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Heather Warneke In S U Chancel Drama
Justin Herbert On F & M Dean’s List
Lackawanna Opens New Milford Facility
Locals Graduate Mansfield Univ
Margaret Foster Urges Education Law Update
Children Receive School Readiness Backpacks
SCCTC Announces Students Of The Month
Susky Elementary Students Of The Month
Amanda Russell Makes Immaculata Dean’s list
Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month
EL Forensics Team Wins District Title
Elk Lake High School Students Of The Month

Heather Warneke In S U Chancel Drama

Heather Warneke of Thompson recently took part in Susquehanna University’s Chancel Drama production of “The Apple Tree.” Heather was the show’s assistant choreographer and a member of the show’s ensemble.

Composed of three separate acts, The Apple Tree is a musical that tells three different stories: Mark Twain’s “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” Frank R. Stockton’s “The Lady or the Tiger?” and Jules Feiffer’s “Passionella.”

Susquehanna University’s Chancel Drama is a student organization that promotes the word of God through the art of theatre. It presents an annual production at the beginning of each spring semester. The musical was presented from Thursday, January 18 to Saturday, January 20 in Susquehanna’s Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Heather, a junior broadcasting major, is a 2004 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and the daughter of Robert and Barbara Warneke.

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Justin Herbert On F & M Dean’s List

Justin William Herbert, New Milford, PA, received Dean’s List recognition for the fall, 2006 semester at Franklin & Marshall College. A student earns Dean’s List recognition for achieving a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Lackawanna Opens New Milford Facility

Lackawanna College took the next step in the process of establishing a permanent satellite center in Susquehanna County providing college credit courses leading to an associate degree to local residents. A wide variety of continuing education classes as well as professional and job training programs would be available in addition.

Pictured (l-r) at the Lackawanna College facility ribbon cutting ceremony are: Susquehanna Commissioner Jeffrey I. Loomis, Lackawanna Board Member Thomas Chamberlain, Jennifer Fifth, Assistant to the Center Director, Commissioner MaryAnn Warren, Center Director Ryan Stalker, New Milford Borough Mayor Joe Taylor, Commissioner Roberta Kelly, Joseph Rominski, architect, Lackawanna Vice President for Continuing Education Dr. Ann Marie Stelma, Lackawanna Executive Vice President Mark Volk.

Lackawanna College’s facility is open daily to provide college information, discuss courses, degrees and programs, explain financial aid options, arrange college admission as well as assist with registration for future courses in Susquehanna County or at the main campus in Scranton.

The new office is located in New Milford at 266 Main Street. It can be reached by phone at (570) 465-2344. The new facility will serve until the college’s permanent educational site is available.

Lackawanna College began exploring the feasibility of a center in Susquehanna County early last year. Members of the college’s administration met with the county commissioners and with representatives of the local school systems to exchange ideas and to determine the potential interest in a college center. To expand the range of information available, Lackawanna held a series of evening Open Houses in county high schools to hear from area residents, students and parents.

This process enabled Lackawanna to determine the genuine need for a Susquehanna County center, the types of programs and courses to be offered, the potential attendees. and the optimum location to situate a center. The college has settled on New Milford as its future location and is currently working on building and renovation plans.

Ryan Stalker has been named Director of the Susquehanna Center and Jennifer Fifth as Assistant to the Director. Mr. Stalker, who grew up in the New Milford area, earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Cedarville University in Ohio. He was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and was well known for his sports writing and photography. After graduation, he worked in the Harrisburg area as a fundraising coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and later as a strategist and researcher for several state representatives in South-Central Pennsylvania.

Ms. Fifth earned her Associate Degree in Business from Lackawanna College in May 2006. In college, she served as Treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda, a national business association, was nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Prior to her enrollment, she was employed at Bostik Findley, Inc, as an administrative assistant for 11 years until the plant closed in 2004. A lifetime resident of Susquehanna County, she was previously employed by Sandvik Materials Technology.

When opened, the new campus will offer degree and certificate programs, professional and career education, on-site business and industry training, continuing education courses, BA/BS transfer arrangements, an open enrollment policy, financial aid availability, small classes, individual attention and up to date computer facilities.

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Locals Graduate Mansfield Univ.

Following are the names of students from our county who graduated from Mansfield University following the fall, 2006 semester.

