Forest Hills Ranger Review
Vol. XXXIV No 3 Summer 2013-2014
Valedictorian Cassidy Dodson
FOREST HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASS OF 2014
On Thursday evening, June 5, 2014, one hundred fifty-four Seniors of Forest Hills High School participated in the school’s 47th Annual Commencement Exercises held at the Cambria County War Memorial. Approximately 3,000 family, relatives and friends were on hand to help celebrate the momentous occasion. Included in the participants for the evening were Mr. Edwin Bowser, Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Vanessa Sral, Director of Education, Mr. Curt Vasas, High School Principal, Mr. Brian Kostan, High School Assistant Principal, Mr. Ed Alexander, Middle School Principal, Mrs. Laura Miller, Middle School Dean of Students, Mr. Lucas Jacobs, Elementary Principal and Mr. Larry Celmer, Elementary Assistant Principal. Also present were Directors of the School Board, Mr. Fred Russell, Mrs. Tracy Helsel, Mr. John Bopp, Mr. Robert MacTavish, Mr. Galen George, Mr. Jared Cronauer and Dr. Timothy Ondrejik. Representing the faculty were Mr. Brian Madison, High School, Mr. Phil Parlock, Middle School and Mrs. Becky Wehner, Elementary School.
Garret McCall, President of the Class of 2014, gave the welcoming address adding humor and substance to his message stating “never forget your roots because wherever you go in life your roots laid the foundation.” Student speakers were Valedictorian, Cassidy Dodson, and the Salutatorian of the class, Jesse Wehner. Others offering remarks and words of advice and appreciation to the Class of 2014 were Mr. Edwin Bowser and Mr. Curt Vasas. Jesse’s address had a very distinct numbers theme. He stated “be grateful for the opportunities that you have had and those that await you.” Cassidy commented on how the class of 2014 was so accepting of each other. She also stated that sacrifice, perseverance, and support of family and friends brought them to this point in their lives. Mr. Vasas, High School Principal conferred the diplomas with Mr. Kostan, Assistant High School Principal, reading the names of each graduate as they received their diplomas from Board of Education President, Mr. Fred Russell. Special thanks and acknowledgement to a number of district personnel who were responsible for the evening’s celebration: Mrs. Laurie Fessler, high school secretary, for completing the major portion of the graduation responsibilities and Mr. Pat Kovalsky, Senior class advisor, Mr. Jim Bowser and Mrs. Chris Valko, high school guidance counselors, as well as Mr. Custer and Mr. Parlock for the band and choral selections. Several other faculty and staff members assisted with the ceremony and all were instrumental in the success of this year’s graduation activities.
Salutatorian Jesse Wehner
~ SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE ~
As I conclude my third year as superintendent of the Forest Hills School District, I am pleased to present the final edition of the school district’s newsletter for the 2013-2014 school year. As I state every year at this time, I believe the students and staff continue the philosophy that physical plant aesthetics are important, but it’s the people within the system that make up the heart and soul of our school district. Our motto" Excellence Is the Tradition" continues to exemplify the actions and beliefs of the Forest Hills School District family. In his book, Achieving Excellence in Our Schools, Dr. James Lewis states, “ Excellence is a school for things that worked really well, and things that can be improved. As I review the 2013-2014 school year, it is evident that the students and staff have, in most cases, exceeded expectations. As I stated in the this Winter 2014 newsletter, the Forest Hills School District has once again met and in some cases surpassed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s academic objectives and mandates. This year the School Performance Profile indicates that all three schools continue to improve as students accomplished academic success at all levels in each category. On a financial note, the Board of Education approved a $24,871,700 General Fund Budget for the 2014-2015 school year, the 20th consecutive year with no property tax increase for property owners. Property owners again qualified for a tax reduction of $212.09 through the Homestead/ Farmstead Act. When I reflect back and look at this year’s graduating seniors, the Class of 2014 continues to embrace a belief of respect that epitomizes the philosophy that has become synonymous at the Forest Hills School District. As I reviewed the demographic information, testing data and other pertinent documentation associated with the graduating Class of 2014, I discovered that whether in the classroom, on the stage, the academic arena, the vocational shops, or on the playing field, the Class of 2014 has made its mark and has carried the tradition of excellence the district has maintained for over 47 years. Academically, a total of 19 seniors achieved grade point averages over 4.0, and approximately 70% of the Class of 2014 will move on to higher education at colleges such as Bucknell University, Juniata, Pitt and Penn State. Over 50 seniors were awarded scholarships that have a monetary value of over 1.2 million dollars. Some individuals might argue this class was certainly the most scholarly group that may have graced the halls of the Forest Hills School District in a long time. Actually, every individual that graduates from the Forest Hills School District and participate in the graduation ceremony at the War Memorial possesses tremendous attributes and has the potential to achieve greatness. There are many people responsible for their achievements. Coaches, teachers, friends, neighbors and especially parents have all contributed to their accomplishments. Congratulations to the parents and graduating seniors of the Class of 2014. Remember-Believe in yourself. Know that you alone hold the key to achieving your goals. Make success a possibility and a reality.
