The Deer Lakes School District is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates of the former East Deer-Frazer, West Deer and Deer Lakes districts "who have made a valuable contribution to society either in his/her personal or professional life."
Honorees will be recognized April 26 at the second annual distinguished alumni ceremony and dinner.
Nomination forms are at www.deerlakes.net or 724-265-4341. The deadline is Feb. 1.
The high school has won accreditation for seven years from The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
It signifies that the high school has met or exceeded the Middle States Association's gold standard for excellence. The high school also was awarded two Exemplary Educational Program Credentials in music and school counseling.
The high school is collecting new and unopened toys through Dec. 15 to benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Fawn and Fairmount primary centers, Grandview Upper Elementary School and Highlands Middle School are collecting new and unopened toys to stuff a bus from Dec. 1 to 14. Donations will benefit Toys for Tots and children in the district.
Parents in search of information regarding Mars Area School District's mathematics curriculum and programs can find it on the district's Mathematics Resources webpage at www.marsk12.org.
The page features information about grade-level (K-8) and subject-based (9-12) mathematics curriculum, Keystone and PSSA testing, Pennsylvania and Common Core standards, and online resources for parents and students. Links to each mathematics teacher's individual Edline page are also available.
Parents who log on to the district's Edline website will find a link to the Mathematics Resources page under the Academics tab on the district's homepage or under the For Parents tab on each individual school page.
Parents were issued an activation code to access their student's information on the district's Edline website. Parents who have yet to activate their Edline account or require an activation code should contact their student's school.
Information: Matt Friedman, assistant superintendent, 724-625-1518, ext. 1503.
Promoting Excellence at Home is the theme of the first in a series of three parent workshops from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Osborne Elementary School, 1414 Beaver Road.
The free program will be conducted by Don Sheffield, author and educator, and Terry Bradford, community liaison. The evening will include dinner and child care.
The workshop will help parents understand success behaviors, offer strategies for improving academic work, support parents in developing habits of excellence at home, and help parents maximize parent-child interaction to ensure proper academic and personal development and growth.
Information: 412-414-1335 or Tbradford321@yahoo.com. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Stephanie McKissic at 412-749-3616 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of adults and children planning to attend. Additional programs on this topic will be scheduled in January and March.
• First-graders in Edgeworth and Osborne elementary schools were honored Thursday as outstanding youth for their generosity by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western Pennsylvania Chapter at its annual National Philanthropy Day awards in Pittsburgh.
The children secured pledges in a Laps for Love fundraising activity to benefit The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.
The event has raised nearly $50,000 for The Children's Institute since 1993. In addition to running, children solicit donations by writing letters to families, friends and neighbors. Later, every donor receives a kid-written thank-you.
The project was the suggestion of first-grade teacher Kim Wolfendale, who was inspired by a direct connection to The Children's Institute. Her son, Christopher, was a student there, and was one of the first "amazing kids" featured in an advertisement.
In a news release, Mrs. Wolfendale says there's an educational mission beyond the fundraising.
"We teach about likes and differences: What would it be like to be hearing impaired? To use crutches, to read in Braille?" she asked. "The kids learn tolerance, compassion and not to be afraid of those who are different."
The varsity competitive cheer squad won the small varsity division (squad of 13 on the floor) of the State Cheerleading Championship Saturday at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
It also won the Section 7 championship, having the highest score of all District 7 teams competing.
The squad will travel to Orlando in February to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship, where it has scored in the top eight the past two years, and the High School Cheerleading Worlds where it finished second last year.