• Central Tech and Roosevelt Middle School operating on limited natural gas supply; school to resume as scheduled

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/20/2015 3:40:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 20, 2015) — Central Career and Technical School and Roosevelt Middle School are operating on limited natural gas today, due to repairs needed on a utility supply line on the shared campus at 3325 Cherry Street.

    National Fuel shut off the school's main utility supply line Monday afternoon so the district could inspect and make repairs to the 8" pipe under the school's back parking lot.

    According to the district's facilities management staff and National Fuel engineers, the line — originally buried in 1957 — may need to be completely replaced and would require extensive excavation work. In the interest of student and staff safety, this work would be completed over the summer, if necessary. As a precaution, gas to the school will remain off until the line is replaced or repaired.

    The schools' backup natural gas supply, generated by a well on campus, will adequately heat the water supply for school restrooms and other essential functions, but the Central Tech pool will be closed until full service can be restored. Metz Culinary Management will utilize the district's central kitchen on East 19th street for any hot food preparation and use disposable plates, trays and utensils until full service to the school cafeteria's kitchen is restored.

    While the backup plan is in place, the district is also working with the Erie County Department of Health to ensure that restroom facilities and other sanitation methods continue to meet school requirements.

    Classes will resume as scheduled as all essential functions are operational. Updates when available will be posted at www.eriesd.org/news
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  • Grover Cleveland student named to U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/15/2015 6:15:00 AM
    Josh Karnes ERIE, Pa. (May 15, 2015) — Joshua Karnes, a 5th grade student at Erie's Grover Cleveland Elementary School, has earned a spot on the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team after winning multiple medals in the Junior Olympic National Championships held this month in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Karnes, 10, competed up in the 11-12 age bracket and won first place on high bar, first place on rings, fifth place on the pommel horse and second place in the overall meet.

    The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is the national championship of USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body in the United States. Karnes trains at Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastics Academy, 8296 Peach Street.

    Numerous Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All members of the U.S. men's medal-winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams, as well as the 2012 Olympic Team, are former Junior Olympic National Championship participants. Past participants include Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion; Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver medalist and 2010 World all-around bronze medalist; and Danell Leyva, 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist.
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  • Woodrow Wilson students create 15 fleece blankents for Project Linus

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/14/2015 3:05:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 14, 2015) — Students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School collaborated to produce 15 fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus this school year.

    The students gathered during weekly activity club to make the homemade blankets to donate to the organization as part of the school's College For Every Student (CFES) program.

    Project Linus is a national organization with a local chapter that provides new, homemade blankets created by volunteer “blanketeers” to children who are ill, traumatized or in need.

    Project Linus
    Photo (L-R): Desirae Cubero, Aviona Perkins, Cristal Morales, Alanna Manning,
    Jakyria McClendon, Faith Pagan and Jen Swoger, teacher.


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  • Erie's Public Schools home to state and national education subject matter experts

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/13/2015 5:45:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 13, 2015) — From reading national AP exams to sharing how urban schools can effectively implement STEM education, Erie's Public Schools principals, teachers and staff have been invited to present and share expertise on a variety of educational topics around the country this school year.

    "This list of professional accomplishments and affiliations is impressive and represents the high level of expertise among our staff," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Badams. "It's important for our community to understand that many of the top educators in Pennsylvania and the United States work right here in Erie’s Public Schools."

    Selected invited conference presentations, committee work and leadership during the 2014-2015 school year include:

