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GOOD NEWS! - March 22 through April 1, 2010: « Prev Next »

SCHOOL BOARD Director Jeanine McCreary, who is also the Chairperson of the Community Collaboration Committee of the Board, has partnered the Erie School District with the Erie Storm professional football team and First Niagara Bank to reward “Kids Doing Good” in our schools.  At a recent press conference, the good news was revealed that 1,000 tickets general admission tickets will be given to the District as rewards for students in the “Catching Students Doing Good” program.  This program rewards our students for going above and beyond their academic efforts and activities to help the Erie community, primarily through the District’s Learn and Serve Program, and acknowledges their service in churches, synagogues, community centers, neighborhoods, and more.

The Academic Sports League Pentathlon on March 23 at the Bayfront Convention Center saw last year’s winner, Moniteau Junior-Senior High School (Butler County) successfully defend its first-place status, with Erie’s Harding School taking the silver medal for the event.  Fifteen schools participated, with Harding, Diehl, Grover Cleveland, Joanna Connell and Roosevelt winning 27 medals among them.  Congratulations to these middle school achievers, and we look forward to seeing them in the ASL competitions when they get to high school!

CONNELL’s College for Every Student (CFES) scholars recently visited St. Mary’s Home, Asbury location, to socialize with residents, assist them with craft making, and serve them lunch from Pizza Hut.  This visit not only benefited the residents of the home, but was a great experience for the students, who will be visiting again in the future as part of fulfilling their commitment to providing leadership through services within the local community.  For more information on CFES, visit their web site at http://www.collegefes.org.

EAST High School’s Essentials for Living II classes will be competing for the first time with Central Tech’s Culinary Arts classes on May 14.  May the best chefs win!

East’s Student Assistance Program is conducting educational counseling groups with students titled “Positive Solutions to Common Concerns.”  These sessions are meant to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their ability to make positive decisions, build on their strengths, and promote favorable problem-solving skills.  The groups meet during lunch period to avoid academic disruption.

ROOSEVELT Middle School has made sure that parents know the importance of PSSA.  The school held its second annual “PSSA Information Night” on March 24, and parents and students heard encouraging tips, learned about the test itself, and got to work on examples from released items in math and reading.

Also helping with PSSA, GLENWOOD Elementary School’s grades K through 2 have adopted homerooms from grade 3 through 6 to encourage the older students to do their best on the tests.  This endeavor has consisted of visits to the students with cheers, songs, and written notes to wish “Good Luck!” to the test takers.  There will be a celebration on the last day of testing, with new friendships and greater appreciation for each other added to the Glenwood family.

Over at IRVING Elementary School, grade 6 teacher Nicole Fornelli received the prestigious Golden Apple award from WJET and Edinboro University.  She was nominated by her student Kristen Smith.

The school is also participating in the WSEE Read and Feed program, to which students and parents donate non-perishable food items and gently used books.  Irving’s grade 6 students are in charge of the program, making daily announcements, collecting the items, and tracking the data for each homeroom.  Food goes to the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the books will be given to Irving students at the Ice Cream Social in May.

Teacher Barbara Gates’ grade 4 homeroom students are working to help the environment by collecting the school’s recycled paper.  This “Green Team” is committed to doing their part to save trees and use - and reuse - paper wisely.  Irving and our other schools take “Caring Beyond the Classroom” very seriously.  Great work, students!

GROVER CLEVELAND congratulates grade 8 student Jessica Reed, who brought two of the Academic Pentathlon medals mentioned above back to her school - a gold medal in Science and Social Studies and a silver medal in the overall competition.

Congratulations also go to teacher Sharon Ferringer, who was recently awarded Delta Kappa Gamma scholarships totaling $7,000 ($6,000 international and $1,000 state), which she will use to attend Edinboro University for her K-12 Principal’s Certificate.  She is president of Alpha Iota, one of three local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma.  This was a competitive award, and Mrs. Ferringer is a worthy recipient.

The Erie School District C.H.A.M.P.S. are champs again!  Our successful after-school program has received a $15,000 grant from USTA Serves, a foundation that awards grants to programs that successfully combine tennis and education to help disadvantaged children succeed in school and become responsible citizens.

CALLING YOUNG WRITERS!  Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to develop their writing skills in Young Writers’ Workshops taught by teachers of the Northwest Pennsylvania Writing Project and Gannon University’s Sally LeVan.  Information is available by calling her at 871-7506 or e-mailing her at levan001@gannon.edu. More good news coming soon!


Board approves $141 million budget with no tax increase

ERIE, Pa (June 27, 2012) —The Erie School Board Wednesday unanimously adopted a $141 million budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The balanced spending plan holds the line on taxes and successfully closes a $12.7 million deficit the district was facing for next school year. Details of the pl ...

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Student Achievement Showcase: Central Tech Senior CAD Projects

ERIE, Pa (June 6, 2012) — Students in the Central Tech ComputerAided Drafting & Technology program not only mastered the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting this year, they also applied their new skills by actually building scale models of their senior projects. Central Tech teache ...

