• Best Delegate names Collegiate Academy Model UN team among best 150 in North America

    Posted by Communications Intern at 9/19/2014 6:20:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 19, 2014) — Best Delegate, a New York City-based Model United Nations organization, has recognized Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy’s Model UN Team as one of the "150 Best High School Model United Nations Teams in North America" for the 2013-2014 school year.

    According to Best Delegate, their list is primarily comprised of teams that received a school delegation award at any multi-day advanced Model UN conference in North America with at least 500 delegates. Several teams were also included for performing well at a major conference in North America, performing well across several multi-day conferences with at least 500 delegates in North America, or winning Best Large Delegation or equivalent at the next-largest multi-day conference in their region.

    Collegiate Academy is categorized under the list’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Best Delegate’s new recognition method has replaced their old method of ranking the best high school Model UN teams.
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  • Collegiate Academy home to 7 National AP Scholars and 102 AP Scholars

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/18/2014 7:25:00 AM
    AP College Board ERIE, Pa. (September 18, 2014) — One hundred and two Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy students have been recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars for 2014 and seven students were also named National AP Scholars.

    Being named a National AP Scholar by the College Board is the top distinction it bestows upon high school students and is earned by achieving an average score of 4 or higher on at least eight Advanced Placement (AP) exams. AP exam scores are reported on a scale of 1–5.

    More than 25% of the Collegiate Academy class of 2014 received AP Scholar honors based on Advanced Placement exam performance throughout their high school careers.

    “This is a reflection of just how hard our students work and how much they do to prepare for these very difficult exams,” said Collegiate Academy Dean Jim Vieira. “We are extraordinarily proud of our students and these accomplishments, it says a lot about the caliber of students they are and the great people they will grow to be.”

    The College Board's Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that students take while still in high school. Collegiate Academy offers 22 AP courses. The AP Scholars program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.

    "As we reviewed the numbers, we also learned that Collegiate Academy — as a school — actually has more National AP scholars than the entire states of Wyoming and North Dakota," added Rick Schneider, associate dean. "Collegiate also has nearly 2% of all AP Scholars in the Commonwealth out of 619 high schools."

    Currently more than 90% colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP exam scores.
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  • East and Strong Vincent ROTC units earn Army's highest honors

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/18/2014 4:50:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 18, 2014) — The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units at Erie's East High School and Strong Vincent High School have earned the highest possible honors from the United States Army.

    As a result of the Army's reviews, both units have been awarded the "Honor Unit with Distinction" designation.

    For East High School, this accomplishment marks the 22nd consecutive year that the Warrior Battalion has earned "Honor Unit with Distinction."

    Strong Vincent High School's ROTC unit has earned the Army's highest designation for 20 consecutive years.

    “We could not be more proud of these cadets and our ROTC programs,” said Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent of Erie's Public Schools. “Consistently earning this level of recognition by the United States Army speaks to the dedication and commitment of our cadets, their instructors, their schools and families.”

    During the formal Army reviews, cadets are evaluated on what they have learned while participating in the ROTC program. The review includes a staff briefing, knowledge assessment, and inspection of the cadets’ staff areas and functions, as well as a drill and ceremony.

    The programs were also evaluated on the strength of their official Unit Reports, detailing participation rates, competition results, community service, color guard presentations and physical fitness tests.

    The designation also gives the schools’ ROTC instructors the authority to nominate cadets to any of the US Military Service Academies, an authorization similar to members of the US Congress. Cadets will also wear a yellow star insignia on their uniforms this year to recognize their unit's designation.
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  • Young Leaders Society donates homework supplies to McKinley 5th graders

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/16/2014 1:50:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 16, 2014) — The United Way of Erie County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) today distributed homework supplies to 5th grade classrooms at Erie's McKinley Elementary School during a coordinated drop off event.

    Since 2009, YLS has annually “adopted” the fifth grade classes at McKinley Elementary School because it has one of the highest student populations living in low-income households and a significant number of refugee students.

    YLS

    Additional outreach as part of the McKinley Project includes providing sweatshirts in the winter, healthy snacks and notes of encouragement during the PSSA testing period, sponsoring an annual field trip and purchasing summer reading books at the conclusion of the school year.

    Starting this year, YLS members will also speak to the fifth graders each month about their careers and the paths that led them there. This project is being coordinated through Career Street.
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  • Plastikos & Micro Mold collaborate with Central Tech to mold the next generation of high-tech plastic processors

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/10/2014 4:15:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 10, 2014) — Micro Mold Co., Inc. & Plastikos, Inc. are working closely with Central Career and Technical School's tool and die program in an effort to provide the students with the tools needed for a hand-on, technically-driven education. Micro Mold’s General Manager, Ryan Katen, has been actively involved with this high school and their program and has worked personally with the school's machine and injection molding educators to pursue ways for Micro Mold & Plastikos to help prepare the students for their careers ahead.

