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Students from Blue Ridge, Forest City and Montrose School Districts and several of their teachers gathered at Montrose Area High School to begin their internship in the Lehigh University Internship and Development (LUCID) program with a summer workshop on wireless communications. The workshop was held from July 26-August 3. Dr. Shalinee Kishore introduced the students to core principles of several wireless technologies, including cellular telephony, global positioning systems, and WiFi Internet service. The workshop instruction precedes an opportunity for students to participate in hands-on research regarding multi-tier wireless networks in Susquehanna County. The workshop also accommodated several adults interested in learning about wireless technologies.
Susquehanna County is collaborating with Lehigh University by offering the County as the primary application area for LUCID research and outreach efforts. The research effort will examine and develop novel wireless techniques for communicating effectively in hilly forested, sparsely populated rural areas. The outreach effort, which began with this workshop, will educate county residents in wireless technology and its applicability to county needs. Based on these two efforts, Lehigh will design a multi-tier, wireless architecture to improve cellular coverage, residential and commercial broadband access, and emergency response communications in the county. This will enable the county to obtain these improvements from existing providers or draw new service providers to our area.
Dr. Kishore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She obtained her Ph.D. and MA degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Kishore is the recipient of the National Science Foundations Career Award. Her research and the LUCID program is being supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and a donation from the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development.
Questions regarding the LUCID program may be directed to Dr. Kishore through the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development, (570) 278-4600, ext. 558.
The National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology Prepares the "Net" Generation in Silicon Valley. Miss Khayla Shearer, a Junior at Montrose Area School District, participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology (NYLF/TECH) in San Jose, California from July 26 through August 4, 2004. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to science and technology, Shearer joined more than 1,600 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum. Students learned first hand from leading business professionals about the many needs of the work force, including writing software, building systems networks, managing web hosting companies and developing the next generation of cutting-edge technology. Shearer was also charged with solving some of the most pressing obstacles facing our society through technological innovations.
"The field of technology faces its future everyday. Students like Khayla Shearer know that, and are taking the vital steps now to becoming leaders of the never-ending, never-slowing and always-changing field of technology," said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF. "The National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology is designed to provide these students with more than a glimpse of the tech industry. These students are interacting with the best of the best and are also creating partnerships and networks critical to the business world in which they will operate."
Throughout the forum on technology, Shearer and fellow participants pinpointed problems affecting our society today and presented creative methods of solving these problems in a trade show format called the Tech Solutions Expo. Shearer's group worked on the problem of solving dead links on the internet by inventing the "Dead Link Doctor." Such timely issues as voting, performance enhancing drugs, soldierless war, art restoration, digital media and piracy, educational and workforce tools for disabled persons, fuel cell automobiles and medical nanotechnology were considered as the students created imaginative and inspired campaigns to answer some of our world's key challenges. The students also heard from Laura Wallace, general manager for Microsoft's Northern California region. Some of the most renowned companies and best institutions of learning in the country opened their doors to NYLF/TECH.
Khayla commented, "I want to thank all of those people who believed in me and assisted in making this trip to the technology forum a reality for me. I learned a lot and made many new friends. It was an experience I will never forget."
Khayla, from Friendsville, is the daughter of Marise and Steve Shearer.
The Forest City Regional School District believes that it is the responsibility of the school to prepare students for their role in society. Whether a student begins work or goes on to some form of higher education after graduation, his/her appearance plays an important role in securing those positions. Therefore, establishing good grooming and appearance habits should be developed throughout a students years in school. To ensure that both the home and school can take pride in the appearance of students, all students are expected to be appropriately dressed, well groomed, neat and fully clothed.
The dress of students should always be in good taste. At no time are students to wear anything that distracts from the educational process or presents a health or safety hazard. Likewise, students are required to wear all clothing necessary to prevent distractions from the educational process and to avoid health and/or safety hazards. Above all, students are required to maintain cleanliness. According to the Pennsylvania School Code, Title 22, Section 12.11, Part D, "students have the responsibility to keep themselves, their clothes, and their hair clean. School officials may impose limitations on student participation in the regular instructional program where there is evidence that the lack of cleanliness constitutes a health hazard."
They ask all students cooperation in following these guidelines. Of primary concern beyond safety and security are neatness and cleanliness. Comfort and variety can certainly be found within these guidelines. Students are encouraged to obtain interpretation of the dress code from the administration in advance if they are in doubt about certain articles of clothing or accessories. Violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action (starting with a warning) and require a parent or guardian to provide appropriate dress on request.
Various instructional departments in the school (i.e. science, technology education, physical education, family and consumer sciences, etc.) will institute specific dress code guidelines for demonstration and hands-on activities to ensure student safety during these educational experiences.
Parents and students can read the specific policy when they receive their 2004-2005 Handbook.
Following is the Mountain View High School fourth marking period Honor Roll for the 2003-04 school year, submitted August 3.