district in which all people are helping kids to become something more than they ever hope to be and whose superintendent embraces a philosophy creating an organizational culture and structure in which the talents of all people may flourish.” It is clear that
our district has made great strides toward achieving our goal of improving education and attaining excellence in our schools. At the end of each school year, a superintendent sits down and performs a comprehensive reflection on the year as a whole. They look
School Solicitor Gilbert E. Caroff Retires after 55 Years of Service
What do you say about a gentleman who has dedicated his entire life to an organization? On June 30, 2014, after more than 55 years of service, Attorney Gilbert E. Caroff will retire as the solicitor to the Forest Hills School District. This gentleman, and those of you who know this individual, recognize him as a true gentleman, will be retiring from the Forest Hills School District after working for over five decades. Solicitor Caroff provided guidance and legal counsel to more than eight superintendents in his tenure as the district’s legal counsel. Gib, as most of us refer to him, is a man who has a deep personal commitment to education, determining the district needs and assisted the district in interpreting school board policies. He handled his responsibilities with efficiency and expertise to help build our school district into one of the finest in the state. (Continued on page 9) 2
The Forest Hills School District continues to strive to keep parents informed of transportation modifications which affect their children. The philosophy of the district has always been and will continue to be to create a safe educational environment conducive to learning for our students. The intent of this document is to inform parents and guardians that beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, buses which service the Forest Hills School District will now have the capabilities to be equipped with audio/video recording devices. As a result, there may be instances throughout the school year in which these devices will be utilized by the school district’s bus contractors. The Forest Hills School District recognizes the need to sustain proper standards of safety for students who ride district school buses. The use of audio/video recording is intended to assist administration, contractors, and drivers in observing behavior and preventing violation of bus transportation rules. The district will communicate and enforce disciplinary procedures to be followed by students when they are riding the bus. With your assistance and cooperation, observance of these rules will ensure the safety, prompt arrival and prompt departure of buses as well as proper behavior on the part of students. The use of the audio/video system will enhance safety by preventing undesired behavior that may affect the overall welfare and safety of your children. The district will work diligently with parents and contractors to continually monitor all policies and procedures to improve and maintain a safe bus system. The school board, district administration, and contractors have committed to an audio/video surveillance system to assist in achieving that goal. The adopted board policy listed below identifies and describes guidelines for use and administration of the system. Policy 810.2 is available for your review at www.FHRangers.org. Please click on “Our District” and then “Board Policies”. If you have any questions regarding this information please call the transportation office at (814) 4877613, extension 2244.
