Super's Newsletter

Spring Edition

Spring is in the air...

It is hard to believe that we are already into the 4th Nine Weeks. This is a very busy time of year for our students. We want to welcome you to all of our spring events. There is something for everyone to enjoy. We love to see our community sharing in our student's successes. Please see our calendar on the website for up-to-date information. Here are a few of our exciting events in April:



Wednesday, April 5


ELA PSSA Tests grades 3-8

Track (4:00) @ Riverview

SH Baseball (3:45) @ Valley


Thursday, April 6


ELA PSSA Tests grades 3-8

JH Volleyball (3:45) @ Armstrong


Friday, April 7


ELA PSSA Testing grades 3-8

SH Softball (4:00) @ Geibel

SH Baseball (3:45) @ Vincentian

Sixth Grade Banquet at Lingrow Farms, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Student/Faculty Recital 7pm – 8pm


4/11/2017

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Meeting 7 PM


4/12/2017

7:30 PM Public Work Session/Agenda Setting Meeting


4/13/2017

First Grade Field Trip


4/14/2017 - 4/18/2017


Spring Break


4/19/2017 - 4/22/2017


All-State PMEA Conference Apr 19 – 22, 2017


4/22/17


Mr. Ritzel Memorial Concert, 7pm


4/24/2017 - 4/28/2017

PSSA Testing Grades 3-8 Mathematics


4/26/2017

Administrative Professional Day

7:30 PM Regular Monthly Board Meeting

Kindergarten Field Trip


4/27/2017

Second Grade Field Trip

Progress Reports Fourth Nine Weeks


4/28/2017

Act 80 Day no school for students


4/29/2017

Prom

Music Madness

April 7: 7 PM Student/Faculty Recital

May 4: 7:30 PM Jr High/Sr High Choral Concert

May 9: 7 PM Elem/Jr High Band Concert (5th, 6th , 7th , 8th grade)

May 11: 7:30 PM Sr High Band Concert

May 18: 7 PM Elem Chorus/Beginning Band Concert (4th grade)

Elementary Science Olympiad

At the South West Regional tournament hosted at Cal U, our team finished 9th out of nineteen teams. We had three pairs of students finish 5th place. We came in fifth in Crime Busters (Kylie Fabry, Braylan Lovelace), Towers (Christine Guo, Alanna Smith), and experimental design (Christine Guo, Logan Kline, Abby Schreckengost). Our team was comprised of fourth through sixth graders. All other teams were grades 6-9. Thank you to Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Sherbondy, and Mrs. Burger for all of their countless hours of work with our students. We are very much looking forward to the competition next year!

Faculty/Student Recital

This Friday is Leechburg’s 10th annual

Faculty/Student Recital.

7:00 PM

Students / Music Faculty will perform solo and small ensemble pieces for:


Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Marimba,

Multi-Percussion, Snare Drum, Taiko


$5.00 admission


Proceeds benefit the Leechburg Music Department.

Extra credit for Mr. Reams’ classes for attending.

Honors English 12 Achieves

Throughout the month of March, students in Honors English 12 presented their research on new and controversial advancements in science and technology. After reading Frankenstein, where a major theme is the dangerous consequences from the pursuit and expression of knowledge, each student in the class chose an advancement from the past 25 years to research.

The students independently researched the background of and the how’s behind the reason(s) the advancement came to be. They also investigated the major issues and controversies raised by the advancement and looked into why and/or how the advancement may or may not benefit society as a whole.

The students, many of whom will be pursuing STEM degrees in college next year, then discussed their research and findings to the class in a 30-minute multi-media presentation.

This year’s topics include the following: mitochondria replacement, renewable energy sources, cryptocurrency, gamma knife surgery, molecular knotting/threading, autonomous vehicles, long-term space travel/colonization, genome sequencing, the H5N1 virus, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, advanced cancer treatments, and robotic prosthetics.

Each topic proved thought-provoking and highly interesting, especially since the project is driven by each student’s particular personal and/or academic interests.

This is the fourth year for these presentations, and each year the students continually impress with their research and presentation skills as well as their topic choices.

Congratulation to all Honors English 12 students on a job well done!

First Grade Masters Organisms

First grade students in Mrs. Diani, Mrs. Vargo, and Mrs. McCarthy’s room have been exploring land and water organisms using the Science module “Organisms”. The explored the 2 different plants and animals that live on/in land and water. As you can see, the students were able to hold the best beetles and pill bugs from the land organisms. As we compared and contrasted them, we found that all organisms need a place to live, food, and a way to breathe. They loved this module!!!

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First Grade Cheers on the Girls Basketball Team

The students in first grade were eager to wish the girls basketball team continued success as they went onto the state playoffs. A basket of treats were given to the team. Two students from each first grade homeroom presented Coach Davies with the treats which included: Halo oranges, trail mix, Cliff bars, and Combos. First grade supports Leechburg School District sports!!!

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Grades K-2 Cheer on the PSSA Testing Students

The teachers and students in Kindergarten through Second Grade , along with Mrs. Schultz, Mrs. Manofsky, and Mrs. Turner, were given a classroom from the Third through Sixth grade as they begin their PSSA testing. The teachers provided a snack and/or special note to provide encouragement and success as they “show what they know” on the tests.

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Leechburg National Honor Society Service Project Benefits Food Bank


From February 27 through March 10, National Honor Society declared war—Change Wars—at the Junior-Senior High School. Competing as homerooms, students brought pennies and paper money to earn positive points for their homeroom. Silver change was dropped in the bins in other homerooms to cause negative points—or to sabotage—their rivals. In less than three weeks, students in grades 7-12 brought in 105 pounds of change to benefit the Leechburg Food Bank.

Change Wars donations totalled $1,002.70 with more than $600 being donated in the last two days. The competition got heated as homerooms vied to come out victorious. Ms. Mondale’s senior homeroom edged out Ms. DeCapite’s seventh grade homeroom on the final day. Ms. Mondale’s victory marks the fourth year in a row that her homeroom won the challenge.

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