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f orest h ills s chool n ews erika frazer valedictorian and alyssa thomas salutatorian class of 2012 graduates 173 students vol xxxii no 3 june 2012 on thursday evening may 31 2012 one hundred seventy-three forest hills high school seniors participated in the school s 45th annual commencement exercises held at the cambria county war memorial approximately 3000 family members relatives and friends were on hand to help celebrate the momentous occasion the class of 2012 valedictorian honor went to miss erika frazer erika is the daughter of rich and lynn frazer of mt hope she participated in forensics scholastic quiz ski club fca and the national honor society she is a member of the south fork first united methodist church youth group erika has received the knights of columbus scholarship senior social studies award school director s award navy scholar award youth discipleship award and upj president s scholar scholarship erika will attend the university of pittsburgh at johnstown for two years and then transfer to pitt main majoring in dietetics the salutatorian of the class of 2012 was miss alyssa thomas alyssa was an officer in the drama club and participated in forensics the media club miss erika frazer scholastic quiz sadd and the national honor society she is also active in her church youth group alyssa received the school director s award president s education award rotary club s academic all-star award johnstown exchange club s youth of the month award and the tribune democrat s academic all-star award she has also been awarded the erin hostetler scholarship west virginia university s blue and gold level one scholarship and ussco federal credit union scholarship alyssa plans to attend west virginia university and major in biology in hopes of being accepted into their graduate program for cancer cell biology miss alyssa thomas senior class president scott george gave the welcoming address student speakers were valedictorian erika frazer who spoke about the parallel between the ranger sub bun and creating a great foundation for life through time and patience in your education and salutatorian alyssa thomas who spoke about fear of failure she gave several examples of people in history overcoming perceived failures and going on to make a difference in the lives of those around them others offering remarks and words of advice and appreciation to the class of 2012 were superintendent mr edwin bowser and high school principal mr curt vasas mr vasas conferred the diplomas as high school assistant principal mr larry celmer read the names of each graduate and board of education president mr fred russell distributed diplomas additional stage guests included director of education mrs vanessa sral middle school principal mr edward alexander middle school assistant principal mr brian kostan elementary school principal mr james lashinsky elementary school assistant principal mr lucas jacobs in addition to mr russell the board of education was represented by mrs tracy helsel mr robert mactavish mr galen george mr rick daniels and dr timothy ondrejek representing the faculty were high school teacher mr brian madison middle school teacher mrs laura miller and elementary school teacher mrs dawn mccall.


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as i conclude my first year as superintendent of forest hills school district i am pleased to present the final edition of the forest hills district news for the 2011-2012 school year as i reflect back on this school year i believe the students and staff continued the philosophy that physical plant aesthetics are important but it is the people within the system that make up the heart and soul of a school district some members of society base their evaluations of a school district on pssa scores the number of students admitted to colleges or universities while others look at athletic superiority many others evaluate educational excellence by parental involvement advanced curricular offerings and extra-curricular activities in reality educational excellence is an elusive quality and therefore varies from district to district it is a shared vision between a school district and the community it serves community members have asked me what the one particular aspect i will remember about this year s graduating class ­ just a few words that accurately describe this class and makes the class of 2012 special is it most athletic most studious or most talented it is easy for some people to characterize this group of 173 graduates as the most athletic ­ after all laurel highlands championships were won by the football girls soccer girls basketball and girls track teams for the first time a young man was selected as 1st team all-state soccer numerous seniors were selected to all-conference teams and a large number of athletes qualified for state competitions academically a total of 9 seniors achieved gpa over 4.0 and nearly 80 of the class will move on to higher education over 50 seniors were awarded scholarships amounting to over $1 million others classify this class as the most artistic especially if they attended the spring concerts and saw the many paintings and crafts created by individuals that graduated on may 31 2012 but this particular class is special i will remember this class for its generosity unselfishness willingness to volunteer countless hours to assist people in need this class was instrumental in raising over $40,000 in dress-down money this class fellow students and staff raised over $19,600 for organizations such as the american cancer society breast cancer awareness the alzheimer s association muscular dystrophy organization cystic fibrosis ­ the list goes on and on so the words i use to describe this class are compassionate unselfish and caring see superintendent on page 9 superintendent s message school lunch prices increase due to federal mandates student lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year will increase by 10¢ elementary lunch prices will be $1.70 and secondary lunch prices will be $1.80 the increase in meal price is due to a federal mandate for lunch prices that took effect july 1 2011 as part of the healthy hunger-free kids act of 2010 equity in school lunch pricing is a provision which calls for schools to ensure they are providing the same level of support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunches i.e paid lunches as they are for lunches served to students eligible for free lunches currently the federal reimbursement for a free lunch is $2.77 while the federal reimbursement for a paid lunch is 26¢ the difference of $2.51 is the new target price for school lunches set by the federal government if a school district charges less than $2.51 for a paid lunch it is required to increase its meal prices to close the gap according to the usda the student lunch price can be increased gradually over a period of years to help minimize the impact on families who do not qualify for free and reduced lunches the 10¢ increase in school lunch prices to $1.70 for elementary students $1.80 for secondary students will bring the district into compliance with the federal regulations for the 2012-13 school year the adult meal price which needs to be set above the federal reimbursement rate for a student free lunch will increase to $3.00 for the 2012-13 school year baking up healthy meals forest hills cafeteria takes pride in featuring fresh baked buns and bread while much of the food service industry has moved to all processed foods and premade items ranger sub buns are a menu staple while fresh baked italian bread accompanies the spaghetti menu made from scratch wheat buns are also included several times on each month s menu meeting federal guidelines for nutrition in school lunches can be challenging while serving the foods students enjoy our fresh baked bread and buns are part of the recipe for healthy good tasting meals for forest hills students elementary school head cook mrs sandra brunberg is shown here making buns for ranger subs 2


