Residents of Deer Lakes School District are invited to the first Superintendent's Round Table meeting for the 2013-14 school year.
It will be held at 7 tonight in the Deer Lakes High School Library, 163 E. Union Road.
Building principals will discuss happenings in each school at the open forum with superintendent Janet R. Ciramella. Residents also can discuss school issues.
For information: Kathryn N. Makuta, public relations director, 724-265.4341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fox Chapel Area
The high school homecoming football game will be played at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, with the Foxes meeting the North Hills Indians at the high school stadium.
This year's homecoming theme is "Decades" and the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will perform their annual skits in the stadium before the game.
Residents are invited to attend the homecoming game festivities. Admission to the game is $3 for students and $5 for adults, free for district senior citizens who have a Gold Card.
The high school will host the Fox Chapel Area Community Carnival from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn/upper field of the high school campus, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. Most activities are free.
Every elementary school, PTO/PTA group, the Dorseyville Middle School and some high school clubs are participating in the carnival, at which activities will be geared toward youths.
Activities include face painting, temporary tattoos, photo booth, giant slide, obstacle course, dunk tank, free petting zoo (including a baby zebra and camel), pony rides for a small fee and live music from the students and faculty. Residents should park at O'Hara Elementary School and walk to the front lawn of the high school.
Homecoming activities are coordinated and sponsored by the high school student government.
The Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence will hold its 21st annual 5K Run/Walk for Excellence at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Hartwood Acres.
The 5K race begins at the Hartwood Acres stage area and continues uphill past the stables, around the mansion and downhill to a final 1.5-mile loop to finish at the stage area.
Live entertainment, refreshments, games prizes and a moon bounce will be part of the event.
Proceeds from the race benefit the alliance, a nonprofit, volunteer organization established in 1992 for the educational enrichment of the students in the district.
Registration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families.
Online registration is available at www.hamptonalliance.org.
More information: at www.HamptonAlliance.org.
The homecoming parade will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 11, beginning at the high school parking lot. To participate, call Jen Galcik, 724-226-1000, ext. 1205.
The student council is looking for convertibles or suitable vehicles for the homecoming court, school board members and administration officials to ride in for the parade. Contact Jen Galcik.
The festivities will continue at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium as the Rams take on Greensburg-Salem at 7 p.m. The homecoming court and king and queen will be announced at halftime.
The homecoming dance for students in grades 9-12 will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at the high school, 1500 Pacific Ave., in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and will be on sale from Monday through Oct. 4 during all three lunch periods. No tickets will be sold at the dance.
• Alumni, recent graduates or community members are needed to mentor and tutor students at the Deborah D. Booker Community Center, Park Avenue, in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison.
The center is open to all district students ages 13 to 18 and provides educational, recreational, tutorial and mentoring programs. Those interested should contact Misty Chybrzynski at Highlands Administrative Center at 724-226-2400, ext. 4550.
Partnering with The Y in Natrona Heights, the center includes basketball, volleyball, indoor hockey and fitness classes. The center also features a computer lab and library room.
Parents may tour the facility with their teen by calling center program director Elaine Dillman at 724-224-1656.
The honors continue for superintendent William Pettigrew, who will retire in December.
Mr. Pettigrew was selected to receive the 2013 award for leadership in public education from the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
He will receive the award Oct. 17 during the 2013 Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators/Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Leadership Conference in Hershey.
The award is presented to educators demonstrating a commitment to school administration as a profession, to public education and to colleagues, including participation and leadership with Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
Frank Galicki, Dallas School District superintendent and PASA past president, nominated Mr. Pettigrew for the award.
"He respects other opinions and always speaks directly to the issue at hand," Mr. Galicki said.
Mr. Pettigrew will be asked to select a Mars Area High School student to receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship in connection with the award.
He also was named 2013 Pennsylvania Rural Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools.
The district will hold homecoming activities at 7 p.m. Friday at Martorelli Stadium along Perry Highway in West View.
Community members and alumni are invited to attend. The homecoming court will be announced before kickoff at 7:30 p.m., when North Hills takes on Penn Hills High School.
The homecoming dance will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at North Hills High School, 53 Rochester Road, Ross.
• North Hills Foundation is sponsoring its first Foundation Gala that will benefit North Hills' students in their academic, artistic and athletic endeavors.
It will be held at 6 p.m. at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Centre, Suite 411, 301 Grant St., Downtown. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The event is black tie optional.
The gala will honor former North Hills High School principal and head football coach Jack McCurry.
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased through Oct. 4. For reservations: 412-318-1004.
The foundation is seeking presenting sponsors for the gala.
A $750 donation entitles a company, organization or family to eight event tickets and recognition during the event. It directly supports North Hills School District students.
For information, call 412-318-1004.