~ HIGH SCHOOL ~
Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Curt Vasas
Graduating Seniors were recognize for academic and extra-curricular accomplishments on May 29, 2014. The criteria for a few of the awards are: The President’s Education Award = students must attain at least a 3.5 GPA and advanced scoring on the Algebra I or Literature Keystone Exams. Senior Scholarship Award = Having a cumulative High School GPA between 3.7 and 3.89. School Directors Award = Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. I am proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Forest Hills High School Class of 2014. First our salutatorian: Jesse Wehner And our Valedictorian: Cassidy Dodson This graduating class has earned over 1 million dollars in scholarship monies. Congratulations to all our graduating seniors and continued success in all your endeavors!
~ SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS ~
Seniors were honored at the annual Awards Night Ceremony on May 29th for their academic achievement, athletic prowess, citizenship and extra-curricular activities. A total of over 1 million dollars was presented to individual students who excelled in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the community. Students receiving awards/ scholarships were:
JOSIAH BAILEY—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, United States Navy – Outstanding Scholar Award, Dunlo American Legion Essay Award, Cambria County American Legion Essay Award, UPJ REB Commuter Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. MARK BAMBINO—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Spanish Award, Senior Media Award, James W. Reese Memorial Scholarship, UPJ REB Commuter Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. BENJAMIN BARCLAY-Senior Manufacturing Technology Award, Senior Rifle Award, Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation. ALISHA BAXTER—Mount Aloysius Merit Scholarship. KATE BEDONT—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Award, Senior Computer Applications Award, United States Navy – Inspirational Leadership Award, IUP Sutton Scholarship, Eberly Family Scholarship, Interact Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. RACHEL BLANCHETTI—Senior Girls Tennis Award, Jaycees/Jayceettes Service Award. ELIZABETH BLOUGH - Senior Softball Award. TESSA BOYLES—Mount Aloysius Merit Scholarship. JORDAN BRIDGE—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Accounting Award, UPJ REB Commuter Scholarship. BENJAMIN BUCHKOVICH- Senior Boys Tennis Award. STEVEN BURKETTPresident’s Education Award, GJCTC Automotive Technology Outstanding Student Award. JOSEPH CAMUT- Senior Boys Volleyball Award, Mount Aloysius Merit Scholarship. JONATHAN CEPEK—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Social Studies Award, Senior Physics Award, St. Michael American Legion Essay Award, Cambria County American Legion Essay Award, National Honor Society. BRIELLE CORRENTE—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Award, Senior Mock Trial Award, Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2014 Scholarship, Miss Teen PA USA Scholarship, Miss Outstanding Young Women Scholarship, Forest Hills Education Endowment Scholarship, OYW Scholarship and Achievement Award, Duquesne University Academic Scholarship, Knights of Columbus Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. ASHLEY CRAIG—UPJ Leadership Scholarship. JENNIFER CRUM— School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Dunlo American Legion Essay Award, District 20 & 21 American Legion Essay Award, Cambria-Rowe Business College Scholarship, National Honor Society. TORI DIBBLE - Senior Scholarship Award, Senior Girls Band Award, Arthur A. Gatty Scholarship. SAMANTHA DIVELY—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation, Bottle Works Honorable Mention. MADELINE DOCHERTY—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Erin Hostetler Memorial Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. CASSIDY DODSON—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Award, Senior English Award, Senior Biology/ Life Sciences Award, South Fork American Legion Essay Award, Tribune-Democrat Academic All-Star, Bucknell University Presidential Fellows Scholarship, Bucknell University STEM Scholarship, Forest Hills Alumni Scholarship, Paul Keeney Scholarship, Believe In You Nominee, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. KYLIE DONOUGHE—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation. DEVIN DUMM—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Boys Cross Country Award, Challenge Program STEM Award, National Honor Society. COURTNEY DURICA—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, UPJ Presidential Scholarship, Distinguished Young Women Scholastic Award, Distinguished Young Women Physical Fitness Award, St. Michael American Legion Essay Award, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. JESSE