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Fox Chapel Area

Several district publications recently received state awards in the 2013 Annual Pennsylvania School Boards Association Educational Publications Contest.

They are: Honorable mentions for the 2012-2013 Art & Activities calendar in the calendar category; the "2011-2012 State of the Schools," part of the fall 2012 IN Fox Chapel Area Community Magazine, in the special-purpose publication category; and for the IN Fox Chapel Area Community Magazine (fall 2012, winter 2012, spring 2013, and summer 2013 issues) in the print newsletter/newspaper category.

A total of 95 entries were submitted in the 44th annual PSBA contest. Nine were given Awards of Excellence and 35 received Honorable Mentions.

The publications were coordinated by Bonnie Berzonski, coordinator of communications.

n High school singers and musicians will compete for a top prize of $500 in the "FC's Got Talent" show at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

"FC's Got Talent" follows the format of the reality television series, "America's Got Talent." Contestants will perform before three judges. Following the 14 acts, the judges will choose three winners. Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100.

The show is open to the public. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The show is sponsored by the Fox Chapel Area High School Parent Teacher Organization.


Alumni, recent graduates and residents are needed to mentor and tutor students at the Deborah D. Booker Community Center, which is open to students ages 13 to 18 for educational, recreational, tutorial and mentoring programs.

Programming involves basketball, volleyball, indoor hockey and fitness classes. The center also features a computer lab and library room. Applicants should contact Misty Chybrzynski at Highlands Administrative Center, 724-226-2400.

Parents can tour the facility with their child by calling the center's program director, Elaine Dillman, 724-224-1656.

• The student council is sponsoring a Pink Out Night balloon release Friday during the football game in the stadium to honor individuals who have battled cancer. Names of individuals will be read during halftime. Names can be sent to

• Students and staff collected $475 in donations for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation during a recent Wear a Hat Day.

The high school National Honor Society and Student Council promoted and collected donations and accepted donation from other schools in the district.

Mars Area

The German Club is accepting reservations for its annual Oktoberfest celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hoover's Restaurant in Middlesex.

Cost is $16 for adults, $8 for ages 7-10 and $5 for ages 4-6.

Information: 724-625-1581.

• The high school marching band finished first in the recent Norwin Marching Band Competition.

The band earned a combined score of 78.78 in Class AA competition, sweeping the high music, high visual and high general effect categories.

This year's marching show features the music of Michael Buble, including the songs: "It Had Better Be Tonight," "Fever," "Spiderman Theme" and "Everything."

The band will compete at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Penn-Trafford Marching Band Competition at Penn-Trafford High School.

Information: Tammi Redmond, band director, 724-625-1581 or

• The Mars Area Sports Hall of Fame recently inducted Ed Best, class of 1972 (track and field); Christine Holmes Bocian, class of 1971 (basketball); Scott Heinauer, athletic director/coach; Brad Mueller, class of 2003 (football/track and field); and Don Wix, class of 1955 (basketball).

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in athletics during and beyond their years at Mars Area School District. Nominations are accepted through April 30 of the previous school year.

Nomination forms are available on the Athletics page of

North Allegheny

The play, "Anne of Avonlea," will be presented at 7 p.m. next Thursday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Intermediate High School, 350 Cumberland Road, McCandless. Tickets are $6.

A senior citizen performance will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free to those with NA Gold Cards.

Information: 412-369-5530.

• The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 inductees earlier this month were Jake Jopling (2001), Jill Dorsch (2003), Rachel Divosevic (2006), Jake Herbert (2003), Mieke Weissert (1990), Jenny Mackay (1993), Scott Kofmehl (1999), Molly Friel (2004), Andy Dobies (2001), Corky Semler (coach).

The Hall of Fame Association also honored Maureen Grosheider with the Joseph Drazenovich Award for Legendary Service and Jill Guthrie with the Bob Miller Award for outstanding support of North Allegheny athletics. Jim LeDonne received the Distinguished Coaching Service Award.

North Hills

McIntyre Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Barb Weaver was one of 1,000 teachers across the United States surprised Oct. 1 with $1,100 worth of school supplies and an award.

She was surprised in her classroom by OfficeMax representatives and Principal Amy Mathieu, who nominated her for the honor. Her package of free school supplies included a Kindle Fire HD, a Canon Powershot digital camera, notebooks, markers, a labeling machine, folders and mechanical pencils in addition to many other items.

The supplies and award are part of the nationwide A Day Made Better campaign founded by office supply store OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom that donates $1 million in school supplies across the country. The annual campaign seeks to reward and recognize teachers for their dedication in the classroom and encourage support for teachers across the United States.

• The middle school will hold a Veterans Day roundtable on Nov. 12 to honor veterans and inform students about veterans' sacrifices and accomplishments. Students will hear firsthand accounts from veterans and interact with those in attendance.

Leading up to the roundtable, students will participate in a variety of activities and lessons to educate them about veterans and their extensive contributions to our nation.

Veterans or individuals who know veterans willing to participate should contact middle school teacher Nate Wilkinson,

• Jason Beall, 38, will join the district Oct. 28 as middle school assistant principal.

