• Board approves first day of school for 2015-2016 year

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 12/15/2014 5:25:00 AM
    August 31 ERIE, Pa. (Dec 15, 2014) — The Erie School Board last week adopted a resolution identifying the first day of school for students in the 2015-2016 school year as Monday, August 31, 2015.

    The district administration in the coming weeks will finalize the remaining school year dates and approve and release the full 2015-2016 school year calendar in the spring.

    Please revisit www.eriesd.org/news or www.eriesd.org/calendar for more information.
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  • Erie County and Erie Family Center launch new collaborative website

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 12/9/2014 8:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (Dec 9, 2014) — Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper this month announced the launch of www.ErieEncore.com, a new online training center offering on-demand training resources for human service agencies and professionals working with families and individuals in Erie County. Encore was created to increase the overall knowledge and understanding of systems and services that work directly with families and individuals in Erie County, including the offices of Children and Youth, Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, and local educational institutions. The site also seeks to facilitate awareness across all systems by providing a wide array of relevant educational and training resources.

    Encore was created by the Erie County Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Erie Family Center for Child Development. The website was funded by the Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership. Learn more at www.ErieEncore.com.

    The Erie Family Center for Child Development – under the umbrella of Erie’s Public Schools – builds strong families and strong communities by offering Family Support Services, Home Visitation Services, Family Skills Training and Support Groups. Services are available free of charge to any family living in Erie County. For more information, visit www.ErieFamilyCenter.org or call 814-874-6990.
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  • School Board elects 2015 president and vice president

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 12/3/2014 6:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (Dec 3, 2014) — The Erie School Board tonight elected Robert S. Casillo as its president and reappointed Frank Petrungar, Jr. as vice president.

    As required by law, the board appointed its 2015 leadership during a public reorganization meeting held at East High School.

    For more information on the Erie School Board, visit www.eriesd.org/board
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  • Central Tech's 'Tech the Halls 2014' to launch Dec. 5

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 12/2/2014 7:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (December 2, 2014) — More than 400 students at Erie’s Central Career and Technical School have again collaborated to create, calculate, design, build, wire and program the area’s largest synchronized holiday light show as their gift to the community. This is the fifth year of the project.

    The 2014 display will feature more than 6,000 synchronized lights, a ten engine train with edge lit acrylic signs, LEDs and lasers representing each of the 20 career and tech programs offered at the school. Students are dubbing this year's effort "CTE — Get on Board."

    The display of lights is choreographed to holiday music broadcast on the school’s student-built radio station at 93.1 FM. The station can be picked up while parked along Cherry Street.

    After the lighting ceremony on December 5, the holiday light display will continue nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. and run through January 3. The display can be viewed on Cherry Street between West 31st and 34th streets.

    The project is all part the Central Tech’s comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education program.

    All costs associated with the project have been covered by student fundraising efforts and the generosity of local donors and businesses.
    Click play below to watch last year's show:

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  • High school student designs mayor’s holiday card

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/28/2014 6:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 28, 2014) — Erie Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott has selected artwork created by Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy junior Alex Dzuricky for his 2014 Holiday Greeting. Dzuricky worked with art teacher James Rinderle to finalize the design.

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  • Perry Elementary School students collect Thanksgiving food and donations for Second Harvest Food Bank

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/21/2014 12:45:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 21, 2014) — Erie's Perry Elementary School this week held a food and donation drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. The community service project was coordinated by fourth grade students and teachers.

    Each grade level was asked to bring in donations that would make a complete Thanksgiving meal. In total, the students collected 269 pounds of food and staff donated $70.50 to purchase turkeys.

    "For the past five years, our students have collected items that are custom to a Thanksgiving meal to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank," said Missy Brown, 4th grade language arts teacher. "We hope that our students learn to appreciate the special meal they enjoy on Thanksgiving, while also providing that same feeling to others who are less fortunate through their donations."

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  • Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy to host open house, Nov. 23

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/19/2014 11:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 19, 2014) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy (NPCA) will host an open house for prospective students and families on Sunday, November 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the school, 2825 State Street.

