New & Notable, September 2018
Aug 31, 2018 11:44AM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine
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Seneca Valley School District recently approved Robert Ceh as the new principal of Seneca Valley Senior High School and Tony Babusci as the new principal of Ryan Gloyer Middle School. Ceh earned his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Secondary Social Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, and his master’s in Education and Secondary Principal Certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Babusci earned his Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences, in General Studies and Humanities from Clarion University; his Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Teaching from Duquesne University; and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.
Francis Wins Grand Prize in Henry Ford Awards
Fox Chapel School District teacher Alison Francis has been named a grand prize winner in the Henry Ford’s Innovation Teacher Innovator Awards. She is the facilitator of the district’s Creativity and Literacy Program. The awards recognize teachers who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking among students. This is the second year in a row that Francis was named a winner in the program.
Fox Chapel Area Named Common Sense District
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized the Fox Chapel Area School District as a Common Sense District for the 2017-2018 school year. The award recognizes that the district has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying. The recognition also acknowledges the district's commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.
Healthy Pet Products Wins Retailer of the Year Award
A panel of judges from Pet Product News named Healthy Pet Products of Pittsburgh, owned by Toni Shelaske, the 2018-2019 Retailer of the Year. Submissions came from across the U.S. The judges were impressed with Healthy Pet Product’s product knowledge, over-the-top customer service and concern that their customers get the most organic and healthy products and supplements for their animals. The August issue of Pet Products News magazine featured a full spread on Healthy Pet Products and Shelaske.
The Children’s Home Names Nevin New Medical Staff President
Dr. Amy Nevin has been appointed president of the medical staff at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, where she will provide leadership, pediatric guidance and advisement for the pediatric specialty hospital that provides sub-acute care for medically fragile infants and children. The hospital also teaches parents and guardians caregiving and prepares families to care for patients after discharge.
Bottlebrush Gallery and Center for the Arts Celebrates 10th Anniversary
For the past 10 years, Bottlebrush Gallery, established in 2008, has been showcasing the work of local artists who live within 50 miles of Harmony or that have close connections to the area. Current owners MJ and Dennis McCurdy, who purchased Bottlebrush in 2010, expanded its mission to include an acoustic house concert series, vintage vinyl record store and year-round art classes for adults and children and teens.
Body By Design Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Mini-spa Body By Design, owned by Heather Brown, is celebrating 10 years in business. The company, which focuses on pain management, recently came in third place in the Best of Pittsburgh North in the massage and spa category. The spa has relocated to the second floor of 6000 Babcock Blvd. with double the space and more staff. It offers same-day appointments.
Dorseyville Middle School Choirs Win Awards
The 2017-2018 Dorseyville Middle School Honor Choirs, comprised of the Girls Chamber Chorus and the FoxTones, performed both independently and together as a combined choir at the Music in the Parks Festival at King's Island in Mason, OH. The choirs earned first place and ‘Excellent’ ratings in the mixed choir, men’s choir, and women’s choir divisions.
Pine-Richland School District Hires Administrators
Pine-Richland School District has hired Greta Kuzilla as the new principal at Hance Elementary, and Paula Giran as the new vice principal at Eden Hall Upper Elementary. Robert Puskas joins Pine-Richland High School as an assistant principal, and Kelly Gustafson is the new principal at Wexford Elementary.
New Transitional Autism Program at Glade Run
Glade Run Lutheran Services, which offers services for individuals with autism and neuro-diversities, has introduced The Glades, a two-year residential program for young adults ages 18 and older. The Glades is a structured, transitional life development academy that prepares participants for successful and permanent independence. Program participants utilize the Learn4Independence two-year curriculum developed by First Place in Arizona, which is taught on-site at Butler County Community College. Participants can apply daily instruction in the community, in independent living classrooms, and within their residence at Matthew Hall, the program’s Zelienople-based, autism-friendly transitional housing.
Crews will soon be returning the historic ogee crest structure to the exterior of Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, restoring the crowning architectural feature to the glasshouse for the first time since 1937. Seven aluminum trusses form the ogee, which will be filled in with aluminum ribbing and more than 700 panes of glass. In the coming weeks, decorative fleur-de-lis cresting and eight-foot tall finials characteristic of the original 1893 Lord & Burnham design will be added to the structure. Phipps will remain open during the renovation.
Waltrip Joins Genesis Medical Associates
Dr. Nicole Waltrip will be joining Genesis Medical Associates in September, where she will oversee the implementation of its new Women’s Health and Gynecology care services. Dr. Waltrip will split her time between Genesis Grob, Scheru, Woodburn & Griffin in Wexford and the Genesis Northern Area Family Practice office in McCandless.
Stennett Named New Principal at Shaler Area Middle School
The Shaler Area School Board has named Dr. Eric Stennett the new principal at Shaler Area Middle School. Dr. Stennett has 27 years of experience in education and has excelled as a middle level assistant principal, and principal in school districts in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, including serving for 10 years at Shaler Area from 1998 to 2008. Most recently, Dr. Stennett served as principal of Hampton Township Middle School, and has been working as an assistant professor of education and director of the Ed. D. in Leadership and Administration Program at Point Park University.
Archway to Opportunities Scholarships Available at CCAC
Students at the Community College of Allegheny County who work at McDonald’s restaurants may be eligible for up to $2,500 a year in scholarship money. The Archways to Opportunity program provides eligible McDonald’s employees funds to pursue their educational goals as long as they are in school. Access to the program has been increased by lowering eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment, and reducing the required work schedule from 20 to 15 hours minimum per week to enable restaurant employees more time to focus on their studies. Scholarship amounts have increased from $700 a year to $2,500 a year for crew members and from $1,050 to $3,000 a year for managers. Over the next five years, McDonald’s will invest $150 million to give restaurant employees more money for college and more flexibility to study and work at the same time.