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f orest h ills s chool n ews rangers win 9th district vi title advance to state final four vol xxxi no 2 winter 2010-2011 the forest hills rangers football team won their 9th district vi championship with a hard fought 14-0 win over previously undefeated number 2 state-ranked tyrone at mansion park on november 26 2010 this win enabled the rangers to advance and play sharon the district x champions at slippery rock university the rangers prevailed in this game by a 21-7 score advancing them to the piaa s final four and a date with the number one ranked south fayette high school at hempfield high school the undefeated lions of south fayette proved to be too strong for the injury-depleted rangers as they fell 49 ­ 12 to conclude the 2010 season with a 13-2 record although losing to south fayette the rangers completed a highly successful 2010 season the rangers were champions of the laurel highlands district vi and region iii which consists of district v vi ix and x the rangers were led by a committed group of seniors who compiled a 36-5 record over their ranger careers tying the most wins by a senior group with the seniors of 1994 seniors on the squad were nick dudukovich chris gallaher jason glacken adam helsel josh kulka jared mccombie pat miller jeff meier brett newcomer erik ondrejik jon partsch zac wissinger and mike zimmerman the combination of a high scoring offense and a strong defense propelled the team to a 13-2 final record and a final number 4 ranking in the state see rangers win title on page 3


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as we welcome 2011 it is our hope that the new year will bring a healthy happy and prosperous year with new and exciting opportunities for the students and residents of the forest hills community the new year is a time to reflect on 2010 but more importantly it is a time to prepare for 2011 all three district buildings made adequate yearly progress ayp in 2010 and the elementary and middle schools received keystone awards for making ayp for two consecutive years the administration and professional staff would like to extend a thank you to the parents guardians and students for the emphasis you have put in obtaining a quality education we will continue to strive to provide the highest quality education for all students so each will have the opportunity to succeed in the local national and global environments we will continue to seek innovations in instruction and enable students and staff to be creative and to be problem-solvers as we strive for all of our students to be proficient in math reading science writing and all other subjects the district as well as all public school districts in pennsylvania will be facing the most critical financial crisis school districts have ever faced there are many questions as to how the state will subsidize school districts with all the financial problems it is facing the district will continue to set a budget that is fiscally responsible to its residents but still enable the district to continue to seek innovative affordable programs that support standardsbased curriculum in our attempt to meet the goals of no child left behind the district is continuing with a feasibility study with kimball architects as we prepare for the future of our youth it is hoped that we will be able to build a new middle-high school on a single campus in sidman due to a declining enrollment and an aged high school we hope this new building will be a reality in the near future we want to continue to open doors of opportunity so that all of our students may realize a bright future of success enabling them to be quality productive citizens we will always have our doors open to parents and community members so that we together can provide the opportunities for all students to reach their potential throughout their years at forest hills have a happy prosperous and healthy new year superintendent s message he college board s advanced placement program® ap® provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit advanced placement or both for successful performance on the ap exams about 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took ap exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an ap scholar award the college board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students performance on ap exams at forest hills high school nicholas shrefler qualified for the ap scholar with honor award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all ap exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams ap provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and ap teachers ensuring that ap exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation s leading liberal arts and research institutions more than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive ap grades over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the united states provide credit and/or placement for qualifying exam grades research consistently shows that ap students who score a 3 or higher on ap exams based on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in ap the college board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity founded in 1900 the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools colleges universities and other educational organizations each year the college board serves seven million students and their parents 23,000 high schools and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness college admissions guidance assessment financial aid enrollment and teaching and learning among its best-known programs are the sat® the psat/nmsqt® and the advanced placement program® ap® the college board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs services activities and concerns t ap® scholar awards 2