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents will be available to answer questions from interested families. Tours will be provided throughout the afternoon and an admissions presentation will be offered at 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium.

    Collegiate Academy is consistently ranked in the top two high schools in Pennsylvania and in the top 1% nationally by Newsweek. US News and World Report has awarded the school "gold" status for eight consecutive years and the US Department of Education recently recognized Collegiate Academy as a Blue Ribbon School.

    NPCA offers 23 AP courses and all other courses are honors level. More than 100 juniors and seniors also take dual enrollment courses at three local universities.

    Average SAT and ACT scores are well above the national and state average with 100% of students accepted to four-year colleges.

    The NPCA class of 2014 was offered more than $17 million in merit and/or athletic scholarships with graduates accepted at Ivy League schools as well as highly selective schools such as Stanford University, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, University of California-Berkeley, Duke University, Kenyon College, Boston College and Notre Dame.

    For more information on the open house or Collegiate Academy, please contact the school at 814-874-6300 or visit www.eriesd.org/npca
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  • In the News: District aligns athletic eligibility requirements to PIAA standards

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/13/2014 3:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 13, 2014) — The Erie School District is changing sports eligibility requirements in an effort to increase participation and competitiveness in its athletic programs and to keep students engaged in school.

    Click here to read more in the Erie Times-News.
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  • Diehl Teacher named CFES Educator of the Year

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/12/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Erie, Pa. (November 12, 2014) – Becky Powierza's classroom at Erie's Diehl School is filled with students’ work, positive messages and posters about college and goal-setting.

    Powierza, a sixth grade teacher, has coordinated Diehl's involvement in the College for Every Student (CFES) Program since 2009, primarily working with students in grades 4-6 to raise aspirations, improve their preparation for college and develop leadership skills.

    "Becky has really embraced the mentoring component of CFES and helps our sixth grade mentors support our fourth grade students both socially and academically," said Dana Gilmore, principal of Diehl School. "She has created an atmosphere for preparing students to be high school, college and career ready."

    This November, CFES honored Powierza with the CFES Mario Peña Educator of the Year Award during the organization's annual conference in Burlington, Vt.

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    CFES Mario Peña Educator of the Year Becky Powierza with Rick Dalton, founder and CEO of CFES (left) and Dennis Fahey, CFES program director (right).

    CFES currently supports 20,000 students through partnerships with 200 K-12 schools and districts in 27 states and Ireland. The award — named after Mario Peña, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont who served as a mentor to CFES Founder Rick Dalton — recognizes one educator annually who has "excelled in the classroom to expose their students to college knowledge and develops their academic and personal skills required to achieve their dreams."

    CFES student scholars engage in the three core practices – Mentoring, Leadership through Service, and Pathways to College – that help underserved youth achieve college success. At Diehl, a three-time CFES School of Distinction, Powierza has worked to develop a strong mentoring program that is centered on college and career readiness standards and she has set high expectations for the mentors and mentees.

    Under her leadership, Diehl CFES scholars have also worked with Penn State Behrend students studying psychology and engineering to develop the interior of a "car of the future" and create a model of the exterior of the car using a 3D printer. Diehl also recently hosted an International Day which included 60 Gannon University International students sharing their culture, dress, language and customs and an evening celebration of diversity where more than 300 students and parents watched a presentation performed by Diehl’s ESL students, visited cultural displays and enjoyed a variety of ethnic foods.

    The Diehl CFES scholars have also conducted a recycling program and many students attend the noon concert series hosted at Penn State Behrend. Some sixth grade scholars also participated in a mock UN meeting hosted by Mercyhurst University.
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  • Collegiate Academy student selected for 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/12/2014 9:10:00 AM
    NAFP Erie, Pa. (November 12, 2014) – Collegiate Academy junior Dylan Pickard has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to be held November 14-16 in Washington, DC.

    The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

    Pickard was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Pennsylvania based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

    During the three-day Congress, Dylan will join students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research, receive advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school, hear stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
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