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Forest Hills Ranger Review Vol. XXXVIII No 2 Winter 2017-2018 Greetings everyone and Happy New Year. Another year has come and gone. Every year at this time, my first order of business is to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Forest Hills community for their continued support, and express my sincere thanks to the students and school board members for making my six and a half years as your superintendent a positive experience. In addition, my wish is to all individuals living in our community and surrounding communities is that the 2018 New Year brings everyone an abundance of joy, prosperity, and good health. The Forest Hills School District has a proud history of living the motto, “Excellence is the Tradition.” As we progress through the 2017-2018 school year entirely on one campus, the continuity of this tradition is evident. With our state-of-the-art facilities and newfound sense of community, we are confident that the Forest Hills School District is poised to become an exemplar of the district of the future. The new Junior-Senior High School is paving the way to the future via new initiatives. In any given classroom, visitors will see Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, e-readers, wireless headsets, stylus pens, document cameras, and other types of connective technology being utilized to enhance the overall experience of learning. Art classes are using 3D drawing pens to make art come to life. Teachers in the English department deliver dynamic lessons using technologies such as Nearpod and ask students to reflect on their learning via video. Our technology department is providing students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, (Continued on Page 2)

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~ SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE ~ Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts including working with plasma cutters and 3D printers. From Coding to CADD (ComputerAided Design & Drafting), Google to Microsoft, and even virtual reality, our students are exposed to the newest and most advanced technological curriculum as we remain committed to preparing our students to succeed in an ever-changing global society. The close proximity of the new building to the Elementary School increases opportunities for sharing staff and teacher expertise, and has led to initiatives that can grow with students from K-12. Moveable, programmable, robotic devices now roam both buildings as students in the Elementary School begin to explore the world of coding. Students have been building, programming and commanding their own LEGO EV3 robots, participating in imaginative, multi-sensory, dynamic learning experiences with specially designed LEGO Bricks 4 Kidz kits, and demystifying code through "The Hour of Code." As early as 4th grade, students are exposed to Google Classroom and secure in-house Gmail accounts. Finally, one of the announcements that we are most excited about is the development of a new Forest Hills App. District administrators are currently working hand-in-hand with Legitapps on a design that will enhance communication throughout our district and beyond. When it is finished, the app will be available for download on Apple’s App Store or on the Google Play Store. Keep an eye on the FHSD website where we will make an announcement when the app becomes available for download! IT IS GREAT TO BE A RANGER! Sincerely, Edwin Bowser Superintendent of Schools School Resource Officer Initiative For over seven years the Forest Hills School District has contemplated the hiring of a school resource officer to help and assist in enhancing the safety and security of our students and staff. The board and administration had extensive discussions regarding securing an individual for this position. Because the District was physically located on two separate campuses approximately 8 miles apart, consisted of three independent buildings, and 7 years ago we began a very comprehensive construction project, it was very difficult for the board and administration to justify seeking funding for this position. Upon the completion of the Junior-Senior High School construction project, and now having grades Pre-k -through 12 on one single campus, the school board gave the administration the nod to move forward and apply for the Safe School Grant funding. Due to the efforts of the Adams Township Police Department, Adams Township Supervisors, and Forest Hills administration, especially Mr. Curt Vasas, a request for proposal to secure funding for this position was completed. (Continued on Page 11) 2

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~ SCHOOL BOARD NEWS ~ The Forest Hills School Directors held their annual School Board Reorganization Meeting on December 7, 2017. The following are the current members of the School Board: (L to R) Mr. Robert Beyer; Mrs. Corina Long; 1st Vice President, Mrs. Tracy Helsel; Mr. Keith Rager; School Board President, Mr. Galen George; Treasurer, Dr. Timothy Ondrejik; Dr. Richard Knavel; 2nd Vice President Mrs. Deborah Petrunak (missing Board Secretary, Mr. John Bopp). Say Thanks to Our School Board Members! Public education is more than just learning basic math, science, English, and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It inspires hope for a new generation and a successful future. This institution exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools. Every January we celebrate these everyday heroes—the nine elected school board members who serve our students and educational system. School directors volunteer, on average, 20 hours a month to help run the schools in our community. The school board makes difficult decisions for the betterment of our students. They vote on multi-million dollar budgets, hire staff, select textbooks, and review bus schedules and curriculum, to name a few. These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, parents at our school, and engaged senior citizens. We ask you, the school directors’ fellow community members, to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort, and dedication to public education’s advancement. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority. 3

