Cecil Elementary Students Celebrate 100th Day of School
Dressed in pearls, flannel shirts, suspenders, canes and even foam curlers, the first graders at Cecil Elementary celebrated their 100th day of school dressed like they were 100 years old.
Some activities included writing about what they would do if they had $100, drawing self-portraits of themselves as 100-years-old, practicing probability (by flipping coins for heads or tails 100 times), and even staying active by doing sets of 10 jumping jacks, sit ups and other fun exercises – up to 100.
First-grade teachers Ashley Sharpnack and Chrissy Ponce prepared a day filled with fun activities that incorporated the number 100 to celebrate 100 days of learning.
Cecil Intermediate Honored as Distinguished Title 1 School
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs each year honors thetop performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania – and for 2014-15, Cecil Intermediate Schoolmade the list.
Cecil Intermediate is the only school in Washington County to be distinguished as a top-performing Title I school.
“Each and every stakeholder in our school community - including our students, parents, teachers and staff members - had a significant role in earning this recognition for Cecil Intermediate,” Principal Bob Kleinhans said.
He added: “Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing innovative, high-quality instruction while working to meet the needs of all of our students. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish thus far while also continually working to exceed our own lofty expectations.”
Superintendent Michael Daniels lauded the achievement.
“We are proud of the Cecil Intermediate School community for achieving the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs ‘Distinguished’ designation,” he said. “This designation was awarded to only 96 Title I-eligible schools across the state. What an honor. Congratulations to Mr. Kleinhans and his team (staff, students and parents) for their hard work.”
The Canon-McMillan community is invited to join Blessings in a Backpack at the Wendy’s restaurant in Canonsburg on Thursday, Feb. 19 for a night of food and fundraising for a great cause.
Blessings in a Backpack, Canonsburg Wendy's Team Up for Fundraiser to Benefit CMSD Students
The event, hosted by the nonprofit organization – one that is designed to feed elementary school children over the weekend so they can return to school Mondays ready to learn - will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wendy’s will donate 10 percent of the food profits that night to Blessings in a Backpack – and 100 percent of all of that money raised will go to help students at First Street and South Central elementary schools served by Blessings in a Backpack.
First Street Elementary Principal Shannon Bach and her secretary will be on hand to help out during the event, and Wendy’s will host a backpack-themed raffle with prizes such as stickers, pencils, pens and more.
Can’t attend but want to support the non-profit and the Canon-McMillan students it serves? No problem! Donations may be sent to:
Blessings in a Backpack (Attention: Canon-Mac)
P.O. Box 133
Venetia, PA 15367
Need more information? Contact Louise Carmichael at 724-344-5471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Jeans Needed for High School Service Project
Jeans have overtaken Canon-McMillan High School teacher Chelsea Geist’s environmental science classroom.
She said students and members of the high school community – as well as folks from several of the district’s elementary and intermediate buildings – have lent their support to a national service project known as Teens for Jeans.
But don’t let the name fool you, Geist said: The program is designed for teens to collect jeans to be distributed to people of all ages through homeless shelters across the country.
So far, the response from the high school and the community at large has been tremendous.
“This is the first time we’ve done anything like this, and the response has been overwhelming,” Geist, who helped spearhead the effort, said.
And she wants to let everyone in the community know that it isn’t too late to get involved, and help Canon-McMillan School District compete for a scholarship/grant program for schools that go above and beyond for the program, collecting the most jeans.
Jeans for men, women and children will be accepted through Tuesday, and all you have to do is drop them off at the main office at the high school.
On Wednesday, all the donations will be bussed over to the Aeropostale store at Tanger Outlets for sorting and delivery to a central location where they are then distributed to those in need.
“We’d really love to be able to double the number we have now,” Geist said.
Spotlight: Canon-McMillan High School Dance Marathon Raised More than $7,500
Canon-McMillan High School Student Council’s recent dance marathon raised more than $7,500 for the Santa Fund.
The dance marathon took place in the high school gymnasium all day Friday, Dec. 19 and featured students who signed up with a partner and who raised money to dance the day away for a cause.
The day of the marathon there were activities and dances each period, with couples getting eliminated throughout the day, along with other fun events.
