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Community Reading At B.R. Elementary
Susquehanna Musicians Make Districts
Blue Ridge Musical A Smash Hit!
Bully Free Program At Blue Ridge
Susky Children Filling Shoeboxes
Daniel Lewis Active At Susq. Univ.
Todd Fabrizi Gets E.U. Scholarship
SCHS Celebrates Veterans' Day

Community Reading At B.R. Elementary

As part of American Education Week, Blue Ridge Elementary School held its annual Community Read Aloud program on Tuesday, November 19. To celebrate education and the importance of reading, approximately thirty community members (pictured above) were invited to the school, to read to the elementary students in each classroom simultaneously. This event has been part of AEW at Blue Ridge for over ten years and is very well received by the teachers, students and community members who always ask to be invited to next year’s event. The read aloud program is coordinated by Mrs. Liz Benedict with the help of Mr. Robert Dietz, elementary principal.

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Susquehanna Musicians Make Districts

Susquehanna Community High School proudly announces that several of its students have qualified for District Band, District Orchestra, and District Chorus. Heather Warneke, Jessica Williams, Katie McHale, Amanda Fallon, and Rhonda Scott have qualified for District Band. Katie McHale, Rhonda Scott, and Amanda Fallon all qualified for the District Orchestra and will compete at the regional level in January. Rhonda Scott qualified for the District Chorus and Jonathan Stewart qualified as an alternate.

Pictured (l-r) are District Band Members: Jessica Williams, Amanda Fallon, Heather Warneke, Rhonda Scott, Katie McHale.

Pictured (l-r) are District Orchestra members: Rhonda Scott, Amanda Fallon, Katie McHale.

Pictured (l-r) are: Rhonda Scott and Jonathan Stewart celebrating their selection to District Chorus.

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Blue Ridge Musical A Smash Hit!

Recently, the Blue Ridge Middle School Drama Department closed the book on another successful musical show. Under the direction of High School Director of Bands Jeff Burkett, the 30 member cast performed "You Ain't Nothin' But A Werewolf". This two hour musical production rocked the Blue Ridge Theatre with a nonstop show of humor, song, and dance.

The show centered around the character, Rupert Lydecker, played by 8th grader Tim Stonier. He is a typical teenage "nerd" caught and ridiculed by the school bully, big time Rock N Roll singer, Chet Lumpcrass, played by (Tyler Calkins). After Chet sings the song "You're A Loser", Rupert decides to go to the mad Dr. Dangerfield’s Laboratory to have his personality changed. The doctor, (Nick Smith) along with his house keeper, Mrs. Crunch (Caitlin Goff) decide to give Rupert the "Elixir of Personality" but the bumbling half-man/half-monster servant, Boris (played by Josh Allen) gets the test tubes mixed up and hands him the werewolf juice instead.

The story unfolds with the werewolf becoming the new popular Rock N Roll star. Chet, on the other hand, is dealt a hand of his own medicine when he is replaced by the werewolf. His girlfriend, Mamie (MacKenzie McCain) even falls for the werewolf and sings the song "I Got Bit".

In the meantime, Rupert's sister Sandra (Becky Latz) and her friend Claudia (Brittany Phillips) continue to look for Rupert. Claudia runs into the werewolf and notices that he reminds her of someone. "Those Eyes, Those Lips, That Face" is the song that they sing to each other reminding Claudia of Rupert.

The show closes with Rupert transforming back and gaining his confidence. Even as Rupert, he still becomes the singing sensation.

Mr. Tim Hutchins (Blue Ridge 8th Grade History Teacher) did the costuming for the show. Ninth grade student Jessica Williams did the choreography and was the Student Director for the production. Mr. Burkett was very pleased with all the students final performances. When it was over the students were unanimous in stating, "When do we start the next show?"

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Bully Free Program At Blue Ridge

The Blue Ridge Elementary School is hosting an assembly program, The Bully-Free Amazing Wonder Show, Monday, December 16 at 9:30 am and 10:30 am. The program uses magic, comedy and audience participation to present a motivational anti-bullying message. It is presented by Chris "Doc" Dixon, a magician specializing in school assemblies from Smithton, Pennsylvania. His programs have been seen by over 500, 000 students.

The lessons the students will learn in the program include: what bullying is and why it is wrong, how to react to bullies and how to be a better friend. These points will be illustrated with comedy, audience participation and magic to make the learning fun and more involving.

Parents are welcome to attend. For more information contact: David Angeloni, Elementary Counselor, Blue Ridge Elementary School, 570-465-3141, ext. 622.

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Susky Children Filling Shoeboxes

Recently, the fourth grade class at Susquehanna Community Elementary voted to give up their usual Christmas party gift exchange. They will still buy the $1.00-$1.50 gift they usually buy for another child in their homeroom.

The difference this year is that they will be sending their gifts to impoverished children across the world with the help of Operation Christmas Child. The children packed shoeboxes of small items such as toys, toothbrushes, and hard candy. The school was hoping for 4-5 boxes. As usual, the hearts of the children and their families go out to others in need. The children filled 20 shoeboxes!

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Daniel Lewis Active At Susq. Univ.

Selinsgrove, PA – Daniel Lewis, a resident of Susquehanna, PA and a student from Susquehanna Community High School, participated in Susquehanna University’s fifth annual Business In-Action Day held on Friday, October 18.

Designed to provide students with an introduction into the business world through hands-on experience, students chose sessions in their field of interest, ranging from accounting, business, economics, and finance, to information systems, marketing, or management. All workshops focused on the rapidly changing environment of the business field and how to prepare for it.

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Todd Fabrizi Gets E. U. Scholarship

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania has announced that Todd Fabrizi, 106 Green Oak Drive, Edinboro, was recently named the recipient of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who has a physical disability. The student must have completed one semester of coursework at Edinboro University and have a QPA of 2.00 or better. Financial need is not a factor.

Todd is the son of Janet Fabrizi and Richard Fabrizi. He is a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and a psychology major at Edinboro.

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SCHS Celebrates Veterans’ Day

On November 13, Susquehanna Community High School honored the veterans of this country by holding a special program organized by public speaking teacher, Mr. John Seigle. Seniors of Mr. Seigle’s class presented speeches about The Pledge of Allegiance, flag protocol, women of the military, U.S. sacrifice, and Veterans’ Day. Special speaker, Captain Duscek of Wilkes University ROTC, spoke on the role of women in the armed forces. Mr. Joseph Bucci of the American Legion also addressed the students. The SCHS chorus and band presented patriotic music for the guests and school principal, Michael Lisowski, delivered the closing remarks.

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