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Staff Retirements The Forest Hills School District proudly recognizes three staff members who retired during the 2017-2018 school year. The Board of School Directors, administrators, staff, and students thank each for taking the time to make a difference in the lives of our young people. Mrs. Deborah Gage— Mrs. Gage worked at the Forest Hills Elementary School as a custodian from April 2008 until November 2017. She was a hard and dedicated worker. She will be greatly missed. We would like to wish her the best in her retirement. Mrs. Yvonne Perich—Mrs. Perich has been a valuable part of the Forest Hills cafeteria staff since she began substituting in November 1997. She was hired as a part-time cafeteria worker in October 1998. In December 2006 she began working in a full-time capacity in the cafeteria, with 4 years in the Middle School and 6 years in the High School. Yvonne concluded her career at Forest Hills as part of the cafeteria staff in the new Junior-Senior High and was involved in the move, set up, and transition during the 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Perich has been an asset to the cafeteria program in every way, and we appreciate her 19 years of service to the students of the District. Mrs. Debra Zimmerman—Mrs. Zimmerman had 11½ years’ of service with Forest Hills School District. She started at Forest Hills High School in 2006 as a Distance Learning Aide. There she helped with the day to day services of the distance learning program and assisted in our high school library. In 2011 Mrs. Zimmerman was transferred to the elementary library where she became an aide to Mrs. Miller, Elementary Librarian. While at the elementary Mrs. Zimmerman helped in the day to day operations of the elementary library. Mrs. Zimmerman was not only an asset to Forest Hills, but also a true friend to all teachers, staff, and students. We will truly miss her but wish her well in her retirement. The Forest Hills Football Boosters would like to extend our appreciation to the following for being Game Ball Sponsors for the 2017 season. Thank you for supporting our DISTRICT 6 CHAMPION RANGERS! DARRICK HUBER INSURANCE AGENCY – STATE FARM* BARCLAY ELECTRIC INC.* DR. J. ERIC WIECZOREK, MD* BUD’S AUTO SALES* THE LONG BARN INC II* MORRIS’ TAVERN & RESTAURANT EM’S SUB SHOP VICK’S SIDMAN SUBWAY MR. MUFFLER VANTAGE PHYSICAL THERAPY RITA’S RESTAURANT BRIAN & MICHELLE McLEARY – IN MEMORY OF ANDY PERETIN SUMMERHILL TWP. VFC – BEAVERDALE REAL ESTATE PRO DISPOSAL SHEETZ #113 SIDMAN CRUTE’S BARBER SHOP 1ST SUMMIT BANK SALIX OFFICE ED & CHRISTINE PERETIN DON HUDSON HOME MAINTENANCE J.B. WELDING LUCAS REMODELING & CONSTRUCTION LLC FOX’S PIZZA SIDMAN CARPENTER FINANCIAL SERVICES WESSEL & COMPANY McILWAIN SCHOOL BUS LINES Excellence is the Tradition! SUMMERHILL SOCIAL CLUB CMC PHOTOGRAPHY *Designates sponsored all home games VAL HUDSON AMERICAN DREAM 4

