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Students at Blue Ridge Elementary were encouraged to read over the summer by filling in a reading log. Each grade level had a goal of a set number of books they were to read. Those students in grades K-5 who met the goal were awarded with a photo certificate, two books of their choice, and were recognized at an assembly.
Ms. Bowman and her First Grade Summer Readers proudly display their photo certificates.
The assembly held on Friday, September 14, was a celebration kicking off a brand new school year of learning and recognizing the importance of reading. This year’s show was performed by Damian, the Magician and titled “The Magic of Reading.” Students were invited to participate in Damian’s performance. Second grader, David Holtzman closed the show by being levitated by Damian.
Andrew M. Honeychuck, South Montrose, graduated from Penn State University at the close of the summer, 2007 semester, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics.
Isabel C. Boyce, Clifford, has been named to the Dean’s List at Penn State University for the summer, 2007 semester. The honor list is announced at the completion of each semester and includes all full-time students who have achieved a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better.
The new school year at Blue Ridge Elementary has welcomed a new principal, two new faculty and two new staff members.
Pictured (l-r) are the newest members of the Blue Ridge Elementary School staff: Matthew Button, Jennifer Wildenstein, Sharon Kinsley, Jenna Hartman, Brian Woodruff.
Mr. Matthew Button takes the helm as the new elementary principal. Mr. Button is a resident of New Milford. He returns to Blue Ridge as an alumnus of the school, class of 1995. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Education from College Misericordia, Mr. Button began his teaching career in the Stroudsburg Area School District, teaching second grade. He comes to Blue Ridge after six years at Lackawanna Trail, teaching sixth grade. During his tenure at Lackawanna Trail, he acquired his M.ED in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. Since May of 2007, Mr. Button has been experiencing Blue Ridges’ changes over the past 12 years. He looks forward to being part of the new initiatives that have been in place, and to continue to create a safe learning environment for the students to learn and teachers to teach.
Brian Woodruff joins the kindergarten faculty as a long-term substitute for Ms. Skal’s class. Mr. Woodruff is a resident of Montrose and has spent most of his life living in Susquehanna County. He is a graduate of Mountain View School District and has an Associates Degree in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania College of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mansfield University. Mr. Woodruff looks forward to continuing the educational excellence of Blue Ridge and preparing his students for the future by offering an exciting and satisfying educational experience in his classroom.
Jennifer Wildenstein joins the first grade faculty with several years’ experience. She was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia in 2000 after graduating from Bloomsburg University. This is her eighth year in the teaching profession, having taught third grade for two years and first grade for five years. She and her husband decided to come back home to be closer to their families and are currently looking for a new home. Mrs. Wildenstein enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and sports, in particular the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Duke Blue Devils basketball team. Her hope is to have many successful years at Blue Ridge, and that she can be a positive influence on every student, parent and colleague that enters her classroom.
Two new staff have joined the Blue Ridge community to assist in the classrooms. Mrs. Hitchcock welcomes Jenna Hartman to her fourth grade learning support classroom as a full -time aide, and Ms. McFadden looks forward to the assistance of Sharon Kinsley in her speech therapy room.
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