    • Advanced Placement (AP)/College Board: Jen Ditrich, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy teacher, served as an AP Language and Composition reader for the College Board.
    • Advanced Placement (AP)/College Board: Brian Lasher, Collegiate Academy teacher, served as an AP World History reader for the College Board.
    • Advanced Placement (AP)/College Board: Katie Lumley-Pohl, Collegiate Academy teacher, served as an AP Spanish reader for the College Board.
    • Classical Association of the Atlantic States: Eric Mentges, Collegiate Academy teacher, received a full fellowship to participate in the National Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Story Telling Conference.
    • College Board's Mathematics Development Committee: Gita Dev, district math/assessment facilitator, served on the College Board's content and curriculum development committee for a new math (grades 6-12) program.
    • Florida Writers Association: Ron Hayes, East High School teacher and two-term Erie County poet laureate, presented "In a Jamb? How Line Integrity Can Open Doors For Your Poetry" and "G.U.M. Up the Works! How Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Are Preventing You From Being Published" and served on "The MFA Experience" panel at the 13th Annual Florida Writers Association Conference in Lake Mary, Florida.
    • Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: Doreen Petri, Collegiate Academy teacher, presented "Ripple Effect: Placed-Based Education is Making Waves" at the Great Lakes Placed-Based Education Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
    • Learnerator: Brian Lasher also developed content for the Learnerator Guide for AP World History.
    • National Board Certification: Pamela Wiley, Collegiate Academy teacher, achieved National Board Certification in Health and Physical Education — the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching.
    • Northrop Grumman Foundation and Conservation International: Laura Cramer, East High School teacher; Lindsey Dahl, Diehl School teacher; Cynthia Pomorski, Woodrow Wilson Middle School teacher; and Calvin Wheeler, Collegiate Academy teacher were selected to participate in the ECO Classroom program at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.
    • Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE): Bea Habursky, executive director of human resources, served on the "Practitioners Perspectives" panel at the PAC-TE spring conference in State College.
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Abigail Matz, Roosevelt Middle School teacher, was named to the PDE English Language Proficiency Standards Workgroup tasked with updating the Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards (PA ELPS).
    • Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science: Fay Nelson, instructional coach at Diehl School, was elected and confirmed as State Director for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) during the organization's 2014 annual meeting.
    • Pennsylvania Network for Professional Development Schools (PDS): Bea Habursky will also present on school-university partnerships at the PDS Summer Conference in State College.
    • Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA): Lindsey Dahl and Cynthia Pomorski also presented a STEM workshop titled "Try Engineering" at the PSTA Annual Conference.
    • Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA): Fay Nelson also presented “Fiction and Nonfiction Redefined For Text Dependent Questions in Science" and “Integrating the PJAS Process Into the Classroom” and participated in the “Why Kids Should Study Engineering Before They Can Spell It” panel discussion at the PSTA Annual Conference.
    • Pennsylvania School Librarians Association: Marian Kohan, district librarian, served on the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Media Selection and Review Committee for Young Adult literature. Kohan will present her selections at the state conference in May.
    • Pennsylvania State Board of Education: Dr. Jay Badams, superintendent, served on the State Board of Education and was named this year to the School and University Safety Committee, the Financial Recovery (Chapter 18) Committee and the Student Health and Wellness Committee.
    • Perfection Learning: Brian Lasher also conducted peer reviews for national K-12 publisher Perfection Learning.
    • SALVI - North American Institute for Living Latin Studies: Eric Mentges also received a full fellowship to Tironum Rusticatio, a week-long Latin immersion program for teachers from the Amy High Fellowship of SALVI.
    • Technology Engineering & Education Association of Pennsylvania: Mary Margosian, JoAnna Connell School teacher, presented "Sitting on a Pot of Gold: Making the connection between the Technology Education Teacher, STEM, and the Common Core Shifts in English Language Arts" at the 2014 TEEAP STEM Conference in Camp Hill.

    "It's important for urban public school systems like ours to identify, communicate and celebrate the scholarly and professional productivity of our faculty and staff," added Matthew Cummings, communications director. "It's clear from this impressive list that Erie's Public Schools are not only the top choice for most families in our city, but our staff members are leaders among peers in Pennsylvania and beyond."
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  • ‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranks Collegiate Academy No. 3 high school in Pennsylvania

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/12/2015 9:00:00 AM
    US NEWS ERIE, Pa. (May 12, 2015) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy is ranked among the nation's best high schools, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best High Schools rankings, released today.

