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Author Pat Thomas Visits At Mt. View
MV Student Council Holds Choice Awards Assembly
Claire Young Memorial Endowment Established
Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month
Mt. View Students Win Gold MedaLS
Hannah Price Receives Wells College Scholarship
Lawrence O. Travis On RIT Dean’s List
McKelvey Scholarship Winners Announced
Susky Elementary Students of the Month

Author Pat Thomas Visits At Mt. View

The kindergarten classes at the Mountain View Elementary School enjoyed a visit from children’s author, Pat Thomas who lives in Carbondale and is the senior writer/editor in the Communications and Marketing Office at Marywood University. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to enjoy the books with the author, whose professional world revolves around language, words, and creative thinking. Her lively reading and presentation gave the students a glimpse into the process that produces books. It also gave them an appreciation for the importance of books in their lives.

Children’s author, Pat Thomas visited with the kindergarten classes at the Mt. View Elementary School to read a story and talk about the process of writing.

Pat not only read her newest book, Red Sled, with its simple, powerful rhyme and lovely, bold illustrations, but also shared a reading of two of her earlier books, “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” and “There Are Rocks in My Socks,” said the Ox to the Fox. These books were written over 35 years ago and are no longer in print. Her reading of the books brought giggles and pure pleasure to the students, as well as the adults in the audience.

Pat’s visit brought back memories of her visit to the district at the Brooklyn Elementary School back in the 80’s. Some of the teachers produced copies of the books that she had autographed during that visit. “We read them every year to our classes and they continue to love the language and the rhyme,” one of them remarked.

Students had the opportunity to purchase copies of some of her books prior to her visit. Following the reading in the library, Pat Thomas individually autographed each book purchased with a personalized message. Each of those students then had their picture taken with the author to include with their book. A copy of Red Sled was also autographed for each of the five kindergartens for their classroom libraries.

In addition to visiting schools and reading to children, Pat has done conference presentations, university guest lectures, and workshops on the art and craft of writing for adults, children, and teenagers.

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MV Student Council Holds Choice Awards Assembly

On January 30, Mountain View Elementary Student Council held their first Choice Awards assembly for the 2008-2009 school year. When students make good decisions, they get a choice award. They put their name on it, and then are eligible to win an awesome prize! This year the prizes were board games, but don’t forget the best prize of all, the jacket!

The Mt. View Elementary Student Council welcomed health teacher, Mrs. Getz, who had served in Iraq for ten months, at the first Choice Awards assembly of the year.

Mrs. Getz, health teacher, served in Iraq for ten months and returned to the states on December 18. Mrs. Getz returned to the school with little fanfare, but that had to be changed.

The Student Council invited Mrs. Getz to present the jacket to the lucky student. Afterwards, Bryan Owens gave a speech to welcome Mrs. Getz back. This gesture caused several tears to flow!

Mrs. Getz then presented the school with a flag that was flown by US Forces on November 11, 2008, over Phoenix Base, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq. This flag will be proudly displayed at Mt. View School.

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Claire Young Memorial Endowment Established

Often, when loved ones pass on, family members seek a way to memorialize the contributions their loved one made to the community. Most of the time that memorial is realized through a college scholarship granted to a student at his or her alma matter. And while the Young family believes that higher education is important, they felt that some deserving kids were being left out. That’s why, when establishing the Claire Young Memorial Endowment they added a few special words to that sentence: For Youth Workforce Development.

The Claire Young Memorial Endowment For Youth Workforce Development has been established through the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.

It was important to Marie Young and her son, John that Blue Ridge graduates who aren’t planning to attend college be rewarded for their efforts in high school, just like their classmates who are continuing their educations. With the help of Peter Quigg of the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, they established a fund that is directed toward Blue Ridge High School students who can receive workforce development help through TREHAB.

Claire Young, a principal at Blue Ridge from 1969-1982, made a lasting impact on the students he oversaw and dedicated his life’s work to ensuring that the kids in his school achieved their goals. He realized, and his family remembers, that not all students aspire to professions requiring college degrees, and he felt that their choices were no less important because of that fact.

Alumni and staff with fond memories of Claire are welcome to help honor his legacy with tax-deductible donations to his endowment in care of the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801. More information on this endowment and The Community Foundation can be found at

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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal of the Elk Lake School, announced the February, 2009 Student of the Month award winners.

