• Pfeiffer-Burleigh School announces academic champions

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/27/2015 4:50:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 27, 2015) — Pfeiffer-Burleigh School students recently earned honors in the K'NEX Pennsylvania STEM Design Challenge held at Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit.

    The competition challenges teams of students in grades 4-8 to create an environmentally friendly people mover using K’NEX kits. Students demonstrated their inventions and presented their models.

    Team 1 included students Abdullah Haji, Mark Babkin, Abby Aguilar, and Nathan Martinez. Team 2 included Elijah Dixon, Sejla Jahic, Amaria Mims and Sabina Acharya.

    The school also named Challenge 24 Champions, who will continue competition at Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit in May:

    Grade 5: Taylor Mickel, Abishek Mahat, Gopal Khadka, Zaynab Jebur and Armin Barucija
    Grade 6: Dikchhaya Panday and Mohamid Al-Ghayeb
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  • Collegiate Academy artwork on display at Blasco Library

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/27/2015 2:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 27, 2015) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy student artwork is on display this month at the Raymond M. Blasco, M. D. Memorial Library, 160 East Front St.

    Collegiate Academy's annual art show features work from students in grades 9-12. Art/Ceramics Teacher Kim Leasure recently shared the exhibit with viewers on cable channel 8. Click play below to view the video:

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  • Lincoln Elementary student artwork showcased as part of Erie Art Museum's "Kids as Curators" exhibit

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/27/2015 5:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 27, 2015) — The Erie Art Museum is home to more than 7,000 objects, including American ceramics, Tibetan paintings, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and many other mediums, but it's the "Lincoln Lion" — produced by 5th graders at Erie's Lincoln Elementary School with the help of sculptor Kathe Umlauf — that is one of the most talked about pieces on display this month.

    In its 11th year, Kids as Curators provides an artist in residence to local elementary schools. During the program, the museum works with three local schools to empower young minds through exhibit organization and design. The students tour the museum and think critically about how exhibits are constructed and then use these discoveries to curate their own show using their own collections. Each spring, their exhibits are installed at the museum.

    This year, sculptor Kathe Umlauf collaborated with 5th graders at Lincoln Elementary School around a theme of environmental awareness. To watch Gaby Randall, teacher at Lincoln Elementary, explain this year's Kids as Curators exhibit, click play below:

    The tradition of hands-on education and artistic inspiration that fuels Kids as Curators benefits everyone involved. Students learn to see their world and themselves differently, teachers discover new ways of incorporating the arts into the classroom, and administrators help their schools engage with the community. All the efforts culminate in a museum exhibit that never fails to impress the public. As one student put it, “It looks amazing! Our hard work paid off.”
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  • EPS students honored by PTA for achievement in the arts

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/26/2015 3:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 26, 2015) — Three EPS students have been honored by PTA for achievement in the 2015 PTA Reflections arts in education program. The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme "The World Would Be a Better Place If..."

    • Logan Adams, a 7th grader at Roosevelt Middle School, earned first place regionally in the middle school photography category.
    • Collen Adams, a 4th grader at Grover Cleveland Elementary School, earned first place regionally in intermediate level for photography and film/video (two awards).
    • Eve Jespersen, a 1st grader at Grover Cleveland, earned first place regionally in the primary grades for literature, music composition, and photography (three awards).

    The students now advance to the state level with state winners to be announced in April. The PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice — dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme.

    Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.
    Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit PTA.org/Reflections.
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  • Student Parenting Program holds annual career networking luncheon

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/25/2015 3:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 25, 2015) — More than 40 high school students today learned about careers and conducted informational interviews with professionals and business leaders at the Annual Student Parenting Program Career Luncheon held at the Manufacturer & Business Association.

    The luncheon gave student parents an opportunity to gain career insight direct from professionals working in a variety of jobs. The event also provided students a valuable opportunity to hone their interpersonal and interview skills.

    More than 25 career professionals from around the region shared lunch with the students. Funding for the luncheon was supported by grants from Workforce Investment and PA Departments of Education and Welfare via PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

    The Student Parenting Program exists to help students navigate the path of becoming a parent while succeeding in school or completing a GED program. The goal is to give students the tools to become great parents, offer the support, education, and guidance they need to succeed in school, and help them overcome any hurdles on their path to future success.
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  • ABCDs of Scientific Drawing contest winners announced

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/25/2015 5:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 25, 2015) — The Erie's Public Schools Science Department recently held the ABCDs of Scientific Drawing contest for elementary school students. Participating students were asked to draw an organism that was:

    A: Accurate - drawing of organism and habitat reflected the actual models;
    B: Big - drawings filled the space provided;
    C: Colorful - drawings were colorful in that they matched the organism and habitat color; and
    D: Detailed - drawings were clearly labeled and showed parts of the organism as well as the habitat itself                             

    Students also wrote an essay that described, in detail, the organism and its characteristics. Winning work was displayed at the Erie Home & Garden Show, March 19-22, at the Bayfront Convention Center.