Luke Albert, Susquehanna, with a BSE in Elementary Education.

Sarah Conaty, Brackney, with a BA in Liberal Studies.

Gerard Griffin, Little Meadows, with a CTU in Special Education.

Justine Rood, New Milford, with an AAS in Radiology Technology.

Brion Stone, Thompson, with a BSE in Elementary Education.

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Margaret Foster Urges Education Law Update

Margaret S. Foster, principal of Mountain View Elementary School, joined school principals from throughout the United States to attend the Federal Relations Conference sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) in Washington, D.C. This annual event focuses on grassroots participation by school administrators who bring their views to the U.S. Congress. Citing proposed cuts in federal education funding, costly demands of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and strained state budgets, Foster urged members of the 110th Congress to make it a national priority to fully fund essential school programs that are intended to prepare students for the future. The principals visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 6 and focused their remarks on the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the congressional imperative to create a budget what will help schools and students succeed.

The principals discussed the ESEA reauthorization with their federal legislators, presenting each with a copy of NAESP’s white paper on recommendations for the law’s update that begins this year. Among the priorities cited in the document, which is the result of eight months of deliberations by NAESP’s ESEA Task Force, are support for the use of a growth model in measuring student progress over time; the use of multiple assessment methods to gauge student knowledge of core subjects; the development of a system of coordinated services in each state that would bring other agencies in to assist schools in meeting students’ physical and mental health needs; and an overall approach to federal involvement in education that is focused on teaching and learning instead of sanctions and high-stakes testing like the PSSA.

Foster also made the case for a much greater federal investment in education, especially with regard to the President’s proposed FY08 budget proposal, which cuts overall federal education funding, freezes the funding levels of many programs, and eliminates 44 programs including School Leadership and Elementary/Secondary School Counseling. The principals also urged Congress to reject the President’s plan for $300 million of fund vouchers because this policy would allocate public funds to private schools.

Sally McConnell, NAESP’s associate executive director for government relations, facilitated the conference and briefed the group on NAESP’s message to Congress. Stephanie Vance, the “Advocacy Guru,” led sessions on coalition building and effective advocacy, and Stan Collender, a managing director of Qorvis Communications’ Washington office, presented on the federal budget debate and its effect on education funding.

Foster serves as Pennsylvania’s federal relations coordinator for NAESP, a 30,000 member association of elementary and middle school principals established in 1921 and headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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Children Receive School Readiness Backpacks

As many teachers and children count down to the end of this school year, Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) is already looking ahead.  Nearly 600 youngsters in the county will start school for the first time in the fall of 2007.  CARES, area school districts, and volunteers who make up the CARES School Readiness Action Team are working to ease those first-year jitters with a special school readiness project.

Volunteers preparing School Readiness Backpacks.

This spring, every family in Susquehanna County who registers a youngster for school next year will go home with a “School Readiness Backpack.”  The clear pack is just the right size for a 4, 5 or 6 year old.  Inside, parents will find a tool guide with suggestions on preparing their child for school, a book titled “Countdown to the First Day of School” to read with their child, and a music CD of original tunes designed to help in school preparation.

Approximately 150 backpacks have already been distributed during Elk Lake and Susquehanna Community School Districts’ registrations.  The remaining backpacks will be handed out during registrations in April at Blue Ridge, Forest City Regional, Montrose and Mountain View School Districts.

Studies show children who are ready to learn by the time they start Kindergarten have a better chance of success later in life.

This countywide project was possible thanks to a grant from the United Way of Susquehanna County, which covered the costs of this pilot year.  CARES is now looking for financial support to keep this project going in years to come.

For more information on the School Readiness Backpack Project, or other events coordinated by Susquehanna County CARES, call (570) 879-8766.

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SCCTC Announces Students Of The Month

Alice M. Davis, Administrative Director of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center, is proud to announce the SCCTC’s “Students of the Month” for February, 2007. Pictured (l-r) are: Kayla Payne, Heather Lewis, Brad Bonavita, Monica Dommes, Stephen Bayak, Kathryn Sickler, Eric Aukema, Robert Applegate, Adam Ives, and Alice M. Davis. Absent from photo: Stephen Johnson, Abdul Lebdaoui, Kristin Fredericks.

