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f orest h ills s chool n ews class of 2011 graduates on june 4 2011 paul hook valedictorian shelby stigers salutatorian vol xxxi no 3 june 2011 on saturday afternoon june 4 2011 one hundred seventy-eight forest hills high school seniors participated in the school s 44th annual commencement exercises held at the university of pittsburgh at johnstown s sports center approximately 3000 family relatives and friends were on hand to help celebrate the long awaited day included in the participants for the afternoon were superintendent of schools mr donald bailey directors of education mrs vanessa sral and mr edwin bowser high school principal mr curt vasas valedictorian paul hook high school assistant principal mr doug williams assistant salutatorian shelby stigers principal/athletic director mr larry celmer middle school principal mr raymond wotkowski middle school assistant principal mr brian kostan elementary school principal mr james lashinsky and elementary assistant principal mr lucas jacobs directors of the school board mrs tracy helsel mr john bopp mr robert mactavish mr galen george mr larry malzi and dr timothy ondrejik were in attendance as were faculty representatives mr rob dill mr robert semonick and mrs diane bailey class president paul hook gave the welcoming address paul also addressed the class as valedictorian he spoke of the journey the class had taken to reach their high school graduation he inspired his classmates to meet all challenges in life the way they have during their school careers paul quoted evangelist and writer henry drummund by saying do all that we possibly can this phase typifies the class of 2011 the theme of salutatorian shelby stigers speech was why not she gave several examples of people in history looking past perceived obstacles to make a difference in the lives of those around them she drew a parallel with the class of 2011 and all they were able to accomplish during their time here at forest hills mr vasas conferred the diplomas mr williams read the names of each graduate and the students were presented their diplomas by board of education first vice president mrs tracy helsel paul hook earned the valedictorian honor for the class of 2011 he was a very active student at forest hills where he served as the president of the class of 2011 student council and national honor society in addition he was a member of the scholastic quiz team fbla humanitarian club jaycees/jayceettes and the volleyball team paul has received numerous awards including the school directors award the president s education award the senior english award the rotary club academic excellence award the american red cross scholarship and the united states navy outstanding scholar award in the fall paul will attend bucknell university where he received a scholarship to major in chemical engineering paul is the son of paul and toni hook of new germany the salutatorian of the class of 2011 was shelby stigers while at forest hills shelby participated in softball jaycee/jaycettes and student council she was also a member of the national honor society shelby has received the school director s award president s education award senior girls physical education award senior mathematsee graduation on page 2

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i will be retiring as superintendent of schools on july 29 2011 as i reflect back on my career as a student teacher coach and administrator it is hard to believe i have been coming through the doors of the forest hills school district for fifty years i have thoroughly enjoyed the experience the wonderful staff members with whom i have worked the committed board members who have supported me the parents whose children we have had the responsibility to educate and the students who have treated all of us with so many success stories during my tenure the board of education and administration provided services and programs to improve the education for all of the students and residents of the district we feel our curriculum is second to none pre-k through grade 12 our school district has provided a safe learning environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed in an ever-changing world extra-curricular activities have been available for all areas of interest also during my tenure we completed the elementary renovation project built a field house that the entire community uses and enjoys and initiated full-day kindergarten and pre-k for four year olds we had cooperative labor relations and have not raised taxes for the past seventeen years we have conducted a feasibility study that hopefully will provide a new middle/high school in the near future these accomplishments were not done alone they have come with the support and assistance of a hard-working conscientious professional and support staff and highly responsible board members and administrators however any accomplishments any achievements or any successes must be attributed to the students and their parents and guardians for the background and work ethic they have been provided without this foundation success would not have been possible with this strong family background and commitment all things are possible as you know public education is under attack by legislaics award senior softball award rotary club serve above self award the rotary club academic excellence award the army reserve scholar athlete award the american red cross scholarship the forest hills alumni association scholarship and the penn state renaissance scholarship shelby will be attending penn state university where she will major in rail transportation engineering shelby is the daughter of kaith stigers and dorothy grady of beaverdale superintendent s message tive leaders corporate ceo s and just about any other education guru there is a myriad of complex issues and circumstances impacting our nation s schools the real reformers however are you the parents and our nation s teachers in public school and classrooms across the country who strive daily to educate your children through the commitment and dedication of our teachers who have a moral obligation for all students learning we will continue to help develop each individual to his/her greatest potential education is still the key to the future i have been blessed to have served your children and you for the past 38 years as a teacher coach administrator and superintendent i thank you for the honor and opportunity to do so i am sure the new superintendent and staff will continue to lead our district to higher heights and future successes thank you for the opportunity to have served you five dedicated teachers retired at the end of the 20102011 school year together they have amassed more than 161 years in education thank you teachers for taking the time to make a difference in the lives of so many children after more than 36 years of service middle school principal mr raymond wotkowski will retire at the end of july 2011.mr wotkowski began his career with the district in 1975 as an industrial arts teacher in the junior high school he was appointed middle school assistant principal in 1987 and principal in 1992 during mr wotkowski s tenure the middle school was recognized nationally for its national mock election program during the 1992 presidential election the antique auto club of america featured the middle school s year long study of the automobile in a 15 page spread in their teachers/principal retiring graduation continued from page 1 2011 retirees top row l-r mrs.diane bailey mrs rosemary raptosh mr robert semonick bottom row mrs susan snyder mrs melanie wotkowski mr raymond wotkowski 2 see retirements on page 17