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~ SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ~ Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Curt Vasas Hello! It may be hard to believe, but the course scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year will soon be underway. Course selection is one of the most important events for a high school student. As students begin to form ideas about future endeavors and aspirations, the classes they take in high school can help pave the way for future success. Many options exist for our students. Courses in core subject areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts), elective areas such as the arts and technology, and vocational options are all available. Students have the ability to earn college credit through dual enrollment courses with local universities as well as through our Advanced Placement curriculum. AP courses exist in all core subject areas. For the 2018-2019 school year, the High School is looking at offering new courses to challenge our students and provide them with the content they need to be successful upon graduation. The scheduling process will begin with our guidance counselors meeting with groups of students in the classroom setting. Course selection sheets, along with a course description booklet, will be distributed to each student. Students will review courses and, with the help of their parents or guardians, select classes that meet our graduation requirements and allow them to further explore a variety of interests. Counselors will review course selections with students individually and verification sheets will be sent home. Again, scheduling is a very important aspect of our students’ academic career. If you, as a parent or guardian, have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor or the high school administration. The scheduling process requires input from all parties involved so our students can be in the best position for future success. Thank you. High School Physical Education Classes Team Up with the U.S. Army On November 2, 2017, as part of honoring veterans, the high school physical education instructors, Mrs. Gdula, Mr. Strayer, and Mr. Wozniak, along with U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sergeant Aaron Eddington, set up an obstacle course for the senior high students. The obstacle course was designed to give the students the oppor- tunity to build confidence, teach teamwork, and sample some of the physical training requirements for the armed forces. The ob- stacle course utilized the entire field house, and students partici- pated in a number of challenging activities that involved running, crawling, rolling, climbing a rope swing, using scooters, and carrying weighted equipment within the course. Students were encouraged to do their best and were timed throughout the obstacle course. All physical education classes en- joyed the challenges of the obstacle Senior Kody Clifford participates course, and it was a great experience for the students. in the U.S. Army obstacle course 5

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High School Drama Club to present: Come see the show The Associated Press said “is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It helps that the musical has great original tunes by songwriter Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater that skitters from Motown, to soul and funk, to disco and even a little jokey Barry White.” This winter the Drama Club is proud to present Sister Act, the hit Broadway musical. Sister Act is based off the Whoopi Goldberg comedy of the same name. Over 50 high school students are currently preparing for opening night. Some are practicing vocals and dance routines, while others are constructing and painting the set. A wide array of students comprise the musical cast this year and they are excited to present this fun show to their audiences. Makayla Miller and Shelby Hostetler play the antagonistic leads: nightclub singer turned nun, Deloris and the very protective and pious, Mother Superior, while Joey Schrader portrays one of the male leads, Officer Eddie Souther. The nuns are led by Sara Zatek as the bubbly Sister Mary Patrick, Rebecca Williamson as the timid Sister Mary Robert, and Hailey Pasquerilla as the grumpy Sister Mary Lazarus. Other featured nuns are portrayed by Winter Ehrhart and Kaitlyn Rusnak. Simeon Roseage plays lead gangster Curtis and his cronies include Cody Erb, Riley Fetsko, Hadon Staller, and Daniel Velsaquez. Senior Shelby Hostetler is the dance captain, and Dasha Kirby is the Stage manager. As the excitement builds, we hope you join us on one of those cold winter nights. Come out and see the disco moves and clothes as we take you back to the late-70s. Shows will be performed the evenings of February 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost $8.00 for adults/college students and $6.00 for high school students and younger. Ticket information is available on the school website or by calling 4877613 x2303. SISTER ACT Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com 6

