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The idea of parents and teacher partnering to help students improve math skills began last spring in the Mountain View School District.
Parents voiced concerns over their own understanding of the new math standards, as well as doubting their own ability to know best how to help their children. Karen Voigt, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction for Mountain View, brought this concern to the teaching staff, and the TAP concept was born.
Pat Arnold, first grade teacher at Mountain View, is shown talking with families during a TAP session.
The Teachers and Parents Partnering to Improve Math Skills in Kids, or TAP program for short, is being piloted this spring with approximately 25 families participating to date. The program has run for two sessions each for kindergarten through second grades, third and fourth grades, and fifth and sixth grades. Formal evaluations have yet to be completed, but immediate feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. Among the most enthusiastic were the kindergarten, first and second grade families. They specially liked the "hands on" approach to the workshop and the concrete ideas provided by the presenters. Pat Arnold and Chris Conrad, both first grade teachers, ran the sessions for parents of these youngest students. They showed participants how to reinforce beginning math concepts, using everyday situations. Child care was provided by the Future Educators of America Club, at the high school.
The TAP program has been supported at all levels of school administration. Arthur Chambers, Superintendent, points out that improving student achievement in math is a district goal, and the TAP program is part of the districts efforts to meet this goal. With districts having to meet new PA standards in math by students taking the PSSA tests to demonstrate proficiency, students need the instruction in school and support at home to be successful.
During the next school year, the TAP program will run throughout the year, at different times for different age groups. Data from the evaluations will be used to improve the sessions, and additional input will be sought from families. Call the Mountain View School District, at (570) 434-2181 for more information.
Eighteen students from Elk Lakes Elementary and Middle School Choral program were accepted into the District 9 PMEA Song-Fest, hosted by Dunmore School District on April 4. Both choruses rehearsed through the day. A spectacular performance was held in the auditorium of Marywood University.
Elementary Song-Fest participants (l-r) were: front row Nicole Brooks, Cassie Benscoter, Karley Mosier; back row Megan Bennett, Courtney OConnor, Meagan Ploof, Aaron Boner. Absent from photo: Ashley Hoffman.
Middle School Song-Fest participants (l-r) were: front row Erin Smurkowski, Joshua Wood, Garrett Schneider, Laurin Gilliard, Lorelle Bomford; back row Carly Dibble, Tim Jones, Matt Wallikas, Molly Copeland, Virginia Wilmarth.
Ashley Gaffey, daughter of Robert and Dawn Gaffey of Thompson, was recently awarded the Claire Williams ONeil Scholarship. Claire Williams ONeil was a teacher in the Susquehanna Community Schools, where she taught for over twenty years. Because of her dedication to education and the community, the Claire Williams ONeil Foundation, a non-profit institution that sponsors educational and charitable initiatives on a community level, awards this scholarship to reflect her belief in the importance of education both to the individual and to the community. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Susquehanna Community High School student who has achieved a minimum of 88% at the end of 11th grade or a 1050 SAT, or 22 ACT score. The recipient must possess a sincere desire to pursue high quality university studies and have the potential to contribute meaningfully to the community. The award is an $80,000 scholarship paying $20,000 per year for four years.
The ONeil Foundation interviewed Miss Gaffey and five other finalists. Ashley feels that our area is "incredibly lucky to have a family as generous as the ONeils contributing to the education of others. The scholarship just shows that hard work and dedication pay off."
Ashleys dedication has been demonstrated outside the classroom as well as in. She has been very active throughout her high school career in such activities as National Honor Society, SADD, volleyball, drama club, and track. She spends much of her time outside of school as an active member of the Susquehanna Cooperative 4-H Extension. She received the title of Youth Champion in Northeastern Pennsylvania Horsemans Association. Miss Gaffey has not finalized college plans yet, but she has been accepted to Texas A&M and Colorado State University and plans to major in Animal/Equine Science.
Six of Susquehannas finest young musicians were selected to practice and perform at Bishop Hoban on April 25. Seventh, eighth, and elementary grade students were chosen to be part of Band Fest. Band Fest participants pictured (l-r) above are: Ian Gordon, Natalie Piercy, Casey Glidden, Caitlin Piercy, Carrie Lewis and Tiffany Carpenter. Ian and Natalie are seventh graders at Susky and Carrie, Tiffany, Casey and Caitlin are all eighth graders.
