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This October Blue Ridge Elementary Art Teacher, DeDe Tersteeg, will depart for Tokyo, Japan as a participant in the Fulbright Memorial Fund (FMF) Teacher Program. Ms. Tersteeg was selected from a national pool of over 2000 applicants by a panel of educators to earn this honor. This program allows distinguished primary and secondary educators in the U.S. to travel to Japan for three weeks in an effort to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations.
Ms. Tersteeg will be part of a group of 200 educators to go to Japan in October. Beginning their visit in Tokyo, they will receive a practical orientation on Japanese life and culture and meet with Japanese government officials and educators. They then will travel in groups of 20 to prefectures (states) throughout Japan where they will have direct contact with Japanese teachers and students during visits to primary and secondary schools as well as a teachers college. They also will visit cultural sites and local industries in addition to a home-stay with a Japanese family.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, and Mr. Michael Lisowski, Principal of Susquehanna Community High School, announce that Open House will be held on Thursday, September 16.
The Elementary School will be open on Thursday, September 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the evening for parents and other interested persons. Refreshments will be served in the Elementary Cafeteria during the evening hours.
The High School will be open on Thursday, September 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All people attending are asked to sign in upon entering each building.
Parents are reminded that individual Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled for November 18 and 19.
Fifteen area youth participated in an eight-week program this summer to gain work experience while helping out area businesses.
Guided by TREHAB, the students began their experience by attending Academic Enrichment week, which was held at Blue Ridge High School. A variety of local business professionals and military personnel volunteered to speak on subjects such as budgeting, banking, careers, financial aid, military service, and health care issues. They also obtained American Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid Basics.
Barnes Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna Borough, Tri-Boro Municipal Authority, Susquehanna Free Library, Brant's Family Restaurant, Thunder Valley Pet Pantry, Mess's Wholesale Fireworks Outlet Store, Jack A'Harts, Joe Kovitch Contracting, A B C Market, Baker's Country Store, Bingham's Family Restaurant, Blue Ridge High School, and Elk Lake High School all participated in the program.
Administered by Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission (NTRPDC) and funded through the Workforce Investment Act, the summer youth program provides work experience opportunities for youth in the area. For more information, contact Sherry Felten, Workforce Development Program Manager toll free at 888-868-8800.
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