• 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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  • Lincoln Elementary students "Put Inclusion Together"

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/11/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Erie, Pa. (November 11, 2014) – Mikayla’s Voice, an organization dedicated to inspiring children of all abilities to share a message of inclusion, presented a “Let’s Put Inclusion Together” assembly today at Erie's Lincoln Elementary School.

    “Let’s Put Inclusion Together” assemblies are designed for elementary schools to discuss the meaning of inclusion with children of all ages. Mikayla and her mom visited Lincoln to share Our Friend Mikayla, a book about having a friend with a disability. The Erie Bayhawks also sent two players to help read the book to students.

    Through a puzzle piece presentation, the assembly helped young students put inclusion together and move from initial feelings of fear to understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities.

    The assembly is part of Lincoln's participation in "Include Me From the Start" (IMFTS), a project of the Arc of Pennsylvania, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. IMFTS provides training and on-site technical assistance to student-focused teams to increase their capacity to educate school age students with significant disabilities in the general education classrooms settings, grades K-12, with supplementary aids and services.

    Erie is one of 13 school systems in Pennsylvania to participate in this inclusion program.
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  • Diehl, Edison and Woodrow Wilson earn CFES School of Distinction honors

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/11/2014 4:05:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 11, 2014) — College For Every Student (CFES) has announced Schools of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year and Erie's Diehl Elementary, Edison Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Middle School have earned top honors.

    The annual award recognizes participating CFES schools that demonstrate "extraordinary accomplishments in the three core practices of CFES: Mentoring, Pathways To College, and Leadership Through Service."

    CFES Schools of Distinction

    Schools receive a banner and glass trophy to display in their building. The following is a brief description of the schools' accomplishments:

    Diehl Elementary School has earned the award for three consecutive years. According to the award nomination information, the school has a strong mentoring program with 6th graders mentoring 4th graders in reaching the Common Core State Standards. CFES Scholars worked with Penn State Behrend students in psychology and engineering to develop the interior of the "car of the future" and create a model of the exterior of the car by using a 3D printer. The school 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 concerts at Penn State Behrend. Some 6th grade scholars also participated in a mock UN meeting hosted by Mercyhurst University.

    2013-2014 marks Edison Elementary School’s first year as a School of Distinction. According to the award information, Edison has a solid mentoring program with scholars participating in mentoring webinars with other CFES schools and assisting younger students at Edison in developing their basic learning skills. Edison CFES scholars have also worked with Woodrow Wilson scholars as part of the Edison rainforest experience and created a journal that involved the students at both schools. The Edison scholars, along with their new friends at Woodrow Wilson, also visited the Cleveland Zoo together last school year. The Edison scholars also frequently assist younger students at their school during breakfast and lunch, conducted a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank and instituted a recycling program in their school.  Last year, Edison scholars also visited Edinboro University and shared breakfast with Edinboro Education majors.

    Woodrow Wilson Middle School has earned School of Distinction honors for four years in a row and has more than 150 trained student mentors who assist other students in improving academic skills and modeling positive behavior. During a scholar’s three year stint at Wilson, they each visit three different area colleges to increase their "college knowledge" and learn information on how to complete a college or job application, secure financial aid, and what colleges or universities might be best for them. The Woodrow Wilson scholars also conduct fundraising activities for the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, NFL's Fuel Up and Play 60 and volunteer at St. Mary’s Home. The CFES students also hosted guest speakers from The Freedom Writers for a school day assembly and a special parents' night which brought more than 300 students and parents to the school for the presentation and dinner.
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  • Collegiate Academy Model UN team earns first at Gannon University conference

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/10/2014 8:10:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 10, 2014) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy's Model UN team earned first place at the 62nd annual Gannon University Model United Nations Conference held this weekend.

    More than 400 students from 22 schools competed in eight committees at the conference, discussing issues such as preventing human trafficking, eradicating hunger, encouraging economic growth and dealing with matters involving ISIL.

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    Individual award recipients from the 2014 Gannon Model UN Conference. (L-R):
    Tyler Gleba, Ben Hartleb, Jacob Binder, Mark Peckich, Josh Kobusinski, Alexander Dzuricky,
    Alan Wang, Karley Nicolia, Reem Abdalla, Darby Smith and Chelsea Smith.
     
    Several Collegiate Academy students were selected from their respective committees to speak before the General Assembly, including Jacob Binder, Alexander Dzuricky and Alan Wang.
     
    Four students also received the "Best Delegate" award for their committees, including Reem Abdalla, Jacob Binder, Tyler Gleba and Mark Peckich. Additional members of the winning delegation include Josh Kobusinski, Karley Nicolia, Darby Smith and Chelsea Smith. Additionally, Jacob Afton and Piper Dorris each received $4,000 Model UN scholarships for Gannon University.
     
    The Gannon Conference is the second oldest in the country, and this marks the fourth consecutive year that Collegiate Academy has won first place at the conference. Collegiate Academy is also currently ranked as one of the top 150 Model UN teams in the country by "Best Delegate."

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    The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy Model UN delegation (above)
    earned first overall at the Gannon Model UN conference.
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  • Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy to host open house, Nov. 23

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/19/2014 5:10:00 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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  • Erie's Public Schools show significant gains in school performance profile scores

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 11/6/2014 2:00:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (November 6, 2014) — Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP) scores rose in 15 of Erie's 18 public schools this year, according to 2013-2014 student performance data released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    The average SPP score increased nine percent when compared to 2012-2013. Emerson-Gridley led the city with a 25.4% annual SPP achievement score increase. East High School (24.2% increase) and Pfeiffer-Burleigh (20.5% increase) also posted significant SPP gains.

    "I am truly proud of our students and staff for their hard work," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Badams. "They have proven that our shared focus on continuous improvement of teaching and learning can enable our students to reach higher levels of achievement."

    The School Performance Profile academic performance score is based not only on test scores but many other factors that signal student achievement. A student growth factor measures how well students are progressing toward proficiency in state assessments. Also measured are graduation and attendance rates.

    “While these results are certainly worth celebrating, this much more comprehensive data allows us to acknowledge our strengths and also use the profile as a tool for further student improvement," Dr. Badams added.

    Individual 2014 school results include:

    • Diehl School — an 8% increase from 56.4 to 60.7
    • Edison Elementary School — a slight increase from 54.1 to 54.2
    • Emerson-Gridley Elementary School — a 25% increase from 50.6 to 63.5
    • Harding School — an 11% increase from 70.2 to 78.0
    • Grover Cleveland Elementary School — a 7% increase from 74.8 to 80.0
    • Jefferson Elementary School — a 16% increase from 61.8 to 71.5
    • JoAnna Connell School — a 6% increase from 71.3 to 75.2
    • Lincoln Elementary School — a 1% increase from 64.8 to 65.7
    • McKinley Elementary School — a 5% decrease from 60.9 to 57.8
    • Perry Elementary School — a slight increase from 65.5 to 66.0
    • Pfeiffer-Burleigh School — a 21% increase from 45.3 to 54.6
    • Wayne School — a 2% increase from 50.0 to 50.8
    • Roosevelt Middle School — an 8% increase from 55.0 to 59.5
    • Woodrow Wilson Middle School — a 7% increase from 54.9 to 58.7
    • Central Career & Technical School — a 17% increase from 49.1 to 57.6
    • East High School — a 24% increase from 43.0 to 53.4
    • Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy — a 6% decrease from 91.8 to 86.4
    • Strong Vincent High School—a 6% decrease from 48.6 to 45.6

    Additional school level achievement data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education is available here.
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