Green Lane Gazette
February - 2023
Important Dates in February
- 2/6 - 2nd MP Report Card Grades Posted
- 2/8 - 12:05 PM Dismissal for students
- 2/10 - Life Skills Dance
- 2/15 - 11th Grade Physicals
- 2/17 - Course Selection Presentation (Extended HR Schedule)
- 2/20 - President's Day - No School
- 2/21 - School Board Meeting @ 7:00PM
- 2/24 - VOICE - Black History Program @ 6:30 PM
- 2/28 - Family Brain Night
- 3/3 - 3rd MP Progress Reports
SWPBIS Spirit Gear
We are happy to announce that we now have a Truman SWPBIS Spirit Shop! The store will be open until February 19th. We have tried to get a variety of items that students, families, and staff would enjoy to purchase. Items will be delivered in individual packages to the school and distributed to students.
If there are any questions about the store, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Important Class of 2023 Dates/Reminders
- SADD Mock Car Crash = May 4th & 5th
- Senior Assembly/Caps & Gowns Distributed = May 11th
- Senior Prom = Thursday, May 18th - Tickets go on sale on 3/1 - Reminder: Students must have 0 detention hours to purchase
- Senior Final Exams = June 5th - June 9th
- Graduation = June 14th
All attendance notes, trip approval requests, and other inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com or call 267-599-2109 to speak with our attendance clerk.
Going on a trip and want to ask permission for excused absences - You must fill out the Trip Approval Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance.
Bristol Twp. Student Wins Statewide Poster Contest - LevittownNow.com
Provided by the Bristol Township School District: Nehal Palan, a senior at Harry S. Truman High School, won first place in the statewide Safe2Say Digital Poster Contest among twelfth grade students. Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.
Levittown High School Students Built Community On 'Freshman Takeover Day' - LevittownNow.com
Provided by the Bristol Township School District: To improve the freshman experience and create community among students at Harry S. Truman High School, ninth grade students participated in Freshman Takeover Day on January 18. The day was facilitated by the Truman Think Tank team, which includes high school teachers and administrators as well as Chief Learning Officer & Founder of Professional Learning Partnerships Julia Skolnik.
Truman High School Dedicates Wrestling Room To Former Ref, Coach - LevittownNow.com
On a recent evening between the Harry S. Truman High School Junior Varsity and Varsity wrestling matches, the crowded gym went silent as former wrestling coach Steve Given spoke into the microphone to make an announcement. The announcement was the official renaming of the high school's wrestling room on behalf of the late Richard "Richie" Siegmann.
Truman Students Raise Money For Organization That Connects Central American Artists With Students - LevittownNow.com
Provided by the Bristol Township School District: Señorita Maria Broggi's Spanish classes at Harry S. Truman High School organized a bracelet sale and raised $980 for The Pulsera Project. Students sold the colorful, handwoven bracelets, or "pulseras" in Spanish, during lunches for $7 each from December 12 to December 23.
NHS Letter Project
Truman NHS Letter Writing Campaign Truman's National Honor Society (NHS) is spreading kindness! Officers presented a card and letter writing campaign to members to complete once a month during meetings. This is a simple, monthly project that students can complete and will benefit a different group experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Athlete of the Week
Congratulations Lanae Carrington: the Bucks Montco Girls Athlete of the Week Truman High School junior and track and field athlete Lanae Carrington was voted the Courier/Intell's Bucks Montco Girls Athlete of the Week for Jan. 2-8. Out of the week's top performers, Carrington received 1,556 votes or 43% of the vote to win.
School Counselor's Office
The month of January was a busy one for the Counseling Department. Keystones took center stage, and Adrienne Jones worked with Admin to make preparations to test over 1,000 students. Another highlight was the work that Rebecca Mallon did to prepare for the "9th Grade Takeover," working on an interactive presentation that helped students understand the credit and grading systems.
We are quickly preparing for the 2nd half of the school year, which includes Senior Conferences, Course Selection, and many more items. Stay tuned for further information.
B-E-T (Business, Engineering, Technology)
Mr. Diliegro's Civil Engineering students took a tour of the newly renovated Ben Franklin Middle School and spent time speaking with Mike Cox, Director of Operations at BTSD, and contracted engineers working on the project. From electrical engineering projects, to rain water & drainage engineering, and everything in between, these student a first-hand look at how the engineers use math and elaborate calculations to make a large project like a middle school work efficiently and successfully. What a relevant and real-world experience!
Freshman in English 9 courses are finishing up a unit on the art of theater, with an emphasis on The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The students will then move into a unit focusing on poetry, with an emphasis on figurative language. There will also be a continued focus on utilizing the R.A.C.E.S. strategy for writing constructed responses. Students will continue making progress on their personalized Reading Exact Path.