ERB—President’s Education Award, UPJ Presidential Scholarship. OLIVIA FAIAD—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award, UPJ Presidential Scholarship. SHAWN FESSLER—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Challenge Program Community Service Award, South Fork American Legion Essay Award, District 20 & 21 American Legion Essay Award, IUP Sutton Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. JENNIFER FOX—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Color Guard Award, Penny Matlin Memorial Scholarship, United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award, For Musical Excellence. CAITLYN GALLAHER—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Girls Basketball Award, Senior Girls Physical Education Award, Alicia Lynn Richardson Memorial Scholarship, Brandon Baxter Scholarship, National Honor Society. PATRICK GAYDOS—President’s Education Award, Senior Boys Soccer Award. 4
~ SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS (continued) ~
ALEXANDRIA GEORGE—Penn Highlands Community College, Board of Trustees Scholarship. ANTHONY GIBSON—UPJ REB Commuter Scholarship, South Fork American Legion Essay Award. SUMMER GROVE—UPJ Merit Scholarship. TODD HARTEIS—Senior Boys Band Award. SAMANTHA HOOK—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, United States Navy – Outstanding Athlete Award, Robert Morris University Independence Scholarship, Forest Hills Education Endowment Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. KARA HRITZ—President’s Education Award, Dunlo American Legion Essay Award, Penny Matlin Memorial Scholarship. RENAE KAKABAR—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. ALEXIS KLINE—President’s Education Award, Spanish Honor Society, UPJ Achievement Scholarship. NATHAN KNISLEY President’s Education Award. MEGAN KOSTAN—Senior Scholarship Award, National Honor Society, St. Michael Catholic Church Reach Service Award. AUTUMN KRESTAR—St. Michael American Legion Essay Award. MADISON KUNDROD— St. Michael Catholic Church Reach Service Award, Penn Highlands Community College, Board of Trustees Scholarship. JEFFERY LEACH—Senior Wrestling Award, Just Beyond Your Reach Scholarship. MITCHELL LEACH—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, UPJ Leadership Award, St. Michael Catholic Church Reach Service Award, Artists of the 21 st Century Certificate of Participation. JAYME LONG—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Duquesne Academic Scholarship, National Honor Society. MAGGIE LONG—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation. EMILIE LUCAS—Senior Majorette Award. NATHAN MADISON—Senior Scholarship Award, National Honor Society. TYLER MANGUS—District VI Sportsmanship Award. KATELYN MARSH—Senior Art Award, Allied Artists Award, Alice Thomas Award, Erin M. Bosworth Scholarship. KAYLA MATICIC— School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Award, Challenge Program Attendance Award, UPJ Commuter Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. GARRET McCALL—Senior Scholarship Award, St. Vincent Award, Benedictine Pastors Scholarship, St. Vincent Biology STEM Scholar, St. Vincent Endowment, US Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. RICHARD McCLELLAND—Senior Boys Basketball Award. TIMOTHY McMAHON—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Senior Chemistry Award, UPJ Presidential Scholarship, National Honor Society. CODY McVICKER—Senior Engineering Technology Award, Saint Francis University Scholarship. AMANDA MEIER—Jaycees/Jayceettes Service Award, Arthur Burkett Memorial Scholarship. JOSHUA MILLARD—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award. MATTHEW MILLER—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation, Bottle Works Certificate of Participation. WHITNEY MITCHELL-FYOCK—Senior Family & Consumer Science Award. KAYLA MOCK—Senior Cheerleader Award, Challenge Program Academic Improvement Award. ALEXIS NOVOTNY—Senior Scholarship Award, Jaycees/Jayceettes Service Award, National Honor Society. BROOKE NOVOTNY—District VI Sportsmanship Award, Senior Girls Track Award. SHELBIE O’HARA—Senior Scholarship Award, Point Park Vice Presidential Scholarship, National Honor Society. DUSTIN OHLER—Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, Jaycees/Jayceettes Service Award. AARON OLDHAM—President’s Education Award, GJCTC Automotive Technology Outstanding Student Award. KERI ONDREJIK—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation, Adams Township Lions/Merlin Woodring Scholarship. GAVIN OSWALT—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Baseball Award, UPJ Leadership Award, US Marie Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, National Honor Society. MICHAEL PAKSTIS—Mount Aloysius Vox Nova Scholarship. JESSICA PENATZER—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, UPJ REB Commuter Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. JACOB PERETIN—President’s