On Friday, April 25, the annual Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration took place at the Choconut Valley Elementary School. The beautiful sunny day added to the atmosphere of planting living memorials to several people. The speakers gave the children a wealth of worthwhile information about trees and how we can preserve our earth.
Following the flag salute, Paula Placko sang "God Bless America." Jim Kessler, State Forester, presented the third grade class with spruce seedlings to take home and plant and explained how they should plant their tree. An essay contest had been held in the third grade entitled, "Why I Want to Plant a Tree." Prizes were given to first and second place finishers. First place winners were: Clara Lattimore, Emily Teed and Allegro Spero. Second place winners were: Kaylyn Knewasser, Mindy Johnson, and Cassandra Casciotti.
Pictured (l-r) are: Father Ghezzi, Dolores Quinn, Mike Villanella, Jodi Anderson, Rita Eddy, Sue Chance, Audrey Miner, Paula Placko, Jim Kessler.
Sue Chance told the children of activities available to them at Salt Springs both now and during the summer. Mike Villanella , watershed specialist for Soil Conservation spoke about the forests he had observed on a recent fly-over of Pennsylvania. Dolores Quinn gave a progress report regarding the Stephen Placko Memorial. Jodi Anderson from the County Recycling Center praised the school for their excellent recycling program.
The afternoon kindergarten classes sang "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," followed by a poem reading by one of the kindergarten students.
Father Ghezzi from St. Joseph gave a blessing of the memorial trees and shrubs that are being planted this year in memory of Stephen Placko, Edna Hadaway, Phoebe Streeter and John Tocco. Rita Eddy spoke of how the Coconut Valley Garden Club started the school beautification program in 1972 and how the program has developed. The Arbor Day/Earth Day program was started in 1979 and provides a living memorial to many from the area.
The program closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
Anthony Rusnak, Forest City Regional High School Principal, announces the following honor roll for the third marking period of the 2002-03 school year.
GRADE 7: Michael Forsette, Ashley Hofer, Kristy Kitchura, Danielle Nebzydoski, Mary Scheller, Matthew Silfee.
GRADE 8: Katelyn Brothwell, Georgia Galvin, Danielle Long, Tara McGraw, Jennifer Murnin, Justin Pisarcik, Tiffany Tyson, Sarah Zedar.
GRADE 9: Tiffany Butler, David Costanzo, Michelle Giles, Laura Heck, Tara Martines, Suzann Paul, Stephanie Sterchak.
GRADE 10: Nicole Marsicano, Jeffrey Mead, William Orasin, Matthew Pisarcik, Amanda Rizner, Rachel Terry, Jonathan Torch.
GRADE 11: Dana Bennett, Shawn Brothwell, Megan Chesnick, Marissa Cino, Rachel Herbst.
GRADE 12: Zachary Garm, Ronda Hugaboom, Heather Jubinsky, Lauren Pantzar, Kathryn Skarbez, Jill Smith, Michael Sterchak, Marilyn Torch.
GRADE 7: Nicholas Baileys, Heather Cook, Ashley Dix, Christine Guzzi, Lindsey Luchonok, Anna McAndrew, Christopher Nebzydoski, Chelsea Soltus, Coty Soltus, Eric Torres, Stephanie Zuidema.
GRADE 8: Steven Beautz, Laurel Evans, Michael Gulbin, Jenna Rose Kilmer, Marlo Madrid, Marlie Martines, Michael McGraw, Mickayla McHale, Taylor Myer, Torin Myer, Kelsey Pazanski, Jared Pisarcik, Jason Pisarcik, Bradley Sparks, Amanda White.
GRADE 9: Joshua Balch, Kenneth Bennett, Amy Branning, Michael Drop, Stephanie Gerchman, Joseph Grecco, Heidi Lehmann, Bianca Marino, Kathryn Nebzydoski, Daniel Rokavec, Steven Scavone, Michael Zack.
GRADE 10: Brittany Frederici, Michael Green, Craig Haney, Heather Herbst, Dane Kozlevcar, Rodeann Paul, Ashley Quinnan, Scott Richards, Nathan Richardson, Rachael Roeckel, Michael Tammero, Stephanie Thiem, Kelsey Tyson.
GRADE 11: Glenn Andersen, Patrick Brothwell, Cheri Davis, Katherine Drop, Shane Malicky, Jillian Martines, Kristen Pantzar, Elizabeth Pasternak, Jonathan Poterjoy, June Saul, Imke Thieme, Seth Wasnock, John Weaver.