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mystery comedy dessert theatre everyone had a motive and nobody seemed very innocent at intermission audience members were encouraged to walk on stage and examine the clues so that they could formulate theories and contribute to the question and answer session in the second act the audience voted for the suspect of their choice by their applause very few audience members were correct as they were led astray by their assumptions but fortunately the seemingly inept police officer solved the caper and saved the day the cast and crew worked very hard through the winter and spring and produced a first rate show many sophomores and juniors made their stage debut in the production and it was the swan song for five seniors sarah donoughe ashley eppley alex lang amber peretin and alyssa thomas good luck seniors on the stage of life h igh s chool cast the high school drama department presented you have the right to remain dead as a dessert theatre on april 26-28 audience members enjoyed cheesecake or gob cake while attempting to determine the murderer in this interactive detective comedy the production was a challenge for the cast members as they had to not only prepare their lines and develop their characters but also anticipate questions the audience might ask and then ad-lib their responses the play begins by asking audience members to observe a scene and explain what they saw shortly after the narrator points out that their assumptions were very wrong so sets the tone of the show nothing is quite as it seems and the most unlikely person of all is killed the narrator the cast and audience then worked together to figure out the suspect crew forensics team district v champs 3rd at regionals the forensics team had a year of many individual successes and marked one of its strongest years as a team the high school squad competed against 12 other teams and captured the district v title in addition amber peretin and alyssa thomas placed third in duo drama jennifer rosmus placed second in declamation and scott george and taylor stefanik each placed second in public forum debate the team also boasted two district champions avery pakstis in poetry and shawn dell ethan gabany in public forum debate at regional competition the team competed against 20 other schools perennial powerhouse altoona claimed the team title and forest hills came in third missing out on second place by only one point avery shawn and ethan also won regional titles in their respective categories shawn and ethan juniors have each won district and regional titles in back to back years they will go for the three-peat as seniors avery a senior had his strongest career showing this year by advancing to day two of state competition and 3 placing 10th in the state in poetry avery shawn ethan and jennifer also qualified for national competition which took place over memorial day weekend in baltimore md.