The couples who made it the longest without being eliminated won cash and other special prizes, but not before a multi-round dance off that was, up until the finale, judged by student body applause.
Congrats to the winners, who included:
- First place: Jordan Oravetz and Lexi Vidonish
- Second place: Chyna Beck and Brooke Paris
- Third place: Allison Oddi & Ashlyn Whipple
- Fourth place: Ethan Linderman and Mike Strosko
- Fifth place: Taylor Reidel and Morgan Spoharski
- Sixth place: Jake Spencer and Chandler Palyas
- Best costume: Emma Engel and Kim Coleman
Student council representatives brought back the marathon in the hopes that it would buoy student participation in fundraising for the Santa Fund – and student council sponsor and high school teacher Lori Freeze said it did just that.
Students and faculty also brought in spare change and competed as classes to raise the most money in the annual Change Days event, which was held in conjunction with the marathon.
The dance marathon and Change Days fundraisers, though, were also preceded by a holiday door-decorating contest. Between Dec. 3 and 11, students worked together with their first-period classes to decorate their classroom doors.
Spotlight: High School 'Flour Baby' Project Teaches Freshmen About Responsibilities of Parenting
After doing some quick math, Canon-McMillan High School freshman Adrian Ogden turned to a classmate and said, “I don’t know where I’m gonna get all this money from.”
The project will also ultimately benefit the community: All those five-pound bags of flour will be donated to the local food pantry.
Formula, diapers, day care - all the costs involved with caring for and raising a child add up, which was just one lesson learned by Ogden and all his fellow health class peers this week as part of what is affectionately being called the Flour Baby project.
Health teachers Lara Antis and Danielle Hewitt spearheaded the new initiative this year, something they said they did to liven up the curriculum and engage students through a hands-on learning project.
“My hope is to teach our students that early sexual activity can not only affect them both physically and emotionally but also can result in teen pregnancy,” Antis said. “We want to give our students a better understanding of the great responsibility that is required in raising a child.”
This is how it works: Each ninth-grade health student was given a 5-pound bag of flour, which would be their “baby” for the week. After a gender reveal party that included students selecting plastic baby diaper pins out of a hat – with blue ones indicated a boy and pink one’s denoting a girl. The students named their babies (even creating a birth certificate), and were asked to personalize them.
For Ogden, that meant adorning his flour baby with a face and furry winter hat. A fellow classmate’s baby was dressed in black-and-gold finery, while yet another was outfitted with a handle for easier carrying.
Throughout the week, students learned how to change diapers (an exercise that was complete with melted Reese’s Cups for added effect), and how to hold and burp a baby. But that was only the tip of the learning iceberg: Students also learned about childhood illnesses and how genetic traits are passed on from parents to children.
And they were responsible for filling out a log telling their teachers where their babies were each hour of the day, with initials from babysitters when they are necessary.
This learning project extended beyond the health classroom to the rest of the school, Antis and Hewitt said.
Building teachers were all made aware of the project, some providing “daycare” areas for the “babies” so they wouldn’t be out on student’s desks.
Antis said even coaches were getting into the project. Ninth-grade boys basketball coach Jason Dill told his team, for example, that he would provide daycare, but that daycare is expensive, and they’d have to run drills as payment.
Two Canon-Mac Administrators Named to Gov.-Elect Wolf's Transition Team
Two Canon-McMillan administrators this week were named to Gov. Elect Tom Wolf’s transition team for education – Superintendent Michael Daniels and Canonsburg Middle School Principal Dr. Greg Taranto.
Members of the transition team will work with the agency review heads and the outgoing administration “to better understand the issues and challenges that face the executive branch,” according to Wolf’s website.
Daniels and Taranto, who spoke with the governor-elect one-on-one during a visit last fall, said they were both pleasantly surprised by news they had been asked to serve on the team.
Wolf toured the middle school, a two-time National School to Watch, and discussed learning initiatives, as well as challenges facing public education, with Taranto, Daniels and other staff members.
“I was kind of blown away,” Taranto said, adding that he appreciated the fact Wolf was asking for input from educators at the local level.
“It’s that local voice – that’s what we need to get back,” Taranto, the 2012 Pennsylvania Middle Level Principal of the Year, said. “I’m looking forward to working with the transition team and representing Canon-McMillan, the county and public education across the state.”
