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Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal at Elk Lake School, is pleased to announce the January, 2005 Student of the Month Award winners.
Pictured (l-r) are: sitting – Kirsten Hollister, Rebecka Oakes, Laura Gacha, Veronica Head, Brandon Carter; standing – Tim Marbaker, Dalton Miller, RJ Troxell, Kelsey Caines, Samantha Stevens, Kayla Fassett, John Hager.
Students in third and fourth grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as Student Of The Month from four different areas: academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.
Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.
Elk Lake Junior High Principal, Mr. Brain Mallery, is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as January, 2005 Students of the Month.
Pictured (l-r) are: seated – Karley Caines, Kayla Fuller, Kiah Snow, Bryan Kasperitis, Colleen Handy; standing – Amanda Adams, Colin Burridge, Tracy Tidabock, Mr. Mallery, Lee Johnson, Jeremiah Layaou, Kaydee Oliver.
Students of the month are selected by nomination of any student in grades 7-9 by a teacher for outstanding achievement. The students must show individual effort, community and school wide effort, as well as effort in the classroom.
Other important criteria includes: a showing of personal growth, skill development, dedication, leadership, academic growth and improvement, school service and community service.
During the month of February, artist Lisa Facciponti has been in residency at Blue Ridge Elementary. Ms. Facciponti has been working with the second graders, integrating storytelling, drumming and dance to explore four different world cultures: Latin American, Celtic, West African and Israeli. The students explored their culture’s traditions through geography, storytelling, music, foods, textiles, and dance. Their newly acquired knowledge will be presented in an evening performance to demonstrate the cultural traditions of their regions. Ms. Helper’s class will present stories, drumming and song from the West African Culture. Ms. Theopolis’ student’s will present stories from Latin America, and use the Spanish language to demonstrate a Spanish game. Ms. Levine’s class will present Jewish tales and an Israeli dance. Ms. Yurgosky’s students have researched the appearance of a Celtic warrior’s costume, and will be sharing a Celtic dance, song and stories. The performance will be held on Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. It is free of charge and the community is welcome.
Blue Ridge Second Graders: Dannel Cicon, Kellen Tangora, Nick Kogut, Kristen Opet, Christina Fuller, Casey Purdum.
Ms. Facciponti is a Pennsylvania Artist in Residence who guides students through an artful immersion of the various cultures. She encourages them to experience the cultures’ beauty, sound, stories and color through their visions and senses. The residency also exposes the students to their own cultural heritage and its contribution to the development of our country.
Ms. Facciponti’s residency is sponsored by the NEIU 19 partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Ms. Facciponti presents performances, workshops, and residencies all over the Eastern United States. She can be reached at (570) 619-6561.
During the past three months, students at Blue Ridge Elementary in grades 2-5 have had art experiences centered on the Japanese culture. Since their art teacher, Mrs. Tersteeg, returned from her Fulbright experience in Japan, students have been anxious to see and hear about her journey. They started by viewing Mrs. Tersteeg’s photos of Japan’s cultural sites and activities she participated in, schools, and Japanese children and teachers she met.
After traveling into cyberspace to learn about the Japanese language and to view Japanese students practicing painting their language characters, 3rd and 4th graders painted their own. 4th and 5th graders studied the Japanese tea ceremony, and at the conclusion of the Japanese unit were hosted by Mrs. Tersteeg to a Japanese tea ceremony using ceramic tea bowls, plates, and chopstick rests that they created. 3rd graders were treated to a fashion show of kimonos that Mrs. Tersteeg modeled to gain insight into the costumes’ color, patterns and shape in order to design their own Japanese kimonos. 2nd graders enjoyed viewing Japanese scroll paintings that Mrs. Tersteeg brought back from Japan and enthusiastically created their own.
5th Grade studen’s Kalya Muzzy and Shawn Darrow enjoy their Japanese Tea Ceremony trying their hand at using chopsticks.
Along with creating their Japanese works of art the students were exposed to many items that Mrs. Tersteeg presented to them to view and discuss. They counted Japanese yen, reviewed a daily Japanese newspaper, looked at several Japanese children’s textbooks, tried some of the foods that the Japanese children ate, and listened to Japanese music.
Pictured (l-r) are 3rd Grade students L to R: Sarah Yarosh, Logan Ellis, Justin Carpenter and Jacob Sutton displaying their Kimono designs with Mrs. Tersteeg
Students at Blue Ridge Elementary look forward to sharing their Japanese experiences though photos that Mrs. Tersteeg took and will send to her host Japanese elementary school for the children in Japan enjoy.