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the junior-senior prom was held saturday may 21st at the pasquerilla conference center in johnstown gorgeous gowns and striking tuxedos blended perfectly as all in attendance truly looked stunning formal photos were taken by cover studio in the high school gym prior to the dinner/dance three hundred fifty-five students enjoyed the night in paradise theme as they took pictures along the board walk under the tropical island setting and in front of the various photo ops designed by the prom committee students and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal and snacked on mounds of fresh fruit and a variety of cheese throughout the evening students danced the night away with dj jack labarko for those looking forward to next year s event the prom is scheduled for may 19 2012 prom night spectacular h igh s chool travel club visits france students in the forest hills travel club spent nine days in france over the thanksgiving break highlights of the trip included visits to the eiffel tower the catacombs notre dame château at amboise where french kings and queens vacationed the palace of versailles the abbey of mont st michel normandy d-day museum and of course the very famous louvre museum where students saw the mona lisa painting the students experienced french cuisine and french culture including a visit to a baguette bakery and a goat cheese farm/factory the teachers who planned and chaperoned the trip were mrs donna gramling mrs carol hilbrecht and mrs patrice stiffler the group is pictured above in front of the eiffel tower l-r josie helsel amanda krestar alexis swanson amber peretin sara arnold alycia rodkey paige casti austin molinich haleigh custer nicole russell cami good from june 7 thru august 19 the high school library will be open to give students a head start on their reading points for the 2011-2012 school year any students who have incomplete reading grades can makeup points at this time summer library hours are monday thru thursday 7:30 am-12:00 noon and 12:30 pm-2:50 pm closed for lunch 12-12:30 pm friday 7:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-2:50 pm closed for maintenance 12:00 to 1:00 pm due to installation of new technology scholastic reading counts may be unavailable at times between july 1 and july 15 please call 487-7613 ext 2224 for an update the library will be offering another summer reading incentive check the library web site on the forest hills home page for the bonus book list this incentive program will be in effect from june 9 until august 31 after that date all points will return to normal value summer library hours paige casti and adam helsel were crowned prom queen and king pictured with them are evan edsall leahanne wirfel erik ondrejik sarah giger nick dudukovich sarah mcvicker tom allendorfer sara faiad jeff meier karissa wess jared mccombie alisa kibler paul hook amy wiesheier luke gallaher and leah plummer 3

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the forest hills parent s care committee thanks the following businesses and individuals for their contribution to the after prom party once again the party was a huge success due to your help tercek electric inc crute s barber shop servicemaster plus baumgardner transit inc south fork vfw association barclay electric sheetz-sidman henry glass heating service miller motor company charles o dimond first united methodist church country inn fox s sidman fox s-wilmore sassy sisters restaurant rizzo s restaurant papa johns-scalp ave dough boyz parkway pizza dominics pizza red lobster valko s mcaneny brothers r w daniels-cpa jojo pizza c&c smith lumber george trailers inc stineman management corp keiper s farm market wessel company reighard machine inc prr south fork fcu pepsi bottling group valewood farms pappy s family pub rita s bakery the ranger subway-sidman croyle electric lowes the long barn ii st michael fire company cambria county drug alcohol krane wind llc the growing tree 1st summit bank fh nhs dress down day adams twp lions club loveridge lawn maintenance enhancing images tri-k wood products morris tavern homestead inn pat dumm construction co baumgardner enterprises summerhill social club j eric wieczorek-md l m excavating co inc holiday financial services first commonwealth bank felix r.l construction american legion post 0653 crown american susan stephen andrykovitch sharon paterson ctc paula newman-eppley suellen kush ms jane graffius attorney e.r walker donald valerie hudson our apologies to anyone we unintentionally missed the forest hills parent s care committee greatly appreciates your help and generosity thank you the 37th annual volleyball marathon sponsored by the forest hills jaycees/jayceettes was held on april 15th a total of $3,000 was raised this year the year s marathon once again benefited two charities money was raised for cystic fibrosis and the erin hostetler scholarship fund eleven coed teams consisting of 81 jaycees/jayceettes members competed in a double elimination tournament the organization s steering committee also competed against faculty members from all three schools the teams played from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm trophies were awarded to the first second and third place winners members of the winning team pictured here were front amy wiesheier and lauren flynn and back luke gallaher jared mccombie nick dudukovich jeff meier and adam helsel donations were received from jaycees/jayceettes area thank you from parent s care sixty-seven units of blood were donated by students and staff at the annual spring red cross blood drive at forest hills high school on march 9th exceeding the goal of 65 units made forest hills eligible for a scholarship to be awarded to one senior mark your calendars for the fall drive which will be held on october 7 2011 in the high school gym the fall blood drive challenge will pit forest hills against central cambria the ranger football team will play central cambria that evening please come out and donate blood to show support for the football team and save 3 lives while you are at it red cross blood drive volleyball marathon held the us army recruiting station solicited local high school art classes to create ceiling tiles that would represent their home school and would be hung in the us army recruiting office forest hills sophomore art student taylor donoughe was chosen to create the tile to represent the rangers taylor chose to create a forested background while adding some patriotism with a flag pole waving the american flag below the american flag is the r flag representing the rangers the lettering is forest hills rangers excellence is the tradition flanks the beautiful artwork taylor created many other outstanding art projects throughout the year the public can see taylor s tile and many others in the us army recruiting office in the galleria mall businesses and all three-district buildings the jaycees/jayceettes under the supervision of mr robert petrunak thank everyone who made this year s marathon one of the best in school history taylor donoughe creates art work for the us army 4