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Junior-Senior High Music The Junior High and Senior High ensembles gave multiple performances throughout November and December. Both band and chorus ensembles have been featured in pep rallies and the Veterans’ Day assembly. The Senior High Concert Band and Chorus, along with Jazz Band and the Girls’ Vocal Quartets, gave their Christmas concert on Monday, December 8, 2017. The 7th Grade Band, 8/9th Grade Band, 7th Grade Chorus, 8/9th Grade Chorus, and the Boys’ Ensemble performed their concert the following day, December 9, 2017. Thanks to the cooperation of the staff, the Junior and Senior High ensembles were able to give performances for their respective student bodies at the end of December. Eighteen students represented Forest Hills in County Chorus at Westmont Hilltop High School on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The 7th grade members were Claire Daubert, Makenna Konchan, Aleksander Maschmidt, Halle Noon, Bailey Sheppard, and Kylee Toman. Eighth grade members were: Alexis Detwiler, Dalton Gable, and Jessie Shaulis , and 9th grade members were: Lucas Boring, Evan Burkardt, Libby Dobbins, Carter Jones, Katelyn Kurtz, Emma Petrunak, Mackenzie Sherry, Anna Stigers, and Isaac Webb. The Senior High Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior High Chorus, and Girls’ Vocal Quartets worked very hard in 3 recording sessions in late December and early January to put together Forest Hills’ third High School Christmas Album. The high school music department records every 3 years with recording expertise, production, and equipment provided by Mr. Rik Golden. 2011-2012, 2014-2015, and now 20172018 Christmas music made by Forest Hills musicians are preserved. CDs will be made available free to the public at our concerts in December 2018. Senior High Chorus was also quite busy in December, with additional Christmas performances for Forest Hills Elementary, Church of the Brethren Nursing Home, and Johnstown First Presbyterian’s Festival of the Nativity and with recording for WJAC’s Choral Christmas. The chorus was aired on television twice on WJAC on Christmas Day. The Chorus also sang the National Anthem at the Cambria County War Memorial on January 20, 2018. Upcoming Spring Concerts are Monday, May 14, 2018: Junior-Senior High Choruses; Wednesday, May 8/ 9th Grade Band 16, 2018: JuniorSenior High Bands; and Friday, May 18: Junior-Senior High Small Ensem- bles, including Jazz Band and Boys’ Ensemble. 8/9th Grade Chorus 7

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High School Concert Band High School Chorus Breast Cancer “Pink Out” Game October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. On October 6, 2017, the Forest Hills Varsity Football team held their fourth annual “Pink Out” game when they hosted the Central Cambria Red Devils, to help raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born in the United States will get breast cancer. If detected and treated early, most women have a good chance of survival. During half time at the game, donations were collected for the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center. The center, which is located in the Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center in Windber, has the most up-to-date technology in breast imaging and care and helps prevent and treat disease of the breast and other conditions that can impact the lives of the women they serve. The Senior Varsity Football players presented the donations, along with the proceeds from “Tackle for the Cure” clothing that the Football Boosters sold on behalf of the Football team, to the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center on November 15, 2017. These donations will help fund the Center’s Pink Ribbon Care program, which provides assistance for patients who are unable to pay for breast-related health services – including mammograms, follow-up diagnostic services, and genetic counseling. Pictured first row (left to right) are senior football team members Jensen Bowen, Shane Sikora, Chan SoonShiong Medical Center at Windber Foundation/Development Administrator Kim Oleksa, senior football team members John Montag, Nick Peretin, and Seth Kulback. Second row (left to right) senior football team members Jeff Wilson, Jon Long, Evan Kundrod, Ryan Richardson, Carter Vitez, Kyler Swires, Luke Williams, Eric Elgin, and Head Coach, Don Bailey. 8

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~ JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ~ Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Ed Alexander Welcome back! The second semester is well under way and our grading periods are quickly beginning and ending. Navigating junior high school can be tricky this time of year, as snow days and delayed starts can lead to disorganization, and possibly confusion. Our students are expected to take an increasing responsibility for their own learning and success, which lays the groundwork for even more responsibility in high school and beyond. All of this responsibility means organization is more important than ever. Here are a few ways you can help your teen organize his or her time, study efficiently, and make sure assignments are finished and turned in. 1. Manage time wisely. Use the student planner provided. Get into the habit of writing assignments, quizzes, tests, practices, etc. This is a great way to organize and stay on top of things. 2. Learn to estimate time. This will allow your children to set aside time for specific tasks. 3. Stick to routines. Regular routines lead to better organization and greater success. Sleep, healthy snacks, exercise, and time for family and friends all should be part of daily routines. 4. Set mini-deadlines. Start to break tasks into chunks. This goes hand-in-hand with writing things down and reduces stress. These suggestions may take time to develop, but by helping your child with these things, you are providing the necessary support for his or her success. Here’s to a Happy New Year! 9th Grade Visits Gettysburg National Battlefield On October 17, 2017, Mr. David Satka, Junior High U.S. History teacher, concluded his unit of study on the Civil War with a field trip to Gettysburg National Battlefield. Freshman students expanded their knowledge of the battle through an IMAX movie, Cyclorama exhibit, the museum and a licensed professional guided tour of the battlefield itself. Student essays mentioned the cannon lesson (picture below) and exploring Little Round Top as highlights of their experiences. Special thanks to faculty/staff members Mrs. Shannon Curry, Mr. Gary Miller, Mrs. Keri Dale, Mr. Michael Branas, and Mrs. Claudine Yuhas for helping to make this trip possible. 9