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GE Foundation commits $8.6 million grant to help Erie students, teachers achieve higher education standards

ERIE, Pa (May 21, 2012) — GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GE, will contribute $8.6 million in additional funding over four years to help the Erie School District teachers align their lessons with new education standards. The grant means Erie students will have additional resources as ...

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New ‘after hours’ program at Central Tech to provide career and technology training to Erie high school students

ERIE, Pa (May 21, 2012) — Erie high school students now have the opportunity to add a career certification to their high school diploma, thanks to a new after-school program being offered at Central Career and Technical School. The After Hours at Tech program, approved by the Erie School Boa ...

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Erie team of teachers and principals to learn how to ‘shift’ their instruction to respond to new education standards

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 9, 2012) — A group of Erie teachers and principals will become some of the first in the nation to receive training on how to adjust their lessons in order to align with new education standards. The educators will learn about the Common Core State Standards, which Pennsylv ...

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2012-2013 school year calendar approved

ERIE, Pa (May 2, 2012) — The Board of School Directors unanimously approved the 2012-2013 school year calendar during its meeting on May 2. The first day of school for students is set for August 27, 2012. The school year will end on June 10, 2013. The complete calendar is available for print/d ...

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Schedule of school informational meetings released

ERIE, Pa (April 12, 2012) — While the data and logic behind the Optimization Plan recommendation are clear, the district also understand the strong connection that families have with their schools and the many questions this change may generate. Parents are invited to a series of school inform ...

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Resources and information available on Optimization Plan portal

ERIE, Pa (April 11, 2012) — Details on the district restructuring proposal announced April 11 — including the slide presentations, frequently asked question, parent letters, and list of school informational meetings — are available by visiting the Optimization Plan informational po ...

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Erie School District students invited to Mechanical Engineering Days at Gannon University

ERIE, Pa (March 23, 2012) — Approximately 75 eighth graders from Joanna Connell and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in the Erie School District have been invited to participate in Mechanical Engineering Days at Gannon University, March 23 and April 20. This Gannon community outreach event was mad ...

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Central Tech student wins Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) medical spelling competition

ERIE, Pa (March 12, 2012) — Oksana Omelchencho, an 11th grade student at Central Tech, earned first place in a medical spelling competition at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference held this month in Lancaster, Pa. Omelchencho competed against high schoo ...

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Two Erie schools earn statewide recognition in 2012 Pennsylvania Real World Design Challenge

ERIE, Pa (February 28, 2012) — Central Career and Technical School and Collegiate Academy earned statewide honors in the 2012 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) this month. Central Tech’s team, Flying Blind, is coached by Mike Beiter and earned 3rd place in Pennsylvania. Collegiate Acad ...

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May 1 student immunization deadline looming for nearly 2,000 Erie School District students

ERIE, Pa (February 28, 2012) — Nearly 2,000 students in the Erie School District will be sent notices of school exclusion next month, excluding them from school on or after May 1 if families do not comply with new Pennsylvania immunization requirements.The Pennsylvania Department of Health reg ...

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Erie Public Schools to launch online extension campuses

ERIE, Pa (January 27, 2012) - The Erie School District today announced the launch of four online extension campuses, providing new flexible educational opportunities to district students. Expansion of the district's digital curriculum, officially approved by the Board of Directors in December, e ...

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Erie School District to host feasibility study town hall presentation, Feb. 22

ERIE, Pa (February 17, 2012) — The Erie School District is hosting a community town hall meeting to present information and data from a feasibility study on district facilities, February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Blasco Memorial Library, 160 East Front Street. Vern McKissick, from McKissick Asso ...

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Sen. Toomey Secures Computers for Irving Elementary School

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2012) – Irving Elementary School in Erie has received five computers and monitors secured by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) through the Senate’s Computers for Schools Program. Sen. Toomey's Erie Regional Manager Sheila Sterrett visited the school ...

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Erie School District students and staff to appear in The Color Purple at the Erie Playhouse, Feb 10-26

ERIE, Pa. (February 7, 2012) — Seven Erie School District students and teachers will appear in the Erie Playhouse production of The Color Purple, running Feb 10-26 at the Playhouse in downtown Erie. School District students and staff represent nearly 1/3 of the cast and crew of the show, acc ...

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Erie SeaWolves extend invitation to Erie School District high school students for Ambassador Program

ERIE, Pa. (January 30, 2012) — The Erie SeaWolves, double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, have extended an invitation to Erie School District students in grades 10-12 to volunteer as student ambassadors for the 2012 season. In partnership with Gannon University's Sports Management and Mar ...

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GOOD NEWS! – End-of-Year Edition 2011:

Our good news isn’t just good—it’s great! Our students and staff continue to bring pride and prizes to the School District of the City of Erie—and funds to benefit our community, also. Read on…there’s much to tell. At Strong Vincent High School, students ralli ...

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GOOD NEWS! – March 14 to April 21, 2011:

There are always good things happening in Erie’s public schools. For example… The Diehl Elementary School choir, under the capable leadership of teacher Dennis TeCulver, performed the National Anthems of the United States and Canada for an Erie Otters hockey game in March. They perform ...

