Fox Chapel Area
Two school district publications received state awards in the 2012 Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association Excellence in Education Communications Contest. The district received Awards of Honor for the 2011-2012 State of the Schools which was published in the fall 2012 edition of IN Fox Chapel Area Community Magazine and for the 2012-2013 Proposed Final Budget, which appeared in the summer 2012 issue of the magazine.
Entries from educational institutions from throughout the state of Pennsylvania were submitted for the 2012 PenSPRA contest. Twenty-one were given Awards of Excellence and 38 received Awards of Honor. The publications were coordinated by Bonnie Berzonski, coordinator of communications.
An open house event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday in Mars Area Elementary School.
And, an open house is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. May 1 in Mars Area Centennial School.
The high school has become one of only three public school buildings to be selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as an affiliate school. Only 58 public and private school buildings in Pennsylvania have been named affiliate schools.
High school history teacher Angela Constanzo coordinated the building's involvement in the program, which is a network of schools committed to promoting history education. The program offers schools and teachers access to free resources, invitations to events and Web tools designed to enhance the teaching of American history.
As an affiliate school, the high school also has special access to The Gilder Lehrman Collection that contains more than 60,000 documents detailing U.S. political and social history, such as handwritten letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books and pamphlets dating back as far as 1493.
Nannette Farmer was named principal at Rowan Elementary School. She had been serving as acting principal since December, when John Giancola left the district.
School board members set Ms. Farmer's annual salary at $94,500 Monday. She previously had been assistant principal at Rowan and Connoquenessing Valley elementary schools and had been Title I Reading Program coordinator.
Kara Eckert, assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction, spoke with school directors April 10 about Project ACE (Advancing Classroom Education), a pilot project that integrates iPads, Apple TV and MacBook Pros into every classroom in the district.
Mrs. Eckert and a team of eight administrators has been running the pilot project since last year. "We want to make the culture of learning more positive and encouraging," she told the audience. "We believe things need to change."
Project ACE will cost the district $312,429.