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Pittston Area High School will present “Course Selection Night” for eight grade students entering high school in for the 2014-15 school year and also any parochial/private school transfer students. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 26 (snow date Thursday, March 27) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.


Parents and students will select courses from the programs of study for the 2014-15 school year. The presentation will discuss the programs of study and new registrants are welcome to attend for incoming ninth grade students. The guidance counselors and department chairs will be on hand to answer questions regarding course selections. The completed course selection forms will be returned to the guidance counselors before the end of the program.


Pittston Area is looking forward to meeting incoming ninth grade students and their parents/guardians and preparing for the 2014-15 school year.


HIGH SCHOOL


Students in Drum


and Bugle Corps


The New York Skyliners All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps has a rich history dating 74 years. The most recent chapter has brought the Drum Corps to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area for 2014, much of that due to the contributions of several Pittston Area High School students and alumni.


While the Skyliners are an independent organization consisting of members from various corners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond, it’s hard to overlook the Pittston Area presence as the corps returns to the competition field this summer for the first time since 2006. Several former and current Pittston Area students and Marching Band Directors are an integral part of bringing this organization to the area.


Current Pittston Area students who perform as members of the Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps include Samantha Pontier, Kiera Wells, Aurea Lear, Darrin Kline, Miranda Romanfski, Hayley Farrell, Shaun Shearer, Brandon Houghtlin and Ashley Bidwell. Several Pittston Area Alumni who are also involved as performers in the group include Aleshanee Bauer, Laurie Burdett, Kristen Santey and Elena Dominick.


Current Assistant Band Director Nick Viccica is a member of the mallet percussion section. Current music teacher and former marching band director Adam Burdett serves as the Drum Major and Drill Designer with the corps. Former Band Director and Alumnus Eric Boylan serves as the percussion caption head, while current Marching Band Director Brendan Carter serves as a percussion technician.


The Skyliners rehearse free of charge thanks to the efforts of the Wyoming Valley West School District and can be seen competing this summer throughout the Northeastern United States, with the Championships taking place on Labor Day weekend in Rochester, New York.


MIDDLE SCHOOL


PSSA Assessments


The current dates for PSSA testing are as follows: Math/Reading (grades 5, 6, 7, 8), March 25-28, April 1-2; Writing (grades 5 and 8), April 7-9; Science (grade 8), April 29-30. Please see Mrs. Cotter with any questions or concerns.


Science “400 Club”


Congratulations to Pittston Area students Selena Rubino, Abby Norwillo, Phil Cocco, Vito Quaglia and Matt Costello. These eighth grade students earned every possible point on each science assignment in the second quarter. This included perfect scores on six major tests as well as perfect homework and daily grades.


This is the second time in as many marking periods that Matt Costello has received this award making him a solo member of the 800 club.


Eighth grade Science teachers are Mr. Serino and Mr. D’Angelo.


Candy Sale


The estimated pick up date for Gertrude Hawk candy orders is Thursday, April 10.


Book Fair


The middle school book fair will take place from April 7-11. Students will visit the book fair during their related arts classes on their scheduled day.


INTERMEDIATE CENTER


PSSA Assessments


The current dates for PSSA testing are as follows: Math/Reading (grades 3 and 4), March 25-28, April 1-2; Science (grade 4), April 29-30. See Mrs. Bittmann with any questions or concerns.


PRIMARY CENTER


Spring Concert


The students in the following first grade classes are preparing for their spring concert to be held on Monday, May 19: Mrs. Lisa Morreale, Mrs. Jodi Boylan, Miss Noelle Imbrogno, Mrs. Jacqui Pramick, Ms Kathy Ann Richards and Mrs. Tiffany Ferentino. The classes work with artist in residence, Erin Malloy, from NEIU 19. The spring concert will have a sports theme.


Informational reports


The first grade students in Mrs. Lisa Morreale’s class recently completed their informational reports on fish. First the students participated in a whole class lesson presented on the Smart Board in their room and selected a fish to research.


Students used graphic organizers to gather information about the habitat, diet, physical characteristics, predators, and any unique features of the fish they selected. Students also wrote about their opinion of the fish. After writing the students colored a model of their fish and created their own 3D aquarium. The students were proud to display all of this work on the bulletin board in the hall outside their room.


 
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