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GOOD NEWS! – February 1 to March 11, 2011:

We have lots of winning words to share… And the WJET/Edinboro University Golden Apple award goes to…Matt Orlando! This Lincoln Elementary School fourth-grade teacher received the prestigious prize on March 9 after being nominated by honor student and peer mediation team member Emily T ...

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GOOD NEWS! – January 3 to January 31, 2011:

This issue of Good News! highlights the partnerships and community groups that benefit our schools, as well as the accomplishments of our students and staff. The School District of the City of Erie had an outstanding showing of winners in this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Cont ...

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GOOD NEWS! – November 11, 2010, to December 22, 2010:

As we prepare for the holiday break and get ready to spend special time with family and friends, we have some more good news to share here at the School District of the City of Erie. Third-grade students at PERRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL received praise from Upper Room Director Tom Schlaudecker in a re ...

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GOOD NEWS! – October 18, 2010 to November 10, 2010:

Halloween is always a fun time for the students in our schools, but it was more than just fun at ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL when art teacher Becky Coppock had her students create two-foot skeletons from PVC piping just in time for the special spooky day. The art had a scientific side, also; the figures ...

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GOOD NEWS! –September 16, 2010 to October 15, 2010:

It was “A Day Made Better” at EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL when teacher Patricia Sherbin received a surprise visit from OfficeMax representative Beth Cleveland. Ms. Cleveland came bearing $1,000 worth of school supplies donated by the company at an event that takes place on the first Tuesday ...

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GOOD NEWS! SPECIAL EDITION – September 15, 2010:

HARDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON STATUS On September 9, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 304 schools as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and Erie’s Harding Elementary School is one of them! About the Program The Blue Ribbon Schools Program, accordin ...

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GOOD NEWS! – August 30 through September 15, 2010:

WELCOME BACK! The School District of the City of Erie officially opened its doors for the 2010/2011 school year with an enrollment of more than 13,000 students. Superintendent Jay Badams and his staff wish every District student and employee a productive and successful year, with good news coming fr ...

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GOOD NEWS! - June 14 through July 2, 2010:

School may be out, but the good news continues! Once again, Erie’s NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGIATE ACADEMY has been ranked among the nation’s best schools, according to Newsweek magazine. With only six percent of the country’s high schools making the list, Collegiate pulled ahea ...

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GOOD NEWS! - May 24 through June 11, 2010:

ENDING AN ERA…We wish Dr. James E. Barker the very best as he leaves the district he has guided for 17 years and moves on to other challenges and rewards. Because of Dr. Barker, students have benefitted from the Academic Sports League, the Superintendent’s Cook-Off, A Winning Way With W ...

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GOOD NEWS! - May 3 through May 21, 2010:

The ACADEMIC SPORTS LEAGUE, founded by Erie Schools Superintendent Dr. James E. Barker, celebrated its 17th year on Wednesday, May 19, at McComb Field House on the campus of Edinboro University. The highlight of the event was the announcing of the scholarships earned by a number of students for whom ...

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GOOD NEWS! - April 5 through April 30, 2010:

BRINGING HOME THE GOLD! Both COLLEGIATE ACADEMY and CENTRAL CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL have brought honors to their schools recently. Collegiate’s winning ASL team members Sean Carney, Ben Engel, John Luke Galla, Rose Heid, Reeve Hunsaker, Bronte Seath, Cullen Skinner, Stan Tuznik, and Rachel ...

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GOOD NEWS! - March 22 through April 1, 2010:

SCHOOL BOARD Director Jeanine McCreary, who is also the Chairperson of the Community Collaboration Committee of the Board, has partnered the Erie School District with the Erie Storm professional football team and First Niagara Bank to reward “Kids Doing Good” in our schools. At a recent ...

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GOOD NEWS! - March 8 through March 19, 2010:

SCHOOL BOARD director Eva Tucker, Jr., was honored for his 28 years of service to the Erie School District at the March 10 Board meeting. Board colleague Jeanine McCreary, who is also the Assistant Regional Director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, presented Mr. Tucker with a PSBA Hono ...

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GOOD NEWS! - Week ending March 5, 2010:

Congratulations to Jefferson Elementary's Sydney Seabrooke and Lizzie Mackowski, students of Ms. Joyce DiPlacido, and Anvar Bidzinov, student of Mrs. Maggie Nagorsky, who earned Honorable Mention for the essays they submitted at this year's Erie Peace & Justice Center essay contest. They will re ...

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Erie School's New Website

The web development team for the School District of the City of Erie has designed a creative, user-friendly communication web site for students, parents, employees, and the community. This web site provides students with instructional resources, access to local and national educational sites, and v ...

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Going Green

Our schools may have their own colors but the School District of the City of Erie is concentrating on being green. For the first time, the teachers' in-service schedule was posted on line through our web site rather than printed and given out to the staff. Because of the extensive in-service traini ...

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