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offensively the team was led by the rushing exploits of nick dudukovich the single season and career rushing leader with 2,103 yards and 26 touchdowns the running game was complemented by jeff meier with 718 yards and 6 touchdowns and anthony unger with 527 yards and 8 touchdowns shawn dell chipped in with 254 yards and three touchdowns the passing game was led by junior quarterback justin gdula who passed for 1,613 yards 27 touchdowns and only three interceptions the receiving corps was led by jared mccombie with 39 receptions for 809 yards and twelve touchdowns he was followed by adam helsel with 24 catches for 311 yards and 7 touchdowns and nick dudukovich with 10 catches for 217 yards and three td s the defense again was one of the top defenses in district vi it posted the only shutout in a district vi aa championship game in the 25 year history of the playoffs the defense was led by senior linebacker jeff meier with 77 tackles he was closely followed by chris gallaher s 51 tackles shawn dell with 48 dj burkey with 43 john ohler with 43 john sanders with 43 tackles erik ondrejik with 42 tackles jared mccombie with 36 jared shope 35 anthony unger with 32 tackles adam helsel 25 and zack pinkas with 25 tackles senior chris gallaher led the team with 6 sacks john ohler had 4 sacks dudukovich and meier had 3 each and eric ondrejik rounded out this list with 2 sacks the secondary was solid each starter had at least four interceptions dj burkey led the group with six picks adam helsel pulled in five jared mccombie and jared shope each had 4 interceptions nick dudukovich had three int s and jeff meier with 2 rounded out the group nick dudukovich the single season and career scoring leader again led the team in scoring with 160 points on 26 td s and two 2-point conversions jared mccombie with 84 points anthony unger with 66 scott george with 65 points and a conference and school record of 57 extrapoints were the top four scorers anthony unger with a school single season record of three kickoff returns for touchdowns one for a school record of 99 yards led the special teams effort with a 38.69/average per kick return scott george kicked 59 extra-points and kicked two field goals for a total of 65 points chris gallaher averaged nearly 32 yards per punt and jared mccombie returned 22 punts for an 8.55 average with two being carried to the one yard line scott george again kicked off for the rangers and consistently kicked the ball inside the five yard line or into the end zone with 16 returning lettermen the rangers are again looking forward to next year five returning offensive starters and six defensive starters create a solid nucleus in 3 rangers win title continued from page 1 the 2011 homestead and farmstead exclusion applications were mailed in december 2010 if you have never been approved for a homestead/farmstead property tax reduction in prior years and did not receive an application please contact the business office at 814 487-7613 ext 3202 the deadline to submit applications to the cambria county assessment office is march 1 2011 if you received a homestead farmstead property tax reduction last year you will not receive another application and will not need to reapply unless changes have been made at the county assessment office 2011 homestead/farmstead the challenge program inc is once again offering $250 cash incentives to sophomores juniors and seniors who excel in the categories of academic improvement attendance community service and academic excellence the program partners with businesses to motivate students both in and out of the classroom by encouraging good habits in students that will last throughout their education and into their future careers this is the 7th year the challenge program inc has provided financial incentives to forest hills high school students for the 2010-2011 school year the top 10 of students in each of the categories listed above will be eligible to win $250 each eligible student will be notified at the end of the third grading period and asked to complete a brief online survey submission of the survey will enter the student in a lottery drawing to be held at the school to select a winner for each award partnering with the challenge program inc to provide incentives to the students is mountaintop technologies mr dave and mrs jean fyock representatives from mountaintop technologies were present at forest hills high school to address the students at an orientation assembly on september 29 2010 for more information about the challenge program inc visit the challenge program inc awards $250 to fhhs students the more that you read the more things you will know the more that you learn the more places you ll go which the younger players will have the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established over the years dr seuss


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dear readers what you do as parents directly influences how successful your children will be in school they don t have to be geniuses to get a s and b s in school this is an absolute myth however you do have to instill in them a willingness to work hard and a desire to do their best for them to be rewarded with top grades because it is the start of a new year and more than half of the school year is left why don t you choose a few of these resolutions if you aren t doing some of the things necessary to put your children on the path to getting mostly a s and b s resolve to · praise your children for making an effort to do well in school · communicate the importance of education · establish the homework habit the following article was taken from the parents corner segment of the altoona mirror raising successful children at the annual reorganization meeting of the forest hills school board on december 6 2010 the current president mr fred russell was reappointed to the position for 2011 also reappointed were board 1st vice-president mrs tracy helsel and 2nd vice-president mrs deborah petrunak other board officers are secretary mr john bopp treasurer mr robert mactavish and assistant secretary/treasurer mr rick daniels the date time and place for board meetings were set combination committee meetings will be held on the second wednesday of each month in the district office board room at 6:00 pm prevailing time except when national holidays l-r fred russell john bopp galen george robert fall on the scheduled date the regular monthly board meetmactavish deborah petrunak larry malzi tracy helsel ing will be held immediately upon conclusion of the combirick daniels tim ondrejik nation committee meeting the board retained atty gilbert caroff as district solicitor for his 51st year and mrs tracy helsel was reappointed as psba liaison mr russell mr bopp mr mactavish mr daniels and mr george were appointed to the greater johnstown career and technology center joint operating committee if someone asked you to take an unpaid position devote an average of 20 hours a month to that job and learn about things that may be out of your comfort zone like multi-million dollar budgets textbooks and bus schedules would you take the position few people would but thankfully you have nine dedicated members of your community who do just that your local school board these elected volunteers are your voice in your school district they are your friends neighbors community leaders parents at your school and engaged senior citizens who make difficult decisions on budgets and finance curriculum and paths to student achievement in your local school through the efforts of these individuals public schools are taking flight to new levels and greater achievement during january local communities are encouraged to honor the contributions of their local school board members the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment to tell a school board member thanks for caring about our children so let s all salute the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to have a say about education in our community we applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow 4 board reorganizes for 2011 · encourage your children to talk about what happened at school each day · eat dinner with your children every night · monitor the type and amount of tv your children watch · limit the time your children spend using electronic gadgetry · stress the importance of good attendance records · limit the number of extracurricular activities in which your children participate · work closely with your children s teachers · help your children learn organizational skills · teach your children how to set and accomplish realistic long and short-term goals · help your children learn more about the world · take your children to museums and historical sites · encourage your children to read as much as they can say thanks to school board members!


