Congratulations to the students and staff at Jefferson Middle School on their successful, sold out production of Lion King Jr. last week. The sets, costumes and student performances were outstanding. The show provided students an opportunity to experience the staging of a mini Broadway play while gaining valuable skills in collaboration, performance skills, and creative expression. The Mt. Lebanon School District's commitment to a strong arts education program makes these types of experiences available to all students and contributes to a well-rounded educational program.
Congratulations to the high school's Unified Bocce Team on their successful first season. Last December, Special Education Director Mr. Ken Cross, started the process of forming the team. Mt. Lebanon, along with five other Allegheny County schools, partnered with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to take part in a fully inclusive Unified Sports Indoor Bocce program this winter. The goal of this program was to create an environment where students with and without disabilities were able to compete in a competitive and inclusive environment while having the opportunity to build friendships, attend practices and competitions, be a part of a team, and most importantly, to have fun.
Our student athletes were required to take part in 90 minutes of practice per week while attending three bocce match competitions over a ten week season. Ms. Nicole Eshleman, a Personal Care Assistant at Washington Elementary School, was the District's coach and is commended for her outstanding performance and leadership with our student athletes. Congratulations to the team and their coach on their successful first season.
Coach- Nicole Eshleman
Jill Majestic, an art teacher at Lincoln for 28 years and at Howe Elementary School, was the first recipient of the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award. The award is given in memory of Sue Harper, a dedicated and beloved teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and long time Mt. Lebanon resident, who passed away last year.
Mrs. Majestic was nominated and selected as a teacher who exemplifies the outstanding qualities and characteristics that defined Mrs. Harper. Mrs. Majestic's enthusiasm for teaching, her love of art and her dedication to veterans causes, such as the Lincoln Veterans Day celebration, is an inspiration to all who know her. This $250 award is for professional development and will be given annually.
The Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award was made possible by the generous support of a number of close friends of the Harper Family as well as Mrs. Harper's daughters, Beth McCormick and Emily Hammel. If you would like to make a contribution, please click here.
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At the March 20, 2017 School Board meeting, the Superintendent reported that the administration is working to reduce the millage increase from the March Base Budget which reflected a millage increase of .54 mills for the 2017-18 School Year. With the Board's approval at the meeting to refinance the 2009 Series A General Obligation Bonds for the High School Project, the millage increase is now projected to be .27 mills.
As of the March 20 Board meeting, budgets were reduced to recognize the lower cost of utilities due both to negotiated low rates as well as less usage due to moderate weather and smaller square footage in the newly renovated high school. While staffing is not yet complete, the administration recommends the elimination of two teaching positions due to retirements in areas where the student count is down.
The Superintendent reported that the administration would continue to look for cost efficiencies in order to bring the millage increase down further as the presentation of a Proposed Budget in April draws near. A Final Budget is scheduled for Board action at the May 22, 2017 meeting. For more budget information visit www.mtlsd.org/budget
At the March 20 School Board meeting, high school band director Jason Cheskawich was honored with the School Board's Extra Mile Award. Nominated by Mrs. Jodi Kubit, her nomination states, "In addition to the many concerts and events that Mr. Cheskawich coordinates to promote our high school musicians and our community, such as the exceptionally successful United States Air Force Singing Sergeants Concert this fall, he tirelessly works over the summer and all throughout the fall to make sure our students put on the best show that they can for our students, parents and community during football season. They work hard, but they have fun too. At the same time, he runs concert band and wind ensemble classes and concerts, teaches music theory and music technology and has multiple small ensembles that he directs. Mr. Cheskawich reaches out to our younger students in the district in hopes of them continuing their pursuit of music in high school. He hosts the 5th grade band students from across the district at a football game and the 8th grade band students at our band festival. He sends current high school students to the middle school to talk to eighth graders about joining band at high school. He even invited 8th grade band members to serve as ushers at a high school concert so that they could start connecting with the high school. He is always looking for ways to keep kids involved in his passion - music.
Mr. Cheskawich continues to be a strong advocate for fine arts education in our district. At concerts he often speaks about how thankful he is that Mt. Lebanon supports Fine Arts the way they do.
To summarize, I am nominating Mr. Cheskawich because I think that he goes the Extra Mile for our students every day and this year he probably went an Extra Few Miles! He does it because of his love of teaching music and of fine arts and I would love to see him be recognized for what he did for our students and our district this year."
Elementary parents are invited to an informational meeting for the Dare to Dream: Reimagining Our Elementary Libraries initiative on March 21 at 7 p.m. in their school library and will be hosted by the principal and school librarian. This event will be an opportunity for parents to learn more about makerspaces and and how they can become involved in the development of a makerspace in their school library.
We are also pleased to announce our partnership with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh--a national leader in maker space design--to help us with this project.
This library initiative is made possible due to the generous initial gift of $175,000 from Mt. Lebanon alumni and parents David and Noelle Conover to help establish a maker-centered learning space in each library to be named Matt's Maker Space after their son Matt, who lost a courageous battle with cancer in 2002. The gift will be disbursed over a 3 year period with each school receiving $8500 each year.
We hope you can join us to reimagine our elementary libraries as 21st Century learning centers.
- ThuMar30 Elementary Report Cards/Grades Posted
- MonApr03 PSSA English Language Arts Window (Grades 3-8)*
- MonApr03 School Board Discussion Meeting 7:30 PMRoom D205, Mt. Lebanon High School