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Bishop Canevin

Bishop Canevin High School has a new website -- bishopcanevin.org.

The new site has been launched, but officials from the Catholic high school in Oakwood said more updates are coming.

Viewers of the new site who see information that is missing from the former site are asked to email the school at angusj@bishopcanevin.org.

Carlynton

The junior-senior high school has been named a Distinguished Title 1 school for narrowing the achievement gap in mathematics. Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors Title I schools that achieve Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years.

For 2012-13, the Pennsylvania Department of Education selected 113 Title I schools as Distinguished Schools based on that criterion.

Carlynton High School qualified as one of 25 top performers in math.

• High school freshmen Nicole Stengel, Brianna Oddi and Megan Blackwell, officers of the National Junior Honor Society, were instrumental in setting up an Angels for Sandy Hook program. Paper cut outs of angels were sold throughout the high school and elementary schools for $1, and the purchased angels were displayed on a window in the high school cafeteria. Nearly $500 was raised during the week-long project.

The money, designated for school supplies, will be mailed to the temporary home of Sandy Hook Elementary along with letters of condolences written by the ninth-grade scholars English class.

• School directors approved the purchase of the Parent Link Communication System at a cost not to exceed $6,414. The system will include a district app for smart phones, allowing users to connect directly to the district website.

The district will have the capability of sending out alerts, announcements and messages for school delays or closings. If a parent does not own a smartphone, simple text messages also can be sent to some other types of phones.

• A new high school scheduling system for 2013-14 was approved Feb. 7. The Full Control Scheduler software system from Harris School Solutions/ProSoft will give guidance counselors a new tool for student schedules.

• Classes will begin Aug. 28 and end June 11, 2014, under a school calendar approved Feb. 21 by board members. The calendar was designed to give contractors one additional week before the start of school to complete the first phase of renovations to the elementary schools before the school year begins.

Plans for the first phase of elementary renovations have begun with bids being reviewed for new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and power upgrades at both Crafton and Carnegie elementary schools. This action will allow for the installation of new boilers and an air conditioning system.

Montour

Tickets are available for the middle school production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr.," which will be performed by a cast of 85 students at 7 p.m. March 21-23 and at 2 p.m. March 24 in the David E. Williams Middle School auditorium, Porters Hollow Road, Kennedy.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are being sold from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Monday, Tuesday, next Thursday and March 18, 19 and 20 in the middle school lobby. Information: 412-951-5888.

DEW Theater Productions, a parent support group, organizes the annual musical.

Moon Area

To fill a need for private music lessons for district students, the Band Parents Organization has created a private lesson program.

Private instruction will be offered on traditional band instruments, including flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone and percussion, and for orchestra instruments such as violin, viola, cello and bass.

Vocal lessons also will be available.

Lessons for students age 13 and older are expected to begin in April. Students must be enrolled in band, orchestra or choir to qualify. Lessons will take place after school from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Teachers will be from outside the district.

Lessons will cost $15 for 30 minutes, $20 for 45 minutes and $25 for an hour. Lessons will be in the high school music department wing. The instructor will handle payments.

Information: www.moonband.org.

• The annual all-district music concert featuring musicians from grades 4-12 in all district schools will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium.

Admission is free, but tickets will be distributed at the door to maximize seating.

Information: www.moonarea.net/assets/MIOSMPressRelease2013.pdf.

Robinson Township Christian School

Prospective students and their families are invited to open house programs at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school, 77 Phillips Lane, Robinson.

The school offers Christian education for students from preschool through 12th grade.

For a tour or for information about the program: 412-787-5919 or www.rtcsonline.org.

South Side Area

The district's middle school is one of four schools in the state that have been named Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

The selection was made by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University and Horace Mann Service Corp.

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