Superintendent Michael Daniels echoed Taranto’s sentiments, and added that he was excited to both be a part of the team and to have the opportunity to serve on it alongside his colleague.
“Dr. Taranto’s quality leadership style, genuine character and passion for public education will serve the team well in addressing the issues locally and throughout Pennsylvania,” he said. ”It’s an honor for me, too, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Taranto said he also looks forward to the experience.
“I am honored and excited to be serving on the transition team along with Mr. Daniels. He understands and values the importance of professional autonomy in our field,” he said. “As a result, he values input from all stakeholders, be it teachers, students, parents, principals and community members. Personally, this is energizing to me to go out there and do my all! I am confident that he will bring this to the transition team.”
Spotlight: Canon-McMillan High School to Host Financial Aid Night
Charlene Bedillion, assistant director of financial aid at Washington & Jefferson College will be the keynote speaker at Canon-McMillan High School’s Financial Aid Night scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 in the high school auditorium.
Topics to be covered at the event - hosted by the high school counseling office - include the Canon-McMillan application process, the college selections process, FASFA, financial aid and scholarship resources.
Parents and guardians of Canon-McMillan High School students in 11th and 12th grade are invited to attend.
Questions? Feel free to call the high school counseling department at 724-873-5166.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: Display Case Featuring Military Items of Longtime Teacher, Student Benefactor Unveiled
Members of VFW Memorial Park Post 764 of McMurray on Tuesday joined the Canon-McMillan High School community for the unveiling of two custom-built cases displaying army uniforms and black-and-white photographs from the personal collection of longtime Canon-Mac teacher and student scholarship benefactor, Bernard Singer.
Singer, a WWII and the Korean War veteran, and his wife, Margaurite, established grant programs at California University and Carlow University to benefit Canon-McMillan students seeking to further their educations.
That rich history as both a veteran and an enthusiastic supporter of the district prompted the Singers’ longtime friend and fellow attendee of St. Benedict the Abbot in Peters Township, Daniel McPoyle, to donate the items for display.
High school Principal Dave Helinski said teacher Pat Hudock built the cases in which Singer’s items are now displayed – something that McPoyle said is appropriate for his late friend, who served as an industrial arts teacher at the district.
"We are honored here at Canon-McMillan High School to be given the opportunity to keep and display such wonderful artifacts from the Singer family,” Helinski said. "Their legacy and the legacy of all of our veterans is now secured for all of our students to know and reflect upon each and every day."
The event was planned for 9 a.m. Nov. 12 in the Canon-McMillan High School atrium to coincide with Veterans Day, which was observed Nov. 11.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: School Bus Safety and You
As the academic year continues, we at Canon-McMillan would like to remind community members to be cognizant of buses traveling throughout our neighborhoods to transport students to and from school each day.
When traveling during the school year, please remember that, under Pennsylvania law:
- Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses with their red lights flashing and with their stop arm extended.
- Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
- Motorists that are following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
- If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
- Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
Drivers convicted of violating the above may face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and/or a 60-day license suspension.
Need more information? Check out the state Department of Transportation’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: Blessings in a Backpack Program Extends to South Central Elementary School
A group of volunteers gathered in South Central Elementary School’s auditorium, formed an assembly line of sorts, and began working their way down a long table filled with boxed and canned foods, stuffing items into backpacks to send home with some of the pupils at the building.
The school is the second in the Canon-McMillan School District to benefit from a program called Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization that is designed to feed elementary school children over the weekend, so they can return to school Mondays ready to learn.
The local arm of the national nonprofit began distributing food to pupils in First Street Elementary School last year, and branched out to South Central this school year.
School administrators and other distinguished guests joined Blessings in a Backpack organizers and volunteers recently at South Central to celebrate the launch of the program there.
The nonprofit’s fundraiser, Carolyn Gentile, explained that families of children who may be eligible for the National School Lunch Program may also take advantage of Blessings in a Backpack.
She said for as little as $80 per eligible pupil, the program can fill a backpack full of food that will help supplement and complement their family’s pantry items over a 38-week period.
The group, which deals directly with Walmart in Trinity Pointe in Washington to order the food, works throughout the week to order, pick up, sort and pack it into backpacks that are then distributed to the children through their teachers each Friday.
