MEMO March 18, 2016

To: Charleroi School Board Members

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Meetings

Friday, March 18 - Washington County Superintendent meeting with Camera Bartolotta and Jason Oritay - State Representative

Tuesday, March 22 - Regular Monthly Board Meeting 5:00PM Community Room

Tuesday, March 29 - IU#1 Convention at Southpointe

49th Legislative District Public Forum Meeting at Charleroi SD

Michael Palm, Executive Director of the Herald Standard, has requested to use our auditorium on Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting is for the public to have an opportunity to observe candidates seeking nomination for Representative Peter Daley's position. Rep Dailey is not seeking another term representing the 49th legislative district in Pennsylvania.
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Charleroi SHASDA Student Representative - Garrett Behanna

SHASDA


The annual Student Forum will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm at Upper St. Clair High School. Our student representative this year will be Garrett Behanna


 Student Questions have been approved.

 We will open the meeting to all Board members.

 The agenda will be sent next week.

 I need a count of which board members would like to attend by March 24, 2016.



The STUDENT FORUM QUESTIONS are:


1) How are your teachers currently utilizing technology in the classroom? If you could share with one of your teachers a device, program, or new way of thinking when it comes to technology what would it be and why?

2) If you were an administrator (Principal, Superintendent, Curriculum Coordinator) for a day what would you change in your school and/or district?

3) What are your impressions of standardized tests such as the PSSA and Keystone exams? If you do not feel as though they are beneficial describe one way that students could demonstrate that they are proficient in Math, English Language Arts, and Science (Biology)?

4) STEAM education stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Do you see yourself entering a field that incorporates one or more of these courses? If so, please explain which field and how these courses may impact your daily work?

5) Hind sight is always 20-20, meaning that when you look back on something that occurred in the past, you would have made a better decision. If you were able to share your knowledge of what you learned in high school with an incoming high school student to improve their high school experience, what advice would you share and why?

Meeting with Senator Bartolotta and Realtors Association


With all the positive news lately regarding Charleroi SD, Senator Bartolotta and her representatives have asked to help organize a meeting with local realtors, community leaders, members of the regional Realtors Association to highlight the great things going on in Charleroi SD.


We have graciously accepted, therefore, we are in the initial planning stages of organizing this event which will be held in our alumni room.


We will keep you updated on this exciting initiative

Annual SHASDA Banquet

Derrick Andress and Mercedes Wisyanski are two senior class student members at Charleroi High School who will be recognized by SHASDA (South Hills Area School Districts Association) on Saturday, April 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA as our District winners of this year’s SHASDA award.

This award is designed to identify students who have demonstrated significant improvement and/or overcome obstacles in attaining their current status; it is designed to recognize growth and improvement.

The nominees are selected by a team that includes administrators and faculty members who identify students who meet the above criteria. A variety of factors are considered as the final two are determined.

Derrick’s career interests are in the auto body industry. Mercedes is interested in pursuing a career in Criminal Justice.

They both were overwhelmingly selected by our staff and are worthy of the recognition of the award.

Congratulations Derrick and Mercedes!

State Budget Update

Conclusion of Budget Hearings – Last week the Department of Education provided budget testimony to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Those hearings lasted nearly seven hours and covered a wide range of topics. Resolving the 2015-16 budget impasse was discussed frequently, along with the implications of school district borrowing and interest costs and with whether the Treasury could potentially release emergency funding to school districts.

Both chambers discussed the new basic education funding formula and the PlanCon fiasco, including questions about whether the administration continued to support the PlanCon borrowing proposal. Additionally, discussions regarding charter school funding and ESSA occurred in the House, while the Senate spent time discussing school consolidation and the potential reduction and consolidation of school district administrators.

The House also heard testimony from the Budget Secretary. There was significant disagreement about the purpose and outcome of the governor’s blue-line of the December budget and the needed revenue to support the governor’s proposed 2016-17 budget. School district borrowing, education funding and PlanCon were also key areas of discussion.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Brionna Nicholson, she is the Rotary Student of the Month for March!

Snow Make-up day

Due to school being closed on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 The make-up school day will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Break

  • There will be a one hour early dismissal on Wednesday, March 23rd.

  • Spring Break will begin on Thursday, March 24th and run through Monday, March 28th.