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baccalaureate and awards scholarships presented approximately 70 seniors and 300 parents family and friends attended baccalaureate on thursday may 24th in the high school auditorium members of the forest hills ministerium conducted the service rev jason mcqueen was the keynote speaker and delivered the spiritual message rev earl butterfield provided the invocation rev wayne cleary gave the benediction members of the senior class participated in all facets of the worship ceremony scott george greeted the class and thanked everyone for coming to the program erika frazer led the liturgy of blessings alyssa thomas and sarah donoughe provided scripture readings ashley eppley and brooke facciani led the seniors in various songs accompanied by avery pakstis on the piano an awards program followed baccalaureate students were honored for their academic achievement athletic prowess citizenship and extra-curricular activities a total of $1,600,000 was presented to individual students who excelled in the classroom on the athletic fields and in the community seniors pictured here received the following honors jared adams jared baker becky bard kelsey bartek kelly beyer morgan brewer jared adams senior art award allied ar st scholarship gretchen pollak art scholarship vanessa anderson president s educa on award no photo jared baker upj achievement scholarship rebecca bard senior scholarship award senior girls basketball award senior girls track award district vi sportsmanship award mt aloysius mercy scholarship jaycees/jaycee es service award art burke memorial scholarship forest hills educaon endowment scholarship united states navy ­ outstanding athlete kelsey bartek senior scholarship award president s educa on award rotary club academic excellence award senior girls band award na onal honor society member iup board of governors scholarship parents care commi ee scholarship kelly beyer senior girls cross country award morgan brewer senior manufacturing award richard brydon senior wrestling award donald burkey shippensburg football scholarship jordan chizmar mount aloysius merit scholarship mount aloysius fellowship scholarship haleigh custer senior scholarship award president s educaon award spanish honor society member mt aloysius fellowship scholarship mt aloysius environmental science scholarship eric daniels senior accoun ng award senior boys basketball award fbla scholarship nicholas deitle st francis assisi scholarship reach higher award jessica diflauro mansfield university basketball and academic scholarship sarah donoughe school directors award president s educaon award senior english award senior forensics award rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society richard brydon donald burkey jordan chizmar haleigh custer eric daniels nicholas deitle jessica diflauro sarah donoughe dakota dumm see awards on page 5 ashley eppley 4 brooke facciani nathan facciani


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zachary fleegle erika frazer jennifer fresch seth frye julian gallina justin gdula scott george megan gould taylor griffin tashia holdsworth brett jerome dan johnson paige kendrick cody kinback amanda krestar joshua krug megan kundrod amanda kush member upj leadership scholarship dakota dumm senior scholarship award president s educaon award ashley eppley senior scholarship award president s educa on award na onal honor society member upj leadership scholarship brooke facciani school directors award president s educaon award rotary club academic excellence award senior computer applica ons award senior spanish award senior girls chorus award na onal honor society member spanish honor society member upj reb commuter scholarship forest hills educa on endowment scholarship nathan facciani senior boys band award zachary fleegle american legion ­ south fork erika frazer school directors award president s educa on award senior social studies award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society member upj presidents scholar first united methodist church scholarship united states navy ­ outstanding scholar knights of columbus jennifer fresch senior family consumer science award senior cheerleader award seth fry senior hockey award julian gallina senior boys tennis award justin gdula senior baseball award senior football award st francis football scholarship st francis red flash co-curricular scholarship st francis reach higher award challenge program community service brandon baxter scholarship scott george school directors award president s educa on award rotary club academic excellence award senior boys soccer award senior mock trial award reach service award district vi sportsmanship award na onal honor society member red cross scholarship forest hills educa on endowment scholarship army reserve scholar/athlete united states navy ­ inspira onal leadership award megan gould president s educa on award senior girls soccer award na onal honor society member st francis red flash co-curricular reach higher award st francis women s track and field scholarship jaycees/jaycee es service award alicia lynn richardson memorial scholarship army reserve scholar/athlete taylor griffin senior girls physical educa on award victoria hazlett senior girls volleyball award no photo tashia holdsworth walter wood scholarship brett jerome senior scholarship award president s educa on award na onal honor society member st francis university presiden al scholarship snpj benefit society scholarship penny matlin memorial scholarship daniel johnson senior boys volleyball award senior golf award south fork united methodist scholarship penn highlands community college board of trustees scholarship paige kendrick school directors award president s educa on award rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society member spanish honor society member challenge program ­ academic excellence united states marine corps dis nguished athlete award 5 awards continued from page 4 see awards on page 6