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nicholas ahlborn president s education award american legion award ­ st michael sarah appley president s education award parents care committee scholarship forest hills education endowment scholarship brad wess memorial scholarship sara arnold school directors award president s education award senior girls soccer award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society calvert ellis scholarship russel daubert alumni scholarship juniata scholarship fund st michael catholic church higher education grant st michael catholic church reach service award forest hills education endowment scholarship anthony balasco president s education award audriana bara american legion award dunlo brittany bassett senior scholarship award president s education award chelsea bassett school directors award president s education award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society spanish honor society jiovanne blair senior boys chorus award senior engineering technology award thomas bodenschatz senior boys tennis award shawna botteicher president s education award senior girls tennis award upj commendation scholarship krislyn boyles senior color guard award lauren burkhard senior scholarship award president s education award senior majorette award national honor society cody capatch senior hockey award paige casti jaycees/jayceettes service award approximately 70 seniors and 300 parents family and friends attended the annual baccalaureate and awards ceremony on tuesday may 31 2011 in the high school auditorium members of the forest hills ministerium conducted the service rev jon gulnac was the keynote speaker and delivered the spiritual message rev jason mcqueen welcomed the graduates and pastor david butler provided the invocation rev earl butterfield gave the benediction members of the senior class participated in all facets of the worship ceremony paul hook greeted the class and thanked everyone for coming to the program pat miller provided a scripture reading and morgan hritz led the seniors in various songs and the liturgy of blessing nathanael and ian mccue erik ondrejik pat gully and karissa wess provided special musical selections to add to the ceremony david hammond assisted with accompaniment on the piano an awards program followed the baccalaureate ceremony students were honored for their academic achievement athletic prowess citizenship and extra-curricular activities a total of $1,200,000 was presented to individual students who excelled in the classroom on the athletic fields and in the community those honored at the program were baccalaureate and awards presented nicholas alborne sarah appley sara arnold anthony balasco audriana bara brittany bassett chelsea bassett jiovanne blair thomas bodenschatz shawna botteicher krislyn boyles lauren burkhard paige casti nick dudukovich alexis durica 5 sara faiad chase fetterman

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michael chapple senior cadd award nick dudukovich senior football award alexis durica school directors award president s education award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society field of education scholarship arthur a gatty scholarship cambria county secondary schools principals association scholarship sara faiad school directors award president s education award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society a.b miller honor scholarship jaycees jayceettes service award forest hills education endowment scholarship chase fetterman senior manufacturing technology award american legion award-dunlo julianna fiala senior scholarship award president s education award lauren flynn senior girls volleyball award donald ronald bailey memorial award alicia lynn richardson memorial scholarship carl anna sherbine scholarship mckenna fyock challenge program academic improvement christopher gallaher president s education award senior boys physical educational award national honor society st vincent college alumni grant leadership scholarship endowment scholarship benedictine scholarship south fork american legion auxiliary award jaycees/jayceettes service award adams-summerhill class of 1958 scholarship american legion award ­ south fork united states navy ­ outstanding athlete luke gallaher senior scholarship award president s education award senior boys basketball award senior boys track award wendy s heisman scholar athlete award district vi sportsmanship award university of pittsburgh track field scholarship jaycees/jayceettes service award united states marine corps distinguished athlete award anthony gallina school directors award president s education award senior boys soccer award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society challenge program academic excellence challenge program attendance forest hills alumni scholarship united states marine corps scholastic excellence award cortney geyer art institute pass for fashion scholarship challenge program community service sara giger senior cheerleader award jason glacken senior scholarship award president s education award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society spanish honor society grove city college john a blair scholarship grove city college wasson scholarship adams township lions/merlin woodring scholarship zachary gossard senior boys band award patrick gully senior baseball award mercy leader scholarship afl ­ cio scholarship st michael catholic church reach scholarship senior church scholarship david hammond president s education award senior accounting award cambria rowe business college presidential scholarship american legion award ­ south fork u.s marine corps semper fidelis award for musical excellence douglas harshberger school directors award president s education award senior spanish award rotary club ac julianna fiala lauren flynn mckenna fyock chris gallaher luke gallaher anthony gallina cortney geyer sara giger jason glacken 6 ademic excellence award national honor society spanish honor society adam helsel st michael catholic church reach scholarship jaycees/jayceettes service award karli hirko senior art award certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century paul hook school directors award president s education award senior english award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society american red cross scholarship bucknell scholarship united states navy ­ outstanding scholar morgan hritz ussco federal credit union scholarship st francis assisi scholarship st francis legacy scholarship reach higher award american legion award ­ dunlo american legion award cambria county 2nd place winner devin hornbake notre dame college of ohio achieve scholarship notre dame college of ohio grant maggie ivock penny matlin memorial scholarship ethan johns certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century kody johnson senior boys volleyball award south fork first united methodist church scholarship american legion award ­ st michael kayla kane-sherle mt aloysius merit scholarship zachary gossard patrick gully david hammond