Louise Carmichael, chair of the Blessings in a Backpack program, addressed the crowd at the South Central kickoff event, thanking volunteers, donors and supporters, and explaining that nearly 70 percent of U.S. school children qualify for the National School Lunch Program. For many of those children, she said, these school meals are their main source of nutrition during the week.
And the program, Carmichael added, realizes noticeable results – she said increased attendance, decreased school nurse visits, positive behavior and better test scores have all been attributed to the success of the program nationally.
First Street Elementary Principal Shannon Balch said the program has been well-received at her building.
“It’s a great way to help our students,” she said. “You never want a child to go hungry.”
South Central Principal Michelle Tomicek said, “Blessings in a Backpack is a wonderful organization that I am pleased to be part of this year at South Central. The efforts are 100 percent child focused."
Both Gentile and Carmichael said Blessings in a Backpack is actively seeking volunteers to help with everything from picking up food to packing it, and organizers added that financial donations are always welcome.
Want more information? Visit the nonprofit’s website at Blessingsinabackpack.org. Want to get involved? Call Carmichael at 724-344-5471. Need to know where to send donations to benefit our fellow Canon-Mac students? Here it is:
Blessings in a Backpack
P.O. Box 133
Venetia, PA 15367
Canon-Mac Spotlight: 10th Annual Jack-o-Lantern Jog Slated for Oct. 25; Proceeds Benefit Community Scholarship Foundation of CM
The Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon-McMillan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to awarding scholarships to Canon-Mac seniors continuing with post-secondary education, will host its 10th-annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at Central Van & Storage located at 595 Meadowlands Boulevard.
The Jack-O-Lantern Jog benefits The Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon-McMillan’s Dollars for Scholars program. All proceeds will be awarded as scholarships to deserving graduating students of the Canon-McMillan School District.
In May, the foundation awarded scholarships totaling $77,450 to 84 graduating seniors.
The 5K race is professionally scored by Miles of Smiles and is U.S. Track and Field sanctioned.Individual and team medals will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers.All 5K finishers will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal.
A one-mile stroll – or fun walk – is an untimed, unscored, family-friendly event, will also take place.
All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt, goodie bag and raffle tickets for both the basket raffle and grand prize drawing. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event, and prizes will be drawn promptly at 9 a.m. The grand-prize drawing will be drawn at the end of the race. Winners must be present to claim all prizes.
Pre-registration for the race is $23 and day-of registration is $25.
Participants can register on line at www.active.com.
Please visit our website at http://www.eteamz.com/jackolanternjog for more information or contact Jill Sabol at Saboljajr@verizon.net.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: Meet the CM High School Homecoming Court!
Canon-McMillan High School’s homecoming court has been announced!
This year’s king and queen will be crowned at the homecoming game this Friday, Oct. 10, against Upper St. Clair.
The homecoming dance will be held Saturday at the high school.
(Left to right, top row)
Jonathan Weese, Jared Hladycz, Josh Kruczek, Ethan Marra not pictured is Ethan Linderman.
(Left to right, bottom row)
Adriana Sciulli, Anna Chelli, Emma Engel, Elizabeth Beachy, Mackenzie Klutch.
Canon-Mac Spotlight: National Anthem Anniversary Celebrated at Cecil Intermediate School
A celebration was held recently at Cecil Intermediate School to honor and observe the 200-year anniversary of the penning of our National Anthem.
Participants gathered around the flagpole in front of the building Sept. 12 – where 11 sixth-graders read a brief history of the War of 1812, and the events that led Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our National Anthem.
Those students included: Madison, Caroline, Mallory , Owen , Hayley , Carrera , Ty , Sarah , Braiden, Liz and Alexis .
The event concluded with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by four students from the Canon-McMillan High School ensemble - Bella – who sang the anthem a cappella. Those students included: junior tenor Drew , senior alto Amber , senior soprano Brianna and junior bass Nick . Their director is Ms. Maggie Sisson.
Cecil Intermediate music teacher Cheri McIlvaine said the event reinforced what her sixth-graders have been studying: Not only our National Anthem’s history, but also its lyrics and how to sing the tune accurately.
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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