Pictured (l-r) are: first row – Ryan Keough, Ashley Steele, Lauren Vermeulen, Richard Dunne, Rebecca Warholic; second row – Emily Burns, Seth Tewksbury, Kaylee Swart, Samantha Delesky, Kyra Warner, Matthew Welsch.

Students in fifth and sixth grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as student of the month from four different areas. Those four areas are academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.

Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.

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Mt. View Students Win Gold Medals

The Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County recently honored students winning medals in the District 1 competition of SkillsUSA. The district competitions were held at Susquehanna County Career Technology Center, with over 250 competitors from technical schools in a six-county area of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Pictured (l-r) at the SkillsUSA District 1 competition are: CTC Supervisor of Vocational Education Mr. George T. Filak, Mt. View High School Gold Medal Winners Amanda Holgate, Cody Horrocks, Ashley Mason, and CTC Administrative Director Mr. Vincent P. Nallo.

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service.

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor and is an OSHA Alliance partner. Members can compete in district, state and national competitions involving leadership and citizenship skills.

Gold medalists will continue on to the state competitions to be held in Hershey on April 1, 2 and 3. Medals, scholarships, and industry awards are given at the state competition. Gold medalists at states will attend the national competition that will be held in Kansas City, MO in June.

Following are the gold medalists from the Mt. View School: Ashley Mason, Amanda Holgate, and Cody Horrocks.

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Hannah Price Receives Wells College Scholarship

Aurora, NY – Hannah Price, a high school senior from Susquehanna, has been named a Henry Wells Scholar at Wells College – one of the school's most prestigious awards for prospective incoming students. Henry Wells Scholars are high school students with a 90% cumulative grade point average and 1150 or higher in the SATs who are nominated by a guidance counselor or Wells alumna. Having demonstrated academic excellence in high school, scholars are awarded $3,000 to fund an experiential learning opportunity should they choose to enroll at Wells College. During the freshman year, they receive hands-on experience in a work setting that matches their academic interests. The paid experience, which takes place during the junior or senior year, can be an internship, research project with a professor, or off-campus study, among other options.

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Lawrence O. Travis On RIT Dean’s List

Lawrence O. Travis of Lanesboro has been named to the Dean’s List for the winter quarter at Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. A fifth-year student in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, Lawrence is studying Electrical Engineering Technology.

Lawrence is the son of Debra Travis, Lanesboro and the late Larry Travis of Oakland, PA. He is a 2004 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School.

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McKelvey Scholarship Winners Announced

The 2009 McKelvey Scholarship has been awarded to five seniors from Susquehanna Community School District. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must possess the following criteria: be a first generation student to attend college in your family (neither mother nor father attended college); have financial need; show involvement in work and/or extra-curricular activities; attend a four year college within your home state.

Students who earn this scholarship will receive a total of $12,000 to their college ($3,000 per year, for four years total). In order to receive this award, students must maintain the following while in college: maintain a 2.5 GPA; attend a mandatory seminar for all winners during the spring/summer as an orientation to the college and the foundation; maintain regular communication with the foundation through emails and phone calls.

The following students have been chosen as 2009 recipients of this award: Christine Biegert, Lacey Sholtiss, Brittany Heller, Jeffrey Williams, and Michael Lloyd. Congratulations to each of them for their hard work and effort. According to the McKelvey Foundation, each year the applications continue to get more competitive. Congratulations again to all of these fine students.

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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, 2009.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Gavin Crawford, Sara Beemer, Anthony Palonis, Rachel Rockwell; row 2 – Faith Welch, Carson Beamer, Kyle Maginley, Karin Dunbar; row 3 – Justin McConnell, McKenzie Rhone, Brooke Conklin, Rodney Foote; row 4 – Nicholas Wayman, Stephanie Ballard, Kaylee Matone, Kayla Marino. Absent from photo: Ryan Fisk, James Mitchell.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Evan Cantone, Lacee Hodge, Shania Fox; row 2 – John Ball, Brandon Ferrante, Abby Burdick; row 3 – Martin Swartz, Jerry Hallisey, Luke Falletta. Absent from photo: Casey DeVries, Henry Ainey.

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