Monday, May 20, 2013
The construction begins Wednesday.
Peters Township school officials are warning district parents that upcoming construction of Valley Brook Road and state Route 19 could cause bus delays for students. Construction, which will entail the closing of that intersection as well as sections of Old Washington Road, is slated to begin Wednesday. "The district has been preparing for these changes in cooperation with the township and families whose bus stops must be moved have already been personally contacted by the transportation department," school officials noted. Because of the detours and increased traffic in other parts of the township, district officials said they do expect to experience delays on most of its bus routes when construction begins. "We appreciate your patience …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Spanish class helped spruce up their neighborhoods following a lesson plan about recycling.
In Señora Deliere’s Spanish 1B class at the high school, students recently completed projects exploring recycling and cleaning up their own neighborhoods. Chapter 8B of the textbook "Realidades," which is currently used for Peters Township High School, concerns recycling, volunteering, and giving back to the community. Rather than just have the students study the vocabulary, the class decided to practice the vocabulary. Each student was permitted to choose his or her own area of their neighborhood that needed cleaned up. After gathering abandoned items from the clean-up, the students recycled and cleaned up the area and wrote sentences in Spanish—using the past tense—to tell what they had done. "Project-based learning, while not a new …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here is a security update from the district.
In the wake of a bomb threat found at the Peters Township High School on Wednesday, students belongings were searched as they entered the building Thursday morning. "As you know, late Wednesday afternoon, a bomb threat was found inside the high school. Police and fire departments were on site through the evening conducting a thorough search of the facility, finding nothing to substantiate the threat," a district spokeswoman said. "We appreciate the patience of our students and parents as we went through this process. The cooperation of everyone involved made the search this morning quick and efficient, and we were able to begin a normal school day." District officials indicated that while they do not believe the threat to be credible, "…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Officials from Peters Township School District sent out a notice Tuesday afternoon.
Peters Township School District officials are warning parents that a traffic accident could cause a bus delay for some students. A district spokeswoman said an accident is blocking traffic on East McMurray Road. As a result, buses coming from McMurray Elementary, Pleasant Valley and Bower Hill may experience delays arriving home. A Washington County 911 supervisor said there were unknown injuries in the two-vehicle crash, which happened at East McMurray and Holly Road around 3:15 p.m. No further information was immediately available Tuesday afternoon. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
The program will be offered this Thursday and the target audience includes parents of elementary and middle school-aged children.
With college costs rising every year, the Peters Township Public Library will host a program to help parents understand their options and prepare to finance their child's college education well before their high school years. "Jump Start Your Child's College Savings" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Presenters will be Jayeann Harr, Higher Education Access Partner of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and David Dominick from the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. At the program, parents of students in elementary and middle school can learn from a representative from PHEAA about the college financial aid process, the programs for aid that are currently available, and how to apply for …
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the local school board. Six of the candidates have cross-filed and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current Vice President Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary election. Another candidate, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. So, who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The focus of one committee will be the human growth and development and sexuality units.
Peters Township School District is seeking volunteers for two committees. The first is the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards Committee. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. The State Board adopted Common Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. A committee will be formed to review the implementation of the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The committee will develop a vision for the transformation of the library into a media center.
Looking to volunteer? Because the Peters Township School District needs your help. The district is seeking community members for the High School Library Curriculum Research Committee. The first meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the high school library. The committee will work to develop a vision and mission statement for the updating of the high school library to a library media center. This will entail transforming the physical space and updating the curriculum. Interested? Contact Dr. Patricia Kardambikis at 724-941-6251 x7298 by May 17. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The search has reached interview phase.
The search for a new Peters Township School District superintendent has reached the interview phase. The paper screening and phone interviews of the first set of candidates have been completed and the pool of potential candidates narrowed. The school board is now in the process of conducting in-depth interviews to ensure that the hired superintendent possesses the qualities and demonstrates the skills indentified in the focus groups held with teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members. There will be several more rounds of interviews before the board reaches a decision. "The board extends its appreciation to the community for your patience and support as we work to ensure that the best candidate is selected as the …
The drill is planned for Monday.
As Peters Township School District continues its safety preparedness efforts, Pleasant Valley Elementary School will be conducting an emergency lockdown drill on Monday. This drill will take place at approximately 2 p.m. Just as the district conducts monthly fire drills and annual severe weather drills, this lockdown drill is done bi-annually to ensure the school practices and reflects upon each experience. "Reflection is our way of ensuring we are prepared if the need for a lockdown should ever arise," a district spokeswoman said. A school lockdown may be initiated when school officials believe that there is a credible threat to student and staff safety. Lockdowns are classically used to protect students from intruders, bomb threats, …