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Deer Lakes  

Superintendent Janet R. Ciramella will host East Deer, Frazer and West Deer residents in a round table meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the high school library, 163 East Union Road, West Deer.

Angelo Furiga, director of curriculum and technology, will discuss technology innovations in the classroom.

Information: 724-265-4341 or

Fox Chapel Area

Registration is underway for a preschool story program April 25 at O'Hara Elementary School that will prepare children for entering kindergarten.

The interactive, theme-based, early childhood literacy program for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 will be offered in two sessions — 10 to 11 a.m. for families with last names A-K and 1 to 2 p.m. for families L-Z. The children will meet in the school library and the parents in the cafeteria.

Registration: 412-963-0333 or

• The school board has extended the deadline to noon April 25 for applicants for two board seats for Region 1, which covers Sharpsburg and Wards 2, 3, and 4 in O'Hara.

Applicants will fill the seats of Robin F. Baum and Sherman M. Snyder who have resigned for personal reasons.

The term of office for these two seats will be through November 2015.

Candidates must reside in Region I, must be 18 years of age or older and must have been a resident of the school district for at least one year.

Applications, which are available at, can be delivered or sent to: Board of School Directors, Solicitor Paul J. Giuffre, Esq., 221 Commercial Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15215.

Interviews will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. April 26 in the high school large group instruction room.

Mars Area

Elementary start times will return to 9 a.m. next year after the school board voted 7-1 April 8 to reinstitute the earlier time.

Last year, the board moved the time to five minutes later and shortened the amount of time that students could be dropped off to between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m.

The move was done to give teachers a common planning time. But parents have complained about the shorter day and the shorter drop-off window numerous times during this school year.

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, students can arrive after 8:35 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten students can begin arriving at 12:30 p.m. for a 12:45 p.m. start time.

Board member Christine Valenta opposed the change, and Rebecca Brown was absent.

Superintendent James Budzilek said officials will monitor bell schedules and bus transportation annually as the district continues to grow.

• The high school art club raised $3,189 to benefit two causes through its first Charity Art Show March 14-16 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cranberry.

The fundraiser earned $2,000 to benefit Butler County Humane Society through the sale of artwork by students in Grade 2-8 and $1,189 through the sale of art created by high school students.

Proceeds also will benefit the student-run production of "Seussical the Musical" May 30-31. All proceeds from the performances will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia.

In addition, Barnes & Noble Booksellers donated a portion of its earnings during the show.

North Hills

High School Principal John Kreider has been selected as an Educator of the Year by the Challenge Program Inc. He will be honored along with other program award winners during the Crystal Owl Community Partner Award Dinner on May 1 in Green Tree.

Mr. Kreider will be recognized for his enthusiasm for the program and his efforts to keep The Challenge Program’s mission and goals at the forefront of students’ minds throughout the school year. The program awarded $3,000 to North Hills students this year.

Mr. Kreider has been the high school principal since 2010 and served as junior high school principal from 2006 to 2010. Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Kreider was a high school math teacher at North Hills and in the School District of Lancaster.

• The high school world language department is among 19 public and private schools in the state to be recognized as an exemplary high school foreign language program. The department received a bronze award from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

The department was selected for the award "due to high enrollment and retention rate in world language classes, providing a variety of language in a four-year high school sequence, participation in the Advancement Placement and College in High School programs and demonstrating an extended sequence of instruction in a commonly taught language among many other factors."

Quaker Valley

Here's the schedule of spring instrumental and choral concerts for students in grades 3 through 12:

Wednesday — Edgeworth Elementary Third Grade Music Night; Osborne Elementary Third Grade Music Night. 

Next Thursday — Combined Fifth Grade Band and Orchestra Spring Concert at Osborne Elementary.

May 5 — Grade 6-12 Orchestra Spring Pyramid Concert at Quaker Valley Middle School.

May 8 — Edgeworth Fifth Grade Spring Concert; Osborne Fifth Grade Spring Concert. 

May 12 — Edgeworth Fourth Grade Band and Strings Concert.

May 14 — Sixth Grade Band and Chorus Concert.

May 15 — Osborne Fourth Grade Band and Strings Concert.

May 21 — Grade 7-12 Band Spring Pyramid Concert at Quaker Valley Middle School. 

May 28 — Grades 7 and 8 Chorus Spring Concert.

May 29 — Quaker Valley High School Chorus Spring Concert.

June 2 — Quaker Valley High School Band and Orchestra Spring Concert.

 • Teachers have awarded seniors Sonia Morrill, Michelle Starke and Caroline Steliotes $1,000 Quaker Valley Education Association scholarships.

Each year, Quaker Valley teachers provide financial support for these scholarships through association contributions and donations from retired teachers and other friends of education.

• Superintendent Joseph H. Clapper will be honored with the 2014 Leadership and Service Award from The Pennsylvania State University College of Education Oct. 17 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.

According to the College of Education, the Leadership and Service Award is given annually to an alumnus who has distinguished him/herself in his/her chosen profession, in or out of the field of education, and who has demonstrated leadership and service within a career and/or to a community.

Mr. Clapper, who recently announced his fall retirement, joined the district as Edgeworth Elementary principal in 1993 and was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2000. He left Quaker Valley for 18 months to serve as superintendent of North Hills School District before returning to Quaker Valley in March 2007 as superintendent.

Shady Side Academy

Admissions open houses for prospective families in late April and early May at each of the school’s three campuses. At an open house, prospective students and their families can tour the campus and meet the school head, faculty and program directors during admission open houses. Admission directors will be available to answer questions about the admissions process and financial aid.

Junior School session for pre-kindergarten to grade 5 will be at 9:15 a.m. May 7, 400 S. Braddock Ave., Point Breeze; the middle school session for grades 6-8 will be 9 a.m. May 1, 500 Squaw Run Road East, Fox Chapel; and the Senior School session for grades 9-12 will be 9:30 a.m. April 30 at 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.

Reservations are encouraged but not required: 412-968-3180 or 

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