Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Presentations were made to pupils in kindergarten through third grades.
Last Thursday, Abe Lincoln visited Bower Hill Elementary School to share some of the history of his life and presidency with the pupils. Throughout the day, Lincoln provided presentations to the pupils in grades kindergarten through three, ate lunch in the cafeteria and even partnered with school counselor Fred Traumuller to conduct honesty workshops in small groups. Fritz Klein is a professional speaker and actor who has portrayed Lincoln at venues across the United States including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and The Smithsonian.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Polka, pierogies and more!
Friday, February 1 was Pittsburgh Day at Bower Hill Elementary. Third graders at Bower Hill Elementary marked the end of their social studies unit entitled “Pittsburgh: From Frontier to Urban Community” by celebrating Pittsburgh Day on Feb. 1. The students celebrated the city of Pittsburgh and its rich culture and history. They rotated through stations where they created their own Pittsburgh paintings in the style of Andy Warhol, learned to polka and made their own pierogies. As a special end to the day, the students took part in an official tailgate party that featured a special guest this year. Mr. Joe Grkman, grandfather to a third grader at the school, volunteered to come and play the accordion as the students showed off their polka …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
More than $9,700 was granted to Peters Township teachers to help with their efforts in the classroom.
The Peters Township Education Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Granting Educators Opportunities Grants. This year, the PTEF will provide total funding of more than $9,700 to support education in classrooms across the district. The foundation received 13 grant proposals this year and—thanks to support of its staff and parents—will be able to fulfill six of those proposals. District officials said that while all of the proposals were "worthwhile and showed the tremendous dedication of our staff to improving education in our classrooms, the competition was tough and the PTEF Board faced the difficult tasks of selecting the best of the best." The winners are: In the past 18 months, the PTEF has provided more than $16,500…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The winter storm is causing the closures.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 1:10 p.m. A Peters Township School District spokeswoman announced that all Peters Township schools will be dismissed 45 minutes early Friday. Jan. 25. High school students will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m.; middle school students at 2:15 p.m.; and elementary students at 2:45 p.m. "Parents should be aware that we anticipate longer than normal bus rides and while specific arrival tiems may be hard to predict, students may be arriving home earlier than normal. Staff members will remain at the schools with car riders until all students are picked up," according to a news release. In addition, due to winter weather conditions, all evening activities, practices, games and trips have been canceled, …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Some second graders got a special delivery last week.
Some Peters Township second graders recently got a special delivery from Afghanistan. Around Thanksgiving, students in Linda Sallee's Bower Hill Elementary class wrote personal letters to troops in Afghanistan and wished them well during the holiday season. Last week, the students heard back. The soldiers took the time to answer all of their questions and recognized each student. The troops also sent some photos and maps showing where the troops are compared to Peters Township.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Awards were handed out on Oct. 23.
Peters Township Character Counts committee handed out their Fall Recognition Awards on Oct. 23 to 15 members of the community. The ceremony is designed to provide the community with a way to say thank you and to recognize peers, colleagues, neighbors and students for making a commitment to the ideals of respect, honest and responsibility. A list of those recognized this fall is below: The ceremony will air on Peters Township Cable in the coming weeks. The emcees for the fall ceremony were Michael Henaghan, Peters Township Middle School assistant principal and Mr. Christopher Shute, Bower Hill Elementary assistant principal.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Special activities took place at Bower Hill Elementary on Friday.
As part of their "express yourself" theme, Bower Hill Elementary students celebrated International Dot Day on Friday, based on the children's book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Staff members from the Pittsburgh Mattress Factory Museum were on hand to share an interactive art installation created by a Japanese artist. Third grade students, given the job of curator for the event, also assisted their classmates Bower Hill’s very own dot art installation in the hallway. Parents were invited to share the experience via the Bower Hill Library Wiki at www.bhlmc.wikispaces.com.
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. …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Peters Township Council heard residents' concerns Monday and approved a builder's reduced setbacks request with one condition—an interconnection be eliminated.
Editor's Note: This story was last updated at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Peters Township Council approved 4-2 Monday, chairman Robert Atkison and council President Robert Lewis dissenting, a request by Ted Taylor, III to permit reduced setbacks on certain lots in the Whispering Pines plan with the condition that the Berry Lane interconnection be eliminated. The plan was modified to use 35-foot setbacks on 13 lots, 18 lots with full 50-foot setbacks and eight lots with various setbacks. Taylor told council the setbacks were decided with the homeowner and his/her desired amenities in mind, i.e. three-car garages and more backyard space for porches, decks, pools, play sets, etc.—the typography also being a factor. The justification is that the reduced …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Shelly Belcher works behind the scenes of Peters Township School District to promote the excellent work of the students and staff.
Although students may not know her face, they likely look forward to hearing her voice, particularly in the winter time, when she communicates school closings and delays to the families of Peters Township School District (PTSD). This is just one of the many tasks that crosses the desk of Shelly Belcher, communications coordinator at PTSD. And she will be the first to admit that she easily has the best job in the district, although narrowing her responsibilities can be as big of a challenge as some of her projects. "I work with the local media, both proactively and responding to any media calls that come in," said Belcher, a 12-year resident of Peters Township. "I also oversee the district's website and maintain a lot of the content, …