Parents can follow their child's schedule, learn about the Keystone Exams and watch an anti-bullying movie during the high school open house starting at 6:30 p.m. today at 435 Kings Highway.
Student clubs and groups will be in the cafeteria with gourmet popcorn and other food items to raise money for organizations.
• The annual homecoming festivities will feature a parade at 6 p.m. on Washington Avenue in Carnegie with the homecoming court, student-built floats, firetrucks and the high school marching band.
The homecoming queen will be announced at halftime of the game versus Brentwood. The homecoming dance will be Saturday night in Cefalo's on Washington Avenue in Carnegie.
• The district has outsourced its technology department.
Robert Mickolay, director of technology, learned about the change prior to the board's vote last Thursday. Two technology positions will be eliminated.
The network facilitator position, which was held by Frank Sacco, also was eliminated. Mr. Mickolay worked for the district for six years and Mr. Sacco worked for the district for five years.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit will provide the district with technology support. Superintendent Gary Peiffer was directed to enter into a technical services agreement with the AIU.
Board president David Roussos did not know how much the district would save from eliminating the two positions.
He said the intent of the board was to provide the best available technology for the students and the teachers. He said outsourcing would be more cost effective because the AIU has better resources.
• A parent coffee meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Panera Bread at The Pointe at North Fayette.
The meeting, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Local Task Force for the Right to Education in Allegheny County.
The group is a resource for children with all disabilities and their families.
The task force communicates the needs and problems to the appropriated sources in the county.
The high school marching band will host its annual band festival at 4 p.m. Saturday at Thomas J. Birko Memorial Stadium at the high school on Clever Road. The event will be held rain or shine.
Participating will be Ambridge Area High School, New Castle High School, New Brighton Area High School, Sto-Rox High School, University of Pittsburgh drum line and the host band. There will be auctions, raffles and refreshments.
Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit high school band students. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The high school marching band and band parents will host the 33rd annual Cavalcade of Bands competition at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the high school stadium on North Allegheny Road, North Fayette.
The competition will involve Blackhawk, Fox Chapel, McGuffey, Moon, Serra Catholic and Trinity high schools in addition to the host West Allegheny band. The Slippery Rock University Marching Band also will perform.
Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.
• Reservations are being accepted for physical exams to be held Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 for middle and high school students participating in interscholastic winter sports.
Exams will begin at 2:40 p.m. in the high school nurse's suite.
Athletes who have not had a fall sport physical must have one completed prior to the start of the winter sports season, which begins Nov. 16.
Fall athletes who have not had an orthopedic or medical change since their fall sport are not required to get a recertification exam.
Athletes must complete the form prior to the physical. The physicals will be performed by the school physician and are free. Forms are available at the West Allegheny High School Main Office, the Athletic Office, the Middle School Office and at www.westalleghenyathletics.com.
Reservations for a physical can be made by contacting the Athletic Department, 724-695-5247.
The activity fee is due prior to students trying out or participating in the chosen sport(s). Forms are available at the same locations as the physical forms.