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Susky Elementary Students of the Month
B/R Students Enjoy New Computer Lab
R. J. Bentz Receives Masters Degree
More Plans For Placko Memorial
"Annie" At B/R Middle School

Susky Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces the following "Students of the Month" for September, 2003.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Dale Reid, Michael Skurski, Kaitlyn Gow, Nicole Sherman; row 2 – Sean Branning, Jerry Hallisey, Dustin Hansen, Billy Cobb; row 3 – Tyler St. Andrew, Sydney Avery, Brianna Williams, Michael Yi, Chelsea Ayres; row 4 – Tyler Barber, Amanda Marco, Megan Canfield, Brittany Glover, Ashley Sweeney. Absent from photo – Desiree Carey.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Jeannette Donahue, Sierra McConnell, George Wilkes, Jeffrey Wayman, Jillian Truex; row 2 – Kelsey Carmody, Theresa Whitehead, Kalyn Cina, Jacob Olson, Sean Delaney; row 3 – Garrett Cuevas, T.J. Kelly, Kyla Kemmerer. Absent from photo – Kelly Conklin.

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B/R Students Enjoy New Computer Lab

Through the assistance of a Title 1 Grant Blue Ridge Elementary acquired 20 new Gateway Computer for installation in a second computer lab in their building. The computers will be utilized by Title 1 students to assist them in becoming more proficient in language arts and math skills. The lab will be open on a scheduled bases for teachers to take their students and assist them with Reading and Math programs under the guidelines of the Computer Curriculum Cooperation (CCC). Pictured above (l-r) are Blue Ridge Students Eric Giangrieco, Joey Zawiski, Chris Zawiski, Brittany Ucci, Courtney Ucci.

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R. J. Bentz Receives Masters Degree

R. J. Bentz successfully completed his Masters Degree program in Exercise Physiology from Southern Connecticut State University in May, 2003.

R. J. completed his thesis tract and graduated at the top of his class, by earning a 3.98 GPA.

R. J. is now employed by William W. Backus Hospital and Cardiology Associates as a Cardiopulmonary Technologist, in Norwich, CT.

R. J. plans to further his education by enrolling in a school of medicine to specialize in Cardiology.

R. J. is the son of Robert and Josefita Bentz, Susquehanna.

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More Plans For Placko Memorial

Despite many changes in design and concept, plans for the memorial garden and outdoor classroom at the Choconut Valley Elementary School continue.

The project, whose purpose is to honor the memory of the school's late principal, Stephen J. Placko who passed away earlier this year, began as a plan for a memorial garden with gazebo. Later, the possibility of partially reconstructing an old schoolhouse was investigated. When that project proved to be too expensive, the plans were scaled down to a building that is now anticipated to be a manageable size and reasonable cost. The building will be large enough to serve as an outdoor classroom, and will be surrounded by a memorial garden.

Recently, high school industrial arts/shop teacher Randy Miller committed to doing the construction with the help of his students. With the students providing the labor, and many of the materials being donated, the committee – composed of School Board members, teachers and community members – now expects that the project will be under way soon.

"I know the construction of this memorial on the grounds of the school he so loved would mean a lot to my husband," Paula Kiley-Placko said. "But, how he really would have loved knowing the students will be doing the work. When I was told of this development, all I could say was, 'That's perfect!'"

Not all materials will be donated, so the committee is working hard to raise money for what will have to be purchased. There have been some private monetary donations as well as a fund raising event at McDonald's of Montrose this past spring, but more money will be needed.

A pasta dinner is planned for Sunday, October 26, 1-4 p.m., at the school. To order tickets, for further information, or to make donations of money or materials for the project, please call the school secretary at 553-1600.

Donations in the form of checks should be made payable to: The Stephen J. Placko Memorial Garden Fund and can be sent to PennStar Bank, RR 1 Friendsville, PA 18818.

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"Annie" At B/R Middle School

Treat yourself to an evening of laughter, music, and delight on October 24 and 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge District Theatre when The Blue Ridge Middle School Players present "Annie." A cast of over fifty students, from grades 6-8 will sing and dance their way into your hearts as they tell the story of Little Orphan Annie’s journey from rags to riches. Based on the book by Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, the production features Cassandra Summers as Annie, Tyler Calkins as Daddy Warbucks, Sara Tompkins as Miss Hannigan and Brittany Phillips as Grace Farrell. "Annie" is under the direction of Mr. Jeff Burkett, Student Director / Choreographer Jessica Williams, Stage Manager Sarah Barnard, and Costume Designer Mr. Tim Hutchins. Tickets will be available at the door; adults-$3.00 and students/children-$2.00.

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