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FOREST HILLS RANGER REVIEW *Special Edition* Vol. XXXVII No 3 Spring 2017 A New Journey As Lao Tzu so famously proclaimed, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The journey of Forest Hills School District began in 1966 as part of a jointure of Adams Township and Triangle Area (an earlier union of South Fork-Croyle and Beaverdale-Wilmore). This jointure, a collaborative decision of surrounding communities, forged not only a new school district but also, more importantly, a community of one – the Forest Hills Rangers! The rich history of Forest Hills includes a journey of many – many decision makers, communities, employees, and students. The journey initiated in 1966 was a bold first step for the Forest Hills School District. Along this journey many educational and structural changes occurred, from building renovations and expansions to new construction. Each change provided new opportunities for the community and our students. Perhaps the greatest opportunity afforded to the Forest Hills community occurred on January 9, 2017, with the opening of a new Junior-Senior High School. This day, marked by uncontained excitement, signaled a new journey in the Forest Hills School District. The new Junior-Senior High School features state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the latest technology, a professionally engineered performing arts venue, and athletic and educational facilities to showcase the District’s talent. The facility represents a culmination of planning, hard work, and dedication on the part of board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community members. Lao Tzu’s prophetic words engender courage and commitment, the defining characteristics of our district. From its initial decision to form the Forest Hills School District, our community has demonstrated the courage and commitment to high-quality public education. This journey that started many years ago has presented challenges over the years. However, in spite of the challenges, Forest Hills is proud to publically unveil its new Junior-Senior High School facility that will provide the students with the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills, and support they deserve for the 21st century. We encourage the Forest Hills community to celebrate our new journey by joining the students, school board, administrators, faculty, and staff at the Junior-Senior High School grand opening event on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

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~ SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE ~ “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” - Jim Rohn Greetings! Wow! Our project began as a meeting of eight individuals in the district office nine years ago. There have been times over the past nine years when it seemed this day would never come, and yet, we have arrived! What an adventure it has been! The Junior-Senior High School is a building like none other in Pennsylvania, with more amazing details than can be shared in this newsletter. I am thrilled to invite you to experience the building’s many great features in person on June 3, 2017 for tours and a series of community concerts. As we step boldly into our future and experience the amazing potential available to our students and community in this building that was designed to meet the educational needs of our students during the day and serve as the epicenter of the community in the evenings, I invite you to join me in pausing to remember our District’s rich history and the hard work that has been invested to make the centerpiece of our community a reality. The building is the result of countless individuals spending countless hours, days, months, and years working to create this one-of-a-kind structure and cementing our future in the tradition of excellence. I am thankful for the continued honor of serving as your superintendent and having the privilege to introduce you to the extraordinary building that encapsulates the work and dedication of so many talented individuals. Please plan to join us on June 3, 2017 for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the Forest Hills School District! Sincerely, Edwin Bowser Superintendent of Schools Junior-Senior High Building Dedication Ceremony On May 26, 2017, the Forest Hills School District is excited to welcome a variety of invited guests and dignitaries to celebrate the dedication of the brand new state-of-the-art Junior-Senior High School. The day will begin at noon with a reception for invited guests and dignitaries followed by a program including musical performances by several Forest Hills students for all faculty, staff, students in grades pre-K-12, and invited guests. The program speakers include Forest Hills alumnus Ethan Gabany (class of 2013), Forest Hills Ministerium, school administration, and several dignitaries. After the program, tours of the new facility will be given to the invited guests and dignitaries. Forest Hills Junior- Saturday, June 3, 2017 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Guided tours with faculty and staff 2:00-3:00 p.m. Forest Hills Community Band 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sam Coco Concert — Auditorium 5:00-7:00 p.m. Old Skool Concert — Auditorium 2

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Check It Out! The new Junior-Senior High School not only offers the students a 21st century educational facility, but also serves as the epicenter for the Forest Hills community. When touring the new building, be sure to check out some of these incredible points of interest! Library Mural - The mural in the library is a focal point and depicts a rich part of the District’s history. The photo is of the South Fork branch of the Little Conemaugh merged with a photo of a library book. The mural was designed by Jennifer Raptosh, librarian and 1998 graduate of the Forest Hills School District, and the photo of the Little Conemaugh was taken by Chad Grattan, a 1997 graduate of the Forest Hills School District. Fine Arts Wing -The Fine Arts Wing contains some of the most current technology and resources available, including a fullyequipped Mac lab, large open-space art rooms, and music rooms equipped with acoustical panels and ceilings to enhance sound. Studio - The studio enables our student news anchors with the opportunity to produce professional quality news broadcasts. LGI - The large group instruction room, fully equipped with presentation equipment, accommodates a variety of functional configurations. The front section of the room holds two classes of students in lecture-style seating. The back half of the room seats over 100 people in retractable seating. Ranger Station - This spacious food court offers four serving stations, providing students and staff with a variety of menu options each day including pizza and chef salads. SGIs - The building has eight small group instruction areas located throughout common areas. These SGIs are perfect for cooperative learning opportunities and are multi-functional, serving as a classroom alternative for teachers and students. These areas are also used for meetings, peer tutoring, and independent or group work. Athletics - The air-conditioned gymnasium facility is connected to the field house creating a comprehensive athletic complex. While the gymnasium functions as a physical education classroom, its design allows it to be used as a performance venue for PIAA events. The gymnasium has a seating capacity of over 1,000. A wrestling room, multiple locker rooms, concession stand, and ticket booth area help to make this wing a professional complex. Auditorium - The performing arts center is an 760-seat auditorium with professional quality acoustical and lighting features. The auditorium will host student performances as well as serve as a venue for community events. Conference Rooms - Three conference rooms in the building allow for meeting space to fit the needs of the District. The two main conference rooms, located in the senior high and junior high offices, are equipped with 65” J-Touch interactive screens for meetings. Security of the Building - The District prioritized the safety of our students and staff in designing the new building. More than 120 cameras were installed to monitor the building inside and out. All visitor entrances are mousetraps which allows for limited access to the building. Areas of the building can be isolated for limited access during evening or special events. The new Junior-Senior High School features a variety of educational and extracurricular opportunities that are detailed above; however, the building contains many other benefits for students, teachers, and the community at large, making the school a multifunctional facility where there is something for everyone! 3

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