"Willy Wonka Jr." will be presented at 7 p.m. March 22 and at 2 and 7 p.m. March 23 in the middle school auditorium, 1350 Broadview Blvd., Harrison.
Tickets are $6 for reserved floor tickets and $4 for balcony. Gold card members receive discounted or free tickets. To reserve a ticket, go to www.goldenrams.com.
Guests can meet and greet the cast members at the "Cookies with the Cast" in the cafeteria after the performances.
The board has hired Corporate Security and Investigations Inc. to analyze the vulnerability of the district's security.
The company will be paid $11,500 for a "vulnerability analysis" of the district's 15 buildings, and recommend improvements. The analysis will involve a review of the buildings' physical security, security systems and procedures and emergency preparedness plans.
In another property matter before board members Feb. 27, directors accepted a proposal from Tower Engineering to prepare plans and oversee services for the replacement of data wiring at Marshall Middle School. The cost of the work is not to exceed $9,600.
Board member Ralph Pagone asked why the building still had to be hard-wired when there is so much wireless capability available.
But Robert Gaertner, director of facilities, said the wiring at the school was done in the 1990s and is not compatible with higher-speed servers.
"We are moving toward wireless, but we have to put in some wire to make that work," he said.
• Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri said the district will not take advantage of an offer by Architectural Innovations to do a free analysis of all buildings. The company, which did the first phase of the demographics and feasibility study that was made public in August 2011, offered in January to do more work.
But more work is not needed, Mr. Gualtieri said.
Architectural Innovations' study included an analysis of all 12 buildings, in addition with demographic studies, he said. The report identified overcapacity at the elementary level, and presented more than a dozen recommendations.
The top three recommendations were:
• Keep all seven elementary schools; extensive renovations for Bradford Woods and Marshall elementary and middle schools.
• Close Bradford Woods and renovate Marshall elementary and middle schools.
• Close Bradford Woods and Peebles elementary schools while renovating the two Marshall buildings.
A second phase of the demographics and feasibility study was conducted free by Thomas & Williamson, which came to the same conclusion about overcapacity and stable or declining enrollment. Thomas & Williamson, however, recommended closing Peebles and spreading the renovations of the three schools over a longer period of time.
Architectural Innovations was given the opportunity to bid on the second phase, but its bid was much higher than its bid for the first phase, Mr. Gualtieri said.
"The district is satisfied at this point in time with the sum total of the research and data that has been gathered in support of this project," he added.
• The Variations Literary and Creative Arts Magazine has received a rating of "Superior -- Nominated for Highest Award" in the 2012 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Variations is published annually in the spring by high school students.
The content of the magazine consists of text, artwork, and photographs submitted by juniors and seniors.
The high school Symphonic and Women's Choirs will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as it opens the inaugural Music for the Spirit Festival with Singing City, a large-scale, concert event at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center.
Nearly 120 students will be among the more than 2,500 singers performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. North Hills is among a group of nine high schools to perform.
For tickets or more information, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/singingcity or call 1-800-745-3000.
• Nominations are being accepted through April 1 for the 2013 Sports Hall of Fame.
Created in 1995, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in athletics during and/or beyond their years at North Hills Senior High School or the former West View High School.
Inductees will be announced in June and recognized during the Annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner in the fall.
Nomination forms are available at www.nhsd.net or by calling 412-318-1438.
• Three high school educators have been chosen to receive a Carnegie Science Award for their excellence and innovation in teaching.
Jackie Karenbauer, Jennifer DiPasquale and Mark Buccilli were selected for the 2013 High School Educator Award for their inventive and interactive biology curriculum that utilizes Apple iPads and MacBooks to engage students and encourage excitement about science. They will be recognized May 3 during the Carnegie Science Awards in Carnegie Musical Hall in Oakland.
The Friends Of Quaker Valley Schools Education Foundation has provided $50,000 for equipment in the health and wellness center in the newly renovated middle school. Combined with private contributions totaling more than $70,000, the funds enabled the district to equip the facility with approximately 45 spinners and treadmills as well as a multimedia screen.
The center is used daily by the middle school's physical education classes. The long-term goal is to have the facility open to the community during nonschool hours.
The addition of the Health and Wellness Center is already having a positive impact at the middle school.
The facility is used six periods each day as part of the school's physical education program.
The spinners utilize the Myride program that simulates an outdoor cycling workout, which is projected on a multimedia screen.
The school's track and field athletes are using the equipment for pre-season training after school.
For information or to make a tax-deductible donation to Friends Of Quaker Valley Schools Education Foundation, go to www.qvsd.org or call 412-389-2655.
• Edgeworth Elementary fifth-graders will perform the musical "Disney's Cinderella KIDS" at 5 p.m. next Thursday in the school's gymnasium. Admission is free.
The fifth grade drama club includes 39 performers and a three-member stage crew.
A new company will be operating the Seneca Valley phone and electronic notification system next school year.
School board members Monday approved a 36-month agreement with SchoolMessenger, a California-based company. The contract will go into effect for the 2013-14 school year.
The mass phone and electronic notification system will be used to alert families in the district to inclement weather delays and cancellations and school events.
The cost to Seneca Valley will be $1.50 per student, about $10,800 total. It replaces the current AlertNow system, which costs about $7,000 more per year.
• Middle school students, faculty and staff raised $525 to support Elexa White, a sixth-grader at Evans City Middle School, who is the spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Open Your Heart Campaign. Participants donated $1 for three chances to make a basket in the hallway outside the school's cafeteria.
The middle school is teaming up with businesses and organizations to enhance science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for girls.