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douglas harshberger adam helsel karli hirko paul hook morgan hritz devin hornbake maggie ivock ethan johns kody johnson kayla kane-sherle erin knarr eli manges angela mccloskey lindsey mckenry jillian mcneal jeffrey meier jordan mummert jonathan partsch 7 erin knarr school directors award president s education award senior girls band award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society eli manges school directors award president s education award certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century rotary club academic excellence award national honor society spanish honor society parents care committee scholarship knights of columbus scholarship angela mccloskey certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century st michael catholic church service award forest hills education endowment scholarship cbw scholarship ian mccue president s education award national honor society spanish honor society nathanael mccue president s education award national honor society westminster college trustee scholarship lindsey mckenry senior scholarship award president s education award national honor society spanish honor society jillian mcneal mt aloysius college merit scholarship jeffrey meier senior scholarship award,president s education award senior wrestling award national honor society jaycees/jayceettes service award army reserve scholar/athlete jordan mummert senior scholarship award president s education award rotary club academic excellence award jonathan partsch school directors award president s education award senior science award senior social studies award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society juniata college calvert ellis scholarship erin hostetler memorial scholarship ben pavlosky brad wess memorial scholarship make a wish scholarship brittnie piemonte mount aloysius academic scholarship ashley plummer american legion award st michael brittany potter certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century alycia rodkey president s education award cassidy ronald zahorchak education ­ economic endowment scholarship tyler shaffer just beyond your reach scholarship tyler sharpe devry univ herman devry scholarship david skiles senior computerized reading award emily smay penn highlands com college board of trustees scholarship senior family consumer science award ashley smith senior scholarship award senior computer applications award st francis university presidential scholarship,reach higher award national honor society spanish honor society trustee grant justin stewart senior forensics award mercyhurst college presidential scholarship ,shelby stigers school directors award president s education award senior girls physical education award senior mathematics award senior softball award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award national honor society american red cross scholarship forest hills alumni scholarship army reserve scholar/athlete penn state renaissance scholarship tanner thomas president s education award mt aloy-

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sius mercy presidential scholarship spanish honor society sara units senior girls chorus award karissa wess school directors award president s education award rotary club academic excellence award american red cross scholarship elks national foundation allocated scholarship award st francis founders award national honor society united states navy ­ inspirational leadership award helene robert krantzler scholarship megan white certificate of participation in artists of the 21st century amy wiesheier senior girls basketball award st michael catholic church scholarship barbara ann peters memorial award art burkett memorial scholarship dalton wilson -president s education award national honor society american red cross scholarship leahanne wirfel school directors award president s education award senior girls cross country award senior girls track award rotary club academic excellence award wendy s heisman scholar athlete award district vi sportsmanship award national honor society spanish honor society ncaa division i athletic scholarship to high point univ united states marine corps distinguished athlete award ethan yakicic school directors award president s education award rotary club academic excellence award upj leadership scholarship cassandra zangaglia president s education award upj commendation scholar american legion award ­ south fork michael zimmerman just beyond your reach scholarship photographs were not available for cody capatch ian and ashley smith shelby stigers tanner thomas sara units karissa wess megan white amy wiesheier dalton wilson leahanne wirfel ethan yakicic ben pavlosky brittnie piemonte ashley plummer brittany potter alycia rodkey tyler shaffer tyler sharpe david skiles emily smay 8 the high school band and chorus presented their spring concert on the 16th of may this year the high school african drumming ensemble and the high school girls quartet aptly named four-tune-ately also performed the girls quartet performed an arrangement of mr sandman and alexander s ragtime band sara units and avery pakstis successfully auditioned in the fall to participate at district chorus avery also auditioned successfully at districts to advance on to regional chorus five students from the band auditioned successfully in the fall to participate in district band they were alexis durica megan white katie roxby amanda oaks and david hammond all five students auditioned successfully at districts to advance on to regional band hs music news cassandra zangaglia michael zimmerman

