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Fox Chapel Area

Residents age 60 and older are invited to attend the spring musical dress rehearsal of "Guys and Dolls" at 3:30 p.m. March 12 in the high school auditorium, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 in the high school commons area. The event is free.

Reservations are requested. Call 412-967-2443.

• Dorseyville Middle School has become one of only six Pennsylvania schools to be redesignated a 2013 PA Don Eichhorn Schools: "Schools to Watch" facility as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

With the redesignation, Dorseyville is among 30 schools in Pennsylvania named within the last three years, and 325 in the country to qualify as Schools to Watch.

The announcement Sunday said, "Schools were selected for academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement."

A celebration will be held in the spring in the school. Dorseyville also will be recognized in June at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C.

Mars Area

The district and Lifesteps will offer free developmental screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Primary Center for newborns through children age 5, and will include vision, hearing and speech, motor and cognitive skills. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-225-2010.

• Mars Area Middle School will hold a spring open house from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Information: 724-625-3145.

• The high school student council and Central Blood Bank will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health. Information: 724-625-1581.

• The school board will vote March 12 on a tentative contract with support staff. Mars Area Support Professionals Association voted on the deal Feb. 20, but officials will not release the results until the board votes.

The previous contract expired June 30. There are 114 secretaries, paraprofessionals and custodians in the bargaining unit.

• The high school student council will hold a Hunger Games food drive through March 27 to benefit The Lighthouse Foundation Food Bank.

Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items may be placed in one of four boxes in the high school lobby, each representing a team in the competition. Also, donations may be dropped off during school hours in the main office, 520 Route 228. Information: 724-625-1581.

North Allegheny

The GOLD program, a leadership development session for eighth-grade girls, will be scheduled overnight again in North Allegheny.

District officials announced last year that the 20-year-old program intended to help equip students to make good choices in high school, would end at midnight.

GOLD had stood for Girls Overnight Leadership Development, but the name was changed to Girls Only Leadership Development.

Five high school students who act as program facilitator pleaded with the school board in March to keep the program intact. At the time, they presented a petition containing 250 signatures from Marshall middle and the intermediate high school.

This year's program will run from 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday in Ingomar Middle School.

• Residents who have a gold card are invited to a free performance of "Footloose" at 3:30 p.m. March 12in the high school auditorium, 10375 Perry Highway, McCandless. Information: 412-369-5445.

North Hills

The cast of the spring musical "The Pajama Game" will present a free performance for residents age 60 and older at 1:30 p.m. March 23 in the high school auditorium, 53 Rochester Road, Ross.

Pine-Richland

Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on three Wednesdays starting next week with separate dates for each elementary school.

All registrations will be accepted in the administrative offices, 702 Warrendale Road, Pine.

Wexford Elementary School registration will be Wednesday, Hance elementary will be March 13 and Richland elementary will be March 20. Parking will be behind the high school in the vicinity of the flag pole.

Prior to registration, visit www.pinerichland.org/enrollment.

Information: 724-625-7773 or enrollment@pinerichland.org.

• A senior citizen complimentary performance of the spring musical "Big," will be presented at 4 p.m. next Thursdayin the high school auditorium, 700 Warrendale Road, Pine.

The Pine-Richland High School Choral Boosters will host its annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 15 between the matinee and evening performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger and can be purchased at the box office or by contacting Mary Lynn Dugan, 724-444-8493 or cbspaghetti@gmail.com. Proceeds will benefit the high school choral scholarship fund.

• The high school child development preschool is accepting applications for children who turned 3, 4 or 5 years old by September 2012 and are toilet-trained for the spring session, which begins Tuesday and meets from 9:20 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Children will participate in language arts, math, science, music, movement, art and story activities each day and will have a chance to visit areas within the high school, including the planetarium, pool, library and gymnasium. Children are supervised by students and the child development teacher and individual attention.

The $65 fee covers the 12-week session. Nutritious snacks are provided.

Space is limited. Information: kbylinowski@pinerichland.org.

Quaker Valley

Don Sheffield, author and educator, and Terry Bradford, community liaison, will conduct the final free parent workshop for Promoting Excellence at Home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday in Osborne Elementary School. The program includes dinner and childcare.

Information: 412-414-1335 or Tbradford321@yahoo.com. RSVP: Stefanie McKissic, 412-749-3616 or mckissics@qvsd.org.

• R.J. Long of Avalon, a middle school student council adviser, recently was named the Region 2 Middle Level Adviser of the Year and is among the six national finalists for the Warren E. Shull Middle Level Student Council Adviser of the Year Award.

The finalists will be recognized and the national award winner will be announced June 23, 2013 during the National Association of Student Council's annual conference. Region 2 encompasses Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In November, Mr. Long was named Middle Level 2012 Adviser of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils. He was nominated in the spring by Izzy Olive, who middle school student council president during the 2011-12 school year, and by Sean Aiken, middle school principal.

• Christiana Hays of Sewickley, who has served for many years as the district's middle school tennis coach and as an assistant for the varsity team this past season, has been named head varsity tennis coach.

During the fall season, Ms. Hays volunteered as an assistant coach, working with previous head coach Jeff Sebastian. The girls' team was crowned WPIAL champion and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals.

Ms. Hays is the founder and head coach for the Sewickley Area Junior Team and Key Lob. The junior team serves more than 50 youth ages 7-17 and competes in the West Penn Junior Team League.

• Todd Fox, middle school instrumental music director, has been awarded the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Citation of Excellence. He will receive his award during the PMEA Annual Conference in April.

Mr. Fox was nominated by Sean Aiken, middle school principal, and Matt Boice, high school choral director.

A Quaker Valley music teacher for more than 20 years, Mr. Fox previously served as the high school band director and is a member of the middle school's School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Team.

• A dinner and show for the spring musical "Anything Goes" will begin with dinner at 4:30 p.m. April 10 in the high school cafeteria followed by a dress rehearsal.

Transportation will be provided from Edgeworth and Osborne Elementary schools, Union Aid apartments and the Leetsdale senior high rise. Pickup will be between 4 and 4:15 p.m. Dinner is $6. Transportation and admission to the show are free.

Reservations for dinner and transportation: 412-977-5262 or lowesc@qvsd.org. The reservation deadline is April 5.

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