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New York City actress Lily Mercer is currently Blue Ridge School Districts Artist in Residence. Her residence brings to area students and community an experienced actress whose career has been on stage, in film and television. The four-week residency will engage all Kindergarten classes as the core group. The students, under the direction of Ms. Mercer, will be developing a five play presentation. The play presentations, titled, Fractured Fairy Tales, are based on stories the children are familiar with. The stories are: The Little Girl Who Cried Wolf, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Secret Life of Humpty Dumpty. The children, with the assistance of Ms. Mercer, are constructing play props and sets for their production. The students will be presenting their theatrical works in the school auditorium on February 26, at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend and enjoy what the students have learned and will be performing.
After completing her residency with the Kindergartners, Ms Mercer will conduct an acting/theater residency for the Middle School and High School students. Middle School and High School teachers, Miss Reed, French and exploratory Chinese, and Mr. Ostrowski, 12th grade English, will be hosting Ms. Mercer for the month of March. They will be focusing on various acting techniques which will bring the subjects alive for the students. The goal of the artist in residence is to engage the students in active learning in a new and creative way.
Ms. Mercers residence is made possible through support from the PTO and a grant from NEIU 19 and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Former Elk Lake High School graduate, DJ Wooden performed for junior high students in an assembly on Friday, January 23. Wooden, who was a captain of the 1982 Runner-up State Champions Basketball team, a baseball team member and musician, graduated from Elk Lake in 1982. He was a member of Chorus, Swing Chorus, All-County Chorus and played tuba and bass guitar in band when in high school. Students were entertained for forty-five minutes with karaoke tunes by the former student. DJ opened the assembly with the tune "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady," a blast from the past, and had the students dancing in the aisles to Ricky Martin in the end.
Pictured (l-r) are: Clint Tyler, Mrs. Kimberly Wooden, Graham Wooden, DJ Wooden, Bryce Wooden.
DJ graduated from Keystone College, and now works with troubled youth at Camp Brace, a New York State facility. He resides in New York with his wife, Kimberly and two sons.
Susquehanna Community High School is pleased to announce that Drew Crawford (pictured), son of Ronald and Susan Crawford of Susquehanna, was recently certified in the Word component of the Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) program. The MOUS certification proves expertise in all components of Microsoft Office. Educators and business professionals around the world recognize recipients of this valuable credential as proficient in desktop computing skills.
On a frigid January 9, fifty-two students from grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Elk Lake School met to compete in this years national geographic bee. The temperature was a frigid 1° outside but inside, the questions kept each participant warm and thinking.
Pictured (l-r) are: Mr. Mallery, Jr. High School Principal; Jeff Madrak; Mr. Cutri, Social Studies Teacher.
After five rounds of competition, only five students remained: Doug Cooper - grade 6, Jeff Madrak, Allan Saravitz and Ross Williams - grade 7, and Zeb Ridall - grade 8. In the final round, Elk Lakes new geography bee champion, Jeff Madrak was crowned. Jeffs winning question was: One of the largest steel arch bridges in the world is located in the harbor of Australias largest city. Name this city. The correct answer is Sydney. Good luck to Jeff, as he will now move on to the state round of the national geographic bee.
Congratulations to all 52 participants in this years bee.
Erick Stone and Steve Casella, two students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, recently participated in an Automotive Troubleshooting Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Automotive Dealers Association.
Stone and Casella qualified for this competition by taking a written examination last December. Approximately one hundred students from technical schools around the state took the written exam. The top two scores from each school were combined as a team score with the top ten teams advancing to the practical portion of the competition held at the Cumberland Perry Vocational Technical School in Mechanicsburg, PA on February 17.
Stone, a student from Susquehanna Community High School and Casella, a student from the Lackawanna Trail High School, worked as a team to place second overall in the state finals, finishing only five points out of first.
Jim Cimino, the automotive instructor at SCCTC, is very pleased with the results. It is a situation not unlike a single A school competing against double or triple A schools in athletic events. "This is the best finish weve ever had in this competition," said Cimino.
Stone and Casella received numerous awards including a $200 gift certificate from Snap-On Tools for each of them and a $1,000 scholarship to the post-secondary technical school of their choice. Stone is planning to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology and Casella is planning to attend Johnson College. Both students will be majoring in Automotive Technology.