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mrs smith s practical parenting class had the opportunity to teach interact with and observe children in the school age child care program at the elementary school the high school students planned age appropriate lessons and activities addressing the four stages of child development the children enjoyed interactive storytelling making a variety of crafts and playing energetic games while having fun students observed developmental skills including eye-hand coordination social interactions intellectual growth and large muscle abilities actions and responses were recorded for class discussion both groups benefited from a positive learning experience practical parenting class visits elementary on may 3rd and 4th mr golden s spanish 3 and 4 classes took an afternoon to try out their spanish skills with the staff of rey azteca a mexican restaurant located in richland mr golden has been taking his upper level classes to the restaurant for 6 years and the students have responded well to the real-life scenarios of ordering describing and asking questions about their food in spanish i liked the fact that we could use all of the stuff that we learned in class with real spanish speakers it felt pretty good when they understood me and i understood them ­ nathanael mccue forest hills senior spanish 4 student spanish classes visit restaurant forest hills high school has been awarded a highmark healthy high 5 school challenge grant of $10,000 to implement snowshoeing/grass trekking that will provide students with enhanced nutrition and fitness education with the rates of childhood obesity on the rise this grant will support forest hills high school s efforts to help students adopt healthy behaviors that will stay with them for a lifetime the snowshoeing/grass trekking grant was obtained by the physical education department through a grant written by mrs brenda gdula mr george wozniak mrs judy mcintyre mr joe carpenter and mr denon carpenter the snowshoeing/grass trekking unit will be added to the already well established project r.i.o program at the high school through this grant the phys ed department will purchase 50 sets of snowshoes poles and bags the physical activity will benefit the students in the areas of cardiovascular endurance respiratory endurance muscular strength and muscular endurance since 2007 the highmark foundation through the highmark healthy high 5 school challenge has awarded more than $8 million to over 945 grants to schools in 49 counties across pennsylvania for programs that provide nutrition education enhance nutrition choices and increase opportunities for physical education physical activity and nutrition play a critical role in reducing childhood obesity said yvonne cook president of the highmark foundation with this grant forest hills high school will have additional resources available to educate students and their parents on simple lifestyle changes that can be made to improve the health and wellbeing of our children nine high school students were inducted into the simon bolivar chapter of the national spanish honor society induction into the society is based on academic achievement in the study of the spanish language the inductees for 2010/2011 are chelsea bassett president ian mccue vice president tanner thomas secretary/treasurer jason glacken doug harshbarger eli mangus lindsey mckenry ashley smith taylor stefanik and leah anne wirfel the new members started the year by selling pizza at the annual tailgate party in november they hosted the king turkey dance ben pavlosky was crowned this year s king turkey and luke gallaher was dubbed his squire in december the honor society treated the kindergarten class by singing and dancing to feliz navidad santa claus surprised everyone when he joined the celebration in hopes of breaking a piñata a humanitarian project that the spanish honor society has been involved with for more than 25 years is the sponsorship of a foster child in mexico this year a child named carlos received the benefit of their care phys ed receives grant spanish honor society ashley smith juliana fiala brett newcomer eli mangus douglas harshbarger and tanner thomas enjoy some good food and good conversation in spanish of course at rey azteca in richland 9

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on thursday may 12 2011 four area american legion posts and auxiliaries presented nine middle school students with their prestigious awards the south fork post recognized jacob peretin and the south fork auxiliary recognized renae kakabar the beaverdale post recognized mitchell leach and the beaverdale auxiliary recognized courtney durica the dunlo post recognized brenden valko and the dunlo auxiliary recognized megan kostan the st michael post recognized josiah bailey and the st michael auxiliary recognized jennifer crum the outstanding student legion award was presented to courtney durica a special thank you to all of the area american legions and auxiliaries for their continued support of forest hills students this is only one of the many communitybased programs that the posts and auxiliaries provide nine receive legion awards m iddle s chool lions club representative mr richard hautz presented nineteen 9th grade students with subject area awards and an outstanding boy and girl for 2010-2011 the lions club is a civic-minded organization that supports a multitude of community service projects the middle school students and staff are appreciative of the continued support that the area lions club has provided over the many years of service award winners were english cheyenne probst algebra ii samantha hook spanish kayla maticic german jennifer crum history kate bedont science jesse erb tech ed jason avramis manufacturing brock peracchino family consumer science renae kakabar reading timothy mcmahon word processing megan kostan boys physical education tyler shima girls physical education caitlyn gallaher art matthew miller instrumental music jacob peretin vocal music jennifer rosmus student council joan smith outstanding boy michael pakstis outstanding girl cassidy dodson lions awards presented on may 20th from 7 until 10 pm the middle school gym became a midnight masquerade as the ninth grade class entered an outdoor urban area through two six-foot masks surrounded by columns along a cobblestone path the students were surrounded by masks and pictured are brielle corrente jesters under a ceiling brimleft and nicole richards ming with silver and gold stars displaying all class members names the center of the city was an outdoor café on a cobblestone base with lamp posts tables with umbrellas and chairs and topiary trees sponsored by student council 76 class members enjoyed an evening of dancing a buffet food bar a dessert bar and the culminating event the awarding of class awards the class awards were biggest flirt-lauren mcgrath hobie young best dressed ­ brielle corrente garrett mccall most talkative ­ whitney fyock cody laporte nicest eyes ­ sammie smith mitchell leach best vocalist ­ keri ondrejik todd harteis smartest ­ kate bedont jesse wehner nicest lips ­ dekota bradley jared krug most likely to succeed ­ sami hook josiah bailey most athletic ­ caitlyn gallaher dustin ohler loudest ­ joan smith hobie young sweetest ­ kayla maticic nathan knisley most attractive ­ brianna neff quinn diflauro best looking ­ lakin stiffler tyler shima best personality ­ madison kundrod richard mcclelland best instrumentalist ­ tori dibble jake peretin nicest legs ­ lexi kline tony gibson nicest nose ­ kelsey richardson josh kohut best dancer ­ maddy docherty cory hribar best actor ­ cheyenne probst mark bambino most quiet ­ kylie donoughe garret horner blondest ­ katie marsh brady smith class clown ­ murphy cononie mikey mcgrath and cutest couple ­ amanda meier liam neeson midnight masquerade michael pakstis cassidy dodson 10 parents will be notified when to attend grade 10 orientation august 11th 9:00 am at hs grade 7 orientation august 18th 9:00 am at ms kindergarten orientation august 24th at el pre-k orientations at elementary school parents only august 23rd 10 11 am student august 25th 5:30 6:30 pm orientation dates set