    First place winners:

    Miranda Galla, Jefferson Elementary School
    Anthony Houston, Harding School

    Second place:
    Akash Sharma, Jefferson Elementary School
    Paul Flick, Harding School

    Third place:
    Amanda Ross, Harding School
    Eve Chiariello, Harding School

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  • EPS bus driver credited with saving life of man choking at area deli

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/24/2015 11:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 24, 2015) — Marc Longstreet, Jr., a veteran bus driver for Erie's Public Schools, is credited with saving the life of a man choking on a sandwich at Gerry Urbaniak's 8th Street Deli on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14.

    Longstreet, also dining in the restaurant at the time of the incident, was in the right place at the right time. Upon noticing the man struggling to breathe, he immediately came to his aid, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and was able to quickly clear his airway.

    "Marc exemplifies a true life saver," said Matthew Cummings, director of communications for Erie’s Public Schools. "His heroic efforts and concern for a complete stranger are commendable."
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  • Students to represent Erie's Public Schools at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state meet at Penn State

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/23/2015 4:20:00 AM
    PJAS ERIE, Pa. (March 23, 2015) — Nearly 40 students from Erie's Public Schools will represent the city at the 2015 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) meet next month at Penn State University in State College, Pa.

    Students earned awards for their research projects at the regional competition held in Erie this month. The students presented their research to panels of judges and other students.

    "Congratulations to all participants," said Fay Nelson, Diehl School instructional coach and PJAS state director. "Thank you to the teacher sponsors from each school as well as the technicians who assisted with the meet."

    Students earning top PJAS honors include:

    Diehl School
    Carrie Mims, grade 7; Alonzso Conner, grade 8; Lisa Reslink, grade 8; Samantha Lillie, grade 8; April Paw, grade 7; Karuna Baral, grade 7; Samantha Jenkins, grade 8; Trinity Anderson, grade 7

    Harding School
    James Ross, grade 8; Joyce Lee, grade 8; Kendra Irons, grade 8; Alexa Bolash, grade 8; Megan Knepper, grade 8; Aidan Mulvihill, grade 8; Alexis Gaffney, grade 8; Gabby Watson, grade 8; Delaney Quirk, grade 8; Maura Brereton, grade 8

    JoAnna Connell School
    Briana Kurutz, grade 8; Irma Cosic, grade 8; Abigail Braggins, grade 8; Kamryn McCullum, grade 8; Christian Walters, grade 8; Cassandra Ellsworth, grade 7; Kevin Hogan, grade 7

    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    Emily Taylor, grade 8; Jenna Sins, grade 8; Dazhane James, grade 8

    Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
    Ammar Krso, grade 9; Jacob Zimmer, grade 12; Raymond Brothers, grade 9; Noah Bongiovanni, grade 9; Samuel Arop, grade 9; Katherine Ellsworth, grade 9; Lydia Andraso, grade 9; Kalan Culver McDonald, grade 9; John Kim, grade 9; Collette Gordon, grade 9; Kyu Hyung Han, grade 9; Colleen Campbell, grade 12; Priya Rathinavelu, grade 9
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  • Collegiate Academy Model UN delegation earns top honors in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/22/2015 7:15:00 PM
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2015) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy students competed March 19-22 in the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. The competition was sponsored by George Washington University.

    The event in Washington is one of the top Model UN conferences in the country, where students simulate real world issues by role playing different countries and leaders. This year, approximately 1,400 delegates from over 60 schools from across the country, Latin America, Europe, and Africa participated.

    Top honors went to members on the Collegiate Academy team representing Lithuania. Tyler Gleba and Alex Dzuricky were named an Outstanding Delegation (second place) in their Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Anvar Bidzinov received an Honorable Mention (third place) for his role in the Security Council and Mark Peckich was given a Verbal Commendation for his efforts on the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union. Jacob Binder was also recognized as one of three representatives from nearly 100 students selected to answer questions before a joint Democratic-Republican convention on the 2016 election.

    Model UN - Collegiate
    Photo taken from the porch outside Speaker Boehner’s office in the Capitol, overlooking the Washington Monument and Pennsylvania Avenue. Front (L-R): Laura Nicolia (co-advisor), Mark Peckich, Karley Nicolia, Tyler Gleba, Julya Polaski, Brian Lasher (co-advisor); Back (L-R): Alex Dzuricky, Reem Abdalla, Jacob Binder, Ben Hartleb, Anvar Bidzinov, and Aubrey Favors.

    While in the nation's capital, students had a chance to visit the Capitol, where they were given a personal tour of House Speaker John Boehner’s office by Michael Sorensen, a 2013 Collegiate Academy graduate. Sorensen works as an intern in the Speaker’s office and is a sophomore studying political science at George Washington University. Students were also given a tour of the monuments at night.
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  • Science Department exhibiting at Erie Home & Garden Show

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 3/20/2015 7:05:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (March 20, 2015) — The Erie's Public Schools Science Department and Science Materials Center are exhibiting this weekend at the Erie Home & Garden Expo at Bayfront Convention Center. The show runs through March 22.

    The district's science team will showcase its living organisms curriculum in booth 49. The department's participation was generously sponsored by Henry Fox of Professional Pest Management.

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