Programs at SCCTC are open to adults and high school students in grades ten through twelve. The following high schools send students to SCCTC for various vocational-technical programs: Blue Ridge High School, Elk Lake High School, Lackawanna Trail High School, Montrose Area High School, Susquehanna Community High School and Tunkhannock Area High School. Adult students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to determine the adult students financial aid eligibility for various programs at SCCTC. For additional information on SCCTC, call 278-9229.
Have you heard of the No Child Left Behind legislation? Do you know how this law impacts your childs school? Are you familiar with the content assessed on the PSSA?
If you answered no to any of these questions and would like to find out more information on the PSSA and the No Child Left Behind legislation, you are invited to attend an informational presentation at the Susquehanna Community High School, March 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. This informational program is open to all parents and guardians.
Forest City Regional High School is hosting the ninth annual Endless Mountains Counselors Association College Fair on Wednesday, April 7, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Students from area high schools in grades 9-11 are invited to attend. The Endless Mountains Counselors Association sponsors the fair to provide area students with the opportunity to speak with representatives from public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, and branches of the Armed Services. Students in grades 9 and 10 can continue their career exploration and begin to formulate post-high school plans. Juniors can get a head start on the Fall, 2004 application season by speaking personally with representatives of their choice. For more information and directions to the Forest City Region High School, contact your high school counselor or call the Forest City Regional office at (570) 7852442.
The SCHS Theater Department will present the hit Broadway Musical Damn Yankees on April 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
The play, based on the Douglas Wallop novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant" takes us back to the year 1955. The fate of the Washington Senators baseball team is changed by the mysterious arrival of a baseball phenomenon, Joe Hardy, who has made a deal with the devil. Featuring a terrific score, which includes the memorable songs "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal MO," "Heart," "Together" and "Whatever Lola Wants," Damn Yankees promises to provide a fun filled evening of entertainment for the entire family.
In addition to the talented and experienced school cast, some surprise guest actors will be featured. Raffle tickets will be available each night for a basket of baseball memorabilia. Refreshments will be available, including a special coffee and cake stand with proceeds benefiting the theater department.
Advance ticket sales for all three nights are available by calling the school at 853-4921 ext. 2344 or 2399 or 853-4692. Early reservations are appreciated to guarantee seating. Adults: $6.00, Student/Senior Citizens: $5:00.
Following is the Forest City Regional High School Honor Roll, announced by Anthony Rusnak, high school principal, for the second marking period of the 2003-04 school year.
GRADE 7- HIGH HONORS: Jaclyn Arrigan, Marcella Baileys, Kelsey Logar, Chelsea Lucchesi, Kristen Majdic, Michael Pasternak, Jacklyn Smith, Kelsey Trichilo.
GRADE 7 - HONOR ROLL: Paige Baron, Ryan Baron, Jessica Butler, Amanda Cino, Lindsey Dragwa, Adam Dyno, Megan Jones, Wade Malicky, Cheryl Pantzar, Cassidy Strickland, Joseph Terry.
GRADE 8 - HIGH HONORS: Nicholas Baileys, Ashley Dix, Michael Forsette, Christine Guzzi, Ashley Hofer, Mary Scheller, Matthew Silfee.
GRADE 8 - HONOR ROLL: Heather Cook, Kristy Kitchura, Lindsey Luchonok, Christopher Nebzydoski, Danielle Nebzydoski, Chelsea Soltus.
GRADE 9 - HIGH HONORS: Katelyn Brothwell, Michael Gulbin, Marlie Martines, Michael McGraw, Tara McGraw, Mickayla McHale, Justin Pisarcik, Tiffany Tyson, Adrianna Wallace, Sarah Zedar.
GRADE 9 - HONOR ROLL: Dominic Cino, Georgia Galvin, Jenna Kilmer, Danielle Long, Nicole Mead, Jennifer Murnin, Taylor Myer, Kelsey Pazanski, Jared Pisarcik, Jason Pisarcik, Jaclyn Skubic, Amanda White.
GRADE 10 - HIGH HONORS: Kenneth Bennett, Tiffany Butler, David Costanzo, Michelle Giles, Laura Heck, Tara Martines, Kathryn Nebzydoski, Robyn Powell, Daniel Rokavec, Stephanie Sterchak.
GRADE 10 - HONOR ROLL: Matthew Amacio, Joshua Balch, Joseph Grecco, Heidi Lehmann, Bianca Marino, Suzanne Paul, Tasha Quick, Steven Scavone, Michael Zack.