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cody kinback president s educa on award upj leadership award amanda krestar school directors award president s educaon award rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society member joshua krug school directors award president s educa on award rotary club academic excellence award united states air force technology award megan kundrod president s educa on award st michael catholic church reach higher award st michael catholic church reach service award jaycees/jaycee es service award carl anna sherbine scholarship amanda kush president s educa on award senior majore e award alex lang parents care commi ee scholarship kevin locher president s educa on award senior cadd award haleigh mccall senior so ball award mt aloysius biology fellowship scholarship fbla scholarship barbara ann peters memorial award chad mccusker senior boys physical educa on award challenge program ­ a endance ryan mcqueen senior boys cross country award asbury university alumni scholarship asbury university chris an ministry scholarship asbury university out of state scholarship cody mickus st francis assisi scholarship st francis reach higher award danielle middleton mt aloysius merit scholarship mt aloysius residen al grant mercy grant josh minor just beyond your reach scholarship kelsey molnar senior computerized reading award american legion dunlo billie jo moyer challenge program ­ academic improvement kalene murphy senior scholarship award president s educaon award na onal honor society member reach higher award st francis presiden al award josie niovich senior german award allegheny college trustee scholarship amanda oaks u.s marine corps semper fidelis award for musical excellence loren opdenhoff senior scholarship award president s educa on award na onal honor society member red cross scholarship katie owens red cross scholarship jaycees/jaycee es service award avery pakstis senior scholarship award president s educa on award senior boys chorus award na onal honor society member nicholas penatzer school directors award president s educa on award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award senior mathema cs award senior rifle award senior engineering technology award naonal honor society member spanish honor society member upj presiden al scholarship forest hills alumni scholarship united states air force math and science award see awards on page 7 6 awards continued from page 5 alex lang kevin locher haleigh mccall chad mccusker ryan mcqueen cody mickus danielle middleton josh minor kelsey molnar billie jo moyer kalene murphy josie niovich amanda oaks loren opdenhoff katie owens avery pakstis nicholas penatzer amber peretin


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nicole russell jon sanders william scott james shaw jordan shostek andrew smith nicholle smith danielle steen taylor stefanik troy templeton alyssa thomas marissa thornton anthony unger tori varner alicia wolfhope brady wright neil wysocki abby yesenko 7 amber peretin school directors award president s educa on award rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society member susquehanna university presiden al scholarship dr donald d housley scholarship helene robert krantzler scholarship nicole russell president s educa on award na onal honor society member mt aloysius college merit scholarship mt aloysius college mercy grant cheyenne sabo benefit founda on of 1st summit bank professionals art scholarship no photo jon sanders american legion ­ south fork william scott senior scholarship award president s educaon award na onal honor society member robert morris university liberty academic scholarship james shaw skills usa/vica award diesel shop award just beyond your reach scholarship jordan shostek school directors award president s educaon award rotary club academic excellence award andrew smith adams township lions/merlin woodring scholarship american legion ­ st michael nicholle smith herman devry scholarship danielle steen donald ronald bailey memorial award american legion ­ st michael taylor stefanik school directors award president s educa on award rotary club service above self award rotary club academic excellence award senior science award na onal honor society member spanish honor society member quinter scholarship juniata scholarship fund will biology scholarship forest hills alumni scholarship forest hills endowment scholarship troy templeton senior scholarship award president s educaon award na onal honor society member st francis university founders scholarship alyssa thomas school directors award president s educa on award tribune-democrat academic all star rotary club academic excellence award na onal honor society member ussco federal credit union scholarship wvu s blue and gold level one scholarship erin hostetler memorial scholarship united states marine corps scholas c excellence award marissa thornton american legion ­ south fork anthony unger school directors award president s educaon award rotary club academic excellence award senior boys track award spanish honor society member gannon university founders scholarship na onal football founda on scholarship outstanding academics award united states marine corps disnguished athlete award american legion ­ st michael american legion ­ cambria county paul kenney scholarship tori varner senior color guard award st michael catholic church scholarship st michael catholic church reach award red cross award alicia wolfhope senior girls tennis award brady wright senior scholarship award president s educaon award mt aloysius college mercy presiden al scholarship mt aloysius college biology fellowship scholarship neil wysocki senior scholarship award president s educa on award na onal honor society member abby yesenko erin m bosworth scholarship awards continued from page 6