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two hundred fifty-nine students were recognized with 446 awards in academics attendance and a variety of other special awards categories nearly two hundred students were in attendance at the annual middle school awards night program which was held on may 12th in addition to the american legion posts and auxiliaries awards and the lions clubs subject areas awards three ninth grade students were recognized for achieving perfect attendance for all three years and nine students for achieving all a s for three consecutive years students of the year were honored for their outstanding achievements congratulations to all the middle school students for their outstanding performance this year students receiving all a s for all 3 years were josiah bailey kate bedont brielle corrente ashley craig madeline docherty courtney durica samantha hook kayla maticic and jesse wehner those achieving perfect attendance all 3 years were jonathan hersh donella loughran and matthew sculthorpe and finally students of the year were grade 7 ­ brianna facciani grade 8 ­ kristen kundrod and grade 9 ­ kate bedont ms awards night brianna facciani on june 2 and 3 the middle school drama club presented the most popular talent show in america american idle murdering the music night of the mask where the singer who did the worst was decimated by industry professionals as viewers tuned in the top ten finalists performed live for a lively studio audience and three in-fighting judges members of the cast and their parts were tyler miller as ryan seasunk emily miller as brianna dunklefunkle mark bambino as simon callous cari kestermont as paula abominable kyle kurchak as randy jackalacka kristen kundrod as joanne loosemorals tara reffner as hannah hapless tori dibble as fabienne la fleur cassi miller as jenny lee larksong amber jordan as tiffany starmite gabrielle shawlis as dorothy danielle katlyn marsh as keneisha gray nathan knisley as jj macneil nick lineman as dj play hanna rager as mickey vermin caleb pavlosky as dexter shaq jen rosmus as carlotta and katie josephson as nikki stikki as a final school activity the play was performed in school on friday june 3 night of the mask kristen kundrod kate bedont the middle school band and chorus presented their spring concert on the 23rd of may to a near capacity crowd the students and their advisors were pleased to see all the parents family and friends who were able to attend this year was also a first for a girls quartet called the nessies they performed an arrangement of side by side and one fine day on may 18th the iup faculty brass ensemble visited the middle school to perform a concert for the students the group comprised of the brass faculty at iup dr scandrett french horn dr dickinson trombone dr eisensmith trumpet dr ferguson trumpet and dr collins tuba they gave a 45 minute concert along with a brief question and answer session for the students the members of the iup ensemble were very impressed with the middle school organ restoration project they are planning to return in the fall once all the finishing touches are complete and giving another performance accompanied by the completed organ dr collins also visited in april to give a master class to the low brass students in grades 7-12 he gave a brief presentation on the tuba for the student body and then worked one on one with the low brass students the forest hills chorus s have performed at many different locations this spring you may have seen the ms chorus sing the star spangled banner at a johnstown chiefs game in march or the hs girls quartet sing at the ywca s death by chocolate presentation in march the hs chorus also sang at the mishler theatre in altoona in may for an a cappella celebration both girls quartets performed at the elementary art show which was also in may music department news after many cancellations due to the weather the annual snowball dance was held on february 10th with 313 students in attendance members of the court were elected by their peers in each grade court members were 7th grade william barnett and ali smith 3rd place garrett bunn and morgan scott 2nd place ian wieczorek and kaitlyn kline 1st place 8th grade logan madison and brooke fisher 3rd place jake keiper and blakyn toth 2nd place josh gould and maura mclaughlin 1st place 9th grade shawn fessler and samantha smith 2nd place richard mcclelland and courtney durica 1st place ben buchkovich and brielle corrente king and queen 11 snowball dance

