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The Pittston Area School District will have no school Monday, Nov. 26. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

• PTO Fundraiser

Last week, there was an error with the PTO meeting's date. The November PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the Middle School Cafeteria from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fundraiser orders can be picked up during the meeting.

• A Day 4 Dads

The school district is presenting a day 4 dads which will focus on protecting our children from today's toxic children. Topics will include Internet safety, gangs and violence, drugs and alcoholprevention, bullying and sucked prevention. Guest speakers will includeLuzerne County DAs, Lackawanna County Prison Guard, PA State Police,and the CEO from Drug and Alcohol. The presentation will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 am to 1 pm. at the Middle School. For information, contact Joe DeLucca at 570/718-4604 or jdelucca@liu18.org

High School

Senior Interviews

• Mike Chisdock, the son of Mike and Sharyn Chisdock, was born on June 20, 1995 and resides in Avoca. He can be seen hanging around with Ian Tracy, Chris Lynch, Connor Mitchell, and Shawn Ruda. Mike is a member of the football team and is in the National Honor Society. Mike described his high school experience as super, and if he could start it over again he would play more sports. His favorite teachers include Mr. Sean Walsh and Mr. Amitia. He enjoys listening to the Zac Brown Band and watching Jim Carrey movies. His most memorable high school moment was when Mike Harding won the pie eating contest. After graduation, Mike plans on attending college and pursuing a career in physical therapy.

• Kaitlynn Kuchta, the daughter of David and Rita Kuchta, was born on February 28, 1995 and lives in Duryea. Her best friends include Hannah Zondlo, Shelby Rinaldi, and Jillian Starinsky. She is a member of the cross country and track teams, which shows her love for running. She also enjoys eating pizza and watching Big Daddy, or anything starring her favorite actor, Channing Tatum. Kaitlynn's favorite teachers are Mrs. Pietras and Mrs. Adams and she describes her high school experience as ridiculous. When she becomes an adult, she is most looking forward to taking the next step of becoming successful. After graduation, Kaitlynn plans to go to college to study physical therapy.

• Justin Martinelli, son of Charlene Michalec and Patrick Martinelli, was born on September 19, 1994 and resides in Pittston. His best friends include Jordan Houseman, Brandon Columbo, Nick Dougal, and Donnie Parham. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing baseball, hanging out with friends, and eating Nana's pasta. If he could start high school over again, he wouldn't change a thing. Justin's favorite teachers are Mr. Richards, Ms. Conlon, and Mr. Amitia. He describes his high school experience as fast. After graduation, he is looking forward to attending college and pursuing a career in education.

PA Union Gives Back

The long running rivalry game between the Wyoming Area Warriors and the Pittston Area Patriots was attended with much enthusiasm. The strong support from the PA student body, faculty, families, and friends was a testament to our school district. On game day, compliments of the Pittston Area Federation of Teachers, Senior High Students were given tickets for the game.

• Seniors Tackle PowderPuff Football Game

At this year's annual Powder Puff Football game the seniors, coached by Ms. Colleen McGarry, came out on top. The first play of the game was a little unorganized, but after a couple of plays the senior girls got the hang of the game. The first touchdown was scored by Antonette Scialpi running her way past defenders into the endzone. No extra points were kicked. The next touchdown was caught by Haley Kline from a deep long pass from quarterback Mia Hopkins. The juniors, coached by Ms. Amanda Wascavich, were shut out by the senior girls and failed to score during the whole game. While on offense, junior quarterback Ali Brady threw a pass and was intercepted by senior Mia Hopkins for the third and final touchdown, making the score 18-0 with the seniors girls on top. - Angelo Lussi

• Veteran's Essay Winner

Kristen Richards (sophomore) was selected as the All-State winner of the Veteran's Day essay contest for 9th grade. Richards has competed in other Veteran's Day essay contests before, but this was her first win. For her first place prize, Richards went to Valley Forge high school in Philadelphia. During the weekend trip, Richards listened to various speakers who spoke about the Revolution and about the freedoms of Americans. Richards said, I really liked the experience and had a lot of fun. – By Courtney Kapalka

• Patriot Cheerleaders take Third

Pittston Area's varsity cheerleaders took third place over all at the Misericordia Competition on Sunday, November 11. The girls say that this year they feel more like a team than ever. Last year we weren't this connected. This year we love each other, said senior Trina Davila.

The girls also took second place in their individual stunt group, which is something we have never done before that, said senior Allie Anastasi.

The girls practice for two hours per day, three days per week, and have high hopes for this year's team. We did a lot better than last year, said junior Lauren Para.

The team has a competition in Kutztown on December 9, and they hope to place in the top three and then head to nationals in Florida. - By Allison Kizer

Middle School

• Math Club Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Math Club on Tuesday, November 27 from 3 until 3:45pm in room 243 with Dr. Keska. Members should bring their problem sets from the last meeting. Students must provide their own transportation home. Rides should be at the front of the school no later than 3:45. If you are not able to attend this meeting, please see Dr. Keska for the next set of problems.

• Science Olympiad

There will be a Science Olympiad meeting held every Wednesday beginning on November 28 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.

• Science Club

The next Science Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11 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.

• Builder's Club

The next meeting of the Builder's Club will be Tuesday, December 4 from 3 until 3:30pm 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 3:25pm.

• Spelling Bee Practice

The next practice for the spelling bee will be held on Tuesday, November 27 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.