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imagine going to a zoo and not seeing one of the most amazing animals in the world the tiger strong beautiful and majestic these creatures are becoming extinct humans are the reason for the decrease within the tiger population primarily because a single tiger skin is worth $65,000 to a poacher another reason for this animal s endangerment is humans encroaching on their natural habitats and stripping down the forests where they live sadly many tourists will purchase beautifully created souvenirs made from wildlife most are attracted to their beauty and don t even think of what the item is made mrs faith s students were aware of this endangerment and decided to support the ifaw international fund for animal welfare by signing a pledge sheet stating that they will not purchase souvenir items made from wildlife while on vacation each child in mrs faith s class received a tiger key chain to help them remember to save the tigers the class researched tigers on the internet created a writing activity and enjoyed a class coloring contest as well pictured are mrs faith and her third grade class born to be wild e lementary s chool in september 4th grade students walked to disaster s edge at the 1889 park for some fall learning fun students participated in activities including tree identification pumpkin weighing and a visit to the coal miners museum this field trip was packed full of hands-on activities all were thankful for the beautiful weather to enjoy the day disaster s edge pre-k rangers registration dates for kindergarten and 4-year old pre-kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year have been set pre-k registration will take place on march 7 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in order to register for this class the child must be 4-years old before september 1 2011 parents enrolling their children for the kindergarten class for the 2011-12 school year can do so from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on march 8 and 9 2011 in order to register for this class the child must be 5-years old before september 1 2011 if a child was in the pre-k class during the 2010-11 school year they do not need to register for kindergarten parents are encouraged to pre-register their children by picking up the necessary forms at the elementary school or phoning the school 487-7613 to have the forms sent via us mail this will save you time on the actual registration dates 5 kindergarten pre-k registration dates set mrs stiffler s pre-k students were ranger football players for a day they played on the football field at g h miller stadium kicked field goals ran for touchdowns and threw passes to their teammates they sat on the sideline benches and huddled in the middle of the field the students were amazed at the size of the field it was definitely a day they will never forget.


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this holiday season may find many families who are struggling to put food on their tables the forest hills kindergarten classes reached out a helping hand to those in need from december 6-21 the children toddled in with their bags full of non-perishable food items and with each item they received a chance to win one of twelve stuffed animals the kindergartners donated 570 pieces of canned and boxed goods the food was then passed on to food for families an organization that services all the food banks in cambria county although only seven students won prizes the entire kindergarten class is a winner because they gave so greatly to those in need kindergartner s kare apple crunch day in a presentation held on december 21 the following students won the seven christmas prizes front row bryce johnson dayton maul justin caldwell ­ back row leighton plummer harley lang brandon james michael yatsky as part of the nation-wide emphasis on healthy eating and good nutrition october 27th was designated as national apple crunch day forest hills elementary school staff and students eagerly participated in this tasty event pictured surrounding mr jack donnelly who donated the apples for this special day are the volunteer apple pickers who garnered over 1,500 apples from mr donnelly s orchard the elementary school drama department cast members under the direction of ms kim rolla and mrs kelly myers performed beauty and the beast for the general public on thursday november 4th and saturday november 6th in the high school auditorium the cast of 60 actors and actresses from grades 2 through 6 had auditioned in may of 2010 and practiced on mondays and tuesdays after school in the high school auditorium the beauty and the beast chorus under the direction of mr kevin balog included students from grades 2 through 6 the 50 singers sang at all three public performances the students performed this broadway junior production with the help of many parents custodians mrs carol cecere and her art class students who spent many countless hours in preparation and support thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways the young actors actresses and singers were outstanding in their performances pictured left to right sara barclay madison leventry and taylor johns drama presents beauty just as the indians and pilgrims celebrated the first thanksgiving with a feast mrs stiffler s pre k classes had a feast of their own the children made place mats each child stated what they are thankful for which was written on the top of the place mat and drew a turkey on the bottom of the place mat using their handprints they made pilgrim hats out of paper and glue finally the pre-kers had a feast the day before thanksgiving they ate turkey stuffing mashed potatoes corn applesauce and pumpkin pie l r kenna roberts makenzie johns olivia richardson toby tokarsky jordan myers doran faith and emma vogel thanksgiving feast 6


