The Mt. Lebanon School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the 10th year the District has been recognized for its outstanding music education program.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
"Music education has always been an integral part of a Mt. Lebanon education. Our community has always recognized that music and the arts are important elements of a well-rounded education for all children," said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. "I want to congratulate our music faculty for their dedication and commitment to providing the best music education possible for our students."
Music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
The Mt. Lebanon School District has an award winning music education program that provides learning and performance opportunities for students K-12. A strong foundation in music education is established in the elementary schools and is strongly supported and developed through middle school and high school. The program is recognized as one of the top music education programs in the country as evident by the NAMM award.
About The NAMM FoundationThe NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research,philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
High School Head Custodian, Andrew Turton, was honored with the Extra Mile Award by the School Board at the April 16 School Board meeting. Mr. Turton was nominated by Mrs. Julie Maselko. Here is an excerpt from the nomination:
"I have known Andrew since my oldest daughter started kindergarten at Foster 12 years ago. I got to know Andrew, or Mr. Andrew, as the kids and parents knew him and still do to this day, quite well during my time at Foster as PTA President and Chair of the Playground Committee. While at Foster, Andrew was well known for greeting a crying child at the front door of the school after hours when they would return, distraught, to retrieve a book or homework assignment they forgot. By the time he took them to their classroom/locker and counseled them along the way, they left with a smile on their face. He was also known for giving special, behind the scenes tours, to some "special" students who earned that as a reward for good behavior. Despite his large, intimidating stature, he was and still is, a favorite with the students because he has a heart that's just as large.
As our luck would have it, when my younger girls left Foster for Mellon, Andrew was promoted to head custodian at Mellon and moved on right along with us. I was once again PTA President and just like at Foster, Andrew was quick to help us with any request, even some of my more outrageous ones, and most times already had things done before we even asked because he was always so up to date and in tune with the needs of the school and students.
As luck would have it again, Andrew moved up the head custodian position at the high school a few months before my older daughter started her freshman year. Are you sensing a pattern here? As I'm sure you can guess he quickly became a student and staff favorite at the high school. I tend to be around frequently and 9 times out of 10 I see Andrew...Andrew working...Andrew watching "his kids", as he refers to his Foster kids he's seen grow from kindergarten into young men and women, play in numerous sporting events... Andrew watching "his kids" on stage in concerts, plays, and musicals. It was at one of these sporting events last fall that I got to learn about another reason why Andrew is so great. A parent of a student with physical limitations came up to Andrew and me while we were talking at a football game and asked if he was Mr. Turton. She wanted to thank him for what he had done for her son. Apparently some concessions needed to be made for her son to navigate the school better and through her son, she had heard that Andrew went above and beyond what was required. Although she was a little teary eyed, I wasn't surprised because I see all of the time the things that Andrew does that are above and beyond."
Congratulations to Mr. Turton on this well-deserved recognition.
Join us for the 4th Annual Taste of Lebo: Battle of the Appetizers sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education on Saturday, April 21 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Clearview Common, Washington Road.
Tickets are $25 for Adults ($30 day of event), $10 Students for 6 yrs+ and Senior Citizens, and Free for children 5 and under.
Local restaurants will offer special appetizers for patrons to enjoy while they stroll up and down Washington Road.
Student musical performances will be held throughout the afternoon. Plan to spend a fun afternoon with friends at Taste of Lebo to support the extraordinary and innovative learning opportunities made possible by the MLFE.
Mt. Lebanon Food Service Department
Mt. Lebanon Saloon
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm 5th Grade District Chorus - Carol Froehlich, Mariann Fox, Amanda Cheskawich, Jill Gummo, and Liz Damp
2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Ukulele Ensemble - Amanda Cheskawich
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm High School Choir - Ethan LaPlaca
2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Drum Line, African Ensemble and Brazilian Ensemble - Rick Minnotte
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Drum Line, African Ensemble and Brazilian Ensemble - Rick Minnotte
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Jefferson Middle School Jazz Band - Doug Reichenfeld
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm High School Orchestra - Bob Vogel
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Elementary Strings - Diane Sadar, Gina Ketter, Allison Harris
Plan to attend the High School Art Department's Annual Art Show on April 20 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The show will feature over 500 outstanding works of art. Our student artists have worked very hard to create an exciting and visually spectacular show. Artwork will be displayed in the C-20 Lobby, the Library and Center Court with a special unveiling of the Annual Senior Blue Devil Mural at 7:00 p.m. outside the Library. Visitors are encouraged to engage artists about their personal exhibits. Original musical compositions created for select AP artworks was written, prepared, and directed by Hannah Ishizaki. Projected works of art will accompany this live performance. Mrs. Jennifer Rodriquez is the Mt. Lebanon Fine Arts Department Chair (Secondary) and Mt. Lebanon High School Visual Arts Teacher.
