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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, January 2016

Dec 30, 2015 10:34AM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine

Shaler Freshmen Forum Provides Closer Look at STEAM Careers

NA Ranks Seventh in the Nation
North Allegheny School District ranks seventh in the nation, and was the only school district in western Pennsylvania to be ranked in the top 45 of the national Best School Districts list, which is compiled by Niche. This annual K-12 national ranking provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a school district, taking into account factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, student life quality, and reviews from students and parents.

Shaler Freshmen Forum Provides Closer Look at STEAM Careers
In the 2015-16 school year, Shaler Area School District introduced a STEAM freshman forum course that focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math careers and skills. Every Shaler ninth-grader is required to take the semester-long class, which provides an orientation to the high school, and provides guidance and help developing study skills.

NA Senior High Selected as a 2016 GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalist
North Allegheny Senior High School has been selected as a 2016 GRAMMY Signature School semifinalist. High schools from across the country were polled for the selection process and only 119 (less than 1 percent) were chosen for this honor.

Food Drive to Benefit Backpack Initiative
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Shaler Area High School athletes solicited donations outside of Kuhn’s Market to collect food items for the Backpack Initiative, which provides single-serving snacks and easily prepared meals each Friday to students in need. This year’s initiative has grown to serve 250 children. The high school athletes collected more than 1,700 individual items.

NA Board Appoints Assistant Principal 
Erin Crimone was recently appointed to the position of assistant principal at Carson Middle School. She began her teaching career as a middle school English teacher for the Keystone Oaks School District, and in 2011, was appointed assistant to the principal. She also served as the high school unit principal at Mt. Lebanon High School.

La Roche College Named Military Friendly® College
According to Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, La Roche College ranks in the top 15 percent of all Military Friendly® colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. This year marks the seventh consecutive year for La Roche to receive Military Friendly® status. In 2009, La Roche became a Yellow Ribbon institution, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse 100 percent of veterans’ tuition costs.

Keeping Haine Schools Beautiful
As a registered Litter Free School Zone through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Haine Middle School’s fifth-grade gifted environmental science students in John Schmidt’s class collected three bags of trash and three bags of recyclables on Nov. 16. Photos taken of the event were featured on Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Facebook page.

Haine Students Plant Food for Butterflies
Haine Elementary students in Kathy Mahony’s fourth-grade purpose science classes recently teamed up with the parent-teacher organization to plant milkweed seeds and spread butterfly weed seed. The plants should be ready in time to feed the caterpillars and monarchs for science classes next fall.

KEYStone Farm Wins Conservation Award
KEYStone Farm was selected as the Washington County Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Washington County Conservation District. Over the last 10 years, they have implemented many conservation practices including rotational grazing, stream bank fencing, 15 gravity fed troughs and a pump-and-trough system.

Saint Joseph High School Names Award Recipients
Saint Joseph High School has named seven recipients of its inaugural Spirit of Saint Joseph Award. They are Ron Altany, Christine Janicik Harmon, Joan Dlubak Kunkel, Monsignor Larry J. Kulick, Jennifer Kaniecki MacNeil, Jack Marino (posthumously) and Wayne R. Schiebel.

Buinde, Gillotti, Mulroy & Shultz Open New Office
Buinde, Gillotti, Mulroy & Shultz, PC, have expanded into Butler County with the opening of a new Cranberry Township office. The office, located at 2009 MacKenzie Way, Suite 100, will be under the oversight of Robb D. Bunde, managing partner of BGMS. The law firm is dedicated to the representation of individuals in family law cases.

NA Athletic Director to be Recognized
Bob Bozzuto, North Allegheny School District athletic director, will receive the Pennsylvania Athletic Director Association’s Robert Buckanavage citation, which recognizes the exceptional time, effort and energy Bozzuto has dedicated to the school’s athletic department for the past 17 years. He will also receive a $1,000 check, which will be used to support the department’s initiatives in the coming year.

Ryan D. Breen Elected to Chamber Board
Ryan D. Breen, of Breen Law firm LLC, was elected to the board of directors for the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber. He also serves on the Council for the Allegheny County Bar Association-Criminal Litigation Section. Breen practices law from his office in the North Hills of Pittsburgh where he represents clients in the areas of criminal, divorce, family, employment and juvenile law.

Seneca Valley Instrumentalists Selected for PMEA Honors Band
The Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA) District 5 Honors Band Festival was held at Westminster College Dec. 3-5. This year, Seneca Valley had a record number of students selected through the competitive audition process. Of the 125 members of the band, 47 are from Seneca Valley. They are Julia Scanlon, Liz Linton, Zach DeDionisio, Katie Platt, Ben Hess, Brian Vogel, Mitch Topf, Ariella Meltzer, Dan Singer, Sofia Salgado, Hanna Behr, Liz Winters, Lauren Stanick, Erika Moeller, Tiffany Eaton, Justin Choi, Allison Love, Alison Vlasnik, Aaron Jackson, Austin Treu, Morgan Tatsch, Krystina Johnson, Jason Johnson, Sam Kochis, Carinne Geil, Miya Paserba, Kim Fitz, Lauren Agnello, Matt Gallup, Sarah Johanknecht, Jordan Bender, Gabe Demetter, Matt Gorog, Seb Demetter, Katy Kolor, Nate Fritch, Alex Miller, Nick Garrett, Henry von Rintelen, Aaron Wolf, Calynn Rosenbaum, Maddy Sinan, Alyssa Tollerton, Dan Popp, Luke Barnes, Jared Famiglietti and Emily Scanlon.

Literary Anthology Includes Work by Two NA Students
North Allegheny Senior High School students Julia Maruca and Mehrnaz Tiv have been selected for publication in the 2015 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology. Mehrnaz was also awarded second place in the screenwriting category. The anthology is an annual publication of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh that features creative writing pieces from high school students in Allegheny County.

NA Recognized with National Safe Sports School Award
North Allegheny School District’s Athletic Department has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School First Team award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes, reinforcing the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

Pollock Begg Named to U.S. News Best Law Firms Directory
For the seventh year in a row, family law firm Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, received recognition as a Tier One Best Law Firm in the area of family law, according to rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers for 2016. Pollock Begg has been included on this list every year since U.S. News commenced rankings in 2010.

STEM Fems Visit Seneca Valley High School Class
Approximately 40 seventh- and eighth-grade science, technology, engineering and mathematics female students, known as STEM Fems, visited Joseph Logsdon’s Women in Engineering class in the senior high school at Seneca Valley on Dec. 2. The STEM Fems learned what the Women in Engineering course entails and collaborated with SHS students on robot design.