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on friday october 29 over 1,000 elementary students donned their halloween best and paraded in the bus loading zone for hundreds of parents grandparents family members and friends as always the forest hills high school marching rangers graciously provided the background music for the little goblins and ghouls as they made their way inside and back to their rooms for their halloween parties a spooktacular time was held by all th halloween fun the student council invited mr greg madison to visit the elementary school on november 19 2010 to present the great american smoke out students were made aware of the effects of tobacco on their body an informational video was shared with students as well as a discussion with mr madison the students favorite exhibit was the set of pig lungs which had been exposed to second hand smoke pictured below is mrs wehner s class great american smoke out pictured left to right are zander sarka jaden trentini lauren box evie fye lakyn killinger after completing a unit on native americans the students in mrs snyder s fifth grade class created indian shields each student was assigned a particular region to research the name of the region was printed on the shield illustrations depicting homes food clothing occupations transportation recreation communication religious beliefs and government associated with that region were then drawn on the shields yarn and feathers adorned the shields the students did an excellent job the shields were awesome gr 5 creates indian shields the student council recently held two fall fundraisers on september 17th fifteen lucky elementary students had the honor of wearing ranger football jerseys for the day and on october 15th an autographed ranger football was chanced off devon kakabar pictured here was the winner kindergarten tea parties provided many exciting afternoons throughout the month of october family members were invited to their child s kindergarten classroom for an information session entertainment and refreshments teachers spoke with parents about the reading and math programs the daily classroom routines and expectations for the school year parents met their child s teacher and asked questions they enjoyed seeing how their child interacted with their new classmates and the transition their child made into kindergarten students performed finger plays and songs learned during the first weeks of school they were also given time to introduce their new friends to their parents give a tour of the room and have tea and cookies 7 be our guest!


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parents and students gained valuable safety information regarding the on-line dangers for children during a presentation on october 14th at the elementary school sandy rohde victim services education coordinator advised parents what they need to discuss with their child about social networking sites and personal web pages sandy pointed out the benefits of these sites along with gaming sites she then discussed the dangers of sharing personal information and photos sexting legal and non-legal consequences dangers of talking to strangers online cyber bullying and its consequences why parents need to monitor what their kids do online and what parents can do this presentation had been broadcast on channel 25 and will rebroadcast in the future on channel 183 each december the students in mrs hostetler s classes get out their needles and thread and create some beautiful works of art that they wrap up and give to their parents for christmas in the past they ve sewn christmas pillows calendars snowmen and santas this year the students in first second and third grade made reindeer and moose while the fourth fifth and sixth graders made stockings in years to come these projects will be so precious to the students and even more so to their parents digital safety program handmade christmas gifts on november 17 fifteen fifth and sixth grade students who participate in lunch and after school art workshops made masks from plast rcraft the students stayed after school on november 10 to see a demonstration prepare their material and stayed again one week later to create their art plast rcraft is a sculptural material that was once used to form casts over broken bones but these young student artists working in pairs layered small pieces over their partners face to create a nearly exact likeness the students first coated their faces with petroleum jelly to allow removal of the sculpture after donning plastic bags headbands and towels they reclined on the art room tables and allowed their sculpture partner to do their work when one student completed the mask they reversed roles the edges of the completed masks were reinforced with plaster strips the students smoothed the surface with a thin layer of plaster following a discussion of mask designs from around the world the students designed and painted their mask the finished projects will be on display during the elementary art show in may madison leventry is pictured here plastering shelby hostetler art workshop students get plastered kindergarten students enjoyed a live theatre production on tuesday november 2nd at the pasquerilla performing arts center on the upj campus the outing part of their pto sponsored field trip activities for the year allowed the kindergarten students to experience an on stage version of the popular children s book rainbow fish the energetic four person cast brought the tale to life for the audience of several hundred local elementary students the children appreciated the lively show which included several song and dance routines the story taught the important life lesson that friendship is more important than a person s or a fish s outward beauty hopefully this experience will help instill in the students a love of the performing arts live theatre production biscuit the loveable puppy visited forest hills elementary library during red ribbon week students in pre-k kindergarten and first grade met with biscuit during their regular library class and listen to biscuit visits the doctor biscuit expressed his love for being healthy and saying no to all drugs and alcohol pictured here is biscuit with mrs miller s first grade class biscuit visits library 8