• Wilkes-Barre CTC Tour

Interested members of the 8th grade class will have the opportunity to attend a tour of the Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center on Tuesday, December 4. Permission slips must be returned in order to attend the tour which will allow students to experience the career and technical programs offered to our high school students.

•Veterans' Giving Tree

The Martin L. Mattei Middle School Spelling Bee Club and the 6th grade teachers would like to ask for your assistance in supporting our Veterans during the Holiday Season by participating in a Veteran's Giving Tree drive. In order to participate, you are asked to bring one or more of the items listed below to school. Donated items will be given to Veteran's at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. Your donations will be used for the comfort and welfare of the Veterans and to offer some Holiday cheer to the men and women who have served our country. Needed is body wash (no bar soap), denture adhesive & denture cleaner, deodorant, hair brushes and combs, lip balm, shampoo & conditioner (plastic containers), tissues (small individual size), sunglasses and sunscreen, books (large print), colored pencils for drawing, deck of cards (large print), postage stamps, puzzle books (large print), current issues of magazines, new hats, robes, t-shirts, and wheelchair bags, telephone cards, travel-size shaving cream, cards (birthday, get well, thinking of you, sympathy) Please bring un-wrapped donations to one of the following rooms by December 7th: Mrs. Brady, Mr.Deangelo, Mrs. Noone, Mrs. Brogan, or Ms. Quinn

Intermediate Center

• Lunch with Leonardo

The Pittston Area Leo's Club recently held a fundraiser raffle Lunch with Leonardo which included lunch with the club mascot a gift basket of Pittston Area T-Shirts, key chains, stadium cushions, 4 tickets to the annual Pittston Area and Wyoming Football Game and seven school cafeteria food vouchers. The winner of the raffle was 3rd grade Intermediate student Aiden Mehal, who was crowned King for the Day by Leo's club mascot Leonardo: King AIden chose 8 friends to serve as his Knights of the round table. Members of the Pittston Area Leo's Club and Leonardo summoned Aiden and court to a special lunch at the Intermediate Center on November 15th.

• Paws for Reading

The students in Mrs. O'Hop's 4th grade class recently participated in Scholastic's Paws for Reading contest. Interested students were asked to draw a picture or take a photograph of a cat or dog reading a book. The contestants were competing to win 100 books of their choice from Scholastic Book Clubs. In addition, the contest is lending a helping hand to animals in need by donating $1 to Paws for Healing for every entry.

Primary Center News:

• November Assesmbly

On Friday, November 9, 2012 the Primary Center held its monthly assembly. The assembly featured special happenings that take place during the month of November. Mrs. Zambetti's 1st grade class and Mrs. Cosimo's 2nd grade class highlighted special happenings. The students performed songs, poems, and special movements. Vocabulary and math skills were integrated into the performance through the use of signs and props. All primary students will have the opportunity to perform in one assembly during the school year.

• Honoring Our Verterans

Students at the Pittston Area Primary Center created a Veteran's wall to honor those who have served in our Military Branches. Students created a star for family members who are serving or have served in our military. These walls are on display on both floors of the Primary Center during Parent Conference Days.

• Title I Parent Night

Students, parents and families of the Pittston Area Primary Center were treated to a night with Bill Frye as part of their School Wide Title I Reading Program.

Bill Frye is an entertainer, educator who focuses on developing literacy skills through music and dramatization. Title I teachers, Janet Joyce and Tina Rava, provided the parents with reading strategies for use at home.

• December Assembly

The Primary Center What's Special About December Assembly will be held on Friday, December 7th. Miss Morreale's first grade class and Miss Rehill's first grade class will perform. Performances are at 10:00 and 2:00.

• Breakfast With Santa

The PTO is sponsoring Breakfast With Santa for first grade students on Monday, December 10th. Second grade students will have Breakfast With Santa on Tuesday, December 11th.

• My Plate Presentation

Students in the nutrition program from College Misericordia presented nutritional information about the four food groups. All second grade students participated in creating their own My Plate paper plate representing their favorite foods from the food groups. The presentation included reading aloud a children's book about healthy eating.

• Target Holiday Shopping

Take Charge of Education is a program sponsored by Target. Register your Target REDcard at Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to register the Primary Center for credit.

• Price Chopper Advantage Card Points

Go to www.pricechopper.com to register your AdvantEdge Card for our school to receive credit towards free educational equipment. These credits are in addition to any other credits a family may be earning.

• Parent Note about Reading

Remember to read aloud to your child daily. A popular book to read about animals and winter weather is The Hat by Jan Brett. After reading, ask your child to tell you about the animals and what they did in the story. Discuss the different animals and the sounds they make.

• Math Opportunity

Write three different numbers on a paper or index card. Help your child practice writing them in order from the least to the greatest amount. Take turns saying the numbers. Repeat with different numbers.

Kindergarten Center

• School Pictures

School pictures were taken on Wednesday, November 7th. They will be back in time for Christmas. There will be a make-up date in early January if your child was absent.

• Thanksgiving Feast

The Kindergarten Center's annual Thanksgiving feast was held on Tuesday, November 6th in our cafeteria. The cafeteria was festively decorated, and we are always happy to celebrate the holiday together as a school family. The menu featured turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, apple betty and milk.

• The Dupont VFW Ladies' Auxiliary Visit Kindergarten Center

The Dupont VFW Ladies' Auxiliary visited the Kindergarten Center on Wednesday, November 7. They listened as the students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang You're A Grand Old Flag. Each student received a Young American Award and a coloring book about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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