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2015 Local Earned Income Tax Returns
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School District Policies
PA Child Welfare Portal
Final Budget 2015 - 2016
Canon-McMillan School District Comprehensive Plan
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Canon-Mcmillan Community Scholarship Foundation
School Closings and Delays
Summer 2016 P.E. Rules / Registration Closed
New & Recapped Tires 2016/2017
72 Passenger 2016/2017 Diesel
2016/2017 Trash-Recycling Bid
CM Statement on Track
CMSD Board of Directors Reorganizes
CMSD Declares Board Vacancy
Nov. 19 meeting roundup
Oct. 22 meeting roundup
Annual Audit Report 6-30-2015
AFR 6-30-2015 (revised 12-15-15)
K-6 Summer Enrichment Program
Due to declining participation and the uncertainty of state funding the Canon-
McMillan School District will not offer summer enrichment classes this year for
grades K-6. This does not affect Summer School Classes for grades 9-12.
Canon-McMillan District Teachers Receive School Safety Training
(Principal Dave Helinski (left) discusses ALICE training with School Resource Officer Eric Spicer, of the North Strabane Township Police Department)
After showing a five-minute surveillance video with chilling audio of the Columbine High School shootings, North Strabane Township Police Officer Jonathan Miles apologized to the auditorium full of Canon-McMillan teachers for having to show it at all at the April 26 in service training.
But police, he said, need their help.
It’s tragic but true: Between 2000 and 2013, there have been 160 violent incidents at high schools across the country – more than 11 each year - that resulted in 1,043 innocent people being either injured or killed. And because these incidents often involve an active shooter whose aim is to harm as many people as possible, lockdowns aren’t always the most effective means at keeping a school and its inhabitants safe.
That, Officer Miles and School Resource Officer Eric Spicer said, is where ALICE comes in.
ALICE is active-shooter training that aims to teach educators how to eradicate the “it can’t happen to me” mentality and change the way people in schools respond to armed intruders.
During the morning-long training of teachers district-wide, officers from both North Strabane and Canonsburg (including middle school resource Officer Carl Fetcko) shared the core principles of ALICE, an easy-to-remember acronym that stands for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
Teachers in all buildings were able to learn about how to respond proactively to an armed intruder – and understand how best to defend and protect themselves and their students in case such an incident ever happened.
The officers stressed: That being mentally prepared is half the battle, that teachers and students are not helpless in emergency situations, and that if they see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, to say something.
He told the teachers and administrators in attendance to remember what the gazelle does when it believes it is in danger.
“Does it do what we do and say, ‘Eh, it’s probably nothing? No,” Officer Miles said. “We’d rather you call us and we can prove it’s nothing, than you not call us and it turns out to be something."
He then beckoned to the screen where the Columbine shooting had been projected and added, “This is what happens when it turns out to be something.”
District Assistant Superintendent Scott Chambers said the training is reflective of Canon-Mac’s continuously evolving emergency procedures.
“Our staff was trained several years ago to utilize whatever option - lock down, evacuate, or fight - gives you the best chance of survival in an emergency situation,” he said. “ALICE takes that training to another level by providing specific strategies and tactics for each of those options that greatly increases your ability to survive an active threat.”
April 21st Board Meeting Roundup
Canon-McMillan School District’s Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting April 21, where it made a series of personnel moves.
Directors voted to:
• Accept the resignation of Tyler Crone, high school math/computer science teacher, effective at the end of the day June 8.
• Accept the resignation of Colleen Tatano, Big Mac Band majorette sponsor effective at the end of the day June 8.
• Accept the retirement of Althea Kowalo, accounts payable/purchasing clerk, effective Sept. 30.
• Accept the resignation of Kristen Drakeley, assistant middle school cross-country coach, effective immediately.
• Accept the resignation of Alex Brancazio, assistant eighth-grade cross-country coach, effective immediately.
• Appoint Megan Watelet as the high school yearbook sponsor for the 2015-16 school year at a rate of $2,719.
• Appoint Robert Stone as the Canonsburg Middle School newspaper sponsor for the 2016-17 school year at a rate of $830.