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fourth grade students participated in the annual pennsylvania mobile agricultural lab for a week in october students learned through the scientific process about pennsylvania s valuable agripictured left-right connor cultural products the freidhoff phillip yuhas jason lab provided the stuwissinger haelie shaffer dents with hands-on science activities they enjoyed making crayons from soy beans milk to butter learning the importance of pure juice products and keeping hands clean of germs the science curriculum is enhanced by the pennsylvania ag lab in an effort to enhance and enrich the curriculum the elementary school hosted several programs presented by representatives from the learning lamp this partnership with the school is a great way to supplement the curriculum with unique standards-based hands-on learning experiences among the programs presented thus far this year were geography made easy for grade 2 students kapla kidstruction for grade 4 students and earth balloon for prek and grade 1 students these quality workshops for elementary students proved to be motivational entertaining and educational mr lashinsky and mr jacobs read halloween stories to kindergarten students on friday october 29th this was a great way to promote reading in a fun way the students responded very well to the visit and the administrators really enjoyed reading and interacting with the kindergarten students mrs ray s class is shown here ag lab visit earth balloon students in 6th grade art classes collaborated to create a permanent work of art at the elementary building numerous pieces of broken ceramic tiles donated by lowe s were transformed into an underwater aquarium and a land of insects the idea began two years ago when a forest hills alumnus asked if the art department had a use for broken tiles this september james mangus devon kakabar with gracious help jared wehner emily good kaylee from the custodial fox kylie debias and marisa matlin department grass work on the mosaic was removed from the picnic area in front of the elementary school and concrete was poured in the spaces to prepare the surface to receive the mosaics all of mr burda s and mrs krestar s 6th grade students created designs using fish and bugs as the subject matter each class began working where the previous class stopped the students excitement grew with each passing art class within 3 weeks the designs became completed mosaics using the various colors and shapes of broken tiles the artwork was completed in late october the students are so proud of what they have accomplished and will have ownership in a project that beautifies the school the elementary physical education department has been awarded a 4th consecutive wellness grant through the highmark healthy high 5 school challenge this year s grant of $10,000 was used to purchase 10 concept 2 rowing machines the rowers are mainly used by students in grades four through six who are assigned to a daily 30 minute period of additional physical education in which they use the rowers and circuit training machines for strength training the program rotates throughout the year so it was possible to offer it to all students in grades 4 through 6 and lasts 4 weeks in duration for each session the elementary physical education department has used grant funds over the past several school years to install a traversing 40 rock climbing wall purchase exergaming equipment such as dance dance revolution and cateye gamebikes and create special health project opportunities mosaic installation completed reading is spook tacular another wellness grant 9


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the elementary pto has had a busy first semester the year started off with the annual meet-the-teacher night on september 20th more than 65 elementary school teachers attended where parents introduced themselves to their child s teacher over 250 parents attended the meeting in october the pto held their annual walk-a-thon fundraiser the goal was for each student to collect $35 in kaitlyn yeager grabs for cash in the money machine donations all elementary school students participated in an organized walk held outside on school grounds on october 6th students brought in their donations and were awarded prizes based on the amount of money they collected the goal for the entire school was $35,000 over 72 of the students participated in collecting donations and together brought in almost $38,000 a prize assembly was held and all students who brought in at least $35 were entered into a drawing for a chance to play minute to win it type games a total of $275 was won by students who were lucky enough to play these games the two students in each grade who brought in the most donations got the opportunity to go in a money machine which was loaded with money for them to capture as it whirled around them a total of $995 was captured and won by the students this was the most successful pto fundraiser to date and the students did a great job helping the pto meet their goal in december the pto provided the opportunity for students to do a little christmas shopping of their own at the pto santa shop the cost of the products available ranged from $0.25 to $4 every student received a $1 coupon from the pto to use or add to their shopping money the pto has many other activities scheduled throughout the school year anyone who hasn t yet joined the pto may do so by calling the school at 487-7613 on november 18 2010 fourth grade students were guided through an informative lesson about working together and the first thanksgiving rachel sernell and kristi emerick from the learning lamp told the story of the pilgrims from the time they left england in 1620 through their hardships in the new world to the first thanksgiving feast to reinforce the idea of working together as the native americans and the pilgrims did the students worked together in groups to create their own colony out of building 10 busy busy pto the grade 6 chorus under the direction of mr kevin balog visited 4 local personal care homes and the forest hills senior center in south fork on december 9th and 16th the students sang christmas and holiday songs for the residents many of the residents joined with the chorus in singing for the holiday season students gave the residents christmas and holiday greeting cards made by elementary art students mr jay elias videotaped and took still pictures of the performances that were broadcast in late december on the community outreach channel the chorus brought christmas and holiday greetings to community residents as part of an community service activity gr 6 christmas carolling creating thanksgiving blocks the students built houses barns churches and several other creative structures everyone had an enjoyable time in this creative learning experience mr frank honkus photographer and husband of middle school art teacher lucille honkus shared his photographs and philosophy of photography with elementary students his photographs were displayed in the commons art gallery for several months mr honkus spent a day with the elementary art classes sharing his thoughts about composition and style mr honkus stated he always has his camera ready to capture an interesting and appealing image after a brief introduction and discussion session mr honkus led the students through a gallery tour of his photographs explaining how he composes the image of the subject from different angles and during different seasons he also shared how he occasionally manipulates the image of the photograph using computer software the students gained knowledge and appreciation of photography as an art form from his visit honkus art exhibited


