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Blue Ridge Elementary Welcomes New Faculty
Scholarships For After School Program
Local To Host Exchange Student
Amanda Fallon Is S U Cheerleader

Blue Ridge Elementary Welcomes New Faculty

The 2005-06 school year at Blue Ridge Elementary has brought seven new faculty to the building.

Laurie Klenchik is the new Life Skills teacher and a returning alumnus of Blue Ridge. She is a recent graduate of Marywood University and is looking forward to working with students teaching them skills needed to perform better.

Janelle Mead also comes to Blue Ridge as an alumnus after graduation from The University of Scranton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Last year, Ms. Mead was the Gifted Coordinator for the District, and this year is very excited to be teaching a third grade class.

Sharon Watkins has a teaching certificate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. She has thirteen years teaching experience and is thrilled to be a third grade teacher at Blue Ridge School District. She loves to expose children to a variety of life-long learning experiences and hopes kids will feel the "electricity" she gives off when teaching.

Pictured (l-r) are:  Brandi Pitcher, Lauri Klenchik Cheryl Farrell; back row – Janelle Mead, Nana Pietriyk, Sarah Sienko, Sharon Watkins.

Sarah Sienko, a graduate of Blue Ridge, joins the staff after teaching five years in the Anne Arundel County School District, Annapolis, Maryland. She received her degree from East Stroudsburg University and attended Towson University prior to her move. Sarah will be the Elementary Title One Math teacher. She looks forward to working with the students to strengthen their math skills.

Brandy Pitcher is a third grade teacher who resides in Great Bend. Brandy, after completing her B.S. from Lock Haven University, taught students in Baltimore City Public Schools and also students in local districts through the Trehab Center and End of Day After School Program in Montrose. She looks forward to learning and incorporating fun things together with her class this year!

Nana Pietriyk has been appointed to the position of Gifted Coordinator. Ms. Pietriyk is a recent graduate of Keystone College. She is excited about the school year and hopes to make it enjoyable and challenging for her students. Through extended curriculum content, guest speakers, and outreach experiences she hopes to motivate her students to do their best and extend their own personal limits

Cheryl Farrell comes to Blue Ridge with 6 years experience teaching grades K-6. Cheryl earned a BS/BA in Finance from Shippensburg University, and her Masters in Elementary Education from Marywood University. During the 2004-2005 school year, Mrs. Farrell worked in Elementary Art, Seventh Grade Learning Support, and Kindergarten at Blue Ridge. She is very happy and excited to be a part of the staff in the Blue Ridge Elementary School. Mrs. Farrell is teaching first grade and is looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled year.

The Blue Ridge Elementary Community welcomes the highly qualified new faculty and looks forward to having them share their enthusiasm and experience with students.

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Scholarships For After School Program

End of Day (EOD) is a nonprofit organization providing age appropriate childcare in the after school hours at Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Lathrop Street Elementary Schools. EOD is open every day that school is open. Children are provided with a nutritious snack, homework help and time to learn and play.

Through the generosity of the Talbot Hall Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, EOD has tuition assistance and full scholarships available for the 2005-2006 school year. There are several openings at both the Elk Lake and Blue Ridge sites and one or two at the Lathrop Street site. Please call Rachel Bartron, Director of Programs, at 278–6877 or 278–1482 if you are interested in enrolling your child in the program.

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Local To Host Exchange Student

Armando Vivenzio of Merida, Venezuela, a P.E.A.C.E. student ambassador, will be spending the 2005-06 academic year attending Susquehanna Community High School and living with a local host family, Robin Plant of Thompson. Armando’s interests are playing soccer, basketball, cooking, hiking.

P.E.A.C.E. (ProAmerican Educational And Cultural Exchange) is a Christian-oriented nonprofit exchange student program with US State Department designation specializing in US-Latin American placements.

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Amanda Fallon Is S U Cheerleader

Selinsgrove, PA – Amanda Fallon of Thompson, PA, is a member of the 2005 cheerleading squad at Susquehanna University.

The Susquehanna cheerleaders, skilled in dancing, gymnastics and stunting, are under the direction of head coach Jennifer Botchie. The 14-member squad performs at all home and away football games and all men’s and women’s home basketball games. The cheerleaders are selling orange and maroon Mardi Gras beads at football games in honor of New Orleans, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross for disaster relief.

Amanda, a sophomore biology major, is a 2004 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School where she was also a member and captain of the cheerleading team. She is the daughter of Mark and Lorie Fallon.

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