Park High School Orchestra Director Stephanie Glover and the remaining musicians are taught by Bethel Park High School Band Director Chad Thompson.

Title 1 Schools

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and William Penn Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District were two of the 153 Pennsylvania Schools to receive the 2018-2019 Distinguished Title 1 Schools Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs. The awards were presented on Jan. 14 during the 2019 Title 1 Improving Schools’ Performance Conference held at the Sheraton Station Square.

Both schools received the award in the Reward: High Achievement Category, which puts them among the highest 5 percent of Title 1 schools in the state, based on meeting all four Annual Measurable Objectives: Test Participation in the PSSA Mathematics and Reading Tests, Attendance Rate, Closing the Achievement Gap on the PSSA Mathematics and Reading Tests for all students, and Closing the Achievement Gap on the Mathematics and Reading Tests for historically underperforming students.

PTO donation

At its Jan. 22 meeting, the Bethel Park Board of School Directors recognized the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School PTO with a Certificate of Appreciation for its generous donation of new stage curtains for the Lincoln Multi-Purpose Room, valued at $4,200. Connie Ruhl, school board president, accepted the certificate from Kasey Elphinestone and Sara Hewes, PTO co-presidents.

BP receives grant

The Bethel Park School District was one of 765 Pennsylvania School Districts to receive a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted K12 Computer Science and STEM Education Grant.

The district will use this money to provide computer science education opportunities for the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Neil Armstrong Middle School in an effort to establish a basic skills foundation that will encourage students to pursue computer science electives at the high school level.

For the first part of the grant, Principal Ken Patterson, fifth-grade teacher Robert Wargo and librarian Michelle Minnick will participate in the required training as stipulated by the grant. Once trained, the students in Wargo’s classroom and all sixth-grade students through their library classes will have the opportunity to participate in computer science activities through organizations such as Code.org.

FBI H.O.P.E. contest winners

South Fayette High School students Andy Detar, Josh Milteer, Brendan Purdy and Matt Sgro won 1st Place in the Judge’s Choice Category in the FBI H.O.P.E. Initiative Video Contest to combat the heroin epidemic. The students were tasked to create a 3-minute video raising awareness for opioid abuse and the stigmas and myths that go along with it. The video was named the top submission in Western PA by a panel of FBI agents, police officers, drug treatment center employees and former addicts. As part of the winnings, South Fayette High School will receive a $5,000 grant and the video team will be treated to a Pittsburgh Penguins game. High School media teacher Matt Caprio and school resource Officer Jeff Sgro sponsored the project at the high school.

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