Starting March 1, the district will be going paperless, with report cards, attendance records and administrative paperwork being available only through the Edline online management system.
The district will have a laptop available in each school office for parent use if needed to access the Edline system. The change is estimated to save the district at least $50,000 in copying, paper and postage costs.
The Edline system for parents and students is a password-protected online portal already in place for parents to review their child's grades. The online system also will be the district's primary source of communication.
The choral music department will present its annual "Winter's Tale of Love" choral concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in at Faith United Methodist Church, 261 West Chapel Ridge Road, Fox Chapel.
The concert will feature performances by three of the high school choral ensembles -- the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and Vulpes Cantantes.
A limited number of tickets will be available at web.fcasd.edu/tickets for a $12-per-ticket donation. Proceeds will benefit the Fox Chapel Choral Parents and Friends Association.
There is limited parking at the church. Attendees also may park at the high school and board a shuttle.
• Tickets will be available starting Wednesday for the high school spring musical, "Guys & Dolls," which will be presented at 7 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 in the high school auditorium, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara.
There also will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 17 in the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $13, and all seats are reserved. To purchase, visit www.fcasd.edu/tickets or the high school auditorium box office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11, 12 and 13. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
The Baierl Center on the high school campus is closed indefinitely because of flooding by a frozen sprinkler pipe on Sunday.
The center, which is used by student athletes and the community, has a 130-by-100-foot activity room, meeting and conference space, locker rooms, a concession stand, a 3,500-square-foot fitness center, a trainer's room and an indoor walking and jogging facility
• The senior high school has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the nation's "Top 100 Schools" in speech and debate activities by the National Forensic League.
The school ranked 22 out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide based on student participation and achievement in speech and debate activities. The National Forensic League is the nation's oldest and largest high school speech and debate honor society.
Two free family features will be shown Tuesday and Feb. 8 and 11 on the 24-foot planetarium dome in the high school, 53 Rochester Road, Ross.
"Don't Duck! Look Up!" starts at 6:30 p.m. and is targeted for children from preschool through primary elementary age. "Clouds of Fire" will follow at 7:15 p.m. and is appropriate for upper-elementary age children through adults.
• The junior high drama club (grades 7-9) will present its winter musical, "Into the Woods Jr.," at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the junior high auditorium, 55 Rochester Road, Ross. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.
• Registration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the junior high school for the North Hills Community Swim Program, which offers swimming and diving lessons for children and adults, community open swims, aqua aerobics and lifeguard classes.
Children's lessons will begin Feb. 16. Adult lessons will begin Feb. 11. The swim program follows the American Red Cross certification program and offers instruction for preschoolers through level VI. The cost is $50 for swimming and beginning diving lessons. Advanced diving is $125.
Aqua aerobics will be offered from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 12 and 14. Participants can choose between one class per week for $30 or two classes per week for $50. A prerequisite swim test will be given at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 for the lifeguard classes that will begin Feb. 20.
Community open swims will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through May 31. Cost is $4 for students and $5 per adult. Adult open swim will be held on Mondays, all-ages open swim will be held on Wednesdays and family open swim will be held on Fridays.
• The junior high and senior high jazz bands will host the 18th annual Mardi Gras celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Ross Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive.
The annual event features music from both junior and senior high school jazz bands in a casual setting, raffles and other activities. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting North Hills Marching Band director Len Lavelle at email@example.com.
Proceeds benefit the North Hills music series.
The district and its local police departments are enhancing school safety efforts with periodic in-school patrols by uniformed officers.
Unannounced police walk-throughs will occur in each of the district's four schools with the goal of providing an added safety measure while enhancing the relationship between police officers and students, families and staff.
This safety measure is in addition to Quaker Valley School resource officer Bob Wright, an armed law enforcement official who serves the entire school district.
Mr. Wright works in coordination and cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies.
Quaker Valley School District has a comprehensive safety plan that was developed in coordination with national experts in school safety and local law enforcement and emergency response officials.
All entrances to Quaker Valley schools are locked throughout the school day. Visitors must be buzzed in through the main doors, which are monitored by office staff via video camera.
• The middle school has a goal of collecting at least 400 pairs of jeans through Feb. 8 in the Teens for Jeans program. Students, staff and the public are invited to donate new or gently used jeans of all sizes. Donation boxes are outside the main office and in each grade-level hallway.
Teens for Jeans is initiated through DoSomething.org and is nationally sponsored by Aéropostale.
Those who donate will receive a coupon for 25 percent off in-store purchases at Aéropostale. To receive the coupon, donors should place a paper containing their name in the pocket of the donated jeans.
Information: 412-749-5083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Teresa of Avila
Registration for prekindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1-8 will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the school, 800 Avila Court, Ross.
All students are guaranteed placement for 2013-14 school year. Registration forms will be available at the event, or forms can be downloaded at www.saintteresas.org.
Christin Jamery has been named acting assistant principal for Rowan and Connoquenessing Valley elementary schools.
She fills the role that was left vacant when Nannette Farmar was promoted to acting principal at Rowan.
Ms. Jamery, of Sewickley, has been working in the district since 2007. She started as a kindergarten teacher at Evans City Elementary and most recently was a first-grade teacher at Rowan.
She has been an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Core Team representative, a math tasks committee first-grade representative, a member of the Seneca Valley Foundation's Board of Trustees, vice president of the Autism Opportunities Network Inc. and a member of the planning committee for the Walk for Autism Research, Pittsburgh.
Shady Side Academy
The Senior School will present its winter student musical production, "West Side Story" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the school's campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, by calling 412-968-3040 or www.showclix.com/events/15655.neigh_north