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Deer Lakes

"An Evening with the Arts" will feature the works and performances of students in the fine arts and industrial arts departments from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the high school, 163 E. Union Road, West Deer.

Artwork from students in grades K-12 will be on display along with photography, silkscreen, wood and metal, clothing projects, ceramics and jewelry.

The "Empty Bowls" Soup Sale also will take place. Hand-made bowls crafted by Deer Lakes students will be filled with homemade soup for a donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the West Deer Food Bank. The sale will take place in the Family Consumer Science Suite Room 112.

Fox Chapel Area

A community representative is needed for Hartwood Elementary School to serve on the school's site-based management team for a two-year term. The team is involved in decisions concerning the school.

The individual must reside in the Hartwood attendance area and have no children currently attending any Fox Chapel schools.

Applicants must write a letter of interest postmarked on or before May 31. The selection will be made by lottery. Send applications to Hartwood Elementary School principal Jacquelyn Gregory-Rauzan, Hartwood Elementary School, 3730 Saxonburg Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

• A benefit talent show to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy will feature students in grades 6-8 starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Dorseyville Middle School, 3732 Saxonburg Blvd. in Indiana Township.

Admission is free, but monetary donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

• The high school recently was honored by U.S. News & World Report. The school received a silver medal rank for the fourth time.

The annual rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors.

The high school was ranked 25th in Pennsylvania.

Mars Area

A kindergarten preview program will be conducted in two sessions from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for children registered for the 2013-14 school year and their parents.

Participants will meet the school's kindergarten teachers, join in a computer lab activity and play on the school's playground.

To RSVP: 724-625-1588 by the end of today.

• A work by high school art teacher Erin Sloane was selected for the "Significant & Sublime: The Critical Role of Art Teachers in Public Education" art exhibit at Panza Gallery in Millvale.

Her oil on canvas, "The First Year," will be included among multiple works by public school teachers. The show will highlight the vital role that the arts and education plays in the Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Panza Gallery. The exhibit will remain on display through June 11.

North Hills

High School vocal ensembles were awarded top rankings at the Kings Island Music in the Parks Festival near Cincinnati.

The Women's Choir, North Hills Symphonic Choir and North Hills Singers earned first-place awards with superior rankings.

The North Hills Singers earned a Best Overall Ensemble Award in the mixed high school choir category, and senior Ese Omabele received an Outstanding Female Solo medal for her performance in the Symphonic Choir's selection "Praise His Holy Name."

A total of 64 North Hills students participated in the festival at Kings High School in Mason, Ohio, next to Kings Island Amusement Park.


The Pennsylvania "Schools to Watch" team is re-designating the middle school as an exemplary middle school in the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn 2013 program.

This is the second time the team has re-designated the middle school as outstanding. The school earned national recognition by being designated a "School to Watch" in 2007 and was re-designated in 2010 and in 2013.

The middle school also earned the Don Eichorn Award for Outstanding Middle School in 2004.

Quaker Valley

The district is liquidating more than 400 surplus items through an online auction that will continue until Monday.

The auction of furnishings and equipment is being managed by Hostetter Auctioneers. Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, 10 items will end every five minutes. If there is bidding within the last five minutes of an item ending, that item will remain open for five additional minutes.

Among the items, most of which are the result of school renovations, are food service equipment, snow blowers, pianos, keyboards, recycling bins, garbage cans, desks, lockers, tables, chairs, shelving units, TV carts, TVs, microscopes, dishes, filing cabinets, fans, a wheelchair lift, networking cabinets, exercise equipment, textbooks, floor scrubbers and air conditioning units. All items are being sold in as-is condition.

To view items and to bid:

Items must be picked up between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 18 at the Ambridge Regional Center, 2301 Duss Ave., Ambridge.

Seneca Valley

Several music groups earned honors during the recent "Festival of Music" competition in Chicago.

The Seneca Valley Madrigals placed first with a superior rating in the Renaissance Choir category; singers in the men's choir category finished first with an excellent rating; the ninth- and tenth-grade girls choir placed first with an excellent rating in the junior/senior high women's choir open division; singers in the grades 10-12 placed first with a superior rating in the women's choir category.

Shady Side Academy

For the second year, the middle school science olympiad team won the recent Pennsylvania State Tournament at Juniata College.

The team placed first in Division B (grades 6-9) out of 36 teams and will advance to the National Science Olympiad Tournament May 17-18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

This marks the team's fourth state title in the past 10 years (2004, 2005 and 2012) and their eighth trip to nationals in the past 11 years, as the top two teams at the state tournament advance to nationals.

Students won first place in these events: anatomy, Jai Ganesh (7th grade) and Nikhil Ganjoo (8th grade); boomilever, Ciaran Beckford (8th grade) and Rakesh Ravi (8th grade); dynamic planet, Sameer Annamraju (8th grade) and Noah McDaniel (9th grade); forestry, Claire Holthaus (8th grade) and Kay Hughes (8th grade); mousetrap vehicle, Roy Navid (9th grade) and Rakesh Ravi; rocks and minerals, Sameer Annamraju and Rakesh Ravi; rotor egg drop, Roy Navid, Rakesh Ravi, and Tom Scherlis; water quality, Sameer Annamraju and Noah McDaniel; write it/do it, Claire Holthaus and Michael Miller (9th grade).

Western Pennsylvania Montessori School

The school's annual fund-raising event to promote health and fitness among children will be held Saturday at Pie Traynor Field area of North Park.

The Freedom 1-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 10.

Event day registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Harmar Pavilion. Free parking will be available at the North Park swimming pool.

Shaler Area physical education teachers Mike Chmielewski, health & physical education teacher at Reserve Primary K-3, and Sharon Shearer, department chairperson for five years, have volunteered to participate in the event.

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