Education Award, Senior Boys Chorus Award, West Virginia University Blue & Gold Level I Scholarship, National Honor Society. LOUIS PISARSKI—Just Beyond Your Reach Scholarship. CHEYENNE PROBST—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Senior Forensics Award, California University of Pennsylvania Scholarship, National Honor Society. NICOLE RICHARDS—President’s Education Award, Senior Golf Award, Barbara Ann Peters Memorial Award, Gannon University Scholarship, Gannon University Athletic Scholarship - Golf, National Honor Society. LARISSA ROMAN—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, UPJ Presidential Scholarship, Carl & Anna Sherbine Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. JENNIFER ROSMUS—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Senior Girls Chorus Award, Saint Francis Founders Scholarship, Saint Francis Legacy, Saint Francis Reach Higher Award, Saint Francis OT Fellowship, Cape & Garanich Sapphire Scholarship, National Honor Society, 5
~ SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS (continued) ~
JODIE SABOL—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award, USSCO Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Duquesne University Scholarship, Forest Hills Education Endowment Scholarship. ASHLEY SCHISSLER—Artists of the 21st Century Certificate of Participation. AMANDA SHAFFER—Senior Computerized Reading Award. TYLER SHIMA—Senior Boys Physical Education Award, Senior Football Award, Donald & Ronald Bailey Memorial Award. BRENNAN SMAY - Senior CADD Award, Forest Hills Education Endowment Scholarship. BRADY SMITH—Senior Boys Track Award. JOAN SMITH— President’s Education Award, Senior Girls Cross Country Award, National Honor Society. LAKIN STIFFLER—Senior Girls Volleyball Award. BRENDEN VALKO—Senior Scholarship Award, President’s Education Award, Forest Hills Education Endowment Scholarship, Brandon Baxter Scholarship, National Honor Society. TYLER VOLCJAK—Senior Hockey Award. KAYLA WALLS—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Senior Girls Soccer Award, UPJ Athletic Scholarship – Soccer, US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, National Honor Society. JESSE WEHNER—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Rotary Club Academic Excellence Award, Senior Mathematics Award, Challenge Program Academic Excellence Award, University of Pittsburgh, Academic Scholarship, Forest Hills Alumni Scholarship, Helene & Robert Krantzler Scholarship, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. JENNA WEIS—School Directors Award, President’s Education Award, Spanish Honor Society
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Fallingwater, the house built over a waterfall, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed works. A group of 48 students from Mrs. Smith’s Interior Design class, Mrs. Cecere’s Art classes, and the Technology Education classes toured the house and surrounding grounds on April 22nd. Fallingwater was designed and built by Wright in 1935 for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. The house exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. The students enjoyed the opportunity to experience this architectural wonder. The students were amazed by the design, beauty, and art work.
FBLA Students Place at State Competition
The FBLA Chapter is pleased to announce that two students placed at the State Competition in Hershey: Brielle Corrente in Client Service, and Jordan Bridge in Personal Finance. This is the first time in the history of the Chapter that two students made it to the Stage at FBLA State Competition. The Chapter also won an 8th Place Award for the Dress Down Day the District had for CORE. The Chapter officers would like to thank Mr. Dill for planning the Dress Down Day.
Row 1: Ashley Craig, Jessica Penatzer, Nicole Richards, Amanda Meier, Olivia Faiad, Abby Richards, & Jayme Long. Row 2: Makayla Hornbake, Jacob Lowstetter, Jordan Bridge, Dalton Faith, Kevin Wilson, Thomas Smith, & Miss Teen Pennsylvania—Brielle Corrente
School Solicitor Gilbert E. Caroff Retires after 55 Years of Service
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Attorney Caroff handled a plethora of situations, some of them extremely delicate and sensitive, with discretion, tact, compassion and confidence. He is a man of honor and principle whose philosophy never wavered in striving to do what was in the best interest of the district. Gib worked consistently and unceasingly to be a champion and student advocate for the children of our school district. Three years ago, he was instrumental in assisting me to successfully transition into my current position as a Superintendent of the Forest Hills School District. On behalf of the school board, staff and students of the Forest Hills School District, we wish him a retirement filled with happiness, and I thank him for being there when we all needed him. Good luck and good health!