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at forest hills middle school student council is a representative group of students who have a desire to embark on a mission to lead and serve the students work as a team to reach these goals for the students faculty and staff and the community the students know how much of a difference one individual can make when armed with the knowledge skills and a committed desire to make something good happen student council is north america s number one source of dynamic young leaders who dedicate their time talent and energies to not only serving their schools and communities but also to becoming better people themselves through their involvement the dances held by student council in september october and december february snowball april and the freshman class dance in may were very successful thanks to those who attended and participated in the way expected of students at such social functions everyone appeared to have a good time and student council enjoyed sponsoring them a special thanks goes to the chaperones who give their time to make sure the activities were enjoyable for everyone on november 19 the sixth annual mix-it-up day was held centered around a sports theme the million pennies in november and december the annual staff appreciation dinner during parent teacher conferences the powerlifting breakfast in january and the kennywood trip were all successful 2010-2011 members were 7th grade ryan dibble dalton faith megan fessler blaine harteis alex hook blake ivock kaitlyn kline gage mccall jillian scott morgan scott ian wieczorek 8th grade kimberly boyd cheyenne helsel kristen kundrod triston law logan madison tanner mccall calli smith thomas smith teresa yuhas and 9th grade kate bedont brielle corrente madeline docherty shawn fessler samantha hook megan kostan garret mccall dustin ohler nicole richards joan smith student council serves on december 17 four middle school students showcased their talents by performing at a middle school dance jesse erb todd harteis mitchell leach and jesse wehner entertained students with a variety of classic rock songs their band played the entire evening in place of a dj the band started approximately one year ago when they decided to participate in the talent show since then they have continued playing and practicing on a regular basis over the summer they played at a charity event along with providing entertainment at birthday parties they also play at the johnstown inn on open mic night on a monthly basis student rock band on thursday may 19 2011 twenty-one students were inducted into the national junior honor society with mrs elizabeth katrancha as the keynote speaker the induction was followed by a banquet in the cafeteria served by the middle school student council the invocation was delivered by caitlyn gallaher and jayme long requirements for njhs at forest hills are a minimum 3.51 gpa for the second semester in grade 8 a minimum 3.51 gpa for the first semester of grade 9 no d s or f s in any subject no suspensions and no more than two demerits in addition students are rated on service leadership and character by their grade 8 9 teachers the gpa data and teacher ratings are averaged placed on a graph and members are chosen at the natural break this year s freshman class had 17 students with gpa s of 4.0 national junior honor society officers are president cassidy dodson vice-president samantha hook secretary madeline docherty and treasurer jessica penatzer the remaining inductees were josiah bailey mark bambino kate bedont brielle corrente ashley craig tori dibble courtney durica shawn fessler caitlyn gallaher renae kakabar megan kostan jayme long kayla maticic timothy mcmahon larissa roman brenden valko and jesse wehner 12 njhs inducts twenty-one the middle school students and staff continue to keep the less fortunate in mind as they donated a combined $10,191.64 to charities during the 2010-2011 school year staff dress down days and student hat days allow the middle school to support specific charities students and staff can choose to donate without dressing down as the contribution is most important factor thirty dress downs were conducted this year ranging from specific family needs to area food pantries and larger established organizations the forest hills family of students and staff has once again come forth to provide support for those in need the thoughtfulness and concern for others is another characteristic that separates forest hills from the rest dress down generosity

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fourth graders studied pennsylvania s past present and future throughout the 2010-2011 school year one aspect of pennsylvania s past is its involvement in the revolutionary war students in mrs yahner s social studies class were given the choice to play the role of a colonist or a redcoat then played out the events leading up to the war and the battles during the war each day during the revolutionary war unit students put on their tri-cornered hats and assumed the role of a colonist from pennsylvania or an english man or woman from great britain students enjoyed learning about how the country fought for its independence and why england fought so hard to keep america under its rule all students committed to their roles and sometimes there was a little bit of historical tension in the air between the colonists and the redcoats but it was all in good fun the students continued their exploration of the revolutionary war with a visit to fort roberdeau in altoona pa on may 27 4th graders study pa s past e lementary s chool third grade students learned about making good choices this spring from the well-known berenstain bears their annual field trip included attending the play family matters at the mountain playhouse it was based on three books from the bears first time books series the berenstain bears and too much junk food the berenstain bears trouble at school and the berenstain bears learn about strangers this fun musical demonstrated different situations involving good health school responsibility and personal safety students laughed and learned as they watched mama papa sister and brother bear help each other face some everyday problems even gramps and gran bear were on hand to lend some support and humor along with the wonderful performance the mountain playhouse staff also sponsored a berenstain bear coloring contest for all students david nastase first prize from mrs stombaugh s class and jordana mack garet connor hunter potter and vonnya summers tie for second place from mrs dupnock s class were the lucky winners david received two all day ride and water park passes to delgrosso s amusement park jordana garet hunter and vonnya each received a cuddly stuffed bear the winners also enjoyed an extra exciting moment when they were called on stage to be recognized by the audience it was a bear-y special experience theatre fun pictured are front lauren lampel kayla beaner courtney roxby back brendan bopp derek baxendale and seth hofecker what s the buzz in third grade students learn about pollination and the life cycle of a plant in science class each student plants brasica seeds otherwise known as the wisconsin fast plant they water the microscopic seed and observe the growth until it is a mature flowering plant upon maturation they use real bees to pollinate their plants over several days they learn that pollination produces seeds after only a few days the pods are visible at this point the students remove the light and 13 water sources and allow the plants to dry up and die once this happens the seeds can be harvested the students are then permitted to take them home and share the life cycle of a brasica plant with their family with the newly harvested seeds there is a variety of learning going on with this science kit many subjects are incorporated the students measure count chart results observe and infer elementary phys ed teacher and bee keeper mr carpenter talked with the third graders about bees pictured are alexandra crum gage jones wearing the hat and caleb mcqueen mr carpenter david nastase front and jordana mack garet connor hunter potter vonnya summers