    “This is a growing industry. More and more jobs are opening up without enough people to supply jobs for Tool and Die Makers. We are trying to feed the industry with more qualified students,” said Mark Mikolajczak, instructor in Central Tech’s manufacturing.

    On-the-job training is historically the most common method to train young toolmakers and processors who want to pursue a career in the plastics industry. However, that approach requires years for an individual to obtain the specialized skills and expertise that an advanced toolmaker and processor possess. Which is why, accelerated manufacturing training, provided by schools like Central Tech is emerging as a high priority within the moldmaking and plastics industry.

    Plastikos & Micro Mold recently donated a 60 ton DeMag injection molding machine to the Central Tech program as part of their collaboration to provide the tools and equipment that will adequately prepare students for future career opportunities in the growing high-tech. tooling & plastics industry.

    Demag

    “We strategically replace a couple of Plastikos’ molding machines each year as we continuously pursue the latest technology available to support our advance manufacturing efforts and our team meticulously maintains all of our presses, so whenever we replace a press, it is highly sought after on the used equipment market," added Katen. "In this case, the timing with Central Tech was perfect. The press ran very well in production and was well maintained throughout its life at Plastikos, so it should serve as a great hands-on training resource for the Central Tech students for many years to come.”

    Currently, there are 150 students enrolled in Central Tech’s manufacturing program. During the course of their training, students gain first-hand experience in product design, tool & die fabrication, precision machining, and plastic injection molding, among aspects of the plastics industry. Within each manufacturing course, students begin to learn the basics working with: Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Laser Engraving, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), as well as mold troubleshooting and debug skills. Central Tech has done a remarkable job of preparing these young adults in the growing field of high tech. tooling and injection molding. Central Tech is one of the few schools left in our region that offers this type of educational program.

    "Students in the manufacturing program will start by making molds in the engineering lab, and then they will produce them on the new DeMag," Mikolajczak explained. "We plan on having the kids come up with ideas to make objects such as; rulers, frisbees, cups, etc."

    The Erie region is recognized as a cornerstone for global moldmaking and plastic injection molding industry, and remains one of the region’s largest employment sectors.
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  • FMC Technologies donation to provide Niagara day sails to 500 EPS middle school students

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/9/2014 4:10:00 PM
    Niagara - FMC ERIE, Pa. (September 9, 2014) — The Flagship Niagara League today announced a new educational partnership with FMC Technologies. FMC has pledged $50,000 to help fund Niagara’s educational day sail program. The sponsorship will allow approximately 1,000 middle school students from Erie County the opportunity to experience an educational day sail on Niagara, with half of those slots reserved for students in Erie's Public Schools.

    Students will learn about the history of the War of 1812, life of a sailor, sail-setting and how to steer the ship. The experience also teaches team building, history, science and nutrition.
     
    “FMC Technologies continues to extend its commitment to Erie by sponsoring a tremendous educational opportunity for a number of middle school students. The experience of sailing on the Niagara, in and of itself, is a lifetime memory. The historical lesson embedded in the sail will add to the students’ knowledge of the Battle of Lake Erie and the significance of the Brig to our country and the city of Erie,” said Jim Ertl, vice president and general manager, FMC Technologies Measurement Products.

    “FMC Technologies has made this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity available to these students. It will be a day that they will remember for years to come,” Shawn Waskiewicz, Executive Director of the Flagship Niagara League.
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  • GradNation community townhall meeting planned for Sept. 30 at East High School

    Posted by Communications Intern at 9/8/2014 7:10:00 AM
    Grad Nation ERIE, Pa. (September 8, 2014) — Erie Together is holding a GradNation Community Townhall Meeting on Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at East High School, 1001 Atkins Street, Erie. The townhall meeting and focus groups are open to all Erie County residents.

    The national high school graduation rate currently stands at 80 percent. While Erie's graduation rate — also at approximately 80% — is higher than many other urban school systems in Pennsylvania, far too many students still leave our high schools without obtaining a diploma. This represents a lost opportunity to them and a hit to our economy and community.

    Erie Together is working to identify meaningful ways to connect caring adults, (parents, neighbors, retirees, business leaders, and etc.), to local students so that these students graduate high school both on time and ready for success in college or career.

    All are welcome to attend this townhall meeting to share their thoughts on how caring adults can positively impact Erie’s youth in new and different ways.

    Registrations are requested, but walk-ins are also welcome. Please visit www.eriesd.org/gradnation to register.
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  • Diehl students show off 'green thumb' talents

    Posted by Communications Intern at 9/5/2014 2:10:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 5, 2014) — This year Ms. Barb Gates, a school-wide specialist teacher at Diehl School, helped students enter their school garden’s vegetables in the Waterford Community Fair. She has been supporting the students at Diehl School with growing a garden since last summer.