GRADE 11 - HIGH HONORS: Jeffrey Mead, Matthew Pisarcik, Amanda Rizner, Rachel Terry, Jonathan Torch.
GRADE 11 - HONOR ROLL: Michael Green, Sara Heller, Heather Herbst, Dane Kozlevcar, Nicole Marsicano, Ann Nebzydoski, William Orasin, Roseann Paul, Rachael Roeckel, Michael Tammero.
GRADE 12 - HIGH HONORS: Dana Bennett, Megan Chesnick, Marissa Cino, Rachel Herbst, Jillian Martines.
GRADE 12 - HONORS: Glenn Andersen, Shawn Brothwell, Katherine Drop, Elizabeth Pasternak, Jonathan Poterjoy, June Saul, Seth Wasnock.
Selinsgrove, PA Katie Hawley, a junior accounting major, daughter of James and Penny Hawley, Montrose, has been named to the Deans List for the 2003 fall semester at Susquehanna University. To qualify for the Deans List, students must achieve a minimum 3.4 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 for the semester, while completing a minimum of 12 semester hours.
If your child will be five before September 1, 2004, he/she may register for kindergarten at the Mountain View Elementary School on April 20, 21, and 22.
A set of registration papers will be sent to everyone on the pre-school list in order to make registration go faster. If you do not receive a packet by March 31, please call the Mountain View Elementary School (434-2181, Ext. 439) for an appointment.
You will have the opportunity to meet the school nurse, the speech therapist, the elementary guidance counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and the elementary principal. Your child will also have a vision screening.
A meeting for parents prior to registration is planned for Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m.
If you believe that your school-age or pre-school aged child may be in need of special education and related services, please arrange for a screening or evaluation. The programs and evaluations are at no cost to the parents. For parents of pre-school aged children, call Katheryn Bonomo at 1-800-228-1750, for parents of school-aged children, please call Mary Hvezda at 434-2181.
Mansfield, PA A total of 208 degrees were awarded during Mansfield Universitys 139th commencement ceremonies in December.
Following are the names of the graduates from our locale achieving the milestone.
Nathaniel Craige, Montrose, with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration and Travel and Tourism.
David Empet, Kingsley, with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration and Marketing.
Patricia Tierney, Hallstead, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.
The Susquehanna Community School District is sponsoring its annual Math/Science Exposition on March 20, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in the elementary gymnasium. The Exposition features displays and/or demonstrations by local businesses or organizations and student developed projects and demonstrations.
The Exposition is intended to be fun and educational for both students (grades K - 12), and community members by incorporating school, business and industry and civic organizations. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to show how math and science are related to their field by sponsoring a booth with informational handouts, displays, and/or hands-on activities. Sponsorship of special awards for outstanding student projects is another way that businesses and organizations can become involved in the Exposition. Sponsors of special awards are invited to select the recipient of their award and present it to the individual at the conclusion of the Exposition. If a sponsor cannot attend the Exposition, other arrangements can be made to present the sponsor's award.
Students will showcase their math and science knowledge based on classroom experience and individual research. Students explore diverse topics and it is always a treat to see their unique insights into the natural world. Some of the titles from last year's top prize winners include: "Environmental Factors and Skin Aging," by Tara Flor, "Cow vs. Horse Manure," by Dan Downton, "Shoe Size and Agility," by Chris Cavanaugh, "Babies, Toddlers, and Mozart," by Abralyn Stone, "Water, the Mind Motivator," by Rachael Ballard, and "Does Laughter Affect Blood Pressure," by Ryan Dubas.
Student and community involvement is the key to making the annual Math/Science Exposition a success. If your organization wishes to participate on March 20th, or for more information, contact Anastasia Zabielski or Carolee Slocum at the Susquehanna Community School District, (570) 853-4921.
Following is the Mountain View High School second period Honor Roll for the 2003-04 school year.
GRADE 7: Elaine Arsenault, Benjimin Baker, Shawnna Benedict, Darlene Bloxham, Sarah Bradley, Calla Bufford, Jamie Buzzerd, Justin Cerra, Michael Conklin, David Corbin, Bryce Edwards, Jessie Green, Timothy Harmer, Jordan Harvey, Joseph Harvey, Misty Karhnak, Richard Keogh, David Krisauskas, Michelle Lahnemann, Erika Lewis, Scott Martens, Daisy Matulevich, Brittany McGraw, Chase McLaud, William Merritt, Brandon Miller, Michael Oakley, William Owens, Alexander Pashchuk, Stephanie Peterka, Felicia Prehn, Kenneth Robbins, Brian Robinson, Amanda Schmidt, Jessica Short, Suzanne Skurnowicz, Marissa Smith, Donald Tantanella, Dylan Taylor, Shelbey Twining, Ashly Vieira, Eileen Walker, Jacqueline Wayman, Stewart Wenhold IV, Colleen Whitaker.
