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On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., the Pittston Area Chorus will hold its annual Winter Chorus Concert at The Pittston Area Senior High.


The concert will feature The Intermediate Center and Middle School Chorus, and include all of your favorite holiday tunes, along with a finale that will feature both choirs joined by The Sperazza Band.


The Intermediate Center and Middle School Choirs are under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Sperazza and Mr. Eric Sperazza.


District News

• Friday, Dec. 21 is an early release day for district students. Students will be dismissed according to the following schedule:


High School: noon


Middle School: 12:30 p.m.


Intermediate, Primary and Kindergarten Center: 12:50 p.m.


• Holiday Vacation


The Pittston Area School District will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of the holiday season. Schools will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2.


High School

• Senior Interviews



Matt Pierantoni, the son of Fred and Donna Pierantoni , was born on October 2, 1994 and lives in Dupont. Matt can usually be found playing basketball with his friends Aaron Black, James Lizza, Nick Bolka, and Michael David Harding, or on the links at Irem golf course in Dallas. Matt's favorite food is chicken marsala and favorite music group is Maybach Music. His favorite teachers are Mrs. Plis and Mr. Walsh. Matt is involved in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and is a four year member of the Pittston Area golf team. Matt's most memorable moment of high school was finally earning his seniority by being able to paint up and stand in the first row of the pep squad. His most challenging part of high school was geometry and trig. Matt's plans for after graduation are to attend Temple University like his father did. Matt's idol is Lebron James.



Angelina Reed was born on November 10, 1994. She lives in Avoca with parents James and Cynthia Reed. Angelina's favorite teachers are Mr. Richards, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Saunders. Her favorite food is extra cheese pizza and her favorite movies are Grease and Finding Nemo. Angelina's activities include chorus, Art club, yearbook, and bowling. Her plans for after graduation are to go to college and major in education. Angelina describes high school as challenging.



Miranda Waurunek was born on March 5, 1995. She lives in Yatesville with her parents Pat and Joe Waurunek. Her favorite food is anything from Panera Bread, favorite movie is Footloose, and favorite artist is Beyonce. Miranda's favorite teachers include Ms. Oliver and Mr. Carroll. Her idol is Jennifer Hudson. Miranda's activities are Irish step dance, playing tennis, and swimming. Miranda describes her high school experience as bittersweet. If she could start high school over again she would have focused on tennis more. Her plans for after graduation are to attend King's or DeSales University for physician's assistant, and then travel the world. When she gets older she is looking forward to the adventure of being an adult.


• Seniors visit McCann


A seminar open house was available to local high school seniors at the McCann School of Business in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Dec. 7. Seniors who attended the seminar were provided with college course opportunities available to them. The school paid for the seniors to take advantage of the Personality Profile, an assessment tool capable of analyzing each senior's personality traits, which then gave them a better understanding of which career path was best suited for that individual. Seniors were then able to visit classes and gain real college experience within the courses that they chose. One of the provided college courses was Criminal Justice, which Pittston Area High School senior Courtney Kapalka recalls as an exciting experience that provided her with base knowledge of fingerprinting and DNA analysis. - By Taylor Balasavage


Middle School

• Make-up pictures at the middle school will be taken on Tuesday, Dec.18. If you have any questions, call the main office at 655-2927.


• The next meeting of the Builders Club will be held in January. Salvation Army Bell Ringers are to report to the Walmart in Pittston at their designated time on Saturday.


• The next practice for the Spelling Bee will be held tomorrow after school in Mrs. Brady's room. Students are responsible for their own transportation home. See Mrs. Brady or Mrs. Noone if you are unable to attend.


The in-school spelling bee will be held on Monday, Jan. 28.


• There will be a Science Olympiad meeting Wednesday 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.


There will be a Math Club meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 3-3:45 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. This is the last meeting before the In-School MATHCOUNTS Competition in January. If you are not able to attend this meeting, please see Dr. Keska for the next set of problems.


• Mr. Bilbow and Mr. Booth would like to thank and congratulate Mr. Lemoncelli and all of the members of the Middle School Band for their wonderfully entertaining Christmas Band Concert.


• There will be Christmas Chorus practice on Monday and Wednesday from 3pm until 4pm in the Middle School music room. Students are responsible for their own transportation home and all rides need to be in front of the middle school no later than 3:55 p.m.


Intermediate Center

The Christmas Chorus Concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Students are to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. Students are encouraged to wear red and green.


•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.


•Holiday Book Fair


The IC is pleased to announce the dates for the December Book Fair. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held Dec. 12 through 17 in the school's lobby. For those of you too busy with the Christmas rush to stop on by, the IC will be offering a first time online book fair. Orders can be placed up to Dec. 19 at www.scholastic.com/fair Any questions you can contact Miss Carr at 654-7176.


Primary Center

•Special Holiday Events


On Thursday, Dec. 20, all students will participate in reading aloud the story, The Night Before Christmas, led by Mrs. McAndrew. Following the read aloud, students will sing Christmas songs led by the high school chorus.


•Parent & Child Holiday Computer Site


An interactive site for parents and children to visit together is: www.northpole.com. Reading, math, writing, and fun activities are available on this site.


Kindergarten Center

•BREAKFAST WITH SANTA


Breakfast With Santa will be held on Tuesday, December 18 in our Kindergarten Cafeteria. The PTO will purchase breakfast for each student.


•POLAR EXPRESS MOVIE DAY


Kindergarten students will watch The Polar Express movie in their classrooms on Wednesday, December 19. Children may wear pajamas or a sweatsuit to school.


NO snack is needed as each child will receive marshmallows and hot chocolate.


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