Mrs. Tersteeg will be presenting a slide show of her trip and her students’ work at the April 11 PTO meeting. Many of the 2nd and 3rd grade Japanese art projects will be on display at this year’s Artists, Actors and Authors Night, May 26.
Three seniors at Susquehanna Community High School recently completed their Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) Training Program. Genny Gulley, Laura Plant and Emma Seamans (all pictured above l-r), members of the SCHS Class of 2005 participated in and successfully completed a 120 hour training program sponsored by Barnes Kasson Hospital.
The PinkRose Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce Kimberly Farr (pictured) of Jackson was awarded a one thousand dollar PinkRose scholarship to pursue her educational dream at Johnson College. The PinkRose scholarship honors all the lives lost to breast cancer and assists the surviving children to achieve an education.
Richard Thomas Skarbez, son of Joan and Thomas Skarbez of Browndale, graduated with Honors from the Pennsylvania State University in December, 2004.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Engineering and the Schreyer Honors College with a Major in Computer Engineering. He graduated with dual Minors in Mathematics from the Eberly College of Science and Philosophy from the College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Skarbez will pursue a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence in the fall. Rick was Valedictorian of the Class of 2000 at Forest City Regional High School.
Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month for February, 2005.
Kindergarten: Mrs. Johnson - Rhonda Phillips; Mrs. Ogeka - Kyle Donovan; Mrs. Rhone - Darren Davies; Mrs. Small - Dillon Marshman; Mrs. Whitehead- Darrick Kelly.
Grade 1: Miss Bowman - Morgan Wood; Mrs. Button - Ty Herbert; Mrs. Reese - Lexi Button; Mrs. Scott - Jordan Goff; Mrs. Skal - Bailey Cramer.
Grade 2: Mrs. Hepler - Austin Darrow; Ms. Levine - McKayla Fancher; Mrs. Theophila - Dana Kruse; Mrs. Yurgosky - Gabrielle Button.
Grade 3: Mrs. Berger - Annie Davern; Mrs. Harter - Mark Oakley; Mrs. Kelly - David Connis; Miss Pease - Charlotte Hall.
Grade 4: Mrs. Bartkus - Rebecca Gardner; Mrs. Eidenier - Chris Carlsen; Mr. Goff - Sawyer Dearborn; Mr. Jones - Megan Hinkley.
Grade 5: Mrs. Buffington - Brittney Thomas; Mrs. Chamberlain - Amber Shibley; Mr. Mazikewich - Jackie Furch; Mrs. Wolfe - Emmalee Huston.
Mrs. Bleck - Nick Schell.
Mrs. Heal - Kyle Hall.
Mrs. Hitchcock - Ariel Braungard.
Mrs. Suchy - Heidi Fitch.
Mrs. Klenchik - Sean Acker.
Ben Frye of Susquehanna was selected to participate in the PMEA District Jazz Festival. The festival was held at Valley View High School, February 26 and 27. Eighteen students from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties were selected to participate. Ben was the only drummer. He was accompanied to the festival by Mrs. Teresa Marino, a faculty member at Susquehanna. He is a senior at Susquehanna Community High School, where he has been involved with the school band for eight years, and also has taken lessons for Tony Monforte, Binghamton, NY; for six years. Ben plans to attend SUNY Potsdam to study music.
A representative of SuperCollege will present a college admissions and financial aid seminar at the Forest City Regional High School on Tuesday, April 12. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium and will focus on future planning.
High school juniors, sophomores, and their parents, as well as all others interested are invited to attend. Undecided seniors and their parents are also encouraged to participate.
“How to Get into and Pay for College” is a free workshop for parents and students with college experts Gen and Kelly Tanabe. It will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. in the Forest City Regional School Auditorium
Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the award-winning authors of Get into Any College and Get Free Cash for College. Accepted by every school to which they applied, including all of the Ivy League colleges, they won more than $100,000 in scholarships to graduate from Harvard, debt-free. They will help students choose the perfect college, write a powerful application and essay, understand the importance of grades, test scores and activities, learn how to win scholarships and maximize financial aid options.
High school juniors, sophomores, and their parents, as well as all others interested are invited to attend. Undecided seniors and their parents are also encouraged to participate. Participants in the workshop will receive a fee college tip sheet.
Lisa Marie Paterno, North Jackson, a freshman majoring in secondary education at Broome County Community College, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2004 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.79 (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.
Lisa Marie, a Blue Ridge High School graduate, is the daughter of George and Amelia Paterno.
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