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Hampton

Make-your-own sundaes, a visit from Santa, a holiday craft mart for shopping, a cookie walk with homemade cookies sold by the pound, a band dads cafe and music by elementary, middle and high school musicians will be featured during the annual Hampton Bands Holiday Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the middle school, 4589 School Drive. Proceeds will benefit the bands.

Information: www.hamptonbandparents.org

Highlands

Students and families donated more than 1,125 food items during a recent drive coordinated by high school students in the Rams PRIDE committee and the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders to benefit the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank. The students promoted a food drive challenge to motivate grade levels to compete against each other in collecting the most donations. The goal was to collect enough food to help feed more than 400 families during the holiday season. The students also collected diapers and formula for families with infants.

The freshman class won the challenge with 511 items collected.

Mars Area

The National Honor Society collected more than 700 non-perishable food items as part of a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit families in and around the Butler County area. Honor society members donated 10 items each. All items were delivered to The Lighthouse Foundation food bank in Middlesex.

North Hills

District residents with or without children in North Hills schools are invited to a Second Cup of Coffee with Supt. Patrick Mannarino from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ross Elementary cafeteria, 90 Houston Road, Ross.

Information: 412-318-1014 or hartlea@nhsd.net

• The high school choral department will hold the second annual madrigal dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the St. Athanasius Church social hall, 7 Chalfonte Ave., West View. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and can be reserved online at www.northhillschoralmusic.org or 412-318-1000, extension 3047.

The fundraising event is sponsored by the North Hills Choral Parents Association.

The evening will include a spaghetti meal served by choir members, while the Madrigal Players will present a 16th century-style skit, "A Little Knight-Shtick," in period costumes with music provided by the Madrigal Choir comprised of North Hills students.

A Madrigal dinner is a 21st century recreation of the Renaissance feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the 12 days of Christmas.

There also will be raffles and holiday greens will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the North Hills Senior High Choir trip to Kings Island in Cincinnati where students will sing for a competitive rating at the Music in the Parks festival.

Pine-Richland

High school ceramics and family and consumer science students in collaboration with the Interact and Key Club will host the fifth empty bowls luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the high school atrium, 700 Warrendale Road, Pine.

The event will benefit the Lighthouse Foundation food bank. Hand-crafted bowls can be purchased for $10. Soup, bread and dessert will be served for $5. Children under five eat for free.

• The high school child development preschool has a few openings for children who are 3-5-years-old and are potty-trained. The sessions meet from 9:15 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the high school, 700 Warrendale Road, Pine. The cost is $45. The program runs until Dec.20.

Information: kbylinowski@pinerichland.org.

• The College Board is commending the district for the third year as one of nearly 540 in the U.S. and Canada for earning a spot on the advanced placement honor roll.

In Pennsylvania, more than 30 school districts earned a spot on the list. Of those, 18 have been honored more than one time In Allegheny County, Pine-Richland, Upper St. Clair and South Park have been named multiple years.

The honor roll recognizes districts for increasing access to advancement placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams

Quaker Valley

Classes will begin Aug. 26 for the 2013-14 year per a calendar adopted Nov. 20 by school directors. Since Due to Christmas Day and New Year's Day are falling on Wednesdays, winter break will cover include two full weeks off for students and staff. A 10-day spring break begins on Friday, April 11, 2014, with an early dismissal. Commencement will be June 9 at Robert Morris University. The last day of school for all other students is June 10. The 2013-14 calendar is posted at www.qvsd.org

• Some of the district's holiday concerts include:

• Edgeworth Elementary fifth grade winter concert,; 7 p.m. Dec. 6,; Edgeworth Elementary, 200 Meadow Lane.

• High school winter band and orchestra concert,; 7 p.m. Dec. 10,; high school auditorium, 625 Beaver Road, Leetsdale.

• Sixth grade chorus and high school winter choir concert,; 7 p.m., Dec. 12,; high school auditorium.

Admission is free to all concerts. Tickets to the middle school musical are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

Information, including times and dates of all shows: http://www.qvsd.org/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=539

Seneca Valley

The district has been commended by the College Board as one of nearly 540 in the U.S. and Canada for earning a spot on the advanced placement honor roll.

In Pennsylvania, more than 30 school districts earned a spot on the list. The honor roll salutes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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