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September 10th, 2012
With the new school year in full swing, Monday's regular meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors included presentations from building principals on the challenges posed this year by the introduction of new statewide assessments at the secondary level and the encumbrance of increasingly higher benchmarks.
High school principal Josh Williams said that the new school year presents with it changes to the landscape of statewide assessment exams, namely the introduction of the Keystone exams in the subjects of algebra, biology, and literature.
As part of an effort to prepare students for the workplace, Innovated Solutions of St. Marys has obtained a grant for the latest and greatest engineering software for St. Marys Area High School.
The grant is from software giant Siemens, which is providing 30 copies of Solid Edge, a three-dimensional CAD (computer-aided design) software utilized in the school's drafting and engineering classes. Innovated Solutions is a re-seller of Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software.
MT. ZION - At last weekâ€™s dedication of the Bucktail Civil War monument, Sandra Baker, volunteer program director at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, said she was there to make â€śconnections.â€ť
â€śAnd the way that human beings do that is by swapping their stories. We need you. We need your stories,â€ť Baker said.
She said the Heinz History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, and the oldest volunteer organization in Pittsburgh.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough Police Chief Bryan Parana reported on a string of arsons that have recently plagued the area during Monday afternoon's borough council meeting.
"We have had several arsons in the area and we have done, I believe, a very good job," Parana said. "We have questioned several people of interest in those particular offenses and we are working diligently into the conclusion of that investigation."
The Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, was on hand at Elk County Catholic High School on Monday morning to perform a rededication ceremony for the schoolâ€™s 50th anniversary.
The program began with a special Mass celebrated in the schoolâ€™s auditorium by Bishop Trautman and several other priests from throughout the area. In addition to students from all levels of the Elk County Catholic School System, other attendees included alumni from the schoolâ€™s first graduating class, as well as members of the original faculty and staff.
Fifty years ago today, on Monday, Sept. 10, 1962, Elk County Christian High School officially opened its doors to students for the first time, replacing Central Catholic High School.
The newly constructed high school was under the direction of Headmaster Rev. Daniel J. Martin and boasted an enrollment of 725 students and a faculty of 40 teachers.
The Bucktail Archers Association is currently gearing up for its second biannual, and third overall, benefit event to raise funds for the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, Inc. The group, in conjunction with the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club and Bowfishing Association of America, will be holding a variety of activities at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club, located at 1339 Glen Hazel Rd. in St. Marys, on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23.
ST. MARYS - With the Keystone Exams, a new statewide assessment, to be implemented in Pennsylvania schools this year, concerns surrounding the rigors of testing facing its student body and the logistics of prepping student performance on the exams, an eventual requirement for graduation, were discussed by the St. Marys Area School District's board of directors at Thursday's workshop meeting.
MT. ZION - At last weekâ€™s monument dedication for the Elk County Rifles, Company G of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, James Burke of the Mt. Zion Historical Society gave the opening remarks and discussed the formation of the famous Civil War unit and how the group got its name during a ceremony held at Mt. Zion Historical Park.
ST. MARYS â€“ An antique and classic car show held Saturday, Sept. 15 will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Third Annual Antique Class Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tractor Supply parking lot located along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys.
"This is a new adventure for us," said event co-coordinator Leah Leuschel. "The car show is three years in the making. Our first year was amazing, we had 30 to 40 cars there and we are hoping to double that this year."