Schools closed Monday for MLK Day

June 27th, 2015 1:34 am

First Posted: 1/20/2013

District news

• MLK Day

The Pittston Area School District will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. District schools will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22 according to the regular schedule.

• Parent teacher conferences

Thursday, Jan. 24 is the end of the second marking period. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held according to the following schedule:

High school: Friday, Feb. 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. High school students will be dismissed at noon on conference days.

Middle school: Feb. 6 to 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Middle school students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on conference days.

Kindergarten/Primary/Intermediate Centers: Feb. 5 to 8. Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

Report cards for the second marking period will be distributed at these times. If you are unable to attend conferences, report cards will be distributed to the students the week following parent/teacher conferences.

• Elementary PTO Gertrude Hawk Fund Raiser

The elementary PTO is having their annual Gertrude Hawk Fund Raiser. The sale began Friday, Jan. 4 and orders, along with money, are due Monday, Jan. 21. Sale proceeds fund class trips, parties and other PTO activities. There is also an online fundraising program with instructions that were sent home with your child. Make sure you order form has your child's name, teacher's name, room number and your telephone number. Make checks payable to Pittston Area PTO. Any questions, email Heather at

High school

• Applications for the 2014 Class of Junior Leadership are available in the guidance office. Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a leadership development program for high school juniors which enables students to develop leadership skills while increasing community awareness. The program offers students the opportunity to work with adult leaders in their community through day-long seminars held over a nine month period. An in-depth curriculum acquaints class members with community needs, opportunities, challenges, and resources. It focuses on creating leadership skills in issue areas such as media, government, citizenship, diversity, the justice system and community issues. It also develops team-building skills while providing each student with a deeper understanding of his/her potential. in addition to the monthly day-long programs each student must participate in a community service project whereby class members are challenged to use their leadership skills to address community needs. For more information, please visit our website at The program is open to students who will be entering his/her junior year in September 2013. A processing fee of $10 (check or money order is required with all applications). Applications are due by Monday, February 11, to Mrs. Kayden or Ms. Alaimo in the guidance office, where applications can be picked up.

• Senior Interviews

Donna Jo Messina, the daughter of Sacheen and Sean Welch, was born on Sept. 8, 1994 and resides in Pittston. Her best friend in high school is Britney Moyer. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Pietras. Donna Jo is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America club (FBLA) and goes to Tech for Fashion Design. If she could start high school over again, she would try harder. If Donna Jo had the chance, she would teach an art class. She describes her high school experience as complicated. After graduation, Donna Jo plans to go to college for Speech Language Pathology or enter the Air Force. She looks forward to the freedom and responsibility of becoming an adult.

Zach Seeley, son of Deanna and David Gosser, was born on Dec. 9, 1994 and lives in Pittston. His favorites include watching the movie Saving Private Ryan, listening to the song Remember Everything and eating Tuscan Chicken. In addition, his favorite teachers are Mr. Richards and Mr. Burns. Zach is a member of the basketball team and says that the most challenging part of high school was English class. If he had the chance, he would like to teach an American Cultures class. Zach describes his high school experience as amazing and plans to join the Marines after graduation.

John Minich, son of John and Jackie Minich, was born on Oct. 8, 1994 and resides in Dupont. His best friends are Nick Maruska, Mike Sell and Kevin Dolman. His favorite teachers are Mrs. Craig and Mr. S. Walsh. Other favorites include the band Metallica, the song So What and The Star Wars Saga. John is a wrestler and member of the yearbook staff. If he was given the chance, he would like to teach a gym class. Although John considered his high school experience as stressful, if he could start high school over again he would take more honors classes as a freshman. John plans to attend college after graduation.

Middle school

• Builder's Club

The next meeting of the Builder's Club will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Room 206 with Ms. Donahue and Mrs. Martin. Students are responsible for their own transportation home and rides must be in front of the Middle School no later than 3:25 p.m.

• Spelling Bee practice

The next practice for the spelling bee will be held after school on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Mrs. Brady's room. Students are responsible for their own transportation home. Please see Mrs. Brady or Mrs. Noone if you are unable to attend. The in-school spelling bee will be held on Monday, Jan. 28.

• Science Club / Science Olympiad

The next Science Club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22. There will be a Science Olympiad meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Room 145 with Ms. Quinn. Students are responsible for their own transportation home and all rides must be in front of the middle school no later than 4 p.m. This meeting is for members of the Science Olympiad only and not members of the Science Club.

• Free-throw championship

The local Knights of Columbus will sponsor a basketball free-throw shooting contest beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the former Seton Catholic gymnasium on William Street in Pittston. The contest is open to any boy or girl between the ages of 10 and 14 and there is no cost to enter. For entry forms or for further information, stop by the middle school's main office or contact either Don Mac Rae at 815-4454 or Mitch Megliola at 335-3002.