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fifth grade students worked with simple machines such as levers and pulleys during the second grading period as a final project mr pasierb s science students constructed and tested a miniature catapult which is an example of a third class lever background knowledge such as the locations of the fulcrum effort and load of the lever were important in creating a successful catapult project the activity came to a close with a launch-off where teams with the highest average launch distance were crowned champions for all students involved this activity provided a fun and engaging challenge catapult project dr kupchella of the indiana university of pennsylvania presented a science program on the amazing properties of liquid nitrogen on december 20th for the sixth grade students he explained the drastic changes in temperature that nitrogen undergoes changing from a gas to a liquid dr kupchella performed many experiments which included freezing everyday items in the liquid nitrogen to demonstrate the properties of those items the students were mesmerized by his presentation and asked many interesting questions amazing liquid nitrogen champions left to right michael teno brian bernard bryanna miller westley stiffler alyssa madison dr kondo is pictured here with jocelyn clayton shania baxendale and claudia shreffler grade 6 students participated in an activity titled the chemistry of eggs presented by dr anne kondo a visiting professor from indiana university of pa the presentation began with a discussion of career opportunities for chemists and other professions which utilize chemistry during the activity students developed a hypothesis relating to the seven layers of an egg by applying the scientific method students discovered and identified each of the layers students also learned how vinegar erodes the outer shell of an egg how vinegar changes the consistency of an egg and how calcium carbonate increases the hardness of the outer shell the chemistry of eggs pictured with dr kupchella are l-r emily quashnie jared wehner devon kakabar nicole st clair and nick daly educators from victim services recently presented two timely topics to students in grades 5 6 on friday december 3rd fifth grade students learned about staying safe on the internet and avoiding becoming a victim via the computer on friday december 10th sixth grade students attended a program about cell phone safety that included cyber bullying and sexting issues students learned about the consequences legal and illegal of inappropriate use of cell phones how to prevent becoming a victim and what to do if you are a recipient of inappropriate messages because so many children use the internet and have cell phones today these were very current and relevant discussions internet cell phone safety mrs robert s language arts classes participated in the great american mail race this fall each student chose four elementary schools in the united states to which they wrote letters the letters included information about the student the forest hills elementary school and the johnstown flood as the students received letters in return they marked on a map where the letter was from and discussed the information sent to the class about that area of the united states great american mail race 11 l-r mackenzie griffin connor law bryanna miller riley fetsko smay victoria russic alex barclay wyatt gramling brian bernard cassie smith


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during red ribbon week grades 3 and 4 students attended an anti-drug program presented by cambria martial arts academy the demonstration promoted a respect your body theme this demonstration included students from the elementary middle and high schools who train at cambria martial arts academy they were able to show their classmates that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind which makes it much easier to say no to drugs the 5th grade students attended an anti-drug presentation from mr mike messina from community action partnership during this presentation the students were given goggles to wear that simulated being under the influence of alcohol they were then asked to perform routine activities demonstrating the impairment alcohol causes these programs provided important anti-drug messages to the students in an entertaining manner on october 26th as part of the red ribbon week activities all 6th grade students heard a strong forceful and frightening presentation on drugs and drug abuse from detective tom keirn of the richland township police department detective keirn has over 30-years of police work experience and is one of the original members of the cambria county drug task force officer keirn has been extremely active in the ongoing fight against drugs in the area he told the students that during the span of his career he has been involved in more than 2,000 arrests and that approximately 85 of those were somehow related to drug use and abuse the detective did not pull any punches or soften his delivery for the students his statistics were frightening detective keirn told the 158 students that statistically at least ten of them would eventually become illegally involved with drugs he urged each of them not to become one of those ten a highlight of the presentation for the students was a taser demonstration detective keirn explained how he has been tased three times in his life once as part of the mandatory training for officers and twice accidentally when another officer discharged a taser while he was in physical contact with suspected perpetrators he doesn t recommend it for anyone our thanks to detective tom keirn pictured here for trying to solve the drug problem by speaking to youth early in their lives rather than having to arrest them later red ribbon week activities above an instructor demonstrates martial arts for 3rd 4th graders mr messina is pictured below demonstrating the drug simulating goggles 12