Meet the Artists
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
AP Seniors-Center Court
AP Juniors-C-20 Lobby
Works by non-AP students throughout.
Visitors are encouraged to engage artists about their personal exhibits throughout the evening.
Unveiling of the Annual Senior Blue Devil Mural
Third Floor by Library
Created by Alyssa Scott
"Selfie" Time with Famous Artists
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
C-20 Lobby and Center Court
Take a "selfie" with Vincent Van Gogh, Bob Ross, Yayoi Kusama, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Rene Magritte.
Live Musical Entertainment
7:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
Piano by Hari Delgado
7:30 P.M-8:30 P.M.
Second Floor around Grand Staircase
Original musical compositions created for select AP artworks written, prepared, and directed by Hannah Ishizaki.
Hannah Ishizaki, Violin
Olivia Wagner, Viola
Rachel Martin, Double Bass
Will Buerger, Percussion
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Budget Update April 16: The School Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 Proposed Final Budget of $98,208,314 with a millage rate of 24.33 mills reflecting a .40 mill increase, using $750,000 from the fund balance. The millage increase translates into a $40 per year increase in real estate tax for every $100,000 of assessed value for homes in our community. Action on a final budget is planned for the School Board meeting on May 21, 2018.For more information, visit www.mtlsd.org/budget.
2018-2019 Proposed Final Budget
Budget Update April 9: At the School Board meeting on April 9, 2018, the discussion among the Board determining the direction of the 2018-19 Budget centered on recommended changes to bring the millage rate down from .43 mills (March 19) to .37 mills. The reduced millage rate was due to staffing changes now that instructional staffing needs are almost complete. The Board discussed increasing the budget about $65,000 for safety and security solutions for our students. With that addition, a budget of $99 million was recommended for action on Monday night, April 16. That budget will include funds for the safety position with further discussion centering on criteria for the position.
The Board will be taking action on Monday, April 16 to approve a Proposed Final Budget with a .40 millage increase. The millage increase translates into a $40 per year increase in real estate tax for every $100,000 of assessed value for homes in our community. That Budget will reflect changes as may be directed by the Board between April and May.
2018-2019 Preliminary Budget
Congratulations to High School Social Studies teacher Mr. Peter DiNardo on his selection as the 2018 recipient of the Mt. Lebanon Community Service Award, selected by a committee of evaluators from the Mt. Lebanon Community Relations Board. The award honors people who: make a significant contribution to the community in a volunteer capacity; participate in humanitarian activities that make a difference in the well-being of others; have exceptional ethical qualities and strive to improve and preserve the community, and are an inspirational role model for the Mt. Lebanon Community. Mr. DiNardo was nominated by High School Principal Brian McFeeley.
Mr. DiNardo was featured in the Mt. Lebanon Magazine, was honored at a Commission Meeting, and will be presented with the award at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Center. His name also will be engraved on a plaque that hangs permanently in the municipal building. Congratulations, Mr. DiNardo, on a well-deserved recognition.
Photography: John Altdorfer
Congratulations to our Model UN team for closing out their season with a first place team award at Ohio State University's Model UN conference the weekend of April 6-8. The team won first place team honors against high schools from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois.
Winning first place honors were seniors Connor Alexander and Marley Howell. Additionally, junior Rebecca Schwartz and freshman Katherine Wilkinson also took first place honors. A number of our students finished "top three" in committee including seniors Bennett Palumbo, Grace Brown, Aya Obeid and Max King. Sophomores Dan McNulty, Sein Lee and Antonio Carapella were also recognized.
University of Delaware "Outstanding Delegation Award"
The Mt. Lebanon Model UN team received the "Outstanding Delegation" team award at the University of Delaware Model UN tournament held in early March. It is the second straight year that our Model UN team has won the team award at Delaware. In addition, five of our students won individual awards in their committees. They were seniors Max King, Thomas Cosentino and Connor Alexander, who all won 1st Place honors in their committees. Junior Rebecca Schwartz won 2nd Place in her historical committee of "The League of Nations" and Sophomore Daniel McNulty took 3rd Place in his group.
This caps off another very successful season that included team victories at Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Delaware. The coaches, Mr. Adam Lumish, Mr. George Savarese and Mr. Pete DiNardo are extremely proud of the team and look forward to a wonderful 2018-2019 year!
- ThuApr19 PSSA Math Window (Gr. 3-8)*
- FriApr20 PSSA Math Window (Gr. 3-8)*
- FriApr20 HS Art Show 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMHS C20 Lobby