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Susky Elementary Students Of The Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for February, 2007.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Sean Argust, Mercedes Crowley, McKenzie Rhone, Devon Dubanowitz; row 2 – Faith Vogler, Kolby Baker, Anthony Ralston, Justin McConnell; row 3 – Myra Hargett, Nicole Harris, Marissa Culver, August Cotter, Jonathan Edwards; row 4 – Jessica Staros, Makala Sharer, Trevor Passetti, Lewis Sparks.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Dylan Cohen, Brianna Williams, Kasey Burdick, Billy Archambault; row 2 – Nicholas Hall, Chastity Carvin, Nicholas Wilmot, Melvin Batson; row 3 – Valerie Hines, Chantal Stith, Casey Williams, Chelsea Matta.

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Amanda Russell Makes Immaculata Dean’s list

Amanda Russell, Susquehanna, merited inclusion on the Fall, 2006 Dean’s List at Immaculata University. To attain Dean’s List status, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0.

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Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary School Citizens of the Month for February, 2007.

Age 4 Kindergarten: Mrs. Orner – AM – Andrew Scott, Mrs. Orner – PM – Destinee Thompson, Mrs. Whitehead – AM – Lisa Colwell, Mrs. Whitehead – PM – Gabriel Waldowski.

Age 5 Kindergarten: Mr. Dibble – Isaha Grier, Mrs. Johnson – Frederick Lewis III, Mrs. Rhone – Devon Bailey, Mrs. Skal – Anna Bonner, Mrs. Small – Mary Kerr.

Grade 1: Mrs. Button – Emalee Carr, Mrs. Farrell – Connor Cole, Mrs. Scott – Heidi Lynch, Miss Swartwood – Emma Mangel.

Grade 2: Mrs. Berger – Grace Perera, Mrs. Hepler – Eric Peters.

Grade 3: Miss Pease – Lindsey Rupakus, Ms. Pitcher – Ashlee Derrick, Mrs. Tench – Dylan Monks, Mrs. Watkins – Nova Sullivan.

Grade 4: Miss Daniels – Erin Hoyt, Mr. Goff – Kellen Tangora, Mrs. Harter – Casey Purdum, Mr. Jones – Brett Hepler.

Grade 5: Mrs. Buffington – Brittany Chaffee, Mrs. Chamberlain – Mark Oakley, Mr. Mazikewich – Matthew Laubach.

Mrs. Bleck – Abby Hall.

Mrs. Heal – Briar Susavage.

Mrs. Hitchcock – Jason Gunn.

Mrs. Suchy – Adreanna Skinner.

Mrs. Klenchik – Natasha Luce.

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EL Forensics Team Wins District Title

Fourteen years is a long time to do anything, especially winning District titles.

However, the Elk Lake Forensics team did just that as it won its fourteenth consecutive Pennsylvania High School Speech League District 8 Lincoln-Douglas Debate Championship on February 24 at Scranton High School.

PHSSL District 8 Lincoln-Douglas Debate Champion Molly Copeland.

Elk Lake senior Molly Copeland compiled an undefeated record by defeating debaters from Pocono Mountain West, Southern Lehigh, and Notre Dame High Schools.

Copeland, the only undefeated debater in the field, captured her second consecutive District championship.

Copeland advanced to the PHSSL State Championship Tournament, where she placed fourth last year, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove on March 22-24 to compete against the top 24 debaters in the state for the state championship.

Joining Copeland in the school’s supplementary events are Max McKeon in Student Congress, Brad Flower in Radio Announcing, and Karyn Hunsinger in Impromptu Speaking.

The team traveled to West Scranton High School on March 3 to compete at the Scranton Catholic Forensics League’s National Qualifying Tournament. The top four competitors in each event will represent the league at the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Houston, TX over Memorial Day Weekend.

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Elk Lake High School Students Of The Month

Kenneth F. Cuomo, Ed.D., Elk Lake High School Principal, is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as February, 2007 “Students of the Month.”

Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Corey McCauley, Tasha VanGorden, Cassie Smith, Amanda Singer; back row – Jason VanGorden, Collin Burridge, Dustin Watts, Joshua Wood, Amanda Adams, Kenneth F. Cuomo, Ed.D. High School Principal. Absent from photo: Ashley Wilson, Adam Ives.

Students of the month are selected by nominations of any student in grades 10 – 12 by a teacher for outstanding achievement. The student 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.

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