Sophomores in English 10 courses are finishing up a unit that focuses on analyzing the role “point of view” plays in literature. The students will then move to a unit that emphasizes the skill set of identifying the theme and/or main idea of a text. Students will also be examining numerous reading and writing strategies in preparation for the Keystone Exams. Students will continue making progress on their personalized Reading Exact Path.
Juniors in English 11 courses have begun reading several works from the time period of literary realism. The major text that the students will examine during this month is Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. Students will learn of the historical setting of the novel, which occurs during the Great Depression in the 1930s. While reading the text, students will analyze the idea of the “American Dream,” and engage with the themes of loneliness, friendship, and independence.
Seniors in English 12 courses are delving into the elements of drama and Shakespearean tragedy, with a specific emphasis on The Tragedy of Macbeth. After the completion of the Shakespearean play, students will begin examining the British romantic poets.
Health & PE
Mr. Schiotis has joined the Truman PE department to replace Mrs. Denny (Good Luck Mrs. Denny!!!!). Mr. Schiotis was a 2010 graduate of Truman High School. Mr. Schiotis was an excellent baseball player at Truman. He spent his college years playing at Salisbury University, where he was a four year starter. He now brings his superior knowledge and experience to the Truman baseball coaching staff and PE Department!
Driver Education: We are ready for our new semester and new students for Driver Education! Students will begin learning driving theory. They will also receive hands-on practice using our driving simulators. The simulators are a great way to gain valuable driving experience before hitting the open road!!!
Physical Education: New and returning students are getting ready for the new semester. Indoor activities will include ping pong, cornhole, soccer, hockey, basketball, and volleyball. To keep things fresh, different invasion games will be offered during certain times. Wednesdays will remain “pacer days”. Students have the opportunity to test their cardiovascular endurance!!
Adapted PE: Mr. Sicilia and the adaptive PE class have been starting their class with a 6-minute walk to music. The students love the Oldies!!!! After our walk, we stretch out our muscles before working on basketball skills. The students work on ball manipulation without dribbling, dribbling with both hands, and they show off their skills while going behind the back and through the legs. The last 10 minutes of class, they show off their shooting skills. Ask Lizzie about her shooting skills?
Honors Geometry can be a difficult course, loaded with postulates, theorems, and proofs. But it doesn’t have to be treated with such seriousness all the time. Recently, Mrs. Harvey introduced angle-pair relationships created by the intersection of a transversal and parallel lines, a key to understanding properties of triangles and other polygons. While reading the definitions and studying the diagrams of this concept is vital, Mrs. Harvey really reinforced the ideas with a game called “Dance Dance Transversal.” Adapted from the popular Dance Dance Revolution video game, it allowed her students to make a physical connection to the different types of angles they might encounter. Not sure which they enjoy more: geometry or dancing.
In Mr. Brady’s Honors Geometry class, students discovered that the intersection of the three medians of a triangle is a precise point called the centroid. Also known as the center of gravity, an accurately-located centroid would allow students to balance a triangle of any size on the tip of a pencil! What’s more challenging than just balancing a triangle on a pencil point? How about taking on your classmates in a footrace - without your triangle falling off the pencil! 27 students battled in fierce competition. Eventual winner, Jonathan Updike, earned 10 Tiger Bucks AND bragging rights.
This month we are highlighting the work of Mr. Koder. Mr. Koder teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Microbiology, Academic Chemistry and Honors Chemistry. In addition to preparing for these four different classes that he teaches, he is also the building expert on the Clevertouch interactive display boards that are found in most classrooms.
- In Chemistry he is teaching about ionic and covalent compounds. Students are also learning how to write chemical formulas.
- In AP Biology students are discussing cell division and how cells communicate with each other through signaling pathways.
- In Microbiology students are learning about how to identify different types of bacteria through chemical testing. They are also developing skills relating to staining techniques.
Hola, Ciao, and Hello! It’s hard to believe that we are already in the second semester. Please reach out to our teaching staff if you or your children have any questions.
Our Italian classes continue to explore grammar and culture of Italy and the Italian Language. Medical Spanish will begin its second semester start date with a new group of students. Our Spanish classes will continue building fluency through reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary activities. Finally, our ELD classes will wrap up Access testing.
Teacher Spotlight - Signora Amanda Guida, Spanish
Signora Guida teaches Italian. She has a Masters in Education from Cabrini University and a BA from Rosemont College in Italian Studies. She studied abroad in Perugia and Siena Italy.
She is looking forward to taking 60 students to Italy next month! She enjoys reading, cooking, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with her husband, 4 children, 3 cats, and 1 dog