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parents care offers thanks 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 g j auto sales 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 dominic s pizza red lobster charles and susan dimond valko s mcaneny brothers r w daniels-cpa c&c smith lumber george trailers inc george s auto body panels keiper s farm market wess energy saving systems boiler services inc reighard machine inc pappy s family pub pepsi bottling group ledance academie rita s bakery beyer trucking excavating llc the long barn ii st michael fire company true carpentry cambria county drug alcohol krane wind llc ron appley 1st summit bank fh nhs dress down day adams twp lions club morris tavern homestead inn pat dumm construction co baumgardner enterprises summerhill social club j eric wieczorek md st jude haven cambria wilbert vault co first commonwealth bank felix r.l construction american legion post 0653 1st summit bank susan stephen andrykovitch sharon paterson ctc jane graffius american legion auxiliary 551 r c frazier construction ray s lawnmower sales service south fork lion s club jma the home depot smiley s adams township supervisors dan lester custodian staff jill burkett mr larry celmer mr curt vasas and mr joe gironda our apologies to anyone we unintentionally missed the forest hills parent s the story begins parent s care committee members l-r amanda care committee greatly appreciates your peretin ellie bard kevin roscoe patti donoughe and carol peretin help and generosity thank you prepare for the arrival of party goers the 39th annual jaycees jayceettes volleyball marathon was held on march 23rd at the high school a total of $3,000 was raised to benefit 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 started playfront row alexis ing at 8:00 am and continued swanson nicole miller until 9:00 pm trophies were and jena wilson awarded to the first second and back row dan third place winners johnson nick the jaycees/jayceettes under penatzer and the supervision of mr robert dakota dumm petrunak thank everyone who made this year s marathon one of the best in school history 8 volleyball marathon celmer gironda appointed mr larry celmer was appointed by the forest hills board of education to the position of high school assistant principal effective january 17 2012 he assumed all duties and responsibilities of the position mr celmer at that time the board hired mr joseph gironda to replace mr celmer as athletic director he also accepted the position of transportation coormr gironda dinator mr gironda began his forest hills career in january 2012 parents preliminary 2012 pssa results are in if you would like a copy of your child s results call tammy beach at 814-487-7613 x3205


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meet me in paris the junior-senior prom was held at the pasquerilla conference center in johnstown on saturday may 19th the theme meet me in paris presented many photo opportunities for the ladies in elegant gowns and gentlemen wearing striking tuxedos students and their guests enjoyed taking pictures of each other standing by the 17 foot eiffle tower and sitting in a classic carriage fresh fruit vegetables and a variety of cheeses were available for snacking the dance floor was crowded all members of the 2012 prom court kneeling left to right john belinda scott night as dj labarko kept the music george bobby clifford brady wright eric daniels and kevin shook lively for the 316 in attendance taylor standing left to right samantha deitle megan gould lexi leventry griffin and john levi ohler right were king john levi ohler queen taylor griffin loren opdenhoff crowned prom queen and king haleigh mccall and becky bard art students honored forest hills art iii students participated in the johnstown area heritage association s 2nd annual art show students entered artwork into the show following this year s theme which focused on johnstown regional heritage the richness of the natural surroundings and the people who live in the area the exhibit was on display at the heritage preservation awards dinner on march 10 2012 then displayed at jaha s heritage discovery center until april 2nd a reception and awards presentation was held on the evening of april 2nd at the heritage discovery center for the art contestants their families and the participating districts art teachers student artists had an opportunity to meet fellow artists and view all of the fine art works on display while refreshments were served forest hills had two winners that evening jena wilson created a painting of the johnstown steel mill and received an honorable mention while senior jared adams received second place for his beautiful rendition of johnstown s inclined plane train and downtown scene spanish honor society supports guatemala this tradition of excellence at forest hills is cultivated early and begins at the elementary level the one hundred forty-five kindergarten students who were promoted to 1st grade in ceremonies held at the elementary school will continue the legacy the board of education approved a $23,708,365 general fund budget for the 2012-2013 school year the 18th consecutive year that property taxes have not increased for property owners property owners again qualified for a tax reduction of $210.49 through the homestead/farmstead act superintendent continued from page 2 simon bolivar the forest hills chapter of the national spanish honor society conducted three separate projects to raise money for the santa clara /santa cruz clinics in the lake atitlan area of guatemala this project was chosen after the advisor mrs gramling traveled to central america and witnessed firsthand the malnutrition prevalent in the villages surrounding the lake after discussing the malnutrition problems with honor society members it was decided to do three separate fundraisers at the high school students put spare change and donations into milk jugs that were distributed to the homerooms at the middle school the student council raffled a kindle and the elementary student council sold chances for cow pillow pets as the their fundraiser many people worked together putting a lot of effort into this project as a result the honor society will be sending approximately $650 to help the mayan women and children in the lake atitlan area the spanish honor society says gracias a todos as i reflect on the 2011-2012 school year and look forward to 2012-2013 it is my hope that forest hills school district is a place students want to be the district will continue to strive to instill in every student at every grade level a belief that the greatest truth must be recognition that in every man in every child is a potential for greatness robert kennedy 9