• Approve an educational sabbatical for the first semester of 2016-17 to Susan Lavallee, sixth-grade teacher at Cecil Intermediate School.
• Approve an educational sabbatical for Jaime Read, certified school nurse at First Street Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.
The board also approved the following:
• Renewal of the maintenance agreement with ProSoft/Harris School Solutions at a cost of $20,049.48 effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
• Renewal with Netchemia for Talent Ed recruit and hire professional services at a cost of $3,748.50.
• Renewal with Gallup, Inc. for TeacherInsight assessments effective May 15, 2016 through May 14, 2017 at a cost of $7,867.
• Renewal with Frontline Technologies, Inc. for their Time and Attendance System (Veritime) for the 2016-2017 school term at a cost of $8,206.60.
• Renewal with AERI Behavior Health Services for professional services of three full-time behavioral positions including one behavior consultant, one behavior therapist, and one licensed behavior specialist at a total cost of $195,175.
• Renewal with Compucom, Inc. Preventive Maintenance Agreement for the microfilm reader/printer at central office at a cost of $380.
• Renewal of the agreement with Wesley Spectrum for creative arts programming for the 2016-2017 school year at a cost of $2,000.
• Renewal of the Agreement with Wesley Spectrum for creative arts programming within Canon-McMillan’s ESY program at a cost of $1,200.
• Renewal with Wesley Spectrum for professional services of a mental health therapist(s) effective August 22, 2016 through the end of the 2016-2017 school year at a cost of $147,000.
• Renewal with Autism Education and Research Institute Behavioral Health Services to provide a behavior consultant and a behavior therapist for the 2016 ESY program at a cost of $4,770.
• Renewal with Tri-State Fitness Services, Inc. for preventative maintenance of the strength and cardio equipment at the high school for a period of two years at a cost of $2,400.
• Renewal of the contract with Nutrition, Inc. effective July 1, 2016 for a one-year term for National School Lunch and for the Summer Food Service Program. Nutrition will contribute up to $16,825 toward the anticipated loss.
• One-year extension of the current agreement with UGI Energy Services, LLC (Peoples Gas) to begin Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017 at the rate of NYMEX-Minus ($0.43)/Dth (approximate annual savings of $1,000.
• Renewal with Blackboard Connect Service for the parent/employee notification tool for the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 school years at a cost of $8,659 annually.
• Renewal of the agreement with West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc. to provide Sports Medicine Services for student athletes from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021 at a cost of $32,500 per year for the duration of the agreement, as presented.
The board also took action to repair the high school track. The board approved a change order in the amount $259,745 to:
• Remove the existing synthetic track surface
• mill existing asphalt
• and install new asphalt wearing course
• install 12mm BSS-300 Berlin Blue encapsulated synthetic track surfacing
The board also accepted the following donations:
• From Range Resources: approximately 6,200 linear feet of six-foot high chain-link fencing and multiple gates for use in upcoming projects at an estimated value in excess of $55,000.
• From the American Heart Association: gift certificates in the amount of $450 for Borland Manor Elementary School's participation in the Jump Rope for Heart event to be used to purchase merchandise for their physical education classes. They raised $6,767.
• Donation to Wylandville Elementary School's Living Classroom and school garden in the amount of $711 sponsored by Karen Roberts, 7-Eleven Truckstop in Eighty-Four, PA through the corporate Project-A-Game Grant Program.
• Donation to Borland Manor Elementary School a $25 gift card from The Random House Program (Kaleidoscope Community Partners).
• Donation to Borland Manor Elementary School $18.79 in the form of a reward certificate from Office Depot/Office Max - Give Back to Schools program.
Canon-McMillan school directors also recognized members of the district community for various accomplishments. Congratulations are in order for:
• Third-grader Jackson Schaeber, first-grader Collin O'Brien and third-grader Ruth Pfanstiel. Their artwork was selected to be displayed at the Arts and Chocolate Spectacular art show on April 9 at the Boyce-Mayview Recreation Center. Mrs. Lauren Bizich is the art teacher at Borland Manor Elementary School.
• Borland Manor, Hills-Hendersonville, Cecil and Wylandville Elementary Schools and Cecil Intermediate School for receiving the IU1 Remake Learning Days Grant for showing a strong commitment to celebrating STEM, STEAM, maker and technology-enhanced learning in southwestern Pennsylvania.
