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The district is seeking parent volunteers to serve on a K-8 mathematics adoption committee. Members will evaluate the needs for student instruction in conjunction with the transition to new state Common Core Standards. The committee also will recommend the materials that will need to be purchased to support the new direction for curriculum.
The first meeting will be at 4 p.m. today in the central office board room. Additional meetings and workshops will be scheduled throughout the next school year.
To join, contact Kim Prevost at email@example.com or 412-264-9440, ext. 1134.
The high school used a $1,500 Focus-Action Against Distraction grant received earlier this year to educate students about the dangers of driving while distracted.
The grant from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was used by Darcy Mueller, the school nurse who applied for it, during May to provide a hands-on-the-wheel program for six classes.
Prior to beginning the program, students were asked to provide their cell phone numbers to instructors. A squirt of shaving cream was placed on student's hands before a model steering wheel was placed in them.
The steering wheel was used as a prop by students who watched a video simulating driving conditions.
Prizes were provided to students who could make it through the whole exercise without removing their hands from the wheel.
Problems arose after teachers began calling and texting students in an effort to distract them from the task at hand.
Mrs. Mueller recalled one student tried to circumvent the hands-on rule by using her elbows to put her phone between her knees in an effort to answer it.
Additionally, grant funds were used to purchase green and white "School Slow" signs erected on school property near the main entrance to the high school building.
The Children's Hospital program is funded through a grant from the Allstate Foundation.
First Published June 7, 2012 5:37 am