Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Principal Lori Pavlik addresses students and parents with changes, and her new Twitter account where she'll make announcements.
With a new school year, which began yesterday, comes changes. Peters Township High School Principal Lori Pavlik sent an email update to parents and students about what's new at PTHS. In her letter, she discussed: In addition to new teachers and new courses, Pavlik said the school's focus this year will be on preparing students for the Keystone exams, which are replacing the PSSAs at the high school level. Other focuses will be infusing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into more cirricula and embracing the BYOD technologies, which Pavlik said teachers and staff are excited about. "It allows our students to appropriately learn how to use their own technology devices to enhance their learning," she wrote. "During the first…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Share your child's back-to-school photos with Patch readers.
It's the first day back to school for Peters Township students! Seems like just yesterday I laid out my first-day attire and filled my new, colorful JanSport backpack with all of my favorite things—school supplies, including gel pens, pencils, notebooks and that infamous agenda. Times and trends may have changed, but having Mom not far behind on the walk to the bus stop most likely has not. Weeks before the start of school, I remember the days of waiting for the mailwoman to stop by with that much-anticipated homeroom card so we could all call our friends and exchange homeroom numbers. I always enjoyed the first day—meeting new teachers, new friends, seeing the old and familiar, and a fresh start. The feeling of returning to college, …
Monday, August 20, 2012
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Here are some tips to remember as you get ready for the fall semester.
Hey parents: Is your college student headed to college soon? “The start of the fall semester is an exciting time of year for incoming freshman and returning students alike, but it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of campus life and not be as vigilant about personal safety as we should be,” according to StreetSafe, a personal mobile security service that combines the GPS technology in smart phones with a 24-hour state-of-the-art call center. Regardless of if yours is a returning student or a recent Peters Township High School graduate headed to college for the first time, here are some helpful safety tips from Marcia Peot, a full-time police officer and chief safety officer at StreetSafe. 1. Let friends or roommates know …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today, McMurray Elementary alumni will attend orientation at Peters Township Middle School. See what else is happening before the big, first day.
The first day of school is less than two weeks away. Peters Township School District parents and students are preparing for a new year, new classes, new teachers and, for some, new schools. Here are important dates to note before the big day: Wednesday, Aug. 15: Orientation at Peters Township Middle School for incoming seventh-graders from McMurray Elementary (students only), 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16: New Student Orientation at Bower Hill Elementary, 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17: New Student Orientation at McMurray, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22: Walk-Through Night at Bower Hill, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23: New Student Orientation at Pleasant Valley Elementary, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23: Kindergarten Orientation at PV, 6:30 p.m. …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Some say tax increases are inevitable; others say schools need to live within their means and make cuts accordingly.
Because many school districts throughout western Pennsylvania raised property taxes this spring to balance their budgets, the public spotlight on them is burning brightly. What is the answer to balancing a school district's budget as costs rise? As students prepare to go back to school within the next few weeks, Patch is asking what you think school districts should do. Budget deliberations are an annual affair. When spring rolls around in 2013, many of the same questions and issues will remain. What do you think should be done? How do you think cuts will affect the coming school year? Please tell us your thoughts by posting in the comments. This poll will be cross published on all Patch sites across western Pennsylvania. If you are …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
See when school starts and ends, holiday, open house events and in-service days—even the Kennywood picnic for 2013.
It's never too early for Peters Township School District parents and staff to start marking holidays, in-service days and other noteworthy days on their calendars. Here's a month-by-month breakdown of school dates you'll need to know (see attached).
Friday, August 10, 2012
Dr. Mara Linaberger joins Peters Township School District, where she'll be responsible for staff development, assessment and technology-integration.
Peters Township students return to school in just more than two weeks, however staff and new hires have been hard at work training and organizing for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. A new director of staff development is joining the Peters Township School District administrative team. Meet Dr. Mara Linaberger. Responsible for staff development, assessment and technology-integration in the district, she’ll be working closely with Superintendent Dr. Nina Zetty and, of course, Dr. Patricia Kardambikis—assistant to the superintendent. “Our two jobs mesh in many places,” she said. “Curriculum writing, alignment and revision are a big part of ongoing professional development activities in a district.” Originally from Penn Hills, Linaberger …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
AccuWeather.com predicts storms this fall that will spawn more snow this winter.
With the Peters Township school year rapidly approaching, students are likely already wondering how lucky they'll get with snow days. Good news for them (maybe not so much for school administrators) is that AccuWeather.com reports that those students will likely get more snow days this school year than they did during the last one. Last winter, at least nine of the country's snowiest cities had less than 60 percent of their average snowfall (according to USA Today). How is this intensity of this winter being measured? "The presence of El Niño or La Niña—and their strength—is used to project how active the winter season is going to be," AccuWeather.com reports. And AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Peters Township School Board unanimously approved its end of the agreement with the township to contract a full-time officer for the 2012-13 school year.
Peters Township School Board met Monday for a special voting meeting where it unanimously approved its end of the agreement with Peters Township to contract a school resource officer (SRO) for the 2012-13 school year. Board members David Hvizdos and Thomas McMurray were absent. Board Vice President Lori Cuervo said she fully supports having an SRO and looks forward to it, however she expressed concern in job security for the full-time officer. According to the contract, it can extend year-to-year unless terminated by July 1. Cuervo questioned if the officer would be placed back into the police department if the contract was breached next year. Superintendent Nina Zetty said since it involves a union, she believes it is a seniority issue …