Engineering Technology Students Compete in Robotics Competition
On May 16th, the Engineering Technology classes competed in a VEX Robotics competition at Richland High School. The Rangers managed to place third, fourth, fifth, and sixth in a competitive field that featured 20 different robots from 5 other area schools.
create a competitive robotics club to expand on what is learned in the Engineering Technology class. We hope to eventually travel and compete in larger competitions and also host our own VEX Robotics competitions.
The Engineering Technology classes utilize the VEX Robotics Design System that offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Throughout the school year, students participated in different design activities and built multiple robots where they learned about different structural and mechanical concepts. The class used a computer aided drafting and design program called Autodesk Inventor, which helped the students quickly visualize, design, and test different robot designs. Students also built and programed robots that utilize different types of Pictured left to right: Mark Bambino, Brendan sensors that allow the robot to interact with its envi- Valko, Todd Harteis, Shawn Fessler, Ian Miller, ronment. Ben Barclay, Tim McMahon, Brennan Smay, In the future, the Forest Hills Technology Education Josh Millard, Cody McVicker, Jared Krug, Jeff Leach, Dustin Hornbake. department hopes to generate enough interest to
End of the Year Closing Thoughts from the Superintendent
superintendents exchanged information while listening attentively to veteran superintendents discuss the trials and tribulations associated with this position. While there, On Friday, June 6, 2014 the last Dr. Pat Crawford gave each of us teacher in-service of the 2013-2014 the “10 Commandments of a Superto school year was held in the high intendent “. Every once in a while, school auditorium. During my conwhen I need to refocus my priorities, cluding address to the staff I stated I pull this paper out of my desk and that after 32 1/2 years in education read these simple words of wisdom. I’ve come to the conclusion that no So in my newsletter I thought I matter how many accolades and would share with you these 10 accomplishments the district Commandments: achieves there is a common thread 1.You must remember that it is all that binds these achievements topersonal. You can never not lead gether. I have understood this from as a superintendent. Every deciday one when I took over as the dission you make will be evaluated. trict’s superintendent that I cannot 2.You must try to stay focused and successfully lead this district withkeep everyone on course with our out the support of every employee district’s vision. and community members living in 3.You must believe relationships are this district. That includes every like investments: the more you put teacher, custodian, cafeteria workin the greater your return. er, secretary, administrator, stu4.You must focus your communicadent, parent and community memtion efforts on teaching, learning, ber. and achievement. 5.You must try to spend your time Three years ago, as part of my sulifting people up, not putting them perintendent induction program, I down. was fortunate to attend an extensive 6.You must be transparent and en12 day Superintendent’s Academy gaging. I cannot successfully lead sponsored by the Pennsylvania Aslong-term without being open, sociation of School Administrators. honest and forthright. Approximately 150 newly appointed 7.You must believe that if my
comments are taken out of context, maybe you are failing to provide one. 8.You must remember communication is a contact sport. Make yourself available. 9.You must be visible in a crisis situation. 10.Most importantly you must have a successful communication plan that ensures that every parent, every adult that lives in your community refers to this school district as our district instead of the district. As I look back on the 2013-2014 school year and look forward to 2014-2015, it is my hope that the Forest Hills School District is a place students want to be. The district will continue to work in partnership with the community to create in our students a working knowledge of the educational opportunities that exist in our district, and in doing so stimulate pride and self-worth.
My hope is that every parent and every community member living in the Forest Hills School District does, indeed, refer to this school district as our school district instead of the school district. Have a great summer!