  • School will resume on Tuesday, March 29th due to the make-up snow day.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday.

IU#1 Convention - Recognition

Below is a list of School Board members to be honored on the evening of Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Eight school directors who have served 20, 25, 30 & 40 years on their respective school boards will be recognized.



40 Years of Service

Kenneth Wiltz, Charleroi Area SD


30 Years of Service

William Braun, Jr., Washington SD

Barry Niccolai, California Area SD


25 Years of Service

Fred Rockage, Chartiers-Houston SD


20 Years of Service

Rocky Brashear, Brownsville Area SD

Richard Caumo, Jr., Chartiers-Houston SD

Francis Mongell, Connellsville Area SD

Janet Swaney, Albert Gallatin Area SD

Harvest Bounty Fundraiser

Harvest's Bounty is sponsoring a Paint and Support event on Friday, April 8th at Off the Wall Arts on McKean Avenue. Only 80 tickets will be sold. The evening begins at 6:00 PM with entertainment by Charleroi Graduate Joey Papadakos and refreshments. There will be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 drawing. The painting for the evening will begin at 6:30 PM. It is a flowering cherry tree with a gray background. (It is the 18th picture on Off the Wall's Facebook page under demo pictures.) The cost for the evening is $40.00 per person and includes all the materials needed to complete the painting.

Education Foundation - "Blast From The Past" Fundraiser

On April 22, 2016 the Charleroi Area High School auditorium will be hip-hopping to the oldies! “A Blast from the Past” Oldies Show, Vol. III will be the show to see this spring, brought to you by the efforts of the Charleroi Area School District Education Foundation. Frankie Day of AM 770 is the Master of Ceremonies introducing the bands that work furiously to keep the rockin’ rollin’ oldies alive.


The event starts at 6:00 pm.


Ticket prices for this once in a lifetime oldies show are $50 for VIP, $35 for reserved and $25 for General Admission. Please call Carol Claybaugh at 724-483-7075 or Kristin Marcy at 724-330-5002 to get your tickets now!

Kindergarten Registration

March 31, 2016 - 9:30 - 3:00 Parents Only Registration in Alumni Room

May 4, 2016 - 9:00 - 3:00 pm Pre- Entry assessments for new kindergarten students

May 10, 2016 - 6:00 - 6:45 & 7:00 - 7:45 "Meet and Greet Night" for students and parents

SUPERINTENDENT'S MEETINGS

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

MONDAY MARCH 14

8:30 AM - FEDERAL PROGRAMS POLICY REVIEW

10:00 AM - BUILDINGS, GROUNDS & TRANSPORTATION MEETING

3:00 PM - CHEERLEADING COACH INTERVIEWS

6:00 PM - PARENT ENGAGEMENT


TUESDAY MARCH 15

4:30 PM - GIRLS' HEAD SOCCER COACH INTERVIEWS

5:00 PM - PERSONNEL & CURRICULUM

6:00 PM - EXECUTIVE SESSION

7:00 PM - INFORMATIONAL BOARD MEETING


WEDNESDAY MARCH 16

8:30 AM - School Health Meting

9:30 AM - School Safety Meeting


THURSDAY MARCH 17

8:30 AM - CURRICULUM COORDINATORS' MEETING - IU#1

10:30 PM - SPECIAL EDUCATION MEETING


FRIDAY MARCH 18

8:00 AM - STEM CLUB BOTS TEAM - WCCC


MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

MONDAY MARCH 21

8:20 AM - SPECIAL EDUCATION MEETING

9:30 AM - BUDGET REVIEW - HIGH SCHOOL

11:00 AM - 21ST CENTURY GRANT WEBINAR

1:00 PM - KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION POLICY REVIEW

2:45 PM - GOTCHA TICKET WINNER


TUESDAY MARCH 22

8:30 AM - SUPERINTENDENTS' MEETING AT IU#1

2:00 PM - GPP DAN LACARTE

5:00 PM - FINANCE COMMITTEE

6:00 PM - EXECUTIVE SESSION

7:00 PM - REGULAR BOARD MEETING


WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 - 1 HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL

5:00 PM - MARCHING BAND FUNDRAISER


THURSDAY MARCH 24

SPRING BREAK


FRIDAY MARCH 25

SPRING BREAK