• Angela Marasco, middle school teacher, and Dr. Greg Taranto, middle school principal, for the recent AMLE magazine publication about the middle school’s TOPS class.
• Canon McMillan High School sophomore Devin Kamp, who represented the district in the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educator Association All State Choir. Students auditioned for this choral ensemble at the District, Region and State Level. Devin is a member of Bella Voce and Men's Ensemble at Canon McMillan High School.
• Canon-McMillan Senior, Dominic Gentile, who represented the district in the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All State Orchestra Ensemble. Students selected for the All State Orchestra were chosen through competitive auditions at the district, region and state level.
• During the school year, both varsity and junior varsity Southwestern Academic League teams posted undefeated regular season records. The JV team went on to win the league tournament, while the varsity team earned the right to compete in the Intermediate Unit 1 tournament held April 6 at Waynesburg University, and matched Canon-Mac against the championship teams from three other leagues in Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. For the second year in a row, our students won the IU championship, and will participate in the State Academic Tournament in Harrisburg on April 29. This year's team includes seniors Arjun Mittal (captain) and Charlie Harr, and juniors Andrew Balog, Natalie Cummings, Keegan Decker and Jacob Schoeler.
• The Cecil Intermediate School 5th-grade Team took second-place in the regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition and advanced to the state finals, where they placed fifth. They had to solve a no-cycle, recycle problem – to build, ride on, and drive a no-cycle, recycling vehicle. Congratulations to team members Coleton Speer, Scott Downer, Gianna Conti, Riley Skaris, Aaliyah Gilpin, Ethan Bukovinsky and Sam Mascara, as well as their coach, Kristen Speer.
Editor’s Note: Did you know that school board agendas are now available online? They can be accessed here.
CMHS Student Conducts Fishing Demonstrations at Ohio Outreach Program
Canon-McMillan High School student Nick Fulks recently participated in an outreach program as part of the Broken Timber Outdoor Education Center located in Hannibal, Ohio.
He conducted a demonstration about fishing, as well as an on-site demonstration of painting fishing baits.
At the conclusion of the program, Fulks – a high school entrepreneur and owner of Fulks Custom Cranks - gave all kids in attendance free baits and then let them design and paint their own.
Great job, Nick!
Cecil Elementary Students Raise $4.5K for Classmates with Cancer, Get to Prank Principal
The Cecil Elementary School community rallied behind three district classmates battling cancer – raising more than $4,500 and earning some students the right to prank their principal this month.
Students brought in change during Spirit Week, which was complete with themed days (one day students were permitted to wear their PJs, on another day they were allowed to wear crazy hats or hairstyles).
The families of Gregory, a student from South Central, Avery, a student at Wylandville; and Savannah, a student at Borland Manor, were presented with checks for about $1,500 each.
As an incentive, the two classes that raised the most money were given the opportunity to prank their principal, Mrs. Tula Dziak.
Students in Mrs. Sharpnack’s and Mrs. Jacobs’ first-grade classes earned that honor, and pummeled their principal with water balloons filled with colored water.
But the pranking (and mess!) didn’t end there: The Cecil Elementary teachers also got in on the action, hitting the unsuspecting principal with whipped cream pies.
Even Mrs. Dziak’s husband was in on the prank, and presented her with a bouquet of flowers the school’s parent-teacher organization purchased for her.
The PTO posted photos of the fun on Facebook, writing, “Mrs. Dziak over the years has been an amazing sport and this year didn't disappoint!”
As for her?
“It was wild and crazy but worth the smile on Gregory's face!” Mrs. Dziak said, adding that while Avery and Savannah were unable to attend, they received over-sized checks.
The mission of the Canon-McMillan School District, in partnership with the community, is to invest in our greatest resource, our students. We strive to teach, challenge and support all students to prepare them for college and careers with the information and skills necessary to compete, achieve and serve as leaders in a global economy as ethical and responsible citizens.
The vision of the Canon-McMillan School District is to graduate all students with the ethical and effective communication, critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in an evolving global economy.
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