Robert Morris plans two open houses
Robert Morris University will host an open house at 7 p.m. today in Sewell Center for anyone interested in studying elementary or secondary education.
Faculty and staff members will discuss the university’s education department program, and what to expect in the profession.
For students interested in learning about the application process, admissions criteria and financial aid, there will be a pregame tailgate and open house at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sewell Center. Refreshments will be provided, as well as tickets to the Colonials home football game at 1:30. To sign up for either open house or get more information, call 1 (800) 762-0097 or go to www.rmu.edu .
St. Valentine school gets two teachers
St. Valentine Catholic School in Bethel Park started the academic year with two new faculty members.
Natalie O’Loughlin is the new second-grade teacher, and Elizabeth Smyder joined the staff as a music teacher for kindergarten through eighth grades.
O’Loughlin previously substituted for the Bethel Park and Chartiers Valley districts and St. Valentine, and most recently was a teacher in St. Valentine’s preschool. Smyder participated in her church choir and served as a cantor and organist, and taught in Ireland with AmeriCorps.
Parents to meet teachers Oct. 6
The Bethel Park High School Parent Teacher Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the high school media center. The meeting will be a “Meet the Principals Night” with all four Bethel Park High School principals. All Bethel Park High School parents are encouraged to attend.
Linda Broderick, who heads the business cooperative education program at Bethel Park High School, is looking for businesses willing to hire high school students eager to jump-start their careers. Students need to be employed for 15 hours a week, be paid at least minimum wage and be available during weekdays, after noon. Businesses able to provide an employment opportunity for students may contact Broderick at (412) 854-8520 or e-mail her at: [email protected] .
Marching band fest scheduled Saturday
The 36th Annual Bethel Park Marching Band Festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school stadium. The high school marching band, the ninth grade band, the Independence Middle School Band, plus bands from seven other high schools will perform. Tickets at the gate are $4 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and senior citizens over 65. For more information, call (412) 835-6745. In case of rain, the show will move to the auditorium.
Storyteller on tap
African-American storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will give a free public performance from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Moon Area Middle School auditorium.
The performance, designed for all students, is offered in collaboration with the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Mavuno Festival 2003.
Students and advisers at Peters Township Middle School earned two national honors for the literary publication Bits of Lit.
The 100-page magazine took first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual magazine contest. The association also dubbed it the nation’s most outstanding intermediate school literary art magazine for 2003.
Bits of Lit contains student art, poetry and prose. Students participate by creating works, proofreading and designing it.
The magazine is distributed to students and staff at the end of each school year.
Board of directors candidates sought
The Peters Township School District is accepting letters of interest and resumes from residents who want to serve on the Peters Township board of school directors.
Board vice president Terry Hart resigned last week after six years of service, leaving two years of her term — from Oct. 22 through Dec. 4, 2005 — to be filled.
Board member Bill Furedy wants to choose someone from the slate of six candidates on the November ballot. “Considering we will be appointing someone right before the election, my concern is that they (the board) will appoint someone who has already been rejected by the community,” Furedy said.
For the election, six candidates are vying for five seats.
Furedy acted as campaign manager for a slate of four candidates, including Sandy Teodori and write-in candidates Jeff Yingling, Allison McClure and incumbent Mark Buzzatto, all who made the ballot for the November election along with incumbents Tom McMurray and Elaine Webb.
Those who are elected in November will take their seats in December.
Send letters of interest and resumes to Peters Township School District, Attention Daniel R. Solomon, Secretary, 631 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Letters of interest and resumes must be received by Sept. 29.
Upper St. Clair
Board OKs goals
The Upper St. Clair School Board on Monday approved a list of goals for the school year.
The list of five goals includes broad targets like developing a fiscal plan, working to become a more effective board, developing a public communications plan, and supporting the development of a comprehensive assessment plan.
Board President Mark Trombetta and Superintendent James Lombardo said they intend to issue each goal set to different board committees.
Board member Clark R. Nicklas urged the board to set deadlines on each goal.
West Allegheny Schools
The West Allegheny School Board and administrators held a dedication ceremony for the new Donaldson Elementary School yesterday.
The West Allegheny High School Concert Chorale under the direction of Earl Wiechelt, Jr., music teacher, sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” and members of the Marine Junior ROTC program, coordinated by Maj. David Botizan, presented the colors.
The school has an enrollment of 380 students. The building features a two-story, glass-enclosed library, a kindergarten suite with a separate entrance, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a cafeteria and offices.