GRADE 12: Jessica Andrews, Bridget Cost, Renee Dragwa, Kacy Heverly, Debbie Knapp, Laura Mursch, Christopher Pevec, Pimsiri Pimaiklang, Amy Richards, Michael Skubic.
Following is the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2002-03 school year.
Aaron Benson, Michael Bisch, Colin Boecker, Linda Calcaine, Nicole Chambers, Jennifer Covert, Barb Cunningham, Angie Edwards, Kimberly Harris, Rusty Hertzler, Mae-Rene Krayeski, Wendy Linaberry, Kelley McCarthy, Jacqueline Morrell, Amanda Mower, Heidi Newberry, Crystal Seigle, Robert Squier, Jessica Squier, Jason Titus, William Tompkins, Eric Wright, Sue Zeyher.
Matthew Adams, Jennifer Bennett, Amber Birchard, Brandy Buckingham, Jessica Bunnell, Matthew Bussell, Gavin Chilson, Darren Chilson, Amber Clapper, Roberta Donahue, Michell Drost, Molly Dunn, Kelly Foux, Anthony Fuller, Helen Gabriel, Steve Garnett, Patricia Gassaway, Keith Gregory, Brandon Griffiths, Melinda Gunton, Stephanie Herman, Amber Jesse, Tanya Manzer, Harry Marvin, Josh Millard, Patrick Miller, Andrew Miner, Tiffany Mitchell, Ashley Mower, Amber Neild, Corissa Paccio, Chanell Pitonyak, Geno Plutino, Daniel Puzo, Ryan Roosa, Gina Rudock, Chris Ryan, Breanna Sechrist, Nicole Seymour, Heather Stewart, Timothy Sutton, Jaszmin Toman, Nikki Traver, Alan Trible, Steve VanDerMark, Jaimy Watson, Tammy Weaver, Cindy Yanchick.
Elmira College has released its Deans List for Academic Achievement for the winter, 2003 term. The Deans List recognizes students that have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.
Jenni Marcho, 04, of Susquehanna, daughter of Richard and Donna Marcho has been named to the Deans List of Academic Achievement for the winter, 2003 term.
Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens of the Month for April, 2003.
Kindergarten: Mrs. Glezen - Craig Stanley; Mrs. Johnson - Matthew Welsch; Mrs. Rhone - Hannah Engfer; Mrs. Small - Zachary Morris; Mrs. Whitehead - Cassandra Brown.
Grade 1: Mrs. Button - Kelsey McCarthy; Miss Felici - Ashley Walker; Mrs. Revie - Aaron Ward; Mrs. Roe - Charlotte Hall.
Grade 2: Mrs. Bistocchi - Eric Conroy; Mrs. Hepler - Chris Carlsen; Mrs. Theophila - Joel Warner; Mrs. Yurgosky - Devin Hawk.
Grade 3: Mrs. Berger - Cody Botts; Mrs. Harter - Sonja Campbell; Mrs. Kelly - Cyerah Jones; Miss Pease - Nick Schell.
Grade 4: Mrs. Bartkus - Jessica Chandler; Miss Daniels - Stephanie Fisher; Mr. Goff - Lynette Dooley; Mr. Jones - Kristopher Kelsey; Mrs. Mackachinas - Chester Cotter.
Grade 5: Mrs. Buffington - Alisha Martin; Mrs. Chamberlain - William Fisher; Mr. Mazikewich - Cheyenne Childress; Mrs. Wolfe - Tony Tompkins; Mrs. Zelkowitz - Debra Barton.
Mrs. Bleck - Courtney Hawk.
Mrs. Heal - Scott Heeman.
Mrs. Suchy - Edward Gorick.
Aaron Benson, son of Ms. Pearl Benson, participated in the Skills USA/VICA State Competition, held in Lancaster, PA from March 31 to April 2. Aaron attends Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center in Dimock, and is a student of the Susquehanna Community School District. Aaron placed #2 in the state, in the area of Building Maintenance Technology.
Boston, MA Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Great Bend resident Erica L Riecke, a Northeastern University student majoring in Physical Therapy was recently named to the University's dean's list for the winter quarter 2003, which ended in March, 2003.
Brent Keyes' name was inadvertently omitted from the list of Highest Honors on the Susquehanna Community High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2002-03 school year.
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