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8th Graders are Good Samaritans! This year Mrs. Shrift’s eighth grade classes all participated in Operation Christmas Child, an organization that works in crisis areas around the world. As they studied about “community,” students discovered that their community reaches beyond Forest Hills. Students donated various items that filled more than a dozen shoeboxes that were provided to a teenage boy or girl. Each student wrote a letter about our Forest Hills community to include in the shoeboxes. They reflected that it made them feel good to give to others, and the comparison between making their Christmas lists versus packing gifts for the basic needs of others was an eye-opening experience. Pictured are students who came to help pack the boxes during an activities period. Students Get Published Last year Mrs. Shrift’s eighth graders entered the American Library of Poetry’s national poem contest. The contest has four divisions, and the 8-9 grade division received thousands of entries. Students wrote about topics of their choice, and submissions ranged from sports and family to the love of outdoors and the love of our country. Congratulations to the students whose poems were selected to be published in the 2017 Poetry Collected titled Treasured: Isaac Webb, Taylor Hampton, Damyn Johnson, Shane McCall, Leah Deitle, Abigail Macey, Summer Silvis, Andrew Martin, Mackenzie Sherry, Jon Chaney, Justin Chilcot, Alissa Damian, Claire Bawiec, Brook Martinage, Mitchell Costlow, Hannah Roberts, Abbey Miller, and Anna Stigers. 10

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NASA Ghost Town Trail Field Trip The NASA class recently participated in an environmental field trip utilizing bicycles on the Ghost Town Trail. The class viewed an acid mine drainage (AMD) remediation pond near Nanty-Glo and varieties of invasive and native species of plants. While viewing plant species off trail, the class was careful to avoid leaving a human imprint by not damaging plants and moss. The class also observed Eliza Furnace, a former iron foundry from the 1840s. Additionally, students had a chance to explore a miner’s memorial, several boreholes, Mt. Vintondale, and a land and water reclamation project entitled AMD&ART. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ School Resource Officer Initiative (Continued from Page 2) Prior to Christmas vacation I was informed by Representative Bryan Barbin and State Senator Wayne Langerholc that the Forest Hills School District, through the Adams Township Supervisors, had been awarded a grant for $60,000. I would like to take this time to personally thank Mr. Curt Vasas, the Adams Township Police Department, and the Adams Township Supervisors for putting forth the effort in writing the grant. I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank Senator Wayne Langerholc, Representative Frank Burns, and Representative Bryan Barbin who were instrumental and helped spearhead this initiative in Harrisburg to secure funding. Beginning the first week of February 2018, Officer Robert Ellenberger has been appointed as the Forest Hills School District School Resource Officer by the Adams Township Supervisors. His duties and responsibilities will vary from building to building and will be modified on an as-needed basis to meet the needs of our students and staff members. Officer Robert Ellenberger, School Resource Officer, Forest Hills School District MATH FACT FLUENCY IS IMPORTANT! Teachers, students, and parents must work together to increase all students’ math fact fluency. The goal is to improve student number sense and fact fluency from Kindergarten through 3rd grade and maintain fact fluency from 4th through 6th grade, while also improving problem solving skills. PA Core Standards require fact fluency by the end of each grade level as listed: Kindergarten : Addition and Subtraction – minuend and sum to 5 1st grade : Addition and Subtraction – minuend and sum to 10 2nd grade: Addition and Subtraction 3rd grade: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division  1st through 3rd nine weeks – addition and subtraction  4th nine weeks – multiplication and division 4th through 6th grades: Mixed Practice: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division Fifteen (15) minutes of fact practice every day outside of the math classroom is expected to assist students in meeting average grade level expectations. Look on the FH website under Math Facts to find suggestions for practice and fun websites to assist students as they improve their math fact fluency. Math fact fluency achievement are included on report cards beginning in Quarter 2. 11