SADD’s Very HAPPY Year!
The 2013-2014 chapter of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) had a very productive and successful year! Under the direction of Mrs. Amanda Williamson, the group started the year strong with various activities planned in coordination with the national Red Ribbon Week campaign. SADD members decorated the high school with over 300 red ribbons, organized a Spirit Week that encouraged students and faculty to dress according to a specific daily theme, and provided daily messages encouraging students to stay drug-free. Also during Red Ribbon Week, SADD members visited the elementary school to spread their message to the 4th grade classrooms. SADD members spent the morning teaching the fourth graders a flash mob dance to the song “Roar” by Katy Perry and then followed the dancing with classroom discussions about doing fun, yet safe, activities with friends. SADD’s winter months were spent spreading their message through posters, signs, and the morning announcements. SADD also kept their message active through their Candy Gram sale at Christmas, Valentine’s Day Rose sale, and Flower & Card sale for Mother’s Day. The Buzz-Free Prom Pledge banner was signed by nearly 200 students promising to remain alcohol and drug free on prom night.
Finally, SADD wrapped up the year by hosting the Buzz-Free Prom Pledge encouraging the high school prom attendees to remain alcohol and drug free on prom night. Nearly 200 students made the promise to their friends/family by signing the pledge banner that hung in the cafeteria. SADD also concluded their outreach to the elementary school by once again working at the PTO sponsored Carnival Day. SADD members spent the day working the Dance Party & Sidewalk Chalk station sharing their message of having fun without drugs or alcohol.
Katie Marsh’s Artistic Talents Are Rewarded
Katie Marsh has had her artwork displayed through schoolsponsored events such as the Bottleworks Student Art Show, the Cambria County Community Art Show and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s Artists of the 21st Century show. She has enjoyed winning and also viewing her artwork, displayed with some of the best in the area. But Katie had no idea that her artworks would claim some of the top artistic awards as she ended her high school career.
A portfolio is usually 8-10 pieces of artwork in a variety of medium displaying the artist’s talent and expertise. Portfolios are viewed by a judge or juror and the artist is interviewed. Katie compiled her own art portfolio and won the top two art scholarships for high school students in the area. The Bottleworks Ethnic Art Center in the Cambria City part of Johnstown awarded Katie with a $1500 Allied Artist Scholarship sponsored by the Allied Artist group of Johnstown. And the Cambria County Community Art Center
awarded Katie with the $800 Alice Thomas Award. A representative from the Community Art Center stated,” The juror was most impressed with Katie’s excitement about her chosen career in art.” Katie also received the high school’s Art Award at the annual awards night held on May 29th. And she received a request from the Bottleworks to have three of her art pieces placed in a show in June. Katie will attend Indiana University of Pa. in the fall and major in art education.
The 40th annual Volleyball Marathon sponsored by the Forest Hills Jaycees/Jayceettes was held on March 19th at the High School. A total of $2,700.00 was raised this year. The year's marathon once again had a dual cause. Money was raised for Cystic Fibrosis and the Erin Hostetler Scholarship Fund. Ten co-ed teams made from 71 Jaycees/Jayceettes members competed in a double elimination tournament. The organization’s steering committee also competed against faculty members from the Elementary and High Schools. The teams started playing at 8:00 am and continued until 9:00 pm. Trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Members of the winning team were: Bethany Leer, Dominic Eppley, Kevin Ickes, Kayla Gabany, Jake Keiper, and Ashley May. Donations were received from Jaycees/Jayceettes, area businesses, and all three-district buildings. The Jaycees/Jayceettes, under the supervision of Mr. Robert Petrunak, would like to thank everybody who made this year's marathon one of the best in school history.
Steering Committee Row One: Olivia Faiad, Alexis Novotny, Murphy Cononie, Rylan Nadonley, Kayla Walls. Row Two: Sammie Smith, Amanda Meier, Jodie Sabol, Emily Shirt, Gavin Oswalt. Row Three: Dusty Ohler, Caitlyn Gallaher, Nicole Richards, Keri Ondrejik, Lakyn Stiffler, Lexi Kline, and Quinn DiFlauro.
