Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Dormont Elementary held a first-ever Science Olympiad on Monday.
Dormont Elementary students have conclusive evidence that science is, in fact, a lot of fun. The school’s first Science Olympiad, a day of science-based activities that challenged students both physically and mentally, was held Monday. Aiken Elementary has done a Science Olympiad for the past two years. Dormont Elementary principal George Shevchik said former Keystone Oaks Superintendent William Urbanek wanted to hold the event district-wide. So, when teachers Lori DeMartino and Kim Puffer said they were willing to organize it at Dormont Elementary he was happy to let them do it. Students from science classes at Keystone Oaks High School, former Keystone Oaks teachers and parents volunteered to help with the event. It took a full year for …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Kindergarten registration for Keystone Oaks schools will take place throughout March.
Amy Cesario is preparing her daughter for something that looked uncertain just a few months ago: kindergarten registration at Fred L. Aiken Elementary. The school board—which considered consolidating Aiken and Myrtle Avenue elementaries with Dormont Elementary—voted to keep the schools open when the newly-elected school board members took their seats in December. “I couldn’t be happier that the school district is keeping the five-building configuration,” Cesario said. “I think it’s really beneficial.” Cesario’s two older children—one a second grader at Aiken and the other a senior at Keystone Oaks High Schoool—attended Aiken for kindergarten. She said she likes the neighborhood feel of the school, and is glad her youngest child can attend …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Nursery school lessons provide learning environment for students in both preschool and high school.
The lessons learned in the Keystone Oaks Nursery School aren’t just for kids. The nursery school—which is enrolling now—is part of the child development classes taught by Maria Dayka and led by high school students who aspire to become teachers themselves. “It’s a way to test the waters to see if this is what they want to do,” Dayka said. “Quite a few do become teachers, but we’ve also had students go into other professions like nursing, where the training still helps.” Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:50 to 11 a.m. and from 12:20 to 1:45 p.m. Dayka observes every class, but high school students mainly teach the lessons. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the high school students meet with Dayka to discuss…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A roundup of the region's top stories for Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Here are today's top stories from Patch site in your area: Still No Clues in Bridgeville Man's Disappearance Holiday Fundraiser for Duttine Family Set for Dec. 18 at Saint Elizabeth's Snatchko’s Charges Stick No Injuries Reported in Cecil House Fire Debate Over Whether to Keep KO Schools Open Ends with ‘Yes’ PHOTOS: 'One Shot' Films in Oakmont
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Officials on Wednesday discussed the importance of the decision regarding the closure of Aiken and Myrtle elementary schools.
Nearly every audience seat was filled at Wednesday’s Keystone Oaks School Board meeting, when the board voted against a previous decision to close Aiken and Myrtle elementary schools and consolidate the schools’ programs. Board members Gary Alward, Raeann Lindsey, Dan Domalik, Joeseph Finucan, Lisa Cancelliere, Dave Hommrich voted to revoke the board’s Sept. 8 action to close the schools. By revoking the board’s Sept. 8 vote, the two schools will stay open. Board members Thomas Nee, Marian Randazzo and Robert Brownlee voted against revoking the board’s earlier action. Nee said that when the board began discussing the possibility of closing schools about three years ago, they had several reasons for doing so. He cited financial concerns …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Keystone Oaks School Board votes to keep the two elementary schools open.
Students at Aiken and Myrtle elementary schools have no need to worry—both schools will stay open. The Keystone Oaks School Board voted 6-3 Wednesday evening to keep the two schools open. Board members Gary Alward, Raeann Lindsey, Dan Domalik, Joeseph Finucan, Lisa Cancelliere, Dave Hommrich voted to revoke the board’s Sept. 8 vote to close Aiken and Myrtle and consolidate the schools’ programs. By revoking the Sept. 8 action, the two schools will stay open. Board members Thomas Nee, Marian Randazzo and Robert Brownlee voted against revoking the board’s earlier action. Check dormont-brookline.patch.com tomorrow morning for a full story.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Aiken Elementary students launched blue balloons Tuesday to celebrate the school’s Blue Ribbon distinction.
Aiken Elementary students were feeling a little blue Tuesday morning, but their mood was far from sad. Aiken was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, and staff and students were decked out in blue to celebrate. Students wore blue T-shirts, blue hair and blue face paint. A launch of more than 200 blue balloons highlighted the celebration. “This has not happened overnight,” said Principal Bobbi-Ann Barnes during a presentation after the balloons were launched. “This has been a long, long journey for all of us.” Barnes said she found out last December that Aiken had been invited to apply for Blue Ribbon distinction. The application process was grueling, she said, and required school administrators to …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
New school board members discuss their plans for the district.
Newly-elected Keystone Oaks School Directors shared their thoughts and ideas for the district after Tuesday’s election, and they have talks of school consolidation on the brain. The unofficial 2011 election results show that school directors are newcomer Lisa Cancelliere and incumbent Raeann Lindsey for Region 1 (Castle Shannon); newcomer Joseph Finucan and incumbent Robert Brownlee in Region 2 (Dormont); and newcomers Daniel Domalik and David Hommrich in Region 3 (Green Tree). “Hopefully we can at least relook at the closings of the schools and see if that’s really a necessary thing to be done,” Cancelliere said. The board approved a school consolidation plan in September, which would close Aiken and Myrtle Elementary schools. Finucan and…
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Students and staff celebrated Friday because Aiken is one of just 305 schools in the country to be named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School.
Students and staff at Fred L. Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree were a bit blue on Friday—and they couldn't have been happier. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education officially named 305 schools, including Aiken, as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. In Aiken's case, the honor is for overall academic excellence. The department will honor the entire 256 public and 49 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. This is the first time any Keystone Oaks school has received the award. "We're just so proud right now," said Principal Bobbi-Ann Barnes, who smiled…
Friday, September 16, 2011
The students and staff celebrated the honor Friday.
Outside Aiken Elementary School Friday afternoon, students and staff gathered underneath the new banner that shows the world that they are now a National Blue Ribbon School. Watch Patch for story and photos.