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~ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ~ Principal’s Corner ~ Mrs. Rebecca Roberts Wow, the year is moving along quickly! We are into the second semester of the school year and are fast approaching testing season. The students continue to work hard daily and I ask that you continue to take time to work with your child(ren) nightly. This establishes not only a great bond between parent and child but also shows the importance of education in the home. You want to help your child learn how to feel competent and positive about learning and these feelings will carry over into the classroom. If you feel that your child is struggling in school, please seek help from your child’s teacher or call the school counselor. The Student Support System is available to all students who might be struggling academically or behaviorally. A team of school personnel, together with the family, meet to look at the strengths and struggles of the child and develop a plan to assist the student both at home and school. Below are a few tips to help your child at home as provided by PBSparents (pbs.org/parents):  Let your kids get frustrated.  Take a break.  Don’t try to have a rational conversation when your child is frustrated.  Let your child make his own mistakes.  Put a time limit on the work.  Contact the school.  Help your child learn how to organize himself.  Recognize that school work will never be conflict-free. Our continued partnership in the learning process is imperative for ongoing student success. If there is any way the school can assist you, please call. PRE-K REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 March 20th (All Day) and March 21st (AM Only), 2018 And KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 March 21st (PM Only) and March 22nd (All Day), 2018 Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be conducted at Forest Hills Elementary School for children enrolling for the 2018-19 school year. Registrations will be processed in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Elementary School for Pre-K on March 20th (9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:00pm) and March 21st (9:00-11:30am) and for Kindergarten on March 21st (1:00-3:00pm) and March 22nd (9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:00pm), 2018. In order to qualify for Pre-K placement, a child must be four (4) years old on or before September 1, 2018 and for Kindergarten placement, a child must be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2018. Early admission tests are not administered for enrollment. Parents/Guardians must bring an original state birth certificate, immunization record, driver’s license, proof of residency and any applicable court documents to the registration. All students registering for Kindergarten (including those who have preregistered) must still attend one of the registration dates listed above. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to pre-register their child for Pre-K or Kindergarten. Enrollment packets are available at the school. Please contact the Forest Hills Elementary School at (814) 487-7613, extension 3603 with any questions. 12

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The Elementary School PTO Is Up And Rolling This School Year! Meet the Teacher Night is always a popular event. Families get a chance to come to school and see what their children have been up to so far this school year! They can also see their children’s classrooms and meet with the teachers. Box Tops are a great help to the PTO, with the first collection of the year bringing in over $1,200. The top collecting class in each grade received a Rangers notebook! The Campbell’s Labels for Education has unfortunately ended; the last shipment was sent in December with the final prizes arriving in the near future. The PTO will still be collecting Box Tops along with Tyson’s Project A+ labels. This year’s Ranger-thon fundraiser began early in September with pledge collections starting on September 5, 2017. The Ranger-thon event took place on Friday, October 6, 2017. This year’s event had a military theme. The day began with a bugler playing “Reveille” and “To the Colors.” Students participated in several other military-themed activities throughout the day, including exercising in physical training stations, making cards for military members and veterans, and learning about flag etiquette. Students even got to explore five military vehicles! Ranger-thon culminated with a school-wide assembly at the football field where each student was given an American flag. They learned about flag folding and other American traditions and finished the day with “Taps” on the bugle and a 21-gun salute. Students earned prizes for bringing in donations. There are several prize levels ranging from $5 up to $135, with all students receiving the flag as a participation prize. Students who brought in at least $35 were entered into a drawing to win cash and prizes. There was also another drawing at the $35 level in which students could win a bowling trip. The top earners in the school received the grand prizes. This year’s winners were Tommy Russell, Aiden Aultz, and Kendyll Merriman. Congratulations, kids! Santa Shop was in the school visited the shop and had the ly. Items for purchase ranged in price from $1.00 coupon from the PTO, so no one left ta took place on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Band performance as well as the end of held from December 4-8, 2017. All students opportunity to buy gifts for friends and fami25¢ to $5.00. Each student also received a empty handed. Cookies and Cocoa with Sanconjunction with the Forest Hills Community Santa Shop. A major upcoming event for the PTO is the food drive on January 29-February 9, 2018. Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to donate nonperishable items or make monetary donations! All food col- lected during this drive stays in the Forest Hills area. Upcoming Box Tops and Tyson’s Project A+ collections are on February 14 and May 1, 2018. Carnival and the sixth grade dance will be held in May, dates to be determined after snow days are re- solved. Please join us for our next scheduled meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary school LGI room. Thanks always for your support to make amazing things happen for our kids! 13

