News In brief
February 16. 2013 11:25PM
Jim Smith, CEO of Bear Creek Community Charter School, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Education‚??s Educator Effectiveness Stakeholder Group. The group will advise Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis and the department on the new educator evaluation tools and elements required by Act 82 of 2012.
As a member of the group, Smith will review rubrics and data elements in the new system, as well as the professional development and training components. The system is a major departure from the required evaluation system currently in use in Pennsylvania‚??s public schools. The new evaluation method will be implemented in the 2013-14 school year.
HAZLETON Council seeking students
Hazleton City Council is accepting applications from high school students to serve on the Junior Council Advisory Member Program.
The program provides the opportunity to become acquainted with how local government works. Sophomore, junior and senior students must attend twice monthly meetings during the 2012-2013 school year. They will participate in the meetings but will not be allowed to vote.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 28. Selected students will begin serving their terms at 5:30 p.m. Oct 17 after being administered the oath of office.
For more information, contact Lisa Shema, city clerk, at 570 459-4986 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available at the city‚??s web site, www.hazletoncity.org.
NANTICOKE Safety seat check planned
A Child Safety Seat Check will be held at the Public Safety Training Institute, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 21.
Nationally Certified Car Seat Technicians will be available to help parents and caregivers review their child‚??s car seat to make sure it is used properly, check for recalls and answer questions. The event is being coordinated by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Seat Check Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pollick Suzuki, Route 315, Pittston, organized by Pennsylvania State Police and hosted by Pollick Suzuki.
Parents are urged to follow NHTSA‚??s car seat recommendations that recommend parents and caregivers keep children in their restraint types for as long as possible according to manufacturer instructions before moving them to the next type. For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure their children are in the right seats for their age and size. Children 12 and under should always
For more information on car seat safety, Child Passenger Safety Week and to find other seat check events, visit www.safercar.gov/therightseat.
HAZLETON Center plans reunion
The Gunderson Rehabilitation Center at Hazleton General Hospital will hold its annual patient reunion on Sept. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hazleton General Hospital Hilltop Caf√©.
All former patients of the center are invited to this reunion, which celebrates life after rehabilitation. According to Jennifer Kaminsky, Gunderson director, ‚??Many patients form new and sometimes lasting friendships during the time they spend in rehabilitation. This event provides an opportunity for friends to come together and share life.‚?Ě
Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. To make a reservation, call 501-4632 by Sept. 17.