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legion contest winners m iddle s chool nasa class watered down students in 7th 8th and 9th grade entered the american legion essay contest through the dunlo south fork and st michael legions the topic of this year s contest was how can i show my patriotism in my community students reflected on many ways to demonstrate their patriotism and loyalty to america winners were st michael 1st place-alexandra smith 8th grade 2nd place-brooke rorar 8th grade 3rd place-jared makoczy 7th grade dunlo 1st place-lakin burkett 7th grade 2nd place-kaylee stigers 8th grade 3rd placemeghan biglin 7th grade south fork 1st placemegan biglin 7th grade 2nd placeeva golden 8th grade 3rd placeshania baxendale 7th grade grade 9 student derek makin won in the grade 9-12 division the nasa class participated in several field trips dealing with water quality wetlands and watersheds one trip focused on several local streams where the students performed chemical and biological field tests to determine water quality they observed the gradual degradation of the streams by amd seeps and recent remediation efforts members of the class observed electro-fishing thanks to the dep as a water quality assessment tool and became totally immersed in their observations of aquatic environments a short stop on the trip included a close look at windmills and a discussion of the pros and cons of this type of alternative energy technology another trip focused on watersheds and man s impact on the environment along the ghost town trail observations and discussions of invasive species coal mining techniques boreholes and passive acid mine drainage remediation were the highlights of the trip mr kosmac s class acquired insights into the importance and absolute necessity of clean water the alliance for young artists writers a nonprofit organization identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the scholastic art writing awards the awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 the awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents each year the alliance partners with more than 100 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published the competition is held in new york ninth grade student katey ladika entered and won a silver key and a gold key on a regional level her gold key entry will go on to washington dc for national competition the area of competition was photography 10 alliance for young artists and writers


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one book one community 14 middle school students attended the one book one community festival at penn highlands community college on may 16 2012 the students read the book macaroni boy prior to the field trip the event brings the book to life and allows the readers handson experience with the plot characters and history of the book this year activities included making homemade ice-cream and root beer purifying water and meeting the author of the book artist-in-resident the forest hills middle school hosted artist-in-resident ms martha murphy she is familiar with working in a variety of artistic disciplines most recently she has focused on creating metal sculptures from recycled steel and copper she also runs a pottery painting and metal fabrication studio in friedens a painter from the age of 7 ms murphy has always found art to be intriguing and a necessity in her life she began her residence by meeting with all of mrs honkus art classes showing them some of her watercolors the topic of the watercolor project for the students was to represent themselves as a symbolic expression using animals and floral images all 7th 8th grade art students had the opportunity to work with the artist as part of her residence she demonstrated painting techniques in the main lobby during the activities periods this helped increase the awareness and interest level of the students throughout the building the grade nine students took on the ambitious task of designing and painting banners for the cafeteria they were placed into groups and allowed to discuss all the ideas and then draw a picture that was agreeable to everyone with ms murphy s help and motivation the students had a memorable experience being exposed to the workings of a professional painter pictured l-r are makena baumgardner ashley may kayla makin and renee wirfel the iu08 reading competition for elementary middle and high school students was held at forest hills middle school on april 12 and 17 2012 sixty teams competed on the elementary level and 57 teams on the middle and high school levels the iu08 consists of schools from bedford blair cambria and somerset counties the iu08 was very pleased with the accommodations and welcoming atmosphere at forest hills and is planning to hold future competitions at the middle school two middle school teams competed in the reading competition the unicorns earned 2nd place and the cougars earned 1st place both teams worked diligently to read all 40 books and represented the forest hills school district with excellence middle school hosts reading competition young artists exhibit the community arts center and allied artists of johnstown sponsored the greater johnstown young artists exhibit in the goldhaber-fend gallery the student s work was exhibited from may 1st through 25th participants in this year s juried student show were ninth grade students evan sherle katey ladika cari kestermont and emily miller the eighth grade participants were ali smith gage mccall karley chiodo and amanda woodside one seventh artist angela maticic also participated cari kestermont received a cash prize for winning the merit award photo courtesy of mainline newspapers 11


