The Pittston Area School District will be closed tomorrow, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
• Senior Interviews
Jimmy Musto, of Jenkins Township, was born on June 10, 1995 to James and Lisa Musto. His favorite teachers are Ms.Oliver and Mrs.Saunders, and he describes high school as fast-paced. Jimmy can be seen hanging around with Jamie Lombardo, Joe Zelonis, Calvin O'Boyle, Felix Mascelli, Pat Perlowski, Austin Severns and Kaitlynn Wolfram. After high school he is looking forward to becoming independent and he plans on going to college for web design and interactive media. If he had to teach any class he'd pick a mixture of web design, photoshop and programming. During his down time, Jimmy works at Cooper's and participates in the art club and yearbook and he idolizes Steve Jobs and Joe Paterno.
Sara Czerniakowski was born on January 10, 1995 to Suzanne and John Curley and lives in Jenkins Township. Her favorite teachers are Mrs. Koss and Mr. Rowan. Her most memorable moment of high school was attending her first prom and her most challenging was Mr.Amitia's class.
Sara participates in several clubs, plays field hockey and can be seen hanging around with Antonette Scialpi. If she had to start high school over she wouldn't change a thing. She looks forward to having a successful career and plans on attending college after graduation.
Maria Dombrawski was born on July 24, 1995 to Dan and Karen Dombrawski. Her favorite teachers are Mrs. Verdine, Mr. Caprari, Mrs. Vincelli and Mrs.Cocco. Maria can usually be seen with Dana Hinkle, Robbie Lynch, Stephen Lyons, Marissa Vogel, Sierra Williams, Megan Hughes and Skyy Kopeck. Maria's most memorable moment was when she sang Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne at the talent show in 9th grade. If she could teach any class, she would love to be in one where she could help children with special needs. Maria idolizes her dad and looks forward to becoming an adult and handling the responsibilities of taking care of kids.
Lisa Yeager lives in Jenkins Township with her parents Darlene and Daniel Yeager. Lisa celebrates her birthday on September 30, 1994. Some of her favorite teachers are Mr. Richards and Mrs. Nowakowski. You can find Lisa hanging out with her best friends Carissa Suhockey, Lisa Karp, and Bethany Goss. Her favorite song is We Are Young by fun. and she also plays the piano and guitar and participates in chorus and bowling. After high school Lisa plans to go to college to study genetics.
Pittston area senior class member Samantha Resilavage lives in Hughestown with her mother, Sarah. Her birthday is on November 18, 1994. Some of her favorite teachers are Mr.Richards and Mr.Carroll. If given the opportunity to have changed something during high school, Samantha would have studied more. She is an active member of the girl's volleyball team where you can find her hanging with friends Tiffany Smith and Irene Magdon. Sam also participates in Irish step dancing and art. Sam's plans for after high school are to go to college and she looks forward to being able to buy her own home and car.
Shelby Rinaldi Lives in Pittston with her parents, Nicole and Willy. She was born on September 7, 1994. Shelby is a active member of the Pittston Area varsity cheerleading team, which she has been a part of the team since her sophomore year. Shelby's most memorable high school moment was with the cheerleading team when they placed second at the cheerleading nationals in Orlando, Florida. Her best friends are Jillian Starinsky, Hannah Zondlo , Katrina Lutecki and Cassie Nocito. Shelby's plans for after high school are to attend Misericordia University to pursue a degree in medical imaging. She describes her high school experience as interesting.
• Marley's Mission
During the month of November, four Pittston Area National Honor Society members chose Marley's Mission as their service project.
Marley's Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy to children and families that have gone through trauma.
On Nov. 10, Dominique Delpriore, Megan Dougherty, Marie Terese Fox, and Lea Garibaldi assisted with Marley's Mission BYAH Auction which benefited their up-and-coming Blue Ribbon Gala.
The students also helped on November 24 when they volunteered to do chores such as blanketing and feeding the horses and cleaning their stalls.
Lea Garibaldi said, We were all looking forward to helping out in every way possible. It was just a plus to be able to have fun in the process.
- Alexandria Serafin
• Christmas Chorus Concert
Mr. Bilbow and Mr. Booth would like to thank and congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Sperazza and all of the members of the Middle School and Intermediate Center chorus for their hard work in putting on such a festive Christmas choral concert this past Wednesday night.
• Spelling Bee Practice
The next practice for the spelling bee will be held Thursday, January 3 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, January 28.
• Science Olympiad
There will be a Science Olympiad meeting Thursday, January 3 after school from 3-4pm 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.
• Builder's Club
The next meeting of the Builders Club will be held in January.
• Students learn about their heritage
Students in Mrs. Bittmann's fourth grade class recently completed a Social Studies Unit on our 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.
• January Assembly
The Primary Center What's Special About January Assembly will be held on Friday, January 11. Mrs. Zaffuto's second grade class and Mr. Zaffuto's second grade class will perform. Performances will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..
• Parent Notes on Writing
Early writing skills begin with drawing pictures for a story. Encourage your child to draw about a Christmas or holiday experience and then tell a story about the drawing.
As you listen to the story, talk about who is in the story, where and when it takes place, and how the end is different from the beginning. Write or print out the story together after you discuss it.
• Math Opportunity
Happy New Year! January is the first month of the year. Review the numbers in the New Year (2013) with your child. Use a calendar to count the days in each month. Pick a day, name the number of the day, and ask your child to count from that number to 25, 30, 40, etc.
• Box Tops, Price Chopper & Target
Students are reminded to bring in Box Top For Education logos to the office. Remember to register the Primary Center for credits when you shop at Price Chopper and Target. Call the school for additional information.
• PICTURE MAKE UP DAY
Picture make up day will be on Tuesday, January 8. If you sent in your money and your child was absent, you do not need to repay. If you would like to have your child's picture taken and you have not yet paid, please send a note requesting a picture form.