• Wayne students unveil "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" mural

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/22/2015 3:00:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 22, 2015) — Wayne School students participating in Urban University, an outreach program of the Erie City Mission, today unveiled an "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" mural in the Wayne School hallway.

    The mural visually depicts the career aspirations of eight Wayne students — from FBI agent and game designer to marine biologist and veterinarian.

    Wayne Mural

    For "Oh, The Places You'll Go!", students painted themselves as if they were already in the career they aspire to do... the places they'll go. The mural is named after a book of the same name written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. The book concerns the journey of life and its challenges.

    Urban University is an after-school program at the Erie City Mission open to students in grades 6-8 at Wayne School. The program offers engaging experiential and career-focused courses paired with a character education component. Courses include mural art, performance arts and communications, and model rocketry.
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  • Pfeiffer-Burleigh students recognized in Crime Victim Center's 'Good Secrets/Bad Secrets' poster contest

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/22/2015 10:45:00 AM
    CVC ERIE, Pa. (April 22, 2015) — Crime Victim Center of Erie County (CVC) this morning hosted its annual awards ceremony to honor student winners in the Good Secrets/Bad Secrets poster contest sponsored by Erie Insurance and Erie County Judge Trucilla.

    Twelve Pfeiffer-Burleigh School first graders were recognized. Winning students had an opportunity to visit the Erie County Courthouse Wednesday to receive their awards in Judge Trucilla's chambers. Students recognized included: Rickimarie Langdon, Lanya Knight, Monoj Tamang, Ayasha Ongar, Maleeya Ellis, Domynick Naylor, Massiahs Owens, Xzaria Smith, Brooklyn Peck, Deasia Evans, Shemar Glover and Mia Howard.

    The Crime Victim Center was established in 1973 and seeks to reduce the impact of crime through counseling, education and advocacy. Good Secrets/Bad Secrets is one of the Center's education outreach initiatives. The program teaches young students the importance of telling bad secrets, builds student awareness of the differences between good and bad touches, and helps children understand the concept of body ownership.
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  • JoAnna Connell student earns third place in Pennsylvania Geography Bee

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/17/2015 7:15:00 AM
    GeoBee ERIE, Pa. (April 17, 2015) — Kevin Hogan, a 7th grade student at Erie's JoAnna Connell School, earned third place in the Pennsylvania National Geographic GeoBee held March 27 at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.

    This is the third consecutive year that Hogan, 11, has qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania GeoBee. Each year, 100 Pennsylvania students between the ages of 9 and 15 qualify for the state competition by winning their school's GeoBee and achieving top scores on a written test.

    Hogan, the son of Laurie Hogan and Denise Quadri, was one of 15 students to make it to the tiebreaker round by earning a perfect score in the preliminary rounds. After narrowing the field down to the top ten students, competition continued into the final round to establish a state champion.

    With this year's third place finish, Hogan says he hopes to compete one more year in an effort to make it to nationals in Washington, D.C., before graduating from JoAnna Connell in 2016 and heading to high school.
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  • Wayne School student poets selected for national publication

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/16/2015 6:45:00 PM
    Young American Poetry Digest ERIE, Pa. (April 16, 2015) — Nearly 20 students at Erie's Wayne School have been selected for publishing in the 2015 Young American Poetry Digest, a national anthology of student poetry.

    Student poetry was submitted to the National Schools Project and reviewed by a panel of educators based on literary criteria including creativity, age-appropriate language, sensory/figurative images, structure and poetic techniques.

    Published annually since 1994, the digest is designed to encourage students to write creatively and receive recognition for their efforts. According to Wayne teachers, the project encourages student writing and provides an broad national audience for student poetry.

    Wayne students selected for publication in the 2015 edition include:

    2nd Grade: Lexus Kloszewski

    3rd Grade: Nizeria Jones, Dimarion Murel-Scott, Kamaris Ortiz-Soto, Teyonia Smith, Syriauna Wells-Brown, Jaydin Williams, Nitesh Gurung, Hassein Jasim, Makayla Moyer, Tatiana Maza, Madision Moyer and Jeannette Hurtado.

    4th Grade: T'ea Toliver and Elayjha Lathon

    5th Grade: Anisha Tiwari, Nisha Bhujel and Shahraban Al-Maleki

    7th Grade: Laquann Moyer

    The book will be published in summer 2015 and will be available at Wayne School and school libraries across the nation in October.
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  • Pre-K and Kindergarten registration to begin April 28

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/14/2015 3:25:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 14, 2015) — Registration for Pre-K and for students entering Kindergarten in Erie's Public Schools (EPS) for the 2015-2016 school year will be held:

    Tuesday, April 28
    Wednesday, April 29
    Thursday, April 30
    8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 5
    Wednesday, May 6

    8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Thursday, May 7
    Noon - 7 p.m.