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women s history month on march 28th mrs rebecca styles president of lockheed-martin johnstown pictured below with middle school history teachers mr satka mr long and mr sakmar took time from her busy schedule to speak to middle school history classes mrs styles explained the foundations of her life which lead to a 25-year career at lockheed-martin and elevation to her current position students were given a detailed presentation of the local production responsibilities in the building of military aircraft students were thrilled with a video demonstrating the awesome capabilities of the f-16 fighting falcon f-35 lightning ii and the massive c-130j hercules transport plane students gained a new appreciation for the history of women on the path leading to equality and were presented a strong message that education is the key to success a semblance of hope forest hills middle school english teacher ms aspen mock pictured here was honored as the winner of the ywca tribute to women award in arts and letters the tribute to women awards dinner was held thursday may 31 2012 at the frank j pasquerilla conference center in downtown johnstown winners of the ywca tribute to women awards are acknowledged for the professional leadership and individual accomplishments that make the nominee a role model for other women by encouraging the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism last year ms mock in partnership with the windber research institute wri devoted herself to writing directing producing and acting in a play she titled a semblance of hope the play was held in tandem with wri s annual pink tie event to raise funds for cancer research mrs joyce murtha congressman mark critz and physicians from walter reed hospital attended the production the play focuses on a group of breast cancer survivors who seek empowerment and clarity as they face remission and the road to recovery physically mentally and spiritually although the play is fictional it is most certainly a play that is inspired by our region aspen embarked upon a journey of research and was inspired and touched by speaking with breast cancer survivors family members friends and pillars of the community who promote breast cancer awareness and work daily to assist those whose lives have been touched by cancer it took aspen a total of five months to write and revise the 100 page play and she cast local actors and actresses in the show the play s focus is the fictional journey of a 30-something year old woman named nadina kynthia a woman whose breast cancer is in remission and the lives of her family and friends a semblance of hope is a pictorial of the trials tribulations struggles and moments of joy in life further it examines the essential components of communication and support in a breast cancer survivor s recovery process sama education program the southern alleghenies museum of arts art-ineducation aie program is one of the museums most successful and longest running education efforts the aie program is designed to enhance a school s art curriculum by using original works of art to address art history criticism and production this is accomplished by trained museum educators who bring original works of art from sama s education collection into schools and teach lessons based on these works during each lesson the museum educator addresses the historical significance of the works leads a class critique and guides the students in a related art-making activity this year s art-educator was ms jesse campbell she visited mrs honkus art classes at different times during the year presenting various programs dep grant middle school science teacher mr kosmac has been awarded an environmental education grant from the department of environmental resources the $3,000 grant will be utilized for field trips activities and labs that demonstrate the pros and cons of alternative energy technologies i.e windmills solar power oil extraction from sand and biofuels 12


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bullying relational aggression with an increased interest in the topic of bullying many people have heard the term relational aggression but what exactly is it relational aggression also known as covert aggression bullying is manipulation calculated to hurt or control another child s ability to maintain rapport with peers it is behavior that is intended to hurt someone by harming his or her relationships with others relational aggression is not typical bullying either physical or verbal but a more subtle form of aggression that uses relationships to damage or manipulate others boys and girls engage in aggression but girls are more likely to express aggression in a relational sense you may ask yourself why do these children participate in relational aggression there are several reasons why children behave in this manner reasons include attention jealousy anger fear of or need for competition students are not typically caught or held accountable for their behavior forms of relational aggression excluding others from social activities damaging the victim s reputation with others by spreading rumors gossiping or humiliating him/her in front of others psychological manipulation and coercion cyber bullying short term impact of relational aggression anxiety feeling unattractive depression self injury eating disorder long term impact of relational aggression poor academic performance effects of relational aggression could be lifelong wanting to transfer schools difficulties with relationships refusal to attend school depression loss of friends suicide feeling isolated what can the school do at forest hills middle school we recognize that relational aggression is a growing issue we hope to decrease the incidents of relational aggression and to cease future occurrences we would like to educate students on how to recognize relational aggression and the appropriate steps to take if it occurs here at the middle school the school counseling department is beginning a relational aggression small group some of the topics we will cover in group include what relational aggression is feelings toward it how it impacts the victim and the offender healthy ways to cope and appropriate ways to express feelings we are taking a reactive approach to deal with current relational aggression issues and are also utilizing this group as a preventative measure for future relational aggression issues what can parents do talk about it let your child know that they can talk to you about any problem teach your child to be compassionate and model appropriate behavior this means do not gossip yourself your child learns what is acceptable by watching you encourage your child to form and maintain friendships based on mutual interests rather than social status do not excuse your child s behavior but do not overreact either respond with disciplinary strategies that help your child develop the skills and capacity to become a healthy adult encourage your child to talk with teachers counselors or any school staff if necessary seek counseling from a psychologist school counselor or social worker if your child is involved in bullying and the behavior persists helpful online resources w w w.hope ho useonline .org w w w.ophe lia w w w.relatio n ala w w w.grea tsch oo http w w /watch v=am9f3hx vjx8&feature=rela ted please feel free to contact middle school counselor mrs traci hirsch with any questions or concerns 13