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the sixth grade held its annual spelling bee on may 13 2011 in the high school auditorium family members of the contestants were invited to attend the competition and the entire sixth grade student body viewed the bee as well all of the 31 contestants did a fantastic job and went through several exciting rounds of spelling before the final three places were decided the first place winner was kayle fox from mrs vena s room second place went to courtney cecere and the third place winner was nathan valko both from mr smay s room the winners each received an electronic dictionary and cash prize from the pto congratulations to the winners and contestants in the bee kayle fox wins spelling bee may 26th a beautiful day filled with sunshine and warm weather was a perfect day for a baseball game and that is just where the sixth graders could be found the students spent the day taking in a game at the altoona field the curve tried diligently yet unsuccessfully to make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning pictured with his foul ball catch is carl mcfarland with friends barry miller and dylan miller who are displaying their curve souvenirs take me out to the ball game this year the elementary student council had a very successful year helping out local and national organizations in the month of april the student council assisted trinity lutheran church in their spring food drive students who brought in non-perishable items were given one chance for each item donated to win a walmart gift card donated by the student council volunteers from trinity lutheran church made several trips to collect all of the food donated by forest hills elementary school students this food was then used to help 60 local families on april 14th mrs gordon s 4th grade social studies class pictured here participated in a where in pa webinar the webinar hosted by chester county intermediate unit brought together 5 schools from pennsylvania via the internet students worked on a powerpoint presentation providing geographic themed clues about their town they participated in a live webcast to present their clues then using the internet they tried to discover the location of each participating classroom not only did students learn a lot about their own area but discovered interesting facts about different parts of the state of pennsylvania 14 food collected by sc where in pa

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the academically talented fourth fifth and sixth grade students pictured here took explore a test developed for 8th graders to participate in the c-mites ­ carnegie mellon institute for talented elementary students students who participated in this special opportunity are eligible for a variety of educational programs including summer programs and weekend workshops the curriculum is designed to complement what students have studied in school and provide them with challenges in mathematics science and the humanities students participate in small group individualized and whole-class activities activities used in the courses have been recommended by the national council of teachers of mathematics the national science teachers association and the national council of teachers of english the forest hills elementary pto had another successful year they collected money from the walk-a-thon fundraiser box tops the santa shop ink cartridges and a few other sources with the money collected the pto was able to fund field trips for all students provide tie-died ranger t-shirts organize the school carnival and a give free yearbook for each student sixth graders also received class t-shirts and a dance the box tops program was a huge success once again forest hills elementary ranked #1 out of all schools in the state check it out on the box tops website www.boxtops4education.com the students collectively brought in more than 98,000 box tops worth $9,800 cash which the pto was able to spend on the students the pto receives 10¢ for each and every box top the students collect thank you to everyone who brought in box tops this year keep on collecting simply save the box tops off the products that you regularly or periodically use ask others to save them for you collect over the summer ­ the first collection next school year will be in september watch for details in september prizes will be awarded thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped with events this past school year your time and service to the students is really appreciated see you next september at the meet-the-teacher night meeting have a great summer and thank you for your support carnegie mellon c-mites pto activities mrs reininger s kindergarten class had the wonderful opportunity of having student teacher miss austyn grazier from upj in their classroom from february through april while miss grazier was teaching she presented numerous hands-on activities that were educational yet fun ms grazer and one of the most memorable ryley bier activities for the students was making their own paper mache easter basket this lesson tied in nicely with the wood and paper science kit in which students recycled newspaper and made paper mache bowls the students ripped paper strips dipped and applied the strips to a balloon let the basket dry and painted it before seeing the end product this was quite an accomplishment for kindergarten students sixth grade students spent a fun-filled learning day at the 1889 park students actively explored the environment in search of local plants and fungi watched and learned about various birds in the area conducted experiments related to ph levels and explored a local stream in search of macro-invertebrates and other animals dyamond wagner devin martin and nikki mcbratney are pictured here at the park devin is checking out a crayfish that he found in the water kindergarten project front row l-r ethan buckovich philip yuhas nikita feeney mitchell chunta 2nd row alyssa penrod alyssa madison michael perla back maggie blaisdell nicholas peretin alyssa chesnutwood jacob wasnick 1889 park visit here students are shown enjoying a treat on a hot spring day at the carnival 15

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