    District Administration Building (4th Floor)
    148 West 21st Street
    Erie, PA 16502 [map]

    PreK and K Parents may visit eriesd.org/kindergarten for Kindergarten registration information and forms or eriesd.org/prek for Pre-K information and forms.

    Any child who turns five (5) before September 1, 2015 is eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Students currently enrolled in the Erie's Public Schools Pre-K program at the Erie Family Center or in one of the district's elementary schools do not need to re-register for kindergarten as the child is already registered in EPS.

    Due to Pre-K Counts funding, additional Pre-K registration information and forms are required. Please visit eriesd.org/prek for Pre-K information or call the Pre-K Office at 814-874-6070.
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  • Collegiate Academy hosts middle school Model UN conference

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/13/2015 8:05:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 13, 2015) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy recently hosted its fourth annual middle school Model United Nations Conference (CAMUNC IV).

    CAMUNC IV — planned, organized and coordinated by Collegiate Academy students — included scenarios involving child soldiers in a committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural issues (SOCHUM), as well as a Security Council meeting on the Kurds.

    Participants included 41 middle school students from across the region.

    Roosevelt Middle School's Joelle Williams earned honorable mention in the SOCHUM committee.

    Andrew Collins, Joseph Smith and Tyler Duckett, also students at Erie's Roosevelt Middle School, earned honorable mention in the Security Council scenario.

    Model UN
    Photo: Model UN club officers (seated) oversee the awards presentations. (L-R): Josh Kobusinski, Jacob Binder, Karley Nicolia, Reem Abdalla and Darby Smith. Standing is Danielle Wieczorek, who assisted in the SOCHUM committee.
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  • Collegiate Academy wins national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/8/2015 3:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 8, 2015) — Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy today was named one of five national winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – selected from more than 3,100 schools nationwide. Solve for Tomorrow is a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology.

    Based on its project video submission, Collegiate Academy won the "Community Choice Award" with 96,358 public online votes to become a national winner. As one of five national winners, the school will receive $120,000 in Samsung technology, a $7,000 grant from DIRECTV, a $2,000 grant from FORTUNE Magazine and $9,720 worth of software from Adobe to support their "vertical veggies" project.

    Under the direction of teachers Jim Fleming and Peter Reed, the school's Principles of Engineering Class designed and submitted a STEM-driven project proposal to Samsung to design and construct a vertical farming apparatus to supply food for the school and community. "Vertical Veggies" was based on a desire to get fresh produce into the hands of people who do not have access to it by letting them grow their own food in a limited space environment.

    Instead of having a garden plot in a yard, the students' hope was to allow people to have a vegetable garden on a wall or a fence, taking advantage of possibly "wasted" vertical space.

    In March, seniors Dan Liszka and Karam Ghazalah and junior Madison Heeter accompanied Mr. Fleming to New York City to present their project to a panel of judges as one of the national finalists.

    The students will accept their national award at a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. this month.
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  • Jefferson teacher Joyce DiPlacido named Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher 2015"

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 4/8/2015 2:05:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (April 8, 2015) — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Joyce DiPlacido from Jefferson Elementary in Erie's Public Schools has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. DiPlacido was chosen from over 50 entries at the Barnes & Noble in Erie. DiPlacido was nominated by Heba Alsahlani.


    Area students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems, or thank-you letters that explain how their teacher has influenced their life and reveal why they appreciate and admire him or her. Entries were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.

    DiPlacido will be recognized at an event at the Erie Barnes & Noble where she will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, and additional recognition and praise from the community. Alsahlani, who wrote the winning essay, will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Erie store during a ceremony for the winning teacher.

    Barnes & Noble Erie will celebrate winners during the April Educator Appreciation Days on Thursday, April 16 from 5 p.m - 7 p.m.  During this time, the community and all local educators are welcome to support our educational achievements, pick up free publisher resources, and enter to win prizes. The first 100 EPS educators will receive a free beverage from the store's café, generously provided by the Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools. From April 11th – 19th, accredited PreK-12 educators can save 25% off books, music, and DVD’s with proof of current employment.

    DiPlacido will now be entered into the regional competition where five winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. From the pool of five regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of Teacher of the Year.

    The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Students enrolled in middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to participate; and only educators employed by private or public elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible to be nominated. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, and more.

    More details on the contest rules can be found at BN.com/myfavoriteteacher.
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  • 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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