Winning Team Front Row: Bethany Leer, Ashley May, and Kayla Gabany. Back Row: Kevin Ickes, Dominic Eppley, and Jake Keiper.
4 H’ers Jayme Long and Murphy Cononie show off their newest goats and knowledge of animals. 12
Ian Miller with one of his favorite calves at Vale Wood Farms Diary. Ian plans to pursue a degree in Ag Science at Penn State.
PROM 2014 ~ FOREVER YOUNG
Members of the Prom Court included: (standing from left to right) Kayla Walls, Garrett McCall, Kara Hritz, Ben Buchkovich, Samantha Smith, Tyler Shima, Keri Ondrejik, Brennan Smay, Olivia Faiad, Dustin Ohler, Joan Smith, Shawn Fessler, Lakin Stiffler, and Quinn Diflauro . Queen: Samantha Hook. King: Jesse Wehner
The 2014 JuniorSenior Prom was held at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The theme, “Forever Young” reflected images portrayed in the movie “The Great Gatsby.” The décor from the roaring 20’s presented many photo opportunities for the ladies in elegant gowns and gentlemen wearing striking tuxedos. Students and their guests enjoyed having their pictures taken in the very popular photo booth. All photos taken in the booth may
be viewed and downloaded by visiting the website myphotoflare.com. (password NONE) The dance floor was crowded all night as DJ Labarko kept the music lively for the 309 students in attendance. Samantha Hook and Jesse Wehner were crowned Prom Queen and King. For those looking forward to next year’s event, the prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Lakyn Grove and Anthony Gibson make a pledge and invited students to join in their promise to never text and drive.
The Marching Rangers traveled to Disney World in April along with 6 other local schools to form a marching band of over 250 students. They marched through Epcot on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It was an awesome experience for all involved. The photo is of the attending members before the parade started.
The following students participated in District Band, held at Meyersdale HS, in February. The students are (L to R) Jenni Fox, on Bass Clarinet, Teresa Yuhas, on Clarinet, Alexis Edwards, on Clarinet, and Eva Golden, on French Horn. Jenni, Teresa, and Alexis advanced on to Regional Band, held at St. College. The students performed their concert in Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State Campus. Jenni Fox advanced on to All-State Band, held in Hershey PA.
The Jazz Band and High School Chorus performed at the beginning of May at the Elementary Art Show.
Three students made District Jazz band: Garrett Bunn, Nathan Madison, and Todd Harteis; and three students made District Vocal Jazz: Michael Pakstis, Tori Dibble, and Jen Rosmus.
Give It a Rest
Bass of Spades
The Jazz Band, Vocal Quartets (Give It a Rest, Fine Tuning, and Bass of Spades), and Clarinet Quartet performed before the Annual High School Spring Concert, to help open the High School Art Exhibit. Both the Art Exhibit and the Concert were well received by all involved. Clarinet Quartet
The Forest Hills High School Chorus performed 12 times this year in a variety of venues. These included the Cambria County Conservation District awards banquet and an adjudication at Indiana University of PA, where the chorus received excellent remarks from all judges. Forest Hills had a record 11 students make District Chorus this year: Cheyenne Helsel, Hannah Oldham, Eva Golden, Jake Peretin, Ian Wieczorek, Michael Pakstis, Josiah Bailey, Whitney Fyock, Tori Dibble, Jen Rosmus, and Megan Kostan. District Chorus— Five of these students advanced to Regional Chorus: Ian Wieczorek, Jake Peretin, Megan Kostan, Jen Rosmus and Hannah Oldham. Two graduating seniors, Jen Rosmus and Tori Dibble, are receiving partial scholarships to continue singing in college, and a third, Cheyenne Probst, is applying and auditioning for a college chorus scholarship this summer.