    Erie's Collegiate Academy earned the No. 3 spot in Pennsylvania (see complete list) and a national gold medal, the magazine’s highest honor. Philadelphia’s Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School received the top spot in the Commonwealth.

    “We were pleased to again see our school ranked among the best in Pennsylvania," said Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy Dean James Vieira. "Beyond the rankings and accolades though, our top focus here is preparing students for college. While AP test participation is weighted heavily in the rankings’ college readiness index, the fact that 100% of our graduates over the past five years have been accepted to a four year college and more than $17 million in merit-based scholarships was awarded to the class of 2014 are also testaments to the good work we're doing here."

    U.S. News analyzed more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2015 Best High Schools report. The ranking methodology was based on two key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

    U.S. News differentiates high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, using gold medals to indicate the greatest level of college readiness. In this year's edition of Best High Schools, 6,517 schools received medals. Collegiate Academy’s national ranking of #366 places the school in the top 1% of all high schools in the United States.

    Dallas-based School for the Talented and Gifted claimed the title of the No. 1 public high school in the country for the fourth consecutive year.

    Click here to see Collegiate Academy’s U.S. News profile »
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  • Phone Service Issues: May 11, 2015 - 12:28 p.m.

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/11/2015 12:30:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 11, 2015) | Updated: 12:28 PM — Due to equipment failure, Edison Elementary, Wayne School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School are currently experiencing a telephone service interruption for incoming calls only.

    While the outage is being addressed, please use the following backup phone numbers if you need to reach the schools:

    Edison: 814-874-6481
    Wayne: 814-874-6714
    Wilson: 814-874-6625
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  • Collegiate Academy student wins $10,000 Edgar Snyder & Associates scholarship contest

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/11/2015 10:15:00 AM
    PITTSBURGH, Pa. (May 11, 2015) — Emma Badams, a senior at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, today was named the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2015 Edgar Snyder & Associates “Words to be Heard” scholarship competition. The contest, in its 9th year, challenged Pennsylvania high school seniors to create projects to help fight underage drinking, drunk driving or texting while driving.

    Badams' winning entry, “Halfway Home,” is an original song she wrote to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Her song was inspired by the story of Jacy Good, a young woman whose life was changed forever when a car accident claimed the lives of both of her parents and left her partially paralyzed. The accident, caused by a truck driver using his cell phone, took place on Jacy’s college graduation day in 2008 when she and her family were “halfway home.”  
     
    The first verse of her song sets the scene for that tragic night:
     
    Graduation night with only forward to go
    Family all around and we’re halfway home
    Then the bright lights turned my world black
    Every day I wish I could turn the clocks back
     

    Badams, a senior at Collegiate Academy, first heard about the contest through her school counselor. “I thought I had a good chance and could do something creative,” she said. “I looked up Jacy’s story and thought that it was really interesting.”

    When listening to her song, Emma hopes others will be impacted by Jacy’s story the same way she was. “I would hope that people would hear that texting could cause something as bad as what happened to Jacy’s family. Not only are they putting themselves in danger but they’re putting others in danger which is irresponsible.”
     
    Since its inception in 2007, the scholarship program has granted over $100,000 in scholarships. The law firm also sponsors additional safe driving initiatives, including the Edgar Snyder & Associates Save a Life Tour, which allows students at local schools to experience the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving using state-of-the-art simulators.
     
    After composing the song, Emma’s mom filmed her performing it on her guitar. Her unique choice to use a song format caught the judges’ attention, as most of the over 200 submissions took the form of essays, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.
     
    “At our law firm, we see firsthand the ways drunk driving and distracted driving can ruin lives,” said Attorney Edgar Snyder. “That’s why it’s vital to encourage young people to use their passion and creativity in ways that raise awareness about these dangers.”
     