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annual spelling bee e lementary s chool title i meeting/luncheon sixth grade held its annual spelling bee on may 11th in the high school auditorium family members of the contestants were invited to attend the competition and the entire sixth grade student body watched the bee as well all of the 28 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 riley fetsko-smay second place went to nick peretin and the third place winner was landon baumgardner the three winners who were all from mr brezovec s homeroom each received an electronic dictionary and cash prize from the pto congratulations to all three a year in art the elementary art department had a productive 2011-2012 school year among the accomplishments was the creation of a papier mache sculpture of a horse head that was commissioned by the cambria county historical society to display antique hand crocheted ear nets sixth grade students shelby hostetler madison leventry and cassie smith worked for many months to produce this artwork the horse head will remain on permanent display at the museum in ebensburg fifth grade art students produced a nevelson installation which hangs outside the elementary cafeteria the striking work is a proud addition to the permanent art works that grace the building several 6th grade students worked to produce 2 large acrylic paintings which will hang permanently in the cafeteria kourtney walls cassandra smith kelsy valko and angela rok produced a georgia o keefe style painting of flowers and a black panther was painted by nychole schumacher the year culminated with the elementary art show held on may 17th and 18th fifteen student demonstrators displayed their art talents the forest hills community band presented a concert and the resounding renegades ­ a female quartet comprised of senior high school students megan kostan casey 14 the esea title i parents advisory council meeting and luncheon was held on may 22 2012 in the elementary school elementary assistant principal mr lucas jacobs presented an overview of the district s title i parent participation plan parent involvement policy and school/parent compact the forest hills school district s esea title i program is a federally funded supplemental educational program that provides financial assistance to improve educational opportunities for students needing assistance in reading and mathematics title i part a of the no child left behind act of 2001 requires the district to develop an outline of how parents the school staff and students will share the responsibility of achieving the challenging pa academic standards and improving student achievement after listening to an overview of the district s title i programs parents guardians and family members were treated to four impressive presentations by students working with the title i reading and mathematics teachers title i teachers include mrs barbara berk miss emma ciampa mrs dianna hupkovich mr tim kestermont mrs lisa mazey and mrs gail weyandt parents and members of the audience were served a delicious meal as the students performed and then met with title i teachers to ask additional questions about the program left to right ryan horner odessa shingler zachary kertes and jeffrey claycomb haberl jen rosmus and julia barton under the direction of choral director mr philip parlock ­ sang for the enjoyment of the multitude of parents and friends who came to art show.


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it s all greek to me on may 15th togas were the outfit of the day students in mrs vena s english classes performed a tribute to greek mythology after studying the greeks in their social studies classes the students were as curious as pandora about myths they wove their knowledge and acting abilities together just like arachne and athena in the style of pygmalion they molded themselves into great actors and actresses and performed a series of plays in the lgi room for their classmates and their parents mrs vena s class presented it s all greek to me and mr brezovec s class offered several skits including echo and narcissus arachne and athena demeter and persephone and atalanta and hippomenes they also learned and sang the greek alphabet everyone from zeus to hermes agreed it was a toga-riffic experience nicholas peretin skyler hostetler food drive benefits locals the elementary student council had a very successful year helping out local and national organizations such as easter seals st jude s and make-a-wish in the month of march the student council aided 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 wal-mart gift card donated by the student council volunteers from the church made numerous trips to the school to collect all of the food donated by the elementary students this food was used to help local families science on the road on may 11 2012 carnegie science center s science on the road program visited the fifth graders the carnegie staff presented wild weather adventure ion jones rockin robots and space encounter students participated in each of the four shows as volunteers they had a great time while learning about weather chemistry robots space and much more shoe drive for orphans nathan shilcosky and mrs mcgough s 5th grade class conducted a shoe drive to help an orphanage in honduras the students participated in a global service project the entire 5th grade donated shoes that will be delivered to honduras in june this service project was a culminating activity for a unit on community and global service in addition the students learned about the culture of honduras us representative for hogar de niños emmanuel amber haupt spoke to the children and answered questions about honduras her presentation included personal photos from her many visits to the orphanage ms haupt answered many questions to help the students understand the differences and similarities between our culture and that of honduras the children enjoyed seeing the actual orphanage that they would be helping each student wrote a letter to a child in honduras to accompany the donation of shoes 15



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