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the elementary school held its 3 annual cross country race during the 1st week of november the 1.5 mile race was held on portions of the high school cross country course and elementary campus this year s overall winner was jared wehner pictured here with a time of 11:42 the top three in each category were grade 6 girls grade 6 boys courtney cecere jared wehner 11:42 tricia varner tristan corrente 11:45 kylie debias jared makoczy 12:05 rd cross country race the student council once again participated in the easter seals million pennies campaign students brought in pennies and filled milk jugs in their homerooms from november 3rd through december 3rd many of the 47 participating homerooms filled two or three milk jugs last year the school collected $2,410 for easter seals and forest hills was the top fundraising school in the area results of this year s penny drive will be announced in late january 13:40 14:38 15:28 million pennies campaign grade 5 boys jonathon long greg josephson cody erb ranger rock 11:48 11:55 12:27 grade 5 girls cassie smith 12:40 kara baumgardner 13:11 cassi delusa 14:03 pictured with student council advisor mrs laurie roberts are sitting l-r alyssa madison nicole pisarski nikki st clair jordan mcintosh cody erb kneeling l-r dasha kirby kara baumgardner hannah sivi lakin mccall evan kundrod devin yakicic trey templeton standing mckenzie toth madison leventry abbey swanson madison novotny sierra womer brian bernard jared wehner and back gage singer corey katrancha luke helsel and carl smith the elementary school was host to a special and important assembly on september 28th chris doc dixon kicked off the annual rangers r.o.c.k reach out with compassion and knowledge program with magic comedy and important lessons about bullying the pre-k through sixth grade audience along with staff and parents the elementary school provides before and after school tutoring opportunities for students in second third fourth fifth and sixth grades tutoring services are being offered after school from 4:00-5:00 on monday ­ thursday the before school sessions are held on tuesdays and thursdays from 7:30-8:30 the goal of the program is to help students build necessary skills to be successful and provide additional academic support the tutoring program is not intended for homework help but instead focuses on assisting the students with their individual deficiencies in reading sixty-four students are being tutored in small groups during the program that started in december and is projected to end in march elementary assistant principal mr lucas jacobs coordinates the program pictured front row left to right are tutors tracey howell sarah senft sarah maderia cindy brown kayla krise and jennifer miller back row left to right are barbara berk chad cordek jennifer raptosh lucas jacobs bonnie penna and jennifer poldiak absent from photo were sandra stombaugh and donna schutte tutoring in grades 2 6 enjoyed a fun program while learning what bullying is and why it is wrong the show taught how to react to bullies and how to be a friend this important message ties in with the auto b good character education program initiated this school year auto b good captures student interest with short eye popping animated and exciting stories while teaching the value of good character 13


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nasa fall field trips m iddle s chool the nasa class and envirothon team participated in several field trips aimed at examining the impact of mining on the local environment and watersheds selected sites along the ghost town trail including rock dumps boreholes wetlands passive amd treatment ponds eliza furnace and a monument to mining history were observed and discussed thanks to mrs jackie ritko for providing supplemental information about the local geology a trip to the cambria county co-generation plant provided the students with information about burning coal refuse piles in environmentally friendly ways and uses for the ash by-products the students also toured the seldom seen mine and experienced first-hand the harsh working conditions of mining operations of the not too distant past under the supervision of english teacher mr joseph rulli three 9th grade gifted students josiah bailey jessica penatzer and jesse wehner are in the process of building a fully functioning pipe organ as part of their senior project mr rulli who has been a local pipe organ builder for over 30 years came to know of a small pipe organ being offered for free by the firm of irv lawless and associates of green castle pa in june mr rulli and middle school custodian mr bill gabany traveled to greencastle dismantled the vintage 1908 moller mechanical action instrument and transported all of the essential parts to the middle school wood shop beginning in september the students began restoring old parts and manufacturing custom new parts as needed pipes recovered mainly from iup s fisher auditorium were donated by mr rulli and will later be refurbished to create what will essentially become a new custom made musical instrument containing a total of approximately 300 pipes a new instrument of this type would cost over $125,000 one of the main challenges of the project has been reducing the size of the instrument allowing it to be mobile and accessible throughout the school one unique feature will be designing a retractable keyboard which will limit the mrs honkus section 711 art students participated in the annual poster contest sponsored by the pennsylvania liquor control board the theme was to be a clear no-use message about underage drinking the students were encouraged to use positive messages for not drinking examples included the benefits of being alcohol-free or alternatives to underage drinking the alcohol awareness poster contest is a valuable educational tool that provides students with an opportunity to learn about the dangers of underage drinking and identify the endless array of healthy fun and alcohol-free activities that encompass their world through their posters students send an important message to their peers there are many alternatives to underage drinking teens or pre-teens do not have to drink to have fun no-use alcohol posters pipe organ project width of the case to within the 34 of most of building s interior doors the maximum height will likewise be limited to 80 additionally since the instrument is destined to become a truly permanent legacy of functional high art the ornamental casework design features will involve green and gold gilding accents reflecting the heritage and pride of the forest hills school district completion is scheduled for the spring concert and art show to be held in may 14 left to right gifted teacher mr pat kovalsky mr rulli jesse wehner josiah bailey jessica penatzer and mr kevin lang