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The Elementary School began the “Kicking up Kindness” program in September. You may be familiar with the program that was started by junior high students and led by Mrs. McIntyre. Our wonderful PTO has helped us lead this initiative at the elementary school. Kicking up Kindness is an ongoing program that is a school-wide effort to recognize the kind acts children display for one another. Kick-off for the program was held on September 27, 2017 during the Camfel “Eye to Eye” presentation. This year, the theme of Kicking up Kindness is Superheros. All teachers have been given tickets to give to students who are displaying kind acts. All kindness is good, but we're looking for more "above and beyond" actions! Taking time to appreciate and recognize any and all acts of kindness does occur, regardless of how small. A door decorating contest was held in October in preparation of the ticket program. Each grade level chose a superhero character and decorated their doors using the theme “What is your kindness Superpower?” The winning homerooms for the door decorating contest were 1st Place-Mrs. Kehn 2nd Place-Mrs. McCall 3rd Place-Mrs. Summits As of January 5, 2018, 1,001 Kindness tickets have been collected by the students at Forest Hills Elementary School. Each student who receives a Kindness ticket places this ticket in their superhero container and tickets are counted weekly. At the beginning of each week, the students are recognized through the announcements. The homeroom with the winning percentage of tickets at the end of the month is provided an incentive. This provides a good way for the students themselves to not only be recognized for their kind acts, but also recognize the group effort that is being made in their kindness to others. With the help of the media class at the high school, the elementary students created a video which was played for the school, on random acts of kindness which could be displayed to earn a Kindness ticket. We have some very talented actors and actresses in our building! The video was great! A special thank you for Annie Parlock for her help with this initiative as she counts each and every ticket weekly and develops the list for the students to be recognized. We couldn’t do this without her help! 1st Place-Mrs. Kehn 2nd Place-Mrs. McCall 14 3rd Place-Mrs. Summits

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) January 9, 2018 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Law enforcement officials put their lives on the line daily to protect us and do so with little recognition. Their days are demanding. Forest Hills Elementary celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 with a special breakfast for local and state law enforcement officers as well as students whose parents are involved in law enforcement. Our intent is to thank the officers for their service to our communities and schools. Forest Hills has been involved in this special day since its inception in 2015. Students, faculty, and staff wore blue to show their support of the officers. Third Grade Students Spread Holiday Cheer to Local Veterans Students in the third grade at Forest Hills Elementary collected Christmas gifts for the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home throughout the month of December. Students and their families were very generous with their donations for the veterans. More than fourteen computer printer paper boxes were filled to the brim with gifts including items such as blankets, puzzles, coloring books, colored pencils, socks, toiletry items, playing cards, and board games. Martha’s Group and patrons of the St. Michael Catholic Church in Sidman, also donated homemade lap-quilts and other items of comfort. This project was organized in correlation with a lesson students had been taught in class about the importance of thanking veterans for all the sacrifices they have made or are making for our country. 15

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