    While involved with a library project with parents and students, Ms. Gates approached the school's principal about installing a garden in the school’s courtyard, and the idea was approved. School district carpenters built the beds and Ms. Gates had a core group of students come every Tuesday over the summer to weed and check the garden beds.

    Diehl Garden

    The garden that once only involved a handful of students now impacts the entire school. In 4th and 5th grade math classes, the students are given the dimensions of the garden beds as part of their math problems to solve. The students who answer the math problems correctly are rewarded with the chance to plant various crops such as garlic. Ms. Gates also rotates groups of students out of science classes to study the different crops in the garden. Diehl School’s students write letters to different companies requesting donations for the garden and they collectively recycled aluminum cans to raise money to buy a birdfeeder.

    Now Ms. Rebecca Coppock, an art teacher at Diehl School, will have students make birdfeeders and paint rock labels for all of the crops in her art classes. 7th and 8th graders must also take an option class, and those who choose to work in the garden will each partner with a younger student and work together to plant and weed.

    Students genuinely enjoy tending to and looking after the garden and the project encourages all students to get involved. The students are planting and recycling, using as much from the garden as they can and sharing the produce with teachers and other students. Kids get to pick and take vegetables home with them, and the younger students wash cherry tomatoes from the garden in their classrooms to leave out for the 6-8th graders to add to their salads at lunchtime.

    “The goal is to introduce students to the benefits of community gardening and to teach them healthy eating habits,” said Ms. Gates. “We are moving towards becoming a 'greener' school.”

    Parents and teachers have also been eager to get involved. Last spring two more garden beds were built by the cafeteria in order to give the students something inspiring to look at.

    “Now the kids can see the beautiful sunflowers,” said Ms. Gates. Parents volunteered to build the two new beds and all of the new plants were donated by parents and teachers. Brian Diluzio of Central Tech’s landscaping department also volunteered to visit Diehl School’s 7th and 8th grade classrooms with his high school students to talk to them about potential futures in landscaping.

    “It was nice that the older kids came down to help the younger kids,” Ms. Gates shared.

    The students’ garden currently grows garlic, spinach, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, beans, peas, carrots, cucumbers, basil, blueberries, strawberries, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. Ms. Gates accompanied 18 students ranging from 2nd-8th grade plus a few parents to the Waterford Community Fair to represent Diehl School and enter vegetables from the garden.

    “I wanted the fair to be more of a family project,” Ms. Gates said. The students entered beans, basil, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots in the fair hoping to place and win ribbons. Those results are still pending. This week, students will be planting winter crops—garlic, spinach and carrots—that will be ready in January.  

    So what’s next for Diehl School’s garden project? This spring they will be adding two more garden beds, and Ms. Gates would like to plant flower beds around the Diehl School sign.

    “There is also a high concentration of ELL students at Diehl,” Ms. Gates said, “so I would like to explore what vegetables are grown in other countries and start a multicultural garden."

    The students won two blue ribbons at the Waterford Community Fair for cherry tomatoes and strawberries. The students also earned 2nd place for basil herb and 3rd place in the banana peppers category.
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  • Edison, Wayne and Woodrow Wilson experiencing phone service interruption

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/4/2014 8:35:00 AM
    ERIE, Pa. (September 4, 2014) — Due to an network interface 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

    Update: Service has been restored as of 3 p.m.
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  • More than 12,000 students return to Erie's Public Schools

    Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 8/25/2014 1:20:00 PM
    ERIE, Pa. (August 25, 2014) — The 2014-2015 school year began today for more than 12,000 students in Erie's Public Schools (EPS) as principals and teachers welcomed students and families back from summer break

    Lincoln First Day

    This school year, EPS is enhancing its focus on early childhood education by opening pre-K classrooms in seven elementary schools through a partnership with Mercyhurst University. Research shows that children who attend high quality pre-K enter kindergarten with better reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.

    Edison Elementary School, Emerson-Gridley Elementary School, Harding School, Lincoln Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Perry Elementary School and Wayne School will pilot the pre-K program.

    2014-08-25 PreK

    EPS is also expanding the district's popular career and technical education programs to students at East High School, Strong Vincent High School and Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.

    Incoming 9th graders can earn industry certification through morning half-day programs at Central Tech in physical therapy, sports medicine, construction trades and auto mechanics. Students entering 10th or 11th grade this year can earn industry certification through morning half-day programs at Central Tech in welding technology and nursing.

    2014-08-25 Auto Body

    Students in grades pre-K through 12 will also benefit this year from the district's continued implementation of college and career readiness standards, designed to make sure that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and career.

    Click here for more first day news coverage from the Erie Times-News.
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