GRADE 7: Elaine Arsenault, Shawnna Benedict, Darlene Bloxham, Sarah Bradley, Calla Bufford, Justin Cerra, Michael Conklin, David Corbin, Bryce Edwards, James Gething, Timothy Harmer, Jordan Harvey, Misty Karhnak, Richard Keogh, Michelle Lahnemann, Erika Lewis, Scott Martens, Macy Matthews, Daisy Matulevich, Brittany McGraw, William Merritt, Brandon Miller, Jessica Okeefe, William Owens, Alexander Pashchuk, Felicia Prehn, Kenneth Robbins, Brian Robinson, Amanda Schmidt, Jessica Short, Suzanne Skurnowicz, Donald Tantanella, Shelbey Twining, Ashly Vieira, Jacqueline Wayman.
GRADE 8: Alecia Beeman, Maura Bocan, Allison Bodt, Alisha Burgess, Anna Chichura, Krystal Chubirka, Gina Cicco, Nicole Feduchak, Carly Gaughan, Kelly Griffin, Joshua Harris, Kyle Holgate, Joshua Jarnagin, Amy Kern, Emily Klees, Patrick Lambert, Brian Lockwood, Amanda Makosky, Zachary Matulevich, Matthew Morgan, Justin Moser, Andrew Nichols, Saleta Oakley, Justine Pevec, Corey Rehkop, Kristin Repchick, Nicole Rhodes, Erin Robinson, Ashlee Sherman, Megan Shipsky, Justina Wadge, Michael Walsh, Michelle Wedin, A'Leia Weida, Andrew Wnuk, Christina Zick.
GRADE 9: Melinda Chidester, John Corbin, Kyle Davidson, Julio Faramelli, Diipali Figgles, Meghan Gardoski, Derek Gelormini, Steven Gillman, Sonya Greenberg, Kenneth Jesse, Sarah Knowlton, Jaclyn McCawley, Julie Novak, Adam Oakley, Jeffrey Oakley, Matthew Potter, Hilary Shinn, Brendan Smith, Melanie Smith, Lucas Tantanella, Jocelyn Thomas, Roger Weida.
GRADE 10: Tegan Aherne, Donald Belcher, Jonathan Bennett, Timothy Bennett, Sierra Buck, Jacquelyn Buzzerd, Ashley DelGuercio, Shanna Eshelman, Jenna Fancher, Leon Feduchak, Colleen Griffin, Luke Kavka, April Kern, Margaret Klees, Joseph Kochmer, Ashley Krizauskas, Shaynna Mack, Amanda Marcy, Caitlyn McBride, Jody Molenko, Kenneth Morcom, Stacy Morrison, Luke Parraga, Rebecca Phelps, Jenna Regan, Jessica Speth, Colin Tallet, Jessica Wedin, Marc Wheeler, Whitney Williams.
GRADE 11: Chad Batzel, Amanda Breese, Crystal Butcher, Sarah Button, Nicholas Cicco, Amanda Estabrook, Christopher Ford, Marissa Franchak, Sean Frankovsky, Kristopher Gardner, Matthew Georgetti, Ashley Gregory, Shawna Hill, Audrey Johnson, Douglas Jones, Stephen Kane, John Madas, Jeffrey Mennig, Brandy Oakley, Kristin Olcese, Melinda Owens, Kyle Parsons, Beth Pelton, Aaron Peterka, Anne Stankevich, Benjamin Vauter.
GRADE 12: Brandon Bennett, Danielle Benson, Samantha Bode, Holly Corbin, Timothy Cramer, Suzanne Creps, CaseyAnn Decker, Larissa Fallon, Kelly Finan, Thomas Gardner, Karen Kaye Go, Michael Hancock, Christian Hayes, Megan Henry, Megan Holleran, Adele Kryger, Hollis Lewis, Emily McBride, Kristy Mellor, Michael Molenko, Joseph Mordent III, Amy Pencek, Daniel Pompey, Emily Resseguie, Cari Reynolds, Kristen Shipsky, Leah Simko.
Forty parents, students, and taxpayers attended a meeting at Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday, August 12 to discuss the school dress code that was recently mailed to parents. Most parents and students present were disgruntled by the fact that they have already purchased school clothes for their children that they feel are appropriate, yet do not meet the new dress code requirements.
The purpose of this parent meeting was to stop misinformed complaints from bombarding school personnel and help parents to take an active part in the decisions made with regard to student affairs. It is the hope of this group that the district board of directors, administrators, and staff take parent input seriously and work together for a positive outcome that best suits all concerned.
Several suggested changes were reached as group decisions and will be submitted to the board of directors prior to the next school board meeting.
All dress codes essentially come down to basic interpretation. While these parents agree that a dress code is necessary, it needs to be flexible enough to fit the economic situation of its students. To have interpretations be as fair and consistent as possible for all students it was suggested that any dress code problems or questions be referred directly to the Principals office without further discussion between staff members and students. The principal office secretaries can then make a 15 second decision, referring to the dress code policy if needed and resolve most issues then and there without further interrupting the daily education process. Parents can be notified that day of any problems and if further action is necessary then the principal can be contacted.
Parents are not trying to "make a mountain out of a mole hill" here. Parents simply want a common sense dress code that can be simply and consistently enforced.
Interested parents are asked to contact their local school board representatives with constructive suggestions.
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