Mr. Beall had been an inclusion and mathematics teacher at Glenwood Middle School in Glenwood, Md. He also was an eighth-grade team leader, intramural coordinator and member of the school improvement team.

He has a master's degree in secondary mathematics and an administration and supervision certificate from Johns Hopkins University. He earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance from Barton College.

His salary will be $70,000.

• The North Hills Backpack Initiative has returned for a third year and remains in need of donations to keep the program sustainable to help district families in need.

The program operates on donations and an estimated 55,800 food items will be required this school year for local families in need. Some 1,550 items are distributed weekly. Approximately 155 families in Ross and West View rely upon the program each week for care packages and family-size bags of food packed by North Hills students.

Donation boxes also are in all district buildings and can be accessed during the school day. Suggested donations include single-serving and individually packaged oatmeal, pudding, snack crackers, sandwich crackers, fruit cups, single-serving cereals, granola and cereal bars, hearty soups, canned pasta meals, tuna and boxed macaroni and cheese.

Monetary donations also are accepted and can be sent to North Hills Middle School, Attn: Backpack Initiative, 55 Rochester Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15229. Make checks payable to North Hills Foundation and include "Backpack Initiative" in the memo line.

• District publications recently received five honorable mentions in the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Excellence in Education Publications Contest.

The district was recognized for its 2012-13 Annual Report that details information about student accomplishments, arts honors, staff highlights and district finances, and the NHSD Partnership Packet that conveys sponsorship and advertising opportunities available in the district for companies and organizations. North Hills School District's communications coordinator Amanda Hartle designed both publications.

Also, Jeffrey Taylor, assistant superintendent of curriculum, assessment and special programs, was honored for his design of these publications: "Why Choose North Hills," an informational handout comparing district achievements with PA Cyber; "The Online Academy @ North Hills Program of Studies," detailing the offerings of the district's cyber school, and NHSD Curriculum eNewsletter,: which is sent to North Hills faculty updating them on the latest curriculum news.


Registration is being accepted for children ages 3-5 for the high school Child Development Preschool Program offered weekdays in the high school, 700 Warrendale Road, Pine.

The fall term will be in session from 9:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Nov. 5 to Dec. 22. The 12-week spring session begins in March. Tuition is $45 for the fall session and $65 for the spring.

Children must be potty-trained, and registration forms and more information may be obtained from child development teacher Kathleen Bylinowski,

Quaker Valley

Floyd Faulkner, Quaker Valley's community youth worker, and Andrea Kubala, an accountant, have joined the Friends Of Quaker Valley Schools Education Foundation board of trustees.

Mr. Faulkner will serve as community representative, and Ms. Kubala will be the board's director of accounting and finance with financial oversight responsibilities.

The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports students by funding programs and scholarships.

Mr. Faulkner has more than 13 years of working with youth. During his tenure at Quaker Valley, he has helped to develop the Oasis program at the Sewickley Valley YMCA -- an after-school student center where students can complete homework, receive tutoring, play games, eat a healthy meal and socialize.

Ms. Kubala has more than 12 years of experience in applied accounting. She worked as an accountant in the food industry for six years, where she was responsible for the complete accounting operations of a restaurant in its corporate offices.

• The district website,, has earned an Award of Excellence in the 44th Annual Educational Publication Contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

The website was redesigned in 2012 by Karlton Chapman, director of technology, and members of the redesign team -- instructional technology teachers Paul Bodura, Sandra Calgaro, Tom Demko and Darren Mariano; retired communications manager Martha Smith; and art teacher Lynn Sopp. Mr. Bodura serves as the district's webmaster.

These publications earned Honorable Mention: 2012-13 Quaker Valley School District calendar; Quaker Valley e-Link (email news blast); and A Report to the Quaker Valley Community 2012-13.

n The high school has been named a PIAA Sportsmanship Award winner for the second time. The last time was in 1996-97. The award recognizes high schools in the state that best exemplify the principles of good sportsmanship.

• Deborah Riccobelli, assistant high school principal, will become interim principal of Edgeworth Elementary for the second semester while principal Susan Gentile is on sabbatical to complete her doctoral studies. Mrs. Riccobelli completed her administrative internship in 2011 at Edgeworth.

Mrs. Riccobelli has served as Quaker Valley's assistant high school principal for the past two years. She has 15 years of teaching experience in the Shaler Area School District.

Shady Side Academy

Prospective students and their parents can tour the campus and meet with administrators and teachers during these open house sessions at the school's three campuses:

• Junior school, 400 S. Braddock Ave., Point Breeze - Pre-kindergarten through grade 5, 9:15 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Nov. 9. Information, 412-473-4473.

• Middle school, 500 Squaw Run Road East, Fox Chapel - Grades 6-8, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Information: 412-968-3155.

• Senior school, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel - Grades 9-12, 11 a.m. Oct. 26.

Admission directors will speak about the admissions process and financial aid. Reservations for open houses are encouraged but not required, 412-968-3180 or


First Published October 17, 2013 9:08 AM


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