    Singing, songwriting and playing guitar are longtime hobbies of Emma’s, now with the bonus of helping her earn a scholarship to pursue her career goals. She plans to put her scholarship toward a degree in Adventure Education and Sustainable Business because she enjoys the outdoors and wants to teach others about nature. She also snowboards and has sailed on the U.S. Brig Niagara.
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  • Central Tech student recognized in Greater Erie Assembly of Government Officials "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/7/2015 11:05:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 7, 2015) — Zach Markham, a senior at Central Career & Technical School, earned 3rd place in the Greater Erie Assembly of Government Officials (GEAGO) inaugural “There Ought to be a Law” essay contest held this spring.

    Markham was honored at a news conference today at the Intermodal Rotunda today.
     
    Area 12th grade students were invited by members of the GEAGO to submit an essay describing their thoughts and ideas regarding prospective laws. Students from Collegiate Academy, Central Tech, McDowell and Mercyhurst Prep had the month of April to construct their submissions.
     
    Essay Winner  

    Winners were chosen by an impartial review panel and judged based upon structure, content, organization, persuasive argument, real world applicability and possibility of passage in the Commonwealth. The GEAGO will also consider the possibility of proposing legislation based upon the ideas and content contained in the winning submissions.

    The GEAGO, launched in January 2015, is a first of its kind collaboration among state and local elected officials and is comprised of Senator Sean D. Wiley, County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Representative Ryan Bizzarro, Representative Flo Fabrizio, Representative Pat Harkins, Representative Brad Roae, Representative Curt Sonney and Representative Parke Wentling.
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  • EPS releases statement on theft investigation

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 5/4/2015 4:40:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (May 4, 2015) — Erie's Public Schools today released a statement in response to media inquiries regarding an investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's Office into allegations of theft by a district employee.

    From Matthew Cummings, EPS's director of communications:
    "Allegations that a staff member may have used his position of trust and oversight in the district's multimedia department for his own personal gain were first brought to the attention of the Superintendent's Office by an anonymous tip.

    "After an initial internal investigation, the district discovered that audio visual equipment listed for sale at far below market value on the individual's eBay profile closely matched items found to be missing from the district's AV equipment inventory.

    "The district immediately contacted the Erie County District Attorney's Office for guidance. County detectives launched an investigation on April 15.

    "As part of the investigation, the District Attorney's Office served a search warrant April 30 at the private residence of one of our noninstructional employees. While no charges have been filed, the individual was immediately placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

    "Because this matter remains under active investigation, it would be inappropriate to disclose further details or the employee's name at this time.

    "We take our role as responsible stewards of public resources very seriously and hold all employees accountable for performing their duties ethically, efficiently and honestly. Erie's Public Schools will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation and release additional information as it becomes available.
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  • Gov. Wolf visits Central Tech Advanced Manufacturing Institute

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/30/2015 3:00:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 30, 2015) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today visited Erie's Central Career & Technical School to tour the school's Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

    The visit was part of the Governor's "Schools that Teach" and "Jobs that Pay" budget initiatives. Governor Wolf's 2015-2016 budget proposal restores education cuts made over the last four years, with a commitment to increase school funding by $2 billion over four years by instituting a severance tax on oil and natural gas. The budget also proposes significant new investments in manufacturing, economic development and workforce training aimed at rebuilding Pennsylvania's middle class while reducing the corporate net income tax by 40% immediately.

    Gov. Wolf - CT

    The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Central Tech is a clustering of manufacturing CTE labs for high school students studying engineering, welding technology, machine technology, mechatronics technology, carpentry and auto body.

    "My proposition is that education, an effective and relevant education, creates skills and talents and fuels the ability for people to get those jobs," said Gov. Wolf. "What we saw here was one group of students taking one path to that good, family-sustaining job."
     
    As part of the Institute, Central Tech has created a school-based company with student-led management and work teams to design and produce products based on customer requirements. Students learn not only how to operate the equipment and earn industry certifications, but also learn how to succeed in a project-based and deadline-driven workplace environment. In many cases, the materials used are donated or reclaimed/recycled and all proceeds from the sale of the items go back to support future student projects.

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