GRADE 8: Alecia Beeman, Maura Bocan, Allison Bodt, Anna Chichura, Gina Cicco, Brianna Esslinger, Nicole Feduchak, Benjamin Garrison, Carly Gaughan, Kelly Griffin, Joshua Harris, Kyle Holgate, Brendan Holleran, Joshua Jarnagin, Bradley Kavetski, Amy Kern, Emily Klees, Patrick Lambert, Brian Lockwood, Dustin Mack, Amanda Makosky, Zachary Matulevich, Matthew Morgan, Justin Moser, Andrew Nichols, Wade Nordahl, Saleta Oakley, Brooke Peterka, Matthew Powers, Kelly Rafferty, Kendra Rafferty, Nicole Rhodes, Erin Robinson, Megan Shipsky, Zach Vanderburg, Rachel Vauter, Justina Wadge, Andrew Wnuk, Christina Zick.
GRADE 9: Sarah Bishop, Melinda Chidester, Cody Chrzan, John Corbin, Gregory Dmohoski, Julio Faramelli, Diipali Figgles, Meghan Gardoski, Derek Gelormini, Steven Gillman, Sonya Greenberg, Kenneth Jesse, Sarah Knowlton, Chad Lasher, Jaclyn McCawley, Julie Novak, Adam Oakley, Jeffrey Oakley, Hilary Shinn, Brendan Smith, Nicholas Stoud, Whitney Twining.
GRADE 10: Tegan Aherne, Donald Belcher, Timothy Bennett, Sierra Buck, Jacquelyn Buzzerd, Robin Cobb, Andrew Conrad, Ashley DelGuercio, Nicole Durland, Jenna Fancher, Leon Feduchak, Elizabeth Ficken, Kerri Green, Colleen Griffin, Benjamin Griffiths, Joseph Johnson, Luke Kavka, April Kern, Margaret Klees, Ashley Krizauskas, Darek Ladden, Matthew Latwinski, Shaynna Mack, Amanda Marcy, Bethany Martens, Caitlyn McBride, Jody Molenko, Stacy Morrison, Alicia Oakley, Matthew Panasevich, Luke Parraga, Rebecca Phelps, Beatty Price, Jessica Rudock, Hayley Salansky, Jessica Speth, Marc Wheeler, Brittany Wilkins, Whitney Williams.
GRADE 11: Daniel Arthur, Dawn Belcher, Amanda Breese, Crystal Butcher, Sarah Button, Nicholas Cicco, Stephanie Doty, Amanda Estabrook, Lee Faramelli, Matthew Georgetti, Ashley Gregory, Stephen Kane, John Madas, Brandy Oakley, Kristen Olcese, Melinda Owens, Beth Pelton, Aaron Peterka, Felisha Schaffer, Anne Stankevich, Spenser Stoud, Ashley Thatcher, Benjamin Vauter, Emily Wise.
GRADE 12: Brandon Bennett, Danielle Benson, Rachel Blood, Samantha Bode, Carrie Calabro, Holly Corbin, Timothy Cramer, Suzanne Creps, Erin Davis, CaseyAnn Decker, Erica Drake, Kelly Finan, Thomas Gardner, Emily Gelatt, Karen Go, Michael Hancock, Jeanette Harvey, Christian Hayes, Megan Henry, Jaimie Himka, Megan Holleran, Megan Kelly, Adele Kryger, Amber LaMont, Brandi Luck, Emily McBride, Kristy Mellor, Christine Misiura, David Morales, Amy Pencek, Emily Resseguie, Cari Reynolds, Benjamin Schack, Kristen Shipsky, Leah Simko, Alana Speth.
Wilkes-Barre - Wilkes University Provost Maravene Loeschke announces the Deans List for the Fall 2003 semester. Students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and achieve a 3.4 grade point average. The following students are from our area: Michael Crawford, Susquehanna; Alicia Demer, Susquehanna; Melissa Mayhew, Susquehanna.
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