Congratulations to Hannah Jones, a Mt. Lebanon High School junior who won the Pearl award for her art submission to the 2017 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. Hannah was selected from more than 1,900 high school entries from 63 countries and 48 U.S. states and received a $300 cash award.
The 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest challenged students to create visual art, poetry, prose, or film around the theme of "Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions" to reflect on the impact of ocean pollution, inspire viewers to consider possible solutions, and challenge them to take action. Hannah's submission, titled "Delicate Balance," addressed the specific issue of coral bleaching.
"I was inspired by the Great Barrier Reef and its transformation from vibrant to monochrome. The corals' skeletal appearance reminded me of the destruction humans can cause if we do not change our ways. I used paper to illustrate the fragility and intricate beauty of this ocean wonder. As the corals fade in color, marine life disappears," said Ms. Jones. " I learned to appreciate each coral's form through hours of meticulous paper-cutting. I hope my work inspires you to discover more about coral reefs and consider how our actions on land impact our seas."
The 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest challenged students to create visual art, poetry, prose, or film around the theme of "Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions" to reflect on the impact of ocean pollution, inspire viewers to consider possible solutions, and challenge them to take action. Jones's Art submission, titled "Delicate Balance," addressed the specific issue of coral bleaching.
Since 2012, Bow Seat has run the international Ocean Awareness Student Contest – the largest youth arts and ocean advocacy competition in the world – in which students examine the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans through the creative arts. Nearly 7,000 teenagers worldwide have participated in the Ocean Awareness Student Contest since its inception, and Bow Seat has awarded more than $215,000 in scholarships to talented youth.
"Our talented and passionate Contest participants are collectively building a wave of awareness and empathy for our oceans by informing and inspiring others to take action," said Linda Cabot, founder and president of Bow Seat. "Together they are creating and amplifying a global voice of advocacy that is hard to ignore – and one that is more critical than ever as ocean pollution increasingly threatens aquatic life, our environment, the economy, and human health."
Congratulations to Hannah on this beautiful and moving work of art and her art teacher Mrs. Jennifer Rodriguez.
Congratulations to Mellon Middle School students David Poole, Noah Bhuta, Tommy Hanson, Eli Heidenreich and Nico Vannarsdall on winning first and second place in the Fall 2017 Pittsburgh/Southwestern Pennsylvania Stock Market Games in the Middle School Division. Their success was based on their knowledge of business, the global economy, and investing by creating top performing portfolios. The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance, and prepares them for financially independent lives. More than 600,000 students take part every school year across all 50 states and around the globe.
The Stock Market Game™ curricula, lessons, and hands-on student activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research and analytical skills in a state-of-the-art, real-world, online simulation. It provides teachers with curriculum that reinforces Pennsylvania teaching standards, STEM requirements, and 21 Century Skills, while helping students learn the fundamentals of long-term savings and investing. Students enhance their knowledge in core curriculum subjects including math, language arts, and social studies, and they develop life skills such as financial preparedness, teamwork and business knowledge.
Congratulations to our students and their Business Information Technology teacher, Ms. Deanna Amenta.
As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King today, we remember him as a civil rights activist, pastor, and humanitarian, but also as a teacher. His lessons of love, hope, kindness, equality and justice for all are as important now as they were then. In the words of Dr. King, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
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Please note two very important changes to the March 2018 school calendar.
1. On March 1, 2018, classes are canceled ONLY for Mt. Lebanon High School students due to the high school hosting the Spring 2018 Pennsylvania Association of Student Council's State conference. The elementary and middle schools will be in session. High School staff will be involved in professional development activities during the day.
2. On March 13, 2018, due to the special election for the 18th Congressional District, classes are canceled ONLY for elementary and middle school students. The High School will be in session. K-8 staff will be involved in professional development activities during the day.
Students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy visited Mt. Lebanon High School in December and brought Sim Man with them to give our students an authentic, real-life experience of what a pharmacist in a hospital setting might experience. Sim Man is a life-size human model that provides a high fidelity simulation of a medical condition while exhibiting lifelike functions. As students entered Mr. Ray Schrader's classroom, Sim Man was on a gurney, in a hospital gown, experiencing a heart attack. The Pitt Pharmacy Ambassadors were able to take Sim Man's blood pressure and vitals while listening to his heart as he experienced a simulated heart attack. All bodily functions were tracked in real time on the TV monitor in the classroom. As the pharmacists walked through the process of diagnosis, they determined the medications necessary to treat Sim Man's condition. Students observed the pharmacists in their role as medication experts, while they determined the appropriate, lifesaving treatment for a patient in an emergency room setting. By the end of class, Sim Man's condition stabilized.The Sim Man simulation was as close to an authentic, real-life hospital emergency experience as you could get and it provided an extraordinary learning opportunity for our students.
A goal of the Pitt Pharmacy program is to share with students the many career opportunities in the field of pharmacy. While our neighborhood pharmacists play an important role in our health care, there are many other career opportunities for pharmacists in the Emergency Room and hospital pharmacies, as well as clinical pharmacists in the ICU and transplant pharmacists.
We would like to thank the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy for sponsoring Sim Man's visit to Mt. Lebanon High School and to the Pharmacy Ambassadors who provided our students with a once-in-a lifetime experience. Hopefully, this visit will inspire some of our students to pursue one of the many exciting careers in pharmacy.
The High School's National Honor Society sponsored a Service Saturday trip to Global Links in December. Global Links is a Pittsburgh based medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. As a non-profit, Global Links collect surplus medical supplies from hospitals, sorts and repackages them to be distributed to countries in need. On Service Saturday, 33 of our NHS students sorted and packed supplies to support Global Links.
- WedJan24 HS Dance Company Performance 7:30 PMHS Auditorium
- ThuJan25 End of 1st Semester
- FriJan26 Schools Closed; Offices/Buildings/Open