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on october 30 2010 the middle school drama club presented a one-act production to bring to light the issue of bullying in the confines of the everyday school setting and to show ways to attempt to resolve this dilemma the selection this year was mizzy s dramatic lead the story of a high school drama club that while practicing for their director s latest flop runs their mouths instead of their lines sometimes comic sometimes cruel the young men and women in the production tackle love racism class and the toughest question of all is there justice in the universe cast members included emily miller mark bambino sara benton kyle kurchak tori dibble katie marsh kristen kundrod and tara reffner the production was a kick off for the rangers rock bullying prevention program during the following weeks the middle school staff held their classroom meetings to kick off the program each week a different topic is taught and reinforced at the classroom meeting this fall forest hills middle school hosted auditions for county band as well as the festival itself sixteen schools from cambria county participated with two performing ensembles a junior high group and a senior high group the groups met on the 2nd and 3rd of december during the school day with a culminating concert in the evening on the 3rd forest hills was very well represented in both groups five students alexis durica megan white katie roxby amanda oaks and david hammond successfully auditioned for the senior high group and twelve students successfully auditioned for the junior high group courtney durica tori dibble kayla maticic megan kostan teresa yuhas jen fox nathan madison renae kakabar jake peretin jen rosmus josiah bailey and dominic panick the middle school band and chorus presented their christmas concert on the december 16th to a large audience of parents family and friends this year the middle school music department added instruction of guitars into the classroom eighth grade students are learning about jazz and the blues and how they relate to modern rock and country music hopefully through learning chords and playing along with famous songs they can see similarities to how music is connected students who were selected to cambria county chorus on the 16th of november held at westmont hilltop high school were 7th grade sopranos cassy wherry gabrielle shaulis altos karley chiodo hannah oldham bridget see lights camera bullying musical notes red ribbon week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free america at fhms red ribbon week is a time for students to learn the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse and promote a healthy drug free lifestyle red ribbons were distributed to students on monday october 25th the theme for the rest of the days in the week were tuesday wear red day wednesday ­ team up against drugs day thursday ­ stamp out drugs day and friday ­ green and gold spirit day on tuesday october 26th saltworks theater company performed i am the brother of dragons this intense drama is based on real-life stories and shatters the walls of denial surrounding drug alcohol abuse and emphasizes the path to recovery students interacted with the actors following the show asking questions and discussing the content of the program the forest hills middle school is proud to announce that the school has surpassed the state annual yearly progress ayp goal for the past two years 2008-09 and 2009-10 pssa and ayp are important acronyms that have tremendous meaning state standards drive curriculum the pssa results although not the only indicator of success provide important data for which curricular and instructional decisions are based grades 7 and 8 are tested each year the middle school has achieved this two-year milestone four times beginning with the 200304 school year the keystone signs are displayed with pride in the middle school lobby and serve as a reminder that every student is important every day two hundred forty-eight students were acknowledged during a student recognition assembly held on november 24 the student run assembly recognized all students who participated in the fall activities and sports coaches advisors and principals assisted during the program which was held in the auditorium this was the first of three assemblies that will be held throughout the year all students are strongly encouraged to participate in some activities many of the activities are acknowledged during an end-of-year culminating awards night in may recognizing the positive accomplishments in these extra-curricular activities is important as a variety of opportunities are provided for students to grow beyond the classroom ms red ribbon week ayp surpassed again student recognition assembly musical notes on page 22 15



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