First Posted: 1/13/2013
January Act 80 Day / Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Friday, Jan. 18, is an Act 80 Day. District students will be dismissed according to the following schedule:
High School – 12:30 p.m.
Middle School – 1 p.m.
Intermediate, Primary, & Kindergarten Centers – 1:30 p.m.
The Pittston Area School District will then be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. District schools will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to the regular schedule.
• 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. Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre 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. The program focuses on creating leadership skills in issue areas such as media, government, citizenship, diversity, the justice system and community issues. Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre 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.
The program is open to students who will be entering his/her junior year in September of 2013. A processing fee of $10 (check or money order is required with all applications). Applications are due by Monday, Feb. 11, to Mrs. Kayden or Ms. Alaimo in the guidance office. Pick up an application today in the guidance office. For more information, please visit our website at www.leadershipwilkes-barre.org
• Pittston Area High School will host a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., in the high school auditorium for all seniors and their parents/guardians. The alternate weather date if necessary will be scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for the program is Jane Dessoye, Executive Director of Enrollment Management, Misericordia University. Dessoye will provide valuable information on the financial aid process including: applying for financial aid, determination of financial need and an explanation of types of student aid available for students. This information is for students applying to different universities, colleges and technical programs. Federal, state and grant applications and completion procedures will also be addressed. All 12th grade students and their parents/guardians are urged to attend!!!
• Senior Interviews
Chris Lynch, son of Chris and Debbie, was born on Dec.10, 1994 and lives in Avoca. If Chris could re-do high school he would have studied more. His favorite teacher is Mr. Joyce. Chris's favorite food is pizza, Will Ferrell is his favorite actor and Anchorman is his favorite movie. Chris likes to hang out with his best friends Rob Lynch, Kelly Mitchell, Connor Mitchell, Shawn Ruda and Ian Tracy. His own personal catchphrase is G.F.Y. Chris plays golf for the school and plans to to go to college after graduation. He looks forward to becoming an adult so he will have more freedoms.
Jamie Lombardo, daughter of Jim and Kim, was born on Feb. 20, 1995 and lives in Jenkins Township. Jamie's idol is Christina Koons. You are most likely to see her with Jamie Coyne, Jenna Galli, Matt Shamnoski, Jimmy Musto, Russ Searfoss and Christina Koons. In Jamie's spare time she is involved in dance, and is a dance teacher and EMT. Cheese Fries are her favorite food and Remember Me is her favorite movie. Jamie found that the most challenging part of high school was dealing with all of the unnecessary drama. If Jamie could teach anything she would choose English.
James Lizza, son of Mary Ann and James, was born on Dec. 29,1994 and lives in Yatesville. His most memorable high school moments were being in the Pep Squad for the basketball games. If James could re-do high school he would have studied more. Pizza is his favorite food, Kanye West is his favorite artist and Anchorman is his favorite movie. James is usually with his best friends Aaron Black, Mike Harding, Nick Bolka and Matt Pierantoni.The most challenging part of high school for James was the finals. If he was able to teach any class in the world, it would be Math. Looking back on his high school years, he described all of his experiences as memorable. James plans on attending Misericordia.
• Spelling Bee Practice
The next practice for the spelling bee will be held Monday, Jan. 14 after school 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 Olympiad
There will be a Science Olympiad meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16 after school from 3-4 p.m. 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 4pm. Please note this meeting is for members of the Science Olympiad only and not members of the Science Club. The next Science Club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22.
• Builder's Club
The next meeting of the Builder's Club will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 3 until 3:30 p.m. 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.
• Students learn about their hertiage
Students in Mrs. Bittmann's fourth grade class recently completed a Social Studies Unit on the country's heritage and government. As part of the unit the students researched their family's ancestry and created their family trees. The projects are on display in the hallway. The students also celebrated their heritage by having a class party with foods from different ethnicities including Italy, Ireland, Poland, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad. Parents and students each got to sample foods from each of these countries while listening to music from around the world.
• Students make cards for Veterans
Students from the IC recently helped support a local business reach its Christmas goal. Miss Kim's Coffee Shop was collecting Christmas cards to send to Veterans and soldiers oversea. Various classes took time to create cards for the brave men and women of our armed services.
• Students visit The Pittston Manor Assisted Living Center
The students of Mrs. Talerico's Fourth Grade Class spread Christmas cheer to the residents at The Pittston Manor Assisted Living Center. They distributed handmade ornaments to the residents and sang Christmas carols as well. A fun time was had by all!
• What's Happening in Room 103
The Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center prides itself on many of the wonderful things they have integrated into the curriculum, especially the addition of something called Kid Writing. Kid Writing is a highly successful approach to early literacy. This week readers will get a peek into Mrs. Hughes' room 103 while they use their Kid Writing Journals. Like most teachers in the building, Mrs. Hughes' approach to Kid Writing is with small groups of students. The group that she worked with consisted of 6 students. Each of those six students had their own Kid Writing Journal. They were directed by Mrs. Hughes to first come up with an idea for a story. Then they were to independently illustrate that idea. Once the picture for their story was drawn, the students then reported to Mrs. Hughes for assistance in writing their story. The students were encouraged to sound and stretch words out to spell them to the best of their ability. They were also encouraged to use words they learned that were displayed all around the room. Finally, the students read their stories to Mrs. Hughes while she made minor corrections underneath the students writing. She would stop with each correction and turn it into a teachable moment. Mrs. Hughes' Kid Writing lesson was a fun approach to teaching phonics, writing and creativity.
Star Student Interview with Mrs. Hughes by Rubi McCann
Teacher: Mrs. Hughes
Star Student: Rubi McCann
Q1: What do you like to do for fun?
I like to read books. I like to go shopping. And I like to take walks.
Q2: What's your favorite color?
My favorite color is purple.
Q3: What's your favorite food?'
My favorite food is pizza.